The College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences will welcome 26 new tenure-track and tenured professors in the fall of 2017.

Joining the college as assistant professors are Aaron Brantly, Political Science; Cara Daggett, Political Science; Matthew Fullen, School of Education; Edward Gitre, History; Katherine Haenschen, Communication; Benjamin Katz, Human Development; Karin Kitchens, Political Science; Ashley Landers, Human Development; Evan Lavender-Smith, English; Christopher Lindgren, English; Gonzalo Montero, Foreign Languages and Literatures; Shaily Patel, Religion and Culture; Ashley Reichelmann, Sociology; Patrick Ridge, Foreign Languages and Literatures; Micah Roos, Sociology; Donna Sedgwick, Sociology; Eonyou Shin, Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management; Lee Vinsel, Science and Technology in Society; and Chelsea Woods, Communication.

Hired as tenured faculty at the rank of associate professor are Shannon Bell, Sociology; Su Fang Ng, Cutchins Chair in the Department of English; and Bonnie Zare, Sociology.

Joining the college at the rank of professor are Kenneth Hodges, English; Sylvester Johnson, Religion and Culture (as well as director of the Center for the Humanities and assistant vice provost for humanities); Carmen Giménez Smith, English; and Paul Steger, director of the School of Performing Arts.

Barbara Allen, a professor in the Department of Science and Technology in Society, received a second grant from the Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire de l’alimentation, de l’environnement et du travail (Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health) for the project titled “Etude participative en santé environnement ancrée localement (EPSEAL) comparant deux villes du golfe de Fos et une ville hors de ce front industriel” (Locality-based Participatory Environmental Health Survey Comparing Two Towns in the Gulf of Fos with a Non-industrial Town). The grant, which is in the amount of 200,000 Euros (approximately $225,000), begins in the spring of 2018.

Outcomes and impact of a health study conducted in France by Barbara Allen, a professor in the Department of Science and Technology in Society, were highlighted in VT News.

With funding from the French Agency for Food, Environmental, and Occupational Health, Allen conducted a community-based environmental health study in Fos-sur-Mer and Port-Louis-du-Rhône, both located in one of France’s largest industrial regions.

The results of the survey and study indicate a much higher level of illness and chronic health problems compared to the rest of the French population; the results have been used to advocate for environmental improvements and to justify additional health research.

Mohammad Halimi, a doctoral student in the Department of Science and Technology Studies, has been awarded a research fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society in Graz, Austria, for the 2017–2018 academic year. The fellowship includes a Manfred-Heindler grant, which is designed to support research into both the continued use of renewable energies, as well as the increased efficiency of energy consumption.

College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences students and faculty were recognized at the 17th Annual Graduate Education Week Awards Banquet on March 30.

Carmen Bolt, History, received the William Preston Society Outstanding Thesis Award for Social Sciences, Business, Education, and Humanities. Human Development faculty member April Few-Demo was recognized with the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Outstanding Mentor Award. Francine Rossone de Paula, ASPECT, received the Outstanding Dissertation Award for Social Sciences, Business, Education, and Humanities.

The College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Outstanding Graduate Student Awards went to Daniel Newcomb, a master’s student in history, and Shekila Melchior, a doctoral student in counselor education. Ricky Mullins, Curriculum and Instruction, received the Graduate Teaching Excellence – Assistant Award. Honored as Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges were Samantha Fried, Science and Technology Studies, and Erin Lavender-Stott, Human Development. 

Thirty-five graduate students gave presentations at the 2017 ASPECT Graduate Conference. Titled “Aesthetics, Politics, and Ethics in Fractured Times,” the conference took place March 31 to April 1.

Among those presenting from ASPECT (the Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought) were: Judson Abraham, “Trump in World-Systemic Perspective”; Caroline Alphin, “Cyborg Neoliberalism: Problematizing the Body/Insecurity/City Nexus through Genre”; Amiel Bernal, “Truth in Epistemological and Philosophical Discourse”; Nada Berrada, “Agency under Hogra and Dispossession”; Claudio D’Amato, “A Non-Liberal Account of Global Development”; Taulby Edmondson, “Cultural Contestation on the ‘Field of Angels’”; Tim Filbert, “Cultural Governance, Energy Development, and Standing Rock: The Aesthetics of Resistance”; Rob Flahive, “Asymmetric Lines: World Heritage and the White City Imaginary”; Claire Gogan, “The Last Klezmer? Authenticity, Community, and Intergenerational Connections in the Life and Music of Peter Sokolow”; Johannes Grow, “Empire Redux: The EU and Violence at the Margins”; Hirbohd Hedayat, “The Birth of Transitional Regimes: An Analysis of Taxation, Transition, and Accession in Postcommunist States”; Darren Jackson, “Rancière’s Misreading of Deleuze’s Cinema 1and Cinema 2”; and Mario Khreiche, “The Hypernormalization of Anti-Semitism in American Mediascapes.”

Also presenting from ASPECT were Jordan Laney, “White Performances of a Diverse South: Unpacking the Cultural Politics of Early Bluegrass Festivals”; Leigh McKagen, “Space: The Final Sublime? Aesthetics of Space in Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica”; Galen Olmsted, “On How Consolidation States and Security States Relate”; Mary Ryan, “Social Imagination, Poverty, and the Role of American Theater”;  Melissa Schwartz, “Enacting Response to the ‘Other’: Jorie Graham’s Poetics of Sensing”; Ezgi Seref, “Assessing the Threshold of Life: The Limits of Emergency Decree Laws in Turkey”; Katy Shepard, “Why Can’t We Just Let Art Die? What It Is to Forget and to Be Forgotten in Terms of Art”; Faith Skiles, “A Look at Walter Benjamin’s ‘Critique of Violence’ through a Gendered Lens”; Emma Stamm, “Tactics for Cybernetic Sovereignty”; Alex Stubberfield, “On ‘Deplorables’: ‘The People’ in Donald Trump’s Populism”; Anthony Szczurek, “Timing the Politics of Climate Change: India and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)”; Dana Volk, “Passing: Intersections of Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Class”; and Shelby Ward, “The Hospitality of Street Food and Television: Re-Mapping the Liminal Table in the (Ethni)City.”

Graduate student presenters from the Department of Political Science included Julia Eggleston, “Theorizing Political Protests through Feminist Theory”; John Huennekens, “‘Only Unity Saves the Serb’: Normalizing Nationalism in Serbian Politics”; Patrick Salmons, with faculty member Scott Nelson, ”The Political Economy of a Trust Culture”; Elizabeth Schwartz, “The Necessary Procedures of Manhood: A Feminist Intervention in the Liberal-Communitarian Debate”; Ben Taylor, “(Re)Mapping the City: A Foucauldian Analysis of Inner-City Practices of Gang Territorialization”; and Madison Tepper, “(Un)Orthodox Religion: The Role of the Russian Orthodox Tradition in Modern Russian Nationalism.”

Pratama Pradheksa, a graduate student in Department of Science and Technology in Society, presented “The Relationship between the Formation of Indonesia’s Nation-State Identity and the Development of Nuclear Technologies, 1954–1966” in collaboration with Tiara Noor Pratiwi of Airlangga University.

Finally, Rachel Wurster, a graduate student in the Department of English, presented “Her World Her Way? An Exploration of Racial Depictions and Stereotypes in Seventeen Magazine.”

The 2017 College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Faculty Awards Reception and Ceremony took place in Owens Banquet Hall on March 14. Presenting this year’s awards were Interim Dean Rosemary Blieszner, Associate Dean for Graduate Study and Research Tom Ewing, and Joseph Pitt, Philosophy and chair of the College’s Honors and Awards Committee.

The Diversity Award winner was David Cline, History. Yannis Stivachtis, Political Science, garnered the Excellence in Administration Award. The winner of the Shannon Award was Paul Heilker, English. Gerard Lawson, School of Education, was recognized with the Land Grant Scholar Award. Recipients of an Excellence in Advising Award were April Few-Demo, Human Development, and Richard Hirsh, History.

Certificate of Teaching Excellence Award winners were: Jennifer Barton, English; María del Carmen Caña Jiménez, Foreign Languages and Literatures/Spanish; Christine Labuski, Sociology; Richard Phillips, Foreign Languages and Literatures/Classics; Helen Schneider, History; and Ashley Shew, Science and Technology in Society.

Excellence in Outreach and International Initiatives Awards were presented to Nicholas Copeland, Sociology, and Phillip Olson, Science and Technology in Society. Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship Awards were presented to Brian Britt, Religion and Culture; Billie Lepczyk, School of Performing Arts; Erika Meitner, English; and Carol Mullen, School of Education.