Professor Loraleigh Keashly among WSU inaugural Distinguished Service Professors
Service is an important part of each Wayne State University faculty member’s responsibilities and often includes service to the university community within and beyond the disciplinary bounds of a faculty member’s tenure home, often including significant service to the broader community, state or nation. To recognize exemplary service, a new faculty classification of Distinguished Service Professor was established. This classification is to be used in rare instances to designate senior members of the university faculty who have made extraordinary contributions to the university outside their own disciplines or who, by unusual service outside of the university, have brought great honor and recognition to the institution. The title of Distinguished Service Professor is bestowed upon the recipient by the president of the university upon the advice of the provost.
Professor Loraleigh Keashly — Dr. Keashly joined the faculty of the College of Urban, Labor and Metropolitan Affairs in 1997. She uses her considerable insight into questions of supportive and effective work relationships to inform her service activities, committee membership and administrative duties at Wayne State. In this way, her service is grounded in her expertise. In the last four years alone, she has served on a broad range of committees and commissions, including the WSU Accessibility Initiative and RCM Budget Implementation Team. She has served as chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance Review Committee and the WSU Daycare Implementation Committee, and as a member of the WSU Diversity Campus Climate Working Group, the WSU Higher Learning Commission and the WSU General Education Reform Committee. She is actively sought out as a committee member at the university level. She has consulted with the U.S. Veterans Administration and the U.S. Air Force, and was recently asked to work with the United Nations High Commission on Refugees. She is regularly consulted by other universities about issues of work climate in higher education.