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New! Hampton Professor Receives National Science Education AwardPhoto of Fowlks

Dr. Edison R. Fowlks, professor of biology and director of the Biotechnology Laboratory at Hampton University, has been selected by the American Society for Cell Biology (ACSB) to receive the 2014 Bruce Alberts Award for Excellence in Science Education. Read more

New! Hampton Professor Receives International Young Scientist Award

Photo of YueDr. Jia Yue, research assistant professor in the Hampton University Department of Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences has been awarded the Scientific Committee On Solar-Terrestrial Physics (SCOSTEP) Distinguished Young Scientist Award. This prestigious award is given biannually to young scientists who have achieved considerable success in SCOSTEP science and who took an active part in SCOSTEP events. Read more

Publications

New! Kenneth Pobo Releases Chapbook with Widener Colleague James Esch as Publisher

Photo of PoboDr. Kenneth Pobo, professor of English and creative writing at Widener University, has released a new chapbook of poetry titled “When the Light Turns Green,” through Spruce Alley Press, a new publishing company started by James Esch, an English and creative writing lecturer at Widener. Read more

Photo of book coverNew! Wagner Professor’s Groundbreaking Book Explores Music of C.P.E. Bach

Wagner College music historian David Schulenberg’s new book, “The Music of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach,” will be published next month by the University of Rochester Press, a partner of the humanities publishing house Boydell & Brewer. Read more

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New! Arcadia Professor and Recent Alum Co-author Paper in ‘Evolutionary Psychology’

Dr. Christina Brown, assistant professor of Psychology, and Emily Daniels ’14, who graduated from Arcadia University with a B.A. in Psychology, recently published a journal article on their research, titled “Verbal compliments as a differential source of mate poaching threat for men and women.” The research reported in the article began as a summer research project in 2013. Brown and Daniels also presented the research at the Eastern Psychological Association conference in March 2014. Read more

Craig Waldron Joins Hamline’s School of Business Full Time

PHoto of WaldronAfter a long, outstanding career as the city administrator of Oakdale, Minnesota, Hamline University is pleased that Craig Waldron will join the School of Business full-time as a lecturer in public administration. Waldron is no stranger to Hamline. He earned his doctorate from the university and has taught courses in public administration, economic and public development, public finance, and public ethics at Hamline and other institutions for decades.

Hampton Professor's Book Focuses on STEM

Photo of BerubeHampton University Assistant Professor in the Department of Professional Education Dr. Clair Berube has recently written a book on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) teaching, which focuses on problem-based learning as effective teaching.

Her new book, “STEM and the City,” which was published on May 30 features chapters that are insightful and send an urgency for a change toward “The Future of American Stem Education,” hence, the title of her book’s concluding chapter. Read more

Widener Professor and Student Team Up to Publish Anthology of Writing from Graterford Prisoners

Photo from bookJayne Thompson, a senior lecturer at Widener University, has led efforts to compile the writings of about 20 prisoners at the State Correctional Institution at Graterford in the new book "Letters to My Younger Self," published by Serving House Books. Widener senior creative writing major Emily DeFreitas has assisted Thompson with the editing process. Read more

Widener’s Sarah Roth Releases New Book Examining Gender and Race in Antebellum Popular Culture

Photo of RothDr. Sarah Roth, associate professor and chair of history at Widener University, has published "Gender and Race in Antebellum Popular Culture" with Cambridge University Press. In the book, Roth examines how white women played a critical role in shifting how African American men were perceived in the decades leading to the Civil War through their contributions to popular culture media. Read more

Photo of MaierShana Maier Releases New Book on the Experiences and Perceptions of Rape Investigators

Dr. Shana L. Maier, associate professor and director of the Master’s in Criminal Justice Program at Widener University, has published “Rape, Victims and Investigations,” (Routledge), which describes the experiences and perceptions of law enforcement officers who have responded to reported rapes. Read more

John Carroll Finance Professor Analyzes the “LeBron Effect” in Time Magazine

LeRoy Brooks, a professor of finance at the Boler School of Business at John Carroll University in suburban Cleveland, calculated the possibility of a $500 million boost to the local economy based on the “LeBron Effect.” Read more

Nazareth Professor Helps Open imagineYou Lab for Teens

Photo of BrianNazareth College faculty member Brian Bailey, associate professor of Education and director of Nazareth's Center for Service Learning, along with Rochester teens, ArtPeace and the Rochester Public library staff, saw several years of hard work become reality when imagineYou, an innovative, 21st century digital media production lab for teens, opened on June 9, 2014 at the Rochester Public Library.  The lab was created through a $100,00 grant from the MacArthur Foundation. Read more

North Central Psychology Professor Karl Kelley Featured in Article about Excellence in TeachingPhoto of Karl

North Central College psychology professor Karl Kelley is featured in an article about excellence in teaching. The article, “Class Acts: How Top Teachers Help Students Achieve Their Goals Both In and Out of the Classroom,” appears in the new issue of West Suburban Living Magazine. Read more

Samford’s Rahn Earns National Geography Teaching Award

Photo of RahnSamford University geography professor Jennifer Rahn is one of only four U.S. educators honored with the 2014 Higher Education Distinguished Teaching Award from the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE).
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University of Evansville Theatre Professor Receives 2014 Arts Educator Award

Patti McCrory, professor and costume designer in the University of Evansville’s Department of Theatre, received the 2014 Art Educator Award from the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana. McCrory was recognized for her dedication to the field of education and design. Read more

Valpo Engineering Professor Receives Prestigious National Award

For Jeff Will, Ph.D., computer and electrical engineering department chair and professor at Valparaiso University, his dedication to being a mentor and teacher is now being acknowledged on a national level through a 2014 ASEE National Outstanding Teaching Medal. Read more

Alla L. Wilson Named Dean of School of Global Business at Arcadia University

Alla L. Wilson, Ph.D., has been named dean of Arcadia University’s School of Global Business. Wilson, founding dean of the College of Business and Management at East Stroudsburg University, will assume her duties at Arcadia on June 1. Read more

Redlands Appoints Wall as Dean of School of Education

Photo of WallDr. Andrew Wall has been appointed Robert A. and Mildred Peronia Naslund Endowed Dean's Chair in the School of Education at the University of Redlands, effective July 1, 2014. Dr. Wall joins the University of Redlands from the University of Rochester. At Rochester he served as associate professor and chair of the educational leadership program and the co-interim director of the Warner Center for Professional Development and Educational Reform at the Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development. Read more

Wagner Education Professor Carin Guarasci Named ‘Woman of Distinction’ by NYS Senate

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  From left to right: Mani Potnuru, Bridget Guarasci, Senator Diane Savino, Senator Andrew Lanza, Carin Guarasci, Richard Guarasci, Assemblyman Michael Cusick

Wagner College education professor Carin Guarasci was named a “Woman of Distinction” by the New York State Senate at a ceremony in Albany. Guarasci was nominated for the honor by State Senator Andrew Lanza. The Senate’s “Woman of Distinction” program was created in 1998 to honor New York women who exemplify personal excellence or whose professional achievements, acts of courage, selflessness, integrity or perseverance serve as an example to all New Yorkers. Read more

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Arcadia, Samford, Valparaiso Appoint New Deans

Dr. Graciela Slesaransky-Poe, associate professor of education and Frank and Evelyn Steinbrucker ’42 Endowed Chair at Arcadia University, has been appointed founding dean of the University’s School of Education. The appointment is effective June 1. Read more

Dr. Michael A. Crouch has been named dean of Samford University's McWhorter School of Pharmacy effective July 1, 2014.  Crouch, an accomplished educator, clinician and researcher, currently serves as executive associate dean and professor at East Tennessee State University's Gatton College of Pharmacy, Johnson City. Read more

Valparaiso University has named Jennifer A. Ziegler, Ph.D., as dean of the Graduate School and Continuing Education, effective June 30, 2014. Ziegler currently serves on Valpo’s faculty as graduate program director and associate professor of communication. Read more

Stetson Professor Awarded Fulbright Grant

Assistant Professor of English Mark Powell of Stetson University has won a Fulbright Scholarship Award, allowing him to teach at Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra in the country of Slovakia beginning in September as part of a sabbatical that will last the spring and fall semesters. Read more

Hampton Professors Assume New Leadership Roles

Photo of both leadersDr. Battinto Batts is now the assistant dean for academic affairs in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications, and DaVida Plummer Vanderploeg is now the director of the William R. Harvey Leadership Institute. Read more

Widener University School of Law Dean to Retire

Photo of Linda AmmonsLinda L. Ammons will retire as dean of Widener University’s School of Law at the end of the current academic year. Ammons has led the two-campus school for eight years and is the senior African American female dean of a law school in the United States. Ammons has agreed to serve as counsel to Harris for legal education for the upcoming academic year. Read more

Drury Professor’s Research Turns Architectural Plans into Virtual Worlds

Photo of David BeachDavid Beach, assistant professor at Drury University’s Hammons School of Architecture, has spent the past three years working to apply virtual reality technology to the field of architecture and design. Now Beach, with the help of senior architecture student Sam McBride, is set to demonstrate the results of his research – namely, a custom software solution that takes plans built with today’s commonly used design software and turns them into virtual spaces designers and their clients can explore in three dimensions using the Oculus Rift headset. Read more

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

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

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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