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UMFK professors Radsma and Roy awarded tenure by U-Maine System Trustees

April 4, 2003

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University of Maine at Fort Kent assistant professors Jenny Radsma and Roger Roy have been awarded tenure by the University of Maine System Board of Trustees.

Radsma of Fort Kent joined UMFK's nursing faculty in 1997. She brought both clinical and administrative experience in rural healthcare settings to her position.

Since her arrival, she has maintained a varied teaching load consisting of instructional, clinical, and laboratory instruction for freshmen, sophomore, junior, senior and distance students enrolled in UMFK's registered nurse-bachelor of science in nursing (RN-BSN) program.

The classes she has taught range from introductory to advanced including leadership and management and promoting healthy community course offerings. In addition to teaching in the regular classroom and clinical settings, Radsma has also offered courses over interactive television (ITV), compressed video, and online using the internet.

She is currently the RN-BSN program coordinator, and advises students enrolled in the program

Radsma has authored and co-authored two referred articles, and one chapter in an edited book as part of the Nursing Secrets series.

At UMFK, she was instrumental in developing the program evaluation plan for the division of nursing in 2001, and was an active participant in the development of the self-study for the Fall 2002 national accreditation with the Commission for Colleges of Nursing Education.

Radsma is a Ph.D. candidate at Barry University in Miami Florida currently working on her dissertation, a qualitative study entitled, "Registered Nurses Who Smoke and How They Address the Health Promotion Needs of Clients Affected by the Use of Tobacco: A Grounded Theory Study".

She received her masters in nursing from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, and her bachelor of science in nursing at the University of Lethbridge, in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.

The UMFK nursing professor is an active member of the St. John Valley PATCH (Planned Approach to Community Health) group, and serves on the community health council for Partnership for Tobacco Free Maine.

Roger Roy of Caribou, joined the faculty of UMFK in 1993 with significant and diverse experience in business, and approximately 20 years experience in higher education.

He first arrived on campus as and instructor of mathematics for a one-year, fixed-term contract. After two-years, he became an instructor of mathematics and business.

In addition to teaching an overload of courses every term, Roy has developed new courses and revamped existing classes, resulting in a mathematics curriculum that serves as both an adjunct to all the academic programs and as a major area within the secondary education certification program.

His work has also resulted in an enhanced business program that regularly sends students on to graduate school.

Roy also serves as coordinator of academic advising at UMFK, wherein he has developed a program of new student advising and first-year experience that has been highly successful and is considered a model for other small colleges and universities.

The UMFK professor is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Maine, where he is pursuing a Ph.D. in human resources management. As part of his thesis he is conducting action research in higher education leadership.

Roy received a master's in business administration from Bryant College in Smithfield, Rhode Island, a master's from the University of Maine, and his bachelor of arts degree from Providence College in Rhode Island.

He is involved in community service with numerous businesses, civic clubs, as well as being an activist at the state and local level in both the Democratic Party and the Maine Education Association.