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Salem State University Awards Tenure and Promotions to 23 Faculty Members

The Salem State University Board of Trustees voted at its June 8, 2022 meeting to award tenure to two professors, tenure and promotions to 11 professors, and promotions to 10 tenured professors. The Board also granted emeritus status to four recently retired professors. 

“Salem State’s academic excellence is the foundation of its value to the region,” said Board of Trustees Chair Rob Lutts. “I am honored that the Board was able to recognize the accomplishments of these faculty members whose commitment to our students, the university and their fields of study has been exceptional.” 

“Those earning tenure or promotion each presented clear evidence of substantive contributions in all four areas of professional responsibility,” said Provost David Silva, “continuing scholarship, teaching effectiveness, academic advising, and service.” 

Professors upon whom emeritus status was conferred were recognized for their long-term commitment to the university. 

“Our newest emeritus professors represent a grand total of 130 years of service to the institution,” added Silva.

Awarded Tenure 

  • Associate Professor Vijay Kanagala, secondary and higher education
  • Assistant Professor Kathleen Schlenz, occupational therapy

Awarded Tenure and Promoted 

  • Associate Professor Kevin Carey, English
  • Associate Professor Fernando Colina, marketing and decision sciences 
  • Associate Professor Luke Conlin, chemistry and physics 
  • Associate Professor Gina Curcio, criminal justice
  • Associate Professor Joseph Gustafson, criminal justice
  • Associate Professor Julie Kiernan, theatre and speech communication
  • Associate Professor Sara Mana, geological sciences 
  • Associate Professor Betsy Miller, music and dance 
  • Associate Professor Ken Mullane, management
  • Associate Professor Kurt von Seekamm, economics
  • Associate Professor Mustafa Yatin, chemistry and physics

Promoted to Full Professor (Already Tenured) 

  • Professor Kathy Adee, nursing
  • Professor Felix Amato, social work
  • Professor KC Bloom, sport and movement science
  • Professor Douglas Chene, accounting and finance 
  • Professor Megin Charner-Laird, childhood education and care
  • Professor Noel Healy, geography and sustainability 
  • Professor Mindy Jeon, management
  • Professor Topher Grace, theatre and speech communication
  • Professor Jennifer Robinson, criminal justice
  • Professor Amy Sprenkle, biology 


Awarded Emeritus Status 

  • Professor Emeritus Celena April, theatre and speech communication
  • Professor Emeritus Chris Fauske, media and communication
  • Associate Professor Emeritus Joe Kaspryzyk, computer science 
  • Professor Emeritus Rob McAndrews, social work 
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