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Fall 2020

On September 4, Professor of Art, Rob Millard-Mendez, received the Best in Show award for his work, "A Brief History of New Bedford," at the 27th Annual Jasper Arts Center Juried Exhibition. Millard-Mendez also received an Honorable Mention for his work "Early Morning Fireships."

'A Brief History of New Bedford' by Rob Millard-Mendez'Early Morning Fireships' by Rob Millard-Mendez

Dr. Casey PyciorDr. Casey Pycior, Assistant Professor of English, had two pieces accepted for publication: "Trespassing," an essay, appeared in the Fall 2020 issue of Sport Literate magazine and "And Sometimes Come to Regret," a short story, will appear in the spring issue of The Laurel Review.

The College of Liberal Arts welcomed five new faculty members to the team this semester.

Dr. Jason CallahanJason Callahan
Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice

Jason received his PhD in Sociology from Virginia Tech in May. He also holds degrees in Criminal Justice (M.S.), Political Science (B.A.), and Sociology (B.S.). Jason has taught criminology, juvenile delinquency, and drugs and society. He will be teaching crime scene investigations and police and society this fall. His research interests focus on crime and media as well as policing. Jason's dissertation investigated news media portrayals of active shooting events by analyzing Twitter data from various media sources. Prior to completing his doctorate, Jason had a career in law enforcement that spanned over 10 years. He hopes to bring this experience into the classroom.

Dr. Junghee HanJunghee Han
Assistant Professor, Social Work

Dr. Junghee Han earned her Ph.D. in Social Work from Fordham University in May 2019. She received her second MSW degree from Washington University in St. Louis and her first MSW degree from Soongsil Graduate School in Seoul, Korea. She has extensive clinical and research experiences working with older adults, people with disabilities, and immigrants. Before joining the USI, she served as an affiliate faculty in Calvin University. Her research focus areas include palliative care, productive aging, and health disparities for populations at risk.

Dr. Caroline JalainCaroline Jalain
Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice

Caroline graduated with her PhD in Criminal Justice from the University of Louisville in May 2020. She received her Masters in Criminal Justice from the University of Southern Mississippi and her Bachelors from the University of Orleans (France). Caroline's research focuses on courts, speciality courts and fear of crime using international data. She will be teaching Criminal Courts and Law and Criminal Law for the Criminal Justice Department at USI this fall. She looks forward to collaborating with other faculty members at USI and to continue developing her teaching and research agenda. Go Screagles!

Dr. Sung LeeSunguook (Sung) Lee
Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice

Dr. Lee earned a BA from Michigan State University, MS from Illinois State University, and PhD from Michigan State University, all in Criminal Justice. Dr. Lee's researcher and teaching interest is on the perception of police legitimacy and juvenile delinquency. He focused on cultural influence of perception of police legitimacy by testing whether Confucius culture. The idea was to see if individuals' perception of police legitimacy was based on personality traits or based on their cultural expectations. In terms of juvenile delinquency research, he focuses on behaviors such as alcohol abuse, suicidal ideations, and general delinquencies to assess what causes delinquent behaviors.

Jane Weatherred
Assistant Professor, Public Relations

Jane earned her Ph.D. in Mass Communications from the University of South Carolina in May 2019. She received her M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication from USC and her B.A. in Political Science from Hollins University. She has professional experience in public relations working for political officials and on political campaign staff in addition to serving as the Director of Public Relations for a college. At USI, she will teach Introduction to Advertising, Introduction to Public Relations, and Mass Communication Research. Her research focus areas are in public relations, health communication, public policy and journalism history.

Harison's book, 'Paris in Modern Times'The Journal of European Studies published a glowing review of Casey Harison’s most recent work, Paris in Modern Times: From the Old Regime to the Present Day (Bloomsbury Academic, October 2019) noting its encyclopedic treatment and admirable research.

Classic Restaurants of Evansville book cover

Associate Professor of History, Dr. Kristalyn Shefveland’s history of local eateries, Classic Restaurants of Evansville, was published in August 2020. Followed by an interview on local WNIN with David James.


Journal cover with a group of peopleHistory department adjunct and Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial Chief of Interpretation and Resource Management, Michael A. Capps, has published "A Question of Relevance: The Case of Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial," in The Public Historian (2020) 42 (2): 101–123.

Dr. Rocco J. Gennaro, professor of philosophy, recently published a much expanded and updated 2nd edition of his book entitled Mind and Brain: A Dialogue on the Mind-Body Problem, Hackett Publishing Company, 2020. This is his 12th published book.

AL Holen teaching a ceramics classIn February 2020, Alisa (AL) Holen of the USI Art and Design Department was one of three women selected to present on "Women in Craft" at the Ruskin School of Art and The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) in England. Her two-day workshop focused on the importance and history of the handmade object, the human desire to make, and using the draw of the handmade object to build community. An exhibit of her ceramic work was presented at The Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford.

Holen received her MA and MFA from the University of Iowa. She has taught Ceramics at USI since the Fall of 2011. She exhibits both nationally and internationally with her most recent exhibits including the American Pottery Festival at the Northern Clay Center, and a solo exhibit at Clay AKAR. Her work with Empty Bowls, Evansville has raised over $90,000 for local food banks, and involved over 400 community members.

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