News & Notes

School developments

The English Language Study Center, which opened under the guidance of Dr. Mary Connerty, ESL program director and senior lecturer in English, in the Carriage House Annex II on campus, offers tutoring and advising for international students and other English-language learners. Dr. Miriam McMullen-Pastrick, lecturer in speech communication, and Guadalupe Alvear-Madrid, senior lecturer in Spanish, retired after decades of dedicated service. 

New faculty and staff

H&SS welcomed eight faculty: professor of communication, Dr. Mary Kahl; assistant professors Wilson Brown, psychology; Lisa Ciecierski, education; and Massimo Verzella, English; and lecturers Michelle Fowler, Kristy McCoy, and Audrey Thompson, English; and Jennifer Myler, education. 

Honors, distinctions, and accomplishments

George Looney was named distinguished professor of English and creative writing. Dr. Craig Warren, professor of English, received the Guy W. Wilson Award for Excellence in Academic Advising. Dr. Melanie Hetzel-Riggin was promoted to professor of psychology. Four faculty were promoted to associate professor and tenured: Dr. Sara Luttfring, English; Dr. Janet Neigh, English; Dr. Amy Carney, history; and Dr. Kilic Kanat, political science.

Research and creative activity

H&SS faculty members published forty articles, presented more than 100 conference papers/posters, were awarded more than 100 research grants, and published five books: Bushwhackers: Guerilla Warfare, Manhood, and the Household in Civil War Missouri, Dr. Joseph Beilein, history; The Irish Vampire: From Folklore to the Imaginations of Charles Robert Maturin, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu and Bram Stoker, Dr. Sharon Gallagher, English; The Benefits of Peace: Private Peacemaking in Late Medieval Italy, Dr. Glenn Kumhera, history; Splattered Ink: Postfeminist Gothic Fiction and Gendered Violence, Dr. Sarah Whitney, English and women’s studies; Medical Spanish for Nurses: A Self-Teaching Guide, Dr. Soledad Traverso and Dr. Laurie Urraro, Spanish, and Dr. Patricia Pasky McMahon, student health and wellness.