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Merle L. Dinsmore
Regents' Proceedings

Merle L. Dinsmore, professor of social work, has retired from active faculty status as of August 31, 1983.

Professor Dinsmore came to the School of Social Work in 1962 as an assistant professor on a vocational rehabilitation grant with responsibility for classroom teaching and practice instruction in the field of vocational rehabilitation. Her academic credentials included an AB degree from The University of Michigan (1935) and an MSW degree from The University of Michigan (1953). She was recognized as an outstanding practitioner and administrator by her professional colleagues.

Professor Dinsmore achieved eminence for her substantial contributions to the educational programs of the School of Social Work and for her outstanding service to the profession. Her skillful management of the field placement program of the School included yearly assignment of over five hundred students in social agencies in Michigan and other parts of the country. Also, she was instrumental in the development of policies and procedures that guaranteed the educational integrity of field assignments. As director of the school's field placement office, she collaborated with other faculty members and agency personnel in a wide variety of projects that served to enhance the school's research and instructional activities.

Her special attention to students' practice experiences, and her regard for their educational goals and careers, earned Professor Dinsmore the high esteem of students, faculty and agency personnel.

The Regents of the University now salute this distinguished educator by naming her Professor Emeritus of Social Work.

Bio - The History of Social Work - Fellin

Merle Dinsmore joined the faculty as an assistant professor, holding B.A. and M.S.W. degrees from Michigan and previously working for a number of years as a social worker at the Children's Center of Wayne County. Dinsmore was appointed on a U.S. Vocational Rehabilitation grant, "with responsibility for classroom teaching and practice instruction in the field of vocational rehabilitation" (Regents' Proceedings, 1983).

Dinsmore was recognized "as an outstanding practitioner and administrator by her professional colleagues." For several years, she served as director of the Office of Field Instruction. In naming Dinsmore professor emeritus in 1983, the regents noted "her special attention to students' practice experiences, and her regard for their educational goals and careers," earning her "the high esteem of students, faculty, and agency personnel."