Faculty and staff sketches

October 26, 2021 (Volume 45, Number 5)

headshots of Teresa Beck, at left, and Dawn De Vries

Pictured are, at left, Teresa Beck and Dawn De Vries; they earned the National Academy of Recreational Therapy Scholarly Manuscript Award.

Photo Credit: University Communications

In the News

Teresa Beck, acting dean of the College of Health Professions and professor of recreation therapy, and Dawn De Vries, program director and associate professor of recreational therapy, received the National Academy of Recreational Therapy Scholarly Manuscript Award for their manuscript, "Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Profile of Undergraduate Therapeutic Recreation Students," published in the Therapeutic Recreation Journal.

Peter Wampler, professor of geology in honors, was interviewed by FOX 17 for a story about the missionaries in Haiti who were kidnapped.

Michelle Miller-Adams, professor of political science, was interviewed by Inside Higher Ed for a story about tuition-free community college and President Biden's social spending plan.

Louis Moore, professor of history, was interviewed by the New York Times for a story about Muhammad Ali's popularity with filmmakers and authors.

A new website, In Memoriam, pays tribute to people who have helped shape Grand Valley.


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. 

Jill Hinton Wolfe, military and veterans resource manager, wrote an article, "How Not to be Awkward Around Your Disabled Colleagues/Students," published in HigherEd Military.

Jennifer Fortuna, assistant professor of occupational science and therapy, wrote an article, "Ikebana: An Ancient Tradition of Contemporary Healing and Artful Practice," published in the Open Journal of Occupational Therapy. Fortuna gave presentations, "Assessment of Modified Patient Education Materials for People with Age-Related Macular Degeneration" and "Assessment of Online Patient Education Materials for People with Age-Related Macular Degeneration," at the Envision Conference.

Bopi Biddanda, professor of water resources, was a co-author of an article, "Possible Link between Earth’s Rotation Rate and Oxygenation," published in Nature Geosciences. 

Sean Woznicki, assistant professor of water resources, was a co-author of an article, "A Coupled Hydrodynamic and Water Quality Model for Simulating Flood-induced Soil, Sediment, and Contaminant Transport," published in the Journal of Flood Risk Management.

Christina Catanese, education specialist at AWRI, taught an online course, “You Can’t Spell ‘Earth’ without ‘Art’: Art & Environmental Leadership,” through Brown University’s Pre-college program. The two-week asynchronous course explored the connections between environmental science and art; it enrolled 18 high school students from across the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Joel R. Wendland-Liu, associate professor of integrative studies, wrote articles, "'We are here': Self-writing, and 'Angle of Vision' in the Works of Wideman, hooks, and Ward," published in MELUS: Multi-ethnic Literatures of the United States; "Black Republicans, Natives, and Anti-colonial Resistance in James Fenimore Cooper’s the Oak Openings and Andrew J. Blackbird’s the History of the Ottawa and Chippewa Indians of Michigan," published in Interdisciplinary Literary Studies; and "'Indifferent Commodities' and 'Abstract Labor-power': Angela Davis’ Critique of White Supremacy and Racial Capitalism," published in Peace, Land, and Bread.

Nursing faculty members Katherine Moran and Susan Strouse have been selected to a work group that will be developing the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials Toolkit. 


Faculty & Staff Sketches

This article was last edited on October 26, 2021 at 12:11 p.m.

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