Faculty Highlights

Graceland University Professor of Theatre Gary Heisserer has been named to the Artistic Committee of the Kansas City Actors Theatre (KCAT) Board of Directors. Heisserer will work with the KCAT team on a wide range of artistic projects, including season selection, directing and production management. KCAT’s mission is to “showcase the finest talents of Kansas City’s professional theatre community by bringing audiences exceptional artist-driven productions of classic and modern plays.”

Graceland University Assistant Professor of Art Karen Gergely has been awarded a six-week artist residency at Brickscape in Charlestown, West Virginia this summer. Gergely is one of 10 artists selected to create an immersive, socially engaged installation responding to the history and culture of the Charleston community. The residency culminates in an exhibition for FestivALL June 15-24.

Graceland University Professor of Psychology David Devonis' cross-cultural psych text, "Interactive Exercises for Cross-Cultural Psychology: Encounters With a Complex World," is slated for publication in May with Routledge. More information may be found here. The text emanates from the collective efforts of classes over the past three years to identify and give voice to personally important cultural issues.  The cover illustration is an adaptation of a diptych by Anne Simpkins (Graceland University BA Art, 1982), and the indexing was accomplished by Graceland University Honors student Madeline Glodowski.

An article by Graceland University Assistant Professor of Theology and Scripture and Paul E. Morden Seminary Chair of Religion Anthony Chvala-Smith titled "In Life and in Death": Barth, Bonhoeffer, and the Path from the Great War to the Confessing Church was  just published in the Mennonite Quarterly Review 92 (April 2018): 149-172.

Graceland University Professor of Information Technology Kevin Brunner and Assistant Professor of Computer Science Jacob Belmore attended the annual Midwest Instruction and Computing Symposium at the College of Saint Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota. They were accompanied by nine Graceland University Computer Science and Information Technology students. The students participated in a programming contest, and all participated in listening to presentations and posters on current topics.