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UW Trustees Approve Personnel Appointments


September 17, 2010 — University of Wyoming trustees approved the following personnel appointments during their business meeting Friday, Sept. 17.

Administrative Appointments:

Office of the President

Carol D. Frost, temporary appointment as vice president for special projects. Frost, UW professor of geology and geophysics since 1983, has served as the associate vice president for research and economic development since 2008.

College of Health Sciences

David A. Driggers as director of medical education in the College of Health Sciences. Driggers received a B.S. (1968) at the United States Air Force Academy and an M.D. (1972) from the Medical College of Georgia. He is a retired colonel of the United States Air Force Reserve.

Faculty Appointments:

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Jesse C. Gatlin, assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Biology. Gatlin received a B.S. (1995) in mechanical engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Ph.D. (2005) in cell and developmental biology from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Gatlin has been a postdoctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina since 2005.

Melanie A. Murphy, assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Biology. She received a B.S. (1998) and an M.S. (2001) in wildlife resources from the University of Idaho, and a Ph.D. (2008) in zoology from Washington State University. Murphy has been a postdoctoral fellow at Colorado State University since 2009.

Myrna M. Miller, assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Sciences. Miller received a B.S. (1980) and a D.V.M. (1984) from Colorado State University and a Ph.D. (2004) in veterinary medicine from Cornell University. Miller has been at the Arthropod-Borne Animal Diseases Research Laboratory since 2007.

College of Arts & Sciences

Marcus D. Watson, assistant professor in the African-American and Diaspora Studies Program. Watson received a B.S. (1995) in political science from SUNY Brockport, and an M.A. (2005) and a Ph.D. (2009) in anthropology from Cornell University. Watson has been an instructor at Buffalo State College.

Lilia Soto, assistant professor in the American Studies Program. Soto received a B.A. (2000), an M.A. (2003) and a Ph.D. (2008) in comparative ethnic studies from the University of California. Soto has been a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California since 2008.

Keith T. Carron, professor in the Department of Chemistry. Carron received a B.A. (1980) from Washington University, an M.S. (1981) and a Ph.D. (1985) in chemistry from Northwestern University.

Brian M. Leonard, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry. Leonard received a B.S. (2003) in chemistry from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, and a Ph.D. (2008)
in inorganic chemistry from Texas A&M University. Leonard has been a postdoctoral research associate at Cornell University since 2008.

Krisztina Varga, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry. Varga received a B.S. (1996) in chemistry and an M.S. (1998) in biology from St. John's University, and
a Ph.D. (2005) in chemistry from Columbia University. Varga has been a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Colorado since 2009.

Kristen D. Landreville, instructor in the Department of Communication and Journalism. Landreville received a B.S. (2004) in journalism, and an M.A. (2006) in mass communication from the University of Florida, and a Ph.D. (2010 expected) in communication from Ohio State University. Landreville has been a reporter for the Gainesville Sun since 2004.

Jason Baskin, assistant professor in the Department of English. Baskin received an A.B. (2000) in literature from Harvard University and a Ph.D. (2008) in English from Princeton University. Baskin has been a postdoctoral fellow in English at the California Institute of Technology since 2008.

Yi-Ling Chen, assistant professor in the Department of Geography. Chen received a B.S. (1989) in civil engineering, and an M.S. (1992) in building and planning from the National Taiwan University, and a Ph.D. (2000) in urban planning and policy development from Rutgers University. Chen has been an assistant professor at the National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan, since 2003.

Robert F. Dewey, associate professor in the Department of History. Dewey received a B.A. (1988) in history from Colgate University, an M.Phil. (1990) and a Ph.D. (2003) in
modern British history from the University of Oxford. Dewey has been an assistant professor at DePauw University since 2004.

Blake A. McGee, assistant professor in the Department of Music. McGee received a B.M. (2001) from the University of Minnesota, an M.M. (2004) and a D.M.A. (2008) in clarinet performance from the University of Oregon. McGee has been the director of orchestra at Southwest Oregon Community College since 2006.

Nevin T. Aiken, instructor in the Department of Political Science. Aiken received a B.A. (2003) in international relations and political science, an M.A. (2004) in political science from the University of Western Ontario and a Ph.D. (2010 expected) in political science from the University of British Columbia. Aiken has been a visiting research fellow at the University of California, Irvine, since 2006.

Heidemarie K. Laurent, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology. Laurent received a B.A. (2001) in psychology from Scripps College and a Ph.D. (2008) in clinical psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Laurent has been instructor at the University of Massachusetts since 2005.

Matthew A. Painter, instructor in the Department of Sociology. Painter received a B.A. (2003) in criminology from Kansas State University, an M.A. (2005) and a Ph.D. (2010 expected) in sociology from Ohio State University. Painter has been a graduate teaching associate at the University of Michigan since 2007.

Susan C. Dewey, instructor in Gender and Women's Studies. Dewey received a B.A. (1999) from Stony Brook University, an M.A. (2002) and a Ph.D. (2004) in anthropology from Syracuse University. Dewey has been an assistant professor at DePauw University since 2005.

Antoinette E. DeNapoli, assistant professor in the Religious Studies Program. DeNapoli received a B.A. (1996) in religious studies from the University of South Florida, an M.A. (2000) in religion from Florida State University, and a Ph.D. (2009) in West and South Asian religions from Emory University. DeNapoli has been a visiting assistant professor of religious studies and Asian religions at Grinnell College.

Jacob R. Goheen, assistant professor in the Department of Zoology and Physiology. Goheen received a B.S. (1998) in wildlife biology from Kansas State University, an M.S. (2002) in wildlife science from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. (2006) in biology from the University of New Mexico. Goheen has been an independent researcher and research fellow at the University of New Mexico since 2002.

College of Business

Jason Myrowitz, instructor in the Department of Management and Marketing. Myrowitz received a B.A. (2001) in English and American literature from Brandeis University, an M.B.A. (2004) from the University of Alabama, and a Ph.D. (2010 expected) in management from Arizona State University. Myrowitz has been a primary instructor at Arizona State University since 2008. The title of this tenure-track position will convert to assistant professor upon receipt of documentation of degree completion.

Charles E. Stevens, instructor in the Department of Management and Marketing. Stevens received a B.S. (2005) and a Ph.D. (2010 expected) in business administration from Ohio State University. Stevens has been an instructor at Ohio State University since 2007. The title of this tenure-track position will convert to assistant professor upon receipt of documentation of degree completion.

College of Education

Kara L. Holt, instructor in the Department of Professional Studies. Holt received a B.A. (2000) in behavioral sciences from East Texas Baptist University, an M.S.Ed. (2003) in educational psychology from Baylor University, and a Ph.D. (2010 expected) in counseling from the University of North Texas, Denton. Holt has been an assistant director of the Center for Play Therapy at the University of North Texas since 2008.

Jennifer H. Forrester, instructor in the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education. Forrester received a B.S. (2002) in biology from Western Carolina University, an M.A.T. (2006) in science education, from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, and a Ph.D. (2010 expected) in science education from North Carolina State University, Raleigh. Forrester has been an adjunct professor of biological sciences at DeVry University since 2009.

Keonghee Tao Han, assistant professor in the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education. Han received a B.A. (1984) in English language and literature at Sungshin Women's University, an M.A. (1989) in child development and family studies from the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. (2006) in curriculum and instruction from the University of Nevada. Han has been the director of exchange programs between the University of Idaho and Sungshin Women's University in South Korea.

College of Engineering and Applied Science

John S. Oakey, assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering. Oakey received a B.S. (1997) from Pennsylvania State University, an M.S. (1999) and a Ph.D. (2003) in chemical engineering from Colorado School of Mines. Oakey has been a research fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital since 2007.

Joseph Holles, associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering. Holles received a B.S. (1990) in chemical engineering from Iowa State University, and an M.E. (1998) and a Ph.D. (2000) in chemical engineering from the University of Virginia. Holles has been an assistant professor at Michigan Technological University since 2002.

Amy C. Ulinski, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science. Ulinski received a B.S. (2003) in computer science from Duquesne University, an M.S. (2005) in computer science, and a Ph.D. (2008) in information technology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Ulinski was an instructor at Clemson University in spring 2010.

Chung-Souk Han, associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Han received a B.S. (1991) in applied mechanics from the University of Stuttgart, an M.S. (1994) in applied mechanics from Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany, and a Ph.D. (1999) in civil engineering from the University of Hannover, Germany. Han has been an assistant professor at North Dakota State University since 2005.

College of Health Sciences

Christine M. Porter, instructor in the Division of Kinesiology and Health. Porter received a B.S. (1993) in biology from the University of Maryland, an M.A. (2002) in education and international development from the University of London, and a Ph.D. (2010 expected) from Cornell University. Porter has been a teaching assistant at Cornell University since 2008.

Ryan T. Readdy, assistant professor in the Division of Kinesiology and Health. Readdy received a B.A. (2000) in molecular and cellular biology from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.A. (2004) in physical education from San Diego State University, and a Ph.D. (2010) in exercise and sport science at Oregon State University. Readdy has been an instructor at Oregon State University since 2004.

Neely Mahapatra, instructor in the Division of Social Work. Mahapatra received a B.S. (1991) and an M.S. (1993) in zoology from Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, India, and a Ph.D. (2008) in social work from the University of Texas at Austin. Mahapatra has been a visiting assistant professor at the Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas, since 2009.

Jenifer Jo Thomas, instructor in the School of Nursing. She received a B.S. (1994) in psychology, an M.S. (2007) and a Ph.D. (2008) in applied social psychology from Colorado State University. Thomas has been a postdoctoral fellow and coordinator at Colorado State University since 2008. The title of this tenure-track position will convert to assistant professor upon receipt of documentation of degree completion.

College of Law

Stewart M. Young, assistant professor in the College of Law. Young received a B.A. (2000) in history from Princeton University, an M.A. (2002) in international relations from Waseda University, Japan, and a J.D. (2004) from Stanford University. After clerking for two federal judges, Young has been at the U.S. Attorney's Office in San Diego, Calif., since 2006.

Academic Professionals:

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Diane Saenz, assistant extension educator for the Cooperative Extension Service. Saenz received a B.S. (2004) in food and nutrition from Texas Tech University, Lubbock. Saenz has been a community health educator and activities coordinator at the Mabaruma Regional Hospital, Guyana, since 2007.

College of Arts & Sciences

Travis J. Cram, assistant lecturer in the Department of Communication and Journalism. Cram received a B.A. (2007) in political science from the University of Wyoming, and an M.S. (2010 expected) in communication studies from the University of Kansas. Cram has been a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Kansas since 2008.

Sherry L. Sinift, assistant lecturer in the Department of Music. Sinift received a B.A. (1980) in music from Western Michigan University and an M.M. (1982) from Indiana University.

Brad A. Williamson, assistant lecturer in the Department of Music. Williamson received a B.A. (1998) in music from the University of Iowa, an M.M. (2006) from Kansas State University, and a Ph.D. (2009) from Ohio State University. Williamson has been a graduate assistant director at Ohio State University since 2006.

Sean M. Laurent, assistant lecturer in the Department of Psychology. Laurent received a B.A. (2004) in psychology from the University of Massachusetts, and an M.S. (2006) in
social psychology from the University of Oregon. Laurent has been an instructor at the University of Oregon since 2006.

Shannon E. Albeke, assistant research scientist for WyGISC. Albeke received a B.A. (1997) in environmental studies from the University of Colorado, and a Ph.D. (2010 expected) in forest resources from the University of Georgia. Albeke has been a teaching assistant at the University of Georgia since 2007.

College of Engineering and Applied Science

Robert G. Erikson, assistant lecturer in the Dean's Office. Erikson received a B.S. (1988) in mechanical engineering from North Dakota State University, an M.S. (1997) in forest products from the University of Idaho, and a Ph.D. (2003) in civil engineering from the University of Wyoming.

Jon A. Gardzelewski, assistant lecturer in the Department of Civil & Architectural Engineering. Gardzelewski received a B.S. (2002) in architectural engineering from the University of Wyoming, and an M.A. (2005) in architecture from the University of Oregon. Gardzelewski has been a high performance building designer at Freeform Energy since 2009.

Trustees approved the following changes in appointment:

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Department of Animal Science
Douglas L. Hixon as department head.

Department of Family & Consumer Sciences
Donna M. Brown as department head.
Karen C. Williams from department head to professor.

Department of Molecular Biology
Don A. Roth from dean of Graduate School to professor and associate director for academics in the School of Energy Resources.

College of Arts & Sciences

American Indian Studies Program
Christopher C. Russell as acting director.

Department of Art
Ricki L. Klages as department head.
Mark E. Ritchie from department head to professor.

Department of Botany
Steven L. Miller from department head to professor.

Department of History
Marianne R. Kamp from director of the Women's Studies Program to professor.

Gender and Women's Studies
Colleen J. Denney as director of the Women's Studies Program.

College of Business

Department of Accounting
Kenton B. Walker as department chair.
Stuart K. Webster from department chair to professor.

College of Education

Department of Elementary & Early Childhood Education
Alan Richard Buss as department head.

College of Engineering and Applied Science

Department of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering
Andrew C. Hansen as department head.

Department of Civil & Architectural Engineering
Richard J. Schmidt from associate dean to professor.

College of Health Sciences

Division of Social Work
Victoria Murdock as director of Social Work.
Mona Schatz from director of Social Work to professor.

Family Medicine Residency Program - Cheyenne
James F. Broomfield from director to associate professor.
Ronald L. Malm as director for the Family Medicine Residency Program in Cheyenne.

School of Nursing
Anne M. Bowen, professor transferring from the Department of Psychology to the School of Nursing.

Outreach School

Elizabeth S. Simpson as director of the Wyoming Center for Excellence and Innovation in Distance Learning and Technology.

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