Faculty and Staff Briefs: November 2020



Adrienne Stephenson, Ph.D. (Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards) was selected as a Leon County recipient of the Spirit of Community Awards by the Florida Commission on the Status of Women.

Yolanda Rankin, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) was chosen for two Diversity and Inclusion Awards and Honorable Mention for Best Paper at the 2020 ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing. She also co-facilitated a panel titled “Antiracism in Design” at the conference.

Jeff James, Ph.D. (College of Education) was named a 2020 Sport Marketing Association research fellow, which recognizes individual scholars who have shown excellence in the area of sport marketing research, honoring the work that they have disseminated through SMA conferences and its official journal, Sport Marketing Quarterly.

Graham J. McDougall Jr., Ph.D. (College of Nursing) received the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence Program Recognition Award for Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing and was recognized for his expertise as an educator in Gerontological Nursing at the virtual NHCGNE Leadership Conference.

James Du, Ph.D. (College of Education) won a Sport Marketing Association Research Grant Award for his research, “Lingering Fog: Demystifying the Heterogeneity Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Active Leisure Participation in the U.S. Using Machine Learning.”

James Du, Ph.D. and Jason Pappas, Ph.D. (College of Education) and doctoral students Carter Floyd and Susmit Gulavani (Department of Sport Management) received the Atlantic Coast Conference – Center for Research in Intercollegiate Athletics Award. Of the 22 proposals submitted, only seven were awarded, including the group’s proposal.

Kathy Guthrie, Ph.D. (College of Education) was awarded the 2021 Pillars of the Profession Award by the NASPA Foundation, the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, which recognizes individuals who have shown exemplary service as a leader, scholar, student or teacher in the field of higher education.


Carla Della Gatta, Ph.D. (Department of English) earned a $2,000 Bradley Library Grant to diversify the FSU Libraries holdings in Queer Theatre and Theory. Della Gatta and Aaron C. Thomas, Ph.D. (School of Theatre) are working together to add resources to the library, which they hope will complement curricula throughout the university.

Jenny Root, Ph.D. (College of Education) received a COVID-19 Pivot grant from the Autism Science Foundation for her project “Virtual Video-based Math Instruction.” The funding will allow Root and students in her General Curriculum Access lab to develop and evaluate a caregiver-assisted intervention to support mathematics skills of secondary students with autism through asynchronous video-based modules.


Patrick Merle, Ph.D. and Elizabeth Ray, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) co-published a paper, “Disgusting Face, Disease-ridden Place?: Emoji Influence on the Interpretation of Restaurant Inspection Reports,” in the journal, Health Communication.

Gary Burnett, Ph.D. and Zhe He, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) co-published a new meta-synthesis in Computers in Human Behavior, “How Do Mothers Exchange Parenting-Related Information in Online Communities? A Metasynthesis.” This paper examines the quality and accuracy of pregnancy and parenting information shared online by fellow mothers.

Amy L. Ai, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) co-authored the book “Assessing Spirituality in a Diverse World,” which addresses how to evaluate the role of diverse religious and spiritual beliefs and practices within the rapid evolution of spiritual globalization and diversification trends.

Laura McTighe, Ph.D. (Department of Religion) published an article “The Ground on Which We Stand: Making Abolition” in the Journal for the Anthropology of North America, with five of her students and co-thinkers in the religion department. Devin Burns, Lauren Dominguez, Rebekah Gordon, Laura McTighe, Lydia Moss, and Gabriela Rosario all contributed equally as co‐first authors.

James Sickinger, Ph.D. (Department of Classics) was featured in “Ancient Greeks Voted to Kick Politicians Out of Athens if Enough People Didn’t Like Them,” published in Smithsonian Magazine.

Dina Wilke, Ph.D., Karen Randolph, Ph.D., Cassandra Olson, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) co-authored “Examining Occupational Stress in Early-Career Child Welfare Workers,” published in the Journal of Workplace Behavioral health.

Melissa Radey, Ph.D. (College of Social Work), Lenore McWey, Ph.D. and Ming Cui, Ph.D. (College of Human Sciences) co-authored “Psychological Distress among Low-Income Mothers: The Role of Public and Private Safety Nets,” published in the journal Women and Health.

Karen Randolph, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) co-authored “Internet Use and Resilience in Adolescents: A Systematic Review,” published in the journal Research on Social Work Practice.

Karen Oehme, J.D., Lyndi Bradley, (College of Social Work) and Kelly O’Rourke, Ph.D. (Domestic Violence Coordinating Council) co-authored “Online Virtual Supervised Visitations during COVID-19 Pandemic: One State’s Experience,” published in 59 Family Court Review.

Minjee Kim, Ph.D. (Urban and Regional Planning) co-authored “Real Estate Development and Economic Development Planning Education: Pragmatic Turn or Trojan Horse?” published in in the Journal of Planning Education and Research.

Lucinda Graven, Ph.D., Laurie Abbott, Ph.D. (College of Nursing) and Shamra Boel-Studt, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) co-authored “Heart Failure Caregiver Self-Care: A Latent Class Analysis,” recently accepted for publication in the journal Clinical Nursing Research.

Sonia Cabell, Ph.D. (College of Education) and Yaacov Petscher, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) co-authored the article “Teaching Together: Pilot Study of a Tiered Language and Literacy Intervention with Head Start Teachers and Linguistically Diverse Families,” published in Early Childhood Research Quarterly. The study looks at a multi-tiered system of support that use primary, secondary and tertiary interventions.

Sarah Lester, Ph.D. (Department of Geography) and doctoral students Elizabeth Ruff and Rebecca Gentry published the paper “Understanding the Role of Socioeconomic and Governance Conditions in Country-Level Marine Aquaculture Production” in the online journal IOPScience.

Tyler McCreary, Ph.D. (Department of Geography) co-authored the article “Race, Land, and the Law: Black Farmers and the Limits of a Politics of Recognition,” with former FSU Geography Professors Willie Wright and Adam Bledsoe. The article, which examines the Claims Resolution Act of 2010, appears in the book “Black Food Matters: Racial Justice in the Wake of Food Justice.”

Shuyuan Mary Ho, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) published a chapter, “Trustworthiness: Top Qualification for Cyber Information Professionals” in the book “Cybersecurity for Information Professionals.”

Cihan Can, Ph.D. and Kathleen M. Clark, Ph.D. (College of Education) co-authored the article “‘Because You’re Exploring this Huge Abstract Jungle…’: One Student’s Evolving Conceptions of Axiomatic Structure in Mathematics,” published in the International Electronic Journal of Mathematics Education.

Amanda Driscoll, Ph.D. (College of Social Sciences and Public Policy) and doctoral student Taylor Kinsey Chewning, along with two other colleagues, wrote an article, “Coronavirus Fatigue is the Biggest Threat to Germany’s Success Story in this Pandemic,” for the European Consortium for Political Research blog, The Loop. The article is based on Driscoll’s NSF-funded project on public support for the rule of law in times of crisis.

Sandy Wong, Ph.D. (Department of Geography) was lead author on “Associations between Daily Ambient Temperature and Sedentary Time among Children 4–6 Years Old in Mexico City,” published in the journal PLOS One.

Giray Ökten, Ph.D. (Department of Mathematics) published a book “The Mathematical Investigations of Dr. O and Arya,” which will be released in December. His publisher, Tumblehome, Inc., and the Leon County Public Library are organizing a virtual event to introduce it.

S. E. Gontarski, Ph.D. (Department of English) published a new essay “Weaponised Aesthetics and Dystopian Modernism: Cut-ups, Playbacks, Pick-ups and the ‘Limits of Control’ from Burroughs to Deleuze,” which was the featured article in the journal Deleuze and Guattari Studies.

Anne Coldiron, Ph.D. (Department of English) published “Babel and the Bard: The Naked Englishman in the European Literary Polysystem” in Shakespeare Studies, vol. 48 (2020).

Jude Marr, Ph.D. (Department of English) published a book of poetry, “We Know Each Other By Our Wounds.”

Barry J. Faulk, Ph.D. (Department of English) published the book chapter “Bob Dylan and Sound: A Tale of the Recording Era” in Sound and Literature (Ed. Anna Snaith, Cambridge UP, 2020), the article “A Matter of Electricity: William Burroughs and Rock Music” in the March/April 2020 issue of American Book Review, and a review of Casey Rae’s William S. Burroughs and the Cult of Rock’n’roll in the September 2020 issue of the Journal of Popular Music Studies.

Zafer Lababibi, Ph.D. (Department of Modern Languages) co-authored an article “Orthography Effects on L2 Phonetics Categorization and Lexical Encoding,” published in the Korean Journal of Linguistics.

Timothy Baghurst, Ph.D. (College of Education) published the article “Quality Sport Coaching in Action: The Application of the National Standards for Sport Coaches in the Interscholastic Sport Context” in the journal Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators.

Silvia Valisa, Ph.D. (Department of Modern Languages) published an entry on Italian photographer Wanda Wulz in the “Histoire mondiale des femmes photographes / World History of Women Photographers” for Textual Editions, Paris 2020., edited by Marie Robert, Head Curator of Photography at the Orsay Museum in Paris, and Luce Lebart, historian of photography.

Vincent Joos, Ph.D. (Department of Modern Languages) published the article “Echoes of Past Revolutions: Architecture, Memory, and Spectral Politics in the Historic Districts of Port-au-Prince” in the Brazilian anthropology journal Vibrant.

Sonia Cabell, Ph.D. (College of Education) published an article in the International Literacy Association’s Reading Research Quarterly, “Building Content Knowledge to Boost Comprehension in the Primary Grades.”

Sonia Cabell, Ph.D., Beth M. Phillips, Ph.D., Laura M. Steacy, Ph.D., Nicole Patton Terry, Ph.D. (College of Education) and Yaacov Petscher, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) co-published an article, “How the Science of Reading Informs 21st-Century Education” in the International Literacy Association’s Reading Research Quarterly.

Laura Reid Marks, Ph.D. (College of Education) published an article, “The Role of Racial Microaggressions and Bicultural Self-efficacy on Work Volition in Racially Diverse Adults” in the Journal of Career Development.

Michael T. Morley, J.D. (College of Law) authored a piece for The Boston Globe, “Why Bush v. Gore Hangs Over This Election and Its Aftermath.” He also appeared in the Yahoo! News segment “Federal Lawsuits Filed Amid Election Day” and was quoted in The Washington Post, Mother Jones, Bloomberg, The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Politico.

Mary Ziegler, J.D. (College of Law), authored an op-ed for The Hill, “Even if Roe Is Gone, the Abortion Conflict Is Far from Over.” She was also a guest on the PBS NewsHour segment, “What Addition of Barrett Could Mean for Upcoming Supreme Court Cases” and quoted in pieces for NPR, CNN and CBS News.

Jenny Root, Ph.D., Sarah Cox, Ph.D. and doctoral students Deidre Gilley and Taryn Wade (College of Education) co-authored an article, “Using a Virtual-Representational-Abstract Integrated Framework to Teach Multiplicative Problem Solving to Middle School Students with Developmental Disabilities” in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Anel Brandl, Ph.D. (Department of Modern Languages) contributed an entry to the anthology “Multilingual is Normal: An Anthology of Voices, Talking About Talking.”

Mark Pietralunga, Ph.D. (Department of Modern Languages), published the book “Italians in America,” a translation and critical edition of Amerigo Ruggiero’s 1937 study of Italian Americans in North America.

Juan Carlos Galeano, Ph.D. (Department of Modern Languages) had four poems from his book “Yakumama (and other Mythical Beings)” appear alongside canonical figures such as José Martí, Bartolomé de las Casas, Rubén Darío, Gabriela Mistral, Pablo Neruda, Octavio Paz and others in the Latin American Ecocultural Reader, an anthology and prominent academic tool for the useful reading of literary works in the context of environmental crisis and climate change.

Robin Truth Goodman, Ph.D. (Department of English) edited and published “Understanding Adorno, Understanding Modernism,” the 14th volume in the series from Bloomsbury Publishing. S.E. Gontarski, Ph.D. and alumni Paul Ardoin and Laci Mattison are editors for the entire series.

Robert Stilling, Ph.D. (Department of English) published an article for The Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation that paid tribute to the late Northern Irish poet Derek Mahon, who died on Oct. 1. Stilling discussed Mahon’s relation to literary decadence, Oscar Wilde, Paul Verlaine and the material fate of poetry in the internet age.

Antonio C. Cuyler, Ph.D. (Department of Art Education) recently published the book “Access, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Cultural Organizations: Insights from the Careers of Executive Opera Managers of Color in the US.” Cuyler also published the article “Looking Beyond What We’ve Done Before: Minding Potential Blind Spots in Diversifying U.S. Museums,” featured by the International Journal of the Inclusive Museum.

Nancy Everhart, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) published a new book, “Evaluating the School Library: Analysis, Techniques, and Research Practices.”

Arienne Ferchaud, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) published a new book, “Binge and Bingeability: The Antecedents and Consequences of Binge-Watching Behavior.”


Erika Loic, Ph.D. (Department of Art History) presented a virtual lecture with the Medieval Studies Organization, “Uncovering Prophetic Authority in the Art of the Medieval Bible.”

Carolyn Henne, M.F.A. (Department of Art) will have work featured in “LUMINOUS,” which presents artists whose work aesthetically and conceptually considers light through projection, refraction or glow. This exhibition is the second show by “C3: Contemporary Curators Collective” and features 13 artists from Florida.

Lilian Garcia-Roig, M.F.A. (Department of Art) was featured in the October/November Issue of Tallahassee Woman in “Finding Belonging Through Art,” by current FSU Art Major Briana Smith. Garcia-Roig also has a work featured in the 2020 Florida Biennial exhibition: “Now is the time/ the time is Now” at the Art & Culture Center/Hollywood. The show runs through Feb. 21, 2021.

Beth Coggeshall, Ph.D. (Department of Modern Languages) gave a virtual lecture on “Pandemic Pods and Social Distancing in the Age of Plague: Reading Boccaccio’s Decameron in the Era of COVID-19″ at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Lauren H. K. Stanley, M.S.W., Yaacov Petscher, Ph.D., Michael Killian, Ph.D., Cassandra Olsen, Ph.D., Taylor Dowdy, M.S.W., Shamra Boel-Studt, Ph.D., Elizabeth Curley, M.S.W., Aidan Ferguson, M.S.W., Lisa Magruder, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) and doctoral student Desiree Burns presented virtually at the Council of Social Work Education 2020 Annual Program Meeting.

Shamra Boel-Studt, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) presented virtually at the Association of Children’s Residential Centers’ International Therapeutic Residential Care Summit.

James Sickinger, Ph.D. (Department of Classics), gave the annual Charles E. Moore lecture at Trinity College, “Athenian Ostracism: New Light on an Ancient Practice.”

Maxine Montgomery, Ph.D. (Department of English) was a featured guest for an online book discussion of Toni Morrison’s tenth novel, “Home.” The book discussion is part of the Goodreads Discussion Group’s Read/Respond Project featuring conversations by international scholars on texts dealing with the relation between Literature, History, and Human Rights.

Silvia Valisa, Ph.D. (Department of Modern Languages) read a paper “From Books to Periodicals: Print Markets in Italy in the 1850s-60s” at the South Atlantic Modern Languages Association Annual Meeting.

Lara Reglero, Ph.D. and Carolina Gonzalez, Ph.D. (Department of Modern Languages) co-presented the talk “Intonation Correlates in Spanish Wh-In-Situ Questions: Information, Repetition and Surprise. Non-canonical questions” at the Syntax-Prosody Interface Workshop at the University of Chicago Center in Paris, France.

Enrique Álvarez, Ph.D. (Department of Modern Languages) presented his paper “Orgullo Gay? París-Austerlitz (2016) de Rafael Chirbes y la plasticidad literaria del dolor homosexual” at the 3d International Congress of Gender Studies and Queer Theory at the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México and the Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico.

Antonio C. Cuyler, Ph.D. (Department of Art Education) presented on the panel “Data is the New Black” at the Arts Administrators of Color Network annual convening. He also presented a paper, “Managing African, LatinX, Asian, Arab, & Indigenous (ALAAI) Cultural Organizations: A Systematic Review,” at the annual European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centers (ENCATC) Education & Research sessions.

David Gussak, Ph.D., Casey Barlow, MS, Evie Soape, MS, Theresa Van Lith, Ph.D., Barbara Parker-Bell, Psy.D. and Nancy Gerber, Ph.D. (Department of Art Education) recently presented at the American Art Therapy Association Conference.

Tenley Bick, Ph.D. (Department of Art History) was featured in a lecture series, “COSTELLAZIONE,” an online conversation with the Palermo-based artist collective Fare Ala (Luca Cinquemani, Andrea Di Gangi, and Roberto Romano).

Tiffany Rhynard, M.F.A. (School of Dance) was featured in “Dance with Me” at TCC’s Center for Innovation in downtown Tallahassee, an interactive installation exploring how we can still share space and dance together.

Stephanie Sickler, M.F.A. (Department of Interior Architecture & Design) presented the talk “Sight Unseen: Navigating the Admittance of New Students into a Limited Enrollment Program” at the Interior Design Educators Council Symposia.

Carrie Pettus-Davis, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) presented at the Leadership Tallahassee Class 38 Hybrid Justice Day, highlighting key findings and data-driven criminal justice solutions identified in eight research reports.

Lucinda J. Graven, Ph.D. (College of Nursing) presented on “Patient Caregiving Dyads in Heart Disease” at the 2020 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions held virtually.

Amberly Prykhodko, LCSW (College of Social Work) co-presented at the 2020 Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Association Conference. Using data from the 5-Key Model for Reentry trial, their workshop, “Amplifying Potential in the Face of Adversity: Utilizing SFBT with Formerly Incarcerated Individuals,” provided guidance on applying solution-focused techniques to enhance work with individuals who have been released from incarceration and returned home to the community.

Wayne A. Logan, J.D. (College of Law) presented “Constitutional Limits on Electronic Surveillance: Their Past, Present and Possible Future,” to the Office of the State Attorney, Fifteenth Judicial Circuit via Zoom.

Kelli Alces Williams, J.D. (College of Law) hosted “Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Corporate Law.” Originally scheduled to be on the FSU Law campus, the event was held via Zoom and centered around the in-progress book, “Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Corporate Law,” which will be part of the Feminist Judgments series and co-edited by Williams. The workshop brought together corporate and feminist theory scholars from across the nation.

Dawn Betts-Green, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) spoke at a FGEN Week virtual discussion panel offering advice to first-generation college students and citing personal experience. The event was sponsored by the Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement and the Center for the Advancement of Teaching.

Kathleen Burnett, Ph.D., Melissa Gross, Ph.D., Michelle Kazmer, Ph.D. and Don Latham, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) presented at the 2020 Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) conference.

Marcia Mardis, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) presented the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) Best 2020 Conference Paper “Librarians as Natural Disaster Stress Response Facilitators: Building Trauma-Informed Library Education and Practice,” co-authored by Scott Pickett, Ph.D. (College of Medicine) and Faye Jones, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information).

Lara Perez-Felkner, Ph.D. (College of Education) and Robinson Herrera, Ph.D. (Department of History) presented on a panel at Florida A&M University for Latinx Heritage Month and the Latinx community in Tallahassee.


Carol Weissert, Ph.D. (College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, Leroy Collins Institute), Bradley Kile, Ph.D. (Institute of Politics, Master of Applied American Politics and Policy program) and Nat S. Stern, J.D. (College of Law) were panelists in a webinar hosted by the FSU Alumni Association, “What’s Next? Comprehending Post-Election.” The panel discussion and Q&A was moderated by Dean Tim Chapin, Ph.D. (College of Social Sciences and Public Policy).

Jeff Broome, Ph.D. (Department of Art Education) was the chair for a discussion for the Art Education Research Institute’s “Mentoring for Graduate Students & Early Career Academics.”

Gary Burnett, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) participated in a panel at the 2020 ASIS&T conference “My Favorite Unreliable Source? Information Sharing and Acquisition Through Informal Networks.”

Andy Opel, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) participated in a virtual panel on the Fulbright Awards.

Veronica Fleury, Ph.D. (College of Education) served as a guest panel speaker during a Council for Exceptional Children Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities’ professional community series on the topic of “Navigating the Academic Job Market.”

Jim Whyte, ND, Ph.D., FNAP, FAAN (College of Nursing) was recently appointed as FSU Institutional Review Board Chair.


James Kenneth Brewer, Ph.D. (College of Education) passed away Nov. 5, 2020. He taught at Florida State University for over 37 years while serving as chair of his department and as assistant dean of the College of Education. He also authored statistical textbooks and received a University Teaching Award.

Paul Renfro, Ph.D. (Department of History) had his book “Stranger Danger: Family Values, Childhood, and the American Carceral State” featured in the article “Half-True Crime: Why the Stranger-Danger Panic of the ‘80s Took Hold and Refuses to Let Go,” which was featured on Jezebel.

Shamra Boel-Studt, Ph.D., (College of Social Work) recorded a podcast “Re-visioning Residential Care Services for Children and Youth: The Family First Prevention Services Act & the Group Care Quality Standards Assessment” as part of a series presented by the Florida Institute for Child Welfare.

Silvia Valisa, Ph.D. (Department of Modern Languages), was featured in a virtual presentation of an Italian newspaper’s Facebook page, Corriere della sera about a paper she published, “Il secolo,” part of “Pretext. Libri & periodici, del loro passato e del loro futuro.” Valisa also hosted the Italian-Ghanian documentary director and social justice activist Fred Kuwornu for a conversation on his movie “Ius soli” and black visual culture in Italy.

Kristin Dowell, Ph.D. and Erika Loic, Ph.D. (Department of Art History) hosted a Q&A as part of their work in co-sponsoring the Cinehassee Iberoamerican Film Festival.

Valerie Shute, Ph.D. (Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems) appeared on an episode of the podcast “Should This Exist?” titled “Could This Replace the SAT?” The episode looks at alternative methods of testing other than traditional exams like the SAT and ACT.