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Sept. 20, 2005
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EMU board approves emeritus status for five

YPSILANTI - The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents granted emeritus status to four former faculty members and to one staff member at its regular meeting Sept. 20.

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

  • S. Thomas A. Cianciolo, professor, accounting and finance . Cianciolo, of Bloomfield Hills, retired Sept. 1, 2005, following 20 years of service to EMU. Cianciolo was a professor of accounting, and served as department head from 1991-1992 and 1995-2002. He was instrumental in getting a large contribution from the Killean Foundation to support students who were interested in cost estimation in manufacturing. Prior to coming to EMU, he had teaching positions at the University of Detroit, the University of Michigan-Dearborn and University of Michigan-Flint. Cianciolo received his doctorate in accounting from Michigan State University; his master’s degree in finance from the University of Detroit; and his undergraduate degree in accounting also from the University of Detroit.  
  • Thomas Gwaltney, professor, teacher education . Gwaltney, of Ypsilanti, retired Aug. 31,  2005, following 41 years of service to EMU. Gwaltney’s teaching was rewarded by EMU with a Distinguished Faculty Award for Service to the University in 1985 and the Michigan Association of Governing Boards Outstanding Faculty Award in 1996. In addition to being an excellent teacher, Gwaltney served EMU in other capacities, including the first coordinator of the University Studies Program and as an assistant dean in the graduate school. He also was instrumental in bringing the one-room schoolhouse to the University. Gwaltney received his doctorate and master’s degrees in educational administration/supervision, both from Southern Illinois University; and two bachelor’s degrees, one  in elementary education from Southeast Missouri State University and  the other in secondary education from  EMU.
  • Asad Khailany, professor, computer information systems . Khailany, of Ann Arbor, retired Sept. 1, 2005, after 33 years of service to EMU. Khailany became a leading educator in computer information systems and he was noted for his leadership in the Association for Computer Machinery Special Interest Group in Computer Education. Throughout his career, he contributed more than 80 articles to the field of computer education. Khailany also has an internationally known tutorial in the UNIX Operation System posted on his EMU Web page. He received his doctorate in applied math and computer science from Washington  University;  two master’s degrees, one  in research from St. Louis University and the other in applied math and computer science from Washington University; and a bachelor’s degree from Baghdad University.
  • Janice Joles Terry, professor, history and philosophy . Terry, of Plymouth, retired Aug. 31, 2005, after 37 years of service to EMU. Terry served on the Student Affairs Committee from 1968-1970 and also had a seat on the Personnel and Finance Committee in 1970. She has written seven books and is working on the seventh edition of a successful textbook, “The 20th Century, a Brief Global History,” she co-wrote with her colleagues. Currently, she is working in a collaborative effort to produce a 20th-century encyclopedia. Terry received her doctorate in Oriental and African studies from the University of London; her master’s degree in Arab studies from American University of Beirut and her bachelor’s degree in history and English literature from the College of Wooster.
  • Merri McClure, clerical secretary, College of Education (1968-2003). McClure, of Ann Arbor, retired Feb. 1, 2003, following 34 years of service to EMU.

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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