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ASU Board of Trustees announces academic appointments, recommendations

May 7, 2010 -- At today's meeting of the Arkansas State University Board of Trustees, the following academic appointments were announced. The board also approved recommendations for tenure and/or promotion (please see below), as well as approving academic reassignments of duty (also included below).

Arkansas State University Academic Appointments:

Claudia Benavides-Espinoza
Assistant Professor of Physical Education
Effective: August 16, 2010

Lennie Coleman
Instructor in Spanish
Effective: August 16, 2010

Dwayne Powell
Instructor in Accounting
Effective: August 16, 2010

Barbara Warner
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Effective: August 16, 2010

Amanda Wheeler
Instructor in Physical Education
Effective: August 16, 2010

Recommendations for Tenure
Effective for the academic year 20102011:


College of Agriculture and Technology
Dennis Keith Morris
, Agriculture

College of Business
David Kern, Economics and Finance
Melodie J. Philhours, Management and Marketing


College of Communications
Marceline Hayes, Communication Studies

College of Education
David LaVetter
, Health, Physical Education, and Sport Sciences

College of Fine Arts
Timothy Oliver
, Music

College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Robert Schroer
, English and Philosophy

College of Nursing and Health Professions
Donna Caldwell
, Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences
George A. Jacinto
, Social Work
Elizabeth Nix
, Nursing
Patricia Guy Walls
, Social Work

College of Sciences and Mathematics
Xiuzhen Huang
, Computer Science
Argelia Lorence
, Chemistry and Physics

Promotion Recommendations for Associate Professor
Effective for the academic year 2010-2011:

College of Agriculture and Technology
Dennis Keith Morris
, Associate Professor, Agriculture

College of Business
John Mello
, Associate Professor, Management and Marketing
Patricia Robertson, Associate Professor, Economics and Finance


College of Communications
Marceline Hayes, Associate Professor, Communication Studies

College of Education
Dixie Keyes
, Associate Professor, Teacher Education
David LaVetter, Associate Professor, Health, Physical Education and Sport Sciences

College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Robert Schroer
, Associate Professor, English and Philosophy

College of Nursing and Health Professions
Donna Caldwell
, Associate Professor, Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences
Patricia Guy Walls, Associate Professor, Social Work

College of Sciences and Mathematics
Xiuzhen Huang
,  Associate Professor, Computer Science

Promotion Recommendations for Full Professor
Effective for the academic year 2010-2011:

College of Business
Sandra Bevill
, Full Professor, Management and Marketing

College of Communications
John Zibluk
, Full Professor, Journalism

College of Education
Kristin Biondolillo
, Full Professor, Psychology and Counseling
Paul Finnicum, Full Professor, Health, Physical Education, and Sport Sciences

College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Sarah Wilkerson Freeman
, Full Professor, History

College of Sciences and Mathematics
Jie Miao
, Full Professor, Mathematics and Statistics
Scott Reeve, Full Professor, Chemistry and Physics

Academic Reassignments of Duty:
Osabuohien Amienyi
from Chair, Dept. of Radio-Television,
to Interim Dean, College of Communications
Effective: July 1, 2010

Michael Bowman
from Compressed Video Network Coordinator
to Interim Dean, Center for Regional Programs
Effective: February 13, 2010

Deborah Chappel-Traylor
from Associate Professor of English
to Interim Associate Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Effective: May 16, 2010

Gil Fowler
from Associate Dean, the Honors College
to Chair, Department of Journalism
Effective: August 1. 2010

Edward Hammerand
from Associate Professor of Computer Science
to Interim Chair, Department of Computer Science
Effective: March 17, 2010

Kendal Hatch
from Interim Chair, Department of Music
to Chair, Department of Music
Effective: July 1, 2010

Mary Jackson-Pitts
from Professor of Radio-Television
to Interim Chair, Department of Radio-Television
Effective: July 1, 2010

Jeffrey Jenness
from Chair, Department of Computer Science
to Associate Professor of Computer Science
Effective: March 17, 2010

Ruth Owens

from Interim Associate Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
to Full-time teaching, Department of World Languages and Cultures
Effective May 16, 2010

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