Faculty Highlights News

Graceland University Assistant Professor of Philosophy Kristin Seemuth Whaley participated in the 115th American Philosophical Association Central Division meeting in Chicago, Illinois, Feb. 21-24. Seemuth Whaley chaired a symposium, Neo-Hylomorphism, which addressed contemporary interpretations of Aristotle's metaphysics by Anna Marmodoro with commentary from Robert Koons and Ross Inman. Seemuth Whaley also attended various sessions on metaphysics and a panel on inclusive pedagogy.

Graceland University Associate Professor of History John Franklin, PhD, attended the 61st annual Missouri Valley History Conference (MVHC) in Omaha from March 1-3, where he served as chair and commentator for a session on the history of the Cold War. MVHC, according to literature provided at the conference, is the longest-standing professional gathering of historians in the region.

Graceland University Assistant Professor of Communication Raquel Moreira, PhD was presented with the Organization for Research on Women and Communication's Feminist Scholar of the Year Award on Feb. 17 in Santa Clara, California. The award is given annually to recognize the best article published in the organization's peer-reviewed journal, Women's Studies in Communication, during the past year. Moreira's article explores the importance of embodied politics for marginalized women as a point of entry to instigate structural changes in sexist, racist and classist contexts.

Graceland University Professor of Psychology David Devonis, PhD will present on the current state of his research on punishment in the history of modern psychology, specifically on "Matters of Life and Death: Psychologists' Views of Capital Punishment, 1880-1930" at the upcoming 50th Annual Meeting of Cheiron, International Society for the History of Behavioral and Social Sciences, to be held at the Cummings Center for the History of Psychology, University of Akron, in June.

Graceland University Associate Professor of Business Administration Jeff McElroy participated in a “Shark Tank”-style event for mobile app development Saturday, Feb. 3, in Kansas City. The event, sponsored by mobile app developer PocketCake, was organized by Graceland graduate Terra Whipple ’08, founder and business strategist at Live By Change Consulting.

Two poems written by Isaac Pressnell, Graceland University Associate Professor of English and Division Chair, have been accepted for publication by The Laurel Review. The poems are titled, "Some Reasons" and "Man Searching for Immortality/Woman Searching for Eternity."

Graceland University Professor of Psychology David Devonis' review of what he calls the "curious counterfactual history of recent psychology, Skinner's Quests, by the Canadian environmental psychologist Richard Gilbert, has been published.

John Franklin, Graceland University Associate Professor of History, attended the 132nd annual national meeting of the American Historical Association (AHA) in Washington, D.C. Jan 4-7. The AHA is the oldest and largest professional organization for historians in the United States. Franklin participated in numerous sessions and found presentations on increasing enrollments in university history courses and incorporating graphic histories, ie. comics into history courses, to be particularly valuable.

Inside Higher Ed ran a piece on the importance of student-faculty collaboration in the creation of OER textbooks, referencing essays written by Graceland University Assistant Professor of English Tim Robbins and English major Matt Moore in the recently-published collection A Guide to Making Open Textbooks with Students.

Graceland University Professor of History Steve Glazer attended “Reformations and Revolutions in World History,” the eighth annual conference of the Midwest World History Association, held this year at the University of Central Oklahoma from Sept. 22-23. Glazer chaired a panel on “Contested Revolutions in the Middle East: Islamization, Urbanization, Democratization,” and attended a roundtable on “Education for Native American Students: Then and Now,” as well as other panels and presentations.

Frizzell Book Review Published

September 26, 2017

Matt Frizzell, Dean, Community of Christ Seminary, attended the 45th annual meeting of the John Whitmer Historical Association in Nauvoo, Illinois, in September. Frizzell's book review of Dale Luffman's The Book of Mormon’s Witness to Its First Readers was published in the most recent volume of the John Whitmer Historical Association Journal (Fall/Winter 2017).

Graceland University Professor of Art Julia Franklin's newest and most personal exhibition, "Picking Up the Pieces," is now on view in the Farnham Galleries on the Simpson College campus in Indianola, Iowa. The solo exhibition runs from Aug. 24 to Sept. 21 and closes that evening with a reception and artist talk from 5-6 p.m.

An article titled “September Song,” by Anthony Chvala-Smith, Paul E. Morden Seminary Chair in Religion and Assistant Professor of Theology and Scripture, was featured in Herald 164 (September/October 2017). In his article, Dr. Chvala-Smith reflects on facing the boundary of mortality and the awareness of the impermanence of all things.

A paper proposal titled, “In Life and in Death: Barth, Bonhoeffer and the Path from the Great War to the Confessing Church,” by Anthony Chvala-Smith, Paul E. Morden Seminary Chair in Religion, has been accepted for presentation at a conference at the National World War 1 Museum in Kansas City, Oct. 19-22. The conference is titled Remembering Muted Voices: Conscience, Dissent, Resistance and Civil Liberties in World War 1 through Today. Information about the conference can be found at https://www.theworldwar.org/learn/remembering-muted-voices . Chvala-Smith will argue in his paper that Karl Barth's and Dietrich Bonhoeffer's experience, memory and interpretation of the trauma of WWI substantially shaped their theological/ecclesial resistance to Nazism in the 1930s.

Graceland University Professor of Psychology Dave Devonis's biographical essay on Paul Meehl, U.S. psychologist, has been published online in V. Zeigler-Hill & T. K. Shackelford, Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences (Springer Intl. Publishing AG).

Graceland University faculty Steve Glazer, Professor of History, and John Franklin, Associate Professor of History, attended a meeting of Iowa history department chairs at the State Historical Society of Iowa in Des Moines on Saturday, Feb. 18.

Based on a collaborative, student-led project in his fall term Early American Literature course, Graceland University Assistant Professor of English Tim Robbins has been named the lead editor of the Open Anthology of Earlier American Literature, an Open Educational Resource (OER) textbook in development by the Rebus Foundation.

Graceland University Professor of History Steve Glazer PhD's "Food for Thought: Five Ways to Think About (and Teach) the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict," has been accepted for publication in a forthcoming issue of The Middle Ground, a peer-reviewed journal of the MW-WHA. The article was originally presented at the 2015 Midwest World History Association annual conference at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana, and draws heavily on Glazer's experience teaching HIST 3530, "History of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict," since 2008.

Dennis McElroy, Professor of Education and Director of Technology for the Graceland University Edmund J. Gleazer School of Education, has had three sessions accepted for the International Society for Technology in Education conference this coming June.

David Devonis, Graceland University Professor of Psychology, has had a biographical essay on Timothy Leary, U.S. psychologist and personality theorist, accepted for publication in a forthcoming reference work in personality:  V. Zeigler-Hill & T. Shackelford (eds.) Encyclopedia of personality and individual differences. New York: Springer.

Dave Devonis, Graceland University Professor of Psychology, contributed two chapters on Sensation and Perception and Intelligence Testing to the newly published edited e-book by the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (American Psychological Association)

Brian Smith, PhD, Graceland University Division Chair of the Social Sciences and Professor Psychology presented “Small Changes, Big Effects:  Improve Learning by Adding Tool and Removing Barriers” with Sal Meyers at the Lilly Conference on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in Austin, Texas, on January 6, 2017.

Graceland University Assistant Professor of Sociology has contributed a chapter to The Timeliness of George Herbert Mead, a book recently published and edited by Hans Joas and Daniel R. Huebner.

Jacob Belmore, Graceland University Professor of Science and Math, volunteered Graceland to host the 2016 Iowa Undergraduate Computer Science Consortium (IUCSC).

Dr. Ronald Smith, Professor Emeriti, Graceland University, gave a presentation at the annual meeting of the Iowa Undergraduate Computer Science Consortium (IUCSC), held at Graceland University on March 16, 2015.