Faculty and staff sketches

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

Campus mourns death of retired professors

The Physics Department mourns the recent deaths of two professors emeriti who also had significant roles in helping the university grow and flourish.

Donald Hall died in September in Marquette, according to his obituary. The World War II veteran and Flint native was 93.

Hall joined Grand Valley as a faculty member in 1963 and retired in 1992. During his time at Grand Valley, he also served as a scientist on the research boat D.J. Angus. He was also a central figure in bringing President Emeritus Arend D. Lubbers to GVSU.

James Strickland died in October at his home in Holland, according to his obituary. The Pennsylvania native was 90.

During his time at Grand Valley, Strickland's duties included chairing the Physics Department. He also was a regular participant in the Science Olympiad. In his retirement, Strickland served as faculty project manager for several Allendale Campus buildings and also continued to support colleagues by attending research colloquia.

side by side image of two retired faculty members, Donald Hall and James Strickland
Donald Hall is pictured at left with an astronomy class; James Strickland is at right in academic regalia.
Image Credit: University Communications


Jim Goode, professor emeritus of history and founder of the Middle East Studies program in Brooks College, received a 2020 Jere L Bacharach Service Award from the Middle East Studies Association. The award recognizes the contributions of individuals through their outstanding service to MESA or the profession. 

Kirkhof College of Nursing faculty members Dianne Conrad and Katherine Moran gave presentations, "Developing Informatics Competency Recommendations for Advanced Nurse Practitioner Education in Ireland" and "A Global Team Approach to Strengthen the Reach and Impact of Advanced Practice Nurses," at the virtual International Council of Nursing, NP/APN Conference.

Tim Marroquin, director of Veterans Upward Bound, gave a virtual presentation, "Diversity Rocks the Book: A Community Partnership Empowering Children to See Themselves and Value Others Through Books," at the LEDA 2020 Summit on Race and Inclusion.

Jason Crouthamel, professor of history, wrote a chapter, "Emotions and Contested Memories of Traumatic Neurosis in Weimar and Nazi Germany," for a book, Nerven und Krieg: Psychische Mobilisierungs und Leidenserfahrungen in Deutschland, 1900-1939.

Russell Rhoads, associate professor of anthropology, wrote a chapter, "Assessing Public Expenditure Governance in Uganda's Agricultural Sector," in Public Expenditure Governance in Uganda: Inputs, Processes and Outputs. Rhoads also served a book editor for Natural Resources Governance and Sustainable Livelihoods in Uganda and wrote chapters, "Linking Natural Resource Governance and Sustainable Livelihoods" and "Land Acquisition and Resettlement: Safeguarding Community Livelihoods in Uganda," for the book.

Sherri Fannon, assistant professor of nursing, and colleagues in physician assistant studies and theater gave a virtual presentation, "Improving Communication Skills in Health Care Provider Education," at the MIPERC Conference and the ITLC Lily Conference.

Amy Manderscheid, assistant professor of nursing, gave a virtual presentation, "Articulating the Value of the Doctor of Nursing Practice: An Evaluation of Initiatives, Impact and Recommendations for the Future," at the MIPERC Conference.

Scarlet Galvan, collection strategist librarian, was a panelist for "Navigating the Current Budget Crisis While Creating a More Sustainable, Values-Aligned Future for Research" at the virtual ACRL/SPARC Forum.

Annis Water Resources Institute faculty and staff members Al Steinman, Rick Rediske, Charlyn Partridge, Maggie Oudsema, Mike Hassett and Emily Kindervater were co-authors of an article, "Persistent Organic Pollutants, Metals, and the Bacterial Community Composition Associated with Microplastics in Muskegon Lake (MI)," published in the Journal of Great Lakes Research. Steinman was also a co-author of an article published in Environmental Science and Pollution Research.  

Mario Fific, associate professor of psychology, received the R. Duncan Luce Outstanding Paper Award for work with colleagues on an article, "An Examination of Age-related Differences in Attentional Control by Systems Factorial Technology," published in the Journal of Mathematical Psychology. 

Biology faculty members Michael P. Lombardo and Patrick A. Thorpe gave a virtual presentation, "Oscillating Patterns of Nest Box Occupancy and Reproductive Performance in Tree Swallows," at the North American Ornithological Conference.

Charles F. Pazdernik, professor of Classics, wrote an article, "Nicias' Letter to the Athenians and Their Response," published in Classical Philology.

Neal Buckwalter, associate professor of public, nonprofit and health administration, and a GVSU graduate were authors of an article, "ICMA Student Chapters: Partnering with the Next Generation," published in PM: Public Management.

Diane Rayor, professor of Classics, had her translation of Euripides' Medea (Cambridge, 2013) selected for student competition in the United State and United Kingdom. The competition for high school and college students is sponsored by Out of Chaos, Society for Classical Studies, and the Center for Hellenic Studies.