Academic News (News2Note) — October 2017

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Academic News

Bradley Nichols, a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Department of History, received the Fritz Stern Prize for his dissertation titled The Hunt for Lost Blood: Nazi Germanization Policy in Occupied Europe.  The Stern Prize, awarded by the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C., honors the best dissertation on German history at a North American university.


Dustin Read, assistant professor of property management in the Department of Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management, and co-presenter Andrew Sanderford were recognized with the award for the Best Paper in the Mixed-use Properties category. They presented the paper, Innovation Districts at the Crossroads of the Entrepreneurial City and the Sustainable City, at the American Real Estate Society conference in San Diego, California, in April.

Doris Kincade, a professor in the Department of Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management, published “Two Hundred Years of Textile Factories in the U.S. South,” Clothing and Textiles Research Journal 35.3 (2017): 172–86, with Elizabeth Dull.

Department of Sociology doctoral student, Megan Nanney, was selected as the co-chair of the Sociologists for Trans Justice Committee on Advancing Trans and Intersex Studies in Academia.


Amy Nelson, an associate professor in the Department of History, published “What the Dogs Did: Animal Agency in the Soviet Manned Space Flight Programme,” BJHS Themes 2 (2017): 79–99.

Michael Saffle, a professor in the Department of Religion and Culture, published “From Broadway to Phineas and Ferb: The Rise of Music(al Comedy) Videos,” Music/Video: Histories, Aesthetics, Media, ed. Gina Arnold, Daniel Cookney, Kirsty Fairclough, and Michael Goddard (London: Bloomsbury, 2017), pp. 41–52.

Patricia Raun, a professor of performance and voice in the School of Performing Arts, delivered the keynote address for the national conference of the Educational Theatre Association, which was held September 14–17 in Nashville, Tennessee. The conference theme was The Rise of STEAM: Real World Theatre Education for the 21st Century, and Raun’s talk was titled “Where Our Great Joy Meets the World’s Great Needs.”  The Educational Theatre Association is a national nonprofit organization with approximately 120,000 members.


The film Poem to a Nameless Slave by C. N. Bean, a professor in the Department of English, and Xavier Bean, was an official selection of the Ninth Annual Louisville’s International Festival of Film. It received a September 15, 2017, screening at the Muhammad Ali Center.

The solo art show Splinters by ASPECT doctoral student Katy Shepard was featured in the Wallace Hall Gallery at Virginia Tech during the month of September.


Underlying Space, for recorded processed electric violin, a composition and performance by Charles Nichols, an assistant professor of composition and creative technologies in the School of Performing Arts, that accompanies the 30×30 art installation by Paola Zellner Bassett, a collegiate associate professor in the School of Architecture and Design, premiered September 14 at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Women in Leadership Summit. This was held at the AIA National Headquarters in Washington, D.C., and September 11 to December 20 at the Kibel Gallery in the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland.

Emily Satterwhite, an associate professor of Religion and Culture, published “Environmental Health Disparities in the Central Appalachian Region of the United States,” Reviews on Environmental Health 32.3 (2017): 53–66, with Leigh-Anne Krometis, Julia Gohlke, Korine Kolivras, Susan West Marmagas, and Linsey Marr.

ASPECT (the Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought) doctoral student Claudio D’Amato received the ASPECT Outstanding Dissertation Award for 2017 for his dissertation titled Human Capabilities and Collectivist Justice.

Griselda (Kris) Tilley-Lubbs, an assistant professor in the School of Education, published Re-Assembly Required: Critical Autoethnography and Spiritual Discovery (New York: Peter Lang, 2017) and “La metodología de la autoetnografía crítica,” Investigación cualitativa en educación, ed. Félix Angulo Rasco and Silvia Redón Pantoja (Buenos Aires, Argentina: Editorial Miño y Dávila, 2017), pp. 191–210.



Erika Meitner, an associate professor in the Department of English professor, published the following poems:  “Another Ohio Road Trip,” The Southern Review 53.3 (Summer 2017): 352–57; “Peregrinus,” Bennington Review 3 (Summer 2017): 105–08; and “Hat Trick,” Colorado Review 44.2 (Summer 2017): 129–31.

Charles Dye, an assistant professor in the School of Performing Arts, and Jaime Jacobsen received $3,000 in funding from MontanaPBS to support the production of a 360 documentary titled The Lentil Underground 360 (LU360). The LU360 is a participatory web experience that encourages dialogue across Montana’s sometimes polarized agro-economic aisle and deals with an unheralded group of Montana farmers who launched a uniquely sustainable food movement

ASPECT doctoral student Mary Ryan published “Sousveillance as a Tool in US Civic Polity,” Spaces of Surveillance: States and Selves, ed. Susan Flynn and Antonia Mackay (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), pp. 211–27.

Jennifer Sano-Franchini, an assistant professor of English, published “Feminist Rhetorics and Interaction Design,” Rhetoric and Experience Architecture, ed. Michael Salvo and Liza Potts (Anderson, South Carolina:  Parlor Press, 2017), pp. 84–108.


Ed Gitre, an assistant professor in the Department of History, published “‘This is Our Story’:  The Early Historiography of the Azusa Street Revival and the Spiritual Politics of Pentecostal Memory,” A Light to the Nations:  Explorations in Ecumenism, Missions and Pentecostalism, ed. Stanley Burgess and Paul Lewis (Eugene, Oregon:  Pickwick Publications, 2017), pp. 271–85.

The Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought has named the 2017 recipients of the Outstanding ASPECT Faculty Award, which recognizes contributions to the ASPECT doctoral program. The awardees — Katrina Powell, an associate professor in the Department of English; Peter Schmitthenner, an associate professor in the Department of Religion and Culture; and Edward Weisband, the Edward S. Diggs Endowed Chair in the Social Sciences in the Department of Political Science — will be recognized at the annual ASPECT Award Ceremony, which will take place October 3.

Onwubiko Agozino, a professor in the Department of Sociology, published “Postcolonial Criminology” in The Routledge Companion to Criminological Theory and Concepts, edited by Avi Brisman, Eamonn Carrabine, and Nigel South (New York, Routledge:  2017, pages 347–51).