Prof. Neil M. Flax appointed to emeritus status
March 13, 2007
DEARBORN / March 13, 2007---Neil M. Flax, associate professor of comparative literature and of German at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, has been named associate professor emeritus.
His appointment to emeritus status was approved by the U-M Regents at their February meeting in Ann Arbor. Flax retired from active faculty status at the end of 2006.
“He published on Goethe and other European romanticists in such journals as the Proceedings of the Modern Literature Association, Comparative Literature and Eighteenth Century Studies,” the Regents noted in their memo on Flax’s emeritus appointment.
Flax taught honors seminars on western civilization, introductory courses in the humanities, and a range of courses in German literature. He was director of the campus’s Honors Program from 1987-1990, and was chair of the Department of Humanities in 2003-2004.
Flax earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester in 1963, a master’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1967, and a Ph.D. from Yale University in 1978. Flax also studied at the University of Wurzburg in Germany and the University of Zurich.
He joined the UM-Dearborn faculty as an instructor in 1977, and was promoted to assistant professor in 1978 and associate professor in 1984.
In 1982-1983, he was a visiting assistant professor at the University of North Carolina. In 1984, Flax received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study the rise of professional art criticism in the 19th century.