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Jan. 15, 2008
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EMU Board of Regents grants emeritus status to three faculty

YPSILANTI - The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents granted emeritus status to three former faculty at its regular meeting Jan. 15.

To be awarded emeritus status, faculty must have served EMU for at least 15 years and be nominated for emeritus faculty status upon retirement.

Faculty granted emeritus status are:

  • James C. Porter, professor, department of physics and astronomy, retired after 40 years of

service. Porter received both his doctorate and bachelor’s degree from Purdue University.

Porter, of Saline, is well known among faculty and students for his ability to apply physics to a wide range of practical situations, including the area of automotive acoustics. Over the years, Porter has worked closely with local industry. His contacts with Ford Motor Company resulted in useful research connections for EMU students and in significant equipment donations to the physics and astronomy department. Porter also has served on the department’s instruction committee and its personnel and finance committee, and has chaired both; served on Faculty Council, including as a member of its executive board; and was involved in K-12 educational activities and professional review activities outside the department.

  • Ann M. Remp, professor, School of Technology Studies, retired after 23 years of service.

Remp received both her doctorate in philosophy and master’s degree from Michigan State University; and her bachelor’s degree from College of the Holy Names in Oakland, Calif.

Remp, of Willis, is most recognized for her teaching and curriculum development. She has developed courses for the Career, Technical and Workforce Education graduate program as well as for undergraduate courses in business education, office automation, network and information

technology administration, information assurance and for the School of Technology Studies.

In 2004, EMU’s Holman Learning Center recognized her for “outstanding faculty classroom instruction.” Remp’s work in the College of Technology was acknowledged by the 1986 “Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research and Program Development,” and in 2007 by the “Dean’s Stepping Up to the Plate Award.”

  • Barbara Richardson, professor, department of sociology, anthropology and criminology,

retired after17 years of service. Richardson, of Ypsilanti, received her doctorate in social psychology, social change, research methods and historical demography from Cornell University; her master’s degree in higher education administration from Columbia University; and her bachelor’s degree in English history and literature from Harvard University.

During the 1980s, Richardson spent six years as senior research associate in EMU’s Office of Educational Research and Improvement. She left for West Virginia Wesleyan College, but returned to EMU in 1991 as associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of sociology. She exposed her students to literature, film and class discussions about gender roles, aging, sexuality, women and work, and the family. She is well known for her research on Ellen Swallow Richards, a 19th-century chemist and home economist.


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