Winter 2018 Faculty Kudos

Rockhurst University congratulates the following faculty members on their accomplishments. Thank you for leading others and representing the University through your many endeavors.

Updated twice per year, these faculty kudos are submitted by any faculty or staff member looking to share their own professional updates or to showcase a colleague's achievements. Submit your news to Katherine Frohoff, director of public relations, at katherine.frohoff@rockhurst.edu.

Winter 2018

Petia Bobadova, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the chemistry department, co-authored a paper titled “Synthesis and Electropolymerization of a series of 2,2'-(ortho-Carboranyl)bisthiophenes,” which was published in the Journal of Organometallic Chemistry.

Lynne Clarke, OTD, M.S., OTR/L, associate professor of occupational therapy, and Katie Ryan-Bloomer, Ph.D., OTR/L, assistant professor of occupational therapy, authored an article titled “Promoting Healthy Behavior in Stroke Survivors,” which was published in OT Practice.

Ketti Coffelt, OTD, MS, OTR/L, assistant professor of occupational therapy, and Joan Delahunt, OTD, MS, OTR/L, assistant professor of occupational therapy, presented “OT Practice: Ideas for Collaboration” to the Blue Valley and Shawnee Mission school districts’ occupational therapists on their professional development days. 

SJ Crasnow, Ph.D., assistant professor of theology and religious studies, authored an article titled “On Transition: Normative Judaism and Trans Innovation,” which has been published in the Journal of Contemporary Religion.

Ann Marie Decker, PT, MSA, GCS, clinical assistant professor of physical therapy; April Jardes, MS, CCC-SLP, visiting clinical instructor of communication sciences and disorders; and Liz Zayat, MS, OTR/L, clinical assistant professor of occupational therapy, presented an in-service to the rehab staff at St. Luke’s Northland, Smithville location, titled “Essentials of Clinical Supervision.” More than 20 rehab staff attended the in-service directed toward preparing clinicians to serve as clinical supervisors for allied health (CSD, OT, PT) students. 

James Dockins, Ed.D., assistant professor of management, Kelly Phipps, Ph.D., associate professor of management, and Michael Stellern, Ph.D., professor of economics, authored a case study titled “The Turnaround at Truman Medical Center,” which was published in The Business Case Journal. Dockins also co-presented “Hospital Acquired Conditions and Hospital Performance” and “Operating Physician Practices in a Value-based Purchasing Environment” at the MBAA International conference. 

Brian Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., professor of finance, wrote an article titled “Back to the Future: The Landscape of the Financial Services Industry,” which was published in the Journal of Advances in Economics and Finance.

Laura Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., professor of economics, presented at the Regional Community College Assessment annual conference on “Assessment Across the Liberal Arts.”

Laura Forsberg, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, wrote an article titled “Enchanted Miniature Books,” which was published on Verso, the Huntington Library blog. Forsberg recently completed a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship at Huntington Library.

Catherine Green, Ph.D., professor emerita of philosophy, presented a paper titled “A philosophical model of the nature of nursing” at the 21st annual International Philosophy of Nursing conference.

Meredith Harold, Ph.D. CCC-SLP, assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders, presented a poster titled "Learning through Play in Speech-Language Therapy" at the Kansas Speech-Language Hearing Association’s annual conference. Harold also presented a poster titled "Demystifying research: accessing and understanding evidence for clinical practice" at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association’s annual conference. Additionally, Harold was elected Vice President of Speech-Language Pathology for KSHA, and recently completed Research Watch Report CEU courses (six courses) offered through SpeechPathology.com.

Pam Hart, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, associate professor of communication sciences and disorders, authored an article titled "Effective teaming in AAC: A qualitative study," which was accepted for publication in the Online Journal of the Missouri Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Rick Janet, Ph.D., professor of history, is the author of “In Missouri’s Wilds: St. Mary’s of the Barrens and the American Catholic Church, 1818 to the Present,” which was published by Truman State University Press.

Laura Janusik, Ph.D., MBA, CLP, professor and McGee Chair of Communication, presented “Cross-Generational Communication: Working Together in Harmony” at the Direct Care Nurses: Bedside and Beyond conference sponsored by the Missouri Nurses Association. 

Charles Kovich, Ph.D., professor of English, was a guest on a special pre-eclipse live edition of KCUR-FM’s Central Standard program last night. He spoke on mythologies of the sun and eclipses.

Anna Carol Lampe, Ph.D., executive assistant professor of management, authored an article titled “Emotional Intelligence: The Pillars for Professional Readiness” and co-authored an article titled “A Construct Validity Assessment of Two Emotional Intelligence Measures for College of Business Administration Programs,” which were published in the International Journal of Business and Social Science.

Heather Lewis, assistant professor at Research College of Nursing, wrote a manuscript titled “Haiku to Enhance Student Learning: Experiences from a Pathophysiology Classroom,” which was accepted for publication in Nurse Education Today.

M. Kathleen Madigan, Ph.D., professor of modern languages, authored an article with Amadou T. Fofana, Ph.D., titled “Harragas and La pirogue: the crucible of clandestine crossings,” a comparison of two migration films, which was published in the Journal of North African Studies. Fofana also specializes in literature and film, and teaches at Willamette University.

Sue Mahley, assistant professor at Research College of Nursing, authored a white paper focused on the use of PassPoint for NCLEX success, which was accepted for publication on the Wolters Kluwer (Lippincott) White Papers website. Mahley, Glenna Mahoney, associate professor at Research College of Nursing, and Julia Payne, instructor at Research College of Nursing, presented a poster at AACN's 2017 Baccalaureate Education conference. The abstract is titled "The NCLEX Blueprint: Increasing Familiarity as a Strategy for NCLEX Success."

Glenna Mahoney, associate professor at Research College of Nursing, and Susan Chrisman, professor at Research College of Nursing, presented a poster at the 21st Annual Midwest Regional Nursing Educators conference: Innovations, Quality and Safety in Nursing Education and Practice. The abstract is titled “Developing Evidence-Based Competency Assessment.”

Daniel J. Martin, Ph.D., associate professor of English and chair of the English department, presented his environmental essay “Finding Evaristo in Central City” at the 12th biennial conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment.

Cheryl McConnell, Ph.D., dean of the Helzberg School of Management, presented “Gender in the Workplace: Exploring Current Research” to approximately 90 associates and executives at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

Kelly Meiners, PT, Ph.D., assistant professor of physical therapy, and Christina Wisdom, PT, DPT, assistant professor of physical therapy, authored an article which was published in the Journal of Allied Health. This research article investigates perceptions of DPT students who provide strength and conditioning services to Rockhurst athletes. Meiners also wrote an article titled “Clinical Performance and Admission Variables as Predictors of Passage of the National Physical Therapy Examination,” which was published in the Journal of Allied Health.

Lindsay Moore, Ph.D., adjunct instructor in the department of history, presented a paper titled “Women as Witnesses: The Legal Power of Women’s Words in the Anglo-American World,” as part of the First Friday lecture series sponsored by the department of history at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

John F. Morris, Ph.D., professor of philosophy, authored “The Ethical Problem of Altered Nuclear Transfer and Human-Animal Chimeras: We Can Find A Better Way,” which was published in Contemporary Controversies in Catholic Bioethics, within the Philosophy and Medicine series. Morris is a member of the Governing Board of St. Joseph Medical Center, Kansas City, Missouri, and the chair of the Ethics & Human Values Committee for St. Joseph Medical Center, Kansas City, Missouri, and St. Mary’s Medical Center, Blue Springs, Missouri.

Jeremy O’Connor, Ph.D., associate professor of management, authored an article titled “Auctioning Miro to Balance the Budget: A Case Study in Balancing Portugal’s Budget and Retaining Cultural Values,” which was published in the Journal of Applied Business Economics.

Anne Pearce, MFA, associate professor of art and director of the Greenlease Gallery, has works featured in a two-person show at the New Gallery of Modern Art in Charlotte, North Carolina, and a solo exhibition, “Leaving Alone,” at the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art in Sedalia, Missouri. Pearce served as a juror for the Missouri 50 and Missouri Junior 50 competition sponsored by the Missouri State Fair.

Mark Pecaut, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics, presented a poster titled “The Lithium Depletion Age of the TW Hya Association” at the Ages^2: Taking Stellar Ages to the Next Power conference. This work is a collaboration between Pecaut and Katie Boyce, ’17.

Xuan Pham, Ph.D., assistant professor of management and analytics, and Jennifer Rinella, Ed.D., CNP, assistant professor of nonprofit leadership studies, authored an article titled “Examining the career trajectories of nonprofit executive leaders,” which was accepted for publication in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. Pham and Rinella also presented at the West Coast Nonprofit Data conference on “Using LinkedIn as a Data Source for Nonprofit Careers Research.” Additionally, Pham and Rinella presented “The Nonprofit CEO Position: Passion, Job Progression, or Happenstance” at the 46th annual international conference of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action.

Jennifer Rinella, Ed.D., CNP, assistant professor of nonprofit leadership studies, and Katie Fischer Clune, Ph.D., associate professor of communication, presented a paper titled “Leading Well: Experiences of Exemplary Female Nonprofit Executive Leaders” at the 82nd annual International Association for Business Communication conference.

Mandi Sonnenberg, Ed.D., associate professor of education, is co-author, along with David Reid, recently published book titled “Unleashing Creative Genius: STEAM Studio's Impact on Learning.” In addition, Sonnenberg presented with two students at the International Society for Technology in Education conference. The presentation was titled “STEAM Programs in and out of the Classroom,” with Emma Malott, ’18, and Mary Brauner, ’18, both students in the Department of Education. Sonnenberg was also quoted in a Startland article about the STEAM Studio, interviewed for the Grill Nation show, which aired Aug. 19, 2017, on 980 AM, and she hosted a networking event for the alumni office at the STEAM studio. Sonnenberg was nominated for a Central Exchange STEMMY award. The award celebrates women who are making a difference in science, technology, engineering, math and medicine in the Kansas City region.

Daniel Stramara Jr., Ph.D., professor of theology and religious studies, authored “The ‘Wuba of the Father (Jn 1:18) as the Womb of God in the Syriac Tradition,” which was published in Magistra: A Journal of Women’s Spirituality in History.

Brendan Sweetman, Ph.D., professor and department chair of philosophy, was an invited speaker at the National Academy of Sciences to discuss the work of Gabriel Marcel. He also wrote a reference article on Marcel which was published in the Encyclopedia Britannica. Additionally, Sweetman was quoted in an article about the religious implications of artificial intelligence in Religion and Politics. Sweetman was recently elected a fellow of the International Society for Science and Religion based in Cambridge, U.K. Prospective fellows are nominated every two years by existing members and voted on by the executive committee. Criteria for selection are based on four categories of achievement, which include major contributions (e.g., books) to the field of science/religion.

Tony Tocco, Ph.D., professor of accounting and men’s soccer head coach, was honored as a Sporting KC Local Legend for his work toward the growth of soccer in Kansas City. At halftime during the Sept. 24 Sporting KC game with the Los Angeles Galaxy, he was presented a plaque and jersey, and his name was placed on the Sporting KC local legends wall at Children’s Mercy Park.

Martin Stack, Ph.D., professor of management, presented “From Bland to Grand: The (re)emergence of craft in the U.S” at Beeronomics 2017. Additionally, Stack and Xuan Pham, Ph.D., assistant professor of management and analytics, authored “How Data Analytics is Transforming Agriculture,” which was published in Business Horizons.

Wenbin Sun, Ph.D., associate professor of marketing, co-authored an article titled “Geographic Diversification, Product Diversification, and Firm Cash Flow Volatility: The Moderating Effect of Firm Dynamic Capability,” which was published in the Journal of Strategic Marketing. Additionally, Sun’s article “Product Market Diversification and Market Emphasis: Impacts on Firm Idiosyncratic Risk in Market Turbulence” was published in the European Journal of Marketing.

Richard Wagner, Ph.D., MBA, assistant professor of economics, presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Institutional Thought, in conjunction with the Western Social Science Association, on “John Dewey’s Democracy: A Contextualization.”

Turner White, MBA, executive assistant professor of management, has been named the 2016-17 Chapter Advisor of the Year for the Midwest region by Delta Sigma Pi, a business fraternity. There are 41 universities with active chapters in the seven-state Midwest region and honorees are nominated by the student members.

Andrew Windle, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor of mathematics, recently gave a talk at an American Mathematical Society sectional meeting titled “Cohomological Operators on Quotients by an Exact Zero Divisor.”