Delaware Valley College promotes six faculty members granting tenure to three

Mar 06, 2012

College President Dr. Joseph S. Brosnan, Dr. Bashar Hanna, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, and the Board of Trustees have approved promotions for six faculty members. Three of the six were also approved for tenure.

The newly tenured professors are: Dr. Ken Dedeian, from the Chemistry Department; Dr. Kim Kovath, from the Department of Animal Biotechnology and Conservation; and Dr. Veronica McGowan, from the Department of Computer and Business Information Systems.

“The tenure and promotion process reaffirms a faculty member’s commitment to his or her discipline, excellence in teaching and learning, and the broader community,” said Dr. Hanna. “I commend each member of this year’s tenure and promotion class for their dedication to the College and our students.”

The professors who were promoted and/ or approved for tenure are:

Dr. Steve DeBroux – Promotion from Associate to Full Professor, Department of Natural Resources and Biosystems Management
Since arriving at the college in 1993, Dr. DeBroux has made contributions to the college’s missions and goals by actively seeking opportunities to develop his teaching and advising skills; involvement in college background operations, including Co-Chair of the Middle States/Self-Study Work Group; participation in interdisciplinary activities, such as the Precarious Alliance Symposium Planning Committee and Coordinator of the Pizek/Diamond Polish Exchange Program; as well as helping the greater community. In 2009, Dr. DeBroux received the Forage and Grassland Teaching Award from the Pennsylvania Forage and Grassland Council.

Dr. Ken Dedeian – Tenure and Promotion from Assistant to Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
Dr. Dedeian has demonstrated a strong commitment to the college, its students, and the Chemistry Department. In addition to teaching labs and lectures, he is responsible for the administrative work of the department including drawer assignments, manual revisions and distributions, and instructor’s manual. He was instrumental in the redesign of the bench layouts for the lab renovations in Feldman 204 and Mandell 211/212. Dr. Dedeian is an advocate for professional development and is currently mentoring an Indonesian chemist on polymerization. Dr. Dedeian is well integrated with the college community and is admired and respected by members of other departments.

Ms. Breann DePietro – Promotion from Lecturer to Instructor, Department of Equine Science
Ms. DePietro coaches the college’s dressage team, which has been very successful. She also serves on three college committees and advises two clubs. She is the Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) Region C Representative, overseeing the competition calendar, memberships, points, and finances for the six schools within the region. As a member of the esteemed British Horse Society, Ms. DePietro holds her BHSAI and International Instructor Level 1 Certifications. In 2011, she earned the United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Bronze Medal aboard two of the college’s horses. As a firm believer in professional development, she participates in USEF/USDF competitions and is currently enrolled in the USDF Learner Judge’s Program.

Dr. Kim Kovath – Tenure and Promotion from Assistant to Associate Professor, Department of Animal Biotechnology and Conversation

Dr. Kovath is co-chair of the Animal Biotechnology and Conservation Department, primarily the Small Animal Science majors. She has consistently received positive feedback in her teaching evaluations and classroom observations. Not only has she mentored new faculty members, but also former students who are currently in veterinary school. Her service to the college includes recruitment and outreach, and she is actively involved in campus committees including the Experiential Learning Committee and the Curriculum Committee, and serves as Secretary to the DVC chapter of the AAUP,

Dr. Linda Maisel – Promotion from Associate to Full Professor, Department of English
Dr. Maisel has made outstanding contributions to her students, the department, and the college in the areas of teaching, service, and scholarship. Among her many accomplishments and achievements is her outstanding record as Chairperson of the Education Department for the past five years, in particular, her role in the successful redesign of the Education curriculum to meet PDE Chapter 49 requirements. She has been an exemplary faculty member who holds herself and her students to high standards and is a model of dedication to her profession. As a teacher, her primary focus is on writing courses. Over the years, she has revised assignments in Professional Communications to make them more relevant to real-life workplace situations. Dr. Maisel has served on numerous key college, faculty, and ad hoc committees, including organizer of the Gleaner High School Writing Competition.

Dr. Veronica McGowan – Tenure and Promotion from Assistant to Associate Professor, Department of Computer and Business Information Systems

Dr. McGowan received her doctoral degree in the Academic Leadership Doctoral Program from Widener University in 2010. She fosters an active learning environment that models the incorporation of higher order thinking skills into classroom instruction which reflect PA Department of Education and field requirements and the college’s emphasis on experiential learning. She is committed to expanding the knowledge of and improving the use of web design for higher education. She has recently developed research strands addressing teacher preparation programs and teaching quality initiatives, particularly for mathematics and computer content areas.