2018 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Presentations

  • Wong Doe Gives Master Class in Thailand


    IUP piano faculty member Henry Wong Doe, Department of Music, gave a piano master class at Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand, on January 5, 2018.

    The masterclass was at the invitation of Onpavee Nitisingkarin, head of piano studies at Mahidol University. Mahidol University has one of Thailand’s top music programs, with programs of study from pre-college to doctoral levels, and around 900 music majors.

    Bouchat Presents Work About Flipped Classrooms at National Conference


    Rachelle Bouchat, Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences, presented work on her classroom design for flipped classrooms. In the spring 2017 semester, Bouchat converted her MATH 171 (Introduction to Linear Algebra) class from a traditional lecture format to a flipped classroom format.

    This work was presented in the talk titled "Linear Algebra: A Flipping Success," held as part of the special session "Flipped Classes: Implementation and Evaluation" at the Joint Meetings of the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematics Association of America in San Diego, California, on January 11, 2018. 

    Alharbi Presents Poetic Autoethnography at Stanford University


    Lama Alharbi (English instructor and PhD candidate at the Composition and TESOL program) was invited in January 2018 for a two-day visit that involved two workshop sessions on “The Critical Discourse Analysis and the Rhetoric of Social Justice: Towards Effective Rhetorical Analysis Practices.” Alharbi also co-presented “The ‘Exotic Other’: A Poetic Autoethnography of Two Muslim Teachers in Higher Education” with Samah Elbelazi (Stanford University).

    The presentation was followed by a poetic autoethnography writing workshop where they practiced and discussed using poetry as a healing method for engendered and traumatized students.

    The talks and workshops were sponsored by Stanford’s Program in Writing and Rhetoric and Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies.

    Department of English

    McCarthy Offers Two Conference Presentations


    John McCarthy, Department of Counseling, offered two presentations at the recent conference of the North Carolina Counseling Association in Durham, North Carolina.

    The first presentation was titled “Creative thinking and creative problem-solving: Essentials for future counselors.” The second presentation related to the professional development for counseling students and included information on the development of the IUP Center for Creativity and Change.

    The co-presenter was a Department of Counseling graduate, Erik Messinger.

    Counseling Faculty and Student Present on Group Work at National Conference


    Faculty members and a doctoral student from the Department of Counseling delivered several presentations at the Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW) national conference held in Savannah, Georgia.

    Faculty members Lorraine Guth and Laura Marshak along with doctoral student Emily Lasinsky presented “Group Counseling Wellness Strategies for People with Intellectual Disabilities.”

    Faculty members Brittany Pollard and Lorraine Guth delivered the presentation “You Want to Talk About What? Ten Tips for Addressing Sensitive Issues in Groups.”

    Lorraine Guth was also part of a panel presentation titled “Research in Group Work: A Renewed Focus on Exemplary Methods.”

    Special thanks goes to the Department of Counseling, University Senate Research Committee, and School of Graduate Studies and Research for providing partial support for this work.

    Lowery Featured Speaker at 2018 Association for Student Conduct Administration Conference


    John Wesley Lowery, professor and chair of the Student Affairs in Higher Education Department, was a featured speaker at the Association for Student Conduct Administration’s annual conference.

    SCA logoThe conference was attended by more than 900 student conduct professionals from across the United States and several foreign countries on February 21–24, 2018, in Jacksonville, Florida.

    Lowery’s featured presentation, which reviewed the legislative and regulatory developments of the previous year impacting student conduct administration in higher education, has become a tradition at the conference over the past two decades. Lowery has presented a legislative update at the conference since 1999. You can view the handout for the presentation.

    For more information on Lowery’s presentations, please e-mail him at john.lowery@iup.edu

    Driscoll, Jin, and Zamin Present at Conference on College Composition and Communication


    Dana Lynn Driscoll, Nadia Zamin, and Daewoo Jin of the English Department (Composition and TESOL doctoral program) recently presented at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Kansas City, Missouri.

    Zamin and Driscoll offered preconference workshop focusing on supporting graduate and faculty writers. Jin and Driscoll presented on a panel on writing transfer and long-term writing development. Finally, Driscoll also served as a respondent on a transfer of learning panel.

    Mueller Presents Educational Sessions at American College Personnel Association Conference


    John Mueller, professor in the Department of Student Affairs in Higher Education, presented two educational sessions at the annual American College Personnel Association conference in Houston, TX, March 11–24, 2018.

    Mueller was an invited panelist for a program titled, “Engaging Religious and Worldview Identity in Graduate Preparation Courses.”  He also moderated the ACPA Foundation Research Grant Colloquium which features funded research conducted by emerging scholars in the student affairs profession. Mueller has coordinated the ACPA Foundation Research Grant program for the past two years.

    ACPA is one of two leading professional associations for student affairs in higher education, meeting the professional development needs of student affairs practitioners, graduate preparation program faculty, and graduate students across the country and around the world.

    Conlin and Schaffrath Present on Instructional Collaboration and Research on Linking Courses and Building Learning Communities


    Erin Conlin (Department of History) and Stephan Schaffrath ( Department of Developmental Studies) presented on their experience with linking courses at IUP at the annual conference of the Pennsylvania Association of Developmental Educators in York, Pennsylvania, in April 2018. They shared their research data and experience on linking one section of HIST 196 (Explorations in US History) with one section of DVST 070 (Reading Skills for College Study) in fall semester of 2017.

    Even though their collected data of this pilot study resulted in no significant statistical difference between experimental and control groups on several measures (GPAs, course grades, metacognitive measures, and Accuplacer pre- and post-test scores), Conlin and Schaffrath believe that additional research with more subjects and improved instructional as well as support methods could render a clearer picture on how linked courses and learning communities may affect IUP first-year students’ performances and how this will influence these students’ retention and eventual graduation rates. Furthermore, Conlin and Schaffrath found that cross-departmental learning community projects like this can help faculty improve their own educational competencies and teaching methods.

    This research is part of Stephan Schaffrath’s Campus Innovation Project for the Kellogg Institute of the National Center for Developmental Education at Appalachian State University.

    Sorrell Presents on "The Shining"


    Peter Sorrell (English Department) presented the paper “‘This Old Place Has Had an Illustrious Past’: Making ‘The Shining’ New Again” at the annual meeting of the Northeastern Modern Language Association on the panel New Approaches to Old Media. In this paper, he discussed changing student attitudes towards critical and creative thinking in relation to the New Media paradigm.

    The assignment involves a sequenced series of tasks that culminates in the development of an original theory on the part of the student regarding the “true meaning” of Stanley Kubrick’s canonical horror movie The Shining after an evaluation of the conspiracy theories presented in the documentary about The Shining, Room 237. Sorrell analyzed how the assignment and student responses to it had evolved over the course of the past five semesters, concluding that trends to both the Old and New media experience were apparent.

    Park Presents on Autobiographical Writing


    Gloria Park (English Department) was invited to speak at the University of Trento in Italy on "Autobiographical Writing in English Language Teaching and Teacher Education" for the Narrative Approaches to English Language Teaching Seminar on April 13, 2018.

    All our writing is influenced by our life histories. Each word we write represents an encounter, possibly a struggle, between our multiple past experience and the demands of a new context. Writing is not some neutral activity which we just learn like a physical skill, but it implicates every fiber of the writer’s multifaceted being.
    —(Ivanic, 1998, p. 181)

    The above excerpt is at the core of Park's work in narrative as well as other evocative genre inquiries, specifically in autobiographical writing in English language teaching and teacher education. She situates writing and literacies as socially, culturally, and politically embodied practices. Thus, engaging in (auto)biographical inquiry has allowed her to reflect on her own evolution in understanding the importance of writing in constructing her identity as a language teacher, teacher educator, and researcher (educator). In many ways, promoting these evocative genres of writing can help individuals explore their local knowledge and local contexts as a form of decolonizing methodological approaches (Denzin & Gonzalez, 2001) as well as critically reflective pedagogical practices in classroom spaces (Park, 2008, 2010; Carroll, Motha, & Price, 2008), thus connecting writing and identity (Ivanic, 1998; Park, 2010, 2011, 2013).

    This talk focused on pedagogical approaches grounded in teacher education domains; and Park provided selected references as well as pedagogical tasks and tips.

    For those interested in the presentation slides, please e-mail Professor Park at gloria.park@iup.edu.

    Wong Doe Performs with Auckland Philharmonia in New Zealand


    Henry Wong Doe, IUP piano faculty member, (Music) performed as guest soloist with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in Auckland, New Zealand, on Thursday, August 9, 2018.

    Wong Doe performed Sergei Rachmaninoff’s popular Piano Concerto No 2 in C minor, Op. 18 to a sold-out house. Wong Doe collaborated with Swedish conductor Tobia Ringborg, and the event was live broadcast on the New Zealand national radio channel Concert FM.

    The New Zealand Herald (read full review here) music critic William Dart wrote of Wong Doe’s playing: “Soloist Henry Wong Doe took on its many challenges with ease, unruffled by glittering passagework and bringing just the right heft to forests of chords.”

    Wong Doe also gave a masterclass to students at his alma mater, the University of Auckland, as part of the invitation.

    Shinberg Presents on Access to Health Care in the United States


    Diane Shinberg, associate professor of Sociology and director of IUP’s Public Health program, presented a paper on US health policy at the American Sociological Association’s Annual Meeting. The paper, “Access to Care Consequences of Family Structure,” addresses how the configuration of health insurance coverage within families can enable (or hinder) individuals’ access to care, beyond personal insurance.

    Shinberg analyzed access and utilization data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey.

    The 113th annual meeting of the American Sociological Association was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 11–14, 2018.

    Five Art Faculty Exhibiting at Westmoreland Museum of American Art


    The latest exhibition at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art is “Artists Who Teach,” featuring the work of educators in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Five faculty from the Department of Art at IUP are included in this exhibition: Susan Palmisano, Nathan Heuer, BA Harrington, Ivan Fortushniak, and Sharon Massey.

    “Artists Who Teach” opens to the public with a free reception on Saturday, August 25, from 6:30 to 8:00 p,.m. In addition to IUP, artists from Carlow University, Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University, Robert Morris University, Seton Hill University, Saint Vincent College, University of Pittsburgh, and Westmoreland Community College are included.

    Beeken Featured as Keynote Speaker for South Dakota Choral Conductors


    Director of Choral Studies Ryan Beeken (Music) was the featured clinician for the 2018 South Dakota American Choral Directors Association summer conference.

    Beeken presented over six hours of professional development sessions centered on choral leadership, rehearsal techniques, and repertoire selection. The conference was hosted by the University of Sioux

    Falls in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

    Ankrum and Colleagues Presented with Exemplary Paper Award at AERA Conference


    Julie Ankrum led a team of colleagues to develop and validate an instrument to record instructional adaptations that teachers make during literacy lessons. Members of the team included Aimee Morewood (West Virginia University), Seth Parsons (George Mason University), Allison Ward Parsons (George Mason University), Margaret Vaughn (University of Idaho), and Paul Hawkins (IUP’s Applied Research Lab).

    The team presented a paper describing the validation and piloting processes at the American Educational Research Association in April 2018. The paper, titled “Documenting Adaptive Instruction: The Adaptive Teaching Observation Protocol (ATOP),” was selected as the recipient of the Exemplary Paper Award, presented by AERA’s Classroom Observation SIG.

    Julie Ankrum serves as assistant professor in the Department of Professional Studies in Education. She is the coordinator of the MEd in Literacy/Reading Specialist Certification program and director of IUP’s Literacy Center.

    Anthropology’s Ford Gives Public Lecture at Washington Crossing Historic Park


    Durham boats were the principal boats used to move George Washington’s troops across the Delaware River to attack Trenton. Ben Ford (Anthropology) recently excavated and recorded the only known archaeological example of a Durham boat.

    His lecture, “The Discovery of an Original Durham Boat,” focused on the role of Durham boats in Washington’s crossing of the Delaware as well as the economic development of the region. Ford also used the ship construction details and specific characteristics of a Durham boat shipwreck that he recently recorded in Oneida Lake, NY to explain how these vessels worked both in the crossing and as the 18-wheelers of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

    This research was partially supported by an IUP Senate Research Committee Grant.

    Art Faculty, Students, and Alumni Included in Associated Artists of Pittsburgh Annual Exhibition


    The Associated Artists of Pittsburgh’s 106th Annual Exhibition opened on Friday, September 14, at Southside Works in Pittsburgh. Juror Taras Matla chose 48 artworks from over 400 submissions, including IUP faculty member Sharon Massey, current graduate students Sheila Swartz and Katie Ott, and alumni Melissa Riggatire and Chris McGinnis (Art).

    Psychology’s Kaniasty Presented and Published on Social Support


    At the 39th international conference of the Stress and Anxiety Research Society (STAR) in Lublin, Poland (July 10–13, 2018) Krys Kaniasty’s research program was featured in four presentations. The presentation, titled “It’s complicated II: Type D personality and social support,” was coauthored with Psychology Honor’s Program student Kate Appolonia.

    The other three presentations, collaborations with researchers from Israel, Mexico, and New Zealand, investigated social support dynamics following recent disastrous events (earthquake, hurricane, and presidential elections).

    Kaniasty also collaborated on a recently published paper with colleagues from Massey University, Wellington and Palmerston North, New Zealand: Guilaran, J., de Terte, I., Kaniasty, K., & Stephens, C. (2018). “Psychological Outcomes in Disaster Responders: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis on the Effect of Social Support.” International Journal of Disaster Risk Science, 9, 344-358.

    Weinstein Presents on Calming Minds in Stressful Times


    In his presentation at the English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities (EAPSU) 2018 Fall Conference held at Shippensburg University, Daniel Weinstein (English Department) delivered a talk titled “Concentrating in Times of Crisis.”

    In his talk, Weinstein explained ways in which stress keeps people from thinking clearly, and how mindfulness meditation, in combination with memory training and dialogic self-inquiry, can help counteract stress’ inhibiting effects on the mind.

    Hibsman Presents on Reverse Engineering in Writing


    In his presentation at the English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities (EAPSU) 2018 Fall Conference held at Shippensburg University, Tim Hibsman (English Department) delivered a presentation titled "Implementing Creativity and Reverse Engineering in Professional and Technical Writing."

    Dube Presents at Stars and Screen Film and Media History Conference


    Reena Dube (English) presented her paper "(Dis)Locating Maternal Anxieties: Women in Orson Welles' noir films Lady from Shanghai and Touch of Evil" at the 2018 Stars and Screen Film and Media History Conference on September 28 at Rowan University Glassboro, New Jersey.

    Smith-Sherwood Presents “New Directions in Spanish-Language Learning” at Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference


    Dawn Smith-Sherwood, Department of Foreign Languages (Spanish), presented at the 68th annual Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference, hosted by the University of Tennessee–Knoxville October 4–6, 2018.

    Smith-Sherwood chaired the session “New Directions in Spanish-Language Learning,” for which she also presented the comparative findings of her fall 2017–spring 2018 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) study in her paper “Introduction to Hispanic Literatures and the Impact of IPA-Centered Instruction on Student Linguistic Gains.”

    Smith-Sherwood is currently completing a second phase of the SoTL study with her 2017–18 Research Institute PIMA mentor, Mark Darhower, an associate professor of Spanish and an applied linguist from NC State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, acting as co-principle investigator. Darhower will visit IUP this week to interact with the study’s current students.

    Faculty Members and Students Present at PACEC Conference


    Annah Hill, Mariha Shields, and Kaylee Wynkoop and graduate student Sofia Salinas recently presented their research at the annual Pennsylvania Council for Exceptional Children conference in Harrisburg, Pa.

    Presentations Included

    Hill and Shields: “How Do Educators and Pre-service Teachers Incorporate Differentiated Instruction Through Technology to Make Education so Special?: A Dissemination of Data and Workshop Feedback”

    Salinas and Shields: “Music Education and Students with Disabilities:  How Music Impacts Achievement In and Out of the Classroom"

    Wynkoop and Shields: “Pre-Student Teachers: Preparation through Professional Development Workshops”

    Wynkoop, Cardon, Kruis, and Paul Hawkins: “Teachers and Video Modeling: A Survey of Use and Perspectives” 

    Department of Communication Disorders, Special Education, and Disability Services

    Fortushniak Exhibiting at the Shape of Place


    Ivan Fortushniak, professor of Painting and Drawing, is exhibiting his artwork at the Blue Ash Art Gallery of the University of Cincinnati.

    "Prodigal Sons" by Ivan FortushniakThe group exhibition—which includes paintings by Fortushniak, Kevin Muente, Whitney Sage, and Tracey Creahan-Johnson—will run from October 1 through October 19.

    Fortushniak’s landscape paintings are subtle commentaries about the figure’s response to a corroding environment.

    Economist Sissoko Presents Two Papers


    Yaya Sissoko (Economics) presented the following two research papers at the “Public and Private Ethics in Economics: Leadership and Transparency in Economic Analysis and Policy” organized by the Association for Integrity and Responsible Leadership in Economics and Associated Professions (AIRLEAP, Midwest Office) held in St. Charles, Missouri, October 5–6, 2018.

    “The Price of Cocaine and the Colombia Peso: An Empirical Investigation”

    “The Evaluation of Local Entrepreneurship and Tourism in the United States: What is the Evidence?”

    Runge Presents for Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network


    Timothy Runge (Educational and School Psychology) co-presented two workshops at the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network in Harrisburg and East on October 3 and 4, 2018, respectively.

    The title of each workshop was “Best Practices in Tier 1 Writing Assessment for Instruction and Intervention.” Runge discussed different sources and methods of screening data that can be used to assess students’ writing skills. Emphasis was placed on teaching attendees how to administer, score, and interpret curriculum-based assessment in written expression (CBM-WE). Runge then provided explicit instruction on how to monitor students’ writing progress via ordinary least squares regression analyses calculated from CBM-WE probes administered over multiple weeks.

    This workshop is a part of a year- long training and technical assistance series provided by the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network to invited elementary and middle schools across Pennsylvania.

    McLaughlin and Graduate Students Present at Advancing School Mental Health Conference


    Courtney McLaughlin and Indiana University of Pennsylvania Educational and School Psychology graduate students presented at the 2018 annual conference on Advancing School Mental Health in Las Vegas, Nevada from October 11 to 13 at the Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa. This conference was hosted by the National Center for School Mental Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

    The conference included over 200 session, keynotes, specialty topics, symposia, advanced practices skills and intensive trainings, poster sessions, and networking opportunities. The goal of the conference is to help attendees identify strategies for effectively implementing a full continuum of integrated school mental health approaches to support students’ academic, behavioral, and social-emotional outcomes, identify evidence-based practices and programs in school mental health, and identify action steps to meaningfully partner with youth and families in school mental health.

    Sherwood and Sweeny Evoke Senses of Place Through Immersive Installation


    Code/Coal/Nodes creates a multilinear or nodal experience that situates the participant within layers of sound, image, and poetic language that relate to place. Western Pennsylvania, past and present, is evoked as a space and culture grounded in fossil fuels—from ancient dead organisms, to historical remnants of 19th century mining, to current landscapes and social transformations in the era of “clean coal,” green energy, and fracking. Together, the collaborators have investigated how to represent past materials and discourses and, in a sense, reanimate them by placing them in a new, digital/nodal context.

    The installation also includes images created in response to the coal materials from the students in IUP Art 620. 

    Sherwood and Sweeny began working on the project a year ago, following a series of workshops on Creative Coding. Taking Sherwood's volume of poetry Code of Signals (Locofo, 2017) as a kind of source text, they asked, how can a volume of poetry be “remixed” as an immersive image and sound experience within a gallery space? 

    Ken Sherwood is a professor of English and co-director of the Center for Digital Humanities and Culture. He regularly teaches courses related to electronic literature. Bob Sweeny is the author of Dysfunction and Decentralization in New Media Art Education (Intellect Press, 2011) and director of Art Education at IUP

    Rahkonen Presents at Atlantic Chapter of Music Library Association


    Carl Rahkonen, Music Librarian, presented a paper titled “Finnish American Music in Archival Collections, or the Best Things I Learned on Sabbatical” at the annual meeting of the Atlantic Chapter of the Music Library Association held in the Hillman Library at the University of Pittsburgh October 12, 2018. His paper examined various surprises found in archival collections in the Upper Midwest and in Finland.

    Rahkonen spoke about Finnish American musicians who combine Caribbean drumming, American old time, hillbilly, bluegrass, and jazz with the original Finnish waltzes, jenkkas, and polkas. These musicians didn’t see these styles as separate streams, but rather as combinations of cultural traditions defining contemporary Finnish American music.

    Comm Media Faculty Member's Film Premiered at Mexico City Film Festival


    The film, written and directed by Communications Media faculty member Jeremy Waltman, provided experiential education opportunities for IUP students who worked alongside industry professionals.

    The Empty House, shot in summer 2017, is a soap-skewed take on Dracula, about the horrors of complicity starring actors with screen credits from major films and television series, including, Rya Kihlstedt (Heroes Reborn, Dexter), Joseph Culp (Mad Men, The Fantastic Four), Tom Walker (Daredevil, Harvey Danger), Alison Gregory (Two Guys), and Kristen Browne (Quantico).

    Morbido Film Festival is considered Latin America’s premier genre film festival and has been running for 11 years with featured special guests such as Roger Corman, Elijah Wood, and Joe Dante. 

    Waltman has been a member of the IUP Communications Media faculty for three years and has directed two feature films to date. Waltman’s work can be seen on his website.

    Dillaman Discusses "Re-Envisioning the Orientation Experience"


    Craig Dillaman, director of New Student Orientation, presented at the NODA—the Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention in Higher Education—national conference held in San Diego, California.

    His presentation, “Re-Envisioning the Orientation Experience,” highlighted the evolving changes made to the new student orientation process here at IUP.

    NODA is an international organization comprised of professional, graduate, and undergraduate students and seeks to provide professional development opportunities to all of its members.

    Lauber Presents on Teenage Drug and Alcohol Use at Teacher In-Service


    Journalism and Public Relations Professor Erick Lauber, director of Community Health and Leadership with MARTI, recently presented at the West Shamokin teacher in-service training on Columbus Day.

    Designed as an interactive and informative parent-to-parent workshop, the session featured local Pennsylvania Youth Survey data from Armstrong and Indiana county as well information from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Drug Enforcement Agency.

    Lauber has also presented over a dozen parent-to-parent workshops over the past year in multiple school districts across the two counties. Funded by a Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency grant, the workshops are also available to PTA, Booster, or church groups, and are offered as a free lunch-and-learn to businesses in the two counties. Contact Lauber at elauber@iup.edu for more information.

    Jennings Presents Workshops for Sharon School District Music Programs


    IUP faculty member Linda Jennings worked with cellists in the Sharon School District on October 15, 2018.

    She presented a series of workshops for cellists in West Hill Elementary School, C.M. Musser Elementary School, Sharon Middle School, and Sharon High school.

    Department of Music

    IUP Delegates Presented at ACHUHO-I Academic Initiatives Conference in Pittsburgh


    Sondra Dennison and Li Teng, along with one of our living-learning partners, Theresa McDevitt, attended the 2018 ACUHO-I Academic Initiatives Conference in Pittsburgh on October 16–18.

    These three IUP delegates presented a session titled “Building Bridges to Tomorrow: Cultivating partnership and dialogues between academic and student affairs.” Dennison also served on a panel discussing CAS (Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education) Standards with colleagues from Baylor University and Central Washington University. 

    ACUHO-I is the international Association of College and University Housing Officers. This conference is designed to provide education and professional development for individuals that focus on cocurricular educational experience, including Living-Learning programs and communities.

    Li, Theresa and Sondra felt empowered and re-energized as a result of being able to network with peers and learn about the great things happening within Academic Initiatives from around the world.

    Office of Housing, Residential Living, and Dining

    Lauber Presents Talk on Addiction Stigma at Elderton Towne Hall


    Erick Lauber, professor of Journalism and Public Relations and director of Community Health and Leadership at MARTI, recently gave a talk to the Armstrong-Indiana Drug Free Communities Coalition on the strength of addiction stigma locally. In the audience was a mixed group of community members, first responders from local units, and addiction recovery specialists and agencies.

    The information Lauber presented had been gathered earlier from a county-wide survey and also a new survey conducted in Armstrong, Indiana, and Somerset counties. The data he presented confirmed that most people believe the opioid epidemic is a serious issue, but the comments many individuals chose to provide were shockingly negative. Many spoke out against the widespread use of Narcan, while others suggested harsher criminal punishment for those struggling with addiction.

    With such responses in mind, Lauber urged his audience to take into account the results of his work, stating, “This is important to know, because part of being able to provide the help your agencies are providing is to understand what public perception surrounds addiction.”

    For more information, view the full article in the Kittanning LeaderTimes.

    Torges Presents Program on Free Speech Project to IUP Retired Faculty Group


    Political science faculty member Gwen Torges was the keynote presenter for the October meeting of APSCURF (Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Retired Faculty).

    Torges presented an update on IUP’s “Year of Free Speech” and the work of the Free Speech Committee. Following the presentation, Torges took questions from the group.

    IUP Free Speech Project

    Jewelry and Metals Faculty and Student Exhibiting During New York City Jewelry Week


    Assistant Professor Sharon Massey and student Sam Tyson were chosen to exhibit their work during the inaugural New York City Jewelry Week happening in November 2018.

    Sam Tyson created three pieces of jewelry, including a ring titled “Tiger’s Blood,” for a juried exhibition called #fail#success that will be held at the headquarters of New York City Jewelry Week, Artists, and Fleas in SoHo. This exhibition was juried by Manuela Jimenez and Kendra Pariseault and features work inspired and/or influenced by the social media platform Instagram.

    Sibert and Laverick Conduct Workshop and Present on Technology Integration


    On October 16, 2018, Associate Professor Susan Sibert and Professor DeAnna Laverick, both from the Department of Professional Studies in Education, presented a workshop at the e-Learn 2018 World Conference on E-Learning in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    The workshop, “Modeling TPACK in Graduate Coursework to Promote Technology Integration and Leadership,” was attended by teacher educators and focused on instructional strategies for promoting in-service teachers’ technology use and integration through a graduate course on educational change and technology.

    While at the conference, Sibert and Laverick also presented the paper “The Influence of Graduate Coursework on Teacher Leaders’ Ability to Integrate Technology into the Curriculum: Results and Comparison from a Follow-up Study on the Acquisition of TPACK Skills.” The paper was co-authored by Professor Crystal Machado of the Department of Professional Studies in Education.

    The paper is based on the original study conducted by Machado and Laverick, “Technology Integration in K-12 Classrooms: The Impact of Graduate Coursework on Teachers’ Knowledge and Practice.” This study was published in 2015 in the Journal of Technology and Teacher Education.

    Craig Gives Readings at High Plains Book Festival


    Chauna Craig (English Department) gave two public readings in Billings, Montana, as part of the High Plains Book Festival, October 19–20, 2018.

    She read creative nonfiction as part of “A Reading of Her Own,” sponsored by the Billings Area Literary Association and benefitting When We Were Here, a documentary film focusing on missing and murdered indigenous women in Montana.

    She also read on the short fiction finalists panel. Craig’s story collection, The Widow’s Guide to Edible Mushrooms, was a finalist in two categories for the 2018 High Plains Book Awards.