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Trustees approve promotions and tenure for four USM faculty members

Leroy Rowe and Susan Noyes

The University of Maine System Board of Trustees approved tenure this Spring for two University of Southern Maine faculty members, Susan Noyes, Ph.D. and Leroy Rowe, Ph.D.

This past Fall, trustees approved tenure for two other faculty members, Lin Lin, Ph.D. and Daniel Jenkins, Ph.D. All four are have been promoted to the rank of associate professor.

Tenured in Spring 2018

Susan Noyes has worked as an assistant professor in the Master of Occupational Therapy Program at USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College since 2012. Prior to teaching full time, she served as the first occupational therapist at Tri-County Mental Health Services in Lewiston, performing needs assessments and designed an occupational therapy program for adult residents with severe and persistent mental illness in community residential settings. Other previous work included various consulting roles and service as an occupational therapist in the Department of Psychiatry at Maine Medical Center. Noyes earned her bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, a master’s degree in Adult Education from the University of Southern Maine and a doctorate in educational studies with an adult learning specialization from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Leroy Rowe has worked as an assistant professor of African American History and Politics in USM’s Department of History and Political Science since 2012. A specialist in juvenile delinquency, justice and civil rights and the 14th Amendment, Rowe co-chaired the USM’s 2017-2018 Gloria S. Duclos Convocation on race and participatory democracy. He has given a wide variety of conference papers, visiting lectures and presentations. He earned a bachelor’s degree in U.S. History from Lincoln University of Missouri in Jefferson City. He earned his master’s degree and doctorate in U.S. History from the University of Missouri in Columbia.


Tenured in Fall 2017

Lin Lin joined the USM Department of Engineering in 2011.  Her research interests mainly focus on non-destructive testing and material characterization using ultrasonic wave research with the potential to be applied to a wide range of applications from biopharmaceuticals to oil refining. Her other research area is renewable energy and energy efficiency. Current projects include the design of an environmentally friendly HVAC/heat pump system. Lin earned a bachelor’s degree in Thermal Engineering from Beijing University of Technology in Beijing, China. She earned her master’s degree and doctorate in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maine.

Daniel Jenkins joined the University of Southern Maine in 2012 as an assistant professor of Leadership & Organizational Studies. Jenkins, who is the department chair, was honored in February 2018 with the Dr. Susan Komives Research Award by the NASAPA — Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and recently co-authored “The Role of Leadership Educators: Transforming Learning” with Kathy L. Guthrie of Florida State University. Jenkins earned his bachelor’s degree in Communication with minors in Music and English Literature from Florida State University in Tallahassee. He earned a master’s degree in Political Science with concentrations in Public Policy and Public Administration & Comparative Politics from the University of South Florida in Tampa. He earned his doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction with concentrations in Higher Education Administration and Organizational Management and Leadership from the University of South Florida in Tampa.