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MTSU Honors Newly Tenured, Promoted Faculty at Reception

MTSU recognized and honored 53 newly tenured and/or promoted faculty members at a recent reception in the Tennessee Room of the James Union Building.

Newly tenured faculty and their respective colleges are:

  • Behavioral and Health Sciences — Cathy A. Cooper, School of Nursing, associate professor; Mark C. Frame, psychology, associate professor; and Barbara F. Turnage, social work, professor.
  • Education — Amy L. Childre, elementary and special education, professor.
  • Liberal Arts — Maria K. Bachman, English, professor; John P. Donovan, art, associate professor; Kyle D. Kennedy, speech and theatre, associate professor; and Gregory N. Reish, School of Music/Center for Popular Music, professor.

Newly promoted faculty and their respective colleges are:

  • Basic and Applied Sciences — Mark J. Abolins, geosciences, professor; Daniel B. Erenso, physics and astronomy, professor; Mary B. Farone, biology, professor; Matthew Klukowski, biology, professor; and D. Christopher Stephens, mathematical sciences, professor.
  • Behavioral and Health Sciences — Richard S. Farley, health and human performance, professor; Minsoo Kang, health and human performance, professor; and Lisa M. Sheehan-Smith, human sciences, professor.
  • Business — Mamit Deme, economics and finance, professor; and M. Wayne Rollins, business communication and entrepreneurship, professor.
  • Education — Becky B. Alexander, elementary and special education, associate professor; and Kyle A. Butler, educational leadership, professor.
  • Liberal Arts — Debrah C. Sickler-Voigt, art, professor.
  • Mass Communication — Sanjay Asthana, School of Journalism, professor; and Jennifer B. Woodard, electronic media communication, professor.
  • University College — Marva S. Lucas, university studies, professor; and Scott N. McDaniel, university studies, professor.

Faculty who are both newly tenured and promoted are, by college:

  • Basic and Applied Sciences — Patricia J. Boda, geosciences, associate professor; Andrea M. Georgiou, aerospace, associate professor; Christopher R. Herlihy, biology, associate professor; and Nathanael Smith, physics and astronomy, associate professor.
  • Behavioral and Health Sciences — Gina R. Pisut, human sciences, associate professor.
  • Business — Charles F. Beauchamp, economics and finance, associate professor; Juanita G. Brooks, computer information systems, associate professor; Diane R. Edmondson, management and marketing, associate professor; Daniel L. Morrell, management and marketing, associate professor; Deana M. Raffo, management and marketing, associate professor; and Min Zhao, economics and finance, associate professor.
  • Education — Terry L. Goodin, educational leadership, associate professor; and Cheryl J. Hitchcock, elementary and special education, associate professor.
  • Liberal Arts — Priya Ananth, foreign languages and literatures, associate professor; Julie A.M. Barger, English, associate professor; Meredith H. Dye, sociology and anthropology, associate professor; Amy S. Kaufman, English, associate professor; M. Dawn McCormack, history, associate professor; Ann M. McCullough, foreign languages and literatures, associate professor; and Kari S. Neely, foreign languages and literatures, associate professor.
  • Mass Communication — Leon Alligood, School of Journalism, associate professor; Tricia M. Farwell, School of Journalism, associate professor; Matthew M. Foglia, recording industry, professor; Katherine A. Foss, School of Journalism, associate professor; Philip A. Loubere, School of Journalism, associate professor; and Jason B. Reineke, School of Journalism, associate professor.
  • James E. Walker Library — Christy A. Groves, associate professor; and Jason M. Vance, associate professor.

MTSU recognizes its newly tenured and promoted faculty members each fall with a special ceremony. The professors have earned their new status during the preceding academic year.