Faculty and Staff Briefs: February 2021


The FSU Alumni Association was recognized with a 2021 CASE District III award and received Grand Gold in the category of Alumni/General Interest Magazines produced two times per year for its biannual alumni publication, VIRES magazine.

Mackenzie Alston, Ph.D. (Department of Economics) was selected for a post-doctoral fellowship from the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) to support diversity in economics. The one-year fellowship is open to early-career economists from historically underrepresented demographics within the economics profession and to researchers studying diversity issues.

Alex Meyer, Ph.D. (Department of Psychology) received an award for Distinguished Early Career Contribution to Psychophysiology from the Society for Psychophysiological Research.

Damon Andrew, Ph.D. (College of Education) was inducted into the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation Hall of Fame and named a Distinguished Administrator during a virtual ceremony.

Ying Mai Kung, DNP (College of Nursing) was selected as the 2021 AANP Florida NP Award for Excellence, Advocate Category and will be honored at a special ceremony during the 2021 AANP National Conference in Anaheim, California, June 15-20.


Nancy Gerber, Ph.D. and Theresa Van Lith, Ph.D. (Department of Art Education) received an American Art Therapy Association Seed Grant for developing a “Strategic Plan for Arts-Based Research: A Multi-phase Sequential Exploratory Mixed Methods Approach.”

Aaron Wilber, Ph.D. (Program in Neuroscience) was awarded a $2.2M National Institutes of Health research grant used to study how Alzheimer’s disease affects the brain during sleep.

Marcia A. Mardis, Ph.D., Faye Jones, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) and co-investigators Mark Horner, Ph.D. (Department of Geography), Eren Ozguven, Ph.D. (College of Engineering), Ellen Piekalkiewicz (College of Social Work) and Scott Pickett, Ph.D. (College of Medicine) received the NSF CIVIC Grant for their research project “Rural Resiliency Hubs: A Planning Approach to Addressing the Resiliency Divide.”


Shamra Boel-Studt, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) published “Treatment Mediators and Outcomes of Latent Classes of Youth in Psychiatric Residential Treatment” in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma.

Kathleen Clark, Ph.D. (College of Education) published “‘You Will Remain Unwavering in Your Determination to Succeed no Matter How Long It Takes’: A Mathematico-Emotional Analysis of a Guide to Higher Learning” in the Journal of Humanistic Mathematics.

Rachel Bailey, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) authored “Camera Point-of-View Exacerbates Racial Bias in Viewers of Police Use of Force Videos,” published in the Journal of Communication. The article explains how videos from body cameras on police officers can lead to racial biases.

Pat Villeneuve, Ph.D. (Department of Art Education) co-authored and published the chapter “Engaging Communities with Supported Interpretation: A Step-by-Step Guide to Developing Visitor-Centered Exhibitions Using the SI Model” in the book, “Engaging Communities Through Civic Engagement in Art Museum Education.”

Michael D. Carrasco, Ph.D., Lesley A. Wolff, Ph.D. and Paul B. Niell, Ph.D. (Department of Art History) published “Curating the Caribbean: Unsettling the Boundaries of Art and Artifact” in the International Journal of Heritage Studies.

Michael D. Carrasco, Ph.D. (Department of Art History) published “Cycads, Maize, and Garfish: The Representation of Ethnoecological Systems in Olmec Iconography” in the Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Cycad Biology.

Marcos Colón, Ph.D. (Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics) authored “Utopia Capitalista da Ford na Amazônia venceu como modelo predatório” (“Ford’s Capitalist Utopia in the Amazon as a Predatory Model”) in the Folha de S.Paulo, Brazil’s most popular daily newspaper.

Katherine Yaun, Ph.D., Robert Reiser, Ph.D., Russell Walker, Ph.D. and Michael Mesa, Ph.D. (College of Education) co-authored “Successful Strategies for Increasing Faculty Grant Activity,” which appeared in the journal Research Management Review. The article detailed services provided by the College of Education’s Office of Research.

Christina Owens, Ph.D. (Honors Program) published “Of Comics and Charisma: Representing Transpacific White Masculinities” in the journal New Global Studies. This postcolonial studies research explores how an iconic comic strip attributes charismatic authority to white male English teachers in Japan.

Zhe He, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) authored “Machine Learning-Based Prediction of Health Outcomes in Pediatric Organ Transplantation Recipients,” published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Collaborators on the project include Dr. Dipankar Gupta from the UFHealth Shands Hospital and FSU graduate student Seyedeh Neelufar Payrovnaziri.

Minjee Kim, Ph.D. (Urban and Regional Planning) published “How Do Tax-Based Revitalization Policies Affect Urban Property Development? Evidence from Bronzeville, Chicago” in the journal Urban Studies. The paper demonstrates tax-based revitalization policies increase the potential investor pool interested in low-income communities but finds the historically marginalized and under-resourced players lack sufficient conduits and resources to attract these investors.

Gregory J. Harris, Ph.D. (College of Human Sciences) and Colvin T. Georges, Jr., graduate of the Department of Family and Child Sciences, co-authored the chapter “Poverty as a Stressor and Risk Factor for Negative Disproportionate Minority Contact Outcomes (DMC) among Black Youth” in the edited second edition of “The Disparate Treatment of Black Youth in the Juvenile Justice System.”

Jimmy Yu, Ph.D. (Department of Religion) published an article “Blood Writings as Extra-Ordinary Artifacts and Agents for Social Change,” as part of a special issue on extraordinary objects organized by Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

Dotan Haim, Ph.D. (Political Science) published “Sustained Government Engagement Improves Subsequent Pandemic Risk Reporting in Conflict Zones,” a study on the benefits of restoring trust in government, in the American Political Science Review.

Mathew Hauer, Ph.D. (Department of Sociology, Demography) co-authored a study “Differential Privacy in the 2020 Census Will Distort COVID-19 Rates” on differential privacy in the 2020 Census and how it might change COVID-19 rate calculations, published in the journal Socius.

Michael Giardina, Ph.D. (College of Education) was featured in an article “”2021’s Best & Worst Cities for Football Fans”” that appeared on WalletHub, addressing the challenges facing professional football, including economic issues of having a football team in a city, the impact of events like the Super Bowl and more.

James Du, Ph.D. (College of Education) was featured in an article “Super Bowl Fun Facts – The Big Game By The Numbers,” which appeared on WalletHub about Super Bowl LV and queried Du’s thoughts on the importance of the event, including the economic impact the Super Bowl has on the host city.

Laura McTighe, Ph.D. (Department of Religion) published an essay “Abolition is Sacred Work” as part of a collection on “AntiBlackness as Religion” for The Immanent Frame.

Sara Scott Shields, Ph.D., Rachel Fendler, Ph.D. (Department of Art Education) and graduate student Danielle Henn co-authored, “A Vision of Civically Engaged Art Education: Teens as Arts-Based Researchers” and “#thefutureisnow: A Model for Civically Engaged Art Education,” published in Art Education journal.

Carrie Pettus-Davis, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) published the paper “Support4Families: A Proposed Intervention Model to Support Families of Individuals Returning Home From Incarceration,” which presents the theoretical and empirical grounding and describes the evidence-driven intervention components of a family skills training intervention designed to support families welcoming their loved one home from incarceration.

Barbara Parker-Bell, Psy.D. (Department of Art Education) recently published a chapter in the book “Great Power of Art: Art Therapy” published by The Igor Burganov Academy of Arts Publishing. The chapter is based on an international conference keynote presentation exploring responses to COVID-19.

Timothy Baghurst, Ph.D. (College of Education) published “Current Perceptions of Strength and Conditioning Coaches Use of Sled Tow Training” in the International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching.

Valerie Shute, Ph.D. (College of Education) and doctoral students Seyedahmad Rahimi, Chih-Pu Dai, Xiaotong Yang and Ginny Smith published “The Use and Effects of Incentive Systems on Learning and Performance in Educational Games” in the journal Computers & Education.

Paul Renfro, Ph.D. (Department of History) authored the article “Family Ties,” which was published in Dissent, a quarterly magazine of politics and ideas.

Nancy Gerber, Ph.D. (Department of Art Education) co-authored and published “Arts-Based Research in Social and Health Sciences: Pushing for Change with an Interdisciplinary Global Arts-Based Research Initiative” in the Forum: Qualitative Social Research.

Milinda Jay Stephenson, Ph.D. (Panama City, English) authored “Annie Laura’s Gift,” a new historic novel set in the piney woods of Florda and based on the life of Milinda’s great-grandmother. The book was recently featured in an article “UNDERCURRENTS: ‘Gift’ Loosely Based on Author’s Family History,” published in the Panama City News Herald.

Kimberly Harris, Ed.D. (Dedman College of Hospitality) co-authored “Antecedents and Outcomes of Restaurant Employees’ Food Safety Intervention Behaviors,” published in the International Journal of Hospitality Management.

Matthew Goff, Ph.D. (Department of Religion) authored and edited “Sirach and its Contexts,” which was included in 196th volume of Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism, published by Brill.

Deana Rohlinger, Ph.D. (Department of Sociology) published “‘Please Sir, Stay Out of It’ to ‘You Are an Abomination’: (In)civility and Emotional Expression in Emails Sent to Politicians” in the journal Information, Communication & Society. The study drew on a sample of emails sent to then-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush during the highly charged Terri Schiavo case to analyze “patterns of meanness” in more personal communication, such as email versus incivility in social spaces.

Richard Emmerson, Ph.D. (Department of Art History) published his eighth book, a commentary on “The Berry Apocalypse.” This illustrated manuscript was created circa 1415 for Jean, Duc de Berry and is now held at the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York. The facsimile and Emmerson’s commentary were published by Müller & Schindler.

Samuel Staley, Ph.D. (DeVoe Moore Center) had an op-ed published in the Naples (Fla.) Daily News on State Sen. Jeff Brandes’ proposal to carve out exceptions from the state minimum wage mandate.


Meredith Lynn, MFA (Museum of Fine Arts) currently has an exhibition at the Alexander Brest Gallery at Jacksonville University. She is also featured in a collaborative exhibition, “From the Inside Looking Out” at the University of Texas Permian Basin.

Doug Tatum, M.Acc. (Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship) was a speaker for JMC Small Business Executive Program (SBEP) XIII, teaching strategic planning. The SBEP is ideal for CEOs, entrepreneurs, business owners and presidents of small businesses. Through learning the Business Model Canvas, graduates emerge as stronger leaders, who are ready to capitalize on business opportunities, implement best practice management, and turn challenges into strategic advantage.

Doug Tatum, M.Acc. (Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship) was a speaker for Resilience. Innovate. Sustain. Evaluate (RISE), a virtual bootcamp-style program focused on sustainability and tackles head-on topics such as the financial, operational, strategic planning and communication challenges small businesses are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Antonio C. Cuyler, Ph.D. (Department of Art Education) presented the article “Moving beyond @operaisracist: Exploring Black Activism as a Pathway to Antiracism and Creative Justice in Opera” at the international Brokering Intercultural Exchange Network conference. He also presented “Making the Case for Achieving Diversity: An Evidenced-based Approach” at the College Arts Association conference and “ADEI and Boards: The Challenging and the Rewarding” at the Chorus America conference. Cuyler also served as a guest lecturer at Stockholm University in Stockholm, Sweden, where he presented “Achieving Creative Justice in the Global Cultural Sector.”

Carrie Pettus-Davis, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) presented to the Leon County Sheriff’s Office Citizen Advisory Board on Feb. 11, 2021. Her talk focused on key findings from the 5-Key Model for Reentry study and a discussion of the associations between well-being enhancement and reduced reincarceration.

Lara Perez-Felkner, Ph.D. (College of Education) and higher education doctoral students Aaron Reyna and Riccardo Purita presented “Trying to Get By: A Qualitative Examination of Student Experiences after Applying to a Rent-Free College Housing Intervention” at the Sociology of Education Association annual conference, which took place online.

Bill Rone, M.S.W (College of Social Work) presented to first-year medical students at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine on substance use disorders and recovery. The panel was part of the Patients Advocacy in Communities, Teams, and Health Systems (PACTS) Longitudinal course taken by all medical students to focus on the patient experience of illness and coping, with an emphasis on vulnerable and underserved populations.

Marlo Ransdell, Ph.D., Meghan Mick, MLA, Stephanie Sickler, MFA, Amy Huber, MS, and Steven Webber, M.Arch. (Department of Interior Architecture and Design) received acceptances to present with the International Interior Design Educators Council Conference.

Jill Pable, Ph.D., Yelena McLane, Ph.D., Stephanie Sickler, MFA and Marlo Ransdell, Ph.D. (Department of Interior Architecture and Design) were all accepted to present at the Environmental Design and Research Association.

Jeff Broome, Ph.D. (Department of Art Education) presented “Unraveling the Yarn Through Autoethnography: Critical Self-Reflection Leading the Development of a Culturally Sensitive Art Educator” at the International Symposium on Autoethnography and Narrative Inquiry. He also presented “Hip Hop Family Tree: Art Education’s Potential Contributions to Hip Hop Cultural Appreciation and Pedagogy” at the Global Conference for Hip Hop Education, The Hip Hop Association of Advancement and Education. His workshop, “Teacher Reflection on Natural (and Classroom) Disasters: Updating Existing Lessons for Critical Times,” was delivered to the Art Education in Critical Times: Art Teachers Teaching Art Teachers Webinar Series.

Lilian Garcia-Roig, MFA, (Department of Art) presented “Cumulative Nature: Sight on Site” as part of the “TFAP@CAA 2021 Day(s) of PanelsHer: Ecofeminisms.” This two-day virtual symposium explored the intersection between feminism, the visual arts and the environment to help us make sense of the fraught relationship between contemporary humans and the earth and to ponder ways forward.

Aline Kalbian, Ph.D. (Department of Religion) was a speaker at the Flannery Lecture in Catholic Theology at Gonzaga University for the Spring 2021 event “COVID-19: Perspectives from Theology, Bioethics, and Population Health.”

Carol Weissert, Ph.D. (Political Science, LeRoy Collins Institute) moderated the Village Square discussion “A Divided Union,” featuring former U.S. Representatives David Jolly and Patrick Murphy on the institutional barriers elected officials face in trying to work together across the aisle in Congress.

Deana Rohlinger, Ph.D. (Department of Sociology) was a panelist in the webinar “Social Media + Democracy: Are WE More Connected or Divided?” The program was hosted by FSU’s Power of WE, a student organization focused on promoting diversity in thought.

Malia Bruker, MFA, Stephen McDowell, Ph.D., Jessica Wendorf Muhamad, Ph.D., Dawn Betts-Green, Ph.D., Melissa Gross, Ph.D., Michelle Kazmer, Ph.D., and Don Latham, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) were panelists in FSU’s Diversity & Inclusion in Research and Teaching Organization’s event, “Antiracism in Course Content” which discussed how compounding societal crises affect Black students and students of color.

Carrie Pettus-Davis, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) and colleagues from across the nation participated in a Grand Challenges Roundtable “Up Ahead: Progress and Plans for the Grand Challenges” on January 22, 2021.

Antonio C. Cuyler, Ph.D. (Department of Art Education) served as a panelist on “Diversity Town Hall: A Conversation on Black Representation in Tallahassee Theatre” hosted by Essential Theatre Associates and Southern Shakespeare” and on “Diversity in the Arts,” “Life Sciences Orchestra” at the University of Michigan. He also moderated a “Conversation with LaTosha Brown, Co-Founder of Black Voters Matter” at the University of Michigan. He also moderated a conversation with choreographer, Lawrence M. Jackson, about his new piece, “Say Her Name…Too” at the University of Michigan.


Geneva Scott-King, DNP-MSN, FNP (College of Nursing) served as the chairperson for the 12th year of Thomasville Martin Luther King Walk and Festival. Michelle Douglas (FSU Human Resources) facilitated the event, which was comprised of a walk, festival, town hall, scholarship contribution and community COVID-19 outreach.

Norman Anderson, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) was appointed as a senior editor of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Global Public Health, with a focus on the area of health equity.

Meredith Lynn, MFA (Museum of Fine Arts) served as the juror for the University of Wyoming Museum of Art’s 46th Annual Juried Student Exhibition.

Megan Buning, Ph.D. (College of Education) served as the methodologist for a new publication “Lessons Learned: Aligning Voices from the Inside with Nine Essentials of Professional Development Schools.”

Eunhui Yoon, Ph.D. (College of Education) was named an associate editor of the Korean Journal of Counseling, the flagship publication of the Korean Counseling Association.

Nathan Line, Ph.D. (Dedman College of Hospitality) was invited to join the Editorial Advisory Board of the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, a top-tier journal in the hospitality and tourism field.

Jesse Cougle, Ph.D. (Department of Psychology) was named as editor in chief of the academic Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders.


Dennis Smith, Planner-in-Residence (Urban and Regional Planning) hosted sessions with citizens of St. George Island, Florida, to discuss the pros and cons of incorporating the island as its own city. Participants identified what they treasured about the island as-is, as well as goals they think could bring improvement, like better infrastructure.

Christopher Constantino, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) was a guest speaker on ASHA Voices, a podcast led by the American Language-Hearing Association.

Tim Baghurst, Ph.D. (College of Education) was accepted as a member of the International Council of Sports Science and Physical Education.