Faculty/Staff Accomplishments and Departmental News 11/4/15

In this issue, we celebrate the accomplishments of faculty and staff from the departments of business, dance, education, English, political science, research, planning & assessment, and sociology. We also share news from Teaching Fellows, International Programs, and athletics.

Professor of Sociology Lori Brown was interviewed by WTVD-11 for a story about the impact of technology on law enforcement. The story ran on October 22.

Professor of Education Mary Kay Delaney was interviewed by News 14 (Time Warner Cable News) for a story reacting to President Barack Obama’s call to reduce the amount of class time spend on standardized testing. The story ran on October 26.

Associate Professor of Education Tisha Duncan had an article published in the English Journal, Vol 105 n 1, September 2015. The article, “Looking Inward: Reflecting on My Cultural Competence as an Educator,” discusses Duncan’s personal experience and reflections on incorporating cultural competence and responsiveness within her daily life and into her area of expertise.

Professor of Dance Carol Finley's latest Dance for Camera work will premiere on November 14 at the NC Dance Festival in Greensboro. Finley collaborated with former Meredith College dance instructor Talani Torres on this commission, which reimagines NC Dance Festival founder Jan Van Dyke's 25-year-old dance, The Life and Times.

Associate Professors of Business Ying Liao and Jane Barnes published a research paper titled “Knowledge acquisition and product innovation flexibility in SMEs” in Business Process Management Journal. The paper examines the role that knowledge acquisition plays in creating product innovation flexibility in small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The findings provide important insights for SME supply chain managers to understand the roles that the quality of relationship with their suppliers and how information is managed across boundaries can impact their ability to achieve flexible production innovation. An effective external knowledge acquisition process facilitates transformation of high-quality supplier relationship and information capability into innovation flexibility.

Instructor of English Leslie Maxwell’s personal essay, “One of the Two,” appeared in the October issue of Gravel Magazine. Her op-ed, “When We Silence Women,” appeared in The News & Observer on Oct. 17, 2015.

Visiting Professor of Political Science David McLennan was the featured speaker at the North Carolina Free Enterprise Foundation lunch meeting on October 8. His presentation was “Voter Attitudes Heading into the 2016 Election Cycle.” On October 17, McLennan was the keynote speaker at the Western North Carolina Democratic Convention in Asheville speaking about “The Status of Women In North Carolina Politics.”

Director of Research, Planning and Assessment Dianne Raubenheimer presented a paper title “Uncorking the Bottleneck: Measuring Fidelity of Research-Based Instructional Strategies” at the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning (ISETL) conference in Savannah. The co-author is Moira van Staaden, Professor Biology at Bowling Green State University. Raubenheimer serves as assessment and research consultant to this STEM-focused NSF funded research project.

Departmental News

New Video Showcases Meredith Teaching Fellows
A new video created by Meredith’s Department of Marketing in collaboration with the Meredith Teaching Fellows program answers the question “What makes Meredith College's Teaching Fellows program so strong?” The video features current Teaching Fellows talking about their experiences in the program. 

Celebrate International Education Week
Meredith’s Office of International Programs has a series of events scheduled during November as part of International Education Week. While International Education Week is officially November 15-20, Meredith College will have events throughout the month. The observance begins on Friday, Nov. 13 with an International Coffee House, and on Saturday, Nov. 14, the College will hold its first reunion for alumnae who participated in study abroad while at Meredith. This event is open to Meredith graduates, and will also include current and former study abroad faculty. Other events on the schedule include an Italy semester program information session, a study abroad funding seminar, and a summer study abroad fair.

Meredith College Holiday Soccer Camp
The Meredith Avenging Angels will host a holiday soccer camp, December 21-23, 2015. The camp is open to girls ages 7 to 15. Campers will be divided by age and ability to maximize the challenge and growth of each player.  The morning session will consist of skill stations, and the afternoon session will include training in tactical aspects of the game. The full-day option runs from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Half day options are morning only (8:30 a.m. – noon) or afternoon only (12-3:30 p.m.) Cost: $175 for full day.  $25 sibling discount when 1 full day sibling camper is registered. $90 for half day.  Contact Assistant Soccer Coach Ashley Riggs, program director, at with questions. 

Melyssa Allen

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