Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents approve 28 new faculty

by Ward Mullens, Published June 21, 2011

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YPSILANTI - The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents approved the appointments of 28 new faculty at its regular meeting June 21.

Of the 28 appointments, 16 are female and 12 are male. All appointments are effective Aug. 24, 2011.

New faculty at EMU are:

Julie Becker, of Tecumseh, assistant professor, School of Technology Studies. Previously, Becker was director of EMU's Textiles Research and Training Institute from 2010-2011 and an EMU adjunct professor in computer-aided design since 1996. She was owner of Becker CAD Design & Services LLC from 2009-2010. Becker received both her master's degree in home economics and her bachelor's degree in drawing, illustration and weaving; and pattern design and product placement from Bowling Green State University.

Bryan Booker, of Holland, assistant professor, School of Engineering Technology. Booker previously served as an assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering at the University of Minnesota from 2010-2011. He also was an adjunct professor of engineering at Hope College in Holland, Mich., during 2008 and an adjunct professor of business at Davenport University in Holland, Mich., from 2001-2002. Booker received both his doctorate in industrial engineering and his master's degree in engineering management from Western Michigan University; and his bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Iowa State University.

 

Minnie Bluhm, of Ann Arbor, assistant professor, School of Health Sciences. Bluhm previously was a lecturer IV in the University of Michigan-Flint's Department of Health Sciences and Administration from 2002-2008, and an instructor in Washtenaw Community College's Behavioral Sciences Department from 2003-2004. Before that, Bluhm was program director for the University of Michigan' School of Nursing from 2000-2004. Bluhm received her doctorate and master's degree in public health; and her bachelor's degree in psychology, all from the University of Michigan.

Nancy Villa Bryk, of Ann Arbor, assistant professor of geography and geology. Bryk's previous experience includes director of education and public programs at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum from 2006-2011 and interim director of the curatorial and education staff at The Henry Ford from 2004-2005. She has been teaching in the EMU Historic Preservation Program since 1992. Bryk received her MBA, her master's degree in American culture, and her bachelor's degree in art history/U.S. history, all from the University of Michigan.

Ramona Caponegro, of O'Fallon, Ill., assistant professor of English language and literature. Previously, Caponegro was coordinator for the University of Florida's Center for Children's Literature and Culture from 2005-2010 and was assistant to the curator of the University of Florida's Special Collections Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature from 2007-2010. Caponegro  received both her doctorate and master's degree in English from the University of Florida, and her bachelor's degree in English from St. Louis University.

Stephanie Casey, of Evanston, Ill, assistant professor of mathematics. Before coming to EMU, Casey was a mathematics teacher at Deerfield High School in Deerfield, Ill., from 1997-2011 and a graduate teaching assistant at Illinois State University during 2005. Casey received her doctorate in mathematics education from Illinois State University; and both her master's degree in education and her bachelor's degree in education: mathematics from the University of Kansas.

 

Damir Cavar, of Konstanz, Germany, assistant professor of English language and literature. Cavar previously served as a professor of computational linguistics at the University of Konstanz in Germany from 2010-2011 and chair of the linguistics department at the University in Zadar, Croatia, during 2009-2010.  He also was an assistant professor of computational linguistics at the University in Zadar from 2005-2011 and an adjunct assistant professor of computational linguistics at Indiana University from 2006-2011. Cavar received his doctorate in linguistics from the University of Potsdam in Germany.

Andrew Cornett, of Bloomington, Ind., assistant professor, School of Health Promotion and Human Performance. Previously, Cornett was an associate instructor of kinesiology at Indiana University from 2004-2011 and a research assistant for Indiana University's Counsilman Center for the Science of Swimming from 2005-2007. Cornett has master's degrees in applied statistics and kinesiology, both from Indiana University; and his bachelor's degree in kinesiology from DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind.

Gabriela Dumitrascu, of Tucson, Ariz., assistant professor of mathematics. Prior to coming to EMU, Dumitrascu had taught various math courses at the University of Phoenix (online), University of Arizona, Norwich University and Dartmouth College. Dumitrascu received both her doctorate in mathematics education and her master's degree in mathematics from the University of Arizona. She received another master's degree in mathematics from Dartmouth College and her bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Craiova, Romania.

Heather Khan, of Lansing, assistant professor of geography and geology. Previously, Khan was a post-doctoral research associate at Michigan State University's Global Urban Studies Program from 2008-2011. During the same period, she also was an adjunct professor in MSU's Urban and Regional Planning Program. Khan received her doctorate in urban and regional planning from Florida State University; her master's degree in urban planning from Wayne State University; and her bachelor's degree in political science from Florida Atlantic University.

 

Raul Leon, of Hattiesburg, Miss., assistant professor of leadership and counseling. Before coming to EMU, Leon was a visiting assistant professor of educational studies and research at the University of Southern Mississippi from 2010-2011 and a doctoral research program fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 2008-2010. Leon received both his doctorate in educational leadership and policy analysis and his master's degree in international public affairs from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and his bachelor's degree in international relations from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minn.

Regina Luttrell, of Clifton Park, N.Y., assistant professor of English language and literature. Previously, Luttrell was an instructor of communications/adjunct professor from 2010-2011 and instructor of record at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, from 2007-2010. She also was an adjunct instructor of communications at Excelsior College in Albany, N.Y., from 2009-2011. Luttrell received her doctorate in transformative studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies; her master's degree in public communications from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, N.Y.; and her bachelor's degree in journalism and English from Utica College of Syracuse University.

Alexis Braun Marks, of Ann Arbor, University archivist. Prior to coming to EMU, Marks was an information and research specialist at Sygnifi Networks in Hudsonville, Mich., from 2010-2011 and archivist at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit from 2007-2010. Marks received her master's degree in library sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her bachelor's degree in international studies from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.

 

David A. Marshall, of Lexington, Ky., assistant professor of computer information systems. Previously, Marshall taught courses in supply chain management and quantitative analysis in operations management at the University of Kentucky from 2008-2010. Before that, Marshall was a manufacturing engineer and quality control supervisor for Ford Motor Company in Lima, Ohio, from 2000-2007.  Marshall received both his master's degree in engineering and bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering technology from the University of Toledo.

Priyanka Meharia, of Lexington, Ky., assistant professor of accounting and finance. Before coming to EMU, Meharia was a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Kentucky from 2008-2011 and at the Missouri University of Science and Technology from 2005-2006. Meharia received her master's degree in management information science and technology from the Missouri University of Science and Technology; and her bachelor's degree in commerce/accounting from the Sri Shikshayatan College for Women at University of Calcutta, India.

Abbey Marterella, of Los Angeles, Calif., assistant professor, School of Health Sciences. Previously, Marterella was an assistant professor of research at the University of Southern California's Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy from 2010-2011. She was a graduate research assistant and staff member there from 2005-2010. Marterella received her doctorate in occupational science from the University of Southern California and both her master's and bachelor's degrees in occupational therapy from Eastern Michigan University.

Tricia McTague, of Springfield, Mo., assistant professor of sociology, anthropology and criminology. Before coming to EMU, McTague was an assistant professor of sociology at Missouri State University from 2009-2011. She was an instructor in sociology at North Carolina State University during 2007. McTague received her doctorate, master's degree and bachelor's degree in sociology, all from North Carolina State University.

 

Zachary Moore, of Glassboro, N.J., assistant professor of geography and geology. Previously, Moore was an assistant professor of geography at Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J. from 2008-2011. He was coordinator for the New Jersey Geographic Education Alliance from 2009-2011 and co-director of the New Jersey State Geography Bee from 2009-2011. Moore received his doctorate in geography/geographic education from Texas State University-San Marcos; his master's degree in geography from Western Illinois University; and his bachelor's degree in geography from Eastern Illinois University.

Tierney Orfgen, of Rochester Hills, Mich., assistant professor, School of Technology Studies. Tierney most recently was an intern at Crittendon Hospital Medical Center in Rochester from 2010-2011, and a principal at Orfgen Hospitality Consulting in Rochester Hills from 2009-2011. She also was an instructor and graduate assistant at Michigan State University from 2001-2005. Orfgen received both her doctorate in communication and her master's degree in food service management from Michigan State University, and her bachelor's degree in government from the University of Texas-Austin.

Gregory Plagens, of Akron, Ohio, assistant professor of political science. Previously. Plagens was an assistant professor of public administration and urban studies at the University of Akron from 2006-2011. Before that, he was an instructor in the political science department at the University of South Carolina from 2001-2006. Plagens received both his doctorate of philosophy and his master's degree in business administration from the University of South Carolina; and his bachelor's degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University.

Nick Romerhausen, of Royal Oak, assistant professor of communication, media and theatre arts. Romerhausen has been an adjunct lecturer in communication, media and theatre arts at Eastern Michigan University since 2008. During 2010-2011, Romerhausen was in a variety of positions at Wayne State University, including a graduate assistant and assistant introductory course director in the department of communications; coordinator for the Public Speaking Resource Center; and a graduate teaching assistant (instructor) in the department of communications. Plagens received his doctorate in communication education from Wayne State University; his master's degree in communication from Eastern Michigan University; and his bachelor's degree in communication studies and Spanish from Western Kentucky University.

 

Ken Saldanha, of Toronto, Ontario, assistant professor, School of Social Work. Before coming to EMU, Saldanha taught at the University of Toronto from 2007-2011, where he was a sessional instructor, course instructor and teaching assistant. Previously,

he was a certified teacher in the Peel District School Board & Toronto Catholic School Board from 2001-2004. Saldanha received his doctorate in social work from the University of Toronto; separate master's degrees in social work from the University of Toronto and the University of Bombay (Mumbai); another master's degree in philosophy from Jnana Deepa Vidyapeeth, India; and separate bachelor's degrees in education from the University of Toronto and in philosophy from the Salesian Institute of Philosophy.

Christine Scott, of Buffalo, N.Y., assistant professor of special education. Previously, Scott was an assistant professor of speech-language-hearing at Buffalo State College from 2006-2011 and an instructor at Wichita State University from 2002-2005. Scott received her doctorate in communication disorders - literacy from Wichita State University; her master's degree in communication disorders from Fontbonne College (now Fontbonne University in Clayton, Mo.); and her bachelor's degree in German from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

J. Michael Scoville, assistant professor of history and philosophy. Before coming to EMU, Scoville was an instructor at Illinois Wesleyan University during 2011 and an instructor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2005-2011. Scoville received his master's degree in philosophy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; a master's degree in liberal studies from the New School for Social Research in New York City, N.Y.; and his bachelor's degree in history from Willamette University.

Hyoung-Jin Shin, of Providence, R.I., assistant professor of sociology, anthropology and criminology. Before coming to EMU, Shin was a lecturer in sociology at State University of New York at Albany during 2007 and a co-teacher in sociology there during 2003. Shin received his doctorate in sociology from SUNY at Albany; and both his master's and bachelor's degree in sociology from Kyungpook National University in South Korea.

 

Zuzana Tomas, of Salt Lake City, Utah, assistant professor of world languages. Prior to coming to EMU, Tomas was associate director of the University of Utah Writing Center from 2010-2011 and taught at that university's department of linguistics from 2002-2011. Tomas received both her doctorate in linguistics (L2 teacher education) and master's degree in linguistics (TESOL) from the University of Utah; and received her bachelor's degree in TESOL from the University of Matej Bel, Slovakia.

Rhonda Vander Laan Kraai, of Marion, Ind., assistant professor of special education. Vander Laan Kraai was an assistant professor and director of special education at Taylor University in Upland, Ind., from 2008-2011. Previously, Vander Laan Kraii was a doctoral assistant at Ball State University and an adjunct professor at Taylor University and Indiana Wesleyan University, all from 2007-2008. Before that, she was a special education teacher at Timothy L. Johnson Academy in Fort Wayne, Ind., from 2006-2007. Vander Laan Kaii received her educational doctorate in special education from Ball State University; her master's degree in communication disorders from Marquette University; and her bachelor's degree in speech pathology from Western Michigan University.

Bradley Wilkerson, of Woodhaven, assistant professor, School of Technology Studies. Prior to coming to EMU, Wilkerson was senior cyber security specialist contractor for DTE Energy from 2010-2011 and an information assurance specialist at General Dynamics Land Systems in Sterling Heights, Mich., from 2008-2010. He also was a senior associate in business advisory services at Grant Thornton, LLP, in Southfield, from 2007-2008. Wilkerson received his master's degree in information assurance from the University of Detroit Mercy and his bachelor's degree in history from the University of Michigan.

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