Polad, MS, Pro Rata Instructor of Natural Sciences, was named a Top 3
finalist in the 2014 Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project, which is coordinated in collaboration with the Illinois Library Association and Reaching Across Illinois Library System. Polad
was nominated for his book Change of Address, which centers around Spencer Manning, a private investigator. Polad's third book will be released very soon.
Brian Husby, PhD, Associate Professor of Education, was selected as the recipient of the DIstinguished Humanitarian Award. Recipients are chosen based on their philanthropic endeavors and commitment to social reform for the benefit of mankind.
In April, Stephani Richards-Wilson, PhD, EdD, Visiting Assistant Professor of Global Studies and Social Entrepreneurship at GWC presented to the Society for German-American Studies on the Social Entrepreneur Mathilde Franziska Anneke. Anneke founded the first feminist newspaper in the United States in 1852 in Milwaukee.
Gerald Butters, PhD, Professor of History, and Mark Plummer, DA, Associate Professor of Music, received joint fellowships to participate in the Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP): Infusing Chinese and Japanese Religion, Art and Politics into the Undergraduate Curriculum. The Institute will be held in Honolulu, Hawaii from July 21-August 8, 2014.
In April, Mark Soderstrom, PhD, Assistant Professor of History, gave a presentation on the ongoing situation in Ukraine and Russia. The presentation was entitled, "Borderland: Making Sense of Ukraine" and was open to the public.Mark Zelman, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology, was elected as the next secretary of the Illinois State Academy of Sciences. The organization's mission is the promotion of scientific research, the diffusion of scientific knowledge, and the unification of scientific interests in Illinois. In his new role, Dr. Zelman will help lead the 107-year-old Springfield-based academy in promoting scientific research, facilitating the communication of scientific knowledge and advocating for the interests of scientists and science students in Illinois.
Brian Vander Schee, PhD, Associate Professor of Marketing, was recently acknowledged by the Marketing Management Association as winner of the Hormel Foods Master Teacher Award. The award recognizes excellence and innovation in teaching and was presented to Dr. Vander Schee in March. This honor is his fifth national teaching award for marketing—the only educator in the country to reach this milestone.
Carrie Milne-Zelman, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology, in collaboration with researchers from Iowa State University and University of Alabama Birmingham, has been awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation titled: "Climate Change and Environmental Sex Determination in a Geographically-Widespread Species." The award provides for two undergraduate students to accompany her in researching the reproductive ecology of painted turtles in New Mexico for the next three summers.
Densie Hatcher, EdD, Professor of Foreign Languages, presented her paper La Inmigracion y La Identidad por Medio de la Pelicula a Better Life at the 13th Congreso Internacional de Literatura Hispanica in March. Two hundred Spanish educators from around the world gathered in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, South America to share ideas and research. This is the second year that Dr. Hatcher has presented with this group.
In February, Joan Fee, PhD, Professor of Education, and Dionnes Rivera, EdD, Associate Professor of English as a Second Language, presented the results of their research regarding teachers' perceptions of the impact of sustained ESL/Bilingual professional development at the National Association for Bilingual Education Conference in San Diego, California.
Tony Mann, MBA, Chair of Graduate Business Programs, addressed the Women's Inspire Group at Nicor Gas in Naperville, Illinois. The topic was Servant Leadership 101 and how the fundamentals of this philosophy apply to business.
Meg Bero, MA, Director of the Schingoethe Center and Instructor of Museum Studies, was awarded the 2014 Visual Arts Educator Award from the Illinois Alliance for Arts Education (an affiliate of the Kennedy Center). Bero also was recently accepted by the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries (AAMG) and the Center for Nonprofit Management at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School to participate in the AAMG/Kellogg Academic Museum and Gallery Leadership Seminar at Northwestern University in June.
In early March, Stephani Richards-Wilson, PhD, EdD, Visiting Assistant Professor of Global Studies and
Social Entrepreneurship at GWC, presented to a group at Nicolet High School in Glendale, Wisconsin. The school is hosting the White
Rose Exhibit on loan from the University of Munich in Germany.
The White Rose was a group of students and their professor who made
flyers calling for resistance to Hitler and the Nazis. All were
executed. Dr. Richards-Wilson presented on one of the students who was not only a resister, but an emerging social
entrepreneur. The title
of her talk was: Willi Graf of the White Rose: Every Individual Bears
Renae Franiuk, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair of Psychology, presented a poster entitled, "Beliefs about Intimate Partner Violence and Media Narratives: Effects of Explicit and Subtle Exposure" at the Society for Personality and Social Psychologists annual meeting in Austin, Texas in February.
Rocco A. Cimmarusti, PhD, Visiting Assistant Professor of Social Work, co-authored a paper that he presented on "Issues in Raising Gifted Children: Emotional, Behavioral, and Social Dimensions" at the statewide conference of the Illinois Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.
Gerald Butters, PhD, Professor of History, had an article published in the February issue of Choice entitled, "Masculinity in Film: The Emergence of a New Literature."
Jessica A. Heybach, EdD, Assistant Professor of Education, co-authored a book chapter with Eric C. Sheffield of Missouri State University entitled, Creating Citizens in a Capitalistic Democracy: A Struggle for the Soul of American Citizenship Education, in the book Citizenship Education Around the World: Local Contexts and Global Possibilities.
Stephen Walker, PhD, BCBA-D, Assistant Professor and Director of the Applied Behavior Analysis Program, has been selected by a panel of experts as the 2014 recipient of the APA Division 25 Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior Applied Dissertation Award for his dissertation titled, “The Influence of Secondary Stimulus Characteristics in the Assessment of Sexual Offenders Diagnosed With Intellectual Disabilities.” Dr. Walker’s research was described by the chair of the Applied Dissertation Award committee as that which “addressed a very significant social problem for a population of individuals for which little research has been conducted (i.e., individuals with IDD who are sex offenders) with respect to systematic assessment and intervention. In addition, the determination of secondary characteristics (e.g., hair color, hip-to-waist ratio) that influenced arousal is an important extension of assessment research for this population.” The honor comes with a financial award along with an invitation to present his research at this year’s convention of the American Psychological Association in Washington, DC in August.
Christina Bruhn, PhD, Assistant Professor of Social Work, is a Partnership Member of the Illinois Children's Mental Health Partnership, which is being recognized for Leadership in Children's Mental Health by Mental Health America of Illinois. Dr. Bruhn also serves on the Early Childhood Research Subcommittee.
Gerald Butters, Ph.D., Professor of History, was an invited speaker at Northwestern University on February 21. His presentation was entitled, "From Sweetback to Super Fly: KUUMBA and the Struggle Against Blaxploitation in Chicago."
Jessica A. Heybach, EdD, Assistant Professor of Education, served as the program chair for the 66th Annual Southeast Philosophy of Education Society. She is currently also serving as the President-Elect for the 2014-2015 year.
Susan Trestrail, M.A., M.S.Ed., who teaches in the Department of English, won an honorable mention for her essay on John Steinbeck that was awarded by the Louis Owens Essay Prize contest.
Kristen Esposito Brendel, PhD, Assistant Professor of Social Work, presented two papers at the Society for Social Work and Research conference in San Antonio in January. One paper was entitled Psychosocial Interventions for School Refusal Behavior: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Her second paper, Effects of Interventions with Military-Connected Students: A Systematic Review, included co-author Mary Bellomo, a 2013 MSW graduate. The latter study began when Bellomo was a student at AU.
In December, Mark Soderstrom, PhD, Assistant Professor of History, was elected to a three-year term on the Executive Board of the Midwest World History Association.
Angela O'Bryant, MSN, RN, APHN-BC, who teaches for the School of Nursing in the RN to BSN program, received her ANCC board certification in Advanced Public Health Nursing in the fall.
Jane Davis, DVM, Associate Professor of Biology, was among just 150 participants nationwide to be selected to participate in the first American Veterinary Medical Association's (AVMA) seminar about animal welfare, entitled "The Conversation." Dr. Davis was also chosen to be a member of the small working group that planned and implemented the presentations and follow-up activities for the event. It is hoped that the outcomes of this meeting will formulate the AVMA's future policies on animal welfare.
In early November, fourteen AU faculty presented at the 2013 Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area (ACCA) Symposium. This year’s theme was “The Future of Education.” The annual symposium brings faculty from the fifteen ACCA institutions together to exchange effective teaching strategies and innovations and/or to present their scholarship on teaching and learning. Presentations included the following:
Patrick Dunn, PhD, Assistant Professor of English - Chalk and Talk: Educational Technology Changes (Almost) Nothing
Libby Karlinger Escobedo, PhD, Assistant Professor of Art History - Beyond the Slide Lecture: Using Active Learning in Art History
Sara Gerend, PhD, Assistant Professor of English; Julie Hipp, PhD, Assistant Professor of English; and Miriam Ojaghi, MA, Adjunct Instructor of English - Teaching for the Times: How Incorporating Technology Has Updated Our Teaching
Susan Hammack, EdD, Accreditation Coordinator - Multiple Exposures + Variety of Ways = In-Depth Learning
Jean Hess, EdD, Assistant Professor of Special Education; Brian Husby, PhD, Professor of Education; and Stephanie Whitus, PhD, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice - Strategies to Incorporate Active Learning into Web-Enhanced and Online Teaching
Johnny Lloyd, PhD, Professor of Biology - A Virtual Cadaver Dissection in an A & P Laboratory
Terri Schroth, PhD, Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages - Getting Students Involved: Using Short Films and Authentic Media to Facilitate the Discussion of Social Issues
Mark Soderstrom, PhD, Assistant Professor of History - "Big" Thinking in the General Education Core: "Trajectories of Human History" at Aurora University
Pamela Wicks, EdD, Assistant Professor of Communication; Chetna Patel, PhD, Professor of Chemistry; and Stephanie Whitus, PhD, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice - Cheap (FREE!) and Easy Ways to “Carrot” Students through the Use of Digital and Web-based Technologies
Christina Bruhn, PhD, Assistant Professor of Social Work, co-authored Prevalence of Disabilities and Abilities in Children Investigated for Abuse and Neglect, an article published this fall in the Journal of Public Child Welfare.
Regina Rahn, PhD, Chair of Mathematics and Computer Science, and Chetna Patel, PhD, Professor of Chemistry, presented "'Effectiveness of a Corporate Partnership on the Success of "Engineering Now'– A Multi-Dimensional Inquiry-Based Professional Development STEM Immersion Experience for Teachers," at the NSTA STEM Forum and Expo in St. Loius, Missouri.
Mark Soderstrom, PhD, Assistant Professor of History, presented "Enlightened Man v. Nineteenth-Century Man: Ivan Kalashnikov's Autobiographical Novel Automaton" at the Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies in Boston, MA.
Stephanie Whitus, PhD, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, presented two papers at the American Society of Criminology conference in Atlanta, GA in November. Her presentations were titled, "What Works for Reentry: Evaluation of Reintegrative Programming," and "A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words: Non-traditional Methods to Measure and Improve Student Learning."
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.
In October, 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. 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.
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.
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.”
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.