Jack W. Thompson, M.D. Distinguished Visiting Professorship ~ Nomination Guidelines ~

The Jack W. Thompson, M.D. Distinguished Visiting Professorship, generously supported by a gift from Dr. Thompson, began in 2004.  The professorship is to be awarded to a nationally acclaimed scholar or public intellectual in a field of broad interest.  Awardees will visit the University of Michigan-Flint for an agreed-upon period of time and engage in activities such as the following:

2013-14 Jack W. Thompson, M.D. Distinguished Visiting Professor - Dr. Robert William Buckingham

We are delighted to announce that Robert William Buckingham, DrPH, MA, BA, Professor of Epidemiology and Inaugural Dean in the School of Public Health at the University of Saskatchewan, a world renowned founder of the hospice movement internationally, and an advocate for global public health in such populations as people with HIV/AIDS, has been appointed as the 2013-14 Jack W. Thompson, M. D. Distinguished Visiting Professor.  Dr. Buckingham was instrumental in creating the first hospice in the United States and has since developed 81 hospices in seven countries worldwide including a pediatric hospice for children with AIDS.  Dr. Buckingham is a prolific public speaker and writer including authoring 17 books.  He has widely lectured around the United States and the world educating people about public health.  The same humanitarian philosophy that leads to Dr. Buckingham’s hospice work, which started in 1974, guides his current research.
Dr. Buckingham has a BA in government from the University of Arizona, an MA in social anthropology from Wesleyan University, and a PhD in public health from Yale University.  Previously he served as Professor at New Mexico State University; Dean of the College of Health and Human Performance at Minnesota State University; an Associate Professor and President of the American Association of University Professors Chapter at the University of Arizona; an Associate Professor at City University of New York; and as an Associate Professor at the University of Arizona.  Dr. Buckingham also was appointed as a Visiting Distinguished Professor at Mahidol University School of Medicine, in Bangkok, Thailand.

Dr. Buckingham has had international impact over the past four decades on care of the terminally ill and global public health.  He plans to engage faculty, students and the community in lectures and workshops on Hospice Care as well as all end stage disease issues facing humankind.  This will be in the arena of medicine, nursing, social work and the importance of volunteers; and engage faculty and students in Global Public Health lectures and workshops.  The specific issues that he will discuss  concern HIV, emerging infections, population issues, maternal and child public health and environmental health issues like water safety, security and sustainability.  He will be a guest speaker in several classes to promote the importance of world public health both historically and currently including:

HCR 384 – Differences in How Program Planning Occurs Worldwide
PHS 420 – Environmental Health
HCR 411 – How the Global Economy Impacts Health
RTT 311 – Patient Care/Management Relative to Hospice Care
HCR 376 – Health Systems in Other Countries

Dr. Selig will be working closely with our office in coordinating Dr. Buckingham’s activities during the Fall Semester.  There is much more to share regarding Dr. Buckingham’s work that we will be providing throughout his visit.

Plans have not been firmed up; however, he will be providing several lectures, some that will be open to the public, and possibly facilitating a Teaching Circle on global health issues.  Details will be forthcoming.  In addition, because of Dr. Buckingham’s diverse background, he will be available to provide class lectures/visits in the following disciplines:  nursing, physical therapy, psychology, philosophy, environmental health, health education and global health.  Should you be interested in having Dr. Buckingham visit one of your classes during the Fall or Winter Semesters, please contact Dr. Suzanne Selig, Public Health and Health Sciences, at 2-3172  or by email at sselig@umflint.edu.  We are indebted to Dr. Cindy Pfalzer for nominating Dr. Buckingham and for making it possible for us to host such a dynamic and renowned educator, researcher, and advocate in the health care field.  Once dates are set, a Welcome Reception will be planned in his honor. 


Former Thompson Visiting Professor - Dr. Nawal El Saadawi

I am delighted to announce that Dr. Nawal El Saadawi, MD, MPH, a medical doctor/psychiatrist and world renowned multi-genre creative writer, political activist, and an advocate for women’s rights has been appointed as the 2012-13 Jack W. Thompson Distinguished Visiting Professor.  Dr. El Saadawi’s writing includes activities as a novelist, short story writer, playwright, and biographer, with over 40 fiction and non-fiction books, her most notable one being, Woman At Point Zero.

Educated in Egypt and the United States (Columbia University, New York), Dr. El Saadawi writes in Arabic and lives in Cairo, Egypt.  She is the recipient of numerous honorary doctorate degrees the world over, Flemish University, Brussels, Belgium; University of Tromso, Norway; La Universidad Nactional Autonoma de Mexico; University of York, United Kingdom; University of Illinois, Chicago, etc.  In addition, Dr. El Saadawi is also the recipient of numerous national and international awards some of which include:  Human Rights Award University of Oslo, Norway; Progressive Women Award, Madrid, Spain; Woman of the Year Award, London, England; and most recently in May, she was awarded the prestigious Stig Dagerman Literary Award bestowed on a renowned writer world-wide for exceptional defense of the freedom of speech.

Dr. El Saadawi has had a fascinating life and coupled with her writing has had a deep effect on successive generations of young women and men over the last five decades.  As a result of her literary and scientific writings she has had to face numerous difficulties, adversity, and dangers in her life, including the loss of her job, being banned by political and religious authorities many times, having magazines that she founded closed down, and even imprisonment; however, she overcame all of these difficulties and won many legal cases, thereby solidifying and strengthening women’s rights.

I am extremely appreciative to Dr. Ernest Emenyonu, Professor of Africana Studies, who nominated Dr. El Saadawi.  He will be working closely with our office in coordinating Dr. El Saadawi’s activities during the Fall Semester.

There is much more to share regarding Dr. El Saadawi’s work that we will be providing throughout her visit.  She will be providing several lectures and facilitating a Faculty Seminar entitled, “The Egyptian Revolution, Creativity and Women.”  Details will be forthcoming.  In addition, because of Dr. El Saadawi’s diverse background, she will be available to provide class lectures/visits in the following disciplines:  nursing, physical therapy, psychology, political science, criminal justice, creative writing, philosophy, African literature, and women’s studies.  Should you be interested in having Dr. El Saadawi visit one of your classes during the Fall Semester, please contact Dr. Ernest Emenyonu, Africana Studies, at 2-3353 or by email ateernest@umflint.edu