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Promotions Approved For ABAC Faculty Members

TIFTON – Seven faculty members at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College will receive academic promotions, effective Aug. 1, 2013, according to Dr. Niles Reddick, ABAC Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Todd Hicks, Rhonda Lewis, and Jeannie Paulk will receive promotions to the rank of assistant professor from instructor.  Dr. Bonnie Asselin, Dr. Jordan Cofer, and Keith Perry will receive promotions to the rank of associate professor from assistant professor.  Dr. Jewrell Rivers will receive a promotion to the rank of professor from associate professor.

Hicks has been a part of the faculty in the School of Agriculture and Forest Resources since 2010. At ABAC, he co-advises the Agricultural Engineering Technology (AET) Club.  He earned his M.S. in agricultural leadership from the University of Georgia and his B.S. in mechanical engineering technology from Southern Polytechnic State University.

Lewis obtained her M.S.N. and B.S.N. in nursing from Valdosta State University and her AS in nursing from ABAC. She has been teaching in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences since 2010.

Paulk joined the faculty in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at ABAC in 2010.  She earned her M.S.N. in nursing from Valdosta State University; her B.S.N. in nursing from Georgia Southwestern University; and her AS in nursing from ABAC.

Asselin received her Ph.D. in English from Northeastern University; her M.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts; and her B.A. in Journalism from Ohio University. She has been a part of the faculty in the School of Liberal Arts since 2009. 

Cofer received his Ph.D.  in English from Texas Tech University; his M.A. in English from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; and his B.A. in English from Southwest Baptist University. Cofer became a faculty member in the School of Liberal Arts in 2009.      

Perry joined the ABAC faculty in 2003 and teaches in the School of Liberal Arts.  He received his M.A. in communications and his B.A. in interpersonal communications from the University of Central Florida. Perry is also the faculty advisor for ABAC’s radio station, WPLH. 

Rivers earned his Ph.D. in family relations from Florida State University.  He also obtained his M.S. in sociology and his B.S. in psychology from Valdosta State University.  He has served the campus of ABAC in the School of Human Sciences since 2001.
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