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Faculty & Staff News

Faculty and Staff News and Notes

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

The members of the University of Central Missouri faculty and staff bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and a worldly perspective to UCM students through their professional development and research activities. Faculty and staff are encouraged to submit for publication on this page news about professional organization activity, professional conference attendance, research presentations and professional honors and awards, both on- and off-campus.

June 2015

Terry McNeeley, instructional designer in the Technology Enhanced Instructional Design area of the Office of Technology, represented UCM among 29 other countries at the XIII Annual International Conference of the Bulgarian Comparative Education Society in Sofia, Bulgaria. McNeeley presented a paper he co-authored with Susan Stockton, assistant professor of nutrition, titled A Virtual World Case Study-Quality, Social Justice, and Accountability in a Simulation-based Educational Environment.

May 2015

Kathryn McCormick, coordinator of technology enhanced instructional design, attended the Developing and Managing Competancy-Based Education conference hosted by Academic Impressions in Philadelphia, Pa. Information covered instructional design, assessment, and administration issues and gave institutions the basic tools to "creatively develop, implement, and manage" a CBE program.

 April 2015

Tony Monetti, assistant dean of aviation and director of the Max B. Swisher Skyhaven Airport, was keynote speaker for the 25th Annual Charter Dinner of the Kansas City Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. on April 25 in Overland Park, Kan.

Jeff Murphy, assistant director of University Relations for media relations, received the J. P. Mees Outstanding Professional Staff Award during the annual Professional Staff Breakfast April 6.

Dr. Jennifer Varriale Carson, assistant professor of criminal justice, has received a $1,500 research grant from the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa. The grant will support the completion of a manuscript, Lone Wolf Terrorism: The New Form of al-Qaida? that will be presented at the Eighth Annual ASMEA Conference in Washington D.C., as well as submitted to the Journal of the Middle East and Africa for publication consideration.

Monica Huffman, executive assistant to the president, recently was named chair of the National Association of Presidential Assistants in Higher Education Board of Directors for 2015-2016 at the organization’s annual conference in Washington, D.C., March 15

March 2015

Dr. Janice Putnam, professor of nursing, research compliance and special projects in Academic Affairs policy, has been appointed by the American Nurses Foundation to a three-year term as a nursing research grant reviewer. The American Nurses Foundation Nursing Research Grants Program promotes nursing careers through research development.

Alan Nordyke, director of residence and Greek life, has been elected Workforce Development Officer of the the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International. ACUHO-I represents approximately 1,000 campuses worldwide and more than 250 product and service providers to university housing operations. Nordyke will begin his three-year term in June at the association’s annual conference and exposition in Orlando, Fla.

Dr. Marla Selvidge, professor emeritus of religious studies, recently published her book, Life Everlasting and The Twelve Mile Blues, a rememberance of Kentucky based upon her own travels in the area and research into the ancestry of its inhabitants.

Dianna Bryant, associate professor of crisis and disaster management, was invited to Research Triangle Park, N.C., by the National Institutes of Health to participate in the review of applications submitted to the Requests for Applications ES-14-008 Hazardous Materials Worker Health and Safety Training (U45) and ES-14-009 Hazmat Training at DOE Nuclear Weapons Complex (UH4). These programs support grants providing education and training on handling hazardous material on the job, at disasters, and in DOE nuclear weapons complexes.

February 2015

Dr. Richard Herman, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance, recently was named one of nine Icons of Education in Kansas and Missouri by Ingram’s magazine. The Kansas City-based, monthly business publication made the announcement in its February 2015 issue. Herman was featured with higher education administrators from the University of Missouri, Kansas State University, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Washington University, Park University, Truman State University, Fort Hays State University, University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Dr. Jo Lynne Koehn, professor of accountancy in the School of Accountancy in the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies recently received the Impact Award from the Missouri Society of CPAs, naming her as Missouri’s Accounting Educator of the Year. Koehn was recognized as a frequent and nationally published accounting researcher who has sought the additional training required to bridge online and classroom learning.

Dr. Patricia Antrim, chair of the Department of Education Leadership and Human Development and coordinator of the Library Science and Information Services program, has been named the recipient of the Special Service Award from the Missouri Association of School Librarians. Antrim will receive the award at the group’s spring conference in April in recognition of her years of service dedicated to the support of school lib

Laurel Hogue, director of Extended Studies, is serving a one year term as president of the North American Association of Summer Sessions. She was elected in 2013 as president-elect and assumed the presidency in November 2014 at the annual conference held in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Dr. Jenne Vanderbout, assistant vice president of alumni and development, was elected to the Council for Advancement and Support of Education District VI Board of Directors. Her appointment as secretary was confirmed during the District VI Conference, Jan. 11-13, in Denver. She will begin her three-year term July 1.

January 2015

Nikki Freeman, instructor in the Department of Communication and associate director of forensics, was honored by Pi Kappa Delta, National Honorary Forensic Society, as the 2014-2015 recipient of the Bob R. Derryberry Award for Outstanding Contributions by a New Forensics Educator.

Amy Kiger, director of violence and substance abuse prevention, is one of seven professionals nationally who have been invited serve on the Everfi, Inc. Sexual Assault Advisory Council. Everfi provides online prevention education programs to over 700 colleges and universities. As a member of the advisory council, Kiger will help ensure Everfi's gender violence prevention program, Haven, reflects the latest research and meets federal guidelines for primary prevention.

M. Jenise Comer, professor of social work and BSW program director, has been elected president-elect of the board of directors of the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB). Comer will serve one year as president-elect, followed by two years as president and one year as past president.

Dr. David E. Ewing, associate professor of mathematics education, was named the recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Postsecondary Mathematics Educator Award by the Missouri Council of the Teachers of Mathematics.

Dr. Julie Rae Mollenkamp, Meridith Harmon Sauer Distinguished Professor of Theatre,was recognized by her peers in the National Communication Association's Theatre, Film and Multimedia division with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. Adrianne Fuller-St. John and Dr. Candice Moran, psychologists with the Counseling Center, earned full licensure as psychologists at the independent level of practice and certification as health service providers in Missouri.

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