USF announces tenures, promotions and honors for faculty

August 22, 2019

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—The University of Saint Francis recognized faculty achievements at its annual Faculty Scholarship Banquet on Aug. 20. Instructors who won university awards, completed advanced degrees or earned tenure, promotions and sabbaticals were honored.

The 2018-19 Leepoxy Award for Teaching Excellence was awarded to Dr. Courtney Lloyd, assistant professor of physician assistant studies.

Dr. Ken Bugajski, professor of English, was awarded the 2018-19 Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award.

Faculty earning promotions in 2018-19 include:
• Rachel Gilson, assistant professor of nursing
• Dr. Michael Levan, associate professor of English
• Carrie Miller, assistant professor of surgical technology
• Gregory Smith, assistant professor of accounting
• Dr. Vincent Wargo, associate professor of philosophy
• Lori Westropp, associate professor of social work

Faculty earning tenure in 2018-19 include:
• Julie Gardner, assistant professor of biology
• Dr. Michael Levan, associate professor of English
• Dr. Susan Lown, assistant professor of nursing
• Beverly Moellering, associate professor of nutrition
• Gregory Smith, assistant professor of accounting
• Dr. Vincent Wargo, associate professor of philosophy
• Lori Westropp, associate professor of social work

Faculty members who were honored for completing advanced degrees are:
• Dr. Joshua Fairbanks, instructor of physician assistant studies
• Dr. Michelle Hoffman, assistant professor in physical therapist assistant program
• Dr. Caitlyn Krouse, assistant professor of nursing
• David Stehlik, assistant professor of management

Faculty members who were awarded sabbaticals include:
• Fall 2019 – Dr. Lou Weber, professor of biology
• Spring 2020 – Dr. Lorene Arnold, associate professor of nursing

These USF faculty members have received Faculty Emeritus ranking in 2018-19:
• Donna Lyke, associate professor of radiologic technology
• Dr. Karen Palumbo, professor of business administration
• Mary Kay Solon, professor in physical therapist assistant program
• Margaret Wilson, professor of nursing

Founded in 1890 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, the University of Saint Francis offers more than 70 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs through the School of Health Sciences, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership and School of Creative Arts. In addition to its traditional programs, USF designs focused curricula for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point and online. USF Downtown houses the university’s business and music technology programs while offering enhanced internship and networking opportunities for students. The University of Saint Francis campus experience includes 18 athletic programs boasting two individual and four team NAIA national championships and is recognized as an NAIA Five-Star Champion of Character institution. Approximately 2,200 students from a broad geographic region attend USF.