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2011 Faculty & Staff News

Longwood faculty awarded promotion and-or tenure

June 9, 2011

Longwood University

Several Longwood University faculty members were recently promoted and-or were awarded tenure.

Those who were promoted to professor were Dr. Ray Brastow (economics), Dr. David Coles (history), and Liz Kocevar-Weidinger (Library).

Those who were promoted to associate professor and were awarded tenure were Dr. Thomas Akre (biology), Dr. Javier Fernandez (Spanish), Dr. Chene Heady (English), Dr. Brett Hursey (English), Dr. Mark Lukas (philosophy), Dr. Jennifer Miskec (English), Dr. Michele Norman (communication sciences and disorders), and Dr. Larissa Tracy (English).

Persons hired for tenure-track faculty positions are usually hired at the rank of assistant professor. If they are promoted to associate professor and awarded tenure, those two actions generally occur simultaneously at the end of their sixth year as assistant professor. The highest academic rank is professor, also called full professor, and promotion to that rank typically requires six or more years of outstanding service as an associate professor.

Tenure, primarily intended to guarantee the right to academic freedom, is awarded to faculty members who demonstrate a strong record of published research, teaching, and service to the institution and their profession. Tenure and promotion decisions are made ultimately by the Board of Visitors, after recommendations by a committee in that person's academic department, the department head, the dean of his/her college, the vice president for academic affairs, and the president.