Faculty and Staff Briefs: February 2022 

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.



Jill Pable, Ph.D. (Department of Interior Architecture and Design) received the 2022 Interior Design Educators Council National Book Award for “Homelessness and the Built Environment: Designing for Unhoused Persons.”

Bret Staudt Willet, Ph.D. (College of Education) received an Outstanding Service Award from the Association for Educational Communications and Technology.

Nancy De Grummond, Ph.D. (Department of Classics) received the 2022 Martha and Artemis Joukowsky Distinguished Service Award from the Archeological Institute of America.


Maximilian Miguel Scholz, Ph.D. (Department of History) won a Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society for his new book project “Fruitful Migrants: Refugees and the Construction of the Prussian State, 1530-1700.”

Kevin Gomez, M.A. (College of Social Sciences and Public Policy) received a grant from Mercatus Center’s Program on Pluralism and Civil Exchange to build a Politics, Philosophy and Economics Reading Program at FSU that engages students from different disciplinary backgrounds.


Amy L. Ai, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) and Arthur Raney, Ph.D. (School of Communication) published “Revision and Validation of the Using Private Prayer for Coping Scale” and “Faith Factors, Character Strengths, and Depression Following Hurricane Michael” in the International Journal for the Psychology of Religion.

Jenny Root, Ph.D. (College of Education) published “Teacher-Implemented Modified Schema-Based Instruction with Middle-Grades Students with Autism and Intellectual Disability,” the first findings from her IES-funded Early Career research grant in the journal Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities.

Erik Hines, Ph.D. (College of Education) published “Using a Culturally Responsive MTSS Approach to Prepare Black Males for Postsecondary Opportunities” in the School Psychology Review Journal.

Kathy L. Guthrie, Ph.D. (College of Education) published and co-edited the book “Navigating Complexities in Leadership: Moving Toward Critical Hope.”

Cameron Beatty, Ph.D. and Alounso Gilzene, Ph.D. (College of Education) co-authored a book review of “Bending the Arc Towards Justice: Equity-Focused Practices for Education Leaders.”

Shannon Hall-Mills, Ph.D., Lakeisha Johnson, Ph.D. (School of Communication Science and Disorders), Melissa Gross, Ph.D., Don Latham, Ph.D. and Nancy Everhart, Ph.D. (School of Information) co-published a research article “Providing Telepractice in Schools During a Pandemic: The Experiences and Perspectives of Speech-Language Pathologists” in the journal Language, Speech and Hearing Services in Schools.

YunJung Kim, Ph.D. (School of Communication Science and Disorders) and doctoral student Austin Thompson co-published “Acoustic and Articulatory Characteristics of English Semivowels /ɹ, l, w/ Produced by Adult Second-Language Speakers” in the Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research.

Kelly Farquharson, Ph.D. (School of Communication Science and Disorders) and doctoral student Victor Lugo co-published “Advocacy Engagement and Self-Efficacy of School-Based Speech-Language Pathologists” in the journal Language, Speech and Hearing Services in School.

Sophia Rahming, Ph.D. (Center for the Advancement of Teaching) published “The STEM Glass Ceiling: The Influence of Immigration Status on STEM Trajectories of Afro-Caribbean Women (A Narrative Approach)” in the Journal of International Students.

Robin Goodman, Ph.D. (English Department) published the book “Gender Commodity: Marketing Feminist Identities and the Promise of Security.”

Jeannine Murray-Román, Ph.D. (Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics) published “Care Webs and the Creole Garden in Manthia Diawara’s Édouard Glissant: One Word in Relation” in the journal French Screen Studies.

Antje Muntendam, Ph.D. (Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics) published “The Role of Stress Position in Bilingual Auditory Word Recognition: Cognate Processing in Turkish and Dutch” in the journal Bilingualism: Language and Cognition.

MacKenzie Alston, Ph.D. (College of Social Sciences and Public Policy) published “The Effect of Stereotypes on Black College Test Scores at a Historically Black University” in the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.

Patricia Homan, Ph.D. (College of Social Sciences and Public Policy) published ­­­­­“Sick and Tired Of Being Excluded: Structural Racism in Disenfranchisement as a Threat to Population Health Equity” in the journal Health Affairs.

Deana Rohlinger, Ph.D. (College of Social Sciences and Public Policy) published “Framing Dynamics and Claimsmaking After the Parkland Shooting” and “Digital Technologies, Dysfunctional Movement-Party Dynamics and the Threat to Democracy” in the journal Information, Communication and Society.

John Felkner, Ph.D. (College of Social Sciences and Public Policy) published “The Interrelated Impacts of Credit Access, Market Access and Forest Proximity on Livelihood Strategies in Cambodia” in the journal World Development.

Qinchun Rao, Ph.D. (Department of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology) and graduate students Xingyi Jiang, Yaqi Zhao, Chunya Tang and Megan Appelbaum co-published “Aquatic Food Animals in the United States: Status Quo and Challenges” in the journal Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety.

Sophia Rahming, Ph.D. (Center for the Advancement of Teaching) and Tamara Bertrand Jones, Ph.D. (College of Education) co-edited the book “Black Sisterhoods: Paradigms and Praxis,” published by Demeter Press.


Michael Morley, J.D. (College of Law) participated in a virtual program with the National Constitution Center’s America’s Town Hall on “Election Integrity and Voting Rights: Should We Rewrite the Rules?”

Nicole Patton Terry, Ph.D. (College of Education) spoke at “Black Voices in Education Research,” a joint speaker series presented by The White House and the Institute of Education Sciences.

Davis Houck, Ph.D. (School of Communication) led the panel “EDI in Action: A Dialogue with Former CCI Students” that focused on the experiences of CCI alumni and ways they believed EDI could improve throughout the college.

Faye Jones, Ph.D., Ebrahim Randeree, Ph.D. and Christy Chatmon, Ph.D. (School of Information) presented “Strengthening the Pipeline for Young Black Men in STEM” at the UNF Dive-In Series.

YunJung Kim, Ph.D. (School of Communication Science and Disorders) and doctoral student Austin Thompson co-presented at the 2022 Motor Speech Conference on the topic of acoustics and kinematics in assessment.

Lakeisha Johnson (School of Communication Science and Disorders) presented “Literacy and Justice for All: Cultural Considerations for Diverse Readers” at the Milton S. Carothers Faculty Lecture Series.

Kathleen Krach, Ph.D. (College of Education) presented a discussion on aggressive behavior and different kinds of interventions that school psychologists can employ at the National Association of School Psychologists Conference.

Stephen McDowell, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) spoke on “The Current State of South Asian Media and Cultural Studies” and “Imagining Futures” at the South Asian Media and Cultural Studies Conference, featuring speakers from around the globe.

Sarah Sheldon, M.Ed. and Edwin Darrell M.A. (University Housing) presented “Providing Academic Support through Residence Hall Design” at the Association of College University Housing Officers, International (ACUHOI) Academic Initiatives Conference.

Shannon Staten, Ph.D. (University Housing) presented “WomXn in Association Leadership: Pathways and Preparedness – Relying on our Ethical Foundations to Move Forward from a Pandemic” at the Southeastern Association of Housing Officers (SEAHO) Conference.

Deanna Hughes, M.S.A. and Marrese Whitsett, M.P.A. (University Housing) presented “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough: Establishing Student Staff Affinity Groups within University Housing” at the SEAHO Conference.

Casey Diduryk and Joey McGinn, M.S. (University Housing) co-presented “Lessons from the Classroom: The Space Between Student Teaching and Staff Meetings” at the Southeastern Association of Housing Officers (SEAHO) Conference.

Michelle Bumatay, Ph.D. (Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics) gave a presentation to the Comics: More than Words Research Unit at Stanford University on women creators of black bandes dessinées.

David Merrick, M.S. (Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program) presented “Lessons Learned from the Surfside Building Collapse: Response and Recovery from the Champlain Building Collapse” at the 2022 Florida Emergency Preparedness Association Annual Meeting.

Denise Mercier, (University Housing) co-presented “Start Strong: Keys to Building Great LLC Partnerships” at the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International (ACUHO-I) Academic Initiatives Conference.

Edwin Darrell, M.A. (University Housing) co-presented “Rediscover Your Why” at the SEAHO Conference.

Sarah Sheldon and Lexie McGarvey, Ed.D. (University Housing) presented “Reaching New Heights with Curriculum and Data” at the SEAHO conference.

Patricia Homan, Ph.D. (College of Social Sciences and Public Policy) presented on a panel “Understanding Structural Injustice: The Effects of Structural Racism, Sexism, Heterosexism and their Intersections” during the Consortium on Analytics for Data-Driven Decision-Making and Centre on Population Dynamics at McGill University.

Jenny Root, Ph.D. (College of Education) presented on the book “How Learning Happens: Seminal Works in Education Psychology and What They Mean in Practice” by Paul Arthur for the Spring 2022 Science of Math Book Study.


Alysia Roehrig, Ph.D. (College of Education) was chosen to serve as the Education Co-Chair on the Colorful Talks board.

John Tilley, M.A. (Department of Student Support and Transition) was selected to serve on the Educational Initiatives Committee for NODA.

Ellen Nimmons, M.S. (School of Communication Science and Disorders) coordinated FSU’s participation in the “Interprofessional Practice & Education” joint-training event with FAMU students.

Adam Lindberg, Ph.D. (Office of Investigation and Assessment) served as a contributor to the first-ever Association for Student Conduct Administration Model Investigation Guide for Fraternity and Sorority Life Organizations.


Bruce Thyer, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) was appointed as a Research Fellow with the Center for Mental Health Research and Innovation, at the University of Houston College of Social Work.

Louis N. Cattafesta, Ph.D. (College of Engineering) was elected Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Erik Hines, Ph.D. (College of Education) gave public testimony at the Senate Committee on Education at the Capitol on SB 1404-School Counselors, which provides certification requirements for school counselors.

Shereada Harrell, Ed.D. (Career Center) was elected President-Elect of the Southern Association of Colleges and Employers.

Jared Logan, M.Ed. (Department of Student Support and Transition) was selected as the Network Chair for the First-Generation College Student Network for the Association of Orientation, Transition and Retention in Higher Education (NODA).

Anel Brandl, Ph.D. (Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics), was elected regional vice president for Sigma Delta Pi, the national collegiate Hispanic honor society.

Chanta Haywood, Ph.D. (School of Communication) was featured as a guest editor for the February/March issue of Tallahassee Woman Magazine.