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Professor, Psychology, College of Liberal Arts & Education

Distinguished Faculty Award



Dr. Elizabeth Hill joined the Psychology Department of the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) in 1997.  Throughout her distinguished career, she has proven herself consistently to be a thoughtful and impassioned teacher, an outstanding scientist, and a leader in the University community.

In the classroom, Dr. Hill has received positive reviews from UDM students for everything from lower level undergraduate courses to upper-level seminars for Ph.D. students.  She consistently receives excellent ratings from students even though she teaches courses that are often considered to be among the most difficult of the Psychology Department’s curriculum (biopsychology, statistics, advanced research methods, etc…).  Students consistently describe Dr. Elizabeth Hill as “generous with her time and knowledge,” “highly thoughtful,” and “respectful and patient.”  In particular, students appreciate her tremendous wealth of experience in applied research, and her ability to bring science to life in the classroom.

As a scientist and scholar, Dr. Hill’s record is nothing short of amazing.  At this point in her career, she has authored or co-authored ninety-four refereed articles in leading scholarly journals, as well as numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed conference proceedings.  She has been the successful lead author for several federal research grants, as well as receiving a recent grant from the National Science Foundation for the enhancement of laboratory training for undergraduate students at UDM.  Dr. Hill is a nationally renowned figure in understanding the etiology of alcoholism.  Our scientific knowledge of this pressing public health issue has been greatly enhanced by her contribution in this area.

With this record of accomplishment, Dr. Hill also manages somehow to find time for key service assignments, such as the University Promotion and Tenure Committee, a search committee for the Provost/Academic Vice President, and the Women and Gender Studies Curriculum Committee.  For five years now, she has chaired the University’s Institutional Review Board (which must approve all research with human participants).

Dr. Hill’s accomplishments are many, and have brought great distinction both to her Department and the University.  She is a true exemplar of our mission to promote student-centered education and the advancement of knowledge.

Dr. Hill was presented by Roy E. Finkenbine, Interim Dean, College of Liberal Arts & Education and the Distinguished Faculty Award was presented by Michael Joseph, Interim President of University of Detroit Mercy on November 12, 2010.


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