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IU trustees approve promotions and tenure for Kokomo faculty

April 30, 2015

KOKOMO, Ind. — The Indiana University Board of Trustees approved promotions and tenure for faculty members on the Kokomo campus.

To achieve this honor, faculty are evaluated on their teaching, research and creative work, and service to the campus and community.

Those promoted are:

Scott Jones, professor of new media communication;

Eva White, professor of English; and

Jason VanAlstine, associate professor of economics, and tenure.

Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke congratulated all of the faculty members who earned promotions.
“These well-deserved promotions recognize their excellent teaching, research, and scholarship,” she said. “It is a great accomplishment to achieve promotion and tenure at Indiana University. We look forward to the leadership of these faculty members as IU Kokomo continues to take bold steps together, and preparing our students for a lifetime of success.”

Jones, dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, began his career at IU Kokomo in 2002, and founded the new media communication degree program. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and English from Illinois State University, and his master’s degree and Ph.D. in English from Purdue.

A Westfield resident, he is a member of IU’s Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching (FACET), and received IU Kokomo’s Claude Rich Excellence in Teaching Award

White, Kokomo, earned her bachelor’s degree in humanities from IU Kokomo, and her master’s degree and Ph.D. in English from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She came to IU Kokomo in 2007, where she developed the campus’ Irish studies minor, and founded its literary journal, From the Well House.

In 2013, she won IU’s Herman Frederic Lieber Award for Teaching Excellence. She has also won IU Kokomo’s Claude Rich Teaching Award. In addition, she was inducted into the IUKAA Hall of Fame in 2013, and was recognized with Trustee’s Teaching Awards in 2010 and 2012.

VanAlstine, Noblesville, began his career at IU Kokomo in 2007. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from St. Vincent College, Latrobe, Pa., and his master’s degree and Ph.D. in economics from IU. He also serves as the men’s and women’s cross country coach, and is co-advisor of the Enactus student organization. He is a member of FACET.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

Last updated: 05/01/2015