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College of Arts and Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Tabetha Adkins, assistant professor and director of the Writing Center, was awarded the Junior Faculty Research Award at A&M-Commerce. She made presentations at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Atlanta and the Thomas R. Watson Conference on Rhetoric and Composition in Louisville, KY. She was published in Issues in Writing for her article “‘To Everyone Out There in Budget Land’: The Narrative of Community in the International Amish Newspaper, The Budget.” She was also published, along with Dr. Shannon Carter, associate professor of literature and languages, and Dr. Donna Dunbar-Odom, department head of literature and languages, online at Computers and Composition Online for their article “The Activist Writing Center.”

Dr. Stuart Anderson, professor of mathematics, was the recipient of the Faculty Senate Richard Lampe Integrity in Teaching Award.

Peter Calvin, adjunct professor of art, had a solo exhibition at Amarillo College’s Southern Light Gallery, which featured work from the Built Environment series.

Dr. Gerald Duchovnay, professor of literature and languages, made seven presentations in 2010 at conferences in the US, Taiwan and China. His reviews of Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression by Morris Dickstein and Terrence Malick by Lloyd Michaels were published in the Journal of American Studies Association of Texas. He had three issues of his film journal, Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities, published in 2010.

Dr. Donna Dunbar-Odom, department head of literature and languages, was published in two peer-reviewed journals; “I Was Blind but Now I Read: Salvation Tropes in Literacy Narratives” in Reader, and “The Activist Writing Center,” which she co-authored with Dr. Shannon Carter and Dr. Tabetha Adkins, in Computers and Composition Online. She presented “Can You Hear Me Now?: Retooling Graduate Programs to Listen to and Learn from Two-Year Colleges” at the Conference on College Composition and Communication.

Dr. Charles Dorsett, interim head of the mathematics department, had three papers published and six others accepted
for publication.

Dr. Bill Aslan, professor of mathematics, completed his 44th year of teaching with the department.

Josephine Durkin, assistant professor of art, had a solo exhibition at Lawndale Art Center.

Dr. Eileen Faulkenberry, assistant professor of mathematics, was the recipient of the Faculty Senate Augustine “Chuck” Arize Award for Imagination in Teaching and the Fall 2010 Chancellor’s Excellence in Teaching Award. Her Math and Science Teacher Academy (MASTA) Grant and Teacher Quality Grant, “Preparing for Algebra in Grades 3-8,” have both been extended for 2011-12. Also, her paper “Transforming the Way We Teach Function Transformations” was published in the August 2010 issue of Mathematics Teacher.

Dr. Maria Fernandez-Babineaux, director of Spanish graduate studies, had two articles published in peer-reviewed journals, “Antoniorrobles y su versión cansurada de ‘La Cenicienta’” in Hispania, and “La Madre Santa y la madre sexual” Subversión cultural en Elogio de la madrastra” in Espéculo. She presented “A Jungain Reading of Eltit’s El cuarto mundo” at the Latin American Studies Association Toronto Conference.

The work of Barbara Frey, professor of art, was featured at an exhibit at the University of Texas at Tyler.

Dr. Hunter Hayes, associate professor of literature and languages, was published in Blackwell Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction, British and Irish volume for his work “Self, Will,” and in Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities for his review of Frank: The Voice by James Kaplan. He presented “Amis from the ‘Oxford Mafia’ to ‘Horrorism’” at the Midwest Modern Language Association’s annual convention in Chicago.

Dr. Kathryn Jacobs, professor of literature and languages, had Signs and Portents and Signs of Our Times, two chapbooks, published recently. She has been published 41 times in 25 different journals since last year.

Dr. Yelin Ou, assistant professor of mathematics, is the recipient of the Texas A&M University–Commerce Junior Research Award for 2010 and as a result, he was invited to present reports and lectures to the Chinese Math. Soc. Regional Conferences and several top Chinese Universities. He is the recipient of two Faculty Research Enhancement Grants.

Dr. Robin Reid, professor of literature and languages, had two of her articles published in 2010, “Mythology and History: A Stylistic Analysis of the Lord of the Rings” in Style and “Thrusts in the Dark: Slashers’ Queer Practices” in Extrapolation. She and Dr. Sang Suh, department head of computer science and information systems, were awarded $15,000 for the 2010 Interdisciplinary Research and Creative Activisms grant. She was a guest lecturer at the University of Bristol in England and at the University of Göttingen in Germany.

Dr. Melinda Schlager, associate professor of criminal justice, received the 2011 Junior Faculty Research Award.

Virgil Scott, assistant professor of art, was featured in the January 2011 Communication Arts Typography Annual.

Dr. Nikolay Sirakov, assistant professor of mathematics, was a recipient of the Texas A&M University System Excellence in Teaching Award. He was a recipient of a University Research Enhancement Grant. Dr. Sirakov also had one of his papers published and three peer reviewed chapters appear in three different books.

Dr. Susan Stewart, assistant department head and associate professor of literature and languages, was published in Telling Children’s Stories: Narrative Theory and Children’s Literature for her essay “Shifting Worlds: Constructing the Subject, Narrative, and History in historical Time Shifts.” She presented “Steampunk Pedagogy: Neal Stephenson’s The Diamond Age, or a young Lady’s Illustrated Primer” at the International Children’s Literature Association Conference in Michigan.

Dr. William E. Thompson, professor of sociology and criminal justice, received the Fall 2010 Chancellor’s Excellence in Teaching Award.

Dr. KaSai Un, Dr. Thomas Faulkenberry and Ms. Debra Newton were all recipients of the Texas A&M University System Excellence in Teaching Award.

Vaughn Wascovich, assistant professor of photography, had his photographs featured at the Manhattan Arts Center (MAC). These photos were from his Tar Creek Project, which provided a look at one of the most polluted areas in the United States.

Dr. Pamela Webster, director of the math skills center, was a recipient of the Texas Fall 2010 Chancellor’s Excellence in Teaching Award. She was appointed the director of a new grant, “Development Education Demonstration Project Grant (Project Dream).”

Dr. Filip Wiecko, assistant professor of criminal justice, had two papers published in refereed journals; “Assessing the Validity of College Samples: Are the Students Really That Different?” in the Journal of Criminal Justice and “Hell Hath No Fury:
A Gender-Dichotomized Analysis Predicting Pro-life/Pro-death Penalty Attitudes,” with Jacinta M. Gau, in the Journal of Religion and Society.

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