2022 Promotion and Tenure

TO: Islander Faculty and Staff 
SUBJECT: 2022 Promotion and Tenure 

Dear Islander Faculty and Staff,

It is my honor to share with you the recent approvals made by the Board of Regents regarding promotion and tenure of our faculty and librarians. 

Promotion and Tenure

Receiving tenure is both a privilege and an honor, as it is one of the most important decisions in the development of an outstanding faculty. This achievement signifies that the campus community believes the individual will continue to make significant, long-term contributions in the areas of teaching, scholarship, and service. Promotion to the rank of associate professor is a recognition of the maturity and experience of a faculty member’s professional success as they increase their leadership within the academic profession. Promotion to the rank of professor is the highest achievement a faculty member can earn. Professors are the leaders of our campus community. They set the bar for excellence and actively work to help others meet that bar.

Please join President Miller and me in congratulating the following faculty members for receiving promotion and/or tenure:

College of Business

Faculty receiving promotion:

  • Dr. Walter Scott Sherman, Professor of Management

Faculty receiving promotion and tenure:

  • Dr. Chunlai Ye, Associate Professor of Accounting

College of Education and Human Development

Faculty receiving promotion:

  • Dr. Michelle Hollenbaugh, Professor of Counseling & Educational Psychology

Faculty receiving promotion and tenure:

  • Dr. Kelli Bippert, Associate Professor of Literacy Education
  • Dr. Daniel Newmire, Associate Professor of Kinesiology
  • Dr. Doyeon Won, Professor of Kinesiology

College of Liberal Arts

Faculty receiving promotion:

  • Dr. Donald Berkich, Professor of Philosophy
  • Ms. Jilissa Cotten, Professor of Dance
  • Dr. Stephen Doolan, Professor of English
  • Dr. Jennifer Epley Sanders, Professor of Political Science
  • Dr. David Gurney, Professor of Communication & Media
  • Dr. Frances Johnson, Senior Professional Professor of English
  • Dr. Rai Morales, Professor of Music
  • Dr. Carrie Pierce, Professor of Music
  • Dr. Brian Shelton, Professor of Music

Faculty receiving promotion and tenure:

  • Dr. Christopher Andrews, Associate Professor of English
  • Dr. Lorin Friley, Associate Professor of Communication & Media
  • Ms. Jennifer Garza-Cuen, Associate Professor of Art
  • Ms. Andrea Hempstead, Associate Professor of Art
  • Ms. Nancy Miller, Associate Professor of Art
  • Dr. Dino Mulic, Associate Professor of Music
  • Dr. Sarah Salter, Associate Professor of English

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Faculty receiving promotion and tenure:

  • Dr. Kyoung Lee, Associate Professor of Nursing

College of Science and Engineering

Faculty receiving promotion:

  • Dr. Baohua Chen, Associate Professional Professor of Mathematics
  • Dr. Jose Guardiola, Professor of Statistics
  • Dr. Chuntao Liu, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences
  • Dr. Judy Metcalf, Associate Professional Professor of Biology
  • Dr. Riccardo Mozzachiodi, Professor of Neuroscience
  • Dr. Dorina Murgulet, Professor of Hydrogeology
  • Dr. Narendra Narayana, Associate Professional Professor of Chemistry
  • Dr. Felix Omoruyi, Professor of Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Dr. Jennifer Pollack, Professor of Marine Biology
  • Dr. Mary Jean Sparks, Professor of Clinical Laboratory Science

Faculty receiving promotion and tenure:

  • Dr. Jangwoon Park, Associate Professor of Industrial  Engineering
  • Dr. Wei Xu, Associate Professor of Marine Biomedical Sciences
  • Dr. Lin Zhang, Associate Professor of Marine Chemistry

Mary and Jeff Bell Library

Faculty receiving promotion:

  • Ms. Jennifer Anderson, Senior Faculty Librarian


Clarenda M. Phillips, PhD
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs