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Faculty awarded tenure and promotion

Apr8The following faculty members were granted tenure by the CMU Board of Trustees and promoted from assistant professor to associate professor by President Foster:

James Ayers, Chemistry
Ayers has taught at Colorado Mesa University since 2007. He earned his BS in physics from the University of Texas and his PhD in chemistry from Stanford University.

Tonya Chapin, Nursing
Chapin began her career at CMU as an instructor in Western Colorado Community College’s medical preparation program before moving to the university’s BSN program. She is a graduate of CMU and earned her MSN at the University of Northern Colorado.

Justin Gollob, Political Science
Gollob came to CMU in 2008 after completing his doctorate in political science from Temple University. He has served as faculty advisor for Associated Student Government for four years and is heavily involved with the Redifer Institute.

Brian Parry, Psychology
Parry joined CMU in 2008 and teaches a wide range of psychology courses. He completed his MS and PhD in applied social psychology from Brigham Young University.

Genell Stites, Nursing
Stites brought more than 25 years of nursing experience with her when she came to CMU in 2007. In 2012, she led the practical nurse to associate in applied science/registered nurse program to full accreditation. Stites earned her MS in nursing leadership from Regis University.

The following applications for promotion were also approved by the president:

Technical Instructor to Assistant Technical Professor
Melanie Snyder, Visual Communications

Assistant Technical Professor to Associate Technical Professor
Alaa Kassir, Developmental Education

Associate Professor to Professor
Kristen Hague, English
Tamera Minnick, Environmental Sciences
Gigi Richard, Geology
Sarah Swedberg, History

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