Faculty Highlights

Graceland University Professor of Psychology David Devonis, PhD, presented an invited address, "The Quality of Mercy," on Sunday, Aug. 11, at the 127th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association in Chicago, Illinois. The invitation was contingent on the award of Best Journal Article in History of Psychology, Volume 20, 2017, to Devonis' and Jessica Triggs' (Graceland alumna '15) article "Prison Break: Karl Menninger's The Crime of Punishment and its Reception in U.S. Psychology." The talk this extended the range of ideas in that article beyond its concentrated focus on recent events to the larger history of psychology.

Graceland University Assistant Professor of English Tim Robbins, PhD, presented a paper, "Walt Whitman, Daniel Garrison Brinton, and the Poetics of Americanist Anthropology" at the inaugural Walt Whitman International Conference held at the Walt Whitman Birthplace in Huntington, New York, Aug. 9-11. The event was a part of the Walt Whitman Consortium's 2019 bicentennial celebrations of the poet's birth.

Graceland University Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Gary Heisserer, PhD, has been selected to direct "Master Harold" ...and the Boys for the Kansas City Actors Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri, Sept. 11-29 on City Stage at Union Station.

Graceland University School of Nursing Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs Michele Gerdes, MSN, RN, CNE, published a concept analysis on academic rigor in nursing education.

Graceland University Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing Urmila Harold, MSN, RN, will present a poster on "STOP-Bang for Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Related Self-Efficacy" at the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Translation Science Poster Symposium in Schaumburg, Illinois, July 19. The poster showcases an evidence-based practice project completed at a local hospital near Independence, Missouri, as a part of Harold's Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

Graceland University Professor of Psychology David Devonis, PhD, recently attended the 51st Annual Meeting of Cheiron: International Society for the History of Behavioral and Social Sciences at MacEwan University, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, June 20-23. While there, he presented a poster connected to his ongoing project on the history of punishment in U.S. Psychology, "Punishment as a Boundary Marker Between Contemporary Sociology and Psychology," and, as the society's treasurer, he also participated as a member of the society's review committee.