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.
HONORS AND AWARDS
Bret Staudt Willet, Ph.D. (College of Education) received the Early Career Scholar Award from the Technology as an Agent of Change in Teaching & Learning Special Interest Group at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association in Chicago.
Frank Fincham, Ph.D. (College of Health and Human Sciences) received the William C. Bier Award from Division 36, the Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality within the American Psychological Association, for his outstanding contribution to findings on religious and allied issues.
Kristy Anderson, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) received the KL2 Multidisciplinary Program Career Development Award from the UF/FSU Clinical and Translational Science Institute and National Institutes of Health for “A Preliminary Feasibility Study of an Online Social-Needs Screener and Referral Tool for Underserved Households of Children with Autism.”
Kathleen Powers Conti, Ph.D. (Department of History) received a fellowship from Brown University to participate in The Environmental Storytelling Studio, which supports authors and new writers who marry scholarship and literary skill as they bring environmental stories to the public.
Kehinde Ishangi, MFA (School of Dance) was nominated for “Best First-Time Feature Director” in the upcoming GI Film Festival, a multi-day showcase of films for, by and about military and veteran experiences, in San Diego. Her documentary “Not My Enemy” will be screened from May 15 to May 20, 2023. The award ceremony will take place on May 20, 2023.
Shannon D. Staten, Ph.D. (University Housing) received the James C. Grimm Leadership and Service Award from the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International (ACUHO-I). The award honors individuals who have made significant contributions to ACUHO-I and the campus housing profession.
Brittany Devies, Ph.D. (Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs) was awarded the Student Leadership Programs and Knowledge Community Outstanding Emerging Professional Award at the 2023 National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Annual Conference.
Matt Pietryka, Ph.D. (Department of Political Science) and co-authors were awarded Political Research Quarterly’s Best Paper Award for “Constitutional Innovation and Imitation in the American States.”
Dawn C. Carr, Ph.D. (Department of Sociology) was awarded the W. Fred Cottrell Distinguished Gerontology Alumni Award for outstanding leadership and achievement in the field of aging by the University of Miami’s Scripps Gerontology Center.
Michael Killian, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) received a $1,676,046 Small Business Innovation Research Grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for his project “Mobile Video Directly Observed Therapy (DOT) for Immunosuppression Medication Adherence in Adolescent Heart Transplant Recipients in Florida: Enhancing Technological Innovation and Strengthening the Role of Small Businesses in Meeting Needs of Adolescent Organ Transplant Recipients.”
Stephen Tripodi, Ph.D. and Tanya Renn, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) received $125,000 in second-year funding from the Seminole County Sheriff’s Association for the contract “Evaluating Trauma-Informed Care in a Seminole County Jail.”
Kristy Anderson, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) received a $20,000 grant from the Florida State University Council on Research and Creativity: First Year Assistant Professor Award as the principal investigator of “Material Hardship Among Households of Children with Autism: The Role of Income and Family Financial Burden.”
Amanda Tazaz, Ph.D. (Learning Systems Institute) is the Principal Investigator for the project “The Successful Start: Cognitively Guided Instruction” that received a two-year grant from the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County. The project will aim to enhance the effectiveness of early elementary mathematics in Hillsborough County by providing mathematics teacher professional development to 300 voluntary pre-kindergarten through third grade teachers in collaboration with Hillsborough County Public Schools.
Lisa Schelbe, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) and Lisa Jackson, MSW (Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement) co-authored “How do Students Involved with a Campus Support Program for Students with a History of Foster Care, Relative Care, or Homelessness Fare After Graduation?,” published by Child and Youth Care Forum.
Michael Killian, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) and Mia Liza Lustria, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) co-authored “Directly Observed Therapy to Promote Medication Adherence in Adolescent Heart Transplant Recipients” published by Pediatric Transplantation.
Michael Killian, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) co-authored “The Impact of Family Therapy Participation on Youth and Young Adult Engagement and Retention in a Telehealth Intensive Outpatient Program: Quality Improvement Analysis.” He also co-authored “LGBTQIA+ Youth and Young Adults in a Telehealth Intensive Outpatient Program: Quality Improvement Analysis of Acuity and Improvement Following Treatment.” Both published by JMIR Formative Research.
Kristy Anderson, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) co-authored “Sexual and Reproductive Health Services for Youth on the Autism Spectrum: A Conceptual Model of Utilization. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health” published by Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health.
Kaitlin Lansford, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) authored “Cognitive Predictors of Perception and Adaptation to Dysarthric Speech in Young Adult Listeners” published by the Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research. The research study was completed in the Motor Speech Disorders Lab where Lansford is the director.
Sana Tibi, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) co-authored “Morphology and Reading Skills in Arabic-Speaking Refugee Children” published by Reading Research Quarterly.
Ravinder Nagpal, Ph.D. (College of Health and Human Sciences) co-authored “Prebiotic Mechanisms of Resistant Starches from Dietary Beans and Pulses on Gut Microbiome and Metabolic Health in a Humanized Murine Model of Aging” published by Frontiers in Nutrition. Nagpal also co-authored “Prebiotic Potential of Dietary Beans and Pulses and their Resistant Starch for Aging-Associated Gut and Metabolic Health” published in Nutrients and edited the special issue “Host-Associated Microbiome and the Diet-Gut-Brain Axis” published in Microorganisms.
Anand “Sunny” Narayanan, Ph.D. (College of Health and Human Sciences) co-authored the National Postdoctoral Association quarterly issue of “The POSTDOCket.”
Qiong Wu, Ph.D. and Ming Cui, Ph.D. (College of Health and Human Sciences) co-authored, “How Much Maternal Sensitivity is Adaptive: Fear temperament, High-Intensity Fear, and Preschooler’s Behavioral Problems” published in the Journal of Affective Disorders.
Qiong Wu, Ph.D. (College of Health and Human Sciences) authored “White and Black Parents’ Emotion Coaching Beliefs: Differential Associations with Preschooler’s Behavioral Problem Tendencies” published in the Journal of Family Psychology.
Anne Coldiron, Ph.D. (Department of English) published her research on the multilingual work of England’s first printer “William Caxton, Multimediator” in the Forum for Modern Language Studies.
Beth Coggeshall, Ph.D. (Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics) published her book “On Amistà: Negotiating Friendship in Dante’s Italy” with the University of Toronto Press.
Amy Huber, MS (Interior Architecture and Design) and Sindy Chapa, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) co-authored “Measuring the Perception of Trust: Two Cultural Approaches,” an article on cultural approaches to medical trust recently published in the Journal of Cultural Marketing Strategy (Vol. 7). The article presents the results of an experimental study that explored the reactions of both Hispanic and non-Hispanic white women to preventative marketing messages.
Ene Ikpebe, Ph.D. (College of Social Sciences and Public Policy) authored “Women and the Policy Process: Minimum Marriageable Age Policy Adoption in Nigeria” published in the Journal of African Policy Studies.
Jeongbin Kim, Ph.D. (Department of Economics) authored “The Effects of Time Preferences on Cooperation: Experimental Evidence from Infinitely Repeated Games” and co-authored “Games Played by Teams of Players” both published by the American Economic Journal: Microeconomics. He also authored “Trust, Beliefs and Cooperation: Excavating a Foundation of Strong Economies” published by the European Economic Review and co-authored “Random Utility and Limited Consideration” published by Quantitative Economics.
John S. Felkner, DDes (Department of Urban & Regional Planning) co-authored “The Interrelated Impacts of Credit Access, Market Access and Forest Proximity on Livelihood Strategies in Cambodia” published by World Development.
PRESENTATIONS, CONFERENCES AND EXHIBITS
Remy E. Jennings, Ph.D. (College of Business) presented “The Costs and Benefits of Personal Help Seeking at Work” at the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology conference in Boston, Mass.
Joseph Hellweg, Ph.D. (Department of Religion) presented on “Human Rights from West Africa’s Past: The (Re-)Invention of the Mandé Charter of Kurukan Fuga” at the American Academy of Religion – Southeast Regions at Mercer University.
Andy Opel, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) presented “Teaching in the Metaverse: The Opportunities and Challenges of Immersive Technologies in The Classroom” at the seminar “Reclaiming the Metaverse” in Bergen, Norway.
Malia Bruker, MFA (College of Communication and Information) presented “Threshold: 360 Filmmaking in Higher Education” at the seminar “Reclaiming the Metaverse” in Bergen, Norway.
Megan Buning, Ph.D. (College of Education) had her presentation “Transferring Across Fields: Applying Instructional Rounds to Deliver Mental Performance Training” accepted at the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback annual conference.
Zabe Thompson, MPH (University Health Services) presented “LGBTQ+ Sex Ed 101 – Increasing LGBTQ+ Inclusivity in Programming & Clinics,” “Queer Sex Ed 201: Beyond the Basics (Programming & Clinical)” and co-presented “Alcohol and Other Drugs Bingo: Gamifying Health Education” at the Southern College Health Association Conference.
DeOnte Brown, Ph.D. (Center for Academic Retention & Enhancement) presented “Just Another Day: Reflections, Perspectives, and Experiences from Black/Brown Deans in the field,” at the 2023 National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Annual Conference.
Brittany Devies, Ph.D. (Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs) presented “Empowering Campus Student Leaders” at the 2023 National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Annual Conference.
Amy Hecht, Ed.D., Angela Chong, J.D., Brittany Devies, Ph.D. (Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs) presented “168 Hours: Time Management of Women in Senior Student Affairs Roles” at the 2023 National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Annual Conference.
Prashant Singh, Ph.D. (College of Health and Human Sciences) presented his beef safety research, “Novel TaqMan Assays for the Specific Detection and Simultaneous Differentiation of Virulent and Avirulent Non-O157 Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia Coli Strains” to the Beef Industry Food Safety Council. He also gave a presentation on the FSU Food Safety and Diagnostics Lab and diagnostic assays for enhancing food safety to Invisible Sentinel, a diagnostics company and leader in food microbiology testing.
Ravinder Nagpal, Ph.D. (College of Health and Human Sciences) spoke at the international scientific webinar “Gut-Immune-Brain Axis in Neurological Disorders,” organized by the journal of Microbiome Research Reports.
Anand “Sunny” Narayanan, Ph.D. (College of Health and Human Sciences), students and postdoctoral fellows presented “The Effects of Long-Term Recovery from Simulated Microgravity and Deep Space Radiation on the Rat Coronary Structure and Biochemical Properties,” and “The Effects of Long-Term Recovery from Simulated Microgravity and Deep Space Radiation on the Rat Basilar Structure and Biochemical Properties” at the Florida Undergraduate Research Conference in Miami.
Ana Marty, Ph.D. (Learning Systems Institute) presented “Improving Reading Instruction: A View into the Pivitol Role of the Pre-Service Practicum,” at the World Literacy Summit in Oxford, England.
Stephanie Zuilkowski, Ph.D. (Learning Systems Institute) presented “The Missing Piece of the Puzzle: The Role of Pre-Service Teacher Education Programs in Large-Scale Primary Reading Programs” at the World Literacy Summit in Oxford, England.
John S. Felkner, DDes, MA (Department of Urban & Regional Planning) presented “Empirical examination of the impact of road investment on land-use, economic productivity and population density in four cities in East Africa 2003-2013″ in the special session “Africa: Field Work and Empirical Research in Population Geography” at the American Association of Geographers Conference in Denver, Colo.
Dawn C. Carr, Ph.D., and Miles Taylor, Ph.D. (Department of Sociology) led a webinar “Considering Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Differences when Studying Resilience” for the Research Centers Collaborative Network.
Lilian Garcia-Roig, MFA (Department of Art) was featured in “Unsovereign Elements: Geological Poetics and Epistemological Convergences in Caribbean Art,” a group exhibition curated by Cecilia González Godino in Philidelphia, Pa. at the Brodsky Gallery at the Kelly Writers House.
Jim Reynolds led the CPALMS team including Julie Chappell, Sherri Winsett, Robert Hanna, Zaida McGinley and Carrie Meyers (Learning Systems Institute) in hosting a professional development workshop for Florida teachers to learn how to create Career and Technical Education resources that feature real case studies and lessons to enhance classroom pedagogy.
Mike Killian, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) was named co-director of the Initiative for the Advancement of Pediatric Transplant Health Research. This partnership between Florida State University and University of Florida seeks to better the outcomes for child transplant patients.
Heidi Gazelle, Ph.D. (College of Health and Human Sciences) chaired two recent conference symposia at the 2023 biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, “Child and Adolescent Social Withdrawal and Subsequent Adult Psychosocial Adjustment, Health, and Intergenerational Transfer of Risk” and “Peer Exclusion Among Children and Adolescents: Multi-level Mechanisms and Risk for Depression.”
Stephen Tripodi, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) was elected to the Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education’s Board of Directors.
Shannon D. Staten, Ph.D. (University Housing) recently served on ACUHO-I’s Global Housing Training Institute through ACUHO-I in Australia.
Kathleen Powers Conti, Ph.D. (Department of History) was appointed by the president of the National Council on Historic Preservation to serve as co-chair for their consultant’s committee.
Zduy Chu, Ed.D. (Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs) was named Board chair for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Undergraduate Fellows Program.
Remy E. Jennings, Ph.D. (College of Business) co-authored “Reflecting on One’s Best Possible Self as a Leader: Implications for Professional Employees at Work,” one of the top cited articles in Personnel Psychology in 2022.
Monika Gossman, MFA (School of Theatre) appeared in the British miniseries “A Spy Among Friends,” which was recently nominated for a British Academy Television Award.
Cameron Beatty, Ph.D. (College of Education) was invited to join the Diversity Scholars Network with the National Center for Institutional Diversity at the University of Michigan.
Avery Henry, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) took the FSU Debate team to the 2023 ACC Debate Tournament and made it to the championship round against Wake Forest.
The CPALMS team, led by Kaniesha Clark and Robert Hanna and in collaboration with Carrie Meyers and Jim Reynolds (Learning Systems Institute) conducted a project overview and resource development session for Florida’s new financial literacy initiative.
Adrienne Barnes-Story, Ph.D., Ana Marty, Ph.D. and Jeremy Koch in collaboration with Marion Fesmire, Ph.D., Probak Karim and Jennie Robinette, M.Ed. (Learning Systems Institute) led the United States Agency for International Development Strengthening Teacher Education and Practice Malawi Activity and participated in the Foundational Literacy Course where they practiced the new literacy pedagogies in primary schools.
Samuel Staley, Ph.D. (DeVoe L. Moore Center) was profiled in a new book on entrepreneurship and innovation by Francisco Gonzalez, host of Agents of Innovation podcast and CEO of Fearless Journeys.
Caleb Mitchell, MFA (School of Dance) created a new choreographic work “Grazing Steel Edges” for Newport Contemporary Ballet in Newport, Rhode Island.
Kathleen Powers Conti, Ph.D. (Department of History) was profiled by the Tallahassee Trust for Historic Preservation as part of their “Women in Preservation” series.