WMU trustees approve faculty tenure and promotions

contact: Cheryl Roland
| WMU News

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The Western Michigan University Board of Trustees approved the tenure of 24 faculty members and promotions of 36 faculty members at its June 29 meeting, effective with the beginning of the 2017-18 academic year.

Faculty granted tenure

The names of those granted tenure, along with their unit or program affiliations, are:

  • Dr. Christopher Biggs, School of Music 
  • Denise Bowen, Department of Physician Assistant 
  • Jennifer Brown, WMU Bronson School of Nursing 
  • Dr. Tracy DeMars, Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies 
  • Dr. Kathryn Docherty, Department of Biological Sciences 
  • Dr. Jessica Frieder, Department of Psychology 
  • Dr. Maria Gigante, Department of English 
  • Dr. Jennifer Harrison, School of Social Work 
  • Jeremy Hierholzer, Department of Aviation Sciences 
  • Nancy Hock, Department of Occupational Therapy 
  • Dr. Tiffany Lee-Parker, Department of Physician Assistant 
  • Dr. Ramona Lewis, Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology 
  • Dr. Yan Lu, Department of Biological Sciences 
  • Dr. Jerry McLaughlin, Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology 
  • Dr. Lei Meng, Department of Geography 
  • Terrance Michmerhuizen, Department of Aviation Sciences 
  • Dr. Edward Montgomery, Department of Economics 
  • Dr. James Penner, Department of Accountancy 
  • Dr. Selena (Maria) Protacio, Department of Special Education and Literacy Studies 
  • Dr. Andrew Rathbun, School of Music 
  • Dr. Anise Strong, Department of History 
  • Elizabeth Terrel, Department of Theatre 
  • Dr. Xiaodan (Abby) Wang, Department of Management 
  • Kelly Weathers, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

Faculty promoted to professor

  • Dr. Luigi Berto, Department of History 
  • Dr. Scott Boerma, School of Music 
  • Dr. Carla Chase, Department of Occupational Therapy 
  • Dr. Jon Davis, Department of Mathematics 
  • Dr. Autumn Edwards, School of Communication 
  • Dr. Lin Foulk, School of Music 
  • Dr. Olivia Gabor-Peirce, Department of World Languages and Literatures 
  • Dr. Edward Montgomery, Department of Economics 
  • Dr. Susan Piazza, Department of Special Education and Literacy Studies 
  • Dr. Kenneth Prewitt, School of Music 
  • Dr. Sarah Summy, Department of Special Education and Literacy Studies 
  • Dr. Gwen Tarbox, Department of English 
  • Dr. Jessaca Spybrook, Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology

Faculty promoted to associate professor

  • Dr. Christopher Biggs, School of Music 
  • Denise Bowen, Department of Physician Assistant 
  • Dr. Kathryn Docherty, Department of Biological Sciences 
  • Dr. Jessica Frieder, Department of Psychology 
  • Dr. Maria Gigante, Department of English 
  • Dr. Tiffany Lee-Parker, Department of Physician Assistant 
  • Dr. Yan Lu, Department of Biological Sciences 
  • Dr. Lei Meng, Department of Geography 
  • Terrance Michmerhuizen, Department of Aviation Sciences 
  • Dr. James Penner, Department of Accountancy 
  • Dr. Selena (Maria) Protacio, Department of Special Education and Literacy Studies 
  • Dr. Andrew Rathbun, School of Music 
  • Dr. Anise Strong, Department of History 
  • Elizabeth Terrel, Department of Theatre 
  • Dr. Xiaodan (Abby) Wang, Department of Management

Faculty promoted to Master Faculty Specialist

  • Jennifer Brown, WMU Bronson School of Nursing 
  • Jeremy Hierholzer, Department of Aviation Sciences 
  • Nancy Hock, Department of Occupational Therapy 
  • Dennis McFall, Department of Aviation Sciences 
  • Dr. Thomas Rienzo, Department of Business Information Systems 

 

Faculty promoted to Faculty Specialist II

  • Dr. Amy Bentz, Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies 
  • Sally Thelen, Center for English Language and Culture for International Students 
  • Kelly Weathers, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences 

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