Vincennes University Board of Trustees approves promotions and tenure

Vincennes University Board of Trustees approves promotions and tenure

Vincennes University Logo

April 30, 2020

April 30, 2020

VINCENNES, Ind. –  The Vincennes University Board of Trustees during its April 29 meeting approved faculty and staff promotions and faculty tenure, effective with the 2020-21 fiscal year or 2020-21 academic year contract.

The Board approved the following promotions and tenure:

2020-21 Promotion and Tenure List

INSTRUCTIONAL SERVICES:                                               NEW TITLE

Business and Public Service

Gregory Hirsch, Information Technology                                  Associate Professor

Dual Credit Programs

Andrew (Drew) Findlay, Dean of CTE Early College                Professional Staff Level II

Nicole Shankle, Dean of Academic Transfer Early College      Professional Staff Level II

Health Sciences and Human Performance

Tamera Halter, Bachelor of Science in Nursing                         Associate Professor


Arthur Fields, Art                                                                       Associate Professor

P. Bernie Schmitt, English                                                         Associate Professor

Jasper Campus                               

Cassie Flock, Nursing                                                                Associate Professor

Science, Engineering and Mathematics

Jessica Grumieaux, Mathematics                                              Associate Professor

Elizabeth Lowe, Chemistry                                                        Associate Professor

Teresa Tarbuck, Chemistry                                                        Associate Professor

Social Science, Performing Arts, and Communication

Jennifer Hensley, Sociology & Social Work                                Professor

Jonathan Leonard, Education                                                     Associate Professor

Mary Ann Seward, Communication                                            Professor


Jonathan Vennard, Precision Machining                                     Assistant Professor

FINANCIAL SERVICES:                   

Management Information Center

Theodore (Ted) Buchanan, Computer/Network Analyst               Professional Staff Level IV


Workforce Development Services

Yvonne French, RESEA Training Coordinator                             Professional Staff Level II

ReEmployment Services & Eligibility Assessment/Region 8


Cassie Flock, Nursing, Jasper Campus

Tamera Halter, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, College of Health Sciences and Human Performance

Gregory Hirsch, Information Technology, College of Business and Public Service

During his comments, VU President Chuck Johnson extended congratulations to the faculty and staff who were promoted or received tenure.

“Thank you for all your dedication and hard work for VU and our students,” Johnson said.

In other business, the Board of Trustees also approved a new professional pre-nursing certificate.

The Health Care Professional Pre-Nursing CNA Track Certificate will offer students interested in nursing and health care professions an opportunity to become a certified nursing assistant and a chance to stack many of the generals needed to major in nursing.

The Trustees also approved emergency grading options to help students stay on track academically during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students can select a Pass/No Pass grade instead of a traditional letter grade. Options also include Letter Grade, Drop, Incomplete, and Withdrawal from the University.

Board Chair John Stachura and other Trustees saluted VU faculty and staff for all they’ve done in the wake of the pandemic.

Johnson also praised the entire VU family and thanked the Board for its continued support.

“I have tremendous gratitude for everyone in the VU family,” Johnson said. “I can’t think of a situation where people have been put under so much stress and pressure throughout such a short period of time, and yet have pulled through and are making things work. It’s throughout the university. It’s not one area. It’s not few individuals. It’s every single person.”

The April 29 Board meeting was held via Zoom due to restrictions on gathering limits and social distancing practices caused by the COVID-19 virus.