Brooks College of Health
Dr. James Churilla, the Graduate Program director of the Exercise Science and Chronic Disease Program, had two of his graduate students, Michelle Stone and Bethany Rand, successfully defend their master's theses. Michelle Stone will be attending medical school, and Bethany Rand has accepted a fully funded Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee.
College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Mike Aspinwall, assistant professor of biology, and his colleagues published the following articles: “Plant biomass, not plant economics traits, determines responses of soil CO2 efflux to precipitation in the C4 grass Panicum virgatum” in the March issue of Journal of Ecology; and “Leaf trait variation is similar among genotypes of Eucalyptus camaldulensis from differing climates and arises as plastic response to season rather than water availability” in the April issue of New Phytologist.
Dr. Quincy Gibson, associate professor of biology, and colleagues published the article “Spatiotemporal Movements of Common Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus truncatus) in Northeast Florida, U.S.” in the May issue of the Aquatic Mammals journal.
Criminology and Social Justice
Dr. J. Mitch Miller, a professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, was recently selected for UNF's John A. Delaney Presidential Professorship in recognition of his research accomplishments and scholarship. Miller is UNF’s 10th recipient and will receive a $7,500 stipend and one course release each academic year. His professorship, which begins in July, will have full-term of three years. In addition, Miller received the Founder’s Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Science for his record of service to the criminal justice discipline, record of scholarship, and vast service and time invested in mentoring students. He previously received the Academy’s Fellow and 2019 Bruce Smith Sr. awards, making Miller one of only six scholars to receive all three of the Academy’s major awards. Learn more about Miller's presidential professorship.
Dr. Laura Heffernan, associate professor of English, published the article “Poetry Explication: The Making of a Method” in the edited collection, Modernism and Close Reading, ed. David James (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020).
Dr. Alison J. Bruey, professor of history, was awarded special mention by the Historia Reciente y Memoria Section of the Latin American Studies Association for her book “Bread, Justice, and Liberty: Grassroots Activism and Human Rights in Pinochet's Chile.”
Dr. Chau Kelly, associate professor of history and graduate program coordinator, gave an interview about the history of pandemics with Steven Ponson for Jax Journal on WOKV-FM station. The interview aired May 9.
Mathematics and Statistics
Dr. Raluca Dumitru, associate professor of mathematics, and Dr. Jose Franco, associate professor of mathematics, published the article "Some geometric properties of matrix means with respect to different metrics" in the April issue of Positivity, an international mathematics journal devoted to theory and applications of positivity.
Dr. Fei Heng, assistant professor of statistics, and co-authors published the article "Analysis of the time-varying Cox model for the cause-specific hazard functions with missing causes" in the April issue of the Lifetime Data Analysis journal.
Nick Curry, associate professor of cello and area coordinator, was selected to be an instructor at the Virtual Cello Academy. He will join faculty from institutions such as The Cleveland Institute of Music, the Juilliard School, and the Eastman School of Music.
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Dr. Andrew Buchwalter, professor of philosophy, published "Hegels Institutionenlehre: Politik, Sittlichkeit und die Philosophie des Geistes," in Michael Städtler (ed.), Die Wirklichkeit der konkreten Freiheit: G.W.F. Hegels Lehre vom Staat als ausgeführter Idee der Sittlichkeit (Franz Steiner Verlag), 181-202.
Dr. Jonathan Matheson, associate professor of philosophy, has been awarded $234,000 three-year research grant from the John Templeton Foundation for collaborative research to study the philosophy and psychology of epistemic autonomy and its relation to intellectual humility. The project will be the first of its kind within the science of character and virtue. Matheson will work in collaboration with Dr. James Beebe, a University at Buffalo philosophy professor. Learn more details about the project.
Political Science and Public Administration
Dr. Natasha V. Christie and her co-author published an article titled, "Transcending the Veil: Barack Obama's Rhetoric and Strategic Racial Representation" in the April issue of The National Review of Black Politics.
More than 1,000 other papers have cited “One Hundred Years of Social Psychology Quantitatively Describer,” an article published by Dr. Dan Richard, associate professor of psychology and director of the Center for Community-Based Learning, and co-authors. The article was published in December 2003 issue of Review of General Psychology.
Sociology/Anthropology and Social Work
Dr. Mandi N. Barringer, assistant professor of sociology, with her colleagues J.E. Sumerau and David A. Gay, published “Generational Variation in Young Adults’ Attitudes toward Legal Abortion: Contextualizing the Role of Religion” in the February issue of Social Currents.
Dr. Ronald Kephart, associate professor of anthropology, published “English as a World Language” in The International Encyclopedia of Linguistic Anthropology, edited by James M. Stanlaw. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell. Print and online versions late 2019/early 2020.
College of Education and Human Services
Dr. Laura Boilini, clinical assistant professor and program director, Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management, published an article titled “The voices of our students: What we can learn from aspiring leaders,” in the Southeast Journal of Educational Administration, 19 (2), 105-128. The article was based on a study Boilini conducted that involved student narratives on assignments asking them to consider the 10 Florida Principal Leadership Standards and their own strengths, growth areas, and plans of action, professional development. She first presented the results at the Southern Regional Council of Educational Administration in fall 2019 in Fort Meyers, Florida.
Dr. Suzanne Ehrlich and Dr. Jen Kilpatrick presented, “Moving Beyond Panic-gogy When Future Instruction is Still Uncertain: Where does UDL Fit In?,” to the Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education Network. They shared findings from a study that examined faculty and student perceptions and understanding of UDL at UNF and facilitated a conversation about where UDL fits in to the current instruction in higher education.
Dr. Elizabeth Rozas has been offered a book contract from Teachers College Press. The book is titled “Reading Ready: Preparing students for independent reading of informational text.”
Dr. Kristi Sweeney, assistant professor of sport management, spoke to Action News about the possibility of pro sports reopening in Florida.
The UNF Preschool will now be administered by the University’s College of Education and Human Services. By making this change, the COEHS hopes to leverage its expertise and resources to offer an advantage to the Preschool through curriculum and additional options for learning activities. During the 2020-21 academic year, Dr. Christian Winterbottom will serve as the Director of Research & Professional Development at the Preschool while Dr. Pam Williamson, Exceptional, Deaf & Interpreter Education Department chair in the COEHS, will serve as the liaison for the On Campus Transition Program and will work hand in hand with the ARC of Jacksonville and OCT Director Leigh Belmont.
Thomas G. Carpenter Library
Maria Atilano, student outreach librarian, participated in the Florida Library Association Library Career Development Webinar “Library Dream Jobs Webinar – Outreach Librarians” May 13 with presenters from UCF and the Orange County Library System.
Thomas Caswell, associate dean, was invited to participate in the national panel discussion “Affordable Course Materials: A Closer Look at Librarians and OER/AER” sponsored by Springer Nature Publishing, May 14.