Faculty Notes: News from our faculty and senior staff
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.
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.
Deborah Ferber, D.B.A., assistant professor in the School of Business and Professional Studies, recently presented "Ethical Business Practices" to the Orange chapter of Delta Sigma Pi, the national co-ed business fraternity. The group invited her to speak after listening to her career service webinar on entrepreneurship. Ferber said this kind of community service allows her to share knowledge and provide a service to those who need it most. Delta Signa Pi has more than 271,000 members nationwide and welcomes business majors of all backgrounds.
David 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 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 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.
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.
Adjunct 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.
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.
Professor 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.
Associate 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.
Assistant 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.
Catherine 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.
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.
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.
Deborah Ferber, assistant professor in the School of Business and Professional Studies, is the recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellowship from the Lions Club. Her Laguna Niguel, California, Lions Club board nominated for the award because of her community service, the help she provides minority students and the scholarship she created. Ferber is the former president of the Laguna Niguel club, Lion of the Year and student speaker chair. The award is named after the founder of the Lions Club, an international secular, nonpolitical service organization founded in 1917. The organization emphasizes providing aid for international relief efforts, supporting minority students and serving the visually impaired. They have 1.4 million members in more than 200 countries.
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.
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.
Deborah Ferber, an assistant professor in the School of Business and Professional Studies, represented the university on an investor panel discussion offered by Tech Coast Venture Network (TCVN) on April 27. The panel answered questions about regional investing, investor trends, cross-border investing, and convertible notes and warrants.
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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