Faculty and Staff Briefs October 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.



Robert Schoen, Ph.D. (Learning Systems Institute) was named a Journal for Research Mathematics Education Outstanding Reviewer for reviews submitted in 2022 by the editorial board of the journal.

Shuyuan Metcalfe, Ph.D. (School of Information) was inaugurated as the 2023-2024 President of the Association of Information Systems Special Interest Group on Information Security and Privacy.

Mia Liza Lustria, Ph.D. (School of Information) and Michael O. Killian, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) received the 2023 Pediatric Transplantation Journal Top Paper Award from the International Pediatric Transplant Association, which recognizes their article “Directly Observed Therapy to Promote Medication Adherence in Adolescent Heart Transplant Recipients” as one of the best publications from 2021-2022.

Michelle Therrien, Ph.D., Andrea Barton-Hulsey, Ph.D., Mollie Romano, Ph.D. and former doctoral student Sara Collins (School of Communication Science and Disorders) co-authored a publication on AAC Services that received the Augmentative Alternative Communication Editor’s Award for the most significant research paper published in 2022.

Amy Hecht, Ed.D. (Vice President for Student Affairs) has been recognized with the Pillar of the Profession Award for her outstanding work by the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, the leading association for the advancement, health and sustainability of the student affairs profession.

Gary VanLandingham, Ph.D. (Askew School of Public Administration) was elected as a fellow to the National Academy of Public Administration.

Lingjiong Zhu, Ph.D. (Department of Mathematics) was awarded the iFORM SIG Best Paper Award from the Manufacturing and Service Operations Management Society for his paper “Operational Risk Management: A Stochastic Control Framework with Preventive and Corrective Controls.”

Hedi Mattoussi, Ph.D. (Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry) was awarded the Kuwait Prize in the field of emerging interdisciplinary sciences from the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences.

Jie Chen, Ph.D., RN (College of Nursing) is the recipient of the 2023 Toffler Scholar Award. The Toffler Scholar Program focuses on helping university medical researchers gain access to support and a network of often underfunded innovations.


Hugh Catts, Ph.D. (School of Communication Science and Disorders) received a $290,000 grant from Learning Ally to validate a screening assessment to identify children at risk for dyslexia.

Margaret Sullivan, IMS (School of Information) received an IMLS early career award of $344,598 to investigate library outreach services and the opioid epidemic.

Doctoral student Diana Abarca (School of Communication Science and Disorders) was awarded the ASHA 2023 Student Research Grant in Early Childhood Language Development.

Anand “Sunny” Narayanan, Ph.D., Michael Delp, Ph.D. (College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences) and Roger Mercer, Ph.D. (College of Medicine) received a $90,852 grant from the National Aeronautics & Space Administration for the project “Partial Gravity and Sex-Difference Effects on the Venous Circulation.”

Erica Harbatkin, Ph.D. and Walt Ecton, Ph.D. (College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences) received a $35,000 grant from the American Educational Research Association/National Science Foundation for the project “CTE/Applied STEM Teacher Effectiveness and Mobility: Evidence using Florida Longitudinal Data.”

Toby Park-Gaghan, Ph.D., Cameron Beatty, Ph.D. and Christine Mokher, Ph.D. (College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences) received a $200,000 grant from the Helios Foundation for the project “Understanding the Postsecondary Experiences of Accelerated High School Graduates.”

Amanda Tazaz, Ph.D. (Learning Systems Institute) will lead a partnership of geoscience agencies in the state and several departments at Florida State University and Florida A&M University to develop four geoscience summer camp programs that will be implemented with pre-college students attending summer camp at the Boys and Girls Club of the Big Bend. The grant from the National Science Foundation is titled “GP-IN: Bridging the Gap into Geosciences for Underrepresented Pre-college Populations through Experiential Learning Opportunities” and aims to break down barriers to entry into the geosciences for underrepresented populations of students.

Kai Zhao, Ph.D. (Department of Computer Science) was awarded a National Science Foundation grant of $540,000 for research on scientific lossy compression.


Bruce Thyer, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) co-authored the article “Self-Conducted and Skype-Mediated Exposure Therapy for a Severe Balloon Phobia: A Single-Case Design” published in the journal Best Practice in Mental Health.

Anand “Sunny” Narayanan, Ph.D. (FAMU-FSU College of Engineering) co-authored “A Comprehensive SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 Review, Part 2: Host Extracellular to Systemic Effects of SARS-CoV-2 Infection” accepted by the European Journal of Human Genetics.

Stacy Sirmans, Ph.D. (FSU College of Business) co-authored “The Effect of Market Asset Returns, Economic Conditions, and Firm Fundamentals on Net Lease Capitalization Rates” accepted by the Journal of Real Estate Research.

Thayumanasamy Somasundaram, Ph.D. (Institute of Molecular Biophysics) presented “Facility and Instrument Persistent Identifiers: Constraints and Ideas in Assigning PIDs” at the FAIR Facilities and Instruments Workshop at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He also presented “Role of Shared Resource Facilities in the Era of Open Science” at the 2023 Open Scholars Symposium at FSU.

Lisa Schelbe, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) co-presented “Publishing a Scholarly Book: What You Should Know to Be Successful” at the Research 2 Action Summit of the Child Well-Being Research Network at the University of Kentucky College of Social Work.

Dalisha Herring, Ph.D. (College of Business) presented “Estate Planning Basics: Tips for Planning for the What Ifs and the Most Definitely” for the Senior Adult Ministry of First Baptist Church in Tallahassee. Herring also presented “Risk Management and Insurance” in the Food and Finance Series for FSU faculty and staff by the Stavros Center for the Advancement of Free Enterprise and Economic Education.

Amanda Tazaz, Ph.D. and Robert Schoen, Ph.D. (Learning Systems Institute) co-authored “An Implementation Analysis of a Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) Teacher Professional Development Program” published in the journal Frontiers in Education.

Elizabeth Ray, Ph.D. (School of Communication), James J. Clark, Ph.D. (Office of the Provost) and FSU alum Josh Hendrickse, Ph.D. had their study “Well-Being on Campus: Testing the Impact of a Web-Based Intervention for Resilience on First-Year Students” published in the Southern Communication Journal.

Shannon Hall-Mills, Ph.D. (School of Communication Science and Disorders) published the article “School-Based SLPs’ Engagement with Evidence-Based Practice: An Update with Implications for Implementation Science” in Language Speech and Hearing Services in Schools, a part of a Special Forum focused on implementation science.

Kelly Farquharson, Ph.D. and doctoral students Anne Reed and Mary Allison Moody (School of Communication Science and Disorders) authored “Subtract Before You Add: Toward the Development of a De-Implementation Approach in School-Based Speech Sound Therapy” published in Language Speech and Hearing Services in Schools by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Aline Kalbian, Ph.D. (Department of Religion) published the essay “Introduction to a Focus Issue on Religious Ethics and its Publics” in the Journal of Religious Ethics.

Anne Coldiron, Ph.D. (Department of English) published the chapter “Translingual and Multilingual Print” in the Oxford Handbook of the History of the Book.

Thomas Ledermann, Ph.D. (College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences) co-authored “Elementary Probabilistic Operations: A Framework for Probabilistic Reasoning” published in the journal Thinking & Reasoning.

Qi Feng, Ph.D. (Department of Mathematics) published the article “Cubature Method for Stochastic Volterra Integral Equations” in the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Journal on Financial Mathematics.

Eunhui Yoon, Ph.D. (College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences) co-authored the book chapter “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and School Life in South Korea” published in SOGI Minority and School Life in Asian Contexts. Yoon also co-authored a study exploring peer-group support program experiences among adolescents and young adults who are in-patients of palliative care facilities published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine.

Motoko Akiba, Ph.D. (College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences) published “Do Teachers Feel Valued in Society? Occupational Value of the Teaching Profession in OECD Countries” in the journal AERA Open.

Michael Ormsbee, Ph.D. (College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences) co-authored “International Society of Sports Nutrition Position Stand: Effects of Essential Amino Acid Supplementation on Exercise and Performance” published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

Annie M. Wofford, Ph.D. (College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences) released a publicly available resource “Equity-Minded Mentoring Toolkit” in collaboration with the Equity in Graduate Education Consortium at the University of Southern California.

Ali Craig-Rodriguez, DNP, MBA, APRN, FNP-BC, DipACLM (College of Nursing) co-authored the chapters “Alzheimer’s Disease” and “Health Promotion, Financing, Billing, & Reimbursement” in the textbook “Health Promotion and Disease Prevention for Advanced Practice.”

Jie Chen, Ph.D., RN (College of Nursing) co-authored “Validation of the Simplified Chinese Palliative Care Nursing Self-Competence Scale” published by Western Journal of Nursing Research.

Rhiannon Paget, Ph.D. (John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art) authored the book “Divine Felines: The Cat In Japanese Art” published by Tuttle Publishing.


Jamie Santillo, MS and Zaida McGinley, MS (Learning Systems Institute) presented on utilizing CPALMS for civics at the Florida Council for the Social Studies conference.

Ebe Randeree, MIS (College of Communication and Information) presented “Regional Partnership Development” at the ITEN Wired Conference in Pensacola. He also presented “Marketing your Student Groups” to teachers at the Florida TSA Advisor Workshop in Orlando.

Flavia Ramos-Mattoussi, Ed.D. (Learning Systems Institute) virtually presented “Helping Adult Learners Tell Their Stories Using Photo-Literature: The FotoDialogo Method.”

Anand “Sunny” Narayanan, Ph.D. (College of Health and Human Sciences) presented “Spaceflight Environmental Factor Effects on Lymphatic Biology” at the American Vein & Lymphatic Society, UIP 2023 World Congress, Space Forum in Miami.

Kate Schell, M.A. (Learning Systems Institute) presented “Strategies and challenges for strengthening preservice education in the context of multilingual education” at the International Conference on Language and Education hosted by UNESCO Bangkok and the Asia-Pacific Multilingual Education Working Group in Bangkok. The presentation focused on the work she, Ana H Marty, Ph.D. and Marion Fesmire, Ed.D. (Learning Systems Institute) have done with ABC+ Advanced Basic Education project in the Philippines.

Eundeok Kim, Ph.D. (Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship) presented “Certified B Corporation as a Driver for Sustainable Development: An Analysis of Innovative Business Models in the US” at the 2023 Transatlantic Symposium on Sustainable Development: North American and European Perspectives on Sustainability in Higher Education at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.

Jim Dawkins, MA (Department of Interior Architecture and Design) presented “How Do Faculty Determine Authorship and Ownership of Design When Students Use Text-to-Image Programs” at the IDEC Pacific West Virtual Collaborative conference webinar. The presentation addressed observations and reflections by he and his students during his ExGraphica mini-mester course where students explored, examined and experimented with graphic techniques relative to design concept and the interpretation and expression of design intent.

Sydney Martin, M.Ed. (Student Athlete Academic Services) participated in the Women Leaders in Sports National Convention in New Orleans. While in attendance Martin represented Florida State University as a member ambassador for the Lunch with Leaders and Legends.

Mark Zeigler, M.S. (College of Business) gave a lecture for the College of Nursing Living Learning Community, was a guest on the WFSU program “Voices that Inspire,” led a professional development session for the Division of Student Affairs and was a guest speaker for SGA’s Freshman Leadership Institute.

Rabieh Razzouk, MBA, Carrie Meyers and Jim Reynolds (Learning Systems Institute) participated in a panel at the AMForward Florida conference focusing on powering the advanced manufacturing sector in the Florida Panhandle.

Jim Reynolds and Robert Hanna (Learning Systems Institute) conducted a CPALMS STEAM professional development with educators in Florida’s Santa Rosa County. Reynolds and Hanna also presented at the Florida Association of Science Teachers Conference in Tampa.

Ana H. Marty, Ph.D. (Learning Systems Institute) led a two-week training delivered by the Learning Systems Institute and the Rwandan NGO Inspire, Educate, and Empower in support of the student teachers enrolled in the Rwanda Primary Teaching Residency Pilot Program.

Gary VanLandingham, Ph.D., David Berlan, Ph.D., Ene Ikpebe, Ph.D. and Linda Schrader, Ph.D. (Askew School of Public Administration) presented a series of workshops on using evidence to strengthen program performance to local nonprofit agencies that received funding from the Leon County Children’s Services Council.

Christine Abdelhadi, MA, Camden Reynolds, Ed.D., LaShae Roberts, MSW and Margarida Phelan, MS (College of Social Sciences and Public Policy) presented “What’s the 4-1-1? How Advisors Remain Effective, Engaged, and Encouraged” at the National Academic Advising Association.

David Merrick, MS, Susan Sullivan, MS, Sierra Perna, MPA and Chantelle Tuffigo, MS (Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program) attended the National Emergency Management Association’s Annual Forum in Memphis Tenn.

Dean Falk, Ph.D. (Department of Anthropology) delivered the talk “From Foot to Mouth: Keeping Beat Contributed to Musical and Linguistic Abilities in Hominins” at the Protolang 8 conference hosted by Roma Tre University in Rome.

Maxine Lavon Montgomery, Ph.D. (Department of English) presented the keynote address “Archiving the Unseen: Gloria Naylor and Contemporary Black Women’s Literary History” for the Gloria Naylor and the Archives Conference at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn.

Rafe Blaufarb, Ph.D. (Department of History) presented the talk “Urban Space before the Invention of Modern Property: From Feudalism to Individualization, 1789-1834” at the conference Inhabiting the Revolution: Lodging, Property, and Citizenship, 18th-21st centuries hosted by the University of Tours in France.

Michael Ormsbee, Ph.D. (College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences) was selected as the 2023 Lecture Tour Speaker for the Texas chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine where he will travel to five Texas universities in five days to give lectures about research expertise and speak with faculty and students about their experiences and recommendations.

Diamond Brown, M.Ed. and Stacey Wicker Ed.S. (Student-Athlete Academic Services) delivered the presentation “Forgotten Diversity: Addressing Inclusion of Students with Educational Impacting Diagnoses” at the National Association of Academic and Student-Athlete Development Professionals 2023 DEI Summit.

Lexie McGarvey and Granvill Adkins (University Housing) helped organize the Florida Housing Officers conference. In their roles as the state of Florida representative/president (McGarvey) and state treasurer (Adkins), they hosted 100 attendees for a three-day conference in Orlando.

Taylor George and Rachel Blakesley (University Housing) presented an interactive session on supervision for participants at this year’s Florida Housing Officers Conference.

Rachel Blakesley and Karlin Chung (University Housing) won “Best of Florida” for their program “From Great Resignation to Great Reimagination: Addressing the Pro Staff Recruitment & Retention Needs in Housing,” which will have a highlighted presentation spot in the upcoming regional conference, Southeastern Association of Housing Officers.

Megan Buning, Ph.D. (College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences) presented “Teaching Short-Term Mindfulness Interventions to Coaches: A Coach Educator’s Online Design” and “Academic Program Efforts to Teach Coaches Psychological Skills” at the Association of Applied Sport Psychology.

Debra Osborn, Ph.D. (Department of Educational Psychology) and Barbara Parker-Bell, Psy.D. (College of Fine Arts) co-presented the webinar workshop “Utilizing Creative Strategies for Career Decision-Making” at the Asian Pacific Career Association.

Doug Tatum, M. Acc. (Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship) spoke with the Jim Moran Institute Small Business Executive Program Class XIV and shared his expertise in strategic thinking and scaling a business to the cohort of 19 business owners in Jacksonville.

Marsha Hartline, DNP, RN, CNML (College of Nursing) was invited by Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH) to be the guest speaker for the FSU Alpha Phi Red Dress Gala benefiting the Heart and Vascular Center at TMH.


Rhiannon Paget, Ph.D. (John and Mable Ringing Museum of Art) opened her exhibition “The Feline Muse: Cats in Japanese Art Opening” in the Chao Gallery at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.

Katie Kehoe, MFA (Department of Art) will be featured in “AS ABOVE, SO BELOW,” an exhibition that focuses on the environment through Nov. 18 at FOMA in Santa Fe, N.M., presented by ecoartspace.


Anand “Sunny” Narayanan, Ph.D. (College of Health and Human Sciences) moderated a panel on “Postdoc to Industry Transition as a Temporary Visa Holder” with the National Postdoctoral Association during NPA Week.

Christy Mantzanas (The Career Center) served as an expert panelist on IT recruiting trends at the TalTech Alliance Annual Conference.

Jenny Root, Ph.D. (College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences) was elected to the board of directors of the Higher Education Consortium in Special Education, was a panelist at the Council for Exceptional Children Professional Development Fair, co-facilitated a three-day summer academy for the Maryland State Department of Education, and was invited by the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to provide professional development for special education teachers.

Shi-Ling Hsu, Ph.D. (College of Law) served as a commentator for Loyola Law School’s Tax Policy Colloquium, discussing “Economic Implications of the Climate Provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act.”

Ben Wicker (University Housing) served on the faculty for STARS College, a three-day virtual institute hosted by the Association of College and Housing Officers — International, which aims to provide undergraduate students from across the world the opportunity to learn more about what a career in university housing and residence life entails. Wicker presented sessions on “Contextualizing Higher Education & Housing” and “Identity & Leadership Development.”

Jessica Bahorski, Ph.D., APRN, PPCNP-BC, WHNP-BC (College of Nursing) participated in the U.S. Society of the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease annual meeting.


Thayumanasamy Somasundaram, Ph.D. (Institute of Molecular Biophysics) was selected as the President-elect of the Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities, an international organization that promotes the science education and career advancement of scientists and administrators who work in the shared research facilities worldwide.

Elizabeth Goldsmith, Ph.D., professor emerita (College of Education, Health and Human Sciences) was honored to be the guest of First Lady Jill Biden at the White House.

Jeffery Milligan, Ph.D. (Learning Systems Institute) leads the Community College Administrator Program, a program that since 2014 has been conducted in partnership between the LSI, U.S. Department of State and Santa Fe College. This semester, the CCAP has participants from Mexico who visited various community colleges in Florida and engaged with state government officials in Tallahassee.

In an analysis by the International Center for the Study of Research, Woody Kim, Ph.D. (Dedman College of Hospitality) has been recognized for his lifetime research efforts and named part of the top 2% of sport, leisure and tourism scholars.

Kathleen Powers Conti, Ph.D. (Department of History) co-hosted the workshop “Application, Resume and Cover Letter Best Practices” held by Museum Hue — the leading organization dedicated to advancing Black, Indigenous and other people of color in the cultural field.

Michael J. Kofler, Ph.D. (Department of Psychology) has been offered the editor-in-chief position at the Journal of Attention Disorders, the premiere journal for research on ADHD and related conditions.

Christopher N. Okonkwo, Ph.D. (Department of English) chaired the International Advisory Committee of the Chinua Achebe Symposium, organized by the Africa World Initiative, the Program in African Studies and the Chinua and Christie Achebe Foundation at Princeton University.

Jamie Santillo and Sherri Winsett (Learning Systems Institute) represented the Learning Systems Institute at the Florida Charter School Conference in Orlando.

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