In the Spotlight: June 5, 2015

Kudos to these faculty, staff and students

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  • Linda Shadiow, professor emeritus, along with Flower Darby and John Doherty of the e-Learning Center, presented “Getting Started with Tools and Technology that Foster Meaningful Student Engagement” at the Teaching Professor Conference in Atlanta, Ga. The workshop introduced social media and instructional technologies to novice users. A primary focus was on determining the teaching and learning purposes of tech tools prior to selection and implementation.
  • William Pederson, senior lecturer of social work at NAU-Yuma, was selected as the Undergraduate Faculty Representative for the Council on Social Work Education’s board of directors. His three-year term will begin in July.
  • Frank Scott, director of the piano program in NAU’s School of Music, performed Maurice Ravel’s Concerto for the Left Hand with the Harper Symphony Orchestra in April in Chicago.
  • Harvey Charles, vice provost, and Karen Plager, professor in the School of Nursing, have co-written a chapter, “Internationalising Nursing Education from the Ground Up: The Case of Northern Arizona University” in the newly published book, Critical Perspectives on Internationalising the Curriculum in Disciplines Reflective Narrative Accounts from Business, Education and Health. The chapter illustrates how NAU has integrated the Global Learning Initiative into its programs of study.
  • Neil Websdale, director of NAU’s Family Violence Institute, has been appointed by Gov. Doug Ducey to serve on the Commission to Prevent Violence Against Women. The committee is tasked with developing legislative and policy recommendations with regard to preventing violence against women, as well as expanding on successful prevention initiatives and coordinating and expanding services for victims of domestic and sexual violence.
  • Robert Schehr, faculty member in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice and executive director of the Arizona Innocence Project, had an article titled “The Emperor’s New Clothes: Intellectual Dishonesty and the Unconstitutionality of Plea Bargaining” accepted for publication in the Texas A&M Law Review.