Faculty/Staff Accomplishments

In this issue, we celebrate the accomplishments of members of Meredith's faculty and staff, from departments including biology, dance, education, English, music, psychology and more.

The Department of Education hosted the 58th Annual Conference of the South Atlantic Philosophy of Education Society (SAPES) on Oct. 11-12, 2013. The conference brought approximately 60 scholars and educators from as far away as Washington state and New Brunswick, Canada. Education faculty Mary Kay DelaneyMonica McKinney, and Jennifer Olson presented along with current and previous graduate students Erin Bellissimo, Gina Bryson, Beth Cross, Catherine Pate, and Sherry Poole. H. Svi Shapiro, UNC-Greensboro, was the featured guest speaker. 

Professor of Dance Carol Finley's dance film, “Little Utopia,” was selected for the Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema in Boulder, Colorado. It will be screened twice on November 10 at the Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder.

Professor Emeritus of Psychology Jack Huber presented two workshops at the South Carolina region meeting of the North American Society for Adlerian Psychology. Huber presented “Encouragement Makes Good Things Happen” and “Lifestyle Analysis through Early Recollections, Movies, Novels, Television Programs, Biblical Stories and Dreams.”

Associate Professor of Biology Erin Lindquist gave an invited research seminar in Duke University's Biology Department on October 4, 2013. Her talk was titled, "Transforming Ecological Research and Education at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions through Collaborative Networks: The EREN model."

Music faculty member Tom Lohr was the recipient of a grant from the WCPE Educational Foundation to compose a piece for the Living Composers project, which allows youth orchestras to rehearse with a living composer and premier their composition. Lohr, and two other North Carolina composers, Dr. Robert Nosow, and Craig Haneman, were this year’s recipients. Their works received their world radio premiere Tuesday, October 15 on WCPE. The performance premieres took place in March 2013.

Director of Research, Planning and Assessment Dianne Raubenheimer conducted a workshop at the North Carolina Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) Network Event on October 7. The workshop was titled, “What Works - Course and Program Assessment in STEM.” The goal of the NC PKAL Regional Network is to bring STEM educators together to discuss and share ideas on ‘what works’ in STEM education. This event focused on student success, engagement, and retention; as well as on assessment. Over 100 STEM faculty from institutions across the state attended the event.

Associate Professor of English Kelly Morris Roberts presented with alumnae Michelle Cox, ’13, and Ashley Matthews, ’13, at the NC English Teachers’ Association annual convention on October 12, held this year at UNC-Wilmington. The joint presentation, “Anything but Common: Active Learning Activities that Get Straight to the CORE,” focused on literacy strategies for the secondary classroom to enhance students’ engagement with the common core curriculum.

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