Faculty achievements

May 11, 2010

Professor of Religious Studies Greg Alles was part of a team that authored “After the Naming Explosion:  Joachim Wach’s Unfinished Project” in Hermeneutics, Politics, and the History of Religions: The Contested Legacies of Joachim Wach and Mircea Eliade, editors Christian K Wedemeyer and Wendy Doniger (New York: Oxford University Press, 2010), pp. 51-78. He also published “Pithoro: A Well-known Unknown God” in Münchener Indologische Zeitschrift 1 (2008-2009), pp. 226-232.  Alles has joined the editorial board of Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses for 2010-2012.

Adjunct Music Lecturer Tim Anderson gave a pre-concert lecture at the Fulton Opera House in February for the Lancaster Symphony during their All-Mozart Series, “Authentic Mozart: The Man Behind the Music.” The program was performed in period costume.

Associate Professor of Music Robin Armstrong was awarded an impressive Teaching Development Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for spring 2011. She will use the grant to work on her course, “African-American Music and Community.”

Professors of English Mary Bendel-Simso and LeRoy Panek made a joint presentation in late April at the Eldersburg Public Library on detectives, detective fiction in America, and the creation of their digital Westminster Detective Library.

Professor of Art Sue Bloom’s exhibit “Four Visions in a Different Light” opened March 24 at the Caton Merchant Family Gallery in Manassas, Va., as part of a national tour. Her two books are listed in Best Photography Books (http://www.bestphotographybooks.com/darkroom/manipulation).

Assistant Professor of Philosophy Peter Bradley won a prestigious Enduring Questions Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to develop a new course “Why be Educated?” for the Honors Program. He also presented “Textbooks on Facebook: Social Networking and Information” in February for the American Philosophical Association’s Committee on Teaching Philosophy at the APA Central Division meeting in Chicago.

Foreign Languages Lecturer Annette Budzinski-Luftig received her Ph.D. in German in March from The Johns Hopkins University. Her dissertation was titled “Li Convitati e Li Miseri-Merkwürdig(e) deutsche Begegnungen mit Dante.”  In April, she attended the annual meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association on “Creoles, Diasporas, Cosmopolitanisms" in New Orleans and presented a paper “Critique of Pure Butter: Tieck's Das alte Buch und die Reise ins Blaue hinein.”

Three adjunct lecturers in Graduate and Professional Studies have received their terminal degrees: Steven Burnett (Counselor Education), Ed.D. from Liberty University; Shawn Joseph (Education Administration), Ed.D from George Washington University; and Patrick Moore (Counselor Education), Psy.D. from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Associate Professor of Education Sharon Craig published “An Adapted Interactive Writing Intervention for the Kindergarten Classroom: Creating a Framework for Responsive Teaching” in P. Johnston (Ed.), RTI in Literacy: Responsive and Comprehensive, Newark, Del., International Reading Association, 2010 (pp. 197-218).
Theatre Arts Adjunct Lecturer Nick de Pinto performed the role of Oliver in Hugh Leonard’s play, “Da,” at the Olney Theatre Center for the Arts in April.

Foreign Languages Professor Tom Deveny published an article titled “Alejandro Amenábar, Composer” in the March 2010 edition of the British journal Bulletin of Spanish Studies.

Adjunct Lecturer of Music David Duree performed with Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra in Shepherdstown, W. Va., in March. The McDaniel Clarinet Ensemble performed at the 4th Annual Clarinet Conference at Towson University in April.

Senior Lecturer in Music Kyle Engler performed a solo recital at the Roanoke Island Festival Park Series in the Outer Banks of North Carolina in March. She is involved in the production of Ambroise Thomas’ “Hamlet” at the Washington National Opera.

Foreign Languages Professor Mohamed Esa taught a seminar in March on “German Fairy Tales in German Classes” for German teachers at Rollins College in Florida. Also in March, he attended the convention of the Northeast Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages in New York, giving a presentation titled “From Grimm to Rammstein: Märchen im Deutschunterricht,” and in April the annual convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association in Montreal, where he presented “Masters Reloaded: Goethe, the Grimms and Rammstein.”

Adjunct Lecturer in Theatre Arts Gené Fouché directed “House of Yes” by Wendy MacLeod for Maryland Ensemble Theatre in Frederick.

Adjunct Lecturers in Theatre Arts Moses Goldberg and Julie Herber are appearing in “Canterbury Tales” at the Maryland Ensemble Theatre in Frederick.

Assistant Professor of Environmental Policy and Science Scott Hardy published “Collaborative Watershed Management in Urban and Rural Areas: Different Pathways to Success?” in Landscape and Urban Planning, Scott D. Hardy and Tomas M. Koontz, 2010, pp. 79-90. In April, he presented a paper, “Sustainability Policy: A View from the 50 States,” Scott D. Hardy and Kayla Croghan ’10, at the Western Political Science Association annual meeting in San Francisco.

Associate Professor of Philosophy Vera Jakoby presented a paper titled “Women of Spirit: Resistance and Change” at the American Academy of Religion in New Brunswick, N.J., in March.

Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies Debbi Johnson-Ross has been accepted to the 2010 Higher Education Resources Services (HERS) Bryn Mawr Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration to be held in June at Bryn Mawr College.

Associate Professor of English Robert Kachur presented a paper titled “Imagining Resistance in a Postmodern World: Blake, Baudrillard and The Matrix” at the Northeast Modern Language Association convention held in Montreal in April.

Senior Lecturer in Music Linda Kirkpatrick arranged and edited Concerto in D Major for Flute (op. 15) by Joseph Bodin Boismortier, which has been released by FLUTE.NET Publications.

Professor of Political Science and International Studies Christianna Leahy and Associate Professor of Economics and Business Administration Kevin McIntyre were presenters in the 2010 Great Decisions lecture on (respectively) “Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution” and “Global Financial Crisis and Its Effects.” Leahy also served as consultant to the Freedom House on Press Freedom in Angola, Mozambique, and Guinea-Bissau.  Freedom House is New York-based international nongovernmental organization that conducts research and advocacy on democracy, political freedom, press freedom and human rights.

Adjunct Lecturer in Music Mark Lortz was given an ASCAPLUS award in January based on prestigious and recent performances of his musical compositions.

Associate Professor of Psychology Stephanie Madsen and four McDaniel students (Molly Barker, Kaitlin Cutter, Jessica Dunn, and Rebecca Tilyou) attended the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence in Philadelphia in March. They presented three posters based on their research. Madsen also presented a poster based on research done with McDaniel alumna Kate Maloney ‘09. The students interacted professionally with scholars from around the world.

Academic Director of the Center for the Study of Aging Diane Martin attended the Association of Gerontology in Higher Education’s 36th Annual Meeting and Educational Conference in Reno, Nev., in March.  She participated in two resource exchanges: “Aging through the Disciplines: Relevance and Career Opportunities” and  “Debunking Ageism: Intergenerational Learning as a Tool for Engendering Student Interest in Careers in Gerontology” (with colleague Alva ‘Buzz’ Baker, director of the Center for the Study of Aging). She also presented a poster that was completed with graduate student Sunny Moon, “Misperceptions of Aging Held by Public Service Agency Employees Serving Older Adults.” Martin also participated in Frederick County Caregiver's Conference in October at the St. Mary’s Conference Center on the topic of Therapeutic Communication and in September did a radio interview about the CSA and aging adults in Carroll County with Rick Steinberg for WTTR.

Associate Professor of Art and Art History Gretchen McKay’s “Reacting to the Past” game, “Modernism vs. Traditionalism: Art in Paris, 1888-89,” will be featured at the annual meeting at Barnard College this summer and was on the roster of games at the University of Georgia’s regional Reacting conference in April. She presented a session in March at the AAC&U conference on “Faculty Roles in High-Impact Practices” on teaching Reacting to first-year students. McKay has been selected to participate in the CIC seminar on Artistic Workshop Practices of Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy at the Birmingham Museum of Art in July. She also published “Illustrating the Gospel of John: The Exegesis of John Chrysostom and Images of the Ancient of Days in Eleventh-century Byzantine Manuscripts,” in Studies in Iconography, 31 (2010): pp. 51-68 (under the auspices of the Index of Christian Art, Princeton University).

Associate Professor of Education Debbie Miller delivered two presentations in April at the State of Maryland International Reading Association Conference, “Powerful Vocabulary Instruction:  Let Me Get Acclimated!” and as featured speaker for “Contemporary Literacy Professionals: Sharing Responsibilities, Relationships, and Resources.” Also in April, she gave two presentations, including co-chairing a full-day institute at the International Reading Association Conference in Chicago: “IRA/ NCATE:  A Partnership for Reading Professional Quality and Performance” and “Standards for Reading Professionals, Revised 2010.”

Associate Professor of History Paul Miller published an article on the Serbian resolution on the Srebrenica genocide in the April 9 issue of DANI magazine in Bosnia-Herzegovina, republished in English in April in Transitions Online, an Internet magazine that covers political, social, cultural, and economic issues in the former communist countries of Europe and Central Asia. Miller also gave a paper titled “Yugoslav Eulogies: Remembering the Sarajevo Assassination” at the 15th annual Association for the Study of Nationalities Convention at Columbia University.

Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Ron Miller continues to work with the Maryland Playback Ensemble, which performed in April at the Maryland Ensemble Theatre in Frederick.

Professor of Foreign Languages Martine Motard-Noar’s article “Les Filles frappent-elles fort? Filles et femmes dans la bande dessinée 'Titeuf” was published in Women in French Studies (vol. 17: 2009).

Professor of Political Science and International Studies Chas Neal was part of an external review team for the Political Science Department at Washington & Jefferson College in April.

A paper formerly presented by Priscilla Ord, Adjunct Lecturer in English, at the American Folklore Society was published with its original title, “Children of the Holocaust: Common Games, Play, and Pastimes in Uncommon Times,” in Children’s Folklore Review 31 (2008-2009), pp. 35-43.

Professor of English LeRoy Panek published a chapter on Raymond Chandler in the new “A Companion to Crime Fiction,” editors C. Rzepka and L. Horsley, in the Blackwell Series of Companions to Literature and Culture.

Assistant Professor of Biology Susan Parrish and students Julie Bryant, Jana Langley, Sarah Hirsch, and Bryan Yarrington presented posters on their comparative genomics research projects at the 51st Annual National Drosophila Conference in Washington, D.C., in April. Parrish was also co-author on a paper titled “The Genomics Education Partnership: Successful Integration of Research into Laboratory Classes at a Diverse Group of Undergraduate Institutions,” published in the peer-reviewed journal CBE Life Sciences Education (March 2010).

Associate Professor of Art and Art History Steve Pearson served as juror for “700-635nm: A Monochromatic Exploration of Red’s Wavelength,” a Graduate and Undergraduate Art Exhibition at George Washington University. He was artist-in-residence at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vt., in January and received an Artist Grant from the center. Pearson received an Individual Artist Grant in Painting from the Maryland State Arts Council. His work was included in “SPECTRUM: Contemporary Color Abstraction,” Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington (March 26-Aug. 1); in “Fuzzy Logic: Contemporary Painting After a Century of Abstract Art” at the Thompson Gallery, Weston, Mass. (April 9-June 17); and in the Spring Solo Exhibition “Dualities and Amalgamations” at the Arlington Art Center (April 16-June 5).

Assistant Professor of Sociology Sara Raley received a $3,000 grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York for her CIC Seminar Alumni Follow-up Grant proposal on Teaching About Islam and the Middle East.

English Professor Pam Regis is the recipient of a $3,000 grant from the Romance Writers of America, which will support her work on the history of the American romance novel. She was interviewed by the Yale Herald for a piece on romance novels that was posted on their website in February and for a Voice of America, Korean Section, interview on the romance novel. Regis led a session titled “The Romance Community: A Room of One’s Own and Écriture Feminine” at the Popular Culture Association-American Culture Association 40th national convention in St. Louis in April.

Associate Professor of Education and Coordinator of the Deaf Education Program Mark Rust attended the Association of College Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ACEDHH) Conference in Lexington, Ky., in February where he led a session on “Creative Visual Attention Grabber (CVAG).”

Adjunct Lecturer in Music Jon Seligman’s CD of original quintet music was released in March.

Education Lecturer Leslie Simpson participated in the Teacher Education Panel at National Defense University, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, February 19, 2010. She also attended the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Conference in San Antonio, Texas, March 6-8, 2010.

Visiting Associate Professor of Education Margaret Trader was awarded a SMART Classroom grant for McDaniel College in April at the Teachers of Promise event. The classroom includes a SMART board, 32 student responders, document camera, and wireless slate.

Assistant Professor of English Reanna Ursin co-facilitated a workshop “Towards Making Excellence Inclusive: Issues of Diverse Faculty Sourcing, Recruitment, and Retention” with Alma Clayton-Pedersen in April at the Diversity in Higher Education Conference in Durham, N.C.

Associate Professor of Communication Deb Vance presented a paper titled “Astroturf Campaigns to Discredit Obama” at the 101st convention of the Eastern Communication Association in April.

Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Elizabeth van den Berg coached the Dublin dialect for Hugh Leonard’s play, “Da,” at the Olney Theatre Center for the Arts in April.

Art and Art History Lecturer Linda Van Hart has been elected to the Board of Directors and designated
membership coordinator for the Metals Guild of Maryland. She also published an article on reticulation in the Metals Guild Newsletter in honor of her mentor, John Fix. Van Hart’s “Papier Collé” are currently on display at the Babylon Gallery of Carroll Community College in a theme show titled “Off Track Art Goes Off Track.”

Assistant Dean for First-Year Students Karen Violanti won an AmeriCorps VISTA grant for McDaniel College. This is the third year the College has been awarded a VISTA member.