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Wilkes University Promotes Faculty, Awards Tenure

Contact: Vicki Mayk

Wilkes University recently awarded tenure and promoted nine members of the faculty to associate professor. In addition, one faculty member was promoted to full professor and another was awarded tenure. The faculty receiving promotions and tenure were as follows: 

Paola Bianco was promoted to the rank of full professor of languages. She received her bachelor of arts in French from Wilkes College, her master’s in romance languages with a concentration in Italian and her doctorate in romance languages, specifically Italian and Spanish, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She began her academic career at Wilkes University in 1996 and was granted tenure and promoted to associate professor in 2002. Over her 18-year career at Wilkes, Bianco has taught Spanish language, literature and culture and has been the primary architect of the University’s current Spanish language and culture curriculum. She has published five books as well as numerous peer-reviewed articles.  

Helen Davis was awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor of education. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from Duke University, a master’s degree in English from Wake Forest University and a doctorate in English with a certificate in women’s studies from City University of New York Graduate Center. Davis joined Wilkes in 2008 as an assistant professor of English specializing in 19th-century British literature, narrative theory, gender studies and rhetoric. She was awarded the Multicultural Teaching Award for her ability to integrate diversity and multiculturalism into her teaching and mentoring by Wilkes’ Teacher Recognition and Effectiveness Committee in 2012. She has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals and presented at regional and international meetings.  

Linda Gutierrez was awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor of biology. She received her doctorate of medicine from the Universidad de Carabobo, Venezuela, and joined Wilkes in 2003 as an associate research professor in the biology department. Gutierrez received the Carpenter Award for outstanding teaching and her commitment to undergraduate instruction from the University’s Teacher Recognition and Effectiveness Committee in 2013.  Gutierrez has received grants for her research from the National Institutes of Health. She has published six peer reviewed articles in professional journals and presented at multiple regional, national and international conferences.  

Gregory Harms was awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor of biology and physics. He received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry and German from Bethel College and a doctorate in physical chemistry from the University of Kansas. Prior to joining Wilkes in 2010, he was a professor of microscopy and biophysics at the University of Würzburg in Germany for nine years. Harms helped to develop Wilkes University’s bioengineering master’s program, which he serves as co-director. 

Sean Kelly was awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor of English. He received a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Tennessee, a master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a doctorate in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Kelly joined Wilkes in 2008 as an assistant professor of English, specializing in 19th-century American literature. He has published three peer reviewed articles, presented at numerous professional conferences and has served on multiple University, College and faculty committees.  

Jennifer Malinowski was awarded tenure. She received her bachelor’s degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science and her doctorate of pharmacy from Temple University. Malinowski completed her pharmacy practice rotation at The John Hopkins Hospital. She has been preceptor for over 200 pharmacy students. Her scholarly activity includes numerous conference poster presentations, published abstracts of conference presentations and published research in peer reviewed pharmacy practice publications. She has served on several departmental and faculty standing committees and volunteered on multiple external community projects.  

Jin “Joy” Mao was awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor of education. She received a bachelor’s degree in English language and literature from Xi’an International Studies University in China, a master’s certificate in distance education, a master of education degree in adult education and a doctorate in instructional systems from The Pennsylvania State University. Mao joined Wilkes as a full-time assistant professor in the Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership program in 2008. She has completed and published several peer-reviewed articles and presented at regional and international meetings.  

Suzanne Murray-Galella was awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor of education. She received a bachelor of arts degree in English and criminal justice from the University of Scranton, a master’s degree in special education from Marywood University and a doctorate in education leadership in higher education from Wilkes. Murray-Galella joined the Wilkes faculty in 2004 as an assistant professor and teaches introductory and upper level courses in the teacher education and special education programs.  

Jacqueline Stewart was awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor of nursing. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Cedar Crest College, a master’s degree from Widener University and her doctorate from Duke University. Prior to joining the Wilkes faculty, Stewart practiced nursing in the Wyoming Valley Health-Care System, the Community Medical Center in Scranton, Pa., and the Lehigh Valley Hospital Center in Allentown, Pa. She is a registered nurse in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, a certified emergency nurse, a certified critical care nurse and a basic life support instructor. Stewart teaches clinical instruction with a medical-surgical focus. She is the primary instructor of adult health nursing, level coordinator for the second degree accelerated bachelor program in nursing and academic advisor to students in the program. She volunteers with the American Cancer Society and American Heart Association. 

Adam VanWert was awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences. He received a doctor of pharmacy degree from Wilkes and a doctor of pharmacy degree in pharmacology from the Medical University of South Carolina. He was recognized as Teacher of the Year for the School of Pharmacy in 2012, has published papers in peer-reviewed journals and serves on several committees at the University. 

Ge “Grace” Xiao was awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor of business. She received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Yokohama City University in Japan, a master’s degree in consumer affairs, a master’s degree in management of information systems and a doctorate in consumer science from Auburn University. Prior to joining Wilkes, she taught for the department of textile and apparel management at the University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo. She has published journal articles and has presented at multiple conferences in the United States and abroad. 

Published On: 7/25/2014
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