William Woods University recently promoted three faculty members and granted tenure to two others.
Dr. Katricia Pierson was named associate professor of English and chair of the science and humanities division; Dr. Aimee Sapp, professor of communication arts, was appointed chair of the communication and arts division, and Jennifer Petterson was promoted to assistant professor of equestrian science.
Dr. Linda Davis, professor of management information systems, and Dr. Roger Wen, associate professor of education and business, were granted tenure.
Pierson received her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Wyoming and went on to earn her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Arkansas. She joined the WWU faculty in 2004 and, in addition to teaching, has been director of the WWU honors program since 2007 and associate dean of assessment since 2008.
Sapp joined the WWU faculty in 1998 and was the recipient of the Dad’s Association-Louis D. Beaumont Distinguished Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2004. She earned her bachelor of science degree at William Woods and received her M.A. at the University of Northern Colorado and her Ph.D. at the University of Missouri. She is also the Freshman Advantage director.
Petterson, who began teaching at WWU in 2005, earned both her bachelor of science and master of education degrees at William Woods University. She has coached, trained and shown numerous champion riders and horses, and has coached the WWU judging teams to several national championships.
Davis earned her bachelor of science degree from the University of Nebraska and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. She has been a member of WWU faculty since 1990 and was the recipient of 2010 T.A. Abbott Award for Faculty Excellence, the 2003 Dad’s Association-Louis D. Beaumont Distinguished Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 2003 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Wen, who began teaching at WWU in 2003, earned his bachelor of science and M.S. degree at Pittsburgh State University and his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri. In addition to teaching undergraduates, he teaches graduate education programs for the Graduate and Professional Studies program.