Regents Approve Faculty Promotions

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

July 8, 2008 – The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents July 8 granted post-professorial merit to 31 faculty members and promoted 11 faculty members to the rank of professor, nine to the rank of associate professor with tenure, and four to the rank of associate professor. Seven others received non-tenure track merit.

The action came during a closed session meeting of the Board. All promotion and merit designations are effective with the 2008-2009 academic year.

Those approved for Post-Professorial Merit in their designated department are as follows:

• Michael Aide, Department of Agriculture• Julia Banks, Kent Library• Allan Bornstein, Department of Biology• Richard Burns, Department of Psychology• Jai Dahiya, Department of Physics and Engineering Physics• Michael Devaney, Department of Economics and Finance• Bruce Domazlicky, Department of Economics and Finance• Sean Eom, Department of Accounting and Management Information Systems• Christina Frazier, Department of Biology• Allen Gathman, Department of Biology• Robert Hamblin, Department of English• Kenneth Heischmidt, Department of Management and Marketing• H. Hamner Hill, Department of Political Science, Philosophy, and Religion• Gary Johnson, Department of Accounting and Management Information Systems• Alan Journet, Department of Biology• David Kunz, Department of Economics and Finance• Walt Lilly, Department of Biology• Paul Lloyd, Department of Psychology• Kang Hoon Park, Department of Economics and Finance• Leslee Pollina, Department of Psychology• David Probst, Department of Physics and Engineering Physics• Michael Rodgers, Department of Chemistry• John Scheibe, Department of Biology• David Smith, Department of Management and Marketing• William Snell, Department of Psychology• Bonita Stepenoff, Department of History• Rebecca Summary, Department of Economics and Finance• Janet Weber, Department of Nursing• William Weber, Department of Economics and Finance• Joseph Werne, Department of History• Judith Wiles, Department of Management and Marketing

The post-professorial is a voluntary additional step in the current promotion process approved by the Board of Regents in October 2002. Under the bill, faculty become eligible to apply for post-professorial merit five years after attaining the rank of full professor. Successful applicants meet the same criteria as that required for promotion to professor and follow the same process of peer and administrative review.

In related action, the Board granted promotions to 31 faculty members during the same closed session meeting. Increased stipends were implemented for those promoted to associate professor and professor.

Faculty members promoted to the rank of professor in the designated department are:

• Deborah Beard, Department of Accounting and Management Information Systems• Louise Bodenheimer, Department of Art• Linda Bugle, Department of Nursing• James Champine, Department of Biology• John Cherry, Department of Management and Marketing• Simin Cwick, Department of Middle and Secondary Education• Brenda Johnson, Department of Nursing• John Kraemer, Department of Biology• Daniel MacLeay, Department of Foreign Languages and Anthropology• A. Zaidy Mohdzain, Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling• Ruth Ann Roberts, Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling 

Nine candidates were promoted to associate professor and tenure during a one-time combined promotion and tenure procedure offered only this year. Tenure track faculty in their fifth or sixth year, were eligible under a combined process to submit papers this year for tenure and/or promotion to associate professor. Promoted to the rank of associate professor/tenure in the designated department are:

• Brandon Christensen, Department of Music• Beth Easter, Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation• Matthew Fasnacht, Department of Chemistry• Andrew Fulkerson, Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology• Timothy Judd, Department of Biology• Debbie Lee-DiStefano, Department of Foreign Languages and Anthropology• James McGill, Department of Chemistry• Seidu Sofo, Department of Health, Human Performance, and Recreation• Haohao Wang, Department of Mathematics

Promoted to the rank of associate professor in the designated department are:

• Benjamin Heu, Department of Art• Karie Hollerbach, Department of Communication• Candide Walton, Department of Mathematics• Janice Ward, Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling

Approved for non-tenure track merit in the designated department are:

• John Campbell, Department of English• Jane Edwards, Department of Communication Disorders• Sunshine Gibbons, Department of Mathematics• Karen Kight, Department of Communication• Regina Smart, Department of Accounting and Management Information Systems• Katherine Smith, Department of Art• Stuart Swope, Department of Mathematics