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Catawba Faculty Members Receive Tenure and Promotions

Two Catawba College faculty members have been granted tenure and two are being promoted by a unanimous vote of the College Board of Trustees. These tenure and promotions will be effective with the 2014-2015 academic year.


Dr. Jim Hand, assistant professor and director of Athletic Training Education, and Dr. Margaret Stahr, assistant professor of English and director of Catawba's Writing Center were granted tenure. Additionally, trustees approved a promotion for Dr. Stahr from assistant to associate professor, and for Dr. Michael Bitzer, provost of the college, from associate professor to professor. Trustees voted to grant tenure and promotions for these aforementioned faculty members at their February 18 meeting.

Dr. Hand joined the Catawba faculty in 2010. He earned his undergraduate degree in Recreation Management with a minor in Sports Medicine from Culver-Stockton College, his master's degree in Physical Education from Ohio University, and his Ed.D in Educational Leadership from California Lutheran University. Prior to joining Catawba, he served as an assistant professor of Motorsport Management at Winston-Salem State University, as an assistant professor of Human Performance and Sports Medicine and director of Athletic Training Education and assistant professor of Sport Sciences and coordinator of Clinical Education at California Lutheran University, and as an assistant professor of Sport Sciences and director of Athletic Training Education at Wingate University.


Dr. Stahr joined the Catawba faculty in 2008 after earning her master's degree and her Ph.D. in English with an emphasis on Composition, Literacy, and Pedagogy from the University of Pittsburgh. She earned her bachelor's degree with honors in English Literature with a minor in Biology from DePauw University. Prior to joining the faculty at Catawba, she served as acting director of the Writing Center, part-time instructor of English and part-time assistant dean for academic affairs at DePauw University.


Dr. Michael Bitzer joined the Catawba faculty in 2002 as a visiting instructor in the Political Science Department. He moved up through faculty ranks from assistant to associate professor and served as acting provost and chair of the Department of History and Politics before being named provost in January of 2014 by Catawba President Brien Lewis. He holds a bachelor's degree in English from Erskine College, a Master of Arts degree in History from Clemson University, and his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Georgia's School of Public and International Affairs.