Faculty/Staff Accomplishments 11/6/13

In this issue, we celebrate the accomplishments of members of Meredith's faculty and staff, from departments including education, English, facilities, history, mass communication, theatre and more.

Professor of English Rebecca Duncan was inducted into the Achievement Hall of Fame at her former high school in Howland Township, Ohio, on October 26, 2013. She was recognized at a half-time ceremony at a high school football game and then presented the award at a dinner attended by school board members and current and former teachers. Rebecca took advantage of the visit to further her research into sustainability issues. She observed shale and gas extraction in various stages and accompanied a citizens group as they monitored air quality at one drilling site. She also met with students at the high school to discuss their perspectives on the future of the area and their “sense of place and home.”  The Huffington Post published an essay Duncan wrote about fracking issues in the state:

Assistant Professor of Education Tisha Duncan and Associate Professor of Education Cece Toole presented at the International Society for Teaching and Learning (ISETL) annual conference in Orlando, Fla., in October.  Their presentation highlighted ways to incorporate technology in the form of iPads and iPod touches with pre-service education teachers.  They also shared how faculty members could utilize faculty development funds and/or grants at their own institutions to purchase devices. 

Associate Professor of History Dan Fountain delivered the Allan R. Sharp Lecture at Barton College on Oct. 21. His lecture was titled “Christ in Chains: African American Slaves and Christianity.” The Allan R. Sharp Religion in Life Series brings to campus each fall semester distinguished performers and lecturers who focus on topics of practical Christian significance for the general public relating to contemporary issues.

Reference Librarian Jennifer Hanft has been elected to serve as secretary of the North Carolina Library Association for 2014-2015.

Professor of Theatre Catherine Rodgers is performing in the world premiere of a new play called A Queer Kiss. The Deep Dish Theatre production runs through November 16 in Chapel Hill.

Associate Professor of Mass Communication Doug Spero’s opinion piece, “Daytime Talk on TV is Dead ... Well, Almost!,” which discusses the changing landscape of daytime television, was published on Huffington Post. Read the piece here.

Assistant Professor of Music Jim Waddelow will be conducting the Moore County Honor Orchestra and the Cumberland County Honor Orchestra in November. He and alumna Carrie Stinchcomb, '12, will be co-presenting "Alexander Technique in the Public Schools" at the North Carolina Music Educator Association State Convention in Winston Salem.

Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures Jonathan Wade presented "Camões and Góngora's 'Mientras por competir con tu cabello'" at the XI Biennial Conference of the Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry, held at the University of Virginia on October 12, 2013.

Facilities Services Purchasing Coordinator John Wilson has self-published a book, Truth Will Set You Free. His book is “The true story of one man's journey seeking truth.”  Learn more:

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