Faculty and Staff Briefs: September 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.



Sam Kang, Ph.D. (College of Business) received the Strategic Management Best Paper Award from the Academy of Management in the Strategic Leadership, TMT and Corporate Governance track for co-authoring “Bottom-Up Effects of Female Strategic Leadership: Firm Performance Effects through Employees.”

Jessica D. Ribeiro, Ph.D. (Department of Psychology) received the 2021 Early Career Investigator Award from the Behavior Research and Therapy journal for her article “Raising Doubt About the Anticipated Consequences of Suicidal Behavior: Evidence for a New Approach from Laboratory and Real-World Experiments.”

Hillary Gaultney (University Housing) received a first-place award for crisis communications and second place for Guides and Booklets in the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International 2022 marketing awards.

Bret Staudt Willet, Ph.D. (College of Education), received an Association for Educational Communications & Technology Qualitative Inquiry Award for his work “Early Career Teachers’ Expansion of Induction Support Systems with Social Media.”

Damon Andrew, Ph.D. (Dean of College of Education) was named the 2022 winner of the prestigious Stotlar Award from the Sport Marketing Association (SMA). The award recognizes “an academician who makes exceptional contributions to sport marketing education.” Andrew will be recognized at the SMA conference in late October in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Bill Boyer, D.H.Sc. (College of Medicine) was inducted into the Academy of Master Surgeon Educators of the American College of Surgeons.

Stephen Chelko, Ph.D. (College of Medicine) was inducted as a Fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society. He also accepted an invitation to join the scientific advisory board of Rejuvenate Bio.

Debra Danforth, DNP (College of Medicine) was honored by the Florida Nurse Practitioner Network at its 20th annual conference with the 2022 Nurse Practitioner Award of Excellence.

Andrew Kozel, M.D., MSCR (College of Medicine) received the 2022 President’s Award from the Clinical Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Society, whose members are dedicated to optimizing clinical practice, awareness, and accessibility of transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy.

Petra Doan, Ph.D. (Department of Urban and Regional Planning) received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Florida American Planning Association’s annual conference for the substantial contributions she made to the field during her 33-year career at FSU.


Besiki Stvilia, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) received a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Studies for a collaborative research project on data quality assurance.

Renaine Julian, MLIS (University Libraries) received a $471,847 grant from the National Science Foundation for the Facilities and Instruments Research Coordination Network.

Prashant Singh, Ph.D. (College of Health and Human Sciences) received a $61,100 equipment grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture to purchase a VITEK 2 Compact system to conduct microbial identification and antibiotic susceptibility testing. It will expand research and teaching capacity in the areas of bacterial identification, food microbiology, food safety, soil microbiology, fermentation and antibiotic resistance.

Ravinder Nagpal, Ph.D. (College of Health and Human Sciences) was awarded a $177,000 research grant from the Almond Board of California to research the effects of almonds on gut health in people who are classified as overweight or obese. He also received a visiting professorship from the Yakult Probiotics Research Laboratory in Tokyo, Japan, which coordinates with a collaborative research grant of about $80,000 for a preclinical project studying the role of maternal dietary patterns on the development of neonatal gut and neurocognitive health.

Cathrine Hancock, Ph.D. (Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Institute) received a grant from the National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs for the project “Weddell Gyre Mean Circulation and Eddy Statistics from Floats.”

University Housing/FSU Childcare & Early Learning Program was awarded a “ChildCare Access Means Parents in School” grant to cover the costs of tuition for student families and to offset some expenses for the center. It is a four-year award of $1,353,400 each year for a total of $5,413,600.

The Office of Student Affairs at Florida State University Panama City has been awarded the 2022 First-Generation College Celebration Grant. This award was one of 50 national awards for institutions to establish and grow events and celebrations, raise awareness and build a community for first-generation students, faculty and staff.


Laura Arpan, Ph.D. and Elizabeth Ray, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) published their research article, “Self-Effects of User-Generated Messages on Pro-Environmental Identity,” in Applied Environmental Education & Communication, with FSU alumni Nick Sellers and Olivia Bravo.

Jayur Madhusudan Mehta, Ph.D. (Department of Anthropology) published the article “Buried Histories at Evergreen Plantation” in 64 Parishes magazine.

Malia Bruker, M.F.A. (College of Communication and Information) screened her new film, “Threshold,” to theaters in the United States and Europe. “Threshold” is a 360-degree dance film that follows the story of four women.

Rachel Lumsden, Ph.D. (College of Music) had her essay, “A Wrinkle? Gender and Motive in Ethel Smyth’s ‘The Boatswain’s Mate’” published in the book “Analytical Essays on Music by Women Composers: Concert Music, 1900–1960,” edited by Laurel Parsons and Brenda Ravenscroft (Oxford University Press).

Justin Benavidez, DMA (College of Music) released his new album, “Storyteller,” on Bridge Records.

David Landau, J.D. (College of Law) co-authored “New Mexico Official Barred from Office Over Jan. 6 Attack — Under a Dangerous Law,” published by Salon.

Walter Ecton, Ph.D. (College of Education) published “Heterogeneity in High School Career and Technical Education Outcomes” in the Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis journal. The article, co-authored with Shaun Dougherty of Boston College, explores the benefits of high school career & technical education on students’ postsecondary education and workforce outcomes.

Laura Steacy, Ph.D. (College of Education), published an article in Reading Research Quarterly “Set for Variability as a Critical Predictor of Word Reading: Potential Implications for Early Identification and Treatment of Dyslexia.”

Daniel Moraguez, Ph.D. (College of Education), published the article “Pedagogical Gaps in the Bridge from Classroom to Field for Pre-Service Principal Competence Development” in the latest issue of the Journal of Educational Administration. The study captured the pedagogical landscape of principal preparation programs across the country. Program coordinators at over 100 institutions reported their degree of emphasis, pedagogical approaches and needs for various leadership competencies.

Stephen Chelko, Ph.D., Jose Renato Pinto, Ph.D. and graduate research assistants Isabella Leite Coscarella and Maicon Landim-Vieira (College of Medicine) published “Arrhythmogenic Cardiomyopathy: Exercise Pitfalls, Role of Connexin-43, and Moving beyond Antiarrhythmics” in the International Journal of Molecular Science.


Doctoral students Brianna Coltellino and Sara Collins (College of Communication and Information) presented at the annual conference of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Coltellino presented a poster “Factors Contributing to Diversity in Parent Beliefs about AAC Tele practice Services During COVID-19.” Collins led a talk “An Early Literacy Review: Literacy Measures Administered to Children Who Use AAC”.

Davis Houck, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) spoke on a guest panel at an advanced screening of “Till,” the story of Mamie Till-Mobley, mother of Emmett Till, in Tallahassee.

Ebe Randeree, Ph.D. and Faye Jones, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) presented “Moving toward a causal agenda: recruiting, retaining, completing, and employing Black men in STEM” and “Building partnerships with and for STARS alumni” at the 2022 CMD-IT/ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference in Washington, DC.

Eundeok Kim, Ph.D. (Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship) presented a paper, “Waste Management and Sustainable Social Enterprises: Confronting Global Climate Change,” at the International Conference on Sustainable Development organized by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network at Columbia University. 

Jeff Broome, Ph.D. (Department of Art Education) recently served as an invited virtual keynote speaker for the Joint Art Education Conference in South Korea.

Stephanie Zuilkowski, Ed.D. (College of Education) and her team at the Learning Systems Institute conducted a PreK-2 English Language Arts Assessment writing workshop at Innovation Park.

Stacy Spencer, MHR (Center for Academic Retention & Enhancement) served as Chair of the Orlando National College Fair presented by the National Association for College Admission Counseling.

Arnez Wallace, M.S. (Center for Academic Retention & Enhancement) served on the planning committee for the Orlando National College Fair presented by the National Association for College Admission Counseling.

DeOnte Brown, Ph.D. (Center for Academic Retention & Enhancement) facilitated “1st and Ready! College Preparedness for the First Generation /Limited Income Student” at the Orlando National College Fair presented by the National Association for College Admission Counseling.

Kelly Clark, MBA (University Housing) gave a digital performance management presentation on Housing at FSU’s transition to digital performance evaluations with eRezLife, plus on how it uses the data to influence retention, development and training initiatives for student staff.

Lexie Liberi McGarvey, EdD. (University Housing) presented “Reaching New Heights with Curriculum & Data” on using the data we collect in eRezLife from Curriculum efforts (events, interactions, reports, etc.) to impact/influence our Residential Curriculum & Training initiatives for staff. 

Charles Fleischer, M.D. (College of Medicine) presented at the 2022 American Association of Family Physicians’ Family Medicine Experience Conference in Washington, D.C., on “Connecting, Captivating, and Cultivating: Engaging with the Next Generation of Global Health Professionals.” Five FSU medical students co-presented.


Alma Littles, M.D. (College of Medicine) was reappointed to the National Board of Medical Examiners’ Advisory Committee for Medical School Programs, representing the American Medical Association’s Academic Physicians Section. She also was elected secretary of the Florida Medical Association.


Elizabeth Crowe, Ph.D. (College of Education) was named assistant dean for Academic Affairs at Florida State University Panama City.

Banyon Pelham, Ed.D. (Public Safety & Security) was named assistant dean for the College of Applied Studies at Florida State University Panama City.

Tyler Towne, Ph.D. (Department of Psychology) was named assistant dean for Undergraduate Studies at Florida State University Panama City.

Tracey Dowling, Ed.D. (Career Center) and Li Pon, M.A. (Career Center) contributed to the article “A Need to Succeed: What Students Want and Get from Internships,” published in the September edition of Inside Higher Ed.

Jenny Root, Ph.D. (College of Education), published an article “Teaching Autistic Students to Solve Math Word Problems” for the OARACLE, the newsletter for the Organization for Autism Research (OAR).

Dawn C. Carr, Ph.D. (College of Social Sciences & Public Policy) recorded a podcast “A Dog’s Impact on Loneliness” for the Stats and Stories Podcast, to share her research about factors that bolster older adults’ ability to remain healthy and active later in life.

Simona Andrei, Ph.D. (College of Social Sciences & Public Policy) was appointed Assistant Director of the Master’s in Applied Economics Program.

Carrie Ann Baade, MFA, (Department of Art) will open a solo exhibition “Sawing a Woman in Half” at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles.

Kevin Curry, MFA (Department of Art) recently delivered his sculpture “ ” to UNC Asheville for its first Biennial Sculpture Exhibition. The first set of the giant quotation marks will live on the university’s campus for two years, while the second set will remain in Tallahassee, effectively framing “The South.”

Sergio Fenley, Ph.D. (Department of Mathematics) has been selected as a member of the Institute for Advanced Study for the 2022–23 academic year.

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