Faculty Spotlight

Excellence in teaching, mentoring and service earn promotions for 10 faculty members

May 30, 2017 by Brandman University

Brandman University Provost Charles Bullock announced promotions for 10 members of the university’s full-time faculty at the May faculty retreat. In congratulating them, Chancellor Gary Brahm said each had demonstrated excellence in teaching, mentoring and service, which are core values for the student-centric university.

Associate professor promotions

Lata Murti, Karen Woodcock, Gale Mazur, Tim Perez, Cheryl Sjostrom, Sue Yockelson and Vanessa Kalis are the newest associate professors.

  • Murti, who leads the sociology program for the School of Arts and Sciences, served as chair of the Governance and Appeal Committee, worked closely with adjunct faculty and earned consistently high teaching rates from her students. She was invited to participate in the National Institute for Learning Outcome Assessment (NILOA) on a project examining degree qualifications.
  • Woodcock established the Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (B.A.S.W.) degree at Brandman, promoting a departmental culture that was as inclusive of online students as she was for on-campus students. She earned consistently high approval from students and adjunct faculty for her approach, which led to accreditation by the CSWE.
  • Mazur, from the School of Business and Professional Studies, led program reviews for both the M.A. in Organizational Leadership (M.A.O.L.) and multiple human resources programs. Adjunct faculty members praised her for developing courses with a high level of “excellence, rigor and organization.”
  • Perez is also a member of the School of Business and Professional Studies. He was praised for working closely with Extended Education to provide leadership in technology assessment and training of employees in Orange County organizations, as well as serving on key university committees.
  • Sjostrom played a central role in the development of the Early Childhood Special Education credential and her student approval ratings are consistently ranked among the highest in the School of Education. She served on the Faculty Personnel Committee and also serves in an advisory capacity for the College of the Desert and the Riverside County Early Childhood Regional Advisory Board.
  • Yockelson, also from the School of Education, is a Quality Matters expert and helped develop four new programs for the school. She works closely with the San Diego County Office of Education to build partnerships for early education as well as working to help the School of Education with WASC, CTC and NCATE accreditations.
  • Kalis is from the Marybelle and S. Paul Musco School of Nursing and Health Professions. Her colleagues praised her for being a team player and students for being both knowledgeable and approachable. One said, “She is the best of Brandman has to offer.”

Full profession promotions

Melanie Borrego, Tyke Hanisch and Lynn Larsen were promoted from associate to full professorship.

  • Borrego led the creation and implementation of the B.A. in Applied Studies and was involved in the development of Brandman MyPath , the university’s competency-based, self-paced education program. A member of the School of Arts and Sciences, she helps faculty members develop and learn best practices for teaching both online and in blended formats. Colleagues and students praised her for being thoughtful and thorough in her approach to teaching. Borrego was at a conference in London and was unable to attend the promotion luncheon.
  • Hanisch, who is the dean of the Marybelle and S. Paul Musco School of Nursing, served on the Faculty Personnel Committee and other key institutional committees. She was chosen as a CCNE accreditation reviewer. In addition to excellence in teaching, she has contributed to nursing on a national level.
  • Larsen is a member of the School of Education and is known for both her commitment to strong teaching and outstanding curriculum design. Her colleagues consider her a role model of “academic professionalism, leadership and collegiality.” Outside of Brandman, she’s known for being the state directory of the Odyssey of the Mind, serving on the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing as a reviewer and for work with the U.S. Department of Education-funded Collaboration for Effective Education Development, Accountability and Reform (CEEDAR) initiative.

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