Regents Grant Tenure to Nine Faculty Members

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

The tenure designation will take effect with the 2004-2005 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:

Warren Anderson, Department of Foreign Languages and Anthropology

Dr. Warren Anderson came to Southeast in the fall of 1998 as an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.  He received a bachelor of arts degree from Millikin University in Decatur, Ill., and a master of arts and doctor of philosophy degrees from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Anderson was previously employed as a campus advisor/instructor at Southeast.

Anderson is an outstanding teacher whose enthusiasm, knowledge, creative communication and excellent organization are appreciated by his students.  He received the College of Liberal Arts’ Outstanding Teaching Award last spring.  His students and colleagues consider him an exemplary teacher.  Anderson is recognized as an emerging scholar in the field of transnational migration, as his publications and invited presentations attest.  He is trilingual, fluent in Spanish and Tarascan as well as English.  He has worked with Mexican migrant workers from Michoacan, and his ethnographic research with these people has provided valuable insights for scholars and governmental agencies. Anderson’s service is also a model of appropriate involvement.  He advises the Anthropology Club and some 25 anthropology majors, represents his department on the Faculty Senate, and participates actively on a number of important committees.  Anderson has demonstrated continuous improvement as a teacher/scholar and is a valuable member of the academic community.

Stephanie Chamberlain, Department of English

Dr. Stephanie Chamberlain came to Southeast in the fall of 1999 as an assistant professor in the Department of English and was promoted to associate professor in the fall of 2003.  She received a bachelor of arts degree from Weber State College in Ogden, Utah, and master of arts and doctor of philosophy degrees from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.  Chamberlain previously was employed as an assistant professor at North Dakota State University in Fargo.

Chamberlain was an experienced teacher when she joined the Southeast faculty but has continued to improve her teaching skills.  She gets excellent evaluations from her students and appreciative reports from colleagues who have visited her classes.  She has taught 11 different courses here and has played an active role in curricular revisions in the Department of English.  Her scholarship is outstanding because she is not only very productive but also has her articles and reviews published in world class literary journals dealing with Shakespearean literature. She has five substantive articles, 10 book reviews, and 38 conference presentations.  She has served on Faculty Senate and various departmental and college committees and has been faculty sponsor of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honorary society. Chamberlain has compiled an outstanding record of service and provides clear evidence of continuous growth and improvement as a very conscientious teacher/scholar.

Kathy Ham, Department of Nursing

Dr. Kathy Ham came to Southeast in the fall of 1998 as an assistant professor in the Department of Nursing.  She received a bachelor of science degree from Memphis State University; a master of science degree in nursing from the University of Texas-Arlington, and a doctor of education degree from the University of Memphis. Ham previously was employed as an assistant professor in the School of Nursing in Sikeston, Mo.

Ham received the Outstanding Teacher Award and the Teacher of the Year Award in successive years. Her contribution to curriculum and program design has been significant.  Ham’s professional development accomplishments include completion of her doctorate and writing a textbook.  She has also maintained certifications appropriate to her discipline and contributed significantly to service responsibilities.

Linda Heitman, Department of Nursing

Dr. Linda Heitman came to Southeast in the fall of 1998 as an assistant professor in the Department of Nursing. She received a bachelor of science degree from Southeast Missouri State University, and a master of science in nursing and doctor of philosophy degrees from Saint Louis University.  Heitman previously was employed as a medical-surgical clinical nurse specialist at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau.

Heitman’s teaching is exemplary as documented by evaluations of her instruction as outstanding.  She has contributed significantly to curriculum development including the infusion of technology as an instructional tool.  Heitman completed her doctorate degree and continues professional development activities. She has an impressive record of scholarship while devoting extensive time to service commitments.

Margaret Hill, Department of Physics and Engineering Physics

Dr. Margaret Hill came to Southeast in the fall of 2000 as an assistant professor in the Department of Physics.  She received a bachelor of science degree from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., and master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.  Hill previously was employed as an assistant professor at the University of Northern Iowa at Cedar Falls.

Hill has developed a new course and adapted the popular astronomy course to an online version. She has mentored numerous undergraduate students in her research lab. She has had three articles published in refereed journals and has had nine papers presented at professional meetings. She has been an active grant writer and has one external grant funded.  Hill has served on College Council and several departmental committees.  She has been a member of the Godwin Center Associates and the Women Studies Faculty.

Anne Marietta, Department of Human Environmental Studies

Dr. Anne Marietta came to Southeast in the fall of 1998 as an assistant professor in the Department of Human Environmental Studies and was promoted to associate professor in the fall of 2003.  She received a bachelor of science degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh; a master of science degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia, and a doctor of philosophy degree from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.  Marietta previously was employed as a health educator for the Missouri Department of Health in Jefferson City, Mo.

Marietta has excellent teaching evaluations. She established and coordinates a graduate level internship program that has been accredited by the American Dietetic Association (ADA).  She is a known leader and serves as a national site visitor for ADA. Marietta’s service commitments are extensive and include providing nutrition counseling to students at Southeast Missouri State University through the Center for Health and Counseling.

Carol McDowell, Department of Music

Dr. Carol McDowell came to Southeast in the fall of 1998 as an assistant professor in the Department of Music and was promoted to associate professor in the fall of 2003. McDowell received a bachelor of music education and bachelor of music degrees from Southeast Missouri State University, and master of music education and doctor of philosophy degrees from Florida State University in Tallahassee. McDowell previously was employed as a graduate assistant at Florida State University in Tallahassee.

McDowell was an experienced teacher when she joined the Southeast faculty but has continued to improve her teaching skills.  She gets excellent evaluations from her students and appreciative reports from colleagues who have visited her classes and heard her perform on flute.  She has played an important role in curricular improvement in the Department of Music by revising and strengthening the music education program. Her integrity and high expectations have led to the preparation of better music teachers. Her scholarship is outstanding, with a monograph, nine articles and some 20 conference presentations.  Since January, she has been the editor of the Missouri Journal of Research in Music Education, which attests to her esteemed reputation among other music education researchers in Missouri. She continues to be a performer with both Cape Girardeau and Jackson municipal bands and coordinates the Flute Choir.  Her service has been extensive and includes being adviser to 35 music education majors, faculty sponsor of the student chapter of the Music Educators National Conference, and liaison to the College of Education. McDowell has compiled an outstanding record of service and provides clear evidence of continuous growth and improvement as a very conscientious teacher/scholar.

Craig Roberts, Department of Mathematics

Dr. Craig Roberts came to Southeast in the fall of 1998 as an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics. Roberts received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and master of education, master of arts, and doctor of philosophy degrees from Saint Louis University. He previously was employed as an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas-Monticello.

Roberts has been at the forefront in the use of technology in the classroom. He has had one article published in a refereed journal and has had 15 papers presented at professional meetings. Roberts has served on Faculty Senate and as chair of the Academic Affairs Committee.  He was instrumental in the development and passing of the six-week grade report bill. He has served as the dual credit coordinator for mathematics and the coordinator for the MCTM Cape Girardeau Regional Mathematics Competition for elementary school students. He has been an active participant in Math Field Day, Show Me Day, First Step and opening week activities.

Jerzy Wojdylo, Department of Mathematics

Dr. Jerzy Wojdylo came to Southeast in the fall of 1998 as an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics. Wojdylo received his Matura degree from IV Liceum Ogolnoksztalcaca, Torun, Poland; a master of science degree from University of Mikolaja Kopernika, Torun, Poland; and a doctor of philosophy degree from Iowa State University in Ames.  He was previously employed as a teaching assistant at Iowa State University.

In the area of instruction, Wojdylo has been a leader in the use of technology in the classroom. He has also developed a new course in cryptography. He has had two articles published in refereed journals and has had four papers presented at professional meetings. Wojdylo has served on several University, college and departmental committees. He has chaired the College Information Technology Committee.  He was a presenter at a workshop for middle school teachers and has been active in Math Field Day.