Michael G. Morris Endowed Chair

A photo of Rema Reynolds.
Rema Reynolds: 2019-2020 Morris Chair
A photo of Rema Reynolds.

Rema Reynolds: 2019-2020 Morris Chair

This year's Chair is Dr. Rema Reynolds. Dr. Reynold's Morris application is to extend the work begun in FY19 with Detroit Pubic Schools Community District (DPSCD).

This transformative coaching project provides professional leadership development to DPSCD employees through multimodal programming that includes a co-constructed transformative leadership micro-credential and synchronous enrollment in our K-12 Leadership programs, direct instruction, and on-the-job coaching. The goal of the work is to better equip current and aspiring DPSCD administrators with tools, knowledge, and skills necessary to coach other current and aspiring leaders with an equity lens. Coaching is directly aligned with the District’s Core Values of Excellence, Equity, and Service. Participants have and will continue to receive State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) for their participation in the program, completion of the micro-credential, and will earn credit hours to be applied to a Masters or a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, and a Michigan Administrator Certification.

Detroit is the lowest performing urban school district in America with 65 schools on Michigan Department of Education’s priority list and significant gaps in performance related to poverty and race. Effective school leadership is essential for student achievement. This partnership undergirds DPSCD’s objectives around developing and fostering exceptional talent and facilitates EMU’s vision of playing a leadership role in transforming education regionally and nationally. Our partnership with Detroit affords us an opportunity to learn with aspiring and current school leaders to identify best practices to effectively prepare leaders to serve marginalized communities.

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    2019-2020 Project

    The FY19 Morris Chair for this project accomplished a great deal of strategically important goals:

    • Established basic trust between the DPSCD upper administration and its principals and EMU faculty.
    • Multiple on-site school visits and mentoring to the DPSCD principals involved
    • Presented a paper on the work at the University of Educational Administration Annual Conference
    • Accepted as a session at the Michigan Association of School Boards Annual Conference
    • Accepted as a session at the American Educational Research Association Annual Conference
    • Submitted a paper for publication about the process from the participants and Dr. Reynolds
    • COE faculty and participating DPSCD principals co-constructed micro-credentials to be used in our Leadership Master’s Degree Program. The modules titles are:
      • Transformative Leadership
      • Community Leadership—Parent and Community Partnerships
      • Servant Leadership
      • Culturally Responsive Leadership
      • Reflexive Leadership
      • Racially Responsive Leadership
      • Social Justice Leadership
    • Identified 21 coaches for the FY20 phase of this work
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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.

    Download the call for proposals [PDF]

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    Recipients

    Rema Reynolds | 2018-19

    Rema Reynolds, Assistant Professor from the Department of Leadership & Counseling, serves as the 2018-2019 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".

    Downloads

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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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    Dean, College of Education
    310 Porter Building
    734.487.1414
    [email protected]

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