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Jan. 6, 2006
CONTACT: Ron Podell
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Temple educator explores race, gender in urban education reform during EMUís John W. Porter Chair in Urban Education Speaker Series Jan. 26

YPSILANTI - James Earl Davis, associate dean for the College of Education and associate professor in the department of educational leadership and policy studies at Temple University, concludes Eastern Michigan University’s John W. Porter Distinguished Chair for Urban Education Speaker Series with “Uneasy Ties: Race and Gender in Urban Education Reform,” Thursday, Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m., in room 202, Porter Building. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Davis also will present — for faculty, teachers and students — a workshop, “Doing School at the Margin: How To (Re) Engage High School Dropouts,” Friday, Jan. 27, 9:30-11:30 a.m., room 301, Porter Building.

Davis’s expertise includes gender studies, sociology of higher education, educational policy, and access and equity. His research focuses on the academic and social experiences of students placed at-risk for underachievement and school disengagement, particularly African American boys and men.  His work has appeared in numerous journals, including: “Gender and Society,” “Urban Education,” “American Behavioral Scientist,” “The Journal of Negro Education” and “Educational Researcher.”

A former National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, Davis has taught at the University of Delaware and Cornell University. He also has been a visiting scholar at the Institute for Research of Women and Gender at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and at the Center for Educational Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“Dr. Davis is a personal friend and scholar. I have followed his career since the mid-1980s.  His research focus on gender, particularly African American males, is most impressive,” said Vernon Polite, dean of EMU’s College of Education. “He has lectured internationally, including at several major universities in South Africa, Asia, Europe. I am delighted to have him on our campus.”

Davis is the author of “African American Males in School and Society: Policies and Practices for Effective Education” (with Vernon Polite) and “Black Sons to Mothers: Compliments, Critiques, and Challenges for Cultural Workers in Education” (with M. Christopher Brown). Prior to his Jan. 26 lecture, Davis will be available for a book signing in the Porter Student Lounge from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Davis received his post-doctorate in education policy from Princeton University; his doctorate in social policy and evaluation research from Cornell University; and his bachelor's degree in sociology from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga.

The John W. Porter Distinguished Chair in Urban Education is named in honor of John W. Porter, former EMU president and state superintendent of public instruction. It is the first endowed chair in the College of Education. The chair is designed to actively expand the University's role in urban school districts in Michigan, with an emphasis on school/community relations.

Typically, one visiting professor occupies the Porter Chair for one year and makes periodic visits to campus. This year, the format was redesigned to allow the EMU campus and the public to interact with a variety of scholars through a “Speaker Series” format.

For more information, contact Dawn Davis at 487-0255, extension 2536, or e-mail her at ddavis31@emich.edu.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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