Faculty and Staff Briefs: March 2021

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Carla Laroche, J.D. (College of Law) was honored as one of the 2021 Tallahassee Democrat’s “25 Women You Need to Know” for her important work in our community.

Carrie Anne Baade, M.F.A. (Department of Art) won grand prize for the Pensacola Museum of Art’s 67th Members Exhibit and was awarded a solo exhibit for next spring for her painting “Anti-Vanitas,” 2018.

Yolanda Rankin, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) received the Best Paper Award for her publication “Real Talk: Saturated Sites of Violence in CS Education.”

Erik Hines, Ph.D. (College of Education) received the Al Dye Award from the Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW) in recognition of an article in the Journal for Specialists in Group Work that “best advances the practice of group work.” In 2020, Hines edited three of the four issues of the journal as well as co-authored the article chosen for the Al Dye Award.

Lama Jaber, Ph.D. (College of Education) was chosen as one of the Best Reviewers of 2020 by the Journal of the Learning Sciences. The JLS awards this distinction based on the reviewer’s efforts to go above and beyond. As one of these reviewers, Jaber provided expert feedback on manuscripts and helped advance the field of learning sciences.


Stephanie Sickler, M.F.A. (Department of Interior Architecture and Design) was recently awarded a Multi-Disciplinary Support Grant from FSU’s Council on Research and Creativity. In collaboration with Karen Large, Ph.D. (College of Music), the proposal, “The Hidden Code: An Exploration of the Intersection Between Woven Textiles and Music,” was funded for $25,000. Sickler and Large presented preliminary findings at the IDEC National Conference.

Meghan Mick, M.L.A. (Department of Interior Architecture and Design) was awarded a First Year Assistant Professor grant from FSU’s Council on Research and Creativity for her summer project “Inside Out: Assessing and Designing Outdoor Spaces for Teaching and Learning in a Campus Environment.” She will be looking at opportunities on FSU’s campus to create outdoor classrooms or gathering areas from currently underutilized outdoor space.


April Jackson, Ph.D. (Department of Urban and Regional Planning) co-published a collaborative article in the Journal of the American Planning Association, “Feeling Like an ‘Odd Duck’: The Experiences of African American/Black and Hispanic/Latin/o/a/x Planning Practitioners.” This study examines these practitioners’ experiences with the climate for diversity in their workplaces.

Ryan Rodenberg, Ph.D. (College of Education) published “Regulating Sports Gaming Data,” an 82-page article in the UNLV Gaming Law Journal — a treatise on sports betting and how to define it.

Tamara Bertrand Jones, Ph.D. and Alysia Roehrig, Ph.D. (College of Education) co-edited a special issue of the Florida Journal of Educational Research. Articles within this issue include “Exploring the Outcomes of an Academic Leadership Program: Building a Bridge Between Learning Across Difference,” co-authored by Cameron Beatty, Ph.D., Erica Wiborg, Ph.D. and Brittany Brewster (Center for Leadership and Social Change) and “Education Research for Equity and Social Justice in Florida,” co-authored by Alysia Roehrig, Ph.D. and Tamara Bertrand Jones, Ph.D. (College of Education).

Karin Brewster, Ph.D. (College of Social Sciences and Public Policy) and former post-doc researcher Elif Bulut co-published “Psychological Distress in Middle Eastern Immigrants to the United States: A Challenge to the Healthy Migrant Model?” in the journal Social Science & Medicine which questions whether Middle Eastern immigrants to the U.S. enjoy a similar mental health advantage as Asian and Latino immigrants, relative to the native-born population.

Bruce Thyer, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) published “Linking Assessment to Outcome Evaluation Using Single-System and Group Research Designs” in the fifth edition of the book, “Clinical Assessment for Social Workers: Quantitative and Qualitative Methods.”

Patricia Homan, Ph.D. and Amy Burdette, Ph.D. (College of Social Sciences and Public Policy) co-published, “When Religion Hurts: Structural Sexism & Health in Religious Congregations” in the American Sociological Review. The article examined how structural sexism within religious congregations shape women’s and men’s health and how this compares to that of non-participants.

Azat Zana Gündoğan, Ph.D. (Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House) published “Rethinking Centrality: Extended Urbanization in Istanbul” in the journal City: Analysis of Urban Change, Theory, Action.

Changhyun (Lyon) Nam, Ph.D. (Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship) co-authored “Perceived Diagnostics of Virtual Try-on Technologies and Attitudes Toward Men’s Suit,” published in the International Journal of Electronic Marketing and Retailing. He also co-authored “The Role of College Athletics Department Green Initiatives: Examining Belief-Attitude-Intention Hierarchy” in the Journal of Marketing Higher Education.

Jenny Root, Ph.D. (College of Education) published an article, “Let’s see that again: Using Instructional Videos to Support Asynchronous Mathematical Problem-Solving Instruction for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder” in the Journal of Special Education Technology. The article is based on research conducted through her Autism Science Foundation and AERA Division K COVID-19 grants with co-authors including current doctoral student Deidre Gilley M.S. and alumna Sarah Cox, Ph.D. Root also co-published an article with Cox, “Development of Mathematical Practices through Word Problem Solving Instruction for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder,” in the journal, Exceptional Children.

Irene Padavic, Ph.D. (College of Social Sciences and Public Policy) and co-authors had their paper “Explaining the Persistence of Gender Inequality: The Work Family Narrative as a Social Defense Against the 24/7 Work Culture” reprinted in Administrative Science Quarterly, one of six the journal selected for a special issue of the top studies on women published by ASQ over the last decade.

Kris Salata, Ph.D. (School of Theatre) published “Acting After Grotowski: Theatre’s Carnal Prayer” by Routledge Publishing and featured on the FSU Author’s Day list.

Lisa Wakamiya, Ph.D. (Department of Modern Languages) published a book chapter “Resisting Humbert’s Rhetorical Appeals: A Reevaluation of Lolita’s Ethics” in Teaching Nabokov’s Lolita in the #MeToo Era.

Anel Brandl, Ph.D. (Department of Modern Languages), co-authored the article “Teaching Heritage Language Learners with an Interface Approach: Rethinking Current Practices,” which will be published in the Southern Journal of Linguistics in Spring 2021.

Mary Ziegler, J.D. (College of Law) authored an op-ed for The New York Times, “Absolutists Are Taking Over the Anti-Abortion Movement,” an op-ed for CNN.com, “Arkansas Abortion Ban Isn’t a Law. It’s a Message,” and co-authored a piece for The Boston Globe, “Could Roe v. Wade Really Become ‘the Law of the Land’?”

Geoffrey Deibel, Ph.D. (College of Music) In September, his professional saxophone quartet “h2” released their seventh studio recording, “Infinity Mirror” on Blue Griffin Records.

Amy Ai, Ph.D., Yaacov Petcher, Ph.D., James Clark, Ph.D. and undergraduate research volunteer Alexa Pappas (College of Social Work) co-published “Childhood Mistreatment, PTSD, and Substance Use in Latinx: The Role of Discrimination in an Omitted-Variable Bias” in the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine.

Deana Rohlinger, Ph.D. (College of Social Sciences and Public Policy) authored “We Cannot Just Moderate Extremism Away,” published in the online journal, Items: Insights from the Social Sciences, a digital publication of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC). It is part of the organization’s project, “(In)civility, Extremism and Polarization on the Left and Right,” an ongoing analysis of moderated commentary on articles published in a range of media outlets.

Adam Gaiser, Ph.D. (Department of Religion) published “Ibadiyya,” a 12-page entry on the group known as the “Ibadiyya” in the third edition of the Encyclopedia of Islam.


Changhyun (Lyon) Nam, Ph.D. (Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship) presented on “Learning Innovation and Service-Learning in Medical Apparel development of Entrepreneurship: Face-Covering” at the Annual United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship virtual conference.

Mandy Bamber, Ph.D., R.N. (College of Nursing) presented “Impact of Informal Caregiving for Children with Special Healthcare Needs on Physical Indices of Health, Burden, and Burnout” at the Society for Behavioral Medicine virtual conference.

Neil Abell, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) was a keynote presenter at the World Social Work Day 2021 virtual conference held by the Grenada Association of Professional Social Workers on “Affirming the Spirit of Ubuntu: Responding to the Challenges of Social Vulnerability in the Era of COVID-19.”

Andrew Epstein, Ph.D. (Department of English) gave a virtual talk at Cambridge University on poems by women that portray (including satirize or critique) male figures, as practiced by Gertrude Stein, Marianne Moore, Mina Loy, Bernadette Mayer, Robin Coste Lewis, and others.

Marcía Porter, Ph.D. (College of Music) is presenting at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis virtual symposium on Black representation in opera.

Timothy Hoekman, D.M.A, Marcy Stonikas, M.M. and Evan Jones, Ph.D. (College of Music) performed “Song of Moses and Miriam” from the oratorio PROPHET SONGS by Hoekman at the virtual College Music Society Southern Regional Conference on Feb. 26.

Yolanda Rankin, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) presented her project “Real Talk: Saturated Sites of Violence in CS Education” for the 52nd ACM Technical Symposium for Computer Science Education and was the keynote speaker for the 2021 Advanced Research Conference.

Carrie Pettus, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) presented at a town hall meeting of more than 100 members of the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine which focused on new ideas on equity and reform, data-driven criminal justice reform and evidence-based strategies to improve equity through the criminal justice system. She also presented “Study Design: Research Ethics and Writing a Solid Human Subjects’ Proposal to Institutional Review Board” at a conference of the Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (JCOIN) investigators and scholars.

Alicia Craig-Rodriguez, DNP, MBA, APRN, FNP-BC (College of Nursing) presented at the Juanita Warman Nursing Excellence Conference, hosted by Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington, Feb. 26.

Patrice Iatarola, Ph.D. (College of Education) delivered the keynote speech, “The Gary B. Right to Literacy Case and the Role of Impact Litigation in Education Policy and Advocacy,” at the Association for Education Finance and Policy virtual conference.

Jennifer Joseph, LSW (College of Social Work) conducted a training on Interactive Journaling, an innovative low-cost substance use disorder treatment, for the clinical and research staff at three prisons in Florida.

Donald J. Weidner, J.D. (College of Law) presented a webinar for lawyers on Dispute Resolution in LLCs.

Doug Tatum, M. Acc. (Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship) presented at the Small Business Advocate Show, sponsored by Insperity on a course being developed to teach students and employees about the essential nature of a business making a profit.

Lawrence S. Krieger, J.D. (College of Law) co-presented “Three Giant Steps Inside to Health, Happiness & Success in the Law,” a virtual lunch and learn as part of The Florida Bar Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism and the Standing Committee on Professionalism’s “The Well-Balanced Lawyer Mini-Series.”

Geoffrey Deibel, Ph.D. (College of Music) was a guest artist at the Conservatory in Stuttgart, Germany, October 2020. In December, his quartet offered a class for the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic for Vandoren Reeds and in March, Deibel offered a masterclass for the National Conservatory in Uzbekistan. Later in the spring semester, Deibel will provide a masterclass for the Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra and will be featured at the Region VI North American Saxophone Alliance Conference along with the FSU Saxophone Ensemble.

Erin Ryan, J.D. (College of Law) was a panelist for “Know Your Worth—A CLE for Women Lawyers” presented by The Florida Bar Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism and the Standing Committee on Professionalism.

Mary Ziegler, J.D. (College of Law) discussed her book “Abortion and the Law in America: Roe v. Wade to the Present” as part of Columbia University’s Lehman Center for American History’s Spring Book Talks 2021.

Kevin Jones, D.M.A. and William Peterson, M.M. (College of Music) will release a duo album, “Singularity”, on April 2 for the Centaur Records label, as well as all streaming platforms. This recording features many original compositions with Peterson performing on piano and keyboard and Jones playing trombone, bass trumpet and saxophone.

Carla Della Gatta, Ph.D. (Department of English) presented a webinar from the Folger Shakespeare Library, where she was interviewed in a conversation with the director of the Folger about her work and her forthcoming collection, “Shakespeare and Latinidad,” among other topics.

Holly Hanessian, M.F.A. (Department of Art) participated in the art show “Collaborations” at the Gulf Coast State College’s Amelia Center Gallery, which will be on display through April 9, 2021.


Lara Perez-Felkner, Ph.D. (College of Education) was chosen as a member of the National Science Foundation Quantitative, Computational, and Mixed Methods (QCM) Cohort. She joins scholars from around the country using data science methodologies. The QCM Cohort hopes to “dismantle structural barriers to enable human flourishing for underrepresented communities, professionals, and young people” using such methodologies.

Farrukh Alvi, Ph.D. (FAMU-FSU College of Engineering) was recently appointed Senior Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering.

Amy Burdette, Ph.D. (College of Social Sciences and Public Policy) will take the reins of the interdisciplinary Public Health program beginning Aug. 1, 2021, replacing outgoing Director William Weissert, who is retiring from the university this summer.

Lisa Turner de Vera, Ph.D. (College of Social Sciences and Public Policy) has been named director of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy’s Interdisciplinary Social Science program, replacing retired director Robert Crew, Ph.D. (Political Science).

Mark Horner, Ph.D. (Department of Geography) has been named chair of the Department of Geography at the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy. Outgoing Chair James Elsner, Ph.D., remains on the department’s faculty.


Chad Marzen, J.D. (College of Business) was included in the cast of the documentary film, “Hot Money,” where he briefly discussed the federal crop insurance program. The film is directed by Susan Kucera with Executive Producers Jim Swift and Academy Award winning actor Jeff Bridges.

Subramanian Ramakrishnan, Ph.D. (FAMU-FSU College of Engineering) was named a 3M Professor which is an endowed appointment and recognizes their research and academic accomplishments.

Michael T. Morley, J.D. (Law) was one of four experts to testify before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Courts, Intellectual Property & the Internet. The virtual hearing was on the Supreme Court’s “shadow docket.”

Mary Ziegler, J.D. (College of Law) was a guest on the PBS NewsHour segment titled “South Carolina Places Stringent New Restrictions on Abortions.”

Amy Burdette, Ph.D. (College of Social Sciences and Public Policy) is a co-investigator and co-designer on the Crime, Health, and Politics Survey (CHAPS), a new national project based at the University of Texas San Antonio investigating health and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic.

David Detweiler, D.M.A., Leon Anderson, M.A. and Kevin Jones, D.M.A. (College of Music) co-recorded “The Astoria Suite,” with NEXTLEVEL/Outside in Music.

Leigh Edwards, Ph.D. (Department of English) was a guest on BBC Radio’s Talkback Show to discuss Dolly Parton, about whom Edwards wrote in the 2018 book, “Dolly Parton, Gender, and Country Music.” The radio interview covered Parton’s music and her connection to social equality issues.

Lilian Garcia-Roig, M.F.A. and Cosmo Whyte, M.F.A. (Department of Art) had paintings acquired by the Pérez Art Museum Miami: Garcia-Roig’s painting “Hyperbolic Nature: La Florida (Altar) Size: 12′ H x 13’W) (5 panels) (2015) oil on canvas, and Whyte’s piece in “The Enigma of Arrival in 4 parts. Part 1: ‘Guess Who Is Coming to Dinner'”(2017).