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June 16, 2004
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EMU regents appoint 32 new tenure-track faculty

YPSILANTI – The appointments of 32 new tenure-track faculty for the 2004-2005 academic year were approved by the Eastern Michigan Board of Regents at its regular meeting June 15. The appointments are effective Aug. 25, 2004.

            The new tenure-track faculty and their departments are:

  • Brigid Beaubien, of Wyandotte, assistant professor, teacher education. Before joining EMU, Beaubien was a teacher at Houghten Elementary School in Detroit and an adjunct instructor at Wayne State University. She received her doctorate in curriculum and instruction from

Wayne State University in 2003.

  • Pamela Becker, of Superior Township, assistant professor, interdisciplinary technology. Becker had been a program coordinator of technology management and a lecturer in the interdisciplinary technology department at Eastern Michigan University. She received her master’s degree in technology from Eastern Michigan University in 1994.
  • April Bigelow, of Ypsilanti, assistant professor, nursing. Prior to EMU, Bigelow was a clinical nurse at the University of Michigan Medical Center. She received her master’s degree in adult primary care from the University of Michigan in 2003.
  • Scott Boerma, of Whitmore Lake, assistant professor, music. Boerma has been director of bands at Eastern Michigan University since 2003 and is head brass instructor of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps. He received his master’s degree in music from the University of Michigan in 1992.

·    Brian Bruya, of Honolulu, Hawaii, assistant professor, history and philosophy. Bruya previously was a graduate assistant and managing editor with the Shuhai Wenyuan Project at the University of Hawaii. He received his master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Hawaii in 1999.

·      Melanie Buffington, of Columbus, Ohio, assistant professor, fine arts. Prior to joining EMU, Buffington was a graduate teaching assistant in the art education department at The Ohio State University. She received her master’s degree in art education from The Ohio State University in 1999.

·      Steve Camron, of Tecumseh, assistant professor, special education. Camron had been a lecturer in the special education department at EMU, a coordinator of compliance and legal services for the Lenawee Intermediate School District and was self-employed as a special education hearing officer. He received his juris doctorate from the University of Toledo Law School in 1985.

·      Michael Chan, of Bryn Mawr, Pa., assistant professor, associated health professions. Prior to EMU, Chan was program director for the occupational therapy assistant program and interim program director for the business administration program at Harcum College, Bryn Mawr, Pa. He received his master’s degree in business administration from the University of New Brunswick (Canada) in 1996.

·      Charles Cunningham, of Pittsburgh, Pa., assistant professor, English language and literature. Before joining EMU, Cunningham was a postdoctoral associate in the English department at Carnegie Mellon University. He received his doctorate in literacy and cultural studies from Carnegie Mellon University in 2001.

·      John Curran, of Providence, R.I., assistant professor, English language and literature. Prior to joining EMU, Curran was assistant professor in the mathematics department at Bryant College, Smithfield, R.I. He received his master’s degree in applied mathematics from Brown University in 1997.

·      Diane Fox, of Tecumseh, assistant professor, nursing. Fox had been a registered nurse in intensive care at the University of Michigan Hospital, a lecturer in nursing at EMU, an adjunct faculty in nursing at Washtenaw Community College and an adjunct faculty in respiratory therapy at Monroe County Community College. She received her master’s degree in nursing from Eastern Michigan University in 2003.

·      Craig Fuller, of Pittsburgh, Pa., assistant professor, associated health professions. Prior to EMU, Fuller was a teaching assistant and researcher in the department of infectious diseases and microbiology at the University of Pittsburgh. He received his master’s degree in infectious diseases and microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2001.

·      Steven Huprich, Waco, Texas, assistant professor, psychology. Prior to EMU, Huprich was an assistant professor in the psychology and neuroscience department at Baylor University. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of North Carolina in 1999.

·      Sema Kalaian, of Okemos, assistant professor, industrial technology. Prior to EMU, Kalaian was assistant professor at the University of Toledo. She received her doctorate in measurement and quantitative methods from Michigan State University in 1994.

·      Judith Kullberg, of Huntington, W. Va., assistant professor, political science. Prior to EMU, Kullberg was an associate professor in the political science department at Marshall University. She received her doctorate from the University of Michigan in 1992.

·      Lois Mahoney, of Lake Mary, Fla., assistant professor, accounting and finance. Mahoney had been an assistant professor at the University of Central Florida and a financial specialist for Martin Marietta Corporation. She received her doctorate in information systems/managerial from the University of Central Florida in 1997.

·      Morgan Milner, of East Lansing, assistant professor, management. Before joining EMU, Milner was an instructor in business management in the management department at Michigan State University. He received his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in 1995.

·      Ryan Molloy, of Austin, Texas, assistant professor, fine arts. Prior to EMU, Molloy was a visiting lecturer in the art and art history department at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his master’s degree in fine arts in design from the University of Texas-Austin in 2003.

·      Anthony Moreno, of East Lansing, assistant professor, health, physical education, recreation and dance. Moreno had been a visiting instructor in the department of physical education and human performance at Albion College. He received his master’s degree in physical education from the University of Nevada in 1998.

·      Ann Orr, of Ann Arbor, assistant professor, special education. Orr had been a lecturer in the department of special education at Eastern Michigan University since 2003. She received her doctorate in educational studies from the University of Michigan in 1994.

·      Jeff Parker, of Columbus, Ohio, assistant professor, English language and literature. Prior to EMU, Parker was an instructor in the English department at Ohio Dominican University and a co-director of summer literary seminars. He received his master’s degree in creative writing from Syracuse University in 1999.

·      Kate Pittsley, of Ann Arbor, assistant professor, university library. Before joining EMU, Pittsley was director of the Manchester District Library. She received her master’s degree in information and library studies from the University of Michigan in 1988.

·      Linda Polter, of Blissfield, assistant professor, special education. Prior to EMU, Polter was a program supervisor for the Monroe County Program for Hearing Impaired Children. She received a specialist degree in administration and supervision of special education from Eastern Michigan University in 2002.

·    Jennifer Rice, of Bloomington, Ind., assistant professor, economics. Prior to EMU, Rice was an associate instructor in the department of economics at Indiana University. She received her master’s degree in economics from Indiana University in 2000.

·      Glenda Russell, of Florence, Mass., assistant professor, psychology. Before joining EMU, Russell was an adjunct faculty member in the departments of clinical psychology and applied psychology at Antioch New England Graduate School. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1984.

·      Karen Schulte, of Ann Arbor, assistant professor, special education. Schulte previously was a facilitator for professional growth and development for the Ann Arbor Public Schools. She received her specialist degree in administration and supervision in special education from Eastern Michigan University in 1989.

·      Phil Smith, of Worcester, Vt., assistant professor, special education. Before coming to EMU, Smith was an adjunct faculty member teaching educational research at Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, Vt., and executive director of the Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council. He received his doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Vermont in 2000.

·      Bethany Sneed, of Warren, assistant professor, political science. Prior to joining EMU, Sneed was an instructor of political science at Wayne State University. She received her master’s degree in administrative management from the University of Maryland European Systems/Bowie State University (England) in 1999.

·      Gilbert Stiefel, of Ann Arbor, assistant professor, special education. Stiefel previously was an adjunct lecturer in psychology at Eastern Michigan University and a school psychologist with Dexter Community Schools. He received his doctorate in education and psychology from the University of Michigan in 1985.

·      Paula Watson, of Ann Arbor, assistant professor, history and philosophy. Prior to EMU, Watson was a visiting lecturer of philosophy at the University of Michigan. She received her master’s degree in philosophy from Virginia Tech in 1996.

·      Amy Young, of Ann Arbor, assistant professor, psychology. Prior to EMU, Young was a research investigator for the Substance Abuse Research Center and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at the University of Michigan. She received her doctorate in psychology from the University of Michigan in 1998.

·      Li Zhang, of Williamsville, N.Y., assistant professor, computer science. Before joining EMU, Zhang was a research assistant at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He received his master’s degree in computer science from West Chester University, West Chester, Pa., in 1998.

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