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Faculty/staff news update: summer 2011

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Academe welcomes news from WSU faculty and staff about research, teaching and service activities. This column recognizes grants, honors, awards, presentations and publications, new appointments, new faculty, sabbaticals, retirements and deaths of our current and former colleagues.

Les Anderson
Les Anderson
Les Anderson, professor, Elliott School of Communication, was honored recently with an Alumni Achievement Award from Fort Hays State University. Anderson completed undergraduate work at Fort Hays State; he earned a Master of Arts in journalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Deema de Silva, director, assistant professor, TRIO-Student Support Services, attended the Oxford Round Table on Aug. 7-12 by invitation from Oxford University in London, England. She had participated in a spring 2011 Oxford Round Table discussion as a delegate in a panel of 40 women from around the globe.

Amy DeVault, instructor, and Les Anderson, professor, Elliott School of Communication, presented “Blogs as learning tools in journalism education” at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in St. Louis. The conference was attended by 2,200 faculty members, doctoral students and others with an interest in communication education.

Amy DeVault and Lisa Parcell, assistant professor, Elliott School, presented "Social networking in higher education" at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in St. Louis. The conference was attended by 2,200 faculty members, doctoral students and others with an interest in communication education. Parcell had an additional presentation with former ESC faculty member Mike Boyle.

Sharon Iorio
Sharon Iorio
Sharon Iorio, dean, College of Education, presented an invited paper with M.E. Yeager, a post doctoral fellow in the college. The paper, “School reform: Past, present and future,” was the lead/first presentation in Harris Manchester College at an Oxford University Round Table on school reform in July.

Patricia McDonnell, director, Ulrich Museum of Art, served as a juror for Kansas City’s 29th annual River Market Regional Exhibition, fueled by the Kansas City Artists Coalition. McDonnell chose 46 artists from Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas for the exhibition.

D. Paul Rillema, professor, chemistry, has been named a 2011 ACS Fellow of the American Chemical Society.

The following faculty members, listed with their colleges, have earned tenure (T), promotion (P) or professor incentive review (PIR), effective at the start of the 2011-2012 academic year.

College of Education: Fuchang Liu, associate professor, curriculum and instruction (TP)

College of Engineering: Klaus Hoffmann, professor, aerospace (PIR); Babek Minaie, professor, mechanical engineering (TP); Lawrence Whitman, professor, industrial and manufacturing engineering (P)

College of Fine Arts: Ted Adler, associate professor, art and design (TP); Elaine Bernstorf, professor, music (PIR); Mark Foley, professor, music (P); Royce Smith, associate professor, art and design (TP)

College of Health Professions: Kelly Anderson, associate professor, dental hygiene (TP); Ngoyi Bukonda, associate professor, public health sciences (T); Diana Cochran-Black, associate professor, medical technology (P); LaDonna Hale, associate professor, physician assistant (P); Trisha Self, associate professor, communication sciences and disorders (TP); Betty Smith-Campbell, professor, nursing (P)

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Dinorah Azpuru, associate professor, political science (TP); Michael Birzer, professor, community affairs (P); Chris Brooks, professor, English (P); George Dehner, associate professor, history (TP); Tom DeLillo, professor, math (PIR); Jean Griffith, associate professor, English (TP); Michael Hall, associate professor, political science (TP); Twyla Hill, professor, sociology (P); Kirk Lancaster, professor, math (PIR); Michael McGlynn, associate professor, political science (TP); Leland Russell, associate professor, biological sciences (TP); Lisa Thrane, associate professor, sociology (TP)

W. Frank Barton School of Business: William Miles, professor, economics (P); Tim Pett, professor, management (P)

Eugene E. Kaufman, 81, retired orthopedic surgeon, team physician (known as “ShockDoc”) for the Shockers, died July 5. He was preceded in death by his sister, Betty Kleffel; and his wife of 44 years, Dorothy, and their first child, Kathryn. He is survived by his wife, Linda; three children, Eric E. Kaufman (Kathy), Debra S. Folkerts (Darwin) and Marc L. Kaufman (Eva); 11 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; and his brother, Kenneth L. Kaufman of Saratoga, Calif. Services have been held. Please make memorial donations to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, 313 S. Market, Wichita , KS 67202, or Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church, 655 S. Lorraine St., Wichita, KS 67211-3093.

William Thomas Kirkwood Stevenson, 56, chemistry professor at Wichita State University, died July 21. Private family services have been held. Survivors are wife, Laura (Smyth) Stevenson; children, Laura Bateman (David) of New Orleans, La., and William Thomas Kirkwood Stevenson of Boston, Mass.; sister, Frances Stevenson of Scotland. Memorials have been established with M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, c/o University of Texas, 1515 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX, 77030 and the Kansas Humane Society, 3313 N. Hillside, Wichita, KS 67219.

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