Faculty Achievements Update

faculty achievementsPlease join us in congratulating the following colleagues for their recent accomplishments:

Judith Alhamisi, assistant professor of Education, and Chukwunyere Okezie, associate professor of Education, were co-authors (along with Blanche Jackson Glimps, professor at Tennessee State University) of a chapter, “Implementing the Understanding by Design Framework in Higher Education,” in Cases on Research-Based Teaching Methods in Science Education (Eugene de Silva, ed., IGI Global 2014). The chapter describes an organizational initiative to develop and implement the Understanding by Design curriculum-planning framework to improve learning outcomes for teacher candidates and their students during clinical experiences and in their future classrooms. Marygrove College is one of two institutions of higher education studied in the chapter.

Darcy Brandel, associate professor of English and chair of English and Modern Languages, will present a paper, “Form as Protest: Seeking Justice through Innovative Aesthetics,” at the Midwest Modern Language Association Conference in Detroit on November 15.

Brenda Bryant, assistant professor of Social Justice and director of Social Justice Program, was awarded the Edward Said Scholar-Activist award by Meta Peace Team (Michigan) on October 26, 2014.

Steven Engel, assistant professor of English, published an article, “Contemplating Trust in Times of Uncertainty: Uniting Practice and Interactional Awareness to Address Ethical Dilemmas in English Teacher Education,” in English Education 47(1).

Tracy Halloran Pearson, assistant professor of Dance, was selected as one of 18 recipients of the 2014 Kresge Artist Fellowship Award. The Fellowships, funded by The Kresge Foundation, are awarded annually to metropolitan Detroit artists for their exceptional commitment to artistic achievement and strong contributions to their respective communities. In late August she founded the dance company ConteXture dance Detroit. It is composed of some Marygrove students and alumni from the College. The troupe has given multiple performances, including two brand new works, Reflections of Her and Beauty In Life, at the Detroit Dance City Festival in the end of August, and was awarded a performance at the 11th Detroit Dance Race which took place October 17-18th. ConteXture dance Detroit will be performing at the Oakland Dance Festival November 21st in the Professional Showcase performance.

Leslie Love, adjunct instructor of Theatre and manager of the Marygrove Theatre, was elected as State Representative in House District 10.

Michael Martin, assistant professor of English and co-director of the Geschke Writing Center, recently published three books: Literature and the Encounter with God in Post-Reformation English (Ashgate 2014), a work of literary criticism; Meditations in Times of Wonder (Angelico Press 2014), a book of poems; and The Book of Creatures (Franciscan University 2014), a book of poems.

Sarah Nesbitt, adjunct instructor of Art, exhibited works in the International Symposium of Electronic Art at Zayed University, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; in Local Perspectives, Global Reach, Mercedes-Benz Research & Development, North America, Inc. Redford, Michigan; and in the Biannual All Media Exhibition 2014 at the Detroit Artists Market. Her works were published in Book of Alternative Photographic Processes, 3rd  ed., Delmar Cengage, 2015; and in INSIGHT 7 Magazine (May 2014).

Frank D. Rashid, professor of English, gave a radio/web interview, Literary Map Sees Detroit through the Eyes of Writers,” on Stateside with Cynthia Canty, Michigan Radio, on June 3, 2014.

Tara Sievers-Hunt, assistant professor of Music, has been working as creative director and librettist on a new mixed media chamber opera, Pat & Emilia, set to premiere in Windsor and at Marygrove College in March 2015. The opera focuses on the stories of two Windsor artists; photographer Pat Sturn (1910-2011), and opera singer Emilia Cundari (1930-2005) who was a 1953 Marygrove graduate and former professor. It is an inter-disciplinary performance work: a celebration of bel canto opera, new contemporary music, classic poetry, contemporary prose, theatre, journalism, photography, and the lived experiences of women. Over the summer, the project became the subject of a short documentary called “Imagining Angels” by Canadian Arts Productions. It was submitted and accepted as one of four local documentaries for the Windsor International Film Festival, and will premiere at the Capitol Theatre on November 4th. Tara portrays Emilia Cundari in the documentary as well as the opera.

Jerry van Rossum, assistant professor of Business and co-chair of Business, CIS, and Human Resources Management, had a presentation, “Four Lenses of Ethical Decision Making,” accepted at the Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP) 2015 National Education Conference (NEC) and Expo in Minneapolis in April 2015. A video of Jerry’s 2014 presentation to SGMP, “Dealing with Unethical Behavior on Your Team,” was offered free to participants of the 2014 NEC conference because it was so well-received by participants at the conference.

Loretta Woodard, associate professor of English and director of the Honors Program, moderated two panels, “Students’ Voices and Performance, Writers’ Voices, Voices in Film” and “Voices in Composition Classes, Scientific Writing, and Super Powers,” at the annual Michigan College English Association Conference at Eastern Michigan University on October 24-25. Loretta will serve on the Board of Directors of the Association.

Li-hsuan Yang, assistant professor of Integrated Science, published an article, “Where Does Heat Go?” in the Michigan Science Teacher Association Journal 59(1), 47-51.

Zen Zadravec, assistant professor of Music, will be one of several artists featured on a new CD release for Koko Jones, Who’s That Lady? released on Motema Records later this month in New York City. His Zen Zadravec Quartet will be performing in Toronto, Canada, in December and January with more dates coming. He just joined JEN (Jazz Educators Network); and he is preparing to record a new CD entitled Zen Zadravec Quartet-Human Revolution.

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