June 11, 2002
Contact: Pamela Young



YPSILANTI - Jacqueline Zeff, professor of English at the University of Michigan-Flint, has won the 2002 Michigan Distinguished Woman in Higher Education Leadership Award.

The Michigan-American Council on Education (ACE) Network of Women Leaders in Higher Education selected Zeff for her efforts to support and promote women in leadership roles in higher education. The award was presented June 11 at the Michigan ACE Network's annual conference at Michigan State University.

"Dr. Zeff has consistently worked to improve the status of women and to support them in their professional advancement," said Martha Tack, ACE's state co-coordinator and senior executive for presidential initiatives at Eastern Michigan University. "She is a wonderful role model for all of us in that she thinks first about what's best for women and second about what's best for her personally."

Zeff, a resident of West Bloomfield, is the director of the master of liberal studies in American Culture program at UM-Flint and has served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Prior to joining the UM-Flint in 1991, she taught and served in various administrative capacities at the Mercy College of Detroit, Midrasha College of Jewish Studies in Southfield and Wayne State University.

While at UM-Flint, she has served in the Mentorship Program of the Women's Center Advisory Council, the Women and Gender Studies Program, and was president of the campus chapter of the American Association of the University Professors.

In 2000, she was awarded the University's Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching and its Merit Award for Service in 1998.

A graduate of the University of Michigan, Zeff earned a master's degree from Wayne State University and her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. Her research interests include Jewish, Latina, Asian-American and African-American women writers as well as the fiction of the American writer Willa Cather.

The American Council on Education Network is a state-based, national network addressing needs and issues relating to women's leadership in higher education.