Scholarly Accomplishments

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

Calvin Chung, assistant professor of business

Greenleaf Scholars Invitational Presentation at the 2021 International Servant-Leader Summit in June. 

Presentation with Dean Joe Sprangel, “Best Practices in Teaching about Business as a Force for Good,” at 2021 B Academics Teaching Roundtable, June. 

Accepted paper presentation, “INGO Shared Leadership: Bridging the North and South Partnership Gap,” for the International Leadership Association Annual Conference, October, Geneva, Switzerland.

Accepted paper presentation, “Examining Cultural Differences on Servant Leadership Using WVS Database,” for the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action Annual Conference, November, Atlanta.

Accepted paper presentation, “Intergenerational differences in leadership perspective: A Case of Korean Immigrant Church,” for the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action Annual Conference, November, Atlanta.

William Cundiff, program director, master of healthcare administration 

Named interim board chair, Capital Management Associates, LLC, Hattiesburg, MS.

Allison Ellington, program director, occupational therapy 

Co-presented on the Glove Rehabilitation Application for Stroke Patients (GRASP) system that is currently being developed and studied, AOTA Inventor’s Showcase, June. This virtual reality and hand sensor system allows clients to practice virtual everyday occupations such as pet and animal care, shopping, meal preparation, and home organization.

Louise Freeman, professor of psychology

A paper, “Weasley Witches: From Stitches to Snitches to Not-My-Daughter-You-B—-,” accepted for an edited volume of scholarly essays to be published by Potterversity, an academic podcast devoted to Harry Potter. 

A paper, “The Ghost of His Last Laugh: Evolving Humor in Harry Potter,” published in the upcoming volume Beyond the Ivory Tower: More Essays on the Work of J.K. Rowling, edited by Dr. Lana Whited of Ferrum College. 

Katherine Low, associate professor of religion and chaplain

Peer-reviewed journal articles, “Lot’s Wife is Still Standing: In Search of the Pillar of Salt,” Journal of the Bible and Its Reception, May 28, and “Paganism, Goddess Spirituality, and Elsa in Disney’s Frozen 2,” Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, July 28.

Johanna Newman, founding program director and associate professor, Nurse Anesthesiology Program

Paper accepted for Publication, “A Roadmap to Delivering a High-Quality Online Course in Nurse Anesthesiology Programs,” Journal of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. 

Podium Presentation, “Cultural Awareness: A Trip Around the World,” Florida Association of Nurse Anesthetists Eighth Annual Sand & Surf Anesthesia Symposium, Orlando. 

Rachel Potter, director of Applied Behavior Analysis & Autism Studies, and Ryan Sain, assistant professor of Applied Behavior Analysis

Co-presented a continuing education event, “Teaching ABA with Open Educational Resources,” hosted by the Association for Behavior Analysis International’s Open Educational Resource Special Interest Group, June 26.

Jim Sconyers, associate professor of art

Serving as this year’s 2D judge for the Shenandoah Valley Art Center’s Fall Foliage Art Show.

Molly Seremet, assistant professor of theatre 

Article, “‘Deep River Did It’: FuenteOvejuna, Harlem Suitcase Theatre, and the Performative Potential of Archival Marginalia,” accepted for an upcoming special edition of the Shakespeare Bulletin focusing on memory, archives, and race. Her article focuses on an incomplete translation of de Vega’s play created by Dorothy Peterson and Langston Hughes that sought to reset and adapt the play in the context of the Harlem Renaissance.

Pam Stephenson, associate professor of occupational therapy 

A continuing education article published, “Adopting an evidence-informed approach in children and youth practice,” OT Practice, CE1-CE10, September. Co-authored with C. Minard, M. Suarez, and M. Kaye.

Ann Tuzson, associate professor of physical therapy

Recognized for her ongoing work on the PREEMPT project at the University of Virginia, which aims to develop and validate an activity monitor that patients can wear continuously in the acute care setting and report on several activity metrics in a real-time format.

Abby Wightman, associate professor of anthropology

An article published, “The Pandemic Pivot: Change and Adaptability during Quarantines, Social Distancing, and Anthropology in the Virtual Classroom,” Teaching and Learning in Anthropology, June. Co-authored with Toni Copeland.