August 12, 2022

Rotter Joins National Shared Governance Meeting

National Council of Faculty Sentages

National Council of Faculty Senates

Associate Professor of German Marcel Rotter, who serves as parliamentarian of UMW’s University Faculty Council, joined 21 other governance leaders in Houston to discuss national shared governance issues at the meeting of the National Council of Faculty Senates.

Rotter joined leaders from the Faculty Senates of Ferris State University, Illinois State University, Nicholls State University, Northwestern State University, Sam Houston State University, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Stockton University, SUNY Faculty Senate, SUNY Oswego, Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University at Kingsville, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, University of the District of Columbia, University of Houston, University of North Texas at Dallas, University of Texas at Arlington, University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas at Dallas, University of Wisconsin Green Bay, and Virginia Tech.

The meeting was held at the University of Houston. This was the first face-to-face meeting of the National Council of Faculty Senates in three years.

Larus Presents Research on U.S.-Taiwan Sister City Relations

Larus research presentation

Larus research presentation

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor Emerita of Political Science and International Affairs and Pew Davis Fellow at Middlebury College, offered a research presentation 台美姐妹城市的合作 [Taiwan-U.S. Sister City Cooperation] in Chinese at Middlebury College on July 21, 2022. Professor Larus indicated that beyond facilitating cultural exchanges and understanding, sister city cooperation is a useful tool for expanding Taiwan’s diplomatic space.

In addition, Professor Larus also spoke to media for several reports:

On Aug. 1, Professor Larus commented on U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan on Germany’s DW broadcast news program and indicated that although Pelosi’s Asia trip is intended to demonstrate U.S. commitment to the peace and security of the region, her stop in Taiwan risks greater Chinese aggression against the island. Read more.

Also on Aug. 1, Larus spoke with Newsy’s August 1 Morning Rush news program and indicated that Pelosi’s visit demonstrates U.S. commitment to a free Taiwan but risks retaliation from China.

Professor Larus offered commentary to Tin Tuc Vietnam news on U.S. President Biden’s July 28 phone call with Chinese leader Xi Jinping and noted that  the high-level exchange demonstrated goodwill between the two sides, which has positive implications for bilateral relations. Read more.

Caffrey Releases New CD

Kevin Caffrey

Kevin Caffrey

Senior Associate Registrar Kevin Caffrey released his latest CD, Alchemy, on Friday, July 29th. Consisting of all original music, the album combines elements of folk rock, progressive rock, and ambient music to create a unique collection of evocative and personal songs. He’ll be performing at WAR Craft Brewery/The Winery at Rapidan on August 27th and September 17th.

Farnsworth Weighs in on Pelosi’s Taiwan Visit

Professor of Political Science Stephen Farnsworth

Professor of Political Science Stephen Farnsworth

Professor of Political Science Stephen Farnsworth spoke to appeared on a segment titled “Pelosi Visits Taiwan Despite Warnings” on CTV News. “There’s no time like the present to stand up for democracy,” Farnsworth said. “I think the fundamental challenge the United States faces in the wake of the Donald Trump years is to demonstrate a commitment to the principles that we have … ” Hear more.

Farnsworth also spoke to the Australian Broadcasting Corp. for a story titled “Kansas Put Abortion Rights on the Ballot. The Surprising Outcome is Reverberating Across the United States.” Farnsworth said: “What you see here, though, is that the Republican Party has put itself in a very difficult spot on the abortion question. It is much better to be a Republican running against abortion when abortion is legal than to be asking voters how to react once abortion is under the kind of threat that it’s under right now.” Read more.

Explore other recent media mentions featuring Dr. Farnsworth:

U.S. Proposes Prisoner Swap to Russia (CTV News)
Trump Gives Washington Speech (CTV News Canada)
FBI Searches Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Home (CTV News)
Fauci Flip Flop: Republican candidate tries to walk back ‘Fauci should be jailed’ comment. (Democrat Underground)

Davidson Shares Foreign Policy Expertise With Italian Publication

Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson spoke to Geopolitica for a story titled “Not Only Russia: The Chinese Challenge in the Future of NATO.” Davidson, who is also a nonresident senior fellow at the New American Engagement Initiative (Atlantic Council), said: “Considering the current war in Ukraine, it was impossible not to define Russia as the most important and direct threat.” Read more.

Vaughn Joins Chamber’s Leadership Fredericksburg Cohort

Advancement Development Officer Jeremy Vaughn

Advancement Development Officer Jeremy Vaughn

Advancement Development Officer Jeremy Vaughn has been named to the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce’s next Leadership Fredericksburg cohort. The fellows will meet monthly from September 2022 through May 2023. Read more.

Good Shares Thoughts on Computer Science Education

Assistant Professor of Special Education Kevin Good

Assistant Professor of Special Education Kevin Good

Assistant Professor of Special Education Kevin Good contributed to a story titled “How do you teach younger students computer science?” for ZDNet.com. Computer science curriculums for K-8 students should also have a foundation of cultivating student curiosity, Good said. “I love to tell my teacher-preparation students that computer science should be like a trip with Ms. Frizzle, one in which we take chances and make mistakes.” Read more

Good also contributed to an article called “Not just starting sooner: The pandemic’s surprising impact on K-12 computer science education” for RoxxCloud and Technology for You. “Over the pandemic, most school districts achieved the goal of having a device for every student … which has been fantastic in terms of access,” he said. “However, online access outside of school remains a challenge for many.” Read the full article on RoxxCloud and Technology for You.

Kelly Named to National Leadership Fellowship

Pete Kelly is dean of UMW's College of Education. Photo by Suzanne Carr Rossi.

College of Education Dean Pete Kelly

College of Education Dean Pete Kelly was recently named an Impact Academy fellow through national non-profit organization Deans for Impact. Dr. Kelly joins a cohort of leaders chosen for their commitment to improving educator preparation rooted in equity. 

Educator-preparation programs today face complex challenges as they prepare teachers and K-12 leaders who are well-equipped to identify and address educational inequities exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. More than ever, the field needs leaders who can foster individual and organizational learning and ensure that all children have access to rigorous, content-rich instruction. Deans for Impact aims to fill this need through its year-long Impact Academy fellowship, which empowers dean-level leaders with skills, knowledge, and strategies to pursue instructional excellence in the face of new challenges.

Dr. Kelly is one of 20 leaders announced as part of this fellowship’s seventh cohort. Since 2015, Deans for Impact has built the capacity of more than 100 leaders of educator-preparation programs through the Impact Academy, positioning them to make pedagogy a priority within their programs and advocate for more equitable systems of teaching and learning.

Gupta Shares Expertise on India With East-West Center

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Surupa Gupta

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Surupa Gupta

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Surupa Gupta contributed to an article titled “India and the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework” for the East-West Center. “Even though India has emerged as an active and engaged member of the Quad, its decision to join IPEF — a US-led framework for economic cooperation in the Indo Pacific — was not a foregone conclusion.” Read more.

Davidson Pens Piece on Italy, Western Unity on Ukraine

Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson penned an article titled “Has Draghi’s Fall Broken Western Unity on Ukraine?” which ran in The National Interest. “Draghi’s resignation will likely fundamentally change Italy’s stance on the war and posture toward Russia,” Davidson wrote in the article. Read more.

taly’s fallen government and the consequences for western unity on Ukraine.