Faculty Highlights

Graceland University Professor of Art Julia Franklin's newest and most personal exhibition, "Picking Up the Pieces," is now on view in the Farnham Galleries on the Simpson College campus in Indianola, Iowa. The solo exhibition runs from Aug. 24 to Sept. 21 and closes that evening with a reception and artist talk from 5-6 p.m.

An article titled “September Song,” by Anthony Chvala-Smith, Paul E. Morden Seminary Chair in Religion and Assistant Professor of Theology and Scripture, was featured in Herald 164 (September/October 2017). In his article, Dr. Chvala-Smith reflects on facing the boundary of mortality and the awareness of the impermanence of all things.

A paper proposal titled, “In Life and in Death: Barth, Bonhoeffer and the Path from the Great War to the Confessing Church,” by Anthony Chvala-Smith, Paul E. Morden Seminary Chair in Religion, has been accepted for presentation at a conference at the National World War 1 Museum in Kansas City, Oct. 19-22. The conference is titled Remembering Muted Voices: Conscience, Dissent, Resistance and Civil Liberties in World War 1 through Today. Information about the conference can be found at https://www.theworldwar.org/learn/remembering-muted-voices . Chvala-Smith will argue in his paper that Karl Barth's and Dietrich Bonhoeffer's experience, memory and interpretation of the trauma of WWI substantially shaped their theological/ecclesial resistance to Nazism in the 1930s.

Graceland University Professor of Psychology Dave Devonis's biographical essay on Paul Meehl, U.S. psychologist, has been published online in V. Zeigler-Hill & T. K. Shackelford, Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences (Springer Intl. Publishing AG).

Graceland University faculty Steve Glazer, Professor of History, and John Franklin, Associate Professor of History, attended a meeting of Iowa history department chairs at the State Historical Society of Iowa in Des Moines on Saturday, Feb. 18.

Based on a collaborative, student-led project in his fall term Early American Literature course, Graceland University Assistant Professor of English Tim Robbins has been named the lead editor of the Open Anthology of Earlier American Literature, an Open Educational Resource (OER) textbook in development by the Rebus Foundation.

Graceland University Professor of History Steve Glazer PhD's "Food for Thought: Five Ways to Think About (and Teach) the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict," has been accepted for publication in a forthcoming issue of The Middle Ground, a peer-reviewed journal of the MW-WHA. The article was originally presented at the 2015 Midwest World History Association annual conference at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana, and draws heavily on Glazer's experience teaching HIST 3530, "History of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict," since 2008.

Dennis McElroy, Professor of Education and Director of Technology for the Graceland University Edmund J. Gleazer School of Education, has had three sessions accepted for the International Society for Technology in Education conference this coming June.

David Devonis, Graceland University Professor of Psychology, has had a biographical essay on Timothy Leary, U.S. psychologist and personality theorist, accepted for publication in a forthcoming reference work in personality:  V. Zeigler-Hill & T. Shackelford (eds.) Encyclopedia of personality and individual differences. New York: Springer.

Dave Devonis, Graceland University Professor of Psychology, contributed two chapters on Sensation and Perception and Intelligence Testing to the newly published edited e-book by the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (American Psychological Association)

Brian Smith, PhD, Graceland University Division Chair of the Social Sciences and Professor Psychology presented “Small Changes, Big Effects:  Improve Learning by Adding Tool and Removing Barriers” with Sal Meyers at the Lilly Conference on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in Austin, Texas, on January 6, 2017.

Graceland University Assistant Professor of Sociology has contributed a chapter to The Timeliness of George Herbert Mead, a book recently published and edited by Hans Joas and Daniel R. Huebner.

Jacob Belmore, Graceland University Professor of Science and Math, volunteered Graceland to host the 2016 Iowa Undergraduate Computer Science Consortium (IUCSC).

Dr. Ronald Smith, Professor Emeriti, Graceland University, gave a presentation at the annual meeting of the Iowa Undergraduate Computer Science Consortium (IUCSC), held at Graceland University on March 16, 2015.

John Franklin Graceland University professor, of Social Science attended the 59th Annual Missouri Valley History Conference in Omaha, Nebraska, from March 3-5. This year's conference theme was "Sacred Sites, Holy Places.

Tony Chvala-Smith, Graceland University professor of Humanities, recently had a short Lenten blog article published, titled "The Kingdoms in Our Heads."

Amy Salmeto-Johnson will serve as a reader at the College Board's 2016 AP® Psychology Reading in Louisville Kentucky June 9-16.

Isaac Pressnell, Graceland University Assistant Professor of English and Humanities Division Chair, had his poem, "Dialectic," accepted for publication by Southern Indiana Review

David Devonis, Professor of Psychology at Graceland University, has had a paper accepted as part of a combined session with Hank Stam (University Calgary) and John Greenwood (City University of New York) at the 2016 convention of the American Psychological Association in Denver in August.

Graceland University Professor of Philosophy Bob Mesle, working with Arran Gare, Professor of Philosophy and Cultural Inquiry at Swineburne University of Technology, Melbourne, taught eight 90-minute sessions of Intro to Whitehead's Philosophy at the tenth International Whitehead Conference in Claremont, California, in June. The conference, "Seizing an Alternative: Toward an Ecological Civilization," was one of the world's most interdisciplinary conferences on sustainability.

Like a Flock of Tiny Birds, a poem by Graceland University Assistant Professor of English Isaac Pressnell, has been selected to appear in the annual anthology The Best American Experimental Writing 2015. The poem was co-authored with poet Maggie Glover, and is “part of a larger, intersubjective, partially aleatory project,” according to Pressnell.

Graceland University Professor of Nursing Carol J. Green, PhD, CNS, RN, CNE authored the textbook Maternal Newborn Nursing Care Plans Third Edition, which has been published and is for sale by Jones & Bartlett Learning.

Graceland University Professor of Art Julia Franklin has been busy lately, which becomes apparent when we look at the many recent displays of her talents and the amount of positive press she is receiving in connection with them.

Jason Hoffman was recently appointed as Communications Coordinator for the Mid America Athletic Trainers’ Association (MAATA).

"History of Psychology 101," a book written by Graceland University Professor of Psychology David Devonis and currently in use in the Graceland University History of Psychology course, has been awarded the American Library Association's Outstanding Academic Title of 2014.

Professor Mesle on Exodus

January 26, 2015

Graceland University Professor of Philosophy Bob Mesle has written a movie review for Exodus: Gods and Kings, which has been published in the Lamoni Chronicle, with a longer essay also published on the website Process Philosophy for Everyone.

Graceland University Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Dr. Jason Smith, has been elected as Vice Chair of the Iowa Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) as of October 2014. This is a three-year appointment and an honor for Jason, and will offer a good opportunity for Graceland and its students as well.

“I have had the great fortune to work with so many talented and impressive colleagues within CLAS, and I will be deeply honored to continue working with them as their dean."