Nesli Alp, Interim Dean, College of Engineering and Computer Science

Paper entitled “Creating a Plan for Building Information Modeling”published at the Portland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology (PICMET) 2014 Conference proceedings.

Paper entitled “Using Industry-Sponsored Projects to Improve Outcomes”is accepted for presentation and publication at the 2014 International Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM) Conference in Virginia Beach, VA on October 15-18, 2014.

Served on the NSF review panel of Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

Received a grant of $773,015 from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission in support of UTC’s Center of Excellence in Applied Computational Engineering.

Deborah Elwell Arfken, Professor Emerita, Political Science, Public Administration, and Nonprofit Management

Invited to serve on the board of directors for WTCI public broadcasting television station.

Jessica Auchter, Assistant Professor, Political Science

Invited to write book review for International Feminist Journal of Politics

Was invited to contribute journal article to special issue of Ethnicity Studies

Reviewed journal article submissions for Review of International Studies, International Political Sociology, International Feminist Journal of Politics, Memory Studies, and Third World Quarterly, and a book submission for Oxford University Press

Tom Bissonette, Adjunct Faculty, College of Health, Education, and Professional Studies

Named as new faculty for Cross Country Education. He will be traveling the United States to introduce mental health providers and educators to his Developmental Asynchrony Model. This model is designed to help teens and young adults become more self-aware and to make better decisions.

David W. Carrithers, Adolph Ochs Professor of Government, Political Science

Invited participant in Liberty Fund conference on “The Development of Religious Liberty in America, 1610-1835” in Indianapolis, IN, June 12-15, 2014

Delivered paper entitled “Once More Unto the Breach: Hamilton versus Madison on Executive Power in Foreign Affairs” at the annual national meeting of the American Political Science Foundation in Washington D.C., August 27-31, 2014.

Steven Cox, Professor and Team Lead, Special Collections & University Archives, Library

Gave a presentation and signing on his book, “Once I Too Had Wings: The Journal of Emma Bell Miles, 1908-1918” at the Tennessee State Library and Archives in Nashville, as part of the Society of Tennessee Archivists Authors Roundtable, on June 28, 2014.

Chris Cunningham, UC Foundation Associate Professor, Psychology

Nominated to one of two Member-at-Large positions for the Society for Occupational Health Psychology

Peer-reviewed publications:

Cunningham, C. J. L., & Morelli, N. (in press). Let’s correct ourselves and how we handle unreliability in performance evaluation. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 7(4).

Cunningham, C. J. L. (in press). Religion and spirituality as factors that influence occupational stress and well-being. In P. Perrewe, J. R. B. Halbesleben, & C. Rosen (Eds.) Research in Occupational Stress and Well Being (Vol. 12).

Cunningham, C. J. L., LeMay, C. C., Sarnosky, K., & Anderson, A. (in press). Addressing response shift bias: A cultural competence evaluation example. Nursing Education Perspectives.

Cunningham, C. J. L., Manier, A. O., Anderson, A., Sarnosky, K., & (in press). Rational versus Empirical Prediction of Nursing Student Success. Journal of Professional Nursing. 10.1016/j.profnurs.2014.03.006

Peer-reviewed conference presentations:

Tracey, J. B., & Cunningham, C. J. L. (2014, October). Innovative solutions for human capital staffing in the hospitality industry. Presentation to be delivered at the 3rd Cornell Hospitality Research Summit. Ithaca, NY.

Cooper, A., & Cunningham, C. J. L. (2014, August). Exploring the use of non-cognitive factors in predicting college academic outcomes. Poster to be presented at the upcoming Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association. Washington, D. C.

Garcia, G., Watson, P. J., Cunningham, C. J. L., O’Leary, B. J. (2014, May). Self-worth as mediators between narcissism and aggression. Poster to be presented at the 26th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA.

Schreeder, C, Bishop, C., Cunningham, C. J. L., and Smith, E. (2014, April). Implementation of a house calls program. Podium presentation delivered at the Armstrong 2014 InterProfessional Health Care Summit, Savannah, GA.

Michelle D. Deardorff, Professor and Department Head, Political Science, Public Administration, and Nonprofit Management

Multimedia: Plessy v. Ferguson, (video) Soomo Publishing, 2014

Project Co-Director, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer University and College Faculty Institute, with Hamer Institute, “Finding Mississippi in the National Civil Rights Narrative,” at Jackson State University with Rico D. Chapman. EH-50357-13. June 8-28, 2014.

Writing Coach, JSUAdvance Summer Residential Writing Retreat. Funded by the National Science Foundation; NSF Grant 1008708, Jackson State University. Worked with female faculty on academic writing in the STEM and SBS disciplines and made presentations on improving logical flow of articles and responding to revisions and resubmits. May 26-31, 2014 and July 28-August 2, 2104.

Appointed to Advisory Board, Consortium for Inter-Campus SoTL Research, 2014

Working Group Moderator, “Teaching Political Theory and Theories,” American Political Science Association’s Conference on Teaching and Learning in Political Science. Philadelphia, PA, February 7-9, 2014.

Invited Paper, “Transforming Climates for the Academic Woman of Color: Facilitating Greater Understanding in the Workplace Climate and in Social Structures,”with Loretta A. Moore, Evelyn J. Leggette, and Angela M. Kupenda. Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions Forum for Women and Diversity in Stem. Guayaquil, Ecuador, July 22-24, 2014. In absentia.

Keynote Speaker, “Constructing the Franchise: Citizenship Rights versus Privileges and their Concomitant Policies,” Mississippi College School of Law, Law Review Symposium: Re-Examining The Voting Rights Act: Where Is Our Nation After Shelby County V. Holder? Jackson, MS, March 20-21, 2014. 

Jennifer T. Ellis, Assistant Professor, Education


Ellis, J. T., Arnone, M.P., & Cogburn, D.L. (2014, June). Accessible cyberlearning in practice. Journal on Technology and Persons with Disabilities, 1, pp. 155-166.

Conference Presentations

Ellis, J., Ingraham, L., & Terry, K. (2014) Writing to learn science. National Science Teachers Association National Conference. March 6-8, 2014, Boston, Massachusetts.

Research Trips

Traveled to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from August 2-22 with the Institute on Disability and Public Policy to conduct Accessible Cyberteaching training and workshop sessions to incoming fellows.

Nancy Fell, UC Foundation Professor, Physical Therapy

Achievements Elected Secretary of the Neurology Section, American Physical Therapy Association in June 2014. This is a Board of Directors position with a 3-year term.

Jim Foster, Head Coach of Women’s Basketball, Athletics

Tennessee Sports Writers Association Coach of the Year

Women’s Basketball Coaches Association – Victory Award recipient – 800 career wins

Jose-Luis Gastanaga, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures

Presented a paper, “The Studia Humanitatis and the Creation of Celestina”, at the 17th Annual Mediterranean Studies Congress, University of Malaga at Marbella, Marbella, Spain, May 28 – 31, 2014.

Invited to take charge of the book review section of Dissidences, Hispanic Journal of Theory and Criticism

Kelli Hand, Assistant Professor, Nursing

Will present ‘The Impact of Behavioral Interventions on Hand Hygiene’ at the 7th National Doctors of Nursing Practice Conference in October 2014.

Loren Hayes, Associate Professor, Biological and Environmental Sciences

Graduate student advisee, Madeline Strom, was awarded a $1500 grant from the American Society of Mammalogists to support her thesis research in Chile.

Co-authored a paper entitled ‘An evolutionary framework for studying mechanisms of social behavior’ that was published in the journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution

Gave a seminar entitled ‘Mammalian plural breeding: Why Bother?’ at the Institut Pluridisciplinaire Hubert Curien, Strasbourg, France in May 2014.

Debbie Ingram, Interim Director, Physical Therapy

Represented the Southern Conference at the NCAA Academic Cabinet meeting

Appointed to the Chattanooga Ronald McDonald House Board of Directors

Appointed to Chair the Crisis Services Advisory Board for the Partnership for Families, Children & Adults

Gaye Jeffers, Associate Professor, Theatre and Speech
Invited to attend the 25th Annual Sewanee Writers’ Conference in August 2014.  Jeffers’ play PHILO was presented in a workshop with Daisy Foote and Dan O’Brien.
Attended the Yale Writers’ Conference in Playwriting in June 2014.  Award-winning playwright Amy Herzog guided the development of Jeffers’ new play PLYWOOD.

Sara Jorgensen, Assistant Professor, History

Published “Bad Examples: Missionary Misbehavior as an Indicator of the Impact of Social Distance and the Evolution of Social Order in the American Zulu Mission”in the Journal of Southern African Studies.

Published Entries on “Ashanti Extravagant Funerals,Scarification of Children’s Faces, a Menstrual Isolation Ritual,and Washing Hands with Cow’s Urine,” in They Do What?: A Cultural Encyclopedia of Extraordinary and Exotic Customs from Around the World (ABC-CLIO).

Presented “Women Among the People: An Alternative Approach to Missionary Activity at Umvoti Mission Station, Natal, South Africa, c. 1865-1890”at the conference, “Towards the Ends of the Earth: Exploring the Global History of American Evangelicalism, 1840-2010,”at the University of Southampton, UK.

Catherine Kendall, Associate Professor, Interior Design

Peer-reviewed Publications:

Accepted for Publication in Peer Reviewed Journal. “Group projects with Millennials: The question of not why, but how.”Journal of Learning in Higher Education. Spring 2014.

Peer-reviewed abstracts for professional presentation:

Being green actually is easy: Quick solutions toward a healthy and sustainable home that saves families money now! American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences National Conference, St. Louis, MO. Summer 2014.

Freshman seminars: An opportunity for family & consumer sciences. American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences National Conference, St. Louis, MO. Summer 2014.

Effective strategies for disarming the bomb of millennial stress in group work within higher education. Tennessee Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, Knoxville, TN. Spring 2014.

Green and sustainable design practices: Easy ways to create health and economic benefits for families. Tennessee Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, Knoxville, TN. Spring 2014.

Creating student engagement through the experiential learning of study tours. Dalton State Teaching and Learning Conference, Dalton, GA. Spring 2014.

Designing effective group projects for the classroom: A look at successful strategies. Dalton State Teaching and Learning Conference, Dalton, GA. Spring 2014.

Engaged with technology: Using mobile apps to motivate student learning. Dalton State Teaching and Learning Conference, Dalton, GA. Spring 2014.

Nora Kile, Instructor in Flute & Piccolo and Conductor of Flute Ensemble, Cadek Conservatory of Music

Had e-text “Journey Through the Classical Music World” published 2011 and is now being marketed; had newest music arrangement, “Two Movements from Vivaldi’s Gloria” published 2014, bringing to 23 the number of music arrangements now published.

David Levine, Professor, Physical Therapy

Published Gulledge BM, Marcellin-Little DJ, Levine D, Tillman LJ, Harrysson OL, Osborne JA, Baxter B. Comparison of two stretching methods and optimization of stretching protocol for the piriformis muscle. Med Eng Phys. 2014;36(2):212-8.

Invited speaker, Canine Arthritis Rehabilitation Exercise Sports Medicine

(CARES) August, 2014 (Topics: exercise physiology)

Invited speaker, the 8th International Symposium on Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy in Veterinary Medicine, August 2014, Oregon State University

Rehabilitation of medial shoulder instability; achilles tendon injuries; and iliopsoas injuries.

Gary Maynard, Assistant Professor, Sociology

Dr. Gary Maynard ; Dr. Corinne Ong Debt, (submitted to Sociological Inquiry on July 31st, 2014–under review) Trade and Investment Dependency and HIV/AIDS Prevalence in the Developing World: A Cross-national Longitudinal Analysis.

Gary Maynard. (Revise and Resubmit) “International Trade, Foreign Direct Investment and Neo-liberalism: A Cross-national Analysis of Youth Smoking Rates.”submitted to Social Currents in March 2014.

Gary Maynard, Michael Restivo and Eric Shircliff. (Revise and Resubmit) “Non-Governmental Organizations, Democracy and Tuberculosis Mortality Rates in Poor Nations”submitted to International Journal of Comparative Sociology on Feb. 5th, 2014.

ASA presentation in August 2014 – “World Polity and Youth Smoking: first difference analysis.”Will be presented at ASA annual meeting in August of 2014. Accepted in March 2014.

International trade and Public Health: An analysis of public comments on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. Accepted on June 4th, 2014 for presentation at APHA annual meeting in New Orleans on November 18th, 2014.

Faculty research grant to conduct an Oral History of the Peoples Temple – $2800

Deborah McAllister, UC Foundation Professor, Education

Presented the 1-week session, Grade 5 Math Enrichment, to fifth-grade students, July 2014.

Attended the NSF grants conference in Denver, June 2014.

Participating on the Lego Education Advisory Panel (LEAP), 2012-present.

Participating on the Mathematics Bias and Sensitivity Review Panel for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), 2013-present.

Jonathan McNair, Ruth S. Holmberg Professor of American Music, Music

April 4-6, 2014, one of three featured guest composers at the Heidelberg New Music Festival (Ohio), with performances of three original works.

April 24, 2014, premiere of a new orchestral work, “Hopyard Overture,” by the Southern Adventist University Orchestra.

May, 2014, appointed to the Ruth S. Holmberg Professorship in American Music at UTC.

June 16-19, 2014, participated with a small group of UTC faculty and administrators in a forum and workshop on High Impact Practices sponsored by the AAU&P, Nashville.

July 30, 2014, conducted my own work and music by other composers at the International Clarinet Festival, LSU campus, Baton Rouge, leading the Chattanooga Clarinet Choir.

August, 2014, finalist in the Keene State Composition contest.

Sept. 4-7, conducting the premiere performances of a new chamber opera by Tim Hinck, at the Circle Theater, Chattanooga.

Sept. 30, will premiere a new set of original songs on poems by Walt Whitman, at UTC, featuring Perry Ward, baritone voice.

Ronald J. Morris, Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychology

Published: Watson, P. J., Chen, Z., & Morris, R. J. (2014). Varieties of quest and the religious openness hypothesis within religious fundamentalist and biblical foundationalist ideological surrounds. Religions, 5, 1-20.

Sumer Patterson, Program Coordinator, Integrated Studies

Earned Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University May 31, 2014. Title of thesis: “Evaluation of a First-Year Seminar Program for Effectiveness in Retaining Undergraduate College Students”. Dissertation was Dr. John Billings.

Vincent Ivan Phipps, Instructor, Theatre and Speech

Elected as President of the National Speaker’s Association Tennessee Chapter.

Verbie Prevost, Connor Professor of American Literature, English

Discipline (American Literature) Peer Reviewer for Fulbright Scholar Awards

Katherine Rehyansky, Professor, English

Editor, Tennessee Philological Bulletin, Vol. 50 (2013)

Irven M. Resnick, Professor and Chair of Excellence, Philosophy and Religion

Directed an NEH Summer Institute for College and University Faculty, “Representations of the “Other: Jews in Medieval England,”held 13 July-15 August, 2014 at Oxford University’s Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies

Delivered an invited paper, “A Coincidence of Opposites: When the Worst is also the Best,” Debating Conversion in Different Historical Contexts, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Israel), 29 May, 2014.

Named a Contributing Member, I-CORE: The Center for the Study of Conversion and Inter-Religious Encounters at Ben-Gurion University, in collaboration with the Hebrew University, the Open University, Bar Ilan University and the University of Haifa; and he visited the Thomas Institut at the University of Cologne (Germany), and the Albertus Magnus-Institut in Bonn (Germany) in July 2014.

Valerie C. Rutledge, Dean, College of Health, Education, and Professional Studies

Invited presenter at the Second Annual Reading Conference sponsored by the Tennessee Center for the Study and Treatment of Dyslexia at MTSU, August 16, 2014.

Charlene Simmons, UC Foundation Associate Professor, Communication

Presented a paper, “A Marriage of Foes?: Radio, Newspapers, and the Facsimile in the 1930s” at the 2104 International Communication Association (ICA) Annual Conference in Seattle, WA (May 23, 2014).

Elected as Chair for the Media and Economics Division of the Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). Will serve one year in the position.

Had a mossy frog photo selected as Tennessee Aquarium’s featured photo of the week on its Facebook page (July 15, 2014)

Had three photographs selected by the Smithsonian American Art Museum as featured photos in their Sculpture Challenge (July 12 – Sculpture with the Moon, July 18 – Sculpture of a Dog, July 21 – Sculpture in Front of Museum).

Had a photograph of the Choo Choo sign published in the following story: “A City in Tennessee Has The Big Cable Companies Terrified” by Joey Cosco (July 30, 2104).

Had a photograph of an alligator snapping turtle featured in Flickr’s July 23, 2014 blog post “Wildlife Wednesday: Smiling deer to stalking cheetah”

Had a photography of the Chattanooga skyline published in the following story “Top 11 Shareable Innovations in Chattanooga, Tennessee”by Kelly McCartney (August 12, 2014).

Adrienne Teague, Assistant Director, Alumni Affairs

Selected as a member of the Leadership Chattanooga class of 2015. 

Nikolasa Tejero, Assistant Professor, Music

Presented a concert with the Chattanooga Clarinet Choir at the International Clarinet Association’s annual conference ClarinetFest® 2014, held in Baton Rouge, LA.

Monograph, Music And Culture: Folklore in Cuban Clarinet Music – An Introduction and Case Study, was published by Scholars’ Press (Saarbrcken, Germany, 2014). ISBN 978-3-639-66239-9.

Gary Wilkerson, Professor, Health & Human Performance

Recent peer-reviewed publications include: (1) Cohort study design: an underutilized approach for advancement of evidence-based and patient-centered practice in athletic training. (2) Safeguarding Student-Athlete Health and Welfare conference: proceedings summary. (3) Refinement of a prediction model for the occurrence of core and lower extremity sprains and strains in college football players. and (4) Biomechanics of Gait: Foot and Ankle.

Recent appointment to advisory boards: (1) MomsTEAM Institute (Waltham, MA) and (2) St. Vincent Sports Performance Science (Indianapolis, IN)

Lane Wilkinson, Assistant Professor, Library

Awarded the library’s Jackson Dean award for faculty development.

Published “Principlism and the Ethics of Librarianship” in The Reference Librarian, Vol. 55, No. 1.

Invited presentation at the Texas Library Association Annual Conference April 11, 2014.

Invited presentation at Central Texas College, May 29, 2014

Marilyn Willis, Associate Professor, Accounting

Recognized by the TSCPA with Life Membership for contributions to Tennessee Society of CPA’s; Award the Chartered Global Management Accountant Certification by the American Institute of CPA’s

Jonathan Yeager, Assistant Professor of Religion, Philosophy and Religion

Book manuscript entitled, “Jonathan Edwards and Transatlantic Print Culture” was accepted for publication by Oxford University Press

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