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Sept. 28, 2012

Birmingham-Southern welcomes new faculty, announces tenure and promotions for 2012-13

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—This fall, Birmingham-Southern welcomes 12 new full-time and visiting faculty members to campus and congratulates professors who received promotion and tenure for the 2012-13 academic year.

  • Promoted to full professor: Dr. Shane Pitts (psychology) and Dr. Lynne Trench (psychology)

  • Promoted to associate professor with tenure: Dr. Tynes Cowan (English) and Dr. Heather Meggers-Wright (psychology)

  • Received tenure: Dr. Louanne Jacobs (education)

New Faculty

New faculty (front row, from left): Maria Stadnik, Amina El-Halawani, Carolyn Garrity, Rick Lester, Jamie Cloud, and Anita Huang. Back row, from left: William Walsh, Mary Harrison, William Holt, Zachary Simmons, and Guangjun Qu. Not pictured: Richard Rector.

New faculty:

Dr. Jaime Cloud, assistant professor, psychology. She earned a Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin, with an emphasis on individual differences and evolutionary psychology, and a bachelor's degree in psychology from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Carolyn Garrity, assistant professor, marketing. She earned a Ph.D. in marketing at Louisiana State University, an MBA in marketing and nonprofit management from American University, and a BBA in marketing and management from the University of Cincinnati.

Ms. Amina El-Halawani, the 2012-13 Fulbright Fellow and Foreign Language Teaching Assistant in Arabic. She earned a master's degree in English language and literature from Alexandria University in Alexandria, Egypt.

Dr. Mary Harrison, assistant professor, marketing. She holds a Ph.D. in marketing from the University of Alabama, an MBA from UA, and a bachelor's degree in business from Mississippi College.

Dr. William Holt III, assistant professor, urban environmental studies. He earned a J.D. from the Vermont School of Law and a Ph.D. from Yale University—a dual degree with Yale and Vermont Law School in environmental law concentrating on energy policy and sociology, a master's degree in city planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a bachelor's degree in geography from the University of Georgia.

Dr. Anita Huang, assistant professor, Chinese. She received a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin, a master's degree in linguistics from Eastern Michigan University, a master's in English literature from the University of Alabama, and a bachelor's degree in German literature from the Chinese Cultural University in Taipei, Taiwan.

Dr. Rick Lester, assistant professor, management. He earned a Ph.D. in business from the University of Mississippi, a master's degree in human resource management from the University of Alabama, and a bachelor's degree in economics and management from the University of North Alabama.

Dr. Guangjun Qu, assistant professor, economics. He holds a Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and both master's and bachelor's degrees from Chongqing Technology and Business University in China.

Dr. Richard Rector, assistant professor, psychology. He earned a Ph.D. and a master's degree in developmental psychology from UAB and a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia.

Dr. Zachary Simmons, assistant professor, psychology (one-year appointment). He earned a Ph.D. in developmental and evolutionary psychology from the University of California in Santa Barbara and bachelor's degrees in biochemistry and history and psychology from Case Western Reserve University.

Dr. Maria Stadnik, assistant professor, mathematics. She earned a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, a master's degree in mathematics from Purdue University, and bachelor's degrees in both mathematics and Spanish from Youngstown State University.

Dr. William Walsh, lecturer, economics (one-year appointment). He holds a J.D. and Ph.D. from the University of Alabama and a bachelor's degree in English and economics from Vanderbilt University.

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