Faculty and staff sketches

aerial photo of carillon tower, Cook-DeWitt Center
Faculty and staff accomplishments detailed below include receiving a state grant and being named to an association's task force.
Image credit - Amanda Pitts

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


Jeremiah Cataldo, associate professor of history, Meijer Honors College, wrote an article, "Lamenting Loss: A New Understanding of Trauma in Lam 1," published in the Scandinavian Journal of Theology.

Steve Glass, professor of exercise science, and two undergraduate students were co-authors of an article, "Effectiveness of a Two-week Strength Training Learning Intervention on Self-selected Weight Training Intensity," published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.

Kirkhof College of Nursing faculty members Dianne Conrad and Katherine Moran were among co-authors of an article, "The Practice Doctorate Approach to Assessing Advanced Nursing Practice in Ireland," published in the International Nursing Review, the Official Journal of the International Council of Nurses. 

Rebecca Davis, associate dean for research and scholarship, KCON, and a graduate student were co-authors of an article, "Self-Regulation of Driving Behaviors in Persons with Early Stage Alzheimer’s Disease," published in the Journal of Gerontological Nursing. Davis' research on Alzheimer's disease and wayfinding was highlighted in an article published by Pain & Central Nervous System Daily News.

James Goode, professor emeritus of history, wrote a book, The Turkish Arms Embargo: Drugs, Ethnic Lobbies and Domestic Politics, published by the University Press of Kentucky.

Denise Goerisch, assistant professor of integrative, religious, and intercultural studies, co-authored a book, The True Costs of College, published by Palgrave.

William J. Neal, professor emeritus of geology, wrote an article, “Beaver Island Michigan, 2016-2020: Beach Perspectives,” published in Coastal Care, Beach-of-the-Month. Neal was a co-author of an article, “Sailors and Scientists Don’t Mix,” published in the Journal of Coastal Research.

Charles Pazdernik, professor of Classics, wrote an article, "Breaking Silence in the Historiography of Procopius of Caesarea," published in Byzantinische Zeitschrift.

Brandon Rushton, visiting professor of writing, wrote a book, The Air in the Air Behind It, which was selected as the winner of the 2020 Berkshire Prize. It will be released by Tupelo Press.

Amber Dierking, liaison librarian, gave a presentation, "The Landscape of Contemporary Canadian Subject Access," at the virtual Canadian Association for Information Science annual conference.

Movement science faculty members Ingrid Johnson and Tess Armstrong gave a presentation, "Teaching Outdoor/Adventure Activities Online or in Small Spaces-Middle/High School Level," at the virtual SHAPE Michigan Great Lakes Refresher. They were also co-authors of an article, "Teaching Dance for Understanding: Reconceptualizing Dance in Physical Education," published in the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance.

Josita Maouene, associate professor of psychology, gave a virtual presentation, "Modeling Lexical-Semantic Networks of School-Age Children through a Repeated Word Association Task," at the Experiments in Linguistic Meaning 2020 Conference.

Robert Deaner, professor of psychology, was among the co-authors of an article, "Sex Differences in Exclusion and Aggression on Single-Sex Sports Teams," published in Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences.

Eric Ramsson, associate professor of biomedical sciences, wrote an article, "Enhancement of Fast Scan Cyclic Voltammetry Detection of Dopamine with Tryptophan-modified Electrodes," published in PLOS One.

Kristin Hedges, assistant professor of anthropology, is a co-leader for a subgroup within the Society of Medical Anthorpology's Health Emergencies Special Interest Group, experts recognized for collecting and disseminating resources and webinars in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sandra Spoelstra, associate professor of nursing, received a grant from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services for $72,338 for a project, “MICAP-2021: MI-Community Aging in Place, Advancing Better Living for Elders."


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