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June 21 , 2005
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Regents approve 58 new tenure-track faculty

YPSILANTI - The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents approved the appointments of 58 new tenure-track faculty at its regular meeting June 21.

            Of the 58 appointments, 34 are female (59 percent) and 24 are male (41 percent). Of the 58, 12 (20 percent) are minorities. These new tenure-track faculty appointment are effective as of Aug. 31.

            New tenure-track faculty and their departments are:

            • David Allbright of Farmington Hills, assistant professor, marketing. Prior to coming to EMU, Allbright was an assistant professor at Georgia College and State University from 2002-2005. Allbright received his doctorate in business administration/marketing from the University of Georgia; his master’s degree in business administration from Eastern Michigan University; and his bachelor’s degree in business administration/computer programming/math from Shepherd College.

            • Cathryn Amidei of Ann Arbor, assistant professor, School of Technology Studies. Amidei has been an art instructor at Honeycreek Community School since 2001. She also had been a guest lecturer/instructor at EMU from 1997-2004. Amidei received her master’s degree in textiles from Eastern Michigan University and her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Illinois.

            • Kunal Banerji of Jupiter, Fla., assistant professor, management. Banerji previously was an assistant professor of management with Florida Atlantic University from 2000-2005. Banerji received his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Kentucky; his master’s degree in business administration from Western Illinois University; and his bachelor’s degree in accounting from St. Xaviers College.

Keith Damron of Northville, assistant professor, communication and theatre arts. Damron  most recently was a lecturer of telecommunications and film at Eastern Michigan University from 2002-2005.  Damron received his master’s degree in interdisciplinary technology and his bachelor’s degrees in telecommunication and film, and theater arts, both from Eastern Michigan University.      

Susann deVries of Saline, assistant professor, Halle Library. deVries most recently was a full-time lecturer from 2004-2005 at Eastern Michigan University and a reference assistant at the Saline District Library from 2002-2005. deVries received her master’s degree in information and library studies from Wayne State University and her bachelor’s degree in from Calvin College.

            • Brenda Doster of Ann Arbor,  assistant professor, special education. Before coming to EMU, Doster was a teacher consultant with the Washtenaw Intermediate School District from 1988-2005. Doster received her doctorate in teacher education from the University of Michigan; and her master’s degree in learning disabilities and her bachelor’s degree in hearing impaired, both from Eastern Michigan University.

            • Laura Eidietis of Ann Arbor, assistant professor, biology. Prior to coming to EMU, Eidietis was a graduate student instructor and mentor  at the University of Michigan from 2000-2005. Eidietis received her master’s degree in teaching from the University of Portland and her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Notre Dame. Eidietis is a doctoral candidate at the University of Michigan.

            • Cory Emal of Rockville, Md.,  assistant professor, chemistry. Before joining EMU, Emal was a postdoctoral research associate at Walter Reed Army Insitute of Research from 2003-2005. Emal received his doctorate in chemistry/chemical biology from the University of Michigan and his bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the University of Lincoln-Nebraska.

            • Hedeel Guy Evans of Plymouth, assistant professor, chemistry. Guy Evans previously was an associate professor of research, biochemistry and molecular biology, at Wayne State University from 1984-2005. Guy Evans received her doctorate and master’s degrees in biochemistry and molecular biology, both from Wayne State University. She received her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Eastern Michigan University.

Sarah Fabian of Ypsilanti, assistant professor, Halle Library. Fabian previously was a substitute librarian at West Bloomfield Township Public Library from 2002-2005. Fabian received her master’s degree in information and library studies and her bachelor’s degree in English, both from Wayne State University.

Perry Francis of Rockwall, Texas, associate professor, leadership and counseling. Most recently, Francis was an associate professor of counseling at Texas A&M University from 2000-2005. Francis received his doctorate in education from the University of Northern Colorado; his master’s degree in divinity from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary; and his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Arizona.

Moderick Greenfield of Terre Haute, Ind., assistant professor, School of Engineering Technology. Prior to coming to EMU, Greenfield was an associate professor of electronics and computer technology at Indiana State University from 2001-2005. Greenfield received his master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia; and his bachelor’s degree in electronics from Jackson State University. Greenfield is a doctoral candidate in philosophy at  Southern Illinois University.

Loreena Parks of Plymouth, assistant professor, special education. Parks previously was a teacher consultant at the Tanger Center in Plymouth from 2001-03. Parks earned her master’s degree in learning disabilities from Eastern Michigan University.

Xiaoxu Han of Iowa City, Iowa, assistant professor, mathematics. Prior to coming to EMU, Han was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Iowa’s Roy J. Carver Center for Comparative Genomics from 2004-2005. Han received his doctorate in applied mathematical and computational sciences and two master’s degrees, in mathematics and computer science, all from the University of Iowa. Han received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Shaanxi Normal University in China.

Nancy Harbour of Ann Arbor, assistant professor, School of Technology Studies. Harbour most recently was an attorney with The Anderson Boyer Group in Ann Arbor from 2003-2004. Harbour received her juris doctorate from Cleveland Marshall College of Law and her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Detroit.

Mary Hogg of Charleston, Ill., assistant professor, communication and theatre arts. Before coming to EMU, Hogg was an associate professor of speech communication at Eastern Illinois University from 1997-2005. Hogg received her doctorate in curriculum and instruction; her master’s degree in communication studies; and her bachelor’s degree in general studies, all from the University of Iowa.

Christina Hornbach of Lansing, assistant professor, music and dance. Prior to coming to EMU. Hornbach was an instructor at Community Music School from 2003-2005 and a graduate teaching assistant in the department of music education at Michigan State University from 2002-2005. Hornbach has her master’s degree in music education and her bachelor’s degree in music education, both from the University of Michigan. She is a doctoral candidate in music education at Michigan State University

Kathleen Hric of New Wilmington, Pa., assistant professor, special education. Hric most recently was a home schooling consultant for students with autistic spectrum disorders from 2001-2005. Before that, she taught graduate and undergraduate courses in special education at Slippery Rock University from 1999-2002. Hric received her doctorate in special education and reading from the University of Michigan; her master’s in education from Slippery Rock University and her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and psychology from Westminster College.

Alissa Huth-Bocks of Dexter, assistant professor, psychology. Prior to coming to EMU, Huth-Bocks was a postdoctoral fellow in child clinical psychology at the University of Michigan from 2002-2005. Huth-Bocks received her doctorate and master’s degree in clinical psychology, both from Michigan State University. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan.

Mary Keener of Stow, Ohio, assistant professor, accounting and finance. Before coming to EMU, Kenner was a corporate accounting instructor at Kent State University from 2002-2004. Keener received her master’s degree in accounting from Kent State University and her bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Toledo.  Keener is a doctoral candidate in accounting at Kent State University.

Robert Kelly of Plymouth, assistant professor, Halle Library. Kelly most recently was an electronic selection librarian at the University of Michigan from 2001-2005. Kelly received his master’s degree in biology from Eastern Michigan University,  and a master’s degree in library science and a bachelor’s degree in education, both from the University of Michigan.

Donna Selman-Killingbeck of Kalamazoo, assistant professor, sociology, anthropology and criminology. Prior to coming to EMU, Killingbeck was an instructor at Western Michigan University from 2002-2005 and an instructor at EMU from 2000-2002. Killingbeck received her master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in criminology, both at Eastern Michigan University. She is currently working on her doctorate in sociology at Western Michigan University.

Young Kim of Hoover, Ala., assistant professor, sociology, anthropology and criminology. Kim most recently was an assistant professor of criminal justice at the University of Alabama from 2004-2005. Prior to that, he was a visiting assistant professor of sociology, anthropology and criminal justice at the University of Michigan-Flint from  2002-2004. Kim received his doctorate and master’s degree in crime, law and justice, both from Pennsylvania State University. He also received a master’s degree in social psychology and his bachelor’s degree in psychology, both from Yonsei University.

Kyung Hee Kim of Athens, Ga., assistant professor, teacher education. Prior to coming to EMU, Kim was a research assistant for The Center for Test Scoring and Reporting Services at the University of Georgia from 2003-2005. Kim received her doctorate  in educational psychology from the University of Georgia; her master’s degree in counseling psychology from Korea University in Seoul, Korea; and her bachelor’s degree in German education from Kyoungpook University in Dacgu, Korea. Kim is a doctoral candidate in education at Korea University.

Patrick Koehn of Ann Arbor, assistant professor, physics and astronomy. Koehn most recently was an assistant research scientist at the University of Michigan from 1997-2005. Koehn received  his doctorate and master’s degree in atmospheric and space sciences, and his bachelor’s degree in physics, all from the University of Michigan.

Myung-Sook Koh of South Bend, assistant professor, special education. Before coming to EMU, Koh was an assistant professor of speech education at Indiana University-South Bend from 2003-2005. Koh received her doctorate in instruction and curriculum leadership from University of Memphis; a master’s in education from Union University; a master’s degree in education from Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul, Korea; and her bachelor’s degree in English language education from Chongshin University in Seoul, Korea.

Volker Krause of Flagstaff, Ariz., assistant professor, political science. Krause most recently was an assistant professor of political science at Northern Arizona University from 1999-2005. Krause received his doctorate and his master’s degree in political science, both from the University of Michigan. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Mississippi.

Sayuri Kubota of Terre Haute, Ind., assistant professor, foreign languages and bilingual studies. Prior to coming to EMU, Kubota was an assistant  professor of Japanese at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology from 1999-2005. Kubota received her doctorate in foreign language education from Purdue University; a master’s degree in foreign language education from Western Illinois University; and a bachelor’s degree in English linguistics and literature from Tamagawa University in Tokyo, Japan.

Renee Lajiness-O’Neill of Detroit, assistant professor, psychology. O’Neill most recently was an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences at Wayne State University from 2004-05. O’Neill received her doctorate in philosophy from Brigham Young University, and her master’s degree in clinical psychology and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and occupational therapy, both from Eastern Michigan University.

Philip Lewis of West Chester, Ohio, assistant professor, accounting and finance. Lewis previously was a professor of accounting and finance at Northern Kentucky University from 2001-2005.  Lewis received his doctorate in accounting from the University of Cincinnati; his master’s degree in accounting from Miami University; and his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Indiana University.

Beili Liu of Ann Arbor, assistant professor, fine arts. Liu most recently was an adjunct assistant professor of art at Eastern Michigan University; a visiting artist/lecturer at the University of Michigan; and an instructor at Washtenaw Community College, all  from 2004-2005. Liu received her master’s degree in fine arts from the University of Michigan and her bachelor’s degree in graphic design from the University of Tennessee.

Jennifer Locke of Bowling Green, Ohio, assistant professor, fine arts. Locke previously was an art professor at Bowling Green State University in 2004. Locke received her master’s degree in fine arts (painting and drawing) from Wichita State University and her bachelor’s degree in fine arts (painting and drawing) from the Kansas City Art Institute.

Gary Marx of Highland, assistant professor, leadership and counseling. Marx most recently was a part-time faculty member in the department of teaching, learning and leadership at Western Michigan University and a teacher in the Oak Park School District. Marx received his doctorate of education in administration and supervision from Wayne State University; his master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Eastern Michigan University; and his bachelor’s degree in biology from Michigan State University.

John McCurdy of Bethlehem, Pa., assistant professor, history and philosophy. Previously, McCurdy was a visiting assistant professor at Moravian College from 2004-2005.  He also was a history instructor at St. Louis Community College in 2004. McCurdy received his doctorate in history and his master’s degree in history, both from Washington University. McCurdy also has a master’s degree in social sciences from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in history from Knox College.

Deanna Mihaly of Emory, Va., assistant professor, foreign languages and bilingual studies. Mihaly most recently was an assistant professor of Spanish at Emory & Henry College from 2001-2005. She also served as acting chair of the languages department there from 2002-2003. Mihaly received her doctorate in Spanish from Tulane University; her master’s degree in Spanish from Michigan State University; and her bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Hillsdale College.

Tracie Morris of Brooklyn, N.Y., assistant professor, English language and literature. Before coming to EMU, Morris was an adjunct professor at Queens College CUNY from 1999-present. Morris received her master’s degree in performance studies from New York University. She also has a master’s degree in poetry and her bachelor’s degree in arts, both from Hunter College.

Stephen Mucher of Ypsilanti, assistant professor, history and philosophy. Mucher most recently has been a visiting lecturer in the College of Education at Eastern Michigan University since 2004. He previously was a U.S. history teacher/curriculum writer at Salem High School from 2003-2005. Mucher received his doctorate in educational foundations and policy, and his master’s degree in educational studies, both from the University of Michigan. He received his bachelor’s degree in history/international studies from Taylor University.

Janet Okagbue-Reaves of Okemos, assistant professor, School of Social Work. Before coming to EMU, Okagbue-Reaves had been an adjunct professor of sociology, anthropology and social work at Central Michigan University since 2004. Okagbue-Reaves received her master’s degree in social work from Michigan State University. She received her bachelor’s degree in social work from Central Michigan University. She is a doctoral candidate in social work at Michigan State University.

Jaehong Park of Fairfax, Va., assistant professor, School of Technology Studies. Before coming to EMU, Park had been a research associate at the University of Maryland’s Center for Intellectual Property and Copyright in the Digital Environment since 2004. Park received his doctorate in information technology from George Mason University; his master’s degree in information systems technology from George Washington University; and his bachelor’s degree in information systems management from Dongguk University in Seoul, Korea.

Alexander Popko of Flagstaff, Ariz., assistant professor, foreign language and bilingual studies. Before coming to EMU, Popko had been an assistant clinical professor at Northern Arizona University from 2004-2005 and a clinical instructor there from 2001-

2004. Popko received his doctorate in applied linguistics from Northern Arizona University; his master’s degree in English as a Second Language (ESOL) from the University of Hawaii at Manoa; and his bachelor’s degree in biblical studies from Gordon College in Wenham, Mass.

Steven Ramold of Richmond, Va., assistant professor, history and philosophy. Ramold most recently was an assistant professor of history at Virginia State University from 2001-2005 and an online instructor at American Public University from 2003-2005. Ramold received his doctorate of philosophy (19th Century American History) from the University of Lincoln-Nebraska; his master’s degree in U.S. history from the University of Nebraska-Omaha; and his bachelor’s degree in history and political science (secondary education) from Wayne State College.

Michael Reedy of DeKalb, Ill., assistant professor, fine arts. Prior to coming to EMU, Reedy was a visiting assistant professor at Northern Illinois University from 2000-2005. Reedy received his master’s degree in fine arts from Northern Illinois University and his bachelor’s degree from North Central College in Naperville, Ill.

Brenda Riemer of Saline, assistant professor, School of Health Promotion and Human Performance. Riemer most recently has been a full-time lecturer at Eastern Michigan University since 2004. Riemer received her doctorate in physical education and exercise science from Michigan State University; her master’s degree in physical education from the University of Illinois-Champaign; and her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the University of California-Los Angeles.

Tobias Schoenherr of Bloomington, Ind., assistant professor, computer information systems. Before coming to EMU, Schoenherr was an associate instructor at Indiana University’s Kelly School of Business from 2000-present. Schoenherr received his master’s degree in business and his bachelor’s degree in business, both from Indiana University Schoenherr is a doctoral candidate of philosophy at Indiana University.

Melanie Schuessler of Myrtle Beach, S.C., assistant professor, communication and theatre arts. Previously, Schuessler was an assistant professor of costume design and construction at Coastal Carolina University from 2002-present. Schuessler received her master’s degree in fine arts from the University of Wisconsin and her bachelor’s degree in history at Rice University.

Jason Scibek of Ann Arbor, assistant professor, School of Health Promotion and Human Performance. Before coming to EMU, Scibek was a graduate student instructor at the University of Michigan from 2001-2005. Scibek received his master’s degree in

physical education, exercise and sport science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and his bachelor’s degree in health and exercise science from Gettysburg College.

Bette Shellhorn of East Lansing, assistant professor, teacher education. Shellhorn most recently was an instructor of teacher education at Michigan State University from 1996-2004. Shellhorn received her doctorate in curriculum and teaching – literary instruction, master’s degree in literary instruction and bachelor’s degree in elementary education and special education, all from Michigan State University.

Maria Sipos of Wixom, assistant professor, School of Engineering Technology. Since 1990, Sipos has been a lecturer at Eastern Michigan University. Sipos received her master’s degree in interior design from Wayne State University; and bachelor’s degrees in interior design from Eastern Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Polytechnical Institute in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Carla Smith, of Mississippi State, Miss., assistant professor, School of Health Promotion and Human Performance. Since 2003, Smith has been an assistant professor of physical education at Mississippi State University. Smith received her doctorate in kinesiology from the University of Arkansas; and a master’s degree in physical education and a bachelor’s degree in physical education, both from Henderson State University.

Pamela Smith of Hamilton, Ohio, assistant professor, teacher education. Since 1996, Smith has been an assistant principal at Middletown High School and was a visiting assistant professor of educational leadership at Miami (Ohio) University from 1987-2005. Smith received her doctorate of philosophy and her bachelor’s degree in English education, both from Miami (Ohio) University. She received her master’s of education degree in curriculum and supervision from Wright State University.

Paula Storm of assistant professor, Halle Library. Since 2004, Storm has been a full-time lecturer at Eastern Michigan University. Previously, she was a librarian at Ave Maria College from 2003-2004. Storm received her master’s degree in library information systems from the University of Michigan and her bachelor’s degree from Oakland University.

Philip Tartalone of Mason, assistant professor, School of Technology Studies.

Since 1998, Tartalone  has been an airport inspector and aircraft pilot with the Michigan Department of Transportation, Aeronautics. Tartalone received his doctorate of philosophy in music education and his master’s degree in music education, both from Michigan State University. He received his bachelor’s degree in music education from Indiana University.

Christine Tracy of Clifton Park, N.Y., assistant professor, English language and literature. Since 2004, Tracy has been involved with revision of the communications curriculum at Russell Sage College. Tracy received her doctorate and master’s degree in communication and rhetoric, both from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; and her bachelor’s degree in English from Villanova University.

Pamela Walsh of Woodhaven, assistant professor, School of Health Sciences. Walsh has been president of Walsh Management Resources since 1997. Before that, Walsh was executive director of Monway Family Health Center, Inc., in Carleton, Mich. Walsh received her master’s degree in public policy from Wayne State University; another master’s degree in public health administration from the University of Michigan; and her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Detroit. She is a doctoral candidate in political science at Wayne State University.

Annette Wannamaker of Ypsilanti, assistant professor, English language and literature. Wannamaker had been a lecturer at Eastern Michigan University since 1998 and has been an instructor at Henry Ford Community College. Wannamaker has her doctorate in English from Bowling Green State University; her master’s degree in English from Virginia Commonwealth University; and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Jackie Wrosch of Dearborn, assistant professor, Halle Library. Wrosch has been director of services for the Detroit Area Library Network (DALNET) at Wayne State University since 2004. Prior to that, Wrosch was Web applications developer/senior systems integrator for DALNET from 2001-2004. Wrosch received her master’s degree in information and library studies and her bachelor’s degree in anthropology and zoology, both from the University of Michigan.

Zhirong Zhao of Athens, Ga., assistant professor, political science. Since 2000, Zhao has been an educational specialist at the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government. Zhao received his doctorate, master’s degree and bachelor’s degree, all in urban planning,  from Tongji University.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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