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Newly Promoted and Tenured Faculty

October 2, 2009 3:40 PM

October 1, 2009 (0riginally published by UMBC Insights Weekly)

From: Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, President, and Elliot Hirshman, Provost

One of the hallmarks of UMBC as an Honors University is the outstanding caliber of its faculty. Each year, dozens of faculty members undergo a comprehensive and rigorous review leading to promotions in rank and, for some, the awarding of academic tenure. The standards for promotion and for tenure at UMBC are very high, and successful candidates must demonstrate that their contributions in scholarship/research/creative activity, teaching/mentoring and service to their profession, the University and their academic department, meet those standards, as appropriate for their position and rank.

During academic year 2008-2009, 20 faculty members were reviewed successfully for promotion and tenure or for promotion to the rank of professor.

Promotion to Associate Professor with tenure:

Geography and Environmental Systems

Jeffrey Halverson
Christopher Swan

Mechanical Engineering
Marc Zupan

Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication

Ana Oskoz


Airi Yoshioka


Jessica Pfeiffer


David Schultz

Visual Arts

Cathy Cook

Promotion to Professor:

Biological Sciences
Charles Bieberich

Chemistry & Biochemistry

Daniele Fabris

Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
Hillol Kargupta
Penny Rheingans

Emergency Health Services

Richard Bissell

Mechanical Engineering
Dwayne Arola

Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication

Edward Larkey


E. Michael Richards

Political Science

Devin Hagerty

Public Policy

Dave Marcotte

Visual Arts

Dan Bailey
James Smalls

Two Lecturers were reviewed successfully for promotion to senior lecturer: Steven Caruso, biological sciences; and Eric Anderson, physics. Finally, two faculty librarians received promotions: LaTanya West was promoted to librarian II with permanent status, and Kathryn Sullivan was promoted to librarian III.

We congratulate all of these individuals for their academic excellence and look forward to their continuing success at UMBC in the years to come.

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