Faculty and staff sketches

July 19, 2022 (Volume 45, Number 19)

In the News

Alan Steinman, professor of water resources and the Allen and Helen Hunting director of the Annis Water Resources Institute, will transition to a full-time faculty role as the Hunting research professor on August 5. Steinman has served as AWRI director since 2001; an interim director will be announced soon.

TRIO Upward Bound staff members Josh Brandsen and Bonnie (Peterson) Jaracz wrote a federal grant to continue funding the Grand Rapids program. The five-year $2.5 million grant will serve 100 students at Innovation Central High School and Union High School, both within Grand Rapids Public Schools. Students from those two schools recently concluded a five-week summer program on campus, including a week of overnights in a living center. Grand Valley's Grand Rapids TRIO Upward Bound program has been federally funded since 1978. A new Detroit TRIO Upward Bound program will begin this fall.

Alice Chapman, professor of history, received a residency research fellowship from the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Michigan for the 2022-2023 academic year. During the fellowship, Chapman will write several chapters of her book, "Christ the Physician: Healing Spiritual Sickness in the 12th and 13th Centuries." 

Keri Becker, director of Athletics, was interviewed by FOX 17 and WWJ-AM for stories about the Michigan Task Force on Women in Sports, which released its final report ahead of the 50th anniversary of Title IX.

Louis Moore, professor of history, was interviewed by WOOD-TV for a story about the history of Juneteenth.


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

Joel Stillerman, professor of sociology, will receive the Charles Horton Cooley Award for distinguished scholarship in sociology from the Michigan Sociological Association. Stillerman is slated to receive the award at a ceremony later this year.

Al Steinman, director of the Annis Water Resources Institute, was a co-author of two articles: "Significant Temporal and Spatial Variability in Nutrient Concentrations in a Chinese Eutrophic Shallow Lake and Its Major Tributaries," published in Water; and "Simultaneous Electrochemical Removal of Microcystis aeruginosa and Sulfamethoxazole and its Ecologic Impacts on Vallisneria spiralis," published in Science of the Total Environment.

Sean Woznicki, assistant professor of water resources, was a co-author of an article, "Lessons Learned from 20 Years of Monitoring Suburban Development with Distributed Stormwater Management in Clarksburg, Maryland," published in Freshwater Science. 

Laura Schneider, associate professor of political science, gave a presentation, "A Renewed Call for Sustainability in the Age of a Pandemic," at the Western Political Science Association annual meeting.

Dawn DeVries, associate professor and program chair for recreational therapy, had her aquatic therapy class at Sunset Senior Communities highlighted on the organization's website

Michelle Miller-Adams, professor of political science, gave a presentation, "Promise Program Design for Equity Outcomes: A Landscape Survey," at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management research conference in Austin, Texas.

Valerie Good, assistant professor of marketing, was a co-author of an article, "A Self-determination Theory-based Meta-analysis on the Differential Effects of Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation on Salesperson Performance," published in the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science.

Political science faculty members John Constantelos, Polly Diven and Whitt Kilburn gave a presentation, "Can't Buy Me Love: The Negligible Impact of Foreign Aid on Foreign Public Opinion," at the International Studies Association annual meeting.

Scott Truskowski, associate professor and chair of occupational science and therapy, wrote a chapter, "Leadership in Academic Settings," in a book, An Occupational Perspective of Leadership: Theoretical and Practical Applications.

Michael DeWilde, professor of management and director of the Koeze Business Ethics Initiative, wrote an article, "A Business Ethics Center Rethinks Its Role," published in Teaching Ethics, and gave a presentation of the content at the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics annual conference.

Beth Macauley, associate professor of communication sciences and disorders, wrote a chapter, "Speech-language Pathology Incorporating Horses," in a book, Seminars in Speech and Language Special Edition on Animal-Assisted Therapy

Kevin Lehnert, associate professor of marketing, was a co-author of an article, "The Creative Knife: Does Interference Dull the Edge of Creativity Effectiveness?" published in the Journal of Advertising.

John Kilbourne, professor of sport management, gave presentations, “Early Sami Play and Games: Sustainability and Peace,” at Umea University in Sweden and Copenhagen University In Denmark.

Paul Cornish, associate professor of political science, gave a presentation, "The Natural Law Nexus of Human Rights and Democracy," at the International Congress of Medieval Studies.


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This article was last edited on July 19, 2022 at 9:24 a.m.

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