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Mary Nina Yochum
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M. Nina Yochum, Ph.D., associate professor of education in the School of Education, retired from active faculty status on May 31, 2002. Professor Yochum received her B.S.Ed. degree from Clarion University in 1967, her M.Ed. degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1970, and her Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan in 1986. Professor Yochum joined the faculty of the University of Michigan-Flint as a lecturer in 1986 and was promoted to assistant professor when she received her Ph.D. degree later that year. In 1992, she was promoted to associate professor, and in 1998 she transferred to the Ann Arbor campus.

During her tenure, Professor Yochum taught the core literacy courses in the elementary certification program and the advanced literacy course for language arts majors. Her course activities were designed to engage students in the application and integration of key themes and knowledge across courses and the field experience. While pursuing her interests in reading and literacy, Professor Yochum has collaborated and consulted with numerous schools and school districts, made numerous presentations at national and international conferences, and generated an extensive publications list that includes papers in the Journal of Reading Behavior and Reading Research and Instruction. Most recently, her scholarly work has been conducted in conjunction with the federally sponsored Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement.

Professor Yochum's efforts to improve her own teaching and the skills of student teachers has resulted in the development of teaching methods and innovations which drew praise and admiration from her students. She has been a highly innovative and successful teacher, and she is greatly respected and genuinely liked by her students. Professor Yochum served as director of the Michigan Department of Education Grant's Model School Project (1993-94) and as a postdoctoral fellow in the Michigan Partnership for New Education at Michigan State University (1991-92).

The Regents salute this distinguished teacher and scholar by naming M. Nina Yochum associate professor emerita of education.