Eastern Michigan regents grant emeritus status to five faculty, two staff

by Pamela Young, Published June 21, 2011

YPSILANTI - The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents granted emeritus status to five faculty members and two staff members at its regular meeting June 21.

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

New emeritus faculty members are:

S. Imitiaz Ahmad, of Windsor, Ont., professor of computer information systems, who retires Aug. 30 after 30 years of service. Ahmad was nominated for his distinguished career as a teacher and mentor, and professional record of service. Ahmad is internationally known as a consultant to government and businesses in Canada, the United States and overseas. He is a former president for numerous professional organizations, including the Computer Science Association of Canada and the Association of Muslim Scientists and Engineers of North America. He also is the author of several books on computer hardware, software and information systems.

Nancy Allen, of Ann Arbor, professor of English language and literature, who retires Aug. 30 after 20 years of service. Allen was nominated for her outstanding work with students and in the field of composition and rhetoric. One of her most notable accomplishments was developing computerized classrooms for technical communication courses. During her tenure, she developed a broad range of courses for technical communication undergraduates and graduate majors. Allen has authored 28 articles and edited a volume on using language and visuals together.

Emily Catherine Day, of Ypsilanti, professor of world languages, who retires Aug. 31, after 29 years of service. Day is an expert in teaching English as a second language (ESL-TESOL). She was nominated for her work as a liaison to the College of Education, the Michigan Department of Education and the Michigan Public School Districts. She has served on several national and state committees and boards. Allen also was active on various university committees, including the professional education advisory committee, the Graduate Research Fair and the Sesquicentennial Committee.

Barry Fish, of Ann Arbor, professor of psychology, who retired in April 2011 after 41 years of service. Fish was nominated for his extensive career as a dean and department head, and for his work in the classroom. Fish is a former department head in psychology, and served 12 years as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Before returning to the faculty, he was named department head in geology and geography for two years.

Arthur Howard, of Ypsilanti, professor of chemistry who retired in January 2011 after 21 years of service. Howard has had a distinguished career as an educator that included 19 years at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa and four years at Kalamazoo College before coming to EMU. He was nominated for his ability to motivate students to excel and for providing them with a first-class education in a very difficult subject. He served for many years as the organic chemistry coordinator and as the department's Undergraduate Symposium representative, and volunteered for various committees. In spite of his retirement, Howard volunteers as a tutor and continues to work on synthetic organic research projects begun in collaboration with his students.

New emeritus staff members are:

Judy Church, of Canton, senior secretary, risk management and compensation, who retired June 1, 2011 after 22 years of service. During her years of service to EMU, Church worked in several departments, including employment, benefits, and in risk management and workers' compensation. She was nominated for her contributions to Eastern Michigan and for her exceptional customer service.

Nancy Mida of Gregory, communications manager for the EMU Foundation, who retired March 15, 2011 after more than 38 years of service. Mida was nominated for her extensive experience in communications and marketing for the foundation and University donors. Her key duties included writing for and producing the annual report, and overseeing the marketing and communications needs for the Invest, Inspire capital campaign. As one colleague said, "Nancy is a dedicated communicator who has done all she can to advance the cause of EMU and, particularly, its development efforts."



Pamela Young

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