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WIU Faculty Promotions

June 29, 2015


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MACOMB/MOLINE, IL — Forty-two Western Illinois University faculty members have been promoted, effective Fall 2015.

Promotion recommendations were initiated at the departmental level and reviewed by the college deans and former Provost Ken Hawkinson, prior to final approval by President Jack Thomas.

Promoted from associate professor to professor:

  • College of Arts and Sciences

    • Richard Filipink, history;
    • Elgin Mannion, sociology and anthropology;
    • Shawn Meagher, biological sciences;
    • Amy Mossman, English and journalism;
    • Pengqian Wang, physics; and
    • Oswald Warner, sociology and anthropology.

    College of Business and Technology

    • Douglas Druckenmiller, computer sciences; and
    • George Mangalaraj, computer sciences.

    College of Education and Human Services

    • Lorri Kanauss, dietetics, fashion merchandising and hospitality;
    • Christopher Kovacs, kinesiology; and
    • Stuart Yager, educational studies.

    College of Fine Arts and Communication

    • David C. Wright, theatre and dance.

    Promoted from assistant professor to associate professor:

    College of Arts and Sciences

    • Meshack Afitlhile, biological sciences;
    • Esteban Araya, physics;
    • Marcus Büker, geography;
    • Amy Ekanayake, mathematics;
    • Dinesh Ekanayake, mathematics;
    • Jin Jin, chemistry;
    • Ranbir Kang, geography;
    • T. Casey LaFrance, political science;
    • MaCherie Placide, political science; and
    • Andrea Porras-Alfaro, biological sciences.

    College of Business and Technology

    • Mark Bernards, agriculture;
    • Joel Gruver, agriculture;
    • Shane Sanders, economics and decision sciences;
    • Bhavneet Walia, economics and decision sciences; and
    • Zhiqiang Yan, accounting and finance.

    College of Education and Human Services

    • Amanda Divin, health sciences and social work;
    • Kimberly Dodson, law enforcement and justice administration;
    • Seungmug Lee, law enforcement and justice administration;
    • Anthony McBride, law enforcement and justice administration;
    • Rene Noppe, educational studies;
    • Katherine Perone, health sciences and social work;
    • Robert Porter, recreation, park and tourism administration;
    • Jack Rozdilsky, health sciences and social work; and
    • Ronald Williams, educational studies.

    College of Fine Arts and Communication

    • Ta-Teh Ku, art; and
    • Breanna McEwan, communication.

    Promoted from instructor to assistant professor:

    College of Arts and Sciences

    • John Schulze, english and journalism.

    College of Business and Technology

    • Honey Zimmerman, management and marketing.

    University Libraries

    • Mahrya Carncross; and
    • Daneen Richardson.


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