Mount St. Joseph University

Faculty and Staff Accomplishments for Spring 2019

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By: Sasha Feldmann

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Mount St. Joseph University congratulates its faculty and staff on their outstanding achievements for the spring of 2019.

Janet Baltzersen, coordinator of the Children's Center, was interviewed by Channel 9/WCPO in early May for her mentoring work with the director of the daycare at the YMCA in Norwood. Baltzersen is working with the director to help her get the facility rated under the Step Up to Quality Program. The interview is set to air in June. Baltzersen was also instrumental in securing a grant for the Mount's Children's Center, from the Andrew Jergens Foundation.

Jamie Bayliss, P.T., M.P.T., D.HSc., assistant professor and director of clinical education in physical therapy, worked on a national physical therapy clinical education task force for two years. Her work included a literature review and recommendations for a change in standards related to physical therapy integrated clinical education experiences. The article for which she was a second author was published in the Physical Therapy Journal in January.

Michael Bindis, Ph.D., assistant professor of education, presented “Encouraging Young Females to be WISE,” at the National Science Teachers Association Area Conference in National Harbor, Md., in November 2018. This work is related to the Women in Science Experience program he co-created with Christa Currie, Ph.D., associate provost for academic affairs. Dr. Bindis also presented "So you think you can run a summer science camp for high school females?” at the Science Education of Ohio Science Symposium, held in Lewis Center, Ohio, in January. In December and January, he judged presentation proposals for the Posters on the Hill event that is sponsored by the Council of Undergraduate Research.

J.W. Carter II, Ph.D., associate professor of criminology, was selected to be a 2019 Cincy Magazine Outstanding Educator. He was also awarded the 2019 Sister Adele Clifford, S.C., Award, the most prestigious teaching honor presented to a full-time member of the Mount’s faculty.

B.C. Charles-Liscombe, Ed.D., A.T., A.T.C., athletic training department chairperson and associate professor, was awarded Tenure in December 2018. As a member of the Great Lakes AT Association (GLATA) Education Committee, he led a clinical skills lab for an annual meeting of 1,400 athletic trainers and AT students in Chicago, Ill., in March. Following his lecture presentation, Dr. Charles-Liscombe and several athletic training students from the Mount provided hands-on clinical skill instruction and a simulation learning lab to credentialed athletic trainers and students from regional athletic training programs. Instructors of physical therapy Mike Obert, M.P.T., and Eric Schneider, M.P.T., also presented “Advanced Techniques in Manual Therapy.”

Harrison Collier, M.Ed., director of clinical experiences and assessment coordinator, Kate Doyle, Ph.D., assistant professor and graduate special education program director, and Laura Saylor, Ph.D., dean of the School of Education, presented “The Development of a Dual Licensure Program within PK-12 Partnerships” at the Ohio Deans Compact Conference, in Columbus, Ohio, in January.

The trio also presented “Using Action Research Methodologies to Support the Development of a Dual Licensure Program within PK-12 Partnerships” at the Council for Exceptional Children Teacher Education Division Conference, in Las Vegas, Nevada, in November 2018. Their work was selected as part of national competition.

Clara do Amaral, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, was awarded the 2019 Emerging Scholar Award, which the Mount bestows on an associate or full professor who has been nationally and/or internationally recognized for scholarly achievement.

Mary Kay Fleming, Ph.D., professor of psychology, completed a chapter titled “The Larger Impact: Culture and Society,” to be published in Generally Speaking: The Impact of General Education on Student Learning in the 21st Century. She also participated in a phone interview for TV talk show MeTime With Frangela for an episode titled “Do you ever feel like you’re touched too much as a mom?” which aired in January. In addition, Dr. Fleming published several writings, including: “How to Survive a Newly-Retired Spouse” and “Did Your Child Just Get Engaged? A Cheat-Sheet on the New Wedding Etiquette” on nexttribe.com; “Holding On for Dear Life” on pulsevoices.org; “List: Beloved Children’s Books Vandalized by Curmudgeons” on pointincase.com; “The Mother of All Makeovers” on humorwriters.org; and “Single Steps” on pulsevoices.org. Dr. Fleming, with Mount colleague Kim Hunter, M.B.A., director of instructional technology, gave an invited webinar on “Aligning Assessment with Goals and Content” for the BITS (Blackboard Innovation in Teaching Series) webinar series in March.

Amy Gamble, associate director of admission and technology, was awarded the 2019 Sister Elizabeth Ann Seton Medal Award, which recognizes members of the administrative and support staff who have demonstrated individual commitment to living out the mission in service to students and the University.

Beth Goderwis, head softball coach and recreation coordinator, was recognized by the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference as the Coach of the Year for her team’s successful season.

Kathy Grant, M.Ed., career development coordinator, and Nicole Rottmueller-Jones, M.S.Ed., career and co-op coordinator, presented "Past, Present, Future: Maximizing Relationships for the Best Hire,” to the Northern Kentucky Society for Human Resources Managers in February.

James Green, Ph.D., associate professor emeritus, has been named a Wilbur Fellow for the 2018/2019 academic year by the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal. He was also awarded a grant to complete a book (in progress) titled Redeeming the Academy: Russell Kirk on American Higher Education.

Kelly Hardin, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, has received a research grant from the Neuromuscular Disease Foundation for the study of the rare muscular disease GNE myopathy.

Tyler Hopperton, M.Ed., head football coach, was selected as a 2019 member of the American Football Coaches Association's (AFCA) 35 Under 35 Coaches Leadership Institute. The institute’s aim is to identify and develop future leaders in the football coaching profession.  Hopperton attended the AFCA Convention in January 2019 in San Antonio, Texas. He was also the keynote speaker for the 52nd Annual National Football Foundation’s “That’s My Boy” Awards banquet held in Mason, Ohio, in February. The annual event recognizes the top high school football student-athletes in the Cincinnati area.

Jeffrey Hillard, M.F.A., M.A., professor of English, had his second novel, Shine in Grit City, published in February, part of a young adult series. As former writer-in-residence of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, he served on a panel in January with the library's four, recent resident writers, where the discussion included creative writing, publishing, and marketing in 2019. Hillard was also awarded the 2019 Distinguished Scholar Award, which the Mount bestows on an associate or full professor who has been nationally and/or internationally recognized for scholarly achievement.

Eric Johnson, Ph.D., associate professor and department chair of chemistry, received a stellar review of his book, Anxiety and the Equation: Understanding Boltzmann’s Entropy, MIT Press, in Inside Higher Ed magazine. The book tells the story of Ludwig Boltzmann, the anxiety-plagued 19th-century physicist who contributed significantly to our understanding of the second law of thermodynamics. Dr. Johnson was also named the Cooperative Education Faculty Coordinator of the Year by the Career and Experiential Education Center.

Gene Kritsky, Ph.D., dean of behavioral and natural sciences, worked in partnership with the Mount’s Center for IT Engagement to create the Cicada Safari App which tracks the movement of cicadas. The app has received media engagement in multiple regions and has been featured on WVXU and WCPO.

Marlene B. Lang, Ph.D., assistant professor of religious and pastoral studies, was a speaker at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, Penn., in November 2018. Her topic was “White Lament Matters: A Recommendation for Cultural Healing.” Dr. Lang also had her article “Catholic Curricula and the Invisibility of Native Americans” published in the January issue of America magazine.

Keith Lanser, M.A., manager of service learning and civic engagement, successfully wrote the Mount's application for the Voter Friendly Campus Designation that is awarded by Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education. Mount St. Joseph University, designated as a Voter Friendly Campus in March, is the only university in the region to have secured the Voter Friendly Campus Designation for 2019-2020.

Linda Liebau, director of corporate and foundation relations, was awarded the 2019 Sister Elizabeth Ann Seton Mission Award, which recognizes members of the administrative and support staff who have demonstrated individual commitment to living out the mission in service to students and the University.

Tim Lawson, Ph.D., has been named one of the top psychology professors in the nation by the American Psychological Association.

Charles Mason, B.S., was named the National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NWCA) Division III National Rookie Coach of the Year. Coach He took charge of the Mount’s wrestling program for the 2018-19 season, having spent the previous season as the team’s assistant coach under former Head Coach Elliott Spence. Together, they were able to recruit 21 wrestlers into the program, the biggest incoming freshman class in over a decade.

Sandy Matthias, M.S.N., assistant professor of nursing, along with her colleagues Kristin Clephane, D.N.P., R.N., assistant professor of nursing and RN-BSN program director, Donna Glankler, D.N.P., R.N., assistant professor of nursing, and Erin Hofmeyer, D.P.T., M.P.T., B.S., ’08, ’03, ’02, instructor of physical therapy and assistant director of clinical education, presented "Using Interprofessional Education to Address the Social Determinants of Health" at the Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in November 2018.

Jan Maltinsky, M.Ed., clinical faculty for the School of Education (graduate education), has been appointed chair of the scholarship committee of the Ohio Valley Branch of the International Dyslexia Center.

Tracy McDonough, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology, was a speaker at NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) during Mental Health Awareness Month in May.

Colleen McSwiggin, chemistry lab manager, has received the Elizabeth Ann Seton Award in the Immaculate Conception Chapel at the Motherhouse. This is the highest honor from the Sisters of Charity.

Beth Murray, Ph.D., was awarded the Anthropology Section's 2018 "T. Dale Stewart Award" at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) 71st Annual Scientific Meeting in late February.

Mary Orloff, B.A., biology laboratory manager, presented information about hereditary breast and ovarian cancer to students the Physician Assistant Program during Dr. Andy Rasmussen's Genetics and Disease Screening Class in February. She is a volunteer Peer Support Group Leader and Outreach Coordinator for FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered). In March, Orloff visited fifth- to eighth-grade students in their science class at St. Anthony School in Taylor Mill, Kentucky, where she guided the students in dissecting cow eyes and looking at human eye models.

Bob Pennington, Ph.D., assistant professor of religious and pastoral studies, delivered his presentation, titled, "The Methodological Turn toward a Preferential Option for the Poor: The Cardijn Canon-From Rome to Latin America and Back Again?" at the Center for Social Concerns Conference in March, held at University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Ind.

Jamal A. Rashed, Ph.D., M.A., M.S., dean of the school of business, has been invited to serve as a keynote speaker on the topic of “The Global Energy Industry, Markets, Shares & Prospects” during the 35th Business & Economics Society International (B&ESI) Conference, held in Vienna, Austria, in July 2019. He also had an article titled “The Role of Business Intelligence in a Knowledge-Based Economy - The Case of Saudi Arabia” accepted for publication in the International Journal of Business & Economics Research.

Rottmueller-Jones collaborated with the Professional Ally Affinity Group and several student organizations to launch the #UnityThroughCommunity poster campaign. Its goals was to highlight misconceptions and stereotypes that students face every day, while also putting a face to those students, faculty, and staff who are allies on our campus to all of our diverse student populations. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion provided the funding for the posters, as well as the culminating event held in February.

Laura Saylor, Ph.D., dean of the School of Education, and two colleagues jointly authored “Teacher-Centered Mentorship as Meaningful Professional Development” in the November 2018 issue of Journal of Montessori Research. She and a colleague co-authored “Creating a Math-talk Learning Community with Pre-Service Teachers” for School Science and Mathematics. Dr. Saylor, Amy Murdoch, Ph.D., associate professor and director of reading science program, and a colleague, presented “The Montessori Method and the Science of Learning to Read” at the American Montessori Society National Conference in Washington D.C, in March. Their work was selected as part of national competition. Lastly, Dr. Saylor attended Safe Zone Ally Training in January.

Drew Shannon, Ph.D., associate professor of English, will be directing the 29th Annual International Virginia Woolf Conference to be held at the Mount from June 6-9. He was also interviewed about the conference on WVXU Cincinnati Public Radio. The theme of the conference is Virginia Woolf and Social Justice.

Laura J. Valle, D.N.P., APRN-CNM, assistant professor of nursing, will give two presentations at the Normal Labour and Birth Conference in Grange Over Sands, England, in June: “Waterbirth and Neonatal Outcomes: An Integrative Review and Toolkit” and “Shared Decision Making: Implications and Application in Maternity Care.”

Karl Zuelke, Ph.D., director of the writing center and math & science center, had his book titled Petting the Bumblebees published by I-BeaM Press. The book is a collection of poems and is set to be released in June.