WednesdayFebruary 24, 2021

BOT awards tenure to five faculty members

Five Cincinnati State faculty members were awarded tenure by a unanimous vote of the College Board of Trustees at the Feb. 23 Board meeting.

The newly-tenured faculty members are:

Kelly Hubbard, Early Childhood Education (Humanities & Sciences)

  • Kelly is the Program Chair for Early Childhood Education (ECE) and has over 15 years of professional experience in public and private childhood education programs.
  • She helped lead the successful effort to achieve accreditation for ECE from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
  • She serves on the Ohio Department of Higher Education statewide curriculum review committee.
  • Kelly earned her master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Ball State University.

Candice Jones, Dietetic Technology (Business Technologies)

  • Candice serves as Program Chair for the Dietetic Technology and Pre-Nutrition Science programs and has 13 years experience in the field.
  • She is an academic and community advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion practices among health care providers, and has worked with numerous community organizations, as well as serving on Health & Nutrition Advisory Boards at the University of Cincinnati and Xavier University.
  • She has established partnerships with 12 new clinical and food service affiliation sites.
  • Candice holds a master's degree in Health Promotion & Education from the University of Cincinnati.

Jessica Loomis, Biology (Health & Public Safety)

  • As a member of the Biology Department, Jessi has provided oversight for College Credit Plus Biology courses offered by Cincinnati State at 15 partner high schools, ensuring that Cincinnati State's CCP high school biology teachers are prepared and supported in meeting Ohio Department of Higher Education standards.
  • She played a key role in updating and maintaining curricula for Anatomy & Physiology classes and labs, and transitioning A&P courses to all-remote delivery.
  • She also serves as chair of the College-wide Scholarship Committee.
  • Jessi's master's degree in Biology is from the University of Cincinnati.

LaVon Moore, Surgical Technology (Health & Public Safety)

  • LaVon is the Program Chair for Surgical Technology, and she has more than 30 years of operating room experience as a Certified Surgical Technologist.
  • She successfully led the effort for program reaccreditation from the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA).
  • Through community and high school outreach, she has increased program enrollment.
  • LaVon is a Cincinnati State graduate with a bachelor's degree from Thomas More University as well as professional certification.

Barbara Ratliff, Practical Nursing (Health & Public Safety)

  • Barb serves as Program Chair for the Practical Nursing Certificate and has extensive Nursing experience.
  • She led the project to obtain full approval for the certificate program from the Ohio Board of Nursing.
  • She serves as one of only two educators on the statewide Ohio Board of Nursing Education Advisory Committee.
  • Barb's master's degree in Science is from Walden University.

Prior to the Trustees' vote, Provost Robbin Hoopes discussed the tenure candidates' achievements and noted that all five have made "consistent and valuable contributions" to the College in addition to demonstrating excellence in teaching.

President Monica Posey noted that all of the tenure candidates "stepped up" to support student learning during the pandemic, and that the graduates of the programs represented are important to the ongoing success and well-being of the Greater Cincinnati community.

Board of Trustees Chair George Vincent commented that the tenure applicants were "very strong candidates" and he and other Board members "enthusiastically" endorsed the recommended candidates.

How tenure is achieved:

To be eligible for tenure, faculty members must complete five years of full-time service.

Then, the faculty members complete a six-month review process. During that time their qualifications and contributions to the College are examined by the Faculty Tenure Committee, the division Dean, the Provost, and the President. The Board's vote is the final step in the review process.

The process steps leading to tenure are defined in the AAUP Unit 1 contract, which states that tenure is awarded in recognition of "demonstrated excellence and consistent contributions" to the College.

Following the award of tenure, a faculty member may use the title "Professor."

College Update on Feb. 22 discussed planning for Fall 21 & other topics

If you missed the College Update during Common Time on Feb. 22, the recording of the session is available on the College intranet.

The Update included reports on:

  • Academic planning for Summer and Fall 2021.
  • Campus Safety and Facilities, including plans for reoccupying the Main Building prior to the start of Summer Semester in May.
  • Marketing and Enrollment new initiatives, including bringing in the Cleveland-based film Locale to assist with marketing strategies and activities intended to increase Fall enrollment.
  • A summary of how Federal Stimulus Funds (includes CARES Act funds) have been used so far, and preliminary planning for how to allocate $7.2 million in additional Federal Stimulus Funds recently awarded to the College.
  • Strategic Plan 2025 initiatives, including:
    • A report on fundraising associated with the College's 50th anniversary and continuing currently.
    • A report on plans to restart the successful CState Accelerate program, with new fundraising replacing the grant that funded the original program. The goal is to support 400 students through CState Accelerate during academic year 2021-22, by providing activities and resources to assist students in completing their associate's degree in no more than 3 years.
    • A report on plans to establish a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council at Cincinnati State with participation by students, faculty and staff members, administrators, alumni, and employers.

National TRiO Day recognizes CState student success

National TRiO Day is celebrated each year on the fourth Saturday in February, to recognize the importance of the TRiO grant programs funded by the U.S. Dept. of Education.

TRiO funding provides educational opportunity for low-income, first-generation students, and facilitates services to help these students achieve their academic goals.

This week, Daily News is highlighting the TRiO College Access Programs at CState and the students they serve.

Bintou Diallo, a participant in Student Support Services (SSS), is majoring in Nursing, and plans to use her knowledge to "empower my community and be a good example for other women." 

"You can achieve your academic goals as an ESL (English as a Second Language) student if you work hard," Bintou said.

Student Support Services is a Cincinnati State TRiO program that assists students who are first-generation college students, students with disabilities, or students who meet Federal income guidelines.

James Busemeyer, a TRiO Tutoring Specialist, said, "Working with Bintou has been truly a joy! She is prepared for her sessions, and is a highly motivated hard worker who strives to push herself to learn more."

Tutoring Specialist Carolyn Rutland-White said, "Bintou has been one of my active tutoring students since Fall 2020, and I have been impressed with her academic work ethic and ability to quickly grasp each subject, even though English is not her first language."

"Bintou recognized that she needed some help with math and English classes and she sought help from TRiO SSS. She is an excellent student who tries to be the best at whatever task is at hand," Carolyn added.

For more information, visit the College Access Programs page of the College website.

Nominations for Faculty Excellence Awards due Feb. 28

Nominations for the 2021 Excellence Awards for full-time and adjunct faculty members must be submitted by Sunday, Feb. 28.

Recipients of 2021 Excellence Awards will be recognized in April.

  • The House/Bruckmann Faculty Excellence Award is presented annually to two full-time, tenured faculty members.
  • The newly-established Adjunct Faculty Excellence Award will be presented this year to up to five adjunct faculty members, with no more than one from each College division/area (BTD, EIT, HPS, H&S, and adjunct employees not associated with a specific division).
    •  Nominations are made using the online form at
    • Any part-time employee whose responsibilities involve instruction, cooperative education coordination, clinical or practicum coordination, or academic advising is eligible for nomination.
    • Nominations can be made by full-time and part-time faculty, academic administrators and staff members, and students. Self-nominations are not accepted.

For more information about these awards, see the Daily News article published Feb. 3, 2021.

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