Faculty and Staff News and Achievements

Dr. Wendy Ashcroft signed a publishing contract for a book to be published in April 2013. The book will be titled Social Skills Games and Activities for Teaching Kids with Autism. She presented at the International Conference of the Council for Exceptional Children in Denver, Co, in April 2012. Her presentation topic was strategies for teaching middle school students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Ashcroft also represented the state of Tennessee at CEC’s representative assembly and has been nominated for a position on the Board of Directors of the International Council for Exceptional Children.

Mary Burns (Literature and Languages) was a recipient for Fine Arts Work Center summer writers residency 2012.
“100 Thousand Poets for Change,” a poetry reading held at Java Cabana on Saturday, September 29. Poets included Mary Burns, Corey Mesler, John Reed, Heather Dobbins, Whit Griffin, and Bobby Rogers.

Dr. Cort Casey has been invited to join the Board of Reviewers for the Delta Journal of Education. The Delta Journal of Education is a peer reviewed educational research journal. It focuses on papers that present empirical research, theoretical statements, philosophical arguments, critical syntheses of a domain of educational inquiry, and the synergy of educational scholarship, policy, and practice. It is published bi-annually at Delta State University in Cleveland, MS.

Matthew Hamner, Assistant Professor, will be performing the role of Azolan in Les Liaisons Dangereuses at Theatre Memphis in October.

Dr. Emily Holmes organized a panel discussion this past May around the theme of “Intersections: Medieval Women’s Spirituality in Conversation with Feminist Theory and Theology” at the 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and on that panel, she presented a paper, “Hadewijch and the Mother of Love,” which is based on a chapter of her forthcoming book, Writing the Body of Christ: A Theology of Incarnation through Women’s Mystical Writings (under contract with Baylor University Press, forthcoming November 2013).

Dr. Ben Jordan will be Chairing and commentating on a session entitled, “Girl Scouting at 100 Years: Internationalism and Gender in the Twentieth Century” for this year’s Women’s and Gender Historians of the Midwest Conference theme, “‘Born in Revolution’: History, Gender, and the Power of Conflict” in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on October 13th.

Sean MacInnes, Administrative Assistant for The School of Arts, has been elected to Chair the Sustainability Committee. He is also the Faculty/Staff Advisor for the Student Sustainability Coalition and the Project Coordinator for the CBU Community Garden. If you want to be involved contact him! smacinne@cbu.edu, 321-3335

Assistant Professor Nick Pena’s work What Lies Beneath (Slow Creep), oil on canvas, 36×60” has been selected, by Juror John Weeden, for an exhibition at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens titled Present Tense: The Art of Memphis from 2001-Now. The exhibition focuses on the interesting recent history of our city and the way Memphis artists have responded to this stimulating and sometimes provocative environment. The exhibition features more than 100 works of art in a variety of media by some seventy-five different artists. Stretching from Catmur Foyer all the way into the Residence, almost the entirety of the Dixon, the show will reveal the scope of recent Memphis art as no presentation ever has. The exhibition will open at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens on Saturday, 3 February and runs for twelve weeks, until Sunday 14 April. Every work in the show will be featured on a website specially designed to serve as a permanent catalogue of the exhibition.

Dr. Brendan Prawdzik has two articles due for release next year, “‘Look on Me’: Theater, Gender, and Poetic Identity Formation in Milton’s Maske” in Studies in Philology Fall 2013; and “Naked Writhing Flesh: Rhetorical Authority, Theatrical Recursion, and Milton’s Poetics of the Viewed Body” in Duquesne University Press volume, tentative titled “‘Varietie without end’: Generative Irresolution in Milton’s Poetry.

Dr. Prawdzik attended a National Humanities Center junior faculty colloquium on the poet Andrew Marvell, led by preeminent Marvellian Nigel Smith (Princeton), at Raleigh-Durham, NC this past June. He is also developing a conference panel with two members of the group, Alex Garganigo and Blaine Greteman, for the March 2013 South-Central Renaissance Conference in Omaha. That panel is on Marvell’s prose satire The Rehearsal Transpros’d.

Dr. Ric Potts has co-authored a book, Impressions From the Middle: Content Literacy Strategies for Improving Student Achievement (2012) by Research for Better Schools, Inc. Dr. Potts has also been recognized for being a member of the Tennessee Higher Education Common Core Advisory Committee.

Ms. Rita Raniszewski, Director of Assessment, and Ms. Nancy Wilder, NCATE Coordinator, will attend several NCATE (National Accreditation of Colleges of Teacher Education) conferences concerning accreditation for the Education Department programs: the annual fall meeting of CAEP/NCATE in Arlington, VA; the NCATE conference in Washington, DC; and the TACTE (Tennessee Association of Colleges of Teacher Education) conference in Nashville where they will be joined by colleagues Dr. Ric Potts, Dr. Cort Casey, and Dr. Samantha Alperin.

Dr. Jeff Sable recently published two articles, “The sensory gating inventory as a potential diagnostic tool for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder” in the journal ADHD Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorders; and “Effects of alcohol on sequential information processing: Evidence for temporal myopia” is available online and in the journal of Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. He also participated in a symposium called “Psychophysiology at a primarily undergraduate institution: Teaching and research” in which he focused on engaging undergraduate students in the research process. He was also a co-presenter of a research poster entitled, “Stimulus rhythmicity can override the omission MMN”, which is a collaboration with a student and an alumna from Rhodes College, and students and a faculty member (Dr. Frank Andrasik) at the University of Memphis, where the research was conducted.