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June 16,  2000
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IU Northwest Faculty Members Promoted

Seven Indiana University Northwest facultymembers recently received promotions and were honored at Innsbrook CountryClub in Merrillville. Alan Lindmark of Chesterton, StephanieShanks-Meile of Portage, Kizhanipuram Vinodgopal of LaPorte, and Deena Nardi of Crete, Illinois were promoted to full professor status, andGeorge Assibey-Mensahof Merrillville, RichardClements of Valparaiso and RaoulContreas of Chicago were promoted to associate professor and receivedtenure status.

Lindmark, serves in the department of chemistry, physics and astronomy,and began teaching at IU Northwest in 1978. He has an MS and Ph.D. fromCornellUniversity. Both degrees are in inorganic chemistry, which is alsohis field of research.

Currently serving as the department of sociologychair, Stephanie Shanks-Meile came to the IU Northwest campus in 1987.She has a MA in sociology from the Universityof Texas at El Paso and a Ph.D. in sociology from the Universityof Nebraska-Lincoln. Her research on white separatist/supremacist movementsis recognized throughout the country.

Nardi has been with the Divisionof Nursing since 1984. She has a MS in child/adolescent nursing fromthe University of Illinoisat Chicago, a MA in human services and counseling from DePaulUniversity and a Ph.D. in child development from LoyolaUniversity. Her areas of expertise are child development, early intervention,child/adolescent psychiatry, parental education and qualitative researchmethodology.

Also from the department of chemistry, and serving as chair is Vinodgopal.He came to the IU Northwest campus is 1990. Vinodgopal has an MSc fromthe Indian Institute of Technologyin Bombay, an MS in chemistry from BostonUniversity and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the Universityof Vermont. His current research interests are ultrasound reactionsand environmental photochemistry.

Assibey-Mensah began teaching at IU Northwest in 1994in the School ofPublic and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). He has a master of public and international affairs from the Universityof Pittsburgh, and a Ph.D. in public administration policy from VirginiaPolytechnic Institute and State University in Virginia. He is greatlyinvolved in overseas research involving economic growth of developing nations.

Clements joined the psychologyfaculty in 1995 after receiving his Ph.D. in psychology from PurdueUniversity. He also has a MS in psychology from Purdue and a MBA inmanagement from Indiana University.He served his predoctoral clinical internship at the IUSchool of Medicine. Clements has several research interests includingsubstance abuse, interconnections between psychology and religion and geriatricpsychology.

Latino studies associate professor, Contreras came to the departmentof minority studies in 1994.He has a MA and Ph.D. in political science from the Universityof California -Los Angeles. Currently he is working on research involvingthe history and social/political roles of Chicano studies. 

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