Faculty Highlights

Graceland University Associate Professor of Communication Raquel Moreira, PhD, published the book chapter "De-Whitening Intersectionality through Transfeminismo" in the edited volume De-Whitening Intersectionality: Race, Intercultural Communication, and Politics, edited by Drs. Eguchi, Calafell, and Abdi, and published by Rowman & Littlefield. The chapter argues that Brazilian transfeminismo provides a fruitful way to rescue Black feminism's intersectionality from white feminist studies' problematic highjacking of the framework while challenging communication studies' "white problem."

Graceland University Associate Professor of Biology Mary Shawgo, PhD, presented “Student Written Text Book” at American Society of Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE), online July 9. ASMCUE is a group of microbiology and biology educators who gather to learn best practices and classroom strategies, hear biology education research updates and meet new colleagues who teach the same classes.

Graceland University Professor of Nursing Wilai Rojjanasrirat, PhD, RN, IBCLC, presented her research titled, “Breastfeeding Practices and Attitudes Toward Breastfeeding in Human Milk Donors,” at the Virtual Sigma International Conference, July 22-24. The International Nursing Research Congress is a platform for researchers, clinicians, students and nursing leaders to collaborate, learn and share information on topics affecting research and evidence-based practice in nursing.

Graceland University Assistant Professor of Sport Management Donovan Nelson, EdD, wrote the article, "An analysis of scholarship distribution by NCAA division one softball coaches," which was published in the Journal of Student-Athlete Educational Development and Success (2) 2020. Nelson evaluated scholarship distribution fairness factors based on distributive justice theory. Nelson co-authored the research with Stephen Dittmore, University of Arkansas, and Sarah Stokowski, Clemson University.

Graceland University Assistant Professor of Music Sara Blessing, MM, is one of 17,572 singers from 129 countries represented in the largest virtual choir ever to exist. Early on in the Covid-19 pandemic, Eric Whitacre wrote a song to reflect this challenging time. The song was titled "Sing Gently."  Whitacre sent out a call for singers to participate in this virtual choir, and Blessing was among those selected. The song premiered Sunday, July 19. This is Blessing's second time participating in Whitacres virtual choirs.

Graceland University Associate Professor of Biology Mary Shawgo, PhD, participated in Arkansas Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience (AR-CURE) June 15-19. Shawgo learned about bringing authentic genomics and bioinformatics research into her undergraduate curriculum. Her participation has earned her support in means of supplies to help bring the project to Graceland students. She hopes to first adapt it with a senior honors research student beginning this fall.