Faculty research: the building blocks of academic excellenceTeaching and academic excellence have always been hallmarks of a University of Detroit Mercy education, a tradition that dates back to the University’s founders and current sponsors, the Sisters of Mercy and the Society of Jesus. According to the UDM mission, the University places heavy emphasis on providing an “excellent student-centered undergraduate and graduate education that seeks to integrate the intellectual, spiritual, ethical and social development of students.” Classes are taught by faculty members—rarely by graduate assistants—and students learn in classrooms where the average ratio of faculty member to students is 1:13. This ensures that students receive personal attention from their professors.
This does not mean, however, that students do not learn from faculty members who are accomplished experts in their fields. Approximately 85 percent of all faculty members at UDM have a Ph.D. or the highest degree available in their areas of study. UDM faculty work tirelessly on research projects, publish books and papers in academic journals or are sought after globally to speak about their areas of expertise. Many are recognized and respected around the world for their scholarship.
The result is that students learn from experts who do more than just teach. UDM faculty bring their research and knowledge to the classroom, often incorporating it into their lectures and curriculum. Many faculty invite students to work along side them on their research and are willing to share peer recognition by proudly allowing students to join them in presenting research findings to the wider community.
The links to the left feature six UDM faculty members who are noted experts in their fields. They hardly exhaust the examples of expertise that walk through the University’s buildings, laboratories, clinics and classrooms. They are, however, fine representatives of the body of faculty expertise at UDM.