Emeritus Scholarly/Creative Activity

This page is dedicated to recognizing ongoing research and creative activities of EMU Emeritus Faculty. A brief summary of the work completed since retirement and links to further information are provided.

EMU Faculty Post-Retirement Productivity

Scholarly work and service does not end with retirement.

  • Betty Brown-Chappell

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    Brown-Chappell is currently the co-chair of a series of lectures entitled "1619-Present - The Many Consequences of Slavery: The Cost of Historical Injustices". This series is sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at The University of Michigan.

    Brown-Chappell, B. (2014). Aging and the African American Policy Experience: Is Slavery Still a Legacy? In Krajewski-Jaime, E. R. Aging: Ethnicity and Gender Issues. Champaign, IL: Common Ground Publishing, LLC.

    Brown-Chappell, B. (2020). Like No Other. Telling Our Stories - A Collection of Family History Stories. Detroit, MI: Fred Hart Williams Genealogical Society.

    Freeman, N. A. and Brown-Chappell, B. (2020). Passing Life's Baton. Telling Our Stories - A Collection of Family History Stories. Detroit, MI: Fred Hatt Williams Genealogical Society.


    Named to the EMU Foundation Board of Directors in 2019.

  • Richard Douglass

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    Richard Douglass, Emeritus Professor of Health Administration published the book, "The evolution of the U.S. Healthcare System: A Legacy of Opportunism and Greed" with Cambridge Scholars Publishing in the United Kingdom.  The book was released on February 27, 2023.  The book takes a critical look at the development of the way health care is provided to the United States and the often conflicting influences of political, economic, social, business, racial discrimination, and demographic changes since 1945 to the present.  The book was written to be accessible to non-specialists and includes a chapter on the lessons learned from the national response to COVID-19 and a final chapter with detailed recommendations for system change and reform.

    Richard and colleagues in Iosco County, Michigan will be conducting a study of Non-Emergency Medical Transportation needs and disparities with recipients of home-delivered meals through the regional Area Agency on Aging between June 2023 and June 2024.  The $123,000 project has been funded with a grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund.  It is expected that isolated rural seniors frequently miss medical care opportunities and experience medical complications because of a lack of available or affordable transportation to qualified medical care in rural N.E. Michigan.  This project will "put meat on the bones" of an under-recognized public health crisis affecting rural rural elderly.


    • Field Spirits of the Fante: The Nana Araba Apt and Marian Sylvia Horowitz Collection to be published in 2021 by MotJoste Publishing, London UK for the Meek-Eaton Black Archives and Research Center Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery Florida A & M University Tallahassee, Florida.
    • Richard Douglass and Robbya Green-Weir wrote "Who Should Police Scholarly Publication Integrity", as a Commentary for the African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development (AJFAND) in Nairobi, Kenya, to be published in November 2020.
    • Awah, R., Douglass, R.L. Seana, E. An Adaptive Design for Rural Survey Sampling in the Developing World. African Journal of Food, Agriculture and Development (AJFAND, (2017)
    • Douglass, R.L. Economic Crisis or opportunity? The Aging of Africa 2015-2050. Ashesi Economics Lecture Series Journal.  2:1 3-8. (2016)
    • Douglass, R.L. The Aging of Africa’s Challenge to African Development. African Journal of Food, Agriculture and Development. (AJFAND), (2016)
    • Douglass, R.L. Improving Ghana’s Health Status. In: Apt, N.A. (Ed.) Positioning Ghana in the Global Context. London UK Mot Juste Press. (2014)


    • Douglass, R.L. Life After Alma: Crafting a Life with Meaning and Value, Domestic and Global. Alma College Health Care Administration Professional Development Organization. April 2019.
    • Douglass, R.L. Caregiver Lessons-Learned: The New Four H Club. LUNGevity Foundation National Cope Summit, Washington D.C., April 2018.
    • Douglass, R.L. Caring for the Caregivers: At risk out of love. Regional Summit LUNGenvity Foundation, Detroit, November 2017
    • Douglass, R.L. Challenges and Opportunities of an Aging Population in Ghana. Economics Symposium, Ashesi University College, Berekuso, E/R Ghana. October 2015.
    • Awah, R., Jackson, C. and Douglass, R.L. The Berekuso Impact Study. Ashesi University, Berekuso, E.R., Ghana. April 2015.
    • Douglass serves on the Board of Directors of the Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor since 2016, Executive Committee, Michigan Chapter of AARP, Lansing, Michigan (2009 – 2016) and The Gilbert Residence board in Ypsilanti (2012-2016) as well as the EMU Emeritus Faculty Association board.
  • David Geherin

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    Since retirement in 2010, Geherin has published four books on crime and mystery writers.

    • Carl Hiaasen: Sunshine State Satirist, came out in 2019.
    • The Dragon Tattoo and Its Long Tail: The New Wave of European Crime Fiction in America. McFarland, 2012.
    • Small Towns in Recent American Crime Fiction. McFarland, 2015.
    • Funny Thing About Murder: Modes of Humor in Crime Fiction and Films. McFarland, 2017.

    Geherin has new essays in two other books: 

    • “The Sense of Place in Elmore Leonard's Crime Fiction.” Critical Essays on Elmore Leonard: If It Sounds Like Writing. Ed. Charles J. Rzepka. Wiley-Blackwell, 2020: 41-55.
    • “Detectives.” The Routledge Companion to Crime Fiction. Eds. Janice Allen, Jesper Gulddal, Stewart King, and Andrew Pepper. Routledge, 2020: 159-67.
    • Geherin also serves on the EMU Emeritus Faculty Association board. 
  • Daryl M. Hafter

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    Professor of History from 1969 to 2004, Hafter continues to do research, write, publish, and present at academic conferences. 


    Women at Work in Preindustrial France (University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2007).
    Women and Work in Eighteenth-Century France (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2014) Co edited with Nina Kushner.


    Hafter presented a research paper at the European Economic History Conference, Amsterdam, November, 2018 and attended the Society for History of Technology Conference, Milan, Italy, October 2019.

    Special interests include taking a watercolor painting class and a French conversation class, and singing in a community choir.


  • Joanna McNamara

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    McNamara is Founder and Director of JMc/Productions and Screen Dance International (SDI). Currently SDI will be presenting its 2020 screening at YpsiGLOW at 24 N. Washington, Ypsilanti.

    Screen Dance International is a nonprofit organization that cultivates and promotes excellence, creativity and diversity in the making and screening of dance films. We believe that dance films provide people with a universal language that bridges cultures, encourages conversations and provides inspiration.

    Screen Dance International’s main event is an annual festival in partnership with Detroit Dance City Festival and ArtLab J at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Founded and directed by Joanna McNamara (JMcProductions), SDI supports a wide range of movement forms including urban street dance, contemporary dance, ballet, dance theatre, jazz, tap, animation, experimental and other forms of movement of interest to the filmmaker.

  • Walter Moss

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    Since retiring in 2010 Moss has written more than 350 essays, which have appeared on such sites as the History News Network, LA Progressive, Hollywood Progressive, the Wisdom Page, and Newsweek.com.


    • In the Face of Fear: On Laughing All the Way Toward Wisdom. Wood Lake Publishing, 2019.
    • An Age of Progress? Clashing Twentieth-Century Global Forces. Anthem Press, 2008.


    • “The Passion and Imagination for Peace,” in Business, Ethics and Peace (Contributions to Conflict Management, Peace Economics and Development, Volume 24), ed. LukBouckaert and Manas Chatterji (Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2015), pp.45 – 62.
    •  “Schumacher’s Wisdom-Centered Economics,” in Responsible Economics: E.F.Schumacher and his Legacy for the 21st Century, ed. Hendrik Opdebeeck (Peter Lang International Academic Publishers, 2013).
  •  Jerry Robbins

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    Robbins, Jerry.  "Maintaining Your Band's Written History." Journal of the Association of Concert Bands, February 2021, Vol. 40, #1, pp. 12-13.

    This is the quarterly journal of the national/international organization of adult community concert bands. The article encourages member bands to write and/or update the written history of their organization and includes a number of suggestions for "how to do it."

  •  Ellen Schwartz

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    Since Schwartz retired from the School of Art and Design in 2018 she has been involved in an exhibition, "Dear Womanhouse, What Now?" which responded to the original Womanhouse exhibition of 1972, the original feminist exhibition.

    Schwartz is currently finishing up the final editing tasks for the Oxford Handbook of Byzantine Art and Architecture, to be published by Oxford University Press in September 2021.

    In addition to these scholarly works, Schwartz is teaching many classes in Wu style tai chi chuan, both in person and virtually.

  • Steve Sonstein

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    • Sonstein, SA, Jones, CT, Brouwer, R, Gluck, W, Kolb, HR, Aldinger, C and Bierer, B. (2018). "Leveling the Joint Task Force Core Competencies for Clinical Research Professionals."  Therapeutic Innovation and Regulatory Science. 
    • Sonstein, SA and Jones CT (2018) Joint Task Force for Clinical Trial Competency and Clinical Research Professional Workforce Development.  Front. Pharmacol. 9:1148. Sonstein, SA, Jones, CT, Brouwer, R, Gluck, W, Kolb, HR, Aldinger, C and Bierer, B. (2018). "Leveling the Joint Task Force Core Competencies for Clinical Research Professionals." Therapeutic Innovation and Regulatory Science. 
    • Hornung, CA, Jones, CT, Calvin-Naylor, NA, Kerr, J., Sonstein, SA, Hinkley, T., Ellingrod, VL (2018).   Compency indices to assess the knowledge, skills and abilities of clinical research professionals.  Int J Clin Trials 2018;5(1):46-53.


    Chair of the Committee on Accreditation of Academic Programs in Clinical Research .

    Co-chair of the Joint Task Force for Clinical Trial Competency and serves as a Senior Advisor to the MultiRegional Clinical Trial Center of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard University.

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