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Spring Hill College Magazine

Faculty Updates

New Additions

Spring Hill College is pleased to have welcomed the following new, full-time faculty for the 2016-17 academic year: Mark Foster, CPA, M.Acc. (Accounting); Jennifer Henson, PhD (Marketing); Sam Khoury, PhD (Computer Information Science); Lauren Rich, DBA (Management) ; Josh Doty, PhD (English); Kelli Boots, DNP (Nursing); Kristina Grob, PhD (Philosophy); Thomas Metcalf, PhD (Philosophy); Lauren Grimley, PhD (Mathematics); Kevin Funk, PhD (Political Science); Timothy Hemmis, PhD (History); Vlad Kravstov, PhD (Political Science); Lauren Jensen, MLIS (Library).

Communications, Fine & Performing Arts

The art of Wanda Sullivan was featured in multiple exhibits and competitions around the country, including at the National Small Oil Painting Exhibition at the Wichita Center for the Arts in Wichita, Kan., and the 2nd Alabama National Biennial Exhibition at the Sella-Granata Art Gallery in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Her work “Synthetic Magnolia” received an Honorable Mention Award.

Communication arts faculty members Stuart Babington, PhD, andSharee Broussard, PhD, presented at the 2016 AJCU Communication Conferenced hosted by Loyola News Orleans. Broussard also presented at the 2016 South Alabama Conference on Teaching and Learning.

Rachael Hatley’s “Litter Letter” project is now in six states — Louisiana, Tennessee, Arizona, Iowa, Pennsylvania and Nebraska — and two continents, North America and Australia. Hatley is an assistant professor of graphic design. 

Spring Hill film faculty member Ryan Noble co-directed the Visual History Summer Institute hosted by Georgia Southern University.

Languages & Literature

Leigh Ann Litwiller–Berte, PhD, presented “Hawthorne’s Utopian Pilgrims” at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association meeting in November.

Colette Windish, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Foreign Languages, presented “Haunting Memories: Crafting a Modern French Identity in the Shadows of Vichy” at a symposium sponsored by the University of South Alabama’s Center for the Study of War and Memory.  She also delivered “Si Vichy m’était conté…: du ‘Chagrin et la pitié’ à ‘Un village français’ / Once upon a time in Vichy, France: from ‘The Sorrow and the Pity’ to ‘Un Village Français,’” a bilingual presentation at the Alliance Francaise of Mobile meeting in October. 

Philosophy & Theology

In August, Matthew Bagot, PhD, presented a paper at the 53rd Societas Ethica Annual Conference in Stuttgart, Germany: “‘The East’ meets ‘the West’: the Intellectual Solidarity of Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im, Naser Ghobadzadeh, and David Hollenbach on Religion and the State.” Bagot also has an article published in the most recent edition of “De Ethica,” the journal of Societas Ethica, and a chapter in the Festschrift for David Hollenbach (in press). 

George Gilmore, PhD, presented a paper at the annual College Theology Society meeting and was designated a co-convener for the group’s Systematic Theology Section.

Daniel Massey, PhD,presented the paper “Indexicality, Relativism, and Inferential Barriers” at the 1st Context, Cognition and Communication Conference at the University of Warsaw, Poland in June.

Tom Metcalfe, PhD,presented “Epistemic Responsibility and the Moral-Realist Majority” at the Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress in August.

John Switzer, PhD, presented “What Does It Mean to Grow in Faith?” at the Society of Scholar-Priests Conference in Toronto in June. Switzer also was elected to the Society of Scholar-Priests’ International Leadership Board.

Sciences & Mathematics

Biology faculty members Rebecca Fillmore, PhD, and Debbie Fox, PhD, co-authored the paper “Inter-Professional Undergraduate Education at a Private Liberal Arts College.” Fillmore presented the work at the 22nd National Meeting for the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions, Inc., in June in Minneapolis, Minn.

Carolyn Simmons, PhD, chair of the Department of Chemistry, Physics and Pre-Engineering, received a grant in August from the VWR Charitable Foundation for $9,464 to purchase lab equipment for the Partners in Science outreach program

Lindsey Bosko-Dunbar, PhD, presented “Alternative Assessment in a Cryptography Course” at the MAA Mathfest and R.L. Moore Conference on Inquiry-Based Learning in Columbus, Ohio in August. Jonathan Dunbar, PhD, served as a judge for undergraduate presentations at Mathfest.

Social Sciences

A. Shane Dillingham, PhD, assistant professor of history and director of the Latin American Studies program, delivered a presentation at the Mexican history conference “Confronting Mexico’s Dirty War: Youth Radicalism(s), Repression and Accountability.” The event was coordinated by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

Sarah Duncan, PhD, associate professor of history, served as co-editor for “The Birth of a Queen: Essays on the Quincentenary of Mary I,” which centers on Mary I of Scotland. The book is available through the publisher Palgrave Macmillan.

Psychology faculty member Jamie Franco-Zamudio, PhD, began a three-year term as a member of the Governing Council of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI), Division 9 of the American Psychological Association. 

Kevin Funk, PhD, presented “Changing the Discipline and the World: Reflections on Cross-Field Collaboration” at the annual conference of the American Political Science Association in September in Philadelphia. 

Kathleen Orange, PhD, led the brown bag discussion “Election 2016 — What Matters for the American People” in September.

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