Faculty and Staff Briefs: December 2019


Larry G. Abele, Ph.D. (Institute for Academic Leadership and provost emeritus) is the 2019 recipient of the Stan Jones Legacy Award given annually by Complete College America. The award, established in 2016 in honor of CCA’s founder and inaugural president, is given to the individual, organization or state that has consistently embodied the vision of Complete College America and worked towards achieving the goals of increasing the number of students who earn credentials of value. 

Rob Stilling, Ph.D. (English) has won the Modernist Studies Association 2018 First Book Prize for “Beginning at the End: Decadence, Modernism, and Postcolonial Poetry.” He also won an honorable mention in the Modern Language Association’s prize for a first book.

Petra Doan, Ph.D. (Urban and Regional Planning) was awarded the 2020 William R. and June Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban and Regional Planning for her exemplary research and performance as well as her commitment and dedication to the LGBTQ community. The Dale Prize recognizes planning excellence, creates dialogue between scholars and practitioners, and enriches the education of planning students.

Doug Schrock, Ph.D. (Sociology) won the 2019 David R. Maines Narrative Research Award for his work, “Narrative Manhood Acts: Batterer Intervention Program Graduates’ Tragic Relationships.” In this article, the authors analyze how 20 graduates of a batterer intervention program constructed autobiographical stories about their relationships with women they assaulted.

Courtney Pearson (New Student & Family Programs) was recently awarded the Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention’s (NODA) Outstanding Mentor Award. The Outstanding Mentor Award is designed to give special recognition to those professionals who provide outstanding mentorship and guidance to graduate students who aid in orientation, transition, and retention programs with the association and on its campuses.


Bryan Quaife, Ph.D. (Scientific Computing) received a $2.2 million grant to study fire dynamics in conjunction with colleagues. The grant is from the Department of Defense via the SERDP (Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program and ESTCP (Environmental Security Technology Certification Program).

Camille Thomas, MLIS (Libraries) was awarded a 2019 Association of College and Research Libraries’ Scholarly Communications Research Grant for the project “Attitudes Towards Open Access Publishing Amongst Faculty of Color.”

Liz Dunne, MSI (Libraries) was awarded a Panhandle Library Access Network Innovation Grant for the project “Captivating Instruction.” This grant will be used to purchase licenses of Adobe Captivate, a software necessary to create interactive e-learning modules and tutorials to meet the evolving needs of FSU Libraries’ patrons.

Camille Thomas, MLIS, Rachel Smart, MLIS and Dave Rodriguez, MLIS (Libraries) were awarded a Panhandle Library Access Network Innovation Grant for the project “Research Repository Accessibility Content Enhancement.” This project seeks to increase the accessibility and usability of audiovisual scholarly outputs in FSU’s institutional repository: Diginole.

Kourosh Shoele, Ph.D. (Mechanical Engineering) was awarded an NSF CAREER Grant: Multiscale Turbulent Flow Interaction with Flexible Branched Trees for Storm Impact Research. The grant recognizes him as a promising and productive young researcher in the area of engineering.


Robert Olen Butler, MA (English) has a Chinese edition of his Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of short stories, “Good Scent from a Strange Mountain,” about Vietnamese exiles living in Southern Louisiana that continues to sell and his Shanghai publisher has just negotiated rights for another five years.

Paul M. Renfro, Ph.D. (History) co-edited the anthology “Growing Up America: Youth and Politics since 1945,” published by University of Georgia Press.

Carrie Pettus-Davis, Ph.D. and Stephanie Kennedy, Ph.D. (Social Work) released a new report, When Death Follows Release, which highlights the troubling public health crisis of individuals dying after they release from prison and return home. This is the fifth quarterly report from the multisite, multistate randomized controlled trial being conducted in 90 prisons and 21 rural and urban counties in seven states across the nation.

Carrie Pettus-Davis, Ph.D., Annie Grier, MSW and Stephanie Kennedy, Ph.D. (Social Work), along with colleagues from the University of Chicago and Washington University in St. Louis, re-released Deferred Prosecution Programs: An Implementation Guide, a guide designed to help prosecutors’ offices design, implement and evaluate innovative programs to divert individuals away from incarceration and into community supports.

Annie Grier, MSW, Stephanie Kennedy, Ph.D. and Stephen Tripodi, Ph.D. (Social Work), along with colleagues from Boston University and the University of Washington at Tacoma, re-released Smart Decarceration Practice Behaviors for Social Work Competencies, a tool designed to help academic Social Work programs to infuse the goals of smart decarceration into bachelor’s and master’s programs in social work.

Jane Lo, Ph.D. (Education) published the article “Why are kids today less patriotic?” in The Conversation, which examines the apparent decline of patriotism among school students.

Graig Chow, Ph.D. (Sport Psychology) published the article “Implementation and evaluation of a standardised performance profile intervention with collegiate athletes” in the International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. Matteo Luzzeri, a current Ph.D. student in the sport psychology program, also contributed to the article.

James Klein, Ph.D. (Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies) published the article “Using Formative Data to make Evidence-Based Decisions during Redesign,” in the Journal of Formative Design in Learning. Current doctoral student Jeff Philips also contributed to the article.

Jessica Bahorski, Ph.D. (Nursing) co-authored “Modified eating in the absence of hunger test is associated with appetitive traits in infants,” which has been published online by the journal Eating Behavior.

John Ribó, Ph.D. (English) authored the article “‘The Power of Memorializing People Not Memorialized’: The Wake Work of the Shadowshaper Cypher Series and #RickyRenuncia,” recently published on ASAP Journal’s open access platform as part of a cluster on Latinx Speculative Fictions.

Lara Perez-Felkner, Ph.D. (Higher Education and Sociology), John Felkner, Ph.D. (Urban and Regional Planning) and Samantha Nix, Ph.D. (Undergraduate Studies) co-authored “The puzzling relationship between international development and gender equity: The case of STEM postsecondary education in Cambodia,” published by the International Journal of Educational Development. FSU graduate Melissa Magalhães also contributed to the paper.

Michael Meth, MISt (Libraries) authored “Blockchain in Libraries,” published in the Library Technology Reports.

Neil Abell, Ph.D. (Social Work) co-authored “Measuring Rights-Based Practice: Introducing the Human Rights Methods in Social Work Scales,” published in the British Journal of Social Work.

Mathew Hauer, Ph.D. (Sociology) is the lead author of the article “Sea-level rise and human migration,” published in the journal Nature Reviews Earth & Environment. The paper reviews the rapidly expanding knowledge of human migration in response to sea level rise.

Mathew Hauer, Ph.D. (Sociology) co-authored the article “Meeting the looming policy challenge of sea-level change and human migration,” published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

Margaret E. Wright-Cleveland, Ph.D. (Faculty Development) published “Hemingway’s Dialectic with American Whiteness: Oak Park, Edward Said, and the Location of Authority” in the Fall 2019 edition of The Hemingway Review.


Anne Coldiron, Ph.D. (English) gave a distinguished Humanities Lecture on Translation and Transmediation at the Hall Center for Humanities, University of Kansas; the lecture grew from her new book project now under advance contract with the University of Toronto Press.

Gary Taylor, Ph.D. (English) ran a two-day workshop on general editing of large editorial projects at the University of Kent in Canterbury, UK.

Stanley Gontarski, Ph.D. (English) has two films, “Beckett on the Baltic” and “…but the clouds…,” that will be shown by the Irish Repertory Theater in Tallahassee in January 2020.

Kurt Piehler, Ph.D. (History) was part of a panel discussion at the International Symposium for the Future-Oriented Korea-Japan Relations in Seoul, South Korea. Piehler’s discussion came after a presentation on “The Issue of Japan’s Forced Mobilization and International Law: Can peace treaties extinguish human rights?”

Carrie Pettus-Davis, Ph.D. (Social Work) was interviewed about the work the Institute for Justice Research and Development does to develop data-driven solutions to criminal justice reform on the “Fluent in Floridian” podcast.

Shanna Daniels, Ph.D. and Pam Perrewe, Ph.D. (Business) will be co-presenters of “A multilevel process model of research on fatherhood and impression management” during the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology’s annual conference in April.

Shanna Daniels, Ph.D. (Business) will be a co-presenter of “Talent retention in the future of work: How inclusion of people of color is the key” at the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology’s annual conference in April.

Sonia Cabell, Ph.D. (Teacher Education) served as a guest expert during a Twitter chat sponsored by the International Literacy Association on the topic of early childhood writing instruction and how it can improve literacy. The chat is an educator-focused conversation aimed to help classroom teachers, librarians, preservice teachers, administrators and more.

Nicole Gabana, Ph.D. (Sport Psychology) presented at USA Field Hockey’s 2019 National Coaches Forum, which took place Dec. 13-14 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Gabana shared her insights as a certified mental performance consultant and professor of sport psychology.

Lilian Garcia-Roig, MFA (Art) had several of her paintings featured during Art Miami fair week. In its 30th year, Art Miami maintains a preeminent position in America’s modern and contemporary art fair market and is recognized globally as a primary destination for the acquisition of the most important works from the 20th and 21st centuries​.


Anne Coldiron, Ph.D. (English) was appointed to the Modern Language Association’s Committee on Honors and Awards by the MLA Executive Council. The committee is responsible for the 27 MLA awards and prizes across the fields of Modern Languages and Literatures.

Sam Paustian-Underdahl, Ph.D. (Business) is joining the editorial board for the Journal of Organizational Behavior.

Russell Almond, Ph.D. (Education) was appointed to the board of directors of the Florida Educational Research Association (FERA). FERA sponsors an annual conference that serves as a way for academic researchers to meet with researchers from Florida’s department of education and school districts as well as classroom teacher-educators. The conference covers a wide variety of topics related to higher education, classroom education and educational psychology (including psychometrics).

Alison Leach Hughes (Dean of Students/New Student & Family Programs) was recently elected to serve as a general board member for the Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention (NODA). NODA is a community of practices that defines and enriches the fields of orientation, transition, and retention.


Jay Pigott, MSW and Tyler Parker, MSW (Social Work) led a Support4Families training at the Reentry Center of Brevard.

Heather Bishop, Ph.D. (Undergraduate Studies) has been named assistant dean of Community College Relations and Student Advising Systems for the Division of Undergraduate Studies.

Lisa Jackson, MSW, LCSW (Undergraduate Studies) has been named the associate director for the Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement, Academic and Student Services.

To submit a Faculty & Staff Brief, email Amy Farnum-Patronis at afarnumpatronis@fsu.edu.