Faculty Highlights

Graceland University Professor of Psychology Brian Smith, PhD, co-facilitated a pre-conference workshop, "Modeling Teacher Empathy in the College Classroom to Increase Student Success," at the Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching in Oxford, Ohio.

Graceland University Assistant Professor of English Tim Robbins, PhD, was interviewed by Donna Langille, the Community Engagement Librarian at University of British Columbia-Okanagan, about his work as lead editor of the Open Anthology of Earlier American Literature, and the interview was recently published as “The Collective Work of Collected Works” in Rebus Community Reports: Insights from OER Project Leads.

Graceland University Visiting Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands Christopher Brandt, DMA, accompanied three Graceland band students to the Iowa Music Educators Association Conference Nov.14-16 in Ames, Iowa. Bobbie Moore, Audry Briggs and Ben Long each represented the university as members of the Iowa intercollegiate honor band. The honor band is made up of the top collegiate musicians from across the state. Students in the band worked with nationally renowned conductor and clinician Dr. Carolyn Barber from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Following two days of intense rehearsals and workshops, the ensemble presented a public concert.

Graceland University Instructor of Percussion and Director of Athletic Bands Melinda Leoce, MM, and seven Graceland students attended a Japanese taiko workshop in Des Moines Nov. 22. Japanese taiko is a form of athletic, artistic drumming that includes dramatic arm movements and vocalizations while playing. Ben Blystone, drummer and past artistic director of Soten Taiko based in Des Moines, facilitated the workshop. Blystone discussed the history of taiko and traditional etiquette when practicing, and he taught some exercises and a short song to close out the workshop.

Graceland University Professor of Information Technology Kevin Brunner, PhD, accompanied six computer science and information technology (CSIT) students to Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, for the annual Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) programming contest Nov. 9. Two teams competed in the event and both teams solved two problems.

Graceland University Assistant Professor of English Tim Robbins, PhD, wrote the chapter, "The Poetics of a New Science: 'Song of Myself' as Sociology," which has been published in Cambridge University Press' "The New Walt Whitman Studies." The collection, edited by Matthew Cohen, is the newest of Cambridge’s Twenty-First-Century Critical Revisions, a series aiming to assemble and establish new critical approaches to major authors. Robbins' essay examines the recirculation and uses of Whitman’s “Song of Myself” across the earliest periodicals in the emergent social sciences.