Board of Regents Grants Tenure and Promotion to Faculty Members

 

February 28, 2014

The board's move increases Texas Tech's base of tenured faculty.

Board of Regents Grant Tenure to Six Faculty Members

The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents granted tenure and promotion to a number of faculty during their meeting Feb. 28.

The board action brings to 797 the number of full-time tenured faculty at Texas Tech. There are a total of 1,075 full-time faculty, either tenured or tenure track. Another 280 faculty members are full-time non-tenure or non-tenure track.

Below is a listing of faculty who received tenure and promotion, promotion in academic rank, and appointments with tenure.

Tenure and Promotion

Those receiving tenure and promotion are:

  • Aaron Benson, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
  • Robert Cox, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, Department of Natural Resources Management, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
  • Kerry Griffis-Kyle, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, Department of Natural Resources Management, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
  • Courtney Meyers, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, Department of Agricultural Education and Communications, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
  • Jennifer Moore-Kucera, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, Department of Plant and Soil Science, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
  • Olga Murova, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
  • Jon Ulmer, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, Department of Agricultural Education and Communications, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
  • Maria Perbellini, M.Arch, from associate professor to professor, College of Architecture
  • Yehia Mechref, Ph.D., from associate professor to professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Gregory Mayer, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, Department of Environmental Toxicology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Christopher Salice, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, Department of Environmental Toxicology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Callum Hetherington, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, Department of Geosciences, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Laura Calkins, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Luan Hoang, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Christopher Hom, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, Department of Philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Sung-Wook Kwon, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, Department of Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Toby Rider, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, Department of Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Michael Serra, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, Department of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Jongpil Cheon, Ed.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership, College of Education
  • Colette Taylor, Ed.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership, College of Education
  • Fernando Valle, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership, College of Education
  • Fan Zhaoyang, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Whitacre College of Engineering
  • Micah Green, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Whitacre College of Engineering
  • Annette Hernandez, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Whitacre College of Engineering
  • Qing Hui, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Whitacre College of Engineering
  • Changzhi Li, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Whitacre College of Engineering
  • Mohan Sridharan, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, Department of Computer Science, Whitacre College of Engineering
  • Siva Vanapalli, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Whitacre College of Engineering
  • Marshall Watson, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, Department of Petroleum Engineering, Whitacre College of Engineering
  • James Yang, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Whitacre College of Engineering
  • Zhen Cong, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, College of Human Sciences
  • Barry McCool, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, Department of Nutrition, Hospitality and Retailing, College of Human Sciences
  • Kelly Phelan, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, Department of Nutrition, Hospitality and Retailing, College of Human Sciences
  • Shu Wang, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, Department of Nutrition, Hospitality and Retailing, College of Human Sciences
  • Shelley Barba, M.S., from assistant librarian to associate librarian, Library
  • Melanie Clark, M.L.S., from assistant librarian to associate librarian, Library
  • Robert Weiner, M.S., from associate librarian to librarian, Library
  • Robert Peaslee, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, Department of Journalism and Electronic Media, College of Media and Communication
  • Hyojung Cho, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, Museum
  • Amy Mondt, M.A., from assistant archivist to associate archivist, Vietnam Center
  • Thomas Cimarusti, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, School of Music, College of Visual and Performing Arts
  • Carolyn Cruse, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, School of Music, College of Visual and Performing Arts
  • Jeffrey Lastrapes, M.M., from assistant professor to associate professor, School of Music, College of Visual and Performing Arts
  • Mark Morton, D.M.A, from assistant professor to associate professor, School of Music, College of Visual and Performing Arts
  • Jorgelina Orfila, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, School of Art, College of Visual and Performing Arts

Tenure

Those receiving tenure are:

  • Jonathan Thompson, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Kevin Long, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Katharine Hayhoe, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Ben Powell, Ph.D., professor, Area of Energy, Economics and Law, Rawls College of Business Administration
  • Ismael deFarias, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Industrial Engineering, Whitacre College of Engineering

Promotion in Academic Rank

Those receiving promotion in academic rank are:

  • Brad Dabbert, Ph.D., from associate professor to professor, Department of Natural Resources Management, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
  • Conrad Lyford, Ph.D., from associate professor to professor, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
  • Jaime Malaga, Ph.D., from associate professor to professor, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
  • Gad Perry, Ph.D., from associate professor to professor, Department of Natural Resources Management, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
  • Rima Al Ajlouni, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, College of Architecture
  • Craig Baehr, Ph.D., from associate professor to professor, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Kelli Cargile-Cook, Ph.D., from associate professor to professor, Department English, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Amy Koerber, Ph.D., from associate professor to professor, Department English, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Sara Spurgeon, Ph.D., from associate professor to professor, Department English, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Steven Presley, Ph.D., from associate professor to professor, Department of Environmental Toxicology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Melanie Hart, Ph.D., from associate professor to professor, Department of Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Stefano D’Amico, Ph.D., from associate professor to professor, Department of History, College of Arts & Sciences
  • James Surles, Ph.D., from associate professor to professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Magdalena Toda, Ph.D., from associate professor to professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Alex Trindade, Ph.D., from associate professor to professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Dennis Patterson, Ph.D., from associate professor to professor, Department of Political Science, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Denton Collins, Ph.D., from associate professor to professor, Area of Accounting, Rawls College of Business Administration
  • Doug Hamman, Ph.D., from associate professor to professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education
  • Mellinee Lesley, Ph.D., from associate professor to professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education
  • Barbara Morgan-Fleming, Ph.D., from associate professor to professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education
  • Rona Pogrund, Ph.D., from associate professor to professor, Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership, College of Education
  • Tara Stevens, Ed.D., from associate professor to professor, Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership, College of Education
  • Hangchao Liu, Ph.D., from associate professor to professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Whitacre College of Engineering
  • Alyson Outenreath, JD., from assistant professor to associate professor, School of Law
  • Christopher Kulander, JD., Ph.D, from assistant professor to associate professor, School of Law
  • Monte Monroe, Ph.D., from associate archivist to archivist, Library
  • Kenton Wilkinson, Ph.D., from associate professor to professor, Department of Journalism and Electronic Media, College of Media and Communication
  • David Dees, MM, from associate professor to professor, School of Music, College of Visual and Performing Arts
  • Christopher Smith, Ph.D., from associate professor to professor, School of Music, College of Visual and Performing Arts

Appointments with Tenure

Sharran Parkinson, new professor and chair, Department of Design, College of Human Sciences, was granted tenure with her appointment. Parkinson is currently the department chair, and professor, with tenure, Department of Interior Design at Virginia Commonwealth University.