Regents Grant Tenure to 14 Faculty Members

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The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents granted tenure to 14 faculty members during a closed session meeting of the Board today.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

March 7, 2007 – The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents granted tenure to 14 faculty members during a closed session meeting of the Board today.

The tenure designations will take effect with the 2007-2008 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:

Michael Dean, Department of Music

Dr. Michael Dean came to Southeast in the fall of 2001 as an assistant professor in the Department of Music.  He received his bachelor of music degree from the University of Texas at Arlington, Texas, his master of music degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and his doctor of philosophy degree from Texas Tech University in  Lubbock, Texas. Dean previously was employed as an assistant professor of music at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah.

Arrick Jackson, Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology

Dr. Arrick Jackson came to Southeast in the fall of 1999 as an instructor in the Department of Criminal Justice.  Upon completion of his doctoral degree in 2001, he was reclassified to assistant professor.  He received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, and his master of arts and doctor of philosophy degrees from Washington State University in Pullman, Wash. Jackson previously was employed as a graduate study director in the Social and Economic Sciences Research Center at Washington State University.

Ziping Liu, Department of Computer Science

Dr. Ziping Liu came to Southeast in the fall of 2001 as an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science. She received her bachelor of engineering and master of engineering degrees from Hefei University of Technology in China, and her master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Liu previously was employed as a software engineer at PCS of Motorola in Illinois and as a teaching assistant at Southern Illinois University- Carbondale.

Julieta Monteiro-Leitner, Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling

Dr. Julieta Monteiro-Leitner came to Southeast in the fall of 2001 as an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Administration and Counseling.  She received her bachelor of science degree from Universidade Federal do Ceara, Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil, and her master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.  Monteiro-Leitner previously was employed as a counselor educator and lecturer at the Clinical Center at Southern Illinois University.

Jeffrey Noonan, Department of Music

Dr. Jeffrey Noonan came to Southeast in the fall of 1999 as an instructor in the Department of Music. Upon completion of his degree in 2004, he was reclassified to assistant professor. He received an associate degree from the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Ind., his bachelor of music degree from Hartt College of Music at University of Hartford in West Hartford, Conn., and his master of music and doctor of philosophy degrees from Washington University in St. Louis. Noonan previously was employed as adjunct faculty in the Music Department at Washington University.

Jayanti Ray, Department of Communication Disorders

Dr. Jayanti Ray came to Southeast in the fall of 2004 as an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Disorders. She received her bachelor of science and master of science degrees from the University of Mysore, India, and doctor of philosophy degree from the University of Bhavnagar, India. Ray previously was employed as an assistant professor at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash.

Joel P. Rhodes, Department of History

Dr. Joel Rhodes came to Southeast in the fall of 2001 as an assistant professor in the Department of History.  He received his bachelor of science degree from the University of Kansas at Lawrence and his master of arts and doctor of philosophy degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Rhodes previously was employed as a lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Claudia A. Ruediger, Library

Claudia Ruediger came to Southeast in the fall of 2001 as an associate professor in Kent Library.  She received her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, her master of social work degree from Washington University in St. Louis and her master of library science degree from the State University of New York at Albany.  She previously was employed as a reference librarian at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind.

Dana Schwieger, Department of Accounting and Management Information Systems

Dr. Dana Schwieger came to Southeast in the fall of 2000 as an instructor in the Department of Accounting and Management Information Systems. Upon completion of her doctoral degree in 2001, she was reclassified to assistant professor. She received a bachelor of science degree from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, three additional bachelor of science degrees from Southeast Missouri State University, and master of business administration and doctor of philosophy degrees from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. She previously was employed as an information technology computer lab manager at Southern Illinois University.

Amanda Sinclair, Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation

Dr. Amanda Sinclair came to Southeast in the fall of 2001 as an assistant professor in the Department of Health and Leisure.  She received her bachelor of arts degree from Adams State College in Alamosa, Colo., her master of arts degree from San Jose State University in San Jose, Calif., and her doctor of education degree from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla. She previously was employed as a visiting instructor at Oklahoma State University.

Pradeep Singh, Department of Mathematics

Dr. Pradeep Singh came to Southeast in the fall of 2002 as an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics.  He received a bachelor of science degree from Kurukshetra University in Haryana, India; a master of science degree from Haryana Agricultural University in Hisar, India; and a doctor of philosophy degree from Mississippi State University. Singh previously was employed as an assistant professor at the School of Science, Penn State Erie – The Behrend College, Erie, Pa.

Candide Walton, Department of Mathematics

Dr. Candide Walton came to Southeast in the fall of 2001 as an instructor in the Department of Mathematics.  Upon completion of her doctoral degree in 2002, she was reclassified to assistant professor. She received her bachelor of science in education degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, her master of arts degree from Southeast Missouri State University and her doctor of philosophy degree from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Walton previously was employed as the chair of the mathematics department at Farmington Senior High School in Farmington, Mo.

Shaojun Wang, Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology

Dr. Shaojun Wang came to Southeast in the fall of 2001 as an assistant professor in the Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology.  He received his bachelor of science and master of science degrees from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wauhan, PR. China; his master of science (IE & OR) degree and his doctor of philosophy degrees from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Wang previously was employed as a laboratory assistant in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing System Engineering at Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge.

Rhonda Weller-Stilson, Department of Theatre and Dance

Dr. Rhonda Weller-Stilson came to Southeast in the fall of 2001 as an assistant professor in the Department of Speech Communication and Theatre.  She received her bachelor of arts degree from Southeast Missouri State University, her master of arts degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and her master of fine arts degree in theatre from Tulane University in New Orleans, La. Weller-Stilson previously was employed as an adjunct instructor at University of South Alabama in Mobile.