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Release Date: May 1, 2014

Four faculty earn promotions/tenure; one new faculty program appointment

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The Indiana University Board of Trustees has approved promotions for four faculty members at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC). The promotions take effect July 1.

The names of the faculty receiving promotions, with the names of their hometowns noted in parentheses, are as follows.

  • Dr. Lisa Siefker Bailey (Seymour) has been promoted from lecturer to the rank of senior lecturer in English in the Division of Liberal Arts. She focuses on interdisciplinary approaches to writing, literature, and theatre, with emphasis on drama studies and contemporary texts.
  • Dr. Erica Berte (Columbus) has earned tenure and has been promoted to the rank of associate professor of management in the Division of Business. Her areas of research include international business, small technology-based firms, and organizational behavior. A native of Brazil, Berte teaches undergraduate classes in international business, organizational behavior, and change. She teaches graduate courses on innovation in the MBA Program. Berte is an expert in writing case studies about local companies.
  • Dr. Jung Kook Lee (Indianapolis) has earned tenure and has been promoted to the rank of associate professor of marketing in the Division of Business. He specializes in marketing management and strategy, with research interests in e-commerce, branding, and tourism marketing. He also studies consumer attitudes toward e-business and online privacy. Lee, a native of Seoul, South Korea, has received grants from the National Science Foundation for his work on consumer privacy, data security, and digital identities.
  • Dr. Joan Poulsen (Columbus) has earned tenure and has been promoted to the rank of associate professor of psychology in the Division of Science. She explores the psychology of group processes, especially as they relate to marginalized persons/groups. Her research focuses on ostracism and prejudice. She teaches social psychology, research methods, group dynamics, and industrial-organizational psychology. In addition, Poulsen serves as director of IUPUC’s undergraduate psychology program.

In other faculty news, Dr. Lauren Burch (Bloomington) has been appointed interim director of the MBA Program for the Division of Business at IUPUC. Burch, a visiting assistant professor of management, specializes in new media and athletics.

Burch has studied Olympic media coverage, self-portrayals of professional athletes on Twitter, and the short-term effects of violent sport media on human aggression. She has served as a strategic communications and research consultant for Hirons & Company Communications and has worked for the Lockheed Martin Corporation at the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center.