Winter 2017 Faculty-Staff Report | Mount St. Joseph University

Welcome to the following new faculty and staff members at the Mount: Andrew Hoelmer, Kirsten Lambert, and Brandon Raabe, admission; LeRie Dover, buildings and grounds; Yashica Gayle, career and experiential education; Angela Eddingfield, children’s center; Jennie Cunningham, education; Jacki Flynn, institutional advancement; Adam Puckett, instructional services; Scott Lloyd, library services; Kerri Getz and Cindy Needham, nursing; Mindy Howell, physician assistant studies; Zach Silka and Debbie Sumpter, university communications.

Congratulations to faculty members BC Charles-Liscombe, Tracy McDonough, Mark McCafferty, and Laura Saylor for being honored in the December 2016 issue of Ohio Magazine’s Excellence in Education.

Congratulations to the following faculty on their promotions: 

  • Jennifer Morris, Ph.D. – School of Arts and Humanities – promotion to Full Professor
  • Peter Robinson, Ph.D. – School of Arts and Humanities – promotion to Full Professor
  • J. W. Carter, II, Ph.D. – School of Behavioral and Natural Sciences – promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure
  • Brooke Gialopsos, Ph.D. - School of Behavioral and Natural Sciences – promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure
  • Nazneen Kane, Ph.D. - School of Behavioral and Natural Sciences - promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure
  • Andrew Rasmussen, Ph.D.  - School of Behavioral and Natural Sciences - promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure

Fr. John Amankwah, Ph.D., associate professor of communications and new media studies, was honored as a Champion of Mercy by the Catholic Charities Of Southwestern Ohio for his work of mercy that exemplifies not only a caring response to needy children, but also in fulfillment of the Gospel message embodied in the Charism of the founder of the Knights of Columbus, Fr. Michael Joseph McGivney.

Michael Bindis, Ph.D., assistant professor of education and co-director of the Women in Science Experience (WISE) Camp, presented “Become WISE at Mount St. Joseph University” at the annual Discover STEM Conference in Middletown, Ohio, sponsored by the Butler County Educational Service Center.

Kristin Clephane, M.S.N., instructor of nursing, gave a presentation, “Upstream RISE-Cincinnati” at NKU College of Health Professions on Nov. 17.

Lynda Crane., Ph.D., professor emerita of psychology, and Tracy McDonough, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology, published “Using oral history to foster empathy for and understanding of schizophrenia sufferers” in E-xcellence in Teaching Blog.

R. A. Davis, Ph.D., professor emeritus of biology and geology, spoke on the subject of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) at the meeting of the Warren County Genealogical Society in Lebanon, Ohio, and the Wyoming Historical Society in November.

Mary Kay Fleming, Ph.D., academic assessment coordinator and professor of psychology, and Ulli Brinksmeier, M.A., associate professor of music, presented “Core capstone as a high-impact practice: Integrating faculty development, curriculum, and assessment to maximize student learning” at the annual IUPUI Assessment Institute in Indianapolis, Ind., on Oct. 17. Mary Kay was also part of an invited panel presentation sponsored by the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) on “Using intentionally-designed assignments to foster and assess student learning” at the same conference.

Tom Gooding, M.Ed., instructor and athletic trainer, published his master’s thesis research in the Journal of Athletic Training. He co-published the article “Intrinsic foot muscle activation during specific exercises: A T2 Time Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study.”

Jim Green, Ph.D., associate professor of education, presented a paper titled “Russell Kirk on American Higher Education at the Start of the Cold War in 1945: A Prophetic Voice” in October at the 2016 Annual Conference of the Organization of Educational Historians held in Chicago, Ill.

Terri Hurdle, Ed.D., director of diversity and inclusion, served as the keynote speaker/workshop facilitator for Xavier University’s Student Org Conference with more than 200 student leaders attending the session. The “Keys to Inclusive Programming” topic focused on strategies to help students and professional members develop events and activities that are intentionally inclusive, diverse and innovative.

Nazneen Kane, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology, submitted an article entitled “’Priestesses Unto the Most High God’: Gender, Agency, and the Politics of LDS Women’s Temple Rites.”

Keith Lanser, M.A., coordinator for service learning, joined the board of the English Language Learning Foundation as board secretary in November.

Kate Lassiter, Ph.D., assistant professor of religious and pastoral studies, was honored at the Vatican from Nov. 2-7 in recognition of her service toward healing justice with formerly incarcerated people.

Craig Lloyd, M.F.A., associate professor of art, had work included in two recent exhibitions in December: “South West Ohio Plein Air Association Exhibition” at Anna Bier Gallery, St. Clair Memorial Hall, Greenville, Ohio, and “Small Wonders,” National Juried Painting Exhibition at the Maryland Federation of Art Gallery, Annapolis, Md.

Tim Lynch, Ph.D., professor of history, published “Trump voters’ faith in the power of the outsider” in History News Network. (

Tracy McDonough, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology, and Lynda Crane, Ph.D., professor emerita of psychology, presented “Creating a ‘dialogue’ between narrators and the community: The Schizophrenia Oral History Project” at the annual meeting of the Oral History Association in Long Beach, Calif., in October.

Tracy McDonough, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and Lynda Crane, Ph.D., professor emerita of psychology, received grants in the fall from both The Cambridge Charitable Foundation and Interact for Health to continue their work on The Schizophrenia Oral History Project.

Elizabeth Murray, Ph.D., professor of biology, completed a book chapter entitled "The History and Use of the National Missing and Unidentified Person System (NamUs) in the Identification of Unknown Persons" which will be published this year by Elsevier in an edited volume called "New Perspectives in Forensic Human Skeletal Identification." This chapter is the first such publication about NamUs in a monograph.

Meg Riestenberg, Ph.D., professor emerita, biology and geology, presented a talk to members of Oxbow, Inc., a conservation group, on “Effects of Geology on Plant Distribution” in Adams County, Ohio last fall. One of the most dramatic displays of geobotany can be observed and measured in Adams County, at "The Edge of Appalachia Preserves."

Judy Singleton, Ph.D., M.S.W., associate professor in sociology and social work, and Beverly Massey, M.S.W., assistant professor and field coordinator in social work, presented a workshop titled, “Ohio Benefit Bank Community Partnership” at the 2016 Ohio Hunger Dialogues Conference held in November at Xavier University.

John Trokan, D. Min., associate professor of religious studies, assisted with the planning and participated in the Charity Federation Formation Conference from October 27-30 at St. Mary University in Leavenworth, Kan. The conference gathered the Sister of Charity sponsored colleges and universities to design and plan a common formation process in our Charity heritage, mission, and values for administrators, faculty and staff of our institutions.



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