Regents Approve Faculty Promotions, Tenure

IMG_8192CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., May 11, 2013 – The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today granted post-professorial merit to 20 faculty members and promoted two faculty members to the rank of professor and 11 to the rank of associate professor with tenure. In addition, 22 faculty members received non-tenure track merit.

The action came during a closed-session meeting of the Board. All merit, promotion and tenure designations are effective with the 2013-2014 academic year.

Post-professorial merit is a voluntary additional step in the current merit 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, and may repeat the process during the fifth year after any previous successful application. Successful applicants must meet the same criteria as that required for promotion to professor and follow the same process of peer and administrative review.

Those approved for post-professorial merit in their designated department are as follows:

• Michael Aide, Department of Agriculture • Deborah Beard, Department of Accounting • Allan Bornstein, Department of Biology • Wayne Bowen, Department of History • Jai Dahiya, Department of Physics and Engineering Physics • Michael Devaney, Department of Economics and Finance • Kenneth Heischmidt, Department of Management and Marketing • Brenda Johnson, Department of Nursing • Gary Johnson, Department of Accounting • David Kunz, Department of Economics and Finance • Walt Lilly, Department of Biology • Kang Hoon Park, Department of Economics and Finance • David Probst, Department of Physics and Engineering Physics • Ruth Ann Roberts, Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling • John Scheibe, Department of Biology • William Snell, Department of Psychology • Rebecca Summary, Department of Economics and Finance • Janet Weber, Department of Nursing • William Weber, Department of Economics and Finance • Judith Wiles, Department of Management and Marketing

In related action, the Board granted promotions to 35 faculty members during the same closed session meeting.

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

• Julie Sappington, Department of Nursing • Sophia Scott, Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology

Faculty members promoted to the rank of associate professor and tenure in their designated departments are:

• Nancy Aguinaga, Department of Elementary, Early, and Special Education • Suhair Amer, Department of Computer Science • Wellman (Ray) Dowdy, Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling • Rachel Morgan-Theall, Department of Chemistry • Trishena Nieveen-Phegley, Department of English • David Powell, Department of Middle and Secondary Education • Martin Reynolds, Department of Music • Timothy Schmidt, Department of Music • Sara Starbuck, Department of Human Environmental Studies • Sven Svenson, Department of Agriculture • Yamping Xia, Department of Mathematics

Non-tenure-track faculty approved for merit in the designated department are:

• Janet Adams, Department of Nursing • Marilyn Burleson, Department of Biology • John Campbell, Department of English • Sharon Dees, Department of Elementary, Early, and Special Education • Jane Edwards, Department of Communication Disorders • Sara Garner, Department of Human Environmental Studies • Brian Gehring, Department of Economics and Finance • Cynthia Gordinier-Harkey, Department of Elementary, Early, and Special Education • Billie Holshouser, Department of Human Environmental Studies • Nancy LeGrand, Department of Management and Marketing • Rebecca Lohmann, Department of Accounting • Joseph Mason, Department of Theatre and Dance • Dixie McCollum, Department of Elementary, Early and Special Education • Kevin McMeel, Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology • Mary (Shannon) McNew, Department of Biology • Margarita Merget, Department of Global Cultures and Languages • Ellen O’Rourke, Department of Nursing • Ann Schnurbusch, Department of Mathematics • Annette Slattery, Department of Health, Human Performance, and Recreation • Linda Tansil, Department of Mathematics • Madonna Weiss, Department of Nursing • Matthew Yount, Department of Music