Regents Approve Faculty Promotions, Tenure

by News Bureau on Wednesday, Jun. 20, 2012

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., June 20, 2012 — The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today granted post-professorial merit to five faculty members and promoted 11 faculty members to the rank of professor and seven to the rank of associate professor with tenure. In addition, seven 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 2012-2013 academic year.

Those approved for post-professorial merit in their designated department are as follows: • Jean Benton, Department of Middle and Secondary Education • Stephanie Chamberlain, Department of English • Sara Edgerton, Department of Music • Shahrokh Shafaie, Department of Human Environmental Studies • Glen Williams, Department of Communication Studies

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 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 25 faculty members during the same closed session meeting.

Faculty members promoted to the rank of professor in the designated department are: • Marcus Bond, Department of Chemistry • Brandon Christensen, Department of Music • Andrew Fulkerson, Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology • Benjamin Heu, Department of Art • Karie Hollerbach, Department of Mass Media • Timothy Judd, Department of Biology • Debra Lee-DiStefano, Department of Global Cultures and Languages • Seidu Sofo, Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation • Lucinda Swatzell, Department of Biology • Haohao Wang, Department of Mathematics • Janice Ward, Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling

Faculty members promoted to the rank of associate professor and tenure in their designated departments are: • R. Larry Bohannon, Department of Elementary, Early and Special Education • Bradley Deken, Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology • Daryl Fridley, Department of History • Santaneel Ghosh, Department of Physics and Engineering Physics • Deepak Gupta, Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology • Christopher Rieger, Department of English • Yumin Zhang, Department of Physics and Engineering Physics

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

• Emily Booth, Department of Art • Scott Brandhorst, Department of Psychology • Shawn Guiling, Department of Psychology • Carol Horst, Department of Art • Daniel Lauder, Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology • Kristin Powers Nowlin, Department of Art • Matthew Olsen, Kent Library