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Celebrating Faculty Excellence and Achievement

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

At St. John’s University, academic excellence starts in the classroom with knowledgeable and dedicated faculty working to engage and motivate students to reach new heights. In alignment with Strategic Priority #2: Recruit, recognize, and retain the best faculty, staff, and administrators, several outstanding faculty members have been promoted and tenured this past year. The newly promoted faculty were feted at a dinner hosted by Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw, Ph.D., President, where he recounted his own journey to achieve tenure and the critical role of faculty in helping students to achieve success.

Listed below by college are the newly tenured and promoted faculty:

St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Promotion to Assistant Professor
Jeremy V. Cruz, Ph.D., Theology and Religious Studies

Conferral of Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor
Rev. Patrick Flanagan, C.M., Theology and Religious Studies
Genady Ya. Grabarnik, Ph.D., Mathematics and Computer Science
 Stephen M. Llano, Ph.D., Rhetoric, Communication, and Theatre
Alejandro Quintana, Ph.D., History
Monica Wagner, Ph.D., Communication Sciences and Disorders/Psychology
Yong Yu, Ph.D., Biological Sciences

Conferral of Programmatic Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor
Jonathan Fowler, Ph.D., Institute for Core Studies/Scientific Inquiry

Promotion to Full Professor
David P. Brown, Ph.D., Chemistry
Lee Ann Brown, M.F.A., English
Dianella G. Howarth, Ph.D., Biological Sciences
Melissa Mowry, Ph.D., English
Nicole Rice, Ph.D., English
Claudia Sbrissa, M.F.A., Art and Design
Aaris Sherin, M.F.A., Art and Design

The School of Education

Promotion to Assistant Professor
Michael P. Downton, Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction

Conferral of Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor
Ishita Khemka, Ph.D., Education Specialties

The Peter J. Tobin College of Business

Conferral of Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor
Cynthia R. Phillips, Ed.D., Accounting and Taxation
Vincent J. Shea II, Ph.D., Accounting and Taxation
Abraham Stefanidis, Ph.D., Management
Petra Steinorth, Ph.D., School of Risk Management

Promotion to Full Professor
Vipul K. Bansal, Ph.D., Economics and Finance
Benjamin Silliman, Ed.D., Accounting and Taxation

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Promotion to Assistant Professor
Zaidalynet Morales, Clinical Health Professions

Promotion to Full Professor
Sandra Reznik, M.D., Ph.D., Pharmaceutical Sciences

Promotion to Clinical Professor
Gladys M. El-Chaar, Pharm.D., Clinical Health Professions

College of Professional Studies

Conferral of Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor
Emese Ivan, Ph.D., Sport Management

Promotion to Full Professor
Lez Edmond, Ph.D., Social Sciences
Mary Noe, J.D., Criminal Justice, Legal Studies, and Homeland Security