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Porter Chair Speaker Series

John W. Porter

John W. Porter

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.

Speaker Series

In 2005, the structure was reconfigured in order to provide opportunities to interact with a variety of scholars through a "speaker series" format. Instead of naming one scholar for the entire academic year, each department within the College of Education (along with the Health and Physical Education programs within the School of Health Promotion and Human Performance, which is closely involved with the preparation of teacher educators) nominates and selects a scholar to participate in the series.

Previous Chair Holders

Selected Chairs have demonstrated expertise in urban education, are senior scholars/practitioners, have demonstrated experience in urban education, and relate closely to the unique aspects of urban school districts. Previous Chair holders include:

  • Joyce Epstein (2003-2005)
  • Nell Noddings (2002-2003)
  • Lisa Delpit (2001-2002)
  • James Comer (1999-2001)
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