EMU regents approve seven administrative appointments, two transfers

by Pamela Young, Published June 23, 2009

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YPSILANTI —The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents approved seven administrative appointments and two transfers at its regular meeting June 23.

The administrative appointments are:

  • Ann Alvarez, of Kailua, Hawaii, was named director of social work, effective Aug. 17. Her position also includes tenure at the rank of professor. Previously, she was associate professor and director of distance education at the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work at the University of Hawaii at Manoa from 2005 to the present.  Her research interests include issues of race and gender; social work education through distance education; and cross-cultural comparisons of social service needs and programs. Alvarez received a doctorate in social work and sociology, a master’s degree in social work and a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Michigan, and a bachelor’s degree from Antioch College.
  • Arnold Fleischmann, of Atlanta, Ga., was named department head of political science, effective July 1. His position also includes tenure at the rank of professor. Prior to coming to EMU, Fleischmann was associate professor of political science at the University of Georgia from 1990 to the present. His research interests include assessment of local economic development strategies, and local representation and the quality of urban life. He received a doctorate from the University of Texas and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn.
  • James Lyddy, of Ann Arbor, was named director of the Autism Center, effective May 26. Previously, Lyddy was executive director of the P.L.A.Y. Project (Play and Language for Autistic Youngsters) in Ann Arbor from 2005-2008. Liddy received a master’s degree in engineering design and a bachelor’s degree in engineering science from Tufts University.
  • Richard Sambrook, of Richmond, Ky., was named department head of geography and geology, effective July 1. His position also includes tenure at the rank of professor. Previously, he was professor of geography at Eastern Kentucky University from 1994 to the present. His areas of specialization include Latin America; population and migration; economic development; and ecotourism. He received a doctorate in geography, a master’s degree in geography and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Michigan State University.
  • Amy Sanderson, of Ann Arbor, was named associate director of the Autism Center, effective May 7. Previously, Sanderson worked as director of advertising for Farmer Jack Supermarkets from 1996 to 2001 and as a senior account executive at MARS Advertising from 1994-1996. She received a bachelor’s degree in applied arts from Central Michigan University.
  • Jens Stephan, of Cincinnati, Ohio, was named department head of accounting & finance, effective July 1. His position also includes tenure at the rank of professor. Prior to EMU, Stephan was interim department head of accounting and finance at the University of Cincinnati from 2006 to the present.  He received a doctorate from Cornell University, an MBA from Pennsylvania State University, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.
  • David Winters, of Devens, Mass., was named department head of special education, effective July 1. His position also includes tenure at the rank of associate professor. Prior to coming to EMU, Winters was executive director of clinical affairs, 32nd degree Masonic Learning Centers for Children, Inc.  He received a doctorate in communication sciences and disorders – learning disabilities from Northwestern University, a master of arts in teaching from Rockford College, Rockford, Ill., and received a bachelor’s degree in Bible and music from Pillsbury Baptist Bible College in Owatonna, Minn.

The Board also approved two transfers at the June 23 meeting. They were:

  • Betty Beard, RN, Ph.D., from interim director of nursing to director of nursing, effective July 1. Beard received a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Michigan, a master of science in nursing from Wayne State University and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Michigan. She has been at EMU since December 1976.
  • Colin Blakely, MFA, from interim department head, art to department head, art, effective July 1. Blakely received a master in fine arts in photography from the University of New Mexico and a bachelor of arts degree from Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. He began teaching at Eastern in 2001.

Pamela Young

pyoung@emich.edu

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