Faculty and Staff Briefs May 2023

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. 



Sophia G. Rahming, Ph.D. (Center for the Advancement of Teaching) was selected as the 2023 recipient of the O∆K Community Commitment Award for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity by the Omicron Delta Kappa’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Committee.  

Yan Li, Ph.D. (FAMU-FSU College of Engineering) was named a Fellow in the 2023-2024 cohort of the Executive Leadership in Academic, Technology, Engineering and Science (ELATES) Program run by Drexel University. 

Michael Hartline, Ph.D. (College of Business) was selected as a 2023 recipient of the Beta Alpha Psi Outstanding Dean Award, based on his “consistent and longstanding commitment” to the international honor organization and its FSU chapter, Beta Rho. 

Sonia Hazard, Ph.D. (Department of Religion) won the Fredson Bowers Memorial Prize for most outstanding essay in textual scholarship from the Society for Textual Scholarship. 

Sonia Hazard, Ph.D. and Elizabeth Cecil, Ph.D. (Department of Religion) were awarded a Collaborative International Research Grant from the American Academy of Religion for their project “Material Ecologies: Indigeneity, Objects, and Environments in the Study of Religion.” 

Prashant Singh, Ph.D. (College of Health and Human Sciences) received the Laboratorian of the Year Award from the Florida Association for Food Protection which recognizes outstanding commitment in utilizing and developing innovative and practical laboratory techniques to support food safety. 

Amy Hecht, Ed.D. (Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs) received the John Jones Award for Outstanding Performance as a Senior Student Affairs Officer from NASPA Region III. The award honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the field through publications or involvement in professional associations. 

Terri Brown (Title IX) received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Heroes in Public Safety at a recent banquet at Tallahassee Community College. Since starting her career as a patrol officer with the FSU Police Department in 1991, Terri has served as sergeant, lieutenant, captain, deputy chief and retired as chief and now returns to FSU to work in the Title IX Office. 

Cynthia Green, Ed.D. (Center for Global Engagement) won the 2023 International Education Award for Leadership and Collaboration from NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Green has initiated university-wide efforts to internationalize the campus and to create a globally rich learning environment where all students can increase their global awareness and interact with people from around the world. 

Brandon Bowden, Ed.D. (Division of Student Affairs) received the AVP/Senior Level Student Affairs Professional Award from NASPA Region III. The award honors individuals who have a record of innovative programming that has had an impact on the home campus environment in more than one functional area of student affairs.  

Zduy Chu, Ph.D. (Division of Student Affairs) received the NUFP Champion Award from NASPA Region III, presented to an individual or institution that has made a significant contribution to the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program and has served as a champion for students from traditionally underrepresented and historically disenfranchised populations, by hosting programs, providing professional development opportunities, and/or supporting other activities that advance campus, regional, or national NUFP initiatives.  

Brittany Mueller (Campus Recreation) was recognized as a Rising Star by NIRSA Leaders in Collegiate Recreation. 

Madison Drummond (Division of Student Affairs) received the William Leftwich Award for Outstanding New Professional from NASPA Region III. 

Stephen Chelko, Ph.D. (College of Medicine) was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. 


Christy Mantzanas (Career Center) was awarded the Southern Association of Colleges and Employers Professional Development Scholarship for $2,000. 


Bruce Thyer, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) co-authored the article “Evident into Practice Special Interest Group: Launch” in the journal European Social Work.  

Shamra Boel-Studt, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) Megan Deichen Hansen, Ph.D. (College of Medicine) and FSU doctoral graduate Taylor Dowdy-Hazlett co-published “A Mixed-Methods Evaluative Study of the Life Model of Residential Care for Trauma-Affected Children and Youth” in the Journal of Public Child Welfare. 

Michael Killian, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) co-authored “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, and Other Minoritized Gender and Sexual Identities-Adapted Telehealth Intensive Outpatient Program for Youth and Young Adults: Subgroup Analysis of Acuity and Improvement Following Treatment” and The Impact of Family Therapy Participation on Youths and Young Adult Engagement and Retention in a Telehealth Intensive Outpatient Program: Quality Improvement Analysis,” by JMIR Publications. 

John Mathias, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) co-authored “Which Environmental Social Work? Environmentalism, Social Justice, and the Dilemmas Ahead” by Social Service Review. 

Elizabeth B. Madden, Ph.D., Christopher Constantino, Ph.D. and Michelle Therrien, Ph.D. (School of Communication Science and Disorders), with student Ana Vilfort-Garces and co-authors Lucina Graven, Ph.D., APRN, FAHA, FAAN, (FSU College of Nursing) and Rachel Goff-Albritton, Ph.D. (FSU Office of Research and Development) published the paper “Caregiving and Friendship: Perspectives from Care Partners of People with Aphasia” in the Topics in Language Disorders Journal. 

Keith E. Ferguson, DBA (College of Business) co-authored “Sustainable Product Purchase: Are Eco-labeling, Environment Concern, Consumer Demographics Important?” presented at the 2023 Eastern Academy of Management Conference, Philadelphia, Pa. 

Meredith McQuerry, Ph.D. (Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship) published “Female Firefighters’ Increased Risk of Occupational Exposure Due to Ill-Fitting Personal Protective Clothing,” her federally supported work on female firefighter personal protective clothing, in an invited special journal issue of “Challenges and Emerging Issues on Firefighter’s Toxic Chemical Exposure: Smoke Chemicals, Contaminated PPE and Off-gassing.” 

Matthew Day, Ph.D. (Department of Religion) published “No Bosses, No Gods Marx, Engels, and the Twenty-first Century Study of Religion” in volume 68 of Religion and Reason.  

Molly Hand, Ph.D. (Department of English) published the essay “Teaching the History of Illustrated Texts: Broadside Ballads as Early Modern Memes” in the volume “Teaching the History of the Book. 

Sonia Hazard, Ph.D. (Department of Religion) published “The Politics of Media Format: Printing Poor Sarah During the Removal Crisis in Cherokee Nation” in Church History. 

Joseph Gabriel, Ph.D. (Department of History) published “‘The Warmth of His Continuing Interest’: Henry K. Beecher, the Bioethics Revolution, and Pharmaceutical Industry Funding of Academic Medical Science in Cold War America” in the Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences. 

Matt Mewhinney, Ph.D. (Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics) published the article “The Reader is Hooked: Ema Saikō’s Poems on The Tale of Genji” in Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal. 

Martin Munro, Ph.D. (Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics) published translations of the novels “Une Nouvelle Région du Monde” by Édouard Glissant and “François, Portrait d’un Absent” by Michaël Ferrier. 

Vincent Joos, Ph.D. (Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics) published the article “Settling in the US Deep South: Race, Ethnicity, and Belonging among Haitian Migrants in a Small North Carolina Town” in Transforming Anthropology. 

Irene Zanini-Cordi, Ph.D. (Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics) co-published the book “Courting Celebrity. The Autobiographies of Angela Veronese and Teresa Bandettini.” 

Michael Ormsbee, Ph.D. (College of Health and Human Sciences) and graduate students Casey Greenwalt and Liliana Renteria co-authored “International Society of Sports Nutrition Position Stand: Nutritional Concerns of the Female Athlete” published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. 

Carla Wood, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) and Chris Schatschneider, Ph.D. (Department of Psychology) co-published a paper “Teacher Vocabulary Use and Student Language and Literacy Achievement” in the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. 

Rachel Blakesley (University Housing) wrote the article “The Last of Us: Saving Middle Managers from a Mass Exodus” published in the Spring 2023 edition of The Southeastern Association of Housing Officers Report. 

Javier Rosado, Ph.D., Yuxia Wang, MPH (College of Medicine) and doctoral student Jessica M. Costero co-authored “COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake and Hesitancy in a Latino Agricultural Community” in the journal Health Education & Behavior. 

Javier Rosado, Ph.D., Elena Reyes, Ph.D., Yuxia Wang, MPH, (College of Medicine) and Conor Malloy, M.D. class of 2019 co-authored “From Planning to Implementation: Developing an ACE Screening Protocol in a Rural Integrated Primary Care Clinic Serving Latino Children” in the journal Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology. 

Jeannine Murray-Román, Ph.D. (Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics) published an article “Walking with Fanon: Towards Decolonized Embodiments” in Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies. 

Shannon Hall-Mills, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) co-authored “Like, Comment, and Share: Speech-Language Pathologists’ Use of Social Media for Clinical Decision Making”, published by Seminars in Speech and Language.   

Shannon Hall-Mills, Ph.D., Kelly Farquharson, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) and former student Leesa Marante Ph.D. co-authored “School-Based Speech-Language Pathologists’ Stress and Burnout: A Cross-Sectional Survey at the Height of the COVID-19 Pandemic” published by Language Speech and Hearing Services in Schools.   


Sophia G. Rahming, Ph.D. (Center for the Advancement of Teaching) co-presented “Landscape: A Race-Neutral Strategy Institutions are Using to Improve Equity and Access” at the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling in Jacksonville, Fla. 

Keith E. Ferguson, DBA (College of Business) presented “Consumer Behavior and the Customer Lifecycle” at the CXM 360 at Michigan State University conference. This session was awarded high attendance status by the organizers. 

Meredith McQuerry, Ph.D. (Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship) presented her federally supported research “Evaluating Female Firefighter Anthropometrics for Improved Mobility and Design in Personal Protective Clothing for the United States Fire Service” at the 10th European Conference on Protective Clothing in Arnhem, Netherlands. 

Stephen Tripodi, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) presented “Multisite Randomized Controlled Trial of Comprehensive Trauma-Informed Reentry Services for Moderate to High Risk Youth Releasing from State Prisons” at the National Institute of Justice Research Conference in Washington, D.C. 

Zhe He, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) presented “Harnessing Explainable, Equitable, and Actionable AI to Improve Health” at the 2023 Machine Learning Expo, which looked at recent research efforts on enhancing the interpretability of machine learning and deep learning models for predicting health outcomes among patients with cardiovascular diseases using EHR data. 

Shuyuan Ho Metcalfe, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) spoke on a panel “Ethics in Education” at the 2023 Machine Learning Expo which focused on ethical concerns that can arise when teaching machine learning and artificial intelligence. 

Stephen McDowell, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) presented “Exploring Digital Inclusion and Exclusion in South Asia: Scholarly Perspectives” to the International Communication Association conference panel.   

Annika Culver, Ph.D. (Department of History) presented her book “Democratizing Luxury: Name Brands, Advertising, and Consumption in Modern Japan” at Temple University in Tokyo, Japan. 

Michael Ormsbee, Ph.D. (College of Health and Human Sciences) presented “Body Composition, Performance, and Health: Nutrition and Physical Activity Interventions to Accelerate Success” at the Men’s Health Summit: Clinical Solutions for Healthcare Professionals. 

Anand “Sunny” Narayanan, Ph.D. (College of Health and Human Sciences) was invited by the Space Health Inclusion Partnership Program at Texas State University to present “Space Medicine & Biology.” The Space Health Inclusion Partnership includes the LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research at Texas State and the Translational Research Institute for Space Health. 

Shermeeka Hogans-Mathews, M.D. (College of Medicine) presented “ACES & Trauma: Much to do about Screening” at the Society of Teacher of Family Medicine Annual Conference in Tampa.  

Shermeeka Hogans-Mathews, M.D., and Kerwyn Flowers, D.O. (College of Medicine) co-presented “From Chief to Chief: Mentorship as a Pathway to Academic Medicine” and “URM Junior Faculty and Course Directorship: Lessons Learned on the Path to Success” at the Society of Teacher of Family Medicine Annual Conference in Tampa. 

Michael Leeser, Ph.D. (Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics) delivered an invited lecture “Rethinking the Separation Between Vocabulary and Grammar in Language Teaching” at the University of Hong Kong’s colloquium on New Frontiers for Language Instruction: Theory, Research and Pedagogy. 


Jonathan Appelbaum, M.D. (College of Medicine) participated in a multidisciplinary round table discussion about a collaborative approach to managing patients with HIV on the multidisciplinary medical information network Consultant 360. 


Mark Zeigler, ABD (College of Business) was the closing speaker for the National Securities Administrators Training Conference in Fort Lauderdale. He also delivered the Keynote Speech for the Leon County School Board/Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce’s “Best and Brightest” awards ceremony. 

The CPALMS platform, developed by staff at the Learning Systems Institute at Florida State University, was named one of 16 finalists in the Tools Competition for learning engineering tools. The Tools Competition is a multi-million dollar global prize challenge to leverage technology, data, and learning science to meet the urgent needs of learners. The competition awards more than $4 million for innovative learning tools in four areas addressing pressing challenges in education. CPALMS is a finalist in the transforming assessments track. 

The Learning Systems Institute staff continued work on the ABC+ Advancing Basic Education in the Philippines Activity. Ana Marty, Ph.D. is the principal investigator on the project. Working with Kate Schell, they delivered the second week of the Participatory Action Research Activity in the Philippines. The participants learned about analysis of qualitative data and practiced conducting focus group discussions and semi-structured Interviews in preparation for data collection for their research studies. 

Martin Munro, Ph.D., Vincent Joos, Ph.D. (Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics) and John Ribò, Ph.D. (Department of English) co-edited the collective volume of “The Power of the Story: Writing Disasters in Haiti and the Circum-Caribbean.” 

Arianne Johnson Quinn, Ph.D. (College of Music) was appointed vice president (2023-2024) and president-elect (2024-2025) for the Society of Florida Archivists. 

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