Our faculty members participate in conferences around the world, conduct groundbreaking research, and publish books and journal papers that contribute to their field and highlight their expertise. We feature those accomplishments and more in this section.
College of Arts and Humanities
Ryan Bowles Eagle, assistant professor of communications, had her article, “Loitering, Lingering, Hashtagging: Women Reclaiming Public Space Via #BoardtheBus, #StuopStreetHarassment, and the #EverydaySexism Project” published in Feminist Media Studies, 15, 350-353.
Bowles Eagle also contributed a chapter, “Ambient XXX: Pornography in Public Spaces,” to the recently published “New Views on Pornography: Sexuality, Politics, and the Law” (Praeger, 2015).
Nancy Erbe, professor of negotiation, conflict resolution and peacebuilding, served as Fulbright Senior Specialist in Peace and Conflict Resolution at Bethlehem Bible College in January and February, where at the invitation of founding president Bishara Awad, she helped prepare an advance master’s peace curriculum to begin fall 2015. Her faculty team included Awad’s brother Mubarak Awad, founder of Non Violence International, and American University faculty members Rula Mansoor, the first woman Arab public prosecutor in Israel, and international human rights lawyer Jonathan Kuttab.
Gilah Yelin Hirsch, was among the featured speakers at TEDxThimphu 2015 during the Bhutan’s First Annual International Festival of the Arts in February. The theme for the TEDtalks was “When Happiness Does Not Make Us Happy” and Hirsch spoke on “Reflections on the Nature of Happiness.”
As a member of MIT’s Kepes Society and Center for Advanced Visual Studies, Hirsch was invited to exhibit her art in the National Museum in Budapest and serve as one of the featured lecturers during the Exhibition of the International Light Workshop which took place in Budapest as part of the UNESCO’s 2015 International Year of Light events. Her presentation was on “Light that Heals.” Also in March, she gave a presentation, “Cabala, Biotheology and the Power of Art to Heal” as part of the Conney Conference on Jewish Arts, a collaboration between University of Wisconsin and USC that took place on the USC campus.
Additionally, Hirsch’s works are currently being shown at the Academy for Jewish Religion’s “The Spiritual in Art” exhibition through Aug. 31.
Salim Faraji, associate professor of Africana studies, served as academic advisor and curriculum designer of a new Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS) Africa Program to be offered beginning in fall 2015 by Concordia University Irvine’s School of Professional Studies with primary study in Ghana. He will continue to serve as consulting program director.
College of Business Administration and Public Policy
Xuefei (Nancy) Deng, associate professor of information systems, had two research articles published recently: “More Than Providing ‘Solutions’: Towards an Understanding of Customer-oriented Citizenship Behaviours of IS Professionals,” co-authored with Tawei Wang (University of Hawaii at Manoa) and Robert D. Galliers (Bentley University) in Information Systems Journal (Jan. 29, 2015, DOI: 10.1111/isj.12051), a premier journal in the information systems field; and “Examining the factors influencing cross-project knowledge transfer: An empirical study of IT services firms in China,” co-authored with two scholars in China, Dali Zhao (North China University of Technology) and Meiyun Zuo (Renmin University), in the February 2015 issue of International Journal of Project Management, 33, 325-340.
Tayyeb Shabbir, professor of finance, contributed a chapter, “High Frequency Trading: Implications for Market Efficiency and Fairness,” in the recently published book “Handbook of High Frequency Trading” ( Elsevier/Academic Press, 2015). His chapter deals with the nature and implications of high frequency trading for fairness as well as efficiency in the financial especially the stock markets in the U. S.
College of Education
Professors of special education Caron Mellblom-Nishioka and Jamie Dote-Kwan served as assistant chairs for recent Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) campus visits in San Diego (Mellblom-Nishioka) and Hawaii (Dote-Kwan).
Jamie Dote-Kwan, professor of special education, contributed a chapter titled, “Creating Accessible Preschool Learning Environments” to the recently published book, “Essential Elements in Early Intervention: Visual Impairment and Multiple Disabilities, Second Edition” (New York, NY: AFB Press, 2014).
Sharon Grandinette, adjunct instructor of special education, recently had her article, “Supporting students with brain tumors in obtaining school intervention services: The clinician’s role from an educator’s perspective,” published in Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, 7, 307-321.
Lorna Fitzsimmons, associate professor of humanities, has edited or co-edited three books on literature and writing in the past several months.
“Asian American Literature and the Environment” (Routledge, 2014), a transnational study demonstrating the distinctiveness of Asian American writers’ positions on environmental topics of major concern today.
“Identities in Early Modern English Writing: Religion, Gender, Nation” (Brepols Publishers, 2014) explores the representation of human identity in early modern English writing.
“Tolstoy on Screen” (Northwestern University Press, 2014) offers a comprehensive examination of film and television adaptations of Tolstoy’s fiction, from the silent film era to present day.
Gilah Yelin Hirsch, professor of art, weaves together published and unpublished stories, diary entries and family photos to give a full account of her mother, who although she battled mental illness throughout her life became an important and celebrated educator and author in “Demonic to Divine: The Double Life of Shulamis Yelin” (Vehicule Press, 2014)
Antonia Issa Lahera, assistant professor of graduate education, Anthony H. Normore, professor of graduate education and chair of special education, and Kamal Hamdan, associate professor of teacher education, present a collection of academic articles and essays that examine how leadership is cultivated in a variety of social contexts in their new book, “Pathways to Excellence: Developing and Cultivating Leaders for the Classroom and Beyond” (Emerald Group Publishing Limited, UK, 2014)
Gus Martin, associate vice president of human resources and professor of criminal justice administration, offers new information on terrorist incidents, evolving terrorist environments, and emerging perspectives on counterterrorism and security in the fifth edition of his first published book, “Understanding Terrorism: Challenges, Perspectives, and Issues, fifth ed.” (SAGE Publications, 2015)
Recent quotes and/or media interviews in the media from faculty
“Important thing to note is that parents set the tone and standard for their children’s attitude towards finances. If they model good ‘financial’ behavior, then their children are more likely to follow them, and continue that behavior well into adulthood.” – Prakash Dheeriya, professor of accounting, finance and economics, interviewed in “Ask the Experts: Fostering Financial Literacy in the U.S.”
“When the technology first came out, it was exciting–people were able to connect to others and it was great. [But] slowly–the research backs this up–people are spending a lot more time with their devices than they are with the natural world and face-to-face with other people.” – Nancy Cheever, associate professor of communications, quoted in “I gave up my iPhone for a week, and my life didn’t end.” (Grist.com, March 30, 2015)
“What if you posted your run and nobody liked it? Does that mean you got nothing out of it?” – Larry Rosen, professor of psychology, quoted in “Is technology spoiling your workout?” (Washington Post, March 10, 2015)