Texas Tech University

Board of Regents Grants Tenure and Promotion to Faculty Members

February 27, 2016

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

The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents granted tenure and promotion to a number of faculty during its meeting February 25. 

These individuals bring the number of full-time tenured faculty at Texas Tech to 804. There are a total of 1,086 tenured and tenure-track faculty at the university. After these appointments, the percentage of tenure track faculty who have been awarded tenure will be 74 percent.

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

Board Grants Tenure

Tenure and Promotion

Those receiving tenure and promotion are:

  • Quinn Ankrum, D.M.A., from assistant professor to associate professor, School of Music, College of Visual and Performing Arts;
  • Dustin Benham, J.D., from associate professor to professor, School of Law;
  • Brian Ancell, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, Department of Geosciences, College of Arts and Sciences;
  • Cordelia Barrera, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences;
  • Zachary Brittsan, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences;
  • Eric Bruning, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, Department of Geosciences, College of Arts and Sciences;
  • Lynn Edgar, M.S., M.L.S., from assistant librarian to associate librarian, University Libraries;
  • Kristi Gaines, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, Department of Design, College of Human Sciences;
  • Joaquin Gonzales, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, Department of Kinesiology and Sport Management, College of Arts and Sciences;
  • Robert Gonzalez, Ph.D., from associate professor to professor, College of Architecture;
  • Alastair Hamilton, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, College of Arts and Sciences;
  • Raegan Higgins, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, College of Arts and Sciences;
  • Catherine Jai, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, Department of Hospitality and Retail Management, College of Human Sciences;
  • Hoon Lee, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, Department of Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences;
  • Dave Louis, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership, College of Education;
  • Brett Myers, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, Area of Finance, Rawls College of Business;
  • Alyson Outenreath, J.D., from associate professor to professor, School of Law;
  • Joy Perrin, M.I.S., from assistant librarian to associate librarian, University Libraries;
  • Dimitra Smith, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership, College of Education; 
  • Jingjing Qiu, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Whitacre College of Engineering.
Tenure

The faculty member receiving tenure is:

  • Anita McChesney, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures, College of Arts and Sciences, effective with the 2016-2017 academic year 
  • Andrew Young, Ph.D., professor, Area of Energy, Economics and Law, Rawls College of Business
Promotion in Academic Rank

Those receiving promotion in academic rank are:

  • Eugenio Aulisa, Ph.D., from associate professor to professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, College of Arts and Sciences;
  • Devender Banda, Ph.D. from associate professor to professor, Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership, College of Education;
  • Rishi Batra, J.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, School of Law;
  • John Becker, M.A., M.L.I.S., from associate librarian to librarian, University Libraries;
  • Scott Burris, Ph.D., from associate professor to professor, Department of Agricultural Education and Communications, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources;
  • Stacy Carter, Ph.D., from associate professor to professor, Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership, College of Education;
  • Lars Christensen, Ph.D., from associate professor to professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, College of Arts and Sciences;
  • Catherine Christopher, J.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, School of Law;
  • Tim Grabowski, Ph.D., from research assistant professor to research associate professor, Department of Natural Resources Management, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources;
  • Alexander Idesman, Ph.D., from associate professor to professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Whitacre College of Engineering;
  • Ram Iyer, Ph.D., from associate professor to professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, College of Arts and Sciences;
  • Rajesh Khare, Ph.D., from associate professor to professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Whitacre College of Engineering;
  • Daan Liang, Ph.D., from associate professor to professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering, Whitacre College of Engineering;
  • Sarah McKoin, Ph.D., from associate professor to professor, School of Music, College of Visual and Performing Arts;
  • Juan Munoz, Ph.D., from associate professor to professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education;
  • Michael Pearl, J.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, School of Law;
  • Brie Sherwin, J.D., Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor, School of Law;
  • Kamau Siwatu, Ph.D., from associate professor to professor, Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership, College of Education;
  • Jaeki Song, Ph.D., from associate professor to professor, Area of Information Systems and Quantitative Sciences, Rawls College of Business;
  • Mark Stoll, Ph.D., from associate professor to professor, Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences;
  • Eric Walden, Ph.D., from associate professor to professor, Area of Information Systems and Quantitative Sciences, Rawls College of Business; 
  • David Weindorf, Ph.D., from associate professor to professor, Department of Plant and Soil Science, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.