Sixteen faculty members earn promotions ahead of 2018-19 academic year

Kristin Sobolik, commencement

Kristin Sobolik (at right) awards a diploma during spring commencement ceremonies as faculty members (from left) Teresa Thiel, Chris Spilling and Susan Feigenbaum look on. (Photo by August Jennewein)

Sixteen tenure and non-tenure track faculty members at the University of Missouri–St. Louis have earned promotions to take effect Aug. 1, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Kristin Sobolik announced.

“These are important milestones in a faculty member’s career, and we are glad to celebrate their achievements,” Sobolik said. “The foundation of our university rests on the strength of our faculty and their work is integral to our mission to education students, generate knowledge, and engage with our community. I commend each of these faculty on their accomplishments and thank them for their service to UMSL.”

Four members of the faculty received tenure and promotion to associate professor with three more promoted to full professor. Nine non-tenure track faculty members were also promoted.


Tenure and promotion to associate professor

Michael Campbell, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Nicholas Husbye, Department of Educator Preparation, Innovation and Research

Michele Meckfessel, Department of Accounting

Matt Vogel, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Promotion to professor

Yan Tian, Department of Communication & Media

Eric Wiland, Department of Philosophy

Shirley Porterfield, School of Social Work


Promotion to assistant teaching professor

Robert McCarthy, Department of Information Systems

Promotion to associate clinical professor

Mary Beth Rhomberg, College of Optometry

Promotion to associate teaching professor

Gary Frandsen, College of Nursing

Jill Delston, Department of Philosophy

Jeanne Allison, Department of English

Christoph Schiessl, Pierre Laclede Honors College

Mimi Duncan, Department of Information Systems

Promotion to clinical professor

Matt Kliethermes, Department of Psychological Sciences

Promotion to teaching professor

Kathleen Nigro, Department of Sociology, Gerontology & Gender


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