Islander Faculty Receive Promotion and/or Tenure

Contributed Content | Published: May 21, 2021

Islander Faculty Receive Promotion and/or Tenure

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is honored to share the recent approvals made by the Board of Regents regarding promotion and tenure of our faculty and librarians.

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 for receiving promotion and/or tenure:

College of Business

Faculty receiving promotion:

  • Dr. Deniz Gevrek, Professor of Decision Sciences and Economics

Faculty receiving promotion and tenure:

  • Dr. Veysel Avsar, Professor of Decision Sciences and Economics
  • Dr. Andrew F. Johnson, Associate Professor of Management and Marketing
  • Dr. Katherine J. Roberto, Associate Professor of Management and Marketing
  • Dr. Daqun “David” Zhang, Associate Professor of Accounting, Finance, and Business Law
  • Dr. Qiuhong Zhao, Associate Professor of Accounting, Finance, and Business Law

College of Education and Human Development

Faculty receiving promotion:

  • Dr. Lynn M. Hemmer, Professor of Educational Leadership

Faculty receiving promotion and tenure:

  • Dr. Rosa Maria Banda, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership
  • Dr. Robin D. Johnson, Associate Professor of Curriculum, Instruction, and Learning Sciences
  • Dr. Kimberly S. Reinhardt, Associate Professor of Curriculum, Instruction, and Learning Sciences

College of Liberal Arts

Faculty receiving promotion:

  • Dr. Ana M. Andrei, Professional Associate Professor of Humanities
  • Dr. Amy E. Houlihan, Professor of Psychology and Sociology
  • Dr. Michael E. Ramirez, Professor of Psychology and Sociology

Faculty receiving promotion and tenure:

  • Dr. Mara R. Barbosa, Associate Professor of Humanities
  • Dr. Shane A. Gleason, Associate Professor of Social Sciences
  • Dr. Yndalecio Hinojosa, Jr., Associate Professor of English

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Faculty receiving tenure:

  • Dr. Mary “Marge” Benham-Hutchins, Associate Professor of Biobehavioral Health Science

Faculty receiving promotion and tenure:

  • Dr. Theresa J. Garcia, Associate Professor of Women, Children, and Family Health

College of Science and Engineering

Faculty receiving promotion:

  • Dr. Xavier F. Gonzales, Professional Associate Professor of Life Sciences
  • Dr. Devanayagam Palaniappan, Professor of Mathematics and Statistics

Faculty receiving promotion and tenure:

  • Dr. J. David Felix, Associate Professor of Physical and Environmental Sciences

School of Arts, Media, and Communication

Faculty receiving promotion:

  • Dr. Alison A. Frost, Professor of Theatre and Dance
  • Dr. Ryan D. O’Malley, Professor of Art and Design

Faculty receiving promotion and tenure:

  • Dr. Margaret “Meg” Aubrey, Associate Professor of Art and Design
  • Dr. Kenneth J. Iyescas, Associate Professor of Music
  • Dr. C. Scott Pool, Associate Professor of Music

School of Engineering and Computing Sciences

Faculty receiving promotion and tenure:

  • Dr. Zhaorui Li, Associate Professor of Engineering