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Faculty promotions announcement

April 11, 2013

Saint Francis University has announced the new faculty promotions and tenure for 2013.

Dr. Edward Mihelcic has been promoted to professor of occupational therapy. He holds a doctorate degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a master degree from Duquesne University, a bachelor degree from Dominican College, and an associate degree from Mount Aloysius. Dr. Mihelcic has been teaching at Saint Francis for 13 years, and is also the interim chair and research coordinator for the master of occupational therapy program.

Dr. Joel Bandstra has been promoted to associate professor of environmental engineering. He holds a Ph.D. in environmental engineering from Oregon Health and Science University and a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Clarkson University. Dr. Bandstra has been teaching at Saint Francis for five years.

Dr. Lauri Chose has been promoted to associate professor on English. She holds both a Ph.D. and a master of arts degree and in English literature and criticism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor of arts degree in English from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. In addition to teaching, she is also the director of the environmental studies program. Dr. Chose has worked at Saint Francis for almost six years.

Dr. Justin Merry has been promoted to associate professor of biology at Saint Francis. He holds a Ph.D. from Arizona State University, as well as a master of science degree and a bachelor of science degree from Ohio University. Dr. Merry has been teaching at Saint Francis for five years.

Dr. Arthur Remillard has been promoted to associate professor of religious studies. He holds a Ph.D. and master of arts degree in religion from Florida State University, and a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Saint Francis University.

Dr. Lori Woods has been promoted to associate professor of history. She holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Toronto, a master of arts degree in medieval history from University of Calgary, and a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of British Columbia. Dr. Woods has been teaching at Saint Francis for five years, and is also the vice president of the faculty senate, history program coordinator, and co-coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Program in the history and philosophy of science and medicine.

Kimberly Forst has been promoted to assistant professor of nursing. She holds a master’s degree in nursing education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, and an associate’s degree in nursing from Mount Aloysius. Forst has been teaching at Saint Francis for four years, and she is also the level 3 coordinator in nursing, co-chair of the nursing’s curriculum committee, the student nursing organization advisor, and a member of the faculty development committee. She holds registered nurse licenses in both Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Camille Wendekier has been promoted to assistant professor of nursing. She holds a master of science degree in nursing with a community health clinical nurse specialist track, from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a school nurse certification from Saint Francis University, and a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Saint Francis University. Wendeiker is also certified as a registered rehabilitation nurse, is a board of director member of the John Carroll Area Ambulance Service, and is a member of sigma theta tau’s international nurse faculty leadership academy. She has worked at Saint Francis for ten years.

Michelle Beck has been promoted to assistant clinical professor of physician assistant science. She holds a master of science degree in health science and a bachelor of science degree in physician assistant science from Saint Francis University. She has been teaching at Saint Francis for five years, and also works as the clinical experience coordinator in the physician assistant department.

Dr. Edward Timmons has been awarded tenure at Saint Francis. He is an associate professor of economics, a member of the Institutional Review Board, a member of the office of undergraduate student research and a member of the American Economic Association. He is also the advisor of the Society of Economic Analysis and Sigma Chi Fraternity, and is the coordinator of the economics major. Timmons holds a Ph.D. and a master of science degree in economics and business from Lehigh University and a bachelor of arts degree in economics and actuarial science from Lebanon Valley College. He has worked at Saint Francis for five years.