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Faculty achieve excellence with promotions and tenure in 2019

Faculty promotions and tenure

The College of Science congratulates 21 faculty on receiving promotions and/or tenure for the 2018-19 academic year.

“It is with great pride that I announce our faculty who have received a promotion or tenure,” said Roy Haggerty, dean of the College of Science. “These faculty are outstanding researchers, scholars, teachers and mentors to our students. Their success is essential to the success of our students, our College and OSU.”

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.

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

Congratulations to the following science faculty.

Biochemistry and Biophysics Department

Dr. Zhen Yu will be promoted to Senior Faculty Research Assistant of Biochemistry and Biophysics, effective July 1, 2019.

Dr. David Hendrix will be promoted to Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and granted indefinite tenure, effective September 16, 2019.

Chemistry Department

Dr. Paul Blakemore will be promoted to Professor of Chemistry, effective September 16, 2019.

Dr. Sandra Loesgen will be promoted to Associate Professor of Chemistry and granted indefinite tenure, effective September 16, 2019.

Dr. Dipankar Koley will be promoted to Associate Professor of Chemistry and granted indefinite tenure, effective September 16, 2019.

Dr. Neal Sleszynski will be promoted to Senior Instructor II of Chemistry, effective July 1, 2019.

Dr. Christopher Knutson will be promoted to Senior Instructor I of Chemistry, effective July 1, 2019.

Liping Yang will be promoted to Senior Faculty Research Assistant I of Chemistry, effective July 1, 2019.

Integrative Biology Department

Dr. Lindsay Biga will be promoted to Senior Instructor I of Integrative Biology, effective July 1, 2019.

Jonathan Robinson will be promoted to Senior Faculty Research Assistant I of Integrative Biology, effective July 1, 2019.

Mathematics Department

Dr. David Koslicki was promoted to Associate Professor of Mathematics and granted indefinite tenure, effective September 16, 2019.

Sara Clark will be promoted to Senior Instructor I of Mathematics, effective July 1, 2019.

Dr. Ryan Hass will be promoted to Senior Instructor I of Mathematics, effective July 1, 2019.

Dr. Elizabeth Jones will be promoted to Senior Instructor I of Mathematics, effective July 1, 2019.

Microbiology Department

Dr. Thomas Sharpton will be promoted to Associate Professor of Microbiology and granted indefinite tenure, effective September 16, 2019. He also has a joint appointment in the Department of Statistics.

Physics Department

Dr. Elizabeth Gire will be promoted to Associate Professor of Physics and granted indefinite tenure, effective September 16, 2019.

Dr. Matthew Graham will be promoted to Associate Professor of Physics and granted indefinite tenure, effective September 16, 2019.

Dr. Weihong Qiu will be promoted to Associate Professor of Physics and granted indefinite tenure, effective September 16, 2019.

Dr. Bo Sun will be promoted to Associate Professor of Physics and granted indefinite tenure, effective September 16, 2019.

Dr. Randall Milstein will be promoted to Senior Instructor I of Physics, effective July 1, 2019.

Statistics Department

Lydia Newton will be promoted to Senior Faculty Research Assistant II of Statistics, effective July 1, 2019.

Dr. Thomas Sharpton will be promoted to Associate Professor of Microbiology, with a joint appointment in the Department of Statistics, and granted indefinite tenure, effective September 16, 2019.

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

Vince Remcho, committee chair (rotating off)

Rich Carter (rotating off)

Dee Denver, (rotating off)

Tom Dick

Michael Freitag

Steve Giovannoni

Margie Haak (rotating off)

Sally Hacker

David McIntyre

Scott Peterson (rotating off)

Javier Rojo


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