Tami Carmichael


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Region 4

Grand Forks, ND

(218) 979-7782


Tami Carmichael is a Professor of English, Interdisciplinary Health Studies, and Theatre Arts at the University of North Dakota (UND). Previously she served as Director and Professor of Humanities & Integrated Studies at UND for 18 years. She believes fully in the transformative and essential role of the arts in every person’s life and education. Throughout her teaching career, she has developed international courses in art appreciation, street art, protest art, and theatre and has lead student study-abroad trips to London, Dublin, Oslo, and Paris to study art and culture. For her innovative work in developing unique student learning opportunities, in 2008 she was chosen as a CASE/Carnegie State Professor of the Year, and in 2014, she was selected as an Association of American Colleges & Universities National STIRs (Scientific Thinking and Integrative Reasoning) Scholar.

Tami has served in many interdisciplinary, collaborative roles, including as an elected Board Member and Chair of the North Dakota Humanities Council and as the U.S. Coordinator of American College of Norway Programs at UND. She is an appointed state representative for the Global Leadership Coalition and has participated, at the invitation of the U.S. Embassy, in the Global Partnership for Change Conferences in Oslo, Norway.

Investing in the arts locally has always been of prime importance to Tami who supports and volunteers regularly for local arts groups.  She works to create collaborations between UND and Grand Forks arts organizations and is currently involved in a collaborative project in the UND Department of Theatre Arts to create a devised work that will allow students and community members to craft a public performance based on their experiences during the Covid-19 Pandemic.  Tami and her husband Jeff, a UND Biology professor, enjoy arts events and performances throughout North Dakota, especially in Grand Forks. Their son, who is now a Goldsmith in Grand Forks, was very involved with the Grand Forks Summer Performing Arts program throughout his high school years.

Counties served (figures taken from 2018 census): Pembina County, population 6,947; Walsh County, population 10,667; Nelson County, population 2,869; Grand Forks County, population 70,770