ABAC Faculty Members Promoted; Six Granted Tenure

August 3, 2017

Seven members of the faculty at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College have been approved for promotion, according to Dr. Jerry Baker, ABAC Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.  Six faculty members have also been granted tenure at the college.

Those faculty members receiving promotions include Donna Campbell, Dr. Heather Cathcart, Dr. Kingsley Dunkley, Dr. Thomas Grant, Dr. Jan Gregus, Dr. Chris Kiser, and Dr. Hans Schmeisser.

Cathcart, Grant, Gregus, Kiser, Robin Crumley, and Shawn Seat received tenure from ABAC.  Tenure may be granted to a faculty member who has served at least five years as an assistant professor and has shown the potential for making significant contributions to the college and in the faculty member’s field of study.

A member of the ABAC faculty since 1995, Campbell has been promoted from assistant professor to associate professor of health in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences.   She earned her associate degree from Middle Georgia College, and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in health and physical education from Georgia College and State University.

Cathcart earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Armstrong Atlantic State University; her master’s in biology from Georgia Southern University; and her Ph.D. in cellular biology and anatomy from Georgia Health Sciences University.  An ABAC faculty member since 2012, she has been promoted from assistant professor to associate professor in the School of Arts and Sciences.

Dunkley earned his bachelor’s degree in agriculture and master’s degree in animal science from Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical University and his Ph. D. in poultry science from Texas A&M University. He has been promoted to the rank of professor from associate professor of biology in the School of Arts and Sciences.  Dunkley has been a part of the ABAC faculty since 2008.

Grant received his bachelor’s degree in English from Washington State University and his master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.  He then received his Ph.D. in journalism from the University of Idaho.  Grant joined the ABAC faculty in 2012. He has been promoted from assistant professor to associate professor of English and Communication in the School of Arts and Sciences.  He also serves as the faculty advisor of “The Stallion” newspaper and Stallion TV.

An ABAC faculty member since 2012, Gregus has been promoted from the rank of assistant professor to associate professor of mathematics in the School of Arts and Sciences.  Gregus received his bachelor’s degree in physics from Comenius University in Slovakia and his master’s and doctorate degrees in mathematics from the University of Florida.

Kiser joined the ABAC faculty in 2012.  He earned his B.S. in environmental science from Ferrum College and his M.S. and Ph.D. in forestry from Virginia Tech University.  He has been promoted to associate professor from his previous position of assistant professor of forest resources in the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Schmeisser earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Mercer University and his master’s and doctorate degrees in political science from the University of Florida.  He has been promoted from assistant professor to associate professor of history and political science in the School of Arts and Sciences.  He has served as an ABAC faculty member since 2009.

Crumley has been a part of the faculty in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences since 2010.  She received her associate’s degree in nursing from ABAC and earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Valdosta State University.  She has been promoted from assistant professor to associate professor of nursing.

Seat holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Valdosta State University.  An ABAC faculty member since 2007, he has been promoted from assistant professor to associate professor of physics in the School of Arts and Sciences.
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