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June 19, 2007
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EMU regents approve 23 new tenure-track faculty

YPSILANTI - The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents approved the appointments of 23 new tenure-track faculty at its regular meeting June 19.

            Of the 23 appointments,  14 are male and nine are female. These new tenure-track faculty appointments are effective Aug. 29.

            New tenure-track faculty and their departments are:

Elizabeth Ament, of Madison, Wisc., assistant professor, art. Prior to coming to EMU, Ament worked as a visual arts education consultant for Teaching Connections in Madison, Wisc., from 2004-2006. Before that, she was an art education consultant for the University of Wisconsin Continuing Education program. Ament received her doctorate in art education from Ohio State University; her master’s degree in art of teaching elementary education from National Louis College; and her bachelor’s degree in art and art history from Kent State University.

Stephen Blair, of Grand Rapids, assistant professor, mathematics. Blair most recently was an assistant professor of mathematics at Grand Valley State University from 2004-2007. Before that, he was an adjunct instructor, research assistant and teaching assistant at Portland State University from 1998-2004. Blair received his doctorate in mathematics from Portland State University; his master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Michigan; and his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Michigan-Flint.

Ronald Carlson, of Canton, assistant professor, mathematics. Carlson has been a visiting lecturer in Eastern Michigan University’s Department of Mathematics since 2006. Carlson previously was a teacher at Canton High School from 1974-2006. He also has been an adjunct lecturer at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, University of Detroit/Mercy and the University of Michigan. Carlson received his master’s degree in mathematics education and his bachelor’s degrees in mathematics, both from the University of Michigan.

John Dunn, of Indiana, Pa., assistant professor, English language and literature. Dunn most recently was assistant to the director of composition placement teaching in the English department at Indiana University, Pennsylvania. From 2004-2006, he was a graduate teaching associate in the department of English at Indiana University-Pennsylvania. Previously, he was a writing program administrator and full-time faculty member at Emmanuel College from 1999-2003. Dunn received his master’s degree in English/rhetoric from Carnegie Mellon University and his bachelor’s degree in English from Indiana University-Bloomington.

Gavin Edwards, of Charleston, Ill., assistant professor, chemistry. Edwards most recently was a visiting assistant chemistry professor at Eastern Illinois University from 2006-2007. Prior to that, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Purdue University from 2003-2005. Edwards received his doctorate and bachelor’s degrees in chemistry, both from the University of Leicester.

Christopher Herman, of Auburn Hills, assistant professor, School of Health Promotion and Human Performance. Herman has been a lecturer in the School of Health Promotion and Human Performance at EMU since 2005. During that same period, Herman was an instructor in the division of kinesiology, department of movement science, at the University of Michigan. He received his master’s degree in kinesiology from Michigan State University and his bachelor’s degree in sports medicine from Eastern Michigan University.           

Sandra Jean Hines, of Manchester, Mich., assistant professor, School of Nursing. Prior to EMU, Hines was at the University of Michigan from 1996-2007. Before that, she was with Integrated Health Association from 1992-1998. Hines received her doctorate in nursing, master’s degree in parent-child nursing and bachelor’s degree in physical education, all from the University of Michigan. Hines received another bachelor’s degree, in nursing, from Eastern Michigan University.

Ira Jacobs III, of Lansing, assistant professor, music and dance. Prior to EMU, Jacobs had been a teaching assistant at Michigan State University from 2004-2007. Jacobs also was director of choral activities at Winter Park High School in Winter Park, Fla., from 1993-2004. Jacobs received his master’s degree in music from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and his bachelor’s degree in music education from East Carolina University.

Melissa Jones, of Charlotte, N.C., assistant professor, English language and literature. Before coming to EMU, Jones taught history at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte during 2006 and taught literary courses at Indiana University from 1999-2005. Jones received her master’s degree from Indiana University and her bachelor’s degree in English and Women’s Studies from Smith College in Northampton, Mass.

Kristen Judd, of Millbrook, N.Y., assistant professor, biology. Judd previously was a postdoctoral research associate at the Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, N.Y., from 2004-2007. Prior to that, she was a graduate student instructor at the University of Michigan from 1996-2004 and a graduate research assistant there from 1997-2004. Judd received her doctorate in ecology and evolutionary biology, and her master’s degree in biology, both from the University of Michigan; and her bachelor’s degree in biology from Dartmouth College.

John Knight, of the United Kingdom, assistant professor,  history and philosophy. Most recently, Knight had been a graduate student teacher at Oxford University from 2003-2007. Knight received his master’s degree in economic and social history from Oxford University and his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of London.

Mary Kubitskey, of Northville, assistant professor, physics and astronomy. Prior to coming to EMU, Kubitskey worked at the University of Michigan from 2001-2007. Kubitskey received her doctorate and bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and her master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University.

Jacqueline LaRose, of Lansing, assistant professor, teacher education. LaRose previously was a teaching assistant at Michigan State University from 2002-2007. Before that, she was a district staff developer at Guilderland Central School District from 1989-2002. LaRose received her master’s degree in education from SUNY at Buffalo and her bachelor’s degree in education from SUNY at Fredonia.

Michael McVey, of Tucson, Ariz., assistant professor, teacher education. Prior to coming to EMU, McVey was director of technology for the College of Education at the University of Arizona from 2002-2007. At the University of Arizona since 1999, McVey also was a clinical assistant professor and clinical associate professor in the COE’s Office of the Dean for initial teacher preparation.  Before that, McVey was a special education teacher and chair of the special education program with the Sunnyside Unified School District from 1993-1999. McVey earned his doctorate in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University; his master’s degree in teaching and teacher education from the University of Arizona; and two bachelor’s degrees, in secondary English and special education, both from York University.

Sarah Memmott, of Ypsilanti, instructor, University Library. Memmott most recently was Web coordinator and education librarian at the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Mardigian Library from 1998-2007. Previously, Memmott was a part-time reference librarian at Madonna University Library and Tanner Philosophy Library, both from 1996-1998. Memmott received her master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and her bachelor’s degree in religion from Oberlin College.

Richard Roberson, Jr., of West Lafayette, Ind.,  assistant professor, School of Technology Studies. Before coming to EMU, Roberson was a clinical professor in Purdue University’s Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management from 2003-2007. Prior to that, he was a graduate teaching assistant in that department from 2002-2003. Roberson received his doctorate and master’s degree in hospitality and tourism management, both from Purdue University; and his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Valdosta State University.

Thomas Schmitt, of Milwaukee, Wisc., assistant professor, psychology. Before joining EMU, Schmitt was a project assistant in various departments at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 2002-2007 as well as an adjunct instructor there from 2004-2007. Schmitt received his master’s degree in educational psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Shiming Shyu, of Ann Arbor, assistant professor, School of Engineering Technology. Shyu most recently was an engineering designer at the University of Michigan from 1994-2007. Previously, Shyu was a project architect at Gunna Birkerts & Associates from 1989-1993. Shyu received his doctorate in architecture and three master’s degrees, one in architecture, from the University of Michigan. Shyu received his bachelor’s degree from National Taiwan Normal University.

Robert Simmons III of Eyota, Minn., assistant professor, teacher education. Prior to EMU,  Simmons was an adjunct faculty/research assistant at Hamline University from 2006-2007. Previously, he was a behavior intervention teacher at Osseo Area Schools in Brooklyn Park, Minn., from 2005-2006 and an elementary school teacher/administrator with Rochester Public Schools from 2003-2005. Simmons received his doctorate in education from Hamline University; his master’s degree in science from Lawrence Tech University; and his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Western Michigan University.

Brooks Stevens, of Raleigh, N.C., assistant professor, art. Before coming to EMU, Stevens was a full-time visiting professor and part-time adjunct faculty in the department of art and design at North Carolina State University from 2005-2007 and a part-time adjunct faculty at Mount Olive College from 2002-2005. Stevens received her MFA in fiber/textile design from East Carolina University and her bachelor’s degree in fibers from Savannah College of Art & Design.

James Sweet, of Livonia, instructor, School of Health Promotion and Human Performance. Previously, Sweet was a board eligible orthotist/resident prosthetist at Teter Orthotics & Prosthetics in Okemos/Ann Arbor from 2005-2007. Before that, Sweet was an athletic trainer/cast team leader at MedSport at the University of Michigan from 2002-2005. Sweet received his master’s degree in exercise science/physiology and his bachelor’s degree in science, both from Western Michigan University.

Alena Treat, of Bloomington, Ind., assistant professor, teacher education. Prior to coming to EMU, Treat worked as an adjunct instructor, associate instructor at Indiana University from 2005-2007. Treat received her master’s degree in gifted education from Arkansas Technical University and her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock.

Stephen Wellinski of Bloomington, Ill., assistant professor,  teacher education. Most recently, Wellinski was an assistant professor of education at Illinois State University from 2002-2007. Previously, he was a graduate instructor in the School of Education at Purdue University from 1995-2002. Wellinski received his doctorate and master’s degree in curriculum and instruction; and his bachelor’s degree in secondary education and general communications, all from Purdue University.

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