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Fall 2014 faculty activity features diverse work

10/31/2014 9:38 am

Rockford, Ill., — Rockford University faculty members routinely participate in a wide variety of academic and professional activities. Following is a summary of recent accomplishments.

Nola Addante Department Chair and Assistant Professor of Nursing Nola Addante, B.S.N., M.S.N., along with several Rockford University nursing students from the “Community Health Nursing” course participated in a free flu shot clinic at Shelter Care Ministries in Rockford on October 23. Professor Addante and students administered flu shots and blood pressure screenings.
 Flamm_Matt Associate Professor of Philosophy Matthew Flamm, Ph.D., attended the annual meeting of the Society for Intellectual US History from October 9-12 in Indianapolis, Ind.
  Assistant Professor of education Lydia Gertzel-Short, Ed.D., presented a paper titled “Families Are Knocking at The Door, Will You Let Them In?” at the Leadership, Learning, and Practice: Educating Global Citizens international conference October 2-4 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
 Hardesty_Jacob Assistant Professor of Education Jacob Hardesty, Ph.D., will be presenting a paper titled “Learning To Listen: Conflicts Between Youth and Adults Regarding the Phonograph in the Early 20th Century” at the History of Education Society Conference from November 6-9 in Indianapolis, Ind.
 Hunter_Jason Jason Hunter, Ph.D., assistant professor of Physical Education, presented a talk entitled “Marketing Implications of Playing Regular Season Games in International Markets” at the Sports Marketing National Conference from Oct. 22-24 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  Assistant Professor of Economics, Business, and Accounting Stanley Klatka, Ph.D., attended the Marketing Management Association Educator’s conference from September 17-19 in San Antonio, Texas.

Assistant Professor of Philosophy Shawn Klein, Ph.D., published a review of The Fantasy Sport Industry: Games within Games for the Nordic Sport Science Forum. The book is an in-depth study of the industry that has built up around fantasy sports.

Professor Klein was also interviewed by Bloomberg News for the October 27 article, “PGA President Ouster in Growing Effort on Sexist Comments” and for its September 14 article, “NFL Back as Abuse, Concussions Grab Top U.S. Sport Headlines” concerning recent domestic violence issues in the NFL.

James Marshall Assistant Professor of Biology James Marshall, Ph.D., presented a paper “Role of Resident and Migrant Birds in the Spread of Invasive Honeysuckle” at the American Ornithologist’s Union Annual Meeting in Estes Park, Colo. from September 24-27.
 Michael Perry Rockford University Associate Professor of English Michael A. Perry, Ph.D., and Patrick McAleer, Ph.D., (Inver Hills Community College) have published a new book titled Stephen King’s Modern Macabre: Essays on the Later Works that focuses on some of the recent works of writer Stephen King. The publication is currently available for purchase on Amazon.

Assistant Professor of Biology Troy Skwor, Ph.D., traveled over this past summer to Spain and France where he gave a seminar entitled, “ Identifying and combating “superbugs” in the Rock River and within human wastewater” at the University of Santiago de Compostela in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. He also gave a talk on his ongoing noted research “Aeromonas veronii and A. hydrophila predominate among multi-drug resistant, cytotoxic isolates from human wastewater effluents and local riverine ecosystems” at the 11th International Symposium on Aeromonas and Plesiomonas in Montpellier, France at the University of Montpellier School of Medicine.

Additionally, Dr. Skwor’s research continues to be recognized internationally in leading scientific journals, Applied and Environmental Microbiology Journal and in BioMed Central Microbiology. His most recent work, “Aeromonas hydrophila and Aeromonas veroniipredominate among potentially pathogenic ciprofloxacin and tetracycline resistant isolates of Aeromonas in Lake Erie” has been published in the Applied and Environmental Microbiology journal.

 Stafford, Lynn Associate Professor of Education Lynn Stafford, M.S., presented “Reading Strategies in a Co-Teaching Model” at the Illinois Reading Council conference from October 2-4. Professor Stafford will also be giving two presentations at the Illinois Council for Exceptional Children, “Reading Strategies in a Co-Teaching Model” and “Brain Research and How It Influences Learning” from November 7-9.

Assistant Professor of English Kyle Stedman, Ph.D. recently published two different projects, both of which involve sound (his disciplinary focus in the field of rhetoric and composition). First, in the online academic journal Composition Forum, he co-published a review of the scholarly book “Ambient Rhetoric: The Attunements of Rhetorical Being.”

He also published the first episode of his new monthly podcast “Plugs, Play, Pedagogy.” Dr. Stedman also will be presenting a paper titled “Composing Audiences, Influences, and Classical Music”, at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in March 2015 in Tampa, Fla.

 Walker_Karen Personal Assistant Professor of education Karen P. Walker, Ed.D., attended the Illinois Reading Conference from October 1-3, 2014. Dr. Walker presented two sessions at the conference. Her first session, “WANTED: Effective Literacy Leadership to Support Independent Student Reading Among Adolescents,” focused on her recent publication in the International Reading Association Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy. Additionally, Professor Walker co-presented a session titled, “Great Literature for Struggling and Reluctant Adolescent Readers.”
 Wagner_Kimberlee Kimberlee Wagner, M.A.T., assistant professor of education, presented a talk entitled “Supporting Comprehension for ESL Students” at the Illinois Reading Council from Oct. 2-4.

Assistant Professor of English Tara Wood, Ph.D., will also be presenting at the Conference on College Composition and Communication Conference with her paper titled “Risk Management in the College Classroom: Student Strategies for Disclosing Disability” in March 2015.

Dr. Wood also has an essay published this fall in an edited collection titled “Signature Wounds: Marking and Medicalizing Post 9/11 Veterans,” Generation Vet: Composition, Student-Veterans, and the Post 9/11 University.