University of Southern Indiana

Faculty and Staff Achievements

Dr. Sheri Jenkins Keenan has been named the 2017 Chairman of the Tom Barker Award for Undergraduate Student Service by the Southern Criminal Justice Association (SCJA). The Southern Criminal Justice Association is a regional organization affiliated with the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. SCJA is a professional association serving criminal justice educators, researchers, practitioners and students committed to the ongoing development of criminal justice science and practice. Member states include Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Dr. Phoneshia Wells, assistant professor of Health Services in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, was selected to be a member of the Henderson Leadership Initiative’s Class of 2016, a leadership development program in Henderson, Kentucky. The mission of HLI is to expand the circle of leadership throughout Henderson by identifying, nurturing, mentoring, training and placing a new generation of leaders within the organizational infrastructure of the community. This year’s group practicum assignment followed the “Compassion Henderson” movement, which was introduced by the HLI Class of 2015.

Dr. Mary (MT) Hallock Morris presented two research papers in Las Vegas at the end of January. Her paper “The Rise of a Nuclear-Free New Zealand: Investigating the Roles of Organized Interests, Labour Party Politics, and the Influence of Foreign Countries at the American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences on January 30, 2017. Her second paper, “Mapping Policy Subsystems: Developing a Deep Understanding of the Politics of Louisiana’s Crumbling Coast,” was presented at the Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference on January 31, 2017.

Dr. Jeff Seyler has been named the recipient of the 2017 Local Section Outreach Volunteer of the Year Award for the IN-KY Border Section of the American Chemical Society. He will be listed along with other award winners in the Chemical and Engineering News.

Andrea Gentry has been promoted to director of development within the USI Foundation. The change is effective February 1, 2017.

Gentry graduated from USI in 2005, and immediately began working for the USI Foundation. In 2006 she was appointed assistant director of development and was promoted to associate director of development in 2015. In 2013 she obtained the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CRFE) designation from CRFE International. She also obtained the Certificate in Fund Raising Management through the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in 2012. The Evansville Business Journal and Courier & Press selected Andrea in 2011 as a member of its second annual class of 20 under 40, honoring young emerging leaders in the community. She serves on the board of directors for the Evansville Area Fundraising Council (president 2011-2013), Koch Family Children’s Museum of Evansville, and the United Way of Posey County.

Dr. Jack Smothers, assistant professor of management, has been appointed as the next MBA director for Romain College of Business.

Dr. Tamara L. Hunt has been appointed to the role of director of Master of Liberal Arts. Her goals including creating degree tracks within disciplines that students can specialize in and will be reflected in transcripts. She also plans to expand the courses and concentrations to departments without existing graduate programs of their own as well as incorporating some classes from existing graduate degrees. The creation of certificate programs for those not requiring a full master's degree and teaching certification for high school teachers to teach dual credit and AP classes is also on the agenda. She will also explore the creation of 4 + 1 programs for seniors who are excellent students to begin taking graduate courses before graduation and finish the master’s degree in a year.

David A. Bower, director of development and president of the USI Foundation, has been promoted to vice president for development while continuing as president of the USI Foundation. He is a graduate of Saint Meinrad College and has master's degrees from the Catholic University of Louvain Belgium and the University of Evansville. He began his position in the USI Foundation 23 years ago as a special gifts officer and worked his way to the top post, leading the Foundation for the past decade. He earned the Certified Fundraising Executive designation in 1999.

Richard Toeniskoetter, executive director of Information Technology has been promoted to chief information officer. He joined USI more than five years ago from Northern Arizona University where he was a technology director for eight years. Prior to that, he worked in the telecommunications industry for 16 years. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University with both bachelor's and master's degrees.

Dr. Katherine Draughon, executive director of Planning, Research and Assessment, has been promoted to chief data officer. She has been employed at the University for 10 years. Originally appointed as director of Institutional Research, she also has taken on the duties of overseeing the grants office. Prior to USI, Draughon served as a private research consultant in higher education. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Arlington, a master's degree from Colorado State University and both a master's and her doctorate from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dr. Kristalyn Shefveland, associate professor of history, has published her first book: Anglo-Native Virginia: Trade, Conversion, and Indian Slavery in the Old Dominion, 1646-1722, with the University of Georgia Press as part of the Early American Places series, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Doug Goeppner, USI ADA coordinator, will be presenting at the 2016 Conference on Disability being held in Indianapolis by the Indiana Governor's Council on Disability. He will be conducting a breakout session on the topic of accessibility in the built environment.

Dr. Melinda Roberts and Dr. Melissa Stacer had their article “Evaluating a faith-based diversion and reentry program: Who graduates and who is rearrested?” in the Journal of Community Corrections, 26(1), 5-14.

Although research has focused on the effectiveness of faith-based programs in many settings, little research has examined the qualitative impact on those who participate in them. Graduates from a faith-based community correctional program were interviewed to examine their successful reentry. This research fills a gap in the previous literature by qualitatively exploring how program participation impacted the participants individually. Using the “hooks for change” theoretical framework (Giordano, Cernkovich, & Rudolph, 2002), this research analyzes what graduates report about their experiences as they worked to become crime-free.

Phil Orr, distance learning librarian, gave two presentations at the Indiana Library Federation’s annual conference in Indianapolis. The topics were “Moving Outreach Online: Services to Students, Faculty, and Patrons” and “Building a Bridge: From Assessment to Development.”

“Moving Outreach Online: Services to Students, Faculty, and Patrons” included:

  • a series of tutorial modules for online course instructors
    • faculty-librarian collaboration in virtual environments with a description of initiating outreach to faculty members who are developing online courses
    • outreach to online students with information about creating research skills training resources for students in a graduate education course
    • the use of varied subscription training tools, such as Gale Courses, to provide self-paced online training to library patrons.

“Building a Bridge: From Assessment to Development” covered details of an assessment project conducted at the University of Southern Indiana’s David L. Rice Library in which a selection of the library’s print and electronic journal holdings was compared with the top journal publications in several Google Scholar Metrics categories. The data collected gave the library a sense of how well it measured up to a particular standard, an idea of where it could expand collections to better meet its users’ information needs, and information with which to market its strengths to the university community.

Dr. Melissa Stacer, associate professor of criminal justice, and USI alum, Ryan Eagleson, have had their article "Exploring the utility of correctional facility tours in undergraduate criminal justice education" accepted for publication in the Journal of Criminal Justice Education.

In this research, students who attended a jail or prison tour were given a survey before and after the tour asking about their perceptions of inmates, correctional officers, and the correctional environment. A major finding of the study was that students’ perceptions of correctional officers significantly changed from pre-test to post-test. Students moderately agreed in the pre-test that correctional officers were caring individuals, but felt more strongly about the caring attributes of correctional officers in the post-test.

Dr. Thomas Litney, assistant professor of occupational therapy, was recently selected as Commander of the 305th Minimal Care Detachment with the Army Reserves in Joplin, Missouri during an official change of command ceremony. He was also recently promoted the rank of major and has 17 years of combined Army active duty and reserve service.

John Morris has been elected President of the national organization College Broadcasters Inc.

Jay Fredrich, USI professor emeritus of engineering,  led a nine-member delegation of representatives of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) History and Heritage Committee to participate in a ceremony at Naurouze, France, recognizing the Canal du Midi in southern France as an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.

The ceremony was part of the 2016 observance the 350th anniversary of the King Louis XIV edict authorizing the construction of the canal to provide an inland link between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The canal was recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1996. ASCE joined the Institution of Engineers and Scientists of France in providing a plaque documenting the canal’s landmark status to be placed at a location on the canal visited by Thomas Jefferson when he was the United States Ambassador to France. 

Dr. Serah Theuri received the Outstanding Abstract Award at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2016 Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo for her work, Outcomes from an Urban Adult Weight Reduction Program: The Glenwood Study.

Dr. Rocco Gennaro recently had his book Consciousness published by Routledge Press.

Description: Consciousness is arguably the most important interdisciplinary area in contemporary philosophy of mind, with an explosion of research over the past thirty years from philosophers, psychologists, and scientists. It is also perhaps the most puzzling aspect of the world despite the fact that it is familiar to each of us. This book introduces readers to the contemporary problem of consciousness, providing a clear introduction to the overall landscape and a fair-minded critical survey of various theories of consciousness.

Dr. Brian McGuire received the Beta Alpha Psi's 2016 Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award. He was recognized for his dedicated service to USI's Beta Alpha Psi Chapter and for his regional service, as well as his ongoing service to the accounting profession.  The global award is presented annually to five faculty advisors who go above and beyond the requirements.

Dr. Andy Buck was awarded a sabbatical for the spring, 2017, to study letters-to-the-editor in Soviet versus post-Soviet Russia, traveling to Petersburg for 8 weeks.

Dr. Vaughn DeCoster  with Dr. James Dickerson (Social Work) published a paper, Social Work Student Engagement: A Comparison of BSW, MSW & NSSE Data, in the International Journal of Arts & Sciences.

Dr. Ronda Priest recently concluded a two-year term as the USI Research Liaison for Community One, authoring multiple reports on her research with the Blackford’s Grove, Culver, Downtown, Glenwood, Tepe Park, and the Arts District neighborhoods. She presented her paper, Community Engagement in the Research Classroom, at the 2016 National Social Science Association conference. 

Dr. Anne Statham attended the ASA conference presenting her paper, Preserving the Safety Net the Effort Seen in Virtual Space.

Dr. Steven Williams recently published a book chapter, All Mod Cons: The Who and Rock -n- Roll’s Authenticity. 

Dr. Stephen Zehr took a trip to Seattle for a committee meeting at the American Sociology Association (ASA) annual conference, then to Barcelona to present at a joint meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science and European Association for the Study of Science and Technology.

Allison Grabert was named one of several Inspiring Women of STEM by Insight into Diversity.

Dr. Amie McKibban was one of the Evansville Business Journal's (EBJ)"20 Under 40." EBJ selects 20 of Evansville's strongest and brightest leaders to honor annually. McKibban was chosen for her contributions to the LGBT community and being an inspiring and inspirational educator.

President Linda L.M. Bennett was honored with the Torchbearer and Trailblazer Award from the Indiana Commission for Women. She was awarded “in recognition of her pioneering contributions. The Torchbearer Awards are given annually to women from Indiana who break down barriers as leaders.

Dr. Melinda Roberts, associate professor of criminal justice, and Dr. Melissa Stacer, associate professor of criminal justice, had their research article titled, “In their own words: Offenders’ perspectives on their participation in a faith-based diversion and reentry program”, published in the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation.

Al Holen, assistant professor of ceramics, has had her artwork accepted into a national juried exhibition called “Strictly Functional Pottery National” in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  The show features the best of contemporary functional ceramics in the country.

Dr. Perry Burnett and economic majors, Travis Brooks ’13 and Patrick Bassett ’14, had their research article, “Estimating Quality of Life and Place with Location Theory: The McBucks Index," accepted in the journal, Social Indicators Research.

The journal is ranked in the first quartile (Q1) out of 418 journals in the field of interdisciplinary social science by Scimago Journal & Country Rank.

Dr. Rocco Gennaro and Dr. Casey Harison co-edited the book The Who and Philosophy. Dr. Steve Williams also contributed one of the chapters to this edited volume of papers.

Description: The Who were one of the most memorable and influential of the 1960s British Invasion bands—memorable because of their loudness and because they destroyed instruments during performances—influential because of their success in crafting “Power Pop” singles like “My Generation” and “I Can See for Miles,” long-playing albums Live at Leeds and Who’s Next, and the “rock operas” Tommy and Quadrophenia. The themes that primary songwriter Pete Townshend imparted into The Who’s music drew upon the group’s mostly working-class London upbringings and early Mod audiences: frustration, angst, irony, and a youthful inclination to lash out. Like some of his rock and roll contemporaries, Townshend was also affected by religious ideas coming from India and the existential dread he felt about the possibility of nuclear war. During a career that spanned many decades, The Who gave their fans and rock critics a lot to think about. The remarkable depth and breadth of The Who’s music and their story as one of the most exciting and provocative rock bands over the last half-century are the subjects of the philosophical explorations in this collection.

Dr. Tori Colson's, (assistant professor of teacher education), article "Rural secondary educators' perceptions of their efficacy in the inclusive classroom" was published in Rural Special Education Quarterly.

Joan deJong, assistant dean of the College of Liberal Arts and associate professor of art at the University of Southern Indiana, will be honored with the 2016 Educator Award presented by the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana. The Arts Council’s annual Arts Awards honor individuals, groups and institutions that have made significant contributions to the advancement of the arts in Evansville and the surrounding counties.

Virginia Weiler’s case study, “Uber Pricing Strategies and Marketing Communications,” (co-authored with Paul Farris, Gerry Yemen, and Kusim Ailawadi) has been published in the Harvard Business Review.

Dr. Matt Hanka was named Rotarian of the Year 2015 - 2016 for his dedication to the Rotary Club of Evansville. The Rotary Club is an international organization of business and professional leaders who strive to provide strong humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to build goodwill and peace throughout their community and the world.

Dr. Colleen R. Walsh, contract assistant professor of nursing, was formally inducted on May 24, 2016, as president of the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses (NAON). She has been a member of NAON for 33 years and have held many positions within the organization. She also represents NAON on the work group for the development of clinical performance measures on Management of Hip Fractures in the Elderly (MHFE).

Gregory Johnson, assistant director of Planning, Research and Assessment and Dr. Mary Hallock Morris, associate professor of political science have been invited to present at a conference at the Assessment Institute in Indianapolis. The Institute is one of the largest in the country for higher education assessment.

The topic of their presentation “When Good Intentions Go Astray: How to Rebuild an Assessment Plan for a General Education Curriculum,” covers USI’s redevelopment and implementation of the Core 39 assessment plan. Topics and themes covered include: identifying assessment needs, assembling an effective team, maximizing existing resources, gaining faculty buy-in and the lessons learned along the way.

Dr. Dinko Bacic’s paper "Business Information Visualization Intellectual Contributions: An Integrative Framework of Visualization Capabilities and Dimensions of Visual Intelligence" has been accepted for publication in Decision Support Systems, a top journal in management information systems and computer information systems.

Dr. Mehmet Kocakulah, professor of accounting, will receive a complementary reprint of his article, “Absenteeism Problems and Costs:  Causes, Effects And Cures,” in the International Business & Economics Research Journal. Since its original publication in 2009, Kocakulah’s article has been downloaded more than 10,000 times, making it one of the most downloaded manuscripts in the International Business & Economics Research Journal.

Dr. Mehmet Kocakulah, professor of accounting, will receive a Lybrand Certificate of Merit for his article, “Wellness Initiatives as a Cost Saving Strategy: A Model of Return on Investment and Other Financial Incentives.” The article was chosen as one of the best articles of the year for the publication, Strategic Finance. The award will be presented to Kocakulah on June 21 at the IMA Annual Reception and Dinner.  

Dr. Susanna Hoeness-Krupsaw, associate professor of English, has been selected as an NEH Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool to attend one of 23 seminars and institutes supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  The Endowment is a federal agency that, each summer, supports these enrichment opportunities at colleges, universities, and cultural institutions, so that faculty can work in collaboration and study with experts in humanities disciplines.

Hoeness-Krupsaw will participate in the summer institute titled "Moral Psychology and Education: Putting the Humanities to Work."  The four-week program will be held at Grand Valley State University and co-directed by Dr. Deborah Mower, professor of philosophy and religion at Youngstown State University and Dr. Phyllis Vandenberg, professor of philosophy at Grand Valley State University.

Dr. Elizabeth Bonham, associate professor of Nursing, served as a convener for the inaugural Child/Adolescent Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Symposium: Infant Mental Health during the 18th Annual Conference of the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses (ISPN), held April 12-16, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is also a founding convener of the Mental Health Policy Special Interest Group (SIG) for ISPN.

Dr. Rocco J. Gennaro, philosophy professor and department chair, is the editor of  the published book: Disturbed Consciousness: New Essays on Psychopathologies and Theories of Consciousness by MIT Press.

In Disturbed Consciousness, philosophers and other scholars examine various psychopathologies in light of specific philosophical theories of consciousness. The contributing authors—some of them discussing or defending their own theoretical work—consider not only how a theory of consciousness can account for a specific psychopathological condition but also how the characteristics of a psychopathology might challenge such a theory.

2014-2015 Scholarly and Creative Works Report: If you’ve ever wondered what USI faculty and staff can achieve in the span of one year, the Center Excellence in Teaching and Learning has compiled it in a single report. Publications, awards, art exhibitions, conference proceedings, grants and more can be found in the Scholarly and Creative Works Report.

Katie Waters and Matthew Graham will be featured at the Anne P. Baker Gallery at Glema Mahr Center for the Arts, on the campus of Madisonville Community College. Their art and poetry collaboration, Time Present and Time Past, will run from April 24 to June 1.

Dr. Dinko Bacic's article,"Impact of Information Technology (IT) Security Information Sharing among Competing IT Firms on Firm’s Financial Performance: An Empirical Investigation." has been accepted for publication in Communications of the Association for Information Systems.

Dr. Perry Burnett’s research paper, “Overpopulation, Optimal City Size and the Efficiency of Urban Sprawl,” has been accepted for publication in the Review of Urban & Regional Development Studies (RURDS), an internationally ranked journal in the area of development.

Journal Description: “Review of Urban & Regional Development Studies (RURDS) focuses on issues of immediate practical interest to those involved in policy formation and implementation. Articles contain rigorous empirical analysis, with many emphasizing policy relevance and the operational aspects of the academic disciplines, while others focus on theoretical and methodological issues. Interdisciplinary and international in perspective, RURDS has a wide appeal: in addition to scholars, readership includes planners, engineers and managers in government, business and development agencies worldwide.” 

Dr. Mikel Hand’s manuscript, “Advance Directives in Care Provision for Incarcerated Adults: A Scoping Review Protocol,” has been accepted for publication in The JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, 2685, an online journal of the Joanna Briggs Institute at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. One of his key areas of research interest is end of life, and this project focuses on inmate care and autonomy.

“More than 10.2 million people are incarcerated worldwide, and the United States incarcerates more than any other developed country,” said Hand. “The purpose of this review is to chart/review the evidence surrounding the application of advance directives in inmate care. We anticipate identifying gaps that will serve as the basis for future primary research."

Hand, assistant professor of Nursing, said his project is a collaborative effort with Dr. Sheryl Mitchell, clinical assistant professor from the University of South Carolina Columbia College of Nursing. They have developed an affiliation with the Indiana Center for Evidence–Based Nursing Practice, a Joanna Briggs Collaborating Center at Purdue University Calumet, one of many JBI Centers worldwide.

Dr. Trent Engbers receives the 2015-2016 USI Foundation Award Recipient for Outstanding Teaching by a New Faculty Member. Dr. Trent A. Engbers is a native of Evansville, IN. His teaching and research interest include civic and political participation, public leadership, Chinese government, organizational theory, economic development, fundraising, and religion in public life.

His research has been published in Economic Development Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, Religion and Politics, Public Administration Review and the Journal of Leadership Education. His current research agenda focuses on presidential leadership and the relationship between economic development and social capital. He presents regularly at the Midwest Political Science Association and the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and the Voluntary Action.

Dr. Tori Shoulder's,
(associate professor of education), article "Rural high school teachers' self-efficacy in student engagement, instructional strategies, and classroom management" was published in American Secondary Education.

Dr. Mehmet Kocakulah and James Powers' collaborative article "Saving Money Through Wellness Programs" was published in Strategic Finance.

Dr. Jack Smothers's article "How to Do Walking Meetings Right" was published in the Harvard Business Review.

Kelly Sparks, (principal investigator) and Rick Hudson received an extension grant from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education towards their work with the Pott College's Teaching Eagles program. The current award is for $476,496 and provides $2000 scholarships for science majors seeking a secondary education minor or an elementary major who wishes to earn a minor in either mathematics, instructional technology, or science. Information can be found here /science/teaching-eagles-scholarship-program.

Rick Hudson, (principal investigator), Jeff Seyler and Henri Maurice were awarded a STEM Teacher Recruitment Grant by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. The $286,941 grant will support math/bio/chem dual credit teachers to take graduate coursework and support the development of a Quantitative Reasoning conference for high school teachers in 2017.

Jennifer Bartek, clinical assistant professor of dental hygiene, is the second recipient of the John M. Lawrence ’73 Health Professions Faculty Member Award.

Dr. C. Elizabeth (Beth) Bonham, assistant professor of nursing, has been promoted and received tenure. Her clinical expertise as a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist focuses on mental health issues of children and adolescents.

Joy Cook and Heather Schmuck, clinical assistant professors of radiologic and imaging sciences, each received Advancing Your Profession: Education and Professional Growth Grants—$500—sponsored by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

Additionally, Schmuck was recognized by the Indiana Society of Radiologic Technologists (ISRT) as the 2015 Outstanding Technologist Award, as well as earning USI’s 2015 College of Nursing and Health Professions Excellence in Teaching Award.

Both Cook and Schmuck were elected to new positions on the ISRT board of directors. Cook, immediate past president, is now a senior board member, and Schmuck was elected vice president of the board.

Dr. Roberta Hoebeke, professor of nursing, was named the 2015 Alumni Service Award Winner for the Michigan State University College of Nursing for her work with those in need.

Kim Parsons, chair of Dental Assisting, assumed the duties of chair for Dental Hygiene. She served as interim chair of Dental Hygiene following the retirement of Deborah Carl Wolf in Spring 2015.

Wes Phy, chair of Respiratory Therapy, received a master’s degree in secondary education from USI. He has over 32 years of extensive experience in all areas of respiratory therapy, including education, management, home care, pulmonary rehabilitation, cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary diagnostics, and adult and pediatric critical care.

Mary Rock, RN, JD, was selected by Indiana Governor Mike Pence to serve on the Indiana State Board of Nursing. Her four-year term began July 1, 2015.

Dr. Ann White, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions and Dr. Erin Reynolds, assistant professor of health services/health administration have been appointed by USI’s President Linda L. M. Bennet to the Distance Education Advisory Committee to represent the College. The mission of this committee is to consider issues that affect the development and delivery of distance education courses and programs and to make recommendations on matters affecting distance education. 

Britney Orth will be joining the Dean of Students Office as the assistant director of Student Conduct. Orth is a 2003 graduate of the University of Southern Indiana where she double-majored in broadcast journalism and sociology while serving as president of the Student Government Association. She completed her Masters of Education in College Student Personnel at the University of Louisville. She has held a variety of professional positions at Southern Methodist University, the University of Evansville, Ivy Tech and USI.

In her role, Orth will serve as a member of the University’s Care Team and will work closely with Housing and Residence Life. Dean of Students, Dr. Bryan Rush, said, “Britney has a rich commitment to USI and our students. I am excited to see the support and accountability she will provide to the community.”

Gregory Johnson has been promoted to Assistant Director of Planning, Research and Assessment (OPRA), as of November 1. Johnson has a master’s in experimental psychology from Indiana State (2011) and bachelor degrees in both psychology and sociology from Western Kentucky University (2007). He joined USI in 2012 as a research associate in OPRA, and until May 2015 he also served as an adjunct biostatistics lecturer the College of Nursing and Health Professions, Health Services program.

Dr. Renee Frimming was the recipient of the Sydney L. & Sadelle Berger
Faculty Community Service Award. The Berger Community Service Award recognizes a University faculty member for distinguished community service to groups, agencies and institutions external to the University of Southern Indiana.

Dr. Thomas Weber's article “borjo coffeehouse: Franchise, Independence, & Starbucks” was published recently in Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice.

Dr. Joyce Gulley, associate professor of Teacher Education, was selected for the Celebrating Literacy Award by the Evansville Area Reading Council. The award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of literacy education.

Xavia Harrington was nominated by a USI student and won a Pearson Professor Award. Pearson’s overall mission is to help people progress in their lives through learning-all kinds of people and all kinds of learning. One Professor pays tribute to higher education faculty who make a difference in the world everyday.  In an age dominated by the latest social network or gadget, the most meaningful connections still happen between people. Through the stories of students, One Professor highlights the importance of these connections and aims to inspire students everywhere to open up their minds to the world of possibilities right in front of them, in classrooms each day.

Dr. Mary Ann Shifflet was featured as part of the JMP Marketing blog series "Beyond Spreadsheets."

Dr. Glenna Bower has been promoted from assistant dean to associate dean of the Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education. Bower also serves as chair of the Kinesiology and Sport Department and associate professor of kinesiology and sport.

Dr. Bonnie Beach has been promoted from associate dean and Interim chair of Teacher Education to associate dean and chair of Teacher Education. She is also professor of education in the Teacher Education Department.

Dr. Jennifer Williams' article “Cyberbullying victimization:  Do victims’ personality and risky social network behaviors contribute to the problem?” was accepted for publication in Computers in Human Behavior.

Dr. Perry Burnett's research article: “Land Use Regulations and Regional Economic Development,” was accepted for publication in the well-known journal: Land Economics.

Note: Land Economics ranks 10 out of 192 journals in Urban and Regional Economics (Barrett, Olia and Bailey 2000)

This article will mark the second publication by Dr. Burnett in Land Economics.

Dawn M. Worman BSN ’07, MSN ’10, instructor in Nursing, was selected for the 2015 Melissa Faye and John M. Lawrence Baccalaureate Faculty Teaching Award. The award is selected by the 2015 senior class and given to a member of the undergraduate faculty who demonstrates a commitment to nursing education.

The award is given by John M. Lawrence ’73, a generous benefactor of the College of Nursing and Health Professions and its nursing programs.

Dr. Dinko Bacic is the 2015 recipient of the Romain College of Business Dean’s Teaching Award.

Dr. Gongjun Yan is the 2015 recipient of the Romain College of Business Dean’s Research Award.

Dr. Jack Smothers is the 2015 recipient of the Romain College of Business Dean’s Service Award.

Dr. Chad Milewicz is the 2015 co-recipient of the Romain College of Business Dean’s Excellence Award in Research.

Mr. Tim Bryan is the 2015 co-recipient of the Romain College of Business Dean’s Excellence Award in Service.

Dr. Kathy Elpers was recognized as the Region 8 Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

Dr. Gabriela Mustata Wilson, assistant professor of health services/administration, participated in a live conversation on Health Informatics with WNIN on February 16, 2015. With her in the studio were Chris Thompson, coordinator of clinical simulations from USI, Aaron Litherland, CEO of ClearFuture Healthcare and Brian Norris, CIO for Perscio, who joined from Indianapolis. Listen to the entire program here:

Dr. Khaled Elkhal and Dr. Sudesh Mujumdar had an article published in the Journal of Applied Economics and Business (2014, Vol.2, Issue 4), titled "There Should be NO CAP on Subordinated Debt: William Poole is Right!"

Dr. Jill Raisor, assistant professor of Education, recently received the Christine L. Fisher Early Childhood Education Grant from the Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children. The grant will provide toddler and preschool aged children at the USI Children’s Learning Center an opportunity to work with USI artists, Al Holen (ceramics) and Rob Millard-Mendez (woodworking), in preparation for an annual art show.

Dr. Perry Burnett, Dr. Kenneth Shemroske and Dr. Mohammed Khayum had an article published in Administrative Issues Journal, 4(2). It is titled: "Disrupting Faculty Service: Using Technology to Increase Academic Service Productivity."

The Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series announced that 3 Southwestern Indiana women have been selected as members of its historic 25th Anniversary Class of 2014-2015.  Renee Kabrick, Pepper Mulherin and Daniela Vidal join a group of 25 women from around the state to participate in the annual women’s leadership development program.

Dr. Perry Burnett and Dr. Curtis R. Price's paper (co-authored with T.H. Kuethe): “Consumer preference for locally grown produce: an analysis of willingness-to-pay and geographic scale,” Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development 2(1):269-278. (2011) was cited in the following USDA Report to the U.S. Congress:

Dr. Serah Theuri, assistant professor of Food and Nutrition, was the recipient of the Center for Applied Research and Economic Development Faculty, Outreach and Engagement Summer 2015 Fellowship Award.

Dr. Kevin Valadares, associate professor in Health Services, was a recipient of the USI Historic New Harmony Outreach and Engagement 2014-2015 Fellowship Award.

Dr. Stephanie Young, assistant professor of Communication Studies received the USI Foundation Outstanding Teaching by New Faculty Award.







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