Faculty and staff sketches

November 23, 2021 (Volume 45, Number 7)

In the News

Christine Rener, vice provost for instructional development and innovation and director of the Pew FTLC, received the POD Network's Bob Pierleoni Spirit of POD Award. The organization's highest award goes to longstanding members who have made significant contributions to the field of higher education. POD Network is the premiere international organization for faculty development.

Zsuzsanna Palmer, assistant professor of writing, received the 2021 Distinction in the Practice of Diversity and Inclusion Award from the Association for Business Communication.

Abdullah Alrebh, associate professor of sociology, was interviewed for the Khaliji Hour, a radio program in Arabic, for a story about Islamist movements in the Gulf region.

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. 

Laila McCloud, assistant professor of education, was a panelist for a session, "The Plac(e)(ing) of Gender Equity in Higher Education," at the Association for the Study of Higher Education Presidential Webinar.

Alan Steinman, director of the Annis Water Resources Institute, received an extension for the Great Lakes Long-term Ecological Research Program, extending it to June 30, with an increase of $71,657.

Natalie Laudicina, assistant professor of biomedical sciences, was a co-author of an article, "Assessing the Role of the Pelvic Canal in Supporting the Gut in Humans," published in PLOS ONE.

Yunju Lee, assistant professor of engineering and physical therapy, and physical therapy faculty members Rachel Badr, Brianna Bove, Patrick Jewett and Meri Goehring were authors of an article, “Effects of Assistive Devices on Postural Control following a Balance Disturbance along the Anterior-posterior Direction,” published in Gait and Posture.

Andrea Riley-Mukavetz, assistant professor of integrative, religious and intercultural studies, was the co-author of a book, You Better Go See Geri: An Odawa Elder's Life of Recovery and Resilience, published by Oregon State University.

Joel Stillerman, professor of sociology, was a co-author of an article, "Unemployment and Flexibilization: The German Federal Republic and Chile in the Context of Capitalist Transformations," published in CUHSO. Stillerman published a book review, "Materializing Difference: Consumer Culture, Politics, and Ethnicity among Romanian Roma," published in Contemporary Sociology.

Jason Crouthamel, professor of history, wrote a book, Trauma, Religion and Spirituality in Germany During the First World War, published by Bloomsbury.

Education faculty members Catherine L. Meyer-Looze and Richard Vandermolen were co-authors of an article, "Building School Leader Capacity for Impact," published by School Leadership Review.

Eric Ramsson, associate professor of biomedical sciences, was a co-author of an article, "Optogenetic Stimulation of Striatal Patches Modifies Habit Formation and Inhibits Dopamine Release," published in Scientific Reports.

Sociology faculty members Hermann Kurthen and Anna Hammersmith gave a presentation, “Squaring Pegs in a Round Hole? A Comparison of U.S. International and Study Abroad Students at a U.S. Midwestern College,” at the virtual International Conference on Learning at Jagiellonian University of Krakow, Poland.


Faculty & Staff Sketches

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