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Faculty and Staff Notes

Brief items concerning recent faculty and staff achievements and professional activities may be submitted to the UCM News Bureau at

March 2013

Theresa Gordon, associate professor of social work, recently published "Good Grief: Exploring the Dimensionality of Grief Experiences and Social Work Support" in The Journal of Social Work in End of Life Palliative Care, Vol. 9, No. 1.

January 2012

Leigh Ann Blunt, John Zey and Alice Greife are coauthors of Chapter One: "The History and Philosophy of Industrial Hygiene." The chapter is in the Third Edition of "The Occupational Environment: Its Evaluation, Control and Management." This textbook is one of the principal textbooks used in occupational safety and health academic programs, including the Master of Science degree programs in Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Safety Management Programs at UCM.

October 2011

Gregg Etter, associate professor of criminal justice; David McElreath, professor of legal studies at the University of Mississippi; Linda Kenna, assistant professor of legal studies and Ellis Stuart, coroner of Copiah County, Mississippi, have recently published a new textbook titled Introduction to Corrections with CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Raton, Florida.

September 2011

William Sewell, assistant professor of educational foundations and literacy, will be deliver a presentation at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention in November 2011. The presentation is titled: "All the World's a Text: Using Multimodal Intertextuality to Teach Today's Tech Savvy Students."

August 2011

Gregg Etter, associate professor of criminal justice, was awarded the Frederic Milton Thrasher Award for 2011 for superior research on gangs and extremist groups by the National Gang Crime Research Center at the 14th Annual International Gang Investigator's Conference Aug. 8, 2011, in Chicago, Ill. Etter presented a paper titled "Drug Wars/Mexican Front: The Escalation of Hostilities" while at the conference.

July 2011

Gregg Etter, associate professor of criminal justice, and Richard Griffin, assistant professor of criminal justice at California University of Pennsylvania, recently published an article titled "In-Service Training of Older Law Enforcement Officers: An Andragogical Argument" in Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management. 34(2).

Jon E. Taylor, assistant professor of history, recently published Truman's Grandview Farm. He was the featured speaker at the Harry S. Truman Library's Brown Bag Luncheon series on June 28. The Central Plains Region of the National Archives Kansas City will hosted a reception, author talk, and book signing June 29.

Julie Clawson, chair of the Department of Nursing; Jenny D'Agostino, assistant professor of nursing; Barbara Baker, assistant professor of nursing; and Jo Riggs, associate professor of nursing, attended the Missouri Nurses Association 2011 Teamwork Summit June 28 in Columbia. Riggs served a facilitator for the education team.

March 2011

Gregg Etter, assistant professor of criminal justice, recently published an article titled "Players, Social Bandits, Would-Be Revolutionaries: Examining Hip-Hop, Narcocorrido, and Neo-Nazi-Hate Rock" in the Journal of Gang Research 18(2) Winter, 2011.

Rick Vansell, manager of facilities maintenance in Facilities, Planning and Operations, recently received the Education Facilities Professional credential from APPA, the national association of educational facilities professionals. The EFP credential is conferred following the successful completion of an examination that validates the unique knowledge and competency required of an professional in the field of educational facilities.

UCM's online course, NUR4013 Health Policy and Nursing Ethics, developed by Rose Marie Fowler-Swarts, assistant professor of nursing, recently was reviewed by a trained Quality Matters Peer Review Team and has been recognized as meeting Quality Matters review standards. The review resulted in a compiled Final Team Review based on the individual reviews. The course will be promoted on the Quality Matters web site.

Steven Lance Popejoy, associate professor of business law, has received notification that the article "Effects of Right to Work Laws: Can They Include Higher Levels of Satisfaction for Union Workers?" has been accepted for the Spring 2011 issue of the Journal of Business and Leadership. Additionally, a paper by Popejoy and Deni Oas, assistant professor of business law, "Franchising in the Dairy Service Industry," has been accepted for presentation at the Chicago-based Midwest Business Administration Association conference in March.

Gregg Etter, assistant professor of criminal justice, presented a paper titled "Drug Wars; It is Not All Quiet on the Mexican Front: The Effects on Canada" at the Gangs and Guns 2011 Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Feb. 3..

Marla J. Selvidge, professor and director at the Center for Religious Studies, recently finished researching and writing "Menses, De Secretis Mulierum, and The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Comparative and Theoretical Analysis," that will be published this year in a collection of essays entitled, The Haemorrhaging Woman. An Interdisciplinary Research into the Meaning of the Bleeding Woman in Medieval Culture and Art (4th-15th century), Peeters Publishers, 2011.


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