University of Southern Indiana

Faculty and Staff Achievements

Dr. Susanna Hoeness-Krupsaw, associate professor of English, has been selected as an NEH Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool to attend one of 23 seminars and institutes supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  The Endowment is a federal agency that, each summer, supports these enrichment opportunities at colleges, universities, and cultural institutions, so that faculty can work in collaboration and study with experts in humanities disciplines.

Hoeness-Krupsaw will participate in the summer institute titled "Moral Psychology and Education: Putting the Humanities to Work."  The four-week program will be held at Grand Valley State University and co-directed by Dr. Deborah Mower, professor of philosophy and religion at Youngstown State University and Dr. Phyllis Vandenberg, professor of philosophy at Grand Valley State University.

Dr. Elizabeth Bonham, associate professor of Nursing, served as a convener for the inaugural Child/Adolescent Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Symposium: Infant Mental Health during the 18th Annual Conference of the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses (ISPN), held April 12-16, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is also a founding convener of the Mental Health Policy Special Interest Group (SIG) for ISPN.

Dr. Rocco J. Gennaro, philosophy professor and department chair, is the editor of  the published book: Disturbed Consciousness: New Essays on Psychopathologies and Theories of Consciousness by MIT Press.

In Disturbed Consciousness, philosophers and other scholars examine various psychopathologies in light of specific philosophical theories of consciousness. The contributing authors—some of them discussing or defending their own theoretical work—consider not only how a theory of consciousness can account for a specific psychopathological condition but also how the characteristics of a psychopathology might challenge such a theory.

2014-2015 Scholarly and Creative Works Report: If you’ve ever wondered what USI faculty and staff can achieve in the span of one year, the Center Excellence in Teaching and Learning has compiled it in a single report. Publications, awards, art exhibitions, conference proceedings, grants and more can be found in the Scholarly and Creative Works Report.

Katie Waters and Matthew Graham will be featured at the Anne P. Baker Gallery at Glema Mahr Center for the Arts, on the campus of Madisonville Community College. Their art and poetry collaboration, Time Present and Time Past, will run from April 24 to June 1.

Dr. Dinko Bacic's article,"Impact of Information Technology (IT) Security Information Sharing among Competing IT Firms on Firm’s Financial Performance: An Empirical Investigation." has been accepted for publication in Communications of the Association for Information Systems.

Dr. Perry Burnett’s research paper, “Overpopulation, Optimal City Size and the Efficiency of Urban Sprawl,” has been accepted for publication in the Review of Urban & Regional Development Studies (RURDS), an internationally ranked journal in the area of development.

Journal Description: “Review of Urban & Regional Development Studies (RURDS) focuses on issues of immediate practical interest to those involved in policy formation and implementation. Articles contain rigorous empirical analysis, with many emphasizing policy relevance and the operational aspects of the academic disciplines, while others focus on theoretical and methodological issues. Interdisciplinary and international in perspective, RURDS has a wide appeal: in addition to scholars, readership includes planners, engineers and managers in government, business and development agencies worldwide.” 

Dr. Mikel Hand’s manuscript, “Advance Directives in Care Provision for Incarcerated Adults: A Scoping Review Protocol,” has been accepted for publication in The JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, 2685, an online journal of the Joanna Briggs Institute at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. One of his key areas of research interest is end of life, and this project focuses on inmate care and autonomy.

“More than 10.2 million people are incarcerated worldwide, and the United States incarcerates more than any other developed country,” said Hand. “The purpose of this review is to chart/review the evidence surrounding the application of advance directives in inmate care. We anticipate identifying gaps that will serve as the basis for future primary research."

Hand, assistant professor of Nursing, said his project is a collaborative effort with Dr. Sheryl Mitchell, clinical assistant professor from the University of South Carolina Columbia College of Nursing. They have developed an affiliation with the Indiana Center for Evidence–Based Nursing Practice, a Joanna Briggs Collaborating Center at Purdue University Calumet, one of many JBI Centers worldwide.

Dr. Trent Engbers receives the 2015-2016 USI Foundation Award Recipient for Outstanding Teaching by a New Faculty Member. Dr. Trent A. Engbers is a native of Evansville, IN. His teaching and research interest include civic and political participation, public leadership, Chinese government, organizational theory, economic development, fundraising, and religion in public life.

His research has been published in Economic Development Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, Religion and Politics, Public Administration Review and the Journal of Leadership Education. His current research agenda focuses on presidential leadership and the relationship between economic development and social capital. He presents regularly at the Midwest Political Science Association and the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and the Voluntary Action.

Dr. Tori Shoulder's,
(associate professor of education), article "Rural high school teachers' self-efficacy in student engagement, instructional strategies, and classroom management" was published in American Secondary Education.

Dr. Mehmet Kocakulah and James Powers' collaborative article "Saving Money Through Wellness Programs" was published in Strategic Finance.

Dr. Jack Smothers's article "How to Do Walking Meetings Right" was published in the Harvard Business Review.

Kelly Sparks, (principal investigator) and Rick Hudson received an extension grant from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education towards their work with the Pott College's Teaching Eagles program. The current award is for $476,496 and provides $2000 scholarships for science majors seeking a secondary education minor or an elementary major who wishes to earn a minor in either mathematics, instructional technology, or science. Information can be found here /science/teaching-eagles-scholarship-program.

Rick Hudson, (principal investigator), Jeff Seyler and Henri Maurice were awarded a STEM Teacher Recruitment Grant by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. The $286,941 grant will support math/bio/chem dual credit teachers to take graduate coursework and support the development of a Quantitative Reasoning conference for high school teachers in 2017.

Jennifer Bartek, clinical assistant professor of dental hygiene, is the second recipient of the John M. Lawrence ’73 Health Professions Faculty Member Award.

Dr. C. Elizabeth (Beth) Bonham, assistant professor of nursing, has been promoted and received tenure. Her clinical expertise as a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist focuses on mental health issues of children and adolescents.

Joy Cook and Heather Schmuck, clinical assistant professors of radiologic and imaging sciences, each received Advancing Your Profession: Education and Professional Growth Grants—$500—sponsored by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

Additionally, Schmuck was recognized by the Indiana Society of Radiologic Technologists (ISRT) as the 2015 Outstanding Technologist Award, as well as earning USI’s 2015 College of Nursing and Health Professions Excellence in Teaching Award.

Both Cook and Schmuck were elected to new positions on the ISRT board of directors. Cook, immediate past president, is now a senior board member, and Schmuck was elected vice president of the board.

Dr. Roberta Hoebeke, professor of nursing, was named the 2015 Alumni Service Award Winner for the Michigan State University College of Nursing for her work with those in need.

Kim Parsons, chair of Dental Assisting, assumed the duties of chair for Dental Hygiene. She served as interim chair of Dental Hygiene following the retirement of Deborah Carl Wolf in Spring 2015.

Wes Phy, chair of Respiratory Therapy, received a master’s degree in secondary education from USI. He has over 32 years of extensive experience in all areas of respiratory therapy, including education, management, home care, pulmonary rehabilitation, cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary diagnostics, and adult and pediatric critical care.

Mary Rock, RN, JD, was selected by Indiana Governor Mike Pence to serve on the Indiana State Board of Nursing. Her four-year term began July 1, 2015.

Dr. Ann White, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions and Dr. Erin Reynolds, assistant professor of health services/health administration have been appointed by USI’s President Linda L. M. Bennet to the Distance Education Advisory Committee to represent the College. The mission of this committee is to consider issues that affect the development and delivery of distance education courses and programs and to make recommendations on matters affecting distance education. 

Britney Orth will be joining the Dean of Students Office as the assistant director of Student Conduct. Orth is a 2003 graduate of the University of Southern Indiana where she double-majored in broadcast journalism and sociology while serving as president of the Student Government Association. She completed her Masters of Education in College Student Personnel at the University of Louisville. She has held a variety of professional positions at Southern Methodist University, the University of Evansville, Ivy Tech and USI.

In her role, Orth will serve as a member of the University’s Care Team and will work closely with Housing and Residence Life. Dean of Students, Dr. Bryan Rush, said, “Britney has a rich commitment to USI and our students. I am excited to see the support and accountability she will provide to the community.”

Gregory Johnson has been promoted to Assistant Director of Planning, Research and Assessment (OPRA), as of November 1. Johnson has a master’s in experimental psychology from Indiana State (2011) and bachelor degrees in both psychology and sociology from Western Kentucky University (2007). He joined USI in 2012 as a research associate in OPRA, and until May 2015 he also served as an adjunct biostatistics lecturer the College of Nursing and Health Professions, Health Services program.

Dr. Renee Frimming was the recipient of the Sydney L. & Sadelle Berger
Faculty Community Service Award. The Berger Community Service Award recognizes a University faculty member for distinguished community service to groups, agencies and institutions external to the University of Southern Indiana.

Dr. Thomas Weber's article “borjo coffeehouse: Franchise, Independence, & Starbucks” was published recently in Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice.

Dr. Joyce Gulley, associate professor of Teacher Education, was selected for the Celebrating Literacy Award by the Evansville Area Reading Council. The award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of literacy education.

Xavia Harrington was nominated by a USI student and won a Pearson Professor Award. Pearson’s overall mission is to help people progress in their lives through learning-all kinds of people and all kinds of learning. One Professor pays tribute to higher education faculty who make a difference in the world everyday.  In an age dominated by the latest social network or gadget, the most meaningful connections still happen between people. Through the stories of students, One Professor highlights the importance of these connections and aims to inspire students everywhere to open up their minds to the world of possibilities right in front of them, in classrooms each day.

Dr. Mary Ann Shifflet was featured as part of the JMP Marketing blog series "Beyond Spreadsheets."

Dr. Glenna Bower has been promoted from assistant dean to associate dean of the Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education. Bower also serves as chair of the Kinesiology and Sport Department and associate professor of kinesiology and sport.

Dr. Bonnie Beach has been promoted from associate dean and Interim chair of Teacher Education to associate dean and chair of Teacher Education. She is also professor of education in the Teacher Education Department.

Dr. Jennifer Williams' article “Cyberbullying victimization:  Do victims’ personality and risky social network behaviors contribute to the problem?” was accepted for publication in Computers in Human Behavior.

Dr. Perry Burnett's research article: “Land Use Regulations and Regional Economic Development,” was accepted for publication in the well-known journal: Land Economics.

Note: Land Economics ranks 10 out of 192 journals in Urban and Regional Economics (Barrett, Olia and Bailey 2000)

This article will mark the second publication by Dr. Burnett in Land Economics.

Dawn M. Worman BSN ’07, MSN ’10, instructor in Nursing, was selected for the 2015 Melissa Faye and John M. Lawrence Baccalaureate Faculty Teaching Award. The award is selected by the 2015 senior class and given to a member of the undergraduate faculty who demonstrates a commitment to nursing education.

The award is given by John M. Lawrence ’73, a generous benefactor of the College of Nursing and Health Professions and its nursing programs.

Dr. Dinko Bacic is the 2015 recipient of the Romain College of Business Dean’s Teaching Award.

Dr. Gongjun Yan is the 2015 recipient of the Romain College of Business Dean’s Research Award.

Dr. Jack Smothers is the 2015 recipient of the Romain College of Business Dean’s Service Award.

Dr. Chad Milewicz is the 2015 co-recipient of the Romain College of Business Dean’s Excellence Award in Research.

Mr. Tim Bryan is the 2015 co-recipient of the Romain College of Business Dean’s Excellence Award in Service.

Dr. Kathy Elpers was recognized as the Region 8 Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

Dr. Gabriela Mustata Wilson, assistant professor of health services/administration, participated in a live conversation on Health Informatics with WNIN on February 16, 2015. With her in the studio were Chris Thompson, coordinator of clinical simulations from USI, Aaron Litherland, CEO of ClearFuture Healthcare and Brian Norris, CIO for Perscio, who joined from Indianapolis. Listen to the entire program here:

Dr. Khaled Elkhal and Dr. Sudesh Mujumdar had an article published in the Journal of Applied Economics and Business (2014, Vol.2, Issue 4), titled "There Should be NO CAP on Subordinated Debt: William Poole is Right!"

Dr. Jill Raisor, assistant professor of Education, recently received the Christine L. Fisher Early Childhood Education Grant from the Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children. The grant will provide toddler and preschool aged children at the USI Children’s Learning Center an opportunity to work with USI artists, Al Holen (ceramics) and Rob Millard-Mendez (woodworking), in preparation for an annual art show.

Dr. Perry Burnett, Dr. Kenneth Shemroske and Dr. Mohammed Khayum had an article published in Administrative Issues Journal, 4(2). It is titled: "Disrupting Faculty Service: Using Technology to Increase Academic Service Productivity."

The Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series announced that 3 Southwestern Indiana women have been selected as members of its historic 25th Anniversary Class of 2014-2015.  Renee Kabrick, Pepper Mulherin and Daniela Vidal join a group of 25 women from around the state to participate in the annual women’s leadership development program.

Dr. Perry Burnett and Dr. Curtis R. Price's paper (co-authored with T.H. Kuethe): “Consumer preference for locally grown produce: an analysis of willingness-to-pay and geographic scale,” Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development 2(1):269-278. (2011) was cited in the following USDA Report to the U.S. Congress:

Dr. Serah Theuri, assistant professor of Food and Nutrition, was the recipient of the Center for Applied Research and Economic Development Faculty, Outreach and Engagement Summer 2015 Fellowship Award.

Dr. Kevin Valadares, associate professor in Health Services, was a recipient of the USI Historic New Harmony Outreach and Engagement 2014-2015 Fellowship Award.

Dr. Stephanie Young, assistant professor of Communication Studies received the USI Foundation Outstanding Teaching by New Faculty Award.







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