May 5, 2016

Harris Presents Paper at Airport Culture(s) Conference in London

Associate Professor of History Steven E. Harris presented his paper, “Soviet Airports: Futuristic Gateways to the Socialist City,” at the interdisciplinary conference, “Airport Culture(s),” held at the University of London, April 28-29, 2016. Harris’ paper is based on the research and writing for his current book project, “Wings of the Motherland: Soviet and Russian Cultures of Aviation from Khrushchev to Putin.”

Chiang Publishes Article in SABM

Yuan-Jen Chiang, Professor of Mathematics, had a joint research article titled “Transversally Harmonic Morphisms between Foliated Riemannian Manifolds” published in the Southeast Asian Bulletin of Mathematics (the second paper).

Gray Presents to HDI DC Chapter on Metrics

Edward Gray, systems integration and support specialist in UMW’s IT Support Services, presented “Measuring Success: An Introduction to Metrics” to the HDI Capital Area chapter meeting on Friday, April 22.  The presentation provided foundational knowledge on the topic of metrics, their definition, selection and use.  Following the presentation, there was also good discussion and networking among the more than 40 attendees.

event photoGray has been at UMW for more than 15 years, serving in various IT roles.  He earned a master of science degree in Management Information Systems from UMW in 2010.  He was a participant in the inaugural cohort of Leadership UMW.  He has also earned several technical and management best practice certifications.  He is also a member of HDI and the HDI Capital Area local chapter.

HDI is the first professional association created for the technical support industry.  HDI is a community of industry peers and leaders with 150,000 members worldwide.  The HDI Capital Area is a local chapter serving the greater Washington, D.C., area.  If you have any questions about HDI, feel free to contact Gray at

Farnsworth Receives Distinguished Communicator Award

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently received the 2016 Distinguished Communicator Award from the Virginia Association of Communication Arts and Sciences. The annual award honors outstanding efforts by scholars to bring public policy conversations before the general public.

Davidson Publishes Article in “Foreign Policy Analysis”

Jason Davidson, professor of political science and international affairs, co-authored and published an article in the peer-reviewed journal “Foreign Policy Analysis.” The article, titled “The Limits of Radical Parties in Coalition Foreign Policy: Italy, Hijacking, and the Extremity Hypothesis,” was written with Fabrizio Coticchia, assistant professor of political science at the University of Genoa and explores the role of radical political parties in Italy. The article can be viewed here.



Reynolds Presents Research at International Conference

Patricia Reynolds presented her current research “Can you Hear Me? Non-Native English Teachers’ Perceptions of their Listening Skills” at the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language in Birmingham, UK, on April 13, 2016. Reynolds’ research into the efficacy issues present in the non-native English-speaking teacher population is in collaboration with colleagues at three European universities.

Powers Publishes New Book Titled ‘Confronting Evil’

Scott M. Powers, associate professor of modern foreign languages, has a new book.  Confronting Evil: The Psychology of Secularization in Modern French Literature has been published by Purdue University Press.

Farnsworth Presents Research at Virginia Professional Communicators Meeting

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently delivered a lecture titled, “How Virginia Politics is Changing — and How It is Not,” at the Virginia Professional Communicators Annual Meeting in Winchester, Va. The talk included findings from the center’s recent survey of Virginia public opinion.


Buster-Williams Participated in Panel Discussion

Kimberley Buster-Williams, associate provost for enrollment management, participated in a panel discussion on the topic “The Relationship Dynamic: Building Bonds that Lead to Enrollment ” at the 51st Annual PCACAC Conference on Monday, April 18, in Ocean City, Md. Kimberley was joined by Bill Brown, Vice President of Enrollment at Hood College, and Brenda Poggendorf, Vice President of Enrollment at Roanoke College.

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Moerman to Serve on Customer Advisory Board

Allyson Moerman, Associate Vice President for Finance, has been selected to serve on the inaugural Kronos Customer Advisory Board (CAB). The CAB will allow Kronos to connect with industry leaders to identify and prioritize their service needs and help Kronos become even more customer focused.