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Faculty and Staff Notes Archive

Faculty and Staff Notes Archives

Rose Marie Fowler-Swarts and Trisha Highland, assistant professors of nursing, attended the national conference, Quality and Safety Education in Nursing (QSEN) January 12-14 in Phoenix, Ariz. QSEN prepares future nurses with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to improve the quality and safety of the healthcare system in which they work. The curriculum of QSEN focuses on six competencies: patient centered care, informatics, evidence based practice, quality improvement, safety, and teamwork and collaboration. The conference was sponsored by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Marla J. Selvidge, professor and director of the Center for Religious Studies, has just completed the acquisition and editing of a collection of papers titled "Slavery and Feminist Biblical Interpretation in the Nineteeth Century" that will be published in the summer of 2011 as a special edition on-line and in hard copy with Postcripts, a periodical published by Equinox Press in the United Kingdom. Contributors to the volume included Emerson B. Powery and Jean T. Corey of Messiah College, Claudia Setzer of Manhattan College, Joy A. Schroeder of Capital University and Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Janelle Peters of Emory University, and Allison Stokes from the Women's Faith Institute in the Berkshires.

Marla J. Selvidge, professor and director of the Center for Religous Studies, was the destination lecturer on board the Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas during winter break 2010. Her visual presentations included "Postcards from Haiti: Politics and Art," "Cartagena and Its Beauty: El Dorado and the Spanish Greed for Gold," "Living Through the Panama Canal: A History of the Development of the Canal," "Tortuguero and Costa Rica’s Rain Forest: Protecting Sea Turtles," and "The History of Grand Cayman: Pirates Today and Yesterday."

Gregg Etter, assistant professor of criminal justice, presented a paper titled "Domestic Terrorism: Do Attacks on Abortion Providers Qualify?" at the 62nd annual meeting of the American Society of Criminolgy in San Francisco Nov. 19, 2010.

M. Jenise Comer, professor of social work,  was elected secretary of the Association of Social Work Boards at the association’s annual meeting in New Orleans, La. in early November. Comer currently serves on the Missouri State Committee for Social Workers and has served in multiple volunteer roles for ASWB, most recently as a member of a research grant review team. ASWB is the organization of the boards in 49 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., the Virgin Islands, and 10 Canadian provinces that license and regulate social workers..

Carol Smith, coordinator of the THRIVE program, attended the 51st Annual Conference of the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration Oct. 28 - 31 in Savannah, Ga. She presented research on Women as Servant Leaders and an information session on the THRIVE program at UCM.

Z. Bland, associate professor of career and technology education, attended the Southern Business Education Association Annual Convention Oct. 20-23 in Charleston, S.C., and presented on Oct. 22 and Oct. 23. Her poster and presentation session was on "Grouping in Skill-Based Classes," and the roundtable session was on "Using Voice Recognition Software as a Productivity Tool."

Julie Blaine, director of the Central Regional Professional Development Center, has been named to the board of trustees of the National Staff Development Council. She will serve a three-year term.

Alan Nordyke, director of residence and Greek life, has been named chair-elect of the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International’s Foundation on Education and Research. The ACUHO-I Foundation on Education and Research provides an avenue for individuals, groups, agencies, and other foundations to support collegiate housing through gifts and grants.

Terrell Brown, assistant professor of educational foundations and literacy, has been named to the professional journal committee of the Association of Teacher Educators. His responsibility will be reviewing and recommending articles for publication in Action in Teacher Education.

Bart Washer, associate professor, and Lori Cochran, assistant professor of career and technology education, currently areserving as content advisors for the Skilled Technical Sciences division at the Missouri Statewide Career Education Mentoring Program for New and Returning Teachers for 2010-2011. Washer and Cochran have been serving the mentor program since its inception in 2004. The program pairs talented and successful career education teachers/mentors with new or returning career education teachers/proteges to assist with their first few years of teaching.  This program is supported by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education through funds provided to the Missouri Center for Career Education housed on the UCM campus.  

Odin Jurkowski, associate professor of educational technology and chair of the Department of Career and Technology Education, served on the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education team to review for re-accreditation teacher education programs at Southeast Missouri State University.

Henry Russell, assistant professor of educational leadership and human development, was a keynote speaker at a national conference during summer 2010 in Las Vegas, Nev. The conference, "From Structure to Instruction," focused on the sharing of best practices and lessons learned from high school redesign efforts. It was attended by 700 high school teachers, principals, and central office personnel from across the United States.

Sandra Jenkins, instructor of educational leadership in library sciences, recently established the Suzanne Foster Scholarship in Library Science. This is an endowed scholarship funded by royalties earned from the LIS 1600 online textbook authored by Jenkins.

Sandra Jenkins, instructor of educational leadership in library sciences, was awarded the Excellence in Teaching award for non-tenured faculty for the Department of Educational Leadership and Human Development, spring 2010. She also received the Excellence in Teaching award for non-tenured faculty for the College of Education, spring 2010.

Sandra Jenkins, instructor of educational leadership in library sciences, attended the College Readiness Dialogue Meeting at Blue Valley High School in Stillwell, Kan., and participated in a panel discussion regarding information literacy skills freshmen bring to the university.

Carol Smith, THRIVE coordinator, and Jessica Rhodes, THRIVE case manager, presented information on UCM's THRIVE program at the Missouri Association of County Developmental Disabilities Services conference Oct. 14 at the Lodge of the Four Seasons, Lake Ozark, Mo.

William Sewell, assistant professor of educational foundations and literacy, has had an article, "Multimodal Literacies in the Secondary English Classroom," accepted for publication in the May 2011 issue of English Journal.

Steven Lance Popejoy, associate professor of business law, recently presented "Effects of Right-to-Work Laws: Can They Include Higher Levels of Satisfaction for Union Workers?" at the Business and Leadership Symposium at Fort Hays State University.

Jeff Imboden,
director of the Performing Arts Series, recently attended the Midwest Arts Conference in Indianapolis. The conference, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, is one of the largest platforms in the nation for performing arts professionals to come together for an educational and motivational four days focused on promoting and presenting live touring performing arts.

Lee Liu,
associate professor of geography, presented a paper titled “How Sustainable Are China’s Environmental Model Cities?” at the Second World Congress on Chinese Studies: Urban Society, Challenges for the Present and Future, June 28-30 in Shanghai, China. He also visited the Shanghai World Expo and conducted field research in different parts of China. The travel was supported by a College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Science Research and Creative Assistance Award, Scholarly Activity Fund, CTL Teaching Improvement Award, and University Research Council Award.

Dianna Bryant, associate professor of health and human services and director of the Institute for Rural Emergency Management, presented "Emergency Management: The Rural Reality" at the Kansas Emergency Management Association conference in Topeka, Kan.

Lee Liu, associate professor of geography, recently published an article titled “Made in China: Cancer Villages” in Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development 52(2):8-21. The research was partially funded by a College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Science Research and Creative Assistance Award and an Honors College Faculty Fellow Award.

Steven Lance Popejoy, associate professor of business law, recently received the national award for best paper of 2009 from the Society for Case Research for the case titled "Sexual Harassment on Trial," which was subsequently published in the 2009 Annual Advances in Business Cases. Additionally, Popejoy and Deni Oas presented two papers, "Assessment Issues at Springfield College" and "DeLaval, Inc." at the Case Writers' Workshop at Hanover College in Hanover, Ind., in July. Both also served as discussants at the conference.

Dan Crews, professor of history, recently published "Biografia y autobiografia novelesca: datos nuevos sobre Juan de Valdés y Lazarillo de Tormes" in Actas del Congreso de la Asociacion Internacional de Hispanistas, Ed. Pierre Civil. Madrid: Iberoamericana, 2010.

Dan Crews, professor of history, recently presented “The Converso Civic Christianity of Juan de Valdés,” as an invited lecture at Oxford University. He also presented “Valdesian Justification and Lazarillo de Tormes,” at the Quinto Congreso Internacional sobre los Conversos y los Morescos, University of Alcalá, Spain, and
“Deconstruction of Valdesian Justification,” Mediterranean Studies Conference, University of Salamanca, Spain.

Dan Crews, professor of history, was elected 2010-2012 General Secretary of the Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies and Executive Editor for the Bulletin of the Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies.

Sandra Jenkins, instructor of educational leadership in Library Sciences, recently published a revised 2010 edition of her online textbook, Information Literacy for Undergraduates, from Kendall/Hunt-Great River Technology.

Barbara Martin, professor of educational leadership, and B. G. Burton recently presented "iPhone in the Classroom" to the Missouri Distance Learning Association in Springfield, Mo.; " Collaboration and 3D Virtual Environments" to the American Educational Research Association Convention, Denver, Colo.; and "Collaboration and the Use of Mobile Devices" to the American Educational Research Association Convention, Denver, Colo.

Barbara Martin and Doug Thomas, professors of educational leadership, and B. G. Burton recently published "Collaboration and the Use of Three-Dimensional Interface Within a Virtual Learning Environment" in In Adaptation, Resistance, and Access to Instructional Technologies: Assessing Future Trends in Education by Ed S. D’Agustino, IGI Global Publishing.

Barbara Martin and Linda Bigby, professors of educational leadership, and S. Gettys recently published "Does Mentoring Assist in Developing Beginning Principals' Instructional Leadership Skills?" in the International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring, vol. 8, issue 2.

Barbara Martin, professor of educational leadership, and M. McKinne recently published "Higher Education Faculty and Student Perceptions of
Classroom Incivility" in the Journal of College and Character, vol. 1, issue 1.

Steve Wilson, professor of biology, presented two papers, "Tymbal differentiation and co-occurrence among Spartina sap-feeding insects (Hemiptera: Auchenorrhyncha)" and (coauthored with A. G. Wheeler, Jr.) "The planthopper fauna of seven species of Spartina (Hemiptera: Fulgoroidea)", at the 13th International Auchenorrhyncha Congress in Vaison-le-Romaine, France. Two other papers have been accepted for publication: Hedrick-Zeller, M. and S. W. Wilson. "The planthopper genus Pentagramma in the United States: Morphology of male and female genitalia (Hemiptera: Delphacidae)" to be published in the Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society and Wilson, S.W. and A. G. Wheeler, Jr. "Planthopper diversity of weeping lovegrass (Eragrostis curvula; Poaceae) - an introduced host of little-known, rarely collected native species (Hemiptera: Fulgoroidea)" to be published in Entomologica Americana.

Rose Marie Fowler-Swarts and Allison Norwood, assistant professors of nursing, attended the Missouri Leadership Institute for Nurse Educators/Deans and Directors in Columbia, Mo., in June. The conference provided information on new trends in nursing and in-home health care and was attended by nurse educators, personnel from the State Board of Nursing and for-profit and not-for-profit health care systems.

Richard McElroy, assistant professor of early chilhood education, recently published Fantasy and Grandma, the second in his series of eight books published by Mirror Publishing that help children cope with anxiety and separation issues.

Odin Jurkowski, associate professor of educational technology and chair of the Department of Career and Technology Education, published a revised 2010 edition of his book Technology and the School Library: A Comprehensive Guide for Media Specialists and Other Educators from Scarecrow Press.

Barbara H. Baker, assistant professor of nursing, published an article, "Faculty Ratings of Retention Strategies for Minority Nursing Students," in the August 2010 issue of Nursing Education Perspectives, Vol. 31, issue 4, pp. 216-220.

Sara Brooks Sundberg, associate professor of history, recently published " 'Picturing the Past': Farm Women on the Grasslands Frontier, 1850-1900" in the summer issue of Great Plains Quarterly, an academic journal published by the Center for Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The article describes the experiences of 52 prairie farm women through their diaries and letters written between 1850 and 1900.

Ken Schueller, assistant director of the Office of Career Services, recently achieved his Master Career Development Professional (MCDP) status from the National Career Development Association.The NCDA offers the Master Career Development Professional honor only to those who provide specialized career development services. MCDP may include career development facilitators, career technicians, job placement specialists, employment agency professionals, career coaches, career management professionals and workforce development professionals. All MCDPs have a master’s degree in counseling or a related field with three years plus of post-master’s work experience in career development.

Rose Marie Fowler-Swarts, assistant professor of nursing, recently attended and presented at an eight hour class in Psychiatric Emegencies in the Acute Care Environment sponsored by the Mental Illness and Research Psychiatric Center, along with 33 UCM nursing students.

Tara Napoleone-Clifford, office professional in the Department of History, was appointed as the treasurer of the Missouri College Personnel Association for the 2010-2012 academic year. MoCPA is an association for student affairs professionals across the state of Missouri that promotes learning and the development of students enrolled in institutions of post-secondary education through the ongoing professional development of college student affairs administrators and student development educators in accord with the purposes of the American College Personnel Association.

Marla J. Selvidge, professor and director of the Center for Religious Studies, lectured on the Royal Caribbean, Brilliance of the Seas in the Mediterranean in July. Topics of her visual lectures included: "Florence and Imperial Christianity," "Roman Rulers and their Palaces," "The Architecture and Art of Venice," "The Mystery Religions in the Mediterranean," and "Muslim Architecture in Spain." She prepared people for ports of call that include Barcelona in Spain, Cannes in France, Rome, Naples, Florence, Venice in Italy, Corfu in Greece, and Dubrovnik in Croatia.