April 30, 2020
VINCENNES, Ind. – The Vincennes University Board of Trustees during
its April 29 meeting approved faculty and staff promotions and faculty
tenure, effective with the 2020-21 fiscal year or 2020-21 academic
The Board approved the following promotions and tenure:
2020-21 Promotion and Tenure List
Business and Public Service
Gregory Hirsch, Information Technology
Dual Credit Programs
Andrew (Drew) Findlay, Dean of CTE Early College
Professional Staff Level II
Nicole Shankle, Dean of Academic Transfer Early
College Professional Staff Level II
Health Sciences and Human Performance
Tamera Halter, Bachelor of Science in
Nursing Associate Professor
P. Bernie Schmitt,
Science, Engineering and Mathematics
Mathematics Associate Professor
Chemistry Associate Professor
Social Science, Performing Arts, and Communication
Jennifer Hensley, Sociology & Social Work Professor
Jonathan Leonard, Education
Mary Ann Seward, Communication
Jonathan Vennard, Precision
Machining Assistant Professor
Management Information Center
Theodore (Ted) Buchanan, Computer/Network Analyst
Professional Staff Level IV
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT/COMMUNITY SERVICES:
Workforce Development Services
Yvonne French, RESEA Training Coordinator
Professional Staff Level II
ReEmployment Services & Eligibility Assessment/Region 8
FACULTY WHO RECEIVE TENURE
Cassie Flock, Nursing, Jasper Campus
Tamera Halter, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, College of Health
Sciences and Human Performance
Gregory Hirsch, Information Technology, College of Business and
During his comments, VU President Chuck Johnson extended
congratulations to the faculty and staff who were promoted or received tenure.
“Thank you for all your dedication and hard work for VU and our
students,” Johnson said.
In other business, the Board of Trustees also approved a new
professional pre-nursing certificate.
The Health Care Professional Pre-Nursing CNA Track Certificate will
offer students interested in nursing and health care professions an
opportunity to become a certified nursing assistant and a chance to
stack many of the generals needed to major in nursing.
The Trustees also approved emergency grading options to help students
stay on track academically during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students can
select a Pass/No Pass grade instead of a traditional letter grade.
Options also include Letter Grade, Drop, Incomplete, and Withdrawal
from the University.
Board Chair John Stachura and other Trustees saluted VU faculty and
staff for all they’ve done in the wake of the pandemic.
Johnson also praised the entire VU family and thanked the Board for
its continued support.
“I have tremendous gratitude for everyone in the VU family,” Johnson
said. “I can’t think of a situation where people have been put under
so much stress and pressure throughout such a short period of time,
and yet have pulled through and are making things work. It’s
throughout the university. It’s not one area. It’s not few
individuals. It’s every single person.”
The April 29 Board meeting was held via Zoom due to restrictions on
gathering limits and social distancing practices caused by the