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Faculty In The News - Archives 2011

Ithaca Professor’s Debut Novel Makes NY Times List of Ten Best Books of 2011

Photo of book coverIthaca College assistant professor of Writing Eleanor Henderson's debut novel, Ten Thousand Saints, has been named as one of the ten best books of 2011 by the New York Times. The novel, published in June, received wide critical praise, including on the cover of the New York Times Book Review, in which reviewer Stacey D’Erasmo noted that Henderson, “writes the hell out of every moment, every scene, every perspective, every fleeting impression, every impulse and desire and bit of emotional detritus. She is never ironic or underwhelmed; her preferred mode is fierce, devoted, and elegiac.” Read more.

Stetson Professor Eric Kurlander awarded Fulbright Scholar grant

Photo of Eric KurlanderDr. Eric Kurlander, associate professor and chair of the History Department at Stetson University, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant for research and teaching in Freiburg, Germany, during the spring semester 2012, the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board has announced. From January through April, Kurlander will conduct research on his next book project, "A Supernatural History of the Third Reich," at the Institute for East German Folklore, University of Freiburg Folklore Institute and the Federal Military Archives in Germany. Beginning in April, he will also teach in the History Department at the Freiburg University of Education and give public lectures on his research. Stetson has a study abroad program for students to attend the Freiburg University of Education for a semester or full academic year. Read more.

Belmont Appoints Dean of College of Health Sciences and Nursing

Photo of Cathy TaylorDr. Cathy Taylor, DrPH, MSN, RN, has been named as the new dean of the Gordon E. Inman College of Health Sciences & Nursing at Belmont University. Taylor currently serves as the assistant commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Health’s Bureau of Health Services Administration where she oversees delivery of traditional public health and primary care services in 89 rural counties and contracted services with Tennessee’s six metropolitan health departments. Dr. Taylor will begin her new position at Belmont on Feb. 1, 2012. Read more.

Photo of book coverFaculty News from Hamline

National Public Radio has selected "Breadcrumbs," a fantasy novel by Anne Ursu, faculty member in Hamline University’s MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults program, for its Backseat Book Club. Read more.

Hamline’s Kathy Burleson, senior lecturer in biology, and Betsy Martinez-Vaz, assistant professor of biology, recently published a paper in the Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education. The article was titled "Microbes in Mascara: Hypothesis-Driven Research in an Nonmajor Biology Lab."

Redlands Professor’s Sundial to Head to Mars

University of Redlands professor Tyler Nordgren has designed a sundial on board the new Mars rover, "Curiosity." Read more.

Valparaiso Names New Dean for College of Business

James Brodzinski will join Valparaiso University as dean of the College of Business beginning July 1, 2012. In his new role, James will be responsible for the strategic leadership, coordination, and guidance of the College. Read more.

Photo of Miles GrothWagner Professor to Edit New Journal

Wagner College psychology professor Miles Groth will edit New Male Studies: An International Journal, a new open-access, online, interdisciplinary journal for research and discussion of issues facing boys and men worldwide. Read more.

Drury Professor’s Civil War Book Earns Prestigious Award

Photo of Randy FullerDr. Randall Fuller, professor of English and the director of the Honors Program at Drury University, received the Christian Gauss Award for his book, From Battlefield’s Rising: How the Civil War Transformed American Literature. This award is given to books that show exceptional literary scholarship and criticism. Read more.

Faculty News from Hamline University

Photo of Fahima AzizProfessor Fahima Aziz, Economics Department at Hamline University, gave a series of lectures on "Theory of Labor Supply," Theory of Labor Demand," "Unemployment," and a public lecture on "U.S. Labor Market After the Financial Crisis", to both faculty and students in the doctoral program at the Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia in Modena, Italy.

Photo of Mark BerksonMark Berkson, Religion Department, presented a paper at the national American Academy of Religion conference in San Francisco. The paper was entitled, "Confucian Perspectives on Shame, Guilt and the Self."

Photo of Deanna ThompsonProfessor Deanna Thompson, Religion Department, presided over a session on "Luther and the Jews" for the Martin Luther and Global Lutheran Traditions group at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in San Francisco. She also chaired the business meeting for the Martin Luther group.

Photo of Andrea BellAndrea Bell, modern languages and literatures, recently presented a paper on Chilean science fiction writer Hugo Correa at a conference in Lima, Peru.

Faculty News from Ithaca College

Photo of Timothy JohnsonTimothy A. Johnson, associate professor of music theory, history and composition and chair of graduate studies at Ithaca College, has recently published “John Adams’s ‘Nixon in China’: Musical Analysis, Historical and Political Perspectives.” Johnson’s book examines American composer John Adams’ opera “Nixon in China,” which was inspired by former president Richard Nixon’s 1972 visit to China. After premiering at the Houston Grand Opera in 1987, Adams’s work has been performed in Europe and North America. Read more.

Photo of Bruce HendersonThe National Communication Association (NCA) has honored Bruce Henderson, professor of communication studies at Ithaca College, with its Lilla A. Heston Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Interpretation and Performance Studies. Henderson was cited for bringing together disability studies with performance studies as well as for his sustained body of work in the field. Henderson has served as chair of the Department of Communication Studies (formerly Department of Speech Communication) and coordinator of the culture and communication program and health communication minor. Read more.

Faculty News from Nazareth College

Photo of Kathy CalderwoodNazareth College’s Kathy Calderwood, associate professor of art, was invited to attend the international Florence Biennale of Contemporary Art at the Fortezza da Basso in Florence, Italy. This renowned juried exhibition takes place every two years and is supported by the United Nations with more than 600 artists representing close to 70 countries. Calderwood will exhibit three paintings in the Biennale. Read more.

Photo of Kathleen DaBoll-LavoieNazareth College’s Kathleen DaBoll-Lavoie, department chair of Inclusive Childhood Education, has been appointed by the Board of Regents to serve as one of the higher education representatives on the New York State Professional Standards and Practices Board. DaBoll-Lavoie was recommended for this position by the Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Education Department. Read more.

Faculty News from North Central College

Photo of Lureau and HayesNorth Central College’s Sarah Lureau, assistant professor of accounting, and Alli Purcell Hayes, assistant professor of accounting, presented an active learning strategy, titled “Simulating ‘Real World’ Team Working Environments Within the Classroom,” at the annual Illinois Accounting Teachers Conference in Chicago. Read more.

Photo of Zachary Michael JackThe Daily Iowan, the newspaper of the University of Iowa, interviewed Zachary Michael Jack, assistant professor of English, about his new book, "Native Soulmate: A Season in Search of a Love Homegrown." Jack says it's part love story, part adventure story and an exploration of current issues that concern rural and small-town Iowa and the Midwest. Read more.

Photo of Dan HaerleThe Dan Haerle Trio, comprised of North Central College jazz faculty and clinicians, has released its third CD, “Aspiration,” showcasing 13 original compositions by pianist Dan Haerle. Bassist Bob Bowman and drummer Jack Mouse are also part of the group and featured artists on the album. The trio has been playing together for more than 30 years. Read more.

Samford Trustees Elect New Faculty

Samford University’s board of trustees elected new faculty members and new officers at their regular meeting in Birmingham. New faculty were Photo of Betsy Dobbinsin the following areas: communication studies, pharmacy, teacher education, accounting, music and economics. Read more.

Trustees also named Elizabeth G. (Betsy) Dobbins, associate professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences, as the inaugural Paul N. Propst Professor of Natural Sciences. Read more.

Stetson Names Director of Choral Activities

Photo of Timothy PeterDr. Timothy Peter, professor of music at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, will become Stetson University’s new director of choral activities and professor of music, effective August 2012. Read more.

University of Evansville Invests New Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing

Margaret McMullan, professor of creative writing at the University of Evansville, was invested as the Melvin M. Peterson Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing at a ceremony in UE's Neu Chapel. Read more.

Photo of Jean HarrisScranton Professor Discusses President Obama’s Visit with Bloomberg News

Jean Harris, head of the political science department at The University of Scranton was quoted in coverage of President Obama's visit to Scranton. Read more.

University of Evansville Professor Appointed Editor of Hemingway Series

Photo of Mark CirinoMark Cirino, assistant professor of English at the University of Evansville, has been appointed general editor for the Reading Hemingway series from Kent State University Press. This prestigious series provides annotations and commentaries on Ernest Hemingway's major works, including contextual information and interpretive guidance for a wide variety of readers. Read more.

Westminster Professor Shares Battle to Keep Son Alive in New Book

Vicki Whiting, a business professor at Westminster College, watched her teenager wither away while doctors and specialists struggled to unlock the mystery of his illness for more than a year. In their first book, In Pain We Trust: A Conversation Between Mother and Son on the Journey from Sickness to Health, Whiting and her son chronicle their journey from fighting the challenges of the American health care system, to finding answers. Read more.

Hampton Names Brett Pulley of Bloomberg News as Dean of Journalism School

Photo of Brett PulleyHampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey has announced that Brett Pulley will become dean of the HU Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications, effective January 1, 2012. Pulley, business journalist and author, currently covers the media and entertainment industries at Bloomberg L.P., the global information services, news and media company. Read more.

Stephen Colbert Meets Quantum Levitation - Courtesy of Ithaca College

Photo from Colbert Report episodeWhat do you get when you cross an Ithaca College experiment in quantum levitation with Comedy Central? In the case of the “Colbert Report,” you get a cup of ice cream suspended in mid-air. Associate professor of Physics Matthew C. Sullivan was featured on the November 9 episode of the show, helping host Stephen Colbert demonstrate why his Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor — Americone Dream — is “the ice cream of the future.” Read more.

Photo of book coverIthaca College Sociologist's Novel Takes 'A Journey With Schizophrenia'

Drawing upon his many years of counseling the mentally ill, Ithaca College sociology instructor Terry Garahan has published the novel “When Truth Lies: A Journey with Schizophrenia.” Taking that journey is Kevin, a young schizophrenic who hits the road after graduating from high school in 1967. Read more.

Nazareth College's Chair of Nursing Receives Founders Service Award

Photo of Jeanine Seguin SantelliNazareth College’s School of Health and Human Services is proud to announce Nursing Department chair Jeanine Seguin Santelli as the recipient of the 2011 Founders Service Award from the International Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG). The Founders Service Award is given to honor an ISONG member who has made outstanding and significant contributions to genetics/genomics nursing through service to the ISONG. Read more.

North Central Professors Present at Educators Conference

Photo of Kelly Pilleux and Jack ShindlerNorth Central College’s Jack Shindler, professor of English and director of international programs, and Kelly Pilleux, international student advisor, presented independent sessions at NAFSA, the Association of International Educators Region V annual conference at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Shindler presented a session titled “New Developments in Study Abroad Preparation Courses,” and Pilleux presented a session titled “Increasing Retention: Using Strategic Data Collection to Customize Your International Student Orientation.” Read more.

Samford Professor Featured During C-SPAN’s “Birmingham Weekend”

Samford University history professor and chair, Jonathan Bass, was featured in a special series on American History TV (C-SPAN 3) which looked at Civil Rights history and Birmingham’s role during that movement in America. Bass gave his insights into the story of Martin Luther King’s time in a Birmingham jail. Read more.

Photo of Stephen Chew at podiumSamford Professor Named U. S. Professor of Year by Carnegie Foundation

Samford University psychology professor and department chair Stephen Chew has been named the 2011 U. S. Professor of the Year for Master’s Universities and Colleges by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Read more.

Redlands Professor Discusses Salton Sea Project

In this video, University of Redlands professor of Environmental Studies Tim Krantz talks about the ecological importance of the Salton Sea Integrated Water Management Project. The Salton Sea Database Program began in 1998 and is funded by a $4.7 million federal grant and provides support and outreach to stakeholders engaged in the restoration of California’s largest inland water body. Krantz's work on the Salton Sea is supported by The Redlands Institute, an interdisciplinary, collaborative research enterprise within the University. Read more.

Photo of coverWagner Professors Co-Edit French Studies Journal

Wagner College professors Natalie Edwards and Christopher Hogarth were two of the three guest editors (with Amy Hubbell of the University of Queensland and Kansas State University) of a special issue of the journal, Women in French Studies, recently published by the scholarly society, Women in French. Read more.

Photo of Thomas BrinkerArcadia Professor Discusses Financing Medical Care in Exceptional Parent Magazine

Thomas M. Brinker, Jr., LL.M. CPA, professor of Accounting and executive director of the M.B.A. program at Arcadia University, published “Home Equity Loans and Retirement Plan Distributions” in the November 2011 issue of Exceptional Parent magazine. Read more.

Nazareth Professor Named Art Educator of YearPhoto of Shannon Elliott

Nazareth College associate professor and director of Art Education Shannon Elliott will receive the 2011 New York State Art Teacher’s Association (NYSATA) Art Educator of the Year Award for demonstrating her outstanding ability and commitment to further the field of art education, both in and out of the classroom. Read more.

Photo of Eric Fournier with studentSamford Professor Wins Excellence in Teaching Award

Samford University Geography Department professor and chair Eric Fournier has received the 2011 Excellence in Teaching Award of the SouthEastern Division of the Association of American Geographers (SEDAAG). Read more.

Stetson Faculty Named to Endowed Chairs, Director Positions

Two longtime faculty members at Stetson University have been named to endowed chairs in their departments, a tribute that reflects outstanding professional achievements and the confidence of the leadership of the School of Business Administration.

Photo of Ted Surynt
Dr. Ted J. Surynt
Dr. Mike E. Bitter

Two other key faculty members have been appointed as directors of successful Business School programs – the Executive Passport Program and the Online Master of Accountancy Program.

Dr. Ted J. Surynt, professor of Information Systems, now holds the C.R. Lindback Professor of Business Administration Chair, and Dr. Mike E. Bitter, professor of Accounting, holds the Rinker Distinguished Professor of Accounting Chair. Both appointments were made by Dean Stuart Michelson.

The two new directors of established programs are Dr. Fred Augustine, Graduate Business Studies director, who has taken the Online MAcc Program under his purview, and Dr. Becky Oliphant, director of the MBA International Summer Program, who has added responsibility for the Executive Passport Program, a degree-completion program based at the Stetson University Center at Celebration. Read more.

Redlands Professor Receives NSF Grant

University of Redlands professor Dan Klooster’s project, “Trans-border Indigenous Environmental Governance: Assessing the connections of Mexican indigenous peoples in the United States to their communities of origin,” has been funded by an $161,998 grant from the National Science Foundation. The project will focus on biodiversity conservation and environmental service provisioning in Mexico, and Klooster plans to bring students on two May Term Oaxaca trips to study the community’s forest management and eco-tourism projects. Read more.

Valparaiso Professor Named Indiana World Language Teacher of the Year

Photo of Sarah DeMarisSarah DeMaris, professor of German at Valparaiso University, was named Indiana World Language Teacher of the Year at the 2011 Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association annual conference in Indianapolis. DeMaris was selected as the top overall winner from a group of finalists representing teachers of foreign languages from throughout the state at all levels, from elementary through college. DeMaris was chosen based on a number of factors including her record of teaching excellence and her service to the profession. The state award qualifies her to move on to the regional competition for the World Language Teacher of the Year award. Read more.

Faculty News from Hamline

Photo of Letitia Basford and Rachel Endo (r)Letitia Basford, assistant professor in the School of Education at Hamline University, and Rachel Endo, assistant professor and chair of teacher education in the School of Education, presented "Rethinking Cultural Competence: The Value of Experiential Learning in Diversity Courses for Pre-Service Teachers" at the National Association for Multicultural Education’s Association’s 21st International Annual Conference in Chicago, IL. Endo was also recognized for serving on the association's 2011 conference proposal review committee.

Maria Jesús Leal, assistant professor of Spanish in the Modern Languages and Literatures Department, has published a book with the University of Valladolid, Spain. This work, entitled Phraseological Expressions in Spanish and its Application to Teaching Spanish as a Second Language: A comparative Study Applied to Anglophone Students. The book focuses on the methodology of teaching fixed and idiomatic expressions in Spanish as a foreign language.

Ithaca College Study Links Attitudes to Diabetes Management

According to a new study by an Ithaca College psychology professor Mary Turner DePalma and her two colleagues, people with diabetes who see themselves as responsible for their disease blame themselves for making poor lifestyle choices and are significantly less likely to monitor their glucose levels, properly inject themselves and make lifestyle choices that would benefit their condition. Read more.

Pacific Lutheran Professor Speaks at Legacy and Leadership Symposium

Lynn Hunnicutt, director of the Center for Vocation and associate professor of economics at Pacific Lutheran University, presented "Non-Lutheran ways to be a Lutheran School in the Pacific Northwest" at the Symposium on Legacy and Leadership at Concordia University Texas in Austin, Texas. The symposium was sponsored by the Lutheran Educational Conference of North America (LECNA).

Pacific Lutheran Professor Uses Food to Make Chemistry More Palatable

Photo of labThe recipe for how Pacific Lutheran University assistant professor of Chemistry Justin Lytle teaches looks a little like this: Add two parts enthusiasm and a love of teaching, one part knowledge of the sciences, and a heaping scoop of passion for the chemistry of food. Then sprinkle in a little dry humor, and mix slowly. Read more.

Faculty News from the University of Evansville

Photo of Margaret StevensonMargaret Stevenson, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Evansville, recently co-authored a study titled “Anti-Arab Prejudice Extends Beyond Terrorist Stereotypes.” Stevenson and her two co-authors presented the study at the Association for Psychological Science’s 23rd Annual Convention in Washington, D.C. where they received the RISE Research Award, which aims to cultivate scholarly research in psychological fields related to socially and economically underrepresented populations. Read more.

Photo of Robert CatenaRobert Catena, assistant professor of physical therapy and director of the University of Evansville’s Dunigan Movement Analysis Lab, has recently co-authored two journal publications. “Biomechanics and Injury Risk Assessment of Falls onto Protective Floor Mats,” with collaborations at California State University, Los Angeles and Mercedes-Benz, was published in the November/December 2011 issue of Rehabilitation Nursing. Catena also co-authored “Balance Control During Lateral Load Transfers Over a Slippery Surface” with collaborations at Harvard University and Liberty Mutual. This research was published in the November 2011 issue of Ergonomics. Read more.

Photo of designWagner Professor Wins National Award for News Design

Claire Regan ’80, an assistant professor of journalism at Wagner College, was given the prestigious Award of Excellence earlier this month by the Society for News Design. Professor Regan won her award in the Page One category for the July 4, 2010 front page she designed for the Staten Island Advance, where she is associate managing editor. Read more.

Faculty News from Westminster

Richard Badenhausen, director of Westminster College’s Honors program, was one of seven faculty members from around the country to be named a 2011 National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) Fellow. According to NCHC past president John Zubizarreta this “distinction celebrates [his] many contributions not only to our organization but more widely to honors teaching, learning, scholarship, and leadership within the growing international influence of NCHC in higher education.” Badenhausen became involved in Honors education in 1994 and has since been active in NCHC in a variety of ways, helping plan the last seven national conventions, co-chairing the student research program at the meeting, and giving sixteen different conference presentations on Honors pedagogy and administration during the past five years. He sits on the editorial board of HIP: Honors in Practice, is a former member of the NCHC Board of Directors, and is a Recommended NCHC Site Visitor. His most recent essays on Honors education in JNCHC: The Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council are “‘Help, I Need Somebody’: Rethinking How We Conceptualize Honors” (11.2), “Immigrant Song: A Cautionary Note about Honors and Technology” (10.2), and the forthcoming “Costs and Benefits in the Economy of Honors” (13.1).

Westminster College English professor Lance Newman’s recently published The Grand Canyon Reader, a collection of literary works about the iconic canyon, combines two sides of Newman’s professional life, his passion for the written word and his extensive experience as a river guide in the Grand Canyon. In a Los Angeles Times review, Julie Cart calls Newman’s presentation effective and thoughtful, “But the book blossoms best when sharing intimate, overlooked travel tales …all the stories retold in The Grand Canyon Reader explore some facet of the connection to a place both ancient and otherworldly.”

Ithaca Professor's Work to be Shown on PBS Series

Tom Nicholson on the set of “The Illusion of Time.” Time lapse photography and video shot by an Ithaca College faculty member will be seen in an upcoming episode of “Fabric of the Cosmos,” a four-part series for “Nova” being aired by PBS. Tom Nicholson, an associate professor of television-radio in the Roy H. Park School of Communications, worked on the episode titled “The Illusion of Time,” which will premiere on November 9. Based on the book by physicist Brian Greene, who also hosts the series, “Fabric of the Cosmos” takes viewers to the frontiers of physics to see how scientists are piecing together the most complete picture yet of space, time and the universe. The “Illusion of Time” episode hurtles 50 years into the future before stepping into a wormhole to travel back to the past, along the way revealing a new way of thinking about time in which moments past, present and future exist all at once. Read more.

Photo of Ramona WisFaculty Updates from North Central College

Ramona M. Wis, North Central College’s Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts and professor and chair of music, was keynote speaker and a session presenter at the British Columbia Music Educators Association conference. Read more.

Photo of Renard JacksonRenard Jackson, North Central College assistant professor of education, presented the workshop “Milestone: Making a Commitment To Partnerships” at the 23rd annual National Dropout Prevention Network Conference. Read more.

Photo of Patricia BayonaPatricia Bayona, North Central College adjunct assistant professor of Spanish, is editor of an article in the new book “New Trends in Crosslinguistic Influence and Multilingualism Research,” Ed. Gessica de Angelis and Jean-Marc Dewaele by Multilingual Matters. Read more.

University of Evansville Professor Accepts Top Prize at Indiana Authors Award Dinner

Margaret McMullan, a University of Evansville professor of creative writing and the Melvin M. Peterson Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing, delivered the keynote address at the Indiana Authors Award Dinner. McMullan, the author of six novels, also accepted the National Author award, which recognizes a writer who has Indiana ties but whose work is known and read throughout the country. Read more.

Book CoverWagner Professor Co-Edits Book

Natalie Edwards, a modern language professor at Wagner College, has co-edited “Textual and Visual Selves: Photography, Film and Comic Art in French Autobiography,” a new book due for release this December by the University of Nebraska Press. Edwards’ co-editors are Amy L. Hubbell of Kansas State University and Ann Miller of the University of Leicester. Read more.

Westminster Professor Releases Book on Creating Leaderless Organizations

We have been taught to think that all organizations have a defined structure and a clearly identified leader. But in his book, The Myth of Leadership: Creating Leaderless Organizations (Nicholas Brealey Publishing: Boston & London), Westminster College philosophy professor Dr. Jeffrey Nielsen suggests leaderless organizations cannot only be developed, but can flourish and succeed in a contemporary society. Nielsen’s book was first published worldwide on hardcover in 2004, but is being issued for the first time in paperback this month. Nielsen is working with his publisher on a second book to better understand the significance of leaderless reform movements and how to sustain them over a period of time without them collapsing into leader-based hierarchies.

Drury Professor Studies Junk….in Outer Space

Photo of Greg OjakangasHave you ever wondered what sorts of things are orbiting the earth? It’s easy to imagine satellites and space stations, but there are also small pieces of space junk that could do serious damage to the billions of dollars of equipment in orbit, or which could take the lives of astronauts and cosmonauts. Figuring out what those small pieces of junk are and where they’re headed is a part-time job for Drury University physics professor and NASA consultant Dr. Greg Ojakangas. Read more.

Hamline Business Professors to Edit Prestigious Public Affairs Journal

Photo of David SchultzHamline University School of Business professors David Schultz and Kristen Norman-Major have been selected to edit the prestigious Journal for Public Affairs Education. In 2010, the pair was initially chosen to serve as the interim editors and have been subsequently selected to edit the journal for a full three-year term, beginning this fall. One of the top journals of its kind, the Journal for Public Affairs Education is run by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, which is a noted organization in the United States for education in that field. Read more.

North Central Professor Tapped for Accounting Expertise

Photo of David GrayDavid Gray, North Central College assistant professor of accounting, presented “Improving Students’ Understanding of Quality of Earnings and Footnote Disclosures Using Excel Analyses” at the American Accounting Association (AAA) Midwest Regional Conference’s Effective Learning Strategies Forum in Indianapolis. Gray was also interviewed for an online article titled “Should I Do Payroll Myself Or Use A Payroll Service?” and published Oct. 14 on Z-S Knowledge Center. Read more.

Samford University Professor Creates Video Series to Boost Student Study Skills

Photo of Stephen ChewStephen Chew, chair of Samford University's Psychology Department and resident expert on this problem, has created a unique online video series with practical advice grounded in research that helps students learn to study. As he began to transform his lectures and research on study skills into a video series, Chew investigated similar resources nationally. He didn't find many, and those he found were lacking in important ways. Chew's video project differs from those others in significant ways. For a start, his are thoroughly grounded in research on how people learn and draw from Chew's personal experience of more than a quarter-century of undergraduate teaching. Chew's videos also offer a more comprehensive and systematic explanation of how people learn, ranging from student beliefs and misconceptions to cognitively based strategies for studying. Rather than focus on tips or a specific method, Chew's videos explain the general principles of effective study and allow students to develop their own effective study strategies according to those principles. "A single study strategy will not be effective for all students in all classes," Chew said, "but all effective study strategies follow certain basic principles of learning.”

Chew earned Samford’s John H. Buchanan Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching award in 1999. In 2001, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching named him Alabama Professor of the Year. The American Psychological Association honored Chew with its 2005 Robert S. Daniel Teaching Excellence Award, recognizing him as the nation’s best psychology teacher at a four-year college.

Photo of Joe VinsonScranton Professor Tapped for Research on Health and Spuds

The University of Scranton chemistry professor Joe Vinson, Ph.D., was quoted in a USA Today story about health and potatoes, based on his research on the topic. Read more.

University of Evansville’s Jennie Ebeling Featured at Biblical Archaeology Conference

Photo of Jennie EbelingJennie Ebeling, associate professor of archaeology and chair of the Department of Archaeology and Art History at the University of Evansville, was a featured speaker at The Future of Biblical Archaeology Conference held at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. At the conference, Ebeling led a breakout session titled “The Use and Abuse of 19th-20th Century Palestinian Ethnography on Reconstructions of Life in Biblical Israel.” She also discussed the methodology behind her book Women’s Lives in Biblical Times, published in 2010 by T&T Clark International. The book uses archaeological, iconographic, and ethnographic data to create a detailed description of the life of an average woman who might lived in the central highlands of Iron Age I (ca. 1200-1000 BCE) Israel. Read more.

Redlands Professor Wins Film Award

Photo of Monty HempelMonty Hempel, Hedco Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Redlands, has won the John Muir Award for Best Environmental Film at the 2011 Yosemite International Film Festival. Hempel’s 2011 documentary, “Spirit of Place,” tells the story of Dr. Marilee Scaff, an extraordinary 95-year-old woman whose love of magnificent forests, flowers, mountains, and streams has taught her valuable lessons about the meaning of life. Read more.

Valparaiso’s Dean of Nursing Honored with Innovation Award

Photo of Janet BrownValparaiso University’s Janet Brown, dean of the College of Nursing, recently was inducted into the Northwest Indiana Society of Innovators. During her tenure at Valpo, Brown has launched overseas “cultural immersion” experiences for nursing students, and has expanded the College of Nursing’s programs. She created intensive two-week visits for nursing students to Costa Rica, Chile, Thailand, and Nicaragua. She also led the growth of the College of Nursing from 25 students to about 350 undergraduate students, 45 master’s students, and 28 doctoral students.

Arcadia Professor Named Runner-Up of National Award for Emerging Researchers

Dr. Clare Papay, assistant professor of Education at Arcadia University, was the runner-up recipient of the Pat Sitlington Emerging Researcher Award at the 2011 Council for Exceptional Children Division on Career Development and Transition International Conference. The award is given for exemplary graduate research in the field of transition education for individuals with disabilities. Papay was recognized for research in her doctoral dissertation, “Best Practices in Transition to Adult Life for Youth with Intellectual Disabilities: A National Perspective Using the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2.” Read more.

Book coverIthaca College Psychology Professor Coauthors Research Textbook

Ithaca College professor of psychology Barney Beins has coauthored “Research Methods and Statistics,” a college textbook intended to help students think critically about research and data analysis. Published by Pearson Higher Education, the book was written with Maureen McCarthy of Kennesaw State University. Read more.

Sage Dean’s Article Focuses on Innovation

An article authored by Dan Robeson, dean of the School of Management and professor of management at The Sage Colleges, will be featured in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Production Innovation Management. “Board of Directors: Innovation and Performance: An Exploration at Multiple Levels,” investigates the dynamics of governance over breakthrough innovation within Fortune 1000 firms.

Redlands Dean Settles into New Post

Kathy Ogren is approaching her new position as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences “one day at a time.”
“We make the path by walking it, and I ask everyone to educate me about their expectations and needs relative to my new responsibilities,” she said. Ogren has been at the University of Redlands since 1985. Redlands, she said, appeared to be a great place to start a full-time teaching position. She started as a visiting professor in the history department, and has taught about 50 courses since, including jazz studies and cowboy poetry. Read more.

Butler Professor Honored for Educational Aid to Ghanaian Church

Photo of Kwadwo AnokwaThe Presbyterian Church of Ghana has honored Butler University professor of Journalism Kwadwo Anokwa for his long-term support of education in his hometown of Obo in the eastern region of Ghana. For more than a decade, Anokwa and his wife, Charlotte, have funded meals for students of the Obo Presbyterian school he attended as a child. Since 2006, he has rallied Butler colleagues and other friends to sponsor the school’s annual Speech and Prize-Giving Day, a celebration of student achievements. More than 500 children participate in both the feeding and the Prize-Giving programs every year. The projects grew out of two trips Anokwa and other Butler faculty made to Obo to inform their teaching about African culture in the Change and Tradition curriculum. Read more.

Butler Professor’s Essay on Ward Churchill Published in Journal

Photo of Casey KellyAn essay written by Casey Kelly, visiting assistant professor in the College of Communication’s Media, Rhetoric and Culture (MRC) program at Butler University, appears in the latest issue of Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, a peer-reviewed journal published four times a year by the National Communication Association. The essay, "Blood-Speak: Ward Churchill and the Racialization of American Indian Identity," argues that criticism of Churchill, an author on Native American issues, may be based on racial prejudice. Churchill was dismissed from teaching ethnic studies at the University of Colorado Boulder (UCB) after suggesting that unlawful U.S. foreign policy prompted the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Read more.

Ithaca College Faculty Members Win Grant to Examine Wiki Use by History Students

Photos of Michael Smith (left) and Ali ErkanThe National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded a $50,000 grant to two Ithaca College faculty members to examine how students’ use of wikis can help them reach and cross conceptual thresholds in their understanding of historical knowledge. Michael Smith, associate professor of history and environmental studies and sciences, and Ali Erkan, associate professor of computer science, were awarded the grant for their project titled “Untangling the Web of Historical Thinking: What the Structures of Student-Produced Wikis Reveal.” A wiki is a website developed collaboratively by a community of users, allowing any user to create and edit content. Read more.

Ithaca Professor Examines Agent Orange’s Effects on Vietnam and its People

Book coverNearly three decades after writing about the effects Agent Orange had on the soldiers who used it in Vietnam War, Fred Wilcox has returned to the topic of chemical exposure — this time chronicling its tragic consequences on the health of the Vietnamese people and their environment. An associate professor of writing at Ithaca College, Wilcox is the author of “Scorched Earth: Legacies of Chemical Warfare in Vietnam,” published by Seven Stories Press. Read more.

University of Evansville Finance Professor Delivers Keynote at Istanbul Conference

Walayet A. Khan, professor of finance in the University of Evansville’s Schroeder Family School of Business Administration, recently served as the keynote speaker at the 2011 Global Business, Finance, and Economics Research Conference in Istanbul, Turkey. Khan discussed how the U.S. sub-prime mortgage crisis converted into a global financial crisis. He also received the Best Paper Award for his work titled "Islamic Commercial Banking: A Cross-Country and Inter-Bank Analysis of Efficiency Performance." Read more.

Wagner Professor Named Nurse Practitioner of Year

Wagner College adjunct nursing professor Margaret “Peggy” Terjesen was named the Nurse Practitioner of the Year by the Staten Island Chapter of the Nurse Practitioners of New York State. Terjesen is a 2000 graduate of Wagner College’s Nurse Practitioner Program. She currently works as a nurse practitioner certified in the field of family health (FNP). As an adjunct professor in the Evelyn L. Spiro School of Nursing, Terjesen teaches courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

Hamline Biology Professor Shares Mountain-Climbing Experiences

When Hamline University professor Mike Farris teaches his class about the life that thrives in Earth’s most extreme vertical climates, he does so with plenty of first-hand experience. Having climbed nine of the world’s tallest mountains—including a perilous 2009 journey to the summit of Everest—the professor of biology and chair of the environmental studies department has incredible stories and experiences he likes to share with students. Read more.

Photo of Kim DunnickIthaca Music Professor Named President of International Trumpet Guild

Ithaca College professor of Music Kim Dunnick has begun a two-year term as president of the International Trumpet Guild, a not-for-profit organization founded ito promote communication among trumpeters and to improve the artistic level of performance, teaching and literature of the trumpet. Read more.

North Central Professors Publish Essays, Co-author Book Chapter

Photo of Gerald GemsGerald Gems, professor of health and physical education at North Central College, gave a presentation titled “Migration, Assimilation, and Sport: Historical Developments and Current Events” at the University of Copenhagen Summer School for graduate students. In addition, he served as an advisor to several American and international students relative to the development of their doctoral dissertations. Gems also wrote two essays in the August 2011 book, “Sports in America: From Colonial Times to the Twenty-First Century” (Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe), and coauthored a chapter with Gertrud Pfister of the University of Copenhagen on College Sport to be published in a German book, titled “Amerikanischer Sport” Photo of Gregory Wolf(Munster, Germany: Waxman Verlag). Read more.

Gregory H. Wolf, North Central College professor of German, is a member of the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR) and recently published a 5,000-word essay on Claude Osteen, an all-star pitcher in the 1960s and 1970s in conjunction with SABR’s Baseball Biography Project. The SABR was founded in 1971 at the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Read more.

Photo of Catherine SalmonRedlands’ Professor’s Research Lands on Cover of ‘Time’

University of Redlands author and psychologist Catherine Salmon weighed in on "Playing Favorites" in the cover story on the Oct. 3, 2011 issue of Time Magazine. Read more.

Wagner Professor Publishes Essay on Creative Process

Photo of drawing“The aspect of picture-making which intrigues me the most is at the point where luck and intention meets — the crisscrossing of fate and accident on the way to ‘finding’ a picture.” That’s how Wagner College art professor Bill Murphy opens the latest essay on his creative process — describing the conception, gestation and birth of a new etching — which appears in the Fall 2011 issue of the Journal of the Print World. Read more.

Arcadia Professors Pursue Scholarly Endeavors in Europe

Photo of Sheryl Van HorneDr. Sheryl Van Horne, assistant professor and director of Criminal Justice at Arcadia University, attended the European Society for Criminology Conference in Vilnius, Lithuania, where she moderated two panel sessions and presented two papers. The annual conference presents an overview of the latest theoretical and applied developments in criminology, through keynote speeches by scholars and parallel sessions. Van Horne’s first paper, “A Home Confinement Exercise: Reducing Authoritarianism and Enhancing Empathy among College Students,” focuses on ways for faculty members to incorporate a house arrest assignment into their classrooms and the benefits and issues associated with the assignment. The second paper Van Horne presented, “Rethinking U.S. Mass Incarceration: 21st Century Challenges and Implications for Europe and Beyond,” examines mass incarceration as an emerging social problem, from both an economic and a moral perspective. Read more.

Dr. William D. Biggs, professor emeritus, and former chair of the Department of Business, Health Administration and Economics, recently returned from Warsaw, Poland, where he conducted two five-day Business Games and Simulations Implementation Seminar workshops at Kozminski University. Developed under a grant from the Fulbright Senior Specialists Program, the workshops were designed for individuals interested in computerized business simulations. Read more.

Drury Professor Moves to Tanzania for Teaching and Research

Photo of Erin and MariamHelen Keller once said, “Life is either a great adventure, or nothing.” Drury University professor Erin Kenny is opting for the adventure. Kenny and her 7-year-old daughter Kiera recently moved to the east African country Tanzania where Kenny will teach and conduct research as a Fulbright Scholar for the next 10 months. Read more.

News from Ithaca College Professors

Assistant Professor Cathrene Connery, of the Ithaca College Department of Education, published a new book, Profiles in Emergent Biliteracy: Children Making Meaning in a Chicano Community. In the book, Dr. Connery presents ethnographic research about the language learning of Chicano kindergartners enrolled in a two-way, bilingual school in New Mexico. Read more.

Ithaca College professor Barney Beins (Psychology) was elected to a three-year term on the American Psychological Association's Council of Representatives, which is APA’s legislative body with sole authority to set policy and appropriate APA’s revenue. Read more.

Latest Publications from North Central Professors

Photos of Van Oyen and WildersNorth Central College’s Lawrence Van Oyen, professor of music, and Richard Wilders, Marie and Bernice Gantzert Professor in the Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor of mathematics, had their co-authored article, “Turning Students into Symmetry Detectives,” published in the September issue of Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, a publication of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The article discusses how the mathematical concept of symmetry can be used to analyze certain kinds of art. Read more.

Photo of Steve MacekAlso, Steve Macek, associate professor of speech communication and coordinator of urban and suburban studies at North Central College, had his article, “The Reporter’s Rebellion: ‘The Chicago Journalism Review’ 1968-1975,” published in a new anthology about communication history, “A Moment of Danger: Critical Studies in the History of U.S. Communication Since World War II.” Read more.

Fouse To Lead Samford's Division of Music

Photo of Kathryn FouseSamford University has announced that Dr. Kathryn Fouse, professor of Music, will serve as associate dean for the Division of Music in the university's School of the Arts, starting with the 2011 fall semester. Read more.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant Awarded to Sage Professors

Assistant Professor of Nursing Kathleen Kelly, together with School of Management Associate Dean Kimberly Fredericks, Ph.D., MPA, RD, of Sage College, received a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to analyze The Institute of Medicine’s recommendations for the landmark 2010 report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change and Advancing Healthcare. The Future of Nursing recommended that the nursing profession adopt important changes to meet the increased demand for care in an increasingly complex heathcare system.

Sage Professor Elected President of NY Phys Ed Council

Constantine Psimopoulos, professor of physical education at Sage College, recently began his two-year term as president of the New York State Professional Preparation Council for Physical Education (NYSPPCPE). Psimopoulos will represent NYSPPCPE and coordinate efforts with other physical education related agencies from around the state to recommend changes regarding the PE field and preparation for future educators.

Scranton Professor Studies Reactions to Infidelity

A study by The University of Scranton assistant professor of psychology Barry Kuhle on reactions to infidelity based on gender was published in Personality and Individual Differences.
Read coverage of the study in the Huffington Post.

Redlands’ Banta Center Director Releases New Book

Photo of bookWhile conducting research and reviewing textbooks for use in his classes, assistant professor Jeffery Smith at the University of Redlands noticed that the voice of the latest generation of business ethics researchers seemed to be missing. So Smith, the founding director of the Banta Center for Business, Ethics and Society, decided to compile a new book – “Normative Theory and Business Ethics (New Perspectives in Business Ethics)” – as part of a push to give young, cutting edge business ethics experts an opportunity to have their work showcased. Read more.

Arcadia Professors Train in East Africa

Photo of group in East AfricaDrs. Amy Cox and Bill Jacobsen, adjunct professors in Arcadia University’s International Peace and Conflict Resolution program, traveled to Burundi recently to become trained facilitators in the Healing and Rebuilding our Communities (HROC) program and developed important reconciliation skills they plan to share with their students. This year’s session marked the first-ever HROC international training and included participants from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Sweden and the United States. The program brought former enemies together as part of a three-day healing and training workshop that builds trust within the group through experiential activities and cooperative exercises. The program also aims to train facilitators so they can bring the HROC model to other countries. Read more.

Photo of book coverWagner Professor Publishes Book on Civic Engagement for Health Care Advocates

Wagner College nursing professor Margaret Governo published a new book with Linus Publications, entitled “No Time for Shadows: Holistic Civic Engagement Approaches for Nurses and other Health Care Advocates in Society.” Read more.

Ithaca Faculty Receive National Science Foundation Grant to Address Teacher Shortages in Science and Math

Photo of classroomFive faculty members from the physics, math and education departments at Ithaca College have obtained a five-year, $1.2 million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation to support the Ithaca College Robert Noyce Scholarship Program, which will prepare 18 undergraduates for careers teaching physics and math in high-need school districts in central New York, New York City and Washington, D.C. Read more.

Ithaca College Distinguished Scholar Receives National Award

Photo of Sandra SteingraberThe Heinz Family Foundation has named scientist and author Sandra Steingraber as one of 10 recipients of the Heinz Award, given for significant achievements benefitting the environment. A Distinguished Scholar in Residence in the Ithaca College School of Humanities and Sciences, Steingraber has dedicated her career to shedding light on the links between cancer and environmental contamination. Read more.

University of Evansville Creative Writing Professor Publishes New Book of Poems

Rob Griffith, associate professor of creative writing at the University of Evansville, has published a new book of poems, The Moon from Every Window, from David Robert Books. Read more.

University of Redlands Announces Endowed Chair

Dr. Johannes Moenius was appointed as the William R. and Sue Johnson Endowed Chair of Spatial Economic Analysis and Regional Planning at the University of Redlands. Read more.

Photo of Zaneta ChapmanArcadia Professor Publishes ‘Bet Doubling’ Article in Journal of Risk Finance

An article on “Bet Doubling in Gambling and Investing,” written by Dr. Zaneta Chapman, assistant professor of Business Administration at Arcadia University, and Dr. Thomas Getzen, emeritus professor at Temple University’s Fox School of Business, was published in the Journal of Risk Finance. Read more.

Photo of Rebecca CraikArcadia Professor Co-Chairs New NIH Medical Rehabilitation Research Panel

Dr. Rebecca Craik, professor and chair of Physical Therapy at Arcadia Univeristy, was one of 13 scientists named to a new blue ribbon medical rehabilitation research panel which will review medical rehabilitation research at the National Institutes of Health. Read more.

Butler Professor Named a Finalist in Indiana Authors Competition

Photo of Micah LingMicah Ling, an adjunct professor of English in Butler University’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, has been named a finalist in the Emerging Author category of the 2011 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Awards. Read more.

PLU Math Professor Receives Award

Jessica Sklar, associate professor of mathematics at Pacific Lutheran University, was named a recipient of the Carl B. Allendoerfer Award from the Mathematical Association of America. She received the honor, along with her co-author Gene Abrams, for the article "The Graph Menagerie: Abstract Algebra and the Mad Veterinarian," Mathematics Magazine (2010). Read more.

Redlands Professor Co-Authors Language Learning Study

Barbara Conboy, assistant professor in Communicative Disorders at the University of Redlands co-authored a study that may offer encouraging news for parents in a bilingual household. The study, published online in the Journal of Phonetics, is the first to measure brain activity in early infancy and relate it to language exposure and speaking ability. Read more.

Ithaca College Physics Professor Joins NASA's First Mission to Return Asteroid Samples to Earth

Photo of ExplorerBeth Ellen Clark, associate professor and chair of the physics department at Ithaca College, has received a $2.7 million grant from NASA to support her participation in the first U.S. mission to bring samples of an asteroid back to the Earth for study and analysis. Named OSIRIS-REx (Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security-Regolith Explorer), the mission is scheduled to embark on a 3.5-billion-mile roundtrip in 2016 to a primitive carbonaceous organic-rich asteroid called RQ36 — short for “(101955) 1999 RQ36.” While orbiting the asteroid, the spacecraft will execute a series of touch-and-go maneuvers at selected sample sites before returning to Earth by 2023. Clark’s grant will fund her research efforts until 2025. Read more.

North Central Professor Creates Digital Soundscape of European Landscape

Photo of Jonathon KirkJonathon Kirk, assistant professor of music at North Central College, was co-commissioned with Belgian artist and composer Thomas Smetryns to develop a site-specific digital soundscape for the Klankatlas project sponsored in part by the Belgian Flemish government and Musica Impulscentrum voor Muziek. For the larger project, sound artists were asked to focus specifically on the region of Belgian Limburg. Read more.

Sage Professor Starring in New Movie

Leigh Strimbeck, assistant professor of creative and performing arts at Sage College, is presently filming the movie Love Orchard in Columbia County with veteran actor Bruce Dern and Kristanna Loken, best known for her role in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. The independent film is a courtroom drama, exploring the illegal immigration controversy in the United States.

Sage Professor Receives Champion of Hope Award

Dana Reinecke, assistant professor (ABA program) at Sage College, is the recipient of the Long Island based ELIJAH Foundation’s 2011 Champion of Hope award. The ELIJAH Foundation’s focus is to improve the quality of programs and services available to children with autism, by providing training on the most advanced treatment and educational strategies that maximize the potential of those affected by autism. Reinecke is recognized for her continued research, efforts and advocacy.

University of Redlands New Dean Begins Role

Dr. James Valadez’s first weeks as the new dean of the School of Education haven’t been spent settling in to his new office, but instead reaching out to meet the people at the University of Redlands and find out what makes the institution tick. Read more.

University of Redlands Appoints Endowed Chair of Native American Studies

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and the University of Redlands announced the appointment of Lawrence Gross, Ph.D., as the new San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Endowed Chair in Native American Studies. Read more.

University of Redlands Psychologist, Author Writes about Middleborns

Photo of Catherine SalmonMiddle children are mavericks, brilliant negotiators and stellar spouses according to a new book, “The Secret Power of Middle Children—How Middleborns Can Harness Their Unexpected and Remarkable Abilities” co-authored by University of Redlands associate professor of psychology Catherine Salmon, Ph. D. Read more.

Westminster Professor Recognized for Excellence in Public Health Education

Dorland Health, a leading health care media company, has named George L. White, Ph.D., director of Westminster College’s public health program, as a finalist in the second annual People Awards. The national awards program honors excellence and dedication among health care professionals from across the country in 18 categories. White is a finalist in the “health care educators” category for his life-long work promoting public health education. Read more.

Book cover Westminster Communications Professor Publishes Novel for Young Adults

When she’s not analyzing the sexual undertones in the Twilight series, writing about the over-the-top catch phrases in the Jersey Shore, or teaching communications to her students, Westminster College’s Christy Seifert has focused on penning her own young adult novel, The Predicteds, a mix of mystery, sci-fi, and a little romance. Read more.

Photo of Monica WeisNazareth College Professor Receives Fulbright Award

Monica Weis, SSJ, a professor of English at Nazareth College, has received a Fulbright Award to teach American Literature at the University of Pannonia in Veszprem, Hungary. Read more.

Chinese CDC Consults North Central Professor on Mathematical Models of Disease

Photo of group with chalkboardResearch assistance from North Central College could help determine whether residents of China receive government-funded vaccinations for chicken pox. Dr. Dapeng Yin, M.D., an epidemiologist who works for the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Beijing, visited North Central for five weeks to consult with Linda Gao, professor of mathematics. She has been using mathematical models to research trends of the spread of the disease and the cost-benefits of various vaccination strategies in China. In 2005, Gao spoke to the World Health Organization on rubella vaccination strategies for China and her work has been published in the Chinese Journal of Vaccines and Immunization. Read more.

Sage Appoints Fredericks as Associate Dean on School of Management

Sage College has appointed Kimberly Fredericks, Ph.D., as associate dean of the School of Management. Fredericks holds a number of positions at Sage, including associate professor, School of Management Graduate Programs Chair, director of Health Services Administration and graduate student advisor. Read more.

Faculty News from Ithaca College

Photo of Elizabeth PetersonElizabeth Peterson, associate professor of Music at Ithaca College, has published a book about the experiences of young music teachers entitled “The Music Teacher’s First Year.” Read more.

Katharyn Howd Machan, from the Writing Department, served as artist-in-residence for the Skyros Institute on Skyros Island, Greece. Read more.

Nazareth Welcomes New Chair of Nursing

Photo of Jeanine Seguin SantelliNazareth College’s School of Health and Human Services has hired Jeanine Seguin Santelli as chair of the nursing department. Previously, Santelli was a professor of nursing at Keuka College and the executive director of Genetic Nurses Credentialing Commission. At Keuka, she also held the position of assistant vice president for academic programs. Read more.

Sage Dean’s Essay on Cleopatra Included in New Book

The written work of Dr. Sarolta Takács, dean of Sage College of Albany and history professor, will be included in the book, Cleopatra: A Sphinx Revisited (September, 2011). Her article, “Cleopatra, Isis and the Formation of Augustan Rome,” explores the influence her dynasty had on the Augustan remodeling of the Roman Republic. Politics, art, religion, worship, architecture and culture were all impacted by the powerful Egyptian ruler.

Pacific Lutheran Professor Awarded Prize from Yale University

Photo of Erik HammerstromThe Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University named Pacific Lutheran University professor Erik Hammerstrom the Stanley Weinstein Dissertation Prize winner for the academic years of 2008-2010. His dissertation examines late 19th and early 20th century China, and how Buddhist traditions and the exploration of science fit together to answer questions about “What should a modern society look like?” Read more.

Stetson Professor Earns Climate Change Fellowship to Colombia

Photo of J. Anthony AbbotDr. J. Anthony Abbott, Stetson University associate professor of geography and environmental science and director of the university’s environmental science program, is traveling to Colombia on a Climate Change Fellowship offered by Partners of the Americas through the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. During the fellowship, Abbott will work at Universidad de los Andes with its Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Development (CIDER). CIDER is a research center which seeks to contribute to the understanding of the development processes at local, regional, national and global levels. One of just nine fellows chosen this summer, Abbott will represent Stetson, a university working actively on implementing climate change solutions. Read more.

Photo of Esther HaskvitzSage Names Dean of the School of Health Sciences

The Sage Colleges have named Esther Haskvitz, PT, Ph.D., ATC, as dean of the School of Health Sciences. Haskvitz has served as interim dean since 2010 and has been a professor in the Doctorate in Physical Therapy program since 2004. Read more.

University of Evansville Creative Writing Professor Wins Indiana Authors Award

Margaret McMullan, a University of Evansville professor of creative writing and the author of six novels, has won the top prize in the 2011 Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award program. This annual award recognizes the contributions of Hoosier authors to the literary landscape in Indiana and across the nation. McMullan won the National Author category, which recognizes a writer who has Indiana ties but whose work is known and read throughout the country. Read more.

Wagner Professors Publish Milestone Textbook

Photo of book coverA newly published book written by three Wagner College professors marks the transition of the academic discipline known as Whiteness Studies from the exploratory and experimental realm of the avant garde to the everyday collegiate world of the introductory undergraduate classroom textbook. That milestone textbook is “Seeing White: An Introduction to White Privilege and Race,” published by Rowman & Littlefield, co-authored by Wagner College sociology professor Jean Halley and psychology professor Amy Eshleman and Stockton College economics professor Ramya Mahadevan Vijaya. (Before joining the Stockton economics faculty, Vijaya was a visiting professor at Wagner.) Read more.

Hamline University School of Business Names Anne McCarthy as DeanPhoto of Anne McCarthy

Hamline University has named Dr. Anne M. McCarthy as dean of Hamline University School of Business. McCarthy brings with her 30 years of experience in business and higher education and particular expertise in the areas of entrepreneurship, economics, management, and marketing. Read more.

Fulbright Scholar from Samford Helps Hong Kong Universities Move to Four-Year Curriculum

Photo of Rosemary FiskAs a Fulbright Scholar in Hong Kong, Dr. Rosemary M. Fisk, associate dean of Arts and Sciences and professor of English at Samford University, was part of a team of seven charged with helping the city’s seven public universities move from a three-year to a four-year curriculum. The reform is designed to bring Hong Kong universities into line with their international counterparts so that their students can compete in liberal arts as they already do in science and technical fields. Read more.

Chemistry Professor Named Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at University of Evansville

Jean Beckman, professor of chemistry, has been named interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Evansville. Read more.

Wagner Professor Releases New CD

David Schulenberg, music professor and chairman of Wagner College’s Music Department, was part of a trio that performed on a new recording of “Seven Flute Sonatas” by 18th century German composer Johann Joachim Quantz. Schulenberg, who played harpsichord, performed with Mary Oleskiewicz on transverse flute and Stephanie Vial on violoncello. Read more.

Pennsylvania Institute Honors Arcadia Educator

Photo of Thomas Brinker Jr.The Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants declared Thomas M. Brinker Jr., LL.M., CPA, CFE, ChFC, PFS, AEP, the recipient of the 2011 Outstanding Educator Award. The award recognizes full-time Pennsylvania educators who distinguish themselves in the classroom setting, excel in leadership and teaching, and who are actively involved in the accounting profession. Brinker has been an accounting professor for 25 years and also accounting program coordinator at Arcadia University, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses. Read more.

Associate Professor at Butler Earns National Award for PA Student Mentoring

The Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants presented its President’s Award to Butler University associate professor Jennifer A. Snyder, PA-C, DFAAPA, during the Academy’s national conference. Read more.

Nazareth's Director of Play Therapy Receives Award

Photo of Steve DemanchickSteve Demanchick, director of the Nazareth College Play Therapy Center for Children and Families has received a national service award from the Association for Play Therapy (APT). He was awarded this award for his outstanding voluntary service and for the creation of Nazareth's play therapy center.

Nazareth's Play Therapy Center for Children and Families was founded in May 2009 by Demanchick, PhD, an assistant professor in the College's Creative Arts Therapy Department and a registered play therapist. Read more.

Nazareth Professor Receives Louie Award for Her Merton Works

Photo of Monica Weis receiving awardMonica Weis, SSJ, an English professor and Director of the MALS (Master of Arts in Liberal Studies) program at Nazareth College, is the recipient of The International Thomas Merton Society's most distinguished award, the "Louie." The “Louie” is the society’s highest honor and is given to a member of the group whose distinguished service has contributed to the aims of the Society and to furthering its goals. Read more.

North Central College Announces New Endowed Chairs

North Central College recently named three new faculty recipients of endowed chairs. They are:

  • Diane Anstine, Mary Schneller Rosar Professor of Economics
  • Perry Hamalis, Cecelia Schneller Mueller Professor of Religion
  • Brian Hanlon, Coleman Foundation Professor of Entrepreneurship

The Schneller chairs are new endowed chairs and were made possible by the generosity of alumnae Mary Schneller Rosar, Class of 1933, and her sister Cecelia Schneller Mueller, Class of 1927. Read more.

Photo of Constantine PsimopoulosSage Professor Elected President of NYSPPCPE

Constantine Psimopoulos, professor of physical education at The Sage Colleges, was recently named President-elect of the New York State Professional Preparation Council for Physical Education.

Photo of Royal GardnerStetson Names Interim Dean of College of Law

Stetson University announced that Royal C. Gardner will serve as interim dean of the College of Law beginning in early July. Read more.

Scranton Professor’s Opinion Piece Published in Huffington Post

University of Scranton Sociology/Criminal Justice professor David Friedrich’s opinion piece about white collar crime appeared in the Huffington Post. Read more.

Wagner Professor on Australian radio

"Dads on the Air" graphicThe Australian radio program “Dads on the Air” broadcast a half-hour interview with Wagner College psychology professor and male studies pioneer Miles Groth, in advance of Professor Groth’s participation in a symposium in Adelaide sponsored by the Australian Institute of Male Health Studies on the theme, “From Boyhood to Manhood: Difficulties & Challenges of Transition.” Listen to the interview by host Bill Kable with Professor Groth.

Photo of Michael Voight Belmont Professor Receives APTA’s Most Prestigious Recognition

Dr. Michael Voight, professor of Physical Therapy at Belmont University, has been selected as a 2011 Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the most prestigious recognition granted by the organization. Read more.

University of Evansville Physical Therapy Faculty to Help U.S. Army Soldiers Prevent Injuries, Improve Performance

In 2010, musculoskeletal injuries were the leading cause of ambulatory hospital visits for soldiers in the United States Army — yet the Army doesn’t screen soldiers for their risk of back, knee, and ankle injuries. This summer, that could change, thanks in part to the work of University of Evansville assistant professor of Physical Therapy Phil Plisky and associate professor Kyle Kiesel. Read more.

Valparaiso Professor Receives Japan Foundation Research Fellowship

Photo of Jennifer ProughJennifer Prough, Christ College assistant professor of humanities and East Asian studies at Valparaiso University, is the recipient of a Japan Foundation Research Fellowship for 2012. The fellowship will allow Prough to live in Kyoto, Japan for research purposes January through August 2012. She will use the grant to fund studies for a book project about the cultural construction and representation of the ancient city of Kyoto and its interpretation as a marker of Japanese identity. By studying Kyoto's tourist industry, Prough will determine how the city's past creates its present image. Read more.

Amazon Names Ithaca College Author's Debut Novel a 'Best Book' for June

Photo of book cover“Ten Thousand Saints,” the debut novel by Eleanor Henderson, has been earning across-the-board praise for its vivid descriptions of 1980s-era New York City and sensitive portrayals of youthful rebellion and family dynamics. Henderson, an assistant professor of writing at Ithaca College, is currently on tour promoting “Ten Thousand Saints,” which was listed by as one of the “Best Books of the Month” for June and included on the recommended summer reading lists of the “Los Angeles Times” and “New York Daily News.” Read more.

Nazareth Professor Releases New Book on Thomas Merton

Photo of Monica WeisNazareth College professor of English Monica Weis, SSJ, is the author of a newly published book, "The Environmental Vision of Thomas Merton" (University Press of Kentucky). Throughout the book, Weis suggests that Merton’s interest in nature, which developed significantly during his years at the Abbey of Gethsemani, laid the foundation for his growing environmental consciousness. Read more.

Belmont Education Faculty Partner with Haitian Teachers

Photo of Haiti partnersBelmont University Education Department chair Sally Barton-Arwood and faculty member Annette Little were in the Republic of Haiti training local educators to use teacher collaboration to better benefit students. Both Belmont professors hold doctorates in education and are working with Haitian school directors and key staff to develop Professional Learning Communities. Read more.

Article by Butler Professors Draws Readers of PA Journal

Douglas Ladika and Samuel Gurevitz, assistant professors in Butler University’s Physician Assistant (PA) program, co-authored 1 of the 10 most viewed articles appearing in the online journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants between January and May 2011. Published in March, the article reviewed common causes of reversible dementia, a deterioration of cognitive function that, Ladika said, is often "tragically and erroneously ascribed to age alone." Read more.

Photo of Allan VestalDrake Dean Named Recipient of Prestigious Award for Legal Writing

Allan Vestal, dean of Drake University’s Law School, recently won a prestigious Burton Award for Legal Writing. The Burton Awards for Legal Achievement, established in 1999, operate in association with the Library of Congress and its law library. Read more.

Photo of Mike MartyDrake Professor Emeritus and Former Dean Updates Book on ‘Nearby History’

Myron "Mike" Marty, professor emeritus of history and former dean of Drake University’s College of Arts and Sciences, is co-author with David Kyvig of the third edition of "Nearby History: Exploring the Past around You." Read more.

Hamline Team Awarded Research Grant

Dr. Karen Somerville, assistant professor in the School of Business at Hamline University, and her co-applicant, Dr. Mark Julien, associate professor in Brock University's business faculty have been awarded a research grant of $36,707. The one-year grant was awarded by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Development Grant - 2011 competition. The award of this research grant is a significant achievement in a highly competitive environment. Their research proposal, "Balancing Work-Family from an Aboriginal Perspective," will build on previous research undertaken by the two of them.

North Central’s Gray Selected to Write for C.P.A. Exam

Photo of David GrayDavid Gray, assistant professor of accounting at North Central, was selected to write test items for the Uniform C.P.A. Examination. In this role, he participated in training sessions and developed a series of questions for the Business and Economics Concepts section of the examination. Gray was recently notified that 95 percent of the questions he submitted have been accepted for use on future examinations. The overall acceptance rate for authors submitting test items is approximately 65 percent. A member of North Central’s faculty since 2007, Gray is a certified public accountant (C.P.A.) and received his master’s degree from Northern Illinois University. Read more.

Arcadia Professor Named To U.S. Dept. of Education Advisory Committee

Photo of Graciela Slesaransky-PoeDr. Graciela Slesaransky-Poe, associate professor of Special Education at Arcadia University, recently was named to the U.S. Department of Education’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Advisory Committee, one of ten Regional Advisory Committees to collect information on educational needs across the country. Read more.

North Central Professor Presents Research on War Ethics

Photo of Perry HamalisPerry Hamalis—Cecelia Schneller Mueller Professor of Religion, associate professor of religious studies and director of academic opportunities at North Central College—was one of 10 invited speakers from around the country to present his research on war ethics at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Hamalis’s paper, “Constructing a Normative Orthodox Stance on War Through an Analysis of the Roots of Violence,” contributed to the overall conference theme, War and Peace: An Orthodox-Catholic Conversation. Read more.

Lilly Fellows to Join Valpo Faculty

Three teacher-scholars have been named Lilly Fellows in Humanities and the Arts and will begin two-year terms on the Valparaiso University faculty in the fall. Dr. Joe Creech, director of the Lilly Fellows Program, announced that Katherine Calloway, English; Robert Elder, history; and Charles Strauss, history, have been selected for the program designed to help prepare teachers for church-related institutions of higher education. Read more.

Samford’s Shepherd Presents Research At International Genocide Conference

Samford University Political Science chair Fred Shepherd presented a paper by invitation at the "Resisting the Path to Genocide" conference at the University of California-Los Angeles. The conference brought together a group of scholars from the Middle East, South Africa, Britain, Germany, Switzerland, Croatia and the United States to examine themes, cases and issues related to genocide and the attempts to deter it. Read more.

Ithaca Scholar Publishes Memoir on Raising Son in Midst of Environmental Threats

Photo of book coverIn her latest book, “Raising Elijah: Protecting Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis,” Sandra Steingraber speaks as both a scientist and a mother about the joys of bringing up her son while searching for ways to shield him — and all children — from the toxic, climate-threatened world they inhabit. A scholar in residence in the Ithaca College School of Humanities and Sciences, Steingraber is an internationally recognized authority on the environmental links to cancer and human health. Read more.

Pacific Lutheran University Names Dean of Education and Movement Studies

Photo of Frank KlineAn educator who has a comprehensive understanding of national and state trends in education has been named dean and professor of the School of Education and Movement Studies at Pacific Lutheran University. Frank Kline comes to PLU from Seattle Pacific University where he is professor and associate dean for the School of Education. In these roles he has been instrumental in helping develop and lead a strong teacher education program. Read more.

North Central Professor Wins Fiction Award

Photo of Patricia KingPatricia King, adjunct assistant professor of English at North Central College, won the Kore Press 2011 Short Fiction Award for her short story “The Death of Carrie Bradshaw.” Kore Press, a publishing company geared toward works by women of diversity, will publish her story in fall 2011. Read more.

Scranton Professor’s Lecture Aired Nationally

A lecture by University of Scranton history professor Kathryn Meier, Ph.D., about Civil War Medicine was broadcast nationally by C-SPAN. The lecture is part of C-SPAN's series of lectures marking the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War. The lecture can be seen here.

Much to Celebrate Among UE’s Archaeology and Art History Professors

The Department of Archaeology and Art History at the University of Evansville is wrapping up a banner year. Not only was the 2010-11 academic year a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the school’s archaeology program, but all four faculty members in the department have recently published works or have publications forthcoming. Alan Kaiser, associate professor of archaeology, published Roman Urban Street Networks (Routledge 2011). Jennie Ebeling, associate professor of archaeology and department chair, is an editor of Household Archaeology in Ancient Israel and Beyond (Brill 2011). Also forthcoming is Agency and Identity at the Court of Queen Charlotte, by Heidi Strobel, associate professor of art history. And Patrick Thomas, associate professor of archaeology, will publish a major piece in Hesperia: The Journal of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

Photo of Natalie EdwardsWagner’s Professor Edwards Has New Book

Natalie Edwards, a French professor at Wagner College, has published a new book with the University of Delaware Press, “Shifting Subjects: Plural Subjectivity in Contemporary Francophone Women's Autobiography.” "Shifting Subjects" was a 2010 Northeast Modern Languages Book Prize Finalist. Read more.

Photo of Michele PawkWagner Professor Tapped for Drama Desk Award

Wagner College theater professor Michele Pawk was nominated for a 2011 Drama Desk award in the Outstanding Actress in a Play category for her performance as Emily Bridges in “A Small Fire,” one of four nominations for the new play by Adam Bock that was staged in the Mainstage Theater at Playwrights Horizon in Manhattan. Read more.

Five from Butler Receive Creative Renewal Arts Fellowships

Four Butler University professors and the executive director of Clowes Memorial Hall have been awarded $10,000 Creative Renewal Arts Fellowships by the Arts Council of Indianapolis. Cynthia Pratt (dance), Diane Timmerman and Rob Koharchik (theatre), Chris Forhan (literature) and Elise Kushigian (Clowes Hall) were among 37 recipients of grants given to artists and arts administrators to reinvigorate their work by renewing and refreshing their creativity. Pratt, Timmerman and Koharchik are two-time recipients. Read more.

Ithaca’s Krout Receives Distinguished Service Award

Former Gerontology Institute Director at Ithaca College, John Krout, received the Mildred M. Seltzer Distinguished Service Award at the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education’s 37th Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference. This recognition honors colleagues who are near retirement or recently retired and is given to individuals who have been highly involved in AGHE through service, as elected officers, and have provided leadership in one of the AGHE grant-funded projects. Read more.

Photo of Lance NewmanWestminster Faculty Co-Produces Documentary on Wilderness, Activism

Westminster College’s Lance Newman, associate professor of English, recently co-produced a documentary film that will be released this spring called Canyonlands: Edward Abbey and the Defense of Wilderness. For more information on Canyonlands, visit

Hamline Professor Unites People through Art and Words

Photo of cranesHamline University School of Education professor Dr. Walter Enloe has always had a special place in his heart for Japan. Now, following the devastating earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster, Enloe is redoubling his previous efforts to unite people with that country. With the upcoming release of his book 2020 Vision: Citizens of the Paper Crane, a revision of Birds of Peace: Citizens of the Paper Crane, Enloe hopes to inform as well as inspire readers with the story behind the symbolic red paper crane, in order to promote peace and understanding during Japan’s time of need. Read more.

North Central Professor Honored for Outstanding Editorial Work

Photo of Tom CavenaghTom Cavenagh, Schneller Sisters Professor of Leadership, Ethics and Values at North Central College, was recently awarded the Austin Fleming Editor Award for his role as editor-in-chief of North Central’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) publication “In the Alternative.” This award is the highest prize given to Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) editors. Read more.

Sage Professor Recognized for Promoting Positive U.S. Relations with Mongolia

Stephen Schechter, professor of political science at the Sage Colleges, was recently awarded the rare “Friendship” Medal by the President of Mongolia, H.E. Elbegdorj Tsakhia at the Embassy of Mongolia. Schechter was recognized for his contribution to the development of civil education in Mongolia as well as to the promotion of relations between Mongolia and the United States. Schechter also serves as the director of the Council for Citizenship Education at Sage, a legacy of the NYS Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution. As director, Schechter has been involved with many civic and history related projects around the world including the Middle East, Eurasia and Russia.

University of Evansville Professor and Choral Director to Conduct at Carnegie Hall

The University of Evansville’s director of Choral Activities Dennis Malfatti will conduct a combined choir of over 150 singers with the New England Symphonic Ensemble at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Malfatti was invited by concert producer Mid-America Productions to serve as a guest conductor at Carnegie Hall for the Spring-Summer 2011 season. Of the seven choirs participating, three are from Evansville: the University of Evansville University Choir, members of the Evansville Philharmonic Chorus, and the University of Southern Indiana Chamber Singers. Dennis Malfatti has been an assistant professor at the University of Evansville since August 2007.

Redlands Professor Produces Environmental Films

Photo of palms and seascapeUniversity of Redlands Environmental Studies professor and filmmaker Monty Hempel has written, filmed, and produced three short films focused on connecting human beings to nature and community.

“Richard Louv coined the term ‘nature deficit disorder’ referring to today’s indoor children and I would extend his diagnosis to most adults,” says Monty Hempel, Director of the Center for Environmental Studies at the University of Redlands. “People today are immersed in a world shaped by our own hands and minds. Many of us yearn for encounters with places and creatures that are wild and not products of human design. My films celebrate the importance of wildlife and natural landscapes on a human-dominated planet.” Read more.

Wagner’s McDonald to Teach in Turkey

Photo of David McDonaldWagner College theater professor David McDonald has been chosen for a one-year visiting professorship in the theater department at Bilkent University in the Turkish capital of Ankara. He will teach voice and acting at Bilkent, an international institution with instruction entirely in English. “The experience of teaching abroad, at an English-language institution in Turkey on the crossroads between Europe and Asia — that can’t help but enhance our efforts at internationalization,” McDonald said. Read more.

Butler’s Albert Writes Top Health Law Review Note

Butler University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences assistant professor Erin Albert has been honored for writing the "best note" selected for publication in the Indiana Health Law Review, Volume 9.

The Indiana Health Law Review Executive Committee judged her work, titled "The Case for Pharmacists as Legal Healthcare Providers," as the best paper out of the 24 notes submitted and nine chosen for the volume’s publication in spring 2012. Read more.

Drake’s Koenigsfeld Selected as Pharmacy Fellow

Photo of Carrie Foust KoenigsfeldDrake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences associate professor Carrie Foust Koenigsfeld was recently selected as a 2011 Fellow of the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management (APhA-APPM). Koenigsfeld, an associate professor in the Clinical Sciences Department, has primarily been involved in the development of ambulatory care services in the community pharmacy and clinic based setting. Read more.

Ithaca’s Tropiano Publishes Book on "Cabaret"

Photo of book coverStephen Tropiano, Ithaca College’s associate professor in the Department of Television-Radio and director of the Los Angeles Program, has published a book on the 1972 film, "Cabaret," as part of Limelight Editions's new "Music on Film" series. The book chronicles the history of "Cabaret," beginning with Christopher Isherwood's "Berlin Stories," which were the adapted into the 1951 play and 1955 film, "I Am A Camera," and the 1966 stage musical on which the Academy-Award winning film was based. He is currently completing a second book for the series on the 1978 film "Grease." Read more.

Redlands’ Mirci Named ‘Professor of the Year’

Philip Mirci, assistant professor at the University of Redlands, was recently named 2011 Professor of Education of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators. Mirci was named among 23 California area administrators and community members for their achievements and dedication to public education. Read more.

Wagner’s McEwan Co-Writes Book on Inca Archeology

Book coverWagner College anthropology professor Gordon McEwan’s latest book is titled “Moray: Inca Engineering Mystery.” Published by the American Society of Civil Engineers, it was co-written with water engineer and paleohydrologist Kenneth Wright, attorney and travel writer/photographer Ruth Wright (best known for her Machu Picchu walking tour book), and Alfredo Valencia Zegarra, a Peruvian archaeologist. Read more.

Butler’s Brimmer Named Apple Distinguished Educator

Photo of Tim BrimmerButler University professor of Music Education and Technology Tim Brimmer has been selected to join the Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) program as a member of the Class of 2011. Brimmer, who has taught at Butler since 1994, will be among 76 K-12 and higher education pioneers learning to use a variety of Apple products to transform teaching and learning. Read more.

Photo of Clarence PadillaDrake’s Padilla Named Music Director, Conductor of Des Moines Metro Concert Band

Clarence Padilla, professor of clarinet and chair of the Music Department at Drake University, has been appointed music director and conductor of the new Des Moines Metro Concert Band, central Iowa's only professional concert band. Read more.

Photo of Crisis MapperRedlands Professor Featured in Chronicle Story about ‘Crisis Mappers’

Diana Sinton, the University of Redlands’ director of Spatial Curriculum and Research, is among the academics helping with relief efforts as “crisis mappers,” featured in a Chronicle of Higher Education story. Read more.

Photo of book coverWagner Professor Co-Edits Book on Staten Island History

A new book on Staten Island history that was co-edited by Wagner College history professor Lori Weintrob has been released. The book, “Discovering Staten Island: A 350th Anniversary Commemorative History,” was prepared in conjunction with SI-350, the organization responsible for the year-long observance of the anniversary of Staten Island’s settlement by Europeans in 1661. Read more.

Quinnipiac Biology Professor Awarded Grant to Study TRP Ion Channels

Photo of Lise ThomasLise Thomas, associate professor of biology at Quinnipiac University, is the recipient of a three-year $262,835 National Institutes of Health research grant. She will use the money to examine the role that TRP ion channels, which alter the amount of calcium in cells, play as environmental sensors in eukaryotic cells. TRP channel dysfunction has been linked to diseases ranging from polycystic kidney disease to bipolar disorder. An understanding of how these channels are regulated in their cellular environment is necessary to understand the mechanism underlying TRP channel pathologies. Read more.

Scranton Professor Presents Research on Nuts

Chemistry Professor Joe Vinson, Ph.D. from The University of Scranton presented his research on the levels of antioxidants found in nuts at the American Chemical Society's National Spring Meeting. The research results have been highlighted in numerous stories, including this on on the BBC's News website. Read more.

Valpo Theology Professors Present at Conferences

Photo of Marcia BungeMarcia J. Bunge, professor of humanities and theology in Christ College at Valparaiso University, gave the opening address at an international and ecumenical Theological Conference on Children held in Nairobi, Kenya. More than 100 participants from 28 countries attended the conference which uniquely brought together representatives from academic institutions, the World Council of Churches, and international faith-based organizations and networks that work with children at risk around the world. Bunge's current area of research is religious understandings of children and childhood, and she has edited or co-edited three volumes on the subject: "The Child in Christian Thought" (Eerdmans, 2001); "The Child in the Bible" (Eerdmans, 2008); and "Children and Childhood in World Religions: Primary Sources and Texts" (Rutgers, 2009).

Photo of Matthew BeckerIn addition, Matthew Becker, associate professor of theology, served as keynote presenter at a conference of directors of Christian education. His five presentations examined "story as theology." Further, Becker's blog, "Transverse Markings: One Theologian's Notes," has been named by "Theology Masters," a major online resource for Christian theology, as one of the top 15 blogs on philosophy and theology in North America.

Wagner Professor Provides Insight Into Census

It's still the least populous borough, but according the latest census figures, about 25,000 new residents have flocked to Staten Island over the past 10 years. NY1 reporter Mara Montalbano asked Wagner College urban studies professor Abraham Unger to explain why Staten Island had grown at a greater rate than had New York City's other boroughs since the 2000 census. Read more.

Arcadia’s Couch Featured in Chronicle of Higher Education’s Poetry Series

Randall Couch, poet and adjunct professor of English at Arcadia University, is featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s series Monday’s Poem. His poem “Pressed” ran along with commentary from Arts & Academe’s poetry editor Lisa Russ Spaar. Read more.

Belmont Faculty Partner with HealthStream, Laerdal to Develop Content for New Platform in Medical SimulationPhoto of SimMan

Faculty members at Belmont University’s Gordon E. Inman College of Health Sciences & Nursing are playing a vital role in the development of content that will be made available for use in an innovative new platform to deliver healthcare education through medical simulation. Read more.

Ithaca Professor Named Columnist/Blogger

Patricia Zimmermann, codirector of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF) and professor of cinema, photography and media arts at Ithaca College, was recently named a featured columnist/blogger for the National Alliance of Media Arts (NAMAC) and Culture, the largest and most prominent organization for festivals, museums, media arts, and foundations in the United States. Read more.

Ithaca Professor Honored

Clinical Education Coordinator for the Athletic Training Education Program in the Department of Exercise & Sport Sciences, professor Kent Scriber, EdD, ATC, PT, FNATA has achieved yet another milestone in his long and distinguished career. Already a member of the New York State and National Athletic Trainers' Association Hall(s) of Fame, Dr. Scriber has recently been named a Fellow of the National Athletic Trainers' Association. Read more.

Photo of Jason WallaceSamford Professor Honored for Essay on Civility

An essay on the theme of 'Civility: What Does it Mean in the 21st Century Debate?' by Samford University history professor Jason Wallace was one of six selected for publication in the Alabama Humanities Review. Read more.

Wagner Art Professors Chosen To Exhibit Work

Wagner College art professor Bill Murphy and adjunct art professor Steven E. Walker are among only four New York City etchers who will exhibit their latest work in a group show entitled, simply, “Four Etchers.” Read more.

New Gore School of Business Dean Brings Global Perspectives to Westminster

Dr. Jin Wang from the University of Tampa will join Westminster in July as the new dean of the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business (GSB). Read more.

Butler Professor Examines Texting in the Classroom

Butler University assistant professor of Psychology Mandy Gingerich isn't sure whether students should be allowed to text message in class, but she's positive of one thing: Those who text during class get significantly lower quiz scores. Over the past three semesters, Gingerich has conducted an experiment in her Cognitive Processes course where she assigns half the students to text during a lecture. The other half simply listens to her talk. Afterward, both groups take a quiz on the content of her talk. Read more.

Elon Dean Named Adminstrator of the Year

Photo of Paul ParsonsPaul Parsons, dean of the School of Communications at Elon University, has been named the 2010 national Journalism and Mass Communication Administrator of the Year. The honor was announced by the Scripps Howard Foundation in conjunction with the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). Read more.

Samford Professor Terry Named Outstanding Dietetics Educator

Samford University professor Patricia Hart Terry was named a 2011 Outstanding Dietetics Educator by the American Dietetic Association (ADA). Terry, who teaches dietetics and nutrition in Samford’s Exercise Science and Sports Medicine Department, was one of seven nationally recognized Didactic Program in Dietetics Directors to receive the award. Read more.

Photo of Robert DenhamRedlands’ Dean of Education Publishes Opinion Piece in Huffington Post

Robert Denham, dean of Education at the University of Redlands, writes about the financing of K-12 public education in California in an op-ed in the Huffington Post. Read more.

Photo of book coverElon Professor’s Book Adds “Missing Chapter" to John Dewey’s Philosophy

By his own admission, the eminent American philosopher John Dewey never adequately articulated a theory of personality. Six decades after Dewey's death, Elon University professor Yoram Lubling offers that missing chapter by tracing the philosopher's developing understanding of personhood in a new book titled The Person Vanishes: John Dewey’s Philosophy of Experience and the Self. Read more.

Photo of Lee KamletQuinnipiac Appoints Lee Kamlet Dean of the School of Communications

Lee Kamlet, an Emmy Award winning producer and former head writer for "ABC News' World News," has been appointed dean of the School of Communications at Quinnipiac University. Read more.

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NAC&U Members Appoint Deans, Associate Deans

Several NAC&U institutions announced dean and associate dean appointments recently.

Qunnipiac University’s School of Medicine has named Dr. Anthony Ardolino as senior associate dean for academic and student affairs and David C. Gillon as senior associate dean for administration and finance. Each comes to Quinnipiac from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Read more.

J. Howard Finch has been named dean of Samford University’s Brock School of Business. Read more.

The University of Evansville has hired Dr. Stephen Standifird as the new dean of the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration. Read more.

Ithaca Athletic Training Professor Awarded National Fellow Status

Clinical Education Coordinator for the Athletic Training Education Program in the Department of Exercise & Sport Sciences, Professor Kent Scriber, EdD, ATC, PT, FNATA has achieved yet another milestone in his long and distinguished career. Already a member of the New York State and National Athletic Trainers' Association Hall(s) of Fame, Dr. Scriber has recently been named a Fellow of the National Athletic Trainers' Association. Read more.

North Central Professors Share Presentations, Papers at Conferences

Photo of Mary Beth ResslerMary Beth Ressler, assistant professor of education at North Central College, gave a presentation at the National Council of Teachers of English Assembly for Research (NCTEAR). Her presentation was based on her research on adolescents’ identity performances during literacy practices and surrounds the importance of attending to complex identity work and its inherent relation to literacy work. Read more.

Photo of Robert MoussetisRobert Moussetis, associate professor of international business at North Central, presented a paper titled “Strategic Leadership of the Political Environment of the Business Firm: The Relationship of Environment-Organization and Performance” at an international conference, Exploring Leadership and Learning Theories in Asia (ELLTA), hosted by the Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang, Malaysia. Read more.

Samford’s Gerhardt Elected Psychology Board Chair

Clara Gerhardt, Samford University professor of family studies, recently was elected chair of the Alabama Board of Examiners in Psychology. Originally appointed to the board by former Gov. Bob Riley, Gerhardt is serving her second term as board member. Read more.

UE Professor Publishes Book of Sonnets

University of Evansville professor of English William Baer’s latest book, Psalter: A Sequence of Catholic Sonnets, was released at the annual convention of The Association of Writers and Writing Programs in Washington, D.C., by its publisher Truman State University Press. Psalter is a collection of 55 Biblically-based sonnets, and it received pre-publication praise from Richard Wilbur, Fr. George Rutler, and many others. This is William Baer’s 16th published book and his fifth collection of poetry. His poems have been published individually in numerous journals, including The American Scholar, The Antioch Review, The Hudson Review, The Iowa Review, The Kenyon Review, London Magazine, Ploughshares, Poetry, Raritan, and The Southern Review.

Ryan’s Painting Raises $455 for Jami Rodriguez Scholarship at Arcadia

Photo of the painting“Peeled Tangerine with Tea Bowl,” the painting Abbey Ryan ’03 produced during her live demonstration on the Castle landing, raised $455.99 for the Jami Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship at Arcadia University. The painting was listed on eBay for seven days and received 13 bids. All of the proceeds will benefit the Fund. Ryan, a visiting assistant professor of Art and Design mesmerized audiences during her live “Painting a Day” demonstration. Nearly 100 people appeared in person, while the online broadcast received more than 500 views. Read more.

Drake English Professor Launches Book on Young Immigrants’ Journeys to Iowa

Co-authors Carol Spaulding-Kruse and Kay Smith celebrated the release of their book, “Zakery’s Bridge: Children’s Journeys From Around the World to Iowa,” during a naturalization ceremony for nearly 100 children. Spaulding-Kruse, associate professor of English at Drake, and Smith, a Des Moines-based children’s author, wrote “Zakery’s Bridge” over the course of four years. The book profiles nine young immigrants from all over the globe who have settled with their families in Iowa. Read more.

Ithaca College Partners to Offer Residency in Neurologic Physical Therapy

Faculty from the Department of Physical Therapy at Ithaca College have combined forces with physical therapists from Unity Health System in Rochester to offer New York state’s first credentialed post-professional residency program in neurologic physical therapy. Read more.

Photo of Andrew LampkinsLampkins Named John R. Sampey, Jr. Research Professor of Chemistry at Samford

Dr. Andrew J. Lampkins of Samford University’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will be the first to hold a new professorship honoring former Chemistry department chair John R. Sampey, Jr. Like Sampey, who served at Samford in the 1920s and 1930s, Lampkins is a prolific researcher. Since joining Samford's faculty in 2008 Lampkins has established one of the most active research laboratories at the university. Read more.

Scranton Professor’s Research Featured on Medical News Site

In a recent Discoveries and Breakthroughs Inside Science, featured the research of Joe Vinson, Ph.D., chemistry professor at The University of Scranton, concerning the polyphenol content of snack foods. View the video and story.

Butler’s Woods Wins National Sportswriter Award

The United States Basketball Writers Association has presented a 2010 Best Writing Award to David Woods, adjunct professor in Butler University’s Eugene S. Pulliam School of Journalism. Woods placed second among five award winners in the “Game Story/Spot News” category for his Indianapolis Star article “Butler Miracle Run Continues” about the Butler men’s basketball team in last year’s NCAA tournament. Read more.

Drake Law Professor to Teach Diplomats at the United Nations

Photo of Peter K. YuPeter K. Yu, the Kern family chair in intellectual property law at Drake University Law School, went to the United Nations to teach diplomats and U.N. personnel about the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights. Read more.

Elon Professors Receive Grant for Concussion Study

Photo of ProfA team of Elon University researchers will examine the effects of concussions in student-athletes using a grant of nearly $17,000 awarded this month by the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. Their yearlong collaborative project, “Influence of Concussion History on Cognitive Performance in College Student Athletes: A Cross-Sectional and Longitudinal Examination,” will recruit 200 study participants from a cross section of men’s and women’s collegiate sports. Read more.

Hampton University Professor Wins Distinguished Professor Award

Photo of Carmina Sanchez-Del-ValleDr. Carmina Sanchez-Del-Valle, associate professor in the Hampton University Department of Architecture, will receive the 2010-11 Distinguished Professor Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA). According to the ACSA, the Distinguished Professor Award recognizes sustained creative achievement in the advancement of architectural education through teaching, design, scholarship, research, or service. Read more.

North Central College Appoints Coordinator of Undergraduate Research

Photo of Nancy PetersonNancy Peterson, professor of chemistry, was recently appointed the North Central College’s first coordinator of undergraduate research. In her role, Peterson will work collaboratively with Perry Hamalis, director of academic opportunities, the Faculty Professional Development Committee and academic departments to promote undergraduate research and creative investigation. Read more.

Arcadia PT Faculty Publish on Hip Fracture Recovery in Journal of American Geriatrics Society

Professors of Physical Therapy Dr. Kathleen Mangione and Dr. Rebecca L. Craik, adjunct professor of Biology Dr. Kerstin Palombaro, and assistant professor of Physical Therapy Dt. Susan S. Tomlinson published the paper “Home-Based Leg-Strengthening Exercise Improves Function Year After Hip Fracture: A Randomized Controlled Study” in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (58:1911-1917, 2010). The paper compares the effectiveness of a short-term leg-strengthening exercise program with that of the attentional control on improving strength, walking abilities, and function one year after hip fracture. Read more.

Photo of book coverBelmont’s Betty Wiseman Publishes Book

Bounce the Balls & They Will Come, an autobiographical work of senior woman administrator Betty Wiseman is available in paperback. Wiseman, who founded women's basketball at Belmont University in 1968 and has long been considered a matriarch on campus, details her life experiences as a coach, mentor, instructor and leader of the Belmont sports evangelism ministry. Read more.

Redlands Student Life Dean Honored

University of Redlands dean of Student Life and vice president Char Burgess was recognized recently by NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education as a “Pillar of the Profession” for her work at Redlands. Read more.

Arcadia’s Slesaransky-Poe Receives Excellence in Inclusive Education Award

Photo of Graciela Slesaransky-PoeDr. Graciela Slesaransky-Poe, associate professor and coordinator of Special Education, has received the Patricia J. Creegan Award for Excellence in Inclusive Education, given by the Pennsylvania’s Education for All Coalition (PEAC). The award recognizes her “outstanding commitment and performance in inclusive education.” This is the first time the award was given to a university professor. Read more.

Photo of book coverButler Pharmacy Professor Publishes Sixth Book

Assistant Pharmacy professor, entrepreneur, law student and author Erin Albert has penned her sixth book, Single. Women. Entrepreneurs. The idea for the book, which is available for purchase through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and book publisher IBJ Media, came from a report issued by the Kauffman Foundation. Read more.

Photo of Cynthia KeppelHampton Professor Named 2011 Virginia Outstanding Scientist

Dr. Cynthia Keppel has been named a 2011 recipient of the Virginia Outstanding Scientist Award. Keppel serves as a Hampton University (HU) Endowed Professor of Physics, staff scientist at the Thomas Jefferson National Laboratory (Jefferson Lab), and scientific and technical director of the Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute (HUPTI). Read more.

Photo of coverWagner Professor’s Book Wins Major Award

Wagner College professor Seymour Lachman’s most recent book, “The Man Who Saved New York,” has been selected as the 2011 winner of the inaugural Empire State History Book Award. At one point the book was’s #1 best-selling state and local politics book. It was the subject of a Labor Day editorial by then-gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo in the New York Daily News. Read more.

Arcadia Professor Abbey Ryan Featured in O, The Oprah Magazine

O Magazine CoverArcadia University visiting assistant professor Abbey Ryan was featured in the February 2011 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine as an “up and coming artisan.” Ryan is becoming known for her “Abbey Ryan: Painting a Day” website, featured in the O magazine’s column, “Women Who Make Beautiful Things,” and in Seth Godin’s recent bestseller Linchpin.

Ryan’s daily oil paintings are posted on her website,, and focus primarily on food, such as tangerines, grapes, figs, and doughnuts. “Fruit and vegetables have a gesture and living energy about them that inspire me. Also, every one is different,” she says. O, The Oprah Magazine focused on these daily paintings in their full-page feature, “Live Your Best Life” in the February issue on creativity. Read more.

Photo of Jax ConardBelmont Professor’s Research Receives International Attention

New research in the Journal for Consumer Research, co-authored by Belmont University assistant professor of Marketing Jacqueline (Jax) Conard, suggests that the tendency to act quickly to acquire items such as those above is related to the first letter of one’s childhood surname. Read more.

Photo of Monty DobsonDrury University Professor Receives Grant for Documentary Project

A visiting assistant professor at Drury University, Dr. Monty Dobson received a $10,000 grant from the Kirby Foundation for the production of a documentary film about the Native American culture near St. Louis. Dobson’s company ShovelReady Productions will produce the film Cahokia: Native American City of Mystery. Read more.

Elon Professor Gives Sexual Objectification a Critical Look in New Book

Photo of Ann CahillIt’s a common view among feminists that in today’s society, women are frequently depicted in advertising, art and media as little more than sex “objects” for men. But is that the right description? Ann J. Cahill, a professor of philosophy at Elon University, doesn’t think so, and her new book Overcoming Objectification: A Carnal Ethics offers an evolved viewpoint for critiquing the portrayal of women in the 21st century. Read more.

Photo of Sheila WrightHamline School of Education Dean named Office of Higher Ed Director by Governor Dayton

Hamline University’s dean of its School of Education, Sheila Wright, has been appointed by Governor Mark Dayton as director of the Office of Higher Education, a cabinet level position. Read more.

North Central Professor is Guest Conductor at Choral Festival

Ramona WisRamona Wis, Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts, professor and chair of music at North Central College, was the guest director of the East Tennessee Vocal Association 2010 Honors Women’s Choir in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Read more.

UE Professor's Play Earns National Recognition

The latest play by University of Evansville professor of English William Baer will receive a reading in New York City, after winning a national playwriting contest. Baer’s play, Three Generations of Imbeciles, recently was announced the winner of the New Works of Merit National Playwriting Competition. As a result, the play will receive a reading and post-performance discussion in Greenwich Village, at the award-winning, off-Broadway 13th Street Repertory Company.

Becky CraikArcadia’s Craik Receives 2011 John H.P. Maley Award from APTA Section on Research

Dr. Rebecca Craik, professor and chair of Physical Therapy at Arcadia University, won the 2011 John H.P. Maley Award for Outstanding Contributions to Leadership in Research from the Section on Research within the American Physical Therapy Association. Read more.

Caltabiano Named New Dean of Butler’s Jordan College of Fine Arts

Photo of Ronald CaltabianoRonald Caltabiano, associate dean of San Francisco State University’s College of Creative Arts and an accomplished contemporary classical composer of chamber and orchestral music, has been named dean of Butler University’s Jordan College of Fine Arts. “Butler looks vibrant, exciting, stable and full of potential,” he said. “Coming in, I plan on investing all my time and energy working hand-in-hand with Jordan College chairs and associate dean, provost Jamie Comstock and the Butler administration, as well as the local arts community.” Read more.

Hamline Professor to Serve as Commissioner of MN Dept. of Human Services

Photo of Lucinda JessonHamline University School of Law’s Health Law Institute director, Lucinda Jesson, has been appointed by Governor Mark Dayton as Commissioner of Minnesota Department of Human Services. Jesson’s role as commissioner of Minnesota Department of Human Services is a cabinet level position. The department is responsible for Minnesota's health care and economic assistance programs, child welfare, services for seniors and people with disabilities, sex offender treatment, and licensing of service providers. Read more.

Book CoverUE Professor's Novel Named a 2011 Best Book for Young Adults

“Sources of Light,” written by University of Evansville English professor Margaret McMullan, has been named a 2011 Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association. “Sources of Light” is set in 1962, and follows the story of a teenage girl and her mother who move to Jackson, Mississippi, where they encounter the prejudice and violence of the segregationist South. Read more.

Ithaca Professor Emerita of Music Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Photo of Mary ArlinMary Arlin, professor emerita of music at Ithaca College, is the recipient of the sixth Gail Boyd de Stwolinski Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Music Theory Teaching and Scholarship. Given every two years by the Gail Boyd de Stwolinski Center for Music Theory Pedagogy at the University of Oklahoma, the award recognizes outstanding and distinguished teaching in music theory courses. Read more.

Redlands Government Professor to Travel to China on Fulbright Scholarship

Arthur Svenson, the University of Redlands David Boies Professor of Government, will spend the spring semester teaching constitutional law and conducting research in China after being selected as a prestigious Fulbright Scholar for the 2010-11 academic year. Read more.

Wagner Faculty Captures Attention of NY Times

Photo of Miles GrothIn a Friday, Jan. 7 review, New York Times theater writer Christopher Isherwood highly praised the new Off Broadway play by Adam Bock, “A Small Fire,” starring Wagner College theater professor and Tony Award-winning actress Michele Pawk. Read more.

Also, the pioneering struggle of Wagner College psychology professor Miles Groth toward establishing male studies as an academic discipline of its own — distinct from women’s studies, gender studies, even men’s studies — has been profiled in an extended feature appearing in the New York Times’ quarterly Education Life supplement. Read more.

North Central Faculty to Improve Student Safety in Public School District

Renard Jackson, assistant professor of education at North Central, and Keith Avery, lecturer in psychology at North Central, are volunteering to improve safety for students and staff at Rosa L. Parks Middle School in the West Harvey-Dixmoor School District 147 in Harvey, Ill., south of Chicago. By providing a free bullying and school climate assessment, Jackson and Avery hope to help students who are currently being bullied and suffering in silence. Read more.

Wagner English Professor Named to Modern Language Association

Photo of Chris Hogarth Christopher Hogarth, an assistant professor in Wagner College’s English department, has been named to the executive board of the Northeast Modern Language Association (or NeMLA), one of the six regional branches of the Modern Language Association. Dr. Hogarth is NeMLA’s new director of comparative literatures. Read more.




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