Regents Grant Tenure to 11 Faculty Members

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Feb. 17, 2005 – The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents granted tenure to 11 faculty members during a closed session meeting of the Board Wednesday.

The tenure designations will take effect with the 2005-2006 academic year. Faculty members receiving tenure in their respective departments were considered for the designation by their departmental tenure advisory committee, department chairperson, college tenure advisory committee, college dean and Provost Jane Stephens.

Those granted tenure are:

Eric Clements, Department of HistoryDr. Eric Clements came to Southeast in the fall of 1999 as an assistant professor in the Department of History. He received his associate degree from Front Range Community College, Westminster, Colo.; his bachelor of arts degree from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo.; his master of arts degree from the University of Delaware, Newark, Del.; and his doctor of philosophy degree from Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz. Clements previously was employed as education director at Western Museum of Mining and Industry, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Craig Downing, Department of Industrial and Engineering TechnologyDr. Craig Downing came to Southeast in the fall of 1999 as an assistant professor in the Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology. He received his bachelor of science, master of science, and doctor of philosophy degrees from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Downing previously was employed as an instructor at John A. Logan College, Carterville, Ill.

Katherine Gilliland, Department of Health, Human Performance and RecreationDr. Katherine Gilliland came to Southeast in the fall of 1999 as an assistant professor in the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation. She received her bachelor of science, master of science and physical education doctorate degrees from Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind. Gilliland was previously employed as an assistant professor at South Dakota State University, Brookings, S.D.

Eleanor Henry, Department of Accounting and Management Information SystemsDr. Eleanor Henry came to Southeast in the fall of 2002 as an assistant professor in the Department of Accounting and Management Information Systems. She received her bachelor of arts degree from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill.; her master of business administration degree from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill.; and doctor of philosophy degree from Saint Louis University. Henry was previously employed as chair of the Department of Accounting, Finance, and Law at State University of New York in Oswego, N.Y.

Leslie Jones, Department of MusicDr. Leslie Jones came to Southeast in the fall of 1999 as an assistant professor in the Department of Music. She received her bachelor’s degree and master of fine arts degree from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, La.; and doctor of musical arts degree in voice performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Jones was previously employed as an assistant professor in the Division of Fine Arts at Truman State University in Kirksville.

Amy Kephart, Department of ArtAmy Kephart came to Southeast in the fall of 1997 as an instructor and was hired in a  tenure-track position in the fall of 1999 in the Department of Art. She received her bachelor of fine arts degree from Kansas City Art Institute and her master of fine arts degree from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. She previously was employed as an instructor at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

Robert Polack, Department of Social WorkDr. Robert Polack came to Southeast in the fall of 1999 as an assistant professor in the Department of Social Work. He received his bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees from Southeast Missouri State University; his master of social work degree from St. Louis University; and his doctor of philosophy degree from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, Calif. Polack previously was employed as an adjunct professor of social work at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Willie Redmond, Department of Economics and FinanceDr. Willie Redmond came to Southeast in the fall of 1999 as an assistant professor in the Department of Economics and Finance. He received his bachelor of arts degree, master of business administration and doctor of philosophy degrees from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C. Redmond previously was employed as an instructor at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

Ruth Ann Roberts, Department of Educational Administration and CounselingDr. Ruth Ann Roberts came to Southeast in the fall of 1999 as an instructor in the Department of Educational Administration and Counseling and was reclassified to assistant professor in the fall of 2001. Roberts received her bachelor of science and master of arts degrees from Southeast and her doctor of philosophy degree from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Roberts previously was employed as the director of Curriculum and Instruction K-12 and director of the Elementary Division at Sikeston (Mo.) Public Schools.

Karl Suhr, Kent LibraryKarl Suhr came to Southeast in fall of 1999 as an instructor in Kent Library.  He received his bachelor of arts degree from Concord College in Seward, Neb., and his master of library science degree from the University of North Texas in Denton. Suhr previously was employed as a reference librarian at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Kamayasamy Surendran, Department of Computer ScienceDr. Kamayasamy Surendran came to Southeast in the fall of 2001 as an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science.  He received his bachelor of electrical engineering degree from the University of Madras in India; master of technology degree from Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, India; doctor of philosophy degree from State University of New York in Stony Brook, N.Y.; and certificate in tertiary education, UNITEC Institute of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand. He previously was employed as a visiting associate professor at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind.