April 24, 2014

Erchull Receives Waple Professional Achievement Award

Associate Professor of Psychology Mindy Erchull is the recipient of the 2014 Waple Faculty Professional Achievement Award. The award, which was announced during the General Faculty Meeting on April 23, was established in honor of Shirly van Epps Waple and is in its second year.

Based on faculty nominations, this award recognizes Erchull’s scholarly, creative and professional achievements.

Marta Smith Earns a CPFO Designation

Marta Smith, Director of Accounting, has earned her CPFO (Certified Public Finance Officer) designation. The CPFO is granted by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada, upon completion of five exams that cover the major disciplines of public finance. These five exam areas are:

1. Governmental Accounting, Auditing and Financial Reporting
2. Treasury and Investment Management
3. Debt Management
4. Operating and Capital Budgeting
5. Retirement & Benefits, Risk Management and Procurement

Congratulations, Marta!

COE Faculty Present at AERA Conference

Janine Davis, Courtney Clayton, and John Broome, all assistant professors in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, presented their research at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association on “The Power of Educational Research for Innovation in Practice and Policy” in Philadelphia on April 6, 2014.  Their study investigates the ways that action research impacts professional identity among preservice teachers.

AERA is concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and evaluation and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results. AERA is the most prominent international professional organization for educational researchers, with the primary goal of advancing educational research and its practical application. Its more than 25,000 members are educators; administrators; directors of research; persons working with testing or evaluation in federal, state and local agencies; counselors; evaluators; graduate students; and behavioral scientists.

Farnsworth Presents Research Paper

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, presented his research paper, “Virginia Voters and Governmental Power:  Evaluations of Federal and State Performance,” at the Virginia Social Science Association Annual Meeting in Richmond earlier this month. The research paper was based on results from a UMW-sponsored poll of 1,004 Virginia residents conducted last year.

Mathur Presents at Shakespeare Association of America Conference

Maya Mathur, Associate Professor of English, presented the paper “‘And woe is me that any man should want’: Playing the Good Host(ess) in Arden of Faversham“on April 10 at the annual conference of the Shakespeare Association of America in St. Louis, Mo. She also attended the conference “Shakespeare and the Problem of Biography” at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. April 3-5.

Mindy Erchull Awarded the Florence L. Denmark Faculty Advisor Award

The UMW Psi Chi officers surprised Mindy Erchull during the awards ceremony at the close of the 2014 Psi Chi Symposium when they announced that she had just been awarded the Florence L. Denmark Faculty Advisor Award by Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology. This award recognizes Erchull as the one faculty advisor for the 2013-14 academic year who best achieves Psi Chi’s purpose.  This year’s officers nominated Erchull because they felt she well exemplified the criteria of ongoing service to the chapter while being motivating to members and having made contributions to the field of psychology at both local and national levels. The award will be presented to Erchull at the American Psychological Association convention in August.

McClurken Presents on the Detective and the Asylum

On April 12, Jeffrey McClurken, Professor and Chair of History and American Studies presented a paper, “Murder at the Asylum: A Pinkerton Detective in Readjuster Virginia,” as part of the panel, “Infiltrating Dangerous Spaces: The Rise of the Detective in the Late Nineteenth Century,” at the Organization of American Historians Annual Conference in Atlanta, Ga.  McClurken was also part of a C-SPAN interview at the conference on the role of detectives in the 19th and 20th Centuries.

McAllister Participates in Workshop

Marie E. McAllister

Marie E. McAllister

Marie E. McAllister, Professor of English, participated in the workshop “Liberate the Text! (While Creating a Publishable Digital Textual Edition)” run by 18thConnect and attended the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies annual conference in March.

Whalen Appointed to MLA Information Technology Committee

Zach Whalen

Zach Whalen

Zach Whalen, Assistant Professor of English, has been appointed to a three-year term on the Modern Language Association’s Information Technology Committee charged with advising on various technological initiatives and projects within the MLA. The Modern Language Association is the preeminent professional association in the United States for scholars of language and literature and includes some 30,000 members.

UMW Faculty and Staff Receive PTAC Grants

The University of Mary Washington President’s Technology Advisory Council, PTAC, recently awarded 10 PTAC Innovation Fund Grants to UMW faculty and staff members.

PTAC Innovation Fund Grants, which can range from $500 to $25,000, are intended to help jump-start innovative uses of technology in learning, teaching and exploration at UMW. This year’s grant recipients were:

  • “3-D Pedagogy through LEGOs,” by Andrea Smith, assistant professor of historic preservation;
  • “Bridging Boundaries: Innovative Film and Video across Disciplines,” by Jean Ann Dabb, professor of art and art history;
  • “Digital Gallery Exhibit Development,” by Rosemary Arneson, university librarian, and Carolyn Parsons, special collections librarian;
  • “Digital Voice Recorders for Sociolinguistics,” by Janie Lee, assistant professor of English, linguistics and communication;
  • “Educational Technology and Curriculum Support Collection,” by Paul Boger, Stafford library manager, Danielle Willgruber, library assistant, Elizabeth Heitsch, reference librarian and Nicole St. John, library assistant;
  • “Hearing their Stories,” by Janine Davis, assistant professor in the College of Education;
  • “Integrating Embedded Devices,” by David Toth, assistant professor of computer science, Ian Finlayson, assistant professor of computer science and Ronald Zacharski, associate professor of computer science;
  • “Providing STEM Learning Activities for Children with Disabilities,” by Nicole Myers, associate professor in the College of Education;
  • “Representation, Presentation, Documentation,” by Gary Stanton, associate professor of historic preservation, and Michael Spencer, assistant professor of historic preservation;
  • “Simulated Environments to Train Teacher Candidates,” by Roberta Gentry, assistant professor in the College of education.

The President’s Technology Advisory Council is a presidentially appointed committee of faculty, students and staff established in 2012 as a recommendation within the University Strategic Plan.

PTAC advises the president on technology issues, provides input on the purchasing of digital systems, and fosters and enables academic technologies and libraries at UMW. For more information visit http://president.umw.edu/ptac/grant/.