Announcement of Promotions and Tenure for 2020-2021 Academic Year


The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) announced today that 25 faculty members have been recognized for their outstanding performance and overall excellence by being awarded tenure and/or promotion for the 2020-2021 academic year, including seven faculty members awarded tenure and promotion to Associate Professor, eight promotions in academic rank to Professor, one award of tenure, three promotions to Clinical Associate Professor, two promotions to Clinical Assistant Professor, and four promotions to Senior Lecturer.

"These decisions resulted from extensive reviews by faculty colleagues at the department, college, and university levels and, in appropriate cases, references by distinguished colleagues from other academic institutions," says Christine W. Curtis, UAH Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. "My decisions took into account those reviews and the recommendations of the chairs and deans. President Dawson concurred with the decisions."

The faculty members recognized include:

Award of Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

Tingting Wu, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Bryan Mesmer, Industrial and Systems Engineering and Engineering Management

Azita Amiri, Nursing

Vinny Argentina, Art, Art History, and Design

Chris Taylor, Art, Art History, and Design

Jeremy Fischer, Philosophy

Yeolan Lee, Marketing/Management and Information Systems

Promotion to Professor

Sampson Gholston, Industrial and Systems Engineering and Engineering Management

Shangbing Ai, Mathematical Sciences

Lingze Duan, Physics and Astronomy

David Harwell, Theater

Pavica Sheldon, Communication Arts

Electra Gilchrist-Petty, Communication Arts

Jodi Price, Psychology

Eric Fong, Marketing/Management and Information Systems


Yongchuan (Kevin) Bao, Marketing/Management and Information Systems

Promotion to Clinical Associate Professor

Brinda Mahalingam, Economics, Finance, and Accounting

Mark Reynolds, Nursing

Ashraf Al-Hamdan, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Promotion to Clinical Assistant Professor

Kimberly Budisalich, Nursing

Tracie Morgan, Nursing

Promotion to Senior Lecturer

Ryan Wade, Atmospheric and Earth Science

Stephanie Ryan Cate-Gibson, Intensive Language and Culture (ILC)

Roxie Veasey, Art, Art History, and Design

Anna Weber, English

"The newly promoted and tenured faculty have achieved high levels of excellence in the areas of research, teaching and service," says Dr. Curtis. "They are a tribute to you, the faculty who recruited them, mentored them, and encouraged them along the way. Please join me in congratulating them on the achievement of this milestone and wishing them continued success at The University of Alabama in Huntsville."


Peggy Bower

Russ Nelson