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This Month's Featured Stories  

Tenure and Promotion

AHSS Celebrates Faculty Achievements

Fall comes not only with new students, but also promotions and transitions among our faculty colleagues. Effective September 1, 21 faculty members have received a promotion, and one of our colleagues received emeritus status.

Promotion reflects recognition of a faculty member's significant achievements. The process is thorough and rigorous. To receive promotion and tenure, a candidate typically devotes six years working on scholarship and creative endeavors. This work is evaluated by national and international scholars. These reviews, and other aspects of the candidate's record, are assessed by the candidate's department. A divisional faculty committee and dean review each candidate's case and make recommendations to the provost. Upon the provost's review, the candidate's case is shared with the DU Board of Trustees, which ultimately grants or declines tenure and promotion. Decisions take into account scholarship and creative production, teaching quality and campus service.

"DU's AHSS faculty are leaders in their fields. They weave internationally-recognized research and artistic expertise into their students' curriculum. I'm pleased to have 21 newly promoted faculty in AHSS, and I congratulate them for their impressive achievements," said Dean Daniel McIntosh.

Ten faculty have been promoted to tenured full professor:
Frédérique Chevillot, department of languages and literatures
Lisa Conant, department of political science
Elysia Davis, department of psychology
Luís León, department of religious studies
Seth Masket, department of political science
Laleh Mehran, school of art and art history, emergent digital practices program
Scott Phillips, department of sociology and criminology
Linda Wang, Lamont School of Music
Timothy Weaver, school of art and art history, emergent digital practices program
Steve Wiest, Lamont School of Music

Two faculty were awarded the rank of teaching full professor:
William Depper, department of media, film, and journalism studies, emergent digital practices program
Elizabeth Henry, department of media, film, and journalism studies

Seven faculty received tenure and promotion to associate professor:
Rafael Ioris, department of history
Steven McDonald, department of theatre
Kateri McRae, department of psychology
Erika Polson, department of media, film, and journalism studies
Jeremy Reynolds, Lamont School of Music
Kristin Taavola, Lamont School of Music
Max Weisbuch, department of psychology

Two faculty were awarded the rank of teaching associate professor:
Sara Bardill, Lamont School of Music
Catherine Kasch, Lamont School of Music

One received emeritus status this last year:
• Roy Wood, department of communication studies