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Faculty Promotions and Tenure

May 9, 2012

Saint Francis University has announced the names of faculty members who have been promoted or have been awarded tenure.

Saint Francis University has announced the names of faculty members who have been promoted or have been awarded tenure.

Dr. Balazs Hargittai has been promoted to professor after 11 years at Saint Francis. He received his diploma in chemistry from Eotvos University of Budapest in Hungary, his master's degree from Northwestern University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He also worked as a Post-Doctoral Research associate at the University of Arizona and the University of Minnesota Medical School before coming to Saint Francis.

Dr. Donald Walkovich has also been promoted to professor and has been awarded tenure. He has been teaching occupational therapy at Saint Francis for 15 years. He earned his associate of science degree in occupational therapy from Mount Aloysius Junior College, and his bachelor of science degree from College Misericordia. He also earned his master of science in occupational therapy leadership and education from College Misericordia, and his DHSc from Nova Southeastern University.

Dr. Stephen Baker has been promoted to associate professor and has been awarded tenure after 6 years at Saint Francis. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and his B.A.Ed in English from Rhode Island College. He has his master of arts in psychology degree from the University of Houston, as well as his master of arts in psychological services degree from The Catholic University of America. He also earned his Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Houston.

Dr. Timothy Bintrim has been promoted to associate professor and has been awarded tenure. He has been teaching English courses at Saint Francis for 5 years. He received his B.S. and M.A. degrees in English from Slippery Rock University, and earned his Ph.D. in English from Duquesne University.

Dr. Melissa Kagarise has been promoted to associate professor. She has been teaching Physician Assistant Sciences at Saint Francis for 14 years. Dr. Kagarise earned her B.S. in Physician Assistant Sciences and her M.S. in Medical Science from Saint Francis University. She also received her DHSc in health science from Nova Southeastern University.

Dr. Ivan Mulligan has been promoted to associate professor after teaching physical therapy courses at Saint Francis for 5 years. Dr. Mulligan earned his B.S. in education with an emphasis on athletic training from California University of Pennsylvania. He also received his master’s of physical therapy degree from Gannon University, and his Ph.D. in science of sports physical therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.

Dr. Edward Timmons has been promoted to associate professor after teaching in the School of Business at Saint Francis for 4 years. Dr. Timmons has a B.S. in actuarial science and economics from Lebanon Valley College, a M.S. in economics from Lehigh University, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Lehigh University.

Ms. Suzanne Black has been promoted to clinical associate professor after 6 years at Saint Francis. She has a bachelor of social work degree from Saint Francis University, and a master of science in social administration from Case Western Reserve University. Black is also a licensed social worker in the state of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Melanie Kay Malek has been awarded tenure after teaching physical therapy at Saint Francis for 6 years. She has an associate of applied science with a concentration as a physical therapist assistant degree from Saint Philip's College in San Antonio, Texas, a bachelor of arts and applied sciences with a major in occupational education and a master of science in physical therapy from Southwest Texas State University, as well as a Ph.D. in philosophy with a major in adult, professional and community education from Texas State University.


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