School Briefs
Quarterly Highlights from NCU

School of Business

  • John House, PhD, Lead Mentor for Homeland Security and 2005 NCU alum, published Raider’s War, a military science fiction novel, through Westbow Press.
  • Namhee Kim, PhD, and a colleague, published “The Subjective Perceptions of Critical HRD Scholars on the Current State and the Future of Critical HRD Using Q Methodology” in Human Resource Development Quarterly, (Vol. 28, Issue 2), pages 135-161.
  • Thanasak Ruankaew, PhD, and a colleague, published “A Study of Inventory Control Systems by Jamaican SMEs in Retail and Manufacturing/Distribution Industries” in International Journal of Business and Management, pages 1-18.
  • Thomas Chalmers McLaughlin, PhD, and former student David Ammons, PhD, partnered on the publication of “Discovering Servant Leader Relations with New Followers in Nonprofit Organizations: Does a Servant Leader Always Serve First?” in the Open Journal of Leadership, (Vol.6, No.2, 2017).

School of Education

  • Monifa Beverly, PhD, and consultant to Brunswick County High School in Brunswick, VA, submitted a Dollar General Literacy Grant application in May 2017.
  • William Biddington, EdD, attended the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society annual meeting in Erie, PA and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium in Houston, TX in June 2017.
  • Greg Bischoff, EdD, participated in and received a certificate for IT Security Awareness Training from Houston Community College in April 2017 and completed IRB Required Modules for the NCU Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative in June 2017.
  • Janet Boberg, EdD, participated in Fire and Life Safety Educator II at the Arizona Fire and Burn Educators Association in Marana, AZ in August 2017.
  • Wade Bryant, EdD, attended Literacy Development for English Language Learners and the Increasing English Language Proficiency for EL Students on the ACCESS 2.0 [Workshop] in Baxley, GA at the Appling County Board of Education.
  • Linda Collins, EdD, and two colleagues are leading an initiative awarded to only six community colleges in the United States by Apple Corporation, called “Everyone Can Code.” Collins participated in the “Everyone Can Code” Summit at Apple Corporation in Cupertino, CA in August 2017. The newly created coding classes started this fall.
  • Linda Cummins, PhD, and colleagues, have entered into a new contract for the 2nd edition of Policy Practice for Social Workers: New Strategies for a New Era with Routledge Publishing. Cummins is a master gardener and volunteers at the Oregon State University Extension Service in the Plant Clinic.
  • Tim Delicath, PhD, and two colleagues, published “Effect of Curriculum Revision on Graduates’ Transition to Practice” in Nurse Educator.
  • Gordon Graham, PhD, attended the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) ARC Conference in San Diego, CA in April 2017.
  • Barbara Hall, PhD, and colleagues, published “Intersubjectivity and Discussion Characteristics in Online Courses” in Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 18(1) in spring 2017. Hall and colleagues also presented “An Analysis of Faculty Performance, Student Performance, and Course Completion,” at LiveText’s 16th Annual Assessment Conference in Chicago, IL in July 2017.
  • Elizabeth Hardman, PhD, presented on the topic of Punishment: The Skeleton in our Closet at the Illinois Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders Summer Institute State Conference in Springfield, IL in July 2017. She also served as a paper proposal reviewer for the Special Education Research Special Interest Group at the American Educational Research Association 2018 Conference in New York.
  • John Johnson, PhD, published “American, Ukrainian and Polish Women Entrepreneurship: Comparative Analysis of Drivers and Barriers” in Gender Studies, pages 36-44 (in Ukrainian), June 2017. He and a colleague, delivered “Women Entrepreneurship in Eastern Europe: A Comparative Analysis of Drivers and Barriers in Ukraine and Poland” at the International Conference “Gender. Ecology. Health” in Kharkiv, Ukraine in April 2017. He and a colleague delivered “Women Entrepreneurship within Emerging Markets of Eastern Europe: Ukraine and Poland” at the International Conference on Environmentally Sustainable Entrepreneurship in Orangeburg, SC in April 2017 and at the International Forum on Women Entrepreneurship in Krakow, Poland and Lviv, Ukraine in June 2017.
  • Vicki Kilbury, EdD, served as an art therapy volunteer, working with adult patients and their caregivers and community groups. She is also a docent, presenting works of art to patients and community groups to spark recollections and conversations in adults with cognitive impairment at the Feinberg Education Center at Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, NV.
  • Allison Leggett, EdD, attended the WASC ARC Conference in San Diego, CA, in April 2017 and the Undergraduate Research Symposium, Honors Symposium, Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA in March 2017. Leggett is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and became a consultant for Pearson Education in Sacramento, CA for the California Teacher Performance Assessments Pilot Study in Science in April 2017.
  • Beverly Little, EdD, attended the Piedmont Middle Technology Training in May 2017 and the Union County Public Schools Conference, “Navigating Our Way Through Literacy,” with featured topics: Literacy—Disciplinary, Digital, and Media; and EmpowerED in Monroe, NC in August 2017.
  • Delores Morgan, EdD, received recalibration training from the Ohio Department of Education for the Principal Licensure Evaluator certificate.
  • Brian Oddi, PhD, and colleagues, published “The Impact of Demographic Influences on Academic Performance and Student Satisfaction with Learning as Related to Self-Esteem, Self-Efficacy and Cultural Adaptability with the Context of the Military” in the International Journal of Learning, Teaching and Educational Research, Vol. 16, No. 4, pp. 67-90 (2017).
  • David Reedy, PhD, presented and was a mentor on budgeting and income streams at the NCLCA Institute. He also volunteered as a tutor with the Northeast Polk Literacy Council, working with adult students who are learning to read English.
  • Bart Reynolds, EdD, provided professional development training to the Duchesne School District in August 2017. Reynolds also received training on Rubrics, Validity and Reliability: Oh My! Quality Support Workshop at AACTE in Fort Worth, TX in April 2017. He received specialized training for Department Chairs/Associated Deans at the Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership, a partnership between Arizona State University and Georgetown University in June 2017. Reynolds and a colleague, presented “Using Zoom to Deliver Instruction in Geographic Isolated Areas” at Utah Rural Schools Conference in Cedar City, UT.
  • Donna Rice, PhD, and a colleague, published “Teaching Conflict Resolution in the Bioecological System: Implementing Winning Colors,” in Simulation & Gaming, 48(4), 539-552, May 2017.
  • Melanie Shaw, PhD, served as an editorial board member for Online Learning Consortium’s Online Learning Journal.
  • Angela Smith, EdD, is a member of the Council of Exceptional Children, January 2017- January 2018.
  • Debra Smith, EdD, received a Prior Learning Assessment Certificate, CAEL and DePaul University.
  • William Smith, EdD, presented “Teacher to Teacher: Classroom Learning Labs for the CTE Setting” at the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrator Participants in Midland, MI in June 2017.
  • Craig Stern, EdD, attended the WASC ARC Conference, in San Diego, CA in April 2017.
  • David Thomas, EdD, attended the Online Teaching Conference, California Community Colleges Association Online Education Initiative in Anaheim, CA in June 2017.
  • Louis Wangberg, EdD, presented on Post World War II at Stonewall Museum in Ft. Lauderdale, FL in June 2017.

School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • The Department of Psychology at NCU is proud to announce the launch of four new Master of Science programs: a MS in Forensic Psychology; a MS in Industrial and Organizational Psychology; a MS in Health Psychology; and a MS in Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology. These 30-credit programs offer an applied experience in which students practice a wide range of professional competencies and communication skills that reflect the knowledge, critical thinking, sensitivity to ethics and diversity, and appreciation of skills that have been acquired throughout the program.
  • This past July, NCU celebrated its 21st commencement ceremony with record turnouts. One hundred graduates from the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences attended the event in Scottsdale, AZ, while others were able to participate virtually. The School is excited to share in the success of its 319 graduates:
    • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology: 19 graduates
    • Post-Master’s Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy: 11 graduates
    • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy: 14 graduates
    • Post-Master’s Certificate in Psychology: 13 graduates
    • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Psychology: 5 graduates
    • Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy: 91 graduates
    • Master of Arts in Psychology: 108 graduates
    • PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy: 8 graduates
    • PhD in Psychology: 50 graduates
  • Dale E. Bertram, PhD, and two colleagues, presented “Building a Private Practice the Ethical Way” at the AAMFT Conference in Atlanta, GA. He and a colleague published “Moderation as a Teacher of Cultural Competency in Higher Education,” in Journal of Faith and the Academy, X, 44-51.
  • Carrie A. Picardi, PhD, published “Semantics and Scale: The Impact of Anchor Polarity on Performance Rating Accuracy,” in the Journal of Strategic Human Resource Management, June 2017, Volume 6(2).
  • Bettina Shapira, PhD, published three pieces in The Sage Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology, Vol. 3, Thousand Oaks, CA, Sage Publishing: “Elimination Disorders: Cultural Factors,” 1300-1301, “Elimination Disorders: Psychological Factors,” 1308-1309 and “Elimination Disorders: Treatment,” 1312-1314.