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June 20 , 2006
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EMU Regents approve 37 promotions for faculty

YPSILANTI - The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents granted promotions for 37 faculty members and tenure for 25 at its regular meeting June 20.

Faculty who apply for promotion are evaluated by standards provided in the Eastern Michigan University/Eastern Michigan University – American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Master Agreement and individual evaluation documents established for each academic department. Evaluation standards address instructional effectiveness, scholarly and/or creative activity and service.

Newly-hired tenure-track faculty, who are on probation, are evaluated annually in accordance with the EMU/EMU AAUP’s contract. Faculty are evaluated on instructional effectiveness, service and scholarly and/or creative activity. Favorable probationary evaluations and a favorable, final full evaluation lead to a recommendation for tenure.

Of the 25 newly-tenured faculty, 22 also were on the list of those promoted.

Faculty who were promoted and granted tenure are:

  • Ruth Ann Armitage, associate professor, chemistry;
  • Donald Babcock, associate professor, music and dance;
  • William Douglas Baker, associate professor, English language and literature;
  • J. Joe Bishop, associate professor, teacher education;
  • Colin Blakely, associate professor, art;
  • Margaret Coffman, associate professor, biology;
  • Carla Damiano, associate professor, foreign languages and bilingual studies;
  • Marion Dokes-Brown, associate professor, teacher education;
  • Richard Egge, associate professor, history and philosophy;
  • Christine Hume, associate professor, English language and literature;
  • Chris Hyndman, associate professor, art;
  • Christine Karshin, associate professor, School of Health Promotion and Human Performance;
  • Marianne Laporte, associate professor, biology;
  • Suchindran Maniccam, associate professor, computer science;
  • Susan McCarthy, associate professor, School of Health Promotion and Human Performance;
  • James G. Mitchell, associate professor, School of Engineering Technology;
  • Robert Orrange, associate professor, sociology, anthropology and criminology;
  • Raymond Quiel, assistant professor, communication and theatre arts;
  • Maria Ruggiero, associate professor, art;
  • Joel Schoenhals, associate professor, music and dance;
  • Cara Shillington, associate professor, biology;
  • Martha Tanicala, associate professor, School of Nursing.

Faculty members who received promotions and their new titles are:

  • Anthony Adams, professor, sociology, anthropology and criminology;
  • Ovidiu Calin, associate professor, mathematics;
  • Devika Choudhuri, associate professor, leadership and counseling;
  • Kimberly Cole Luevano, professor, music and dance;
  • Geffrey Colon, associate professor, School of Health Promotion and Human Performance;
  • Margaret Davis, professor, art;
  • Elizabeth Francis-Connolly, professor, School of Health Sciences;
  • Sue Grossman, professor, teacher education;
  • Mark Higbee, professor, history and philosophy;
  • Joan Jones, professor, mathematics;
  • Behooz Lahidji, professor, School of Engineering Technology;
  • Dean Lauterbach, professor, psychology;
  • Judith Olson, professor, School of Health Sciences;
  • Karen Saules, professor, psychology;
  • Ronald Williamson, professor, leadership and counseling.

Faculty members who received tenure appointments only include:

  • Lidia Lee, associate professor, special education;
  • Linda Kinczkowski, assistant professor, School of Technology Studies;
  • Eric Owen, assistant professor, library.


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