Terra State promotes four faculty members

(L-R): Adam Hoss, Paul Passalacqua, Crystal Cleary and Ryan Weaver
(L-R): Adam Hoss, Paul Passalacqua, Crystal Cleary and Ryan Weaver

At the Board of Trustees meeting on April 27, Terra State Community College announced that three faculty members have been promoted, and one faculty member has achieved tenure. The faculty and their new positions are:

Adam Hoss, Associate Professor
Paul Passalacqua, Associate Professor
Crystal Cleary, Assistant Professor
Ryan Weaver has earned tenure

The Dean of Liberal Arts, Business and Allied Health Ann Sergent is very proud of Hoss, Cleary and Weaver being promoted. “I am so proud of all the accomplishments of our faculty at Terra State. Their dedication to the students and their fields solidifies these well-deserved promotions,” said Sergent.

Hoss, who joined Terra State in 2011, is the Associate Professor of English. Some of the courses he teaches include Composition I, Composition II, British Literature II and Effective Speaking. Aside from teaching, he helped organize the Festival for the Arts.

Cleary, who joined the College in 2008, is the Assistant Professor of Accounting. Aside from teaching accounting courses, she serves on the CASA (Council for Academic and Student Services) and the Curriculum Committees. She also volunteers at the Career Fair and at the Midwest Rhythm Summit events.

Weaver started full-time at the College in 2017 as the Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Science. Aside from teaching all of the College’s Psychology courses, he is an advisor for Proud Terra, an advisor for the Drone Club, a member of the Fusion Band, helped organize Titan Tough Rallies and serves on the Student Recognition Committee. Weaver also is a part of the Student Success Institute Team and Students for Effective Change. 

The Dean of Technology and Skilled Trades, Andrew Shella, Ph.D. is grateful for Passalacqua’s service and leadership to the College. “I am proud of everything that Passalacqua has achieved so far while working at Terra State. He is a great asset and representative of the College both inside and outside of the classroom,” said Shella.

Passalacqua, who joined the College in 2017, is the Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences. Some of the courses he teaches include Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology and Nutrition. Aside from teaching, he is a part of the Academic Technology Committee and the Distance Learning Steering Committee, and he is the Co-Chair of the Open Educational Technology Task Force.

“Congratulations to our faculty members,” said Dr. Ronald Schumacher, president of Terra State. “I am very proud of these individuals who have gone above and beyond to help their students and grow their academic programs. I am looking forward to their continued leadership at the College for years to come.”