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New! Belmont, Widener Name New Deans Photo of Alberto Gonzales at Belmont

Belmont University appointed Judge Alberto Gonzales, former U.S. Attorney General, to the position of dean for the College of Law, effective June 1. Read more

Dr. Thom Spence has been named as the founding dean of Belmont University’s new College of Sciences and Mathematics. Spence currently serves as the vice-provost for institutional effectiveness, assessment and student success at Loyola University (New Orleans, La.), where he has been a faculty member since 1999. Spence will begin his new position on Belmont’s campus July 1. Read more

Dr. Stephen C. Wilhite, provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at Widener Univesrity, announced the appointment of Dr. Laura Dzurec as dean of the School of Nursing, Dr. Shawn Fitzgerald as dean of the School of Education, Innovation, and Continuing Studies, and Dr. Sharon Meagher as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. All three will assume their new positions at Widener on July 1, 2014. Read more

New! North Central Professor’s Book Chosen for Illinois Reads Campaign

Photo of John MadormoJohn Madormo, North Central College assistant professor of broadcast communication and general manager of WONC-FM 89.1, was recognized by the Illinois Reading Council at a Celebration of Literacy event. The Illinois Reading Council chose Madormo’s first book, “The Homemade Stuffing Caper” in the “Charlie Collier: Snoop for Hire” series, to promote statewide in the third- to fifth-grade category for the 2014-2015 academic school year. Read more

New! Redlands Professor Featured in ‘Nautilus’

University of Redlands Professor Tyler Nordgren was featured in the science magazine ‘Nautilus.’ Read more

University of Evansville Professor Mark Cirino Joins Hemingway Letters Project

University of Evansville Associate Professor of English Mark Cirino has been named a contributing editor to the Hemingway Letters Project. The project, headquartered at The Pennsylvania State University under General Editor Sandra Spanier, is producing a comprehensive scholarly edition of some 6,000 letters written by Ernest Hemingway. Approximately 85 percent of these letters have never before been published. Read more

Photo of BilgereJohn Carroll Professor’s Poetry Featured on “The Writer’s Almanac”

“The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor” featured the poetry of John Carroll University Associate Professor of English, George Bilgere, Ph.D. Keillor read “Yard Sale,” a poem from Bilgere’s recently published book, “Imperial” (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2014). Read more

Hampton Dean Eric Sheppard named 2014 AIAA Associate Fellow

Photo of Eric SheppardThe American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has elected Dr. Eric Sheppard, dean of the Hampton University School of Engineering and Technology, to the grade of Associate Fellow. Sheppard was awarded on the basis of his notable contributions to the fields of art, science, and/or technology of aeronautics or astronautics. Read more

Hamline Professor Releases New Book

Photo of David SchultzHamline University Political Science Professor David Schultz, a noted expert on elections, politics and public policy, announced the publication of his latest book, Election Law and Democratic Theory. Published by Ashgate Publishing, Election Law and Democratic Theory attempts to make sense out of the many conflicting and often confusing court decisions, scholarships, and questions surrounding how the law regulates campaigns and elections in the United States. Read more

Pacific Lutheran’s Colleen Hacker Teaches Teams, Individuals to Have a Gold Medal Attitude

PHoto of Colleen HackerPacific Lutheran University Kinesiology Professor Colleen Hacker knows all the Olympics predictions, all the stats for the U.S. Women’s Hockey Team. World champs. Favored to win the gold in Sochi. The ones to beat. As she faces her fifth Olympics, and first Winter Olympics, Hacker, the mental-skills coach for the U.S. team, said she doesn’t think about any of that. She doesn’t want her team to focus on these facts—or predictions, either. She wants them to focus on their first game. Read more

Photo of Sharyl CrossSt. Edward’s Professor Named Global Policy Fellow with Woodrow Wilson Center

The Kozmetsky Center of Excellence in Global Finance at St. Edward’s University is proud to announce that Distinguished Professor and Director Sharyl Cross, PhD, has been chosen to serve as a Global Fellow by the Woodrow Wilson Center. The Wilson Center selected 43 new Global Fellows from around the world for their leadership in public service, journalism, business, academia and civil society. Read more

Photo of GhoshWagner Professor’s Book Selected Among the Best in Political Science

Wagner College political science professor Cyril Ghosh’s book, “The Politics of the American Dream,” was picked by Huffington Post blogger Heath Brown for his “Best Political Science Books in 2013” wrapup. Read more

Belmont Faculty Present at 2013 Lilly Conference

Lilly Conf LogoFaculty members from Belmont University’s College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Religion and associated with the Teaching Center and the Office of General Education recently contributed four presentations at the 33rd Annual International Lilly Conference on College Teaching.  Each of the four presentations is associated with research that flows from ongoing Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) projects and collaborations. Presentations included “Taming the Professor: How Students Manage Professors,” “Getting Students to Care in the Common Core Classroom: Service Learning as an Engagement Strategy,” “How the BELL Core Does Multi-Disciplinary Learning Communities as the First Part of a Sophomore Year Experience,” and “Some Effective Activities and Strategies for Ending a Course.” Read more

Hamline, Nazareth, Samford Name New Deans

Photo of HollowayHamline University has named Jean Holloway as dean of the Hamline School of Law. In this role, Holloway will be responsible for overseeing and providing strategic direction to the School of Law's academic and related programs, leading the recruitment and retention efforts of the school, managing its fiscal resources, leading its fundraising efforts, and serving as a university officer in collaborative work on governance, strategic planning, fund development, and institutional assessments. Read morePhoto of Hill

Nazareth College has appointed Craig Hill as dean of the School of Education. Hill recently served as interim dean for the last year, and has been on the faculty of the College’s School of Education for 30 years. Read more

Henry C. Strickland III has been named dean of Samford University's Photo of StricklandCumberland School of Law, effective July 1, 2014. He succeeds John L. Carroll Jr., who is retiring after 13 years.

Strickland currently is professor of law and teaches courses in alternate dispute resolution, arbitration, civil procedure, constitutional law and conflict of laws. He previously served as associate dean for academic affairs from 2001-11. Read more

Westminster Announces New Endowed Chair in Business InnovationPhoto of Pacanowsky

Michael Pacanowsky, Ph.D., will serve as the newly created Gore-Giovale Chair in Business Innovation at Westminster College. Pacanowsky brings 20 years of higher education experience and 17 years of practicing the Gore culture—an organizational innovation at W.L. Gore & Associates renowned for its interconnected, nonhierarchical structure. Read more

Hampton Professor James Russell Named 2013 AGU FellowPhoto of Russell

The American Geophysical Union Fellows Selection Committee has elected Dr. James Russell III, co-director of the Hampton University Center for Atmospheric Sciences, as a 2013 AGU Fellow. Russell was elected for his leadership in developing and operating experiments, for answering questions about the Earth’s atmosphere and for the sustained impact of his work. Read more

Sage Researchers Awarded Grant to Study Bacterium in Soil that May Make You Sharper and Calmer

Photo of Jenks and MatthewsThe Sage Colleges were recently awarded a $10,000 grant from The Bender Scientific Fund of The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region to further study the effects of non-pathogenic bacterium Mycobacterium vaccae (M. vaccae) on mice. In studies already conducted, Dr. Susan Jenks, professor of biology and psychology, Dr. Dorothy Matthews, professor of biology, and their team of Sage student researchers found that the soil bacterium, M. vaccae, when fed to mice influenced their anxiety behaviors and maze learning. Read more

John Carroll Professors Receive Prestigious “Creative Workforce” Fellowships

Partnership LogoTwo faculty members of the John Carroll University Department of English, George Bilgere, Ph.D., and Phil Metres, Ph.D., have been named as 2014 Creative Workforce Fellows by the Community Partnership for Arts & Culture (CPAC).Bilgere and Metres are among 20 Fellows selected, who will each receive $20,000 this year to be used to advance their artistic endeavors and development. Bilgere has authored five collections of poetry, including “The White Museum.” Metres has earned many awards as the author of a number of books, including “A Concordance of Leaves” (2013), “abu ghraib arias” (2011), and several others. Read more

Redlands Professor Pens New Book

Photo of Book title“The Republic Afloat,” a new book by Dr. Matthew Raffety, associate professor of history at the University of Redlands, shines a light on the often brutal and insular culture of the sea in the years before the Civil War. Read more

Manhattan Professor Inducted into American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists

Photo of SharpThe American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists™ (AAEES) recently recognized Robert Sharp, Ph.D., P.E., professor of civil and environmental engineering at Manhattan College, as a Board Certified Environmental Engineer (BCEE). Focusing on advanced water and wastewater treatment, biological regrowth and corrosion, and bioremediation, Sharp teaches and directs an externally funded research laboratory at the College. He is the Donald J. O’Connor Endowed Faculty Fellow of Environmental Engineering at Manhattan College. Read more

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