Launching the Robert F. Schoeni Research Professorship at ISR

The Institute for Social Research (ISR) was built upon the principle that interdisciplinary and cross-unit collaborations are the key to highly valuable contributions in the social sciences. By serving as a tool to spark collaborative and mold-breaking scholarship, the Robert F. Schoeni Research Professorship—made possible by a generous group of donors—will play an integral role in ISR’s future success. Given the increasing complexity of social science research and the growing need to address pressing issues in society, there is no better time than now to honor the extraordinary life and work of Professor Robert F. Schoeni (Bob).

For many, Bob’s legacy symbolizes dedication, resilience, and an unwavering desire to make the world a better place through academic research and human compassion. His cross-campus appointments with three different units epitomize ISR’s vision for the future, in which academic collaboration is a fundamental component of creating a better tomorrow. This professorship will support research related to Bob’s passions, such as economics, population studies, demography, health and aging, survey methodology and public policy. The Professorship is intended to assist ISR in efforts relating to faculty recruitment, retention, and collaboration, and to support the establishment of joint appointments and stronger ties with other schools and colleges at the University. Faculty recruitment, retention and collaboration are among our highest priorities in keeping ISR strong and well connected to the rest of campus.

Like Bob himself, this professorship will be a force for increasing partnership, generating innovative ideas, improving the quality of social research within the academic community, and inspiring social change for the public good.

Join Us!

For more information about the Robert F. Schoeni Research Professorship and how to partner with us, please contact a member our team.

Robert F. Schoeni Research Professorship Leadership Committee

James S. House and Wendy Fisher House

Joseph and Diane Lynn Hotz
Linda G. Martin
Mary Beth Ofstedal and Mick P. Couper
Robert J. and Anne Marie Willis

Friends of Ann Arbor Active Against ALS
George Alter and Elyce Rotella
Melissa A. Bradley and Michael J. Brien
Charlie Brown and Kathy Ford
Cindy Buckley and Marty Shankland
Kathleen A. Cagney
Paul Courant and Marta Manildi
Sandra and Sheldon Danziger
Wouter and Karine De Ploey-Segers
Jennifer Dowd
Greg and Dorothy Duncan
David and Tina Lam
Robert A. Moffitt
Anne R. Pebley
Trivellore Raghunathan and Gita Iyengar
Lance Sandelands and Jane Dutton
Matthew Shapiro and Susan Garetz
Frank P. Stafford
David R. Weir

Scroll to Top