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Morris Chair 2018-2019

Michael G. Morris Endowed Chair

The EMU Elite: A Leadership Talent Development Project with the Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD).

With a reach into Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD), our formal partner for school improvement through talent development, this Leadership Coaching project speaks to one of the primary goals of the Morris Chair, which is to facilitate learning and experiences that support the EMU faculty, staff, and students in developing leadership skills and the knowledge, research, and capacity needed to transform education. A central purpose of the Leadership Talent Development Project is to prime a pipeline of transformative leaders for the city of Detroit working with seven principals--The EMU Elite--on these core tenets

  1. Facilitative coaching
  2. Transformative leadership praxis
  3. Intensive professional development

After intentional professional development and on-the-job coaching, administrators will be equipped with the tools, knowledge, and skills necessary to coach other current and aspiring leaders. Coaching is directly aligned with DPSCD’s Core Values of Excellence, Equity, and Service. This project is uniquely designed to enrich the capacity of school leaders so that they may create the synergy necessary to enact sustained improvement at both the building and systems levels. The aims of this project align with the mission, vision, and strategic goals of EMU, the COE, and DPSCD.

  • More Information About This Year's Project

    2018-2019 Project

    This partnership undergirds DPSCD’s objectives around Exceptional Talent and facilitates EMU’s vision of playing a leadership role in transforming education. Our partnership with Detroit affords us an invaluable opportunity to learn with aspiring and current school leaders, identifying challenges and best solutions, applying transformative theories to practice, positioning all of us -- the participants and EMU -- as collective change agents. Our pedagogies, curricular and instructional choices will be informed and enriched, allowing us to more effectively prepare leaders serving vulnerable communities.

    Participants receive MDE-approved State Continuing Education Clock hours (SCECHs) for their participation, a small stipend, and earn credit hours to be applied to a Doctorate in Educational Leadership here at EMU. Most importantly, from their perspectives, they receive the affirmation that comes with DPSCD’s identification of them as strong leaders entrusted with leadership development for Detroit.

    This Partnership advances the strategic mission of the College of Education to inspire, educate, and prepare professionals to be outstanding educators, leaders, and scholars in urban, global, and diverse educational and community settings. Our work with Detroit affords us an opportunity to learn with aspiring and current school leaders to identify best practices and edify our programmatic offerings. Through our collaborative relationship, EMU faculty’s pedagogies, curricular and instructional choices will be informed to effectively prepare leaders serving marginalized communities.

  • Call for Proposals

    Submission Deadline for the 2019-2020 Morris Endowed Chair: September 30, 2019 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

  • 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.

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    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.

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    Read Carmen's Bio

    Phillip J. Bowman

    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.

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    Jerlando F. L. Jackson

    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.

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

    Sylvia Nassar-McMillan

    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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  • History

    Michael G. Morris

    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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