Media Resource Guide

Rockhurst University has an excellent resource for reporters on deadline — our faculty. Faculty members listed in this online guide have agreed to share their expertise with members of the media.

To reach any of the experts listed in this guide, or to inquire about a subject that’s not represented, call the Rockhurst director of public relations at 816-501-4151, or the Office of Public Relations and Marketing at 816-501-4895.

Katherine Frohoff, APR
Director of Public Relations
816-501-4151
816-501-4895
katherine.frohoff@rockhurst.edu

ACCOUNTING

Business/Social Issues
Tax
Cheryl McConnell, M.P.A., C.P.A.
Professor, Accounting
Dean - Helzberg School of Management

Acquisitions
Financial Reporting
Managerial Reporting
Stock Market (Market Analysis and Mergers)
Tax Reporting
Tony Tocco, Ph.D.
Professor, Accounting

ADVERTISING

Pete Bicak, Ph.D.
Professor, Communication and Fine Art

ASSESSMENT

Steven Brown, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Faculty-in-Residence for Assessment

BIOETHICS

Health Care and Medical Ethics
John Morris, Ph.D.
Professor, Philosophy

BIOLOGY

Blister Beetles
Global Positioning Systems
Insects
Invertebrates
K-12 Science Education
Parasites
Spiders
Mary Haskins, Ph.D.
Professor, Biology

Biotic Effects of Large-scale Climate Change
Evolution
Fossil Mammals
Vertebrate Paleontology
T.J. Meehan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Exercise and Sport Science 

BUSINESS (see also Economics, Communication, Finance, Management)

Business Analytics
Myles P. Gartland, Ph.D.
Professor, Management

Business Intelligence
Myles P. Gartland, Ph.D.
Professor, Management

Business Leadership
James
Dockins, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor of Health Care Management

Business and Technology Alignment
Leadership
Strategic Planning
Richard Graham, MBA
Associate Professor, Management

Business Writing
Joseph Cirincione, Ph.D.
Professor, English

BRAIN

Cognitive Neuroscience
William Sturgill, Ph.D.
Professor, Psychology

CAMPUS MINISTRY

Maureen Henderson
Director, Campus Ministry

CAREERS AND INTERNSHIPS

Mike Theobald
Director, Career Services

CATHOLICISM

Daniel F. Stramara Jr., Ph.D.
Professor, Theology & Religious Studies

Catholic Education Social Teaching
Curtis Hancock, Ph.D.
Professor, Philosophy

Catholic History and Tradition
Catholic Thought and Culture
Richard
Janet, Ph.D.
Director of Thomas More Center for the Study of Catholic Thought and Culture

St. Thomas More
Charles Kovich, Ph.D.
Professor, English
Director, Plays in Progress Workshop

American Catholic History
Catholic Economic Thought
Craig Prentiss, Ph.D.
Professor, Theology and Religious Studies

CHRISTIANITY

Curtis Hancock, Ph.D.
Professor, Philosophy

Early Christianity
Eastern Christianity

Daniel F. Stramara Jr., Ph.D
Professor Theology and Religious Studies

COMMUNICATION

General Persuasion
Pete Bicak, Ph.D.
Professor, Communication and Fine Art

Corporate Communication
Joseph Cirincione, Ph.D.
Professor, English

Body Language
Gender Communication
Group Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Listening Cognitions and Behavior
Laura Janusik, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Communication and Fine Arts

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Criminal Justice Policy
Criminal Offending
Law
Prisons and Corrections
Ken Balusek, Ph.D., J.D.
Assistant Professor and Director, Criminal Justice & Paralegal Studies

CYBERBULLYING

Mandi Sonnenberg, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor of Education

DATA SCIENCE

Data Mining
Myles P. Gartland, Ph.D.
Professor, Management

ECONOMICS

International Economics
James Dockins, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor of Health Care Management

Economic Development
Bob Jacobi, M.B.A.
Executive Director, Labor Management Council of Greater Kansas City

Domestic
International
International Trade
Michael Stellern, Ph.D.
Professor, Economics

African Crises
Asian Crises
Change
Deflation
European Crises
Inflation
Mergers
Stock Market
Michael Tansey, Ph.D.
Professor, Economics

Employment Trends 
Contemporary Economic Issues
Kourtney Woodbury
Director, Prosperity Center for Financial Opportunity 

EDUCATION

Accounting
Cooperative Learning
Curriculum Development
Distance Education
Experiential Learning
Internet
Teaching/Learning Research
Cheryl McConnell, M.P.A., C.P.A.
Dean - Helzberg School of Management
Professor, Accounting 

Business Education
Myles P. Gartland, Ph.D.
Professor, Management

Learning Styles
Teaching Styles
Michael Clump, Ph.D.
Interim Dean, School of Graduate and Professional Studies 

Elementary, Middle and Secondary Education
Mary Pat Shelledy, Ed.S.
Department Chair of Education
Instructor of Education 

Online Learning and Course Development
History
Ethics
Margaret Enright Wye, Ph.D.
Professor, English

ETHICS

Curtis Hancock, Ph.D.
Professor, Philosophy

Brendan Sweetman, Ph.D.
Professor, Philosophy

John Morris, Ph.D.
Professor, Philosophy

ETHNICITY

Being Hispanic in the United States
Rocio de la Rosa Duncan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Foreign Languages and Literature

EUTHANASIA

John Morris, Ph.D.
Professor, Philosophy

Brendan Sweetman, Ph.D.
Professor, Philosophy

EXERCISE AND WELLNESS

Sport-specific Exercise Training
Current Exercise Trends
Exercise During Pregnancy and Postpartum
Exercise for Improving General Health
Exercise and Disease Prevention
Nicole Moodie, Ph.D., CSCS
Assistant Professor, Exercise and Sport Science

Prevention of Chronic Disease
Prevention of Heart Disease
Exercise, Physical Activity and Health
Exercise and Weight Loss
Jeffrey Roitman, Ed.D.
Associate Professor, Exercise and Sport Science

FINANCE

Personal Finance
Kourtney Woodbury
Director, Prosperity Center for Financial Opportunity 

Investments
Brian Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.
Professor, Finance

Derivatives Markets
International Finance
Portfolio Management
Risk Management
Sudhakar Raju, Ph.D.
Professor, Finance

FRENCH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

Francophone Culture and Literature
Regional French Teaching and Activities
Kathleen Madigan, Ph.D.
Professor, Modern Languages and Literature  

GRAMMAR

Margaret Enright Wye, Ph.D.
Professor, English

HEALTH CARE

Health Economics
Health Policy
James
Dockins, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor of Health Care Management

HISTORY

History of the Middle East
Faith Childress, Ph.D.
Professor, History

History of Modern Britian
Modern European History
Richard
Janet, Ph.D.
Professor, History

INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY

Online Learning and Course Development
History
Ethics
Margaret Enright Wye, Ph.D.
Professor, English

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AND RELATIONS

Globalization
Business Intelligence and Analytics
International Business and Strategy
MBA and Graduate Education
European Union
Business Strategy
Myles Gartland, Ph.D.
Professor, Management

JESUITS

Ignatian Spirituality
Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola
Joseph Cirincione, Ph.D.
Professor, English

Jesuit notion of an educated person
Charles Kovich, Ph.D.
Professor, English
Director, Plays in Progress Workshop

LABOR

Ethics for Business
Management Issues
Unions
Workplace Leadership
Bob Jacobi, M.B.A.
Executive Director,
Labor Management Council of Greater Kansas City

LANGUAGE

Importance of learning a second language
Rocio de la Rosa Duncan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Modern Languages and Literature

Kathleen Madigan, Ph.D.
Professor, Modern Languages and Literature 

Psychology of Language
William Sturgill, Ph.D.
Professor, Psychology

LEADERSHIP

James Dockins, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor of Health Care Management

Bob Jacobi, M.B.A.
Executive Director, Labor Management Council of Greater Kansas City

Ken Mellard, M.B.A.
Director, Leadership Studies

Randolph Schwering, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Management


LIBERAL ARTS

Liberal Arts and Education
Joseph Cirincione, Ph.D.
Professor, English

History and role of liberal arts education
Patricia Cleary Miller, Ph.D.
Professor, English
Editor, Rockhurst Review

LIBRARIES IN HIGHER EDUCATION

Archives
Open Access
Scholarly Communication
Social Media
Technology
Laurie Hathman, M.L.S.
Director, Greenlease Library

LITERACY

Literacy in America
Charles Kovich, Ph.D.
Professor, English
Director, Plays in Progress Workshop

LITERATURE

Fiction
Poetry
Patricia Cleary Miller, Ph.D.
Professor, English
Editor, Rockhurst Review

Jane Austen
Margaret Enright Wye, Ph.D.
Professor, English

MANAGEMENT

Leadership
James
Dockins, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor of Health Care Management

Information Technology
Leadership
Organizational Development
Strategic Management
Randolph Schwering, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Management

MARKETING

Marketing Strategy
Business Communication
Writing
Presentation Skills 
Anna (Acey) Lampe, Ph.D.
Executive Professor of Management 

MEMORY

Normal Memory Processes
William Sturgill, Ph.D.
Professor, Psychology

MEXICO

Contemporary Mexican Novel
Mexican Culture
Rocio de la Rosa Duncan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Foreign Languages and Literature

Politics in Mexico
Charles Moran, Ph.D.
Professor, Political Science

MIDDLE EAST

History of the Middle East
Faith Childress, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, History

Business
James Dockins, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor of Health Care Management

MUSIC

History
Performance
Timothy McDonald, Ph.D.
Professor, Music

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

People With Upper-Extremity Amputations
Prosthetic Use Training
Kris Vacek, Ph.D., OTD, OTR
Professor, Occupational Therapy

PHILOSOPHY

John Morris, Ph.D.
Professor, Philosophy

History of Ideas
Political Philosophy
Curtis Hancock, Ph.D.
Professor, Philosophy

PHYSICAL THERAPY

Orthopedic Topics
Jim Dronberger, PT, DPT, OCS, MBA
Professor, Physical Therapy

Pediatric Physical Therapy
Prevention Practice
Using Motor Imagery
Catherine Thompson, PT, PhD, MS
Associate Professor, Physical Therapy Education

POLITICAL DEBATES

Pete Bicak, Ph.D.
Professor, Communication and Fine Art

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Professional Development for Teachers
Mandi Sonnenberg, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor of Education

PROTESTANTISM

Bill Stancil, Ph.D.
Professor, Theology and Religious Studies

PSYCHOLOGY

Students and Stress
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.
Director, Counseling Center

Forensic Psychology
Relationships
Sexuality
Kate Nicolai, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Psychology

Developmental Issues
Paul Scott, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Psychology

Cognitive Neuroscience
Language
Memory
Perception
William Sturgill, Ph.D.
Professor, Psychology

RELATIONSHIPS

Relationships
Sexuality
Kate Nicolai, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Psychology

RELIGION (see also Catholicism, Protestantism, Theology)

History and American Life
Interaction between religious ideology and ethnic groups
New Movements
Religion in America
Religion in Politics
Craig Prentiss, Ph.D.
Professor, Theology and Religious Studies

Apocalyptic Movements
Bible
Fundamentalism
Millennial Movements
Scripture
Bill Stancil, Ph.D.
Professor, Theology and Religious Studies

Religion and Politics
Religion and Science
Evolution vs. Creationism
Intelligent Design Movement
Theism vs. Naturalism
Brendan Sweetman, Ph.D.
Professor, Philosophy

SERVICE-IMMERSION TRIPS

Bill Kriege
Assistant Director of Campus Ministry, Social Justice, CLC, Service Trips

SMOKING CESSATION

Risa Stein, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Psychology

STUDENTS

Faith issues of college-age students
Maureen Henderson
Director, Campus Ministry

Student Life
Matthew Quick, Ph.D.
Dean of Students & VP for Student Development/Athletics

Students and Stress
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.
Director, Counseling Center

Retention and Attrition
Transition Issues: homesickness, time management
Sandy Waddell, M.S.Ed.
Assistant Dean of Students

TECHNOLOGY

iPad Integration in the Classroom
Technology in Teaching
Web Resources for Teachers 
Mandi Sonnenberg, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor of Education

Online Learning and Course Development
History
Ethics
Margaret Enright Wye, Ph.D.
Professor, English

THEATER

Susan Proctor, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Communications and Fine Arts

THEOLOGY

Bible
Bill Stancil, Ph.D.
Professor, Theology and Religious Studies

WORK FORCE

Development
Leadership
Politics
Workplace Issues
Bob Jacobi, M.B.A.
Executive Director, Labor Management Council of Greater Kansas City

WRITTEN WORD

Influence of print on education
Charles Kovich, Ph.D.
Professor, English
Director, Plays in Progress Workshop

Writing
Patricia Cleary Miller, Ph.D.
Professor, English
Editor, Rockhurst Review

Margaret Enright Wye, Ph.D.
Professor, English