Urbana University Faculty Notes

Many thanks to our distinguished Urbana University faculty members for their recent accomplishments and contributions to their fields of expertise.

Karen S. Basinger, PhD, professor in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, serves as an expert scorer of moral reasoning data for a research project conducted by Dr. Mary Louise Arnold, Associate Professor, Human Development and Applied Psychology at the University of Toronto. Dr. Basinger is also collaborating on a research project entitled Beyond Moral Judgment Maturity: Moral Identity and Prosocial Behavior with Dr. John C. Gibbs and Dr. Renee Patrick from The Ohio State University.

James L. Burnett Jr., PhD, assistant professor in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, published a book chapter in Dr. Wayne Allen’s Reader on Race and Ethnic Relations: Harmonizing Indigenous and Immigrant Voices, published by Kendall Hunt. Dr. Burnett also recently presented a paper at the Association of Applied and Clinical Sociological Annual Meeting in Milwaukee and accepted an invitation to publish an article from the editors of Special Issue on Desistance From Crime for the journal Euro Vista, published in Britain by the University of Birmingham. Most recently, Dr. Burnett has submitted and article for publication in the Journal of Applied Social Science.

Tingting Cai, PhD, assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences and sustainability coordinator, submitted an article for peer-reviewed conference proceedings as first author: Sustainability, Indicators, and Institutions of Higher Education and abstracts accepted for the ECO-SUMMIT International Conference 2012 for two poster presentations.

Christina Di Gangi, PhD, assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, most recently presented "The Prince and the State in Measure in Lydgate's Fall of Princes" at the 2012 Sewanee Medieval Colloquium. The topic of the colloquium was "After Constantine: Religion and Secular Power in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages."

Brian Elliott, PhD, assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, presented “Savage Borders and Civil Frontiers: Rewriting History through Reciprocity in Sedgwick’s Hope Leslie” paper at the College English Association National Conference and published “‘Nothing beside remains’: Empty Icons and Elegiac Ekphrasis in Felicia Hemans” in Studies in Romanticism, a journal of English Literature and Romanticism.

David George, PhD, professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, has a chapter titled "Coriolanus and the Late Romances" in Late Shakespeare, 1608-13, edited by Andrew Power and Rory Loughnane (Cambridge, 2012). He has also completed the New Variorum Coriolanus for the Modern Language Association of America in New York, a work begun in 1986 and now a 900-page book. For the Ohio Shakespeare Conference in October 2012, Dr. George and several UU students visited Marietta College, where he screened the new Coriolanus movie and chaired the round-table discussion on it.

Alice Grimes, M’12, PhD, dean and professor in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, completed her MBA at Urbana University in 2012. Dr. Grimes also recently renewed her social work licensure and certified life educator credentials through the National Council on Family Relations.

Carrie Anne James, MA, associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, presented “Revising the Disciplinary Division of Labor between ESL Writing and Basic Writing” at the annual Conference on College Composition and Communication in Louisville, KY (with Jill Loney).

Jill Loney, MEd, director of English as a Second Language and international student advising, assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, presented “Revising the Disciplinary Division of Labor between ESL Writing and Basic Writing” at the annual conference on College Composition and Communication in Louisville, KY (with Carrie Ann James).

Barbara Miville, PhD, professor in the College of Nursing and Allied Programs, poster presentation "200 Years of Nursing History/Image in 50 Minutes or Less" at the Ohio League For Nursing, Nursing Education Summit 2012 in March. Dr. Miville completed research and a manuscript on the history of the 108 years of the Springfield Regional School of Nursing, "In Their Own Words". She also served as the keynote speaker at the Springfield Regional School of Nursing May 2012 graduation, where the commencement address theme was "Springfield Regional School of Nursing: Moments in Time".

Elizabeth Paul, PhD, professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, published on April 13, 2012 the co-authored article “Electrochemical and Isotopic Investigation of 13C-Enriched Oxalic Acid Facilitated with a Vacuum Electrochemical Reactor” with Michael May and Vladimir Katovic of Wright State University in the Journal of the Electrochemical Society.

J. Michael Rhyne, PhD, associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, presented a conference paper, ‘“I hated history in high school, but I loved your class!’: Story-telling, the Smart Classroom, and Effective Teaching,” at the American Historical Association meeting in January 2012 in Chicago, IL. Dr. Rhyne presented a conference paper, “On the Trail of the Outlaw Bridgewater: Regulators, Unionists, and Community Violence in Civil War Era Kentucky,” at the annual meeting of the Society of Civil War Historians, Lexington, KY. He also continues to serve on the editorial board for the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society.

Elizabeth Sorensen, PhD, RN, CNOR, associate professor in the College of Nursing & Allied Health, gave a podium presentation of Mountains to Climb: Changing National Policy on College Athlete Pregnancy at the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric & Neonatal Nurses National Convention in Washington DC on June 26, 2012.

William (Chad) Wells III ’05, M’07, director of the Pre-College Education Program and Institutional Researcher, received 2011 and 2012 National Center for Educational Statistics Travel Awards and also the Urbana University Excellence in Performance Faculty Award in 2012.

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