EMU regents approve 25 new faculty

by Ward Mullens, Published June 23, 2009

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YPSILANTI — The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents approved the appointments of 25 new tenure-track faculty at its regular meeting June 23.

Of the 25 new faculty appointments, 11 are male and 14 are female. Demographics show that 15 (60 percent) are Caucasian, two (8 percent) are Asian, two are multi-racial (8 percent) and one is African American (4 percent). Five  (20 percent) did not indicate their heritage. All new tenure-track faculty appointments are effective Sept. 2.

New tenure-track faculty and their departments are:

Jin Bo, of Ann Arbor, assistant professor, psychology. Before coming to EMU, Bo was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan from 2006 to the present. Previously, Bo was a trainee at the Kenny Krieger Institute’s Motion Analysis Lab at Johns Hopkins University from 2004-2006. Bo received both her doctorate in neuroscience and cognitive science, and her master’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Maryland. Bo received her bachelor’s degree in pediatrics from Shanghai Second Medical University in Shanghai, China.

John Carbone, of Vernon, Conn., assistant professor, School of Health Sciences. Before coming to Eastern Michigan University, Carbone was a graduate research assistant at the University of Connecticut from 2005 to the present. Previously, Carbone was a research assistant II at Harvard Medical School from 2002-2005. Carbone received his doctorate in nutritional sciences and his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y.

Anne Casper, of Durham, N.C., assistant professor, biology. Prior to coming to EMU, Casper was a postdoctoral research fellow at Duke University during 2008-2009. Prior to that, Casper was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Casper received both her doctorate in and master’s degree in genetics from the University of Michigan. Casper received her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Brooke Heather Dagnan, of Ypsilanti, assistant professor, communication, media and theatre arts. Dagnan was an adjunct lecturer in communication, media and theatre arts at EMU during 2008-2009.  Previously, Dagnan was an editor and worked on production staff at Russell Video Services in Ann Arbor from 2007-2008. Dagnan received her master’s degree in film from Ohio University, a bachelor’s degree in film, dramatic performance and American culture from Eastern Michigan University, and another bachelor’s degree in studio art from Oberlin College.
 
Marguerite DeBello, of West Bloomfield, instructor, School of Nursing. Prior to coming to EMU, DeBello was adjunct faculty at Oakland Community College from 1998-2009 and worked as a clinical program coordinator of neuro-oncology, oncology nurse case manager extender and a staff nurse at Harper Hospital from 1985-1997.  She also has run Legal Nurse Consulting since 2001. DeBello received her master’s degree in nursing from Oakland University and her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Michigan.

Heidi Deininger, of Ann Arbor, associate professor, School of Nursing. Before coming to Eastern Michigan University, Deininger was adjunct faculty in the School of Nursing at Duquesne University from 2005-2007. Previously, she was an assistant professor and program director in the School of Nursing/Clinical Research Management at the University of Maryland from 2004-2006. Deininger received her doctorate in nursing from the University of Tennessee, her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Michigan.

Natalie Dove Smoak, of Bloomington, Ill., assistant professor, psychology. Prior to coming to EMU, Dove Smoak was an assistant professor of psychology at
Illinois Wesleyan University from 2006-2009 and a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Connecticut from 2004-2006. Dove Smoak received both her doctorate and master’s degree in social psychology at Purdue University and her bachelor’s degree in psychological science from Ball State University.

Jessica Elton, of St. Joseph, Mo., assistant professor, communication, media and theatre arts. Before coming to EMU, Elton was an instructor of communication studies and theatre at Missouri Western State University from 2008 to the present, an adjunct professor at Indiana University-South Bend during 2008 and a research and development associate at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Ga., from 2006-2008. Elton received her master’s degree in intercultural communication from the University of Denver and her bachelor’s degree in literature from the University of Nevada-Reno.

Janet Fisher, of DeWitt, Mich., assistant professor, special education. Before coming to EMU, Fisher was director of special education in Linden Community Schools in Linden from 2006 to the present, executive director of special services in Rockford Public Schools from 2004-2006 and a supervisor of special education at Reeths-Puffer Public Schools in Muskegon County from 2002-2004. Fisher received her doctorate in education from Eastern Michigan University, two master’s degrees, one in school administrative and one in elementary administration from Central Michigan University; and her bachelor’s degree in education, also from Central Michigan University.

Chiron Graves (no hometown available) assistant professor, biology. Prior to coming to EMU, Graves was at Champaign Centennial High School from 2004-2005 and at Jefferson Middle School from 2002-2004. Graves received both his master’s degree and bachelor’s degree from Xavier University.

Jeffrey Guthrie, of Windsor, Ontario, assistant professor, chemistry. Before coming to EMU, Guthrie was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Windsor’s Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research in Windsor, Ontario, from 2008 to the present. He also was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, from 2004-2007.  Guthrie received his doctorate in analytical/environmental chemistry from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, and his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia.

Peter Higgins, of Charlotte, N.C., assistant professor, history and philosophy. Prior to coming to EMU, Higgins was a lecturer of philosophy at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte from 2008 to the present. Previously, he was a graduate instructor and teaching assistant at the University of Colorado at Boulder from 2000-2008. Higgins received both his doctorate and master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Colorado-Boulder and his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Kansas.

Heather Janisse, of Windsor, Ontario, assistant professor, psychology. Before coming to EMU, Janisse was adjunct faculty at Wayne State University from 1997-2009. She also was an assistant professor in Wayne State’s Pediatric Prevention Research Center from 2008-2009. Janisse received both her doctorate and master’s degree in developmental psychology from Wayne State University and her bachelor’s degree in psychology and communication from Eastern Michigan University.
 
William Koolage, of Vancouver, British Columbia, assistant professor, history and philosophy. Prior to coming to EMU, Koolage was a postdoctoral teaching fellow at the University of British Columbia from 2008 to the present and a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin during 2008. Previously, he was a teaching assistant training instructor at University House Communities of Madison from 2001-2006. Koolage received his doctorate and master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, another master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Manitoba, and two bachelor’s degrees, in psychology/philosophy and finance, both from the University of Manitoba.

Monica Millan, of Urbana, Ill., assistant professor, world languages. Before coming to EMU, Millan was a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Illinois at Urbana –Champaign from 2002 to the present. She also was a Study Abroad instructor in Cuba and the Dominican Republic during the summers of 2004, 2006 and 2007. Millan received her master’s degree in Spanish literature from Tulane University and her bachelor’s degree in modern languages from Los Andes University in Bogota, Columbia.

Larry Morton II, of St. Louis, Mo., assistant professor, School of Social Work. Prior to coming to EMU, Morton was adjunct faculty at St. Louis University from 2007 to the present. Morton also was a principal investigator at Washington University in St. Louis during 2007 and a research assistant there in 2006. Morton received his master’s degree in social work from St. Louis University and his master’s degree in political science and bachelor’s degree in psychology, both from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Derek Mueller, of Syracuse, N.Y., assistant professor, English language and literature. Before coming to EMU, Mueller was a graduate teaching associate for The Writing Program at Syracuse University from 2004 to the present and at Park University from 1997 to the present. He also has been a senior part-time instructor of English and humanities at Park University from 2000 to the present. Mueller received his doctorate in composition and cultural rhetoric from Syracuse University, his master’s degree in English from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and his bachelor’s degree in English from Park University.

MeeAe Nam, of Denver, Colo., assistant professor, music and dance. Prior to coming to EMU, Nam was an assistant to the music director at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception from 2001-2008. She also was a assistant professor of music, lecturer in voice and a voice instructor at the Metropolitan State College of Denver from 1999 to the present. Nam received both her doctorate of musical arts in vocal performance and pedagogy and master’s degree of music in vocal performance from the University of Colorado-Boulder. She received her bachelor’s degree of music in voice from Sook-Myung University in Seoul, Korea.

Robert Peavler, of Greensburg, Pa., assistant professor, music and dance. Before coming to EMU, Peavler was an assistant professor of voice at Indiana University of Pennsylvania from 2005 to the present and an assistant professor of voice at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point from 2000-2005. Peavler received both his doctorate and master’s degrees in voice performance from Florida State University and his bachelor’s degree in music education from Central Michigan University.

Sandra Saucier, of Allen Park, assistant professor, School of Nursing. Prior to coming to EMU, Saucier was a clinical leader to a team of nurse practitioners in the cardiothoracic intensive care unit at Henry Ford Hospital from 2003-2009 and a registered nurse in labor and delivery at Oakwood Hospital from 1997-2003. Saucier received her master’s degree in community health nursing from the University of Michigan and her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Eastern Michigan University.

Brian Spolans, of Fort Worth, Texas, assistant professor, art. Before coming to EMU, Spolans was an assistant adjunct instructor at the University of Texas-Arlington from 2008 to the present. Previously, he was an adjunct instructor at the University of North Texas from 2006-2008. Spolans received his master’s degree in studio art from the University of North Texas and his bachelor’s degree in studio art from the University of Texas-Austin.

Mary Strasma, of Hagerstown, Md., assistant professor, history and philosophy. Prior to coming to EMU, Strasma was a visiting assistant professor at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, from 2007 to the present and adjunct faculty at St. John’s University-Collegeville from 2006-2007. Strasma received both her doctorate and master’s degree in Latin American History from the University of Minnesota and her bachelor’s degree in history and international studies from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn.

Samir Tout, of Ypsilanti, associate professor, School of Technology Studies. Tout previously was a part-time adjunct professor at EMU from 2006 to the present. Since 2000, Tout has been a full- or part-time consultant for GMAC Financial Services-Keane. Tout received his doctorate from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and both his master’s degree and bachelor’s degree from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario.

Shiri Vivek, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., assistant professor, marketing.  Prior to coming to EMU, Vivek was an instructor at the University of Alabama from 2007-2008. Previously, Vivek was an associate professor of management at the Institute for Integrated Learning in Management in New Delhi, India, from 2004-2007 and an assistant professor of management there from 2000-2004. Vivek received her doctorate in marketing from the University of Alabama. She received a second doctorate in management from the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi, India. She received an MBA from Mohanlal Sukhadia University in Udaipur, India, and a master’s degree in psychology from Jai Narain Vyas University in Jodhpur, India. Vivek received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Jodhpur University in India.

Mehmet Yaya, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., assistant professor, economics.  Before coming to EMU, Yaya was an instructor at the University of Alabama from 2006-2008. Yaya received separate master’s degrees in finance and economics, all from the University of Alabama. Yaya received his MBA from Auburn University and his bachelor’s degree in international trade from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey.
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