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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 2017-18 academic year: Henrietta Brown, DNP (Nursing), Yuriy Bulka, PhD (Mathematics), Marie Escalante, PhD (Foreign Languages), Kenneth Moss, PhD (History) and Nicholas Wood, PhD (History).


Nicole Larriviere is serving as the faculty sponsor for the new Business Club. For more about Nicole, see Getting Down to Business.

Anindya Biswas, PhD, will present a paper titled “Public Subsidy on Education and Welfare in Small OECD Countries: A Theoretical and Empirical Reconciliation” at the Southern Economic Association Conference. He will also serve as a chair in a Pedagogy Session, “Predictors for Student Success and Effort in College.”

Communications, Fine & Performing Arts

Sharee Broussard, APR, PhD, presented “Measuring Social Impact” at the South Alabama Nonprofit Summit and began the Ignatian Colleagues Program Cohort 10.

Wanda Sullivan, Director of the Eichold Gallery, has paintings in the 2017 Wichita National All-Media Exhibition at Mark Arts at the Mary R. Koch Arts Center in Kansas and the Art at the X-National Juried Exhibition at Xavier University. She also presented “Synthetic Naturals: Visual Metaphors for Climate Change,” at Commitment to Justice in Jesuit Higher Education in Washington.

Rachael Hatley’s “Litter Letter” project is now in Australia and Bristol, England.


April Sanders, PhD, had a book chapter published in “Fostering Reflective Teaching Practice in Pre-Service Education,“ a peer-review book. Her chapter is “Pre-Service Teachers’ Self-Reflection Practices when Integrating Educational Technology in the Classroom” (chapter 14).

Language & Literature

“Sigma Sums,” a story written by Michael Piafsky, PhD, Director of the Writing Program, was awarded an honorable mention in the Glimmer Train Very Short Story Fiction Award.

Stephanie Balmori’s poem, “Broken from the Body,” was accepted for publication in Bellum, a literary magazine.

Philosophy & Theology

Matthew Bagot, PhD, has a chapter in the book “Public Theology and the Global Common Good: The Contribution of David Hollenbach, SJ,” which was awarded first place at the Catholic Press Association. He presented “Another Vision of Integral Development: Luigi Sturzo on Human Personality, the International Community and a Pluralistic World” at the Catholic Social Tradition Conference at the University of Notre Dame in March, and presented “When Persons Fail to Flourish: Christian Smith and Luigi Sturzo on the Personal and Social-Structural Roots of the Evil of War” at Societas Ethica’s 54th Annual Conference in Greece in August. He also presented “The Dignity of the Human Person: Catholic and Islamic approaches to Human Rights” at The Social Practice of Human Rights: Charting the Frontiers of Research and Advocacy Conference at the University of Dayton Human Rights Center in November.

John Switzer, PhD, has been appointed inaugural editor of the Journal of the Society of Scholar¬Priests (JSSP).

George Gilmore, PhD, co-chaired the Systematic Theology section and co-presented “Africa & America: Former European Colonies Face Eurocentrism” for the Philosophy of Religion section of The College Theology Society’s Annual Convention in Rhode Island in June 2017.

Daniel Massey, PhD, General Studies Program Director, will serve as President of the Alabama Philosophical Society, while Chelsea Haramia, PhD, will serve as treasurer.

Tom Metcalf, PhD, presented “Gun Violence as a Negative Externality of Gun Production” at the conference of the Alabama Philosophical Society. His article, “Ontological Parsimony, Erosion, and Conservatism” was published in the journal, Metaphilosophy, and a second article, “On Godel’s Ontological Argument,” was published in the journal, Inference.

Social Sciences

Nicholas Wood, PhD, presented a paper about Quaker antislavery at the annual meeting of the Society of Historians of the Early American Republic. His article, “A ‘Class of Citizens’: The Earliest Black Petitioners to Congress and Their Quaker Allies,” appeared in the January issue of the William and Mary Quarterly. An article which he co-authored, “‘To Friends and All Whom It May Concerne’: William Southeby’s Rediscovered 1696 Antislavery Protest,” appeared in the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography in April. His essay, “The Missouri Crisis and the ‘Changed Object’ of the American Colonization Society,” was included in the book “New Directions in the Study of African American Recolonization.”

Jamie Franco-Zamudio, PhD, has worked with the Empowering Change Mobile committee to “strengthen community connections” and developed Inclusion Workshop materials with a colleague at the University of South Alabama. She facilitated a workshop on conflict resolution during the Focus Women’s Conference in September.

Demetrius Semien, PhD, hosted the inaugural Neighbor Center Luncheon that featured former U.S. Attorney Kenyen Brown and the TEDxSpringHillCollege talk he produced with student Julie Dobbs ‘19. He also served as Convener of the Trialogue event in September.

Kenneth Moss, PhD, presented a paper titled “PIPSA and the Failure of Economic Nationalization during Cárdenas Administration,” at the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies.

Tom Ward, PhD, Chair of the Department of History, had his book, “Out in the Rural: A Mississippi Health Center and its War on Poverty,” published by Oxford Press.

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