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 across campus. Our Faculty and Staff Briefs are 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.
HONORS AND AWARDS
Norman Anderson, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) received the 2021 Director’s Transformative Research Award from the High-Risk, High Reward Research Program of the National Institutes of Health.
Cameron Beatty, Ph.D. (College of Education) received the 2022 Dr. Susan R. Komives Research Award.
Deanna C. Hughes, M.S.A. (University Housing) received the 2022 Carmen L. Vance Herstory Award for the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International.
Susan Blessing, Ph.D. (Department of Physics) received the 2020 Gold Medal from the Tallahassee Scientific Society during an event March 30. The event was delayed due to COVID-19.
Brittany Devies, doctoral student (The Center for Leadership and Social Change) received a NASPA NOW Professional Award.
Carlos Villa, M.S. (Center for Integrating Research and Learning at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory) received the 2021 Gold Medal from the Tallahassee Scientific Society during an event March 30.
Nicole Bentze, D.O. (College of Medicine) was named a Fellow of the American Medical Women’s Association.
Mark Stavros, M.D. (College of Medicine) received the 2022 Pensacola Area Commitment to Excellence Award.
Suzanne Leonard Harrison, M.D. (College of Medicine) received the 2022 INSPIRE Award from the American Medical Women’s Association.
Shermeeka Hogans-Mathews, M.D. (College of Medicine) was one of 17 recipients of the 2022 New Faculty Scholar Award given by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Foundation and was accepted into the 2022 Florida Academy of Family Physicians Leadership Academy.
Joedrecka S. Brown Speights, M.D. (College of Medicine) was one of 10 women honored as part of Tallahassee Community College’s observance of Women’s History Month and this year’s theme “Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope.” She also was honored as Capital Outlook Young Professional of the Year during Black History Month.
Terri Williams (University Housing) was recognized at the annual Southeast Association of Housing Officers meeting in February for his outstanding service to University Housing residence halls at FSU.
Amal Ibourk, Ph.D. (College of Education) received approval and funding for the CAREER proposal “Developing Elementary Teachers’ Self-Efficacy Toward Justice-Centered Climate Change Teaching” by the National Science Foundation.
Erik Hines, Ph.D. (College of Education) received $1 million from the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program-Research Track for a grant project that serves the national need of recruiting and retaining highly effective Black male high school STEM teachers.
Carrie Pettus, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) received the three-year grant “Infusing Well-Being and Peer Support into Nebraska Reentry Innovations” in collaboration with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services.
FSU Childcare received a $19,500 grant from the Florida Office of Early Learning to assist the childcare facilities in remaining open during the COVID-19 crisis. Funds awarded to FSU Childcare will be used to purchase health and safety supplies, outdoor equipment, training costs and bonuses for teachers. Childcare faculty received a one-time bonus to recognize their significant performance and contributions in providing a safe and high-quality learning environment during the pandemic.
Stephanie Pau, Ph.D. (Department of Geography) was awarded a $57,280 National Science Foundation supplement for her project “A Lineage-Based Framework to Advance Grassland Macroecology and Earth System Modeling.”
Arthur Raney, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) and Amy L. Ai, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) co-authored “Faith Factors, Character Strengths, and Depression following Hurricane Michael,” which was published in the International Journal for the Psychology of Religion.
Melissa Radey, Ph.D. (College of Social Work), Thomas Ledermann, Ph.D. and Lenore McWey, Ph.D. (College of Health and Human Sciences) co-published “Informal Support and Obligation Contribute to Fewer Child Behavior Problems Over Time” in Family Relations: Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Science.
Zhe He, Ph.D. (School of Information) co-published “Understanding Information Needs and Barriers to Accessing Health Information Across All Stages of Pregnancy: A Systematic Review” in JMIR Pediatrics and Parenting. He also had his paper “Classifying Drug Ratings Using User Reviews with Transformer-Based Language Models” accepted by the 10th IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics.
Melissa Radey, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) Kristine Posada, M.S.W. and Lisa Langenderfer-Magruder, Ph.D. (College of Social Work, Florida Institute for Child Welfare) co-published “Showing Everybody’s True Colors: Informal Networks of Low-Income Single Mothers and Their Young Children During the COVID-19 Pandemic” in the journal Children and Youth Services Review.
Changhyun (Lyon) Nam, Ph.D. (Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship) published “Emotion or Information: What Makes Consumers Communicate about Sustainable Apparel Products on Social Media?” in Sustainability as part of the Special Issue: Sustainability and Consumer Behaviour.
Lisa Schelbe, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) published “Ensuring Authentic Representation and Collaboration Along with Research to Re-Design Child” in a 2022 issue of Research on Social Work Practice Welfare.
Melissa Radey, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) published “Network Financial Transfers and Psychological Distress Among Unmarried Mothers” in a 2022 issue of the Journal of Family Issues.
Faye Taxman, Ph.D. (Institute for Justice Research and Development) and co-authors published “Urgent Issues and Prospects in Correctional Rehabilitation Practice and Research” in a 2022 issue of Legal and Criminological Psychology.
Erik Hines, Ph.D. (College of Education) edited “Equity-Based Career Development and Postsecondary Readiness” for the Journal of College Access. He also co-edited a book, “Equity-Based Career Development and Postsecondary Transitions: An American Imperative,” with Information Age Publishing.
Tamara Bertrand Jones, Ph.D. (College of Education) and Sophia Rahming, Ph.D. (Center for the Advancement of Teaching) co-authored the book “Black Sisterhoods: Paradigms and Praxis,” published by Demeter Press.
Jon Bailey, Ph.D. (Department of Psychology) published the second edition of the book “How to Think Like a Behavior Analyst” with Routledge.
Laura Lee, Ph.D. (Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics) published the book “Worlds Unbound – The Art of TeamLab” with Intellect Books.
Mary Ziegler, J.D. (College of Law) authored the op-ed “Anti-Abortion Groups Once Portrayed Women as Victims. That’s Changing,” published by the New York Times.
Avlana Eisenberg, J.D. (College of Law) authored the op-ed “The Federal Trial of Ahmaud Arbery’s Killers Shows the Limits of Hate-crime Laws” for The Washington Post.
Carrie Pettus, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) published the chapter “Smart Decarceration and Social Work” in the Social Work Desk Reference.
Stephen Tripodi, Ph.D. and Stephanie Kennedy, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) co-published the chapter “Assessment Protocols and Rapid Assessment Instruments with Troubled Adolescents” in the Social Workers’ Desk Reference.
Anne Coldiron, Ph.D. (English Department) published the research essay “A Most Remarkable Volume: The Long-term Authority of Provenance in Christine de Pizan’s Deracinated Military Manual in the Journal of the Early Book Society, Volume 24.
Brad T. Gomez, Ph.D. (Department of Political Science) co-authored the book “Change and Continuity in the 2020 Elections.”
Yunjung Kim, Ph.D. (School of Communication Science and Disorders) and doctoral student Austin Thompson co-published the paper “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.
Nancy Everhart, Ph.D., Melissa Gross, Ph.D., Don Latham, Ph.D. (School of Information), Shannon Hall-Mills, Ph.D. and Lakeisha Johnson, Ph.D. (School of Communication Science and Disorders) co-published the paper “Providing Telepractice in Schools During a Pandemic: The Experiences and Perspectives of Speech-Language Pathologists” in the National Library of Medicine.
Suzanne Leonard Harrison, M.D. and Mary P. Norton, M.D. (College of Medicine) published the chapter “Child Abuse and Neglect” in the latest edition of Family Medicine: Principles and Practice.
Nathan Falk, M.D. (College of Medicine) co-published “Managing Fractures and Sprains” in Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice.
Audrey Heffron-Casserleigh, Ph.D. (College of Social Sciences and Public Policy) and students Connor Hale, Merissa Chu and Victoria Lee co-authored the paper “The Threat of Hybrid Warfare in Contemporary Conflicts” and presented their research at St. John’s University – Queens for the International Association for Intelligence Education.
Audrey Heffron-Casserleigh, Ph.D. (College of Social Sciences and Public Policy) and students J. Ryan Teston, Megan E. Konyndyk and Robert C. Ferguson co-authored the chapter “Economic Risks Facing Afghanistan: Failed States and Bureaucratic Resistance” in Disaster Management and Human Health Risk VII.
Wayne Wiegand, Ph.D. (School of Information) published “Part of Our Lives: A People’s History of the American Public Library,” which was translated to Chinese in 2021 and was recently listed as one of the “Ten Best Books of 2021” by the National Library of China Publishing House.
PRESENTATIONS, CONFERENCES AND EXHIBITS
Bradley Cox, Ph.D. (College of Education) presented “Neurodiversity” at the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Conference.
Cameron Beatty, Ph.D. and Bradley Cox, Ph.D. (College of Education) presented “Leadership Educators’ Perspectives of Operationalizing Culturally Relevant Leadership Learning” at the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Conference.
LaToya Stackhouse, Ed.D. (FSU Panama City Student Affairs) presented “The Brotherhood: Creating and Implementing a Living and Learning Community for Black Men” at the 2022 NASPA Conference.
Jake Tidwell, M.A. (Sustainable Campus) presented “Environmental Justice is Social Justice: Centering the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals” at the 2022 NASPA Conference.
Chris Graham, M.S. (Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life) presented “Redesigning Staffing and Responsibility Models for Fraternity/Sorority Advising Operations — Moving Culturally-Based Sororities and Fraternities Forward: Innovations in Practice and Lessons for Student Affairs Educators” at the 2022 NASPA Conference.
Ellie Foreman (Division of Student Affairs) presented “Be Our Guest: The Impact of COVID-19 on Campus Tours and College Decisions” at the 2022 NASPA Conference.
Brittany Devies, doctoral student (The Center for Leadership and Social Change) presented “Making the World Your Classroom: Observation as a Pedagogy for Leadership Learning” at the 2022 NASPA Conference.
Valerie Arias, M.S., doctoral student Brittany Devies and master’s student Olivia Brown (The Center for Leadership and Social Change) co-presented “Social Justice and its Role in Mission Statements: Voicing Commitments to Social Justice and Implications for Student Affairs Professionals” at the 2022 NASPA Conference.
Cameron C. Beatty, Ph.D., Kathy L. Guthrie, Ph.D., O’Juan Edwards, Ph.D. (The Center for Leadership and Social Change) and doctoral student Brittany Devies co-presented “Leadership Educators’ Perspectives of Operationalizing Culturally Relevant Leadership Learning” at the 2022 NASPA Conference.
Kathy L. Guthrie, Ph.D. (The Center for Leadership and Social Change) and doctoral students Brittany Devies and Julie LeBlanc co-presented “Fewer Silos, Better Bridges: Community Engagement Language in Institutional Mission Statements” at the 2022 NASPA Conference.
Jenny Root, Ph.D. (College of Education) was a keynote speaker for the American Council on Rural Special Education 41st Annual National Conference.
Robert Schwartz, Ph.D., (College of Education) presented “ACPA Senior Scholar Grant Recipient Research & Implications for Practice” at the American College of Personnel Association (ACPA) conference.
Cameron Beatty, Ph.D. (College of Education) presented “The Faculty Job Search: A Fireside Chat for Black Scholars” and “Exploring the Future of Culturally-Based Sororities and Fraternities” at the ACPA conference.
Sally Watkins, Ph.D. (College of Education) presented “What to Consider When Considering a Career in Leadership Education” at the ACPA conference.
Amberly Prykhodko, L.C.S.W. (College of Social Work) presented “Vicarious Resiliency: A Proactive Approach Towards Cultivating Wellbeing” for the Office of the Bronx District Attorney’s Wellness Series and “Hiring Hidden Talent” to employers at the CareerSource Northeast Florida Business Learning Event.
Jake Eikenberry, M.S.W. (College of Social Work) presented the keynote address “Improving Outcomes through Better Understanding” for the Project 180 2022 Strong Voices Lecture Series, Addiction: Filling Our Prisons and Jails.
Stephen Tripodi, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) moderated the community conversation “Crime and Justice in Tallahassee,” hosted by the Big Bend A.F.T.E.R. Reentry Coalition.
Carrie Pettus, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) presented “Trauma-Informed Diversion: Programming and Evaluation” at the Prosecutor-Researcher Workshop.
Laura Hart, M.S. (Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program, Askew School of Public Administration and Policy, College of Social Sciences and Public Policy) presented dyadic quantitative research on Unmanned Aircraft Systems policy as represented in all 50 US states each year from 2013-2020 at the 2022 American Society of Public Administration Conference.
David Merrick, M.S. and Jarrett Broder, M.S. (Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program, Center for Disaster Risk Policy, College of Social Sciences and Public Policy) led an Unmanned Aircraft Systems Response Technician training for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Virginia.
David Merrick, M.S., Jarrett Broder, M.S. and Laura Hart, M.S. (Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program, Center for Disaster Risk Policy, College of Social Sciences and Public Policy) planned and executed The Florida Public Safety Unmanned Aircraft Systems Summit.
Sana Tibi, Ph.D. (School of Communication Science and Disorders) presented “Assessments to Support Early Grade Arabic Language Learning” as part of the World Bank and Queen Rania Foundation Conversations on Arabic Literacy.
Yunjung Kim, Ph.D., Kaitlin Lansford, Ph.D. (School of Communication Science and Disorders) and doctoral students Micah Hirsch and Austin Thompson co-presented “Vowel Acoustics as Predictors of Speech Intelligibility in Dysarthria” at the Motor Speech Conference.
Yolanda Rankin, Ph.D. (School of Information) was part of a special session “Piecing Together the Next 15 Years of Computing Education Workshop Report” at the Special Interest Group Computer Science Education Technical Symposium.
Nathan Falk, M.D. (College of Medicine) delivered lectures on “Acute Knee Pain” and “Osteoarthritis” via the American Academy of Family Physicians’ Musculoskeletal Medicine Course.
Jocelyn Vaughn, Ed.D. and Steven Niette, M.A. (Center for Global Engagement) co-presented “Fraud or Misunderstanding? How To Tell the Difference and The Future of Fraud” at the Florida Association of International Educators annual conference.
Betty Jensen, M.S. (Center for Global Engagement) facilitated the half-day workshop for Beginning F-1 advisors at the Florida Association of International Educators annual conference for one of the pre-conference workshops.
Rachel Smart, MSI (University Libraries) will serve a two-year term as Southeastern Regional Representative for the United States Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Association.
Jim Garbarino (School of Communication) and Tim Fordyce (University Communications) launched a monthly, student-run news show “Three Torches.”
Nicole Patton Terry, Ph.D. (College of Education) became a member of the 3rd cohort of The Atlantic Coast Conference Leader’s Network.
Joi Phillips, Ph.D. (Center for Leadership and Social Change) was named to the 2022-2023 Cohort of the Place-Based Justice Network’s Black, Indigenous, People of Color Leadership Collective.
Annika A. Culver, Ph.D. (Department of History) was featured as one of 31 Voices for the Alumnae-i Network of Harvard Women, a group of over 8,000 international alumni.
Lexie McGarvey, Ed.D. (University Housing) began her tenure as the State of Florida Representative for Southeast Association of Housing Officers (SEAHO).
Susan Sullivan, M.S., Bobby Duggleby, M.S., Chantelle Tuffigo, M.S. (College of Social Sciences and Public Policy) and students Nicholas Cartagena, Jasmyn Hall, Yajamj Raines-Cantero, Peyton Russo, Pamela Sirota and John Thomas Kuchta attended the National Emergency Management Association’s Mid-Year Forum. FSU is the only university invited to attend NEMA each year.