Regents Grant Tenure to 15 Faculty Members

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

April 25, 2006 – The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents granted tenure to 15 faculty members during a closed session meeting of the Board Monday.

The tenure designations will take effect with the 2006-2007 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:

Mary Ambery, Department of Human Environmental StudiesDr. Mary Ambery came to Southeast in the fall of 2000 as an assistant professor in the Department of Human Environmental Studies.  She received her bachelor of science and master of education degrees from Boston University, Boston; a second master of education degree from Salem State College, Salem, Mass.; and her doctor of philosophy degree from the University of South Florida, Tampa, Fla.  Ambery was previously employed as director of the Center for Child Studies at Southeast Missouri State University and as an adjunct professor at the University of South Florida.

Kenneth Callis, Department of PsychologyDr. Ken Callis came to Southeast in the fall of 2000 as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology.  He received his bachelor of science degree from the University of Tennessee, Martin, Tenn.; his master of arts degree from Southeast Missouri State University; and his doctor of philosophy degree from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Ill.  Callis is a licensed psychologist and was previously employed at the Family Counseling Center in Cape Girardeau. John Cherry, Department of Management and MarketingDr. John Cherry came to Southeast in the fall of 2000 as an assistant professor in the Department of Marketing.  He received his bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, Calif.; his master of business administration degree from Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Ill.; and his doctor of business administration degree from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Ill.  Cherry was previously employed as an assistant professor at Columbia College, Columbia, Mo. Paul Deiermann, Department of MathematicsDr. Paul Deiermann came to Southeast in the fall of 2000 as an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics.  He received his bachelor of science and bachelor of arts degrees from the University of Missouri, St. Louis; and his doctor of philosophy degree from Washington University, St. Louis.  Deiermann was previously employed as an associate professor at Lindenwood University, St. Louis. Craig Elder, Department of Health, Human Performance and RecreationDr. Craig Elder came to Southeast in the fall of 2000 as an assistant professor in the Department of Health and Leisure.  He received his bachelor of science degree from Berry College, Rome, Ga.; his master of education degree from Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.; and his doctor of philosophy degree from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Ala.  Elder was previously employed as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Ala. Steven Hendricks, Department of MusicDr. Steven Hendricks came to Southeast in the fall of 2000 as an instructor in the Department of Music. Hendricks was reclassified to assistant professor in the fall of 2003 upon completion of his terminal degree.  He received his bachelor and master of music education degrees from the University of Louisville, Louisville, Ky.; and his doctor of arts in music degree from Ball State University, Muncie, Ind.  Hendricks was previously employed as an assistant professor at Bemidji State University, Bemidji, Minn. Frederick Jones, Department of CommunicationFred Jones came to Southeast in the fall of 2000 as an assistant professor in the Department of Communication.  He received his bachelor of arts degree from Southeast Missouri State University and a master of fine arts degree from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City.  He was previously employed as a video producer for the Utah Department of Public Safety in Salt Lake City and an adjunct film instructor at Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City. Tahsin Khalid, Department of Elementary, Early and Special EducationDr. Tahsin Khalid came to Southeast in the fall of 2000 as an assistant professor in the Department of Elementary, Early and Special Education.  He received his bachelor of science degree from the University of Karachi, Pakistan, and his master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees from Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind.  Khalid was previously employed as a science teacher in College Park, Md., and as an associate instructor at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind.David Reinheimer, Department of EnglishDr. David Reinheimer came to Southeast in the fall of 1997 as an assistant professor in the Department of English.  He received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Dallas, Irving, Texas, and his master of arts and doctor of philosophy degrees from the University of California, Davis, Calif.  Reinheimer was previously employed as an instructor at Sacramento City College, Davis, Calif. Julie Sappington, Department of NursingDr. Julie Sappington was recommended for tenure in spring 2005, contingent upon completion of her doctoral degree.  She completed her degree in December 2005. Sappington came to Southeast in the spring of 1999 as an instructor in the Department of Nursing.  Upon completion of her master’s degree plus 30 hours, she was re-classified to assistant professor in the spring of 2001.  She received her bachelor of science and master of science degrees from Southeast Missouri State University and her doctor of philosophy degree from St. Louis University, St. Louis.  She was previously employed as a case manager with Eastern Missouri Rehabilitation Advisory Management in Kirkwood, Mo. Lucinda Swatzell, Department of BiologyDr. Lucinda Swatzell came to Southeast in the fall of 2000 as an assistant professor in the Department of Biology.  She received her bachelor of science degree from Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kan.; and her master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.  Swatzell was previously employed as an assistant professor at Truman State University, Kirksville, Mo. Jerry Waddle, Department of Educational Administration and CounselingDr. Jerry Waddle came to Southeast in the fall of 2000 as an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Administration and Counseling.  He received his bachelor of science degree from Southeast Missouri State University; his master of education degree from the University of Mississippi, University, Miss.; and his doctor of education degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo.  Waddle was previously employed as the director of the Southeast Regional Professional Development Center and served as the superintendent of schools in Dexter, Scott County and Delta, Mo. Deqi Zen, Department of EnglishDr. Deqi Zen came to Southeast in the fall of 2000 as an assistant professor in the Department of English.  She received her bachelor of arts degree from Sichuan Normal University, Chengdu, China; and her master of arts, master of education and doctor of philosophy degrees from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio.  Zen was previously employed as an associate professor at Sichuan Normal University, P.C., China. Xuesong Zhang, Department of Computer ScienceDr. Xuesong Zhang came to Southeast in the fall of 2000 as an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science.  He received his bachelor of science and master of science degrees from Jilin Polytechnic University, Jilin, China; and his master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Ill.  Zhang was previously employed to teach assistants how to teach physics labs at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Ill. Min Zou, Department of Elementary, Early and Special EducationDr. Min Zou came to Southeast in the fall of 2000 as an assistant professor in the Department of Elementary, Early and Special Education.  She received her bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees from Shanghai Normal University, Shanghai, China; a second master of arts degree from the University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz.; and her doctor of education degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pa.  Zou was previously employed as a teaching associate at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pa.