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University of Houston-Clear Lake
News Release
Saturday, July 22, 2017

UHCL taps two new deans, makes other promotions

HOUSTON — University of Houston-Clear Lake announced new leadership to the university’s College of Business and College of Science and Engineering. The institution also promoted 11 other faculty members –six of whom were elevated from assistant professors to associate professors with tenure, while five ascended from associate professors to full professors.

In the College of Business, Professor of Finance and Associate Dean Edward R. Waller has been promoted to dean of the college, effective Sept. 1. Dorothy Kirkman, associate professor of management, will take Waller’s position as interim associate dean. Waller succeeds William T. Cummings, who is retiring after serving as dean since 1998.

Professor of Physics and Associate Dean Ju H. Kim will become interim Dean of the College of Science and Engineering, effective Sept. 1. Professor of Computer Science and Computer Information Systems Said Bettayeb has been appointed interim associate dean in Kim’s place. Kim replaces retiring Dean Zbignew J. Czajkiewicz, who has held the position since 2009.

Waller joined UHCL in 1993 as an assistant professor of finance. He was promoted to associate professor in 1999 and professor in 2006. After serving as elected faculty chair for the Department of Economics, Finance, Marketing and Decision Sciences, he was promoted to associate dean in 2010.

He holds a doctorate in finance from Arizona State University as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Kirkman joined UH-Clear Lake in 2008 and was promoted in 2014 to associate professor with tenure. She teaches strategic management, management technology and other courses. She earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from North Carolina State University, a master’s degree in industrial administration from Carnegie Mellon University and her doctorate in organizational management from Rutgers University.

Four members of the College of Business were also promoted: Professor of Healthcare Administration Femi Ayadi, Professor of Accounting Constance Lehmann, Associate Professor of Management Aleksey Martynov and Associate Professor of Management Information Systems Douglas Steel.

Kim was hired as professor and associate dean of the College of Science and Engineering in August 2015. He has conducted and authored extensive research into superconductivity, with a focus on the properties and dynamics of magnetic vortices.

Previously, Kim was on the faculty of University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California-San Diego and his master’s degree and doctorate in physics from the University of Chicago.

Bettayeb, who also served as the program chair of Computer Information Systems, joined UH-Clear Lake as an associate professor in 2002, teaching algorithm design and analysis, parallel and distributed computing and programming languages. He was promoted to professor in 2010.

Bettayeb received his undergraduate degree in computer engineering from Universite de Contantine, Algeria, and his master’s and doctorate degrees in computer science from Northwestern University.

Three faculty members received promotions in the College of Science and Engineering: Professor of Industrial Hygiene and Safety Magdy Akladios, Professor of Biology and Environmental Science George Guillen and Associate Professor of Computer Science and Computer Information Systems Pradeep Buddharaju.

The College of Education saw the promotion of Professor of Curriculum and Instruction Denise McDonald and Associate Professor of Special Education Elizabeth Beavers.

Two were promoted in the College of Human Sciences and Humanities: Associate Professor in Fitness and Human Performance William Amonette and Associate Professor of Psychology Amanda Johnston.

For more information about UHCL’s diverse faculty, more than 80 graduate and undergraduate programs and three doctoral programs, visit

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