EMU regents grant emeritus status to six faculty members, one staff member

by Pamela Young, Published December 17, 2009

YPSILANTI — The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents granted emeritus status to six faculty and one staff member at its regular meeting Dec. 17.

Faculty and staff may be nominated for emeritus status upon retirement if they have at least 15 years of service. Those granted emeritus status are:

  • Catherine Bach of Ann Arbor, professor, biology, who retires Jan. 2, 2010, after 18 years of service. Bach has mentored numerous graduate and undergraduate students in the practice of science. She is an internationally known researcher in plant-insect interactions and has served as an editor for the journal Ecology, the top journal in her field. Bach won the Outstanding Adviser Award in 2000.
  • Paul Kuwik of Ypsilanti, professor, technology studies. Kuwik retired Aug. 31, after 39 years of service. During his tenure, he served as a department head and helped develop the Coatings and Research Institute. The Institute is home to the College of Technology’s Polymers and Coatings Program, one of only four such programs in the country.
  • Margaret Moore-Hart of Brighton, professor, teacher education. Moore-Hart retires Jan. 4, 2010, after 21 years of service.  She has served on numerous committees at EMU and was chair of the College of Education Council for three years.  Moore-Hart has published numerous articles and a recently released book on how to teach writing in diverse classrooms.
  • Walter Moss of Ypsilanti, history and philosophy, who retires Jan. 5, 2010, after 39 years of service. He was nominated for his nearly 40 years as a model teacher of history, for his scholarship and collegiality. He has taught a number of history classes including “Russia to 1855,” “Russia since 1855” and “20th Century Russia.” Moss also has written for the Michigan War Studies Review.
  • Donald Pearson, professor, economics, who retires Jan. 4, 2010, after 41 years of service. During his tenure, he served as head of the Labor Studies Program, and more recently, served as director of the undergraduate economics program. He is known for his expertise in unionization, collective bargaining and comparative labor movements.
  • John Robert Smith of Ypsilanti, assistant professor, music and dance, who retired Aug. 31, 2009, after 40 years of service. Known as an all-around musician, Smith primarily taught studio tuba, euphonium and trombone Music 100 music theory for non-majors as well as other courses. He has played with the Dodworth Saxhorn Band, including twice at the White House; produced numerous recordings with the group, and appeared as a vocalist with the Ann Arbor Choral Union and the Great Lakes Chorus.
  • Mary Jane Callison of Ypsilanti, senior secretary, physics and astronomy, who retired Dec. 1, 2009, after 23 years of service. In her role as senior secretary, Callison took beginning physics courses in order to communicate more effectively with faculty and students.  She was cited for her loyalty, honesty and integrity, and for making the department office more efficient.


In other business, the board approved the retirements of two faculty members and four staff:

  • Jeanne Pietig of Ann Arbor, professor, teacher education, who retired in 2009 after 21 years of service. She taught in the area of social foundations of education and supervised student teachers.
  • Clovis Semmes of Ypsilanti, professor, African American Studies, who retired Sept. 1, after 21 years of service. In 2008, he received EMU’s Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award. He is the author of four books and numerous journal articles.
  • Karen Simpkins of Ypsilanti, chief human resource officer, who retired Oct. 15, after more than 33 years of service.
  • Mary Milliken of Pinckney, senior evaluator/recorder, who retired Sept. 26, after more than 28 years of service
  • Dana Priess of Wayne, custodian, who retired Oct. 31, after more than 29 years of service.
  • Patricia Sullivan of Canton, administrative assistant II, who retired Oct. 2, after 16 years of service.

Pamela Young

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