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Faculty accomplishments and accolades

December 10, 2013

McDaniel’s distinguished faculty have presented and published their work nationally and internationally.

Rebecca Allen (Exercise Science and Physical Education) had an article published in the October issue of Recreational Sports Journal titled “An Assessment of Proximity of Fitness Facilities and Equipment and Actual Perceived Usage by Undergraduate University Students: A Pilot Study.”

Greg Alles (Religious Studies) had a publication titled “Do Ādivāsīs Have Religion? Contesting ‘Religion’ and ‘Culture’ in Eastern Gujarat” in Alternative Voices: A Plurality Approach for Religious Studies.“ Alles also published papers, lectured and served on panels, including: (1) “Discerning Afterlife Beliefs and Disbeliefs from Narratives.” Panel 2 on Alternative Beliefs: From Vernacular Narratives to Practices, Belief Narrative Network, 16th Congress of the International Society for Folk Narrative Research, Vilnius, Lithuania; (2) “Creating Tradition in Eastern Gujarat: The Pragat Purushottam Sanstha.” Circulation of Cultural Tropes in Indigenous Adivasi India, 11th International Congress, International Society for Ethnology and Folklore, Tartu, Estonia; (3) Participant on two panels: “Is There a Future for Comparative Religion?” and “The Pragat Purushottam Sanstha: Religious Migration and Mutation in Eastern Gujarat” at the annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Religion/special meeting of the International Association for the History of Religion, Liverpool, U.K., and (4) “The Difference Gender Makes: Possession among the Rathwa in Eastern Gujarat.” Invited lecture at the University of Maine, Farmington.

Tim Anderson (Music) performed in areas of rural India Oct. 9-Nov. 1. He also played cello in a string trio for the premiere performance of a Baltimore musicians' collective, Mobtown Moon on at Goucher College. The music was a re-imagined/arranged live performance of Pink Floyd's complete "Dark Side of the Moon." Performers included many local Pop, Rock and Hip-Hop musicians and The Baltimore Choral Arts Society.

Susan Bloom (Art) has a solo show, “Artifacts,” in the Rice Gallery through Dec. 13. The show is a collection of Bloom's work from the last dozen years, including drawings, infrared photography, digital collages and paintings, as well as recent work with iPhone imagery.

Cathy Bodin (Foreign Languages) gave a paper titled “A Paleographical Analysis of BHS Ms. 014b [of the Bibliotheque Humaniste de Selestat]” at the Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance Studies Conference at Villanova University.

Anouar Boukhars (Political Science and International Studies) secured the participation of Alan Lyons ’14 and Keegan Farley ’16 in an academic conference on the Middle East in Morocco. He also successfully nominated Cody Knipfer ’15 for the Saudi Arabia Exchange Fellowship for Model Arab League alumni. This competitive fellowship is sponsored by the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations (NCUSAR).  Boukhars lectured at several government agencies and published two papers with the Madrid-based think-tank, FRIDE, where he is a non-resident research associate.

Richard Brett (Communication and Cinema) has been hired with Jake Cashill, an L.A.-based writer/producer of the horror thriller “Oral Fixation-2009,” to write a feature-length screenplay, “Airborn,” for New York production company Intrinsic Value Films.

Sharon Craig (Education) co-presented (with Emily Craig), “Lingering in Revision: Teaching Young Writers to Craft Vivid Images” at the Mount Teacher Institute, Mount Saint Mary’s University and was invited to the two-day Publisher’s Writing Summit on The Future of Writing Instruction in Columbus, Ohio.

Dan Cunningham (GPS) provided training for all school administrators in the Natomas Unified School District in Sacramento, Calif., to help identify rigor versus difficulty in the classroom in preparation for Common Core implementation.

Terry Dalton (English) was honored at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) meeting in Washington, D.C., where he was given the Founder's Award for founding the small programs interest group (SPIG) many years ago.  

Tom Deveny (Foreign Languages) has published two articles: “El mapa de un crimen: novela negra/historia negra” in Rondas literarias de Pittsburg 2012 and “Communication and Character Change in Un cuento Chino” in Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas. He also read two papers: “Inés y la alegría de Almudena Grandes: Historia, historia, Œherstory)” at the 26th Annual Pennsylvania Foreign Language Conference at Duquesne University and “Bridging Time, Blurring Borders: Mercedes Álvarez¹s ‘El cielo gira’ (‘The Sky Turns’)” at the Bridges Across Culture International Conference on the Arts and Humanities in Perugia, Italy.

Tom Falkner (Philosophy) presented a paper "Try, Try Again: Reception, Popular Culture and the 'Retrial of Socrates'" at the annual meeting of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States in Philadelphia and co-chaired a panel on ‘Classical Reception and its Literary Dimensions' and served on the Program Committee for the conference.  

Skip Fennell (Education) serves as mathematics advisor to the newly released PBS Kids show, “Peg + CAT” being shown on PBS throughout the country, and is also advisor for their website, app and games. He presented at the NCTM Regional Conference in Baltimore on the topics “Assessment Pathways to Smarter Balanced and PARCC” and “Developing Fraction Sense.” He is co-author of a new book with Beth Kobett and Jon Wray titled “Elementary Mathematics Leaders” Teaching Children Mathematics, Volume 20, Number 3.

Gené Fouché (Theatre Arts) directed a production of "Completely Hollywood (abridged)" by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor with additional material by Dominic Conti at Maryland Ensemble Theatre. She also directed a summer production of "I Am Not My Mother" by Suzanne Beal.

Lisa Graff (GPS) is a finalist for the National Book Award for her book “A Tangle of Knots.”  For more information, see

Andi Hoffman (Exercise Science and Physical Education) was a co-presenter of “Promoting Intrinsic Motivation” at the Maryland Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD) Conference in Hunt Valley, Md. Other presenters were pre-service interns Alyssa Callegary ’14, Joshua Creighton ’14, John Dowd ’14 and Sarah Meszler ’14.

Vera Jakoby (Philosophy) has published “Under the Cape of Religions: Herder and Shamanism in the Eighteenth Century,” in Religion in the Age of Enlightenment, ed. B. McInelly. Jakoby made a conference presentation with Debbi Johnson-Ross (Political Science and International Studies) titled, "Constructing Interdisciplinary Competence: Experimentation and Process" at Fairfield University.

Tim Jenkins (Music) recently recorded a new CD, "Chord and Congregation."

David Kreider (Music) performed Beethoven's Sonata for Cello and Piano no.4 with cellist Jason Love, and Brahms' “Variations on a Theme by Haydn” for two pianos with Ernest Ragogini in the faculty concert given for the McDaniel Chamber Music/Collaborative Piano Camp. Kreider and Don Horneff (Music) appeared with Jane McIlvain Dennis ’08, Aaron Burns ’11, Rob Holthouse ’09 and Kevin Alexander ’14 in an Oct. 6 concert to dedicate the new Yamaha grand piano in Baker Memorial Chapel.

Richard Laird (Exercise Science and Physical Education) gave two 90-minute lectures at the University of Delaware as part of the International Coaching Enrichment Certification Program (ICECP). One session was on muscle physiology and the second on recovery and regeneration from training. This program is partnered with and funded by the US Olympic Committee.

Mark Lortz (Music) was commissioned by the NFL and the Baltimore Ravens to write a composition for the Ravens Marching Band that was premiered at the home opener on September 15. His composition, “Deus Ex Machina,” was performed by the Howard County Gifted and Talented Orchestra. He won the ASCAP Plus award for the 8th consecutive year.

Stephanie Madsen (Psychology) published with her colleagues: Barry, C. M., Chiaravalloi, L., May, E., & Madsen, S. D. (2013). “Emerging adults’ psychological adjustment: Does best friend’s gender matter?” in the Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research.

Debbie Miller (Education) gave a presentation titled “Keys to preparing IRA/CAEP institutional reports for program writers” at the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers Conference in Dallas, Texas. Miller co-presented “Integrating genre-sensitive strategies to support close reading” with Sharon Craig (Education) for Frederick County Public Schools.

Susan Milstein (Economics and Business Administration) coordinated the annual Interviewing Day for Business, Economics and Accounting students, during which 175 interviews took place in 3.5 hours and through this process many students found jobs or internships. Twenty-three companies participated, and 42 students were interviewed. 

Wendy Morris (Psychology) and Jasmine McCormick ’14 were awarded a $2,000 research grant from Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology. The grant will fund their research examining how negotiation outcomes are affected by the mode of communication (face-to-face vs. email), gender and stereotype threat.

Martine Motard-Noar (Foreign Languages) gave a paper titled “Le Rêve de l'Autre dans les romans graphiques de Marjane Satrapi,” on the topic of  “Dreams in Contemporary Women's Narratives” at the South Central MLA Conference in New Orleans.

Paul Muhlhauser (English) presented “Technology and the Goldilocks Effect: Remediating Family Communication and Getting It Just Right” at the Western States Rhetoric and Literacy Conference at the University of Utah. He also worked with English majors Hanna Barker ’13 and Shawn Beaumont ’13 on their recent publication, “The Five-Sided Lego,” which appeared in the peer reviewed journal Harlot this fall.

Pavel Naumov (Computer Science) had several publications with students: Jeffrey Kane ’14, “Symmetries and Epistemic Reasoning” in Proceedings of 14th International Workshop on Computational Logic in Multi-Agent Systems; Kristine Harjes ’14, “Cellular Games, Nash Equilibria, and Fibonacci Numbers” in the Proceedings of 4th International Workshop on Logic, Rationality, and Interaction, Hangzhou, China.

Jea Sophia Oh (Philosophy) had a journal publication titled “Delivering Peace out of the Broken Womb: A Postcolonial Interreligious Perspective” in Programme on Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation of the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Geneva; was a guest speaker for “Green Our Faith” in Eco-peace Session, Nurturing Peace in Contexts of Global Violence at New York Theological Seminary in New York City; also presented at “Noise/Silence: Samsara/ Nirvana in Why Has Boddhi-Dharma Left for The East?” on Silence and Religion in Film at the International Conference on Film and Religion at the University of Groningen, Netherlands.

Priscilla Ord (English) gave a paper, “Warning: Children and Young Adults at Risk in the Novels of Mollie Hunter,” at The Children’s Literature Association Conference in Biloxi, Miss. 

Steve Pearson (Art and Art History) had two paintings in the 3rd annual National Juried Exhibition at Marshall University's Gallery 842 in Huntington, W.Va. He will have three paintings in City of Tiny Lights – an International Juried Exhibition at Salisbury University through Dec. 14, and he will have work in an Invitational Exhibition, “Color: Imagined and Observed” at the Andrews Gallery of the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va., from Jan. 23-Feb. 20, 2014.

Pamela Regis (English) moderated a roundtable on the significance of the romance author in American culture at The Popular Romance Author: A Symposium on Authorship in the Popular Romance Genre at Princeton University. 

Mark Rust (Deaf Education) was in the Dominican Republic during fall break working with teachers from 25 schools throughout the country. He led the teachers in curricular planning to be implemented in governmental schools educating deaf children in the Dominican Republic.

Linda Semu (Sociology) had an article published titled "African Societies" in Oxford Bibliographies in Sociology.

Richard M. Smith (Sociology) was a guest speaker at the American Institute for Urban Psychological Studies, INC Conference in Baltimore.

Micah Tillman (Philosophy) had an article published in September titled "Hussserl's Mereological Semiotics: Indication, Expression, Surrogation," in The New Yearbook for Phenomenology and Phenomenological Philosophy.

Elizabeth van den Berg (Theatre Arts) performed Antigone, Iphegenia, Chorus and Polyxena as part of a panel presentation on “Performing for Whose Pleasure:  Female Sacrificial Victims in Greek Drama” for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference in Orlando and participated in a developmental reading for a TV Pilot titled “Subbin,” as the character Principal Faye, written by alumnus Dan Franko.  She directed the McDaniel College Theatre Arts production of “Pygmalion,” which was performed in October.