Michael G. Morris Endowed Chair

A photo of Phillip Caldwell, II.
Phillip Caldwell, II: 2020-2021 Morris Chair
A photo of Phillip Caldwell, II.

Phillip Caldwell, II: 2020-2021 Morris Chair

This year’s Chair is Dr. Phillip Caldwell, II. Dr Caldwell’s Morris project extends the work he and his growing team of scholars and students are doing to conceptualize and provide concrete practicable data about school funding in Michigan.

His team’s initial research aim is seeking to set the groundwork for describing and explaining any evidence of structural racism, inequity, and inadequacy in the Michigan public school finance system as it relates to the education of Black students. This early phases of their work allowed them to design new research methods that integrated transformative paradigms, critical race theory, and school funding fairness to explain systemic racism associated with public school funding policy, practice, and educational disparities.

The work in the Morris Chair will begin the analysis and categorizing of Michigan public school districts into a School District Financial Profile. This will describe the districts using two metrics: Fiscal Fitness and the overall Fiscal Profile. Fiscal Fitness is the district's financial strength or Fund Balance to Revenue Ratio by dividing the ending fund balances by the revenues for the operating cost, educational, operations and business administration, transportation, and working cash funds. The Fiscal Profile analyzes financial systems to find a district’s strengths and weaknesses by incorporating:

  • Fund Balance to Revenue Ratio (overall financial strength of the district).
  • Expenditure to Revenue Ratio (how much is expended for each dollar received).
  • Days Cash on Hand (projected estimate of the number of days a district could meet operating expenditures supplied no added revenues were received).
  • Percent of Short-Term Borrowing Ability Remaining (districts often incur short-term debt due to several factors); and
  • Percent of Long-Term Debt Margin Remaining (district often incurs long-term debt for major expenditures).

Data from the work being done will be made available to schools, policy makers, and the public on a project web site and data repository.

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    Call for Proposals

    Submission Deadline for the 2020-2021 Morris Endowed Chair: October 16, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. EST

    The Michael G. Morris Endowed Chair will facilitate learning and leadership experiences to support the EMU faculty, staff and students in developing the knowledge, research, and capacity needed to enhance and/or transform education.

    Morris Chair Info and Proposal Guidelines [PDF]

    Morris Chair Proposal Form

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    Recipients

    Rema Reynolds | 2018-19 & 2019-2020

    Rema Reynolds, Assistant Professor from the Department of Leadership & Counseling, serves as the 2018-2019 & 2019-2020 Michael G. Morris Endowed Chair.

    Read Rema Reynolds' profile page.

    Devika Dibya Choudhuri | 2017-18

    Devika Dibya Choudhuri, Associate Professor from the Department of Leadership & Counseling, serves as the 2017-2018 Michael G. Morris Endowed Chair, with Carmen McCallum, Assistant Professor from the Department of Leadership & Counseling, serving as the Project Coordinator.

    Read Devika Choudhuri's profile page.

    Read Carmen's McCallum's profile page.

    Co-Chairs: David Anderson & James Berry | 2016-2017

    David Anderson & James Berry are both Professors from the Department of Leadership & Counseling. They serve as Co-Chairs for the 2016-2017 Michael G. Morris Endowed Chair.

    Phillip J. Bowman | 2015-16

    Phillip J. Bowman, Ph.D. (Professor of Higher Education at the University of Michigan) will serve as the 2015-16 Michael G. Morris Endowed Chair. Raul A. Leon, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor, Eastern Michigan University) will serve as project coordinator while Reginald Barnes (Director, EMU Office of Diversity & Community Involvement) will serve as project collaborator. Their project is titled, "Building Sustainable Communities: Fostering Student Success at EMU". It seeks to help students, faculty, and staff develop the knowledge and capacity needed to enhance and transform education. Through research, networking, and program planning, with a particular focus on black males attending EMU, there will be targeted meetings, seminars, and a speaker series to fulfill the varying needs of students of color enrolled.

    Jerlando F. L. Jackson | 2014-15

    Jerlando F. L. Jackson, Ph.D. (Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison) will serve as the 2014-15 Michael Morris G. Endowed Chair. Raul A. Leon, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor, Eastern Michigan University) will serve as project coordinator while LaVar J. Charleston, Ph.D. (Assistant Director and Senior Research Associate at the University of Wisconsin's Equity and Inclusion Laboratory) will serve as project collaborator. Their project is titled, "Enhancing Institutional Capacity: Transforming EMU into a Thought Leading Center".

    Read Jerlando Jackson's profile page.

    Downloads

    Feb. 18, 2015 - "Understanding Key Challenges of African American Men in the Academic Workforce"

    Sylvia Nassar-McMillan | 2013-14

    Sylvia Nassar-McMillan Ph.D. (Professor and Program Coordinator of Counselor Education at North Carolina State University) served as the 2013-14 Michael G. Morris Endowed Chair. Her project was entitled, "Emergent Voices of MENA (Middle Eastern/North African) American Youth: What They are Saying".

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    Michael G. Morris

    Michael G. Morris graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a bachelor's degree and master's degree in biology and he served as an ROTC brigade commander during his graduate school years. Morris also earned a law degree from the Detroit College of Law and is a member of the Michigan Bar Association. This two-time graduate of EMU also served on the EMU Board of Regents from 1997-2004 and is currently vice chair of the EMU Board of Regents, serving a term from 2011-2018.

    Morris retired from American Electric Power (AEP), one of the nation's largest generators of electricity, after serving as AEP's chairman, president and chief executive officer. To honor Morris, the American Electric Power Foundation donated funds to EMU in 2011 to establish an endowed chair within the College of Education.

    Before joining AEP, Morris was chairman, president and CEO of Northeast Utilities System from 1997 to 2003. Prior to that, he was president and CEO of Consumers Energy, a principal subsidiary of CMS Energy, and president of CMS Marketing, Services and Trading.

    Established in 2011, the Michael G. Morris Endowed Chair provides funds for "outstanding faculty members or visiting faculty performing in the top echelons in their disciplines or professional fields" to assist the Eastern Michigan University (EMU) College of Education in achieving its vision of playing a leadership role in transforming education. The Michael G. Morris Endowed Chair will facilitate learning and leadership experiences to support the EMU faculty, staff and students in developing the knowledge, research, and capacity needed to enhance and/or transform education.

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