Maureen Thum, Ph.D.
Dr. Thum received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, and her Ph.D. from Michigan State University. She joined the University of Michigan-Flint faculty in 1975 after teaching at Mott Community College for three years. Dr. Thum served as Assistant Director of the Honors Program from 1997 through 1999.
She has published 19 refereed articles and 14 abstracts in scholarly journals and presented over 100 refereed papers at professional conferences, along with facilitating and sponsoring over 400 student papers presented at undergraduate conferences. She was the recipient of two National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar awards at Princeton University and Brown University. In 2013, Dr. Thum received the Dr. Matthew Hilton-Watson Distinguished Professor Award and the 2013-2014 Collegiate Lecturer Award.
Dr. Thum's service to the University has included serving on the Academic Affairs Advisory Committee, Library Resources Committee, Graduate Resources Committee, International Studies Program, Telecommunications Committee, Writing Across the Curriculum, CAS Grievance Committee, to name only a few. Professionally, she serves on the Executive Board of the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters, and has served on the Community Advisory Board for Michigan Television, and Channel 28 Advisory Board.
Laura Staudacher, MPA
Laura Staudacher received an Associate in Art from Mott Community College, her B.S. in Business Management from the University of Phoenix, and her Master of Public Administration from the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies at the University of Michigan-Flint. She joined the university community in 2001 as an Administrative Assistant at the Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning at the UM-Ann Arbor campus. She joined the UM-Flint staff in 2007 and has been working for the Honors Program since 2010.
She was co-founder of a non-profit organization, The Rowan Education Network, which partnered with the Ann Arbor YMCA and the Ruth Ellis Center in Detroit to create the first LGBT summer camp in Michigan (2006). The organization created grants and awards for local youth and community organizations including Flint’s Circle Youth Group, Genesee County PFLAG, the Triangle Foundation, and granted a scholarship to a local high school student-activist.
Laura’s service to the university has included serving as Staff Council Web Coordinator, Staff Council Chair, Student Success Center Subcommittee Chair, Dining Services RFP Committee, Dining Services Advisory Committee, Earth Day Committee, Welcome Back Picnic Cake Runner, and The Flint Corridor Alliance Hamilton Dam Committee.