Amin named associate provost

Cam AminCamron Michael Amin will begin a one-year appointment January 1 as University of Michigan-Dearborn’s associate provost for graduate studies and online learning, pending approval by the U-M Regents. He currently serves as professor of history in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters (CASL).

As associate provost, Amin will oversee the development of graduate and online programs, establishing clear policies and procedures across campus. He also will work with Mardigian Library faculty and staff to continue to improve the library’s alignment with academic initiatives.

“Cam has spent the last few years experimenting with integrating technology in his online and standard courses, as well as with new formats for teaching and learning,” said Kate Davy, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.

“These experiences will inform his efforts to make the strategic development of online programming and graduate programming engaging, valuable and sustainable for our faculty, students and staff.”

Amin, who began developing his own online courses in 2010, views the appointment as an opportunity to develop best practices to move the university forward.

“The attraction, for me, is to have the chance to create an environment I want to return to as a faculty member; to create that ‘off-the-shelf ‘solution for online teaching that wasn’t available when I started,” Amin said.

Amin joined the university faculty in 1997. He previously has served as CASL associate dean and as a member of the Faculty Senate, Department of Social Sciences executive committee and the CASL Advising Board of Faculty Advisers.

He is the author of The Making of the Modern Iranian Woman: Gender, State Policy and Popular Culture, 1865-1946 and is working on a new project, Murder, Madness, and Assimilation: The Case of Brian Yasipour. He earned a doctoral degree in Near Eastern languages and civilizations from University of Chicago.

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