Faculty and Staff Honor Roll Spring 2022


AmbroseZine | May 2022

These are the self-reported accomplishments in alpha-order from SAU faculty and teaching staff from June through December 2021.

Please scroll down to see promotions, tenure, and retirements for Spring 2022.

Patrick Archer, PhD, (Sociology and Criminal Justice) was promoted from Interim Dean to Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Ruby Batimana, DrPH(c), MJ, MPH, (Public Health) presented a poster in May at the Public Health Conference of Iowa. Her poster, "CCBHC: A Community-Academic Partnership For Improving Community Mental Health," talks about the advantages and importance of partnerships between community-based organizations and academic institutions in improving mental health services in the area.

Kyle Bennett, PhD, (Social Work) was nominated as a Student Success Champion this past semester. He also wrote two articles:

Amy Blair, PhD, and Brenda Peters, PhD, (Biology) worked with former Biology student Keegan Steele '19 to publish his undergraduate research project "Citric Acid as a Potential Molluscicide and Deterrent for the Invasive Slug Arion Fasciatus," in the American Malagological Bulletin, 38(2), 85-90.

With the guidance of Mike Cipriano, PhD, (Accounting), an SAU chapter of Phi Beta Lambda was founded this past spring. "Our PBL chapter seeks to get K-12 students informed and excited about careers/majors in business, serve our community (mainly through a partnership with Junior Achievement), and help our members develop as professionals through workshops, conferences, and access to employment opportunities," Dr. Cipriano said.

Matthew JM Coomber, PhD, (Theology) presented on wealth in the bible at the University of Wittenberg, Germany. Dr. Coomber also was a guest professor at Sarum College, England, where he led a 4-day lecture on biblical ethics for the college's Biblical Study Break series.

The International Journal of Business Education published an article by Janene Finley, PhD, (Accounting) on "International Students' Awareness of U.S. Tax Filings."

Ann Garton, DNP, RN, FPCC, CNE, (Nursing) has partnered with Global Brigades to support senior nursing students in experiencing service learning through tele-education/tele-health in Honduras. She is currently conducting research to study how this type of learning will impact our future nursing workforce. Ann has also co-presented "Health Equity: Closing Gaps Where You Are" at the Institute for Person-Centered Care conference.

The article "The money priming debate revisited: A review, meta-analysis, and extension to organizations," co-written by Jessica Greenwald, PhD, (Management), was published in the March 2022 edition of the Journal of Organizational Behavior.

In May 2021, L. Joseph Hebert, PhD, (Political Science) led a three-day seminar on "The Wisdom of Josef Pieper" at the Valor Institute's Kingfisher Center in La Jolla, California. Later that summer, he led an SAU Undergraduate Research Institute program on "The Politics of Conscience." In November 2021, he presented his recently published article, "Not 'Dressed Like a Philosopher': Tactful Statesmanship in Utopia and the Epigrams" (Moreana, Volume 58, Issue 1, June, 2021) at the University of Dallas' Thomas More Studies Conference. In Summer 2022, with a research grant from the Center for Thomas More Studies, Dr. Hebert will complete revisions to his book, Higher Things than Earthly Kings? Law, Liberty, and Conscience in Sir Thomas More.

Earlier this month, Stella Herzig, MLS, (Library) gave a presentation at the Iowa Library Association's Academic and College Research Library division conference at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls. Her topic was "Promotion as Part of the Script: Using an Information Literacy Student Podcast Assignment to Promote Library Resources."

This past spring, Ella Johnson, PhD, (Theology), presented a paper, wrote two newspaper articles, spoke to members of the Peoria Diocese, and led part of a retreat:

  • "Defining Human Life Backwards: The Theology of Life in Death in Gertrude of Helfta's Spiritual Exercises," 57th International Congress for Medieval Studies
  • "Recovering the Symbols of the Anointing of the Sick" (3/10/22) and "Processions publicly proclaim the Eucharist as food for the journey" (5/12/22), Catholic Messenger
  • Led "Images of God as Woman, Women as Images of God" for Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat in Wheatland, IA
  • Delivered the parish talk "Eucharist: An Extraordinary Encounter" for the Peoria Diocese Deacon Vicariate

The Bible Today published an article written by Micah Kiel, PhD, (Theology), "'There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences' (Luke 21:11): Apocalyptic Imagery in the New Testament."

Emily Kingery, PhD, (English) made four appearances and performances this past semester on WVIK with Rebecca Wee and Don Wooten; Painted Bride Quarterly podcast, Slush Pile, Episode 97: Navigating Dirtbags & Oracles (featured poet); Re/Building Community Poetry Reading with Daniel Daley and Hannah Blaser Gott; and for the SPECTRA Reading Series: Local Lovers National Poetry Month Showcase. Dr. Kingery also published the following pieces and received honors:

  • Finalist, Harbor Editions 2022 Laureate Prize for full-length poetry manuscript
  • Longlist, Invisible City Lit 2022 Blurred Genre Contest judged by Lynn Steger Strong
  • Poetry published in Blue Unicorn, Painted Bride Quarterly, Quercus, Raleigh Review, and Twyckenham Notes, and selected for the Small Orange Journal limited-print anthology, Issue 2
  • Poem selected for display at Dead Poets Espresso and Moline Public Library for National Poetry Month, April 2022

Joseph Lappie, MFA, received two grants this past semester: an American Rescue Plan Arts Grant and Quad City Arts Dollars. Lappie was also selected as a Residency Recipient at the Art Farm.

Several faculty from the School of Social Work have been involved in a Voter Registration and Civic Engagement Initiative. As such, professors Kristi Law, PhD, and Jennifer Boedeker, MSW, presented "Using Innovation and Multi-State Collaboration to Ignite Social Work Students' Civic Engagement" at the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors Annual Conference in March. Other notes from the School of Social Work include:

  • Dr. Law and Chris Martin, PhD, contributed as panelists in May to the Influencing Social Policy Teaching Institute.
  • Dr. Law also collaborated with the Moline Public Library and Project NOW to facilitate a community discussion on the book "Automating Inequality: How High Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor" by Virginia Eubanks (2015). 

Shelley Lowery, MSITM, (Information Technology) presented on "The Changing Enterprise Resource Platform (ERP)" at the Ellucian Live Conference in Denver in April. Lowery discussed with attendees how SAU IT staff have evolved their customer service support over the past 20 years.

The British Food Journal published in March "Segmenting Food Festivalgoers: Experiential Value, Emotional State, and Loyalty," cowritten by Joe Miller, PhD, (Marketing and Sales). Dr. Miller also presented a working paper, "Better Angry Than Afraid: The Case of Post Data Breach Emotions on Customer Engagement" at the INFORMS Conference in Anaheim, Calif., last fall. For Davenport citizens in the 7th Ward, Dr. Miller was their alderman for a short time as an interim appointment. Dr. Miller said he mostly dealt "with the distribution of ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) funding for the city and ... [on] landlord-tenant relations for rental properties within the city."

At the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD) Annual Conference, Sarah Oliver, PhD, (Counseling) presented "Small College Challenges: Creating an unapologetic scope of care."

This past January, Lisa Powell, PhD, (Theology) presented a paper for a panel on Ecology and Disability Ethics at the Annual Meeting for the Society of Christian Ethics on which she discussed SAU students' "Sustainability Warriors" podcast.

At the February American Physical Therapy Association's Combined Sections Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, Mike Puthoff, PhD, (Physical Therapy) presented on:

  • Integrating Lifestyle Medicine into Physical Therapy for the Aging Adult
  • HELP! My patient may have a venous thromboembolism! What Do I Do?
  • Integrating the annual physical therapy visit for the aging population into clinical practice

Mohammad Rahdar, PhD, (Industrial Engineering) wrote the article "Resilient Transportation Network Design Under Uncertain Link Capacity Using a Trilevel Optimization Model" for the January 2022 edition of the Journal of Advanced Transportation.

For the book Introduction to Play (2022, Sage Publications), Angela Rekers, PhD, (Early Childhood Education) wrote three chapters. She also wrote a chapter for Inclusive Pedagogies for Early Childhood Education (2022, Routledge) and a blog entry for the British Education Research Association, "Forest School and its place within a COVID-recovery curriculum."

Shane Soboroff, PhD, (Sociology and Criminal Justice) accepted an invitation to join the Editorial Board of Social Psychology Quarterly. He also co-wrote "Modeling Status Interventions with Affect Control Theory" for American Behavioral Scientist.

Grant Tietjen, PhD, (Criminal Justice) wrote "Let the convicts speak: a critical conversation of the ongoing language debate in convict criminology" for Criminal Justice Studies. Dr. Tietjen also delivered an online presentation, "Lived-Experience Qualitative Research" for California State University's Project Rebound Research Lab and spoke on Episode 36 of the Criminology Academy Podcast, "Debating language and how we identify ourselves: Convict Criminology with Jennifer Ortiz and Grant Tietjen."

Brittany Tullis, PhD, (Spanish and Latinx Studies) continued to serve as President of the Comics Studies Society. During the spring semester, she helped organize the society's fifth annual conference at Michigan State University in July. She also continues to serve on the Executive Board of the International Comic Arts Forum.

Nick Voth, MEd, wrote the article "Field-Based Critical Velocity Test Predicts 5,00m Performance Time in Runners" for publication in the February 2022 issue of Sport Performance and Science Reports.

Nathan Windt, DMA, was honored with the 2022 North Scott Community Arts Patron Award for outstanding service to the vocal arts in the North Scott School District. Additionally, Dr. Windt

  • Collaborated with Dr. Marian Lee, DMA, (Music) and Randal Richmond (Art) in a recital presentation of Schubert's Winterreise, which was offered as part of the College of Arts and Sciences "Re/Building" theme (February 2022)
  • Prepared the chorus for the Quad City Symphony Orchestra's live-music presentation of Disney's Frozen (May 2022)

Promotions and Tenure

Promoted to Full Professor
Dr. Neil Aschliman
Dr. Sandra Lund
Dr. Jason Senjem
Dr. Susa Stonedahl
Dr. Rachael Suddarth
Dr. Nathan Windt

Promoted to Clinical Assistant Professor
Ms. Karoline Crowder
Ms. Lynnette Kruse
Mr. Christopher Reno

Promoted to Associate Professor
Dr. Anne Lansing

Promoted to Clinical Associate
Dr. Kristin Ryan

Granted Tenure
Dr. Maritza Espina
Dr. Julie Jones

Promoted to Associate Professor and Granted Tenure
Dr. Alec Brown
Dr. Katrina Browning
Dr. Jennifer Palar
Dr. Dennis Tarasi


We asked our retirees some questions about what's next. Here's what they said.

Greg Bereskin, PhD, Economics
Carol DeVolder, PhD, Psychology
Barb Ehrmann, DPT, Physical Therapy
Kris Eitrheim, MFA, Theatre
Kevin Farrell, PhD, Physical Therapy
Carl Herzig, PhD, English
Kerry Humes, MD, Physician Assistant Studies
Corinne "Cory" Johnson, PhD, Theatre
Brian Miclot, PhD, Philosophy
Juleann Miller, PhD, Nursing
Donald "Duke" Schneider, MA, Communication and Digital Media
Alan Sivell, MA, Communication and Digital Media
Ron Wastyn, PhD, Marketing/MOL


At SAU, hard work = recognition. Here is a list of full-time students who were named to the St. Ambrose University Dean's List for the Spring 2022 term. These students earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).

Read More About Spring 2022...

Institutional-Campus | News
toby arquette

A veteran educator in higher education, Dr. Arquette will join President Amy Novak's cabinet on July 5, 2022.

Read More About Toby Arquette...

Business Administration, Master of | News

Five MBA students created a start-up company as part of their MBA 800 Capstone course and ended up ranking in the top ten percent of simulated start-ups in the world.

Read More About MBA Start-Up...

So, what's next?

Are you ready to take the next step? Click on the visit button below to learn more about our virtual and in-person visit options.