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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • U of M, Crookston faculty announcements

  • Two approved for tenure, five new faculty members added.


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  • The University of Minnesota, Crookston Senior Vice Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs Thomas Baldwin has announced that the University of Minnesota Board of Regents has approved the following U of M, Crookston faculty members for tenure.??Kevin Thompson, Ph.D., who teaches in the Liberal Arts and Education Department and Jingpeng Tang, Ph.D. , who teaches in the Math, Science and Technology Department were each promoted from assistant professor to associate professor with tenure effective August 15, 2011.
    Several new faculty members have been hired in the Business Department and the Math, Science, and Technology Department on the Crookston campus. New faculty members include:
    Baizhou Chen, C.P.A., has been hired as an instructor of accounting in the Business Department.  A 2003 graduate of the University of Minnesota, Crookston, he holds an M.B.A. from St. John’s University in Queens, New York.  Since 2006 he has worked in Assurance and Advisory Business Services for Ernst & Young, LLP, in New York City.  He is a licensed certified public accountant registered in the state of New York.
    Courtney Bergman, M.B.A., has been hired as a lecturer in the Business Department to teach marketing and management. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota and her master’s degree from the University of Mary, both degrees are in business administration. She most recently worked as director of marketing for Douglas Place, Inc., in East Grand Forks, Minn., where she was responsible for all marketing activities for the company.
    Martin Breaker, J.D., has been hired as a teaching specialist in the Business Department.  He holds a juris doctorate from the University of North Dakota’s Law School as well as a master of strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.  In addition to teaching experience at Bemidji State University and Vermillion Community College in Ely, Minn., he has been the owner and CEO of a successful all-year resort in northeastern Minnesota, as well as an active duty member holding the rank of colonel in the U.S Army Reserve with service in Iraq and with commendations including the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star.
    Lacole Hook, Ph.D., has been hired as an instructor in the area of sport and recreation management for the Business Department.  She holds a doctorate in sport management from the University of Kansas as well as an M.S.E. in sports management from Southern Illinois University and an M.B.A. from MidAmerica Nazarene University, where she completed her undergraduate work.  She has served as a graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Health, Sport, and Exercise Science and the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, since 2007.
    Kun Tian, Ph.D., holds a doctorate in computer science from the Eric Johnson School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas, where he has served as a graduate teaching assistant for software engineering and programming courses since 2006.  He will be teaching in the Math, Science, and Technology Department.
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