Regents Grant Faculty Tenure, Promotion and Merit Designations

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The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents voted 6-0 to grant tenure, promotion or merit designation to 33 faculty.  The new designations, which will be effective with the 2021-22 academic year, are:

  • 7 faculty promoted to the rank of associate professor and tenure award
  • 6 faculty promoted to the rank of professor
  • 8 faculty awarded post-professorial merit
  • 12 faculty awarded non-tenure track merit

Faculty that earned promotion to associate professor and tenure were evaluated on departmentally developed criteria to evaluate their teaching effectiveness, professional growth and service. To be eligible for promotion and tenure, they must have served as an assistant professor for five years, unless otherwise stipulated in their contract.

Faculty promoted to the rank of associate professor and tenure were:

  • Shannon Clapsaddle – Department of Leadership, Middle and Secondary Education
  • Amber Cook – Department of Theatre and Dance
  • Sandra Cox – Department of English
  • Susan Fulton – Department of Communication Disorders
  • Nicholas Johnston – Department of Management
  • Barbara Lamont – Department of Music
  • Md Rasheduzzaman – Department of Engineering and Technology

Promotion to the rank of full professor is earned and awarded using the same criteria as associate professors. To be eligible for promotion, they must have served as an associate professor for five years, unless otherwise stipulated in their contract.

Faculty promoted to the rank of professor were:

  • James Caldwell – Department of Management
  • Adam Criblez – Department of History and Anthropology
  • Erin Fluegge – Department of Management
  • Joni Hand – Department of Art and Design
  • Heather McMillan – Department of Management
  • Bradley Phillips – Department of Art and Design

Post-professorial merit is a voluntary additional step in the merit process. 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.

Faculty awarded post-professorial merit were:

  • Raymond Bohannon – Department of Elementary, Early and Special Education
  • Robert Fruehwald – Department of Music
  • Steven Hoffman – Department of History and Anthropology
  • Ismatilla Mardanov – Department of Management
  • Debrah Raschke – Department of English
  • Jayanti Ray – Department of Communication Disorders
  • Christopher Rieger – Department of English
  • Shaojun Wang – Department of Engineering and Technology

Non-tenure track faculty are eligible to apply for merit after four years in their role and each four year time period after receiving recognition. Awards are based on criteria set by each department.

Faculty awarded non-tenure track merit were:

  • Kalyn Compaore – Department of Communication Studies and Modern Languages
  • Jeremy Griffin – Department of Art and Design
  • Amy Herren – Department of Communication Disorders
  • Lea Anne Lambert – Department of Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Recreation
  • Nancy LeGrand – Department of Marketing
  • Rebecca Lohmann – Department of Accounting, Economics, and Finance
  • Philip MacKenzie – Department of English
  • Lori Mueller – Department of Management
  • Matthew Sissom – Department of English
  • John Unterreiner – Department of Criminal Justice, Social Work, and Sociology
  • James Youn – Department of Marketing
  • Matthew Yount – Department of Music

“This process highlights the knowledge, teaching expertise and talent of the faculty at Southeast,” said Provost Mike Godard. “Congratulations to all of the faculty recognized this year. Your dedication and passion for what you do benefits all of the students we serve.”

Some of the other items the Board of Regents approved were the addition of a new graduate certificate in trauma & resiliency, a new minor in unmanned aircraft systems and the FY22 Universal General Operating and Auxiliary Budgets. Materials from the meeting are available at semo.edu/board/meeting_info.html.

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