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June 17, 2008
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EMU Regents approve 19 new tenure-track faculty

YPSILANTI — The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents approved the appointments of 19 new tenure-track faculty at its regular meeting June 17.

Of the 19 new faculty appointments, 12 are male and seven are female. Demographics show that five (26 percent) are Caucasian and 14 (74 percent) have not reported as of yet. These new tenure-track faculty appointments are effective Aug. 27.

New tenure-track faculty and their departments are:

  • Muhammad Ahmed, of Troy, assistant professor, School of Engineering Technology. Prior to coming to EMU, Ahmed was a instructional support specialist and program manager for Greenfield Coalition at Wayne State University from 2002-2008. Ahmed also was a research associate for the department of industrial manufacturing engineering at Wayne State from 1994-2006. Ahmed received his doctorate in industrial and manufacturing from Wayne State University; two master’s degree in manufacturing engineering and mechanical engineering from Wayne State University; and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from NED University Pakistan.
  • Michael Barnes,of Southgate, instructor, Halle Library. Barnes most recently was coordinator of cataloging services/archivist at Marygrove College Library in Detroit from 2006-2008. Before that, he was a librarian intern at Marygrove from 2004-2006. Barnes received his master’s degree in library and information science from Wayne State University, and his bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Eastern Michigan University.
               
  • Barbara Bleyaert, of Ann Arbor, assistant professor, leadership and counseling. Bleyaert previously was an assistant professor of educational administration and supervision at the University of Toledo from 2005-2008. Before that, she was an assistant superintendent of achievement initiatives in the Washtenaw Intermediate School District from 2002-2005; director of instructional services and professional development with the WISD from 2000-2002; and co-founder and executive director with the Michigan Coalition of Essential Schools from 1995-2000. Bleyaert received her doctorate in education from Eastern Michigan University; her master’s degree in English from Michigan State University; and her bachelor’s degree in English education from the University of Michigan.
  • Dan Bonenberger,assistant professor, geography and geology. Bonenberger most recently was president of National Road Alliance, Inc., in Cambridge City, Ind., from 2006-2008, and a graduate research assistant at West Virginia University from 2005-2008. He also was associate director of WVU’s Institute for the History of Technology and Industrial Archaeology from 2000-2005. Bonenberger received his master’s degree in history and his bachelor’s degree geography, both from West Virginia University.
  • Nina David,of Ann Arbor, assistant professor, geography and geology. David most recently was at the University of Michigan from 2005-2008, serving in various capacities, including instructor, guest lecturer, research assistant and research associate. David has received two master’s degrees, one in city and regional planning, and the other in environmental science, both from Ohio State University. She has a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Madras University in Chennai, India.
  • Jennifer Desiderio, of Ann Arbor, assistant professor, special education. Desiderio had been a professional development provider in the Ingham Intermediate School District from 2004-2008. Desiderio also was an adjunct faculty member at Michigan State University during 2008. Before that, she was with Fairfield City Schools from 2000-2003.  She received both her education specialist’s degree and master’s degree in school psychology from Miami (Ohio) University. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.  
             
  • John Drake, of Ruston, La., assistant professor, computer information systems. Prior to coming to EMU, Drake was an adjunct assistant professor at Louisiana Tech University from 2007-2008; an adjunct instructor at Troy University during 2007; and a graduate teaching assistant at Auburn University, both from 2004-2007. Before that, he was an IT developer/consultant with Virtual Communications Services from 2000-2003. Drake received his doctorate in management information systems from Auburn University and his bachelor’s degree in physics from Southern Illinois University.
  • Robert Duke, of Richland, assistant professor, history and philosophy. Prior to EMU, Duke was an instructor at Western Michigan University from 2003-2008, Prior to that, he was superintendent of schools at Gulf Lake Community Schools from 2001-2003 and superintendent of schools at Mendon Community Schools from 1994-2000. Duke received two master’s degrees, in educational leadership and history; and his bachelor’s degree in secondary education, all from Western Michigan University.
  • Ronald Flowers, of Dexter, assistant professor, leadership and counseling. Flowers has been at EMU since 2000, where he has been an adjunct professor/lecturer, director of educational leadership internships, doctoral fellow and an assistant football coach. Previously, he was at Southwest State University from 1992-2000, where he served in a variety of capacities, including assistant professor, special assistant to the president, athletic director and head football coach. Flowers received his educational doctorate from Eastern Michigan University; his master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Washington and his bachelor’s degree in from Ohio State University.
  • Carla Harryman, of Detroit, assistant professor, English language and literature. Harryman previously was a senior lecturer in the department of English at Wayne State University from 2000-2008. Harryman received her master’s degree in creative arts from San Francisco State University and her bachelor’s degree in literature from the University of California-Santa Barbara.
  • Jeremy Hopgood, of Boone, N.C., assistant professor, communication and theatre arts. Most recently, Hopgood had been an assistant professor at Appalachian State University from 2004-2008. Prior to that, Hopgood was an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky from 2003-2004 and a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Arkansas from 2000-2003. Hopgood received his master’s degree in scenic design from the University of Arkansas and his bachelor’s degree in speech/theatre from Arkansas Tech University.
  • Faye Kao, of Eau Claire, Wisc., assistant professor, marketing. Prior to coming to EMU, Kao was an assistant professor of marketing at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire from 2006-2008 and an adjunct professor at the City University of New York’s Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business, from 2000-2006. Kao received her doctorate in business from City University of New York; her MBA from the University of Illinois-Urbana; and her bachelor’s degree in zoology from National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan.
  • Hui Li, of Athens, Ga., assistant professor, political science. Li previously was a instructor in the department of public administration and policy at the University of Georgia during 2007 and a research assistant there from 2002-2007. Before that, she was an instructor at Fudan University in Shanghai, China, from 2000-2001. Li received her master’s degree in public administration from Fudan University and her bachelor’s degree in public administration from Soochow University in Taiwan, China.
  • James Perren, of Philadelphia, Pa., assistant professor, foreign languages and bilingual studies. Prior to coming to EMU, Perren was an adjunct instructor in the Teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) departments at both Arcadia University in Glenside, Pa., and West Chester University in West Chester, Pa., during 2007. Before that, he was a research/teaching assistant at Temple University from 2004-2005 and an instructor of English as a foreign language at Kwansei Gakuin University in Nishinomiya, Japan, from 1997-2001. Perren received his master’s degree in TESOL and his bachelor’s degree in Spanish, both from San Jose State University.
  • Paul Ramsey, of Bloomington, Ind., assistant professor, teacher education. Ramsey most recently was at the University of Indiana from 2000-2008, where he was an instructor, a graduate assistant and a graduate student mentor. Ramsey eceived his doctorate in philosophy and his master’s degree in the history of education, both at Indiana University; and his bachelor’s degree in history and German from the University of Southern Indiana.
  • Delbert Raymond III, associate professor, School of Nursing. Before coming to EMU, Raymond was an assistant professor in the college of nursing at Wayne State University from 2005-2008. Prior to that, he was a lecturer and graduate research assistant at the University of Michigan from 2000-2004. Raymond received both his doctorate and master’s degree in nursing from the University of Michigan; and his bachelor’s degree in nursing from Oakland University.
  • Ralph Scheubrein, of Stuttgart, Germany, assistant professor, computer information systems. Before joining EMU, Scheubrein was an interim professor of operations and logistics management at the Technical University of Freiberg (Germany) from 2006-2008 and a lecturer of production and logistics management at the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany, from 1998-2006. Scheubrein received his doctorate in business administration and economics from the University of Hohenheim and his master’s degree in computer science from the University of Kaiserlautern in Kaiserlautern, Germany.
  • Mary Schneider,of Minneapolis, Minn., assistant professor, music and dance. Schneider most recently was an assistant director of bands at the University of Minnesota from 2005-2008. Previously, she was an assistant instructor at the University of Texas-Austin from 2002-2005; and a director of bands at Benjamin Franklin Middle School in Ridgewood, N.J., from 1994-2002. Schneider received her doctorate of musical arts from the University of Texas-Austin; her master’s degree in music education from the University of Connecticut; and her bachelor’s degree in music from the New England Conservatory of Music.
  • John Staunton, of Ypsilanti, assistant professor, English language and literature. Since 2007, Staunton had been a lecturer of English education at Eastern Michigan University. Before that, he was an assistant professor of English at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte from 2003-2008 and an associate instructor of language education at Indiana University from 2000-2003. Staunton received both his doctorate and master’s degree in English from Fordham University. He received his bachelor’s degree in English and philosophy from the University of Notre Dame. He also has an educational specialist’s degree in language education from Indiana University.

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