Regents Grant Tenure to Seven Faculty Members

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

May 9, 2008 – The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents granted tenure to seven faculty members during a closed session meeting of the Board today.

The tenure designations will take effect with the 2008-2009 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:Lisa Bertrand, Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling

Dr. Lisa Bertrand came to Southeast in the fall of 2002 as an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling.  She was promoted to associate professor in the fall of 2006. She received her bachelor of science degree from Southeast Missouri State University, master of special education degree from the University of Texas at Tyler, and doctor of education degree from Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas.  Bertrand previously was employed as a District Testing Specialist in Jacksonville, Texas.

Bertrand is the coordinator of the Educational Administration Programs within the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling.  She collaborated with other faculty in the Department to develop the new Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership Development. She also has one book in press and a second book that was published in 2006. She also has authored numerous articles and made many national presentations, and has received an appointment to the doctoral faculty, College of Education, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, University of Missouri-Columbia.

Robert Conger, Department of Music

Dr. Robert Conger came to Southeast in the fall of 2004 as an assistant professor in the Department of Music. He was promoted to associate professor in the fall of 2007. He received his bachelor of music degree from East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, master of music degree from Northwestern University; Evanston, Ill.; and doctor of music degree from North Texas State University, Denton, Texas. Conger previously was employed as an assistant professor at Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kan.

Conger was promoted to associate professor last year. His peer evaluations are excellent, and he has revised two courses.  Several of his students have received external recognition.  Conger’s professional development is based on his many performances, presentations and adjudications. He has been evaluated as a “formidable performer.”   He has served as a teaching associate in Southeast Center for Scholarship in Teaching and Learning.  Conger is the Web master for the department.  He serves as the coordinator of the graduate programs in the Department of Music, and he coordinates the Clark Terry Jazz Festival. 

Mary Ann DeLine, Department of Middle and Secondary Education

Dr. Mary Ann DeLine came to Southeast in the fall of 2002 as an assistant professor in the Department of Middle and Secondary Education.  She received both her bachelor of science and master of arts degrees from Southeast Missouri State University and doctor of philosophy degree from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. DeLine previously was employed as an instructor at Southeast.

DeLine is the director of the Instructional Technology and Resource Center in the College of Education. She was instrumental in the development of the educational technology option in the Master of Arts degree in Secondary Education. She teaches online, ITV and face-to-face courses. She consistently uses technology in her teaching and has an outstanding record of service at all levels. She has been very active in raising scholarship funds for the Sikeston Area Higher Education Center and is an active member of the Southeast Missouri University National Alumni Board of Directors.

Karie Hollerbach, Department of Communication

Dr. Karie Hollerbach came to Southeast in the fall of 1997 as an instructor in the Department of Communication. Upon completion of her doctoral degree in 2004, she was reclassified to assistant professor. She received her bachelor and master of science degrees from Southeast and doctor of philosophy degree from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. 

Hollerbach receives very positive evaluations from her peers and chairs. She has published four peer-reviewed articles and a chapter in a book and has made 20 presentations at a variety of professional meetings.  She serves on several University, college and departmental committees. Hollerbach has been the faculty advisor for two student organizations, and she has taken the lead in the University’s relationship with the Center for Strategic and International Studies. 

Donald Jung, Department of Communication

Dr. Donald Jung came to Southeast in the fall of 2001 as an assistant professor in the Department of Communication.  He was promoted to associate professor in the fall of 2007.  He received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis; master of fine arts degree from the University of Portland, Portland, Oregon; and doctor of philosophy degree from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind. Jung previously was employed as an instructor at Community College of Indiana, Lafayette, Ind.

Jung was promoted to associate professor last year.  He has received positive evaluations from his peers and his chair.  He has published two peer reviewed articles and an invited chapter in a book.  He has made a presentation at a national meeting and served on University and college committees. He is the faculty advisor for the student organization Creative Minds Advertising Association. He has served as President of the local Phi Kappa Phi Chapter and is involved in several community activities related to his discipline. 

Julie Ray, Department of Elementary, Early, and Special Education

Dr. Julie Ray came to Southeast in the fall of 2002 as an assistant professor in the Department of Elementary, Early, and Special Education.  She was promoted to associate professor in the fall of 2007.  She received her bachelor of science degree from Southeast, master of science in education degree from Arkansas State University, State University, Ark.; and doctor of philosophy degree from the University of Missouri–Columbia. She previously was employed as an assistant professor at Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis.

Ray teaches courses both on and off campus and online, and Web-enhanced courses. She was selected for a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) award in 2006 and received the College of Education award for outstanding teaching effectiveness in 2004.  She has been active in the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). She serves on a National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) panel to review NAEYC programs seeking accreditation. She is active in the Missouri Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators.  Ray is a counselor for the Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society, a student organization that received national recognition for excellence in 2006.

Paul Watkins, Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling

Dr. Paul Watkins came to Southeast in the fall of 2002 as an assistant professor and director of field experiences in the Department of Elementary, Early, and Special Education.  He was promoted to associate professor in the fall of 2006.  He received his bachelor of science and master of arts degrees from Southeast, and education specialist and doctor of education degrees from St. Louis University. Watkins previously was employed as the director of the Southeast Regional Professional Development Center at Southeast Missouri State University. Watkins currently is one of two faculty members from Southeast who teach in the statewide Cooperative EdD Program with the University of Missouri–Columbia. He has been granted doctoral faculty status in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Missouri. Watkins led the elementary and secondary education faculty members in the development of the Teacher Work Sample model within the Title II Teacher Quality Enhancement Grant from the Renaissance Group.  He also spearheaded the integration of the Teacher Work Sample (TWS) model with the MoSTEP portfolio required for teacher certification by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. As a result of these efforts, students at Southeast may now use the TWS for their certification.