Faculty and Staff Sketches

September 1, 2015


In the News

Donald Mitchell Jr., assistant professor of education, was interviewed by Diverse Issues in Higher Education for a story about affirmative action and diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education.

Kevin Callison, assistant professor of economics, was interviewed by MiBiz for a story about Metro Health and Community Health Systems.


Monica Johnstone, director of communication and advancement for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will have a quilt,  "Roman Glass," featured in an exhibition, "Circular Abstractions: Bull's Eyes Quilts," August 25-November 6 at the Muskegon Museum of Art. 

Steve Mattox, professor of geology, received a grant from Carleton College for a project, "InTeGrate: Interdisciplinary Teaching of GeoScience for a Sustainable Future."

Dirk Pandel, assistant professor of physics, received a grant from NASA for a project, "TOO Observations of Galactic Gamma-Ray Transients Discovered with Fermi."

Public, nonprofit and health administration faculty members Heather Carpenter and Salvatore Alaimo gave a plenary session, "In Context: Translating the NACC Curricular Guidelines into Meaningful Measures of Student Learning for Our Programs," at the the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council conference in Chicago, Illinois. Carpenter also gave a presentation, "The Need, Development, and Support for a Professional Doctorate in Philanthropy Program." 

Eric Kunnen, associate director of eLearning and Emerging Technologies, gave a presentation, "Enhancing the Strategic Importance of Online Learning," at the national Blackboard Conference in Washington, D.C. Kunnen also wrote an article, “Emerging Technologies to Enhance Teaching and Enable Active Learning,” published in Educause Review.

Kim Kenward, instructional designer for IDeL, Justin Melick, digital media developer for eLearning and Emerging Technologies, and Rosemary Cleveland, affiliate instructor of education, gave a presentation, "Moving Student Presentations Online," at the Online Learning Consortium. 

Michael Messner, assistant vice provost for Student Success, received a $220,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education for year one of a proposal, "TRiO Student Support Services STEM/Health Sciences."

MarcQus Wright, director of Student Support Services, received a $312,674 grant for year one of a proposal, "TRiO Student Support Services."

Andrew Booth, program director for physician assistant studies, received a $180,362 grant from Health Resources and Services Administration for year four of a project, "Physician Assistant Training in Primary Care."