Faculty/Staff Accomplishments 12/4/13

In this issue, we celebrate the accomplishments of members of Meredith's faculty and staff from departments including biological sciences, English, health, exercise & sports science, music and more.

Assistant Professor of Religious and Ethical Studies Steven Benko presented a paper at the national meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Baltimore. The paper, "Comparative Religious Ethics and Critical Thinking," examines how issues related to teaching comparative religious ethics can be resolved using an intentional language of critical thinking and by practicing critical thinking through the repetition of assignments that emphasize critical thinking skills and abilities.

Assistant Professor of Education Tisha Duncan’s article, “Differentiated Contracts: Giving Students the Freedom to Learn,” was recently published in the journal Kappa Delta Pi Record, Volume 49, Issue 4, October, 2013. The article highlights her research and experience with undergraduate pre-service teachers using learning contracts in a methods course. She also presented this work at the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla. The article may be accessed via .

Instructor of Music Margaret Evans was a featured panelist addressing the topic “Best Practices” at the North Carolina Music Teachers annual conference on October 25.  She, along with four other faculty member from UNC School of the Arts,  Elon University and conference host Mars Hill University,  presented ideas to other college faculty and private teachers from across the state,  sharing what has worked most successfully for them as teachers.  At this same conference, Evans judged the Music Teachers National Association Student Competition.  On Saturday, November 23, Evans judged the annual Student Concerto Competition at UNC-Chapel Hill.  

Associate Professor of Nutrition Susan Fisher and Assistant Professor of Health and Human Performance Beth Gankofskie attended the NC Alliance for Athletics, Health Physical Education and Dance Convention held November 21-23 at Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, NC. They presented, “Food for Thought: Problems/Solutions/Programs in Developing Lifelong Healthy Eating Habits.”

Assistant Professor of Health and Exercise & Sports Science Jeremy Gentles attended the NC Alliance for Athletics, Health Physical Education and Dance Convention held November 21-23 at Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, NC. Dr. Gentles presented “Long term athlete monitoring in High School.”

Assistant Professor of Sociology Amie Hess served as an expert source for a Real Simple article on the online etiquette, including the trend of “humblebragging.” Read the story here

Associate Professor of Business Mary Jane Lenard, Assistant Professor of Business Bing Yu, and Associate Professor of Economics Anne York have had their article "Do Discretionary Accruals Help Distinguish Between Internal Control Weaknesses and Fraud," published in the December 2013 issue of International Business Research.  In this article, they compare healthy firms to samples of firms in three "problem" categories - firms with internal control weaknesses, firms that committed financial reporting fraud, and firms that committed options fraud.  Using a classification model, they were able to distinguish among the different types of firms with as high as 87% accuracy.  This type of research is important to auditors and investors in evaluating corporate governance and assessing firm risk.

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Erin Lindquist was an invited colloquium speaker at the North Carolina School of Science and Math in Durham, N.C., on November 18, 2013.  The title of her seminar was “Environmental Sustainability at Meredith College and Beyond: Collaborative ecological research among faculty and undergraduate students at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions.”

Assistant Professor of Health and Human Performance Stephanie Little attended the N.C. Alliance for Athletics, Health Physical Education and Dance Convention held November 21-23 at Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, N.C. Little and two exercise and sports science majors, Aileen Rossouw and Lindsey Burns presented “Jumping Around the world: Integrating Culturally Diverse Jumping Activities.” Little was voted president-elect of the North Carolina Physical Education Association (PEA) on November 23. The mission of PEA is to promote and support North Carolina Physical Education through advocacy, professional development, and education to develop physically educated individuals and support a physically active North Carolina.

Professor of Art History Beth Mulvaney received an Award for Exemplary Achievement from the Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC), the organization's most prestigious award. The award was given in recognition of personal and professional development as well as long-standing service to SECAC. Mulvaney has been the secretary/treasurer of SECAC since 2004. She was co-director of the 2003 annual meeting of SECAC and the sole director of the 2012 meeting. SECAC, founded in 1942, is a non-profit organization that promotes the study and practice of the visual arts in higher education on a national basis.

Director of Research, Planning and Assessment Dianne Raubenheimer has been appointed as external program evaluator for the project "Bridging Mathematics Contents to Engineering Contexts: Just-in-Time Assessment and Review Modules". The project was recently funded by the National Science Foundation. The project will develop a software interface that creates a customized learning path for students through integrating both assistance with and assessment of e-learning. With the development of this novel and intuitive software, the goal of the project is to improve undergraduate students’ mathematical abilities in the context of several engineering courses. Raubenheimer worked on the pilot project with the PIs, Hatice Ozturk and Alina Duca at NC State, and presented the early work at the 2011 American Society for Engineering Education Conference in Vancouver, Canada.

Jeannette Rogers, departmental assistant for communication & performing arts, has received a fellowship at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts (VCCA) in Amherst, Va.  Acceptance to the VCCA, a working retreat for writers and artists, is competitive. While there in May 2013, Rogers will work on her translations of troubadour poetry.  Two of Rogers’ translations of modern Occitan poet Max Rouquette will appear in the Fall 2013 issue of International Poetry Review (UNC-Greensboro).  Modern Occitan poet Jean-Frederic Brun has translated the first few pages of a story Rogers wrote into Occitan, and has posted it here

Instructor of English Jennifer Tagsold has had an article published in the Fall 2013 issue of The Journal of Research in Education called “Why aren’t they paying attention to me? Strategies for preventing distraction in a 1:1 learning environment.” 

Assistant Professor of Health, Exercise and Sports Science Scott Wray attended the NC Alliance for Athletics, Health Physical Education and Dance Convention held November 21-23 at Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, N.C. Wray presented “Implementing Synchronized Swimming into your PE and Recreation Programs.”

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