Emporia State faculty earn tenure and promotions

April 6, 2012

Nearly 25 faculty members from across the Emporia State University campus recently were promoted. At the same time, 16 faculty members earned tenure.

The promotions — from assistant to associate professor and from associate to full professor — each carry a raise in base salary. Earning tenure moves a faculty member from probationary status to continuous, full-time employment status.

Emporia State students are taught by 254 faculty members. Of those, 150, or nearly 60 percent, are tenured.

“Those receiving tenure have demonstrated excellence in teaching as rated by students and peer faculty members,” said Dr. Tes Mehring, Emporia State provost and a member of the faculty for 30 years. “If a faculty member is not a good teacher, they do not receive tenure at ESU.”

Students also benefit from tenured faculty embracing a philosophy of lifelong learning in their disciplines.

“Those receiving tenure have established a track record of research or creative exhibition in their respective disciplines through publication, presentations at professional conferences, musical performance or exhibition of creative works,” Mehring said. “Tenured individuals must also be active in providing service to the university through serving on committees and to the profession through leadership on state, regional, national or international associations related to the discipline."

Those earning tenure this year are:

  • John Barnett, Social Sciences
  • Michael Dennis, Communication and Theatre
  • Ronald Freeze, Accounting and Information Systems
  • Janet Holland, Instructional Design and Technology
  • William Jensen, Biology
  • Kirsten Limpert, School Leadership/Middle and Secondary Teacher Education
  • Lori Mann, Elementary Education, Early Childhood, and Special Education
  • Max McCoy, English, Modern Languages, and Journalism
  • Daniel Miller, Math, Computer Science and Economics
  • Christopher Pettit, Physical Sciences
  • Sharath Sasidharan, Accounting and Information Systems
  • Matt Seimears, Elementary Education, Early Childhood, and Special Education
  • Manjula Shinge, English, Modern Languages, and Journalism
  • Tanja Steigner, Business Administration and Education
  • Jennifer Thomas, Health, Physical Education and Recreation
  • Jun Yu, Business Administration and Education

Promoted to associate professor are:

  • John Barnett, Social Sciences
  • Michael Dennis, Communication and Theatre
  • Ronald Freeze, Accounting and Information Systems
  • William Jensen, Biology
  • Kirsten Limpert, School Leadership/Middle and Secondary Teacher Education
  • Lori Mann, Elementary Education, Early Childhood, and Special Education
  • Max McCoy, English, Modern Languages, and Journalism
  • Daniel Miller, Math, Computer Science and Economics
  • Christopher Pettit, Physical Sciences
  • Sharath Sasidharan, Accounting and Information Systems
  • Matt Seimears, Elementary Education, Early Childhood, and Special Education
  • Manjula Shinge, English, Modern Languages, and Journalism
  • Tanja Steigner, Business Administration and Education
  • Jennifer Thomas, Health, Physical Education and Recreation
  • Jun Yu, Business Administration and Education

Promoted to professor are:

  • Cynthia Akers, University Libraries and Archives
  • Paul Bland, School Leadership, Middle and Secondary Teacher Education
  • Kalyan Chakraborty, Accounting and Information Systems
  • Elizabeth Dobler, Elementary Education, Early Childhood, and Special Education
  • Ellen Hansen, Social Sciences
  • Jim Persinger, Psychology
  • Mark Stanbrough, Health, Physical Education, and Recreation
  • Amy Sage Webb, English, Modern Languages, and Journalism

The group will be guests of Dr. Michael D. Shonrock, president of Emporia State, and his wife, Karen, at a reception later this semester.

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