Deborah Elwell Arfken, Director and Professor, Political Science, Public Administration and Nonprofit Management
Attended the 19th annual conference of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities in Louisville, KY, October 27-29, 2013.

Andrew Bailey, Assistant Professor, Health and Human Performance
Peer reviewer for five journals: Leisure Sciences; Current Issues in Tourism; Democracy and Education; Journal of Experiential Education; Coalition for Education in the Outdoors

Presentation peer-reviewer for three conferences: Christian Society of Kinesiology and Leisure Studies conference, June 2013; Leisure Research Symposium presentations for the National Recreation & Parks Association, Houston, TX; Spring 2013; Southeastern Recreation Research Conference, Athens, GA; Spring 2013

UTC Honors Program student assistantship (2012 & 2013). Financial support for an honor student to aid with Tourism research.

Full report written and presented to the Hamilton County Mayoral Committee, which is the foundational document for parks planning.

Three refereed presentations given at regional and international conferences:
Bailey, A. & Kang, H.K. (2013). Wilderness orientation programs: Connecting the dots of process and outcomes. International Conference for the Association of Experiential Education, Denver, CO; October, 2013.

Kang, H.K. & Bailey, A. (2013). Empirical Linkage between Psychological Needs in Self-Determination Theory and Perceived Quality of Life through Enduring Involvement. Presentation for the Southeastern Recreation Research Conference, Athens, GA; 2013.

Bailey, A. & Kang, H.K. (2013). Leisure and Life Satisfaction: Mundane Happiness. Presentation for the Southeastern Recreation Research Conference, Athens, GA; 2013.

Sybil Baker, UC Foundation Associate Professor, English
Finalist, Foreword Book of the Year Award 2013 (for Into This World)

Received Honorable Mention Eric Hoffer Award 2013 (for Into This World).

Published “Packing It Up And In” Defunct 7 Fall 2013.
Published “The Expo” Guernica 15 March 2013.
Published “An Interview with William Gay” Glimmer Train Spring 2013.
Published “What We Learned From Their Bones” The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts 21 January 2013.

Was Keynote Speaker. Young Southern Student Writers Awards Ceremony. Chattanooga, TN. April March 2013.

Presented Author lecture. Sponsored by UTC Library. University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. 29 January 2013.

Was Featured Writer (presentation and reading). American Writers Festival. US Embassy and Wee Kim Wee Centre of Singapore Management University. Singapore. 22-27 October 2012.

Awarded Best New Cross Cultural Literary Fiction and Poetry Writer of the Year.
National Critics’ Choice, Singapore. October 2012.

Awarded MakeWork Grant. Chattanooga, TN. September 2012.

Was Guest Faculty at the Yale Writer’s Conference (June 2013) and City University of Hong Kong (MFA program) (July 2013).

Jennifer Boyd, Assistant Professor, Biological & Environmental Sciences

Awarded $342,000 from the National Science Foundation for the acquisition of six controlled-environment growth chambers to facilitate global change biology research at UTC.

Coauthored a student presentation at the 123rd annual Tennessee Academy of Science meeting on November 15, 2013, describing a ten-year monitoring dataset of a rare locally endemic plant species.

Served as chair of the Botany Section of the Tennessee Academy of Science.

Was awarded a contract from S&ME environmental consultants to transplants individuals of a rare locally endemic plant species impacted by TDOT construction near Enterprise South.

Was awarded a Beyond the Classroom grant to initiate an experiential learning project in her Plant Ecology course investigating the influences of abiotic conditions on the growth a reproduction of a rare locally endemic orchid species.

Prepared a technical report for the Tennessee Army National Guard synthesizing a ten-year dataset of monitoring of a rare locally endemic plant species that occurs on their Catoosa County, GA, Volunteer Training Site.

C. Daniel Chase, Lead Web Administrator, Strategic Systems
Presented “Integrating the Use of Ellucian Luminis Portal with OU Campus” aka “A Walk Down Portal Lane” at HighEdWeb 2013 annual conference for web professionals in higher education.

Michelle D. Deardorff, Professor and Department Head, Political Science & Public Administration
Presented “Reproductive Rights in the Workplace, Notions of Equality, and Federal Litigation” at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. August 29-September 1, 2013. Served as a chair and discussant at the same conference on a different panel.

Recognized by the American Political Science Association and the Pi Sigma Alpha National Honorary for Outstanding Teaching in Political Science, September 2013.

Jennifer T. Ellis, Assistant Professor, Education
Conference Presentation:
Ellis, J., Ingraham, L., & Terry, K. (2012) Using writing to learn science. National Science Teachers Association Regional Conference. November 7-9, 2013, Charlotte, NC.

Dr. Li Yang, Dr. Joseph Kizza (Computer Science and Engineering) and Dr. Jennifer Ellis – Program Evaluator (School of Education) – $119,869 from the National Science Foundation for a collaborative project aimed to bolster browser security education in colleges and universities.
Program Evaluator- NSF DUE0323994 and 0728350 Making Opportunities for Computer Science and Computer Engineering Students (MOCS), PI Dr. Li Yang, awarded $585,020.00, effective 7/1/13, duration 60 months.
Program Evaluator- NSF 13-1 Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, Project Tiger Teach (PTT), being conducted at Tennessee State University, awarded $1,189,492.00, effective 9/1/13, duration 60 months.

Conducted evaluation research for the Institute on Disability Public Policy at Mahidol University in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, August 9-16, 2013

Jeffery Elwell, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Elected as a Board Member of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans (ICFAD) at the annual meeting in New Orleans in October. He will serve a three-year term.

Elwell has also been appointed as Chair of the Personnel Committee for ICFAD.

M. Dean Hamann, Lead Banner Database Administrator, Strategic Systems
Presented a 2 hour workshop on installing and configuring the Banner Enterprise Identity Services (BEIS) software to a group of peers at the CoHesion conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

Debbie Ingram, UC Foundation Professor, Physical Therapy
Invited to present at the American Physical Therapy Association National Student Conclave in Louisville, KY in October 2013

Published “Ten year history of physical therapist disciplinary reports’ in the PT Journal of Policy & Administration

David Levine, Professor, Physical Therapy
Published the 2nd edition of Canine Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy as co-editor and author of 16 chapters in October, 2013.

Was invited as a speaker for the opening events of a rehabilitation center at Kasetsart University in Bangkok, Thailand in December 2013.

Deborah A. McAllister, UC Foundation Professor, School of Education
Attended Tennessee Governor Haslam’s Drive to 55 event, in Nashville.

Participated in the UT Advising Summit, in Nashville.

Serving as President of Faculty Senate, UTC (2012-2014).

Jessica Peacock, Assistant Professor, Health and Human Performance
Had a paper titled “A Qualitative Analysis of Bariatric Patients’ Post-surgical Barriers to Exercise” published in the journal Obesity Surgery

Was named section editor and editorial board member for the Journal Journal of Adolescent and Family Health.

Was invited to sit on the Advisory Board for the Diabetes Prevention Program with the Chattanooga YMCAs.

Was invited to give a presentation on Mental Skills Training to the UTC Girl’s Soccer Team Camp, July 2013.

Valerie Rutledge, Dean, College of Health, Education, and Professional Studies
At the recent Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities Conference in Louisville, KY, Dr. Rutledge and colleagues participated in a poster presentation and two concurrent sessions.

A Partnership with Parents: How Perceptions of Parental Involvement Among Pre-Service, Graduate and Undergraduate Candidates in Professional Education and Other Areas of Professional Studies Influenced the Development of a Parental Involvement Module
Presenters: Cheryl Robinson, Linda Johnston, Bonnie Warren-Kring, Kristy Gibbs, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Loving Kindness Meditation for Women in Transition: Linking University Research to Three Urban Areas in Tennessee
Presenters: Elizabeth O’Brien, Valerie Rutledge, Linda Johnston, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

ThinkAchieve Grant Program: Opportunities for Experiential Learning Within and Beyond the Classroom
Presenters: Dawn Ford, Linda Johnston, Valerie Rutledge, Elizabeth O’Brien, Bengt Carlson, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Tom Rybolt, Professor and Department Head, Chemistry
Published articles with undergraduate student Jae Son “Force Field Based MM2 Molecule-Surface Binding Energies for Graphite and Graphene” Graphene 2, 18-34 (2013) and with undergraduate student Sarah McCary “Storage and Timed Release of Acetaminophen from Porous Carbonaceous Materials,” Open Journal of Physical Chemistry, 3 (2), 76-88 (2013).

Aaron Shaheen, UC Foundation Associate Professor, English
Published “Strolling through the Slums of the Past: Ralph Werther’s Love Affair with Victorian Womanhood in Autobiography of an Androgyne” in the October (128.4) issue of PMLA.

Joanie Sompayrac, UC Foundation Professor, Accounting
Named Beta Alpha Psi Outstanding Professor for 2013-2014

Catherine R. Smith, Associate Professor, Physical Therapy
Presented paper “Using Point-of-View Video Modeling to Improve Motor Skill Performance in Preschool-Aged Children.” Delivered at the International Conference of Disabled Persons in the Context of Current Special Education and Related Sciences; sponsored by the Institute of Special Education Studies; Department of Special Education; Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia; 11/20/13 (Report published in conference proceedings: ISBN 978-80-89238-741-472)

Appointed Senior Lecturer, Anglo-American University, Prague, Czech Republic, July, 2013

Developed and taught Management 559 / 359 Professional Behavior in Organizations (ECTS 6) Anglo-American University; Prague, Czech Republic, 2013

Presented workshop titled: Exercise and Multiple Sclerosis: Benefits and Special Considerations; Multiple Sclerosis Association of Slovakia (NADEJ) Regional Reconditioning Meeting; Dudince, Slovakia; 11/26/13

Guest lecturer: Change Management in Trends of Leadership course; Faculty of Management; Comenius University; Bratislava, Slovakia; 11/25/13

Presented 2 workshop sessions titled: a) Finding Ability in Disability: Overcoming Social Challenges Associated with Disabling Conditions and b) Let’s Move: Participating in Social Activities to Improve Developmental Outcomes of Children with Movement Challenges; From Inclusion to Integration Seminar; Sponsored by Krajina Nepoznana and the Slovenska Spina Bifida Association; Kosice, Slovakia; 11/16/13

Presented workshop titled: Encouraging Physical Activity in Children with Disabling Conditions; Workshop; addressed to faculty and students of the Department of Special Education; Presov University; Presov, Slovakia; 11/14/13

Co-presenter: Finding the Hero in You: Applying Constructs of Psy-Cap; Connect Slovakia, sro; 11/12/13

Presented seminar titled: Promoting Leisure Activities of Children with Physical Impairments; 2013 Annual Meeting of the Slovak Spina Bifida Association; Zilina, Slovakia; 10/12/13

Presented workshop session titled: Identifying Barriers and Facilitators for Social Inclusion of Persons with Movement Challenges, and co-presented a session titled: Strategies to Enhance Emotional Intelligence and Psychological Capital; YMCA Europe Festival; International workshop delivered to YMCA administrators and youth leaders from Europe and USA; Prague, Czech Republic, 8/6/13 – 8/10/13

Will Stern, Instructor, Health and Human Performance
Selected as November Member of the Month of the 35,000-member National Strength and Conditioning Association.

John Trussel, Associate Professor, Accounting
Published an article with Patricia Patrick of Shippensburg University, entitled “The Symptoms and Consequences of Fiscal Distress in Municipalities: An Investigation of Reductions in Public Services,” in Accounting and the Public Interest.

Published an article, entitled “Is the Loss of Tax-exempt Status by Previous Filers Related to Financial Distress?” in Journal of Accounting and Finance.

Published an article with Patricia Patrick of Shippensburg University, entitled “Predicting Fiscal Distress in Special District Governments,” in Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management.

Jim Tucker, McKee Chair of Excellence, College of Health, Education, and Professional Studies
Professional Appointments:

Appointed to the Education Committee of WTCI-PBS

Professional Publications:

Ebbinger, A. & Tucker, J. A. (2013). A review of Diller, L. H. “The last normal child: Essays on the intersections of kids, culture, and psychiatric drugs.” Published in Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry, 15(2), 141-144

Tucker, J. A. (in press). Foreword. In Burns, M. & Parker D. “Curriculum-Based Assessment for Instructional Design.Tucker, J. A. (in press). Being published as the “Foreword” In Burns, M. & Parker D. “Curriculum-Based Assessment for Instructional Design. New York: Guilford Press.

Tucker, J. A. (2013). “Editorial: The diversity of ethics.” Published in Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry, 15(2), 71-72.

Professional Presentations:
Jahansouz, S. & Tucker, J. (2010). “PanHellenic recruitment as a context for experiential learning: a five year study.” Presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advsors, Phoenix, AZ. December 5.

Gilbert, M., Kean, B., Tucker, J. & Weatherby-Fell, N. (2013). “Creating educational environments for supporting the social and emotional wellbeing of children.” A panel presentation at the 16th Annual Conference of the International Society for Ethical Psychology and psychiatry. November 2.

Tucker, J. A. “The ology of ornithon.” Invited presentation for the annual E. O. Grundset Lecture Series, Southern Adventist University, October, 26.

Professional Participation:
Attended and participated in Chattanooga Impact’s Second Leadership Seminar, October 2.

Attended as board member the annual meeting of the Board of Directors of the International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry. November 1

Marilyn Willis, Associate Professor, Accounting
Selected as Life Member Achievement Recognition for Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants

Elected Vice President of Chattanooga Chapter of Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance

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