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UW Trustees Approve Personnel Appointments

September 10, 2012

The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees approved the following appointments during its September meeting.

Administrative Appointments

Government and Community Affairs

Christopher Boswell as vice president of government and community affairs. Boswell received a B.A. in broadcasting and an M.A. (1989) in journalism from UW. He has more than 32 years of experience in public and governmental relations, including service as assistant press secretary to former U.S. Senator Malcolm Wallop; news director of KUGR Radio in Green River; elected representative in the Wyoming State Legislature; and chief of staff to former Gov. Dave Freudenthal. Boswell has most recently served as the director of the Department of Administration and Information for the state of Wyoming.

Student Affairs

Michelle C. Dodd as director of the Admissions Office. Dodd received a B.S. (1993) in business administration and a master’s degree in public administration (2001) from UW. She has served as an assistant to the vice president for Student Affairs, associate director of Admissions, co-acting registrar, associate registrar, and degree analyst in the Office of the Registrar at UW the past 12 years.

Keith Evashevski as director of the University Counseling Center. Evashevski earned an M.A. degree in clinical psychology (1995) and a Psy.D. degree in clinical psychology (1998) from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology and a B.A. degree in psychology from the University of Dallas. He has served as interim director, associate director, senior psychologist and psychologist at UW’s Counseling Center. Previously, he held counseling positions at Northwest Missouri State University and Southern Illinois University.

Faculty Appointments

American Heritage Center -- Amanda Stow as assistant archivist for the American Heritage Center. She received a B.A. (2004) in art from Colorado State University, and an M.L.I.S. (2007) in library and information science from the University of Denver. She has been at the American Humane Association as an archivist/records/digital collections manager since 2008.

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Department of Molecular Biology

Grant Bowman as assistant professor. Bowman received a B.S. (1997) in cell development biology from the University of Rochester, and a Ph.D. (2004) in molecular genetics and cell biology from the University of Chicago. Bowman has been a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University's School of Medicine since 2005.

Jason Gigley as assistant professor. Gigley received a B.S. (1994) in marine and freshwater biology from the University of New Hampshire, and a Ph.D. (2007) in microbiology and immunology from Dartmouth Medical School. He has been a postdoctoral fellow at George Washington University Medical Center since 2007.

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of History -- Renee Laegreid as associate professor. Laegreid received a B.A. (1982) from Washington State University, an M.A.L.S. (1994) in American studies from Wesleyan University, and a Ph.D. (2002) in history from the University of Nebraska. Laegreid has been an associate professor at Hastings College since 2007.

Department of Mathematics -- Zhuang Niu as assistant professor. Niu received a B.S. (1998) in applied mathematics, an M.S. (2001) in mathematics from Wuhan University, and a Ph.D. (2005) in mathematics from the University of Toronto. Niu has been an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Department of Music -- Chi-Chen Wu as assistant professor. Wu received a BFA (1997) in music from National Taiwan Normal University, a Master of Music (2001 and 2002) in piano performance and collaborative piano from the New England Conservatory, and a Ph.D. of Music (2006) in collaborative piano from the New England Conservatory. Wu has been a lecturer at Susquehanna University since 2010.

Department of Political Science -- Douglas Oxley as assistant professor. Oxley received a B.A. (1991) in political science, an M.A. (1994) in economics, and a Ph.D. (2010) in political science, all from the University of Nebraska. Oxley has been a postdoctoral research associate at Texas A&M since 2010.

Department of Psychology -- Joshua Clapp as instructor. Clapp received a B.A. (2003) in psychology from UW, and both his M.A. (2008) and Ph.D. (expected 2012) in clinical psychology from State University of New York at Buffalo. Clapp has been a clinical psychology intern with Traumatic Stress Emphasis since 2011.

College of Business

Department of Accounting -- James Sims as assistant professor. Sims received a B.A. (1990) in accounting and accounting information systems from the University of West Florida, an M.S. in accountancy (2007) from the University of Central Arkansas, and a Ph.D. (2012) in accounting from the University of Mississippi. He has been a teaching assistant at the University of Mississippi since 2008.

Department of Economics and Finance -- Eli Beracha as assistant professor. Beracha received a B.S. (2002) in computer engineering, an M.A. (2005) in economics, and a Ph.D. (2007) in finance, all from the University of Kansas. Beracha has been an assistant professor at East Carolina University since 2007.

Department of Management and Marketing

Andrew Arnette as assistant professor. Arnette received a B.S. (2000) in management science and information technology; an M.B.A. (2002) in information systems and technology; and a Ph.D. (2010) in management science, all from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Arnette has been an assistant professor at Providence College's School of Business since 2010.

Bruce (Jaron) Harvey as assistant professor. Harvey received a B.S. (2006) in international business from Utah Valley University, and a Ph.D. (2010) in organizational behavior/human resource management from the University of Oklahoma. Harvey has been an assistant professor at the University of Alabama since 2010.

Kelly Tian as professor. Tian received a B.S. (1982) and an M.A. (1985) in marketing from the University of Alabama, and a Ph.D. (1991) in marketing from Georgia State University. Tian has been a research chair in marketing at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia since 2011. Tian was hired at the rank of professor with tenure.

College of Education

Department of Educational Studies -- Aurora Chang as assistant professor. Chang received a B.A. (1995) in English literature from the University of California Berkeley, an M.E. (1996) in secondary teaching of English as a second language from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. (2010) in Cultural Studies in Education from the University of Texas. Chang has been an adjunct professor at Beloit College since 2010.

Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education

Jacqueline Leonard as professor. Leonard received a B.A. (1981) in elementary education from Saint Louis University, an M.A.T. (1991) in mathematical sciences from the University of Texas, Dallas; an M.T.S. (1994) in theology from Southern Methodist University, and a Ph.D. (1997) in mathematics education from the University of Maryland at College Park. Leonard has been a professor at the University of Colorado, Denver since 2011. Leonard was hired at the rank of professor with tenure.

Dana Robertson as assistant professor. Robertson received a B.A. (1996) in music performance from Berklee College of Music, an M.Ed. (2001) in elementary education from the University of Massachusetts, and an Ed.D. (2012) in developmental studies: literacy and language from Boston University. Robertson has been an instructor at Boston University since 2009.

College of Engineering and Applied Science

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering -- Dongliang Duan as assistant professor. Duan received a B.E. (2006) in electrical engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, an M.S. (2009) in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Florida, and a Ph.D. (2012) in electrical and computer engineering from Colorado State University. Duan has been a research assistant at Colorado State University since 2010.

Department of Mechanical Engineering -- Michael Stoellinger as assistant professor. Stoellinger received an M.S. (2005) in fluid mechanics from Technical University Munich, and a Ph.D. (2010) in mathematics from UW. Stoellinger has been a postdoctoral researcher at Delft University of Technology since 2010.

College of Health Sciences

Division of Kinesiology and Health

Boyi Dai as assistant professor. Dai received a B.S. in education (2007) in exercise science, an M.S. (2009) in kinesiology from Iowa State University, and a Ph.D. (2012) in human movement science from the University of North Carolina. Bai has been a research assistant at Duke University since 2009.

Emily Guseman as instructor. Guseman received a B.S. (2003) in kinesiology from The Pennsylvania State, an M.A. (2005) in exercise and sport science from the University of North Carolina, and a Ph.D. (expected 2012) in kinesiology from Michigan State University. Guseman has been a pediatric research fellow at Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners Helen DeVos Children's Hospital since 2011.

Division of Social Work

Keith Miller as interim director. Miller received a B.S. (1965) in English, an M.A. (1967) in communication, and a Ph.D. (1970) in communication from Bowling Green State University. Miller has been a professor and emeritus professor at UW since 1972.

Valerie Thompson-Ebanks as assistant professor. Thompson-Ebanks received a B.S. (2002) and a M.S.W. (2007) in social work from the University of West Indies, and a Ph.D. (2012) in education and human resource Studies from Colorado State University. Thompson-Ebanks was an assistant lecturer in the UW Division of Social Work since 2011.

Family Medicine Residency Program - Casper

Sharon Karnes Oland as clinical assistant professor. Oland received a B.S. (1997) in molecular biology, and an M.D. (2001) from the University of Washington School Of Medicine. Karnes Oland has worked at the Community Health Center of Central Wyoming in Casper since 2004.

Family Medicine Residency Program – Cheyenne

Janna Crumpton as clinical assistant professor. Crumpton received a Pharm.D. (2011) from Creighton University. Crumpton has been a pharmacy practice resident at Exempla Lutheran Medical Center in Colorado since 2011.

School of Pharmacy

Lauren Biehle as clinical assistant professor. Biehle received a Pharm.D. (2010) from the University of Georgia. Biehle has been in the postgraduate rear two infectious diseases pharmacotherapy residency program at the University of Houston since 2011.

Travis Brown as assistant professor. Brown received a B.S. (2002), and a Ph.D. (2008) in neuroscience, both from Washington State University. Brown has been a postdoctoral associate at Brown University since 2009.

Lawrence Staubach as assistant professor. Staubach received a B.A. (1973) in chemistry and biology from the University of Dayton, an M.D. (1981) from the University of Cincinnati, and an M.B.A. (1989) from Xavier University. Staubach has been the principal and founder of Staubach Healthcare Group since 2007.

Angela Thompson as clinical assistant professor. Thompson received a B.S. (2004) in chemistry from Regis University, and a Pharm.D. (2010) from the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy. Thompson has been at the University of Colorado Hospital since 2011.

Jeremy Vandiver as clinical assistant professor. Vandiver received a B.A. (2006) in sociology, and a Pharm.D. (2010), both from the University of Colorado. Vandiver has been a pharmacy resident at Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver, Colorado since 2010.

College of Law

Kenneth Chestek as assistant professor. Chestek received a B.A. (1975) in English from Pennsylvania State University, and a J.D. (1979) from the University of Pittsburgh Law School. Chestek has been a clinical professor of Law at Indiana University School of Law since 2003.

Academic Professional Appointments

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Cooperative Extension Service -- Hannah Swanborn as assistant extension professor. Swanborn received a B.S. (2009) in sociology and a Masters of agriculture (expected 2012) in agriculture extension education from Iowa State University. Swanborn has been a teaching assistant in the Agricultural Education Department at Iowa State University since 2010.

Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics -- Brian Lee as research assistant. Lee received a B.S. (2010) in agricultural business, and an M.S. (2012) in agricultural economics, both from UW. Lee has worked at Helena Chemical Company since 2008.

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Criminal Justice -- Shane Stone as assistant lecturer. Stone received a B.S. (1992) in criminal justice administration/law enforcement function from Central Missouri State University, an M.A. (2011) in theological studies from Midwestern Baptist College, and an M.S. (2000) in criminal justice administration from Lindenwood University.

Department of Mathematics -- Nathan Clements - Clements received a B.S. (2006) in mathematics education from Ricks College/BYU-Idaho, and an M.S. (2008) in mathematics and a D.A. (2012) in mathematics, both from Idaho State University. Clements has been a doctor of arts fellow at Idaho State University since 2009.

Department of Psychology -- Tara Clapp as assistant lecturer. Clapp received a B.A. (2005) in psychology from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, and an M.S. (2010) in psychology from Niagara University. Clapp has been a school psychology specialist at Forrest City School District since 2010.

Department of Statistics -- Scott Crawford as assistant lecturer. Crawford received a B.S. (2004) in statistics from Southern Utah University, an M.S. (2006) in statistics from Brigham Young University, and a Ph.D. (expected 2012) in statistics from Texas A&M University. Crawford has been an instructor at Texas A&M since 2007.

Religious Studies Program -- Mary Keller as assistant lecturer. Keller received a B.A. (1987) in religion from Williams College, and an M.A. (1992) and  Ph.D. (1998) in religion, both from Syracuse University. Keller has been an adjunct professor at UW since 2002.

WySac (Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center) -- Bistra Anatchkova as interim director. Anatchkova received a B.S.Ec. (1975) in political economy and sociology from the Higher School Economics in Sofia, Bulgaria; and a Ph.D. (1986) in Sociology of Work from the Institute of Sociology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in Sofia, Bulgaria. Anatchkova has been a Survey Research Center Manager at WYSAC since 2000.

College of Health Sciences

Division of Social Work -- Carolyn Haney as associate lecturer. Haney received a B.A. (1993) from Chadron State College, and a B.S.W. (2000) from the University of Wyoming. Haney has been a non-extended term associate lecturer in the Division of Social Work at UW since 2009.

School of Pharmacy -- David Bruch as assistant lecturer. Bruch received a B.S. (1998) in mathematics, and a Pharm.D. (2010), both from UW. Bruch has been a staff pharmacist at Express Pharmacy since 2010.

Outreach School

Outreach Credit Program -- Christine Boggs as assistant lecturer. Boggs received a B.S. (1992) in biology, an M.S. (2000) in instructional technology, and an Ed.D. (2006) in instructional technology, all from UW. She has been an instructional designer for Outreach Credit Programs at the University of Wyoming since 2007.

The complete list of trustee personnel actions can be found on the Board of Trustees report here, click on Sept. 6-8 report.

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