Kettering University promotes five faculty

Jul 8, 2004

Five faculty are promoted with tenure.

Dr. James E.A. John, president of Kettering University, recently requested approval from the University board of trustees for the promotion of the following faculty members:

  • Janet Brelin-Fornari of Clarkston, Mich., promoted from assistant to associate professor of Mechanical Engineering with tenure;
  • Ezekiel Gebissa of East Lansing, Mich., promoted from assistant to associate professor of Social Science with tenure;
  • Beverly Jones of Grand Blanc, Mich., promoted from assistant to associate professor of Management with tenure;
  • Arnaldo Mazzei of Grand Blanc, Mich., promoted from assistant to associate professor of Mechanical Engineering with tenure; and
  • Mark Palmer of Flushing, Mich., promoted from assistant to associate professor of Manufacturing Engineering with tenure.

Beverly Jones, who is in her third year at Kettering, is pleased that her hard work over the last several years has resulted in this promotion. In her view, the cooperative education model of Kettering University provides students with an important "level of knowledge that connects with my more than 32 years of experience at General Motors," she said. "I feel that one of the reasons that Kettering students are so successful is because the faculty are able to combine real world applications with theory."

Mazzei aggress. "I enjoy teaching students who are currently employed by companies where the can utilize some of the theoretical material learned to solve real engineering problems," he said.

For Gebissa, the small class sizes at Kettering help by providing close interaction with students. He also feels that the Liberal Studies Dept., in which he teaches, is "a very fine scholarly community of hard-working intellectuals. Being among them provides the most stimulating environment for teaching and research."

Faculty promotions took effect July 1, 2004.

Written by Gary Erwin
(810) 762-9538
gerwin@kettering.edu