Faculty and Staff Briefs: October 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.


Please send items for Faculty and Staff Briefs to aprentiss@fsu.edu. We publish monthly.


JR Harding, Ed.D. (College of Business) and his partners received the 2021 Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology Michael Phillips Assistive Technology of Excellence Award for their organization Wheelchair Highwaymen.

Gerard T. Hogan, DNSc. (FSU Panama City Nurse Anesthesia) became a fellow of the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) at the AANA Congress in Chicago this past August. It is the highest honor the profession can bestow.

Elizabeth Slate, Ph.D. (Department of Statistics) received the Paul Minton Award from the Southern Regional Council on Statistics.

Sonia Hazard, Ph.D. (Department of Religion) received the Pollock Award for Best Article in Mormon Studies from the John Whitmer Historical Association for her article “How Joseph Smith Encountered Printing Plates and Founded Mormonism.”

Alma Littles, M.D. (College of Medicine) received a Florida State University Black Alumni Award of Distinction as the 2022 Outstanding Administrator. The award will be presented at the 2022 National Black Alumni Homecoming Reunion in April 2023.

Amy Magnuson, Ph.D. (University Health Services) will serve as president of the Southern College Health Association (SCHA) until March 2023. SCHA is a regional affiliate of the American College Health Association.

Amanda Driscoll, Ph.D. (College of Social Sciences and Public Policy) won the Neal Tate Award from the Southern Political Science Association for co-authoring the paper “The Costs of Court Curbing: Preliminary Evidence from the Latin American Public Opinion Project.” The Neal Tate Award is given to the author or authors of the best paper on judicial politics presented at the annual meeting from the previous year.


Meredith McQuerry, Ph.D. (Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship) received a $32,471 external educational grant from Cotton Incorporated to enhance FSU’s undergraduate and graduate courses regarding human performance assessment of performance cotton finishes.

Sonia Hazard, Ph.D. (Department of Religion) received archival fellowships to support her book project “Christianity and the Book in the Cherokee Diaspora, 1828-1861” from the Gilcrease Museum, the DeGolyer Library at Southern Methodist University and the Clements Library at the University of Michigan.

Jennifer Steiner, Ph.D. (College of Health and Human Sciences) received a two-year $100,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to investigate the impact of alcohol on aging skeletal muscle.

Elizabeth Madden, Ph.D. and Ellen Nimmons, M.S. (College of Communication and Information) received a $4,000 SCSD Translation Research Award for collaborative research.

DeOnte Brown, Ph.D., Stacy Spencer, M.H.R. (CARE) and Joe O’Shea, Ph.D. (Undergraduate Studies) were awarded a $1.4 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Education to operate a new Upward Bound Math and Science program for five years.

Jessica Ingram, M.F.A. (College of Fine Arts) received a Current Art Fund grant from Tri-Star Arts, an organization dedicated to fostering a state-wide art scene in Tennessee, where Ingram is from and does much of her work.


Yaacov Petscher, Ph.D. (College of Social Work), LaTonya Noel, Ph.D., Hye-Jung Yun, Ph.D. and Hugh WIlliam Catts, Ph.D. (Florida Center for Reading Research) published “Heterogeneity in Parental Trauma, Parental Behaviors, and Parental Academic Involvement” in PsyArXiv.

Amy L. Ai, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) and Arthur Raney, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) co-authored “Trauma following Hurricanes Maria and Michael: Complicated roles of hazard-related factors, negative coping strategies, and positive character strengths,” published in ScienceDirect.

Doctoral candidate Rachel Harris, M.S.W. (College of Social Work), Jon Mills, Ph.D. (College of Medicine), Frankie Wong, Ph.D. (College of Nursing) and Casey Xavier Hall, Ph.D. (College of Nursing) published “Beyond viral suppression – The impact of cumulative violence on health-related quality of life among a cohort of viral suppressed patients” in the National Library of Medicine.

Stephen Tripodi, Ph.D., Michael Killian, Ph.D., doctoral candidates Elizabeth Curley, M.S.W. and Lauren Herod, M.P.A. (College of Social Work) published “Trauma-informed care groups with incarcerated women: An alternative treatment design comparing Seeking Safety and STAIR” in the Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research.

Amy L. Ai, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) and Arthur Raney, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) co-authored “Well-being following Hurricane Michael: Complex pathways involving substance use and character strengths,” published in Applied Research in Quality of Life.

Melissa Radey, Ph.D., Lisa Langenderfer-Magruder, Ph.D., and Dina Wilke, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) published “Understanding the Effects of Client Violence on the Health of Child Protection Services Workers” in the Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research.

Anne Coldiron, Ph.D. (Department of English) published “William Caxton, Multimediator” in the Forum for Modern Language Studies.

Beth Coggeshall, Ph.D. (Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics) published the essay “The Hell Franchise: Dante’s Commedia in American Marketing” in the volume “Dante Alive: Essays on a Cultural Icon.”

Delia Poey, Ph.D. (Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics) published the article “Neither Here nor There: Locations and Dislocations in Roberto G. Fernández’s Holy Radishes!” in the journal Studies in American Culture.

Kristie Fleckenstein, Ph.D. (Department of English) and FSU alumnus Scott Gage, Ph.D. co-authored the book “Violence in the Work of Composition: Recognition, Intervention, Amelioration.”

Robin Goodman, Ph.D. (Department of English) edited the book “Feminism as World Literature.”

Jamel Ali, Ph.D. (FAMU-FSU College of Engineering) and Prashant Singh, Ph.D. (College of Health and Human Sciences) published their manuscript, “Iron-enriched Aspergillus Oryzae as an Alternative to Iron Sulfate to Limit Iron Accumulation, Growth, and Motility of the Enteric Pathogen S. Typhimurium” in the British Journal of Nutrition. The manuscript is co-authored by current and former graduate students Katelyn Miller, Frank Velez (College of Health and Human Sciences) and David Quashie Jr. (FAMU-FSU College of Engineering).

Richard S. Nowakowski, Ph.D. and Yue “Julia” Wang, Ph.D. (College of Medicine), working through the Julia Wang Lab, published “Sex differences in the molecular programs of pancreatic cells contribute to the differential risks of type 2 diabetes” in Endocrinology. It was co-authored by Graduate Research Assistant Hyo Jeong Yong, M.S. and Laboratory Assistant Maria Pilar Toledo (College of Medicine).

Michael Blaber, Ph.D. (College of Medicine) published his manuscript “Evaluation of Steric Entanglement in Coiled-coil and Domain-swapped Protein Interfaces using 3D Printed Models” in the Journal of Proteins and Proteomics.

Emily Plummer Catena, Ph.D. (College of Education) co-authored the article “Online Writing Spaces as ‘Walled Gardens’ in English Language Arts Classrooms,” published in the September issue of English Journal, a journal of the National Council of the Teachers of English.

Erik Hines, Ph.D. (College of Education) published the op-ed “Lift Every Voice and Succeed: The Need for More Black School Counselors” in Diverse Issues in Higher Education.

Stephen Tripodi, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) and doctoral students Christopher Collins and Shelby Pederson co-authored the article “To What Extent Is Criminal Justice Content Specifically Addressed in MSW Programs? A 10-Year Review and Update” published in the Journal of Social Work Education.


Eundeok Kim, Ph.D. (College of Entrepreneurship) and FSU student Heeseo Han presented a paper, “Advancing Sustainable Development through Gender Equality and Economic Development: A Case Study of Nest,” at the International Conference on Sustainable Development organized by the European Center of Sustainable Development in Rome, Italy.

Gerald Hogan, DNSc. (FSU Panama City Nurse Anesthesia) gave a presentation titled “Second Victim Phenomenon and CRNAS” at the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology conference in Chicago in August.

Aimée Boutin, Ph.D. (Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics) delivered the Plenary Address, “The Persuasive Paratext in Marceline Desbordes-Valmore’s Poetry,” at the International Conference on Romanticism: Persuasions – The Rhetoric of Romanticism at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Michelle Bumatay, Ph.D. (Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics) spoke at the annual Comicon symposium at Rutgers University.

Diego Mejía Prado, Ph.D. (Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics) moderated the “Read to Lead” panel titled “Hispanic and Latinx authors” at the Midtown Reader bookstore.

Laurie Wood, Ph.D. (Department of History) presented an invited lecture, “Lost and Found: Science, Gender and Race in Enlightenment Guyane,” as part of the Klopsteg Lecture Series at Northwestern University.

Ravinder Nagpal, Ph.D. (College of Health and Human Sciences) was invited to deliver a talk on next-generation probiotics at the 2022 Danone Institute of Mexico’s Nutrition Forum, an international forum for nutritionists, medical doctors, gastroenterologists, scientists, grad students and others, which attracted 8,500 attendees from 30  countries.

Faye Jones, Ph.D. and Marcia Mardis, Ed.D. (College of Communication and Information) will present ““Backtracking CTE Pathways: A Model to Capture and Evaluate Experiential Learning” at the NSF Advanced Technician Education (ATE) PI Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Doctoral candidate Muhamad “Prabu” Wibowo, M.S. (College of Communication and Information) presented at the University of Indonesia’s international webinar “The Role of Bibliometrics in Library and Information Research and Services.”

Frederick Abbott, J.D. (College of Law) presented “100 Years of International IP – Reflections on Past, Present and Future” at the Centennial Meeting of the American Branch of the International Law Association in New York.

Ebrahim Randeree (College of Communication and Information), along with CCI students Olivia Kennedy, Maggie Martin, Efner Pierre, Emma Roberts, Lauren Scala, Jennifer Sterling, and Khylle Valle presented various leadership topics to 300 middle school and high school students at the Florida Technology Student Association Leadership Training Conference in Orlando.

Adrienne Barnes-Story, Ph.D. and Rachel Keune Mincey, Ed.D. (Learning Systems Institute) each presented at the International Conference on Literacy, Culture, and Language Education at the Indiana University School of Education.

Frederick Abbott, J.D. (College of Law) presented his talk “Claims of Fraud or Phishing: Responding to the Wave of Cybercrime” at the Annual Meeting of World Intellectual Property Organization Domain Name Panelists in Geneva, Switzerland.

Wayne Logan, J.D. (College of Law) delivered his lecture “The Fourth Amendment and Modern Technology” to the Walton County Bar Association.

Diana Paquette, Ed.D. (College of Medicine) presented “Initiate Change or Suffer Through It: A Case Study of Organizational Change Management in Higher Education” at the Association for Educational Communications & Technology 2022 International Convention in Las Vegas.

Benjamin J. Smith, DMSc (College of Medicine) co-presented “Free Money: Helping New Grant Writers to Community Outreach Funding” at the 2022 Physician Assistant Education Association Education Forum in San Diego.

Laventrice S. Ridgeway, Ed.D. (Office of Accessibility Services) presented his workshop “Navigating Higher Education as a Black Woman with ADHD” at the Black Women ADHD Summit.

Brittany Mueller, M.S. (Campus Recreation) presented “An Introduction to Unified Sports” at a National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association Conference.

Annette Peters, Ph.D. (Counseling and Psychological Services) co-presented “Exploring Students’ Experience with Telemental Health at Counseling and Psychological Services” at the American Psychological Association Conference.

Meghan Mick, MLA and Stephanie Sickler, MFA (College of Fine Arts) will present at the National American Society of Landscape Architects conference in San Francisco. FSU alumna Catherine Young will also participate in the session entitled “Inclusive Engagement: Planting the Seed for a More Diverse Future of Design.”

Daniel Smith, MME (College of Fine Arts) provided a three-part lecture-demonstration series covering topics of music, dance and collaborative artmaking at Texas A&M University.

Karina Donald, Ph.D. (College of Fine Arts) presented her paper “Spirituality and Resilience among English-speaking Caribbean Families” at the Intervention Research in Systemic Family Therapy Conference in Michigan.

Tim Glenn, MFA (College of Fine Arts) will present his work in choreography and integrated projection design as part of the panel “Multi-media in Motion” in a series of discussions on Creative Thinking, Acting, and Being, presented by The Nikolais Legacy Group.


Sana Tibi, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) was invited by the Queen Rania Teacher Academy to serve as a moderator on “Fostering Psychosocial Well-Being Through Literacy,” a key session at the forum “Building Forward Better: Transforming Schools of Today,” which focused on the importance of the socio-emotional well-being of students and teachers for better future outcomes for the community at large.


Nasrin Alamdari, Ph.D. (College of Engineering) was selected to attend the American Society for Engineering Education DELTA Junior Faculty institute for her work in research, education and community enrichment.

Anel Brandl, Ph.D. (Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics) was interviewed for Episode 189 of the podcast “Latin@ Stories” about inclusive pedagogy in language classrooms.

Bahram Arjmandi, Ph.D. (College of Health and Human Sciences) will host Fulbright Scholar Ines Ellouze, Ph.D., from Tunisia through July 2023. Ellouze will contribute to  Arjmandi’s lab’s research and clinical studies centering around the impact of specific food on various diseases and health related disorders.

Ph.D. candidate Amogh Basavaraj, M.A. (Learning Systems Institute) was named a University Council for Educational Administration Barbara L. Jackson Scholar.

Chari Arespacochaga, MFA (College of Fine Arts) will direct a production of “Rent” at Columbus, Ohio’s, Short North Stage through Nov. 6.

Stacey Rutledge, Ph.D., Vanessa Dennen, Ph.D. (College of Education) and Ph.D. candidate Lauren Bagdy were featured by The Voice of Scholarship in Education for their article, “Exploring Adolescent Social Media Use in a High School: Tweeting Teens in a Bell Schedule World.”

Brad Cox, Ph.D. (College of Education) was mentioned in the article “Making a Home for Students with Autism” in the Chronicle of Higher Education for his nonprofit organization the College Autism Network.

Mostafa Papi, Ph.D., Shaofeng Li, Ph.D. and Phil Hiver, Ph.D. (College of Education) are ranked in the top 2% of top-cited scientists in the world, according to a new report published by Elsevier.

Dr. John DuBard, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) retired after over 50 years at Florida State University.

Doctoral student Micah Hirsch, M.S. (College of Communication and Information) was selected by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation as a recipient of a 2022 New Century Scholars Doctoral Scholarship.