Faculty and staff sketches

March 12, 2024 (Volume 47, Number 14)

seven people in row standing in hallway in front of GVSU banner and balloons during an open house

Pictured left to right are Kristin Williams, Lucas Treadwell, Shawn Jenkins, Jenni DuBois, Kara Van Dam, Al Shifflett and Mike Eichberger.

Faculty and staff members who have given presentations, were recognized for outstanding contributions or had their research published are detailed below. The campus community can submit a sketch online for future publication. 

In the News
Open house held at Jackson College

The GVSU at Jackson College team held an open house February 28 for Jackson College students. The office is staffed by Jenni DuBois, student services coordinator. Joining DuBois at the event were staff members from the Kirkhof College of Nursing, Admissions, Battle Creek Regional Outreach Center and the Center for Adult and Continuing Studies.

Christian Glupker, clinical professor of economics, was interviewed by WOOD-TV for a story about the economic impact of ArtPrize last year.

Louis Moore, professor of history, was interviewed by an MSNBC blog for a story about Black athletes and activism, tied to his new book, The Great Black Hope.

Don Zinman, professor of political science, was interviewed by WZZM-TV for a story about the state Republican convention in Grand Rapids.

Michelle Rhodes, associate vice president for Financial Aid, was interviewed by WOOD-TV for a story about how delays in the FAFSA impact decisions by high school seniors.

NASA's Michigan Space Grant Consortium announced its 2024 award recipients. Grand Valley received nine awards.

  • Bridget Rozema, faculty-led undergraduate fellowship
  • Kaylynne Dennis, Jillian Greene and Mitchell Olszewski: graduate fellowships
  • Erik Fredericks, assistant professor of computing; Sofia Karampagia, associate professor of physics; Tara Kneeshaw, assistant professor of geology; and Michael Santana, associate professor of mathematics: Research Seed Grants
  • Bradley Ambrose, professor of physics: Public Outreach Educational Program 

Annie Whitlock, associate professor of history, served as editor of a book, Hollywood or History? An Inquiry-Based Strategy for Using The Simpsons to Teach Social Studies, published by Information Age Publishing.

Writing faculty members Danielle DeVasto and Kylie Jacobsen were co-authors of an article, "Toward Integrated UX Instruction with Symbiotic Classrooms," published in IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication.

Tim Penning, professor of advertising and public relations, was a co-author of an article, "A Case for the Plausibility of Public Relations Licensing: The Carrot of Privileged Communication," published in Public Relations Review.

Rick Rediske, professor emeritus of water resources, was a co-author of an article, "Pacific Salmon as Vectors of Environmental Contaminants: An Experimental Test Confirms Synoptic Surveys in Natural Streams," published in Environmental Pollution.

Joel Wendland-Liu, associate professor of interdisciplinary studies, is a co-author of an article, "Everything is Primitive Accumulation?" published in Fudan: Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences. 

Bopi Biddanda, professor of water resources, was a co-author of an article, "Modern Microbial Mats Offer Glimpses of Other Times and Places," published in Eos, American Geophysical Union.

Katherine Moran, associate professor of nursing, gave a presentation, "Empowering Nurse Practitioner Preceptors: Innovative Strategies for Excellence in Academic Nursing," at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Doctoral Education Conference in Naples, Florida.

Nursing faculty members Amy Manderscheid and Katherine Moran were among presenters of a poster, "A Commitment to Academic Practice Partnerships Aligning DNP Competencies with Organizational Needs," at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Doctoral Education Conference in Naples, Florida. 


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This article was last edited on March 8, 2024 at 9:31 a.m.

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