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Porter Chair 2015

John W. Porter Distinguished Chair in Urban Education

The John W. Porter Distinguished Chair in Urban Education is named in honor of former EMU President and State Superintendent of Public Instruction, John W. Porter. It is the first endowed chair in the College of Education. The John W. Porter Chair was largely funded by the C.S. Mott Foundation and the McGregor Foundation. The purpose of these generous contributions is to appoint a renowned scholar(s) in urban education and to provide innovative leadership for Eastern Michigan University in this field. The Chair is designed to actively expand the University's role in urban school districts in Michigan, with an emphasis on school-community partnerships.

  • Call for Proposals

    2016-17 Call for Proposals

    Submission Deadline: December 15, 2015 a

    The John W. Porter Distinguished Chair in Urban Education is designed to actively expand the University's role in urban school districts in Michigan, with an emphasis on school-community partnerships.

    Download the call for proposals

  • Current Speaker Series

    2014-15

    The John W. Porter Distinguished Chair in Urban Education presents the 2014-15 Speaker Series:The African American Young Men of Promise Initiative. The 2014-15 Speaker Series is hosted by the Department of Leadership and Counseling. Theresa Saunders is chair of the Porter Chair Speaker Series Steering Committee. Guest speakers include:

    Guest Speaker Date Time Location Flyer
    Gloria Ladson-Billings May 8, 2014 9 a.m. Student Center pdf
    Randall Lindsey Aug 21, 2014 1 p.m. Student Center pdf
    Franklin CampbellJones Sep 25, 2014 9 a.m. Student Center pdf
    Muhammad Khalifa Nov 20, 2014 9 a.m. Student Center pdf
    Jay B. Marks Jan 22, 2015 9 a.m. Student Center pdf
    Seena M. Skelton Mar 26, 2015 9 a.m. Student Center pdf
  • Past Speaker Series

    2013-14

    The John W. Porter Distinguished Chair in Urban Education presents the 2013-14 Speaker Series: Reach, Teach, and Inspire. The 2013-14 Speaker Series is hosted by the Department of Special Education, celebrating a century of excellence. Derrick Fries is chair of the Porter Chair Speaker Series Steering Committee. Guest speakers include:

    Guest Speaker Date Time Location Flyer
    Jonathan Kozol Jun 26, 2013 1:30 p.m. Student Center Ballroom pdf
    Dan Habib Nov 6, 2013 7 p.m. Roosevelt Hall Auditorium n/a
    Colleen Wieck Feb 12, 2014 9:30 a.m. 310 Student Center pdf
    Douglas Fuchs Mar 18, 2014 7 p.m. 100 Porter pdf
    Barbara Ransom May 17, 2014 10:30 a.m. 203 Porter n/a

    2012-13

    Speaker series was not held during this academic year.

    2011-12

    The John W. Porter Distinguished Chair in Urban Education presents the 2011-12 Speaker Series: Counternarratives: Hear the Voices of Civic Activism in Urban Education. The 2011-12 Speaker Series is hosted by the Department of Teacher Education. Pamela "PK" Smith is chair of the Porter Chair Speaker Series Steering Committee. Guest speakers include:

    Guest Speaker Date Time Location
    Michelle Fine Mar 8, 2012 7 p.m. Pease Auditorium
    Derrick Jensen Mar 22, 2012 7 p.m. Pease Auditorium
    Suzanne Lacy Apr 12, 2012 7 p.m. Pease Auditorium

    2010-11

    With an overall theme of Veterans Welfare: Caring for Those Who Serve, the 2010-2011 Speaker Series was hosted by the Department of Leadership and Counseling. Dr. Dibya Choudhuri was Chair of the Porter Chair Speaker Series Steering Committee. Guest speakers and events included:

    Guest Speaker Date Time Location
    NAVASEMI Nov 9, 2010 7 p.m. Student Center
    Marianne Mathewson-Chapman Nov 11, 2010 12 p.m. Student Center
    David DiRamio Nov 12, 2010 9 a.m. Student Center
    Dale Throneberry Dec 14, 2010 1 p.m. Halle Library
    Film Series Jan - Apr 2011   Halle Library
    M. Christopher Brown II Feb 21, 2011 6 p.m. Student Center
    Florence Hamrick Mar 16, 2011 6 p.m. Porter Building
    Gary L. Anderson Apr 1, 2011 9 a.m. Porter Building

    2009-10

    The 2009-2010 Speaker Series was hosted by the Department of Teacher Education. Dr. Pamela K. Smith was Chair of the Porter Chair Speaker Series Steering Committee. Guest speakers included:

    Guest Speaker Date Time Location
    Kris Gutiérrez Jan 21, 2010 7 p.m. Porter Building
    Madhu Suri Prakash Mar 11, 2010 7 p.m. Porter Building
    Henry Giroux Apr 8, 2010 7 p.m. Roosevelt Auditorium

    2008-09

    The 2008-2009 Speaker Series was hosted by the Department of Special Education. Dr. Sally Burton-Hoyle was Chair of the Porter Chair Speaker Series Steering Committee. The guest speaker was Dr. Beth Harry, a professor in the Special Education Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of Miami (Florida). She shared her scholarship on the following topics:

    • Culturally and linguistically diverse students with disabilities.
    • Disproportionate representation of minority students with disabilities.
    • Collaboration with families and communities.

    Guest Speaker Date Time Location
    Beth Harry Oct 9, 2008
    Feb 12, 2009
    Mar 26, 2009
    7 p.m. Porter Building

    2007-08

    The 2007-2008 Speaker Series was hosted by the Department of Teacher Education. Dr. Pat Williams-Boyd was Chair of the Porter Chair Speaker Series Steering Committee. Guest speakers included:

    Guest Speaker Date Time Location
    Jean Anyon Nov. 8, 2007 7:30 p.m. Porter Building
    Deborah Meier Feb 7, 2008 7:30 p.m. Roosevelt Auditorium
    Pedro Noguera Mar 13, 2008 7:30 p.m. Porter Building

    2006-07

    Speaker series was not held during this academic year.

    2005-06

    The 2009-2010 Speaker Series was hosted by the Department of Teacher Education. Dr. Pamela K. Smith was Chair of the Porter Chair Speaker Series Steering Committee. Guest speakers included:

    Guest Speaker Date Time Location
    Donna Y. Ford Oct 27, 2005 7:30 p.m. Porter Building
    Joycelyn Elders Nov 3, 2005 7:30 p.m. McKenny Union
    Gary Orfield Nov 22, 2005 7:30 p.m. Eagle Crest
    James Earl Davis Jan 26, 2006 7:30 p.m. Porter Building

News & Announcements

Ethan Lowenstein named 2015-16 John W. Porter Distinguished Chair in Urban Education

Contact Us

Regina George

Director, Office of Urban, Community, and International Outreach

104 Porter Building

rgeorge@emich.edu

734.487.1060