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March 20, 2020

Northwest announces faculty promotions, tenure appointments

Northwest Missouri State University has announced the promotions and tenure appointments of 18 faculty members, effective next fall.

The promotion and tenure applications were approved Thursday by the Board of Regents.

“In this time of uncertainty, it is even more important to recognize the hard work and dedication of the Northwest faculty – not only for their expertise in teaching, service and scholarly activities but also for their dedication and commitment to our students’ continued learning and success,” Northwest Provost Dr. Jamie Hooyman said, referencing the University’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, which has forced traditional coursework exclusively online for the remainder of the spring semester. “These 18 individuals are excellent examples of what it means to be a Northwest faculty member and a true Bearcat. I couldn’t be more proud to be the provost for such quality professionals.” 

Faculty receiving promotions and tenure are listed below with their academic disciplines.


Promotions to full professor

  • Kristi Alexander, professional education


Promotions to tenure and associate professor

  • Rhonda Beemer, health and physical education
  • Alisha Campbell, biology
  • Jim Campbell, biology
  • Denise Case, computer science and information systems
  • Keely Cline, psychology
  • Nathan Eloe, computer science and information systems
  • Aziz Fellah, computer science and information systems
  • Justin Hoffmeier, mathematics and statistics
  • Steve Ludwig, business
  • Jay McGhee, biology
  • Jose Palacios, modern languages
  • Greg Rich, professional education
  • Rob Voss, history


Promotions to senior instructor

  • Dan Biegelson, English
  • Sarah Creason, psychology
  • Matt Schieber, computer science and information systems
  • Dana Ternus, history


To receive tenure and promotion, faculty members must demonstrate sustained excellence in teaching and professional development, scholarship and creative activities, and show service and student support by submitting a portfolio documenting accomplishment in these areas. Tenure is an arrangement under which a faculty member remains employed with an institution of higher education until he or she resigns, retires or is discharged.

Faculty are eligible to apply for tenure and promotion to the rank of associate professor after four years in the rank of assistant professor at Northwest. The rank of full professor is granted to faculty members who have served a minimum of five years in the rank of associate professor at Northwest. Faculty members serving within the rank of instructor for a minimum of six years at Northwest are eligible to apply for promotion to the rank of senior instructor.


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