Debra Zahay-Blatz, PhD, Professor of Marketing, was honored with the Silver Award for the Jacobs and Clevenger CaseWriter's Workshop at the Annual Marketing EDGE Research Summit in October. This an international case writing competition for cases in direct, database and digital marketing. Her case, ECB.com, used real-life company data, with the company name veiled, to teach students how to analyze customer data and create meaningful customer segments. The case will be published in the IMC Handbook and the International Journal of Integrated Marketing Communications. Dr. Zahay-Blatz has competed in previous years and has been honored with one Gold and two Silver Awards.
Meredith Harvey, PhD, Assistant Professor of Writing and English at GWC, presented “From Parlour to Prairie: A Woman’s Journey from London to the Canadian Plains” at the Western Literature Association Conference in Berkeley, CA in October. The essay and corresponding presentation discussed her current writing project, which focuses on the combination of archival research, oral histories and the “truth” of family mythologies. Additionally, during the conference she was elected to serve a three-year term on the Executive Council of the Western Literature Association.
Stephani Richards-Wilson, Visiting Assistant Professor of Global Studies and Social Entrepreneurship at GWC, recently received her second doctorate from the German Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her first doctorate was earned in 2003 from the University of San Diego in Higher Education-Leadership Studies.
Stephanie Whitus, PhD, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, was interviewed by Illinois Cops Magazine to discuss the university’s online Criminal Justice program and two Special Topics courses that she teaches: “Serial & Mass Murder” and “Criminal Profiling.” Appearing in the publication's September and October issues, the articles were entitled “A Killer Course: Getting Inside the Minds of America’s Serial Killers and Mass Murderers Has Never Been So Accessible” and “Update Your Profiling.”
Mark Zelman, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology, co-authored Human Diseases: A Systematic Approach (8th ed.), a book published by Pearson Prentice-Hall (2014). The text is an introductory pathophysiology text for students in health career and nursing programs.
Kristen Esposito Brendel, PhD, Assistant Professor of Social Work, co-authored “Child-Parent Interventions for Childhood Anxiety Disorders: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis,” which appeared in the September issue of Research on Social Work.
Ryan Chapman, MA, who teaches in the Department of Physical Education and is Head Coach of Aurora University's Cross Country and Track and Field Teams, authored and had published a collection of poetry entitled, The Secret Language of Pamela.
Bruce Rittenhouse, who teaches in the Religion and Philosophy Department, had a new book published entitled Shopping for Meaningful Lives: The Religious Motive of Consumerism. In his book, Rittenhouse analyzes economic, sociological and psychological evidence to demonstrate that consumers behave differently than the current theories predict. More specifically, he explains his beliefs that consumerism deforms individual character, our sense of obligation to one another, and our concern for future generations and the environment.
Sara Gerend, PhD, Assistant Professor of English, published a review of the play, The Iceman Cometh, in the Eugene O’Neill Review. The performance was at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, and was directed by Robert Falls.
Don Danner, CPA, CGMA, Assistant Professor of Accounting, had an article published in the September issue of The Asset entitled, "Contribute to the Success of Our Profession's Future."
Jay Thomas, EdD, Associate Professor of Education, was an invited panelist at the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children. The symposium, which was led by Dr. Julia Link Roberts, Executive Director for the Center for Gifted Studies at Western Kentucky University, considered the current research on the viability, sustainability, outcomes, and impact of specialized schools of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology.
Meredith Harvey, PhD, Assistant Professor of Writing and English at GWC, and Richard Boniak, PhD, Assistant Professor of Environmental and General Science at GWC, presented “An Applied Approach to Environmental Composition: Service Learning, Living Laboratories, and Literature in an Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Classroom” at the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment Conference in Lawrence, Kansas in May. The presentation discussed their experiences co-teaching IDS 2000 Wellness and Social Responsibility. Within the presentation, Dr. Harvey highlighted the ways in which the course utilized the theme of Society and the Natural World in order to teach composition within the scientific, creative, research-oriented, analytic and service-reflection modes. Additionally, she shared the ways in which the interdisciplinary classroom provided opportunities for field studies beyond the classroom walls, while the workshop environment in the classroom led to a well-rounded learning community.
Bridgitte Barclay, PhD, Assistant Professor of English, presented “Circus or Science?: Eden, Evolution, and Akeley’s Influence in Two Early SF Films” at the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment Conference in Lawrence, Kansas in May. In her paper, she analyzed Field Museum taxidermist and explorer Carl Akeley's ideological and technical influence on science and science fiction of the early 20th century.
Mark Zelman, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology, and Carrie Milne-Zelman, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology, had their book, Infection Control: A Guide for Health Professionals (2013) published by Pearson/Prentice-Hall. The text is a guide for biological, chemical, and radiation safety in the healthcare workplace.
Faith Agostinone-Wilson, EdD, Associate Professor of Education, published a new book, Dialectical Research Methods in the Classical Marxist Tradition, with Peter Lang Publishers, in June 2013. Included in the text are issues related to social justice, what distinguishes Marxist research from other liberal-left paradigms, how mainstream research is used to support imperialism, re-evaluating ethics and various forms of data collection.
Kristen Esposito Brendel, PhD, Assistant Professor of Social Work,, and Jeff Bulanda, PhD, Assistant Professor of Social Work, co-authored an article with additional colleagues that was published in the February issue of Campbell Collaboration. The article is entitled, “Psychosocial Interventions for School Refusal Behavior with Elementary and Secondary School Students.”
This past May, Christina Bruhn, PhD, Assistant Professor of Social Work, was appointed by the Governor of the State of Illinois to serve as a member of the Children's Mental Health Partnership (ICMHP). ICMHP strives to provide easier access to more effective programs and services that will better meet the mental health needs of all Illinois children and their families.
Mark Zelman, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology, was elected as Councilor to the Illinois State Academy of Sciences, serving through 2016. This leadership board of the state’s scientific society promotes undergraduate science research and education.
Brian Vander Schee, PhD, Associate Professor of Marketing, was recently presented with the Academy of Marketing Science Outstanding Marketing Teacher Award. The award recognizes excellence in teaching, providing a forum for outstanding teachers to share their classroom success with colleagues.
Don Danner, CPA, CGMA, Assistant Professor of Accounting, has been named Chairman of the Board for the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA). Danner began serving his one-year term on July 1, 2013.
Mark Soderstrom, PhD, Assistant Professor of History, was selected to attend three seminars this summer, Each seminar focused on developing teaching skills and enhancing the role of world history and cultures in the undergraduate curriculum. The first two workshops, the Japan Studies Association Freeman Institute and the East-West Center’s Institute on Infusing Asian Studies into the Undergraduate Curriculum, each help faculty members to more effectively integrate Japanese and Chinese content into their teaching and curricula. The third seminar, the Big History Summer Institute, took place at Dominican University of California. This unique five-day seminar was designed for university faculty interested in learning and teaching Big History, which attempts to provide an interdisciplinary view of history that combines both human and natural history into a single narrative.
Bridgitte Barclay, PhD, Assistant Professor of English, presented, “‘Always as a movement forward’: Feminist Science in The Green Kingdom (1957)” at WisCon in Madison, Wisconsin in May, analyzing a mid-century women’s text depicting new empirical feminist science.
Joan Fee, PhD, Professor of Education, authored an article published in the Journal of Interdisciplinary Education (JIE). The article is entitled, "Teachers’ Perceptions Regarding the Impact of Sustained ESL/Bilingual Professional Development."
Sara Gerend, PhD, Assistant Professor of English, presented her paper, “Super-Sizing the Sweet Fifteen: Ritual as Affluenza in Julia Alvarez’s Once Upon a Quinceañera: Coming of Age in the U.S.A.”, as part of the MELUS (Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S.) panel on “Urban Ethnicity: Work, Protest, and the American Dream” at the Modern Language Association Conference.
Jessica A. Heybach, EdD, Assistant Professor of Education, won the Critics Choice Award from the American Education Studies Association (AESA) for her work on Dystopia and Education: Insights into Theory, Praxis, and Policy in an Age of Utopia-Gone-Wrong. The recently published book was co-edited by Heybach and Eric C. Sheffield of Missouri State University. Annually, a committee of AESA members review a number of titles that have been peer-nominated to select outstanding books that may be of interest to those in educational studies.
An article authored by Mark Zelman, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology, was published by the Illinois State Academy of Sciences, Springfield: ISAS. The article was entitled, “Catalase Enhances Antibiotic Resistance Transactions,” and describes research showing how bacteria may augment their resistance to drugs normally used to control bacterial infections.
Bridgitte Barclay, PhD, Assistant Professor of English, organized a panel for the Eaton and Science Fiction Research Association Conference in Riverside, California in April. There she presented “Formaldehyde Fish and Drivable Ducks: SF Form and Environmental Themes in a Global Speculative Fiction Course,” analyzing how two recent Korean films disrupt kaiju and post-apocalytpic genre conventions to make environmental arguments.
In January, Kristen Esposito Brendel, PhD, Assistant Professor of Social Work, presented “Effectiveness of Child-Parent Interventions for Childhood Anxiety Disorders” at the Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research in San Diego, California.