IMG_0504I am Irvin D. Reid, President Emeritus, and Eugene Applebaum Distinguished Professor of Community Engagement at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. I also direct the Forum on Contemporary Issues in Society (FOCIS), which I created and ran before I left the presidency of Wayne. Under FOCIS, I along with two other faculty colleagues have initiated a documentary course entitled “Democracy in Africa” which initially is focusing on the presidential election in the Republic of Mozambique. My blog is about our course and also about my transition back to the classroom after nearly 20 years as president of two different universities.

I am pursuing parallel courses in the blog in that I try to demonstrate the process I engaged in to navigate myself from administration without tying myself up in the “traditional classroom”. The blog tells of family, career, introspection, selflessness and selfishness. It struggles with the change of the academic landscape in the more than two decades since I was last in the classroom fulltime. And it illustrates a vibrant partnership between colleagues when one of them was obviously once “on the other side of good”.

I hope that you would consider taking a look at this blog as a clear example of the passage through the maze of academic life.


One Response to “About Me”

  1. Jeff Block Says:

    This is really impressive and a very interesting project.

    Hope you are doing well.

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