Faculty and Staff Briefs: October 2021

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.



Mariya Letdin, Ph.D. and Stacy Sirmans, Ph.D. (College of Business) received the award for Best Paper on Real Estate Investment Trusts presented at the 2021 annual meeting of the American Real Estate Society for their paper “Spread Too Thin: REIT Asset Dispersion and Divergence of Opinion.”

Zhe He, Ph.D. (School of Information) was recognized as a Fellow of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Jing Wang, Ph.D. (College of Nursing) was selected as one of 10 emerging leaders in health and medicine by the National Academy of Medicine.

Meghan Mick, M.L.A. (Department of Interior Architecture and Design) won an American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Florida award for her project “The Capt. Leonard Destin Park” in the Open Space category. She also received the Frederic B. Stresau Award named in honor of Fred Stresau, considered by many to be the father of Florida Landscape Architecture.


Maxine Montgomery, Ph.D., Candace Ward, Ph.D. and Alisha Gaines, Ph.D. (Department of English) were awarded a $5,000 Florida Humanities Grant for an English-Literature, Media and Culture Program spring symposium on American novelist, essayist and professor Toni Morrison.

Penny Ralston, Ph.D. (College of Health and Human Sciences) received a $53,000 grant from the American Heart Association to implement Faith Health Delivery, a faith-based effort to deliver health services, including COVID-19 vaccinations, via a mobile van.

Mollie Romano, Ph.D. (School of Communication Science and Disorders) collaborated on a four-year study, “Initial Efficacy Trial of Florida Embedded Practices and Intervention with Caregivers,” which was recently awarded over $3.6 million from the U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

Lilian Garcia-Roig, MFA (College of Fine Arts) was awarded the Blackwell Prize in Painting worth $10,000. Garcia-Roig’s work was exhibited at the University of West Georgia, where she also presented a talk on Oct. 29.


Bruce 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.

Cameron Beatty, Ph.D. (Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) published “Normalcy, Avoidance, Consciousness Raising: Exploring How Student Leaders Navigate Racial Battle Fatigue” in the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice.

Michael Ormsbee, Ph.D. (College of Health and Human Sciences) published “Sleep Duration Correlates with Performance in Ultra-Endurance Triathlon” in the Human Kinetics Journal and published “Characterization of the Relationship Between Workload and Collegiate Track and Field Performances: A Pilot Study” in the Journal of Exercise Physiology Online.

Mary Ziegler, J.D. (College of Law) authored “Supreme Speed: The Court Puts Abortion on the Rocket Docket,” published on the SCOTUSblog.

Mickey Langlais, Ph.D. (Department of Human Development & Family Science) published “Is It Okay If Mommy Dates? The Influence of Mother’s Post-Divorce Dating Transitions for Children’s Behaviors” in the Journal of Child and Family Studies.

Tarez Samra Graban, Ph.D. (Department of English) recently published a 65,000-word annotated bibliography “Global and Non-Western Rhetorics: Sources for Comparative Rhetorical Studies,” in Volume 9 of the online journal Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric and Society.

Carla Della Gatta, Ph.D. (Department of English) authored a blog post, “West Side Story: 60 Years as a Cultural Barometer” on Shakespeare and Beyond, which is produced by the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Shawn Bayern, J.D. (College of Law) published a new book, “Autonomous Organizations,” with the Cambridge University Press.

Daynica Harley, J.D. (College of Law) authored an op-ed “The Most Bittersweet Chocolate: Our Complicity in Child Labor” in the Tallahassee Democrat.

Tanya Renn, Ph.D., Stephanie Kennedy, Ph.D. and Carrie Pettus, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) published the report “Measuring Well-Being During Reentry,” which details the development and validation of the Reentry Well-Being Assessment Tool, a measure used to provide a structured process for clinicians to guide service delivery and serve as a consistent, universal outcome of program effectiveness.

Carrie Pettus, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) was featured as a guest columnist in the Orlando Sentinel. Her piece “Take Action Against Racial Bias in Criminal-Justice System” details data-driven strategies to move beyond documenting racism and take bold action to disrupt racial bias and promote equity across the criminal justice system.

Jennifer Proffitt, Ph.D., Juliann Cortese, Ph.D., Patrick Merle, Ph.D. (School of Communication) and doctoral candidate Nivia Escobar Salazar co-published “The Return to Live Sports Events: A Political-Economic Analysis of Sports Entertainment in the Time of COVID-19” in the Political Economy of Communication. The article examines the interests of the major players involved in decisions to reopen U.S.-based sports during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jennifer Proffitt, Ph.D. (School of Communication) published “Solidarity in the Newsroom? Media Concentration and Union Organizing: Case Study from the Sunshine State” in the journal Journalism. The article examines the struggles, actions and challenges of the journalist organizers at two Florida legacy newspapers who unionized in 2016 with the NewsGuild.

Richard Morris, Ph.D. (School of Communication Science and Disorders) and FSU student Chorong Oh co-published “A Systematic Review of Expressive and Receptive Prosody in Individuals with Dementia” in the Journal of Speech Language Hearing Research.

Jennifer Proffitt, Ph.D. (School of Communication) and doctoral candidate Christopher Garcia published the article “We are Coca-Cola and So Much More: Political Economic Analysis of Non-Carbonated SSB Coke Brands” and “Elite Company: Sourcing Trends in 2014-2017 Prestige Press Climate Change Editorials” in Food, Culture & Society, an international journal of multidisciplinary research.

Carla Wood, Ph.D. (School of Communication Science and Disorders) and Chris Schatschneider, Ph.D. (Florida Center for Reading Research) co-published “Growth in Written Academic Word Use in Response to Morphology-Focused Supplemental Instruction” in Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal. The paper reported results of a study that examined growth in 824 students’ written academic word use in response to a 20-week morphology-focused supplemental instruction.

Carla Wood, Ph.D. (School of Communication Science and Disorders) and doctoral students Keisey Fumero and Michelle Torres Chavarro had their paper “Challenges in Service Provision to Children and Families from Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds” accepted to the journal Seminars in Speech and Language. The paper examines the challenges in service provision to children and families from linguistically diverse backgrounds.

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

Davis Houck, Ph.D. (School of Communication), FSU undergraduate student Erika LaFlouria, and FSU graduate student Dean Delp published an essay “Bob Moses, ‘Speech at Stanford University’ (24 April, 1964)” in the Voices of Democracy Journal.

Marcos Colon, Ph.D. (Modern Languages and Linguistics) has released the trailer for his new documentary “Stepping Softly on the Earth,” which dives into the ruins that predatory exploitation of resources has brought to the Amazon and the struggle of the Amazonian people fighting to survive.

Ravi Howard, M.F.A. (Department of English) published his short story “The Good Thief,” which was selected for The Best American Mystery and Suspense of 2021.

Ann Perko, J.D., Karen Oehme, J.D., Jim Clark, Ph.D. (College of Social Work), Elizabeth Ray, Ph.D. and Laura Arpan, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) co-published “The Vulnerability Gap: Group Differences in Childhood Trauma and Resilience on a Florida College Campus” in the Florida Journal of Education.

Laurie Abbott, Ph.D., Lucinda Graven, Ph.D. (College of Nursing) and Michael Killian, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) co-authored the manuscript “Latent Profile Analysis of Stress and Resilience among Rural Women: A Cross-sectional Study,” which was recently accepted for publication in the Public Health Nursing journal.


Neil Charness, Ph.D. (Department of Psychology) represented North America at an international conference sponsored by the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics on digital equity for people of all ages, part of a celebration of the UN International Day of the Older Person.

Stephen Tripodi, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) presented the talk “STAIR for Adults Released from Jail in Seminole County” to members of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office and the John E. Polk Correctional Facility.

Amberly Prykhodko, LCSW (College of Social Work) co-led a trauma training pertaining to the experiences of individuals leaving incarceration and returning home at the Hartford Reentry Welcome Center in Hartford, Connecticut.

Paul Marty, Ph.D. and Zhe He, Ph.D. (School of Information) presented at INFOcon 2021, which took place virtually Oct. 19. Marty presented on the topic of “Museum Informatics,” and He presented “Developing Careers in Health Informatics and Health Information Technology.”

Sana Tibi, Ph.D. (School of Communication Science and Disorders) presented “Morphological Instruction for All: Supporting Linguistically Diverse Students” at an interactive webinar hosted by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.

Kristen Guynes, Ph.D. (School of Communication Science and Disorders) and FSU students Michael Walch, Derica Parathundil and Adrianna Sabat gave a statewide presentation, “Foundations of Working with Individuals who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing,” to the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles.

Ellen Nimmons, MS (School of Communication Science and Disorders) led an annual workshop, “Speech-Language Pathology Bootcamp,” in which students gain hands-on experience performing oral mechanism evaluations.

Ameya Kolarkar, Ph.D. (Center for the Advancement of Teaching) presented a poster at the International Learning Assistant Conference on “Using ‘Affective Draw’ to Get Students to Do Better in Math.” It showcased Learning Assistant-supported, student-centered teaching practices of the teaching faculty in the Math Department. He also participated in the Learning Assistant Research Symposium, making FSU visible in the space for the first time and diversifying FSU’s research portfolio.

Laura McTighe, Ph.D. (Department of Religion) participated in the Distinguished Visitors Program at Haverford College in Pennsylvania and presented her talk “We Spoke our Truths” to Haverford, Swarthmore and Bryn Mawr college communities.

Pat Villeneuve, Ph.D. (College of Fine Arts) gave a speech on museum edu-curation “Dimensions of Curation Competing Values Framework and Visitor-centered Exhibitions” for the International Committee for Education and Cultural Action in Belgium.

Sara Scott Shields, Ph.D. and Rachel Fendler, Ph.D. (Department of Art Education) co-presented “How to Think Like an Artist” and “Community Mapping: A Creative Encounter with Living History” at the Florida Art Education Association.

Amber Ward, Ph.D. and Jeff Broome, Ph.D. (Department of Art Education) and FSU student Kendra Fairchild co-presented “Coalescing Art Education Curriculum: Three Perspectives on Program Development” at the Florida Art Education Association.

Barbara Parker-Bell, Psy.D., (Department of Art Education) presented “Fostering Connection: Creativity and Care in Art Therapy and Art Education,” a keynote address for the International Conference of the Korean Society of Education and the Arts on Oct. 23, and the related paper was published in their 2021 KoSEA Conference Publication.


Lauren Kendall, DNP, RN (College of Nursing) participated in multiple community engagement activities with FSU Nursing students during the month of October including FSU COVID Vaccine Efforts, FSU Flu Clinics, FSU College of Law Health Fair, Kids 1st Fund Be the Match with the FSU Marching Chiefs Bone Marrow Drive, Whole Child Leon Community Screening, and FSU Tennis’ Tallahassee Futures 15 Tennis Tournament.


Larry Dennis, Ph.D. (School of Information) was honored as Dean Emeritus.

La’Tara O. Lampkin, Ph.D. (Florida Center for Reading Research) was spotlighted on the National Institutes for Historically Underserved Students website.

Nathan (David) Pifer, Ph.D. (College of Education) was featured as an expert in WalletHub’s piece on the trends and issues in U.S. Soccer and which cities are the best to watch the sport.

Michael Morley, J.D. (College of Law) was elected to the American Law Institute (ALI), which is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize and improve the law.

Mathew Hauer, Ph.D. (College of Social Sciences and Public Policy) was cited twice in “Report of the Impact of Climate Change on Migration” in the White House’s report on climate change.

Hyochol “Brian” Ahn, Ph.D. (College of Nursing) has been selected as the Editor-in-Chief of the Asian/Pacific Island Nursing Journal, the official journal of the Asian American Pacific Islander Nurses Association.

Mai Kung, DNP (College of Nursing) abstract accepted for podium presentation during the NHWSN/AAPINA 2021 International Nursing Research Conference.

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