Maryville University’s faculty and staff are experts in their field and dedicated to making a difference in their professional communities. This digest serves to highlight their accomplishments as authors, speakers, honorees, civic leaders and more.
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Steve Coxon, PhD, executive director of Maryville’s Center for Access and Achievement and professor of education, was featured by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch regarding how educational experiences can be enjoyable and effective when delivered playfully.
Vice President for Student Success Jennifer McCluskey, PhD, discussed how Maryville supports students on the College Financial Aid and Career Navigation podcast.
Chief Innovation Officer Phil Komarny was featured by TechTarget about Maryville’s ongoing work to redesign traditional business processes using modern applications such as Salesforce, Slack and mobile apps.
Jaime Peters, DBA, assistant dean for the John E. Simon School of Business and assistant professor of finance, was featured by Verywell Family for her expertise regarding creating budgets and building an emergency fund, including how to apply those skills in large families.
Dustin York, EdD, associate professor of communication, was featured by The Washington Post for his expertise regarding organizational communication, including how to define social norms and set boundaries in workplaces where messaging apps such as Slack, Google Chat and Microsoft Teams are popular.
Associate Professor of Communication Leilani Carver-Madalon, PhD, shared tips and tricks on how to sharpen personal communication skills while working from home on Ragan.
Scott Chadwick, PhD, chief of corporate partnership acquisitions, was featured by the St. Louis Business Journal for his expertise regarding workforce development and the future of the workplace.
Karen Schechter, RHIA, MBA, CMPE, director of the health care administration and health care management programs, was featured by Medical Economics regarding how and why physicians must address burnout, and prevent it before it occurs.
Erika Rasure, PhD, assistant professor of business and financial services, was featured by U.S. News & World Report for her expertise regarding the home-buying and mortgage process.
Director of the Walker Scottish Rite Clinic Jacob Gutshall, MHS, CCC-SLP, was featured by the St. Louis Business Journal for his expertise regarding using emerging technology to reach children with communication disorders in underserved and rural communities.
Steve Coxon, PhD, executive director of Maryville’s Center for Access and Achievement and professor of education was featured by Best Colleges for his expertise regarding STEM education and how Maryville is helping Hispanic and Latino/a students succeed in STEM fields.
Associate Professor of Communication Leilani Carver-Madalon, PhD, was named one of the Missouri Athletic Club’s Women of Distinction for 2021. The award honors female professionals in the St. Louis community.
Institutional Equity Officer Portia Britt received the 2021 Missouri Lawyers Media Up & Coming Award for making a positive impact on the Maryville campus and in the community.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics Sharmila Sivalingam, EdD, authored the article “Designing and Developing an Online Math Course,” which was published in the Journal of Mathematics and Statistical Science.
Director of the counseling center Jennifer Henry, MA, LPC, was featured by Forbes for her expertise regarding body image disorders among teenage girls because of social media use.
Dustin York, EdD, associate professor of communication, was featured by Forbes for his expertise regarding nonverbal communication including how the use of emojis can enrich communication.
Director of the rehabilitation counseling program and professor of rehabilitation counseling Michael Kiener, PhD, was featured by Forbes for his expertise on when to seek professional help when the constant search for information (also known as doomscrolling) begins to negatively impact major life functions.
Associate Professor of Communication Leilani Carver-Madalon, PhD, was featured by Medium for her expertise on women’s leadership including how the term “girl boss” holds professional women back by unnecessarily highlighting their gender.
Women’s soccer head coach Lori Chalupny Lawson, World Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist, was featured by KSDK about how her new mission to further grow the sport of soccer in her hometown of St. Louis is far from over.
Chief Technology Officer Doug Glaze was featured by Government Technology for his expertise regarding Maryville’s multi-phased project to collect and analyze data to improve student outcomes using a data lake.
Assistant Professor of Nursing Carol Berger, DNP, was featured by St. Louis Public Radio about a new documentary highlighting disparities in dental care for children in rural Missouri. Berger is the narrator and co-creator of the film.
Leilani Carver-Madalon, PhD, associate professor of communication, was featured by PR News for her expertise regarding online gender inequalities and how women can better navigate online communication.
Instructor of cybersecurity Brian Gant, MS, was featured by Fast Company for his expertise on security and protection.
Dean of the School of Adult and Online Education Katherine Louthan was featured by University Business for her expertise on how to teach remotely in ways that are engaging and meaningful.
Amy Quarton, associate instructor for the online organizational leadership program, was featured by Glass Door for her human resources expertise including performance reviews.
Associate professor of higher education leadership Susan Bartel, EdD, was featured by HuffPost for her expertise on grief leadership.
Director of the counseling center Jennifer Henry, MA, LPC, was featured by Health Digest for her expertise on anxiety and mental health.
Assistant director of the BSN Programs and professor of nursing Geralyn Frandsen, RN, EdD, was featured by The Good Men Project for her expertise on how to help seniors in the community while keeping them safe from COVID-19.
Associate professor of communication Dustin York, EdD, was featured by Harvard Business Review for his expertise on nonverbal communication skills including how to build rapport while wearing a mask.
Distinguished writer-in-residence Dana Levin, MA, was a guest curator for Poem-a-Day, an original daily poetry series that published new work by contemporary poets, hosted by the Academy of American Poets.
Caitlin Layer-Gaskell, MSW, LCSW, CCTP, a licensed clinical social worker for Maryville’s Counseling Center, created the Survivors Circle, a weekly confidential support group for Maryville students who identify as survivors of sexual assault, rape, intimate partner violence or harassment.
Director of the exercise science program and assistant professor of exercise science Victor Kizer, CSCS, TSAC-F, helped transition the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Missouri State Clinic to a fully virtual event amidst the coronavirus pandemic, allowing nearly 300 registrants to secure necessary continuing education.
Director of the rehabilitation counseling program and professor of rehabilitation counseling Michael Kiener, PhD, was featured by the Today Show for his expertise in assistive technologies that could help deaf people or people who are hard of hearing communicate while wearing face coverings.
Chief digital transformation evangelist Feng Hou was featured by Toggle business-to-business trade journal for his expertise regarding how the coronavirus pandemic has accelerated digital transformation in higher education.
Associate professor of biology Stacy Donovan, PhD, spearheaded Maryville’s presence at the STEAM-ing Up STEM Academy, hosted by the Midwest Education Technology Community. Approximately 125 seventh-grade girls participated in a DNA extraction activity and engaged in conversations about future careers in STEM-related fields.
Steve Coxon, PhD, executive director of Maryville’s Center for Access and Achievement and associate professor of education, received the Laura Joyner Award from the Mensa Education and Research Foundation.
Director of the clinical mental health counseling program and professor of rehabilitation counseling Robert Bertolino, PhD, participated in the World Record Baseball Game at GCS Ballpark in May 2019. The event raised $100,000 for St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
Program director for music therapy, Laura Beer, PhD, MT-BC, co-wrote an article, Prosocial Behaviors in a Creative Arts Day Camp for Children With and Without Special Needs: A Mixed-Methods Study, which was published by The Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Assistant dean for the John E. Simon School of Business and assistant professor of accounting Somer Anderson, MACC, was named a regional recipient of the 2020 Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs Teaching Excellence Award.
Kent Bausman, PhD, professor of sociology, was featured by Forbes for his expertise regarding trolling, or when people purposely say something controversial on social media in order to get a rise out of other users.
Mariea Snell, RN, FNP, assistant professor of nursing and coordinator of the DNP Program, was featured by Verywell Family for her expertise on social distancing protocols while going to the beach.
Suzanne Rohan Jones, MS, an adjunct professor in the psychology department, was featured by Glass Door for her expertise on what college graduates should know about entering the job market during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dustin York, EdD, director of undergraduate and graduate communication programs and associate professor of communication, was featured by Changing America for his expertise on how COVID-19 is changing the way we communicate, and why some human interactions can’t be replaced by technology.
Richard Kilgore, PhD, instructor of management and business administration was featured by Freight Waves for his expertise on how the U.S.-Mexico auto manufacturing sector has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Leilani Carver-Madalon, PhD, associate professor of communication, was featured by SmallBizClub for her expertise on leadership skills necessary during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dustin York, EdD, director of undergraduate and graduate communication programs and associate professor of communication, was featured by PR Daily for his expertise on branding and how companies can show authenticity during the coronavirus pandemic.
Erika Rasure, PhD, assistant professor of business and financial services, was featured by The Hill for her expertise regarding how millennials and Generation Z can economically survive the coronavirus pandemic.
Steve Coxon, PhD, executive director for the Center for Access and Achievement and associate professor of education, was featured by Robotics Business Review for his expertise in educational development in STEM, alongside the development of robotics curricula and programming for young and gifted students.
Robin Grebing, EdD, director of the higher education leadership program and assistant professor of higher education leadership, received a Teaching with Technology Award at the 2019 Focus on Teaching with Technology Conference.
Senior instructional technology specialist Taylor Bell was featured by EdTech: Focus on Higher Education for her expertise regarding information technology.
Dustin York, EdD, director of undergraduate and graduate communication programs and associate professor of communication, received a Teaching with Technology Award at the 2019 Focus on Teaching with Technology Conference.
Leilani Carver-Madalon, PhD, associate professor of communication, was a featured speaker at the 2019 TEDx Gateway Arch Bold & Brilliant Women event.
Destiny Reddick, EdD, assistant dean for the School of Education and assistant professor of teacher education, was honored as a distinguished leader in the Delux Power 100 Awards.
Development director Caressa Davis was named a member of FOCUS St. Louis’ Fall 2019 Class of Emerging Leaders.
Distinguished writer-in-residence Dana Levin, MA, was a featured artist in “Children of Grass: A Portrait of American Poetry,” an anthology by renowned photographer B.A. Van Sise.
Rebecca Dohrman, PhD, associate professor of communication, was named a member of the 2019 Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge.
Vice president for integrated marketing and communications Marcia Sullivan was a featured speaker at the 2019 Data Over Instinct Summit produced by Anvil Analytics + Insights.
Marine Corps veteran and men’s lacrosse assistant coach Chris Burke was featured on Borne the Battle, a podcast and blog produced by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Michelle Jenkins-Unterberg, PT, DHS, ’89, dean of the Walker College of Health
Professions and professor of physical therapy, was named 2019 Teacher of the Year by Missouri DeMolay.
Bob Cunningham, PhD, director of the occupational therapy program and associate professor of occupational therapy, was named to the Apple Distinguished Educators Class of 2019.
Dustin York, EdD, director of undergraduate and graduate communication programs and associate professor of communication, was featured by CNN for his expertise on nonverbal communication skills.
Todd Brenningmeyer, PhD, director of the art history program and professor of art history, presented at the 2019 Computer Applications & Quantitative Methods in Archaeology Conference about transforming art history into a virtual reality experience.
Women’s soccer head coach Lori Chalupny Lawson, World Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist, was named one of St. Louis’ most famous women by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Laura Beer, PhD, director of the music therapy program and associate professor of music therapy, was appointed editor-in-chief for Music Therapy Perspectives, one of only two national peer-reviewed music therapy journals.
Director of the counseling center Jennifer Henry, MA, LPC, became a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional, approved by the Institute of Certified Anxiety Treatment Professionals.
Mariea Snell, RN, FNP, assistant professor of nursing and coordinator of the DNP Program, was featured by Woman’s Day for her expertise regarding women’s health.
Erika Rasure, PhD, assistant professor of business and financial services, was featured by Fox Business for her expertise regarding individual and executive financial planning.
Richard Kilgore, PhD, instructor of management and business administration was featured in Wired magazine for his expertise on artificial intelligence and automation.
Soo-Jin Kwoun, PhD, associate professor of music therapy, authored the article “Service Learning Within the Community Music Therapy Approach,” which was published in Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy.
Development Director Jami Dolby was named a 2019 Young Leader by the St. Louis American Foundation.
Nina Caldwell, EdD, vice president for student life, was named a member of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Diamond Honoree Class of 2019.
Stacy Hollins, PhD, assistant dean for the John E. Simon School of Business and associate professor of information systems, was named a member of the FOCUS St. Louis Spring 2019 class of Coro Women in Leadership —STEM.
Development Director Ebonee Shaw was named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2019.
LaDonna Whitten, PhD, associate professor of nursing, co-authored the article “A Crosswalk Between the Omaha System and Guiding Undergraduate Public Health Nursing Education Documents,” which was published in Public Health Nursing.
Olaide Oluwole-Sangoseni, DPT, PhD, associate professor of physical therapy, was named a Distinguished Fellow of the National Academies of Practice (NAP) in Physical Therapy.
Jesse Kavadlo, PhD, professor of English, is a guest writer for PopMatters, a magazine about popular culture. He recently interviewed bestselling author Paul Auster for the publication.
Laura Stevens, director of auxiliary operations has been recognized as the 2018 NACAS Central Regional Mentor award, presented by NACAS, the largest auxiliary and ancillary services support organization serving higher education.
Michelle Jenkins-Unterberg, PT, assistant dean for the Walker College of Health Professions, director of the Physical Therapy program and professor, has been honored with the Helen Holzum Whealen Service Award by the Missouri Physical Therapy Association for lasting and significant contributions to the Eastern District, Missouri Chapter and the profession.
Scott Angus, MFA, associate professor of photography and digital art, spoke about his work at the International Hall of Fame of Photography, Colorado State University, the University of LaVerne, and Metropolitan Community Church in Santa Ana, California. He also received a grant through the Best Foundation to travel to Scotland, England and Ireland to photograph sacred sites.
Jess Bowers, PhD, assistant professor of English, has published a short story, “War Story,” in the inaugural issue of Fearsome Critters: A Millennial Arts Journal, published by Green Tower Press in April-May 2018.
Development director Jami Dolby has been named to the 2018 Class of Leadership Chesterfield with the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce.
Steve Coxon, PhD, associate professor of education, has been appointed chair of the Advisory Council on the Education of Gifted and Talented Children by the Missouri state commissioner of education.
Darlene Davison, director of the Interior Design program and associate professor, has been named by DesignIntelligence as one of the nation’s Top 25 Most Admired Educators.
Dana Levin, PhD, Distinguished Writer in Residence, has published a poem, “Two Autumns, Saint Louis,” in the eco-poetics folio of The Kenyon Review (May/June issue). Levin also served as a featured faculty member at the Idyllwild Writers Week held in July at Idyllwild Arts Academy in California.
Steve Mandeville, EdD, was named a 2018 CFO of the Year by the St. Louis Business Journal. The awards honor financial professionals in the St. Louis region for outstanding performance.
Matt Raithel, instructor pro-rata of game design, has been profiled in Nintendo Force Magazine about his work as a faculty member and an independent developer.
Ebonee Shaw, development director, has been named to the 2018 Class of Leadership Chesterfield with the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce.
Jennifer Wei, PhD, associate professor of mathematics, was invited to serve as a visiting scholar in Division of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Environmental Health at the University of Memphis.
Susan Bartel, EdD, assistant director of the higher education leadership doctoral program and associate professor, published an opinion piece titled, “Pushing for Gender Equality in Higher Ed Leadership,” on EducationDive.com.
Konrad Dias, DPT, PhD, CCS, professor of physical therapy, recently published an article in the journal, Current Geriatrics Reports: “Best Practice for Home Physical Therapy for Older Adults with Heart Failure.”
Ann Fick, DPT, CCS, associate professor of physical therapy, co-authored an article published in American Journal of Critical Care, “Effects of Ambulation and Nondependent Transfers on Vital Signs in Patients Receiving Norepinephrine.”
Nina Caldwell, EdD, vice president for student life, has been recognized as a Distinguished Leader in the 2017 Delux 100 Power Awards presented by Delux magazine for exemplary leadership in the St. Louis community and extraordinary professional achievements.
Stacy Hollins, PhD, associate professor of information systems, has received a 2017 Delux Power 100 Award, presented by Delux magazine, as one of the St. Louis region’s most inspiring and influential African American professionals.
A poem by Dana Levin, Distinguished Writer-in-Residence, is mentioned in this PBS News Hour story as one of the most powerful poems in Bullets Into Bells: Poets & Citizens Respond to Gun Violence, an anthology meant to serve as a vehicle for conversation on gun violence and empathy for survivors. The book was co-edited by writer Brian Clements, the husband of a Sandy Hook survivor.
Jen McCluskey, PhD, vice president for student success, and Sam Harris, director of learning technology and support, attended the recent EDUCAUSE conference and did a poster presentation on Maryville’s Digital World initiative.
Kelly Mock, EdD, director of academic advising and life coaching, and Maxwell Artis, life coach, presented at the recent NACADA conference. Their presentation explored the integration and success of Maryville’s Life Coach program. NACADA is the national academic advising association.
Jennifer Henry, LPC, director of personal counseling, has received the Founder’s Award, presented by the Missouri Eating Disorders Association. The Founders Award recognizes leadership, collaboration and community involvement and is awarded to those making a difference in the community through education and awareness of eating disorders.
Charles J. Gulas, PhD, dean of the Walker College of Health Professions, has been selected by the Associated Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP) Board of Directors as an ASAHP Fellow for his leadership and significant contributions to allied health.
Loretta Colvin, APRN-BC, coordinator of the Online Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program in the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing, served as chair of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine’s committee tasked with developing educational materials for nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Colvin also spoke at the annual Association of Missouri Nurse Practitioners and the Sleep Professionals of Arkansas. She served as co-faculty for a joint American Association of Nurse Practitioners and American Association of Physician Assistants educational session focusing on the treatment of insomnia.
Michael Kiener, PhD, director of the Rehabilitation Counseling program and professor of rehabilitation counseling, has been elected to a three-year term on the Missouri board for the Association of People Supporting Employment First.
Konrad Dias, DPT, PhD, CCS, professor of physical therapy, recently published an article in the Current Geriatrics Reports journal, “Best Practice for Home Physical Therapy for Older Adults with Heart Failure.”
Turan Mullins, assistant dean for diversity and inclusion, has been named a 2018 Young Leader by the St. Louis American Foundation.
Jesse Kavadlo, PhD, professor of English, was a featured speaker at the 2017 Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference. His talk: “Psycho, Fargo, Frodo: On Quests, Maguffins, and Middles (with Digressions).”
Caren Schlossberg-Wood, graphic design instructor, had a series of typographic collages featured in “The Professional Practice of Illustration and Design,” an exhibit at Anderson University featuring works by design education professionals.
Guangwei Fan, PhD, professor of actuarial science, and Yuanjin Liu, PhD, assistant professor of actuarial science, co-authored a paper, “Weighted Fund Style Analysis of Variable Annuity,” published in Actuarial Research Clearing House, a publication of the Society of Actuaries Education and Research Section.
Vaughn Anderson, PhD, assistant professor of English, published a paper, “‘Revision of the Golden Rule’: John Cage, Latin America, and the Poetics of Non-Interventionism,” in Journal of Modern Literature.
Sarah Lust, PhD, assistant professor of psychology, co-authored a paper, “Predictors of Short-term Change After a Brief Alcohol Intervention for Mandated College Drinkers,” published in Addictive Behaviors, an international peer-reviewed journal.
Ann Fick, DPT, CCS, associate professor of physical therapy, co-authored an article published in American Journal of Critical Care, “Effects of Ambulation and Nondependent Transfers on Vital Signs in Patients Receiving Norepinephrine.”
Melanie Meir, PhD, CCC-SLP, assistant professor speech-language pathology, has been named an editor for the Journal of Communication Disorders and Assistive Technology, an international, peer-reviewed publication.