University of Southern Indiana

Faculty and Staff Achievements

Dr. Julie Evey, adjunct professor of psychology, received the Peer Reviewer Extraordinaire Award for Merlot Psychology Editorial Review Board Member. 

Dr. Jennifer M. Williams, assistant professor of health administration, was appointed to the Journal of Health Administration Education Reviewer Panel by the Leadership Development Committee of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration. Her term of service begins on July 1, 2018 and runs through June 30, 2021.  

The Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) is a global network of colleges, universities, faculty, individuals and organizations dedicated to the improvement of health and healthcare delivery through excellence in healthcare management and policy education. Its mission is to foster excellence and drive innovation in health management and policy education and promote the value of university-based management education for leadership roles in the health sector. It is the only non-profit entity of its kind that works to improve the delivery of health services – and thus the health of citizens – throughout the world by educating professional managers.

Williams’ global healthcare experience encompasses leading and working within various healthcare organizations in a number of professional capacities over the course of her career, she has gained invaluable experience within hospital organizations, regulatory agencies, academic institutions and the pharmaceutical and medical device industry.

Dr. Urska Dobersek, assistant professor of psychology, had the following articles published over the past academic year:

“A meta-analysis of mental imagery effects on post-injury functional mobility, perceived pain, and self-efficacy,” co-authored by Dobersak for the Psychology of Sport and Exercise. Available online.

“Examining shyness and self-esteem in athletes and non-athletes,” co-authored by Dobersak for the American Journal of Psychological Research. Available online.

Dr. Amie McKibban, associate professor of psychology, and Alex Kessler, USI alumnus presented “Transgender awareness: obstacles and opportunities in the Evansville area” for the community Cultural Conversations lecture series at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History, and Science.

Dr. Srikanth Dandotkar, assistant professor of psychology, to present his paper, "Role of Students’ Epistemologies in Evaluation of Arguments" at the 28th Annual Meeting of the Society for Text and Discourse in Brighton, UK.

Dr. Crystal Steltenpohl, assistant professor of psychology, had her paper “Me Time, or We Time? Age Differences in Motivation for Exercise,” accepted to The Gerontologist. It is available online.

Nick Bebout, systems administrator in Information Technology will be giving a presentation "SSH Authentication Using GPG Smart Cards" at the SouthEast LinuxFest in Charlotte, North Carolina in June.

Dr. Martin Koen, assistant professor of criminal justice, recently had an article accepted at Policing and Society, a journal published by Taylor and Francis. The article is titled "The Effects of Body-Worn Cameras on Police Organization and Practice: A Theory-Based Analysis." The co-authors are James J. Willis and Stephen D. Mastrofski, professors at George Mason University.

Dr. Todd Schroer, associate professor and chair of criminal justice, has been accepted to attend the 2018 Curt C. and Else Silberman Faculty Seminar in Washington, D.C. June 4-15, 2018. The seminar this year is titled "Racial Practice: Theory, Policy, and Execution in Nazi Germany and the Jim Crow South." Seminar participants will be introduced to Holocaust-related sources in the Museum’s unique film, oral history, testimony, recorded sound, archival, and photography collections, and the International Tracing Service Digital Archive. They will also meet staff scholars with expertise in various Holocaust-related topics with whom they can discuss their work.

Dr. Clarissa Willis, associate chair and associate professor of Teacher Education, co-wrote a curriculum with Lui Tong and Walter Gilliam of Yale University. She launches it as the keynote speaker at the Shanghai Early Childhood Conference in China.

Doug Goeppner, ADA coordinator in Human Resources, has been selected to serve as a presenter at the 18th Annual Multiple Perspectives Conference on Access, Inclusion, and Disability being held at the Ohio State University campus in Columbus, Ohio during the week of April 16th. He will be leading a 90 minute interactive session titled "Who Wants to be a Disability Expert?"

Dr. Becky Sparks-Thissen, assistant professor of biology, was awarded the 2018 Indiana Branch of the American Society for Microbiology (IBASM) Academic Scientific Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Heidi Gregori-Gahan, assistant provost for International Programs and Services, co-facilitated a workshop hosted by the Fulbright Commission in Finland.

Dr. Stella Ress, assistant professor of history, presented her co-authored work, "'Beam Us Up, Scotty!': Using Pop Culture to Discover User-Friendly Hand Gestures and Body Movements for Embodied Interaction" at the 2018 National Conference for the Pop Culture Association in Indianapolis, Indiana. The individuals who comprise the PCA are a group of scholars and enthusiasts who study popular culture. The Popular Culture Association (formally the Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association) is a 501c3 which offers a venue to come together and share ideas and interests about the field or about a particular subject within the field. It also provides publication opportunities and sponsors the PCA Endowment.

Ress has presented and published in the area of popular culture since 2008. Her latest research on the topic is a collaborative effort with faculty at the School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI in which researchers identify familiar gestures from popular culture in order to facilitate full body interactive displays at museums.

Joan DeJong, assistant dean of College of Liberal Arts and professor of art, and John McNaughton, professor emeritus of art, collaborated on a sculpture remembering the 1937 Ohio River flood. This work was recently unveiled and can be seen at 220 S. Fulton Avenue next to the Levee Authority Office in Evansville.

Dr. Melissa Stacer, associate professor of criminal justice, and Lydia Moll, criminal justice and sociology major at USI, had an article published in The Journal of Criminal Justice Education. The pair collaborated on the article “New opportunities or closing doors? How correctional facility tours impact students’ thoughts about careers.”

Dr. Rocco J. Gennaro, professor and department chair of philosophy, served as editor for the newly published book. The Routledge Handbook of Consciousness (Routledge Press, 2018) including an introductory essay and two of the 34 chapters.

Book summary: There has been an explosion of work on consciousness in the last 30–40 years from philosophers, psychologists, and neurologists. Thus, there is a need for an interdisciplinary, comprehensive volume in the field that brings together contributions from a wide range of experts on fundamental and cutting-edge topics. The Routledge Handbook of Consciousness fills this need and makes each chapter’s importance understandable to students and researchers from a variety of backgrounds.

This anthology also contains a chapter by Dr. Chad Gonnerman, assistant professor of philosophy, titled "Consciousness and Experimental Philosophy."

Dr. Veronica Huggins, along with collaborator Dr. Nubian Sun from Tennessee State University, presented their paper "E'tru Most: Exploring Linguistic Cultural Self-Efficacy Among Gullah Speaking People of Charleston, South Carolina," at the International Journal of Arts and Sciences Multidisciplinary Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Tim Bryan, instructor in accounting co-authored a publication titled, "Effects of Absenteeism on Company Productivity, Efficiency, and Profitability. View his video that provides background information on the project, and read his publication online in the Journal of Business & Economics Research.

Dr. Kara Garcia, contract assistant professor of engineering, had her article, “Dynamic patterns of cortical expansion during folding of the preterm brain,” was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. More information on Garcia’s research is available online.

Dr. Timberly Baker served as the keynote speaker for the East Carolina University, COE Speaker Series: Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice.

Baker is currently an executive board member of the Critical Race Studies in Education Association. Her scholarship and accomplishments are centered on the improvement of educational outcomes for African American P-16 students through examinations of disproportionality in discipline, disproportionality in special education, representation in curriculum, and preparation of teachers in urban spaces. She has served as a Research Associate for the Equity Project at IU Bloomington and with the African American Male Equity Project at IUPUI. She is currently working on a community report for the city of Evansville on the School-to-Prison Pipeline and on the Charter School Case Law Database.

Dr. Brett Bueltel, assistant professor of accounting, and Ms. Jamie Seitz, assistant professor of accounting, co-authored a publication titled, "When Terminable Interests Prevent the Marital Deduction in Estate Disputes," in Trust & Estates. Article may be viewed online.

Dr. Linda L. M. Bennettpresident, received the Lifetime Achievement in Education award from Leadership Evansville at the 2018 Celebration of Leadership on Thursday, March 15.

Dr. Timberly L. Baker, contract assistant professor of education, will serve as the keynote speaker for the East Carolina University, COE Speaker Series: Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice. Baker's presentation, "The School to Prison Pipeline and its Impact on School Communities," will be delivered on Tuesday, March 20 at the East Carolina Heart Institute in Greenville, North Carolina.

Doug Goeppner, ADA Coordinator in Human Resources, has been selected by the Fishers Advisory Council on Disability to present a session on accessibility in the built environment as part of their month-long celebration of disability awareness. His session will occur on March 19 at Launch Fishers in Fishers, Indiana. (March 2018)

Dr. Oana Popescu-Sandu, associate professor of English, had an article, "Translingualism as Dialogism in Romanian-American Poetry" published in the Journal of World Literature, Volume 3, issues 1, 2018.

The article examines how translingual poetry by immigrant Romanian writers who live in or travel to the United States requires a transnational community framing rather than a national one and raises new questions about cultural and linguistic identity formation that reflect on both national and world literature issues. This analysis of the Romanian-American contemporary poets Mihaela Moscaliuc, Andrei Guruianu, Claudia Serea, and Aura Maru uses literary and rhetorical translingual theory to show that the “national literature” framing is no longer sufficient to address works created between two languages in a globalized world—Romanian and English, in this case. Born between two cultures and languages, their poetry does not belong entirely to either. In its turn, the national framing—both the Romanian and the American one—can become more porous and inclusive if read through a sociolinguistic mobility lens that gives a more powerful voice to migrant writers. (The article can be accessed online.)

Dr. Melissa Stacer, associate professor of criminal justice, has been published in Critical Military Studies, (a peer-reviewed journal through Taylor and Francis.) She co-authored the article, “Justice-Involved Veterans: A Critical Review and Future Research" with Dr. Monica Solinas-Saunders from Indiana University Northwest. (The article can be accessed online.)

Dr. Elizabeth Bonham, associate professor of nursing, had an article “Mental health needs of youth in juvenile justice: An executive summary” published in the Elsevier Journal, Archives of Psychiatric Nursing.

Bonham's clinical and research focus is the mental health of youthful offenders. She initiated the first position paper on Mental Health Needs of Youthful Offenders for the International Society of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses. The first Position Statement was revised in 2016 and the Executive Summary of the revision is now published.

Dr. Guoyuan Huang, professor of exercise science, had their article, "Effects of high-intensity interval versus mild-intensity endurance training on metabolic phenotype and corticosterone response in rats fed a high-fat or control diet,” published in PLoS One, 2017.

Dr. Colleen Walsh, contract assistant professor for nursing, presented at the Orthopaedic Value Based Care Conference in Newport Beach, California. She serves on the advisory board of the American College of Perioperative Medicine which is very involved in the Enhanced Recovery after Surgery (ERAS) model of care. (February 2018)

Dr. Daniel Bauer, associate professor of anthropology, had an article, "Home Garden Diversity of the Tahuayo Region, Peru," published in the Journal of Ecological Anthropology. The article was co-authored by Duncan Taylor and Nelly Pinedo Alvarado. The article is based on field research conducted with former student Duncan Taylor in the summer of 2014.

Lori E. Saxby, reading specialist in Academic Skills, had her article, “Efficacy of a college reading strategy course: Comparative study," published in the Journal of Developmental Education.

A new published article, "The Potential of Student Co-Creation in Extracurricular Experiences," is co-authored by Dr. Kevin Celuch, Dr. Dinko Bačić, Dr. Manfen Chen, Ms. Jeanette Maier-Lytle, and Dr. Jack Smothers.

Dr. Andrew Buck, associate professor of sociology, and a co-author had their article, "Coalitional Configurations: A Structural Analysis of Democratization in the Former Soviet Union," published in Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization, 26, 1 (Winter): 25-54, 2018.

Dr. Matt Hanka has been named an administrator for the Commission on Homelessness for Evansville and Vanderburgh County. In this volunteer role, Hanka will provide leadership for the Commission, a group of area government and community leaders working together to prevent and end homelessness in the region. More information is available online.

Dr. Colleen Walsh, contract clinical assistant professor for Graduate Nursing, presented at the Orthopaedic Value Based Care conference in Newport Beach, California, February 9-11, 2018. She serves on the advisory board of the American College of Perioperative Medicine which is very involved in the Enhanced Recovery after Surgery (ERAS) model of care.

Dr. Jennifer Williams, assistant professor of health services and administration, has been invited to present at the 2018 Off-Label Compliance Congress as an industry leader. She will be presenting on a variety of topics. Presentations include: “Develop a Compliance Program that Includes Off-Label Communication,” “Introduction to the Guidelines and the Roadmap for Success,” “Identify and Implement Measures that Reduce Risk,” and “Establish a framework of internal reporting and grow shareholder value.” More about the conference is available to view.

Dr. Gongjun Yan, assistant professor of computer science, had an article he co-authored published in Wireless Personal Communications.  The article, “A Cross-Layer and Optimized Privacy Method in Vehicular Ad-Hoc Networks” is available for viewing online.

Dr. Mustafa Oz, instructor of communications, had a paper, “Twitter versus Facebook: Comparing incivility, impoliteness, and deliberative attributes" published at the New Media & Society Journal. The article is available online.

Dr.  Andrew Buck, associate professor of sociology and chair of the Department of Sociology, had his article, “The Corporate Networks and Symbolic Capital of British Business Leaders," published in Sociological Perspectives.  

Dr. Jill Raisor, assistant professor of education, recently led a collaborative project with the Vanderburgh County Health Department to create lessons plans for regional K-12 students.  The lessons incorporate injury data from county hospitals and promote injury prevention and making safe choices among students.

Stacy Keown and Moriah Smothers, instructors in teacher education, presented The Development of Higher Education Students’ Self-Efficacy Beliefs this month at the Lily Conference on College and University Teaching and Learning in Austin, Texas. (January 2017)

Dr. Thomas Weber, assistant professor of management, presented "Development of a Caring Manager Scale" at the 2017 Academy of International Business - US Southeast Annual Conference.

Dr. Chen Chen’s article "Epithelial Ovarian Cancer Mortality among Hispanic Women - Sub-Ethnic Disparities and Survival Trend across Time: An Analysis of SEER 1992-2013," was published in the journal, Cancer Epidemiology.

Dr. Elizabeth Bonham, associate professor in nursing, had an article, "A Theory of Hoping for a Better Life Grounded in Youthful Offender Experiences," published online in the Medical Research Archives.

Dr. Melissa Stacer and Dr. Melinda Roberts recently had their paper "'Reversing the trend': The role of mentoring in offender reentry" accepted for publication at the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation.

Dr. Casey Pycior’s book, The Spoils, appears on this year's 35 Over 35 List. A summary of his book is available online.

Southern Indiana Review Press publication, Into the Cyclorama by Annie Kim, was named one of year's best independently published books of poetry by Kirkus Review. Kim was the winner of Southern Indiana Review’s 2015 Michael Waters Poetry Prize for this book. Ron Mitchell, instructor in English is the editor of Southern Indiana Review.

Dr. Curt Gilstrap, assistant professor of business communication, had his article “The Ethical Frameworks of Social Media Policies Among U.S. Nonprofit Organizations: Legal Expectations, Dialogic Prescriptions, and a Dialectical Model” published in the Journal of Nonprofit and Public Sector Marketing.

Dr. Tamara Hunt, professor of history and director of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program, has an article "Servants, Masters and Seditious Libel in Eighteenth-Century England," published in Book History vol. 20 (2017): 83-110. Book History is the journal of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing.

Hunt has studied and taught about the history of printing, publishing and the social interaction of text and the public. Her first book, Defining John Bull: Political Caricature and National Identity in Late Georgian England (2003) argued that political caricature (the forerunners of modern political cartoons) both shaped and were shaped by public opinions and beliefs during the reign of George III (1760-1820). Her current work moves backwards in time and now focuses on early eighteenth century printing and publishing. This period saw an explosive growth in the quantity of text produced, creating a vibrant and tumultuous era for both men and women engaged in the publishing trades.

Dr. Tamara Hunt, professor of history and director of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program, presented her paper "'Fake News,' Commerce and Seditious Libel in Early 18th Century England" at the conference "'Fake News!' An Historical Perspective." The conference was held at Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom and sponsored by the Newspaper and Periodical History Forum of Ireland. (November 2017)

Hunt’s research focus is publishing in early eighteenth-century London, and she's currently working on a book about two women who were prominent newspaper and pamphlet sellers in the 1720s and 1730s. These two women were repeatedly arrested on charges of seditious libel, which has led Hunt into an exploration of how seditious libel impacted the publishing industry.

Dr. Vaughn DeCoster and Professor Bonnie Rinks presented a paper, “Interprofessional practice: Closing the health gap for underserved adults and veterans,” at the Council on Social Work Education's Annual Program Meeting held in Dallas, Texas. Dr. DeCoster also served on a panel discussion with social work educators from other universities on supporting student veterans' within higher education.

Dr. Norma Rosas Mayén will be presenting her paper, “A Linguistic Analysis of the Afro-Mexican and Afro-Dominican Spanish” (Un análisis lingüístico del español afromexicano y afrodominicano) at the IX International Afro-American Colloquium in Mexico City. (December 2017)

Dr. Norma Rosas Mayén will be a guest speaker at the Historic Synagogue Justo Sierra of Mexico City, the title of her speech is: “Sephardic Songs and Mourning Poetry of Northern Morocco” (Cantos y poesía luctuosa sefardí del Norte de Marruecos). She will also perform 11 Sephardic songs. (December 2017)

Dr. Martin Koen presented his work "Coming to Terms with Body-Worn Cameras: A Technological Frames Perspective" at the American Society of Criminology annual conference in Philadelphia, PA November 15-18.

Dr. Brooke Mathna, assistant professor of criminal justice, presented her research titled "An Empirical Analysis of Hirschi's Self-Control Theory (2004) and Its Measurements" at the American Society of Criminology annual conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (November 2017)

Dr. Melissa Stacer, associate professor of criminal justice, and Lydia Moll, senior criminal justice major, presented a paper at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The paper is titled "They are people like you and me: Student perceptions of inmates.” The paper is co-authored with Dr. Monica Solinas-Saunders at Indiana University Northwest.

Dr. Gabriela Mustata-Wilson, associate professor of Health Informatics, and chair of USI’s Health Informatics and Information Management program, has achieved HIMSS Fellow member status. She is president of the Indiana Chapter of HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society). As a Fellow member, Mustata-Wilson will be recognized at the HIMSS annual conference and will be invited to participate in special task forces or workgroups. HIMSS advancement criteria is based on professional capability, experience, leadership and service.

Greg Carlisle has been promoted to Copy Services Supervisor. Greg is a USI alumnus and has worked full time in the Copy Center since 1998 as a production assistant and as manager of the campus copier fleet.

Dr. Tamara L. Hunt, professor of History, gave a presentation at the international conference "'Fake News!' An Historical Perspective," held at Newcastle University (U.K.) November 10-11, 2017. Her paper "Fake News, Commerce and Seditious Libel in early 18th-Century England" examined concerns about (and reactions to) reporting based on rumor, misleading statements, and outright lies. Political and commercial upheavals led to calls for more accuracy in the press, while the press fought back, asserting that the "Liberty of the Press" gave newspapers the right to print and comment upon stories that were widely believed, even if they turned out to be false. 

Dr. Timberly Baker and Dr. Joy Howard of the USI Teacher Education Department, presented on Thursday Nov. 2, 2017 at the annual meeting of the American Educational Studies Association Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Their presentation “The Place of Racial Re-membering: Pre-service teachers and high school students learning to re-member side-by-side;” discussed their conceptual framework for using space as curriculum and their special project that brought USI and local Bosse students together to complete a unit of instruction on race. The special project took place in Spring 2017 and helped both groups of students create a story of race that affirmed and contradicted their own experiences to promote a more humanizing framework for teaching and learning in racially diverse spaces.

Patty Marcum was the recipient of the 2017 Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD) Pathfinder Award. The Pathfinder Award was established to honor a member who has and/or continues to advocate, recruit and enhance opportunities for girls and women in sport and sport leadership. (November 2017)

Kathy Weinzapfel, career coordinator in Career Services and Internships, has completed Experiential Education Academy Certification. This professional development program within the National Society for Experiential Education provides educators with a foundation in theory and practice of experiential education; support members as they assess their institutional experiential programs; and create opportunities for professionals to develop the knowledge, skills, and competence that will strengthen experiential education within their institutions.

Weinzapfel participated in the program during the last two years which included training in experiential education assessment, legal issues, ethical practice and strategic planning. She also co-presented a session at the organization's annual Experiential Leadership Learning Institute, along with Dr. Ethel Elkins, College of Nursing and Health Professions, in Park City, Utah in June 2017.

Dr. Sukanya Gupta, associate professor of English, has been appointed as Director of the International Studies Program, effective January 2, 2018.

Dr. Marthinus Koen, assistant professor of criminal justice, presented a paper on body-worn cameras and police perceptions at the Western Association of Criminal Justice Conference. He teaches courses in research methods, statistics, victimology, and criminal justice technology. His research interests lie in social control, crime policy, police organizational change, and police technology. Most recently, he has completed his dissertation research on the implementation of body-worn cameras at a police organization. His research focused on how the adoption of body-worn cameras shaped key structures and practices and how officers belonging to different organizational groups made sense of the technology over time. (October 2017)

Larissa Cremeens and Laura Cole, instructional designers in Online Learning, presented a breakout session “Welcome to Pasta 401: Bring your appetite for creating course alignment”, and a poster session “Integrating Quality Matters into University of Southern Indiana’s Online Course Development Program” at the QM Connect Conference in Fort Worth, Texas on September 25, 2017.

Dr.  Wendy G Turner had two pieces of artwork accepted at the Ohio Valley Art League’s 7th Annual Art of Recycling juried exhibition: The 79 Cent Epiphany and The Real Bad Monkey: Lessons from Harambe

The 79 Cent Epiphany was given the top award of the show, the Henderson Breakfast Lions Club Award of $500. The assemblage art piece is a visual representation of the discrepancy in pay between males and females in the United States. The second work, The Real Bad Monkey: Lessons from Harambe is a critical look at who is ultimately responsible for the damage done to captive animals.
Both works will be on display at the Preston Arts Center in Henderson, KY through November 30.

Dr. Daniel Bauer, associate professor of anthropology, had his article, "From Plague to Profit: Chambira Weaving in Amazonian Peru," published in the Fall 2017, Volume 59, Number 2 edition of Expedition. Bauer conducts ethnographic research in Ecuador and Peru.

Dr. Sarah Wannemuehler, director of Early Field Experience, in the Department of Teacher Education traveled to Washington D.C. as the invited speaker to address the Principals Leadership Academy.  Dr. Wannemuehler is recognized across the nation as a leading authority on legal issues affecting schools. (October 2017)

Dr. Tom McDonald, associate professor of engineering, received an honorable mention for the Distinguished Paper Award from the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering (IISE) at the 2017 Engineering Lean Six Sigma Conference. The IISE is the world's largest professional society dedicated solely to the support of the industrial engineering profession and individuals involved with improving quality and productivity. (October 2017)

Dr. Melissa Stacer, associate professor of criminal justice, recently had two manuscripts accepted for publication. The first is called “Fighting labor market discrimination with Ban the Box (BTB): Are there racial implications” at Sociology Compass. The second is called "Criminal thinking among men beginning a Batterer Intervention Program: The relevance of military background" at the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma. Both articles were co-authored with Dr. Monica Solinas-Saunders from Indiana University Northwest. (October 2017)

Cole Collier will be presenting at the Apple Campus Conference in Austin, Texas, on April 11 and April 12, 2018. The company selects presenters from its top-performing campus stores across the country and invites them to share best practices.

Dr. Kevin Celuch, Blair Chair of Business Science, was the recipient of the 2017 Faculty Recognition Award. His active engagement approach to teaching has been recognized for innovation in business undergraduate and graduate education. Celuch is the co-creator of the Entrepreneurship Minor at the University of Southern Indiana, which has been internationally recognized as an emerging undergraduate program, and is a presenter on such topics as critical and creative thinking, collaborative learning, change and innovation.

Celuch has been actively involved in marketing communication, market information, customer engagement, and organizational partnering-related research. He has held Affiliated Faculty/Research Staff status at the Carl Gunnard Johnson Research Center, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, for his work on management issues in the metal processing industries. He has worked with numerous profit and nonprofit organizations.

Dr. Joy Howard was appointed as a co-chair for URBAN educational node. The URBAN Education node is comprised of scholars and practitioners from across the United States whose work cuts across disciplines and methodologies to address issues related to educational equity. For more information, visit

Howard’s research and teaching focuses specifically on issues of race and equity in education. In 2017, she was recognized with the "Excellence in Teaching" award from the Pott College of Science, Engineering and Teacher Education.

Dr. Timberly Baker was appointed secretary of the Critical Race Studies in Education Executive Board during the 2017 Critical Race Studies in Education Association Annual Conference.

The Critical Race Studies in Education Association (CRSEA) is an interdisciplinary consortium of experts who recognize global implications of race and education for minoritized people. Through scholarship, we identify and expose inequities for the ultimate eradication of white supremacy. As a community, we are committed to (1) countering and combating systemic and structural racism with scholarship and praxis, (2) recognizing the multiple locations of oppression and the myriad manifestations and effects of their intersections and (3) co-constructing liberating knowledge that facilitates collective agency to transform schools and communities.

Dr. Paul Doss will be delivering an invited presentation in a "Geology and the Law" session at the Annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in October. The presentation examines the potential implications of students completing professional internships in geology, and the "Professional Practice of Geology" as defined by geological licensure. (October 2017)

Dr. Perry Burnett’s article, co-authored with H. Cutler, “The Transitional Impacts of Material and Service Offshoring” was published in the Journal of Policy Modeling.

The Journal of Policy Modeling (JPM) is an internationally recognized journal that “focuses upon the economic, social and political developments that now shape the world economy and the policies needed to improve them”.  It is ranked just outside the top quartile “Q1” of over 900 journals in the area of Economics, Econometrics and Finance. (September 2017)

Dr. Mary Ann Shifflet's case study in the Health Care and Quality Improvement Series, titled, “Improving Patient Satisfaction” has been published on the JMP website. The Series is designed for instructors teaching statistics for health care providers – doctors, nurses, administrators, etc. and has been piloted with an MBA class of physicians.

Dr. Stephen Spencer has published "Narrative Process and Cultural Identity in Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony," in the book Narrative, Race, and Ethnicity in the United States, available through The Ohio State University Press. The essay combines narrative and postcolonial theories to explore the ways Silko's work demonstrates a resistance to colonial constructions of identity. According to the editors at OSU Press, the collection is the "first book-length volume of essays devoted to studying the intersection of race/ethnicity and narrative theories. (September 2017)

Steven Stump, assistant director for the Center for Applied Research in Outreach and Engagement, was named one of Evansville Business Journal's "20 Under 40."

Joyce Rietman, director of Advanced Clinical Experiences and Co-Teaching, will be serving on the selection committee for Indiana’s 2018 Teacher of the Year. As part of that committee, she and other members will interview finalists and observe them teaching in their classrooms. (September 2017)

Dr. Jill Raisor spearheaded a sub-award with the Evansville County Health Department. She and Dr. Jeff Thomas developed lessons for the Health Department on childhood injury prevention. (Summer 2017)

Dr. Kevin ValadaresDr. Katie Ehlman and Dr. Marie Pease have received a three-year grant from the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) to develop and implement a health care quality improvement project on advance care planning at 15 nursing homes in southwest Indiana. Details of the grant were announced during the conference, “Sharing the Experience: Advance Care Planning in the State of Indiana,” held September 27 at The New Harmony Inn Conference Center.

Darla Perigo, administrative assistant in Romain College of Business; Shannon Hudson, instructor in business law; and Dr. Jill Oeding, assistant professor of business law, had an article titled “An Assessment of High Deductible Health Plans and Affiliated Savings Accounts in the Current Market” in the International Journal of Healthcare Management. (June 2017)

Dr. Leigh Anne Howard and Dr. Erin Gilles accompanied numerous students and alumni to the Kentucky Communication Conference, sponsored by the Kentucky Communication Association in Carrollton, Kentucky. Students and alumni presented work they completed in the Master of Arts in Communication Program. Funding for the trip was made possible by the USI Graduate Studies Research and Travel Award. Students who presented: Thawn Khai, Dilek Ocak, Shannon Hoehn, Mary Beth Reese, Ben Luttrull, Coralie Lowicki, Lorena Banquerizo-Gellibert and Serge Pre. Alumni who presented: Michelle Duran, Andrew Bolin, Theresa Ohning.

Dr. C. Elizabeth (Beth) Bonham, associate professor of nursing, has been selected to join the prestigious Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN). She is one of 173 nurse leaders to be inducted into the 2017 class during the Academy’s annual policy conference in Washington, D.C., October 5-7, 2017.

Dr. Wendy Turner and Dr. Veronica Huggins presented their paper, Standing in the Gap:Benefits of Cross-racial and Interracial Mentoring, at the Seventeenth International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations: Urban Diversity and Economic Growth, 26-28 July 2017 at University of Toronto-Chestnut Conference Centre, Toronto, Canada. (September 2017)

Dr. James Dickerson was recently elected President of the Vanderburgh County Community Corrections Board. He is serving a three-year term on this board. (September 2017)

Dr. Thomas and Mrs. Julie Bordelon presented their paper, A Distance Learning Model for Rural Native American Students to Access a Public Mainstream University, at the 42nd National Institute on Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas last July in Jackson, TN. (September 2017)

Angel Nelson, assistant registrar, received the Enrollment Management Innovation Award. The award recognizes an individual or team whose innovative work or suggestions significantly improve operational efficiencies, introduces a new or modified business practice or improves work process, workflow or customer service. (August 2017)

Laura McDaniel, data manager, received the Enrollment Management Knowledge for Life Award. The award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions beyond his or her position to professional development, thereby enhancing the quality of professionalism in Enrollment Management. (August 2017)

Will Pool, transfer credit supervisor, received the Enrollment Management Outstanding New Professional Award. The award recognizes a new Enrollment Management employee who has made outstanding contributions toward achieving departmental goals, divisional goals and Enrollment Management core values. (August 2017)

Carolyn Campbell, senior administrative assistant in the Registrar’s Office, received the Enrollment Management Outstanding Support Staff Award. The award recognizes an Enrollment Management staff member who exhibits exceptional performance beyond his or her normal job duties. (August 2017)

Heather Bauer, program director of Student Support Services, received the Enrollment Management Outstanding Administrator Award. The award recognizes an administrator who exhibits exceptional performance above and beyond his or her normal job duties. (August 2017)

Jayne Tang, programmer manager in Information Technology, received the Friend of Enrollment Management Award. The Award recognizes individuals and/or groups outside Enrollment Management who have made outstanding and/or sustained contributions to the mission and vision of Enrollment Management. (August 2017)

Gina Videa, senior admissions counselor, received Enrollment Management Collaboration Award which recognizes the team leader and team members who have spearheaded a collaborative effort that has substantially impacted a department, several departments, campus, faculty and staff or students and families. Gina, along with others, has played a crucial role in helping students from Latino communities be more aware of our academic programs and scholarship opportunities. (August 2017)

Dr. Julia Galbus has been appointed as chair of the English Department. She begins her new duties immediately. (August 2017)

Dr. Daniel Bauer recently published book reviews of "A Future for Amazonia" (University of Texas Press, 2012) and "The Mermaid and the Lobster Diver" (University of New Mexico Press, 2012). The reviews were published in The Latin Americanist and the Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology. (August 2017)

Xavia Harrington, instructor of English,  has successfully completed all doctoral coursework and examinations related to pursuing said Ph.D.; thus, she has now been given the title of Ph.D. candidate (ABD). Upon successful completion and defense of her doctoral dissertation in the near future, Harrington will graduate with full rights and privileges of the Ph.D. in which she is currently pursuing.

Harrington began her doctoral studies soon thereafter at Bellarmine University (Louisville, KY) to pursue a Ph.D. in Leadership within Higher Education, where she currently has a concentration in Social Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion within Higher Education. For the past three years, Harrington has worked simultaneously as both full-time instructor of English at USI and full-time doctoral student at Bellarmine. (August 2017)

Dr. Phonesia Wells, assistant professor of health services, received the 2017 USI Summer Research Award for Junior Faculty for her project, "Empowering Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Receipients."

Valerie Allen, international undergraduate admissions coordinator, participated in the U.S. Department of State’s eighth annual EducationUSA Forum in Washington, D.C.  More than 570 U.S. university representatives from 46 states, 60 EducationUSA regional coordinators and advisers from around the world, and U.S. and foreign government officials convened to discuss international student recruitment and retention strategies. (July 2017)

Alisa (AL) Holen, associate professor of ceramics, will be featuring work in two exhibitions: Nuanced Relationships, at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science (on display until September 3); and Nature/Nurture: Norman and Alisa Holen, a joint exhibition at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota in October. (July and October 2017)

Dr. Jeff Thomas led a state mentoring workshop in Lafayette for K-8 science teachers. This was a collaborative project with ISTEM and three other universities across Indiana. (July 2017)

Dr. Julian Davis coauthored the study, Ontogeny of bite force in a validated biomechanical model of the American alligator, which was published in the Journal of Experimental Biology. Davis collaborated with faculty at the University of Missouri to develop three-dimensional models of the skulls of American alligators to collect bite data. (June 2017)

Dr. Wes Durham has been appointed as Director of the Bachelor of Professional Studies Program. The BPS Program has moved from the Outreach and Engagement Department to the College of Liberal Arts. (June 2017)

Dr. Vaughn DeCoster has been appointed as chair of the Social Work Department. (June 2017)

Doug Goeppner, ADA coordinator in Human Resources, conducted an ADA workshop for the staff and Commissioners of the Evansville-Vanderburgh County Human Relations Commission. (June 2017)

Dr. Rocco Gennaro, chair of the Philosophy Department, presented his research, “The Neuroscience of Psychiatric Disorders, the Metaphysics of Consciousness, and the Prospect of an Afterlife” at the Science of Consciousness Conference in San Diego.

The Science of Consciousness is an interdisciplinary conference on all aspects of the nature of conscious experience, awareness, feelings and existence. (June 2017)

Mary Willman was chosen as the Sodexo District and Regional Winner for exceptional customer service. Winners are selected by the customer experience ambassadors that included all of the Exceptional Customer Experience rating cards for the month.

One student commented: “Mary in the Loft is always so kind and welcoming. She obviously loves her job, and loves the students even more. Every time I see her she has as kind word to say to a staff member, or to a student. The best part is you can always count on Mary to have a smile on her face. Today we spoke about how wonderful the USI students are and she got choked up about a few that told her they were leaving after this semester. The students tell her their stories and she loves to listen. She has such a giving heart and USI is a better place because of her.” (May 2017)

Dr. Trent Engbers, assistant professor of political science and public administration, placed in the Tenth Annual E-PARCC Teaching Case and Simulation Competition with his case study, “Pioneer Scouts of Rose Ravine.”

The case study examines the challenges of nonprofit conflict, collaboration and change in an era of shrinking resources. It has been recognized by the Maxwell School’s Collaborative Governance Initiative. The peer reviewed competition fosters the development of outstanding teaching case studies and simulations. Winning case studies are published electronically by Syracuse University and are translated into Spanish and Chinese to encourage wider dissemination. Dr. Engbers was recognized alongside faculty for the University of North Carolina, Syracuse University and Creighton University School of Law for the impact of his case study.

The Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC) at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University is a multi-faceted, interdisciplinary research center that advances both theory and practice in the fields of conflict and collaboration.(June 2017)

Dr. Sudesh Mujumdar will be traveling in June to his alma mater, the University of Mumbai where he will be delivering a workshop of economic modeling to Mumbai School of Economics and Public Policy. (June 2017)

Dr. Vaughn DeCoster and Dr. Kathy Elpers collaborated with USI alumni, Dr. Takashi Armano and Missy Johnson. Their article, “Effectiveness of a psycho-educational staff training program on attitudes of staff in a long-term care facility: A pilot study and framework,” was published in the peer-reviewed publication, Journal of Education Gerontology. (May 2017)

Dr. Julia Galbus, associate chair and associate professor of English, presented a PLENARY paper at the International Auto/Biography Association of the Americas Conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The talk was titled “Revising What’s Past: Compassionate Interpretation in the Work of Marlene Kadar and Louise DeSalvo.”(May 2017)

Dr. Colleen Walsh, contract assistant professor in Nursing, was invited to participate in the Clinical Review Panel (CRP) series for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on the topic of extremity joint replacements in the Medicare FFS population. She has expertise in orthopedic nursing and has served as president of the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses. She was also recently named to the founding advisory board of the American College of Perioperative Medicine. (May 2017)

Dr. Jessica Garcés Jensen, assistant professor of French, was selected by the Faculty Senate's committee, Faculty Awards for Service, Teaching, and Research as the 2017 winner of the USI Outstanding Academic Advisor Award. Nominations for this award can come from students or colleagues. Nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Availability to advisees, faculty, and/or staff
  • Frequency of contact with advisees
  • Appropriate referral activity
  • Use and dissemination of appropriate information sources
  • Caring, helpful attitude toward advisees, faculty and/or staff
  • Monitoring of student progress toward academic and career goals
  • Mastery of institutional regulations, policies, and procedures (May 2017)

Doug Goeppner, ADA Coordinator in Human Resources, was selected to serve as a presenter at the Exceptional Family Member Training Summit being held in Fort Knox, Kentucky from May 8-12. The Exceptional Family Member Program provides services and support to active duty U.S. Army families from around the world who have family members with disabilities. He will be providing training on accessibility in the built environment. (May 2017)

Dr. Elissa Mitchell, assistant professor of social work, gave a presentation “Youth adjustment after parental intimate partner violence and separation: Age and gender differences” at the Society for Research on Child Development in Austin, TX. (April 2017)

Elizabeth A. Ramos, MS, RD, LDN, CD, instructor of Food and Nutrition, was elected as regional director of the Foodservice Systems Management Education Council’s East Midwest Division, which includes the states of Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. All new officers were installed March 14 during the council’s annual meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her term is for two years, through 2019.

Dr. Daniel Bauer, associate professor of anthropology presented a paper titled "Market, Conservation, and Community in the Northwest Amazon" at the 77th Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Dr. Todd Schroer, chair of the Criminal Justice Department, was just accepted to participate in the 2017 Memorial Library Summer Seminar on Holocaust Education which is being held this June in New York City.

Dr. Melissa Stacer, associate professor of criminal justice, and Lydia Moll, a junior majoring in Criminal Justice and Sociology, presented their paper, “New Opportunities or Closing Doors? How Correctional Facility Tours Impact Students’ Thoughts about Careers,” at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences’ Annual Meeting on March 22, 2017. 

Dr. Sheri Jenkins Keenan has authored a single encyclopedia entry published in the Encyclopedia of Juvenile Delinquency and Justice. The Encyclopedia of Juvenile Delinquency and Justice is published both in print and online; Wiley Online Library. The Encyclopedia is designed for a diverse audience of scholars looking for information on a particular topic and/or broader understanding of said topic.

Dr. Melinda Roberts, associate professor of criminal justice, and Melanie Belarmino, gender studies student, presented their paper, “Gendered Violence and Victimization in Japan: The Dynamics Associated with Feminism and Violence Against Women” at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences’ Annual Meeting on March 22, 2017. 

Dr. Cristina Gilstrap’s article “People Just Don’t Understand:” Challenges Communicating Home Hospice Volunteer Role Experiences to Organizational Outsiders, has been accepted for publication into Management Communication Quarterly, a top tier publication in both business and organizational communication as well as strategy and management. 

Dr. Sheri Jenkins Keenan has co-authored a book chapter titled A Brief History of School Violence & Disturbance in America published in Critical Examinations of School Violence and Disturbance in K-12 Education. The project looked at incidents of school violence in K-12 in the United States since 1764. It included violence committed by faculty, staff, student, or community member on faculty, staff, and student on school property. It did not include suicides or accidents. As first author, she was responsible for all of the historical research and document construction. This was an IGI Global Publication. 

Dr. Sheri Jenkins Keenan has been named the 2017 Chairman of the Tom Barker Award for Undergraduate Student Service by the Southern Criminal Justice Association (SCJA). The Southern Criminal Justice Association is a regional organization affiliated with the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. SCJA is a professional association serving criminal justice educators, researchers, practitioners and students committed to the ongoing development of criminal justice science and practice. Member states include Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Dr. Phoneshia Wells, assistant professor of Health Services in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, was selected to be a member of the Henderson Leadership Initiative’s Class of 2016, a leadership development program in Henderson, Kentucky. The mission of HLI is to expand the circle of leadership throughout Henderson by identifying, nurturing, mentoring, training and placing a new generation of leaders within the organizational infrastructure of the community. This year’s group practicum assignment followed the “Compassion Henderson” movement, which was introduced by the HLI Class of 2015.

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