Texas Tech University

Board of Regents Grants Tenure and Promotion to Faculty Members

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

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

Tenure and Promotion

  • Rachel Anderson, M.F.A., assistant professor to associate professor with tenure, Department of Design, College of Human Sciences
  • Kevin Banda, Ph.D., assistant professor to associate professor with tenure, Department of Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Sanjit Deb, Ph.D., assistant professor to associate professor with tenure, Department of Plant and Soil Science, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
  • Dongping Du, Ph.D., assistant professor to associate professor with tenure, Department of Industrial, Manufacturing, and Systems Engineering, Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering
  • Courtney Gibson, Ph.D., assistant professor to associate professor with tenure, Department of Agricultural Education and Communictions, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
  • Rachel Hirshorn-Johnston, M.F.A., assistant professor to associate professor with tenure, School of Theatre and Dance, J.T. and Margaret Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts
  • Joe Hodes, Ph.D., assistant professor to associate professor with tenure, Honors College
  • Molly Ireland, Ph.D., assistant professor to associate professor with tenure, Department of Psychological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Brendan Kelly, Ph.D., assistant professor to associate professor with tenure, Department of Plant and Soil Science, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
  • Sheima Khatib, Ph.D., assistant professor to associate professor with tenure, Department of Chemical Engineering, Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering
  • Ersela Kripa, M.S., assistant professor to associate professor with tenure, College of Architecture
  • Jenna LaFreniere, Ph.D., assistant professor to associate professor with tenure, Department of Communication Studies, College of Media and Communication
  • Michael Latham, Ph.D., assistant professor to associate professor with tenure, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Richard Lutjens, Ph.D., assistant professor to associate professor with tenure, Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Anna Novotny, Ph.D., assistant professor to associate professor with tenure, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Angela Peace, Ph.D., assistant professor to associate professor with tenure, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Michelle Pearson, Ph.D., assistant professor to associate professor with tenure, Department of Design, College of Human Sciences
  • Caleb Phillips, Ph.D., assistant professor to associate professor with tenure, Department of Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Wyatt Phillips, Ph.D., assistant professor to associate professor with tenure, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Joel Sievert, Ph.D., assistant professor to associate professor with tenure, Department of Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Julie Smit, Ph.D., assistant professor to associate professor with tenure, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education
  • Grant Tinsley, Ph.D., assistant professor to associate professor with tenure, Department of Kinesiology and Sport Management, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Blair Williams, Ph.D., assistant professor to associate professor with tenure, School of Music, J.T. and Margaret Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts
  • Jingjing Wu, M.L.I.S., assistant librarian to associate librarian with tenure, University Libraries
  • Changxue Xu, Ph.D., assistant professor to associate professor with tenure, Department of Industrial, Manufacturing, and Systems Engineering, Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering
  • Elissa Zellinger, Ph.D., assistant professor to associate professor with tenure, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Fangyuan Zhang, Ph.D., assistant professor to associate professor with tenure, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, College of Arts and Sciences

Promotion in Academic Rank

  • Cristina Bradatan, Ph.D., associate professor to professor, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Robert Cox, Ph.D., associate professor to professor, Department of Natural Resources Management, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
  • Jeasik Cho, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education
  • Kristi Gaines, Ph.D., associate professor to professor, Department of Design, College of Human Sciences
  • Harvinder Gill, Ph.D., associate professor to professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering
  • Jan Halamek, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Environmental Toxicology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Jared Harrell, J.D., assistant professor of practice to associate professor of practice, Area of Finance, Rawls College of Business
  • Breanna Harris, Ph.D., research assistant professor to research associate professor, Department of Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Keith Jones, Ph.D., associate professor to professor, Department of Psychological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Jeffrey Lastrapes, M.M., associate professor to professor, School of Music, J.T. and Margaret Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts
  • Ryan Litsey, Ph.D., associate librarian to librarian, University Libraries
  • Lisa Low, M.B.A., assistant professor of practice to associate professor of practice, Department of Public Relations, College of Media and Communication
  • Anita McChesney, Ph.D., assistant professor to associate professor, Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Jorge Morales, Ph.D., associate professor to professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Mark Morton, DMA, associate professor to professor, School of Music, J.T. and Margaret Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts
  • Joy Perrin, M.S., associate librarian to librarian, University Libraries
  • Laura Beth Pleasant, J.D., assistant professor of practice to associate professor of practice, Area of Management, Rawls College of Business
  • John Rayfield, Ed.D., associate professor to professor, Department of Agricultural Education and Communications, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
  • Kelly Riccitelli, Ph.D., associate professor of practice to professor of practice, Department of Animal and Food Sciences, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
  • Glen Ritchie, Ph.D., associate professor to professor, Department of Plant and Soil Science, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
  • Jyotsna Sharma, Ph.D., associate professor to professor, Department of Plant and Soil Science, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
  • Cara Speer, M.S.W., assistant professor of practice to associate professor of practice, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Carrye Syma, M.S., associate librarian to librarian, University Libraries
  • Paola Tiedemann, Ph.D., research assistant professor to research associate professor, Department of Environmental Toxicology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Degeng Wang, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Environmental Toxicology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Dale Woerner, Ph.D., associate professor to professor, Department of Animal and Food Sciences, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
  • Jingxue (Jessica) Yuan, Ph.D., associate professor to professor, Department of Hospitality and Retail Management, College of Human Sciences
  • Michael Zahn, Ph.D., assistant professor of practice to associate professor of practice, Department of Advertising and Brand Strategy, College of Media and Communication
  • Amani Zaier, Ph.D., assistant professor of practice to associate professor of practice, Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership, College of Education
  • Delong Zuo, Ph.D., associate professor to professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering, Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering