The Trine University Board of Trustees recently approved the promotion of 14 university
“These faculty members have consistently earned high ratings in student evaluations,
with several receiving prior recognition through Trine University’s annual McKetta
teaching awards and outstanding faculty awards,” said John Shannon, Ph.D., vice president
for academic affairs. “In addition, they have distinguished themselves in service
to the university and in their professional fields. We are grateful for their contributions,
and for the excellence practiced by the entire faculty at Trine.”
Nine faculty were promoted from assistant professor to associate professor:
Daniel Dobbs, Ph.D., Department of Mathematics and Physics, recently had an article
published and received a grant. He also serves as director of the Math Help Center.
Sam Drerup, Ph.D., Department of Science, has served on the Faculty Advisory and Lab
Safety committees. He also works in collaboration with the Acres Land Trust and the
Steuben County Lakes Council.
Steve Dulaney, Department of Science, has written several professional articles and
papers, and earned a Ph.D. since starting at Trine. He also advises three student
Jeanette Goddard, Ph.D., Department of Humanities and Communication, serves as department
chair and head of the Humanities Institute. She is very involved with the Trine University
Center for Teaching Excellence, and has presented several papers as well as having
Chad Keefer, Ed.D., Department of Mathematics and Physics, has been a faculty member
at Trine since 2005. He has served on the Academic Assessment and Lab Safety committees.
Mahesh Khadka, Ph.D., Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has participated
in numerous professional development activities, including serving as a peer reviewer
for American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and has developed several student
software engineering projects for local businesses. He also serves on the Faculty
Ashley Overton, Ph.D., Franks School of Education, advises a student organization
and serves on three faculty committees. She has written several papers and given multiple
presentations since joining the faculty at Trine, and recently completed a Ph.D. in
Danny Powell, Ed.D., Ketner School of Business, has written several professional articles
and a book. He advises two student organizations, including serving as coach of the
university’s women’s triathlon team.
Steve Sullivan, DPT, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, has written multiple professional
articles and is working on a Ph.D. in physical therapy. He serves as chair of the
DPT Curriculum Committee.
Five faculty were promoted from associate professor to full professor:
Bill Barry, Ph.D., Reiners Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, serves
as department chair and advises a student honor organization. He became a registered
Professional Engineer in Indiana in 2011 and has maintained the required professional
development continuing education units each year to remain licensed.
Jamie Canino, Ph.D., Wade Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has
written several professional articles and papers, has been an officer in the regional
ASEE organization and has generated funded grants of about $128,000. His serves on
two academic committees, and he developed the university’s Center for Teaching Excellence.
Jenna Encheff, Ph.D., Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, serves as interim director
of the DPT Program as well as chair of the Trine Institutional Review Board. She also
has co-authored several student research papers and recently earned several certificates
in physical therapy.
Jon Koch, Ph.D., Wade Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has written
several professional articles and papers, and has earned grants for mechanical engineering
senior design projects. He also advises two student organizations.
Tony Layson, Ph.D., Science Department, is active in chemistry-related professional
societies and has developed several undergraduate student research projects. He advises
two student organizations, including a fraternity.