Faculty Achievements Update: April, 2015

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Please join us in offering warm congratulations to the following colleagues for their recent accomplishments:

Dr. Jeanne Andreoli, associate professor of Biology and Division and Department Chair of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, was awarded a sabbatical for winter 2016. Her projects involve disseminating two faculty development models in appropriate publications; submitting for publication a case study based on her pedagogical work in microbiology and biochemistry; and assessing the development of student critical thinking skills as they progress through the major at Marygrove.

Dr. Brenda Bryant, director of the Master of Arts in Social Justice Program, submitted an abstract for the 2015 Faculty Resource Network National Symposium in Washington, DC.

Dr. Mary Byrnes, assistant professor of Sociology, received a Junior Faculty Award for the 2015-2016 academic year. Dr. Byrnes will use the award to work on editing a volume of essays, Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Making Inequalities Visible through Visual Sociology. Dr. Byrnes was also accepted into a New York University Faculty Resource Network 2015 Summer Seminar, “Yellow Peril: Understanding Xenophobia.”

Dr. Brian Crane, assistant professor of Mathematics, received a Faculty Scholarship Award for 2015-2016 to write an article on graph theory.

Professor Penny Godboldo, associate professor of Dance, was elected as Director of the Institute for Dunham Technique Certification for a 4-year term. The Institute for Dunham Technique Certification is a non-profit organization dedicated to perpetuating the legacy of dancer/choreographer/anthropologist Katherine Dunham (1909-2006).  The Institute maintains a professional standard for the teaching of Dunham Technique. Professor Godboldo shares the directorship with dance artist and college instructor Patricia Wilson of Brattleboro, Vermont.

Dr. Judith Gold, associate professor Computer Information Systems, has been asked to become a member of the conference committee for ePIC 2015. The 13th conference on ePortfolios, Open Badges and Identity brings together policy-makers, researchers, teachers, trainers, human resource managers and technologists to explore advanced practices in relation to Open Badges and ePortfolios, Social Networks and Personal Learning Environments, as well as Learning Management and Knowledge Management Systems, and Personal and System Analytics. The conference will be held June 8, 9, and 10 in Barcelona. The conference theme is “Disruptive Technologies for Transformative Learning.” She also submitted a research paper to the International Conference on Technology and Higher Education to be held June 14-17 in Marrakech, Morocco. The paper has been accepted for presentation. The research is titled, “A Design Model for Successful Online Learning Courses.”

Dr. Nikhil Gupta, assistant professor of English, published two articles: “Fashioning Bernice and Belinda: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Revision of Alexander Pope’s Mock Epic,” in Texas Studies in Literature and Language 57, no. 1 (Spring 2015): 31-52; and “‘No man can face the past’: Eva Gore-Booth and Reincarnation as Feminist Historical Understanding” in Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 44, no. 2 (2015): 224-238. He presented a paper, “Crossing Between Restricted Spaces in Paul Muldoon’s Bandanna,” at the American Conference for Irish Studies, Fort Lauderdale, FL, March 2015.

Professor Christine Hagedorn, adjunct instructor in Art, was in a three-person show at N’Namdi Gallery in Detroit from January through March 14, 2015.

Dr. Judith Heinen, dean of Academic Programs, was co-presenter at the Faculty Resource Network’s 2014 National Symposium entitled, “The Global Imperative for Higher Education,” held  November 21-22, 2014 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She is a member of the Marian Alumnae Advisory Council for Marian High School located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Dr. Vivian Johnson, associate professor of Education, was accepted into a New York University Faculty Resource Network 2015 Summer Seminar, “Achieving Gender Justice through Service Learning.”

Professor Cathy June, adjunct instructor in Science and Mathematics, will receive the 2015 Nightingale Award for Nursing Excellence, Nursing in the Community on May 7th at Oakland University. The Nightingale Awards for Nursing Excellence celebration recognizes the hard-working, highly skilled, caring individuals who play such a vital role in our health care delivery system.

Dr. Thomas Klug, professor of History, was a participant in the book panel discussion about the new book by Charles Hyde, The Arsenal of Democracy: The American Automobile Industry in World War II, at the North American Labor History Conference in October 2014 at Wayne State University. He presented a talk, “The Origins of U.S. Immigration Controls on the Canadian Border: the View from Detroit,” at the Roseville Public Library on January 20, 2015. He gave a talk, “The Employers’ Association of Detroit and the Making of the Motor City, 1902-1952,” as part of the “101 People, Places, and Things that Made Michigan” conference held at the Lorenzo Cultural Center, Macomb Community College, on March 21, 2015. In December 2014, he was named by the History Department at Wayne State University to be the coordinator of the North American Labor History Conference for 2015.

Dr. Donald Levin, dean of the faculty and professor of English, gave a poetry workshop, “The Music of Language,” and a poetry reading at the Waterford Public Library on April 16, 2015.

Dr. Tal Levy, associate professor of Political Science, was awarded a sabbatical for fall 2015 to complete his research on the impact of religion on political violence in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr. Michael Martin, assistant professor of Philosophy and English, had his book, Literature and the Encounter with God in Post Reformation England (Ashgate, 2014) reviewed by Professor Edward Simon of Lehigh University in Journal of the Northern Renaissance (3/14/15). Dr. Martin was interviewed on the website Eastern Christian Books about his newest book, The Submerged Reality: Sophiology and the Turn to a Poetic Metaphysics (Angelico Press, 2015). Dr. Martin received a Faculty Scholarship Award for 2015-2016 to secure permission for the republication of works for his newest book project, and to buy books of translations and criticism for possible inclusion in the project.

Dr. Michelle Pate, adjunct instructor of Art Therapy, has completed her Doctorate of Art Therapy at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, WI. She is the first person in Michigan to obtain this doctorate.

Dr. Steven Patterson, professor of Philosophy and chair of the Division of Letters, published an article, “The Methodological Usefulness of Deep Disagreement,” in Cogency vol 6 no 2 (39-66), Summer 2014.

Tracy Halloran Pearson, Assistant Professor of Dance, choreographed Nascent Transformation, an evening-length contemporary work at the DIA Detroit Film Theatre on April 9, 2015. The performance explored ideas surrounding rebirth and renewal. It was the premiere and launching performance of ConteXture dance Detroit, a contemporary dance company founded by Halloran Pearson, a Kresge Fellow. The performance is the artistic collaboration between her and performance artist and D.J., Joshua Harrison, who played his original score live as part of the Nascent Transformation performance. Immediately following the concert there was a talkback session with the artists who collaborated on the work and a question and answer section with the audience.

Dr. Denise Powell, assistant professor of Education, was accepted into a New York University Faculty Resource Network 2015 Summer Seminar, “Ditch the In-Class Lecture, Add Active Learning.”

Dr. Frank Rashid, professor of English, gave a talk, “The Exact Center of the Modern World: Philip Levine’s Detroit,” at the First Unitarian-Universalist Church of Detroit on April 26, 2015. Dr. Rashid was awarded a sabbatical for fall 2015 to update the online Literary Map of Detroit; to prepare a paper for publication; and to undertake final edits on his co-edited book on Tiger Stadium.

Dr. Dena Scher, professor of Psychology, had a proposal, “Themes of Resilience from Migrant Workers,” accepted for a presentation at the Oral History Association conference in October 2015 in Tampa, FL.

Dr. Steven L. Scribner, associate professor of Chemistry, presented a paper at the 249th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition on March 22-26, 2015, in Denver, CO. The presentation’s title was, “Engaging undergraduates: Investigating local environmental issues at the intersection of science and society.”

Professor Jerry van Rossum, assistant professor of Business and chair of Business, Computer Information Systems, and Human Resource Management, was accepted into a New York University Faculty Resource Network 2015 Summer Seminar, “The Philosopher in the Marketplace: Market Morality and its Social Impact.” He is presenting a seminar on Ethical Decision Making for the National Education Conference of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals from April 28-30, 2015 in Minneapolis, MN.

Dr. Li-hsuan Yang, assistant professor of Integrated Science, published a paper, “Exploring movement and interaction of molecules,” in the Metropolitan Detroit Science Teachers Association Newsletter, Spring 2015.

She gave a presentation, “The Development of Critical Thinking Skills of Health Science Majors in an Urban Liberal Arts College,” with a Marygrove student, Silja Martinez, at the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts & Letters 2015

Conference on March 13, 2015, at Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan. With another Marygrove student, Joanne Brookes, she gave a paper, “Urban parents’ educational level, theory of intelligence and self-efficacy in helping their middle school children with homework,” at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, April 16-20, 2015, in Chicago, Illinois.


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