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ACU Home > Major Events > News > 2004 News Archive > ACU announces new faculty, administrative promotions for 2004-05

ACU announces new faculty, administrative promotions for 2004-05

For immediate release
Sept. 7, 2004

Abilene Christian University welcomes 16 new faculty members for the 2004-05 school year, and several faculty and staff have received promotions effective this fall.

New faculty include

  • Dr. Carisse Berryhill, associate professor of library Science

  • Mike Fernandez, assistant professor of theatre

  • Dr. Kent Gallaher, associate professor of agricultural and environmental sciences

  • Dr. Jaime Goff, assistant professor of marriage and family therapy

  • Nancy Hildebrand, instructor of nursing

  • Tamara Kennedy, instructor of student success

  • Dr. Mark Phillips, assistant professor of management sciences

  • Chandra Lewis-Qualls, instructor of English

  • Charlene Reeves, assistant professor of nursing

  • Dr. Amy Roberts, associate professor and director of Master of Science in Nursing Program

  • Cheryl Schwiethale, instructor of mathematics

  • Susan Teel, instructor of music

  • Dwayne Towell, assistant professor of computer science

  • Hilary Walton, instructor of English

  • Dr. Jeffrey Wherry, professor of psychology

  • Shaitaisha Winston, instructor of education

ACU also has announced two administrative promotions. Dr. K.B. Massingil has been promoted from chief information officer and director of the Adams Center for Teaching Excellence to assistant vice president, chief information officer, and director of the Adams Center for Teaching Excellence. Kevin Watson has been promoted from chief administrative services officer to associate vice president for administrative services.

Four ACU departments have new department chairs this year: Dr. Malesa Breeding, chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders; Greg Straughn, chair of the Department of Music (effective January 2005); Dr. David Gotcher, chair of the Department of Applied Studies; and Dr. Darryl Jinkerson, chair of the Department of Management Sciences. The Department of Applied Studies and the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders are new departments this year. The applied studies program was a part of the University Studies program previously, and the communication sciences and disorders program was a division of the Department of Communication until this year.

Several faculty have received promotions, tenure or new doctoral degrees in the past year:

  • Dr. Tim Coburn – granted tenure, promoted to professor of management sciences

  • Dr. David Gotcher – granted tenure, promoted to associate professor of sociology

  • Dr. Dana Hood – granted tenure, promoted to associate professor of education

  • Dr. Thomas Lee – promoted to professor of biology

  • Dr. David Perkins  – granted tenure

  • Dr. Julie Pruett – granted tenure

  • Dr. Allen Teel – promoted to professor of music

  • Dr. Debbie Williams – promoted to associate professor of English

  • Dr. Wayne Barnard – received Ph.D. from Texas Woman's University

  • Dr. Neal Coates – received Ph.D. from University of Connecticut

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