The Department of Chemistry has a new Associate Professor! Dr. Nick Fitzkee was recently promoted from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor. Unlike many universities, the promotion process requires more than just length of service with MSU. A committee of his or her peers must first evaluate the faculty member. External letters of review are solicited from other professionals in the field who can provide an informed and objective evaluation of the candidate’s work. Once these steps are complete, a recommendation is submitted by the department. Dr. Fitzkee has earned this well-deserved promotion.
When asked about his recent advancement, Dr. Fitzkee stated, “It’s great to be part of a growing department that provides support for its junior faculty. I also have to give a shout-out to my graduate students! I couldn’t have reached this point without them and their hard work. I’m grateful to be here, and I’m looking forward to the next five years!”
Dr. Dennis Smith, Jr., the Department Head, commended Dr. Fitzkee and his recent accomplishment as well. “As new Department Head, I am delighted about the promotion of Dr. Nick Fitzkee to Associate Professor in Chemistry. Professor Fitzkee has been an exemplary leader in our junior faculty ranks in all facets of teaching, research, and service. His NIH and NSF funded programs in biophysical chemistry set an outstanding example of cross department, college, and external collaboration in addition to providing critical expertise and leadership for Mississippi’s flag ship magnetic resonance facility within our department.”
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