Members of the
Pitt-Bradford faculty had far more on their plates than
their regular teaching loads during the spring semester.
Faculty members presented papers,
directed a play and wrote.
Helma de Vries-Jordan, assistant professor of political science, traveled
to Atlanta; Columbia, S.C.; Raleigh, N.C.; and Asheville, N.C., to conduct
interviews for an upcoming book on the marriage equality movement in the United
States and Europe.
Donna Dombek presented a paper titled “What is Wrong With These Students
and How Can We Fix Them: The Changing Face of Motivation and Engagement
Strategies in the College Classroom” at the 21st Century Academic
Forum Conference at Harvard University in Boston. Dombek argues that today’s
students are not “broken,” but rather have adapted to a new environment for
learning and living – one that is not reflected in a traditional college
In addition to working on her
forthcoming book, “Talking Girl: A Memoir,” Dr. Carys Evans-Corrales, professor of Spanish, read from the book
at the annual faculty reading on campus. She also gave a workshop on travel
writing sponsored by the New York Council on the Arts at the Olean (N.Y.) Public
Kevin Ewert, professor of theater, directed a production of “Celebration
(Festen)” for the Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern at The Shadowbox in
Durham, N.C. The Five Points Star called it “an extraordinary piece of theatre”
and the Raleigh (N.C.) News and Observer praised it as a “well-cast, highly
creative production [that] packs an emotional, visceral punch.”
Tracee Howell, executive associate to the president, presented a paper
titled “The Trope as Meta-Narrative: Authorial Identity in Vera Caspary’s 1929
Passing Narrative, ‘The White Girl’” at the Northeast Modern Language
Association’s 2014 Conference in Harrisburg. She argued that the overlooked
novel is a critical addition to “passing” narratives of the 20th
century. At the same conference, she served as a panelist for a roundtable discussion
on “Alternative Career Paths for the Ph.D.”
Ronald E. Mattis, associate professor of engineering, made a poster
presentation of a paper titled “Incorporating 3-D Printing Into an Introductory
Mechanical Engineering Design Course” at the International Journal of Arts
& Sciences conference in Valletta, Malta. Mattis explained how students
used a three-dimensional computer-aided design program to draw solid models and
print them as part of an introductory mechanical engineering design course. The
experience familiarized students with the details of 3-D solid modeling and
provided the opportunity to use a popular and growing technology.
Dani Weber, assistant professor of composition and director of the Writing Center,
presented as part of a panel, “Access Denied: Opening the Online Community by
Rethinking and Revising Our Discussions With Students,” at the Conference on
College Composition and Communication held in Indianapolis. Weber’s portion was
titled “Hello, Mr. Chips: Maximizing Student Engagement and Response to Online
Feedback.” The panel examined shifts in teacher-student interaction when moving
from on-site to online teaching.
Dr. James Carlson,
visiting assistant professor of business management, presented on the topic of
“Understanding and Exploiting Your Strengths” at the National Grocers
Association annual meeting in Las Vegas.
Danielle Frownfelter Michel, an
instructor of composition, presented a paper, “The Other Hero: (Re)Framing Female
Characters in Alternative Comics,” that explored the problems of gender
representation in survivalist comics like Y: The Last Man and The Walking Dead
while also acknowledging the progress of well-developed female leads in the
same genre and the implications for a growing female audience.