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Jason White

Jason White delivered the 5th Annual Appalachian Lecture in British History in Belk Library on Thursday, April 27.  His presentation was entitled “Between Two Worlds:  The English Levant Company and the Ottoman Empire, 1581-1688.”  He has also been awarded a CAS Summer Grant in the amount of $2500 to support his project on the Levant Company.

Dr. Timothy J. Smith

Dr. Timothy J. Smith has been appointed to the national selection committee of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Completion Fellowship Program. The Mellon/ACLS fellowship supports one year of research and writing to help advanced graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of PhD dissertation writing. A grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports the program, which annually receives over 1,000 applications for 65 awards.

ACLS, a private, nonprofit federation of 74 national scholarly organizations, is the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences. Advancing scholarship by awarding fellowships and strengthening relations among learned societies is central to their work. Other activities include support for scholarly conferences, reference works, and scholarly communication innovations.  ACLS continues to be the leading private institution supporting scholars across a variety of humanistic disciplines. Fellowship programs are at the core of ACLS’s work and this year they awarded more than $20 million in research support to nearly 350 scholars.


Hunter R. Boylan

Hunter R. Boylan (LES & NCDE) delivered a keynote address at the National Association for Developmental Education (NADE) Conference held in Oklahoma City, OK.  The title of the address was “The Changing Student Context in Developmental Education.”  He also delivered the keynote address at the NADE Leadership Congress held prior to the conference.  This address was entitled, “What You’ll Learn as a Leader: Lessons from the Words of Mark Twain. “

Matthew Robinson

Matthew Robinson (GJS) recently attended the annual meeting of the North Carolina Criminal Justice Association, where he presented his paper, “The Proper Role of Criminologists Right Now, Revisited.” Robinson also chaired the panel, “Policy in Criminal Justice” where he presented an additional paper, “How to Evaluate Criminal Justice Policies Using Justice Theory.” At the conference, Robinson was elected to the office of Vice President, which revolves into the position of President-Elect next year and President the year after.

Dr. Melissa S. Weddell

Dr. Melissa S. Weddell, Associate Professor in the Dept. of Recreation Management and Physical Education was selected by the World Leisure Organization to be a visiting scholar during the fall 2016 semester at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, B.C.  During her time there she taught a course titled, “Influencing Change Towards Sustainability” in their Masters of Arts Sustainable Leisure Management Program as well as gave a public lecture.  In addition, she was part of a three day learning lab in Vancouver, B.C. visiting various social enterprises centered around leisure/recreation that are change agents in the community.  Vancouver Island is one of three World Leisure Centers of Excellence and as such supports scholars from all over the world to teach and conduct research.

World Leisure Organization: http://worldleisure.org/


E. Ike Udogu

E. Ike Udogu, professor and faculty fellow in the Department of Government and Justice Studies recently published a book titled Leadership and the problem of electoral democracy in Africa: Case studies and theoretical solutions. It was published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, New Castle-upon- Tyne, United Kingdom in 2016.

He also presented a paper titled Democracy in Africa: Fiction or Fact in the 21 st Century at the 25th annual conference of the Global Awareness Society in Budapest, Hungary, in May 2016.

Hunter R. Boylan

Hunter R. Boylan (LES and NCDE) delivered the keynote address at the Florida Association for Developmental Education Annual Conference in Lake Buena Vista, FL. The title of his speech was “Developmental Education in the Age of ‘College Ready”

Thomas B. Ellis

Thomas B. Ellis, Professor of Religious Studies in the Philosophy and Religion Department of the College of Arts and Sciences traveled to Jerusalem for a conference on Judaism and Evolution (http://www.schechter.ac.il/JerusalemReligionConference/full-program/) over the winter break and was interviewed for an article in The Jerusalem Post, titled:


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Dr. Theresa Redmond

Curriculum and Instruction faculty member, Dr. Theresa Redmond, recently attended the invitational Winter Symposium for Digital Literacy in Higher Education at University of Rhode Island. The symposium gathered together teachers, researchers, administrators, and doctoral students in discussion, dialogue, and debate related to praxis in advancing digital and media literacy. Please see the Symposium Press Release.


Xiaorong Shao and Geri Purpur

Xiaorong Shao and Geri Purpur recently published an article: Effects of Information Literacy Skills on Student Writing and Course Performance in the Journal of Academic Librarianship, volume 42, issue 6, November 2016.  The article reports on findings from a study, which examines the association between student information literacy skills and their writing abilities as well as their overall performance in a class. Dr. Shao is an information literacy librarian and Ms. Purpur is a user experience librarian. They both work at Belk Library of Appalachian State University. Check the article at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0099133316301756

Hunter R. Boylan (LES and National Center for Developmental Education)

Hunter R. Boylan (LES and National Center for Developmental Education) delivered the keynote address to the North Carolina Association for Developmental Education Conference in Raleigh, NC. The conference was held in conjunction with the North Carolina Community College System Conference.  The address was entitled, “Waves of Change in Developmental Education: Perils and Possibilities.”

Barbara H. Zaitzow

Barbara H. Zaitzow (Government and Justice Studies) attended the American Society of Criminology (ASC) meeting in New Orleans, LA (Nov. 16-19) where her co-author, Nicole Pelligrino (LSUHSC School of Public Health), presented their paper “All Lives Matter: Health Care Needs of Women Prisoners.”  A second paper Zaitzow co-authored with Anthony K. Willis (Inmate, North Carolina Department of Public Safety) entitled, “The Care Could Kill Ya: The Need For Transparent Inquiries Into Prisoners’ Health Care Needs” was also presented in the session “Barriers to Health Care Access in Prisons” that Zaitzow was invited to serve as Chair.

Hunter R. Boylan (LES/National Center for Developmental Education)

Hunter R. Boylan (LES/National Center for Developmental Education) delivered the keynote address at the University of Akron Symposium on Developmental Education.  His address was entitled, “What we think we know and what we really know about developmental education.”

Jeff Hirst (Mathematical Sciences) and Noah Hughes

Jeff Hirst (Mathematical Sciences) and Noah Hughes recently published the paper, Reverse mathematics and marriage problems with finitely many solutions, in the Archive for Mathematical Logic, 55(7) (2016) pages 1015-1024.  Noah is a graduate of the department’s Accelerated Admission Program for combined undergraduate and graduate study, and is now enrolled as a PhD student at the University of Connecticut.

Hunter R. Boylan (LES/National Center for Developmental Education)

Hunter R. Boylan (LES/National Center for Developmental Education) delivered the keynote address at the University of Akron Symposium on Developmental Education.  His address was entitled, “What we think we know and what we really know about developmental education.”

John P. Abbott (coordinator of collection management and professor in the University Libraries)

John P. Abbott, coordinator of collection management and professor in the University Libraries, has been named to the journal editorial board of Elsevier’s Serials Review, and appointed as a University of North Carolina representative to the state-wide Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) of NC LIVE.  NC LIVE is a consortium of the University of North Carolina System, NC Independent Colleges and Universities, NC Community Colleges, State Library of North Carolina, and NC Public Library Directors Association.  The consortium provides 200 North Carolina member academic and public libraries with electronic access to scholarly and educational ejournals, databases, ebooks, audiobooks, videos, magazines, newspapers, language-learning tools, and other online resources via the www.nclive.org portal and locally through integration into the ASU Library digital resources.

Greg Reck (anthropology) and Dinesh Paudel (sustainable development)

Greg Reck (anthropology) and Dinesh Paudel (sustainable development) have published a report in Anthropology News, which is the main news outlet for the American Anthropological Association:http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2016/09/27/brewing-disaster-in-post-earthquake-nepal/


Drs. G. David Shows (Marketing), Pia A. Albinsson (Marketing), Tatyana Ruseva (Political Science) and Diane Waryold (Human Development and Psychological Counseling)

Drs. G. David Shows (Marketing), Pia A. Albinsson (Marketing), Tatyana Ruseva (Political Science) and Diane Waryold (Human Development and Psychological Counseling) won Best Paper in the Marketing Education Track – for the paper titled “Technology Over-Consumption: Helping Students Find Balance in a World of Alluring Distractions” at the Atlantic Marketing Association Annual Conference held in Charleston, SC, September 14-18. The same paper was also awarded Best in Conference.The research project was partly funded through a grant from Walker College of Business Dean’s Club.
The research project was made possible after an invitation from Dr. Joy James (Recreation Management) and Dr. Rebecca Battista (Health Exercise Science) to join a discussion group on the importance of green space and outdoor recreation funded by the Humanities Council. This collaboration lead to the organization of two Unplugged events on the ASU campus that was part of the research endeavor.


Joseph Bathanti

Joseph Bathanti, creative writing professor at Appalachian and writer-in-residence for the university’s Watauga Residential College was awarded the North Carolina Award for Literature, the state’s highest civilian honor.


Dr. Gregory G. Reck

Dr. Gregory G. Reck, a professor in the Department of Anthropology at Appalachian State University, has received the 2016 Award for Academic Freedom and Faculty Governance from the university’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP).


Dr. Vachel Miller

As a Fulbright Scholar in 2015-16, the Reich College of Education’s Dr. Vachel Miller taught doctoral students in the new educational policy and leadership program at Bahir Dar University (BDU) in Ethiopia. This is the same academic program Miller helped develop, aided by a small grant from the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia that facilitated exchanges between BDU and Appalachian State University. – See more at: http://appalachianmagazine.org/stories/id/639

Ray Miller, PhD

Dr. Ray Miller, Coordinator for Global Understandings and a Professor in Dance Studies and Theatre Arts recently published an article entitled:  “The Courage to Teach and the Courage to Lead:  Considerations for Theatre and Dance in Higher Education” in the journal, Theatre Topics.  The article looks at the impact of the digital landscape, the ephemeral nature of our lives as we experience them today, and the impact of various technologies on how we consider teaching and learning and art making today.


Xiaorong Shao and Allan Scherlen (LIB), Dr. Matt Robinson (GJS)

Xiaorong Shao and Allan Scherlen (LIB) were co-recipients of a 2015-2016 U.S. Dept. of State grant which funded a fourth year of programming of Appalachian State’s American Culture Center at Northeastern University in Shenyang, China as well as programming at two other universities located in Beijing and Shanghai, China.  This year’s program involved cooperation with Chinese faculty of English writing courses to host online & in-person workshops on American standards of academic writing. Dr. Matt Robinson (GJS) joined the grantees in providing the workshops.

Dr. John R. Craft

Dr. John R. Craft, a professor in the Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology Program presented his paper, “XML: The Structure of Cross Media Production—Getting better all the time?” at the 48th Annual International Circle of Educational Institutes for Graphic Arts and Printing Management Conference on the campus of Leipzig University, Leipzig, Germany on May 31, 2016. His paper addressed the inclusion of the eXtensible Markup Language (XML) in the structure of automated production workflows in commercial digital media businesses. Dr. Craft used an issue of the GAITway News (an in-house publication for the Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology Program) as a newsletter production scenario to demonstrate the process of developing production workflow model using XML for managing digital assets for print production or other media purposes. His paper was selected and refereed by an international panel of graphics media scholars from Canada, Estonia, Greece, Germany, Hungary, Russia, and Sweden.


Maggie McFadden

Maggie McFadden, Emerita Women’s Studies, gave the keynote address, “Reception, Gender, and Borders Still:  Diversities of Texts Travelling” at the international conference “Cultural  Encounters Through Reading and Writing:  New Approaches to the History of Literary Culture,” at the Glasgow (Scotland) Women’s Library, June 11, 2016.