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Trustees approve promotion, tenure for IU Kokomo faculty

June 8, 2016

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.

Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke congratulated all faculty who received promotions and tenure.


“Our students’ experience is enhanced, and their success achieved because of the excellent teachers, researchers, and scholars on our faculty,” she said. “Attaining tenure and promotion at IU is a great accomplishment, and well deserved.”

Those earning promotions and tenure are:

Awny Alnusair, associate professor of informatics: Alnusair began his IU Kokomo career in 2011. He earned a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Yarmouk University, Jordan, a Master of Science in computer science from Illinois Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in computer science from University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee. A Carmel resident, he received a Trustees’ Teaching Award in 2015.

Lina Rifai, associate professor of vertebrate biology and anatomy: Rifai has taught at IU Kokomo since 2010. She earned a Bachelor of Science in biology and a Master of Science in applied biology from the Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan; and a Ph.D. in environmental biology from University of Louisville. Rifai, who lives in Noblesville, has earned two Summer Faculty Fellowships, in 2015 and 2011.

T.J. Sullivan, associate professor of biology and molecular ecology: Sullivan, Noblesville, came to IU Kokomo in 2010. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in biology from Carleton College and a Ph.D. in ecology from Arizona State University. He received a $173,000 National Science Foundation grant in 2011.

Those earning promotions are:

Leda Casey, senior lecturer of geology: Casey was a geologist with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management before beginning her IU Kokomo career in 2008. She earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in geology and earth science from Indiana University—Purdue University Indianapolis. A resident of Carmel, she received the Trustees’ Teaching Award in 2015.

Joann Kaiser, senior lecturer of communication arts: Kaiser, from Kokomo, began teaching at IU Kokomo in 2008. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in speech communication and theater from Ball State University, and a Master of Divinity from the Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary. She has twice received the Amicus Award, chosen by student vote.

Stacy Rosales, senior lecturer of nursing: A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Rosales started teaching at IU Kokomo in 2009. The Kokomo resident earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan, a Master of Science in community health nursing from IUPUI, and is currently completing a Ph.D. in nursing science from IUPUI.


Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

Last updated: 06/09/2016