Faculty Spotlight

Faculty promotions show full range of contributions, all dedicated to students

May 26, 2018
Faculty promotions

Provost Charles Bullock (left) and Chancellor Gary Brahm (far right) join newly promoted faculty members Marylou Ryder, Frank Weber, Jeremy Korr, Leigh Ann Wilson, Anne Spillane and Kimberly Greene.

Amidst sessions on technology, building student trust, upgrading Blackboard skills and diversity, Brandman University's full-time faculty took time at their spring retreat to celebrate a new round of promotions and honor three faculty retirees. Standing ovations were the order of the day on May 22.

The newest full professors (promoted from associate professor) are Kimberly Greene, Ed.D., and Marylou Ryder, Ed.D., from the School of Education, and Jeremy Korr, Ph.D., dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.

Greene, who has taught more than 60 courses at the university while also guiding the development of full-time and adjunct faculty from all disciplines as the first director of the Center for Instructional Innovation, is also author or co-author on 18 publications. She also volunteers with Green Dot, Odyssey of the Mind and her alma mater, Pepperdine University. 

Provost Charles Bullock in making the award quoted Greene's own words to explain who she is and what she means to the university: "I am a teacher. I love teaching - the whole of it. I don't think of curriculum design and the facilitation of it as work. It is my passion." 

Ryder, the author of "Rules of the Game" which explains the journey from teacher to administrator, is an integral part of the Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership program. She interviews incoming students, coordinates many of the Ed.D. immersion activities, including finding inspiring speakers, organizing the Value This! tournament and guiding students working on their Transformational Change projects.

"She is always supportive, honest and brought a wonderful sense of humor to the situation. She has been more than willing to roll up her sleeves and do the hard work required to help each of us out when we take on major projects," wrote Assistant Professor Len Hightower in support of her promotion,

Korr's accomplishments, according to Bullock, include leading the School of Arts and Sciences through 12 curriculum revisions in six years and spearheading the development of both the bachelor's and master's social work programs. His academic accomplishments include 16 presentations at regional and national conferences since 2011.

Bullock said Korr's contributions to the university's evolution include the transition to blended learning; the transition to fully online degree programs; the development of Institutional Learning Outcomes; Ameritas College; competency-based programs; and dual enrollment programs.

Assistant professors become associate professors

Frank Weber, Ph.D., and Leigh Ann Wilson, Ph.D., are the newest associate professors in the School of Arts and Sciences. Anne Spillane, Ph.D., is now an associate professor in the School of Education.

All three were praised for their teaching skills – with students calling them "best" or "favorite" in every case – and collegiality. Weber's community service contributions include working with the Sacramento MFT Consortium to the benefit of students in the M.A. in Psychology program. Wilson's non-teaching contributions include six presentations at academic conferences and creating ways for faculty members to connect virtually. Spillane provides pro-bono work on special education and disability rights with the Bay Area Office of State Council on Developmental Disabilities.

Retirees honored

Bullock and Walsh
Charles Bullock with Joe Walsh

Bullock, Chancellor Gary Brahm and the faculty also praised the contributions of Joe Walsh, Ph.D., retiring from the Roseville campus where he's best known for the Math Bowl. Bullock announced that the university would continue to support that program. 

Carla Piper


Carla Piper, Ed.D., and William Hale, Ph.D., are the newest professor emeriti, joining the select group for their contributions to the advancement of the university.

"Every member of a campus community contributes to the institution in myriad ways—and yet, I don't believe I am being unfair when I say that faculty are the heart and soul of a university. This is why, emeriti recognition is so special today, as these two faculty, by virtue of their long and distinguished service to the university, are both architects and cornerstones of what Brandman University is today," said Bullock.

Piper, among many accomplishments, created the university's first online class. She was instrumental in the School of Education earning perfect scores on its way to CTC and NCATE accreditations and left, said Bullock, an indelible mark on the university. She spent most of her career at the Modesto campus.

William HaleHale, also from the School of Education, "brought critical thinking to every program," said Bullock. His legacy will be the culture of trust he built for the faculty, his involvement in the Antelope Valley community and for "lifting the faculty voice." 

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