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Regents approve faculty promotions and tenure

The Texas Woman’s University Board of Regents on May 18 approved promotion and tenure recommendations at its quarterly meeting on the Denton campus. Regents also awarded emeritus status to retiring faculty and staff.

College of Arts and Sciences

Assistant professor Nila Kelly-Ricks, Ph.D., (sociology and social work) was promoted to the rank of associate professor and granted tenure. Associate professor Brian Fehler, Ph.D., (English, speech and foreign languages) was granted tenure, and associate professor Jacob Blosser, Ph.D., (history and government) was promoted to professor.

In the School of the Arts, assistant professor Rosemary Candelario, Ph.D., (dance) was promoted to associate professor and granted tenure. Associate professors Sarah Gamblin, (dance), Joni Jensen, D.M.A., (music) and Patrick Bynane, Ph.D., (theatre) were promoted to professor.

In the department of psychology and philosophy, assistant professors Wendi Johnson, Ph.D., Ron Palomares, Ph.D., and Lisa Rosen, Ph.D., were promoted to associate professors and granted and tenure, and associate professor Brian Harding, Ph.D., was promoted to professor.

College of Business

James Lumpkin, Ph.D., who will serve as founding dean of TWU’s new College of Business effective July 1, was granted tenure at the rank of professor.

College of Health Sciences

In the department of communication sciences and disorders, Robin Abellera was promoted to associate clinical professor and Laura Moorer-Cook was promoted to clinical professor.

Leslie Koberna, Ph.D., was promoted to clinical professor in the dental hygiene department. Charlene Dickinson and Risa Handman-Nettles were promoted to associate clinical professors.

In the kinesiology department, new department chair and professor George King, Ph.D., was granted tenure, and Gwen Weatherford, Ph.D., and Mark Mann, Ph.D., were promoted to associate professors and granted tenure.

Cynthia Warren, Ph.D., (nutrition and food sciences) was promoted to associate professor and granted tenure.

Promotions in the School of Occupational Therapy include Shannon Levandowski, O.T.D., Alicia Lohmann, O.T.D., and, William Sit, Ph.D., who were promoted to associate clinical professor positions; Cynthia Evetts, Ph.D., who was promoted to professor; and Gail Poskey, Ph.D., who was promoted to associate professor. Professor Christine Chen, Sc.D., was granted tenure.

In the School of Physical Therapy, Chad Swank, Ph.D., and Shih-Chiao Tseng, Ph.D., were promoted to associate professor and granted tenure; and Dale Anderle, D.P.T., and Catherine Szot, D.P.T., were promoted to associate clinical professors.

College of Nursing

Assistant professor Rachelle Nurse, Ph.D., was promoted to associate professor and granted tenure. Assistant clinical professors Olinda Johnson, Ph.D., and Jeffrey Williams, D.N.P., were promoted to associate clinical professor.

College of Professional Education

In the department of reading, associate professor Claudia Haag, Ph.D., was promoted to professor, and assistant professors Elizabeth Kaye, Ph.D., and Mandy Stewart, Ph.D., were promoted to associate professor and granted tenure. Associate professors Brigitte Vittrup, Ph.D. (family sciences) and Karen Dunlap, Ed.D., (teacher education) were promoted to professor.

Emeritus

Regents awarded emeritus status to several retiring faculty and staff. Linda Caldwell, Ph.D., was posthumously named professor of dance emerita. Susan kae Grant was named Cornaro Professor of Arts Emerita. In nursing, Connie Ayers, Ph.D., was named associate professor emerita, Anne Koci, Ph.D. (Houston) and Rae Langford, Ed.D., were named professors emerita, and Charlotte Stephenson, D.S.N., was named clinical professor emerita. Paul Travis, Ph.D., was named professor of history and government emeritus. Rose Bush was named associate clinical professor of nutrition and food sciences emerita.

Governor Jackson was named director of financial aid emeritus. Jerry Dawson was named technical director of Margo Jones Performance Hall emeritus.