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:

2017-18 Jack W. Thompson, M.D. Distinguished Visiting Professor - Story Musgrave

Story MusgraveI am delighted to announce that Story Musgrave, a world renowned NASA astronaut who has earned seven graduate degrees in the areas of mathematics, computers, chemistry, medicine, physiology, literature, and psychology,  and the recipient of 20 honorary doctorates, has been appointed as the 2017-18 Jack W. Thompson, M.D. Distinguished Visiting Professor. 

Story Musgrave was born in 1935 on a dairy farm in Stockbridge, MA.  He was in the forests alone at 3 and by 5 floated his homebuilt rafts on the rivers.  He rode combines at 5, drove trucks and tractors at 10 and when alone in remote fields, repaired them by 13.

Story never finished school, ran off to Korea with the U.S. Marines where he was an aircraft electrician and an engine mechanic.  He started flying with the Marines and over the next 55 years accumulated 18,000 hours in over 160 aircraft.  He is a parachutist with over 800 freefalls.  He was a part-time trauma surgeon during his 30 year astronaut career.

Story was an NASA astronaut for over 30 years and flew on six spaceflights.  He performed the first shuttle spacewalk on Challenger’s first flight, was a pilot on an astronomy mission, conducted two classified DOD missions, was the lead spacewalker on the Hubble Telescope repair mission and on his last flight, he operated an electronic chip manufacturing satellite on Columbia.

Today he operates a palm farm in Orlando, Florida, a production company in Sydney and a sculpture company in Burbank, California.  He is also a landscape architect, a concept artist with Walt Disney Imagineering, an innovator with Applied Minds Inc. and a professor of design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA.  Story also performs multimedia presentations on topics such as vision, leadership, motivation, safety, quality, innovation, creativity, design, simplicity, beauty and ecology. 

During Dr. Musgrave’s visit, he has over 40 varied topics for which could be adapted to university-wide, public, and/or classroom use.  That information will be sent under separate cover.  We very much look forward to his visits in October 2017 and April, 2018.      

Former Thompson 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


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