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UW Trustees Approve Personnel Items


September 16, 2013 — The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees approved the following appointments during its meeting Friday, Sept. 13.

Administrative Appointments

Academic Affairs

Richard McGinity as interim vice president. McGinity received a B.A. from Princeton University, and his MBA and DBA from Harvard Business School. He joined the UW faculty in 2007 as the Bill Daniels Chair, and became a full professor in the Department of Management and Marketing in 2009.

Khaled Gasem as associate provost. Gasem is a graduate of the University of California, Berkley (B.A.), the Colorado School of Mines (M.S.), and Oklahoma State University (Ph.D.). He has spent the majority of his 30-year academic career at Oklahoma State, where he established himself as one of the institution’s premier faculty members. Gasem’s first assignment will be to serve as interim dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science while a national search is conducted for a permanent dean.

College of Business

John Mittelstaedt as interim dean. He holds a B.A. in physics from Saint Olaf College (1986); a Master of Theological Studies from the Harvard Divinity School (1989); and a Ph.D. in marketing from the University of Iowa (1995).

Governmental and Community Affairs

Montica Willmschen as associate vice president for institutional marketing. Willmschen has been the director of Institutional Marketing for UW since 2008 and holds a B.S. from Montana State University, which includes an Honors Program at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland.

Mike Massie as director of governmental relations. Massie holds a B.A. in secondary education and history from the University of Akron, and an M.A. in American history from the University of Wyoming.

Legal Affairs

Richard H. Miller as vice president and general counsel. Miller served as the vice president for governmental, community, and legal affairs at UW from 2000-2010. A graduate of Kansas State University (B.S.) and the University of Kansas (J.D.), he also served as judge advocate in the U.S. Air Force with assignments in Wyoming, New Mexico and the Philippines.

Outreach School

Susan Frye as dean, and continues as tenured professor of English. She received her Ph.D. in English from Stanford University in 1986. She has served as department head for the Department of English and was an American Council on Education Fellow during the 2012-2013 academic year.

Faculty Appointments

American Heritage Center

Tyler Cline as assistant archivist. He received a B.A. (2009) in history from Humboldt State University, and an M.A. (2011) in history from California State University, Sacramento. He has been an archivist at History Associates Incorporated since 2011.

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Department of Ecosystem Science and Management

Mengqiang Zhu as instructor. Zhu received a B.E. (2002) in environmental engineering from North China Electric Power University; an M.S. (2005) in environmental chemistry from the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences; and a Ph.D. (2010) in environmental soil chemistry from the University of Delaware. Zhu has been a geological postdoctoral research fellow at the University of California, Berkeley since 2010.

Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

Erin Irick as instructor. Irick received a B.S. (2000) in apparel and textiles; an M.S. (2006) in human ecology from Kansas State University; and a Ph.D. (expected 2013) in human sciences from Oklahoma State University. Irick has been a graduate teaching associate at Oklahoma State University since 2009.

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Art

Peter Fine as assistant professor. He received a B.A. in visual communication from California State University, Chico; and an M.F.A. (2004) in visual communications from the University of Arizona. He has been an assistant professor at New Mexico State University since 2007.

Department of Music

Holly Dalrymple as instructor. She received a B.M. (2003) in music education from Texas State University; an M.M. (2008) in choral conducting from the University of Texas; and a D.M.A. (expected 2013) from the University of North Texas. She has been a graduate assistant since 2010 at the University of North Texas.

Department of Psychology

Meredith Minear as assistant professor. She received a B.S. (1994) in psychology from the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. (2004) in cognitive psychology from the University of Michigan. She has been an assistant professor at the College of Idaho since 2008.

College of Business

Department of Economics and Finance

Linda Thunstrom as assistant professor. She received a B.S. (2000) in political science, and her M.P.A. and Ph.D. (2008) in economics, all from Umea Universitet. She has been a researcher at the HUI Research AB since 2006.

Department of Management and Marketing

Krista Lewellyn as assistant professor. She received a B.S. (1986) in chemical engineering from Syracuse University; an M.S. (1988) in chemical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology; an International MBA (2003) from Robert Gordon University; and a Ph.D. (2012) in strategic management and international business from Old Dominion University in Virginia.

College of Education

Department of Secondary Education

Jason Hendryx as assistant professor. He received a B.A. (1991) and an M.A. (2003) in Chinese language and literature, and a Ph.D. (2008) in curriculum and instruction -- with a focus on second language acquisition -- from the University of Washington. He has been an assistant professor at National Taiwan Normal University since 2010.

College of Health Sciences

Family Medicine Residency Program -- Casper

Michael Miller as clinical assistant professor. He received a B.A. (1992) in literature and pre-med from Wheaton College, and a D.O. (2000) from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has been an assistant clinical professor at the University of Colorado Center for Global Health since 2009.

School of Pharmacy

Reshmi Singh as assistant professor. Singh received a B.S. (1999) in pharmacy from Bombay University; an M.S. (2001) in pharmacy and health care administration from the University of Toledo; and a Ph.D. (2005) in social and administrative pharmacy from the University of Minnesota. Singh has been an assistant professor at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences since 2005.

College of Law

James Delaney as professor. He received a B.A. (1985) in economics from the University of Washington and a J.D. (1992) from the Gonzaga University School of Law. Delaney was formerly a senior tax associate at Perkins COIE LLP federal tax department.

Mark Glover as assistant professor. He received a B.A. (2002) in economics from Washington University in St. Louis; a J.D. (2008) from Boston University; and an LL.M. (2011) from Harvard Law. He has been an assistant professor at Louisiana State University since 2011.

Darrell Jackson as assistant professor. He received his B.A. (1987) in Spanish from the College of William and Mary; a J.D. (1990) from George Mason University School of Law; and a Ph.D. (2011) from the University of Colorado School of Education. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Wyoming since 2012.

University Libraries

Coe Reference Department

Kate Conerton as assistant librarian. She received a B.S. (2011) in biology and scientific and technical studies from the University of Wisconsin; and an M.L.S. (2013) in library and information studies from the University of British Columbia. She has been a library assistant at Bio Medical Library in Vancouver, British Columbia, since 2012.

Academic Professional Appointments

Academic Affairs

LeaRN Program

David Bray as assistant lecturer. He received a B.A. (2007) in writing, and rhetoric and literature from Northwestern College; and an M.A. (2013) in rhetoric and composition from UW. He has taught in the Department of English at UW since 2011.

Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center

Paddington Hodza as assistant research scientist. Hodza received a B.S. (1994) in land surveying; an M.S. (1998) in land and geographic information systems from the University of Zimbabwe; and a Ph.D. (2007) in geography from West Virginia University. Hodza has been an assistant professor at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, since 2007, and also will serve as assistant director in WyGISC.

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Cooperative Extension Service

Caleb Carter as assistant extension educator. He received a B.S. (2008) in biological science from Montana State University, and an M.S. (expected 2013) in agronomy from UW.

Amanda Zamudio as assistant extension educator. She received her B.S. (2011) and her M.S. (2012) in agricultural education, both from the University of Arizona.

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Richard Barrans as assistant lecturer. He received a B.A. (1985) in natural science from John Hopkins University; a Ph.D. (1992) in chemistry from the California Institute for Technology; and an M.Ed. (2004) from John Carroll University.

College of Education

Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education

Jennifer Geringer as assistant lecturer. She received a B.A. (1991) in early childhood/elementary education from the University of Texas, San Antonio; an M.S. (1997) in education/school library media; and a Ph.D. (2001) in education/curriculum and instruction from UW. She has been a faculty member at Teachers College, Western Governors University, since 2009.

Changes in Appointments

Academic Affairs

Professor Myron B. Allen III will return to a tenured faculty appointment as professor after serving as provost and vice president for academic affairs since 2005.

Professor Carol D. Frost ends her appointment as associate provost and continues as a tenured professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics.

Professor Andrew C. Hansen ends his appointment as associate provost and continues as a tenured professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Professor Margaret M. Murdock ends her appointment as associate provost and dean of the Outreach School, and continues as a tenured professor in the Department of Political Science.

College of Engineering and Applied Science

Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering

Professor Robert Ettema ends his appointment as dean (2007-2013) and continues as a tenured professor in the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering.

Outreach School

Professor Susan C. Frye was appointed dean of the Outreach School. She also continues as a tenured professor in the Department of English.

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Department of Animal Science

Professor Warrie J. Means is serving as interim department head in the Department of Animal Science. He holds a tenured position at the rank of associate professor in the department.

College of Arts and Sciences

Chicano Studies Program

Professor Cecelia J. Aragon serves as director in Chicano Studies. She also holds a tenured faculty appointment at the rank of associate professor in the Department of Theater and Dance.

Department of Criminal Justice

Professor Adrienne Freng is serving as department head in the Department of Criminal Justice for a three-year term, where she holds a faculty position at the rank of associate professor.

Department of Political Science

Professor James D. King ends his appointment as department head and continues as a tenured professor of political science.

Professor Robert A. Schuhmann is serving as department head for a three-year term, where he holds a faculty position at the rank of professor.

Department of Psychology

Professor Karen Bartsch Estes is serving as department head in the Department of Psychology, where she holds a faculty position at the rank of professor.

Professor Carolyn M. Pepper ends her appointment as department head and continues as a tenured professor in the Department of Psychology.

Department of Zoology and Physiology

Professor Harold L. Bergman ends his appointment as department head and continues as a tenured professor in the Department of Zoology and Physiology.

Professor Donal C. Skinner is serving as department head in the Department of Zoology and Physiology, where he holds a faculty position at the rank of professor.

Gender and Women's Studies

Professor Catherine R. Connolly is serving as director for a three-year term. She holds a faculty position at the rank of professor.

Professor Colleen J. Denney ends her appointment as director and continues as a tenured professor in gender and women's studies.

College of Business

Department of Economics and Finance

Professor Jason F. Shogren ends his appointment as department chair and continues as a tenured professor in the Department of Economics and Finance.

Professor Frederic P. Sterbenz is serving as department chair in the Department of Economics and finance. He holds a faculty appointment in the department at the rank of professor.

College of Engineering and Applied Science

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Professor John E. McInroy will serve as department head in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, where he has a tenured appointment at the rank of professor.

College of Health Sciences

Division of Kinesiology and Health

Professor Mark T. Byra ends his appointment as director and continues as a tenured professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health.

Professor Derek T. Smith is serving as director in the Division of Kinesiology and Health, where he holds a faculty position at the rank of associate.

WWAMI Medical Education Program

Professor Timothy J. Robinson as interim director of the WWAMI program. He remains a tenured professor in the Department of Statistics in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The Board of Trustees also approved numerous sabbatical and professional leaves. The complete list of personnel items approved during the September meeting can be found in the full Trustees Report at www.uwyo.edu/trustees/current-board-meetings/.

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