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List of Professors

Name Years at Michigansort icon Position

Daniel Whedon

1845 - 1851
Professor of Logic, Rhetoric, and History

Datus C. Brooks

1857 - 1864
Professor of Rhetoric, English an Speech
Librarian

Andrew Dickson White

1858 - 1863
Professor of History & English Literature
Co-Founder & President of Cornell University

Allen Jeremiah Curtis

1865 - 1867
Assistant Professor of Rhetoric

Moses Coit Tyler

1867 - 1881
Professor of Rhetoric and English
Chair 1867-1881

Isaac Newton Demmon

1872 - 1920
Professor of English and Rhetoric
Curator of Rare Books
Chair of English 1881-1920

Pierre Leslie Irving

1873
Acting Professor of English Language and Literature

Benjamin Burt

1881 - 1887
Assistant Professor of Rhetoric

George Hempl

1889 - 1906
Professor of English Language and Literature

Fred Newton Scott

1889 - 1927
Professor of Rhetoric & Journalism

Louis A. Strauss

1895 - 1939
Professor of English Language and Literature
Chair of English Language and Literature 1920-1938

John Strong Perry Tatlock

1897 - 1915
Professor of English

Thomas Ernest Rankin

1905 - 1928
Associate Professor of Rhetoric

Morris Palmer Tilley

1906 - 1946
Professor of English Language and Literature & Teaching of English

Solomon Francis Gingerich

1909 - 1933
Professor of English Language and Literature

Wilber Ray Humphreys

1910 - 1947
Professor of English Language and Literature

Edward S. Everett

1914 - 1953
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

William Ober Raymond

1914 - 1928
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

Samuel Moore

1915 - 1934
Associate Professor of English Language and Literature and African and African American Studies

Oakley Calvin Johnson

1917 - 1928
Instructor in Rhetoric

Philip Louis Schenk

1919 - 1944
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

Erich A. Walter

1919 - 1967
Professor of English Language and Literature
Professor of African and African American Studies
Dean of Students

Roy William Cowden

1919
Associate Professor of English
Director of the Avery Hopwood Awards 1934-

Philip L. Schenek

1919 - 1944
Assistant Professor of Rhetoric & English

Waldo Mark Abbot

1920 - 1958
Professor of Rhetoric, English an Speech
Director Emeritus of Broadcasting Service-Radio

Louis I. Bredvold

1921 - 1958
Professor of English Language and Literature
Chair of English Language and Literature 1938-1947

Oscar J. Campbell

1921 - 1935
Professor of English Language and Literature

James Holly Hanford

1921
Professor of English Language and Literature

Amos Reno Morris

1921 - 1950
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

Charles Carpenter Fries

1922 - 1958
Professor of English Languages and Literature

Robert Frost

1922 - 1924
1925
Fellow in Creative Arts 1922-1924
Professor of English 1925

Henry Clinton Hutchins

1924
Associate Professor of English Language and Literature

John Revell Reinhard

1924 - 1963
Professor of English Language and Literature

Clarence D. Thorpe

1924
Professor of English Language and Literature & Teaching of English

Arno L. Bader

1925 - 1972
Professor of English Language and Literature

Harold C. Binkley

1925 - 1932
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

Peter Monro Jack

1927 - 1930
Professor & Chair of Rhetoric Department

Albert Kunnen Stevens

1927 - 1972
Professor of English Language & Literature

Aubrey Leslie Hawkins

1927 - 1949
Instructor in English

Earl L. Griggs

1928 - 1939
Associate Professor of English Language and Literature

Norman Edward Nelson

1928 - 1969
Professor of English Language and Literature

Kenneth Thorpe Rowe

1928 - 1971
Professor of English Language and Literature

Bennett Weaver

1928 - 1962
Professor of English Language and Literature & African and African American Studies

Theodore R. Hornberger

1928 - 1937
Assistant Professor of English & Rhetoric

Hereward Thimbleby Price

1929 - 1950
Professor of English Language and Literature

Stanley Royal Ashby

1929
Associate Professor of English Language and Literature

Karl Litzenberg

1929 - 1969
Professor of English
Director of Residence Halls 1939-1943

Howard Mumford Jones

1930 - 1936
Professor of English Language and Literature

Sanford B. Meech

1930 - 1938
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

Joe Lee Davis

1930 - 1974
Professor of English Language and Literature

Fred George Walcott

1930 - 1965
Professor of Education and English

Carlton Frank Wells

1930 - 1968
Professor of English Language and Literature

John Francis Weimer

1930
Associate of English

Paul Mueschke

1931 - 1966
Professor of English Language and Literature

Mentor Lee Williams

1931 - 1943
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

Roy C. Cowen

1931
Associate Professor of English

Thomas A. Knott

1934 - 1945
Professor of English Language and Literature

Allan John Braitwaite Seager

1935 - 1968
Professor of English Language and Literature

Mentor Lee Williams

1936 - 1943
Assistant Professor of English

Richard Charles Boys

1937 - 1974
Professor of English Language and Literature

Henry Vining Seton Ogden

1937 - 1974
Professor of English Language and Literature

John Arthos

1939 - 1979
Hereward T. Price distinguished University Professor
Professor of English Language and Literature

Morris Greenhut

1943 - 1979
Professor of English Language and Literature

Frank Livingstone Huntley

1945 - 1973
Professor of English Language and Literature

Hans Kurath

1946 - 1962
Professor of English Language and Literature

Albert Henry Marckwardt

1946 - 1974
Professor of English Language and Literature

Yao Shen

1947 - 1962
Associate Professor of Far Eastern Languages and Literatures
Associate Professor of Chinese Languages and Literatures
Associate Professor of English

Edward M. Anthony Jr.

1947 - 1964
Professor of Linguistics and English Language and Literature

Herbert C. Barrows Jr.

1947 - 1997
Professor of English Language and Literature

Arthur M. Eastman

1947 - 1968
Professor of English Language and Literature

Edwin A. Engel

1947 - 1976
Professor of English Language and Literature

Robert Fulton Haugh

1947 - 1979
Professor of English Language and Literature

Robert H. Super

1947 - 1984
Professor of English Language and Literature

Wayland Bryce Van Syoc

1947 - 1963
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

James H. Robertson

1947 - 1983
Professor of English

Franklin Baldwin Newman

1947 - 1957
Assistant Professor of English

Don
ald Ross Pearce

1947
Associate Professor of English 1956

Marvin Felheim

1948 - 1979
Joe Lee David Distinguished Professor of American Culture
Professor of English Language and Literature

Donald L. Hill

1948 - 1983
Professor of English Language and Literature

Sherman McAllister Kuhn

1948 - 1984
Professor of English Language and Literature
Editor Emeritus, Middle English Dictionary

Austin Warren

1948 - 1968
Professor of English Language and Literature & African and African American Studies

Eric W. Stockton Jr

1948 - 1960
Assistant Professor of English Language & Literature

Alexander W. Allison

1949 - 1973
Professor of English Language and Literature

George Bagshawe Harrison

1949 - 1964
Professor of English Language and Literature

Arthur
 Japheth Carr

1949 - 1967
Professor of English Language and Literature

Sheridan Warner Baker

1950 - 1981
Professor of English Language and Literature

Harold V. King

1950 - 1979
Professor of English Language and Literature and Classical Studies

Deborah Bacon

1950 - 1969
Associate Professor of English
Dean of Women

James W. Downer

1951 - 1985
Professor of English Language and Literature

Robert Lado

1951 - 1960
Professor of English Language and Literature & Education

Harlan Henthorne Hatcher

1951 - 1968
Professor of English Language and Literature
President of the University of Michigan

William Richard Steinhoff

1952 - 2000
Professor of English Language and Literature

James Radcliffe Squires

1952 - 1982
Professor of English Language & Literature

Joseph J. Firebaugh

1952 - 1977
Professor of English Language and Literature

M. H. Hubert English Jr.

1954 - 1996
Professor of English Language and Literature

Mark Spilka

1954 - 1963
Assistant Professor of English Language & Literature

Sarah Ethelyn Grollman

1955 - 1960
Lecturer in English

Alan B 
Howes

1955 - 2002
Professor of English Language and Literature

James J. Gindin

1956 - 1994
Professor of English Language and Literature

Edward Engelberg

1957 - 1965
Associate Professor of English Language and Literature

Donald A. Hall

1957 - 1977
Professor of English Language and Literature

Charles R. O’Donnell

1957 - 1969
Associate Professor of English Language and Literature

Edmund H. Creeth

1958 - 1991
Professor of English Language and Literature

Lyall H. Powers

1958 - 1992
Professor of English Language and Literature & Theatre and Drama

Leo F. McNamara

1959 - 2001
Professor of English Language and Literature

Thomas J. Garbaty

1960 - 1992
Professor of English Language and Literature

William J. Gedney

1960 - 1981
Professor of Linguistics

Warne Conwell Holcombe

1960 - 1985
Associate Professor of English

Daniel N. Fader

1961 - 1998
Professor of English Languages and Literature

Robert T. Lenaghan

1961 - 1997
Professor English Language and Literature

William A. Coles

1962 - 1985
Professor of English Language and Literature

Anthony E. Friedman

1962
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

John F. Reichert

1962 - 1968
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

Donald B. Sands

1962 - 1984
Professor of English Language and Literature

Robert E. Kusch

1963
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

Earl J. Schulze

1963 - 1990
Associate Professor of English Language and Literature

John W. Wright

1963 - 1997
Associate Professor of English Language and Literature

John W. Aldridge

1964 - 1990
Professor of English Language and Literature

Arthur Stephenson Dunning

1964 - 1988
Professor of English Language and Literature

Bert G. Hornback

1964 - 1992
Professor of English Language and Literature

Ejner J. Jensen

1964 - 2004
Professor of English Language and Literature
Acting Chair of English Language and Literature 1981

Caesar R. Blake

1964 - 1967
Associate Professor of English

Richard W. Richard

1965 - 2007
Professor of English Language and Literature

Howard C. Brasher

1965
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

Walter H. Clark Jr.

1965 - 1993
Associate Professor of English Languages and Literature

Cecil D. Eby Jr.

1965 - 1995
Professor of English Language and Literature

Peter E. Firchow

1965
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

Charles H. Hinnant

1965 - 1972
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

Robert A. Neale

1965 - 1966
Visiting Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

Robert L. Stilwell

1965 - 1968
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

John E. Todd

1965 - 1972
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

Richard W. Bailey

1965 - 2007
Professor of English Language and Literature

Jay L. Robinson

1965 - 1996
Professor of English Language and Literature, Education

William Ingram

1966 - 2000
Professor of English Language and Literature

Robert F. Willson Jr.

1966 - 1973
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

Emily L. Cloyd

1967 - 2000
Associate Professor of English Language and Literature

Robert Earl Hayden

1967 - 1977
Professor of English Language and Literature

John R. Knott Jr.

1967 - 2006
Professor of English Language and Literature
Chair of English Language and Literature 1981-1987

Alice C. Lunn

1967 - 1970
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

John D. McBride

1967 - 1970
Professor of English Language and Literature

Joseph E. Mullin

1967 - 1970
Visiting Professor of English Language and Literature

John H. Raeburn

1967 - 1969
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

Stephen Dunning

1967 - 1988
Professor of English Language & Literature
Professor of Education

Lemuel A. Johnson

1968 - 2002
Professor of English Language and Literature

Ira Konigsberg

1968 - 2000
Professor of English Language and Literature

Robert A. Lucas

1968
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

Frances K. McSparran

1968 - 2002
Associate Professor of English Language and Literature and African and African American Studies

Christopher R. Reaske

1968
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

Douglas C. Runnels

1968 - 1972
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

Steven Weiland

1968 - 1975
Assistant Professor of english Language and Literature

Russell A. Fraser

1968 - 1995
Professor of English
Austin Warren Professor of English
Chair of English Language and Literature 1968-1973

Lorne J. Forstner

1969
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

Satendra Khanna

1969 - 1975
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

Dennis S. Mitchell

1969
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

Gorman Beauchamp

1970 - 2007
Adjunct Associate Professor of English Language and Literature
Associate Professor of Engineering English

Darwin T. Turner

1970 - 1971
Professor of English Language and Literature & African and African American Studies

Ralph G. Williams

1970
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor

George Bornstein

1970 - 2006
Professor of English Language & Literature

Carolyn R. Gipson

1971 - 1974
Professor of English Language and Literature

Mary E. Rucker

1971
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

Joseph L. Blotner

1972 - 1993
Professor of English Language and Literature

Stuart Y. McDougal

1972 - 1998
Professor of English Language and Literature

Robert A. Weisbuch

1972 - 2001
Professor of English Language and Literature
Chair of English Language and Literature 1987-1994

Peter Ferran

1973 - 1994
Associate Professor of English, Theatre and Residential College

Loy Davis Martin

1973 - 1978
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

Marie Pierre H. Ellmann

1974 - 1976
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

Barbra Morris

1974 - 2006
Senior Lecturer in English
Lecturer in English, Sweetland Writing Center

John A. Upshur

1975 - 1978
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

Diane C. Bennett

1976 - 1979
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

Gayl A. Jones

1976 - 1984
Associate Professor of English Language and Literature

Margot Christa Norris

1976 - 1987
Professor of English Language and Literature & Theatre and Drama

Wendy L. Steiner

1976 - 1978
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

Michael P. Clark

1977 - 1983
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

Astrid J. Schleper

1977
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

David V. Wiltschko

1977 - 1983
Assistant Professor of english Language and Literature

Sandor Goodhart

1978
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

Constantinos A. Patrides

1978 - 1981
George B. Harrison Professor of English

John Richard Kucich

1979 - 2006
Professor of English Language and Literature

John Clark Hannay

1980 - 1986
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

Steven D. Lavine

1981
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

Patricia J. Sharpe

1981
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

Martha J. Vicinus

1981 - 2011
Professor of English & Women's Studies
Eliza M Mosher Distinguished University Professor
Chair of English Language & Literature 1994-1998

Robert Bley Vroman

1982 - 1983
Assistant Professor of Linguistics

George P. Garrett

1982
Professor of English Language and Literature

Debor Kuller Shuger

1982 - 1988
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

Robert E. Lewis

1982 - 2003
Professor of English Language & Literature
Executie Director, Middle English Dictionary
Research Scientist

Danny Douglas

1983
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

Alice Fulton

1983 - 2002
Professor of English Language and Literature

Stanton B. Garner Jr.

1983 - 1990
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

Richard W. Tillinghast

1983 - 2005
Professor of English Language and Literature

James Boyd White

1983 - 2008
Professor of English Language and Literature
L. Hart Wright Collegiate Professor of Law

James A. Winn

1983 - 1998
Professor of English Language and Literature

Herbert Frederick Tucker Jr.

1984 - 1986
Associate Professor of English Language and Literature

John Malcolm Swales

1985 - 2006
Professor of Linguistics & Psychology

John Russell Brown

1985 - 1997
Professor of Theatre and Drama, English Language and Literature

Michael Awkward

1986 - 1997
Professor of English Language and Literature & African and African American Studies

Nancy L. Wiegand

1986
Assistant Professor of Linguistics

Carol L. Barash

1987 - 1988
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

Charles M. Baxter

1987 - 1999
Professor of English Language and Literature

Athena Vrettos

1988 - 1995
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

Anne K. Krook

1989 - 1996
Professor of English Language and Literature

Juan E. Leon

1989 - 1994
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

William J. Paul

1989 - 1999
Associate Professor of English Language and Literature, Film and Video Studies

Marlon B. Ross

1989 - 2003
Professor of English Language and Literature & African and African American Studies

Rafia M. Zafar

1989 - 1997
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

Leonard Barkan

1990 - 1994
Professor of English Language and Literature & History of Art

Veronica M. Gregg

1990 - 1996
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

William Nightingale

1990
Professor of English Language and Literature & Theatre and Drama

Stephen Sumida

1990 - 1998
Associate Professor of English Language and Literature

Elizabeth Barnes

1991 - 1997
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

Christopher Flint

1991 - 1998
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

Simon E. Gikandi

1991 - 2004
Robert Hayden Collegiate Professor
Professor of English Language and Literature

Sally A. Robinson

1991 - 1999
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature & Women's Studies

Rei M. Terada

1991 - 2002
Associate Professor of English Language and Literature

Jill A. Rosser

1992 - 1996
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

Betty L. Bell

1993 - 2005
Associate Professor of English, American Culture & Women's Studies

P. A. Skantze

1993 - 1999
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

John W. Tanke

1993 - 1999
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

Rebecca M. Egger

1995 - 2001
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature and Women's Studies

Jonis Agee

1995 - 1999
Professor of English Language and Literature

Suzanne Raitt

1995 - 2001
Associate Professor of English Language and Literature & Women's Studies

Gaylyn Studlar

1995 - 2009
Professor of English Language and Literature, Film & Video, Women's Studies & Music
Director of Program in Film & Video Studies

Aamir R. Mufti

1996 - 2000
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

Andrea Kelly Henderson

1997 - 2003
Associate Professor of English Language and Literature

Arlene Rosemary Keizer

1997 - 2004
Associate Professor of English Language and Literature and African and African American Studies

David W. Thomas

1997 - 2004
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

Shirley Neuman

1999 - 2002
Professor of English Language and Literature and Women's Studies
Dean of Literature, Science and the Arts

Ifeoma C. Nwankwo

1999 - 2006
Associate Professor of English Language and Literature and African and African American Studies

Reginald McKnight

2000 - 2002
Professor of English Language and Literature

Maria C. Sanchez

2002 - 2008
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature & Women's Studies

Vivasvan Soni

2002 - 2007
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

Sunil M. Agnani

2005 - 2008
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature

William B. Worthen

2006 - 2008
Professor of English Language and Literature, Theatre and Drama
J. L. Styan Collegiate Professor of Drama