Faculty accolades and accomplishments

January 24, 2012

McDaniel’s distinguished faculty are active scholars, researchers, presenters and authors in their academic fields. Here is a sampling of their recent accomplishments:

Greg Alles, Philosophy and Religious Studies, was a contributor to the newly published Encyclopedia of Global Religion edited by Mark Juergensmeyer and Wade Clark Roof (Sage Publications, Inc., 2011). Alles gave two papers in San Francisco in November: “A Tale of Two Mountains: Vagasthal and Babo Tundvo in Chhotaudepur Taluka, Gujarat” in a session of the Indigenous Religious Traditions Group, the American Academy of Religion; and “The Mountain as Symbol: On Difficulties and Possibilities in Studying Religious Symbolization” in a session of the Arts of Interpretation Group, an independent group affiliated with the American Academy of Religion.

Alva (Buzz) Baker, Gerontology, assisted in National Dementia Screening Day with Gerontology graduate student Keith Karnish at an event co-sponsored by the Carroll County Bureau of Aging and Disabilities and the Copper Ridge Institute. Baker gave a series of workshops/lectures in Aging Services in New Hampshire, Maine and Arizona for physician and non-physician providers in long-term care. He is the current chair of the Elder Health Leadership Group for the Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County and served on the Go Expo Committee, where he assisted in the development and implementation of educational sessions for the October 12 day-long event.

Mona Becker, Environmental Studies, served as program chair for the 2011 annual fall conference of the Maryland Association of Science Teachers in October.  Becker also had a letter to the editor on climate change published on Sept. 28 in the Carroll County Times.

Cathy Bodin, Foreign Languages, co-authored a paper titled “Late Carolingian Interest in the Apocalypse:  Ms. BHS 014 (Sélestat)” that was presented at the Patristics, Medieval and Renaissance conference at Villanova University in October with Dr. Mary Upman, retired Foreign Languages adjunct lecturer.

Anouar Boukhars, Political Science and International Studies, took part in three panel discussions in November that examined the new Moroccan political landscape, including the recently held parliamentary elections. The events were held, respectively, at the Brookings Institution, the Project on Middle East Democracy, and Columbia University. Boukhars participated with a select group of policy makers and experts, in a roundtable discussion on Morocco and U.S. policy relating to it at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in November and the Council on Foreign Relations in December. He participated in a day of lectures and discussion on contemporary Islam at Frostburg State University, sponsored by the American Institute for Yemeni Studies. He also published “The Lesson from Morocco and Jordan: Reform or Perish,” in “Revolution and Political Transformation in the Middle East” (Middle East Institute, September, 2011).  On November 12-13 Boukhars took a group of students to participate in the Regional Model Arab League at Georgetown University. The team, representing Morocco, won the second best delegation in the simulation and received honorable mention for outstanding overall delegation. Joao Salviano Carmo won outstanding delegate for his committee.

Richard Brett, Communication and Cinema, led an external programmatic evaluation of the Communication Studies Department at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey this summer. In October he attended the 2011 Screenwriting Expo in Los Angeles, where his feature-length romantic comedy screenplay “Love is Blind” was featured in a workshop on Screen Villains by NYU instructor and screenwriting consultant Marilyn Horowitz.  During the Expo, two Los Angeles production companies requested copies of the screenplay for production consideration. Most recently, “Love is Blind” was the October first place winner in producer Alex Ross’ A/Exposure national screenwriting competition in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Gary Ciocco, Philosophy and Religious Studies, published "The Devil's Trick of Opposites" in The Rolling Stones and Philosophy, ed.  L. Dick and G.A. Reisch (2011).

Sharon Craig, Education, participated in the 2011-2012 Lincoln Intermediate Unit Author Series for RtI in Literacy: Responsive and Comprehensive (Peter Johnston, Ed.).  In October, Craig presented a full-day workshop on her chapter “Creating an Adapted Interactive Writing Framework for the Early Literacy Classroom: An Integrated Approach to Responsive Teaching.”  The Lincoln Intermediate Unit in New Oxford, Pa., hosted the on-site workshop and provided a simultaneous online broadcast for participants in 25 school districts.

Tom Deveny, Foreign Languages, published an article “De la ‘pregunta’ al ‘secreto’: la adaptación fílmica de la novela La pregunta de sus ojos” in Rondas Literarias de Pittsburg 2010, edited by Gregorio C. Martín.

Mohamed Esa, Foreign Languages, was elected to the Executive Committee of the national American Association of Teachers of German.  He will serve a term as vice-president for two years (2012-2014) followed by a two-year term as president. Esa gave two presentations at the fall conference of the Maryland Foreign Language Association in October on "iPad, YouPad, WeAllPad Too: iPads 2 and Language Instruction" and "The Creative Side of the Flip Camera and Language Instruction."  In November he gave two presentations at the annual convention of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages in Denver on "Lotte Reiniger´s Silhouette-Animation Films in the Language Classroom" and "Märchen der Brüder Grimm als kreativer Schreib-, Sprech- und Zeichenanlass."  He also chaired a session on “Deutschvergnügen with LingoTech, LingoDance and LingoVids.”

Francis (Skip) Fennell, Education, was highlighted in the October NCATE Newsletter for his role as project investigator of the Elementary Mathematics Specialists and Teacher Leaders (EMS&TL) Project. Jon Wray serves as project manager and Beth Kobett, McDaniel graduate adjunct lecturer, is lead consultant for the project, which will continue through December, 2012.  In October they gave a presentation on the project at the National Math Forum in Reston, Va.  Also in October, Fennell gave a webinar to the United States Department of Education’s Regional Education Lab, Northeast and the Islands, titled “Supporting the Transition to the Common Core State Standards,” gave a webinar for the United States Department of Education’s Regional Education Lab, Southeast, titled “Developing Effective Fraction Instruction,” presented at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Regional Conference in Atlantic City, N.J., on “So, You’re A Mathematics Specialist?  Got this Figured Out?” with Beth Kobett and Jon Wray. In November he presented at the Tidewater Math Conference, The College of William and Mary, on “Trends, Issues and Challenges – Mathematics Teaching and Learning” (arranged by alumna and now doctoral student Laura Albaugh Bitto of the College of William and Mary).  He has published several articles, including “NCTM/NCATE Standards to Address Common Core Standards in Mathematics” Quality Teaching, Volume 21, Issue 1, Fall, 2011, National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education; and “We Need Elementary Mathematics Now, More Than Ever: A Historical Perspective and Call to Action”  National Council Supervisors of Mathematics Leadership Journal, Summer/Fall, 2011.  His new book “What Principals Need to Know About Teaching and Learning Mathematics,” co-authored with Timothy Kanold and Diane Briars, has just been released: National Association of Elementary School Principals and Solution, Tree Press, 2011.

Jessame Ferguson, Hoover Library, is leading the MICUA Library Directors Round Table Resource Sharing Initiative. This is a core group of MICUA librarians who have agreed to begin a project to work together as preferred lenders through Inter-Library Loan, which will evolve into a project to share a group catalog and provide fast delivery of materials to partners.

B.J. Gallagher, Area Coordinator in Technology, Curriculum and Instruction, made the following conference presentations: "Telephone Independence Using 7-1-1 Speech-to-Speech Services," at the Closing the Gap Conference, Minneapolis, Minn., in October, and again at the Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference, Chicago, Ill., in November; and "Hamilton Relay Speech-to-Speech Telephone Service for Individuals with Difficulty Speaking" at the American Speech/Language, Hearing Association Conference in San Diego, Calif., in November.

Debbi Johnson-Ross, Political Science and International Studies, was a participant in a forum at South Carolina State University in November as part of the university’s celebration of International Awareness Month.  Johnson-Ross shared her experiences and provided insight into the Fulbright educational exchange program that is designed to increase understanding between the United States and citizens of other countries.

Mona Kerby, Library Science, has been appointed to the American Library Association’s Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Notable Children's Books Committee for two years (2012-2014).  The committee identifies the “best of the best” in children's books. Kerby was also featured in the Carroll County Times on Nov. 18 in an article titled “Sharing tales of Owney” on her book Owney the Mail Pouch Pooch.

Jill Krebs, Religious Studies, presented a paper "Faithful Resistance: Everyday Religious Practices" at the annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion in October.

Kathy Mangan’s, English, poem “Making Applesauce” was solicited for and published on the website of CaregiverStress.com, a site operated by Home Instead.  The poem is part of a recipe contest and will be published in a resulting hard copy cookbook, Homemade Memories.

Diane Martin, Gerontology, for the Center for the Study of Aging, partnered with the Carroll County Bureau of Aging and Disability in November for a Caregiver’s Conference, which was covered in the Carroll County Times (Nov. 6).  Graduate Gerontology student Chris Truslow and undergraduate Gerontology minor Maggie Fennelly helped organize the day-long conference and created an activity book on the theme “Enhancing Quality of Life for Homebound Seniors.” Martin presented on emotional and cognitive well-being in later life, and Andi Hoffman, Exercise Science and Physical Education, and undergraduate EPE student Mike Freeman engaged attendees through empathy demonstrations and physical exercises.  Joe Jacobs provided the final reflection on aging at the end of the conference.  Martin also was in Boston in November presenting a poster titled “Gerontological Education and the Senior Service Sector Employee” at the 64th annual scientific meeting of the Gerontological Society of America. On Aug. 9 she gave the keynote address for the new Pathways Institute for Lifelong Learning that opened in Adams County, Pa., titled “Empowering Seniors through Lifelong Learning.”  In May and June she gave two separate presentations on Therapeutic Communication: the first as part of a Dementia Caregiver’s Conference in Pikesville sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association of Central Maryland; the second for the Hagerstown Dementia Conference held at Hagerstown Community College. Diane also served on the Steering Committee at Carroll Community College to assist in development of an Associate's degree in Aging Studies, which was approved by the state of Maryland in summer 2011.

Paul Mazeroff, Psychology, was quoted in the Boston Globe on Oct. 26 in an article titled “Music class lifts teen from life of silence.” Mazeroff has done extensive research on how the brain processes music and the relationship between music and emotion.

Gretchen McKay, Art and Art History, was elected to the national Reacting to the Past advisory board for a three-year term. She also presented in October on “Productive Disruption: Partnering with Students and Faculty in Pedagogical Planning” at the 36th Annual Professional and Organizational Development Conference in Atlanta.

Janet Medina, Education, presented a day-and-a-half workshop in Baltimore in November for the Association on Higher Education and Disability based on her book recently published by AHEAD. The workshop was titled “Interpreting Diagnostic Assessments for Adolescents and Adults with Learning Disabilities.”

Debbie Miller, Education, gave a presentation in November at the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers Annual Conference titled “Keys to Preparing IRA/NCATE Institutional Reports for Program Writers.” Miller was also appointed to a three-year term as the International Reading Association representative to the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Appeal Board.

Ron Miller, Theatre Arts, attended the International Playback Theatre Conference in Frankfurt, Germany, in November to chair a session and present his findings on the uses of playback theatre training and performance for undergraduate theatre students. Miller’s community-based company, the Maryland Playback Ensemble, performs monthly in Frederick, most recently on the themes of mental health and “Loss and Faith.”

Pavel Naumov, Mathematics and Computer Science, presented in China and published a paper with Brittany Nicholls ’13: “Game Semantics for the Geiger-Paz-Pearl Axioms of Independence,” Proceedings of the Third International Workshop on Logic, Rationality and Interaction (LORI III), Guangzhou (Canton), China, October 2011, LNAI 6953, pp. 220¬232, Springer 2011.  Co-author and Computer Science student Brittany Nicholls was selected for Honorable Mention by the Computing Research Association, which gives annual awards to students based on their undergraduate research accomplishments.

LeRoy Panek’s, English, tenth book, “Before Sherlock Holmes: How Magazines and Newspapers Invented the Detective Story,” was published in October by McFarland & Co.

Priscilla Ord, English, delivered a paper in October at the American Folklore Society meeting in Bloomington, Ind., titled “At the Drop of a Hat: New Year’s Eve Traditions in Mid-state Pennsylvania.”

Steve Pearson, Art and Art History, gave a presentation at a Foundations in Art: Theory and Education (FATE) Regional Forum at Prince George's Community College. The Forum's theme was “Successes in the Classroom” and Pearson’s presentation was titled “Color Theory: With So Much to Cover, Sequence is Essential.”  Gretchen McKay also attended and gave a presentation titled “Modernism vs. Traditionalism, Art in Paris 1888-89,” based on her Art Reacting Game.

Pamela Regis, English, was the conference organizer for “Popular Romance in the New Millennium” held in November at McDaniel. This was a national and international event that was sponsored by The Nora Roberts Foundation. Regis also published an article “What Do Critics Owe the Romance?,” Journal of Popular Romance Studies 2.1 (October 2011: jprstudies.org).

Susan Scott, Art and Art History, had an abstract for a paper accepted by the program committee for the Fourth International Seminar on the Protection and Development of the Chinese Lounge (Timber Arched) Bridge held in Qingyuan, China, Dec. 1-4. Though Scott did not attend the conference, her paper titled “The Legacy of the Ancient Chinese Bridge in Chinoiserie Garden Pavilions in France and England in the Eighteenth Century” was included in the conference proceedings and was read in its entirety in absentia.

Linda Semu, Sociology, published an article “Triangulation and Mixed Method Research Design in Practice: The Malawi Case Study on the Interplay of State Policy, Family Structure and Land on Women and Children's Well-Being,” The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, volume 6, issue 1 (2011).

Herb Smith, Political Science and International Studies, and co-author John Willis have published their new book “Maryland Politics and Government: Democratic Dominance” (University of Nebraska Press, 2012), a volume in the series Politics and Government of the American States. The book “sets the standard for understanding the politics of the Free State . . . for years to come” (from the cover).

Margaret Trader, Education, was re-elected chair of the Maryland Professional Standards and Teacher Education Board. Membership on the Board is by gubernatorial appointment, and the chair is an elected position.  Trader will complete her term in June of 2012.

Bryn Upton, History, presented a paper on “Leftist Legacies: How Personal Politics and Memoir are Rewriting the 1960s” as part of a panel on Narratives of Transition, Reaction and Conversion: Liberal Intellectual Responses to the Sixties at the national conference of the Society for U.S. Intellectual History in New York City in November. Upton also wrote an original composition for the McDaniel College Brass Ensemble titled “It Is and It Isn't.”

Karen Violanti, Academic Affairs, gave a presentation at Towson University in October on “The Use of Social Media in Building Community” at the invitation of Glen Shorr, a faculty member at Towson and father of McDaniel first-year student, Jack Shorr.

Corey Wronski-Mayersak, English, published an article “Dialogic Melting: Representing Mystical Union and its Instability in Marguerite Porete's ‘Mirror of Simple Souls’” in Viator: Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 42.2 (Autumn 2011), an international, peer-reviewed journal published by Brepols on behalf of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at UCLA.