Regents Grant Faculty Post-Professorial Merit, Promotions, Tenure and Merit

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The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents Tuesday, June 12, granted post-professorial merit to 10 faculty members and promoted five faculty members to the rank of professor and 16 to the rank of associate professor with tenure. In addition, eight faculty members received non-tenure track merit.

The action came during a closed session meeting of the Board and was based on reviews by appropriate review bodies. All merit, promotion and tenure designations are effective with the 2018-2019 academic year.

Post-professorial merit is a voluntary additional step in the current merit process approved by the Board of Regents in October 2002. Under the bill, faculty become eligible to apply for post-professorial merit five years after attaining the rank of full professor and may repeat the process during the fifth year after any previous successful application. Successful applicants must meet the same criteria as required for promotion to professor and follow the same process of peer and administrative review.

Those approved for post-professorial merit in their designated department are as follows:

  • Allan Bornstein, Department of Biology
  • Kevin Hampton, Department of Music
  • Kenneth Heischmidt, Department of Management and Marketing
  • Tahsin Khalid, Department of Elementary, Early, and Special Education
  • Leisa Marshall, Department of Accounting
  • Kang Hoon Park, Department of Economics and Finance
  • John Scheibe, Department of Biology
  • Sophia Scott, Department of Polytechnic Studies
  • Anthony Varnon, Department of Accounting
  • William Weber, Department of Economics and Finance

In related action, the Board granted promotions to 21 faculty members during the same closed session meeting.

Faculty members promoted to the rank of professor in their designated department are:

  • Toni Alexander, Department of Modern Languages, Anthropology, and Geography
  • D. Susan Kendrick, Department of English
  • Melissa Odegard-Koester, Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling
  • Gangaraju Vanteddu, Department of Accounting
  • Yumin Zhang, Department of Physics and Engineering Physics

Faculty members promoted to the rank of associate professor with tenure in their designated department are:

  • Gabrielle Baffoni, Department of Music
  • Christopher Baldwin, Department of Political Science, Philosophy, and Religion
  • Jennifer Bengtson, Department of Modern Languages, Anthropology, and Geography
  • Hyeon Cho, Department of Human Environmental Studies
  • Susan Davis, Department of Elementary, Early, and Special Education
  • Rebeccah Kurzhals, Department of Biology
  • Kimberly Louie, Department of Modern Languages, Anthropology, and Geography
  • Stephen Nettelhorst, Department of Psychology
  • James Newman, Department of Political Science, Philosophy, and Religion
  • Quantella Noto, Department of Management and Marketing
  • Peter Oman, Department of Mathematics
  • Adolfo Ramos, Department of Health, Human Performance, and Recreation
  • Francis Tayie, Department of Human Environmental Studies
  • Emmanuel Thompson, Department of Mathematics
  • Nicolas Wilkins, Department of Psychology
  • David Yaskewich, Department of Economics and Finance

In addition, non-tenure track faculty members approved for merit in their designated department are:

  • Roxanne Dunn, Kent Library
  • Jonathan Hayes, Department of English
  • Natalie Holley, Department of Communication Studies
  • Bronik Matwijkiw, Department of Political Science, Philosophy, and Religion
  • Pamela Mills, Department of Physics and Engineering Physics
  • Alicia Scott, Department of Health, Human Performance, and Recreation
  • Scott Thorne, Department of Management and Marketing
  • Christine Warren, Department of English