Excerpts of this announcement were originally from The University Record story, “Regents appoint five 2023 Arthur F. Thurnau Professors (February 16, 2023).”
Professor of health behavior and health education and of global public health, School of Public Health
Harper played a central role in designing and implementing the School of Public Health’s first undergraduate degree program. He chaired the task force that developed the proposal for the program and rallied colleagues from all six departments within the school to unanimously approve the new degree.
Harper is a co-principal investigator for Student Opportunities for AIDS/HIV Research, the only pipeline program of its kind in the United States, which provides a robust training environment for undergraduate students from underrepresented groups who are interested in research careers in this area.
His model for Trauma-Informed Education for teaching during the pandemic has been shared widely with faculty at U-M and nationally. His student-centered approach and passion for teaching allow for deep learning as well as student enjoyment in his courses, lab and programs.