Faculty Notes

The Highlighter and Laureate, Winter 2002

The College of Liberal Arts & Education welcomes five new faculty members:

Erick Barnes joins the College as instructor of Sociology and Criminal Justice after serving as second deputy chief in the Detroit Police Department’s Community Policing Operations. Barnes also holds the distinction as the department’s youngest full commander. He has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Master of Science in Security Adminstration and Master of Arts in Criminology from University of Detroit Mercy and is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at Wayne State University. Barnes was also an adjunct professor of criminology and security administration at UDM prior to being hired fulltime.

Nancy Calley began in September as instructor of counseling and addiction studies. She also serves as clinical director at Spectrum Human Services, Inc., in Westland. Calley, a licensed professional counselor, earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Counselor Education from Wayne State University. She is a field instructor for interns in counseling and related fields at various southeastern Michigan universities.

Devissi Muhammed served in a number of teaching positions before joining UDM as instructor of History, including Eastern Michigan University, San Joaquin Delta College (Stockton, CA), and Bowling Green State University. Muhammed earned his M.A. in American History from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) and is a Ph.D. candidate at Bowling Green State University. His doctoral dissertation is on “Clay (aka) Ali v. United States: Its Significance to the American Civil Rights Movement.”

Timothy Dugdale, now serving the College as instructor of English, is also the director of the College of Liberal Arts & Education Writing Center. In addition to having served numerous roles in education and the media, Dugdale is an accomplished scholar and novelist. In 2001, he published “Suffocation,” an environmental science fiction ciné-roman and “Jet Lag,” a crime fiction novella. Dugdale earned his Master of Arts in Communication Studies from University of Windsor and Ph.D. in Communication from Wayne State University.

Jeff Rice joins the College as assistant professor of English after serving in various teaching positions at the University of Florida and Santa Fe Community College and in Tel Aviv, Israel and North Carolina. Rice has written books—most recently, a textbook, Writing About Cool: Teaching Hypertext and Cultural Study in the Computer Classroom. His most recent article, “Writing About Cool: Teaching Hypertext as Juxtaposition,” will soon be published in Computers and Composition. Rice holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Florida,

Faculty Excellence:

Gloria Albrecht, professor of Religious Studies, has published a book, Hitting Home: Feminist Ethics, Women's Work, and the Betrayal of 'Family Values'.

Roy E. Finkenbine, associate professor of History, spoke on “The Black Abolitionist Papers/Archives” at the North American Black History and Genealogy Conference at North Buxton, Ontario in August. He also received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to further develop, digitize and audio record holdings in the Black Abolitionist Archives.

John Franklin, professor of Addiction Studies, has been named chair of that department.

David R. Koukal, assistant professor of Philosophy and director, University Honors Program, was an invited moderator at the Twenty-Seventh Annual Meeting of the International Merleau-Ponty Circle at Saint-Louis University in September. He presented “Trash Talk: A Phenomenological Study of Litter (and Detroit)” in October to the International Association for Environmental Philosophy (Loyola University, Chicago. In March, Koukal will present an invited paper to the University Seminar on Phenomenology and Hermeneutics at Marquette University.

Stephen Manning, Associate Professor of Political Science, participated in a Council on International Educational Exchange (CIRR) International Faculty Development Seminar titled”Hungary and the Czech Republic: From Communism Toward the European Union.” The Seminar was held June 2002 in Budapest, Hungary and Prague, the Czech Republic.

Jane Schaberg, professor of Religious Studies and Women’s Studies, has published the book, The Resurrection of Mary Magdalene: Legends, Apocryhpha, and the Christian Testament. Within a progressive feminist framework, the book views Christian Testament sources through analysis of legend, archeology, and gnostic/apocryphal traditions.

Karen Waters, associate professor of Social Work, has resumed her role as chair of the Social Work department.

Carol Weisfeld, professor of Psychology, received the “Lifesaver Award” from the Motorcities Automobile National Heritage Area, for her efforts to save historic buildings on Detroit’s East Riverfront from becoming a casino district. Instead, the area is now slated to be the focus of an effort to rebuild, save historic buildings for adaptive re-use, and develop new riverfront parks.

Michael J. Witkowski, director of Security Administration, made two presentations at the Fifth International Gang Specialist Training Conference in Chicago’s downtown campus of Loyola in August, where he presented “Gangs in the Military: A Current Assessment” and “Premises Liability and Gangs: Emergent Trends and Issues.” In October, Witkowski also presented a paper, “Gangs and Extremist Groups in the United States Armed Services: An Assessment,” at the Midwest Criminal Justice Association Annual Program in Chicago.