Faculty and staff news, spring 2020


Awards and Honors

Noell Birondo  

Noell Birondo, associate professor of philosophy, has been awarded the American Philosophical Association 2019 Essay Prize in Latin American Thought. The prize is awarded annually to the author of the best unpublished English-language, philosophical essay in Latin American thought. The winning essay will be published in the APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues in Philosophy. 

Voncella McCleary-Jones

Voncella McCleary-Jones, associate dean and chair in the School of Nursing, won a national election to serve a three year term as a member of the National League for Nursing's Nominations Committee. 

Dorene Owen

Dorene Owen, assistant educator, joined the School of Nursing in 2019 after retiring from the U.S. Army. She will serve as the Simulation Lab Coordinator. 


Noell Birondo 

Noell Birondo, associate professor of the philosophy department, published his paper "Patriotism and Character" in the Handbook of Patriotism. The international collection of more than 50 authors will be released in hardback on Sep. 1, 2020. 

Birondo also published a critical review of the Oxford University Press book, Clean Hands? Philosophical Lessons from Scrupulosity in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews. The review is the most widely read journal in the discipline of philosophy.  Read the review. 

Dr. Stanley D. Longhofer

Dr. Stanley D. Longhofer, professor and Stephen L. Clark chair of real estate finance director, WSU Center for Real Estate, was interviewed for "The No. 4 Most Affordable Housing Market: Wichita Kansas." The article was published on EstateEnvy.com

Dr. Jeff Jarmen

Dr. Jeff Jarmen, director of the Elliott School of Communication was quoted in a national article on climate change. Read the article here. 

Projects and Presentations

Dinorah Azpuru

Dinorah Azpuru, professor of political science, published a piece in The Washington Post on the decline in popular support for democracy in Latin America. Dinorah's published work has led to several international presentations, including one at the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala. She has published three pieces and co-authored with Michael Hall, associate professor of political science in the Post's "Monkey Cage," the leading research blog in political science. Read the article. 

Noell Birondo

Noell Birondo, associate professor of philosophy, presented his paper “Practical Wisdom and Coercive Technai” at the Institute for Philosophical Research in Mexico. The presentation was part of the Institute's colloquium series. 

Birondo also presented his paper "The Virtues of Mestizaje: Lessons from Las Casas for an Inter-American Ethics" at the 47th annual meeting of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy in Mexico. 

Samantha Corcoran 

Samantha Corcoran spoke in a webinar for the U.S. Embassy in Eritrea in Dec. 2019. The topic covered disability awareness and her talk was titled "Disability Services in Engineering." Corcoran informed attendees of how engineers can provide assistive technology solutions for people with disabilities to give them independence and improve quality of life. 

In Memoriam

Richard D. "Dick" Lewis

Richard D "Dick" Lewis died on Jan. 16, 2020. He was a Wichita State University campus minister. Read more about Richard.

Gerald D. "Skip" Loper 

Gerald D. Loper died on Feb. 18, 2020. In 1963, Loper accepted a position at Wichita State University and remained on campus for 42 years in various capacities. He was a professor, department chairman, dean, associate vice president for research and interim director of the National Institute of Aviation Research. He retired in 2006. Read more about Gerald.

Lynn David Schriever

Lynn Schrieve died on Feb. 11, 2020. Lynn was an assistant professor of nursing at Wichita State University from 1976-1982. Read more about Lynn. 

William J. Thomas

William Thomas died on Dec. 22, 2019. He was a Wichita State University ESL program instructor. Read more about William. 

Herman Wilson

Herman Wilson died on Nov. 6, 2019. Herman was a former Wichita State University track and field coach from 1967-1983. 


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