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Faculty accomplishments and accolades

June 25, 2013

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

Greg Alles (Philosophy and Religious Studies) Published “Are Devs Gods or Spirits? Some Quick Thoughts on Categories in the Study of Religions,” in Din: Tidsskrift for religion og kultur. He also gave presentations at these conferences: “The Difference Gender Makes: Patterns of Possession Among the Rathva of Eastern Gujarat,” Regional Symposium, Oriental Club of Philadelphia, and “Entrancement and the Difference Gender Makes: Patterns of Possession among Indigenous People in Eastern Gujarat, India,” conference on Magic and Mysticism in Indigenous Traditions, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.

Anouar Boukhars (Political Science and International Studies) was co-author (with Fred Wehrey) of “Perilous Desert: Sources of Saharan Insecurity,” which was published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Boukhars also published two other articles, presented at the World Affairs Council in Harrisburg, lectured at the US Foreign Service Institute, and served as panelist in GWU Elliot School of International affairs and the Jamestown Foundation. He was also invited by former Secretary of State Madeline Albright to address the Aspen Ministers Forum in Marrakesh. Boukhars and his colleagues in PSI organized an international conference on North Africa where US diplomats, senior government officials, policy-analysts and scholars participated.

Richard Brett (Communication and Cinema) has optioned his feature-length romantic comedy screenplay “Love Is Blind” to German film producer Carsten Vauth and director Marco Riedl, both of whom recently premiered their screen thriller “On-Air” at a festival in Los Angeles. The 18-month option contract allows the producers the opportunity to secure financing and attach talent to the project so that it can be “green-lit” for filming.

Holly Chalk’s (Psychology) research collaboration with McDaniel alumni Kara Schultheis, Megan Roach, and Sara Miller titled, “Predictors of obligatory exercise among undergraduates: Differential implications for counseling college men and women” is being published in the Journal of College Counseling in July.

Sharon Craig (Education) presented a full-day workshop, “Crafting Vivid Images: Imitating the Language of Mentor Authors,” at the Bingham International School in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. During the spring semester, she provided distance coaching for the school-based reading specialist and participated in faculty professional development sessions via Skype. Craig also presented “Mentoring Young Writers and Their Teachers: A Sustained Professional Development Initiative and Study” at the 2013 Professional Development Schools National Conference in New Orleans, La., and “Partnering with Nonfiction Mentor Authors to Teach Inquiry, Writing Strategies, and Tools of Craft” at the 58th International Reading Association National Convention in San Antonio, Texas. The workshop included topics from RDG 566: Teaching Informational and Argument Writing with Children’s Literature, a new course she designed for the Graduate Reading Program.

Thomas Deveny (Foreign Languages) delivered the keynote address on “Crossing Borders and Hispanic Cinema,” at the University of Alabama’s Modern Languages Conference on “Redefining Borders,” Tuscaloosa, Ala. He also read a paper titled “El último barco a América: un bildungsroman fantástico” at the XXXIII Asamblea y Congreso Internacional de la ALDEEU (Asociación de licenciados y doctorados españoles en los Estados Unidos), St. Augustine, Fla.

Mohamed Esa (Foreign Languages) attended the International Conference “Märchen, Mythen und Moderne. 200 Jahre Kinder- und Hausmärchen der Brüder Grimm” in Kassel, Germany, and gave a talk on “Masters reloaded: The Brothers Grimm and Rammstein” in December 2012. He also taught a webinar for German teachers from around the United States and Canada on “How to use fairy tales in the German classroom effectively and creatively.” He gave two talks: One at this year’s workshop on Foreign Language Teaching in the 21st Century: Standards, Guidelines and Technology at Colgate University on “Integrating Technology and Multimedia in the Foreign Language Classroom,” and one at the Northern Illinois College German Immersion-Day 2013 at Elmhurst College on “Currywurst oder Döner - Ist das eine deutsche Frage.”

Tom Falkner (Classics / English) published an entry on “Old Age and Young Age” in the new three-volume Encyclopedia of Greek Tragedy, edited by Hanna Roisman (Wiley-Blackwell 2013). He presented a paper titled “The Rhapsode’s Tale: The Multiple Narratives of O'Hare and Peterson's An Iliad” at the annual Comparative Drama Conference, held in Baltimore in April. Falkner is also serving as a member of the program committee for next fall’s annual meeting of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States. 

Qin Fang (History) and Susan Scott (Art and Art History) organized “A Night of Chinese Taiji (Tai Chi) and Martial Arts for the Taiji Friends Club of Greater Washington.  Elizabeth van den Berg (Theatre Arts) performed for the event and Debra Lemke (Sociology) gave the history of Asian Studies at McDaniel College.

Francis (Skip) Fennell (Education) spoke at the following conferences: Council of Exceptional Children Annual Conference and Exposition, “Fractions: Foundational Concepts for ALL Students,”  San Antonio, Texas; National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics Annual Conference, “What’s Fluency and Why is it Important?,” Denver, Colo.; National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference and Exposition, “RtI: We Need it Now,” Denver, Colo.; National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference and Exposition, “Common Core Assessments – Now What?” (with Jon Wray). Denver, Colo. Fennell served as the editor of “Defining Mathematics Education: 75th Yearbook of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics,” the final annual yearbook of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and served as co-chair and writer for the mathematics “side” of College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education prepared for the U.S. Department of Education. 

B. J. Gallagher (Graduate and Professional Studies) was appointed by the Garrett County Commissioners to the Garrett County Commission for Women and was also appointed to the FCC Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) Board. She gave the following presentations: At ATIA: “Applying sociological concepts of passing to People with Speech Disabilities” and “How can individuals with speech disabilities make phone calls independently?” At the ASHA Conference: “I want to use the phone like everyone else!” and “FCC, FEMA, e911, and Speech Disorders.” Gallagher co-authored an article published in Advance: “STS: Free telephone assistance helps people with speech disabilities gain independence.”

Eunkyung Ko (Mathematics and Computer Science) officially received her Ph.D. from Mississippi State University at their commencement ceremony in December 2012.

Jim Kunz (Social Work) gave an invited presentation before the Semmelweis University Faculty of Health and Public Services in Budapest, Hungary.  The talk, attended by faculty and students in the master's of Social Work Program, was titled “Family Effects, Neighborhood Effects, and Economic and Mental Health Outcomes.”  Kunz also gave a presentation in April before faculty and students at McDaniel Europe based on one of his sabbatical research projects: “Youth Homelessness in Baltimore City.”

Jill Krebs (Philosophy and Religious Studies) has received her Ph.D. from Drew University. She successfully defended on March 19 and passed with distinction. The title of her dissertation is “Local Girl: Our Lady of Emmitsburg, Visionary Culture, and the Fashioning of a Catholic Subjectivity.”

Stephanie Madsen (Psychology) has been named as one of the top 20 Psychology Professors in Maryland.

Paul Mazeroff (Psychology) and two current students, Annie Brown and Emily Roderick, made a presentation titled “Harry Potter: Archetype and Alchemy” at the Baltimore Jungian Working Group.

Janet Medina (Education) gave a presentation on information related to her published book, “Interpreting Diagnostic Assessments of Adolescents and Adults with Learning Disabilities to faculty, staff, and administrators” at Landmark College in Putney, Vt. on March 18th, 2013. She has been named Co-Chair of the Silent Auction Committee for the annual international conference of the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) to be held in Baltimore July 8-13.

Janet has also been asked to Co-Chair the Professional Preparation Working Committee for the National Joint Committee for Learning Disabilities [NJCLD].

Randall Morrison (Biology) wrote an article for Biodiversity Science with Rob Gandola, titled “The role of skin colour in Madagascan herpetofauna” and found at He also gave a pair of presentations in the NHGRI Alumni Seminar Series at the NIH in Bethesda, Md. The first was a research presentation titled “Lizard Color and Color Change:  Structure and Function” and the second was a Special Career Development Session titled “Getting Hired at a Liberal Arts College.”

Pavel Naumov (Mathematics and Computer Science) has written three articles, all co-authored by McDaniel students:

  • “On interchangeability of Nash equilibria in multi-player strategic games” with Brittany Nicholls in Synthese, 2013 published online:
  • “Rationally Functional Dependence,” with Brittany Nicholls, Journal of Philosophical Logic, 2013, already published online:
  • “Functional Dependence in Strategic Games,” with Kristine Harjes, In Fabio Mogavero, Aniello Murano and Moshe Y. Vardi: Proceedings of 1st International Workshop on Strategic Reasoning (SR 2013), Rome, Italy, March 16-17, 2013, Electronic Proceedings in Theoretical Computer Science 112, pp. 9-15.

Susan Parrish (Biology) took two McDaniel students to the 54th Annual Drosophila Research Conference in Washington, D.C. The students and Parrish each presented a poster on their Genomics research projects. 

Pam Regis (English) presented "Ten Years After ‘A Natural History of the Romance Novel’: Thinking Back, Looking Forward" at the Popular Culture Association's 2013 conference in Washington, D.C., in March.

Susan Clare Scott (Art History) presented an invited paper at the International Conference of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies January 4-8 at St. Hugh's College of Oxford University, Oxford, England, titled “Interpreting the Persistence of Chinese Literati Themes in Japanese Landscape Painting in the Long Eighteenth Century.” She also chaired two sessions; one on “Women's Views of Finances through Literary Evidence” and one on “Material Culture and Money” and was also invited to share her research and to participate in a Roundtable Discussion on Careers in Art History for graduate and undergraduate students at the 50th anniversary celebration of the College of Arts and Architecture at Penn State University in April.

Reanna Ursin (English) presented a paper, “Cultivating Administrators' Critical Literary: Framing Students' Evaluations of Faculty of Color,” at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, in March in Las Vegas, Nev.

Corey Wronski-Mayersak (English) presented a paper in April titled “Optical Illusions of Speech: Signification in Medieval Marian Drama” at the 2013 Comparative Drama Conference in Baltimore.