Tenured and promoted faculty: College of Science and Health 2019-20

Science and Health

Congratulations to the faculty from the College of Science and Health who recently achieved tenure or received a promotion.​

Jessica Choplin, promoted to full professor
Jessica Choplin

Jessica Choplin is a professor of psychological science at DePaul. Her areas of interest include judgement and decision making, attribute evaluations, and consumer fraud and protection.  



Tim French

Timothy French, promoted to associate professor with tenure

Tim French is an associate professor chemistry education, physical and physics education. He is interested in determining the characteristics of expert problem solving and assessing problem solving ability in introductory chemistry students.



Megan Greeson, promoted to associate professor with tenure
Megan Greeson

Megan Greeson is an associate professor of clinical and community psychology in the College of Science and Health. Her favorite part of being a member of DePaul is seeing the diverse and creative ways her students and colleagues use education, service and scientific data to advance health, well-being and social justice. This academic year she looks forward to analyzing data as a co-investigator on a grant to understand how policy influences adolescents' experience of seeking help after sexual assault.


Kyle Grice
Kyle Grice, promoted to associate professor with tenure

Kyle Grice is an associate professor of inorganic chemistry. Of his accomplishments at DePaul, he is most proud to see students from his lab leave with research skills and publications under their belts. This academic year he looks forward to working closely with students and colleagues as he continues to work on advancing his teaching, research and service.


Barbara Harris


Barbara Harris, promoted to associate professor with tenure

Barbara Harris is an associate professor of nursing in the university's School of Nursing. Her specialization and interests lie in chronic mental illness, women's issues in mental health, critical psychiatry, and stress and coping.


Juan Hu
Juan Hu, promoted to associate professor with tenure

Juan Hu is an associate professor of statistics in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. She enjoys the diversity of DePaul's community and looks forward to developing research projects that can be applied directly to her industry. Of her accomplishments at DePaul, she is most proud of co-leading a successful project with Teradyne Inc., a testing company in the Chicagoland area.




Jessica Jerome, promoted to associate professor with tenure
Jessica Jerome

Jessica Jerome is a medical anthropologist and associate professor of health disparities, global health and urban health care reform. She specializes in issues of access to care and urban health care reform in Brazil and the United States. This academic year she looks forward to working in a new program focused on training student mentors for incoming transfer students.


Christie Klimas
Christie Klimas, promoted to associate professor with tenure

Christie Klimas is an associate professor of environmental science and studies. She enjoys working with undergraduates and is proud of her students' track record with quality research -- seven have published in DePaul Discoveries and 10 have co-authored with her on peer-reviewed publications. This academic year she will run her second GLE with a colleague in Brazil, focused on applied ecology.

Mary Bridget

Mary Bridget Kustusch, promoted to associate professor with tenure

Mary Bridget Kustusch is an associate professor of physics and astrophysics. Of her accomplishments at DePaul, she is most proud of the creation of the professional development for emerging education research program. The program is designed to help emerging researchers learn the nuances of STEM education research in experiential and community-based environments. In the 2019-20 year, she looks forward to meeting the new cohort of Blue Demons and developing new research projects with her students.


Joe Mikels
Joseph Mikels, promoted to full professor

Joe Mikels is a professor of psychological science and community psychology. His favorite thing about the DePaul community is his dedicated colleagues and eager students. He is most proud of his research program and laboratory group, which focus on the interface between emotion and cognition within a life-span context, mainly seeking to understand the psychological losses that occur as we age.



Antonio Polo, promoted to full professor
Antonio Polo

Antonio Polo is a professor of clinical psychology at DePaul. His major areas of interest include expanding our understanding of mental health in Latino children, adolescents and their families, and prevention and treatment of depression and related mental health problems in youth.


Paul Vadola
Paul Vadola, promoted to associate professor with tenure 

Paul Vadola is an associate professor of organic chemistry and director of graduate studies in chemistry. He enjoys working closely with students and seeing them uncover previously unknown interests, skills and talents. This academic year he looks forward to teaching a new course and exploring new research topics. 




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