Faculty & Staff News

Employee Recognition

The 2017 Employee Recognition Luncheon is a new campus tradition that will be held April 25 for honored faculty and staff. A list of those recognized for years of service is available here.

This year’s Exemplary Faculty Award will recognize Dr. Tracey Robinson, professor of HPPE.

The following faculty were promoted in rank:
  • Dr. James Doyle TO Associate Professor of Music
  • Dr. Elizabeth Hensley TO Associate Professor of Business
  • Dr. Stephanie Hensley TO Associate Professor of Teacher Education
  • Dr. Adam Kleinschmit TO Associate Professor of Biology
  • Dr. Renee Beeton TO Full Professor of Chemistry
  • Dr. Jeff Elison TO Full Professor of Psychology
  • Dr. Patricia Robbins TO Full Professor of Business
New retirees include:
  • Julia Chavez – Advisor, Online Programs, Extended Studies
  • Cecil Fell – Equipment Manager, Athletics
  • Barbara Griego-Jones – Admin. Assistant III, HPPE
  • Cathy Heaton – Instructor of English/AAA Coordinator
  • William Herrmann – Assistant Professor of Accounting
  • Ed Lyell – Professor of Business
  • Bea Martinez – Director, Student Business Services
  • Tresa Rupright – Police Officer I

Awards of emeritus status, tenure, and sabbaticals will be considered by the Board of Trustees at its May 12 meeting on campus.

Professional Activities

Dr. Courtney Allen, asst. professor of counselor education, presented with psychology professors (Drs. Kirk, Demski, and Cramblet-Alvarez) and students at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association conference in Salt Lake City, UT, on “Cannabis use across the adult lifespan: Perceptions, patterns, purposes, and outcomes,” and “From anticipation to application to acceptance: Navigating the three stages of grad school grief.”

Dr. Leslie Alvarez, professor of psychology, recently received the Rocky Mountain Psychology Association (RMPA) Distinguished Service Award. She served three years on the group’s executive committee, including a stint as president of RMPA. The award recognized Alvarez’s research, as well as her work as a presenter on teaching, as moderator of numerous sessions, as sponsor of invited speakers, and as mentor of student involvement. She is also the incoming vice president for the Psi Chi Regional Chapter and has served on its steering committee. She founded Adams State’s Psi Chi Chapter, which has won the Model Chapter award.

Dr. James Doyle, associate professor of music, was an artist-in-residence at Northwest Missouri State University on March 1 and the University of Central Missouri on March 2. He performed, served as an adjudicator, and presented a masterclass for the Mid-Missouri Percussive Arts Trophy Competition on March 4.

Andrea Benton-Maestas, Title V activity director and director of the Graduate Center, led/facilitated an invited, day-long Equity Institute with more than 100 participants at the annual Alliance for Hispanic Serving Institution Educators (AHSIE) conference, held in Las Vegas, NV, in early April. The Equity Institute’s panel on “Latino/a Students Success: From Scholarship to Practice” included Dr. Melissa L. Freeman, Title V project director. Also at the conference, Freeman and Benton-Maestas presented “Revamping Graduate Education for Greater Student Success: An Institutional Culture Shift.”

Dr. Melissa L. Freeman, Title V project director, was appointed to the Alliance for Hispanic Serving Institution Educators (AHSIE) Council for a three-year term (2017-2020). AHSIE is a non-profit organization that supports the work of the nation’s Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) as they seek to provide quality, relevant educational opportunities to the large and growing numbers of underserved populations, particularly Hispanic students. All of the Alliance’s activities directly benefit practitioners and educators at HSIs.

Gaylene Horning, asst. director of Alumni Relations and Linda Relyea, asst. director of Communications, recently attended the CASE Editor’s Forum in Chicago.

Dr. David MacWilliams, professor and chair of English, Theatre, Communications, published a  textbook, The Basics of English Grammar: An Introduction, last August (Linus, 2016). His flash fiction story “Bouquet” appeared in Foliate Oak Literary Magazine in December. His personal essay on teaching in Saudi Arabia, “Khalid,” will be published this month in Creative Nonfiction, Issue 63. Read more.

Michael C. Rael, IT professional in Computing Services, is exhibiting photos from his book Sentinel in Sight – Photographs of San Antonio Mountain. The exhibit will be on display on the Nielsen Library’s second floor through the month of May. Read more.

Dr. Blaine Reilly, asst. professor of counselor education, published an article in the Journal of Humanistic Counseling titled “The Phenomenological Experience of Student-Advocates Trained as Defenders to Stop School Bullying.”

New Employees
  • Tanya Portillo – Accounting Tech III, Student Business Services
  • Daren Rodriguez – Custodian I, Facilities Services
  • Gary Foss – Custodian I, Facilities Services
  • Aaron Chavez – Custodian I, Facilities Services
  • Melinda Viecsas – Student Advisor, Student Support Services
  • Michaela Romero – Advisor/Recruiter, Extended Studies
  • Katelyn Smith – Advisor/Recruiter, Extended Studies


Author: jmwaecht

Assistant to the President for Communications
Editor/Designer of alumni magazine – A-Stater