Academic Times Nov 2015: College of Liberal Arts

Shin Yeon Jeon, assistant professor of art, had a recent article featured in the Monthly Ceramic Art magazine in Korea. Some of his students participated in Kwanho Woo's project "Ten Thousand Present" by sending a picture of their artwork at their favorite places.



Dr. Kristopher D. Copeland, assistant professor of communication studies, published the article “We are Pimping Off the People”: Examining the Oklahoma Lottery Policy in the peer-reviewed journal Oklahoma Politics in November 2015.

The paper Dr. Joseph Faulds, professor of English, presented during the National Association of Native American Studies in Baton Rouge this past February has now been published in a monograph of selected papers. The title of the essay is "Living Memory: Mythic Cycles of Time in Silko, Harjo, and TallMountain."

Dr. David Linebarger, professor of humanities and English, presented as an Oklahoma Humanities Scholar on Doris Lessing's novel Summer Before the Dark. The presentation was held in October on the Broken Arrow Campus.

James McGirk, instructor in English, gave a reading of his forthcoming article about the Ouachita Mountain Bigfoot to the Oklahoma Skeptics Society. The article was called "The Horror in the Ouachita Mountains" and is forthcoming from THIS LAND PRESS. The event was covered (or rather touted) by the Oklahoma Gazette. His eBook, A Grand Theory of Everything, was reviewed by the Hong Kong newspaper South China Morning Post. He also wrote an article for the innovative geolocative storytelling startup Atlas Obscura about the Underground Rescued Kitty Network.

Associate Professor of English, Dr. Melissa Strong, attended the 2015 conference of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers in Philadelphia on November 6 and 7. Dr. Strong presented the paper "Vivandiéres and Gender Hybridity in Women’s War Work and Writing" on the panel Women Writing the Civil War, which she organized. Dr. Strong also chaired the panel Women and Work.

Dr. Cheryl Van Den Handel, assistant professor of political science, presented "Changing the Rules of the Game: Acquisition of Political Efficacy by African Women" at the International Studies Association West Conference in Pasadena, CA on September 26, 2015.

On November 8, Dr. Andrew Vassar, associate professor of humanities, took 20 students from his Comparative Religions class on the 2015 Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice Operation Understanding Youth Interfaith Tour where they were able to get insider tours of and presentations at the Hindu Temple of Tulsa (pictured), Temple Israel synagogue, the Islamic Society of Tulsa mosque, and the Tam Bao Buddhist Temple.

Dr. Virginia Whitekiller, professor of social work, presented, "Family group conferencing: An Indigenous practice to compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act" at the Oklahoma Indian Child Welfare Conference (OICWA) on November 5, 2015. She also served as the event coordinator for Mr. Sean O'Toole, Australia's Fullbright Scholar, to present at the OICWA and at NSU on Australian aboriginal issues and solutions.

Dr. Mike Wilds, professor of criminal justice, completed Higher Learning Commission training in Chicago in November 2015 to be qualified as a team chair for HLC peer-review visits. He is scheduled to participate in two university accreditation reviews in the next six months. In addition, he is in the final phases of drafting NSU's HLC Assurance Report for the four-year audit scheduled in late January 2016.