Faculty Recommended for Promotion/Tenure, May 2017


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COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

Dr. Agatha Beins

Dr. Agatha Beins

Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies
Action: Promotion to Associate Professor and Tenure
Expertise: Feminist print culture, food justice
Accomplishments: Dr. Beins is a serious teacher who has focused on excellence in teaching through participation in the Pioneer Teaching and Learning Academy and through her dedication to pedagogical growth and innovation. She is a highly productive scholar who has authored co-authored two books and has recently published a monograph. Dr. Beins was awarded the prestigious Bonquois Postdoctoral Fellowship at Tulane University in Spring and Summer 2017. She serves as editor of the online journal, Films for the Feminist Classroom, previously housed at Rutgers University and now at TWU. One of her reviewers noted that she is “an innovative scholar, a thoughtful and dedicated feminist citizen, and a deeply generous colleague and community member.”

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Dr. Kathy DeOrnellas

Psychology & Philosophy
Action:
Promotion to Professor of School Psychology
Expertise: School psychology—autism, bullying
Accomplishments: Dr. DeOrnellas, director of the Specialist in School Psychology program, is a strong mentor of graduate students. Her scholarly work on autism and bullying has led to her being considered an expert in these areas of school psychology. She has served as chair of TWU’s Institutional Review Board and led the successful accreditation of the School Psychology program.

Dr. Jessica Gullion

Dr. Jessica Gullion

Interim Assistant Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Sociology & Social Work
Action: Promotion to Associate Professor of Sociology and Tenure
Expertise: Medical sociology
Accomplishments: Dr. Gullion is a highly effective teacher who has developed and taught a variety of courses through varied delivery—face-to-face, hybrid, and online. She has participated in varied development activities including the Pioneer Teaching and Learning Academy and the Active Engagement Academy. She is nationally recognized for her 3 books, with 2 more under contract. Two of her books have been nominated for prestigious national awards, and her scholarship was cited by a reviewer as “engaging, thought-provoking, and contributes to an expansion of the theory and practice of sociology.”

Dr. Carolyn Kapinus, Dean of the Graduate School

Dr. Carolyn Kapinus

Dean of the Graduate School
Sociology & Social Work
Action: Tenure at the rank of Professor of Sociology
Expertise: Diversity and inclusion
Accomplishments: Dr. Kapinus currently serves as Acting Associate Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School at Ball State University, where she previously served as Associate Dean of the Graduate School from 2011-2016. She holds the Ph.D. in Sociology from Pennsylvania State University and is a Professor of Sociology at Ball State. Beyond her numerous administrative accomplishments, Dr. Kapinus has a strong record of teaching, mentoring graduate students, research, and service.

Dr. Camelia Maier

Dr. Camelia Maier

Biology
Action: Promotion to Professor
Expertise: Plant biology, especially plant secondary metabolites—phyestrogens and antioxidants
Accomplishments: Dr. Maier is also known for her strength in mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. She has enriched her teaching by authoring a lab manual for her students. Dr. Maier has also made strong service contributions through her long-term leadership of TWU’s Herbarium as well as the Library Committee. Currently, she is providing leadership in the implementation of the Bettye Myers Butterfly Garden which melds her commitment to botany, experiential learning, and service.

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Dr. Junalyn Navarra-Madsen

Mathematics & Computer Science
Action: Promotion to Professor of Mathematics
Expertise: Topology, Knot Theory, Algebraic Geometry
Accomplishments: Dr. Navarra-Madsen has a strong record of both teaching and mentoring, including interdisciplinary course development and mentoring. She has earned a national reputation through co-authorship of an algebraic geometry textbook. Dr. Navarra-Madsen has served as co-PI of two National Science Foundation grants and has established a record of publication and presentations. Her record of TWU and professional service is also commendable.

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Dr. Danielle Phillips-Cunningham

Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies
Action: Promotion to Associate Professor and Tenure
Expertise: Migration, labor, and race through a historical lens
Accomplishments: Dr. Phillips-Cunningham is a well-rounded faculty member who has had impressive publications related to migration, labor, and race. She is known for her interdisciplinary mentoring and her leadership in activities such as the establishment of Iota Iota Iota national women’s studies honor society at TWU.

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Dr. Graham Scott

Assistant Director of Academic Assessment
English, Speech, & Foreign Languages
Action: Promotion to Associate Professor of English and Tenure
Expertise: Teaching of composition, assessment
Accomplishments: Dr. Scott has integrated his teaching, scholarship, administration, and service during the probationary period. He is known as a flexible and collegial colleague who has provided leadership for TWU’s First Year Composition program as well as assessment of TWU’s core curriculum. A winner of TWU’s Mary Mason Lyon Award, he has made strong contributions to St. Martin’s Guide to Writing, a widely used text in composition courses.

Prof. Vagner Whitehead, Chair of the Department of Visual Arts

Prof. Vagner Whitehead

Chair of the Department of Visual Arts
Visual Arts
Action: Promotion to Professor
Expertise: New media
Accomplishments: Dr. Whitehead’s artistry has been displayed nationally and internationally. He is credited with bringing energy, breadth, and innovation to the Department of Visual Arts through his focus on new media. He is also known for his related blog.

COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES

Professor Paula Chance

Prof. Paula Chance

Communication Sciences and Disorders
Action: Promotion to Associate Clinical Professor
Expertise: School-based issues in practice of speech/language pathology
Accomplishments: Prof. Chance serves as Director of Practicum for TWU’s very large speech/language pathology program with responsibilities for recruitment of externship sites, site visits, and training of supervisors. She is a highly effective teacher and contributes to the scholarship of the profession through publications, presentations, and authorship of training modules.

Dr. Linda Csiza

Dr. Linda Csiza

Physical Therapy-Dallas
Action: Promotion to Associate Professor and Tenure
Expertise: Rehabilitation for individuals with multiple sclerosis
Accomplishments: Dr. Csiza is an emerging leader in translational research related to rehabilitation of individuals with multiple sclerosis. She serves as Assistant Director of Clinical Education at the Dallas campus, where she is noted for her active learning strategies and effective mentoring of graduate students. In recognition of her work, Dr. Csiza was awarded the American Physical Therapy Association Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy’s 2017 Outstanding Service Award.

Dr. Tina Fletcher

Dr. Tina Fletcher

Occupational Therapy-Dallas
Action: Tenure at the rank of Associate Professor
Expertise: Community access for persons with disabilities, especially children with autism; creation of museum environments for children with sensory processing differences
Accomplishments: Dr. Fletcher has been highly successful in integrating her teaching, scholarship, and service. Her work on providing persons with disabilities access to cultural arts and entertainment in the community has been widely recognized. Dr. Fletcher’s focus on children with autism and other sensory processing differences often involves her students. She has a strong record of scholarship and was awarded the TWU Graduate Student Council’s 2016 Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award.

Dr. Mandy Golman

Dr. Mandy Golman

Health Studies
Action: Promotion to Associate Professor and Tenure
Expertise: Prevention of teen pregnancy; body image and eating disorders
Accomplishments: Dr. Golman has clearly adopted TWU’s focus on experiential education through her collaborations with community health organizations so her students have opportunity to participate in field experiences and needs assessments. Her scholarship has resulted in over $5.6 million in grants including a $4.9 million grant focused on prevention of adolescent pregnancy. Her external reviewers highlighted the impact of these projects so early in a faculty member’s career, especially with a heavy teaching load. In addition, Dr. Golman has been a Public Voices Fellow through TWU’s OpEd Project.

Mary Hennigan

Prof. Mary Hennigan

Occupational Therapy-Denton
Action: Promotion to Associate Clinical Professor
Expertise: Healthcare management and advocacy
Accomplishments: Prof. Hennigan has been very successful in incorporating her expertise in healthcare management and advocacy with her teaching and service. As Executive Director of the Texas Occupational Therapy Association, she has advocated for occupational therapy and therapists before state legislative and administrative organizations. Of particular note is the Day at the Capitol experience she has arranged for occupational therapy students.

Junko Levitt

Dr. Junko Levitt

Communication Sciences and Disorders
Action: Promotion to Associate Professor and Tenure
Expertise: Communication disorders with aging, Parkinson’s Disease, and multicultural populations including acoustics, speech kinematics, and speech motor control; neurogenic communication disorders
Accomplishments: Dr. Levitt has been highly successful in teaching, scholarship, and service. Her teaching has been consistently highly evaluated by students and is characterized by her reviewers as “innovative” and “reflective.” She has received the college Excellence in Teaching Award and has served as an Experiential Faculty Fellow and a Pioneer Teaching and Learning Academy mentor. Her scholarship on communication disorders associated with aging, Parkinson’s Disease, and multicultural populations as well as neurogenic communication disorders has been integrated with her service and clinical practice through groups such as the Dallas/Richardson Parkinson Voice Project.

Vicki Mason

Dr. Vicki Mason

Occupational Therapy-Dallas
Action: Promotion to Associate Clinical Professor
Expertise: Healthcare administration
Accomplishments: Prof. Mason’s work has greatly contributed to the success of the School of Occupational Therapy and its students as she has arranged over 100 clinical placements each semester. Her student-centered work has been recognized by the Texas Occupational Therapy Association as she was awarded its 2014 Outstanding Service Award. Of note is Prof. Mason’s collaboration with TWU Dental Hygiene through Special Abilities of North Texas, which has involved students from both programs.

Dr. Katy Mitchell

Dr. Katy Mitchell

Physical Therapy-Houston
Action: Promotion to Professor
Expertise: Outcome measures psychometrics
Accomplishments: Dr. Mitchell has displayed excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. She serves as director of the PhD in Physical Therapy program on the Houston campus and teaches in both the DPT and PhD programs. Her teaching is characterized by active learning pedagogies and strong mentorship. She is also known as a mentor to faculty colleagues, especially in relation to statistics. Dr. Mitchell has produced strong scholarship as evidenced by a record of publications and presentations as well as a record of valuable service, especially in collaboration with Texas Medical Center colleagues.

Noralyn Pickens

Dr. Noralyn Pickens

Associate Director of Occupational Therapy—Dallas; Interim Associate Director of Occupational Therapy—Denton

Occupational Therapy-Dallas
Action: Promotion to Professor
Expertise: Aging in place, home modifications, and end-of-life care
Accomplishments: Dr. Noralyn has shown outstanding performance as a faculty member and an administrator. Utilizing her philosophy of a mentor/leader, she is an effective teacher, a successful researcher, and a leader in service. Her work has been recognized through the Pi Theta Epsilon Lifetime Member Award and the Texas Occupational Therapy Association Academic Educator of the Year Award.

Melissa Stockholm

Prof. Melissa Stockholm

Communication Sciences and Disorders
Action: Promotion to Associate Clinical Professor
Expertise: Phonology and literacy development; childhood apraxia of speech
Accomplishments: Prof. Stockholm serves as Clinical Practicum Director of the TWU Speech and Hearing Clinic. Her role in leading clinical practica has resulted in such innovations as a job fair for students, collaboration with other TWU units such as Dental Hygiene, and development of a clinical summer program. Prof. Stockholm continually refines and enhances her supervision with assessment results, and she contributes to the profession with presentations and publications.

Alan Utter

Dr. Alan Utter

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Kinesiology
Action: Tenure at the rank of Professor
Expertise: Exercise physiology
Accomplishments: Dr. Utter currently serves as Interim Vice Provost for Research and Director of the University Office of Student Research at Appalachian State University. Holding the Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Pittsburgh, he also serves as Director and Professor in the Health Promotion Degree Program in the Department of Health and Exercise Science. Dr. Utter has an extensive background of funded research, publications, presentations, and service to the university and the profession.

Sarah Wainscott

Dr. Sarah Wainscott

Communication Sciences and Disorders
Action: Promotion to Associate Professor and Tenure
Expertise: Early intervention services for families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing
Accomplishments: Dr. Wainscott has been successful in integrating teaching, scholarship, and service around her expertise in early intervention services for families with children who are deaf and hard of hearing. She contributes to her department by teaching in both the undergraduate and two graduate programs. Among her accomplishments, especially noteworthy are her service as Coordinator of the Texas Follow Through Guide Project, which has reduced the lack of referrals of babies not passing the newborn hearing screen by 43%, and as a volunteer online audiology instructor for students at the University of Zambia. This program of the American Speech and Hearing Association resulted in the graduation of that country’s first speech/language pathologists. She also has strong contributions to Texas Hands and Voices and the Denton Regional Day School Program for the Deaf.

Mark Weber

Dr. Mark Weber

Associate Director of the School of Physical Therapy—Dallas
Physical Therapy—Dallas
Action: Tenure at the rank of Professor
Expertise: Exercise science; sports physical therapy
Accomplishments: Dr. Weber joins TWU after a long career at the University of Mississippi Medical Center where he was a Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy. He holds the Ph.D. in Clinical Health Sciences, also from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Dr. Weber is a licensed physical therapist as well as a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy and a Certified Athletic Trainer. He has an extensive record of peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, and presentations. In addition he has held a variety of leadership positions in the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education. Dr. Weber has also been active in service at the Medical Center and has won a variety of professional honors and awards.

COLLEGE OF NURSING

Annie Abraham

Prof. Annie Abraham

College of Nursing-Dallas
Action: Promotion to Associate Clinical Professor
Expertise: Family nurse practitioner education
Accomplishments: Faculty, colleagues, and students have recognized Prof. Abraham for teaching excellence with descriptions such as “clarity,” “focus,” “innovative,” and “interactive.” She is considered an expert in clinical Family Nurse Practitioner practice, and she has demonstrated leadership through service as a mentor to other faculty in the program. She completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice program in May 2017.

Cynthia Bain

Prof. Cynthia Bain

College of Nursing-Dallas
Action: Promotion to Associate Clinical Professor
Expertise: Impact of “belongingness” on student success in clinical settings
Accomplishments: Prof. Bain’s teaching is characterized as current, relevant, and responsive to feedback. Her application of “belongingness” theory to both teaching and scholarship has resulted in integration of the two. Prof. Bain’s service to the college and the community have resulted in her being awarded TWU’s College of Nursing Excellence in Service Award. Of note is her service as course manager for a large undergraduate course as well as co-lead for the UT Southwestern Convergence experience which partners TWU Nursing students with UT Southwestern medical and other health discipline students.

Barbara Baudler

Prof. Barbara Baudler

College of Nursing-Houston
Action: Promotion to Associate Clinical Professor
Expertise: Simulation development and testing in nursing
Accomplishments: Prof. Baudler has effectively integrated her teaching and scholarship around simulation development and testing in nursing. A grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has supported her work. She has been described as a “role model,” “mentor/coach,” and “excellent communicator.” Of special note are Prof. Baudler’s development of special programs such as the Peer Tutor Program and the Nursing Process Boot Camp to support nursing student success. She has stepped up to co-lead the undergraduate nursing program in Houston and has received awards for her work from the Institute of Spirituality and Health, the Good Samaritan Foundation, and TWU.
Bio: Could not find a good bio, link to all Houston nursing faculty: http://www.twu.edu/nursing/our-faculty/houston-center-faculty/

Niki Fogg

Prof. Niki Fogg

College of Nursing-Dallas
Action: Promotion to Associate Clinical Professor
Expertise: Pediatric nursing; nursing simulation
Accomplishments: In her student-centered, engaged teaching and clinical oversight roles, Prof. Fogg has been described as “gifted, innovative, a visionary professional, kinetic, and high effective with common sense.” Her service as a course manager, utilization of Quality Matters, and use of simulation are noteworthy. As evidenced by receiving the 2016 Cass Award for Faculty Excellence in Scholarship from the College of Nursing, Prof. Fogg has been successful in scholarship and in service, particularly mentorship of peers in simulation pedagogy and processes.

Wyona Freysteinson

Dr. Wyona Freysteinson

College of Nursing-Houston
Action: Tenure at the rank of Associate Professor
Expertise: Adult health nursing with emphasis on emergency, community, and acute and critical care nursing; use of mirrors to assist patients with amputations and scars
Accomplishments: Dr. Freysteinson has demonstrated excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. Her innovative teaching methods, impressive record of publications and presentations, and her wide-ranging service to TWU, the College, the profession, and the community are noteworthy. She has developed a highly effective elective on Writing for Publication which has resulted in almost 100% of students having publication success. Furthermore, Dr. Freysteinson has developed her leadership through the Sigma Theta Tau Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy which has resulted in College of Nursing committee leadership and development of a valuable accent reduction program in order to increase student achievement and bring about safer patient care.

COLLEGE OF PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION

Pedro J. Blanco

Dr. Pedro J. Blanco

Family Sciences
Action: Promotion to Associate Professor and Tenure
Expertise: Play therapy
Accomplishments: Dr. Blanco has developed a record of effective teaching, a sustained research agenda, and valuable service to the campus, the profession, and the community. His work with students has been described as “committed to their success as students and as professionals.” Dr. Blanco has received both the 2014-15 Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching and the 2015-16 Faculty Award for Outstanding Academic Advisor from the College of Professional Education. Perhaps most noteworthy is his volunteer service through community-based play therapy in schools, an integration of his teaching, scholarship, and service.

Jennifer Moore

Dr. Jennifer Moore

School of Library & Information Studies
Action: Promotion to Associate Professor and Tenure
Expertise: School librarianship
Accomplishments: Dr. Moore has demonstrated effective teaching including use of Quality Matters guidelines and methods to consistently engage students. Her teaching has been recognized through two College of Professional Education Outstanding Teacher of the Year awards as well as a university-wide Distinction in Distance Education Award in 2016. In addition, Dr. Moore has a sustained record of scholarship and service.

Diane Myers

Dr. Diane Myers

Chair, Department of Teacher Education
Teacher Education
Action: Tenure at the rank of Associate Professor
Expertise: Classroom support for students with challenging behaviors
Accomplishments: Although Dr. Myers has been at TWU only since Summer 2014, she has effectively taught 9 different undergraduate and graduate courses, chaired 22 professional papers, and chaired 6 dissertation committees and served on 4 additional committees. Her leadership has been reflected in serving as the Special Education program coordinator, TWU’s TeachLive liaison, and sponsor of the Council for Exceptional Children at TWU. Of particular note is Dr. Myers’ leadership of revision of the master’s degree in special education. She has a strong scholarship record as well as a record of both university and professional service.

Carol Perryman

Dr. Carol Perryman

School of Library and Information Studies
Action: Promotion to Associate Professor and Tenure
Expertise: Science of practice in health librarianship
Accomplishments: Dr. Perryman has effectively taught classes with emphasis on health science librarianship and informatics. Her scholarship and service have focused on evidence-based practice in relation to health science librarianship. Through a range of scholarly outputs, she has produced scholarship applying evidence-based practice in health care to health information practice. For her work, Dr. Perryman was awarded the 2016 Professional Recognition Award in Research from the Medical Library Association’s Hospital Libraries Section.

Sarah Woods

Dr. Sarah Woods

Family Sciences
Action: Promotion to Associate Professor and Tenure
Expertise: Biobehavioral Family Model; family process and health
Accomplishments: Dr. Woods has taught a diverse array of courses from research to internship to supervision and served as a dissertation and thesis advisor as well as Family Therapy program coordinator. Her scholarship record is impressive and often includes students as co-authors. In relation to service, the most noteworthy achievement is leadership of the successful accreditation for the M.S. in Family Therapy. As one of her reviewers stated, “Dr. Woods represents the very best of the brightest professionals in our field.”

SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT

Pamela Baker

Dr. Pamela Baker

School of Management
Action: Promotion to Professor
Expertise: Accounting
Accomplishments: Dr. Baker has clearly demonstrated the outcomes expected for a TWU professor. Serving as the Lead in Accounting, she has been an effective teacher as well as a scholar. Dr. Baker has been active in program development, course development, and curriculum improvements such as Excel across the curriculum. Her scholarship resulted in a 2015-16 Research Grant in Accounting Education from the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy. Her record includes a balance of TWU and professional service.

Dewaynna Horn

Dr. Dewaynna Horn

School of Management
Action: Promotion to Associate Professor and Tenure
Expertise: Business leadership and organizational behavior
Accomplishments: Dr. Horn’s effective teaching at the graduate level has been enriched by her participation in the Pioneer Teaching and Learning Academy as well as by the variety of pedagogies she utilizes to engage students. She has carried a heavy load of instruction, advising, and leadership of the Houston program. As Lead Professor in Management, she redesigned the capstone course and involved many Houston businesspersons in courses. Dr. Horn’s scholarship has met expectations, and she received a Distinguished Research Award from the Academic of Organizational Culture and Conflict. She participated in a variety of service activities in the School, the University, and the profession. Of particular note is her participation in the PhD Project which promotes diversity in business academia.