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Faculty granted tenure, receive promotions

Published: 01 July 2014

NDSU announced 46 faculty members have been awarded promotions and 31 faculty members have received tenure, effective with the 2014-15 academic year. 

Tenure was granted by the State Board of Higher Education at its April 24 meeting. Promotions were recommended by Provost Bruce Rafert and approved by President Dean L. Bresciani. Promotion acknowledges faculty members for professional competence and excellent service to NDSU. Tenure is affirmation of a faculty member’s excellence and potential significant long-term contribution to NDSU and the state. 

Faculty who have been promoted and/or received tenure include:

College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources

  • Erika Berg, awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor
  • Xiwen Cai, promoted to professor
  • Kasey Maddock Carlin, awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor
  • Jack Norland, awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor
  • Shafiqur Rahman, awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor
  • Alan Zuk, awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Stephenson J. Beck, awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor
  • Elizabeth Birmingham, promoted to professor
  • Jeremy Brekke, associate professor of trumpet, was awarded tenure
  • Mark Meister, promoted to professor
  • Amy Rupiper Taggart, promoted to professor
  • Zoltan P. Majdik, awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor
  • Carrie Anne Platt, awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor
  • Kelly Sassi, awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor
  • Joy Sather-Wagstaff, awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor
  • Verena Theile, awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor

College of Business

  • Margaret L. Andersen, promoted to professor
  • Chanchai Tangpong, promoted to professor
  • Ruilin Tian, awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor

College of Engineering

  • Fardad Azarmi, awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor
  • Samee U. Khan, awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor
  • Val Marinov, promoted to professor
  • Xiangfa Wu, awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor     

College of Human Development and Education

  • Elizabeth Blodgett Salafia, awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor
  • Mari Borr, awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor
  • Sean Brotherson, promoted to professor
  • Carol Buchholz Holland, awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor
  • Ann Clapper, promoted to associate professor of practice
  • Stacy Duffield, associate professor in the School of Education, was awarded tenure
  • Joel Hektner, promoted to professor
  • Jaeha Lee, awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor
  • WooMi Phillips, awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor
  • Yeong Rhee, promoted to professor
  • Anita Welch, awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor
  • Nathan Wood, awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor

College of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Allied Sciences

  • Donna Grandbois, awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor
  • Michael Kelsch, promoted to associate professor of practice

College of Science and Mathematics

  • Maria de los Angeles Alfonseca-Cubero, awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor
  • Kathryn H. Gordon, awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor
  • Kendra Greenlee, awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor
  • Donna Jacob, promoted to research associate professor
  • Sivaguru Jayaraman, promoted to professor
  • Juan Li, awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor
  • Erika Offerdahl, awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor
  • Steven Travers, awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor
  • Changhui Yan, awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor
  • Pinjing Zhao, awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor

Faculty earn promotion and/or tenure after a lengthy probationary period and a peer review. The review process and procedures are rigorous, and successful candidates undergo careful scrutiny and must demonstrate to their peers and the administration that they have met high standards of performance. In order to be promoted and/or tenured, faculty members are reviewed at department, college and university levels in recognition of the importance of institutional purposes and priorities.

NDSU is recognized as one of the nation’s top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.


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Last Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014