May 2007

May 3rd, 2007 by Noelle

Monthly Academic Affairs Report To the Faculty of PSU
From the Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
May 3, 2007

New Awards — Call for nominations:

Last week I sent out a call for nominations for two new faculty awards, one for service and one for scholarly and creative works. The deadline for nominations is June 1st. The applications are available from the Office of Academic Affairs website:

Award for Excellence in Faculty Service
Award for Distinguished Scholarship

Next Fall, we will end our annual Faculty Day with a celebration by naming these two award winners.

Stevens-Bristow Endowed Professorship:

An announcement was also sent last week to department chairs of those programs that house teacher certification programs. The Stevens-Bristow endowed professorship is to honor those that “educate the educators.” Faculty who teach in teacher preparation programs are eligible. Nominations will come from the Department Chair or his/her designee. The deadline is also June 1st.

Environmental Science and Policy:

I am pleased to announce the creation of a new academic department – the Department of Environmental Science and Policy. This department will house the Master of Science degree program in Environmental Science and Policy and will become the new home to a revised Physical Science teacher certification program, Earth Systems Science. Warren Tomkiewicz will be the Chair of this department.

Dean of Undergraduate Studies:

Dr. David Zehr has graciously agreed to one more year as Dean of Undergraduate Studies. I am grateful to him for his leadership this year and for agreeing to a second year. He has been a wonderful colleague and leader and I look forward to a second year with him in the role.

Faculty Fellows:

I want to welcome Dr. Daniel Moore back to campus after a year away. Dan spent the fall in Limerick Ireland with our Freshman Abroad program and the spring on sabbatical. I am grateful to him for agreeing to serve next year as a part-time Assessment Fellow and teaching in the Business Department. In his role as Assessment Fellow, he will work closely with Dean Bob Fitzpatrick on the 5th year NEASC report and with Associate Dean for IR Scott Mantie on the planning process . His primary role will be to assist academic departments with their departmental and program assessment plans. Before the 5th year NEASC report comes due, we need to turn our attention back to our assessment plans. Next fall our faculty day speaker, Dr. Gloria Rodgers, will focus on assessment. We will carry the theme of assessment throughout the year by offering a number of workshops and programs to assist the departments.
Dr. Art Fried will continue for another year as a half-time fellow in online education. In this capacity he has been working with the Office of Online Learning and Teaching Technologies and working one-on-one with faculty interested in developing online pedagogies.

Distinguished Awards:

This is a very exciting day for us as a faculty and as a campus community. Today we will award our Distinguished Teaching Awards to three faculty representing the excellence of our full-time faculty, our adjunct faculty, and our graduate faculty. For the first time, we will be awarding the Distinguished Adjunct Teaching Award at Plymouth State University. This is a very positive step in acknowledging the tremendous impact that our adjunct faculty have on our students, our programs and this institution. For the first time, we will be awarding the Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award. In the past, the award has gone to two graduate faculty, one each from the MEd and MBA programs. Our graduate programs have expanded and we now offer an MAT and MS degrees, making our old graduate process obsolete. All three awards will be announced at the end of today’s faculty meeting in Heritage Commons, to be following by a reception honoring all three distinguished recipients. Please join us in celebrating the excellence of our faculty.

Annual Reports:

Just a reminder that Annual Faculty Reports were due to the department chairs on Tuesday, May 1. An electronic copy should also be sent to

Convocation and Commencement:

Information regarding Convocation and Commencement may be found on the Academic Affairs website: Please be sure to review the information. In summary:

Graduate Commencement:

Saturday, May 12th at 10:00 a.m. in Foley Gymnasium.
Faculty not in platform party should assemble in the track area at 9:30 a.m. where an area will be set up for faculty robing.
Faculty are invited to a pre-commencement reception at 8:45 a.m. in Foley Gym.

Spring Convocation:

Friday, May 18th, 4:00 p.m. in Foley Gymnasium.
Faculty not in platform party should assemble in the track area at 3:30 p.m. where an area will be set up for faculty robing.
Faculty are invited to a reception with students and parents after Convocation in Foley Gym.

Undergraduate Commencement:

Saturday, May 19th, 10:00 a.m. on Currier Memorial Field (weather permitting).
In case of inclement weather, the Commencement will move inside to one of three sites: PE Center, HUB and Silver. Faculty will be notified the week of May 7th which of these sites they should report to.
Parking is limited, so please park on main campus or carpool, if possible.
All graduates have been asked to meet at the Hartman Union Building Courtroom at 8:30 a.m. to walk together with the faculty and administrators to the PE Center. In heavy rain, all are asked to meet at the appropriate site.
Faculty not in platform party should assemble in the track area by 9:15 a.m. where an area will be set up for faculty robing.
Faculty will line up in two parallel lines at the double doors at the west end of the track facing the tennis courts to process.
After the recessional at the end of Commencement, faculty will stay in two lines and receive/applaud the graduates as they proceed out on the pavement area between the soccer field and the PE Center.
More Details Can Be found At: or (click on graduation events)

News From Academic Affairs
Departments and Faculty

Social Science Department:

  • Bob Heiner (Anthropology) is chairing the search for a new Principal at the Holderness Central School.
  • Sheryl Shirley (Political Science) has been appointed by Governor John Lynch and confirmed by the Executive Council to serve on the NH Commission for Human Rights. This Commission is a state agency established for the purpose of eliminating discrimination in employment, public accommodations and the sale or rental of housing or commercial property because of age, sex, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, marital status, familial status, physical or mental disability or national origin.
  • Bryon Middlekauff (Geography) and Kurt Schroeder (Geography) attended the Association of American Geographers conference in San Francisco accompanied by 5 current and 2 former students. Kurt presented a paper in a military geography session which was attended by all the PSU students. Bryon co-authored a paper with a current student, Ashley Satinsky (who did a brilliant job presenting), and a University of Wolverhampton, UK faculty member which focused on geographic education. All of the students participated with Bryon on a field trip to Yosemite National Park, organized by the conference, another which the students organized to Alcatraz, and a third which the group developed to visit Muir Woods and the redwoods and Point Reyes National Seashore. One of the students, Chris Skulski, participated in the World Geography Bowl on the New England team. A former student as PSU, Kristen Michaud, ’05, delivered an excellent paper which all PSU conference goers attended. Bryon attended the regional presidents’ meeting, and hosted a meeting of the regional division of the geography association.
  • Dr. Whitney Howarth, Assistant Professor of History in the Department of Social Sciences, has been invited to Scott Christian College in Nagercoil, India to serve as a Visiting Professor in the Dept. of History for two months this summer (2007). Dr. Howarth will be the keynote speaker for the International conference being hosted there entitled “Global Connections and Cross-Cultural Dialogue in Nineteenth Century South India” (July 16-18th) and will join local scholars in organizing a district level symposium on “The London Missionary Society and Caste Systems in Kanyakumari District” June 27th and 28th. As a part of her research on 19th century Hindu politics and religious nationalism, Dr. Howarth will be presenting several papers and offering a lecture course to M.Phil. students focusing on ‘the Missionary Movement in Colonial India.’ She will be working with the History Department Research Programmes Coordinator, Dr. N. Samraj, to edit & publish the conference proceedings, as well as portions of her own doctoral dissertation manuscript while visiting Bangalore and Bombay.
  • Dr. David Starbuck (Anthropology) hosted and was the program chair for the annual meeting of the New York State Archaeological Association at the Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs for the weekend of April 20-22. He delivered a paper on “The Archaeology of the French and Indian War.” He also spoke at the spring meeting of the New Hampshire Archaeological Society on April7 at Boston University’s Sargent Center in Hancock, NH.

Education Department:

  • Leo Sandy and Scott Meyer (Psychology) gave a presentation on “Promoting a Culture of Peace in Higher Education” at the Third Annual Teaching Peace Conference on “Weaving Peace Through the Curriculum and Community” at Oyster River High School in Durham, NH.

College of Graduate Studies:

  • Craig Zamzow and a four‐student SBI team presented Amherst, NH based company, AeroSat, with a comprehensive marketing and business development project. Based in Temple, New Hampshire, AeroSat Corporation develops, produces, and distributes mobile wireless communications solutions and aircraft antennas that help people on the move to share information. AeroSat CEO Michael Barrett made a donation to the John V. Miller, Jr. Endowment Fund.
  • Barbara Wirth, Dennise Maslakowski, Leo Corriveau and Cheryl Baker attended the Follow the Child – Lakes Region conference in Laconia. The approach to Governor John Lynch’s Follow the Child initiative and how the Lakes Region is incorporating the initiative into the community of learning was a major focus of discussion. Barbara also participated in the NH DOE recruitment and retention workshop at CACES in Penacook, which addressed hiring and retention of quality educators. Barbara, Royce Robertson and Cheryl Baker held a brown bag discussion on student‐based electronic portfolios and how students can incorporate the e‐portfolio experience in their graduate programs.
  • The fourth annual Counselor Education Diversity Institute attracted 70 participants. Nancy Puglisi and Tonya Tookes‐Reznik presented on topics surrounding the mind‐body integration and applications for spiritual counseling.
  • Cheryl Baker attended the NH ASCD Conference in Concord.
  • As part of the M.Ed. in Heritage Studies, courses and a new graduate certificate in Historic Preservation were proposed by Stacey Yap. The program includes core courses in Heritage Studies Foundations and Rural Cultural Environment: Architecture and Landscape; and electives in Historic Preservation Methods and Documentation, Historic Preservation Planning and Management, Cultural Heritage Law, and Archeological Methods.
  • Kathleen Norris has been actively assisting with strategic and evaluation planning for the Pemi‐Baker Literacy Task Force and the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire. Kathleen recently presented “Good rubric, bad rubric…what’s the difference?” at the Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Conference of the NH School Administrators Association.
  • Dennise Maslakowski was the conference chair for the spring New Hampshire Women in Higher Education Leadership conference on April 20, 2007.

Communication and Media Studies Department:

  • On April 13 and 14, the Department of Communication and Media Studies hosted the national “Apocalypse Now? Media and the End of the World Conference” at PSU. During this event, Cathie LeBlanc and Evelyn Stiller gave a plenary talk titled “Games and the End of the World,” and Kylo-Patrick Hart and Annette Holba facilitated a pedagogical plenary session titled “Teaching Media and the End of the World.” Metasebia Woldemariam and Kylo-Patrick Hart presented their co-authored paper “Diversity and the End of the World: Two Cinematic Perspectives.” Annette Holba presented the paper “Apocalyptic Rhetoric in the Buffyverse: Representations of Antichrist and Apocalypse.” Nearly two dozen advanced PSU undergraduates also presented their research findings at this conference, alongside professors and graduate students from across the United States and abroad.
  • Recent Publications by Communication and Media Studies Faculty Members:
    • Kylo-Patrick Hart’s essay “From ‘Us’ versus ‘Them’ to ‘Just Us (Yet Still Them)’: The Revised Representational Significance of KS Lesions in 1990s U.S. Cinema” has been published in the anthology Mass Media Research: International Approaches, edited by Yorgo Passadeos and Demitra Dimitrakopoulou.
    • Annette Holba’s essay “Lizzie as ‘Deviant’ Other: Interpretation of Otherness” has been published in the Journal of Lizzie Borden Studies, and her essay “Building Bridges through the Learning Paradigm: Cultivating Citizenship in Higher Education” has been published in the New Hampshire Journal of Education.
    • Metasebia Woldemariam and Kylo-Patrick Hart’s co-authored essay “Media, Genocide and Hotel Rwanda” has been published in the anthology Culture, Trauma and Conflict: Cultural Studies Perspectives on War, edited by Nico Carpentier.
  • Additional Recent Conference Activities by Communication and Media Studies Faculty Members:
    • During April 2007, Kylo-Patrick Hart presented the papers “Otherness, Delinquency, and the Doom(ed) Rebel Elephant Jungle” at the annual joint meeting of the Popular Culture Association and the American Culture Association, “Tangled Web: Gay Men and/in AIDS Movies” at the Beyond Tolerance Conference (at PSU), and “Analyzing the Intersection that is Brokeback Mountain: When Retrograde and Groundbreaking Cinematic Features Collide” at the annual convention of the Eastern Communication Association.
    • Annette Holba presented the paper “Philosophy of Communication Education: Leisure in the General Education Curriculum” at the annual convention of the Eastern Communication Association. She and a colleague from Duquesne University also provided a short-course presentation at this convention titled “Teaching Philosophy of Communication.”
    • Evelyn Stiller organized the student poster session at the annual conference of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges, Northeastern Region, and has been invited to serve on next year’s program committee as well.
    • Metasebia Woldemariam presented the paper “When Diaspora Politics Lead ‘Home’: Mignon Ford, Transnational Identity, and Community Building in Ethiopia” at the recent Community Building and Identity Formation in the African Diaspora Conference in Boston.
  • Dr. Warren Mason presented to the NHCUC presidential assistants on Crisis Management at their annual retreat on April 24th.

CEAPS Department:

Anil Waghe, Marguerite Crowell, and grad student, Beth Benton, visited the local elementary school as part of the annual “Chemists Celebrate Earth Day” event. Children took part in hands‐on activities and learned about some of chemistry’s contributions to a sustainable ecosystem.

HHP Department:

  • Dr. Lynn Johnson received a 2007 Honor Award from the Eastern District Association of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). The Honor Award is the highest award the District can bestow upon a member and is given to recognize professionalism, dedication, character, and service. Lynn was given the award for her leadership on the Applied Strategic Planning Committee, her work on district conventions, her caring work with students/future professionals, and for modeling the true meaning of service to her community and the AAHPERD professions.
  • Drs. Irene Cucina, Louise McCormack and Lynn Johnson presented a collaborative session with Vicky Morley, a colleague from Central Connecticut entitled: Using Technology to Enhance and Document Student Learning and Program Outcomes Related to the NASPE/NCATE Standards at the annual AAHPERD Convention in Baltimore, MD in March.
  • Dr. Mardie Burckes-Miller has been very busy. She and her Health Education students organized and held the 9th annual Love Your Body Week, Feb 25- March 2. She presented “Silent Disease: Eating Disorders at the 18th Annual Youth at Risk National Conference in Savannah GA in March. She will be holding a Silent Auction to raise money for Eating Disorders Awareness Week and Wellness Fairs on campus and in the community, April 25-28. The auction will be held at PSU HUB and the Common Man Inn. On April 28, she will be hosting the Eating Disorders ands Obesity Conference at the Common Man Inn.
  • The Adventure Education program is organizing a community service project scheduled for Saturday May 12. We will plant 200 trees in the White Mountain National Forest to off-set the CO2 emission our transportation and other energy consumption are producing. The project is a concrete example of our commitment to our new program mission: The PSU Adventure Education program’s mission is to provide an environmentally sustainable, academically comprehensive and technically applicable education for future educators. In addition, the program embraces the university motto Ut Prosim – that I may serve – by actively seeking and providing services to the campus and regional community.
  • Dr. Anita N. Lee has been appointed as a member of the Advisory Committee, Measurement and Evaluation Council, American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation (AAPAR). AAPAR is an association of American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. She will serve a three year term from 2007 to 2010.

Education Department:

  • Leo Sandy and Scott Meyer of Social Work gave a presentation on “Promoting A Culture of Peace in Higher Education” at the Third Annual Teaching Peace Conference on “Weaving Peace Through the Curriculum and Community” at Oyster River High School in Durham, NH.
  • Marcel Lebrun co-authored an article with two colleagues, Howard Muscott and Eric Mann, entitled “Positive Behavior Interventions and Support in New Hampshire: Effects of Large Scale Implementation of School-wide Positive Behavior Support on Student Discipline and Academic Achievement” for the Journal of Positive Behavior Intervention, Spring 2007. Marcel Lebrun is part of the leadership team that has put forth the NH CEBIS grant proposal. They were awarded $410,000 to continue the work in maintaining and promoting Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports for 2007-2008. He was also part of the team that worked and submitted a Personnel Prep Grant for Behavior and Literacy, which was awarded $4 million over a 5 year program to integrate PBIS and Literacy. This grant is scheduled to begin in fall 2007. Lastly, he was part of the team that put forth a proposal for the Mental Health and Schools Together grant; they were awarded $225,000 over 18 months, to coordinate mental health services and wraparound services for children with behavior and mental health issues. In the last few months Dr. Lebrun has helped to bring in $4,635,000 in grants for the PBIS programs.
  • Kappa Delta Pi International Education Honor Society hosted its annual banquet and induction ceremony on Sunday, April 22nd in the Newfound Room at Prospect Hall. Kappa Delta Pi honors students in elementary and secondary teacher certification programs who are academically in good standing. KDP officers and their counselor, Lynn Davis, welcomed 41 new initiates into PSU’s Lambda Alpha Chapter. Many family members, friends and special guests were also in attendance. Kappa Delta Pi also participated in a Reading is Fun afternoon at the Ashland Town Library on Saturday, April 14th. KDP members developed literacy activities for grades K-5 around the story The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle.
  • On April 27, 2007, Royce Robertson presented “ePortfolio Considerations” at Rhode Island Educational Media Association (RIEMA) Annual Conference in Warwick, RI.
  • The early childhood faculty presented at the New Hampshire Association for the Education of Young Children annual conference in Bartlett, NH, on April 27-28. Gerry Buteau, along with an undergraduate early childhood studies major, Allison Delorey, presented on storytelling and story acting with young children. The presentation is a result of a storytelling/story acting project they did in January in the preschool classroom at the Center for Young Children and Families along with Preschool Teacher Wendy Hartke. Mary Cornish and Pat Cantor presented on “Making Musical Sounds: An Introduction to Constructivist Teaching and Learning.” As part of their agreement to present, the early childhood faculty arranged for several early childhood majors to attend the conference at free or reduced rates.
  • In her role as PSU Student Chapter Advisor for the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Marianne True recently attended the Annual ASCD Conference in Anaheim, California with 8 PSU education majors. The group attended a variety of workshop sessions, networked with professionals in the field, and shared their experiences during a workshop presentation on leadership goals and challenges.

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