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Shelby Newport
Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Theatre and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences

I have worked at the university as a faculty member since 2009, currently serving as an Associate Professor of Theatre, the resident costume designer, and the Chair of the department of Theatre & Dance. In my time at the university I have been an active participant in faculty governance, served on the Research and Creative Activity Committee, and Honors Faculty Advisory group. I have also served as Core Faculty member for our Women’s and Gender Studies program and the International and Global Studies program. All of my roles and experiences here at UM-Flint shape my work in the department and in the arts community of Michigan.

I love being part of the UM-Flint family because people smile at one another on campus and greet each other by name. I feel as if, in most situations at the university, rank and status don’t really matter and that we all value one another’s opinions and backgrounds. I have also had the opportunity to grow as a young professional at UM-Flint, moving through the tenure process and now serving as chair of the department, I feel that my experiences here have really shaped me as an academic and as a human.  

I give to UM-Flint because I see the impact of my giving every day - on our students, in the classroom, and on campus. Many students in the department of theatre and dance would not be able to study what they love and pursue their passion without the support of scholarship funding. As the director of the International and Global studies program, I am able to see the impact of gifts first hand as students travel abroad, often for the very first time with the assistance of scholarship funding. When I witness a student break-through in the classroom, or a first-year student come alive on stage, or a work-study student create something in one of our shops, I know that my gift is making a difference.



I give to UM-Flint because I see the beneficiaries of my giving every day. Many students... would not be able to study what they love and pursue their passion without the support of scholarship funding.