36 Islander Faculty Receive Promotion and/or Tenure

Contributed Content | Published: May 14, 2020

36 Islander Faculty Receive Promotion and/or Tenure

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Receiving tenure is both a privilege and an honor, as it is one of the most important decisions in the development of an outstanding faculty. This achievement signifies that the campus community believes the individual will continue to make significant, long-term contributions in the areas of teaching, service, research, scholarship, and creative activity.

Promotion to the rank of associate professor is a recognition of the maturity and experience of a faculty member’s professional success as they increase their leadership within the academic profession. Promotion to the rank of professor is the highest achievement a faculty member can earn. Professors are the leaders of our campus community. They set the bar for excellence and actively work to help others meet that bar.

Please join in congratulating the following faculty members from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi for receiving promotion and/or tenure, as approved by the Texas A&M System Board of Regents.

College of Business

Faculty receiving promotion:

  • Dr. Mohan Rao, Professor of Decision Sciences

Faculty receiving promotion and tenure:

  • Dr. Katherine T. Smith, Associate Professor of Marketing

College of Education and Human Development

Faculty receiving promotion:

  • Dr. Cilla Faye Bruun, Professor of Curriculum, Instruction, & Learning Sciences
  • Dr. Maria del Carmen Tejeda-Delgado, Professor of Curriculum, Instruction, & Learning Sciences
  • Dr. Corinne Montalvo Valadez, Professor of Literacy

Faculty receiving promotion and tenure:

  • Dr. Toyin D. Ajisafe, Associate Professor of Kinesiology
  • Dr. Liana Davis, Associate Professor of Kinesiology

College of Liberal Arts

Faculty receiving promotion:

  • Dr. Kevin Concannon, Professor of English
  • Dr. Eric G. Luttrell, Professional Associate Professor of English
  • Dr. Wendy L. Walker, Professional Associate Professor of English

Faculty receiving promotion and tenure:

  • Dr. Kelly L. Bezio, Associate Professor of English
  • Dr. Robin M. Carstensen, Associate Professor of English
  • Dr. Beth M. Rauhaus, Associate Professor of Public Administration
  • Dr. Claudia P. Rueda, Associate Professor of History

College of Science and Engineering

Faculty receiving promotion:

  • Dr. Aubrey Rhoden, Professional Associate Professor of Mathematics
  • Dr. Michael S. Wetz, Professor of Marine Biology

Faculty receiving promotion and tenure:

  • Dr. Hussain A. N. Abdulla, Associate Professor of Chemistry
  • Dr. Jeremy L. Conkle, Associate Professor of Chemistry
  • Dr. Celil Ekici, Associate Professor of Mathematics
  • Dr. Brandi Kiel Reese, Associate Professor of Life Sciences
  • Dr. Jeffrey W. Turner, Associate Professor of Marine Biology
  • Dr. Kim Withers, Associate Professor of Life Sciences

School of Arts, Media, and Communication

Faculty receiving promotion:

  • Dr. José Flores, Professor of Music
  • Ms. Rosa M. Lazaro, Professor of Theatre
  • Dr. Michelle M. Maresh-Fuehrer, Professor of Communication
  • Dr. Dan T. Sipes, Professor of Music

Faculty receiving promotion and tenure:

  • Ms. Leticia Rosario Bajuyo, Associate Professor of Art
  • Dr. Susan de Ghizé, Associate Professor of Music Theory
  • Dr. Michael Sollitto, Associate Professor of Communication

School of Engineering and Computing Sciences

Faculty receiving promotion:

  • Dr. Scott A. King, Professor of Computing Sciences

Faculty receiving promotion and tenure:

  • Dr. Luis Rodolfo Garcia Carrillo, Associate Professor of Engineering
  • Dr. Iltai Isaac Kim, Associate Professor of Engineering
  • Dr. Jian Sheng, Professor of Engineering
  • Dr. Hua Zhang, Associate Professor of Engineering

University College

Faculty receiving promotion:

  • Dr. Chelsie L. Hawkinson, Professional Associate Professor of Undergraduate Studies
  • Dr. Rita A. Sperry, Professional Senior Professor of Undergraduate Studies