Faculty Honor Roll Spring 2020


The Boy Scouts of America Kittan District honored Andy Axup, PhD, (Chemistry) and Mike Puthoff, PT, PhD, (Physical Therapy), with the Merit Award for outstanding service to scouting at the district level. On an annual basis, Dr. Puthoff organizes a Personal Fitness Merit Badge clinic and Dr. Axup arranges a STEM Merit Badge clinic.

Earlier this month, Darci Becker, PhD, (MSLP) presented "Employing Best Practice: A Clinical Review of Dysphagia Updates Across the Lifespan" at the Quad Cities Speech-Language Hearing Association. And in January, Dr. Becker and then-graduate student Clarissa Thomas '20 MSLP co-presented "Implementing the International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative: A Lunch and Learn" at the Handicapped Development Center in Davenport.

Dale Broder, PhD, (Biology) delivered an invited departmental seminar at St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN) about her cricket research, and her research student, Aaron Wikle, received a competitive grant (NSF-GRFP).

In February, Matthew Coomber, PhD, (Theology) attended the Kripke Center Symposium on Religion and the New Politics where he presented "Understanding and Confronting the Callousness: A Biblical-Psychological Approach." He also wrote a Catholic Messenger article, "An Ethic of Care at the Core of Our Faith," in March. 

Dana Daily, PT, PhD, presented two research posters, published an article, and earned an award:

  • Dailey DL, Vance CGT, Rakel BA, et al. Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation Reduces Movement-Evoked Pain and Fatigue: A Randomized, Controlled Trial. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2020;72(5):824‐836. doi:10.1002/art.41170
  • Dana L. Dailey, Jon Williams, B. A. Rakel C. G. T. Vance, Ruth Chimenti, Meenakshi Golchha3, Katharine M Geasland, Miriam B. Zimmerman, K. A. Sluka, L. J. Crofford. Characteristics of women with fibromyalgia receiving opioid analgesics are different from those not receiving opioids, Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association, Denver, Colorado. February 2020
  • Dana L. Dailey, Carol GT Vance, Barbara A. Rakel, M. Bridget Zimmerman, Jennie Embree, Ericka N. Merriwether, Katharine M. Geasland, Ruth Chimenti, Jon M. Williams, Meenakshi Golchha, Leslie J. Crofford, Kathleen A. Sluka. A Randomized Controlled Trial of TENS for Movement-Evoked Pain in Women with Fibromyalgia. Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association, Denver, Colorado. February 2020
  • Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Combined Sections Meeting Poster Award 2020. Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association, Denver, Colorado. February 2020

Janene Finley, PhD, (Accounting) gave a presentation in February to the Association of Fundraising Professionals-Quad Cities chapter during a Lunch and Learn. She discussed the tax effects of recent legislation on charitable giving and possible amendments to the Internal Revenue Code that promote charitable giving. Dr. Finley also was promoted to Professor.

Ella Johnson, PhD, (Theology), published the book "This Is My Body: Eucharistic Theology and Anthropology in the Writings of Gertrude the Great of Helfta" with Cistercian Publications.

David Krupke, MA, CCC/SLP (MSLP), and colleague Jeffrey Knox, PhD, (MSLP) researched treatment efficacy and decision-making during intervention for speech production disorders. Their results were accepted for a poster presentation at the 41st annual Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders*.

In the American Occupational Therapy Association's SIS Quarterly Practice Connections (May 2020), an article by Anne Lansing, OTD, MOL, (Occupational Therapy) was published: "Aging Innovatively: A community-based healthy aging program."

Imtiaz Mazumder, PhD, (Finance) wrote "Performance Measurement and Market Condition: Evidence from Trading Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)." It was accepted for presentation at the 2020 Academy of Finance conference.*

Joseph Miller, PhD, (Marketing and Sales) co-authored the article "An Empirical Investigation of the Effects of Individuality on Responses to Data Theft Crimes" that was published in the March issue of IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management. Dr. Miller also co-wrote for the International Journal of Tourism Science an article, "Perceived Quality and Value in Resort Hotel Customers: Examining the Length of Stay as a Moderator." 

Biology colleagues Brenda Peters, PhD, and Amy Blair, PhD, presented a poster on their research, "Citric Acid as a Potential Molluscicide and Deterrent for the Invasive Slug Species, Arion fasciatus" for the World Congress of Malacology (August 2019). Their second poster for the congress was "Terrestrial Slugs as a Model Organism for Inquiry-Based Experimentation in a Majors General Biology Laboratory."†

Along with undergraduate students, Dr. Blair co-authored two articles as a result of research in 2019†:

For the 2020 Society of Christian Ethics meeting in January, Lisa Powell, PhD, (Theology) presented her paper, "Disability and the Resurrected Body."

Dr. Puthoff presented "Successful Aging Through Person and Situation-Specific Fitness Screens and Annual Examinations" at the annual American Physical Therapy Association Combined Section Meeting in Denver, Colorado.

The Muscatine Art Center in Muscatine, Iowa, featured a painting by Kristin Quinn, MFA, (Art/Painting) in the exhibit, "Hard Won, Not Done: Eastern Iowa Women Artists Invitational" (Jan. 18-Apr. 12, 2020).

Daniel Rairdin-Hale, MFA, (Theatre), won several accolades for the production of The Little Prince. It was an invited production at the 2020 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region IV where Dan and the production earned:

  • Invited Festival Production of The Little Prince, directed by Daniel Rairdin-Hale
  • Commendation for Daniel Rairdin-Hale and Aaron Hook for achievement in Puppetry Construction for the production of The Little Prince
  • Commendation for Daniel Rairdin-Hae for achievement in Mask Construction for the production of The Little Prince

Published this month in Critical Criminology, Grant Tietjen, PhD,(Criminal Justice) authored "Onward and Upward – The Significance of Mentorship for Formerly Incarcerated Students and Academics." He also wrote a chapter in "Violence in American Society: An Encyclopedia of Trends, Problems, and Perspectives," which will be published in August 2020. Dr. Tietjen's other accomplishments include:

  • Appointed as the inaugural chair to the Division of Convict Criminology in the American Society of Criminology
  • Served the university in three committees as part of its response to COVID-19
  • Served on the Board of Advisors for both the Safer Foundation and Progressive Action for the Common Good
  • Chaired the SAU Ad Hoc Faculty Action Committee for 2019-20
  • 2020 Outstanding Article nomination by the American Society of Criminology for the article, Showing Up: The Gendered Effects of Social Engagement on Educational Participation in U.S. Correctional Facilities. The Prison Journal, 98(3), 359-381.
  • Paper accepted at the 2020 Midwestern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, "Fearless Truths: Foucault's Parrhesia and the Inside-Perspectives of Justice-Impacted Criminology Scholars."*

Brittany Tullis, PhD, (Spanish and Women and Gender Studies) reported the following accomplishments for Spring 2020:

  • Co-edited Mitologías Hoy, Vol. 20. In that issue, she also published an interview with Peruvian comics artist Jesús Cossio. (December 2019)†
  • Was a panelist for a State Department IDEAS grant rater
  • Will serve as a Super Panelist to rate the final round of IDEAS grant in Summer 2020
  • Co-wrote (with SAU colleagues Lance Sadlek [Galvin Fine Arts Center] and Regina Matheson, PhD, [Sociology]) her first National Endowment for the Humanities grant.

*did not present in-person due to the pandemic
†omitted from Fall 2019 Honor Roll


Promotions and Tenure

  • Rhiannon Seneli, PhD, (Kinesiology/MSEP) achieved the rank of Associate Professor and earned tenure.
  • Kathleen Andresen, DNP, RN, CNE (Nursing); Dale Blesz, PhD (Biology); and Dick Robertson, EdD, (Education) were promoted to Professor.
  • Kathie Lampe, PT, DPT (Physical Therapy) was bestowed the title of Professor Emeritus.

Spring 2020 Retirements

Jon Anderson, Mary Heinzman, Scot Heisdorffer, Bill Hixon, Laurie Jeans, Kathy Kilen, Kathie Lampe, Pam Long, Dick Robertson, Terry Schlabach, and Phyllis Wenthe

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