Three Awarded Tenure at Prairie State College

Prairie State College Tenure
During a recent meeting of the Board of Trustees at Prairie State College (PSC), President Dr. Terri L. Winfree (left) congratulated newly tenured faculty members (from second from left) Joshua Green, assistant professor of communication; Brian Donovan, assistant professor of information technology; and Jonathan Pierre, assistant professor of music production. (Image Provided)

CHICAGO HEIGHTS—(ENEWSPF)—September 28, 2017

By: Prairie State College Newsroom

Prairie State College (PSC) announced at a recent Board of Trustees meeting that three faculty members had met the college’s expectations for tenure, including commitment to student success, collaboration with their peers and dedication to the college’s mission and core values.

Receiving tenure, effective January 2018, are Brian Donovan, assistant professor of information technology; Joshua Green, assistant professor of communication; and Jonathan Pierre, assistant professor of music production.

Donovan joined the PSC full-time faculty in 2014, and has been an adjunct instructor in the Information Technology Department at PSC since 2006. Prior to his full-time teaching position at PSC, he had served as the director of Academic Scheduling and Facilities at Moraine Valley Community College. Before that, he had been employed at PSC as the executive director of Information Technology Resources. Donovan began his career in information technology as a Publishing Technical Services Supervisor for Clark Boardman Callaghan in Deerfield. He then served as a programmer/analyst for Saint Margaret Mercy Healthcare Centers in Hammond, Ind., and then served as a PC/LAN specialist and then Manager of Data Access and Decision Support Systems for Saint Anthony Medical Center in Crown Point, Ind. He also served as director of Information Services for LaPorte Regional health System in LaPorte, Ind. Before coming to PSC’s Information Technology Resources Department. Donovan has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Tulane University and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from DePaul University. A U.S. Navy Veteran, he has served as an advisor to the Student Veterans Club and Video Game Design Club, and participates in various veterans’ events within the community.

Green joined faculty at PSC in 2014, teaching courses in communication, including Theater History, Acting and Principles of Communication. He also currently serves as the coordinator of the Communication Program. Before coming to PSC, he had been an associate artist with the Lorraine Hansberry Theater. He began his professional career as an administrative assistant in production for Community Television Network. He then served as a physical education instructor and teaching assistant in production for Miami University of Ohio. He also had served as an acting for camera teacher at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Green has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree in Mass Communications from Miami University of Ohio, and a Master of Fine Arts in Theater from UCLA. At PSC, Green is a coach for the speech team, and helps organize and teach in the summer high school speech camp. He has served on the Curriculum Committee and several search committees, and participated with the Academic Affairs Strategic Planning Committee. He also has worked with the Student Affairs Division, presenting a seminar on workplace organizational communication.

Pierre joined the full-time faculty at PSC in 2013. Prior to coming to PSC, Pierre had served as an adjunct professor for SAE Institute. Prior to that, he was a general music and music entrepreneurship teacher at Dusable Leadership Academy High School. Pierre has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Composition from Columbia College Chicago. At PSC, he has provided support for programs hosted by the Black Student Union, Student Veterans Center and other student government groups. A five-time Telly Award winning composer with more than 12 years of professional experience in the music industry, he also has provided technical support for the annual Jazz Fest and other music concerts by supervising students. He also has been instrumental in revitalizing the college’s music production program.

Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty Dr. Marie Hansel says Donovan, Green and Pierre were selected from a highly qualified pool of candidates during the hiring process, and were mentored and tested to fitness by the tenure process, which includes review by a peer committee of tenured faculty, student evaluations and deans’ reviews, and classroom observation. Prior to being awarded tenure, the faculty candidates also prepare an extensive teaching portfolio.

“PSC only tenures outstanding and exceptional faculty members because of our tenure process,” Hansel said.  “Among community colleges, the PSC tenure process is gold standard. I am very proud of the achievement of tenure by these faculty members,” she added.

PSC President Dr. Terri L. Winfree said, “We are truly fortunate to have such a great group of faculty join the tenure ranks at Prairie State College. I am impressed with the high level of professionalism and expertise that this group brings to the classroom. Our students benefit by learning from these highly esteemed professors.”