Sage Names New Deans
Donna Heald, PhD, has accepted the position of dean of Russell Sage College, to replace Sharon Robinson, PhD, who is retiring after 10 years as dean. Heald comes to Sage from Fordham University, where she was associate dean for science education and director of pre- health professions advising. She begins her role at Sage on July 1. Read more.
Sage also has appointed Albert Orbinati as dean of the School of Professional and Continuing Education at Sage College of Albany. Orbinati previously served as the director of online and non-traditional programs at Utica College, where he was instrumental in developing online programs in cyber security, heath care fraud, homeland security and second baccalaureate degrees in nursing. He begins his new role on August 15. Read more.
Drury Professor Earns Top Research Paper Award
An examination of the Christian Science Monitor’s shift in focus from print to online earned Drury Assistant Professor of Communication Dr. Jonathan Groves the Top Research Paper award at the International Symposium on Online Journalism. Dr. Groves and his co-author Carrie Brown-Smith, a professor at the University of Memphis, spent weeks studying the Christian Science Monitor and its employees as the news organization worked to engage with its readers in a digital space. Read more.
Drury Business Professor Makes the Case for the Value of Liberal Arts
In an essay that first appeared on InsideHigherEd.com, Amy Lewis, PhD, associate professor of management, at Drury University wrote:
Part of my job as a Drury professor is to advise my management students as they schedule classes. They often are stumped when selecting free electives and classes to meet their general education requirements. I typically point out that employers want well rounded employees who can draw on a breadth of knowledge. Here’s another reason for taking classes outside of the business school: Those who don’t learn from the past are doomed to sell offensive t-shirts.
Pacific Lutheran Professor Uses Real-World Strategy to Improve Group Projects
Antonios Finitsis, associate professor of Hebrew Bible, at Pacific Lutheran University discovered that employing a corporate world strategy to students’ group projects made the entire process run more smoothly. Read his blog post: “You Are Fired”: Keeping Group Work Real in the Classroom. Read more.
Manhattan College Physicist Contributes to Landmark Scientific Discovery
A throng of particle physicists assembled inside an auditorium in Geneva to make a breathtaking announcement: after years of painstaking experimentation, the physicists had discovered what was almost certain to be the Higgs boson, an elusive subatomic particle that accounts for the creation of mass, essentially allowing human life to exist. Days after the announcement, Forbes christened it “the biggest scientific discovery of the 21st century.” One of the people standing in the auditorium that morning was Rostislav Konoplich, PhD, associate professor of physics at Manhattan College and a member of an organization called ATLAS, one of the two international teams that collaborated to pinpoint the Higgs boson, dubbed the “God particle.” Read more.
University of Evansville Professor Featured in National Healthcare Magazine
Phil Plisky, assistant professor of physical therapy at the University of Evansville, is featured in the March 2013 issue of NEWS-Line, a publication that reaches thousands of healthcare professionals and students nationwide. In the article, Plisky discusses his research on injury prevention, the University of Evansville's Doctor of Physical Therapy program, and current topics of importance in the field of physical therapy. Read more.
John Carroll Professor’s Poetry Featured on “The Writer’s Almanac”
A poem by George Bilgere, PhD, John Carroll University associate professor of English, was recently featured on “The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor.” Keillor read “Musial,” a poem that Bilgere wrote about the Hall of Fame baseball player Stan Musial. Works by Bilgere have been featured more than 30 times on “The Writer’s Almanac.” Last December, he was a featured guest on Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.”
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Hampton Professor Studies Super Storm Across the Solar System
A monstrous thunderstorm on Saturn has recently taken the term super storm to the next level. A new observation of Saturn made by NASA’s Cassini mission shows the most intense thunderstorm ever observed in the universe. Dr. Kunio Sayanagi, Hampton University assistant professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences and a Cassini imaging team associate, is the lead author of a new paper in the journal Icarus that provides the most detailed view on the life and death of a monstrous thunder-and-lightning storm on Saturn. Sayanagi and the Cassini team are studying the extreme weather events on Saturn with the hope of applying their lessons to weather on Earth. Read more.
Widener Engineering Professor Secures Grant for Groundbreaking Alzheimer's Research
Last year, Dr. Sachin Patil, assistant professor of chemical engineering at Widener University, published a hypothesis on Alzheimer’s disease in the peer-reviewed journal ‘Medical Hypotheses.’ His research discovered that improving one’s level of glucose metabolism in the brain could increase a binding protein which is found to be low in Alzheimer’s patients, and one of its causes. Patil's published work received interest from Dr. George Perry, the world's leading Alzheimer's researcher. With that support, Patil began to examine the relationship further, which recently led to him securing a $93,550 New Investigator Research Grant from the Alzheimer's Association. Read more.
Valparaiso University Appoints Dean to its Honors College
Valparaiso University has appointed Peter Kanelos, PhD, as dean of Christ College, its Honors College, effective July 1, 2013. Most recently he has been a faculty member at Loyola University Chicago. In his role as dean, Kanelos will be responsible for the strategic leadership, coordination and guidance of Christ College. He has an accomplished record in higher education and brings a comprehensive vision for liberal arts education; an ability to collaborate with academic and administrative colleagues; and experience with a diverse student body, combined with commitment to supporting initiatives to expand diversity. Read more.
Arcadia Professor Publishes and Presents Research on Bullying
Dr. Michael Morrow, assistant professor of psychology at Arcadia University, had a paper accepted for publication in Merrill-Palmer Quarterly titled “Relations among Multiple Types of Peer Victimization, Reactivity to Peer Victimization, and Academic Achievement in Fifth-Grade Boys and Girls.” He also organized and will chair a symposium, “Relational Contexts of Academic Functioning in Elementary and Middle School,” which was accepted to the biennial conference for the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD). Morrow will be chairing the symposium and presenting an original paper. Morrow had a second paper accepted at SRCD titled “Dyadic Accuracy and Bias in Preadolescents? Perceived Peer Relations: Associations with Aggression, Depression, and Peer Victimization.” Read more.
Manhattan College Theologian Releases Book Forecasting Future of Catholic Higher Ed
Manhattan College theologian John R. Wilcox, professor emeritus of religious studies, recently published a book outlining the challenges Catholic colleges and universities face with diminishing numbers of clergy members on campus. “Revisioning Mission: The Future of Catholic Higher Education” focuses on the need to form on-campus “mission communities,” which Wilcox describes as diverse groups of faculty, administrators and staff committed to preserving the culture and heritage laid down by the founding religious congregations of Catholic colleges and universities. Read more.
Arts Advocate, Administrator and Pianist Karl Paulnack Named Dean of Ithaca College School of Music
An experienced administrator and advocate for the arts will lead Ithaca College’s founding school. Karl Paulnack, who has served since 2002 as director of the Music Division at The Boston Conservatory, has been named dean of the Ithaca College School of Music. Read more.
Stetson Business Professors Join Semester at Sea
Two adventurous Stetson University business professors have embarked on a round-the-world voyage aboard a sea-going university campus in the company of extraordinary global leaders. Rebecca and Gary Oliphant are now in the Eastern Pacific spending their sabbaticals as sea-going faculty on the 590-foot MV Explorer. They and their 635 students on board will call at 16 ports in 12 countries over 106 days. For more information: Stetson |
Becky Oliphant’s blog during the journey |
John Carroll Professor’s Op-Ed Published in Wall Street Journal
Doris Donnelly, professor of theology and director of the Cardinal Suenens Center at John Carroll University, explored Catholic influences in Victor Hugo's "Les Misérables" in an op-ed in the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal. Read more.
Samford Professor’s Study Video Tops 300,000 Views
The first of five “How to Get the Most Out of Studying” videos produced by Samford University and featuring Psychology Department chair and 2011 U.S. Professor of the Year Stephen Chew, has topped 300,000 views on YouTube. For more information: NAC&U 2012 Feature | Samford |
Professor Chew’s video on YouTube | Professor Chew at Summer Institute |
Belmont Professor Named 2013 Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year
Dr. Jeff Cornwall, Belmont University’s Jack C. Massey Chair in Entrepreneurship, was named as the Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year by the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE). Cornwall was selected from a group of distinguished nominees and chosen for his countless and enduring contributions to entrepreneurship education. Read more.
Wagner Professor Publishes Book on the American Dream
Cyril Ghosh, a visiting assistant professor in Wagner College’s Department of Government & Politics, has written a book, “The Politics of the American Dream: Democratic Inclusion in Contemporary American Political Culture,” that was published by Palgrave Macmillan. In this thought-provoking book, Ghosh analyzes the integral role of the American Dream in contemporary American politics. Read more.
Eastern Athletic Trainer's Association Honors Ithaca Professor
Kent Scriber, professor of exercise and sport sciences at Ithaca College, was an inaugural corecipient of the Kent Scriber Recognition Award, along with E. James Swenson, a sports medicine physician at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Read more.
Scranton Professor’s Book Picked Among Year’s Best by Wall Street Journal
A new book by University of Scranton Psychology Professor John C. Norcross, Ph.D., was selected by The Wall Street Journal as one of the year’s best books. “Changeology: 5 Steps to Realizing your Goals and Resolutions” was among the just six “best guides to later life” highlighted in the Dec. 7 online issue (in print on Dec. 10). In the book, Dr. Norcross, an internationally recognized expert on behavior change, shares his science-based program for reshaping behavior and ensuring permanent change. He explains why the process of self change is the same no matter what behavior is being altered and provides the steps and a structured timeline for lasting results.
Stetson’s Huskey Receives Top International Honor
Stetson University Professor of Political Science and Russian Studies Eugene Huskey has been named a U.S. Embassy Policy Specialist by IREX. IREX is an international nonprofit organization, providing thought leadership and innovative programs to promote positive, lasting change globally. Huskey is one of 16 recipients worldwide to receive this honor. The scholars and professionals will serve as policy specialists at U.S. Embassies and U.S.AID Missions throughout Eurasia. After they complete their fellowships, their research findings will be posted on the IREX online resource library. Read more.
Belmont’s Bynum Publishes Manuscript in Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Marketing Journal
Dr. Leigh Ann Bynum, assistant professor of pharmaceutical, social and administrative sciences at Belmont University, recently published her manuscript “Limitations and Potential Misinterpretation of the National Disease and Therapeutic Index” in theInternational Journal of Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Marketing.
Hamline’s Pope Publishes
Hamline University Law Professor Thaddeus Pope has recently published "Career Guide for the Future Healthcare Attorney," in Widener Health Law Colloquium (Fall 2012); and "Legal Briefing: Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment," in J. Clinical Ethics (2012) (with law student Mindy Hexum). Read more.
Wagner Library Dean Wins National Excellence Award
Dorothy J. Davison, the dean of Wagner College’s Horrmann Library, was among the 10 winners of this year’s I Love My Librarian Award. This national award for librarians is jointly sponsored by the American Library Association, the New York Times and the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The ALA has administered the award since it was first given in 2008. Nominations were open to librarians working in public, school, college, community college and university libraries. In all, more than 1,500 nominations were received for this year’s award. Read more.
John Carroll Dean Named to Irish Education 100
For the second consecutive year, The Irish Voice newspaper has named Jeanne Colleran, Ph.D., dean of John Carroll University’s College of Arts and Sciences, to its Irish Education 100. The list highlights leading figures in education across the United States. Read more.
Belmont’s Mike Pinter Named 2012 Tennessee Professor of the Year
Belmont University’s Dr. Mike Pinter, professor of mathematics and director of the Teaching Center, was named today as the 2012 Tennessee Professor of the Year, an award selection determined by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Dr. Pinter was selected from nearly 300 top professors in the United States. Read more.
Arcadia’s Seymour Receives 2012 Outstanding PA Educator Award
Assistant Professor Amanda Seymour, clinical coordinator of Arcadia’s physician assistant program, was awarded the Outstanding Physician Assistant Educator Award by the New Jersey State Society of Physician Assistants. Read more.
John Carroll Professor Receives Poetry Fellowship
Philip Metres, Ph.D., professor of English, has been named a recipient of the 2013 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Creative Writing (Poetry). The $25,000 award represents the highest standards of excellence and engaging the public with diverse and excellent art, a primary goal of the NEA. Read more.
Nazareth College Nursing Faculty Receives IBERO Volunteer of the Year Award
Marie Bell, assistant professor in Nazareth College’s nursing department, was selected as this year’s recipient of the IBERO-American Action League’s Volunteer of the Year Award. Bell is active in IBERO, serving the first and third Wednesday of the month at Centro de Oro, a day center for Hispanic older adults. She provides assessment services such as blood pressure readings, medication reconciliation, and follow up care. Read more.
University of Evansville Math Professors Awarded $600,000 National Science Foundation Grant
Dave Dwyer and Mark Gruenwald, professors of mathematics at the University of Evansville, have been awarded a three-year, $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.
The grant is one of 30 awarded out of over 400 proposals submitted to the NSF’s TUES program (Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) for extending and broadening the work of successful pilot projects related to undergraduate STEM education. It is one of only two such grants awarded for projects related to mathematics. Read more.
Butler Professor’s Conference Paper Wins Top Award
Assistant Professor Erin Ortiz at Butler University has received a Top Paper Award in the National Communication Association annual conference’s “Peace and Conflict Studies” division. Titled “Discursive linkages and disjunctures between human rights and labor rights: A case of the unionization of parish workers within the U.S. Roman Catholic Church,” the paper was written as part of Ortiz’s doctoral dissertation research. Read more.
Wagner’s Mary Lo Re Publishes Book on Experiential Civic Learning
Wagner College business professor Mary Lo Re’s first book, “Experiential Civic Learning: Construction of Models & Assessment,” has recently been published by North American Business Press. “Experiential Civic Learning” is a compact but all-inclusive essential resource guide for faculty, departments and administrators who wish to partake in this curricula initiative and address the challenge of producing a more skilled, ethical and civically engaged student citizen. Read more.
NPR Affiliate Features John Carroll Professor’s Work in Crisis Mapping
WKSU has highlighted John Carroll University political science professor Jen Ziemke’s role in co-founding the 4,200-member International Network of Crisis Mappers. Crisis mappers leverage technology to present and analyze real-time reports from people “on the ground” in humanitarian emergencies. Read more.
Samford Professors Get $240,000 NSF Grant for Oak Mountain Study
Drs. Malia Fincher and Betsy Dobbins of the Samford University biological and environmental science department have received a $240,000 National Science Foundation-Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) grant for a two-year ecological study at Oak Mountain State Park. The grant will support "interdisciplinary research in a diverse Appalachian ridge and valley ecosystem," according to Dr. Dobbins. It includes funding for 12 undergraduates from around the nation to study hands-on ecology at Oak Mountain during the summers of 2013 and 2014. Read more.
Hamline's Dr. Nocella Co-edits Ecopedagogy Book
Dr. Anthony J. Nocella, professor in the School of Education at Hamline University, co-edits with Dr. Samuel Fassbinder and Dr. Richard Kahn, "Greening the Academy: Ecopedagogy Through the Liberal Arts." "Greening the Academy: Ecopedagogy through the Liberal Arts," takes the standpoints of those working for environmental and ecological justice in order to critique the unsustainable disciplinary limitations within the humanities and social sciences, as well as provide tactical reconstructive openings toward a vibrant liberal arts for sustainability. Greening the Academy thus hopes to speak back with a collective demand that sustainability education be defined as a critical and moral vocation comprised of the diverse types of humanistic study that will benefit the well being of our emerging planetary community and its numerous common locales. “This is an important and urgent book that represents a landmark for higher education. "It is a book that must be heeded, and, more importantly acted upon," Peter McLaren, Professor at University of California Los Angeles comments. Read more.
Redlands Appoints Writing Across the Curriculum Chair
The University of Redlands has appointed Scott Stevens, Ph.D., as the new John and Linda Seiter Endowed Chair in Writing across the Curriculum. Stevens will direct the Writing across the Curriculum program for the College of Arts and Sciences, coordinating all placement, curriculum, instruction, tutoring, assessment, and program development. Read more.
Manhattan College History Professor Receives Fulbright Scholar Grant
Claire Nolte, Ph.D., professor of history at Manhattan College, was accepted into the U.S. Fulbright Scholar program to research the transformation of Prague from a provincial German city into a major Czech metropolis. The author of The Sokol in the Czech Lands to 1914: Training for the Nation, Nolte is an expert in Eastern European history and has published widely in the field of Czech history.
She will work in the Prague City Archives in the spring of 2013 and examine the city of Prague starting in 1861, when the first Czech mayor of Prague was elected until the outbreak of World War I in 1914. Nolte will demonstrate how Prague’s leaders changed the face of their city and paved the way for its role as the capital of Czechoslovakia. Read more.
Butler’s Comstock to Direct American Council on Education Leadership Group
Butler University professor Jayne Marie Comstock has accepted a sabbatical assignment as director of the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Executive Leadership Group. Beginning Sept. 4, she will direct the Council’s professional development programs for higher education institution presidents, chief academic officers and senior leaders in Washington, D.C. ACE is the major coordinating body for the nation’s higher education institutions. Read more.
Hampton Professor Authors Biography on Activist Andrew W. Cooper
Wayne Dawkins, assistant professor of Journalism at the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications at Hampton University, has authored the first biography of an unforgettable African-American journalist and activist, Andrew W. Cooper. The biography, titled “City Son: Andrew W. Cooper’s Impact on Modern-Day Brooklyn,” was published by University Press of Mississippi. Read more.
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