Collage of unnamed faculty and staff members.Twenty-four College of Arts and Sciences faculty members across the WSU system were promoted and/or granted tenure for 2022—the most career advancements awarded by the Office of the Provost to any of the institution’s 11 colleges this year. Tenure and promotion recognize scholars who are leaders in their fields. Promotions were awarded to faculty in both tenure-track and career-track positions.

All newly tenured and promoted faculty will be honored during Showcase, the university’s week-long celebration of academic excellence at the end of March.

College of Arts and Sciences

Todd Butler, dean

Promoted to the rank of professor

  • Susan Dexheimer (physics)
  • Linda Heidenreich (history)
  • Desiree Hellegers (English)
  • Pavithra Narayanan (English)
  • Iolanda Palmer (fine arts)
  • Jeffrey Sanders (history)
  • Nishant Shahani (English/WGSS)
  • Pamela Thoma (English/WGSS)

Granted tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor

  • Samantha Noll (PPPA)
  • Johanna Phelps (English)
  • Daniel Thornton (environment)
  • Patty Wilde (English)

Promoted to the rank of scholarly professor, career track

  • Paul Buckley (chemistry)
  • Dean Johnson (mathematics and statistics)

Promoted to the rank of scholarly associate professor, career track

  • Nii Ankrah (biological sciences)
  • Nelmi Devarie Baez (chemistry)
  • Edward Johnson (biological sciences)
  • Adenike Otoikhian (chemistry)
  • Anna Plemons (digital technology and culture)

Promoted to the rank of teaching professor, career track

  • Luz Rocio Sotomayor (mathematics and statistics)

Promoted to the rank of associate teaching professor, career track

  • David Martin (English)
  • Emily Sablan (mathematics and statistics)
  • Sophia Tegart (music)
  • Jose Vazquez-Bello (physics and astronomy)

A complete list of all WSU newly tenured and promoted faculty members can be found on the Showcase website.