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SWOSU Welcomes New Faculty and Staff

August 27, 2012

Southwestern Oklahoma State University added 21 new faculty members for the 2012-13 year on the Weatherford and Sayre campuses.

The new faculty, along with announcements about changes in status for both faculty and administrators, were introduced at a recent meeting of SWOSU administrators and faculty on the Weatherford campus. The new faculty members are:

  • Cindi Albrightson, Instructor, Department of Engineering Technology
  • Dr. Prince Amoyaw, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Dr. Doris Astle, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Sciences
  • Ranae Bagzis, Instructor, Sayre Campus
  • Dr. Sherri Brogdon, Assistant Professor, Department of Education
  • Meghan Eliason, Instructor, Department of Education
  • Dr. Victor H. Gonzalez-Betancourt, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
  • Dr. Meri Hix, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice
  • Geoffrey Kawczyk, Instructor, Department of Art
  • Dr. Cheri Lemons, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice
  • Dr. Lawrence Mastroni, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Sciences
  • Andy North, Instructor, Department of Education
  • Chris Rakunas, Instructor, School of Allied Health
  • Sarah Ramsey, Assessment Coordinator, College of Pharmacy
  • Dr. Leanne Showman, Regional Experiential Coordinator, Department of Pharmacy Practice
  • Dr. Robin R. Sobansky, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
  • Carie Strauch, Simulation Lab Coordinator, School of Nursing 
  • Laci Strickler, Instructor, Department of Communications & Theatre
  • Dr. Amanda Smith, Assistant Professor, Department of Communications & Theatre
  • Kristin Woods, Instructor, Department of Psychology

Several status changes and new hires have also recently occurred among administration and faculty. Those include:  

  • Dr. Randy Barnett, Chair, Department of Psychology
  • Kyle Bartel, Director, Fine Arts Center
  • Dr. Randall Beckloff, International Student Affairs Coordinator
  • Dr. Daphne Burns, Director, Office of Sponsored Programs
  • Brandi Fowler, Director, Health Information Management Program
  • Laura Hawkins, Director of Counseling & Assessment, College of Associate & Applied Programs
  • Dr. E.K. Jeong, Interim Chair, Department of Art
  • Sherron Manning, Dean, College of Associate & Applied Programs
  • Marion Prichard, Associate Dean, School of Allied Health
  • Dr. Les Ramos, Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice
  • Dr. James South, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Dr. Keith Talley, Chair, Department of Music
  • Dr. Dennis Thompson, Dean, College of Pharmacy
  • Dr. Nancy Williams, Associate Dean, College of Pharmacy

Faculty promoted to professor:

  • Dr. Melinda Burgess, Department of Psychology
  • Dr. Joel Kendall, Department of Communications & Theatre

Faculty promoted to associate professor:

  • Dr. Jimena Aracena, Department of Biological Sciences
  • Dr. David Esjornson, Department of Chemistry & Physics
  • Dr. Andrea Holgado, Department of Biological Sciences
  • Dr. Evette Meliza, Department of Education

Faculty granted tenure:

  • Dr. Daniel Farris, Department of Music
  • Dr. Faruk Khan, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Dr. Evette Meliza, Department of Education
  • Dr. Tami Moser, Department of Finance, Marketing & Management

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