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Professional Notes for Sept. 6, 2016

David Alexander

Dr. David Alexander, Marketing Department, Opus College of Business, presented the paper “Evolving the Societal Marketing System for Sustainable Consumption,” authored with Dr. Sandy Rathod, Marketing Department, Opus College of Business, and John Sailors, University of Scranton, at Macromarketing 2016 in Dublin.

Candace Chou

Dr. Candace Chou, Organizational Learning and Development Department, College of Education, Leadership and Counseling, recently has published “The effectiveness of digital badges on student online contribution” with S.J. He in the Journal of Educational Computing, “Transforming organizational changes through collaborative digital storytelling” with W. Brendel in the Journal of Educational Technology Development and Exchange, and “Examining the efficacy of project-based learning on cultivating the 21st century skills on high school students in a global context” with C.S. Lin, J.T. Mao and K.Y. Kuo in the Journal on School Educational Technology, 11(1), 1-9.

Bryana French

Bryana French, Graduate School of Professional Psychology, College of Education, Leadership and Counseling, presented in two symposia at the American Psychological Association (APA) Convention in early August in Denver. She was the chair and discussant for “Social justice via multicultural teaching in-context” and a participant in “Intersectionality and leadership: Narratives of women early career psychologist leaders.”

French also concluded her three-year term at the Convention as Racial and Ethnic Minority Member at Large for APA Division 51: Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity. She begins her final term this year as director of communications for APA Division 17: Society for Counseling Psychology.

Dr. Peter Gregg, Communication and Journalism Department, College of Arts and Sciences, received the Charles H. Woolbert Research Award for “The Parasocial Contact Hypothesis,” which he co-authored with Edward Schiappa and Dean E. Hewes. The award is given annually to “a journal article or book chapter that has stood the test of time and has become a stimulus for new conceptualizations of communication phenomena.”

John D. Holst, Leadership, Policy and Administration Department, College of Education, Leadership and Counseling, has accepted an additional three-year term as a consulting editor for the Adult Education Quarterly.

David Jamieson

David Jamieson, Organization Learning and Development Department, College of Education, Leadership and Counseling, published an article, “Design as the Bridge between Intention and Impact” in the OD Practitioner that also was nominated for the best article of 2015. He also was invited in 2016 as the Distinguished Guest Faculty at the Annual Lecture Series at Alliant University’s Doctorate in Organization Development. His presentation was titled “Managing Use of Self for Professional Practice.” He also has been invited to join the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, a highly ranked academic journal.

Talia Nadir, St. Thomas Libraries, presented her findings of a yearlong assessment project at the American Libraries Association (ALA) annual conference in Orlando on June 24. Her poster (and project) was titled “Bringing the RAC to WAC: Librarians-Faculty Collaboration in Writing in the Discipline (WID) Courses.” Nadir’s interest is in developing a “Research Across the Curriculum” (RAC) program that is integrated with St. Thomas coursework. She hopes to share her findings, along with Dr. Erika Scheurer, English Department, with whom she developed the project, with interested St. Thomas colleagues in the near future.

Dr. Michael Naughton, Center for Catholic Studies, was mentioned in a book review of True Leadership, which was published by the Habiger Institute for Catholic Leadership. Derek Rotty of the Augustine Institute said “the text paints a vivid portrait of integrated Christian leadership, leadership that will transform the culture for the good.”

Michael O’Donnell

Michael O’Donnell, Communication and Journalism Department, College of Arts and Sciences, along with colleague Buck Ryan of the University of Kentucky, took third place in the full-time faculty division of “Teaching News Terrifically in the 21st Century,” the teaching ideas competition of the Newspaper and Online News Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. O’Donnell and Ryan’s entry was titled “Teach the Tweet Alongside Headline Writing.” All entries were reviewed by three members of the 10-person judging team. The judges evaluated each submission on seven criteria – suitability of the idea for teaching news writing, reporting or editing; originality; innovation; ease of application; adaptability to different settings, including different types of programs; completeness of the explanation of the idea; and writing quality.

Salina Renninger

Dr. Salina Renninger, Graduate School of Professional Psychology, College of Education, Leadership and Counseling, presented at the annual American Psychological Association Convention in Denver on Aug. 6. The title of the presentation was “Gatekeeper Duty and Doubt: Addressing Problems of Professional Competence.” Co-authors were Ashley Sovereign, a graduate of the University of St. Thomas and program director of the Psy.D. doctoral program at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, and Dr. Len Jennings, Graduate School of Professional Psychology.

Linda Sloan

Linda Sloan, Career Development Center, was featured in an article on National Association of College and Employees (NACE) for her work with a team on a translator tool that helps students with a liberals arts education explain their experiences in a skill-based manner to employers. The tool was a winning submission for a challenge on how students can leverage their liberal arts education at NACE 60th Anniversary Innovation Challenge at NACE16.