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Trustees approve 54 faculty promotions

July 1, 2005

KALAMAZOO--The promotions of 54 faculty members at Western Michigan University were approved June 29 by the WMU Board of Trustees.

Twenty-three faculty members were promoted to the rank of full professor, 25 to associate professor and three to assistant professor. In addition, three faculty members were promoted to the rank of faculty specialist II. All of the promotions are effective with the beginning of the 2005-06 academic year.

Speaking on behalf of WMU Trustees, Board Chair Peter Aseritis directed a congratulatory message to faculty members who were promoted or awarded tenure.

"This professional recognition has been earned through your accomplishments in teaching, research and service to the University," he said. The board is proud of your accomplishments."

The faculty members and their academic areas, by the academic rank or position to which they are being promoted, are:

Professor--Dr. Osama Abudayyeh, civil and construction engineering; Dr. Karen R. Blaisure, family and consumer sciences; Dr. Carla R. Bradley, counselor education and counseling psychology; Dr. Clement Burns, physics; Dr. Joetta L. Carr, University Counseling and Testing Center; Dr. John A. Clark, political science; Dr. J. Kevin Corder, political science; Dr. Frank Gambino, marketing; Dr. Delores R. Gauthier, music; Dr. Chansheng He, geography; Elaine A. Jayne, University Libraries; Dr. John A. Jellies, biological sciences; Dr. Catherine Julien, history; Dr. Paula D. Kohler, educational studies; Dr. James A. Leja, blindness and low vision studies; Dr. Timothy McGrew, philosophy; Dr. Joe M. Miller, music; Dr. Koorosh Naghshineh, mechanical and aeronautical engineering; Dr. Mark Orbe, communication; Dr. Lisa Paulius, physics; Dr. Laura R. VanZoest, mathematics; Dr. Alan H. Wuosoma, physics; and Dr. Ping Zhang, mathematics.

Associate professor--Dr. Ikhlas Abadel-Qader, electrical and computer engineering; Dr. Todd J. Barkman, biological sciences; Dr. Barbara J. Cockrell, University Libraries; Dr. Lee J. deLisle, health, physical education and recreation; Dr. Diane K. Dirette, occupational therapy; Dr. Marcia K. Fetters, teaching, learning and leadership; Dr. Barbara J. Frazier, family and consumer sciences; Dr. John R. Geiser, biological sciences; Dr. Barry Goetz, sociology; Dr. G. Michael Grammer, geosciences; Dr. Terrell L. Hodge, mathematics; Dr. Mitch Kachun, history; Dr. Pairin Katerattanakul, business information systems; Dr. Carla M. Koretsky, Geosciences; Dr. Michael L. Miller, music; Dr. Holly J. Nibert, Spanish; Dr. Annegret Paul, mathematics; Dr. Alexandra Pekarovicova, paper engineering, chemical engineering and imaging; Dr. David W. Rudge, biological sciences; Dr. Judith J. Sadler, nursing; Dr. Eve Salisbury, English; Dr. Sarah Summy, educational studies; James VanRhee, physician assistant; Dr. Evelyn Winfield, University Counseling and Testing Center; and Dr. Nicolas Witschi, English.

Assistant professor--Dr. Cynthia Klekar, English; Dr. Michael McCardle, marketing; and Dr. Kathleen Wong, communication.

Faculty Specialist II--Martin Grant, aviation; Dr. Casey McKittrick, English; and Gilbert Sinclair, aviation.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 269 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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