Faculty Honor Roll Fall 2020


During the past couple of months, the struggle has been very real.

Our St. Ambrose teachers created syllabi, just-in-case syllabi, revised and reformatted classes, and taught our students that – despite the chaotic whirlwind of a pandemic – the act of perseverance is a life skill worth honing. 

And yes, our faculty persevered themselves. Here are their self-submitted accomplishments during the past Fall 2020 semester (in alpha-order).

Authoring and publishing the Institute for Person-Centered Care Toolkit: Darci Becker, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S; Mary Jo Bloominger, MAPS, PA-C; Nicolas Cooper, PhD, DPT; Katelyn Horberg, MEd; Ann S. Garton, MSN, RN, CNE; Chris E Martin, PhD, LMSW; Nicole Pizzini, PhD; and Melissa Sharer, PhD, MSW, MPH.

These faculty shared their expertise in person-centered care through the IPCC podcast: MaryJo Bloominger, MAPS, PA-C; John Bowser, PhD; Collen Doak, PhD; Ann Lansing, OTD; Melissa Sharer, PhD, MSW, MPH; Tyler Spencer, PhD; Kurt Sturmer, DNP, RN-BC.

In November, Social Work colleagues Jennifer Boedeker, MSW, and Chris Martin, PhD, LMSW, presented an interactive, virtual workshop "Active Empowerment: Using Empowerment Principles in Diversity Activities" at the conference of Council for Social Work Education.

After co-presenting at conferences for Animal Behavior Society and Ecological Society of America this past summer, Dale Broder, PhD, (Biology) co-authored four papers this fall:

  • "Singing in secret: Initial responses of intended and unintended receivers to a newly evolved sexual signal," Nature Communications. (In-press)
  • "Data that matters: using interinstitutional collaboration to generate publishable data forma course-based undergraduate research experience." The American Biology Teacher. (In-press)
  • "Substrate-borne vibration in Teleogryllus oceanicus courtship displays." Journal of Orthoptera Research. (In-press)
  • "Rapid evolution and plasticity of genitalia." Journal of Evolutionary Biology.

Katrina Browning, DNP, RN, CNE, (Nursing) edited two chapters for Pearson's textbook, Concepts for Nursing Practice, 4th Edition.

William Campbell, PhD, (Music) continues to receive high acclaim for his film music scores. 

  • Sons and Daughters of Thunder (2019). The docu-drama, which stars several SAU Alumni, is about the Lane Seminary debates on slavery and abolition in the 1830s. Dr. Campbell composed and recorded the full score and earned these awards:
    • Award of Excellence by the Iowa Motion Picture Association (IMPA) for the original music score to Sons & Daughters of Thunder, 2020
    • Regional Emmy Nomination for the original music score to Sons & Daughters of Thunder, 2020
  • Hunger Ward by Spin Film was completed in September 2020. The film received its world premiere at the New York Doc Film Festival, November 11-17, 2020; Dr. Campbell attended as a virtual presenter. Hunger Ward documents two female health care workers fighting to thwart the spread of starvation during the ongoing civil war in Yemen.

Two research papers co-authored by Jin Chung, PhD, (Marketing) were presented at the 2020 Society for Marketing Advances conference: "The effect of color lightness in packaging on consumers' preferences" and "Inaction Inertia and time versus money." Dr. Chung also attended the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research (JACR) virtual flash COVID-19 research conference: Insights on Consumer Behavior During a Global Pandemic.

During Fall 2020, Michael Cipriano, PhD, (Accounting) supervised teams of students who were working with the leaders of local nonprofits, and several were noted for their accomplishments:

  • Heather Hoeger and Emily Liskunas helped calculate the impact of new lease accounting rules on the balance sheet for Darren Klocke, CFO of Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center.
  • Madi Epperson and Logan Frerichs helped Hand-in-Hand CEO Angie Kendall automate and better control several important spreadsheets for monthly, quarterly, and annual reporting.
  • Garret Tiarks, Andrew Peek, and Clay Colborn analyzed financial information for Junior Achievement of the Heartland, and following, Colborn was offered a seat on the JA Board of Directors.

Megan Cooney, MM, (Music), was a quarterfinalist for the 2020 Grammy Music Educator Award – one of the highest national honors for music educators – and one of only three Iowa educators selected. She was also named a 2021 Yamaha Music Educator 40 Under 40.

Emily Diehm, PhD, CCC-SLP (Speech-Language Pathology) co-wrote three articles: "Development of a hearing conservation program for elementary schools" in Perspectives on School-Based Issues, and "Collecting words: A clinical example of a morphology-focused orthographic intervention" and "Morphological knowledge: Opportunities for collaboration through a multi-tiered system of support", both published in Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools.

Dr. Diehm also virtually presented the research poster, "School-Based Hearing Conservation Programs: A Case Study and Recommendations for Practice," at the annual meeting of the Iowa Speech-Language-Hearing Association and moderated the national webinar, "Documentation and Service Delivery for the 2020 School Year: Considerations of the School-Based SLP," sponsored by the Association in September.

Dan R. Ebener, DBA, (Organizational Leadership) completed a five-year project, co-authoring the textbook Leadership for the Greater Good. It will be published by Paulist Press in March 2021.

The Iowa Bandmasters Association appointed Nick Enz, DMA, (Music) as chair of the College Affairs Committee. And with his colleagues Robin Asay, Ryan Smith, and Alex Widstrand, they presented the session "Lies My Band Director Told Me: Woodwind Edition" for the 2020 Virtual Iowa Bandmasters Association Conference.

Philip Goldfarb Styrt, PhD, (English) published two poems: "Horizons" in the Eastern Iowa Review and "Lamar Speaks for Lots and Lots of Us" in Writers Resist. In addition, his article "The Danger of Nobility in Titus Andronicus" was published in the Journal of the Wooden O.

Chengming Hu, PhD, (Sport Management) wrote an article for the International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, "Effect of stance width on posture stability of golfers putting under windy conditions." Dr. Hu also authored the chapter "The impacts and benefits of holding and watching a mega sporting event" for the book Festival and Event Tourism Impacts.

Julie Jones, OTD, OTR/L, BCP (Occupational Therapy) co-authored two articles for the American Occupational Therapy Association's OT Practice Magazine:

  • Building Community Partnerships: Practical Applications through Pediatric Examples, July 2020.
  • OT's Role in Women's Health, August 2020. 

Lynn Kilburg, DHSc, MBA, OTR/L, Jennifer Petersen, DrOT, OTR/L, and Angie McCombs, OTD, OTR/L, presented "Opportunities and Benefits of Innovative Level I Fieldwork Instructional Methods" at the American Occupational Therapy Association Education Summit 2020.

In 2020, Emily Kingery, PhD (English) published poems that appear or are forthcoming in multiple literary journals, including Birdcoat Quarterly, Burningword Literary Journal, Cathexis Northwest Press, GASHER, Gingerbread House, PROEM, Telepoem Booth Iowa, and Trampoline Poetry. She was both a Best of the Net and Pushcart Prize nominee, and her chapbook manuscript, Invasives, was named a finalist by Harbor Editions.

Maria Kouti, PhD, (Spanish) was awarded a scholarship by the Spanish Ministry of Education to take the course "Creación de materiales online a través del uso de las TIC en el aula del español como lengua extranjera." Dr. Kouti also became a Level A1 and A2 DELE accreditation.

In the Master of Speech-Language Pathology program, Dr. David Knox and David Krupke, MA, CCC/SLP, presented a poster at the Iowa Speech-Language-Hearing Association's fall convention. The poster, "Virtual Training of Graduate Students to Complete Basic Acoustic Measurement Analysis - Factors That Impact Agreement," was based on research conducted by Knox and Krupke as well as five MSLP students.

Also this past semester, Krupke received the esteemed Neil Ver Hoef Memorial Award and was selected as a member of the Review Committee for Literacy Assessment and Intervention. This committee reviews presentations and posters for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association 2021 Convention.

Anne Lansing, OTD, MOL, OTR/L, (Occupational Therapy) presented "Healthy Aging" to civilian and military personnel through the Rock Island Arsenal. Participants included seven large brigades throughout the US, Germany, and Korea who are taking part in a wellness series provided by the Army Sustainment Command's Ready and Resilient Council.

Xiaowei Liu, PhD, (Finance) co-authored three papers in peer-reviewed journals: "Housing Prices and Urban Land Use Efficiency" in Applied Economics Letters, August 2020; "The Pattern of Stock Splits" in Journal of Finance and Accountancy, Vol. 28, 2020; and "International Diversification and Portfolio Performance: An Empirical Example" in Journal of International Finance and Economics, Vol. 20, No. 2, 2020.

Joseph Ly, MS, (Biology) co-authored the research paper "Structural Basis for Enzymatic Off-Loading of Hybrid Polyketides by Dieckmann Condensation" in the October 2020 issue of ACS Chemical Biology.

Volume 3 of the Journal of Science Fiction and Philosophy: The Blue Pill Dilemma was published and edited by Alfredo MacLaughlin, PhD, (Philosophy).

For the Financial Management Association's conference, Imtiaz Mazumder, PhD, (Finance) served on a program committee and chaired a session on undergraduate finance education. He was also a discussant for the paper, "Enhancing the Student Managed Investment Fund Learning Experience."

At the 2020 American Occupational Therapy Association Education Summit this past October, Amy Noble, OTD, MSOT, (Occupational Therapy) presented "Developing a Trauma-Informed Occupational Therapy Workforce."

Hunhui Oh, PhD, (Social Work) co-authored the paper "A Wisdom-Based Salesforce Development Model: The Role of Wisdom in Salesforce Training and Well-Being" in the December 2020 issue of Journal of Personal Selling & Sales Management.

Stephanie Phares, MOT, and Cherie Blackwell, OTR/L, (Occupational Therapy) co-presented "The role of OT in family practice center group visits for chronic disease management" at the virtual American Occupational Therapy Associations Education Summit in October.

Lisa Powell, PhD, (Theology) continued her steadfast work in social justice:

Dean of Graduate Studies and Professor of Physical Therapy Michael Puthoff, PT, PhD, co-authored "Clinical Update for Physical Therapists: Coagulopathy and COVID-19." It was published in September in Physical Therapy.

Sarah Rissler, PhD, Reading and Learning Strategies Coach, was the guest speaker on September 21 for a live-streamed talk with Peruvian author Luis Vasquez, "Henry Miller: An Epistolary Revolution."

Shane Soboroff, PhD, (Sociology) collaborated on two articles. In The Sociological Quarterly, Dr. Soboroff co-wrote "Group Size, Commitment, Trust, and Mutual Awareness in Task Groups." And the Res Militaris: European Journal of Military Studies, published the article "Social and Leadership Processes within the Kurdish Women's Freedom Movement."

Grant Tietjen, PhD, used several mediums over the past semester to disseminate his work on criminology, social justice, and criminal justice:

  • was a guest speaker on senior Leonard Jones' first-ever "The Black Conscience" podcast.
  • co-wrote an article with Jeffrey Ian Ross, "Prison conflicts, riots, and violence from a convict criminology perspective: Some preliminary thoughts," for Antigone, an Italian correctional social justice periodical.
  • awarded a Rev. Joseph E. Kokjohn Endowment for Justice and Peace Grant for research on his forthcoming book, "The Rise of System-Affected Scholar Groups" (working title).
  • co-wrote a chapter in Convict Criminology for the Future (2021, Routledge), "In the pool without a life jacket: Status fragility and convict criminology in the current criminological era."

During the Fall of 2020, Brittany Tullis, PhD, (Modern Languages and Cultures) continued to serve as Academic Director of the International Comics Arts Forum (ICAF) and also began work as First Vice President of the Comics Studies Society. In those capacities, she helped shift one previously planned in-person conference into a virtual one (ICAF) and has taken the lead in organizing a fully virtual conference titled Re/Building Community for the Comics Studies Society. In addition to these endeavors, Dr. Tullis has provided an external review for INKS, Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, and The Fund for Scientific Research (F.R.S. - FNRS) and was delighted to have been interviewed by both Random House Graphic and The Professor Latinx's videocast about her work as a comics scholar.


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