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Congratulations to the following faculty for being promoted and tenured, beginning in the fall 2021 semester.

College of Arts and Sciences

Associate Professor with Tenure

Arthur-Mensah

Nana Arthur-Mensah

Associate Professor

Department of Political Science, Criminal Justice, and Organizational Leadership

Dr. Nana Arthur-Mensah teaches organizational ethics, theory, and change in the Organizational Leadership program. Her research focuses on adaptive leadership and inclusivity.

 
Banks

Rachael Banks

Associate Professor

School of the Arts - Visual Arts Program

Congratulations to Rachael Banks for promotion to associate professor with tenure. Rachael earned an MFA in photography from Texas Women’s University before arriving at NKU in 2016. Rachael’s photographic work is deeply personal and focuses on feelings of loss, identity, and meaning in the context of family, love, and acceptance. Rachael brings a passion for photography and connection into the classroom to inspire her students to discover more about themselves and their place in the world. 

 
Cenkci

Ada Cenkci

Associate Professor

Department of Political Science, Criminal Justice, and Organizational Leadership

Dr. Ada Cenkci teaches a variety of Organizational Leadership courses, where she engages students using unique pedagogy including improvisation. Her recent scholarship has focused on workplace environment, engagement, and inclusion.

 
Downing

Megan Downing

Associate Professor

Department of Political Science, Criminal Justice, and Organizational Leadership

Dr. Megan Downing teaches in the Organizational Leadership program where she mentors students through the capstone process and he is heavily involved in experiential learning through the Mayerson Philanrophy Project. Her current scholarship focuses on imposter phenomenon.

 
Guy

Michael Guy

Associate Professor

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Dr. Michael Guy’s academic specialty is biochemistry and he demonstrates excellence in teaching senior level biochemistry lectures and labs and by supporting the department by teaching seminar and nursing courses. Michael involves students in all aspects of his work, where his research interests involve understanding the connections between posttranscriptional tRNA modifications and diseases such cancer and intellectual disability.

Full Professor

Breitenbecher

Kimberly Breitenbecher

Professor

Department of Psychological Science

 

Dr. Breitenbecher is a clinical psychologist who teaches classes including introduction to psychology, abnormal psychology, health psychology, health psychology lab, and research methods. Her health psychology research studies always involve students and have resulted in scientific publications on the environmental factors that modulate pain.

 
Gazzaniga

Andrea Gazzaniga

Professor

Department of English

Dr. Andrea Gazzaniga is an accomplished scholar of 19th-century British poetry and a creative and student-oriented teachers who regularly involves students in her research. She is also a department leader, currently serving as our Director of Undergraduate Studies and Director of Cinema Studies, and is the advisor to Pentangle, our student-run journal of literary criticism.

 
Hume

Douglas Hume

Professor

Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Philosophy

Dr. Douglas Hume is a former chair of the sociology, anthropology and philosophy department, and he is the current and founding director of the Center for Applied Anthropology.  He teaches a wide variety of anthropology courses such as Belize ethnographic field school, environmental anthropology, cultural anthropology, and he has published extensively (often with students) in respectable national and international journals; he has recently (2020) published a book on Native Nations: The Survival of Indigenous Peoples." 

 
Olberding

Julie Olberding

Professor

Department of Political Science, Criminal Justice, and Organizational Leadership

As Director of the MPA program, Dr. Julie Olberding has mentored countless students. She is a prolific scholar whose recent teaching and research have focused on service and philanthropy.

 
Walters

Lindsey Walters

Professor

Department of Biological Sciences

Dr. Walters demonstrates the utmost in devotion to excellence in the classroom, incorporating active and experiential learning from her introductory biology to upper-level courses on animal behavior, evolution, and ornithology, and further works to establish meaningful connections with students to ensure they succeed. Her research program on the reproductive behavior of birds is externally funded, produces high-quality peer-reviewed publications, and involves students in all aspects of the work, allowing them to build skills in field biology, data analysis, and science communication.
College of Education

Associate Professor with Tenure

Alverson

Ryan Alverson

Associate Professor

College of Education

Dr. James Ryan Alverson has been recommended for tenure and promotion to Associate Professor by the College of Education; his teaching, scholarship, and service contributions are generally in the areas of educational foundations, assessment, and students’ field experiences. Dr. Alverson’s active engagement with local and professional communities informs his research on positive educational environments.
College of Health and Human Services

Associate Professor with Tenure

Glance

Dorea Glance

Associate Professor

School of Kinesiology, Counseling, and Rehabilitative Sciences

 

Dr. Dorea Glance is the program director for the school counseling program. Dr. Glance teaches a variety of courses in the graduate counseling program as well as undergraduate courses in the human services and addictions program, and her research interests include intersectional research across counseling and social work on teaching trauma-focused care.

 
Patten

Deborah Patten

Associate Professor

School of Allied Health

Deborah Patten is faculty and clinical coordinator in the respiratory care program, and her contributions to the clinical education of her students has undoubtedly led to improved health outcomes for countless patients.  She has a passion for simulation and interprofessional education and has conducted research in both areas and successfully integrated both into the respiratory care curriculum.

 
Terhune

Katherina Terhune

Associate Professor

School of Social Work

Dr. Katherina Nikzad-Terhune was promoted to Associate Professor through providing Master of Social Work (MSW) students with workforce ready skills in mental health, and in building gerontology into the curriculum. Dr. Nikzad-Terhune research enabled NKU to become Kentucky’s first Age-Friendly University, and she leads the Age Friendly University (AFU) team to develop new teaching, scholarship, and community engagement initiatives. 

Full Professor

Macke

Caroline Macke

Professor

School of Social Work

Dr. Carolyn Macke received promotion to Professor based on integrated Team-based learning (TBL) pedagogy, and her TBL research that uncovered the potential for systemic racism influencing student relationships. Dr. Macke’s research resulted in the Norse Violence Prevention Center, NKU’s Campus Climate Surveys; regional second chance education in correctional populations, all supporting NKU’s Success by Design Strategic Framework.  

 
Sanders

Gabe Sanders

Professor

School of Kinesiology, Counseling, and Rehabilitative Services

Dr. Gabe Sanders is the program director and internship coordinator for the Master of Science in Exercise Science program. Dr. Sanders is a nationally recognized researcher in the area of sport Analytics, and his text entitled Data Analysis in Sports Science is used in a number of exercise science programs across the nation.
Haile/U.S. Bank College of Business

Full Professor

Fatemi

Darius Fatemi

Professor

Department of Accounting and Business Law

Darius Fatemi joined the Haile/US Bank College of Business in the fall of 2010, where he currently serves as the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Research, and MAcc Director. Darius teaches in all areas of financial accounting and his research has two avenues: applied work examining judgement and decision making, and pedagogy.

 
Said

Amal Said

Professor

Department of Accounting and Business Law

Amal Said joined the Haile/US Bank College of Business in the fall of 2019 after spending 16 years as a faculty member in the College of Business and Innovation at the University of Toledo. Amal teaches managerial accounting at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and her research interests include executive compensation, earnings management, capital markets, measures of performance, and corporate governance