February 25, 2018

Al-Tikriti Joins Fulbright Liaison Scholar Workshop

On 16 February, Professor Nabil Al-Tikriti attended a Fulbright Scholar Liaison (FSL) workshop at the Institute for International Education (IIE) in Washington, DC. In the course of this workshop, IIE informed and prompted guest FSL attendees from throughout the nation on various Fulbright programs, and related initiatives to internationalize campuses.

Issues addressed in the course of this workshop included the following, which might be of interest to the UMW community:

  • Fulbright Scholar Program for eligible faculty members
  • Fulbright Scholar in Residence (SiR) Program
  • International Education Administrator (IEA) Seminars
  • Fulbright U.S. Student Program
  • Fulbright Specialist Program
  • Outreach Lecturing Fund (OLF) speakers list
  • Scholar Rescue Fund (SRF) possibilities for guest lecturers
  • Institutional membership in IIE
  • Individual membership in the Fulbright Association
  • Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program
  • Pre-Departure Orientations on applicant campuses
  • Placing foreign graduate students at U.S. TESL programs

The primary Powerpoint presentation made at the workshop can be accessed here: https://www.cies.org/document/power-point-fulbright-scholar-program-workshop

If colleagues would like to hear more about this workshop, or explore certain potential initiatives further, please do not hesitate to contact Professor Al-Tikriti.

Colin Rafferty featured on Capital Public Radio

Colin Rafferty, Associate Professor of English, was recently featured in a segment called Presidential Prose that aired on Capital Public Radio, KXJZ-FM, in Sacramento, California.

Rafferty read a biography of every single president—and then wrote his own essays in response to their lives. You can listen to the radio segment here:



Betsy Lewis presents at Penn State

Elizabeth Franklin Lewis, professor of Spanish at UMW, presented “Amor caduco: Love, Aging, and Women Writers in the Spanish Enlightenment” at Pennsylvania State University Feb. 19.

Her talk was part of the Comparative Literature Luncheon series at Penn State.

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Larus Appears on Live Show “Midnight in America”

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Waple Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, discussed US naval diplomacy in the Pacific on the Feb. 9 episode of the live stream show Midnight in America. Hosted by renowned University of Sydney sociologist Salvatore Babones, Midnight in America is the most provocative source of global affairs content on the Internet. The episode may be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36Nzsrjksj8

Michael Spencer’s research highlighted

Research by Michael Spencer, Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Historic Preservation, was recently highlighted by Fredericksburg City Council. That research also appeared in The Free Lance-Star.

“City Council has reluctantly approved the Catholic Diocese of Arlington’s request for a special-use permit to expand parking for the Catholic Student Center across from the University of Mary Washington,” according to the newspaper story.

“According to research provided by Michael Spencer, a University of Mary Washington professor of historic preservation, the house can be traced to Frank Beckwith, who was noted as building a “handsome frame residence” on Marye’s Heights in 1877.”

Read the whole story here:


Richardson’s weekly column featured in FLS

Lynn Richardson weekly column, Streamline Hiring, appeared in The Free Lance-Star. This week, she talked about

“Let’s say you find yourself with an opportunity to hire a new employee,” she writes. Read more:


Landphair Interviewed for New Orleans Radio Program

Juliette Landphair, Vice President for Student Affairs, was interviewed by WWNO, an NPR member radio station for New Orleans and southeast Louisiana. Read the article, “NOLA vs Nature: Building The Industrial Canal” or listen to the interview at http://wwno.org/programs/tripod-new-orleans-300. The interview is based on research she conducted after Hurricane Katrina on the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans. She is an expert on 20th century U.S. history, specifically New Orleans after WW II.








Broome Co-Authors Chapter on Critical Media Literacy and Civic Duty

John P. Broome, associate professor of education, and program director of elementary, preK-12 and secondary education in the College of Education, co-authored “Before You Click ‘Share’: Mindful Media Literacy as a Positive Civic Act” in the recently published book,”Critical Media Literacy and Fake News in Post-Truth America“, published by Brill.

His chapter, written with Dr. Jason Endacott (University of Arkansas), Matthew Dingler (University of Arkansas), and Seth French (University of Arkansas), provides classroom strategies for developing media literacy skills that emphasize substantiation and critical reflection on bias. These skills are then situated within the context of information sharing as a civic act, prompting students to consider the potential democratic consequences for clicking the “share” button.

Dr. Broome’s research interests focus on the intersection of civic learning and social justice in schools with a focus on race, equity, and privilege. He earned his B.A. in Government from The College of William & Mary, a M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction (Secondary Social Studies) from George Mason University, and a Ph.D. in Education (Social Studies Education) from the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. Before joining UMW, Dr. Broome taught secondary social studies in public and private schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Sabrina Johnson Featured in FLS Article

The Free Lance-Star recently featured a story about Sabrina Johnson, the university’s first vice president for equity and access and chief diversity officer.

“Sabrina Johnson’s boss, University of Mary Washington President Troy Paino, says she has a hard job ahead of her,” the article begins.

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Schiffrin, Liss, Erchull Study Featured in New York Times

A recent article in The New York Times featured a study by Holly Schiffrin, Miriam Liss, and Mindy Erchull and alumnae Haley Miles, Katherine Geary and Taryn Tashner.

The story, What Parents Can Learn From a Town That Produced 11 Olympians, by Karen Crouse, had this to say:

“[The parents] intuitively sense what a 2013 study in the Journal of Child and Family Studies concluded: that overprotective or helicopter parents thwart a child’s basic psychological need for autonomy and competence, resulting in an uptick in depression and lower life-satisfaction levels.”

Crouse wrote Norwich: One Tiny Vermont Town’s Secret to Happiness and Excellence.