Six Western Nevada College professors became tenured this month.
History Professor Joseph Bell, English Professor Geri Pope, Nursing Professor Heather Reardon, Cisco Technology Professor Dave Riske, English Professor Jessica Rowe and Math Professor Eric York were approved for tenure by the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents at their quarterly meeting March 5-6 in Henderson.
“We are excited to welcome six faculty members from a variety of disciplines to the rank of tenured professor at Western Nevada College,” said WNC Vice President of Instruction and Institutional Effectiveness Dr. Kyle Dalpe. “Their work over the past several years with our students is exemplary and they should be proud of this career accomplishment. We look forward to their dedication and hard work going forward to build programs and support students at the college.”
Bell, who started at WNC in 2015, has been an adviser for the Fallon Campus History Club and has provided free community lectures on U.S. Aviation on World War I.
Pope started at WNC in 2013, won the 2019 ASWN Faculty Member of the Year Award and has been an adviser for the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society.
Before joining WNC’s esteemed nursing team in 2016, Reardon worked as a labor and delivery nurse in Reno and taught maternal child nursing in Idaho.
Riske is in his 24th year at WNC, following a year that saw his department earn the EC-Council’s Academic Innovator of the Year and the college being tabbed among the top 3 percent of U.S. colleges to identify students with an aptitude to excel in cybersecurity.
Rowe has been teaching at the Fallon campus since 2007. Previously, she was a Fulbright scholar and lecturing faculty at several Romanian universities. She is one of the PTK Honors Society advisers for the Fallon campus.
York worked in the semiconductor industry for more than 15 years as a device engineer, project coordinator, operations quality manager and a production manager before returning to higher education instruction at WNC in 2015.
Tenured professors keep their positions until they retire, resign or are terminated for a specific cause, although academic freedom is usually protected.