Wednesday, February 27, 2013

SBU trustees approve two honorary doctorates

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SBU trustees approve two honorary doctorates

BOLIVAR, Mo. — Southwest Baptist University’s Board of Trustees approved the awarding of two honorary doctorates, a new strategic planning document and a revision to the faculty handbook during its Feb. 18-19 meeting in Bolivar.

Honorary doctorates, to be awarded during the Founders Day Chapel April 17, will be given to Dr. Jeff Brown, a 1992 SBU graduate who is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and Judy Taylor, First Lady of SBU.

The board also accepted the review of the University’s Athletic Department, as required by NCAA, and approved the Pathways for Success strategic planning document for 2013-18. The strategic planning process has been transferred from the University Planning Advisory Council to the Executive Cabinet.

“Every unit on campus will remain involved in the strategic planning process,” SBU President Dr. C. Pat Taylor said in his State of the University Address to the trustees. “Deans and directors will lead their units in developing goals and specific objectives for each area on campus. The expectation is that everyone on campus will play a role in determining how the strategic plan will be accomplished.”

Faculty members will be receiving a larger salary increase when promoted, according to a resolution effective for the 2013-14 faculty handbook that updates a resolution that originally was passed in 1994. The amount of increase for promotions was increased from $500 to $1,000 for promotion to assistant professor; $1,000 to $2,000 for promotion to associate professor; and $1,500 to $3,000 for promotion to professor.

Tenure: Faculty members approved for tenure include Andrew Campbell, associate professor of music; Kelly Malone, associate professor of intercultural studies; Sarah Russback, assistant professor of education; Joseph Sartorius, assistant professor of education; and Jenell Wagner, assistant professor of accounting.

Junior sabbatical: Jeff Kimball, assistant professor of computer and information sciences, was granted a junior sabbatical for the Fall 2013 semester to complete his dissertation in computing technology in education from Nova Southeastern University.

Promotion recommendations
Instructor to assistant professor: Angela Wright, business administration.

Assistant professor to associate professor: David Bailey, communication arts; Julie Bryant, education; James Cain III, computer and information sciences; Amber Fleer, physical therapy; Pamela Hedgpeth, education; Baochuan Lu, computer and information sciences; Craig Masters, physics; Sarah Russback, education; and Dennis Siegfried, biology.

Associate professor to professor: Terry Cox, physical therapy; Dwight Haun, education; Shelley Kilpatrick, psychology; Connie Matheny, physical therapy; Robert Perry, educational administration; and Tom Sneed, physical therapy.

Employees recognitions
During the Tuesday luncheon, four employees were recognized for significant achievements:

• Dr. Kathy Brown, professor of music, has published a book, “Lotte Lehmann in America: Her Legacy as Artist Teacher with Commentaries from Her Master Classes.” The book was published by the College Music Society.

• Bethany Messersmith, assistant professor of library services, was selected to participate in the Immersion 2012 Program of the Association of College and Research Libraries.

• Dr. Tom Sneed, associate professor of physical therapy, attained board certification from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as an orthopedic specialist.

• Peggy Walden, instructional technology support specialist, completed her master of science degree in instructional design and technology at Walden University.

The next board meeting is May 6 and 7.

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