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Memoir

Betty M. Morrison
Regent's Proceedings 254

Betty M. Morrison, professor of education, retired from active faculty status on January 31, 1992, after 22 years of service to the University of Michigan.

Professor Morrison received her B.S. degree from the University of Michigan in 1952, her M.S. degree from Wayne State University in 1958, and her MA and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan in 1965 and 1966, respectively. During the period 1952-62, Professor Morrison was a medical technologist at St. Joseph Hospital in Mt. Clemens, Michigan, and from 1958-62, she also worked part-time as a research psychologist at the Rehabilitation Institute in Detroit. In 1962, she joined the Jackson public schools, where she worked for a year as a school psychologist. After serving as an assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University from 1966-70, Professor Morrison joined the University of Michigan School of Education as an associate professor of education in 1970; she was promoted to professor in 1974.

During her years with the School of Education, Professor Morrison taught courses in educational psychology, statistics, and research design. She also worked extensively on a one-to-one basis with her graduate students, assisting them with writing and publishing research articles and reports. Her student evaluations were consistently excellent and she received kudos from students and colleagues on a regular basis. Professor Morrison served on a number of School of Education and University-wide committees, including the Commission on Women, the Committee on the Status of Women in Graduate Education, and the Research Advisory Board of the Center for Afro-American Studies.

During her career, Professor Morrison has been very active with various professional organizations, including the American Educational Research Association, for which she regularly presented papers at its annual meetings. She was honored by that organization in 1985 as a "Distinguished Researcher and Scholar." Professor Morrison's "Joint Hampton-Michigan Project" (with Professor Wilbert McKeachie), funded by NIE in the late seventies, was held in high regard as an exemplary educational training project.

The Regents now salute this distinguished educator by naming Betty M. Morrison Professor Emeritus of Education.