This website is best viewed in a browser that supports web standards.

Skip to content or, if you would rather, Skip to navigation.

Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

March 31, 2011

Northwest announces faculty promotions, tenure appointments

MARYVILLE, Mo.- Northwest Missouri State University has announced the promotions of six faculty members and tenure appointments for seven faculty, effective in the fall of 2011.

Collectively, the promoted and tenured faculty members have tallied 37 publications in peer-reviewed journals, 28 juried creative works or invited exhibitions, 51 presentations at peer-reviewed national or international conferences, seven funded external grants and three book chapters.

"The promotion and tenure process is probably one of the most important, and rewarding, duties of the provost," Northwest Provost Dr. Doug Dunham said. "It was an honor to review the applications of these candidates. Both individually and collectively these faculty are representative not only of the excellence of the faculty at Northwest Missouri State University, but also of ‘the Academy.' It is my pleasure to be able to congratulate them on their achievement."

Dunham thanked faculty who served on the Advisory Committee for Rank and Promotion: Janice Brandon-Falcone, Alfred Kelly, Jeffrey Loomis, Carolyn McCall, Gary McDonald, Phillip Messner, Kim Spradling and Stephen Town.

Dunham noted each application received the same attention and rigorous review, which required each committee member to spend hours reviewing the applicants' portfolios.

Faculty promoted and receiving tenure for the fall 2011 trimester are:

Promotions to full professor:

  • Dr. Bayo Oludaja: communication, theatre and languages

Promotions to associate professor:

  • Dr. Rebecca Hendrix: psychology, sociology and counseling
  • Patrick Immel: communication, theatre and languages
  • Laura Kukkee: art
  • Dr. Tekle Wanorie: marketing and management
  • Dr. Yi-Hwa Wu: geology and geography

Tenure:

  • Dr. Rebecca Hendrix: psychology, sociology and counseling
  • Dr. Brian Hesse: history, humanities, philosophy, and political science
  • Patrick Immel: communication, theatre and languages
  • Laura Kukkee: art
  • Dr. John Shaw: chemistry and physics
  • Dr. Tekle Wanorie: marketing and management
  • Dr. Yi-Hwa Wu: geology and geography

 

According to Northwest's Faculty Handbook, criteria for ranked faculty are:

  • Assistant professor: terminal degree in the discipline; ability in teaching, scholarship, student support, and service appropriate to the discipline.
  • Associate professor: terminal degree; six years in rank at a regionally accredited institution and three years in rank at Northwest; demonstrated and sustained record of effective teaching, scholarship, student support, and service appropriate to the discipline.
  • Full professor: terminal degree; five years in rank at a regionally accredited institution and three years in rank at Northwest; a recognized teacher and scholar with an exemplary cumulative record of teaching effectiveness, a significant record of scholarship, student support, and service.

The Faculty Handbook notes promotion and tenure reviews are two separate, albeit related, processes. For both tenure and promotion, the faculty member is evaluated in the same four categories: teaching, scholarship, student support, and service. A university level faculty advisory committee is used in the promotion review process. When considering a promotion application, only the activities and accomplishments since last promotion are considered, whereas a tenure application considers the applicant's cumulative record.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468