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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

March 16, 2012

Northwest announces faculty promotions, tenure appointments

Northwest Missouri State University has announced the promotions of nine faculty members and tenure appointments for four faculty, effective next fall.

Collectively, the promoted and tenured faculty members have tallied 81 publications in peer-reviewed journals, juried creative works, invited exhibitions, funded external grants or book chapters; and 68 presentations at peer-reviewed national or international conferences.

“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 of the excellent faculty at Northwest, and 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: Jerrold Barnett, Margaret Drew, Kurt Haberyan, Jeffrey Loomis, Gary McDonald, Patrick McLaughlin, Tom Spencer and Kim Spradling.

The promotion and tenure applications were approved by the Board of Regents during its March 15 meeting. Faculty receiving promotions and tenure, effective during the 2012-2013 academic year, are:

Promotions to full professor:

  • Dr. Mark Corson: geology and geography
  • Dr. Janet Marta: marketing and management
  • Dr. Jim Walker: marketing and management

 

Promotions to associate professor:

  • Dr. Rochelle Hiatt: psychology, sociology and counseling
  • Dr. Aaron Johnson: geology and geography
  • Dr. Yanfen Le: geology and geography
  • Dr. Susan Myllakangas: health, physical education, recreation and dance
  • Amanda Petefish-Schrag: communication, theatre and languages

 

Promotions to assistant professor:

  • Doug Russell: marketing and management

 

Tenure:

  • Dr. Rochelle Hiatt: psychology, sociology and counseling
  • Dr. Aaron Johnson: geology and geography
  • Dr. Yanfen Le: geology and geography
  • Dr. Susan Myllakangas: health, physical education, recreation and dance

 

Northwest's Faculty Handbook criteria for ranked faculty:

  • 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

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