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Summer 2005

Faculty Excellence

Faculty Promotions
The following CLAE faculty members were promoted and/or granted tenure beginning fall 2005:

Libby Balter Blume, has been promoted to professor of Psychology.

David Koukal, associate professor of Philosophy, has been granted tenure.

Douglas MacDonald, associate professor of Psychology, has been granted tenure.

Marcel O’Gorman, associate professor of English, has been granted tenure.

Rosemary Weatherston has been promoted to associate professor of English and granted tenure.

Erick Barnes, assistant professor of Sociology, Criminal Justice & Security Administration, has designed and implemented an innovative computer-based crime mapping system for the Inkster Police Department. The system has provided the command staff the ability to map crime trends over distinct temporal periods. It also allows the command staff to reallocate resources to target areas or times, resulting in a reduction in crime. The system has also given each officer within the agency the ability to gauge the impact of their proactive patrol actions on a daily basis.

Roy E. Finkenbine, professor of History, lectured in March on "Reparations for Slavery in American History" and "Black Abolitionists: America's First Civil Rights Movement" at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Heather Hill-Vasquez, assistant professor of English, presented her paper, " 'To Make You a Man We Do Intend': Catholic Mothering and Protestant Manhood in English Reformation Drama," at the Medieval & Renaissance Forum in April at Plymouth State University, New Hampshire.

Isaiah McKinnon, associate professor of Education, recently published the book North Between the Houses, a collection of funny, often ribald anecdotes collected over his 30 years of service, including his time as Detroit’s chief of police.

Stephanie Y. Mitchem, associate professor of Religious Studies, presented two papers at the American Academy of Religion Conference, in San Antonio, Texas: “Testing Inequality: Losing Brown v. Board, Maintaining Race” and “A Real Woman with a Dollar in Her Shoe: African American Women and Theologies of Prosperity.”

Gail Presbey, associate professor of Philosophy, has spent this past semester in India on a Fulbright research grant. While there she gave the following presentations:

Gregory Sumner, professor and chair of the UDM History Department, presented his annual winter film and discussion series at the Baldwin Public Library in Birmingham, beginning February 5. The subject was “American Icons,” featuring Edward R. Murrow, Thurgood Marshall, Betty Ford and others.

Rosemary Weatherston, assistant professor of English, was invited to present her paper, "Killing Sylvia, Resurrecting Plath," at a panel hosted in March by The Academic Council of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Society and the Association for Psychoanalytic Thought. The panel was part of the Academic Council's 2004-2005 film studies series.