Faculty and Staff Briefs: September 2021 

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Florida State University’s faculty and staff are central to its mission and the key to its countless accomplishments.

Throughout the year, honors and recognitions are awarded to individuals around campus. Our Faculty and Staff Briefs is produced monthly to recognize the accomplishments and provide a space where honors & awards, bylines, presentations, grants, service and any other notable items can be showcased. 



Jack Fiorito, Ph.D. (College of Business) has been named a Research Fellow by the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA), an organization for professionals to share ideas and learn about new developments, issues and practices.

Richard K. Emmerson, Ph.D. (Department of Art History) was honored for the influence and depth of his scholarship in 2021 with a “Festschrift,” an interdisciplinary collection of essays celebrating the scholarship of one of the most prominent medievalists of his generation, by colleagues and former students. “Tributes in Honor of Richard K. Emmerson: Crossing Medieval Disciplines” was published in July 2021.

Stacey Rutledge, Ph.D. (College of Education) was recognized by the American Journal of Education as an outstanding reviewer. Out of 129 scholars and researchers who reviewed for AJE last year, Rutledge was among the top 10 percent who returned multiple on-time reviews.

Christy Chatmon, M.S. (School of Information) was recently selected for the National Science Foundation Florida Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate virtual research bootcamp.

Yolanda Rankin, Ph.D. (School of Information) and her team received the Best Paper Award in the Analytics track for the 2021 IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics (ICHI) for the paper “Implementing Community-Based Participatory Design and Mixed Methods to Capture and Analyze Mental Models of No/Low Literate Users”.

Kelly Farquharson, Ph.D. (School of Communication Science & Disorders) received the Editors’ Katharine G. Butler Trailblazer Award for her article “Evaluating Children in U.S. Public Schools with Speech Sound Disorders Considering Federal and State Laws, Guidance, and Research,” published in the journal Topics in Language Disorders.

Laura Lee Corbett, MFA (Department of History) accepted awards on behalf of two Tallahassee organizations recognized by Florida Trust for Historic Preservation. Corbett is the historic preservation consultant for projects at the Jake Gaither Memorial House Foundation and St. John’s Episcopal Church.

Hyochol Ahn, Ph.D. (College of Nursing) was awarded the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE) Program Recognition Award for Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing. Ahn will be recognized for his expertise as an educator in Gerontological Nursing at the NHCGNE Leadership Conference to be held virtually, Oct. 26-28, 2021.

Yaacov Petscher, Ph.D. (College of Social Work, Florida Center for Reading Research) received an Award of Excellence: Back to School Primary Education from Tech & Learning for one of his intellectual properties.


Inika Pierre Williams (Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement) and David Henry (FSU Panama City Campus) have secured $1.5 million for a Talent Search project from the U.S. Department of Education to improve college enrollment rates for low-income middle and high school students in Bay, Franklin, Holmes and Leon counties.

Michele Parker, Ph.D. (Department of Human Development & Family Science) is the co-investigator on a new grant awarded to the FSU Family Center for Prevention Research. The grant, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will support her team’s project to conduct an impact evaluation of the True North PREP Program for underserved adolescents in Leon, Liberty, Duval, Jackson and Broward counties and awards $420,000 over the next three years.

Lilian Garcia-Roig (College of Fine Arts) was selected by The John Simon Guggenheim Committee as the winner of the prestigious 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship for Art. Garcia-Roig is one of 184 artists of 3,000 applicants who will be funded up to $45,000 for 6 to 12 months to expand their research practice.

Carrie Pettus, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) received a grant from J. P. Morgan for the project “Retaining Talent: A Training to Assist Employers in Effectively Promoting and Retaining Second Chance Hires.” This project will coach employers on best practices for retention and promotion of individuals with incarceration histories.

Ebrahim Randeree, Ph.D., Faye Jones, Ph.D. (College of Communication & Information) and Larry Dennis, Ph.D. (School of Information) were awarded a $57,000 continuing grant from the National Science Foundation for the project STARS: Catalyzing Action-Oriented Academic Communities for Broadening Participation in Computing.

Marcia A. Mardis, Ph.D., Faye Jones, Ph.D. (College of Communication & Information), Mark Horner, Ph.D. (College of Social Sciences and Public Policy), Eren Ozguven, Ph.D. (College of Engineering), Ellen Piekalkiewicz, M.A., John Mathias, Ph.D. (College of Social Work), Scott Pickett, Ph.D. and Jessica De Leon, Ph.D. (College of Medicine) received $581,226 from the National Science Foundation for the one-year multidisciplinary project “Rural Resiliency Hubs: An Integrated, Community-Centered Approach Addressing the Resiliency Divide through Rural Public Libraries,” a collaboration with Calhoun County Public Libraries.

Faye Jones, Ph.D., Ebrahim Randeree, Ph.D.,  (College of Communication & Information) and Christy Chatmon, M.S. (School of Information) were recently awarded $50,000 from the Army Educational Outreach Program to establish Black Men in Tech: the iHub Experience, a project to establish innovation hubs at four local high schools.


Yolanda Rankin, Ph.D. (School of Information) and Sana Tibi, Ph.D. (School of Communication Sciences & Disorders) co-published “In-Game Social Interactions to Facilitate ESL Students’ Morphological Awareness, Language and Literacy Skills,” in the Proceedings of CHIPlay, 2021.

Jonathan Adams, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) and graduate student Ava Dodd had their paper “The Role of Synthetic Data in Aerial Object Detection” accepted to the International Conference on Marine, Aviation, Transport, Logistics and Trade held in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Carla Wood, Ph.D., Mollie Romano, Ph.D (School of Communication Science & Disorders) and doctoral student Victor Lugo had their research project “State of the Practice of Team Science in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology” published by the Journal of Speech Language Hearing Research (JSLHR).

Carla Wood, Ph.D. (School of Communication Science & Disorders) and doctoral student Keisey Fumero had their paper “Grammatical Verb Errors: Differences between English Learners with and without Diagnosed Language-Based Learning Disabilities” published in the journal, Language Speech and Hearing Services in Schools.

Carrie Pettus, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) co-authored “Recidivism Rate is Down in SC Prisons. These Strategies Work,” an op-ed for the Charleston Post & Courier. The piece highlights how real change is possible throughout the criminal justice system – and is happening now – through successful researcher-policymaker-correctional stakeholder partnerships.

Elizabeth Ray, Ph.D., Laura Arpan, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information), Ann Perko, J.D., Karen Oehme, J.D., James Clark, Ph.D. and Lyndi Bradley, M.S.W (College of Social Work) co-published the article “Freshman Anxiety and COVID-19: Practical Implications from an Online Intervention for Supporting Students Affected by Health Inequities” in the Journal of American College Health.

John Mathias, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) co-published the article “Situated Causality: What Ethnography Can Contribute to Causal Inquiry in Social Work” in the journal Social Work Research.

Melissa Radey, Ph.D., Lisa Langenderfer-Magruder, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) and Joedrecka Brown Speights, M.D. (College of Medicine) published “I Don’t Have Much of a Choice: Low-Income Single Mothers’ COVID-19 School and Care Decisions” in the Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Science.

Erik Hines, Ph.D. (College of Education) was a guest editor for a special issue of the journal Professional School Counseling: Males of Color and School Counseling. This special issue includes articles that focus on the experiences of males of color in educational settings and the importance of school counselors in helping them to thrive.

Bruce A. Thyer, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) published “Tips and Tricks: Teaching Scholars How to Publish Articles in English Language Social Work Journals” in the China Journal of Social Work.

Shaofeng Li, Ph.D. (College of Education) guest-edited a thematic issue of Studies in Second Language Acquisition, a top journal in language education and applied linguistics. The topic of the special issue is implicit language aptitude, which refers to cognitive abilities for unconscious language learning.

Kathy Guthrie, Ph.D. (College of Education) co-edited “Shifting the Mindset: Socially Just Leadership Education.” The book, which highlights contemporary perspectives on socially just leadership education, features 16 alumni and current students/faculty from FSU’s higher education program.

Patrick Merle, Ph.D. (School of Communication) had his study “Zooming through a Pandemic: An Examination of Marketable Skills Gained by University Students during the Covid-19 Crisis” published in the Howard Journal of Communications. The study looked at how a sudden change in education practices can affect learning, based on factors including self-efficacy, interaction and motivation.

Marcia A. Mardis, Ed.D. (School of Information), Faye Jones (College of Communication & Information) and doctoral students Curtis Tenney and Zoe Leonarczyk published “Constructing Knowledge about Public Librarians’ Roles in Natural Disasters: A Heuristic Inquiry into Community Resiliency in Florida’s Hurricane Michael” in the journal Library Trends.

Stephen McDowell, Ph.D. (College of Communication & Information) published “Vertical and Horizontal Communication on the Facebook Pages of 2014 Brazilian Presidential Candidates” in the journal Studies in Communication Sciences.

Lenore McWey, Ph.D. (Department of Human Development & Family Science) served as associate editor on a volume of “The Handbook of Systemic Family Therapy,” a four-volume collection of books commissioned by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Her volume, “Systemic Family Therapy with Children and Adolescents,” presents established and emerging models of relational treatment of children and adolescents. The series represents an important and first-of-its-kind reference resource to clinicians, researchers, students, educators and more.

Mary Ziegler, J.D. (College of Law) authored “Texas Has Cleared a Path to the End of Roe v. Wade,” an op-ed for The New York Times, “The Deviousness of Texas’s New Abortion Law,” an op-ed for The Atlantic, “The Sinister Genius of Texas Abortion Law,” an op-ed for CNN, “What Happens Next in Texas?” an op-ed for The Boston Globe, and “The Justices Are Telling Us What They Think About Roe v. Wade,” an op-ed for The Atlantic.

Michael Ormsbee, Ph.D. (Department of Nutrition & Integrative Physiology) published a paper “Gastrointestinal Pathophysiology During Endurance Exercise: Endocrine, Microbiome, and Nutritional Influences” in the European Journal of Applied Physiology. The paper takes a look at gastrointestinal conditions as athletes engage in endurance exercise and explores the connection between intestinal microbiome, gut hormone secretion, and the integrity of the single cell layer that forms the lining of the intestines.

Patricia Homan, Ph.D. (College of Social Sciences and Public Policy) was the lead author of “Structural Intersectionality as a New Direction for Health Disparities Research” published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.

Lynn Jones, Ph.D. (College of Fine Arts) authored the article “Examining a ‘Standard:’ Depictions of Constantine and Helena in Middle Byzantine Cappadocia,” which will appear in the inaugural edition of the online journal Valonia. The article examines 27 representations of Constantine and Helena in 26 Cappadocian rock-cut churches of the 8th-13th centuries.

Paul Renfro, Ph.D. (Department of History) authored a review essay, “Caging Violence: Feminisms, Harm, and the US Carceral State,” published in the Journal of Women’s History.

François Dupuigrenet Desroussilles, Ph.D. (Department of Religion) published “Holy Images on the Move: Reconsidering the Great Bible Illustrations” in Bibliothèque d’Humanisme et Renaissance.

Jill Pable, Ph.D., Yelena Mclane, Ph.D., and Lauren Trujillo (Department of Interior Architecture and Design) co-published “Homeless and the Built Environment,” released by the Routledge Taylor & Francis Group. The book provides a practical introduction to the effective physical design of homes and other facilities that assist unhoused persons in countries identified as middle- to high-income.

Sonia Hazard, Ph.D. (Department of Religion) published “How Joseph Smith Encountered Printing Plates and Founded Mormonism,” a new account of Mormon origins, in the journal Religion and American Culture. She also edited a recent special issue of the journal Material Religion on religion and material texts in the Americas.

Eric Coleman, Ph.D. (College of Social Sciences and Public Policy) authored a study published “Limited Effects of Tree Planting on Forest Canopy Cover and Rural Livelihoods in Northern India” in the journal Nature.

Jeffrey James, Ph.D. (College of Education) proposed a theory that was cited in an article “Why Are the Loyal Fans of ‘Jeopardy!’ So Mad?” in Psychology Today. The article mentions the Psychological Continuum Model (PCM) in which “people go through a series of stages in their development of loyalty to an activity, brand or organization.” This research is applied to Jeopardy! fans and their allegiance to the show.

Azat Zana Gündoğan, Ph.D. (FSU Honors Program) published “Caught between Kemalist and Islamist Authoritarianisms: The Masses as Auxiliary Power in Turkey, 1993 to Present,” in the book “The Power of Populism and People Resistance and Protest in the Modern World.”

Chari Arespacochaga (School of Theatre) co-authored the article “Missing: A Musical Dramedy: Engaging with the Missing Through the Perpetually Present,” published by Studies in Musical Theatre.

Carrie Pettus, Ph.D., Tanya Renn, Ph.D. and Stephanie Kennedy, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) and a colleague from the University of Iowa co-authored the paper “The Well-Being Development Model: A Theoretical Model to Improve Outcomes among Criminal Justice System–Involved Individuals,” published in the Social Service Review.

Silvia Valisa, Ph.D. (Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics) published an essay “Les voyages les plus intéressants: La Raccolta de’ Viaggi de Giambattista Sonzogno (Milan, 1815-1832)” in the collective volume Espaces, formes et métissages de la collection éditoriale.

Jessica Bahorski, Ph.D. (College of Nursing) authored the article “Infant Temperament is Associated with Maternal Feeding Behaviors in Early Infancy,” published in the National Library of Medicine.


Alysia Roehrig, Ph.D. (College of Education) was a panelist on the American Psychological Association’s webinar “Careers in Applied Psychology: Educational Psychology.” The webinar covered an overview of the field of educational psychology as well as career opportunities in a variety of contexts.

Carrie Pettus, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) presented a talk “Well-Being and Community Stability Outcomes as Alternatives to Recidivism” to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee on Law and Justice for their work Evaluating Success for Individuals Released from Prison, which focused on the movement away from a sole focus on re-arrest and reincarceration and toward understanding well-being and community stability for individuals leaving incarceration and returning home.

Amberly Prykhodko, LCSW (College of Social Work) delivered two keynote presentations, “Amplifying Potential: Key Principles of the Well-Being Development Model” and “Amplifying Potential: Focusing on the Solution, Not the Problem” at the Goodwill Industries International Reentry Opportunities to Work (GROW) Learn & Lead Lab in September. Both presentations were designed for employers to understand and incorporate the evidence-driven principles of well-being development and solution-focused coaching to immediately incorporate identified principles into their current practices.

Kathleen Burnett, Ph.D. (School of Information) and Stephen McDowell, Ph.D. (College of Communication & Information) participated in the International Symposium of Academic Library Conference (ISAL ’21) organized by Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) in Malaysia.  McDowell provided opening remarks and Burnett gave the keynote speech, “Misinformation, Disinformation, and Malinformation: Pandemic Ethics.”

Holly Hanessian, M.F.A. (Department of Art) will have her project “New Histories: The Gadsden Farm Project” featured in the exhibition “Food Justice: Growing a Healthier Community through Art.” The project demonstrates the combined power of community and contemporary practice.

Jimmy Yu, Ph.D. (Department of Religion), in collaboration with the Social Justice and Innovation Lab at the Askew School, organized the lecture series, “Engaging Racism: Conversations for Change,” which took place between September 2020 and July 2021.

Kathy Guthrie, Ph.D. and Cameron Beatty, Ph.D. (College of Education) are co-hosting the “NASPA Student Leadership Program Knowledge Community” podcast. This season focuses on socially just and culturally relevant leadership education.

Mark Messersmith, M.F.A (Department of Art) is presenting his third solo show “The Lost Garden of Hesperides” at Venvi Art Gallery in Tallahassee. The exhibition will showcase the artist’s stunning narrative landscapes that explore the difficult relationship that we have with the environment. The exhibition is open to the public from Sept. 3-Oct. 10.


Rabieh Razzouk, MBA (Learning Systems Institute) was named director of the Learning Systems Institute. Razzouk joined LSI in 2003 and was previously the institute’s associate director and the director of the Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (FCR-STEM).

Malia Bruker, Ph.D. (School of Communication) has been selected as the Executive Vice President of the University Film & Video Association (UVFA), a nonprofit organization seeking to connect creators and prioritizing higher education within media and video creation.

Carla Wood, Ph.D. (School of Communication Science & Disorders) recently began her position as the director.

Stephen McDowell, Ph.D. (College of Communication & Information) was appointed interim dean of the College of Communication and Information.

Gregory J. Harris, Ph.D. (College of Human Sciences) was recently appointed to serve as Interim Chair of the Department of Human Development and Family Science.