Scholarly Achievements

October 15, 2019

Here are the latest accomplishments in scholarship, research, and craft by MBU faculty and staff.

Calvin Chung, assistant professor of business

Presentation with M. Gowan, “Preferences for Human Resource Practices in South Korean and U.S. Based Nonprofits,” Academy of Management, August, Boston.

Presentation, “Social Impact Business,” Teaching and Curriculum Development, B-Academic Roundtable, September, Los Angeles.

Accepted for paper presentation, “Generational and Cultural Differences in Leadership Perspective,” International Leadership Association, October, Ottawa, Canada.

Accepted for a paper presentation with C. W. Woo, “Shared Leadership: Bridging Intergenerational Gap in a Korean Immigrant Church,” Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), November, San Diego.

Reviewed the submitted manuscript for Nonprofit Management & Leadership Journal, September. 

Mary Hill Cole, professor of history

A chapter published on Elizabethan progresses, “Le gouvernement en voyage d’Elisabeth I d’Angleterre,” in the book Le gouvernement en déplacement: Pouvoir et mobilité de l’Antiquité à nos jours (Government on the Move: Power and Mobility from Ancient Times to Today), edited by Sylvain Destephen, published by the Presses Universitaires de Rennes. 

Member of the planning committee for a conference on Henry VIII and his progresses, funded by the British Arts and Humanities Research Council, to be held at Hampton Court Palace in June 2020. She will make a keynote address at the conference.

Maria Craig, associate professor of chemistry

Selected to receive the 2019 Centennial Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching from Iota Sigma Pi, the National Honor Society for Women in Chemistry. The award will be presented next July at the Triennial Convention in Irvine, CA. 

Doug Davis, assistant professor of criminal justice

Attended the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police Foundation in Norfolk. 

Spoke to the incoming class at Eastern Mennonite University on alcohol and its effect on decision making and safety, August 24. 

Attended the Virginia Association of Criminal Justice Educators Conference, hosted at MBU, October 4.

Nell Desmond, director, The Vantage Point: Office of Personal and Professional Development

Selected by the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership to participate in their Candidate Training Program (CTP) and completed the program in March 2019. The CTP is an intensive program focused on the fundamentals of a winning campaign for office. Participants explore the nuts and bolts of building a strong campaign from the ground up — all within the context of ethics and principled public service. Each year, CTP graduates go on to run successful campaigns for office at all levels of government.

Beth Easterling, assistant professor of criminal justice

Attended the annual conference for the Virginia Association of Criminal Justice Educators, hosted at MBU. She is vice president of the organization, and presented at the conference with MBU student Skylar Yushchak on their work exploring the impact of parental incarceration during childhood on adult relationships, education, and careers. 

Beth Elias, director of health informatics program

Co-author of a paper, “Towards the TIGER International Framework for Recommendations of Core Competencies in Health Informatics 2.0: Extending the Scope and the Roles,” presented with a Best Paper Nomination at the 17th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics, August, Lyon, France.

Co-author of a paper, “The Role of Interdisciplinary Faculty in Nursing Education: A National Survey,” published in the latest edition of the Journal of Professional Nursing, September.

Mary Jane Epps, assistant professor of biology

Co-author of a paper, “Azteca Ants Maintain Unique Microbiomes Across Functionally Distinct Nest Chambers,” published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Robin Hopkins, assistant professor of psychology

First author of an article, “Image-Size Disparity Reduces Difference Detection in Face Matching,” published in Applied Cognitive Psychology.

Co-author of an article, “Retrieval Practice and Spacing: Effects on Long-Term Learning Among Engineering Pre-calculus Students,” published in Educational Psychological Review.

Presented a poster, “The Effect of Interview Format and Metamemory Instructions on Quality of Details,” 31st annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, D.C.

Rebecca McCallister, first semester success advisor, MBU Online

Co-presented with Ellen Lucius, academic advisor for MBU Online, “Building and Retaining an Engaged, Online Community,” NACADA DMV Drive-in Conference, September 20.

Co-presented, “Exploring the Relationships in Advising: Caring Personally While Challenging Directly,” NACADA DMV Drive-in Conference, September 20.

Kathy McCleaf, professor of education and gender and sexuality studies

Co-author of a chapter with Alana Rister ’16, “Trans* Love: An In-Depth Examination of Intimate Relationships,” in the forthcoming (late 2019) book Transgender Narrative, published by Canadian Scholars Press.

Amy Miller, assistant professor of Asian studies

Completed her contribution to the Lamrim Chenmo Translation Committee’s translation and editing of Je Tsongkhapa’s Medium-Length Exposition of the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment.

A lecture, “Contextualizing the Lojong Tradition,” for a seminar on Dharmarakshita’s Wheel of Sharp Weapons.

Served as assistant to the director for the week-long Tibetan-American Youth camp on “Secular Ethics and Tibetan Buddhist Culture,” a joint venture between the Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center and the Tibet Fund.

Melissa Anderson Morgan, assistant professor of physical education

A guest lecturer in the Paramount Theatre’s pre-show lecture series, introducing the works of contemporary choreographers Christopher Wheeldon and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui before a broadcast of the Royal Ballet triple bill of Within the Golden Hours / Medusa / Flight Pattern.

Colleen Pendry, art adjunct faculty member

Participated in ARISING, a collaborative work by artist Yoko Ono, presented at Fondation Phi, April through September, Montréal, Quebec.

Work in assemblage to be published in Studio Visit Magazine, Volume 45 & 46, from Open Studio Press, September.

Martha Saunders, assistant professor of art

A collaborative installation, Murmurations: Variation I, II, III, with a group of artists at New Image Gallery, on view January 20 through March 1, James Madison University. Nine artists will work in groups of three, mounting installations with a cumulative outcome. The installations will swell and decrease as each group works with what occupied the space during the previous exhibition.

Pam Stephenson, assistant professor, occupational therapy

Presented a pre-conference institute, “Transitioning to School-Based Practice: A Primer for Practitioners,” American Occupational Therapy Association’s Specialty Children and Youth Conference, July, Orlando, Florida.

Laura van Assendelft, professor of political science

Co-author with Page Fortna, Claudine Gay, and Kira Sanbonmatsu, “Would I Do This All Over Again? Mid-Career Voices in Political Science,” A Report by the APSA Presidential Task Force on Women’s Advancement in the Profession, July.

Co-author with Kira Sanbonmatsu, Page Fortna, and Claudine Gay, “Is Academia Inclusive? Voices from Mid-Career,” Issue Brief prepared for Scholars Strategy Network, August.

Sandy Wagoner, Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences (MDCHS) adjunct professor, and Greg Hansen, assistant professor, occupational therapy

Presented MDCHS research, “A Comparison of Occupational Therapy Graduate Students’ Simulated Lab Outcomes,” Innovation in Occupational and Physical Therapy Education Summit, Creighton University, June.  

Abby Wightman, associate professor of anthropology

An article, “Convivio: Tolerance, Diversity, and Campus Identity During the Trump Era,” published in the journal Teaching Anthropology. Read online.