Faculty Excellence

Highlighter & Laureate,
Summer 2003





Gloria Albrecht, professor of Religious Studies, was the invited speaker at the 2003 Founders Symposium on Spirituality and Sustainability in Portland, Ore. She presented the paper, “Becoming a New Creation: The Challenge of Community in the 21st Century.”

Erick Barnes, instructor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, presented a seminar on the philosophy of terrorism to law enforcement officials in Manila in March. He will also present a paper on crime mapping this August at a seminar sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice in Boston.

Arthur Beer, professor of Theatre, won the Featured Actor Award at the May 12 Detroit Free Press Theatre Awards for his supporting role in “Denial” at the Jewish Ensemble Theatre. Beer and Mary Bremer are currently preparing for their annual trip to Greece, where they will take students and professional actors to tour a production of “The Long Way Home,” a musical written by Beer. The group will tour the production to three amphitheaters during the first week of July.

Libby Blume, associate professor of Psychology, and JoAnne Isbey, associate professor of English, published the article “Youth fiction: Using chapter books and novels for young readers to teach about middle childhood” in the Journal of Teaching in Marriage and Family: Innovations in Family Science Education. Blume also had the article “Embodied [by] dance: Adolescent de/constructions of body, sex and gender in physical education” in Sex Education.

Nancy Calley, assistant professor of Counseling and Addiction Studies, has recently participated in the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare, a consortium of national abuse and child welfare organizations. She has also been working jointly with counselor educators from other Michigan universities and the Michigan Department of Education to re-evaluate the current state of school counselors in Michigan, and to evaluate and possibly amend and/or make permanent credentialing of school counselors for employment opportunities.

Roy Finkenbine, professor of History, spoke on May 2 on “The Roots of Reparations” at Taylor University in Upland, Ind. He also recently published a chapter entitled, “Law, Reconstruction, and African American Education in the Post-Emancipation South,” in Charity, Philanthropy, and Civility in American History.

Nancy Gibney, assistant professor of Education, was nominated in April by the Wayne County Reading Council (WCRC) as Teacher Educator of the Year for 2003. She also received the WCRC Golden Apple Award.

Elizabeth Hill, associate professor of Psychology, co-authored the article, “Alcohol effects on motor vehicle crash injury” in the April issue of Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.

Robert Homant, professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, presented a paper “Hostile Attribution as a Factor in Workplace Aggression” at the annual convention of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences in Boston on March 4. This paper is a follow-up to two recent publications on workplace violence co-authored with Daniel Kennedy, professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, appearing in recent issues of Security Journal and Psychological Reports, respectively.

JoAnne Isbey, associate professor of English, presented a paper, “Eminem’s ‘8 Mile’: Transgressing to Transform” on May 10 in the criticism section of the Midwest Literature and Culture Symposium at Michigan State University.

Daniel Kennedy, professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, has been named co-chair of the Task Force on Jail Suicide of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS). He recently coauthored with Richard McKeon, of the late U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone’s office, a compendium of national suicide prevention standards and participated in a panel discussion of litigation issues arising from custody suicide at the annual AAS conference in Albuquerque. Kennedy also recently published an article on workplace violence in Trial.

David Koukal, assistant professor of Philosophy and director of the University Honors Program, presented "Words and Things: The Problem of Constituting Phenomenological Meaning," at the Marquette University Seminar on Phenomenology and Hermeneutics in March. Also in March, he presented "Pedagogy, Technology, Authenticity," at Shimer College in Waukegan, IL. In May, he presented “Cellular Irruptions” to the Fifth Annual Conference of the Society for Phenomenology and Media at Arcada Polytechnic in Helsinki, Finland.

Gail Presbey, assistant professor of Philosophy, presented papers in April at the Middle State African Studies Association conference at West Virginia State College, and at the Philosophy, Interpretation and Culture conference at Binghamton University. She also had an article, “Should Women Love ‘Wisdom?’ A Look at the Ethiopian Wisdom Tradition,” published in the textbook Philosophy From Africa: A Text with Readings.

Jane Schaberg, professor of Religious Studies, was recently a guest speaker at University of Windsor’s Department of Religious Studies and at the Catholic Worker’s Day House in Detroit. She also contributed an article, “Magdalene christianity,” to and edited a book called On The Cutting Edge: The Study of Women in Biblical Worlds. The book is a Festschrift honoring Professor Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza of Harvard University. Schaberg has also been a guest editor for The Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion and served on the dissertation committee for the Department of Religious Studies, University of Madras in India.

Michael Witkowski, associate professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, presented “The Infiltration of Gangs and Hate Groups into the American Workplace and Military” on May 20 to the Detroit chapter of the American Society for Industrial Security, during their Update ‘93 seminar held in Dearborn.

Faculty promotions and tenure:

The following College of Liberal Arts & Education faculty members have been awarded promotion and/or tenure, effective August 16, 2003.

Roy Finkenbine, associate professor of History, promoted to full professor.

Harold Greene, assistant professor of Psychology, promoted to associate professor and granted tenure.

Cheryl Munday, assistant professor of Psychology, promoted to associate professor and granted tenure.

Elizabeth Oljar, assistant professor of Philosophy granted tenure.

Gail Presbey, assistant professor of Philosophy, promoted to associate professor.