Faculty and Staff Briefs: August 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 individual faculty and staff members across campus. Faculty and Staff Briefs are produced monthly to recognize accomplishments and provide a space where honors, awards, bylines, presentations, grants, service and any other notable items can be showcased.



Mariya Letdin, Ph.D. (College of Business) was selected as the inaugural Ron Rayevich Distinguished Fellow by the National Association for Industrial and Office Parks.

Patricia Born, Ph.D. (College of Business) was selected for the Richard P. Nathan Public Policy Fellowship at the Rockefeller Institute of Government to analyze and address public policy problems with Rockefeller Institute staff and researchers.

Evan Eastman, Ph.D. (College of Business) received the best-article award for his paper “Market Reactions to Enterprise Risk Management Adoption, Incorporation by Rating Agencies and ORSA Act Passage” by the Risk Management and Insurance Review.

John Schwenkler, Ph.D. (Department of Philosophy) received the Humboldt Research Fellowship for researchers from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Mark LeBar, Ph.D. (Department of Philosophy) received a Faculty Fellowship from The Murphy Institute’s Center for Ethics and Public Affairs at Tulane University.

Ellen Nimmons, M.S. (School of Communication Science and Disorders) received the Clinical Career Award at the Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists Annual Convention.

Kaitlin Lansford, Ph.D. (School of Communication Science and Disorders) was appointed co-editor-in-chief for Seminars in Speech and Language, a topic-driven review journal that covers the entire spectrum of speech-language pathology.

Shuyuan Metcalfe, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) and Xiuwen Liu, Ph.D. (Department of Computer Science) received an award from the USAF Small Business Technology Transfer from the Air Force Office of Small Business Programs to fund research in detecting adversarial deep fake image manipulation.

Brian Graves, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) and CCI alumnus Pablo Correa, Ph.D. earned second place from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Visual Communication Division for their film “An Army Rising Up.”

Meredith Lynn, M.F.A. (FSU Museum of Fine Arts) was selected as an artist-in-residence at the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum at Flagler College in St. Augustine to co-research for the Florida chapter of the ongoing project “A 1000-Mile Walk to the Gulf.”

Kamal Tawfiq, Ph.D. (FAMU-FSU College of Engineering) received the 2022 Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Advanced Teaching Award.


Chiwoo Park, Ph.D. (FAMU-FSU College of Engineering) received research grants from the National Science Foundation for the projects “New Data Science for Human Operational Analysis in Smart Manufacturing” and “CDS&E/Collaborative Research: Local Gaussian Process Approaches for Predicting Jump Behaviors of Engineering Systems.”

Renaine Julian, MLIS, MS (University Libraries) received a grant from the National Science Foundation to build a research coordination network focusing on the creation and assignment of Persistent Identifiers for research facilities and instruments.

Besiki Stvilia, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) received a National Leadership Grant from the Office of Library Services for his project “Toward Data Quality Assurance Infrastructure for Research Data Repositories.”

Kristin Dowell, Ph.D. (Department of Art History) had her “Video Production Handbook” published by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, and it’s now available in Irish, Mandarin Chinese and Tibetan.

Shengli Dong, Ph.D. (College of Education) received a National Institutes of Health grant that aims to prevent depression and enhance well-being for Chinese American adolescents through a mobile health application. FSU’s Florida Center for Interactive Media will assist in developing the mobile health application.


Amy L. Ai, Ph.D., Bu Huang (College of Social Work), and Arthur Raney, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) co-published “Well-Being Following Hurricane Michael: Complex Pathways Involving Substance Use and Character Strength” in the journal Applied Research in Quality of Life.

Shannon Hall-Mills, Ph.D. (School of Communication Science and Disorders) and graduate student Lauryn Shanks co-authored “School-Level Predictors of Speech-Language Therapy Enrollment” in the journal Perspectives of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Amy L. Ai, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) co-edited the book “Assessing Spirituality in a Diverse World” with Springer Publishing.

Alfred Mele, Ph.D. (Department of Philosophy) published “Why Free Will is like Whiskey” in the multimedia web portal, BigThink.

Amy Kowal, Ph.D. (Department of Anthropology) contributed to the book “The Human Past Essentials (Instructor Manual)” published by Thames & Hudson.

Jayur Madhusudan Mehta, Ph.D. (Department of Anthropology) co-published the chapter “Environment, Climate, and Mississippian Origins in the Lower Mississippi Valley and the Mississippi River Delta” in the book “In Following the Mississippian Spread: Climate Change and Migration in the Eastern US (ca. AD 1000-1600).” Madhusudan Mehta also co-published the article “History and Hydrology: Engineering Canoe Canals in the Estuaries of the Gulf of Mexico” in the Journal of Field Archaeology.

Jessi Halligan, Ph.D. (Department of Anthropology) published the book chapters “Liquid Landscapes: The Contributions of a New Wave of Submerged Prehistoric Archaeology to the Paleoindian and Early Archaic Record of the Southeastern United States” and “The Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene of Florida” in the book “The American Southeast at the End of the Ice Age.”

Matthew Goff, Ph.D. (Department of Religion) published the article “A Devilish Parallel: The Hebrew Reception of Sir 15:14” in the book “Ben Sira in Conversation with Traditions.” He also co-edited the volume “The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Nag Hammadi Codices.”

Veronica Fleury, Ph.D. (College of Education) co-published “An Examination of Education Professionals’ Beliefs About Causes of Autism and Their Perceptions of Practices” in the journal Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities.

Laura Reid Marks, Ph.D. (College of Education) co-published a paper “Racial Discrimination and Risky Sex: Examining Cognitive-Emotional Factors in Black College Students” in The Counseling Psychologist.

Vanessa Dennen, Ph.D. (Department of Educational Psychology & Learning Systems) co-edited the book “Global Perspectives on Educational Innovations for Emergency Situations,” published by Springer. Dennen also co-authored the book chapter “Open, Flexible, and Serving Others: Meeting Needs During a Pandemic and Beyond” with alumna Jiyae Bong.

Jenny Root, Ph.D. (College of Education) published the article “Teaching Word Problem Solving to Students with Autism and Intellectual Disability” in TEACHING Exceptional Children, with co-authors and FSU alumni Sarah Cox, Alicia Saunders, Deidre Gilley and Amy Clausen.

Minjee Kim, Ph.D. and Tim Chapin, Ph.D. (Department of Urban and Regional Planning) co-published “Who Benefits from Enterprise Zones? Policy Design Choices for Strengthening Social Impacts” in the journal Cities: The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning.

Paul Renfro, Ph.D. (Department of History) published the article “To Understand the Modern GOP, Look at the Reactionary ‘90s” in Jacobin magazine.

Davis Houck, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) published a new book “Black Bodies in the River: Searching for Freedom Summer” with the University Press of Mississippi.

Melissa Gross, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) published a new edition of her book “Five Steps of Outcomes-based Planning and Evaluation for Youth Services” with ALA Publishing & Media.

Doctoral candidates Micah Hirsch and Austin Thompson (College of Communication and Information) had their manuscript “The Reliability and Validity of Speech-Language Pathologists’ Estimations of Intelligibility in Dysarthria,” published in a special issue of Brain Sciences, “Profiles of Dysarthria: Clinical Assessment and Treatment.”

Caroline Stratton, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) co-authored and presented the paper “Maintaining Local and Interpartner Legitimacy in North-South Partnerships in International Development: A Study from the Local Partner Perspective” at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting in Seattle.


Shannon Hall-Mills, Ph.D. (School of Communication Science and Disorders) presented “The Effects of a Text Structure Intervention on the Informational Text Comprehension of Fifth Graders with Language Disorders” at the 13th annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading. Hall-Mills also led a panel presentation, “FLASHA Past Presidents’ Vision for Leaving a Legacy,” for the annual Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists convention.

JR Harding, Ed.D. (College of Business) presented “DE&I: A Disability Perspective” to an international audience for the Marsh & McLennan Agency and a presentation to the Tallahassee Council of the Blind on the power of advocacy.

Deborah Armstrong, Ph.D. (Department of Business Analytics, Information Systems and Supply Chain) gave a keynote address, “Bridging the Gap: The Future of Information Systems,” at the Information Systems in Latin America conference, part of the Americas Conference of Information Systems.

Willy Bolander, Ph.D. (College of Business) co-conducted an expert workshop at the 2022 American Marketing Association Summer Conference on disseminating research through practitioner engagement.

Savarra Howry, M.S.W. and Shamra Boel-Studt, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) co-presented “The Impacts of Familial and Youth Risk and Resiliency Factors on Youth Functioning During Residential Treatment” at the 66th annual Association of Children’s Residential and Community (ACRC) services conference.

Shamra Boel-Studt, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) co-presented “Evidence-Based Practice: Approaches, Implementation and Limitations” at the 66th annual Association of Children’s Residential and Community (ACRC) services conference.

Shamra Boel-Studt, Ph.D. and Taylor Dowdy-Hazlett, M.S.W. (College of Social Work) co-presented “The Quality Standards Assessment: Connecting Quality Care with Youth Outcomes” at the 66th annual Association of Children’s Residential and Community (ACRC) services conference.

François Dupuigrenet-Desroussilles, Ph.D. (Department of Religion) presented a seminar, “King of Books, Book of Kings: The Bible and the English Monarchy in the 16th and 17th Centuries,” at the University of Montpellier III, Montpellier, France.

Margaret Zimmerman, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) presented “Health Information as a Human Right: Developments Over the Past Year” and “Fighting Opioid Use Disorder, One Library and Community at a Time” at the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions’ World Library and Information Congress in Dublin, Ireland.

Christie Koontz, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) presented “Going Green, Green, Greener with True Marketing and Strategic Planning: A Practical Approach with Illustrative Examples” at the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions’ World Library and Information Congress in Dublin, Ireland.

Paul Marty, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) co-opened a new collection, “The Oral History of Museum Computing,” to preserve stories that can help put a human face on the history of museum computing.

Stephen McDowell, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) delivered opening remarks at the 2022 Cybersecurity Symposium, which featured representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Florida State University and the Florida Technology Council.

V. Casey Dozier, Ph.D. (College of Education) conducted a LinkedIn interview about the challenge of finding your way into the workforce after graduation.

Katie Kehoe, M.F.A. (Department of Art) will exhibit at the Atlantika Collective at Mason Exhibitions in Arlington, Va., as part of the exhibit “Approaching Event Horizons: Projects on Climate Change.” Kehoe will present a two-part photography series, “200 Trees” and “Superimpositions: Wildfires in My Landscape.”

Doug Tatum, MAcc (Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship) presented “No Man’s Land” in Atlanta at the Exclusive CEO Breakfast program based on his book, “No Man’s Land: Where Growing Companies Fail,” sponsored by Insperity and Newport LLC; “Private Equity Trends and Outlook” in Atlanta, sponsored by Aprio; “No Man’s Land” in Palmetto Bluff, S.C., for Mastermind Talks; and “Innovation and Capital” at Oxford, England.

Deana Rohlinger, Ph.D. (College of Social Sciences and Public Policy) presented “Do Twitter Bans Matter? Political Influencers and the Quality of Information They Share Before and After Account Suspensions” and “Framing Dynamics and Claimsmaking After the Parkland Shooting” at the International Communication Association Annual Meeting, International Communication Association, and at the Media Sociology Postconference, Paris, France; “Mobilization Conference: 25th Anniversary Celebration” at a symposium conducted at a meeting of Collective Behavior and Social Movements, San Diego, Calif.; and “Emotional Expression in Political Claimsmaking” at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Los Angeles.


Jared Logan, M.Ed. (Department of Student Support and Transitions) was appointed by the Association of Orientation, Transition and Retention to serve as lead faculty for the Graduate Student Symposium, designed to support masters-level graduate students by providing informational workshops, mentoring opportunities and networking with professionals and peers.

Megan M. Buning, Ph.D. (FSU COACH) served as the methodologist on the article “Student Veterans’ Perspectives of Higher Education Contexts: Beyond the Non-Traditional Student,” published in the journal College Teaching.


Ana H. Marty, Ph.D., Marion Fesmire, Ph.D. (Learning Systems Institute) and graduate student Kate Schell co-developed and piloted early grade literacy course modules provided to the Department of Education Philippines, Bangsamoro Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education, Bicol University, and West Visayas State University.

Selena Snowden, Au.D. (College of Communication and Information) attended the Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando to conduct hearing testing on athletes, coaches and unified partners of the games.

Richard Morris, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) led the School of Communication Science and Disorders London program, where students visited clinics and schools throughout the London area and shadowed speech-language therapists.

Zduy Chu, Ed.D. (Division of Student Affairs) was selected as the 2022 Chair-Elect for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Undergraduate Fellows Program Board. He will assume the role of board chair at the 2023 NASPA conference.

Doug Tatum, MAcc (Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship) is a member of the Board of Experts at the Birthing of Giants Fellowship Program, in which he and several other experts assist a class of about 25 CEOs of various businesses.

Deana Rohlinger, Ph.D. (Department of Sociology) began her term as chair of the American Sociological Association’s section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements.

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