The Trine University Board of Trustees recently approved the promotion of eight university
“We are grateful for the excellence of all the faculty at Trine, and proud to recognize
these particular faculty members with a promotion in academic rank,” said John Shannon,
Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs. “Each of these faculty earn consistently
high ratings from students and have distinguished themselves in service to the university
and in their professional fields.”
The university promoted Donna Wyse, serving in the Department of Psychology and Social
Sciences, from instructor to assistant professor. Wyse has maintained professional
mental health licensures, attended continuing education programs and participated
in professional organizations. Her university service includes serving on the Curriculum
and Academic Standards committee and providing assistance at admission events, the
Regional Science Fair and American Criminal Justice Association activities.
Four faculty were promoted from assistant professor to associate professor:
Melissa Mayus, Ph.D., Department of Humanities and Communication, has been published
in academic journals and given presentations at conferences. She is part of the Curriculum
and Academics committee as well as multiple departmental committees, and coordinates
the Humanities Symposia.
Jennifer Staude, Ph.D., Department of Science, has designed and taught several new
chemistry courses. She serves on the Faculty Advisory Committee and is the Department
of Science academic advisor for science education majors. She advises students in
several majors, assists at admission events, and judges at the science fair. She also
is an active member in the American Chemical Society.
Kendall Teichert, Ph.D., Wade Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering,
has published articles in peer-reviewed journals, and has participated in teacher
training at the NETI Conference. He serves on the university’s General Education Assessment
Committee and in several capacities within his department.
Tricia Widenhoefer, DPT, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, has published articles
in peer-reviewed journals and given scholarly presentations in addition to taking
part in multiple professional organizations. She serves on multiple departmental committees
in addition to her primary role as Director of Clinical Education for the DPT program.
Three faculty were promoted from associate professor to full professor:
Andrea Mitofsky, Ph.D., Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has earned
the McKetta Excellence in Teaching Award twice, as well as the Trine University Scholarship
Award and the Trine University Jannen Renaissance Scholar Award. She published a peer-reviewed
textbook on Direct Energy Conversion, has authored papers for four conferences of
the American Society for Engineering Education, and earned multiple grants through
the Indiana Space Grant consortium. She has served on the Ethical Standards Committee,
Educational Resources Committee and ad hoc committee on Open Educational Resources,
and has served as a faculty advisor to four different student organizations.
Jeremy Rentz, Ph.D., Reiners Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has
served on the Assessment Committee. His scholarly works include representation of
the university regarding groundwater contamination and presentations for pedagogical
inquiry. He serves as director of Trine’s Center for Teaching Excellence.
Sameer Sharma, Ph.D., Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has participated
in numerous professional development activities, including KEEN and MOSIS grants,
and has developed several independent special topics courses. His university service
includes acting as an academic advisor to Eta Kappa Nu, supporting the Multicultural
Student Organization and serving on the Faculty Advisory Committee and Educational
Resources Committee. He also launched the university’s Robotic Football Team.