School Briefs
Quarterly Highlights from NCU

In every issue of Higher Degrees, we highlight accomplishments and updates about our Schools, faculty, staff and administration.

School of Business

  • Brian Allen, DBA, is an appointed executive board member for the Regional Economic Development of Eastern Idaho (REDI). He is completing research for, and editing, a book and several articles about small business entrepreneurship, disaster planning and business continuity. He also is completing edits and soliciting a manuscript for a book on person self-preparedness. In addition, he is researching rubric effectiveness and valuation with Dr. Chad C. Sines and Dr. Richard C. Thompson.
  • John Frame, PhD, ThM, MDiv, MPA, is conducting research on over 100 case studies related to partnerships between the United Nations and faith-based groups and NGOs in developing countries as part of a policy brief/report for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). He is also researching local faith communities and anti-trafficking programs.
  • Namhee Kim, PhD, serves as an editorial board member for Advances in Developing Human Resources, published by the Academy of Human Resource Development.
  • Jose Medina, PhD, volunteers weekly at Corazon Ministries in downtown San Antonio. Founded in 1999, the organization provides meals, clothing, support groups, basic medical care and spiritual care for the homeless and marginalized.
  • John Orlando, PhD, is a regular author for the Online Classroom Newsletter issued by Magna Publications. His articles include: “Improve Student Learning with Peer Feedback,” “How to Get Faculty to Adopt Open Educational Resources,” “Use Student Annotations to Improve Engagement with Course Material,” “What Messages are You Sending with Your Online Videos?,” “How to Add Student Engagement to Your Online Courses,” “Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality in Education,” “Online Study Aids,” “Add Interactions to Your Online Videos,” and “What Research Tells Us About Online Discussion” in The College Teacher's Handbook. Orlando gave three presentations at the 2018 Distance Teaching and Learning Conference in Madison, Wisconsin: “Voice and Screencasting Feedback to Improve Learning,” “How to Make Great Educational Videos,” and “How to Use Virtual Reality in Your Teaching.”
  • Cheryl Patton, PhD, is a peer-review board member for the Journal of Educators Online. She also peer-reviews manuscripts for Insight Medical Publishing. Patton debuted the following publications this year: “What Made Nehemiah an Effective Leader?” in the Journal of Applied Christian Leadership; “CHANGES: A Conflict Management Model for Organizational Redesign Efforts” in the Journal of Conflict Management; and “Workplace Conflict in Medical Imaging Technology: The Role of Communication” in Radiology Management. She will present “Leading Through Conflict in the Healthcare Workplace” at the 2018 International Leadership Association in West Palm Beach, Florida. And she is conducting a partial collaborative autoethnography on leadership development.
  • Susan Petroshius, PhD, serves on the editorial review board for the Journal of Marketing Education. She is the 2018 recipient of the Adjunct Faculty award for the School of Business.
  • Chad C. Sines, DBA, serves as a mentor for tnAchieves, a program that allows Tennesseans to attend their first two years of college for free. His work on the role of medical scribes in the electronic health record era will be published in November. In addition, he is authoring a book on the Delphi design for social science research.
  • Jose Siqueira, DBA, and colleagues presented scholarship at two conferences: “Misconceptions of Branding Behavior in the Retail Sector: A Delphi Study” at the 2018 Academy of Marketing Science Global Conference in Porto, Portugal, and “Understanding How Brand Price Image Affects Customer Attitude Across International Markets: Evidence from Latin America” at the 2018 Global Marketing Conference in Tokyo.
  • Carissa Smock, PhD, recently joined various colleagues to present on the following topics: “Build It But What Happens If They Come?: A Focus Group to Determine Park/Nature Users' Perceptions of Outdoors and Their Effects on Physical and Mental Health Indicators” and “Exploration of Provider-Place-Based Exercise Prescriptions and Referrals” at the 2018 Ohio Public Health Combined Conference in Columbus; and “Assessing Health Care Clinicians Attitudes Toward Placed-Based Exercise Referrals: Exploratory Factor Analysis of a Newly Developed Survey Instrument” at the 2018 Academy Health Annual Research Meeting in Seattle. In November, she will present “Determining Primary Care Providers' Trends, Barriers, and Continuum of Exercise-Related Provider Practices that Impact Use of Exercise Prescriptions and Referrals” at the 2018 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in San Diego. She and another author have submitted “Exploration of Provider Place-Based Exercise Prescriptions and Referrals: A Pilot Survey Research Study” to the Ohio Journal of Public Health. And she's currently researching the health-related impact and benefits of park environments. Smock serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, programming co-chair and chair elect of the American Public Health Association Physical Activity section, and secretary of the American Public Health Association Student Assembly.
  • Leila Sopko, PhD, serves as a reviewer for articles and presentations for the Academy of Management.
  • Richard C. Thompson, PhD, serves on the steering committee for the 2019 Colorado Business Economic Outlook and is the co-chair of the estimating group for the Education and Health Care sector.

School of Education

  • Ann Armstrong, EdD, and a colleague published “Online Learning Design and Implementation Models: A Model Validation Study Using Expert Instructional Designers” in The Quarterly Review of Distance Education 19(1), 27–45.
  • Shad Bailey, PhD, EdD, and a colleague continue to perform as volunteer organists for the Church of the Incarnation. They choose the liturgical music for each Sunday according to the church calendar and compose choir music to be used in the new liturgical year.
  • William Biddington, EdD, was appointed interim dean for the School of Graduate Studies and Research at California University of Pennsylvania, in January 2018.
  • Maggie Broderick, PhD, presented a session entitled “Going for the Doctorate – The Scene in 2018” at the Purdue University Global TIP Conference in August 2018.
  • Cynthia Brown, MEd with a specialization in early childhood education student, was honored by Strathmore's Who's Who as the Professional of the Year 2018 in Early Childhood Education and Daycare Services.
  • Bob Bulik, PhD, served as a writer and editor for the “Los Angeles Unified School District - RFP: 20000 01610 Evidence-Based Interventions for State Identified Schools” for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation: Building Assets, Reducing Risks (BARR) in March, 2018.  He also wrote and edited the “USDA Rural Development - Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program” for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation: Distance Learning and Telemedicine in Opioid Treatment in May 2018. And he wrote and edited “The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) - FOA Number:  TI-18-009_MAT-PDOA” for Targeted Capacity Expansion: Medication Assisted Treatment for Geisinger Health – TeleMAT in July 2018.
  • Patricia B. Candler, EdD, presented a workshop on “Teaching Strategies Gold (TS Gold)” to early childhood teachers in Tallulah, Louisiana. Candler also runs her own center, The Academic Center for Families and Children (TAC). One branch of TAC, PreK-12 and Beyond, is a resource center that strives to expand high-quality pre-kindergarten-12 and college and career-ready pathways that align to workforce demands. PreK-12 and Beyond also maintains a system of high-quality and accountable educational options for students and families through tutoring and mentoring. The center offers scheduled individual and small group sessions as well as drop-in tutoring.
  • Rebecca Erb, EdD, attended the South Carolina School Boards Association (SCSBA) Annual School Law Conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in August 2018.
  • Thomas Gambino, EdD, works for the New Jersey Department of Education's (NJDOE) Office of School Preparedness and Emergency Planning. In this role, he has visited over 350 New Jersey schools to conduct site assessments to improve school security and to observe staff and student responses during active shooter drills. He provides the school district's leadership team with ways to improve school safety and security. In addition, over the past three years, Gambino has presented at numerous state conferences and district professional development sessions. He has trained over 3,000 educational leaders and staff in New Jersey on how to improve the safety of their schools and be more vigilant to prevent an active shooter attack.
  • Jeffrey Geihs, EdD, was the keynote speaker at the 2018 RTM Education Congress in Los Angeles, presenting “Building Effective Schools by Design, Not by Chance,” about changing the trajectory of struggling urban school districts. He gave the same presentation and served as a panelist at the 2018 Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents Education Summit in Houston.
  • Barbara M. Hall, PhD, completed the mastery series, Leader of Online Learning, offered by the Online Learning Consortium (OLC). She presented a poster at the Academic Resource Conference of the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). The title of the poster was “Transparent Pedagogy: Sharing Design ROI for the Student.” Hall was also selected to serve as a peer reviewer for the Educational Technology Research and Development (ETR&D) journal, and she served as a peer reviewer for the journal, TechTrends, and the International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning (IRRODL). Additionally, she chaired the book award committee for the fifth year in a row for the Division of Distance Learning of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT). And, she attended the Textbook and Academic Authors conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico in June 2018. She was recognized along with Miranda Regnitz, MS, with an Innovation in Teaching award for their planning and implementation of digital portfolios within the MS Instructional Design degree program. And Hall and Jennifer Summerville, PhD, facilitated two presentations and a roundtable session at the International Conference of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) in October 2018.
  • John S. Johnson, PhD, and a colleague gave an interview on Corte 44 TV Channel in Mexico in April 2018 discussing the results of Dr. Johnson's research work on women entrepreneurship in Mexico. Click here to see the full interview. He also presented “New Tendencies and Trends in the U.S. Higher Education” at the First International Scientific and Practical Conference “Ukrainian Politics in the Interdisciplinary Perspective” organized by Days of Science in the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (NaUKMA) in Kyiv, Ukraine in March 2018. Additionally, he presented “Trends in U.S. Adult Higher Education” via Skype at the Faculty Professional Development Day at Carinthia University of Applied Science, in Villach, Austria in March 2018.
  • Thomas Kinsey, PhD, was a consultant for Trillium Associates, California, PA, statistical support on the NASA/ARSET P2 Evaluation Study in June 2018 and a judge/evaluator for the JROTC Poster Session at Northern Garrett High School in Accident, Maryland in May 2018. He also served as a board member for the Alpine Lake Resort in Terra Alta, West Virginia from June 2015-June 2018, and he participated in a fund raiser for the Alpine Lake Resort Foundation Scholarship Program from May-September 2018.
  • Carrie Lloyd, PhD, and colleague, authored “Learning to Lead: Listening to the Voice of St. Lucian Youth” in the Journal of Leadership Education, published in September 2018. Additionally, she and a colleague, published “An Invitation to Explore Online Legal Education and Strategically Realign Legal Education” in Mitchell Hamline Law Review, 44(1), 1-34.
  • David L Reedy, PhD, received the National College Learning Center Association (NCLCA) Lifetime Achievement Award during the 33rd annual conference held in Niagara Falls, New York in early October for his nearly 14 years of service as an association officer. He and a colleague presented “Powerful Currents: Learning Center Professionals and Servant Leadership Theory” at the conference. Additionally, Reedy and two colleagues edited “Learning Centers of the 21st Century,” published by Oghma Creative Media in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The book contains chapters and case studies written by over 35 experts in the field of learning assistance, including a chapter he authored entitled “Student with Disabilities in the Learning Center: A Primer.” Reedy also volunteered nearly 65 hours with the Lima, Ohio branch of the American Association of University Women during its annual book fair. This year the event, held over 4 days, raised almost $20,000 to support college scholarships for local girls graduating high school in Allen County.
  • Donna Rice, PhD, and colleagues published “Effectiveness of a Student Response System Supported Curriculum and a Middle School Leadership Program” in the International Journal of Conceptual Structures and Smart Applications (IJCSSA), 6(1), 48-62. She also published “The Relationship of Emotional Intelligence to Academic Achievement” in the National Teacher Education Journal, 11(1), 27-32. Additionally, she presented “Character, Health & Fitness, Service, and Leadership Curriculum” at the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States Annual Conference in Alexandria, Virginia in February 2018 and at the Annual National Middle School Leadership Conference in Dallas in October. She was a consultant for the College Options Foundation JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl from January through June, 2018, and participated in community service for Strategic Plan Development, Family Center of Hope on in July 2018.
  • Robin Throne, PhD, and a colleague co-authored the chapter "Online Research Supervisor Engagement: Fostering Graduate Student Researcher Positionality" in Deans Kelley Walters and Patricia Henry's book, “Fostering Multiple Levels of Engagement in Higher Education Environments,” which will be published in February 2019 by IGI Global. She also presented a paper co-authored with Brian Oddi, PhD, titled "Positionality Meets Agency: Dissertation Supervisor Agency, A Necessary Construct for Online Research Supervision" at the 14th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in May 2018. And, she presented a poster session with School of Business alumni, Linda Bowlin, PhD and Vahick Yedgarian, PhD, titled "Insider/Outsider, Betwixt and Between: Post-Doc Perspectives of Researcher Positionality after Dissertation Research" at the 2nd Annual Conference on Academic Research in Education in Las Vegas in February 2018.
  • Darlyann Whitemarsh, PhD, volunteered for Hospice, Aurora at Home and Wyldewood Baptist.

School of Health Sciences

  • Wittney Jones, PhD, MHA program director, served on the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) 2018 Annual Meeting Planning Committee, where she and her colleagues presented their research poster, “Students' Experiences and Outcomes: Narrative of Engagement in Social Marketing.” She serves on the AUPHA 2019 Annual Meeting Planning Committee, as well.
  • Judy Palmer, PhD, program director, nursing, participated in four live AACN webinars focused on CCNE accreditation during the month of August.
  • Laurie Shanderson, PhD, Dean of the School of Health Sciences, Wittney Jones, PhD, MHA program director, and Robert Clegg, PhD, professor, NCU School of Health Sciences, attended the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Congress in Chicago in March 2018. The three also attended the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) in Philadelphia in June 2018. Shanderson, Jones, and Shawne Land, Academic Operations manager, attended the 2018 WSCUC Academic Resource Conference in San Francisco in April 2018.

The Master of Health Administration program submitted its application for candidacy for accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) in August 2018.

School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Psychology

  • Maria Antonia Rodriguez, PhD, was honored for her contribution to research during 2017 at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP).
  • Donna Smith, PhD, presented the preliminary findings of “Exploring the Lived Experiences of Transgender Individuals in Traditional Organizations” at the 2018 Knowledge Without Boundaries Virtual Summit. She also co-presented “Leading Virtual Research Teams for Collaboration, Engagement, and Advancement” with two colleagues.

Department of Marriage and Family Sciences

  • Elizabeth Banks, PhD, presented “Preparing Residents to Practice Team-Based Care: The Development of a Competency-Based Curriculum” at the 2018 Integrated Health Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, in March, and the same presentation at the 2018 Society for Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference in Washington, D.C., in May. She currently has an article under review with Family Medicine. And she has created online modules as part of a pilot study for a competency-based curriculum for family medicine residents practicing team-based care with behavioral health clinicians.
  • Shay Thomas, DMFT, presented the following continuing education workshops: “Spirituality in Therapy” to Crescent Pines Hospital in May 2018; “Music and Movies as Clinical Resources” to Chris180 in Atlanta in August 2018; and “Systemic Suicide Screening and Assessment” to Ridgeview Institute in Monroe, Georgia, in September 2018.

School of Technology

  • Divya Bheda has joined NCU's School of Technology and School of Health Sciences as the new assessment director. She began her new role in October 2018.
  • NCU and the School of Technology have partnered with the International Association of Information Technology Asset Mangers (IAITAM) to offer IAITAM members the opportunity to pursue NCU's MS-TIM degree with a new asset management specialization. The program will launch in December 2018.

The School of Technology's first two graduates received their MS-TIM degrees at the NCU commencement ceremony in August 2018.