In the Spotlight: Sept. 6, 2019

Kudos to these faculty, staff and programs.

Do you have a spotlight item to share with the NAU community?

Email your announcements to, or use our online submission form.

  • T. Mark Montoya, an associate professor in ethnic studies, and Jennifer Martinez, a professor in the College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences and director of the Center for Materials Interfaces and Research Application (¡MIRA!), were awarded the Pete C. Garcia Victoria Foundation award. This award honors Latinx people in higher education who champion recruitment and degree completion for minority students.
  • Amit Kumar, an assistant professor of physical therapy, authored the paper “Quality of Home Health Agencies Serving Traditional Medicare vs Medicare Advantage Beneficiaries,” which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Network Open. The study takes a cross-sectional approach in answering whether there is a difference for in-home healthcare patients based on their Medicare plan.
  • Northern Arizona University was featured on Forbes’ inaugural list of America’s Best-in-State Employers 2019. The list was based on an independent survey from a diverse sampling of more than 80,000 U.S. employees working for employers with at least 500 employees.
  • Walter Delecki, a clinical professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, has been awarded the Geneva Clay Volunteer Award for his service in the Gilbert community in various programs. Delecki has been the superintendent of Gilbert Public Schools for 20 years and has given countless hours back to the community.
  • Silviculture professor Kristen Waring received a Fullbright U.S. Scholar Award to Canada and Mexico in forestry based on her professional achievement, record of service and demonstration of leadership in her field. Waring is one of more than 800 U.S. citizens to earn a Fulbright this year. Waring will conduct research in both countries in order to connect people and landscapes as they work together towards meeting climate change challenges across North America.
  • Physical therapy and athletic training professor Monica Lininger, psychological science professors Heidi Wayment and Ann Huffman, athletic training professor Debbie Craig and research specialist Taylor Lane co-authored “Improving Concussion-Reporting Behavior in National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Football Players: Evidence for the Applicability of the Socioecological Model for Athletic Trainers” in the Journal of Athletic Training. The article investigates the concussion reporting behaviors in Division I Football.
  • Assistant professor in politics and international relations Stephen Meserve received the Best Information Technology and Politics Article Award from the American Political Science Association for his published work “Google Politics: The Political Determinants of Internet Censorship in Democracies.” The award is given to the best article about information technology and politics. 
  • Steven Gehrke, an assistant professor in the Department of Geography, Planning and Recreation, coauthored “Understanding stated neighborhood preferences: The roles of lifecycle stage, mobility style, and lifestyle aspiration,” which was featured in Travel Behavior and Society. The article examines what factors determine people’s residential preferences.
  • Communication professor Kurt Lancaster published “What Video-Journalists Can Learn from Alfred Hitchcock’s Cardinal Rule of Filmmaking” in the Journal of Film and Video. The article looks at Hitchcock’s directing techniques and how they can be applied to journalism.