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May 14, 2012

Claudia Coulton Named 2012 Distinguished University Professor


It was supposed to be a meeting that began at 11 a.m., and one that Claudia Coulton would probably have to miss.

So when word got out that the Lillian F. Harris Professor of Urban Social Research at MSASS might be a no-show, someone needed to somehow convince her to go up to the third floor of the Mandel School – pronto.

When she arrived to see her MSASS peers and faculty all seated in a third-floor classroom, she had no idea what would happen next: Coulton was being named a 2012 Distinguished University Professor by Case Western Reserve University President Barbara Snyder.

"I would have never expected this could happen," Coulton said. "I'm grateful for everyone at MSASS, and the university for making this selection. My work would not have been possible without all of the support I have received from MSASS and from CWRU over the years."

President Snyder was on hand to deliver her progress report to staff, but instead, opened her meeting with the surprise announcement. "Claudia has done so much here and she is so deserving of this honor," Snyder said, noting Coulton's recent accomplishments. MSASS Dean Grover Gilmore shared in the president's sentiment. "We're really delighted that she's being honored this way," he said. "Claudia Coulton is a quiet scholar whose work speaks for her. She is a thoughtful scholar who for over three decades has been producing work that has informed and influenced social policies and practices.

"She is a teacher dedicated to her students," he added. "Her designation as a Distinguished University Professor, our highest academic rank, is an appropriate recognition of her outstanding work."

Exceptional Honor

Case Western Reserve University honors exceptional faculty through the title of Distinguished University Professor. This permanent title acknowledges the outstanding contributions of full-time, tenured professors with a distinguished academic record of extraordinary research, scholarship, teaching and service.

The designation represents the highest honor the university bestows on a member of its professoriate. It is granted to no more than 3 percent of the university's tenured faculty. Those selected also receive financial support for academic work, a permanent increase in annual salary and membership on the President's Distinguished University Professor Advisory Council.

Coulton will also receive a medallion at fall convocation commemorating her honor.

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