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August

Margaret MoodianMargaret Moodian, Ed.D., a tutorial assistant professor for the School of Arts and Sciences participated in the Clute International Conference on Education session on “Student Engagement in a Competency-Based Education Program” on Aug. 7. She talked about the innovative ways that faculty in the Brandman MyPath, competency-based degree program, engage students and help them succeed. The conference was held in San Francisco. The Clute Institute was founded in 1985 for the purpose of disseminating the latest academic research on various business and economics-related topics among other academic areas of academic knowledge.

 

Lata Murti, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology in the School of Arts and Sciences, is quoted extensively in a Slate Magazine article published Aug. 8. The article, “The Bamboo Glass Ceiling,” explores the challenges Asian American women face in the workplace. Murti’s research expertise includes looking at the experiences of female Indian doctors, which often includes being mistaken for nurses.

July

Chancellor Gary Brahm is quoted extensively in a story on nontraditional students in EducationDive, an online publication designed to give professionals a bird's-eye-view of the education industry. "Leaders zero in on helping nontraditional students succeed" highlights Brandman University's graduation success rate, recent partnerships with Walmart and Discover, and competency-based education program, Brandman MyPath.

Ellen Derwin and Sasha CrowleyEllen Baker Derwin, associate dean for the School of Arts and Sciences, and Sasha Crowley, an instructional designer with the Center for Instructional Innovation, presented two sessions at the BbWorld Conference in Orlando, Florida, on July 18.  In the first session, “Magical Partnerships: Coordinating Design and Technology the Disney Way,” they shared strategies for successful collaborations between instructional designers and faculty subject matter experts. They discussed opportunities to build rapport when working with a variety of colleague “characters” using specific Disney examples of Grumpy, the Mad Hatter, and Piglet.

The second presentation was “Where Does the Time Go?: Keeping Courses Up-to-Date in an Ever-Changing World.”  Derwin and Crowley discussed the challenges of maintaining courses over time when faced with textbook edition updates, technology innovations, student and instructor input, assessment results, and the fleeting currency of “current” events. 

BbWorld brings users of the Blackboard education platform (used by Brandman and many other schools and universities) together with leaders in education.

Kevin SmithKevin Smith, an adjunct faculty member in the School of Business and Professional Studies, co-presented a paper on “Packaging and Logistics Sustainability for the 21stCentury” at the International Association of Packaging Research Institutes Conference (IAPRI) in Zhuhai, China, in June. Smith, a retired U.S. Marine with expertise in logistics, packaging and supply chain has been instrumental in shaping supply chain courses for both the Online and Brandman MyPath programs. He teaches master’s level courses.

His presentation in China focused on the use of drones and potential environmental impacts related to packaging. His co-authors were S. Paul Singh, Ph.D., professor emeritus at Michigan State, Jay Singh, a professor at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and researcher Nicholas Rutledge. 

Diana EcholsDiana Gilmer Echols, D.M., a tutorial assistant professor in the School of Business and Professional Studies,  is the first author on an article published in the Journal of Competency-Based Education. The article, written with Patricia Neely of Bluefield College and DIane Dusick of Walden University, is "Understanding faculty training in competency-based curriculum development." It looks at the significant positive relationship between training and motivation for both students and faculty. It also looks at how that improves retention. 

June

Faculty members Nakisha Castillo, DMFT; Kathleen Ringenbach, Ph.D.; Jalin Johnson, Ed.D.; Laura Galloway, Ph.D.; and Monica Shukla-Belmontes, Ph.D., participated in the 18th International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations at the University of Texas in Austin held June 6-8. 

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Faculty members Monica Shukla-Belmontes, Ph.D.; Laura Galloway, Ph.D; and Jalin Johnson, Ed.D., at the International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations.

Castillo and Ringenbach’s team presentation, “Creating a Pathway of Connections: Interracial Mentoring Through Instrumental Versus Relational Perspectives,” looked at ways to mentor new faculty of color in the academic environment. 

Johnson, Galloway and Shukla discussed “Diversity to Inclusion: Integrating Elements of Diversity Into Curriculum and Facilitation that Fosters an Inclusion Learning Community.” They discussed how diversity of thought, culture, background and experience need to be considered against the backdrop of diverse cultures and societies in different geographic areas. Professor Sheila Steinberg, Ph.D., contributed to the report.

Founded in 2000, the conference brings together scholars, government officials and practice-based participants with an interest in the issues of diversity and community. “Being surrounded by academics, scholars, practitioners, attorneys and researchers, most of whom lead their respective institution’s departments and divisions of diversity, inclusion and equity, was an incredible experience. We both contributed to and learned a great deal from our international peers,” said Johnson.

May

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Karen Storm with U.K. bobbies at the Police Unity Tour.

Karin J. Storm, Ed.D., participated in the Police Unity Tour in Washington D.C. The assistant professor of criminal justice serves as the public information officer for the Southern California chapter. She attended the National Peace Officer’s Memorial Service, held in honor of all the officers who died in the line of duty and the 30thannual Candlelight Vigil, among other activities. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence both spoke at the memorial service. The tour was honored for the first time this year by the presence of the United States Honor Flag, which flew over Ground Zero in New York, said Storm. 

April

Philip (Chip) Heckman, MBA, a School of Business and Professional Studies adjunct faculty member, and his co-authors Alice Vestergaard and Kathleen Sole, learned that their paper, “Guiding Principles Model: A Call to Integrate the 4 P’s into a Strategic Construct” has been accepted for presentation at the American Marketing Association Summer Conference in Boston in August. The goal “has been to introduce a new way of looking at the 4-P's of marketing and begin a course development process for an introductory marketing class that has a very strong foundation of ethics and social responsibility woven into the course from day one.” Heckman has taught at Brandman for 11 years.

Ginger Silverman, a Brandman Scool of Business adjunct, founder and president of Aha! Unlimited Consulting and vice president of marketing, brands and campaigns at Behr Paint, has been appointed to Trilogy Financial’s board. 

Association Professor Lata Murti, Ph.D., and her volunteer work with Partners in Education and the Santa Maria Valley YMCA are featured on the American Sociological Association website as "Sociology in Action." Partners in Education connects business and individuals with schools and youth-servin nonprofit organizations. Murti's volunteer work includes speaking in classrooms and at Career Days in public schools, explaining the benefits of getting a higher education and introducing students to sociology in general as well as to her work teaching online at Brandman. 

Rojas_LeticiaLeticia Rojas, Ed.D., an assistant professor in the School of Education, is presenting two papers at the American Education Research Association national conference in New York City, April 13-17. The theme for the conference is "The Dreams, Possibilities, and Necessity of Public Education." Her papers are "College for All: Chicana/o and Latina/o Empowerment Agents Working to Increase Latina/o Students' College-going Opportunities" and "The Significance of the Racial Contract in Teachers' College Expectancies for Students of Color," on which she is a co-author.

Brian McDaniel, an adjunct faculty member in the School of Arts and Sciences and a California Teacher of the Year for 2018, earned a new honor on April 13. A street in Desert Hot Springs near Painted Hills Middle School was dedicated in his honor. McDaniel teaches band and vocal groups at the school. Read more about McDaniel here: The leader of the band is teacher of the year and so much more

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Professor Lynn Larsen, Ph.D., and her husband, Paul Larsen, are featured in the April edition of “Spark,” the alumni association magazine of Calvin College, for their commitment to Odyssey of the Mind. Larsen is the volunteer state director of the program that features 700 teams competing in 10 regions across the state. Stories about the 2016 event can be found here.

March

Associate Professor Lata Murti, Ph.D., participated in a panel discussion “Teaching Up: Teaching about Privilege as a Traditionally Marginalized Person” at the 89thannual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association. The conference, held in Long Beach from March 28-31, centered on “Teaching Sociology: Innovations: Changes and Challenges.” Murti was one of five faculty discussing minority faculty experiences teaching students who are not minorities. “It was a well-attended panel that sparked a lot of interesting discussion,” reported Murti.

Russell Hicks, M.D., an adjunct faculty member at Brandman's McChord Air Force Base campus, isn't just an expert in post-traumatic stress disorder among 21st century military. He's also made of study of the mental health of soldiers during the Civil War. A presentation scheduled for March 18 at history Fort Stellacoom in Lakewood, Washington, looks at what would now be called PTSD during that era. His presentation is featured on the NorthwestMilitary.com website. Hicks teaches in the Master of Arts in Psychiatry with an emphasis on marriage and family therapy (MFT) program. His area of expertise is substance abuse disorders and psychopharmacology. 

February

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Associate Professor Lata Murti, Professor Kathleen Ringenbach

Lata Murti, Ph.D., and Kathleen Ringenbach,Ph.D., both full-time faculty members in the School of Arts and Sciences, write about work-life balance and developing a personal mission statement in a peer-reviewed blog piece for The Scholarly Teacher. "Creating Work-Life Balance: Using Personal Reflection to Guide Personal and Professional Growth" draws on their own experiences and offers tips for developing a mission statement based on "SMART" goals, which are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-based. "As college professors, we owe it to our students, our loved ones, and ultimately, ourselves, to live our values and our dreams, and also to show others how to do the same," they write.

Faculty members Loren O'Connor, Helen Eckmann, Kimberly Greene and Patricia White were the keynote speakers at the 2018 Spring Adjunct Faculty Training. The purpose of the training was to build collegiality among core full-time faculty and the adjunct faculty. Informational discussions centered on improving academic writing and grading, leading small group discussions, using Adobe Connect breakout rooms, modeling, engaging and debriefing. Academic integrity updates and working with ADA guidelines and processes were also presented. The event was organized and hosted by Melissa Reyes, the campus director in Irvine, and her staff.

January

David GonzalezDavid Gonzalez, DPA, an assistant professor of public administration and organizational leadership in the School of Business and Professional Studies, will offer his support for the Whittier Community Foundation by dancing in the Dancing with the Whittier Stars event on May 3. Gonzalez leads the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program and says volunteering and supporting community efforts such as this are exactly what he tries to make sure the program emphasizes. The Whittier Community Foundation supports the Whittier Police Department by purchasing dogs and ballistic vests for the K9 program and purchasing and outfitting a community emergency response trailer.

Nicole NicholsonNicole Nicholson, Ed.D, an assistant professor of special education at the Santa Maria campus, recently presented her research on the academic functioning of females with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) majors. Her work, "Thriving Not Just Surviving as a Female STEM Major with ADHD: A Quantitative Analysis" was presented at the London International Conference on Education at Churchill College in Cambridge, U.K. A journal article with the same name will be published in the International Journal of Information and Educational Technology and will also be presented in early March at the seventh International Conference on Educational and Informational Technology to be held at St. Anne's College at Oxford University.

Francine StewartFrancine Stewart, an adjunct faculty member in the School of Education and a 1995 graduate of Brandman, recently received the 2017 California Expanded Learning Award in recognition of the role her after-school program in the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District plays in motivating and engaging students. State Superintendent of Schools Tom Torlakson said in a statement, “These awards are a way to thank the dedicated staff members who work each day to teach, challenge and encourage students to achieve their full potential.” The program serves about 750 students each day, Stewart told the Monterey Herald. Stewart also coordinates the STEAM Summer Academy, a six-week workshop for low-income students that provides hands-on activities aimed at preventing learning loss over the summer.

A case study by Lata Murti , Ph.D., and Sheila Lakshmi Steinberg ,Ph.D., based on a survey of Brandman undergraduate students who completed SOCU 436 Globalization and Social Change course in 2016, is the School of Arts and Sciences faculty members’ latest contribution to SAGE Research Methods. “SAGE Research Methods Cases is a cutting-edge, fully online collection of researchers’ experiences with social science research methods in the field.  The format and language are instructional and student-friendly so that undergraduate and graduate students can learn from the experiences,” said Murti, an associate professor of sociology. The case study is included in the Sociology of Education collection.

David Gonzalez, D.P.A., and Jalin B. Johnson, Ed.D., both faculty members in the School of Business and Professional Studies, presented two sessions during the recent School of Education doctoral immersion. “Diversity, Politics and Leadership: Why cognizant leaders know diversity counts” focused on how embracing diversity is only part of the process.  About 70 students attended the two Sunday afternoon sessions that was part of the “miniversity” program led by Marilou Ryder, Ed.D. Looking at diversity and leadership through the lenses of business, public administration, higher education and the armed services give transformational leaders important perspectives for decision-making, they said.

Adjunct faculty members Sue Singh and Laurie Wellner and full-time faculty members Patricia White, Pedro Olvera, Willian Hale and Lynn Larsen are participating in a series of though-leadership webinars with the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA).  The webinars cover legal issues in special education, transforming conflict, assessing English language learners, building trusting relationships in special education, critical thinking and creative problem solving. The webinars began Jan. 18 and continue into May 2018. The webinars were organized by Barbara Bartels, assistant vice chancellor for Community Relations.

December

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Lata Murti and Nakisha Castillo

Associate Professor Lata Murti, Ph.D., and Assistant Professor Nakisha Castillo, DMFT,  were featured panelists for a Complexity Talk Radio podcast on the psychological, emotional, physical and social traumas of sexual harassment, sexual assault and molestation experienced by girls and women of color. The podcast can be heard online here. Murti's specialty is sociology and Castillo's is psychology. Murti was instrumental in organizing the panel which also included a health educator and two writers.

Menshew articleAdjunct faculty member Dave Menshew's efforts to bring CSI training to the Central Valley are highlighted in a story on innovative science programs in the December/January issue of California Educator, the magazine of the California Teachers Association (CTA). Menshew teaches future teachers at Brandman's Modesto campus and is also working toward his Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership at Brandman, in addition to his work leading the Biotech Academy at Enochs High School in Modesto, California.

November

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Loren O'Connor opens the World Conference on Disaibility and Rehabilitation in Sri Lanka.

Assistant Vice Chancellor Loren O'Connor was the conference chair for the Second World Disability and Rehabilitation Conference. Brandman University is a co-hosting partner of the event in Sri Lanka. The theme this year was "Inspiring Possibilities - Enhancing Opportunities for Ability." O'Connor leads the Office of Accessible Education and Counseling Services at Brandman and also serves on the school psychology and counseling faculty in the School of Education. In addition to chairing the event, which draws participants from Pakistan, Indonesia, India, Australia and the U.S., O'Connor gave the opening speech, chaired a session on age and disability management and a poster session.

Sheila Steinberg GIS DayProfessor Sheila Steinberg traveled to the University of Kansas to participate in that university's 16th annual GIS Day on Nov. 15. Steinberg is leading the way for introducing geographic information systems analysis as a data analysis tool in the B.A. in Integrated Social Science program at Brandman and other programs. At the University of Kansas, she spoke on "GIS for Community Engagement: Sociospatial Approaches to Research and Police," met with students in the university's GIS Club and served as a special judge for the GIS research posters created by undergraduates and graduate students. GIS Day was introduced in 1999 by the president of Esri, a company working closely with Brandman to design courses.

October

Eckmann Cancer Open HouseAssociate Professor Helen Eckmann is among those sponsoring the Sanford Burnham Prebys Cancer Center Open House on Thursday, Nov. 9. The event takes place in the Chairman’s Hall, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, 10901 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, California.  Eckmann, who is a cancer survivor, said the open houses focuses on the science behind recovery. Eckmann is from the School of Business and Professional Studies.

Social Work ConferenceAssistant Professor Tobi DeLong Hamilton, who is leading the creation of Brandman’s Master of Social Work (MSW) program, recently presented at the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) 15th annual European Regional Conference held at the Hague in the Netherlands. Her presentation was called “A Dirty House is Not Just a Dirty House.” It focuses on how child welfare workers experience their day-to-day interactions with children and families. Brandman’s MSW program begins taking applications this month and launches in Fall 2018.

August

Catherine Pearlman and Ignore It coverCatherine Pearlman, a member of the social work faculty in the School of Arts and Sciences, provided an expert voice for a variety of back-to-school articles. They were based on her new book “Ignore It: How Selectively Looking the Other Way Can Decrease Behavioral Problems and Increase Parenting Satisfaction.” Pearlman was quoted in the Sacramento Bee, the Toronto Star and featured in a podcast.

June 

Carol Howard, a director in the School of Extended Education, is the author of an article in evoLLLution, an online newspaper focusing on higher education. The article looks at how a successful customized training division benefits the rest of a higher education institution. Among the benefits are pathways to degree programs, advisory boards, the inclusion of contemporary corporate thought in programs, the tapping of new subject matter experts for adjunct positions and revenue generation.

May

Assistant Professor Karin Storm, Ed.D., attended National Police Week in Washington D.C. in May. Storm, who leads the criminal justice program and serves as vice chair of the Social Science Curriculum team, also serves as the media relations coordinator for the Southern California Chapter of the Police Unity Tour and was in Washington to serve in a support capacity before Police Week. Storm, shown with the Irvine Police Department’s Honor Guard at the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service on May 15, heard both President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence speak at the ceremony. She also witnessed the White House being turned blue to commemorate the day.

 

Sheila Steinberg (center) with her award from the Irvine Prevention Coalition.

Sheila Lakshmi Steinberg, professor of social and environmental science, received an Outstanding Supporter of Prevention award from the Irvine Prevention Coalition and Irvine Community Drug Prevention for her work with the Rotary Club of Irvine in support of teens in the community on May 10. Steinberg was instrumental in connecting the city’s High School Youth Action Team (HSYAT) and Creekside Leadership Academy with speakers from various occupations and career paths. She organized six field trips for the students from the alternative high school, including bringing a group of students to Brandman to get a preview of nursing careers. According to Lisa Osmanian Weinfurter, who nominated Steinberg for the award, “She also connected with teens in the program and made a positive impact on lives. HYSAT is grateful for Sheila’s passion to teach Irvine youth to be resilient … and to always look for the silver lining in any situation that might arise.”

Lionel M. Guillory, an adjunct psychology faculty member in the School of Arts and Sciences since 2012, has been named a reader for the College Board’s annual Advanced Placement Program in June 2017. AP readers are high school and college educators who evaluate and score the free-response sections of the AP exams. Guillory will be a reader for the American government test. He holds graduate degrees in education, political science and psychology.

April

From left: Kat Ringenbach, Len Hightower, Helen Eckmann, Sheila Steinberg, Nakisha Castillo, Ellen Derwin and Charles Bullock.

Brandman University was well represented at the WASC Academic Resource Conference (ARC) in San Diego in April.  The conference theme was “Mission Possible: Honoring the Past, Ensuring the Future.” Participants included Provost Charles Bullock, Vice Chancellor Laurie Dodge and faculty members Nakisha Castillo, Ellen Derwin, Helen Eckmann, Marnie Elam, Len Hightower, Kat Ringenbach and Sheila Steinberg.

  • Bullock, Eckmann, Ringenbach and Steinberg participated in the “Fostering Shared Governance for Institutional Change and Innovation” session.
  • Hightower presented “Institutional Mission Versus Student Market Opportunity: A Need for Wisdom.”
  • Ringenbach and Castillo presented “Transformation through Bidirectional Mentorship.”
  • Derwin and Elam presented “Challenges, Collaboration, and Calibration: Strategies for High Quality Signature Assignments and Rubrics.”
  • Derwin and Dodge presented “From Start to Finish: Building a Quality Competency-based Education Program.”
  • Derwin and Sammy Elzarka from University of LaVerne presented “Interested in Participating in the Assessment Leadership Academy or Learning about the New Community of Practice?”

WASC Senior College and University Commission, the sponsor of the conference, is the accrediting body for Brandman University.

 

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The Honorable Ignazio Ruvolo (left) swears in Brandman’s Michael Moodian for a second term on the California Commission on Judicial Performance.

Michael Moodian, an associate professor in the School of Arts and Sciences,  has begun serving his second term on the California Commission on Judicial Performance. Gov. Jerry Brown first appointed Moodian to a two-year term in 2015. His new term will be for four years. Ignazio Ruvolo, a justice on the California Court of Appeal and the new commission chair, swore Moodian in at a ceremony at the San Francisco Civic Plaza in late March. The commission investigates complaints of judicial misconduct or incapacity and determines disciplinary action for state judges. Moodian’s term will end in 2021.

Jamie Brownlee-Turgeon, assistant vice chancellor for Online Enrollment and Student Services; Sean Nemeth, assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Services; and Don Scott, director of Advising and Retention Services presented “Totally Student Centered: Building a service model for the 21st Century Student” at the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) annual conference on April 2-4 in Minneapolis. Their proposal centered on the evolution of academic advising, One Stop services and the role of the online campus.

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