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Widener Trustees Approve Promotion and Tenure for 24 Faculty

The Widener University Board of Trustees recently voted to approve the promotion and tenure recommendations for 24 faculty members commencing with the 2015-16 academic year. The board also voted to award emeritus status to five retired faculty members.

Following the recommendations of the Promotion and Tenure Committees for the individual schools, the trustees approved the following promotions:

  • Mary Baumberger-Henry, School of Nursing, promoted to professor
  • Jill Black, School of Human Service Professions, promoted to associate professor and awarded tenure
  • Esther Brown, School of Nursing, promoted to associate professor and awarded tenure
  • Geraldine Budd, School of Nursing, promoted to professor and awarded tenure
  • Angela Corbo, College of Arts and Sciences, promoted to associate professor and awarded tenure
  • Michael Dimino, School of Law, promoted to professor
  • Annetta Fortune, School of Business Administration, promoted to associate professor and awarded tenure
  • Katherine Goodrich, College of Arts and Sciences, promoted to associate professor and awarded tenure
  • Linda Houser, School of Human Service Professions, promoted to associate professor and awarded tenure
  • Stephen Kauffman, School of Human Service Profession, promoted to professor
  • Ismail Kul, College of Arts and Sciences, promoted to professor
  • Xiaboa Li, School of Education, Innovation, and Continuing Studies, promoted to associate professor and awarded tenure
  • Mary Ellen Maatman, School of Law, promoted to professor
  • Nadine McHenry, School of Education, Innovation, and Continuing Studies, promoted to professor
  • Mark Nicosia, School of Engineering, promoted to professor
  • Kerstin Palombaro, School of Human Service Professions, promoted to associate professor and awarded tenure
  • Sabitha Pillai-Friedman, School of Human Service Professions, promoted to associate professor and awarded tenure
  • Dana Reisboard, School of Education, Innovation, and Continuing Studies, promoted to associate professor and awarded tenure
  • Jeffrey Rufinus, College of Arts and Sciences, promoted to professor
  • Luke Scheuer, School of Law, promoted to associate professor
  • Rose Schwartz, School of Nursing, promoted to associate professor and awarded tenure
  • Merry Staulters, School of Education, Innovation, and Continuing Studies, promoted to associate professor and awarded tenure
  • Janine Utell, College of Arts and Sciences, promoted to professor
  • Jeannette Wyatt, School of Human Service Professions, promoted to associate professor and awarded tenure


The trustees approved the following retired faculty members for emeritus status:

  • David Chen, associate professor of electrical engineering, 46 years of service
  • Amiram Elwork, professor of clinical psychology, 25 years of service
  • Bryen Lorenz, professor of electrical engineering, 32 years of service
  • Charles Nippert, associate professor of chemical engineering, 32 years of service
  • Thomas Young, professor of social work, 22 years of service


Widener University is a metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive university, Widener is comprised of eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate’s, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university’s campuses in Chester, Exton and Harrisburg, Pa. and Wilmington, Del., serve more than 6,000 students. Widener is proud to be a tobacco-free campus. Visit the university’s website, www.widener.edu.

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