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(Sept. 14, 2012) -- The Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs announces the promotion of 26 UTSA faculty members. The promotions were approved by the UT System Board of Regents in August and were effective Sept. 1, 2012.

Thirteen assistant professors earned tenure and promotion to associate professor; tenure is granted to qualified faculty who set a high standard of excellence in teaching, research or scholarship, and service. Additionally, 13 of the university's associate professors have been promoted to full professor in recognition of sustained professional accomplishment and contribution to the university.

"On behalf of President Ricardo Romo and myself, we want to congratulate all these faculty," said John H. Frederick, provost and vice president for academic affairs. "The obtainment of tenure, and the years of work, research and dedication to teaching that it takes to reach that position, is an noteworthy accomplishment."

Also this year, 15 retired or retiring faculty members have been granted the honorary title of professor emeritus. The title of emeritus is awarded only to those who have served the university for an extensive period of time, made a significant contribution to their field of study, and exemplified the highest caliber of academic, ethical and civic standards.

"It's the university's hope that with this newly earned distinction, our emeritus faculty will continue to contribute to the high quality of education and culture which they helped build at UTSA," said Frederick.

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Promotion to tenure (Assistant Professor to Associate Professor)

Gloria Crisp, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Jurgen Engelberth, Department of Biology
Gary Gaufo, Department of Biology
Gabriela Gonzalez, Department of History
Yilmaz Hatipkarasulu, Department of Architecture
Holly Miller, Department of Criminal Justice
Michael Moyer, Department of Counseling
Jianwei Niu, Department of Computer Science
Anne-Marie Nunez, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Hazem Rashed-Ali, Department of Architecture
Johnelle Sparks, Department of Demography
Jeffery von Ronne, Department of Computer Science
Clint Whaley, Department of Computer Science

Promotion to Full Professor

Thomas Coyle, Department of Psychology
Glenn Dietrich, Department of Information Systems
Bridget Drinka, Department of English
Ann Eisenberg, Department of Psychology
Dorothy Flannagan, Department of Psychology
Daniel Jimenez, Department of Computer Science
Lance Lambert, Department of Geological Sciences
Chunjiang Qian, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Srinivasan Rao, Department of Information Systems
Chris Reddick, Department of Public Administration
Can Saygin, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Pamela Smith, Department of Accounting
Jason Yaeger, Department of Anthropology

Professor Emeritus

Mark Allen, Department of English
Félix Almaráz, Department of History
Norma Cantú, Department of English
Derral Cheatwood, Department of Sociology
Ellen Riojas Clark, Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies
Bruce Daniels, Department of History
Weldon Hammond, Department of Geological Sciences
David Johnson, Department of History
Robert Milk, Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies
Paul Rodriguez, Department of Biology
Joel Saegert, Department of Marketing
Eric Swanson, Department of Geological Sciences
Betty Travis, Department of Mathematics
Oscar Van Auken, Department of Biology
Suzanne Winter, Department of Educational Psychology

 

 

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