Lander University Announces Faculty Tenure and Promotions

July 9, 2024
On recommendation of the provost and the University Tenure and Promotions Committee, Lander University Dr. President Richard Cosentino announced the decision to promote and/or grant tenure to outstanding members of the Lander faculty beginning in the upcoming 2024/25 academic year. Tenure and promotions are awarded to faculty who have excelled in teaching, scholarship and service at Lander.

Promoted to the rank of Professor are Dr. Farha Ali, of the Department of Mathematics and Computing; Dr. Liz McDowell, of the School of Nursing; Asma Nazim-Starnes, of the Department of Art + Design; and Dr. Emily Prince, of the Department of Biology.

Promoted to the rank of Associate Professor, with tenure, are Dr. Jeff Barfield, of the Department of Physical Education and Exercise Science; Dr. Matthew Collier, of the Department of Teacher Education; Dr. Whitney Craig, of the Department of Physical Sciences; Dr. Cherie Rains, of the College of Business; Dr. Zach Rubin, of the Department of Government, Criminology and Sociology; and Dr. Susan Shurden, of the College of Business.

Promoted to the rank of Senior Lecturer is Lindsey Bowen, of the Department of Biology.

About Lander University:

Founded in 1872, Lander University is a co-educational, state-assisted, four-year University serving over 4,400 students and offering more than 90 areas of study in the liberal arts and sciences.  Located in Uptown Greenwood, the University has a long-standing tradition of providing a challenging, enriching education that prepares graduates to lead lives of meaningful activity, of personal satisfaction and of service to others. To learn more, visit, or call toll free 1-888-4-LANDER.


Photo:  Pictured, top row from left, are Ali, McDowell, Nazim-Starnes and Prince; second row from left are Barfield, Collier and Craig; and bottom row from left are Rains, Rubin, Shurden and Bowen. -Photos by Laura B. Wood