Northwest Missouri State University announced the promotions and permanent appointments of 18 faculty members.
Applications for promotion and tenure were approved on March 17 by the regents.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to be part of the promotion and tenure of these 18 individuals who are excellent representatives of the type of quality faculty that Northwest embraces,” said Dr. Jamie Hooyman, Provost of Northwest. . “Their portfolios are a testament to the years of hard work and dedication that our faculty give to students and our university on a daily basis. They have my deepest gratitude and respect.
Faculty receiving promotions and tenures are listed below with their academic disciplines and new grades, which take effect at the start of the 2022-23 academic year.
Faculty receiving promotions:
• Dr. Casey Abington, professor of economics at the Melvin D. and Valorie G. Booth School of Business
• Dr. Joni Adkins, Professor of Computing and Information Systems at the School of Computing and Information Systems
• John Carr, Senior Instructor in Emergency and Disaster Management in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
• Dr. Shelly Hiatt, Professor of Counseling at the School of Health and Wellness Sciences
• Dr. Jenny Rytting, English teacher in the Department of Language, Literature and Writing
• Richard Sonnenmoser, English teacher in the Department of Language, Literature and Writing
• Brian Swink, Senior Mathematics and Statistics Instructor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Faculty receiving promotions and tenures:
• Dr. Johannah Baugher, Associate Professor of Professional Education at the School of Education
• Dr. Ashley Black, Associate Professor of English in the Department of Language, Literature and Writing
• Dr. Luke Campbell, Associate Professor of Political Science in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
• Dr. Tolina Fufa, Associate Professor of Economics at the Melvin D. and Valorie G. Booth School of Business
• Dr. Arghya “Raj” Goswami, Associate Professor of Geology in the Department of Natural Sciences
• Dr. Jessica Gracey, Associate Professor of Political Science in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
• Alex Kirt, Associate Professor of Mass Media at the School of Communication and Mass Media
• Dr. Jodie Leiss, Associate Professor of Health and Physical Education in the School of Health and Wellness Sciences
• Dr Devlin Scofield, Associate Professor of History in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
• Dr. Everett Singleton, Associate Professor of Professional Education at the School of Education
• Sarah Sipling, Associate Professor of Art in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts
To be tenured and promoted, faculty members must demonstrate sustained excellence in teaching and professional development, scholarship and creative pursuits, and show service and support of students by submitting a portfolio documenting achievements in these areas. Tenure is an arrangement under which a faculty member remains employed at an institution of higher learning until they resign, retire, or are discharged.
Professors are eligible to apply for tenure and promotion to associate professor after four years at the rank of assistant professor at Northwest. The rank of full professor is granted to faculty members who have served a minimum of five years at the rank of associate professor at Northwest. Faculty members serving at the rank of instructor for at least six years at Northwest are eligible to apply for promotion to the rank of senior instructor.