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June 19, 2007
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EMU regents grant emeritus status to one staff, one faculty member

YPSILANTI - The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents granted emeritus status to one former staff member and one former faculty member at its regular meeting June 19.

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

The staff member granted emeritus status is:

  • Norma Taylor-Bishop, senior secretary II in the Office of Urban Education and Education Equity in the College of Education, who retired after 27 years of service.

Taylor-Bishop, a Belleville, Mich. resident, completed her undergraduate degree at Eastern Michigan University in 1979, and then served the University as part of its clerical staff until Jan. 31, 2007. For nearly last two decades, Taylor-Bishop served the interests of the College of Education. She has worked for the associate dean, the director for the Office of Collaborative School Improvement Program and, most recently, the director of the Office of Urban Education and Educational Equity.

The faculty member granted emeritus status is:

  • Jiu H. Upshur, professor in the department of history and philosophy, retired after 35 years of service. Upshur received her doctorate and master’s degrees from the University of Michigan and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Sydney.

Upshur, of Ann Arbor,  taught the history of East Asia, exposing several generations of students to the history, culture and art of the peoples of the Far East. She constantly explored innovative ways to engage her students, including leading students in study abroad trips to China; teaching continuing education courses in Traverse City, Mich.; and offering courses on Chinese history on weekends.

She is the co-author of a series of highly respected textbooks on world history which, to this day, are widely used in college classrooms across America. These publications include The 20th Century: A Brief History, which has just appeared in its seventh edition under the new title, The 20th Century and Beyond: A Global History and World History, now in its fourth edition. During the 1990s, Upshur served as a member and chairperson on the College Board World History Committee; served on the Social Studies National Advisory Committee; and was president and board member of the Michigan Chinese Society for Liberal Arts, Sciences and Technology.


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