Faculty and Staff Sketches

April 23, 2018

In the News

Robert Talbert, associate professor of mathematics, was interviewed by Inside Higher Ed for an article regarding the benefits of flipped learning.


Outstanding facilities award

The GVSU Recreation Center won a NIRSA (National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association) Outstanding Sports Facilities Award, which recognizes excellence in newly constructed, renovated or expanded recreational sports facilities. In 2016, a $20 million renovation and expansion project added 50,000 square feet to the Rec Center.

The new addition provides more space for cardio and strength training equipment.  


Staff members from Campus Recreation, Athletic and Recreation Facilities are pictured at the NIRSA Conference, after receiving the Outstanding Sports Facilities Award

Campus mourns death of faculty member

The Grand Valley community is mourning the loss of Carl Insalaco, emeritus professor of psychology, who died March 31 at his home in California.

During his 25-year career at the university, Insalaco served as chair of the Psychology Department.


Felix Ngassa, professor of chemistry and chair of the executive committee of University Academic Senate, attended the inaugural intra-university summit of senate leaderships of Michigan universities in Ann Arbor. Twelve universities were represented; the summit covered a range of issues including freedom of speech, campus safety, sexual misconduct and mandated reporting, and faculty governance trends.

Rob Franciosi, professor of English, received a Teaching Innovation Grant from the Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center to present a workshop, “Holocaust Theater and the Quest for Empathy,” at the Lessons and Legacies Conference on the Holocaust and subsequently at Grand Valley in November. The conference is sponsored by the Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University and Washington University.

Tim Penning, professor of advertising and public relations, was named a member of the Arthur W. Page Society, a professional association for senior public relations and corporate communications executives who seek to improve and support their profession. 

Kyle Caldwell, executive director of the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, was elected as a trustee to the Grand Rapids Community Foundation.

sHaPe Camp, sponsored by the College of Health Professions and Regional Math and Science Center, received a 2018 Hometown Health Hero award from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Maureen Ryan, assistant professor of nursing, has earned a doctorate in educational leadership from Eastern Michigan University. Her dissertation was, "Nurse and Physician Collaboration: The Influence of Interdisciplinary Training and Collaboration Experience on Self-Efficacy and Practice." 

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