February Scholarly Accomplishments

Pam Bailey, assistant professor of education

Appointed to the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators national committee on awards, serving a 3-year term.

Elected as the first president for the newly established state organization the Virginia Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators.

A presentation, “A Critical Analysis of Emerging High-Leverage Practices for Mathematics Specialists,” Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, Feb. 2, Orlando, Fla.

Doreen Bechtol, assistant professor of Shakespeare and Performance

With co-authors Janna Segal and two others, an article, “Early Modern to Postmodern Shakespeares: Three Approaches to Staging Romeo and Juliet,” Stage Directors and Choreographers Journal.  

With MBU Professor of Theatre Terry Southerington, received funding from the Dramatists Guild to bring playwright and past visiting artist Caridad Svich to Mary Baldwin in conjunction with the undergraduate production of Blood Wedding, which Svich translated. Svich taught a playwriting workshop on Feb. 18 and gave a talk-back following the show that evening.

Donovan Branche, director of the Healthcare Administration program

Awarded a High Impact Fund Grant from the Spencer Center for a partner building trip to Haiti, which will take place during spring break.

Selected to be a certification reviewer for the Association of Undergraduate Programs in Health Administration.

Kerry Cooke, assistant professor of theatre and Shakespeare and Performance

An invited lecture, “Defying Death: Letter Writing and Rituals of Death in Early Modern England,” Dec. 3, The Globe Theater, London.

Doris Dodson, assistant professor of social work

Asked to review the book Learning from Baby P: The Politics of Blame, Fear, and Denial, which has been accepted for publication in a future issue of The New Social Worker professional publication.

Bruce Dorries, associate professor of communication

Reviewed grant applications as a board member of the GriffinHarte Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to a more civil society. He invites colleagues to consider making an application for funds to support research and promote local understanding of civility, civic discourse, and civil practices.

Louise Freeman, professor of psychology

A paper, “Reading Books and Reading Minds: Differential Effects of Wonder and the Crossover on Empathy and Theory of Mind,” accepted by Study & Scrutiny: New Research in Young Adult Literature, with co-author Celine Brooks ’16.

Paula Kiser, instruction and electronic resources librarian

A book review published in the most recent issue of Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship.

Awarded an Early Librarian Scholarship by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) to attend the ACRL conference.

Katherine Low, assistant professor of religion and college chaplain

A book review of Samuel Balentine’s Have You Considered my Servant Job? Understanding the Biblical Archetype of Patience, Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology, January 2017.

Paul Menzer, director of the MLitt/MFA Program in Shakespeare and Performance

A book, Shakespeare in the Theatre: The American Shakespeare Center, published by Arden Bloomsbury, which critically examines the place of the American Shakespeare Center within the history of Shakespeare in Staunton; Shakespeare in Virginia; and the history of Shakespeare and performance from the building of the original Blackfriars until today.

Roderic Owen, professor of philosophy

A paper, “Forgiveness: A Contemporary, Pragmatic  Foundation,” the Ahmisa/Non-Violence Conference, November 2016, Cal State Pomona.

An invited humanities-emphasis speaker for the local Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School on the topic “Cloning: Conscience and Conflict,” Jan. 27.

Brenci Patiño, associate professor of Spanish

Served as the academic advisor to the Son Jarocho Project, May to Dec. 2016. Working with Luminaria C-Ville, she helped introduce Central Virginia to the music of Mexico and to find commonalities with local traditions of song and dance. The project was funded by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and culminated with a series of workshops and lectures by Son Jarocho Masters Zenen Zeferino and Julia del Palacio held the first week of December.

Edmund “Rick” Potter, assistant professor of history

A review of Simon Read’s Winston Churchill Reporting: Adventures of a Young War Correspondent published on H-Net, January.

A lecture on Virginia in World War I, Lynchburg Museum System, February 2017.

Jim Sconyers, associate professor of art

Juried the Shenandoah Valley Art Center’s Annual Contemporary Winter Printmaking Exhibition, December 2016. He also provided an essay for the catalog that accompanied the show.

Accepted the Beverley Street Studio School’s nomination for a three-year term on their board of trustees, fall 2016.

Work was selected for exhibition in the juried show New Waves 2017, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Jan. 27 through April 15.

Work selected for inclusion in the upcoming juried show Homeward Bound, Taubman Museum of Art, March 3 through July 16.

Sharon Spalding, professor of physical education

A talk, “The Benefit of Exercise for the Breast Cancer Survivor,” with a nurse practitioner and dietitian from the UVA Cancer Center, as part of the “Eat Green for Life: Nutrition to Thrive for the Breast Cancer Survivor” series, sponsored by a grant from the Women’s Four Miler.

Anne Wick, adjunct faculty member

Earned her doctor of musical arts, December 2016.