Faculty and staff sketches

June 14, 2022 (Volume 45, Number 18)

In the News

David Eaton, associate professor of history, Andrea Melvin, and their son, Michael Clark Jr., were interviewed by WOOD-TV for a story about a new children's book chronicling their family's adoption story. The adoption ceremony went viral in 2019 when Michael's kindergarten class attended the hearing. The new book is “Love Rules: A Family’s True Story of Adoption and Unconditional Love.”

Lola Coke, acting dean of nursing, was interviewed by WXYZ-TV in Detroit for a story about the BHSH Spectrum Health West Michigan Nurse Scholar program.

Charles Baker Clark, retired associate professor of hospitality and tourism management, was interviewed by WalletHub for a story about Delta credit cards.


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

Susan Cleghorn, associate professor of occupational science and therapy, was appointed by the Michigan Commission on Services to the Aging to a three-year term on the Michigan State Advisory Council for Older Adults. 

Azfar Hussain, associate professor of integrative, religious and intercultural studies and interim director of the social innovation graduate program, wrote three articles, “Michael Madhusudan Datta: Rebellion, Resistance, Rupture,”  “Jibanananda Das: Tropes, Tensions, Tendencies” and “Jasim Uddin: More Than a Pastoral Poet,” published in the Daily Star. Hussain gave presentations, "International Mother Language Day" for a virtual event organized by Indiana University Northwest and Purdue University Northwest, and “The Language Movement of 1952: Some Conceptual Constellations and Unresolved Questions” for a virtual event hosted by the University of Liberal Arts-Bangladesh. 

Natalie Laudicina, assistant professor of biomedical sciences, gave a presentation, "The First-Generation Student: Navigating Academia and Tips for Educators," at the annual meeting of the Association of Biological Anthropologists.

Oindrila Mukherjee, associate professor of writing, was a panelist for a session, “What Are You Going to Do With That Degree? Making Healthy Undergraduate Programs,” at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference.

Sherri Fannon, assistant professor of nursing, was named to the Quality and Safety Committee Hospital Board for the University of Michigan-West.  

Nursing faculty members Susan Strouse and Genevieve Elrod were co-authors of an article, “Establishing Open Teaching Tools: A Faculty Journey with Open Educational Resources,” published in Nurse Educator.   

John Weber, professor of geology, and his team were selected as finalists for a "Team Excellence Teaching Award" at the University of Houston for their outstanding performance in creating and teaching summer field geology courses virtually during the pandemic. Weber was a co-author of an article, "UAV-derived DEM Reveals the Original Geometric Dimension of Tabun-Khara Impact Crater in Mongolia," published in the Korean Geographical Society Journal.

Monica Johnstone, director of communications and advancement for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, earned five ribbons, including the Judge’s Recognition Award, at the West Michigan Quilter's Guild Quilts on the Grand exhibition.

Kay Losey, professor of writing, was a co-editor of a book, Plurilingual Pedagogies for Multilingual Writing Classrooms: Engaging the Rich Communicative Repertoires of U.S. Students, published by Routledge.

Ronald Loeffler, associate professor of philosophy, gave a presentation, "Belief as a First-Person Plural Cognitive Attitude, and Recognizing Common Ground," at the Center for the Study of Language, Mind, and Society, University of Hradec Králové, in the Czech Republic.

Bopi Biddanda, professor of water resources, is the manager for the NASA-MSGC (Michigan Space Grant Consortium) programs at GVSU, which total $70,000. GVSU’s award was among the highest of the 12 partner institutions in the consortium.

Alyssha Ginzel and Allison Neiboer, literacy studies graduate students, were authors of articles published in the Michigan Reading Journal. Ginzel teaches middle school English Language arts for Caledonia Community Schools and wrote “Writing as a Vessel for Thinking: Incorporating Self-Regulation, Metacognition, and Formative Assessment in the Middle School ELA Classroom.” Neiboer is an elementary teacher for Coopersville Area Public Schools and wrote, “Free to Read: Growing Elementary Students’ Literacy in the Summer.”



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This article was last edited on June 14, 2022 at 12:42 p.m.

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