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
Michael Carrasco, Ph.D. (College of Fine Arts) was awarded the Society of Ethnobotany’s Danial F. Austin Award for his co-edited book “Under the Shade of Thipaak: The Ethnoecology of Cycads in Mesoamerica and the Caribbean.” This award recognizes excellence in an edited volume in ethnobotany published within the last three years.
Theo Siegrist, Ph.D. (FAMU-FSU College of Engineering) was recently elected to the Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine of Florida. Siegrist was selected for his contributions to materials physics, materials chemistry and solid-state chemistry.
Yuan Tang, a postdoctoral researcher working with Wei Guo, Ph.D. (FAMU-FSU College of Engineering) received the Peter Kapitza Award from the International Institute of Refrigeration.
Shonda Bernadin, Ph.D. (FAMU-FSU College of Engineering) and three faculty from Florida A&M University were named Google Endowed Professors.
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 Program run by Drexel University.
Changhyun (Lyon) Nam, Ph.D. (Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship) received the Best Research Award for the outstanding quality of his paper “Sustainable Footwear in Outdoor Sportswear Industries: An Effect of Recycled Fabric Configuration on a Thermal Sensation Model in the Foot” from Research in Dance and Physical Education.
Amy Ai, Ph.D. and Norman Anderson, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) were ranked among the Best Social Sciences and Humanities Scientists by Research.com based on metrics pulled from multiple bibliometric data sources.
Daniel Moraguez, Ph.D. (College of Education) received a Gansneder Award for Outstanding Dissertation at the University of Virginia’s School of Education and Human Development Doctoral Hooding Ceremony.
Sonia Cabell, Ph.D. (College of Education) won the Academics’ Choice Award, Smart Book category for “Literacy Learning for Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers: Key Practices for Educators.”
Tracey Dowling, Ed.D. (Career Center), was selected by the Society for Experiential Education (SEE) as the recipient of the 2023 SEE Dissertation of the Year Award for “Facilitating Student Engagement in Experiential Learning: An Implementation Evaluation of a Centralized, Interdisciplinary Program.”
Dean Falk, Ph.D. (Department of Anthropology) was awarded a visiting fellowship at the Konrad Lorenz Institute in Vienna this upcoming fall in relation to the project, “Letters from the Round Table: New Light on Hans Asperger and the Development of Pediatrics in Vienna.”
Tai Cole (Center for the Study and Promotion of Communities, Families and Children) and the CFC Center team received an Education and Youth grant from the Community Foundation of Palm Beach County to implement Rebound and Recovery for Teens in the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County.
Lisa Schelbe, Ph.D., Esaa Mohammad Sabti Samarah, MSW (College of Social Work) and Lisa Jackson, MSW, LCSW (Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement) co-published the article “A Photovoice Study of College Students who have Experienced Foster Care, Relative Care, and/or Homelessness” in the journal Children and Youth Services Review.
Michael Buchler, Ph.D. (College of Music) co-edited “Here for the Hearing: Analyzing the Music in Musical Theater” published by University of Michigan Press. The book includes his chapter “Three Notions of Long-Range Form in ‘Guys and Dolls.’” The book’s co-editor, Gregory J. Decker, Ph.D. is a professor at Bowling Green State University and an alumnus of FSU.
Kristy Anderson, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) co-authored the article “Mental Health, Race and Ethnicity, and Medical Home in Children with Special Health Care Needs” published in the journal Children’s Health Care.
Melissa Radey, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) co-authored the article “What Makes a Case Difficult: Definitions from Child Welfare and Implications for Workload and Caseload Management” published in the Journal of Public Child Welfare.
Chris Schatschneider, Ph.D. (Department of Psychology), Carla Wood, Ph.D. and doctoral student Miguel Garcia-Salas, (School of Communication Science & Disorders) co-authored “Second-grade teachers’ use of praise during ELA instruction: Frequency, types, and differences” in Education and Treatments of Children.
Melissa Radey, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) published “Network Financial Transfers and Psychological Distress Among Unmarried Mothers” in the Journal of Family Issues.
Amy Ai, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) co-authored “Resilience and Spirituality as Moderators between Several Concerns and Psychological Distress during the COVID-19 Pandemic” in the Medical Research Archives of the European Society of Medicine.
Bruce Thyer, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) published his latest book, “Experimental Research Designs in Social Work: Theory and Application.” It was published by Columbia University Press.
Motoko Akiba, Ph.D. (College of Education) published “Do Teachers Feel Valued in Society? Occupational Value of the Teaching Profession in OECD Countries” in the journal AERA Open.
Adrienne Barnes, Ph.D. (Learning Systems Institute) co-authored “The impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Early Grade Literacy in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Scoping Review of Impact, Response, and Recovery” in Current Issues in Comparative Education. She also co-authored “Supporting Multilingual Children At-Risk of Reading Failure: Impacts of a Multilingual Structured Pedagogy Literacy Intervention in Kenya” in Reading and Writing: A Multidisciplinary Journal.
Stephanie Simmons Zuilkowski, Ed.D. (Learning Systems Institute) co-authored “Theory, Policy, and Practice: Bridging the Gap Between Teacher Training and Classroom Practice in Language of Instruction in Zambia” in the journal Language and Education.
Robert C. Schoen, Ph.D. (Learning Systems Institute) was the lead author of two published articles, “Word problem performance of U.S. First Graders in the 20th-Century and Common Core Era” published by the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education; and “Impact of lesson Study and Fractions Resources on Third- and Fourth-Grade Classroom Instruction and Student Learning in Fractions” published by the Journal of Experimental Education.
Annie Wofford, Ph.D. (College of Education) co-published the article “‘I Found My Home There’: Women’s Engineering Identity in STEM Student Organizations” in the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice.
Qinchun Rao, Ph.D. (College of Health and Human Sciences) co-authored “Immunodetection of Finfish Residues on Food Contact Surfaces” published in Food Chemistry.
Meredith McQuerry, Ph.D. (Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship) co-published “Wildland Firefighting Personal Protective Clothing Cleaning Practices in the United States” in the journal Fire Technology.
Shamra Boel-Studt, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) co-authored “Reflections on Care Experiences Among Early, Middle, and Late Adolescents in Residential Care” in the journal Developmental Child Welfare.
Michael Killian, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) co-authored “Prediction of Outcomes After Heart Transplantation in Pediatric Patients Using National Registry Data: Evaluation of Machine Learning Approaches” in the journal JMIR Cardio 2023.
Michael Henson, Ph.D. (Florida Institute for Child Welfare), Michaé Cain, Dina Wilke, Ph.D. and Melissa Radey, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) co-published “What Makes a Case Difficult: Definitions from Child Welfare Workers and Implications for Workload and Caseload Management” published in the Journal of Public Child Welfare.
Marsha Hartline, DNP, RN, CNML (College of Nursing) co-authored “Does the Implementation of a Summer Student Nurse Internship Increase the Recruitment of New Nurses” accepted for poster presentation at the 9th Annual Florida Nurses Association Nursing Research & Evidence-Based Practice Conference.
Shamra Boel-Studt, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) co-authored the article “‘I Hope My Voice is Heard.’: A Mixed-Methods Study of Youths’ Perceptions of Residential Care” published in the journal Children and Youth Services Review.
PRESENTATIONS, CONFERENCES, PERFORMANCES AND EXHIBITS
Alex Escada, MS and Charlie Hogan, MA, MBA, MS (Student-Athlete Academic Services) co-presented “Safeguarding Academic Integrity within Student-Athlete Support Services” at the National Association of Academic and Student-Athlete Development Professionals Annual Convention in Orlando, Fla.
Corey Talley, MA (Student-Athlete Academic Services) co-presented “Neophyte Fanfare: Winning Your First Few Months, Days, Years as a New Practitioner” at the National Association of Academic and Student-Athlete Development Professionals Annual Convention in Orlando, Fla.
Rachel Bailey, Ph.D. (School of Communication) presented “Using Primary Motivational Aspects of GMO Foods to Shift Attitudes;” “Viewing Violent Policing Videos Contributes to Trauma Outcomes Beyond Experiences with Police: A Minority Health Perspective Approach;” and “Eating Point-of-View in ASMR Videos Alters Motivational Outcomes” at the International Communication Association (ICA) Conference in Ontario, Canada.
Arienne Ferchaud, Ph.D. (School of Communication) presented “Beloved Bingeable Breakups? The Impact of Binge Watching on Retrospective Imaginative Involvement, Parasocial Relationships, and Parasocial Breakups” at the ICA Conference in Ontario, Canada.
Art Raney, Ph.D. (School of Communication) presented “Know, Love, and Be Thyself: Conceptualizing General Engagement in Eudaimonic Entertainment Experiences (GE4) and Linking it to Self-care Tendencies and Psychological Well-being” at the ICA Conference in Ontario, Canada.
Caleb Mitchell, MFA (School of Dance) created an original work for the Tallahassee Ballet, was invited to perform Houston Ballet’s “Madam Butterfly,” and taught masterclasses at Orlando Ballet School and Ballet Conservatory of South Texas.
Lisa Magruder, Ph.D. (Florida Institute for Child Welfare), Jessica Pryce, Ph.D. and Lisa Schelbe, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) hosted the roundtable discussion “Thriving workers for thriving families: The Florida Institute for Child Welfare’s approach to enhancing outcomes” at the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children’s 30th Annual Colloquium in Denver, CO.
Hyunji Lee, Ph.D. (Florida Institute for Child Welfare) and Daniella Pinard, B.S. (College of Social Work) co-presented “A Conversation with Caregivers: Needs and Supports for Caregivers of Youth Transitioning Out of Foster Care” at the 2023 Florida Foster and Adoptive Parent Association Annual Education Conference in Orlando, Florida.
Colleen Ganley, Ph.D. (Learning Systems Institute and Department of Psychology) presented “Measuring and Assessing Relations between Math Anxiety, Interest, and Confidence in Primary School Children” at the Mathematical Cognition and Learning Society Conference.
JaSheena Ekhator (Florida Inclusion Network at Learning Systems Institute) presented “Inclusion of Students with Disabilities” to 180 state, district, school and teacher leaders at the Pre-Kindergarten Collaborative Inclusion Conference.
Nilay Özok-Gündoğan, Ph.D. (Department of History) presented the paper “The Lausanne Treaty and the Making of Kurdish Statelessness” at The Afterlives of Lausanne: Society, Politics, and Belonging After Empire conference, organized by the Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Program at Northwestern University.
Leslie Mille (Career Center) presented “Career Services Staff: Where did you come from, where did you go?” at the National Association of Colleges & Employers Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla. Mille also facilitated a roundtable session on “Taking Your Clothing Closet to the Next Level!” at the Florida Association of Colleges and Employers Annual Conference in Sarasota, Fla.
Robert Hanna (Learning Systems Institute) presented “So You Think You Know CPALMS? Come See What’s New…and FREE!” at the Florida Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference.
Kaniesha Clark (Learning Systems Institute) presented “Enhancing Mathematics Instruction Through Problem-Based Learning” at the Florida Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference.
Heather French (Learning Systems Institute) presented “Addressing Misconceptions and Learning Gaps Through Formative Assessment Tasks” at the Florida Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference.
Amy Hecht, Ed.D., Angela Chong, J.D. and Brittany Devies, Ph.D. (Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs) co-presented their research “168 Hours: Time Management of Women in Senior Student Affairs Roles,” at the 2023 NASPA Region III Summer Symposium.
Cameron Hatcher (Career Center) presented “Transitions as a Professional: Accepting and Embracing New Roles” at the Florida Association of Colleges and Employers Annual Conference in Sarasota, Fla.
Abbey Hale, M.S. (Career Center) presented “The 3-Legged Stool Approach: Developing and Utilizing Relationships to Elevate Your Events” at the Florida Association of Colleges & Employers Annual Conference in Sarasota, Fla.
Anissa Ford and Christy Mantzanas (Career Center) presented “Dress for Success While Being Your Authentic Self” at the National Association of Colleges & Employers Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla.
Tai Cole, MSW (Center for the Study and Promotion of Communities, Families and Children) and the CFC Center team presented “From Bouncing off the Walls to Rebound & Recovery: Clinical Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Intervention for Early Childhood” at the National Association of Social Workers-FL Conference in Orlando, Fla.
Jamie Butler (Career Center) facilitated a “Retaining Internal Talent: Strategies for Recruiting Student Workers into the Next Generation of Career Services” roundtable at the Florida Association of Colleges and Employers Annual Conference in Sarasota, Fla.
Bruce Thyer, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) presented the paper, “Forty Years Experience in Practice Research: Lessons Learned and Practical Advice” at the 6th International Conference on Practice Research in Aalborg, Denmark.
Donna Uchizono, MFA (School of Dance) created a new solo for New York City Ballet soloist Georgina Pazcoquin performed for the University of Massachusetts BachFest.
Farai Malianga (School of Dance) performed as a musician, actor, and composer for “Great Performances: Merry Wives of Windsor” at Central Park NY: Public Theatre (PBS).
Nancy Gerber, Ph.D. (Department of Art Education) presented “Sustaining Life on Earth: Arts-Based Responses to the Lived Experiences of COVID-19″ and “Out of the Shadows: Arts-Based Research in Academia” at the 19th annual International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry.
Brittany Devies, Ph.D. (Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs) presented “The Space for Leadership Education in Institutional Priorities: Analyzing Institutional Mission Statements” at the 2023 NASPA Region III Summer Symposium. Devies was also a featured speaker at the annual Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Florida-West Seminar at Eckerd College.
Kelly Claude and Robin Petrick (Learning Systems Institute) presented “The Benefits of the Least Restrictive Environment” at the 25th Annual Family Café conference.
JaSheena Ekhator (Learning Systems Institute) co-presented “What Parents Need to Know About Access Points and Inclusion” with colleagues from the Access Project at the 25th Annual Family Café conference.
Kelly Claude (Learning Systems Institute) co-presented “A Collaborative Approach to Supporting the Individual Needs of Students Who Are Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing and/or Blind/Visually Impaired in Inclusive Environments” with colleagues from the Resource Materials and Technology Center for the Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing project and the Florida Instructional Materials Center for the Visually Impaired project. Claude also presented “Collaborative Teaching – What Administrators Need to Know” to 90 school and district administrators at the Florida Association of School Administrators conference.
Leah Sherman, MLIS, MA (University Libraries) presented “Taking the Museum to the People: Cultural Heritage, Community Engagement, and Postwar Poland’s Museobus” at the AMPS Prague-Heritages virtual conference.
Sheryl Wilhoit, MA (Student Veterans Center) was elected to serve as an at-large board member for the Florida Association of Veteran Education Specialists during the regional conference in St. Petersburg, Fla. Wilhoit joins Melissa Ludlam, MS (Student Veterans Center) on the FAVES board, where Ludlam has served as secretary since 2019.
Fred Abbott, J.D. (College of Law) has been appointed chair of the Technology Advisory Group to the World Health Organization (WHO) Local Production and Technology Transfer Program. The program provides strategic and technical advice to WHO in promoting and strengthening sustainable local production and technology transfer to improve access to quality, safe and effective health products.
Tanya Peres, Ph.D. (Department of Anthropology) served as a workshop leader for the 2023 Department Leaders Summer Institute Schedule, organized by the American Anthropological Association.
Farai Malianga (School of Dance) served as a musician for the Julliard School’s Spring 2023 Concert.
Led by Jim Garbarino (College of Communication and Information) FSU’s Digital Media Services delivered more than 200 videos to the Learning Systems Institute at Florida State University. The videos were part of a yearlong project for the Florida Department of Education.
Soronadi Nnaji, Ph.D. (FAMU-FSU College of Engineering) passed away on Friday, June 9, 2023. He was one of the founding faculty of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the college and was the third departmental chair.
Lisa Schelbe, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) will oversee the rehousing of the Child Well-Being Research Institute at the University of Kentucky, previously housed at the University of Chicago. The institute is funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Inc. and fosters the Child Well-Being Research Network, which identifies and develops leaders conducting cutting-edge research on child well-being and child maltreatment prevention.
Christie Koontz, Ph.D. (School of Information) traveled to Kenya as a facilitator for Knowledge Empowering Youth Libraries’ first workshop for Kenyan librarians.
Stephen McDowell, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) attended the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s 2023 Global Impact Forum in Washington, D.C.
Ilana Goldman, MFA (School of Dance) conducted two film workshops at Waterton Lakes National Park and Glacier National Park, where she was also an artist-in-residence. New choreographic works during this period include “Waking Dream” at Perry-Mansfield in Steamboat Springs, Colo. and “Entropic Variations” for Sacramento Ballet’s Second Company in Sacramento, Calif.
Nancy Gerber, Ph.D. and Amber Ward, Ph.D. (Department of Art Education) co-facilitated the Arts-Based Research Shared Interest Group at the 19th annual International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry.
Stephanie Leitch, Ph.D. (Department of Art History) is currently teaching “Early Modern Visual Data: Organizing Knowledge in Printed Books,” a summer course for graduate students at the Herzog August Library in Wolfenbüttel, Germany. The course explores topics including the role of copy, maps and monsters and spatial organization utilizing the library’s collection of books from the Middle Ages and early modern Europe.
Hyunji Lee, Ph.D. (Florida Institute for Child Welfare) was selected to attend the 2023 Future of Families and Child Wellbeing Study Summer Data Training Workshop at Columbia University School of Social Work in New York City.
Brandon Bowden, Ph.D. (Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs) was selected to participate in Leadership Florida’s Education Class 8. Members of the Leadership Florida Education Program are challenged to apply what they learn in their own work in this program while they build trusting relationships statewide that can be leveraged for the rest of their careers on behalf of Florida’s students, families and educators.
Alva Smith (College of Law) was selected to participate in the 2023-2024 Cornerstone Class program by Leadership Florida. During the program, class members will participate in a stimulating and thought-provoking nine-month program consisting of a series of sessions held in cities throughout the state.
The Learning Systems Institute’s CPALMS staff hosted more than 280 Florida teachers in Tallahassee in June for two Integrated Civics Professional Development workshops. The workshops were developed to help K-12 teachers in Florida learn how to integrate new civics standards with other content areas like English Language Arts, math, science and coding. During the sessions, participants visited the Florida Supreme Court, the historic Capitol building, the Florida House of Representatives and the Senate, among other immersive experiences.
Zaida McGinley (Learning Systems Institute), CPALMS staff and K-12 fine and performing arts teachers in Tallahassee attended an integrated civics curriculum writing workshop to explore how civics and arts can be combined into engaging lessons that will be featured on CPALMS.