Faculty Highlights

Graceland Univeristy Assistant Professor of Theology and Scripture Anthony J. Chvala-Smith, PhD, reccently published an article entitled, “Ecclesiological Bombshells: Schneebeck’s Body of Christ (1968), Landon & Smith’s For What Purpose Assembled? (1969), and the Unmaking and Remaking of a Denomination, Restoration Studies XX (Fall-Winter 2019): 103-121." This article explores a critical moment in the theological evolution of Community of Christ.

Graceland University Professor of Information Technology Kevin Brunner, PhD, attended the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Information Technology Education at the University of Washington Tacoma campus Oct. 3-5. The conference presents papers on educational topics in information technology. Sponsors presented new technology for education, and Google and Codelab presented workshops on current educational products.

Graceland University Assistant Professor of Allied Health James Geiselman, DC, DACBN, MS, EMT-P, wrote an article, “The Clinical Use of IgG Food Sensitivity Testing with Migraine Headache Patients: a Literature Review,” that has been published by the journal of Current Pain and Headache Reports. The article is currently available online and will be in the November issue of the journal.

Graceland University Professor of History Steve Glazer, PhD, attended the 10th annual conference of the Midwest World History Association held this year at North Hennepin Community College in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Glazer gave a presentation on "The Graceland University History Department's Assessment Process" as part of a roundtable panel on "Assessing Undergraduate History Programs: Practical Considerations." Glazer also chaired a panel on "Helping Secondary Students Develop Historical Thinking Skills" and attended multiple panels devoted to pedagogy and original research. Glazer is a member of the Executive Council of the Midwest World History Association and served on the conference planning committee for this year's gathering.

Graceland University Instructor of Percussion and Director of Atheletic Bands Melinda Leoce, MM, was invited to serve as the drumline and percussion clinician at the Des Moines Marching Band Festival Sept. 16. The festival featured high school marching bands from the greater Des Moines area including East, North, Hoover, Lincoln and Roosevelt high schools. Clinicians had the chance to watch each show and work with each group personally after their performances.

Graceland University Professor of Psychology Brian Smith, PhD, with Sal Meyers of Simpson College, facilitated a workshop "Encouraging Students to Overcome Obstacles" at Missouri Valley College, Marshall, Missouri, Aug. 22. After briefly reviewing various challenges (e.g., death in family, poverty) to students' cognitive resources, Smith and Meyers described three broad approaches to increase mental bandwidth. Meyers' breakout session covered Winkelmes' transparent assignments. Smith's session on building realistic hope included goal setting and implementation intentions. These simple "if-then" statements make people significantly more likely to reach their goals.