Faculty/Staff Accomplishments and Departmental News 11-18-15

In this issue, we celebrate the accomplishments of faculty and staff from the departments of art, business, English, human environmental sciences, and nutrition, health, and human performance. We also share news from human environmental sciences and education.

Assistant Professor of Human Environmental Sciences Fain Barker is one of four co-authors of “Parent-Professional Partnerships in Early Education: Relationships for Effective Inclusion of Students with Disabilities,” published in The Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education (Volume 36, Issue 4 or 5, 2015)

Associate Professor of Art Shannon Johnstone’s Landfill Dogs book was released November 6 and is now available online. Johnstone  presented Landfill Dogs at the Society for Photographic Education Southeast conference in Greenville, S.C.,  on November 7.  One of her photographs was used to illustrate a Wall Street Journal article, In Yoga Class, Do Dogs Do Downward-Facing Human? by Rachel Bachman, published November 9. One of Johnstone’s photographs is part of the Medium Festival of Photography's group exhibition in San Diego, CA called Size Matters. The exhibition will remain open until November 23.

Assistant Professor of Nutrition, Health, and Human Performance Stephanie Little recently presented at the 2015 PETE and HETE Conference, "Preparing HPE Professionals for 21st Century Schools", in Atlanta, GA. The PETE and HETE Conference is the premier professional development event for university PETE and HETE faculty and leaders, graduate students, university administrators, and researchers in various fields of study relating to kinesiology and health education and only occurs every three years. Her presentation was “Changing How We Meet for HETE: Preparing Health Educators to Teach On-Line”. 

Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology Kris Macomber co-authored a book review in the journal Qualitative Sociology, Vol 38 n 4, December 2015. The review was of Kenneth H. Kolb’s (2014) book Moral Wages: The Emotional Dilemmas of Victim Advocacy and Counseling.  Macomber has been selected to serve as a member of the statewide North Carolina Sexual Assault Prevention Team. She will be joining the initiative to serve as a liaison for the college campus working group, which aims to improve sexual assault prevention efforts across North Carolina campuses. 

Assistant Professor of English Martin P. McNamee presented a paper at the Romanticism and the Arts panel, an affiliated session of the Keats-Shelley Association of America, at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference. McNamee’s presentation, “Image, Epigraph, and the Contest of Art: The Peritext of Keats’s Poems (1817),”  considers how the volume’s peritext, specifically the title page illustration and epigraph, informs the reader about Keats’s concerns about holotexts, those texts that are united to his own through the literary tradition in which he is writing.

Instructor of English Jason Newport’s satirical short fiction "Protect and Serve" has been selected for Best of Vine Leaves 2015.

School of Business faculty Bing Yu, Mary Jane Lenard, Anne York, and Shengxiong Wu’s paper,  "Women Leaders in Banking and Bank Risk", was  presented at the World Business Research Conference, Beijing, China, in June 2015 and awarded with Best Paper at the conference. 

Departmental News

Students from the Department of Human Environmental Sciences attended the Student Leadership Conference for the North Carolina Family and Consumer Sciences Association at North Carolina State A&T University in Greensboro.  Courtney Parker, a junior Family and Consumer Sciences major and Teaching Fellow, serves as co-president of the state association and presided over the meeting.  Deborah Tippett, Head and Professor of Human Environmental Sciences, presented a session on "How to Stand Out as a Millennial."   

On Friday, November 6, senior Mindie Stanford presented her honors thesis, “A Radix in Math Anxiety in College Females,” at the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics annual conference.  Her session was well attended and Stanford engaged the audience with great information regarding the importance of building a positive classroom environment to decrease math anxiety in students.  

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