2018 Professional Achievement: Honors and Recognition, External

  • CAAST  Professors Selected as Pilot Team for Project Forecast


    Pearl Berman (Psychology) and Dana Hysock Witham (Sociology) were selected as pilot participants for Project FORECAST (Foundations for Outreach through Experiential Child Advocacy Studies Training). The mission of Project FORECAST is to develop training partnerships with universities with Child Advocacy Studies (CAST) programs and their community-based workforce partners that will increase the competence of professionals entering child-serving sectors and retain those professionals in their positions.

    Project FORECAST is a five-year grant funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration through its National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative. Using innovative problem-based learning simulations (PBL-S), Project FORECAST focuses on developing a set of trauma-informed experiential reasoning skills (TIERS) appropriate for use by undergraduate students from a variety of disciplines and professionals entering child-serving sectors.

    Berman and Hysock Witham invited community partners Terri Wells (Indiana County Children and Youth) and Whitney Carmichael (Alice Paul House) to serve on the Project FORECAST team from IUP.

    Berman and Hysock Witham will implement PBL-S in their undergraduate Child and Adult Advocacy Studies courses, and Wells and Carmichael will implement PBL-S into the trainings they conduct with consumers, volunteers, and community professionals.

    The CAAST minor and certification program at IUP are the first of their kind in the U.S. to address violence across the lifespan. For more information about CAAST, please contact Prof. Berman (psberman@iup.edu) or Prof. Hysock Witham (dana.hysock@iup.edu).

    Smith-Sherwood Selected for Capstone Experiences Research Seminar


    Dawn Smith-Sherwood, Foreign Languages/Spanish, has been selected to participate in the Elon University Center for Engaged Learning (CEL) 2018–20 Research Seminar on Capstone Experiences. This two-academic-year/three-summer-meeting seminar aims to foster multi-institutional collaborative research on capstone experiences as a high-impact practice in higher education.

    Smith-Sherwood will join a cohort of 24 faculty researchers and three seminar leaders from a wide variety of institutions in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia. The first summer meeting of the CEL Research Seminar on Capstone Experiences will be June 24–29, 2018.

    To learn more about this and other ongoing Elon University CEL Research Seminars, visit the Elon University Center for Engaged Learning.

    Vetter Awarded Grant from Wikimedia Foundation


    Matt Vetter (English) has been awarded a grant from the Wikimedia Foundation to support an upcoming Wikipedia Edit-a-thon event. The 2018 Interdisciplinary Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon, to be held March 7 at IUP, encourages participants to think critically about the encyclopedia’s systemic gender biases and to engage in direct editing to improve Wikipedia content on and of interest to women and LGBTQ+ identities across different disciplinary lenses.

    The grant award supports facilitation of the event as well as research on participant experience and learning outcomes. Find out more about the Edit-a-thon at the library guide landing page, and pre-register to participate.

    Hull Named Recipient of the 2018 Scholars for the Dream Award


    Brittany Hull, English instructor and PhD candidate in Composition and TESOL, has been selected as a recipient of the 2018 Scholars for the Dream Award by the Conference on College Composition and Communication.

    This awards supports Hull’s travel and scholarly presentation at this year’s CCCC convention in Kansas City, Missouri. Hull’s presentation, “#BlackWomenAtWork: Criticized, Corrected, and All Around Disrespected,” examines how Black women composition scholars establishing themselves in the field often face criticism regarding their use of African American Language speaking and writing.

    Hull will be introduced and receive this award at the convention’s Opening General Session on the morning of Thursday, March 15.

    Sell to Attend Summer Institute on Digital Technologies in Theatre and Performance Studies


    Mike Sell, English professor, will be attending the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute on Digital Technologies in Theatre and Performance Studies, to be held at the University of Georgia, June 17-29.

    Invitations to the institute were granted on a competitive basis, with professor Sell being among 21 accepted out of a pool of 75 nationally and internationally recognized scholars and practitioners.

    The institute is aimed at college and university faculty eager to integrate digital technologies into their curricula, and who would like to gain a deeper understanding of the technologies and techniques to make this possible. Through presentations and hands-on workshops with some of the country’s leading experts on digital performance and scholarship, the institute’s participants gain valuable techniques and experience in how best to integrate digital methods and tools in teaching theatre studies and performance practice.

    The first week focuses on the impact of digital technologies on performance scholarship, and the second, on digital performance practices. Both weeks balance lectures, seminars, and hands-on workshops. The institute was jointly initiated by the leadership of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) and the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR).

    Paz and Mocek Win George Krull/Grant Thornton 2018 Teaching Innovation Award


    The AICPA Pre-Certification Education Executive Committee’s Teaching Innovation Task Force and the Effective Learning Strategies Task Force committee awarded Veronica Paz, Accounting and Lynnan Mocek, Provost's Office with the George Krull/Grant Thornton 2018 Teaching Innovation Award for their work “Show and Tell: Infographics to Keep and Sustain Engagement.”

    The Task Force evaluated a formidable cadre of submissions and related materials to select the winner.  The authors are invited to present their work at the Conference on Teaching and Learning in Accounting as part of the AAA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California, in August 2019. In addition, the authors will be recognized and bestowed an award plaque and monetary prize of $5,000 at the CTLA Conference Luncheon.

    Robert Camp, dean of the IUP Eberly College of Business and Information Technology, extends congratulations to Paz and Mocek. “We are very pleased that Dr. Paz and Dr. Mocek worked across academic units and collaborated on this innovative teaching project”, said Camp. “Selection and recognition by the AICPA is an immense honor and brings prestige, not only to the two authors, but also to the university and to our accounting program.”

    Farnsworth Receives 2018 Evergreen Conservancy Award


    The Evergreen Conservancy board selected Katie Farnsworth, Geoscience, to receive the 2018 Evergreen Award. She received the award at Evergreen’s annual meeting on June 29 at the Tanoma Wetlands Environmental Education Center.

    Farnsworth was selected for the award due to her work advancing a number of projects concerned with local stream quality, storm water runoff prevention, and environmental education throughout the county.

    Wong Doe Finalist in New Zealand Music Awards


    IUP piano professor Henry Wong Doe (Music) was nominated as a finalist in the 2018 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.

    Wong Doe has been named one of three finalists for the Best Classical Artist category in the New Zealand Music Awards for his latest album, Pictures (Rattle Records).

    Other categories include popular music genres such as Pop, Rock, Alternative, R&B, etc.

    The ceremony will be held in Auckland, New Zealand, and prizewinners announced on November 15.

    Glisan Appointed to National Grant-Funded Advisory Board


    Eileen Glisan, Department of Foreign Languages was appointed in August 2018 to the Advisory Board of the Center for Advanced Language Proficiency Education and Research.

    The national resource center was recently funded as a four-year project through the Title VI US Dept of Education Language Resource Center grant and is a collaborative project between the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Pittsburgh.

    Black Awarded Grant for Indiana County Head Start Project


    Lynanne Black, Department of Educational and School Psychology, was selected to receive a grant and contract award of $3,500 for her project, titled “Mental Health Consultation Services at Indiana County Head Start.”

    Black will provide consultative services for the children, parents, and staff of the Indiana County Head Start. She will provide information, education, and support for staff on how to identify and work more effectively with children with challenging behaviors and social-emotional issues; help families and staff better understand the importance of mental health issues of healthy child development and family functioning; coach parents to help them address and respond to their children more effectively; and help families access and use diagnostic and therapeutic mental health services available to them in their community.