Dr. Judith Kollmann
Judith J. Kollmann, Ph.D., professor of English in the College of Arts and Sciences, retired from active faculty status on June 1, 2006.
Professor Kollmann received her B.A. degree from the University of California – Berkeley in 1963, her M.A. from the University of Colorado – Boulder in 1964, and her Ph.D. (also from Colorado) in 1972. She joined the University of Michigan – Flint faculty in 1968 as a lecturer, was appointed assistant professor in 1972, was promoted to associate professor in 1976 and to professor in 1984. From 1997-2005 she also served as the Director of the Comparative Literature Program.
Professor Kollmann’s research focused in equal part on both medieval studies and on the work of the twentieth-century writers C. S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and J. R. R. Tolkein. She is co-editor (with Dr. E. Talbot Donaldson) of the volume Chaucerian Shakespeare: Adaptation and Transformation (1983), has published articles in journals such as CSL, The Journal of English Teaching Techniques, Mythlore, and Extrapolation, and contributed chapters to several scholarly essay collections. She also presented numerous conference papers at a variety of regional, national, and international conferences. Through her membership in professional associations such as the Medieval Academy of America, the International Arthurian Society, and the New Chaucer Society she performed valuable service for her profession.
During her long association with the University of Michigan – Flint, Professor Kollmann served on numerous departmental, college, and university-wide committees, chairing many. She served as chair of the English Department during a critical period in the 1990s and provided stability for the Comparative Literature Program by assuming its directorship when its first, longstanding director retired. As a teacher she virtually originated medieval literature offerings at the university and taught them and Bible as literature courses to packed classrooms for decades.
The Regents now salute this distinguished teacher and scholar for her dedicated service by naming Judith J. Kollmann professor emerita of English.