Regents approve promotions for Horowitz, Van Volkinburg


Dean Ron Zernicke is pleased to announce the Regents of the University of Michigan have approved the promotions of Jeff Horowitz Ph.D. to full professor and Pat Van Volkinburg M.S. to Associate Dean for Academic Programs.

Professor Horowitz has been with the School of Kinesiology since 2000 and has proved himself an excellent teacher. In 2010 he was selected as the recipient of the “Excellence in Teaching Award” by Kinesiology students. Most recently he was selected to represent Kinesiology in the university-wide Health Science Teaching Academy.

In addition to his classroom teaching, Professor Horowitz has mentored two Ph.D. graduates who both received excellent post-doctoral positions and have gone on to established faculty positions. He has mentored two post-doctoral fellows, 13 Masters students and 21 undergraduate students in his laboratory since coming to U-M.

His research in the Substrate Metabolism Laboratory addresses how changes in exercise and/or diet alter energy balance, endocrine responses, and the regulation of substrate metabolism to impact health outcomes such as insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other obesity-related diseases.

Horowitz earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Iowa and Master of Science and Ph.D. from the University of Texas.

Associate Dean Van Volkinburg oversees the scheduling of all courses in the School of Kinesiology, approves new course requests and course changes, hires and supervises lecturers and GSIs, advises faculty on teaching methodology, and has oversight of all student services operations.

In addition to teaching, Van Volkinburg serves on multiple committees and groups across campus and is the Chair of the Physical Education Program at the School.

Van Volkinburg earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education with a health education minor at Western Michigan University and her Master of Science in kinesiology from U-M.