In the Spotlight: Jan. 10, 2020

In the Spotlight: Jan. 10, 2019

Kudos to these faculty, staff and programs

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  • Senior lecturer of anthropology Janina Fenigsen and emeritus professor James M. Wilce served as two of the three editors for The Routledge Handbook of Language and Emotion published by Routledge, the world’s leading academic publisher in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The book offers critical, theoretical and methodological perspectives about how the experience of emotion interacts with linguistic encounters. In addition to editing, chapters were written by faculty in the Department of Anthropology.
    • Fenigsen and James M. Wilce co-authored, “Editors Introduction,” with Sonya Pritzker of the University of Alabama.
    • Fenigsen, James M. Wilce and Rebekah Wilce co-authored, “Perspectives on Emotion, Emotionality, and Language: Past and Present.”
    • Senior lecturer Leila Monaghan authored, “Laughter, Joy, Sorrow, Stigma: The Making and Breaking of Sign Language Communities.”
  • Faculty from the School of Art have had several accomplishments.
    • Van Ness Sculpture“Lady Liberty,” a sculpture by senior lecturer David Van Ness, was displayed in the group show Thingness at the Ro2 Art Cedars gallery in Dallas. The sculpture was created from a manipulated Statue of Liberty with 10 years of immigration data from New York and will be on display at the Udinotti Museum of Figurative Art in Paradise Valley from April though August.
    • Paintings from Du Yuanyuan will be displayed in the show “A Glimpse” at the School of Art’s Beasley Gallery from Jan. 12-31. Senior lecturer Debra Edgerton served as a mentor for Yuanyuan.
    • Assistant professor Jaewook Lee organized an international symposium entitled “The Retro-causation in Time: The Effect of the Future,” held in China. The event focused on the notion of backward causation in time. Lee also received a grant from the Art Council Korea for participation in the Contemporary Art Festival in Antofagasta, Chile.
    • Assistant professor of practice Jessica Royale MacKenzie has 17 colored pencil animal portraits and acrylic abstract paintings on display on the second-floor gallery in Riles Hall on the Flagstaff Mountain Campus.
  • Maiah Jaskoski, associate professor of politics and international affairs, authored “Participatory Institutions as a Focal Point for Mobilizing: Prior Consultation and Indigenous Conflict in Colombia’s Extractive Industries,” published in Comparative Politics. The article looks at how the participatory institution “prior consultation” indirectly gave Colombian indigenous communities a voice in five major hydrocarbon and mining conflicts based on Jaskoski’s fieldwork conducted in 2016 with support from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
  • Matt A. Casado, professor emeritus in The W. A. Franke College of Business, published the second edition of his book “Hospitality Management.” The book provides hotel and restaurant management instructors with a textbook tailored to teach the capstone course.
  • Nena Bloom and Lori Rubino-Hare from the Center for Science Teaching and Learning, along with recent graduates Megan Walker and Kayla Arendt, co-authored “Scaling professional development: Preparing professional development providers to lead Power of Data Teacher Workshops,” published in the International Journal of Science Education. The paper shares results of the NSF-funded Power of Data project, which studies the scale up of a successful professional development model to help teachers enhance their instruction with Geographic Information Systems.
  • NAU’s Online Master of Organizational Leadership degree was ranked No. 16 for affordability by College Values Online. Cost, return on investment, rankings and in-state tuition were considered.
  • NAU was ranked 18 on a list for the best affordable online bachelor’s degrees in Public Administration and No. 6 on a list for best affordable bachelor’s degrees in Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies by Affordable Schools. Student-to-faculty ratio, average cost of attendance and graduation were all considered.
  • MPA China groupAn opening ceremony for the MPA-China (masters of public administration) kicked off the start of this program and recognized the work and leadership that went into the creation of the program. Lori Poloni-Staudinger, a professor of politics and international affairs and associate dean of the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, who created and championed this new program in China, participated in the ceremony, as did Bruce Wang, director of Asian Academic Engagement. In July, President Rita Cheng signed an agreement that allows students in China to earn a master’s of public administration degree from NAU. The agreement with AIEI of Shenzhen is the first of its kind for NAU.