Tarleton faculty tenure, promotions approved

Friday, April 28, 2017

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Fifteen Tarleton State University faculty received tenure and an additional nine have been promoted, effective Sept. 1. The granting of tenure was based on recommendations from Tarleton President F. Dominic Dottavio and Provost Karen Murray approved this week by The Texas A&M University System’s Board of Regents.

The awarding of tenure for faculty requires rigorous reviews at departmental, college, university and system levels. Professional advancement constitutes recognition of many years of outstanding performance in the areas of teaching, research and service to the faculty member’s respective college.

Those receiving promotion and tenure include:

College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences
Department of Agricultural & Consumer Sciences
• Dr. Wayne Atchley, associate professor
• Dr. David Frazier, associate professor
Department of Animal Science & Veterinary Technology
• Dr. Jason Sawyer, associate professor
Department of Wildlife, Sustainability & Ecosystem Sciences
• Dr. Thomas Wayne Schwertner, associate professor

College of Business Administration
Department of Management
• Dr. Joanna Shaw, associate professor

College of Education
Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
• Dr. Lesley Leach, professor

College of Health Sciences & Human Services
Department of Counseling
• Dr. Julie Merriman, associate professor
Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences
• Dr. Sally Hoger, associate professor

College of Liberal & Fine Arts
Department of Fine Arts
• Dr. Heather Hawk, associate professor
• Ms. Prudence Jones, associate professor

College of Science & Technology
Department of Biological Sciences
• Dr. Janice Speschock, associate professor
Department of Chemistry, Geosciences & Physics
• Dr. Rajani Srinivasan, associate professor
Department of Mathematics
• Dr. Jeremiah Bass, associate professor
• Dr. Eileen Faulkenberry, professor
Department of Engineering Technology
• Dr. Gloria Fragoso-Diaz, associate professor

Additionally, promotions for eight Tarleton faculty have been approved by the university’s president and provost. Those promoted from associate professor to professor are Dr. Mircea Agapie and Dr. Denise Martinez, Department of Engineering & Computer Science; Dr. Jeff Breeden and Dr. Hennen Cummings, Department of Wildlife, Sustainability & Ecosystem Sciences; Dr. Thomas Burdenski, Department of Counseling; Dr. Javier Garza, Department of Mathematics; Dr. Sally Lewis, Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences; and Dr. Jason LaTouche, Department of Social Sciences.

Promoted from instructor to assistant professor is Ms. Christi Foster, Department of Management.

Tarleton, a member of The Texas A&M University System, provides a student-focused, value-driven educational experience marked by academic innovation and exemplary service, and dedicated to transforming students into tomorrow’s professional leaders. With campuses in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian and online, Tarleton engages with its communities to provide real-world learning experiences and to address societal needs while maintaining its core values of integrity, leadership, tradition, civility, excellence and service.


Contact: Office of Curriculum, Assessment and Faculty Affairs

A founding member of The Texas A&M System, Tarleton State is breaking records — in enrollment, research, scholarship, athletics, philanthropy and engagement — while transforming the lives of nearly 17,000 students in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Bryan and online. True to Tarleton’s values of excellence, integrity and respect, academic programs emphasize real world learning and address regional, state and national needs.