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Sept. 16, 2008
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EMU regents approve six new tenure-track faculty

YPSILANTI — The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents approved the appointments of six new tenure-track faculty at its regular meeting Sept. 16.

Of the six new faculty appointments, two are male and four are female. Demographics show that five (83 percent) are Caucasian and one (17 percent) is Hispanic. These new tenure-track faculty appointments are effective Aug. 27.

New tenure-track faculty and their departments are:

James Banfield, of Ann Arbor, assistant professor, School of Technology. Prior to coming to Eastern Michigan University, Banfield worked with Borders Group as a manager of mid-range systems from 2004-2008. Banfield received both his master’s degree in and his bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University.

Andrea Gossett,of Livonia, assistant professor, School of Health Sciences. Before coming to Eastern Michigan University, Gossett worked as a visiting project coordinator at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Occupational Therapy Department from 2006-2008, and as a research assistant there from 2004-2006. Gossett received both her doctorate and her master’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago; and her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from Eastern Michigan University.

Ana Harten, of Ann Arbor, assistant professor, special education. Prior to coming to Eastern Michigan University, Harten worked as a speech pathologist at Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center from 2005-2008. Harten received her doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Texas at Austin; master’s degrees in speech-language pathology from Eastern Michigan University and in cognitive psychology from Federal University of Pernambuco in Brazil; and her bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology from Catholic University of Pernambuco in Brazil.

Jeanne McDonagh, of Saline, instructor, School of Nursing. Before coming to Eastern Michigan University, McDonagh was an assistant professor of nursing for community healthy nursing/oncology nursing at the University of Toledo from 1994-2008 and an instructor in there from 1991-94. McDonagh received her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Toledo and her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Michigan.

Robert Rhodes,of Saline, assistant professor, School of Health Promotion and Human Performance. Before coming to EMU, Rhodes was in a variety of positions with the University of Michigan Hospitals’ Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation from 1987-2008. These included orthotist III, director of the division of orthotics and prosthetics, instructor and chair of the education committee. Previously, he was department head of rehabilitation technologies at Shelby State Community College from 1981-86. Rhodes received his master’s degree in health services administration from Memphis State University and his bachelor’s degree in religion/philosophy from Mercer University.

Jayne Yatczak, of Ypsilanti, instructor, School of Health Sciences. Before coming to Eastern Michigan University, Yatczak was senior occupational therapist at Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills from 2000-08 and, prior to that, a staff therapist at Manor Care Health & Rehabilitation from 1997-2000. Yatczak received her master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University and bachelor’s degrees from Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan.

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