Faculty Kudos

Rockhurst University congratulates the following faculty members on their accomplishments. Thank you for leading others and representing the University through your many endeavors.

Updated twice per year, these faculty kudos are submitted by any faculty or staff member looking to share their own professional updates or to showcase a colleague's achievements. Submit your news to Katherine Frohoff, director of public relations, at katherine.frohoff@rockhurst.edu.

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Winter 2018


Petia Bobadova, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the chemistry department, co-authored a paper titled “Synthesis and Electropolymerization of a series of 2,2'-(ortho-Carboranyl)bisthiophenes,” which was published in the Journal of Organometallic Chemistry.

Lynne Clarke, OTD, M.S., OTR/L, associate professor of occupational therapy, and Katie Ryan-Bloomer, Ph.D., OTR/L, assistant professor of occupational therapy, authored an article titled “Promoting Healthy Behavior in Stroke Survivors,” which was published in OT Practice.

Ketti Coffelt, OTD, MS, OTR/L, assistant professor of occupational therapy, and Joan Delahunt, OTD, MS, OTR/L, assistant professor of occupational therapy, presented “OT Practice: Ideas for Collaboration” to the Blue Valley and Shawnee Mission school districts’ occupational therapists on their professional development days. 

SJ Crasnow, Ph.D., assistant professor of theology and religious studies, authored an article titled “On Transition: Normative Judaism and Trans Innovation,” which has been published in the Journal of Contemporary Religion.

Ann Marie Decker, PT, MSA, GCS, clinical assistant professor of physical therapy; April Jardes, MS, CCC-SLP, visiting clinical instructor of communication sciences and disorders; and Liz Zayat, MS, OTR/L, clinical assistant professor of occupational therapy, presented an in-service to the rehab staff at St. Luke’s Northland, Smithville location, titled “Essentials of Clinical Supervision.” More than 20 rehab staff attended the in-service directed toward preparing clinicians to serve as clinical supervisors for allied health (CSD, OT, PT) students. 

James Dockins, Ed.D., assistant professor of management, Kelly Phipps, Ph.D., associate professor of management, and Michael Stellern, Ph.D., professor of economics, authored a case study titled “The Turnaround at Truman Medical Center,” which was published in The Business Case Journal. Dockins also co-presented “Hospital Acquired Conditions and Hospital Performance” and “Operating Physician Practices in a Value-based Purchasing Environment” at the MBAA International conference. 

Brian Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., professor of finance, wrote an article titled “Back to the Future: The Landscape of the Financial Services Industry,” which was published in the Journal of Advances in Economics and Finance.

Laura Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., professor of economics, presented at the Regional Community College Assessment annual conference on “Assessment Across the Liberal Arts.”

Laura Forsberg, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, wrote an article titled “Enchanted Miniature Books,” which was published on Verso, the Huntington Library blog. Forsberg recently completed a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship at Huntington Library.

Catherine Green, Ph.D., professor emerita of philosophy, presented a paper titled “A philosophical model of the nature of nursing” at the 21st annual International Philosophy of Nursing conference.

Meredith Harold, Ph.D. CCC-SLP, assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders, presented a poster titled "Learning through Play in Speech-Language Therapy" at the Kansas Speech-Language Hearing Association’s annual conference. Harold also presented a poster titled "Demystifying research: accessing and understanding evidence for clinical practice" at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association’s annual conference. Additionally, Harold was elected Vice President of Speech-Language Pathology for KSHA, and recently completed Research Watch Report CEU courses (six courses) offered through SpeechPathology.com.

Pam Hart, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, associate professor of communication sciences and disorders, authored an article titled "Effective teaming in AAC: A qualitative study," which was accepted for publication in the Online Journal of the Missouri Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Rick Janet, Ph.D., professor of history, is the author of “In Missouri’s Wilds: St. Mary’s of the Barrens and the American Catholic Church, 1818 to the Present,” which was published by Truman State University Press.

Laura Janusik, Ph.D., MBA, CLP, professor and McGee Chair of Communication, presented “Cross-Generational Communication: Working Together in Harmony” at the Direct Care Nurses: Bedside and Beyond conference sponsored by the Missouri Nurses Association. 

Charles Kovich, Ph.D., professor of English, was a guest on a special pre-eclipse live edition of KCUR-FM’s Central Standard program last night. He spoke on mythologies of the sun and eclipses.

Anna Carol Lampe, Ph.D., executive assistant professor of management, authored an article titled “Emotional Intelligence: The Pillars for Professional Readiness” and co-authored an article titled “A Construct Validity Assessment of Two Emotional Intelligence Measures for College of Business Administration Programs,” which were published in the International Journal of Business and Social Science.

Heather Lewis, assistant professor at Research College of Nursing, wrote a manuscript titled “Haiku to Enhance Student Learning: Experiences from a Pathophysiology Classroom,” which was accepted for publication in Nurse Education Today.

M. Kathleen Madigan, Ph.D., professor of modern languages, authored an article with Amadou T. Fofana, Ph.D., titled “Harragas and La pirogue: the crucible of clandestine crossings,” a comparison of two migration films, which was published in the Journal of North African Studies. Fofana also specializes in literature and film, and teaches at Willamette University.

Sue Mahley, assistant professor at Research College of Nursing, authored a white paper focused on the use of PassPoint for NCLEX success, which was accepted for publication on the Wolters Kluwer (Lippincott) White Papers website. MahleyGlenna Mahoney, associate professor at Research College of Nursing, and Julia Payne, instructor at Research College of Nursing, presented a poster at AACN's 2017 Baccalaureate Education conference. The abstract is titled "The NCLEX Blueprint: Increasing Familiarity as a Strategy for NCLEX Success."

Glenna Mahoney, associate professor at Research College of Nursing, and Susan Chrisman, professor at Research College of Nursing, presented a poster at the 21st Annual Midwest Regional Nursing Educators conference: Innovations, Quality and Safety in Nursing Education and Practice. The abstract is titled “Developing Evidence-Based Competency Assessment.”

Daniel J. Martin, Ph.D., associate professor of English and chair of the English department, presented his environmental essay “Finding Evaristo in Central City” at the 12th biennial conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment.

Cheryl McConnell, Ph.D., dean of the Helzberg School of Management, presented “Gender in the Workplace: Exploring Current Research” to approximately 90 associates and executives at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

Kelly Meiners, PT, Ph.D., assistant professor of physical therapy, and Christina Wisdom, PT, DPT, assistant professor of physical therapy, authored an article which was published in the Journal of Allied Health. This research article investigates perceptions of DPT students who provide strength and conditioning services to Rockhurst athletes. Meiners also wrote an article titled “Clinical Performance and Admission Variables as Predictors of Passage of the National Physical Therapy Examination,” which was published in the Journal of Allied Health.

Lindsay Moore, Ph.D., adjunct instructor in the department of history, presented a paper titled “Women as Witnesses: The Legal Power of Women’s Words in the Anglo-American World,” as part of the First Friday lecture series sponsored by the department of history at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

John F. Morris, Ph.D., professor of philosophy, authored “The Ethical Problem of Altered Nuclear Transfer and Human-Animal Chimeras: We Can Find A Better Way,” which was published in Contemporary Controversies in Catholic Bioethics, within the Philosophy and Medicine series. Morris is a member of the Governing Board of St. Joseph Medical Center, Kansas City, Missouri, and the chair of the Ethics & Human Values Committee for St. Joseph Medical Center, Kansas City, Missouri, and St. Mary’s Medical Center, Blue Springs, Missouri.

Jeremy O’Connor, Ph.D., associate professor of management, authored an article titled “Auctioning Miro to Balance the Budget: A Case Study in Balancing Portugal’s Budget and Retaining Cultural Values,” which was published in the Journal of Applied Business Economics.

Anne Pearce, MFA, associate professor of art and director of the Greenlease Gallery, has works featured in a two-person show at the New Gallery of Modern Art in Charlotte, North Carolina, and a solo exhibition, “Leaving Alone,” at the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art in Sedalia, Missouri. Pearce served as a juror for the Missouri 50 and Missouri Junior 50 competition sponsored by the Missouri State Fair.

Mark Pecaut, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics, presented a poster titled “The Lithium Depletion Age of the TW Hya Association” at the Ages^2: Taking Stellar Ages to the Next Power conference. This work is a collaboration between Pecaut and Katie Boyce, ’17.

Xuan Pham, Ph.D., assistant professor of management and analytics, and Jennifer Rinella, Ed.D., CNP, assistant professor of nonprofit leadership studies, authored an article titled “Examining the career trajectories of nonprofit executive leaders,” which was accepted for publication in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. Pham and Rinella also presented at the West Coast Nonprofit Data conference on “Using LinkedIn as a Data Source for Nonprofit Careers Research.” Additionally, Pham and Rinella presented “The Nonprofit CEO Position: Passion, Job Progression, or Happenstance” at the 46th annual international conference of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action.

Jennifer Rinella, Ed.D., CNP, assistant professor of nonprofit leadership studies, and Katie Fischer Clune, Ph.D., associate professor of communication, presented a paper titled “Leading Well: Experiences of Exemplary Female Nonprofit Executive Leaders” at the 82nd annual International Association for Business Communication conference.

Mandi Sonnenberg, Ed.D., associate professor of education, is co-author, along with David Reid, recently published book titled “Unleashing Creative Genius: STEAM Studio's Impact on Learning.” In addition, Sonnenberg presented with two students at the International Society for Technology in Education conference. The presentation was titled “STEAM Programs in and out of the Classroom,” with Emma Malott, ’18, and Mary Brauner, ’18, both students in the Department of Education. Sonnenberg was also quoted in a Startland article about the STEAM Studio, interviewed for the Grill Nation show, which aired Aug. 19, 2017, on 980 AM, and she hosted a networking event for the alumni office at the STEAM studio. Sonnenberg was nominated for a Central Exchange STEMMY award. The award celebrates women who are making a difference in science, technology, engineering, math and medicine in the Kansas City region.

Daniel Stramara Jr., Ph.D., professor of theology and religious studies, authored “The ‘Wuba of the Father (Jn 1:18) as the Womb of God in the Syriac Tradition,” which was published in Magistra: A Journal of Women’s Spirituality in History.

Brendan Sweetman, Ph.D., professor and department chair of philosophy, was an invited speaker at the National Academy of Sciences to discuss the work of Gabriel Marcel. He also wrote a reference article on Marcel which was published in the Encyclopedia Britannica. Additionally, Sweetman was quoted in an article about the religious implications of artificial intelligence in Religion and Politics. Sweetman was recently elected a fellow of the International Society for Science and Religion based in Cambridge, U.K. Prospective fellows are nominated every two years by existing members and voted on by the executive committee. Criteria for selection are based on four categories of achievement, which include major contributions (e.g., books) to the field of science/religion.

Tony Tocco, Ph.D., professor of accounting and men’s soccer head coach, was honored as a Sporting KC Local Legend for his work toward the growth of soccer in Kansas City. At halftime during the Sept. 24 Sporting KC game with the Los Angeles Galaxy, he was presented a plaque and jersey, and his name was placed on the Sporting KC local legends wall at Children’s Mercy Park.

Martin Stack, Ph.D., professor of management, presented “From Bland to Grand: The (re)emergence of craft in the U.S” at Beeronomics 2017. Additionally, Stack and Xuan Pham, Ph.D., assistant professor of management and analytics, authored “How Data Analytics is Transforming Agriculture,” which was published in Business Horizons.

Wenbin Sun, Ph.D., associate professor of marketing, co-authored an article titled “Geographic Diversification, Product Diversification, and Firm Cash Flow Volatility: The Moderating Effect of Firm Dynamic Capability,” which was published in the Journal of Strategic Marketing. Additionally, Sun’s article “Product Market Diversification and Market Emphasis: Impacts on Firm Idiosyncratic Risk in Market Turbulence” was published in the European Journal of Marketing.

Richard Wagner, Ph.D., MBA, assistant professor of economics, presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Institutional Thought, in conjunction with the Western Social Science Association, on “John Dewey’s Democracy: A Contextualization.”

Turner White, MBA, executive assistant professor of management, has been named the 2016-17 Chapter Advisor of the Year for the Midwest region by Delta Sigma Pi, a business fraternity. There are 41 universities with active chapters in the seven-state Midwest region and honorees are nominated by the student members.

Andrew Windle, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor of mathematics, recently gave a talk at an American Mathematical Society sectional meeting titled “Cohomological Operators on Quotients by an Exact Zero Divisor.”  

Winter 2017


 Jason Arthur, Ph.D., associate professor of English, has been named co-editor of the Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association. His review of Rich and Pretty, the debut novel by Rumaan Alam, appeared in The Rumpus. In addition, his essay titled “Sweet Bitterness: Why We Need More Novels About Work” was published in the literary magazine The Millions.

Margaret Bjelica, Ph.D., assistant professor at Research College of Nursing, presented at the Midwest Nurse Research Society conference on “Effects of Implementing an Educational Program about Hmong Healthcare Values, Beliefs, and Customs on Hospice Nurses’ Cultural Competency.” Additionally, Bjelica received a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Petia Bobadova, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry and department chair, presented a poster titled "Computational Insights into the Reaction Mechanisms of the Synthesis of B-O Functionalized BODIPYs via Different Experimental Methods" at the international conference on Theory and Application of Computational Chemistry in Seattle.

Theresa Chang, clinical faculty member at Research College of Nursing, presented with Michele Gerdes, instructor at Research College of Nursing, at the third Biennial National League for Nursing Simulation and the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning conferences on “Implementation of an ECG Mini-Workshop and Structure Debriefing in the Didactic Environment.”

Jo Ellen Collette, Ph.D., assistant professor at Research College of Nursing, received a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and presented at the Advanced Practice Nurses of the Ozarks conference on “Provider Adherence to the American Diabetes Association’s Clinical Practice Guidelines.”

Nancy Donaldson, professor of physics, was awarded a National Science Foundation award as a co-principal investigator on a large collaborative proposal awarded to the American Association of Physics Teachers titled “Collaborative Research: Community Sourcing of Introductory Physics for the Life Sciences.” This project will create a portal to serve as an online, open-source, peer-reviewed, and innovatively structured environment for developing and disseminating instructional materials for Introductory Physics for the Life Sciences (IPLS). The IPLS portal will combine materials from multiple NSF-funded projects and will be structured to allow developers to submit their work for peer review, evaluation and inclusion. Additionally, Donaldson has signed a contract as lead author for “Introduction to Physics in Modern Medicine, Third Edition,” which will be published by the Taylor and Francis Group.

Myles Gartland, Ph.D., professor of analytics and management and director of graduate business programs in the Helzberg School of Management, was quoted in several articles in the Kansas City Star’s July 10 MBA special section: “How to Choose Which MBA Program Is Right for You,” “Flipped Classrooms Become More Popular in MBA Programs,” “MBA Becoming More Necessary for Today’s Business Leaders” and “Technological Advances Continue to Enhance Learning Opportunities.”

Michele Gerdes, instructor at Research College of Nursing, presented with Theresa Chang, clinical faculty member at Research College of Nursing, at the third Biennial National League for Nursing Simulation and the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning conferences on “Implementation of an ECG Mini-Workshop and Structure Debriefing in the Didactic Environment.” Additionally, Gerdes presented on “Creation of an Intraprofessional Unfolding Case Simulation Designed to Meet QSEN Competencies” at the conferences.

Meredith Harold, Ph.D., assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders, published a number of articles as part of her online communication sciences and disorders newsletter, The Informed SLP.

Mary Haskins, Ph.D., professor of biology, hosted a guest from NASA, who spoke to teachers on campus as part of her TEAM Science grant. Her guest brought samples of lunar rocks and meteorites for the participants to view.

Laura Janusik, Ph.D., MBA, CLP, professor and McGee Chair of Communication, is the producer and facilitator of a webinar series for the International Listening Association. The last webinar was presented Sept. 9 by Sheila Bentley, and was titled “Listening Makes Us More Human.” In addition, she provided webinar training for coach peers titled “Strategies for Listening as a Peer Coach” through the VPR Patient Outreach Program.  Additionally, an article titled “Listening is an Overlooked Leadership Tool,” which was published in the Harvard Business Review, linked to research on listening conducted by Janusik.

Shatonda Jones, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders, conducted a weeklong, intensive therapy camp for adults with aphasia. CSD graduate students participated in the camps as part of their clinical practicum experience. This camp was part of an ongoing research project that examines the efficacy of this intensive training model through graduate clinician and patient outcomes.

Heather Lewis, assistant professor at Research College of Nursing, was accepted into the Jonas Nurse Scholar Program. This two-year national program focuses on the development of academic leadership through mentorship, leadership development and networking with experts in nursing.

Yu Liu, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry, authored a paper titled “Recent Advances in Catalytic Selective Synthesis of Epoxide and Aziridine via Diazocarbonyl compound,” which was published in Current Organic Chemistry by Bentham Science Publishers, and co-authored “Conformationally Strained trans-Cyclooctene (sTCO) Enables the Rapid Construction of 18F-PET Probes via Tetrazine Ligation,” which was published in Theranostic by Ivyspring.

Cheryl McConnell, Ph.D., dean of the Helzberg School of Management and interim dean of the College of Health and Human Services, was quoted in two articles in the Kansas City Star’s July 10 MBA special section: “MBA Programs Embrace Flexible Learning Spaces” and “Format of Course Delivery an Important Consideration for MBA Candidates.”

Anne Pearce, MFA, associate professor of art and director of the Greenlease Gallery, has work included in the “Four by Four Midwest Invitational” exhibition at the Springfield (Missouri) Art Museum. Additionally, Rowe Galleries at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte will open an exhibit of new works on paper by Pearce, along with works by Charlotte-based sculptor Kit Kube.

Mark Pecaut, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics, along with student Megan Hyde, ’16, presented astronomy research at the Cool Stars conference in Uppsala, Sweden. Hyde presented a poster on “Age Constraints on the Scorpius-Centaurus OB Association From Supernova Ejecta in Ocean Cores,” and Pecaut gave a talk titled “Substructure in the Scorpius-Centaurus OB Association.” In addition, Pecaut co-authored a paper titled “The star formation history and accretion-disc fraction among the K-type members of the Scorpius–Centaurus OB association” in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.  Pecaut says, “The killer plot of this paper is the color age map of Scorpius-Centaurus, covering several large constellations in the southern hemisphere.” Pecaut was also the co-organizer of a splinter session on Ages and Timescales of Young Stars, and gave a review talk on “Advances and limitations in determining the ages and timescales of young stars.”  

Brian Roewe, ’09, adjunct faculty member in communication and fine arts, interviewed Rockhurst High School graduate and vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine for an article that appeared in National Catholic Reporter.

Mandi Sonnenberg, Ed.D., associate professor of education, was interviewed by WDAF-TV (Fox4 News) about an industrial design session held at Shick Solutions for children taking part in the STEAM Studio, which Sonnenberg directs. Sonnenberg also served as a panel member for a discussion following the screening of Most Likely to Succeed at Rockhurst High School presented by STEAM Studio, Gould Evans and Rockhurst High.

Risa Stein, Ph.D., professor of psychology, co-authored a paper with two students, Marium Choudhry and Thomas Murray Jr., titled “Dietary Weight Loss in U.S. Health Magazines and its Relation to Ancestral Diet,” which was published in the Journal of Evolution and Health.

Tobey Stosberg, assistant professor at Research College of Nursing, director of LRC and Seelos Center, Marcie Swift, Ph.D., PT, FAAOMPT, assistant professor of physical therapy, and Amy Foley, PT, DPT, MA, CEEAA, associate professor of physical therapy, received one of six Summer 2016 Presidential Grants for Faculty. They completed the interdisciplinary acute care hospital simulation experience with DPT and nursing students this summer. The group plans to complete the simulation experience with students, assess the impact of the experience on student learning, and submit a manuscript on the project.

Christie Thurlow, Ph.D., assistant professor at Research College of Nursing, received an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Education and Sociology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Summer 2016


Jason Arthur, Ph.D., associate professor of English, became co-editor of the Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association. Arthur’s essays on Craig Finn, Dana Spiotta and the “Rise of the Elsewheres” appeared in SlateThe Millions, and JMMLA, respectively. At the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present, Arthur organized a panel titled “‘Monuments and Anti-monuments to the 1970s” and presented a paper titled “‘You know there aren’t any mountains in Manhattan’: Anti-monuments in Seventies-set Fiction.” 

Elizabeth Barnett, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, has two poems in the winter and spring 2016 issues of Poetry Northwest. Barnett also presented a paper titled “Anti-aestheticism and Prestige in Contemporary Poetry” at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900.

Melanie Church, MA, MLIS, content services librarian, received the 2016 First Step Award from the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services Continuing Resources Section. The $1,500 grant is sponsored by publisher John Wiley & Sons.

Joseph Cirincione, Ph.D., associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of English, gave a presentation titled “Revision and Recreation in 18th Century Descriptive Poetry” at the College English Association conference.

Lynne Clarke, OTD, MS, OTR/L, associate professor of occupational therapy, had a publication accepted in American Occupational Therapy Association’s Gerontology Special Interest Section.

Alicia Douglas, director of community relations and outreach, was recognized by the National Association for College Admission Counseling with a certificate of appreciation for her work on the 2015 Kansas City National College Fair.

Kendra Gagnon, Ph.D., PT, associate professor of physical therapy, wrote an article in the Journal of Physical Therapy Education and Advances in Neonatal Care.

Myles Gartland, Ph.D., MBA, program director and professor of economics, was quoted in two articles that ran in the Kansas City Star’s MBA special section, “MBA Programs Use Game-like Models, Scenarios to Teach Real-world Lessons,” and “How to Navigate the MBA Application Process.”

William Haefele, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology, presented a poster, “Evidence for Sport Injury and Post-traumatic Growth: A Mixed Method Approach” at the American Psychological Association conference (co-authors: Jordan Laney and Abbie Gittinger). Haefele also presented a poster, “Gait Transition and Knowledge of Performance Feedback” at the American College of Sport Medicine Central States Regional conference (co-authors:  Dave Heller, Sarah Grant, Dillon Youngman).

Pamela Hart, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, associate professor of communication sciences and disorders returned from a sabbatical in fall 2015 and submitted a manuscript for publication on attitudes of Advanced Audio Coding users.

Sarah Hicks, Ph.D., assistant professor of education, serves as the president of the Kansas City Area of Teachers of Mathematics (KCATM) organization, which is an affiliate of the National Council of the Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) organization. As part of KCATM she works in collaboration with colleagues citywide in efforts to support teaching and learning mathematics in local schools.

Jean Hiebert, Ph.D., PT, professor of physical therapy, department of physical therapy chair, presented a poster with students at the American Physical Therapy Association.

Laura Janusik, Ph.D., MBA, CLP, associate professor and McGee chair of communication, was presented with the International Listening Association Hall of Fame Award at the annual convention held in March. This award recognizes individuals who have contributed to the advancement of listening over a number of years. In addition, Janusik presented three papers titled “What Metacognitive Listening Strategies Do U.S. American Students Report Using,” “Social Media: Listening Concepts in FtF and Mediated Communication from Childhood to Young Adults,” and “What’s New in Listening Pedagogy.” Janusik also participated in the International Day of Listening panels, gave a presentation at Research College of Nursing’s inaugural summit, and was quoted in the article titled “Poor Listening Skills Are Holding You Back,” published on LifeZette.

Shatonda Jones, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders coordinated RU’s Quest for the Cup team at the Missouri Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention in April.

John Kerrigan, Ph.D., professor of English, attended the Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society conference. Three of the 10 Rockhurst English students in attendance presented their critical and creative work at the conference.

Charles M. Kovich, Ph.D., professor of English, was profiled along with co-author Curtis Hancock in an article titled “Rockhurst’s Novelist Duo Engage Education Through Murder” on the recent publication of their third academic murder mystery, The Case of the Owl of Minerva. The profile appeared in The Catholic Key March 4, 2016Kovich appeared as a guest panelist in the fall on KCUR-FM’s Morning Edition of Kansas City to discuss the mythological features of the Disney film Inside Out.      

Janice Loudon, Ph.D., PT, SCS, ATC, CSCS, associate professor of physical therapy, had a chapter published in Human Kinetics.

Daniel J. Martin, Ph.D., associate professor of English, chaired a panel titled “Notes from the Anthropocene.” Additionally, Martin read his creative nonfiction work, “A Day at the Crusher: Limestone Mining in Kansas City 1940” at the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment.     

Cheryl McConnell, Ph.D., dean of the Helzberg School of Management, was quoted in three articles that ran in the Kansas City Star’s MBA special section: “Communication, Leadership, Strategic Thinking Still Valued Skills Among MBA Graduates,” “Understanding the Role of the Graduate Management Admission Test,” and “Job Market Rebounding for Current MBA Graduates.”

TJ Meehan, PhD., assistant professor of exercise and sports science, presented at the 55th Annual Gem & Mineral Show in Kansas City.

Jeremy O’Connor, Ph.D., assistant professor of management; Kelly Phipps, Ph.D., J.D., associate professor of management; and Michael Stellern, Ph.D., professor of economics received the Outstanding Case of the Year award from the Society for Case Research for their case study on the Greek deficit crisis.

Jennifer Oliver, Ph.D., professor of psychology, presented a poster, "Using Student-Generated Case Studies to Teach the Psychology of Disabilities," at the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology conference.

Kirsten Potter, PT, DPT, MS, associate professor of physical therapy, wrote two articles accepted in the Compendium for Teaching Professional Level Physical Therapy Neurologic Content, an Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy publication. Potter also presented two posters at the American Physical Therapy Association – Combined Sections meeting, and taught a course on outcome measurement at Shepherd Rehabilitation Center in Atlanta. In collaboration with the National Parkinson Foundation Heartland, Potter is leading the planning and implementation of the Parkinson’s Balance & Mobility Clinic, which will provide participants an individualized balance and mobility examination, consultation and education.

Craig Prentiss, Ph.D., professor of theology and religious studies, wrote a book review of David Chidester’s Empire of Religion: Imperialism and Comparative Religion, which was published in the October 2015 issue of the Journal of Religion.

Susan Proctor, Ph.D., professor of theater, was stage manager for A Number by Caryl Churchill, which was staged by Kansas City Actors Theater in February. The play explores themes of medical ethics and human ethics.

Katie Ryan-Bloomer, Ph.D., OTR/L, assistant professor of occupational therapy, co-presented "Measuring the Efficacy of Group-Based vs. Individual-Based Constraint Induced Movement Therapy in Young Children" at the Missouri Occupational Therapy Association conference. Ryan-Bloomer also wrote an article titled “Pediatric Constraint Induced Movement Therapy” for Parenting Children with Special Needs magazine, and is leading two- to four-year-old constraint movement therapy camps at the Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City.

Paul Scott, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology, presented a poster, “Exploring Faith Life Development: Making Use of Personality and Personal Epistemology Approaches in Creating Meaning” at the Society for the Study of Human Development Biennial Meeting Oct. 16-18, 2015 (co-author Katie Hebbert). Scott also presented a poster, “Student Perception of Educational Experiences” at the 28th Annual Southeastern Conference on the Teaching of Psychology in March 3-4, 2016. 

Mary Pat Shelledy, Ed.S., chair of the education department, served as a judge for the Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Mandi Sonnenberg, Ed.D., associate professor of education, received a grant from State Street Corporation to purchase a digital printer which will be used to integrate advanced technology into future classrooms, and for Dr. Sonnenberg’s service learning project at STEAM Studio, a design studio where youth apply science, technology, engineering, art and math to solve real-world challenges. Sonnenberg also collaborated with Prep-KS on exploring the use of iPads to research different types of school settings and what teachers can do to make them be effective. Other contributors to this project were Janet Kupperman, Ed.D., professor and department chair of exercise and sport science, and Mary Pat Shelledy, Ed.S., department chair of education, RU students and area high school students.

Bill Stancil, Ph.D., professor of theology and religious studies, wrote a book review of Christian Wiman’s My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer, which was published in the fall 2015 issue of Collegium News.

Risa Stein, Ph.D., professor of psychology, created and executed a design-thinking workshop for 14- to 18-year-old students held on the Rockhurst campus in Aug 28-29, 2015. The workshop was part of an initiative by President Obama regarding creating community solutions around mental health. Kansas City was a lead site in the initiative. Mayor Sly James and Mayor Mark Holland were the local co-sponsors, and Consensus was the project director. At the workshop, students learned in-demand skills and earned community service hours, all while improving their world.

William Sturgill, Ph.D., professor of psychology, presented “Positive Phasic Emotion Biases Encoding Perceptual Features” in a poster session at the 56th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society in Nov., 2015.

Daniel F. Stramara Jr., Ph.D., professor of theology and religious studies, wrote an article titled “St. Francis de Sales and the Maternal Love of God,” which was published in the winter 2015 issue of Magistra: A Journal of Women’s Spirituality in History.

Laura Swarts, Ed.D., visiting instructor of education, has partnerships with two area schools, Holy Cross and Academia de Niños, helping second- and third-graders to help strengthen reading skills. She is also working with the Rotary Club on a grant called “Rotarock” in which five RU students work with third- through eighth-graders at Spofford Home, a residential treatment center for children who have been physically or sexually abused, neglected or show signs of early onset mental illness.

Brendan Sweetman, Ph.D., professor of philosophy, is the author of the book Evolution, Chance and God, which looks at the relationship between religion and evolution from a philosophical perspective. Sweetman is also the editor of the newly launched Marcel Studies journal, an online peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the study of French philosopher Gabriel Marcel, and served as co-editor of The Flight From God, by Max Picard.

Marcie Swift, Ph.D., PT, FAAOMPT, assistant professor of physical therapy, had two peer-reviewed publications, an internal presidential grant, a national presentation at APTA, a regional presentation at the Annual Central ACCE Consortium’s Physical Therapy Course for Clinical Instructors and a STEAM event at local elementary involving 50 Rockhurst students.

Catherine Thompson, Ph.D., PT, MS, and Christina Wisdom, PT, DPT, OCS, CLT, recipients of the Rockhurst Summer Assessment Grant, examined the development of leadership across the Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum. They shared their assessment strategies with faculty at the Center on Excellence in Teaching and Learning and will present their findings at the regional assessment conference.  Thompson also partnered with the United Services Community Action Agency and the Kansas City Community Action Center to offer students a poverty simulation experience designed to sensitize students to the many obstacles and barriers of poverty. 

Maureen Walsh, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor of theology and religious studies, gave a presentation titled “Memorializing Pregnancy Loss in Japanese Buddhism and American Catholicism” at the American Academy of Religion conference. 

Glenn Young, Ph.D., assistant professor of theology and religious studies, wrote a book review of Raimon Panikkar’s Mysticism and Spirituality: Mysticism, Fullness of Life, vol. 1, part 1 of Opera Omnia, which was published in the December 2015 issue of Horizons.

Winter 2016


Jason ArthurPh.D., associate professor of English, interviewed musician Craig Finn and the resulting article was published in Browbeat, slate.com’s culture blog.

Tina BaceskiPh.D., associate professor of philosophy, wrote an article titled “Hume on Art Critics, ‘Wise Men,’ and the Virtues of Taste,” which was published in Hume Studies (vol. 39, no. 2), the international journal of the Hume Society. 

Petia Bobadova, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry, gave an invited presentation of her research, titled “Computational Insights into the Reaction Mechanism of the Synthesis of B-O Functionalized BODIPYs via Different Experimental Methods,” at an Advances in Computational Chemistry symposium during the Midwest regional meeting of the American Chemical Society.

Keith Brandt, Ph.D., professor of mathematics, and Serge Nevsky, ’12, are co-authors of “Exploring the New Zealand Puzzle,” which was published in Mathematical Spectrum magazine.

San CannonPh.D., adjunct professor of data analytics in the Helzberg School of Management, was cited in MarketWatch for her research article titled “Sentiment of the FOMC: Unscripted,” which was published in Economic Review.

Stephen Chamberlain, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy, wrote an essay titled “Gilson and Maritain on Art and Poetry: The Question of Poetic Cognition and Creative Intuition,” which appeared in a collection of essays titled A Piercing Light: Beauty, Faith, & Human Transcendence, edited by James M. Jacobs (Catholic University Press, 2015).

Faith Childress, Ph.D., professor of history, presented a paper, “Sounds of Change: Nation Building through Music Textbooks in the Early Turkish Republic,” at the History of Education Society (HES) annual conference in St. Louis on Nov. 5, 2015. HES is an international scholarly society devoted to promoting and teaching the history of education across institutions. Childress also presented the paper, “Converting Missionaries: Shifting Missionary Perspectives on the Kemalist Regime,” at the Middle East Studies Association conference in Denver on Nov. 23, 2015.

James DockinsEd.D., assistant professor of management, has been elected to the Greater Kansas City Health Foundation Board of Directors. In addition, he was quoted in a Newsworks story about the benefits of an MBA for physicians.  Dockins worked with staff members in the office of Missouri State Sen. Jason R. Holsman to craft the language for SB 46 – Healthcare Price Transparency Act, which seeks to bring price transparency to the healthcare marketplace.

Nancy DonaldsonPh.D., professor of physics, received an NSF collaborative grant with Loyola University Maryland in May 2012 to develop active-learning physics of medicine curricular modules. The first module, “Fiber Optics in Medicine,” was accepted for publication by MedEDPORTAL Publications. MedEdPORTAL Publications maintains a rigorous peer review process that is based on standards utilized in the scholarly publishing community. The Fiber Optics in Medicine module is a full six-section inquiry-based, active-learning curriculum designed to teach pre-medical and pre-health students the optics principles involved in endoscopic diagnosis, treatment and surgery. To date, two additional grant-supported curriculum modules have been developed in Physics of the Respiratory System and Physics of the Cardiovascular System. A fourth module is in development on nuclear medicine in the Gamma Camera.

Catherine Torrington EatonPh.D., CCC-SLP, assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders, authored a paper titled “Non-word repetition in two-year-olds: Replication of an adapted paradigm and a useful methodological extension,” which was published in Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics.

Kendra Gagnon, PT, Ph.D., associate professor of physical therapy, was interviewed by KSHB-TV and WDAF-TV about the Nov. 7, 2015, GoBabyGo! build day. GoBabyGo! is a partnership among the Rockhurst University physical therapy program, engineering program and Variety KC builds cars for children with disabilities. Gagnon was quoted in an article in KC magazine about Variety KC GoBabyGo Powered by Rockhurst University. In addition, she was quoted in the St. Joseph News-Press and The Clinton County Leader about the GoBabyGo! program.

Myles Gartland, Ph.D., director of graduate business programs and professor of management, was quoted in several articles in the Kansas City Star’s July MBA section: “New Specializations Being Offered in MBA Programs,” “Globalization of Industry Shapes MBA Programs,” “Data Analytics Becoming Key Component to Many MBA Programs” and “Technology Changing the Face of MBA Education.”

Matthew Habiger, adjunct professor for the data science program, participated in a White House Tech Meet-up April 17, 2015, where information technology professionals throughout the country met to share best practices.

Curtis Hancock, Ph.D., professor of philosophy, is the author of “Why Can't Philosophers and Poets Get Along: Reflections on an Ancient Quarrel,” which was included in a book titled Piercing Light: Beauty, Faith, and Human Transcendence, James M. Jacobs, editor, published by The Catholic University of America Press.

David Hanzlick, Ph.D., CFRE, AFPTeaches instructor in nonprofit leadership studies, is the chief development officer for Sheffield Place, which was honored for “Excellence in Fundraising” by the Association of Fundraising Professional Mid-America Chapter as part of Kansas City’s National Philanthropy Day.

Katie Hendricks, adjunct instructor in political science, was selected as a volunteer at the American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation in Washington, D.C., an annual leadership conference for high school seniors. She was chosen because of exemplary service to her community and to the American Legion Auxiliary.

Laura JanusikPh.D., MBA, CLP, associate professor and McGee Chair of Communication, acted as the opponent on Sanna Ala-Kortesmaa’s dissertation defense in Tampere, Finland. The Finnish system for obtaining a Ph.D. differs significantly from the American system, as the student’s committee is only three members, the adviser (custos), the opponent (an expert in the field), and  a docent (a professor from the student’s university). Only the opponent and docent can decide a student’s grade. The opponent has the additional responsibility of solely asking the questions during the public defense, which lasted about two hours. In addition, Janusik presented the webinar “Communication Best Practices in Mediation: Applied Interdisciplinary Research,” for the Werner Institute at Creighton University. She attended the International Listening Association convention in Virginia Beach in March 2015. She presented one paper: “Metacognitive Listening Strategy Use: An L1 Study,” and participated in two panel discussions: Revisiting the European Listening & Health Care Conference, and Listening: Exploring Our Relevance in Newer Forms of Communication. In addition, she received the Synergist Award from the International Listening Association for her proposed project: Developing a Comprehensive List of Cognitive and Metacognitive Listening Strategies use in the U.S. English Speaking Classroom.

John KerriganPh.D., associate professor of English, presented a paper titled “The Postsecular Turn and Colum McCann's Recent Fiction,” at the American Conference for Irish Studies in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, March 26-29, 2015.

Charles KovichPh.D., professor of English, was a guest on KCUR-FM’s “Central Standard” July 31 to discuss the film “Inside Out” and its connections to Greek mythology.

Annie LeePh.D., professor of chemistry, attended the Women in STEM Leadership: Clare Boothe Luce 25th Anniversary Professors Conference held at Fordham University.

Mary Lewis’10 EMBA, adjunct instructor in the Helzberg School of Management, wrote an article titled “How Can My Business Win Bigger Customers?” which was published in Thinking Bigger. Lewis is a sourcing manager at Sprint.

M. Kathleen MadiganPh.D., professor of modern languages, gave a presentation titled “Creating Meaning in French Locally and Abroad Through Service Learning” at the annual convention of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) in Saguenay, Québec, on July 11, 2015. Madigan, who has served for 15 years as president of the Greater Kansas City chapter of AATF, was also the official chapter delegate at the Delegate Assembly held on July 10, 2015.

Cheryl McConnell, Ph.D., dean of the Helzberg School of Management, was quoted in several articles in the Kansas City Star’s July MBA section: “Soft Skills Valued Equally as Technical Skills in Today’s MBA Programs,” “MBA Programs Continually Evolve to Meet the Needs of Current Students” and “MBA Degrees Provide Advantages for Professionals.”

TJ MeehanPh.D., assistant professor of exercise and sport science, presented an invited talk at the Tate Conference Paleontological Conference, held in Casper, Wyoming, in June 2015. His presentation was about early fossil hoofed mammals and was titled “Freaky Feet and Other Ruminations ofStibarus (Dichobunoidea: Leptochoeridae): The First Skeleton of a Rare, 20 Million Year Survivor of the Initial Artiodactyl Explosion.”

Patricia Cleary Miller, Ph.D., professor emerita of English, read poetry at the International Gerard Manley Hopkins Festival, held in July in Newbridge, Ireland.

Nicole MoodiePh.D., assistant professor of exercise and sport science, is the second author of an article titled “Short-Wave Diathermy Pretreatment and Inflammatory Myokine Response After High-Intensity Eccentric Exercise,” which appeared in the June 2 edition of the Journal of Athletic Training.

Anne PearceM.F.A., associate professor of art and director of the Greenlease Gallery, was featured in a KCUR-FM story about her work and the work of artist Shiraz Bayjoo. Bayjoo presented a Visiting Scholar Lecture and his work was on exhibit in the Greenlease Gallery Aug. 28 through Oct. 10, 2015. Also, she received a 2015 award from the Lighton International Artists Exchange Program for travel to Malaysia. Her work was included in the exhibition “In Good Company,” at Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art.

Mark PecautPh.D., assistant professor of physics, presented an invited talk, “Anomalous Spectral Types and Intrinsic Colors of Young Stars,” at the International Astronomical Union Symposium on Young Stars and Planets Near the Sun. The meeting was May 10-15 and featured invited and contributed talks from leading researchers from around the world on young stars and planets near the sun.

Susan ProctorPh.D., professor of theater, was interviewed by KKFI 90.1 FM for the “Arts Magazine” program about the production of Love’s Labour’s Lost she directed Sept. 12 and 13, and Sept. 19 and 20 at the Alcott Arts Center in Kansas City, Kansas. In addition, she was the stage manager for the Kansas City Actors Theatre production of A Number, by Caryl Churchill, which was staged in Mabee Theater. 

Cecilia Samonte, Ph.D., associate professor of history, presented a paper titled “Populating the Anthropological: Maud Huntley Jenks and the Philippine Display at the Louisiana Exposition of 1904” at the National Conference of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association held in New Orleans, Louisiana, from April 1-4, 2015.

Mandi SonnenbergEd.D., associate professor of education, has been awarded the 2015 Excellence in Community-Based Teaching and Scholarship Award through Missouri Campus Compact. This award is given to one Missouri faculty member annually at the Heartland Conference hosted by Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma Campus Compacts. Sonnenberg was interviewed June 25 by WDAF-TV for a story about a camp at the STEAM Studio to engage high school students with industrial design and manufacturing.

Risa SteinPh.D., professor of psychology, was quoted in a Lee’s Summit Journal article about a workshop held on campus Aug. 29 and sponsored by Rockhurst and Creating Community Solutions-KC designed to inspire high school students to find creative ways to inspire inclusion for their peers with mental health challenges. Stein was quoted in a Kansas City Star article about OneDayKC, a program to encourage high school students to develop entrepreneurial business ideas to improve the future of Kansas City.

Brendan SweetmanPh.D., professor of philosophy, wrote a book titled Evolution, Chance, and God.

Tony ToccoPh.D., professor of accounting and head men’s soccer coach, was quoted in an article about the team’s success in The Kansas City Star. A story about the team also appeared on WDAF-TV (Fox 4). Tocco was interviewed by KSHB-TV for a story on the sales tax increase in Kansas that took effect July 1, 2015.

Summer 2015


Jason Arthur, Ph.D., associate professor of English, wrote an essay titled “Good Riddance to the Goodbye-to-New-York Essay,” which appeared in the online literary and culture magazine The Rumpus, which has a broad, international readership.

Tina Baceski, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy, presented a paper titled “Hume on the ‘Naturalness’ of Religious Belief” at the American Philosophical Association's Central Division conference in St. Louis, Missouri, in February.

Stephen Chamberlain, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy, presented a paper titled “Interpreting the Times: The Philosopher’s Understanding in Engaging the World” at the 38th Annual International Meeting of the American Maritain Association. The conference was held in San Francisco, California, from Feb. 26-March 1.

Faith Childress, Ph.D., professor and chair of the history department, presented a paper titled “Negotiating and Renegotiating the Mission: American Protestant Missionaries in Turkey and Iran in the Interwar Period,” at the History of Education Society’s annual conference in Indianapolis, on Nov. 7, 2014. The History of Education Society is an international association focused on promoting and teaching the history of education.

Nancy Donaldson, Ph.D., professor of physics, gave an invited talk on the physics of medicine at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

Rocío De la Rosa Duncan, Ph.D., associate professor of Spanish, presented a paper titled “La figura materna como agente determinante para el cambio en ‘La luna’ de Carol Zardetto y‘¡Una madre como ésa!’ de Isabel Herrera de Taylor” at the XV Congreso Internacional de Literatura Hispánica in Antigua, Guatemala, on March 6. She also presented “Rupturas y nuevas posibilidades para los personajes femeninos en la narrativa de Isabel Herrera de Taylor” at the XXIII International Conference on Central American Literature in New Orleans on March 12.

Rev. George Flanagan, instructor of theology, morality, and health care, recently was named a “Fellow” of the Center for Practical Bioethics in Kansas City.  He is one of only five so named. 

Sarah J. Hicks, Ph.D., assistant professor of education, presented a paper titled “Examining and Building Teacher’s Knowledge With Technology: A Case of Enactment and Reflection With Technologically Active Curriculum Materials” at the annual international conference of the Society of Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE), March 4 in Las Vegas.

Laura Janusik, Ph.D., associate professor and McGee Chair of Communication, presented on two panels at the National Communication Association Convention in Chicago in November 2014: “ACT and the Common Core State Standards for Speaking and Listening: Challenges and New Approaches to Testing” and  “100 Years of Listening Theory, Research, Pedagogy, and Practice.”

Mohamed Kohia, PT, Ph.D., professor of physical therapy, wrote about Islamic beliefs and heavenly rewards for a column in The Kansas City Star.

M. Kathleen Madigan, Ph.D., professor of modern languages, gave a presentation titled “The Importance of Films: Engaging Critical Thinking and Creativity” at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages convention and expo in San Antonio on Nov. 23, 2014. The conference theme was “Reaching Global Competence.” As Greater Kansas City Chapter president of the American Association of Teachers of French, she also co-hosted with National Honorary AATF President Ann Sunderland a session which featured resources available to French teachers, as well as a talk by Suzanne Hendrickson, Ph.D., on "Life in the Pays des Illinois during the 18th and early 19th centuries" at the Foreign Languages Association of Missouri conference held in Kansas City. Madigan also hosted an immersion day for local French teachers at Rockhurst University on Feb. 28. The day included a presentation by National Honorary President Ann Sunderland titled “Bordeaux la Belle” about the history of and changes in the city of Bordeaux, France, since her experience as a student abroad there in the ’60s, as well as a “Table Ronde” on contemporary Francophone films and related pedagogy given by Michael Foster, Ph.D., of William Jewell College.

Rabbi Herbert Mandl, Ph.D., instructor in theology and religious studies, wrote about Jewish beliefs in the afterlife for a Voices of Faith article in The Kansas City Star.

Cheryl McConnell, dean of the Helzberg School of Management, presented “Women at Work: Same Behavior, Different Consequences” at the American Business Women’s Association meeting Wednesday, March 11. In addition, she was selected for the KC Rising Human Capital workgroup. KC Rising is a regional initiative sponsored by the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, KCADC, and MARC. It is responsible for developing a regional action plan to ensure that Greater Kansas City can develop, attract and retain talent needed to increase innovation and sustain growth.

Ken Mellard, ’75, ’86 MBA, director of leadership studies, was elected by the Cristo Rey Kansas City High School Board of Directors to serve as board chairman for two years. The school is part of the Cristo Rey Network, which comprises 28 Catholic college preparatory high schools for underrepresented urban youth. Through rigorous academics, coupled with real-world work experience, Cristo Rey students graduate from high school prepared for success in college and in life.

Anne Pearce, associate professor of art and director of the Greenlease Gallery, gave a gallery talk on March 7 at Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art in conjunction with her exhibition “This Is How I Feel When I Think About You,” which appeared there Feb. 6-March 21.

Mark Pecaut, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics, is co-author of “Modeling Transiting Circumstellar Disks: Characterizing the Newly Discovered Eclipsing Disk System OGLE LMC-ECL-11893,” which was published in the December 2014 edition of the Astrophysical Journal. 

Jennifer Rinella, Ed.D., assistant professor and director of nonprofit leadership studies, was featured in a wallethub.com column on whether to donate time or money to an organization.

Michael Stellern, Ph.D., professor of economics, graduated from sheriff’s school in Platte County, Missouri.

William Sturgill, Ph.D., professor of psychology, presented a poster at the 55th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, held in Long Beach, California, on Nov. 20, 2014, titled “Emotional Category of Word Affects Encoding Specificity Performance.”

Glenn Young, Ph.D., assistant professor of theology and religious studies, is the author of “Mystical Encounter as Homely Otherness in Julian of Norwich’s A Revelation of Love,” which was published in Magistra: A Journal of Women’s Spirituality in History 20, no. 2 (Winter 2014): 22-37.

Winter 2015


Jason Arthur, Ph.D., associate professor of English, was invited to contribute his work, titled “The ‘First-Generation’ Fallacy,” to scholarly blog Class in the Academy.

Tracy Blasdel, visiting assistant professor of marketing, Jeremy O’Connor, Ph.D., and Kelly Phipps, Ph.D., J.D., presented “Promoting Business Interests and Protecting Corporate Culture” at the 2014 Society for Case Research annual Case Writer’s Workshop.   

Petia Bobadova-Parvanova, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry, received an award from the National Science Foundation’s division of chemistry for her work on “Synthesis, Properties and Dynamics of Near-IR BODIPY Fluorophores.”

Stephen Chamberlain, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy, was published for his work: “Fictional Wisdom and the Virtue of Understanding (Sunesis) in the Renewal of Common Sense.”

Ketti Coffelt, O.T.D., assistant professor of occupational therapy, received her doctoral degree from Creighton University. She also co-presented “iPad Video Modeling for Children with Autism” at the Kansas Occupational Therapy Association conference in Fall 2014.

Rev. Thomas B. Curran, S.J., president of Rockhurst University, wrote an article, titled “A Conversation on Sustainability with an Ignatian Way of Proceeding,” which was published in the Journal of Jesuit Business Education.

Nancy DeBasio, Ph.D., RN, president of Research College of Nursing, received an honorary membership award from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. She has been an active member of AACN for more than 20 years.

Jim Dockins, Ed.D., assistant professor of health care management, Myles Gartland, Ph.D., and Martin Stack, Ph.D., presented “The Magnet Nursing Services Recognition Program:  Does Magnet Status Attract Higher HCAHPS Patient Satisfaction Scores?” at the MBAA International Conference.

Nancy Donaldson, Ph.D., professor and department chair of physics, received an award from the Association of American Medical Colleges. Her submission to the Pre-health Collection within MedEdPortal’s iCollaborative, “Pressure in the Human Body: Investigating the Respiratory System Module,” received the Physics Award for Outstanding Instruction in the Pre-health Competencies. The award stems from work developed through a physics of medicine grant from the National Science Foundation. Donaldson was also invited to speak at the National Conference on Introductory Physics for the Life Science for the American Association of Physics Teachers, where she presented “Physics of Medicine – My Field of Dreams.”

Rocio Duncan, Ph.D., associate professor of Spanish, was published in XIII Congreso Internacional de Literatura Hispánica for her works “Concepción de la realidad en Sentada esperando de Leticia de Oyuela,” and “La muerte está en los catres de Rosa María Britton.” 

Mairead Greene, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematics, gave a presentation titled, "Optimization: From Discover to Assessment," at the Science and Mathematics Education conference in Dublin.

Curtis Hancock, Ph.D., is the author of a paper titled "The Nature of Metaphysics and Science: The Problem of the One and the Many in Thomas Aquinas," which was published in the bookMetaphysics. 

Pam Hart, Ph.D., associate professor of communication sciences and disorders and four graduate CSD students established a camp to help children improve their language and literacy skills.

Sarah Hicks, Ph.D., assistant professor of education, worked with 23 incoming Center High School students, as well as two math teachers, during a summer math camp. The camp focused on enhancing skills in math, communication, problem solving, physics and more.

Syed Jamal, ’97, chemistry instructor, co-authored research, titled "NF-?B Controls Resistance of Human Salivary Gland (HSG) Cells to Apoptosis in an in Vitro Model of Sjogren’s Syndrome," which was published in the Open Journal of Rheumatology and Autoimmune Diseases.

Richard Janet, Ph.D., professor of history, was published in the Homiletic and Pastoral Review for his work “On Catholic History.” His work “Portal to the Heavenly City: A Meditation” was published in The Liguorian: A Redemptorist Pastoral Publication.

Laura Janusik, Ph.D., associate professor of communication, gave two presentations at the International Listening Association Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota, including: “Review of the Profile of Nonverbal Sensitivity Test Connecting Theory and Practice: Validity and Reliability Critiques of Four Listening/Listening-Related Measures,” and “Listening Concepts and Metacognition in a Cross-Cultural Perspective.”

Shatonda Jones, communication sciences and disorders instructor, and Pam Hart, Ph.D., associate professor of communication sciences and disorders, supervised 15 graduate CSD students at the 2014 Touchdown for Health Family Fest as they conducted hearing and speech/language screenings.

John Kerrigan, Ph.D., associate professor of English, gave a lecture, titled “Introduction for first-time experiencers of James Joyce’s Ulysses,” for the Bloomsday Celebration at the Kansas City Irish Center.

Charles Kovich, Ph.D., professor of English, and Curtis Hancock, Ph.D., professor of philosophy, are the authors of a newly published book: The Case of the Owl of Minerva.

Katie Madigan, Ph.D., professor of modern languages, was awarded a grant from the American Association of Teachers of French that allowed the Greater Kansas City chapter of AATF, of which she is president, to invite speakers to campus for an immersion day for French teachers on immigration in Francophone literature and film. Madigan also led a workshop titled “Étudiants sans frontières: Concepts and models for Service-Learning in French.”

Rabbi Herbert Mandl, Ph.D., instructor in theology and religious studies, delivered the annual Day of Discovery scholars lecture at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan.

Cheryl McConnell, dean of the Helzberg School of Management, presented at a UMB Lunch and Learn session on the topic “Breaking Myths About Career Advancement: Research and Trends.”

Leslie Merced, Ph.D., associate professor of Spanish, gave a presentation, titled “Cuando la mulata, la mestiza y la criolla le hablan a España: el contradiscurso colonial de Eva Infanzón Canel, Adela Muñiz y Más y Concepción Gimeno de Flaquer” (translated to “When the mulatto woman, the mestiza woman and the creole woman speak to Spain: the Counter-colonial Discourse of Eva Infanzón Canel, Adela Muñiz y Más and Concepción Jimeno de Flaquer”), at the Kentucky Foreign Languages Conference.

Patricia Cleary Miller, Ph.D., professor of English, wrote Un Seul Myrtille, translated to One Single Blueberry, published in Rockhurst Review, the University’s fine-arts journal.

Nicole Moodie, Ph.D., assistant professor of exercise and sport science, gave a presentation, titled “Reliability and Repeatability of a Commercial Accelerometer Unit During a 40-Yard Dash,” at the annual meeting of the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Jeremy O’Connor, Ph.D., assistant professor of management, presented “Ambidexterity as a Competence of Project Management” at the Kansas City Project Management Institute’s Professional Development Days. 

Edgar Palacios, adjunct professor of leadership studies, received an Ace Award from the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce for his work as manager of community engagement and performance at the Central Exchange.

A painting by Anne Pearce, associate professor of art and director of the Greenlease Gallery, titled Animals Don’t Take Vows: Tortuga was on view at the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, Kansas, as part of the exhibition Holding Pattern: New at the Spencer Museum. Pearce also contributed work to the Beyond the Bounds: Electric! fundraising event for the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.

Mark Pecaut, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics, was published in The Astrophysical Journal for his work “Does the Debris Disk around HD 32297 Contain Cometary Grains?” 

Kirsten Potter, DPT, associate professor of physical therapy, presented a poster, titled “Selecting Rehabilitation Outcome Measures: Applying the Findings of the APTA MS EDGE Task Force,” at the 2014 Cooperative Meeting of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) and Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis.

Sudhakar Raju, Ph.D., professor of finance, authored an article titled “Risk Aversion, Bank Funding Risk and Futures Hedging,” published in the Journal of Derivatives and Hedge Funds. Raju also presented “Nobel Ideas” to the Global Association of Risk Professionals and “What do Global Financial Sector Reforms Mean for the Bahraini Economy?” at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Jenny Rinella, Ed.D., assistant professor and director of nonprofit leadership students, received her doctoral degree from Baker University. Rinella also presented alongside the Rev.Thomas B. Curran, president of Rockhurst University, at the Executive Director Institute. During their presentation, titled "Strategic Development: Mission-Driven Plans and Processes," Rinella shared findings from her research on effective organizations and the phases of strategic planning, while Fr. Curran discussed approaches to leadership and lessons learned from the strategic planning process at Rockhurst University.

Katie Ryan-Bloomer, Ph.D., assistant professor of occupational therapy, was selected to receive one of Rockhurst’s Presidential grants to perform the study, “Measuring the Efficacy of Constraint Induced Movement Therapy for Young Children Experiencing Hemiparesis.” The grant enabled her to travel to White Plains, New York, to become certified on the Assisting Hand Assessment, which is considered the gold-standard instrument for measuring bimanual skills in children. This longitudinal study will start in Spring 2015 and will be carried out by two research capstone groups in collaboration with the Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City.

Rebecca Saxton, Ph.D., RN, associate professor of nursing at Research College of Nursing, presented as part of Loyola University Chicago’s 2014 Ruth K. Palmer Symposium, May 15-16, in Rome, Italy. Saxton is studying the benefit of interruption-free zones on patient safety and efficiency for nurses administering medication.

Chad Scholes, Ph.D., associate professor of biology, and Lisa Felzien, Ph.D., associate professor of biology, presented “Determining how to describe undergraduate research in a clear and equitable way for rank and tenure decisions” at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research.

Mylene Schriner, Ph.D., assistant professor of occupational therapy, participated in a MedBridge CEU online video to discuss her published research, “Rehabilitation of the Upper Extremity after Stroke: Current Practice As a Guide for Curriculum.”

Mandi Sonnenberg, Ed.D., assistant professor of education, led efforts to create a STEAM Studio located inside the Gould Evans office in Kansas City, Mo. The studio will offer after-school STEAM programs for K-12 Catholic school students.

Martin Stack, Ph.D., professor of management, and Myles Gartland, Ph.D. , professor of management, co-authored an article titled “Feeling ill:  Go See a Doctor (In Singapore or Costa Rica) Globalization in Health Services,” published in the Mustang Journal of Management and Marketing.

Mike Stellern, Ph.D., professor of economics, Kelly Phipps, Ph.D., J.D., assistant professor of management, and Jeremy O’Connor, Ph.D. presented “The Greek Financial Crisis” at the 2014 Society for Case Research annual Case Writer’s Workshop. 

Daniel F. Stramara Jr., Ph.D., professor of theology and religious studies, wrote Toward a Chrismatic Ecclesiology as a Theological Basis for Primacy, which was published in the Journal of Ecumenical Studies 49.2 (2014): 218-46.

Brendan Sweetman, Ph.D., professor of philosophy, recently met with the president of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, as part of a small-panel based seminar to discuss business ethics. Sweetman also authored Religion and Science (Italian translation: Religione e Scienza).

Catherine Torrington-Eaton, Ph.D., assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders, received her doctoral degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Joanna Carraway Vitiello, Ph.D., associate professor of history, was published in Medicine and Law in the Middle Ages for her work, titled “Forensic Evidence, Lay Witnesses and Medical Expertise in the Criminal Courts of Late Medieval Italy.” She also gave a presentation, titled “Power, Jurisdiction and Homicide in Late Fourteenth-century Reggio Emilia,” at the Biennial New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Sarasota, Florida.

Christina Wills, Ph.D., associate professor of biology, and Mary Haskins, Ph.D., professor of biology, presented three posters, “The Effects of Salt Blocks on Cursorial Arthropods,” “The Relationship between Arthropod Diversity and Multiflora Roses Infected with Rose Rosette Disease,” and “Evaluating Household Products to Determine their Effectiveness in Deterring Ants,” at the Missouri Academy of Science at the University of Central Missouri.

Glenn Young, Ph.D., associate professor of theology and religious studies, gave a presentation, titled “Practice and the Comparative Study of Mysticism: The Yoga Sutra and The Cloud of Unknowing,” at the annual meeting of the College Theology Society in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

Summer 2014


Shahid Ali, Ph.D., associate professor of management, was co-author of an article titled “Surprising Comparison of Risk and Return Factors Between Real Estate Investment Trusts (Reits) And the S&P 500 Index During the 2000/2011 Time Period” in the Journal of Business and Economics Research. Ali also presented “Total Quality Management in Education” in Dallas to the International Academy of Business and Public Disciplines (IABPAD).

Katie Ryan-Bloomer, Ph.D., OTR/L, assistant professor of occupational therapy, wrote an article titled “Play and Playfulness of Children at Home and in the Hospital” which was published in the International Journal of Play.

Steven Brown, Ph.D., professor of psychology, Jennifer Oliver, Ph.D., professor of psychology, and Renee Michael, Ph.D., professor of psychology, delivered a poster titled, “Promoting the Intellectual Skill of Synthesis through Scientific Writing” at the 10th Annual Conference of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Raleigh, N.C.

Lana Davies, MSN, Research College of Nursing, presented research project "Nursing Students Clinical Experience in Northern Uganda: Does the Experience Make Students More Culturally Competent?" at International Transcultural Society meeting.

Jim Dockins, Ph.D., assistant professor of management, presented “The Integrated DPT/MBA Dual Degree Program: A Novel Method for Facilitating Health Care Leadership Skills in Physical Therapy Students” at the American Physical Therapy Association combined sections meeting in San Diego. Dockins also made two presentations at MBAA International in Chicago, titled “The Globalization of Nursing: Opportunity of Threat” and “Arabic Translation and Adaptation of the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Patient Satisfaction Survey Instrument.” Dockins, along with Tony Tocco, Ph.D., professor of accounting and Craig Sasse, Ph.D., associate professor of management, presented “Specialty Clinics: Surviving in a For-Profit Health Care World” to the Society for Case Research Workshop at Western Connecticut State University.

Nancy Donaldson, Ph.D., professor of physics, spoke about physics for the life sciences at a conference in Arlington, Va., sponsored by the National Science Foundation and convened by the American Association of Physics Teachers. Donaldson also received the physics award from the Association of American Medical Colleges for outstanding instruction in the pre-health competencies for her unit on fiber optics in medicine. Her unit will be featured on the association’s website. 

Lisa Felzien, Ph.D., associate professor of biology, and Chad Scholes, Ph.D., associate professor of biology and division chair of natural, applied and quantitative sciences, will present research results in the faculty section of the National Council of Undergraduate Research conference. 

Brian Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., professor of finance, was co-author of an article titled “Surprising Comparison of Risk and Return Factors Between Real Estate Investment Trusts (Reits) And the SGP 500 Index During the 2000/2011 Time Period” published in the Journal of Business and Economics Research.

Laura Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., professor of economics, and Cheryl McConnell, MPA, CPA, CFE, dean of the Helzberg School of Management and professor of accounting, authored an article titled “Aligning Economics Programs with AACSB Accreditation Processes,” published in Economics and Economic Research. Fitzpatrick also presented “Learning Development Experientially: Social Entrepreneurship in Haiti,” to the Missouri Valley Economics Association.

Myles Gartland, Ph.D., associate professor of management, gave two presentations alongside Martin Stack, Ph.D., professor of management: “The rise of craft beer in the U.S. and Italy: A Comparative Illustration of Path Creation,” and “Business Strategies Underlying the Increasing Global Concentration of the Market” at Beernomics in York, England.

Michele Gerdes, MSN, Research College of Nursing, presented "Development of an Evaluation Tool for Hybrid Pre-Licensure Nursing Clinical Courses" at Sigma Theta Tau International 42nd Biennial Convention. 

Mary Haskins, Ph.D., professor of biology, and Mandi Sonnenberg, Ed.D., assistant professor of education, led the efforts to secure a TEAM Science grant from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Gale Hickenlooper, MPH, and Rebecca Saxton, ’00, Ph.D., Research College of Nursing, published "An Academic-Practice Partnership: Helping New Registered Nurses to Advance Quality and Patient Safety" in the Online Journal of International Nursing. Hickenlooper and Saxton also presented “Evaluation of Teaching Strategies to Develop Pre-Licensure QSEN Competencies in an Academic Practice Partnership” at Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) National Forum. 

Sarah Hicks, Ph.D., assistant professor of education, was selected as a 2014 Publication Award winner for her work on The Summation newsletter through the Kansas City Area Teachers of Mathematics (Missouri).

Syed Jamal, chemistry, wrote an article titled "Purmorphamine Promotes Matrix Mineralization and Cytoskeletal Changes in Human Umbilical Cord Mesenchymal Stem Cells," which was published in Molecular and Cellular Biomechanics.

Laura Janusik, Ph.D., MBA, associate professor and McGee Chair of communication, received the Top Paper Panel Award at the National Communication Association convention in November 2013 for a paper she co-authored titled "Towards Developing a Cross-Cultural Metacognition Scale for Listening in the First Language (L1) Contexts: The Metacognitive Listening Scale." In addition, ACT invited Janusik to return as one of five content specialists in listening. 

John Kerrigan, Ph.D., associate professor of English, moderated three sessions on British literature and teaching writing at the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society Convention. He was recognized for completing a four-year term on the society's board of directors as the Midwest regent and serving as chair of the Scholarship Committee.

Anna (Acey) Lampe, Ph.D., executive professor of management, was co-author of an article titled “Emotional Intelligence: A Comparative Analysis of Two College Business Administration Programs,” published in Advances in Business Research.

Sue Mahley, MN, Rebecca Saxton, ’00, Ph.D., Lynn Warmbrodt, Psy.D., Research College of Nursing, presented "Real World Nursing: The Experiences of DEU Students and Clinical Instructors" at Midwest Nursing Research Society conference.

Cheryl McConnell, MPA, CPA, CFE, dean of the Helzberg School of Management and professor of accounting, published an article titled, “Developing a SoTL Campus Initiative: Reflections on Creating Sustainable Impact,” in Transformative Dialogues: Teaching and Learning Journal.

Renee Michael, Ph.D., professor of psychology, co-authored an article, “The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in an Age of Accountability: Building Bridges,” in Teaching Learning Inquiry. 

Nicole Moodie, Ph.D., assistant professor of exercise and sport science, was a guest on KCUR's "Central Standard" discussing the Olympics and physical requirements for top athletic performance.

Jeremy O’Connor, Ph.D., assistant professor of business, co-contributed a case titled “Tom Hoenig and the $600 Billion Bailout,” published in the Journal for Case Studies. O’Connor also presented “The Ryan Budget” at the Case Research, Summer Case Writer’s Conference at Western Connecticut State University.

Jennifer Oliver, Ph.D., professor of psychology, and a colleague from New York led a participant idea exchange at the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, held Jan. 4 in St. Pete Beach, Fla. The talk, "Teaching About Emerging Adulthood: Integrating Culture," was an interactive session with others interested in the scholarship of teaching.

Mark Pecaut, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics, is co-author of an article recently accepted for publication in the Astrophysical Journal: "Does the Debris Disk Around HD 32297 Contain Cometary Grains?”

Kelly Phipps, Ph.D., J.D., assistant professor of management, authored an article titled “Spirituality and Religion: Seeking a Juxtaposition that Supports Research in the Field of Faith and Spirituality at Work,” published in the Handbook of Faith and Spirituality in the Workplace. Phipps also presented “The Ryan Budget” at the Case Research, Summer Case Writer’s Conference at Western Connecticut State University.

Kirsten Potter, PT, DPT, MS, NCS, associate professor of physical therapy, received a $23,390 grant from the American Physical Therapy Association to develop a clinical practice guideline on a core set of outcome measures for patients with neurologic conditions. She also is the lead author of an article titled "Outcome Measures for Individuals With Multiple Sclerosis: Recommendations From the American Physical Therapy Association Neurology Section Task Force," which has been accepted for publication. Potter also co-authored “Measurement Characteristics in Clinical Utility of the 12-item Multiple Sclerosis Walking Scale” in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Craig Prentiss, Ph.D., professor of theology and religious studies, held a reading and book signing for his book, Staging Faith: Religion and African-American Theater From the Harlem Renaissance to World War II at Emory University.

Sudhakar Raju, Ph.D., professor of finance, authored an article titled “Strategic Firm Interaction, Returns to Scale, Environmental Regulation and Ambient Charges in a Cournot Duopoly,” published in Technology and Investment. Raju also presented “Macroeconomic Disaster Behavioral Finance and Optimal Currency Areas” to North Africa (MENA) Centre for Investment in Bahrain, as well as “Financial Disasters, Risk Management and Behavioral Finance” to the CFA and Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP).

Craig Sasse, Ph.D., associate professor of management, presented “Unlocking New Demand: How to Use Strategy Tools to Gain a Business Advantage” along with Mary Lewis at the Mid America Supplier Development Council in Kansas City. Sasse, Tony Tocco, Ph.D., professor of accounting, and Jim Dockins, Ph.D., assistant professor of management, presented “Specialty Clinics: Surviving in a For-Profit Health Care World” to the Society for Case Research Workshop at Western Connecticut State University.

Rebecca Saxton, ’00, Ph.D., Research College of Nursing, presented "An Academic-Practice Partnership for Excellence: Developing a Dedicated Education Unit" at the National Conference on Professional Nursing Education and Development. She also presented “Lateral Violence: Restoring Civility to our Health Care Workforce” at the Missouri Hospital Association Annual Convention and Trade Show, as well as “Impact of No Interruption Intervention on Safety and Efficiency” in Rome.

Mylene Schriner, Ph.D., OTR/L, assistant professor of occupational therapy, wrote an article titled “Rehabilitation of the Upper Extremity After Stroke: Current Practice as a Guide for Curriculum” which was published in the Open Journal of Occupational Therapy. 

Mandi Sonnenberg, Ed.D., assistant professor of education, led a group of Rockhurst students who created an after-school club to provide technology lessons for sixth- through eighth-grade students at Visitation Catholic School.

Martin Stack, Ph.D., professor of management,  co-authored an article titled “Liquid Bread: An Examination of the American Brewing Industry, 1865-1940 Part 1,” published in the Journal of Brewery History. Stack also gave two presentations at MBAA International in Chicago alongside Jim Dockins, Ph.D., assistant professor of management, titled “The Globalization of Nursing: Opportunity of Threat” and “Arabic Translation and Adaptation of the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Care Providers and System Patient Satisfaction Survey Instrument.” 

Mike Stellern, Ph.D., professor of economics, co-contributed a case titled “Tom Hoenig and the $600 Billion Bailout,” published in the Journal for Case Studies. Stellern also presented “The Ryan Budget” at the Case Research, Summer Case Writer’s Conference at Western Connecticut State University. He also presented “Education and Workforce Issues” and “Higher Education” to the 2013 Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.

Daniel Stramara, Ph.D., professor of theology and religious studies, published an article titled, “Peri Pascha, the Book of Revelation, and Melito of Sardis,” in the Patristic and Byzantine Review.

Wenbin Sun, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing, authored two articles: “Linking Corporate Social Responsibility to Firm Default,” published in the European Management Journal, and “Geographically Varying Effects of Weather on Tobacco Consumption: Implications for Health Marketing Initiatives,” published in the Health Marketing Quarterly and in the American Marketing Association Winter Marketing Educators’ Conference.

Brendan Sweetman, Ph.D., professor of philosophy, presented a paper titled, “Hermeneutical Influences in U.S. Philosophy of Religion and Theology,” at the Pontifical Institute of Philosophy and Theology in Mumbai, India. Sweetman also serves as vice president for the North American region of the World Conference of Catholic Universities’ Institutions of Philosophy. 

Marcie Swift, PT, Ph.D., assistant professor of physical therapy, Ellen Spake, Ph.D., assistant to the president for Mission and Ministry, and J. Byron, published an article titled, “The Reliability of a Musculoskeletal Objective Structured Clinical Examination in a Professional Physical Therapist Program” in the Journal of Physical Therapy Education.

Michael Tansey, Ph.D., professor of economics, authored an article titled “Dual MBA/Medical Degrees for Doctors,” published in the American Journal of Health Sciences. Tansey also co-authored “Gravity Model of Trade Applied to Developing Countries,” published in The Southern Business and Economic Journal.

Catherine Thompson, PT, Ph.D., MS, associate professor of physical therapy, is editor and author of Prevention Practice and Health Promotion: A Healthcare Professional’s Guide for Health, Fitness, and Wellness. This new text incorporates updated content from her first book and is designed to reach a broader audience. New chapters offer insight into topics such as stress management and nutrition. Another new chapter, “Prevention Practice for Common Medical Conditions,” is co-authored by Amy Foley, PT, DPT, associate professor of physical therapy. Thompson and Foley updated additional chapters from the previous edition, along with Ann Marie Decker, PT, MS, clinical assistant professor of physical therapy and academic coordinator of clinical education, who contributed to the revision of the chapter on “Prevention Practice for Older Adults.” Thompson also presented on “Learning by Serving: Strategies for Integrating Community Service into the Pediatric PT Curriculum,” and “The Effects of Motor Imagery, Physical Practice, and Combined Practice on Musculoskeletal Flexibility of Youth and Young Adults” with her students at the national American Physical Therapy Association meeting. Thompson also presented sessions related to motor development, motor control and motor learning to students at Concordia Career College. Finally, as part of a child development course at Olathe South High School in Olathe, Kan., Thompson engaged several classes in activities related to enhancing infant growth during the first year of life.

Tony Tocco, Ph.D., professor of accounting, presented, along with Craig Sasse, Ph.D., associate professor of management and Jim Dockins, Ph.D., assistant professor of management, “Specialty Clinics: Surviving in a For-Profit Health Care World” to the Society for Case Research Workshop at Western Connecticut State University.

Mindy Walker, Ph.D., associate professor of biology, gave a presentation titled "Cooperation and Altruism in the Evolution of Species" at the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church.

Liz Zayat, MS, OTR/L, academic fieldwork coordinator, is an accepted presenter at the World Federation of Occupational Therapy 2014 Congress in Yokohoma, Japan, June 18-21, 2014. Her presentation is titled, “Accepting the Challenge: Developing a Valid and Culturally Relevant Daily Living Skills Assess

Winter 2014


Petia Bobadova, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry, was invited to speak at a symposium of the Midwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, “Current Trends in Polymer Science.” Her topic is “Using computational modeling to design the conductive ability of thermally stable conjugated polymers.”

Nancy Donaldson, Ph.D., professor of physics and department chair of mathematics and physics, received an award from the Association of American Medical Colleges.  Her submission to the Pre-health Collection within MedEdPortal’s iCollaborative, “Fiber Optics in Medicine,” received the Physics Award for Outstanding Instruction in the Pre-health Competencies. The award stems from work developed through a physics of medicine grant from the National Science Foundation.

Laura Janusik, Ph.D., associate professor of communication, was invited by ACT to be one of five content specialists in listening. She participated in a two-day seminar to help the test makers better identify the construct of listening for inclusion on the test.

John Kerrigan, Ph.D., associate professor of English, helped organize and served as emcee at an event commemorating Seamus Heaney at the Irish Center of Kansas City. Kerrigan and Patricia Cleary Miller, Ph.D., professor of English, were two of the featured speakers on Heaney’s work. In addition, Miller read two original poems inspired by Heaney, including “Gaze Through the Clear Water, for Seamus Heaney 1939-2013.”

Dan Martin, Ph.D., associate professor and department chair of English, read from his work in creative nonfiction at the Writer’s Place in Kansas City, Mo, in October.

Renee Michael, Ph.D., professor of psychology, was honored with the Brenner Award for Faculty Achievement.

Works by Anne Pearce, associate professor of art and director of the Greenlease Gallery, were included in a two-person exhibition, titled “Elaborate Webs, Striking Exploits,” at Miami Dade College’s Museum of Art and Design.

Mark Pecaut, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics, recently was recognized for 2012 Best Graduate Research Paper by the Astronomical Society of New York. Coauthored with two colleagues, his paper, titled A Revised Age for Upper Scorpius and the Star Formation History among the F-type Members of the Scorpius-Centaurus OB Associationwas published in The Astrophysical Journal. The principle finding of the research is that the Upper Scorpius Association, a widely used ‘benchmark’ association of stars that have a common origin, is twice as old as previously thought.  This age revision affected the predicted masses of several directly imaged substellar companions. The research was also featured in popular publications, including Sky and Telescope and Science Daily.

Kirsten Potter, DPT, associate professor of physical therapy, was featured in a video published by the American Physical Therapy Association, titled Evidence to Practice: Outcome Measures for Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis.

Craig Prentiss, Ph.D., professor of theology and religious studies, is the author of a newly published book: Staging Faith: Religion and African American Theater From the Harlem Renaissance to World War II (NYU Press, 2013).

Sudhakar Raju, Ph.D., professor of finance, was the keynote speaker at a seminar titled “Macroeconomic Disasters, Behavioral Finance and Optimal Currency Areas,” held in Bahrain and covered in the Daily Tribune.

Margaret Rausch, Ph.D., lecturer in theology and religious studies, wrote two chapters that were published in a book she co-edited, Islamic Religious Education in Secular Societies (Peter Lang Verlag – Vienna Islamic Studies Series, September 2013). They are: “Secularism and Islamic Education in the United States” and “Introduction: Secularisms and Islamic Education in Western and Post-Communist Societies.”

Mandi Sonnenberg, Ed.D., assistant professor of education, was invited to be a guest blogger on the topic of multitasking for SCD Group.

Michael Stellern, Ph.D., professor of economics, wrote the section on the outlook for higher education in the 2014 Economic Forecast, issued by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.

Daniel Stramara Jr., Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, wrote an article titled “Faith and Good Works in an Age of Terrorism,” which was published in Ecumenical Trends (June 2013).

Two books by Brendan Sweetman, Ph.D., professor and department chair of philosophy, recently were translated for use in other countries: Religion: Key Concepts in Philosophy, translated into Portuguese for use in Brazil; and Religion and Science: An Introduction, translated into Persian for use in Iran.