Faculty and staff sketches

December 7, 2021 (Volume 45, Number 7)

In the News

Marie Burnside, affiliate faculty member of IRIS, was interviewed by Higher Ed Military for an article about how universities can better support military-connected faculty.

Grand Valley's Advertising and Public Relations program was named to the PRNEWS 2022 Education A-List. This is the second year in a row that the program was named to the A-List, which highlights the top 40 PR programs in the country.

David VanderSloot, director of Conference Planning and Hospitality Services, received the Volunteer of the Year award at the National Association of College Auxiliary Services conference. The award recognizes members who have demonstrated exceptional volunteer work, at the regional and/or national level, that supports the NACAS mission.  

"Life Among the Terranauts," a book of short stories by Caitlin Horrocks, professor of writing, was named to Good Housekeeping's Best Books of 2021.



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 Strouse, associate professor of nursing, gave a presentation, "Using Technology to Enhance Scholarship: Unintended Benefits from the Pandemic," at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Transform 2021 Conference in Dallas, Texas.

Kevin Strychar, professor of water resources, was a co-author of an article, "The Important Role of Sea-whip Coral as a Habitat of Temperate Near-shore Fish of Gulf of Mexico Jetties," published in the International Journal of Biology.

Bopi Biddanda, professor of water resources, was an invited speaker for a seminar, “From Sinkholes to Biosphere and Beyond," at Hope College. Biddanda was a co-author of articles, "Extant Earthly Microbial Mats and Microbialites as Models for Exploration of Life in Extraterrestrial Mat Worlds," published in Life; and "Microbial Mats: Extraterrestrial Life Models," published in Encyclopedia.

Adrienne Wallace, associate professor of advertising and public relations, gave presentations, "Effective Use of Experiential Learning," at the 2021 Marketing Management Association Fall Educators' Conference; and "Destination Engagement: Benefits of Professional Certificates, Simulations, and Project Based Learning in the PR Classroom," at the Public Relations Society of America Educators' Academy Conference.

Oindrila Mukherjee, associate professor of writing, wrote an article, "Writing Here, Writing Now; Making Sense of It All: Examining Cultural and Historical Context in the Introductory Creative Writing Class," published in the Journal of Creative Writing Studies.

Sarah Nechuta, assistant professor of public health, was a co-author of an article, "Prescription Opioid Characteristics and Nonfatal Overdose Among Patients Discharged from Tennessee Emergency Departments," published in the Journal of Emergency Medicine.

Public health faculty members Sarah Nechuta, Katie Barnhart, Ranelle Brew, Azizur Molla, Karen Niemchick, Julia VanderMolen and Heather Wallace gave a presentation, "Social Connectedness among College Students during the COVID-19 Pandemic," at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting.




Faculty & Staff Sketches

This article was last edited on December 7, 2021 at 2:35 p.m.

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