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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

REGENTS GRANT TENURE TO NINE FACULTY MEMBERS

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 16, 2003 - The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents granted tenure to nine faculty members during a closed session meeting of the Board today.

The tenure designation will take effect with the 2003-2004 academic year. Faculty members receiving tenure in their respective departments were considered for the designation by their departmental tenure advisory committee, department chairperson, college tenure advisory committee, college dean and Provost Jane Stephens.

Those granted tenure are:

David Baird, Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology

Dr. David Baird came to Southeast in the fall of 1998 on a one-year appointment as an assistant professor in the Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology. He moved into a tenure-track position in the fall of 1999. He received a bachelor of science degree from Southwest Missouri State, a master of science degree from Central Missouri State and a doctor of philosophy degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Baird previously was employed as associate dean of instruction and director of CCTEC at Crowder College, Neosho, Mo.

Baird is an outstanding and dedicated teacher. He understands the importance of laboratory activities. From student evaluations and personal observation, it is obvious that he provides quality instruction to the students in industrial and engineering technology. He also has been recognized by his colleagues and received the 2001 School of Polytechnic Studies Outstanding Teaching Award. He also demonstrates a wide range of related scholarship and service activities and has made outstanding contributions to the University and the region.

Joel David Cameron, Department of History

Dr. Joel David Cameron came to Southeast in the fall of 1997 as an assistant professor in the Department of History. He received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; a master of arts degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and a doctor of philosophy degree from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Cameron previously was employed as an instructor at the University of Minnesota.

Since joining the faculty, Cameron has evidenced sustained growth as an accomplished teacher, developing scholar and strong contributor to the University community. His teaching is excellent, student-centered and demanding. Students' evaluations of his teaching are consistently high, and his senior colleagues have high regard for his teaching performance. He has taught 10 different courses at Southeast, completely revised the modern European history offerings and added three new courses, two on world history and a third on the Holocaust. He has been actively engaged in departmental curricular review and has contributed significantly to this process over the past several years. An active scholar and participant in scholarly societies, Cameron has two refereed articles in press as well as a chapter in a refereed book. He has published encyclopedia articles and book reviews, and is working on other publications. He has presented seven conference papers and organized three panels on German-Soviet trade is ues. His published articles and book chapter are based on original archival research and present original contributions to the field of the history of 20th century European international relations. He has actively contributed to a variety of departmental, college, and University committees; advised student organizations; engaged in active student recruitment; and given many talks on campus and in the community.

Kathleen Conway, Department of Elementary, Early, and Special Education

Dr. Kathleen Conway came to Southeast in the fall of 1997 as an assistant professor in the Department of Elementary, Early, and Special Education and was promoted to associate professor in the fall of 2002. She received a bachelor of science degree from Portland State University; a master of arts in teaching degree from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, and a doctor of philosophy degree from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Conway previously was employed as a student teacher supervisor at Southeast.

Since her appointment to the department in 1997, Conway has maintained a sustained record of very high quality teaching as demonstrated by the consistently high evaluations she has received from her students. Conway not only has demonstrated excellence in her instructional behaviors, but she has provided strong leadership in a number of areas important to the teaching/learning process in the Department, including the portfolio assessment process which was applauded by the State Board of Education in 2002 and the total revision of the master's degree in elementary education that is based upon National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. Conway has immersed herself in the development of skills in the area of instructional technology and, as a consequence, has integrated technology into all of her courses.

In the area of professional development, Conway's publications include a book chapter, two refereed articles, plus a variety of non-refereed articles. She has successfully achieved two external grants and serves as the project coordinator for the BASE Grant that supports bilingual student needs. Her leadership in this area includes the Kappa Delta Pi Biennial Convocation Planning Committee and ACEI's Public Affairs Committee. She serves as a consultant and summer instructor for the Missouri Mathematics Academy, a proposal reviewer for the Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics, publicity chair for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Regional Conference, as well as a member of the Department of Elementary and Secondary (DESE) steering committee for the statewide Interface Conference on Mathematics, Science and Technology. Conway has asserted major leadership in developing and maintaining a strong interdepartmental relationship with the Godwin Center that provides leadership in the region or improving math and science education.

Conway commits extraordinary amounts of time to student needs and interests. She has established and maintained a long-standing advisory relationship with the Cape Civic Center and its After School Program. Conway's influence across all service dimensions continues to grow in breadth and in strength of service. In recognition of her extensive commitment to University Service, she received the Faculty Award for Service from the College of Education in 2001-2002.

Gabriele Eckart, Department of Foreign Languages and Anthropology

Dr. Gabriele Eckart came to Southeast in the fall of 1999 as an assistant professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Anthropology. She received a bachelor of arts degree from Humboldt Universitat, Berlin; a master of arts degree from the University of Texas, San Antonio; and a doctor of philosophy degree from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Eckart previously was employed as an assistant professor at St. Mary's University, San Antonio.

Since joining the Southeast faculty, Eckart has evidenced sustained growth as an already experienced and most enthusiastic teacher, accomplished scholar and creative writer, and strong contributor to the University community. Last spring, in her third year at Southeast, Eckart was awarded the College of Liberal Arts' 2002 Outstanding Scholarship and Creative Activity award. She teaches German and Spanish at all levels with equally high competence. She is an enthusiastic, sensitive, but demanding teacher with excellent student evaluations, who has taught 12 different courses here and developed a fine summer study abroad program in Dortmund, Germany, which has had large enrollments. Her thorough course preparation and intelligent pedagogical approach enables her students to learn to use German or Spanish in real situations. She has effectively integrated instructional technology in her teaching, and her goal of excellence in teaching is reflected in her scholarly and creative activity. Eckart came to Southeast with a substantial record of publications, and since she has been at Southeast, she has presented 15 scholarly papers and published 10 while continuing to work as a creative writer. She publishes articles about German and Spanish comparative literature in both those languages as well as in English. Because of her upbringing in the former East Germany and her scholarly expertise, Eckart's book in progress on former German Democratic Republic writers' experiences after the fall of the wall will be a unique contribution to contemporary German literary scholarship. Her service contributions are varied and substantive. She is an active, contributing committee member, and an effective adviser and mentor to both Alpha Mu Gamma foreign language student honorary and the German Club. She is generous in sharing her cultural background and political and literary expertise with University and community organizations.

John Kraemer, Department of Biology

Dr. John Kraemer came to Southeast in the fall of 1998 as an assistant professor in the Department of Biology. He received a bachelor of science degree from Indiana State University, Terre Haute, and a master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees from Old Dominion University, Norfolk. Kraemer previously was employed as a manager with the Virginia Department of Transportation in Suffolk, Virginia.

Kraemer has used IDEA student evaluations in every course that he has taught. His results on the IDEA evaluations are consistently above the 70th percentile for all instructors. He has developed seven new courses since his arrival at Southeast. He has mentored numerous undergraduate and graduate students in his research lab. He has or is serving as the major professor for 13 graduate students. He has had an article accepted for publication in a refereed journal, has an additional article submitted to a refereed journal, and has a publication in a refereed proceedings from a scientific meeting. He has three additional papers in various stages of preparation. He has received more than $180,000 in external funding and almost $15,000 in internal funding. Kraemer serves the University as the chemical hygiene officer and the assistant radiation safety officer. He has represented his department in Faculty Senate and has provided consultation to several public and private organizations in the region. Kraemer was hired to help develop the new environmental science program in the College of Science and Mathematics.

Gale McMahan, Department of Elementary, Early, and Special Education

Dr. Gale McMahan came to Southeast in the fall of 1997 on a one-year appointment as an instructor in the Department of Elementary, Early, and Special Education. She moved into a tenure-track position as an assistant professor in the fall of 1998. She received bachelor of science, master of science, and doctor of philosophy degrees from Southern Illinois University- Carbondale. McMahan previously was employed as superintendent and principal at the Vienna Public School District #55 in Vienna, Ill.

Since her appointment, McMahan has maintained a sustained record of very high-quality teaching as evidenced by faculty observations as well as the consistently high evaluations (IDEA) she has received from her students both in regular and online classes. McMahan not only demonstrates excellence in her instruction, but she has provided strong leadership in a number of areas important to the teaching and learning process in the department, the transformation of the traditional, multi-certification areas in special education to that of a single cross-categorical certification that will soon become the centerpiece of the department's special education program of study. She serves as a member of the Missouri On-line Higher Education Consortium's statewide curriculum team that developed the Missouri On-Line Master's in Teaching and Learning-Elementary Education. McMahan has consistently been a faculty leader in the infusion of technology into her classes. She further demonstrates her leadership in online instruction by having five courses currently online.

In terms of scholarship, McMahan has established a sound research agenda with seven refereed publications, 24 professional presentations and 10 grants. In addition, she was responsible for the preparation of documents and the Institutional Report required for the joint state (DESE) and national (NCATE) Accreditation Review which took place in March 2002. These were major activities, with University-wide implications, requiring a tremendous writing commitment.

McMahan serves on a wide range of committees, advisory groups and professional boards, and is an active member of 13 professional organizations. Her highly respected status among her colleagues, statewide and nationally, clearly signals the value placed on her voice in the profession. Participation in and providing leadership to such policy groups is recognized for its ultimate value to the profession. To this end, she was awarded the national "Professionally Recognized Special Educator in Special Education Teaching Award" in 2002. McMahan serves on the Faculty Senate's Academic Affairs Committee, College Council and the Graduate Council.

Cheryl McDonald Milde, Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

Dr. Cheryl McDonald Milde came to Southeast in the spring of 1996 as an instructor in the Department of Educational Administration and Counseling. She moved to a tenure-track position as an assistant professor in the fall of 1997. She received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia; a master of arts degree from Southeast; and a doctor of philosophy degree from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Milde previously was employed as a part-time faculty member at Southeast.

Milde has been a leader within the Department of Educational Administration and Counseling in the use of technology in the classroom and to enhance coursework through the use of the internet. Milde was one of the first faculty members to teach classes using interactive television. She maintains an extensive Web page for the Southeast Missouri School Counselors Association (SEMOSCA). She is currently coordinator of new student screening and admissions for the counseling program.

Debrah Raschke, Department of English

Dr. Debrah Raschke came to Southeast in the fall of 1997 as an assistant professor in the Department of English and was promoted to associate professor in the fall of 2001. She received a bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, and a doctor of philosophy degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Raschke was previously employed as a visiting assistant professor at the College of William and Mary.

Raschke has evidenced sustained growth as an enthusiastic teacher, developing scholar, and contributor to the University community. She both challenges and inspires her students who respond very positively. She is equally effective with freshmen and graduate students and receives high ratings on her students' evaluations. She has played an important role in the revision of the English curriculum and has been instrumental in the overhaul of the graduate program, which included establishing a new comprehensive exam and preparing a useful handbook for graduate students. She has published 10 articles and given a dozen conference presentations since 1997 and has been very active in several major literary organizations. She has a book under serious, advanced consideration by Cambridge University Press. She has served on the Graduate Council, the Library Committee, and a number of departmental committees. She is lauded by her English colleagues for the superb work she did as graduate director. Her overall record of service to her profession, department, college, and the University is impressive and appreciated.

L. Glen Williams, Department of Communication

Dr. L. Glen Williams came to Southeast in the fall of 1998 as an assistant professor in the Department of Communication. He received bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees from Southeast and a doctor of philosophy degree from Indiana University, Bloomington. Williams previously was employed as an assistant professor at the University of Akron in Ohio.

Williams has continued to develop as an enthusiastic teacher, scholar and contributor to the community. He came to Southeast with more than 10 years of prior teaching experience in public speaking, rhetoric and composition, the majority of it full-time at the college level. He is a master teacher who receives outstanding evaluations from his students, who greatly appreciate his care and concern for their well-being and intellectual progress. They find him energetic, entertaining, challenging and kindly critical in a most constructive way. He puts his students at ease and is masterful in helping them overcome their apprehensions about public speaking and gaining confidence in their ability to communicate effectively. Williams is also an accomplished scholar with eight published refereed articles, 10 custom public speaking handbooks and two major public speaking texts, which are both in their second editions with Houghton Mifflin Company. He is already at work on the third editions of these two texts with the projected publication date of 2005. He also has several other essays already accepted for presentation. He has given 26 professional presentations, at least 10 of which have occurred since he joined the Southeast faculty. He is building a national reputation as an expert communicator. Williams has been unstinting in his service to his department, on the College Council, and the Faculty Senate. He has directed the basic public speaking course since he joined the Southeast faculty and has brought consistency and effectiveness to this course by orienting and observing the many part-time instructors, creating support materials, and helping to recruit and retain part-time instructors. He pioneered the SC105 Speakers' Showcase, which allows students enrolled in the course to experience good speeches from students who have done well in the course in the previous semester. He also has provided a variety of other services within the University and community.

 

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