Three new UW-Green Bay professors among recently approved faculty promotions

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents approved promotions or appointments for nine UW-Green Bay faculty members during its June meeting.

The following faculty members were promoted from assistant professor to associate professor with tenure:

Kathleen C.B. Finn, Human Development; Steven E. Kimball, Education; Julie M. Lukesh, Natural and Applied Sciences; Michael J. McIntire, Natural and Applied Sciences; and Hosung Song, Information and Computing Science.

The Regents also approved the titles of “dean” and “professor of Education,” with tenure, for the new appointment of Sue Joseph Mattison. The incoming dean of the College of Professional Studies will begin her duties July 15.

UW-Green Bay also has three new full professors:

Christine Style, Arts and Visual Design: Style is an accomplished artist who earned her B.S. in art from UW-Madison and her M.F.A. in art – printmaking from UW-Milwaukee. Courses she teaches include intermediate drawing and introductory, intermediate and advanced-level printmaking.

Style is involved in the local arts scene and beyond, serving as past vice president and current president of Wisconsin Visual Artists, a statewide nonprofit dedicated to advancing opportunities and services for artists and the general public, as well as promoting the value of art in society.

Style also serves on the Board of Directors for Green Bay’s ARTgarage, a local studio and gallery that works to encourage an appreciation for and participation in the visual, performing and literary arts. She exhibits regionally and nationally, including at the Peltz Gallery in Milwaukee.

Patricia Terry, Natural and Applied Sciences: Terry received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas in 1989 and 1991, earning her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado in 1995 and beginning her UW-Green Bay career that fall. In 2004, she had a book, Principles of Chemical Separations with Environmental Applications, which was co-authored with Dr. Richard Noble from the University of Colorado, published by Cambridge University Press. Between 2004 and 2010, she served as chair of the Graduate Program in Environmental Science and Policy at UW-Green Bay. Terry has been the coordinator of the pre-engineering program here since her hire.

Aside from academics, Terry has completed three Ironman triathlons, along with numerous ultra-marathon trail-running events. She has qualified for the Boston Marathon for each of the past three years, and ran the race in 2010.

This fall, Terry will spend a semester sabbatical as a visiting scholar first at the University of Kassel in Germany, then at the University of Luxembourg in Luxembourg City.

Dean D. VonDras, Human Development: VonDras is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with appointments in the Human Development and Psychology programs. VonDras has published on a variety of adult development and aging topics. His current research interests include the areas of stress and memory, self-appraisal of age-associated illnesses, age and cultural influences on social support processes, spirituality and aging, and health education for older adults and their caregivers. VonDras is the founding director of the UW-Green Bay Gerontology Center, and co-convener of the Gerontological Society of America’s  “Religion, Spirituality, and Aging” formal interest group.

VonDras joined the faculty at UW-Green Bay in 2000 after serving as an adjunct professor at Webster University and St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley, both in St. Louis, Mo. He holds a B.A. in Music and Psychology from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and an M.A. and Ph.D., both in Psychology, from Washington University in St. Louis. VonDras has presented at myriad national and international scientific meetings, and is the recipient of numerous honors and awards.


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