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Allen Menlo
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Allen Menlo, professor of education, retired from active faculty status on May 31, 1991, after 39 years of service to the University of Michigan. Professor Menlo received his B.S. and M.A. degrees in 1947 and 1948, respectively, from Wayne State University.

He came to the University of Michigan as a research assistant in community adult education in 1950 and a teaching fellow in educational psychology in 1951, while pursuing his Ph.D. degree. He was appointed instructor in 1955, completed his Ph.D. degree in 1956, and was promoted to assistant professor in 1959, associate professor in 1964, and professor in 1969. His work has been diverse, dealing with such areas as educational psychology; interpersonal, group and organization development; group decision making; organizational change; leadership; utilizing behavior science knowledge; and cross-cultural comparative studies of teachers' perceptions, attitudes, and thinking.

An exceptional teacher, Professor Menlo's concern for collegial collaboration and his genuine positive regard for all his students have served as a model. His teaching has been consistently student-centered and has resulted in an enduring network of former students devoted to him for his concern and his interest in their learning and growth. In the late 1960s, Professor Menlo developed the Interpersonal Process Program, which became the largest graduate program area in educational psychology at the University of Michigan. Professor Menlo has been involved in a number of professional organizations, and has held leadership posts in the American Educational Research Association and the Society for Cross-Cultural Research. He has also served on the editorial boards of Behavior Science Research, Journal of Worldwide Comparative Studies, and The Adult Educational Quarterly: A Journal of Research and Theory. A major theme in Professor Menlo's work has been his commitment to collaborative participation, and he has consulted broadly, both nationally and internationally, on organizational change.

In recognition of his excellence in teaching, his creative approaches in human relations, and his research on the social perceptions of teachers, Professor Menlo has received awards from the Danforth Foundation, the Phi Delta Kappa International Education Organization, the Adult Education Associations of both Michigan and the United States, the Michigan Corrections Department, the World Health Organization, and the German Academic Exchange Office. In 1981, Professor Menlo founded the Consortium for Cross-Cultural Research in Education, which has grown into a partnership of university research teams in 12 countries that collaborate in the planning and conducting of comparative studies of teachers and teaching. He will contue to coordinate the consortium and direct the Michigan research team after his retirement.

The Regents now salute this distinguished faculty member by naming Allen Menlo Professor Emeritus of Education.