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Charles F. Lehmann, Professor of Education, retired from active
faculty status on May 31, 1988, after more than thirty-five years of service to
The University of Michigan.
A native of Bluffton, Ohio, Professor Lehmann received his A.B.
degree with distinction from The University of Michigan in 1948. He
continued his education at The University of Michigan, earning his A.M.
degree in history in 1955 and his Ph.D. degree in education in 1957. He
served as a supervising teacher at University High School in Ann Arbor in
1948; an assistant professor at Northern Michigan College of Education in
Marquette from 1948 to 1950; and a consultant in school organization and
plant at the Department of Public Instruction in Lansing from 1950 to 1952.
In 1953, he was invited to direct a research project at The University of
Michigan sponsored by the Midwest Administration Center at the University
of Chicago and funded by the Kellogg Foundation.
Professor Lehmann joined The University of Michigan faculty in
1955 as a lecturer in the School of Education. He was named assistant
professor and assistant dean of the School of Education in 1957; he was
promoted to associate professor in 1959 and to professor and associate dean
in 1963. In these administrative posts, Professor Lehmann guided the school
through a period of expansion. He assumed major responsibility for the
development of a distinguished undergraduate program in teacher education,
while simultaneously managing the administrative affairs of the school.
After serving thirteen years as assistant and associate dean, Professor
Lehmann assumed a full-time instructional assignment in social foundations.
Commenting on his experience as associate dean, Professor Lehmann said,
"My colleagues have greatly honored me during the past years by trusting
me to represent them within the University community and to the world
outside. I thank them all for their support and encouragement during a long
and lively tenure. And now, I look forward to a period of self renewal as a
Among the courses Professor Lehmann taught during his teaching
career are "The Sociology of Teaching," "Educational Ideas of Major
Sociologists," "Authority Control and Power in Teaching," and "The History
of Higher Education." Professor Lehmann ably directed dissertations and
contributed numerous scholarly publications in the areas of his interest and
expertise. Students found Professor Lehmann to be a stimulating teacher.
Perhaps the most fitting tribute was made by one of his students, who
commented, "... Dr. Lehmann has illustrated his respect for the process of
history through utilizing motivating readings, student-interaction-oriented
lectures, and his scholarly research and experience. I would classify him as
brilliant, vibrant, and witty, and that is still not enough."
The Regents now salute this distinguished faculty member by naming
Charles F. Lehmann Professor Emeritus of Education.