Moon Township, Pa. – Robert Morris University has promoted Dean Manna and Murat Tiryakioğlu to university professor, the highest academic rank that RMU can bestow. Manna and Tiryakioğlu joined 16 other RMU faculty who received promotions in 2008-09.
Only 10 of RMU’s 180 faculty have achieved the rank of university professor.
"Earning the rank university professor confirms that a faculty member has a truly outstanding record, sustained over time, in scholarship, teaching and service, and that the colleague is recognized as a leader in their profession. Their distinction brings credit to them and also helps mark the evolution of Robert Morris University," said RMU Provost David Jamison.
Manna, a professor of marketing and head of the Department of Marketing in RMU’s School of Business, has been on the RMU faculty for 35 years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Gannon University, an M.B.A. from the University of Cincinnati and a Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Pittsburgh. Manna also has worked as a real estate broker and a public relations account executive.
“I'm very excited about the promotion to university professor. My 35 years of dedicated service and commitment to the Marketing Department, the School of Business, and Robert Morris University have contributed greatly to my success,” said Manna.
Tiryakioğlu is a professor of engineering who joined the RMU faculty in 2001. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Boğazici (Bosphorus) University in Istanbul and master’s and doctoral degrees in engineering management from the University of Missouri-Rolla. He also holds a Ph.D. in metallurgy and materials from the University of Birmingham in England. Tiryakioğlu has previously taught at Western Kentucky University and has extensive industry experience.
“I am honored and humbled by this recognition,” said Tiryakioğlu.
RMU also has promoted two faculty members to the rank of professor and 14 faculty members to the rank of associate professor. Promoted to professor are Tim Hadfield, media arts, and Chuck Woratschek, computer and information systems. Hadfield is the head of the Department of Media Arts.
Those promoted to associate professor are Artesemisia Apostolopoulou, Steve Clinton, Sam Karadag and Richard Mills, marketing; Michele Cole and Yasmin Purohit, management; Tanya Lee, accounting and finance; Gary Davis and Joseph Laverty, computer and information systems; Hyla Willis, media arts; William Kelly, social sciences; David Hudak and Monica VanDieren, mathematics; and Kirstyn Kameg, nursing.
A unique feature of RMU's faculty policies is that faculty who had achieved a rank in years prior to the present promotion system can reapply for that promotion, in effect affirming the quality of their teaching, scholarship, and service. Associate professors of business Jeff Guiler and Adora Holstein achieved this distinction this year.
Finally, in addition to those promoted in rank, five faculty members achieved non-probationary contracts based on their records at RMU: Ferris Crane and Caroline Loyola-Garcia, media arts; Steve Foreman, health administration; William Dress, science; and Lisa Locasto, nursing.