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Nursing Dean: Turnovers Won't Affect Quality Of Education

The UND College of Nursing had five turnovers so far this school year, but nursing Dean Lois Merrill says the departures shouldn't jeopardize the quality of education in that field. Overall, UND turnovers still don't show any dramatic effects from the tight spending climate caused by the Dec. 5 defeat of referred tax increases in North Dakota. "We still have 32 fine faculty here," Merrill said Friday. "We're optimistic we'll fill the vacancies with good people, even though you can't easily replace the many years' experience we lost."

The faculty member who've resigned recently to take higher paying positions at out-of-state campuses are Barbara Hurley-Wilson, Director of nursing research at UND, and Mary Wright, director of graduate studies for the nursing college. Merrill said that Wright will chair a parent-child nursing department at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and Hurley-Wilson will teach in the graduate program at Indiana University in Indianapolis. Earlier in the school year, UND nursing instructor Tressa Catheart Silberberg and two UND nursing professors, Rachel Scott and Lous Oechsle resigned .

Though tax referrals last year took big bites out of university budgets, UND President Thomas Clifford has said he hopes faculty turnover can be held to normal by raising salaries 3 percent to 4 percent on the average for the 1990-91 school year.

Here's an update on the latest turnovers:

  1. Kay Oring, associate professor of home economics and nutrition is resigning, after 11 years to work on a doctorate in education, through the University of Minnesota.
  2. Thomas Folsom, assistant professor of law for five years is leaving to go into private-practice in Boulder, Colo, Jeremy Davis, dean of the UND law school, said a graduate student experienced in private law practice, is being hired from Temple University in Philadelphia to replace Folsom.
  3. Lyle Moe, director of central legal research at UND, is resigning to be the National Guard's graduate law student. He will study under a military fellowship at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
  4. Randy Molmen, lecturer in computer science will join the faculty at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio.
  5. Dick Parkel, associate professor of space studies, will leave UND this year, because his contract hasn't been renewed.
  6. Bil Baldwin, assistant professor of computer science, will leave UND this year, because his contract hasn't been renewed.
  7. Randall Fixen, coordinator of international student affairs is resigning to work on a doctorate in education administration at a yet-to-be-decided institution.
  8. Katherine Murphy, coordinator of student Greek organizations, is moving to Minneapolis, St. Paul.
  9. Sally Dufault, administrative secretary for academic affairs, is also leaving.

Grand Forks Herald, May 5, 1990