Faculty excellence:  Promotions and tenure, 2018

The College of Science congratulates these 20 faculty on receiving promotions and/or tenure for the 2017-18 academic year.

“The success of our faculty is essential to the success of our students,” said Roy Haggerty, dean of the College of Science. “I am proud of our faculty who are outstanding researchers, scholars, teachers and mentors to our students.”

‘I want to also thank our Promotion and Tenure Committee for devoting a significant amount of time engaged in the intense review process to award the best candidates for promotion and/or tenure,” added Haggerty.

Tremendous consideration goes into each promotion and tenure decision. The Provost’s Office, the College of Science Dean’s office, department heads, Promotion and Tenure Committee members, faculty, external reviewers, student evaluation committees, and individual faculty members all spend many hours preparing, processing and reviewing the documentation.

Congratulations to the following science faculty!

Biochemistry and Biophysics Department

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Dr. Adrian “Fritz” Gombart will be promoted to Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, effective September 16, 2018.

Dr. Ryan Mehl will be promoted to Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, effective September 16, 2018.

Integrative Biology Department

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Dr. Andrew Bouwma will be promoted to Senior Instructor I of Integrative Biology, effective July 1, 2018.

Dr. Sarah Henkel will be promoted to Associate Professor, Senior Research of Integrative Biology, effective July 1, 2018.

Dr. Mark Novak will be promoted to Associate Professor of Integrative Biology and granted indefinite tenure, effective September 16, 2018.

Dr. Rebecca Terry will be promoted to Associate Professor of Integrative Biology and granted indefinite tenure, effective September 16, 2018.

Mathematics Department

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Dr. Mary Beisiegel will be promoted to Associate Professor of Mathematics and granted indefinite tenure, effective September 16, 2018.

Dr. Vrushali Bokil will be promoted to Professor of Mathematics, effective September 16, 2018.

Dr. Elaine Cozzi will be promoted to Associate Professor of Mathematics and granted indefinite tenure, effective September 16, 2018.

Dr. Torrey Johnson will be promoted to Senior Instructor I of Mathematics, effective September 16, 2018.

Dr. Elise Lockwood will be promoted to Associate Professor of Mathematics and granted indefinite tenure, effective September 16, 2018.

Dr. Holly Swisher will be promoted to Professor of Mathematics, effective September 16, 2018.

Dr. David Wing will be promoted to Senior Instructor I of Mathematics, effective September 16, 2018.

Microbiology Department

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Dr. Kimberly Halsey will be promoted to Associate Professor of Microbiology and granted indefinite tenure, effective September 16, 2018.

Dr. Ryan Mueller will be promoted to Associate Professor of Microbiology and granted indefinite tenure, effective September 16, 2018.

Dr. Martin Schuster will be promoted to Professor of Microbiology, effective September 16, 2018.

Physics Department

Dr. Oksana Ostroverkhova will be promoted to Professor of Physics, effective September 16, 2018.

Statistics Department

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Katie Jager will be promoted to Senior Instructor I of Statistics, effective July 1, 2018.

Juliann Moore will be promoted to Senior Instructor I of Statistics, effective September 16, 2018.

Dr. Lan Xue will be promoted to Professor of Statistics, effective September 16, 2018.


Thanks to all of the committee members who served on the College of Science Promotions and Tenure Committee this year.

Elisar Barbar (rotating off)
Kate Field (rotating off)
Alix Gitelman (rotating off)
Margie Haak
Henri Jansen (chair, rotating off)
Patrick De Leeneer (rotating off)
Sastry Pantula
Indira Rajagopal (rotating off)
Vince Remcho
Janet Tate (rotating off)
Barb Taylor (rotating off)


The following faculty have been elected to serve on the College’s Promotion and Tenure Committee for 2018-19. These faculty were elected to serve by a vote, according to the College’s P&T rules.

Vince Remcho, 2016-19, committee chair in 2018-19
Rich Carter,  1 remaining term, 2018-19
Dee Denver, 1 remaining term, 2018-19
Tom Dick, 2 remaining terms, 2018-20
Michael Freitag, 3 remaining terms, 2018-21
Steve Giovannoni, 2 remaining terms, 2018-20
Margie Haak, 1 remaining term, 2017-19
Sally Hacker,  3 remaining terms, 2018-21
David McIntyre, 3 remaining terms, 2018-21
Sastry Pantula, 2 remaining terms, 2017-20
Scott Peterson, 2 remaining terms, 2018-20

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