Six candidates were approved for tenure at Temple College at the TC trustees monthly board meeting on Monday.

Paul Foutz, division director for math, science and physical education, introduced Jeff Troy, assistant professor of biology; and Nathan Gardiner, assistant professor of geology and environmental science.

Troy has a bachelor’s of science degree in biology from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s and doctorate from Texas State, also in biology.

“He teaches a wide variety of courses for us,” Foutz said. “He teaches biology fundamentals, a preparatory course for students who aren’t ready for anatomy and physiology.

Troy teaches in Temple, Hutto and Taylor. He’s published several papers and his research focus is on birds.

Gardiner has a bachelor’s of science in conservation biology from Brigham Young University; a master’s in soil science and doctorate in geology from Texas A&M University.

When Gardiner arrived at Temple College there was no geology courses offered, Foutz said.

“He’s developed those courses and their labs from the ground up,” he said.

Chad Smith, from the social and behavioral science department, was introduced by Joanna Scott, English Department chair.

Smith received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Tarleton State University, a master’s degree in public administration from Angelo State.

His teaching philosophy is that he can help prepare students with an advanced skills set that can be used for a number of skill paths, said Scott.

Smith has taught government in class and online and teaches on the Temple, Hutto and Taylor campuses.

Tracey Cooper, division director nursing, introduced Latoya Lewis, assistant professor and associate degree nursing.

Lewis teaches in the first and second semester nursing classes and received her bachelor’s of science in nursing degree from Texas Woman’s University and her master’s from Capella University.

“Her students love her in clinicals,” Cooper said.

Lewis continues her nursing practice in Brenham at Baylor Scott & White hospital.

“She’s very busy,” Cooper said.

John Stevens, division director for liberal arts, introduced Rick Prezsch, assistant professor of economics.

Prezsch has a law degree from John Marshall Law School and a bachelor’s and master’s in economics from Roosevelt University.

“He teaches both macro and micro economics,” Stevens said. “He uses active learning techniques in the classroom,” Stevens said.

A student evaluation sought a raise for Prezsch.

Lesley Keeling-Olson, division director for business and career professions, introduced M. Isaac Masoner, assistant professor and department chair of business and management.

He taught accounting for five years, Keeling-Olson said.

“Our accounting program has boomed under his tutelage,” she said.

It’s not unusual to find extra chairs pulled into his office as he sits with students to help them understand the work, Keeling-Olson said.