PNC Faculty Members Promoted

By: Purdue University Northwest Last Updated: April 8, 2013

The Purdue University Board of Trustees has approved the promotion of six Purdue University North Central faculty members. These promotions become effective with the 2013 -2014 academic year.

"These promotions are granted in recognition of the significant achievements of our faculty members," said Purdue North Central Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin. "Each day these outstanding educators advance learning in their classrooms as they share their knowledge and experience with their students, encouraging them to learn, explore and grow. We are proud to have these outstanding professionals as members of our PNC faculty."

Academic tenure is acquired on promotion to the rank of associate professor. Candidates promoted to this rank have accumulated a record of accomplishment as a faculty member and show promise of continued professional growth and recognition.

Faculty members promoted to full professor have achieved a significant record in all three areas of accomplishments: Learning, Discovery and Engagement. In addition, they have gained national and international reputations in their disciplines.

Those promoted are:

Dr. Cheryl DeLeon, to associate professor of Psychology. She was awarded her bachelor's degree from Butler University and earned her master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of West Virginia.

Dr. Mary Jane Eisenhauer to associate professor of Early Childhood Education. Eisenhauer holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Northwestern University and an Ed.D from National College of Education, National-Louis University.


Dr. Kenneth Kincaid to associate professor of History. He earned his bachelor's degree from Kansas State University and his master's degree and Ph.D., from the University of Kansas.


Nipul Patel to associate professor of Computer & Information Technology. He was granted his bachelor's degree and M.B.A., from Purdue University Calumet.


Dr. Kenneth (Chris) Holford to professor of Biology. Holford was granted his bachelor's degree from Augustana College, his master's degree from Southern Illinois University and his Ph.D. from Illinois State University.


Dr. Kumara Jayasuriya to professor of Mathematics. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Columbo, Sri Lanka; a master's degree from Southern Illinois University and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. He also serves as PNC associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs.