Faculty and staff sketches

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Faculty and staff members who have given virtual presentations or had their research published are detailed.
Image Credit: Kendra Stanley-Mills

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.


Laurel Westbrook, associate professor of sociology, had their research about violence against the transgender community, cited in a Washington Post article about President-elect Biden's platform.

John Weber, professor of geology, was interviewed for the Tippet Rise Art Center podcast series, discussing "The Story of the Land." Weber was also a contributing author to the Mother Jones Museum website.

Felix Ngassa, professor of chemistry, was a co-author of an article, "Synthesis and Crystallographic Characterization of N-allyl-N-benzyl-4-methylbenzenesulfonamide," published in the European Journal of Chemistry.

Librarians Gayle Schaub and Hazel McClure were co-editors of a book, Engaging Students through Campus Libraries. Mark Schaub, dean of Brooks College, and McClure were co-authors of a chapter, “Flipping the Script: Students as Authors of an Open-Access Business Communication Textbook.”

Adrienne Wallace, assistant professor of advertising and public relations, was named a Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication 2020 Fellow. Wallace gave a presentation, "Shifting the Paradigm: Improving Student Awareness of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts Through Public Relations Campaigns," which was named Top Gift at the Public Relations Society of America Educators Academy virtual conference. Her article, "What It Really Takes: Revealing the Shared Challenges in PRSSA Faculty Advising," was named Top Teaching Paper Award at the Public Relations Division of Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication virtual conference.

Tim Penning, professor of advertising and public relations, gave presentations, "Testing a Model to Measure Corporate Communication Team Performance," at a virtual conference sponsored by the Institute for Public Relations; and "Accreditation in Public Relations (APR): The Why, How, and What," at the Public Relations Society of America international conference. The latter presentation was part of Penning's work as national co-chair of the PRSA APR committee.

Chris Haven, associate professor of writing, wrote a book of short stories, Nesting Habits of Flightless Birds.

Vandana Pednekar-Magal, professor of communications, wrote an article, "Globalization and Alternative Cultural Spaces in the Nation," published in the International Journal of Interdisciplinary Global Studies.

Matthew Crippen, visiting professor of philosophy, wrote two articles, "Architectural Values, Political Affordances and Selective Permeability," published in Open Philosophy; "Enactive Pragmatism and Ecological Psychology," published in Frontiers in Psychology; and served as co-author of a book, Mind Ecologies: Body, Brain, and World, published by Columbia University Press.

Imran Mazid, assistant professor of advertising and public relations, wrote articles, "An Examination of Time Allocation in Early Childhood Teacher Candidates' Clinical Field Placements," published in Action in Teacher Education; "Twitter Users: Sense of Empowerment and Communicative Behavior: An Examination of the #Burkini Conversations on Twitter," in the Ohio Communication Journal; "Opioids on Twitter: A Content Analysis of Conversations regarding Prescription Drugs on Social Media and Implications for Message Design," in the Journal of Health Communication; and "Virality of Social Change Messages on Facebook: A Study of Advocacy and Relationship Building Strategies of LGBTQ Advocacy Organizations," in the International Journal of Strategic Communication.