Mercyhurst College announced promotions, tenure appointments

At the April meeting of the Mercyhurst College Board of Trustees, three faculty members were granted tenure and promoted to the associate professor level in their respective disciplines. Receiving tenure and promotion were: Dr. Melissa Barranger-Mathys (chemistry/biochemistry); Dr. David C. Hyland (anthropology/archaeology and biology); and Dr. Brian Ripley (political science). 

In addition, the Board of Trustees promoted three faculty members to full professor: Dr. J. Michael Campbell (biology); Dr. Randall Clemons (political science); and Dr. Heidi Hosey (English). 

Barranger-Mathys joined Mercyhurst in 1995 as an assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and has since designed and implemented two new majors at the college, a bachelor of science and a bachelor of arts in biochemistry. Barranger-Mathys earned her bachelor of science in chemistry at the University of Akron (Ohio) and her doctoral degree in biophysical chemistry at the University of Virginia (Charlottesville, Va.)

Hyland joined the college in 1995 as assistant professor of anthropology and biology and director of the R.L. Andrews Center for Perishables Analysis. He earned his bachelor of arts degree in anthropology at the University of Cincinnati (Ohio) and his doctoral degree in anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania).

Ripley came to Mercyhurst as an assistant professor in 1996. He earned his bachelor of arts degree in political science at Macalester College (St. Paul, Minn.) and his doctoral degree in political science from Ohio State University. 

Campbell joined Mercyhurst in 1984 and became director of the biology department in 1989. He earned both his bachelor of arts and master of science degrees in biology from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania (East Stroudsburg, Pa.), then earned his doctorate at Texas A&M University.

Clemons joined the Mercyhurst faculty in 1989 and has acted as a consultant for the Mercyhurst Civic Institute, served on the faculty policies committee and presided over the College Senate as well as heading the political science department. Clemons earned his bachelor of arts degree in political science from Whitworth College (Spokane, Wash.) and his doctoral degree from Idaho State University (Moscow, Idaho).

A native of Albion, Pa., Hosey earned her bachelor degree in English at Villa Maria College, her master degree at Gannon University and her doctorate at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She joined Mercyhurst in 1985 as director of basic writing, then became assistant professor of English in 1992 and associate professor in 1995.

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