Western Illinois University
Professor of Engineering * Technology, with tenure 2019 – Present
Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs 2019 - 2021
Interim President 2019 - 2020
Served as Interim President following the resignation of the former President. I demonstrated visionary leadership that reversed a decade long slide in enrollment by modifying scholarship programs, achieved record retention levels through implementation of mentoring and intrusive advising programs, rebuilt town-gown relations through strategic interaction with community leaders, improved social justice by developing open and trusting relationships with underrepresented populations, and eliminated a multiyear budget deficit. After returning to my Provost role, I oversaw our successful decennial Higher Learning Commission review, promoted international student recruitment, invested in distance education, emphasized collegiality among faculty, and focused on assessment as a critical tool for curricular reform. Recipient of the Cathy O'Neill Couza Award for Outstanding Leadership in Diversity, Spring 2021.
Youngstown State University
Professor of Civil/Environmental and Chemical Engineering, with tenure 2007 – 2019
Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs 2015 - 2018
Interim Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs 2014 - 2015
Founding Dean, College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics 2007 – 2014
Served as the Chief Academic Officer at YSU, with oversight for six academic colleges, 35 academic departments, 365 faculty, and nearly 13,000 students. Supported enrollment growth through investment in new academic programs, international partnerships, and graduate studies. Created opportunities for faculty success by investment in faculty professional development and promotion of university programs throughout the community. As the Founding Dean of the STEM College, I led the faculty in developing strategies for organizational effectiveness, with an emphasis on community engagement and applied research, leading to greater student success and faculty satisfaction.
University of Toledo
Dean, College of Graduate Studies, (The unit was renamed after merging with the Medical University of Ohio in 2006) 2006 – 2007
Dean, Graduate School 2004 - 2006
Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies, College of Engineering 2000 - 2004
Chemical Engineering undergraduate program coordinator 1996 - 2000
Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, with tenure 1996 – 2007
The Dean of the College of Graduate Studies is the chief academic officer for graduate programs at the University of Toledo and represents the University at the Ohio Board of Regents and the Council of Graduate Schools. In July 2006, the University of Toledo and the Medical University of Ohio merged, resulting in the formation of the College of Graduate Studies with over 3000 graduate students in over 100 degree programs (including Master’s, Specialist, and Doctoral programs) throughout 10 academic colleges. As Associate Dean, I was responsible for all graduate and research activities within the College of Engineering, including six Master’s programs and two doctoral programs.
University of Tulsa
University of Tulsa Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, with tenure 1992 - 1996
Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering 1987 – 1992
AIChE student chapter advisor 1987 - 1992
As a professor in chemical engineering, I developed an internationally recognized research program in catalytic supercritical water oxidation, obtaining funding from federal ($750,000), State ($300,000), and private ($250,000) sources to support research efforts. I also collaborated with colleagues across engineering to design a summer research experience for women and underrepresented high school students, funded by a variety of sources ($250,000).