School Briefs
Quarterly Highlights from NCU

School of Business

  • Brian M. Allen, DBA, assistant professor, NCU School of Business, presented “Innovation: The Path to the Future” to NCU-Tsinghua University MBA partnership students in March 2018.
  • John Donnellan, DPS, and a colleague, received acceptance for their paper “Global Sustainability Risk to India” by the Canadian Center of Science and Education’s Journal of Management and Sustainability for its March 2018 edition. Donnellan has also been invited to present his paper “A Comparison of Pedagogy in China and USA Classrooms” at The Oxford Education Research Symposium’s Merton College in Oxford, UK in July 2018.
  • Stephanie Hoon, PhD, executive board member of the Institute of Behavioral and Applied Management (IBAM), invites papers for the forthcoming conference. Students and faculty can find details here.
  • John Orlando, PhD, associate director of faculty support, NCU School of Business, will be a featured speaker at the Distance Teaching and Learning Conference. He will speak about how to make highly effective and engaging videos for online teaching, how to use virtual, augmented, and mixed reality in teaching, and how to provide students with voice and screencasting feedback. Orlando published a study in the American Journal of Distance Education comparing text, voice, and screencasting feedback. He is also the editor of Online Classroom Journal and frequently speaks on how to teach with technology.
  • Steven Ziemba, PhD, NCU School of Business, was accepted into the 2017-2018 Leadership Marshfield program and will be graduating this April. The program focuses on developing and training leaders so they can enhance their service to their community and promote community success.

School of Education

  • Ann Armstrong, EdD, and a colleague, presented “Online Learning Design and Implementation Models: A Model Validation Study Using Expert Instructional Designers” at the 2017 Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) International Conference, Jacksonville, Florida, in November 2017. The corresponding paper will be published in 2018 in the Conference Proceedings.
  • Greg Bischoff, EdD, attended Creating a Culture of Reflective Practice webinar, Hall & Simeral, in November 2017.
  • Joni Barnard, PhD, was a member of the Community Engagement Council, 2017, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.
  • Christopher Berg, PhD, was recently appointed dissertation committee member at Concordia University, Portland.
  • William B. Biddington, EdD, attended the NCAA Faculty Athletic Representatives (FARA) national meeting in Atlanta in November 2017. He also attended and participated in the Student Athlete Leadership Forum, along with two student athletes, in Washington, D.C., in November 2017. And he attended the Eastern Athletic Trainers Meeting and Symposium in Boston in January 2017.
  • Linda Bloomberg, EdD, signed a book contract with Sage Publications to publish the 4th edition of “Completing Your Qualitative Dissertation: A Road Map from Beginning to End.”
  • Paul Burd, EdD, attended the Homeland Security Conference at California University of Pennsylvania in October 2017.
  • Patricia Candler, EdD, sponsored the Madison Parish Teddy Bear Festival Quiz Bowl in Tallulah, Louisiana in October 2017. She also consulted with the Tallulah Charter School on Praxis I Core Training from August-November 2017.
  • Linda Collins, EdD, presented “Everyone Can Code” at Mesa Community College’s League of Innovation at Maricopa County Community College District.
  • Margaret Cramer, PhD, participated as a reviewer at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting in New York.
  • Jeffrey Geihs, EdD, attended the Victory School Symposium in Las Vegas in October 2017.
  • Barbara Hall, PhD, presented the Outstanding Book Award for the Division of Distance Learning at the 2017 Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) International Conference in Jacksonville, Florida in November 2017. She and a colleague also published a chapter, “Careers in Consulting,” in the open textbook, “Foundations of Learning and Instructional Design Technology.”
  • Elizabeth Hardman, PhD, served as a manuscript reviewer for the Remedial and Special Education Journal and reviewed paper presentation proposals for the American Educational Research Association 2018 Conference, Special Education Special Interest Group. She now serves as the publications committee chair for the Illinois Council for Children with Behavior Disorder and is the editor of the organization’s newsletter, Behavioral Notes.
  • David Hildebrandt, PhD, participated in CM140 - Title IX and VAWA Training: Building Safer Campuses, an online course at SAE Expression College Center for Excellence in Education, in October 2017.
  • John S. Johnson, PhD, and a colleague, presented “Women Entrepreneurship Within Emerging Markets of Eastern Europe: Comparative Analysis of Ukraine and Poland” at the Interdisciplinary Research in Social Sciences and Public Health conference organized at the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies, Aarhus University, in Denmark. He also published “Increase Your Cultural Intelligence with These Three Strategies.”
  • Thomas Kinsey, PhD, consultant, developed and analyzed survey results regarding the development of a community-wide fire pit policy, Alpine Lake Resort, Terra Alta, West Virginia. He also contributed to grant preparation for the Follette Challenge Grant Program, Northern High School, Accident, Maryland.
  • Sherri Lewis, EdD, presented “Get Connected,” Missouri Principal of the Year, State Principal Conference in Osage Beach, Missouri in 2017. She also attended the National Principals Conference (NASSP) in Philadelphia and the Directions Conference in Collinsville, Illinois.
  • Bryan Maggard, PhD, attended LEAD1 Association Annual Conference and Inaugural College Sports Congressional Gala in Washington, D.C., in September 2017.
  • Candace Mazze, EdD, consultant, worked on developing a standardized test for APass Educational Group, LLC, Union Lake, Michigan, Learning Express TeXas Core Subject EC-6 Tests, August-October 2017.
  • Beverly Melenyzer, EdD, attended Educating for a Lifetime at the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators, 46th Teacher Education Assembly in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in October 2017.
  • Erika Prager, EdD, attended 2017 Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) International Conference in Jacksonville, Florida in November 2017.
  • Lisa Reason, PhD, and colleagues, published “Online Learning: Secrets, Scalable Success and Seductions to Avoid,” Bloomington, Indiana, Solution Tree in January 2018.
  • Donna Rice, PhD, consultant, Interactive Learning, LLC, and College Options Foundation, helped develop standards-based, differentiated middle school curriculum.
  • Michael Shriner, PhD, and colleagues, published “The Influence of Academic Coaching on Persistence in Online Graduate Students. Mentoring and Tutoring: Partnership in Learning” in 2017. He and a colleague also published “Examining Relationships Between Transformational Leadership and Employee Creative Performance: The Moderator Effects of Organizational Culture,” in The Journal of Creative Behavior, 0, 1-14 (2017).
  • Debra Smith, EdD, wrote the “Exploring Social Presence in the Culturally Diverse Online Classroom” chapter published in "Cultivating Diverse Online Classrooms Through Effective Instructional Design," a new book by Karen Milheim (Ed.).
  • Donald Sternberg, EdD, virtually attended the Online Learning Consortium held in Orlando, Florida in November 2017.
  • Ruby Willey-Rendon, PhD, is a member of the National Association of Special Education Teachers: Teachers Teaching Exceptional Children,
  • Marcia Wratcher, PhD, is part of the program review committee for Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges in Arlington, Virginia, Jan. 1, 2018-Dec. 31, 2021. She also presented “Using Case Studies in Teaching and Learning” at Career Training Academy Faculty Development Semi-Annual Meeting in Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania in October 2017.

School of Health Sciences

  • The School of Health Sciences was recently approved to be part of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Higher Education Network. This collaborative effort between ACHE and healthcare administration programs helps to enhance the educational experience for students. Participation in the ACHE Higher Education Network entitles health administration programs to a variety of resources and tools that enhance networking opportunities, access to continuing education and exposure to current healthcare management issues.

School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Psychology

  • Roger B. McNellie, PhD, has been elected branch chair of Deep East Texas National Association of Social Workers, Nacogdoches, Texas. He recently presented “Ethics in Action and Supervision” short courses at the annual Texas Conference of NASW in Arlington, Texas.
  • Maria Antonia Rodriguez, PhD, presented a poster on “Integrating Critical Health Psychology into the Curriculum” at the 40th Annual National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology in St. Pete Beach, Florida. She also wrote “The Experience of Stress and Anxiety in Older Adults with Type II Diabetes” chapter published in “Stress and Anxiety: Coping and Resilience,” a new book by Kathleen Moore and Petra Buchwald.
  • Bettina Shapira, PhD, Melinda Mull, PhD, and Pamelyn MacDonald, PhD, presented on “Teaching Students through Engagement in an Online Environment,” January 2018, at the 40th Annual Conference of the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology in St. Pete Beach, Florida.
  • Donna Smith, PhD, and five associates, published “The Philosophy of Punishment, Justice and Cultural Conflict in Criminal Justice” in Police Chief Magazine.

Department of Marriage and Family Therapy

  • Yulia Watters, PhD, virtually delivered her “Distance Counseling: Benefits and Pitfalls” keynote address at the 8th Congreso AMOPP: Ciberpsicologia in Mexico. In January, she and Darren Adamson, PhD, presented “Virtual Warriors: Practicing, Teaching and Researching in an Online Environment” at the Qualitative Report 9th Annual Conference, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
  • Elaine Willerton, PhD, and Meka Murray, MFT doctoral student, published “Roles in Couples and Families” in the Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy.

School of Technology

  • Nicholas Harkiolakis, PhD, published “Quantitative Research Methods: From Theory to Publication” via Amazon Digital Services, LLC. He is offering to forward an approved draft version in electronic form to any interested faculty.