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UW Trustees Approve Personnel Actions

May 16, 2016

The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees approved the following personnel items during its meeting Friday, May 13.

Administrative Appointments

Office of the President

Laurie Nichols as UW’s 26th president. She also will hold tenure at the rank of professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Nichols received a B.S. (1978) in home economics education from South Dakota State University, an M.Ed. (1984) in vocational and adult education from Colorado State University, and a PhD. in family and consumer sciences education (1988) from Ohio State University. Since 2009, she has served as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs for South Dakota State University. In 2008, she served as interim president for Northern State University. Prior to that appointment, she held administrative and faculty positions at South Dakota State University.

College of Health Sciences

School of Pharmacy

Kem Krueger as dean. He received a Pharm.D. (1993) from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a Ph.D. (1998) in pharmaceutical science from the University of Arizona. Krueger was an associate professor at Auburn University from 2004-05, and has been an associate lecturer in the School of Pharmacy at UW since 2005. Krueger will remain a tenured associate professor in the School of Pharmacy.

Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND)

Sandra Root-Elledge as executive director. She received a B.S. (2001) and an M.A. (2003) in sociology, both from UW. She has been associate director and interim director of WIND since 2008.

Outreach School

UW at Casper

Jefferson Edgens as associate dean/director. He received a B.A. (1989) in history from Presbyterian College, an MPA (1992) from the University of West Florida, and a Ph.D. (1997) in water policy and law from Michigan State University. Edgens has been an associate vice president of academic affairs and associate vice professor at Thomas University since 2015.

Faculty Appointments

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Department of Plant Sciences

Vivek Sharma as assistant professor. He received a T. Tech. (2008) in agricultural engineering from Punjab Agricultural University, and an M.S. (2011) and a Ph.D. (2014) in biological systems engineering, both from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Sharma has been a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln since 2015.

College of Business

Department of Economics and Finance

Pawan Jain as assistant professor. He has a Bachelor of Commerce (2000) from CSM University, a Master of Commerce (2002) from Chattrapati Sahuji Maharaj University, an M.S. (2008) in economics and finance and education, a Ph.D. (2008) in instructional design and technology from UW, and a Ph.D. (2013) in finance from the University of Memphis. Jain has been an assistant professor of finance at Central Michigan University since 2013.

College of Education

Department of Professional Studies

William Holmes as assistant professor. He received a B.S. (1987) and an M.A. (1988) in elementary education, both from the University of New Mexico, and an Ed.D. (2012) in executive leadership from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. Holmes has been an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington since 2014.

Academic Professional Appointments

Academic Affairs

Art Museum

Katie Christensen as assistant lecturer. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (2003) from UW and an MFA (2011) in 2D studies from Bowling Green State University. Christensen has been the curator of education and statewide engagement at the UW Art Museum since 2015.

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Cooperative Extension Service

Sarah Torbert as associate extension educator. She received a B.S. (1998) in agricultural education from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls, and an M.S. (2002) in training and development from the University of Wisconsin, Stout. Torbert has been a youth development agent at the University of Wisconsin since 2013.

College of Health Sciences

Division of Social Work

Heath Walters as associate lecturer. He received a B.A. (1997) in behavioral science from Northwest College, an M.A. (2000) in Christian counseling from Global/Berean University, an MSW (2003) from Walla Walla College, and a Ph.D. (2010) in counselor education and supervision from Regent University. Walters has been the Master of Social Work site coordinator at Boise State University since 2010.

Faculty Promotions to Professor

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Department of Veterinary Sciences, Jonathan Fox.

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Art, Margaret Haydon.

Department of Botany, Christian Buerkle.

Department of Statistics, Snehalata Huzurbazar.

Department of Theatre and Dance, Margaret Wilson.

Department of Zoology and Physiology, Qian-Quan Sun.

College of Business

Department of Management and Marketing, Robert Sprague.

Faculty Promotion to Clinical Professor

College of Health Sciences

School of Pharmacy, Michelle Hilaire.

Faculty Promotions to Associate Professor

College of Law

Mark Glover and Jason Robison.

Faculty Promotions to Clinical Associate Professor

College of Health Sciences

Family Medicine Residency Program-Casper, Caroline Kirsch Russell and Karlynn Sievers.

Faculty Promotion to Librarian

University Libraries

David Kruger.

Academic Professional Promotions

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Cooperative Extension Service, Kimberly Chapman, associate extension educator.

Tenure Appointments with Promotion to Associate Professor

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Kristiana Hansen.

Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, Kristina Hufford and Melanie Murphy.

Department of Molecular Biology, Jesse Gatlin and Daniel Levy.

Department of Veterinary Sciences, Myrna Miller and Brant Schumaker.

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Art, Rachel Sailor.

Department of Chemistry, Brian Leonard.

Department of Communication and Journalism, Kristen Landreville.

Department of English, Julia Obert.

Department of Mathematics, Tyrrell McAllister and Zhuang Niu.

Department of Music, Blake McGee.

Department of Physics and Astronomy, Adam Myers.

Department of Political Science, Nevin Aiken.

Department of Religious Studies, Antoinette DeNapoli.

Department of Sociology, Matthew Painter.

Global and Area Studies Program, Marcus Watson.

College of Business

Department of Economics and Finance, Alexandre Skiba.

College of Education

Department of Educational Studies, Jenna Shim.

Department of Professional Studies, Kara Carnes Holt.

Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Jennifer Forrester and Keonghee Tao Han.

College of Engineering and Applied Science

Department of Chemical Engineering, John Oakey.

Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering, Gang Tan.

College of Health Sciences

Division of Kinesiology and Health, Christine Porter and Tucker Readdy.

Division of Social Work, Neely Mahapatra.

School of Nursing, Jenifer Thomas.

Tenure Appointment with No Change in Rank

College of Engineering and Applied Science

Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering, Jianting Zhu, associate professor.

Six-Year Extended-Term Academic Professional Appointments with Promotion

Academic Affairs

WyGISC, Paddington Hodza, associate research scientist.

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Cooperative Extension Service, Cole Ehmke, senior extension educator.

Department of Plant Sciences, Christopher Hilgert, associate extension educator.

College of Arts and Sciences

American Studies Program, Andrea Graham, associate lecturer.

Department of Botany, Brianna Wright, associate lecturer.

Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Yan Zhang, senior lecturer.

Department of Philosophy, Robert Colter, associate lecturer.

Department of Physics and Astronomy, Rudiger Michalak, senior lecturer.

Department of Religious Studies, Mary Keller, associate lecturer; and Seth Ward, senior lecturer.

College of Engineering and Applied Science

Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering, Jon Gardzelewski, associate lecturer.

College of Health Sciences

Division of Communication Disorders, Teresa Garcia, senior lecturer.

Five-Year Extended-Term Faculty Appointments with No Promotion in Rank

Academic Affairs

American Heritage Center, Anne Lane and D. Claudia Thompson, both archivists.

University Libraries

Deborah McCarthy, Jennifer Mayer and Lori Terrill, all associate librarians.

Six-Year Extended-Term Academic Professional Appointments with No Promotion in Rank

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Cooperative Extension Service, Phyllis Lewis, Mary Martin and Dallas Mount, all senior extension educators.

Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Thomas Foulke, senior research scientist; and John Hewlett, senior extension educator.

Department of Animal Science, Kathleen Austin and Edward Van Kirk, both senior research scientists.

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Mathematics, William Weber, senior lecturer.

Science and Math Teaching Center, Sylvia Parker, senior lecturer.

College of Education

Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Diana Wiig, associate lecturer.

Changes in Appointment

Administrator

Academic Affairs

Richard McGinity will serve as special assistant to the president May 16-22, 2016, and then return to a faculty appointment as professor in the Department of Management and Marketing in the College of Business.


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