Faculty Briefs – Summer ’14

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Nicholas Bergan, adjunct faculty, Business, Florida Campus, published: “The Mindset for Successful Independent Consulting and Marketing Yourself: The Importance of Specialization” for an online blog. He has also attended University of Phoenix’s Content Area Meeting in Economics.

 

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Dr. Susan Dennett, academic dean, Florida Campus, recently co-authored the following four chapters in the Handbook of Research on Education and Technology in a Changing Society: “Pedagogy versus Andragogy Organizations,” “Leadership in the Third Wave,” “Addressing Work Ethic in the New Century” and “What is Your Teaching style.”

 

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Dr. Otto F. von Feigenblatt, adjunct professor, Florida Campus, was invited to join the Maestranza de Caballeria of Castilla (Kingdom of Spain), an official association of nobles recognized by the Government of Spain. In addition to that he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute in the United Kingdom. He is currently conducting research in Thailand and Southern China for a new book.

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Mr. John Gustincic, JD, CFE, adjunct faculty, Accounting and Law, Michigan Campus, was appointed to serve on the Higher Education Committee of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). He attended two continuing legal education seminars sponsored by the University of Michigan, Institute of Continuing Education (ICLE); Federal Tax Law Update 2014, and the 23rd Annual Drafting Estate Planning Documents. He was asked to serve as a host at an upcoming event titled “MSU Law: Past, Present and Future.” The event will be held at the private Tiger Club at Comerica Park. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Accounting with a research emphasis on forensic accounting.

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Dr. Shauna Hanisch-Kirkbride, professor, Environmental Science, Michigan Campus, published: “What Are They Thinking? Exploring Layperson Conceptualizations of Wildlife Health and Disease” in the journal Human Dimensions of Wildlife.

 

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Dr. Linda Henderson, academic dean, ADP and Kerry Hannah, Instructional Designer, presented at the ETOM (Educational Technology of Michigan) conference in May. The presentation describes the ADP course review process developed to ensure high-quality course development and delivery. These efforts are in place to support faculty in developing and delivering courses in line with the mission of instructional excellence.

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Dr. Daniel Holloway, adjunct professor, DeVos School of Management, Michigan Campus, Dr. Holloway presented his study “Practitioner Perspectives of Leadership in Small Business” on May 21, 2014 at the Academic Business World International Conference in Nashville, TN.

 

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Dr. Edward Howell, associate professor, Florida Campus, successfully marched with his newly minted Doctoral degree in Education just prior to the new school year. His dissertation built on Geert Hofstede seminal work “Cultures Consequences” and produced a model aimed at increasing international students’ language and academic proficiency by implementing an Introduction to American Culture Model (IACM) and is ready for replication as a Faculty Cultural Development program. Dr. Howell single-handedly led the Semester in Europe program last fall with 13 students travelling in 12 countries for two and a half months.

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William Newman, adjunct professor, ADP, recently accepted a position with SAP America as a Senior Principal in the Business Transformation Services group.  In his new role, Mr. Newman will provide executive leadership and consulting expertise to help clients implement strategies and new operating models in the manufacturing sector.  He recently led an interactive panel discussion on big data and cloud technologies, and was interviewed on the topic of strategic transformation at the America’s SAP User Group (ASUG) Annual Meeting held in early June in Orlando, FL.

 

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Dr. Tara Peters, associate professor, Richard DeVos Graduate School of Management, Texas Campus, consulted with Promotional Products Association International and the City of Plano to provide leadership training as part of the DeVos Organizational Development Series. Additionally, she attended the BESTEX Summer Academy at the University of North Texas at Dallas for professional development related to curriculum and instruction for English Language Learners.

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Jeffrey G. Phillips, professor and director of Honors Program, Michigan Campus, recently addressed the Delta College Administrative Professionals Forum on “Exceptionally Realistic Self-Images.”  He presented a similar address to Leadership Midland 2014 (his eighth annual presentation to this group) and an address on “Peak Performance” to Youth Leadership Midland 2014 (his eighteenth time). Additionally, he has co-written and illustrated a full-color eight-page comic which will be published in Volume I of the Michigan Comics Collective Anthology on sale this summer, as well as providing proofreading and editing guidance for the new edition of When We Are Free.  He is also presently illustrating a proposed children’s book with a Northwood counselor for future publication.

 

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Martha Rader, adjunct professor, DeVos Graduate School, Florida Campus, is working on her dissertation: “Effects of Authentic Leadership on Follower Job Satisfaction and Turnover Intentions” through The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

 

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E. Wesley Reynolds, adjunct professor, Michigan Campus, submitted: “Difficulties in the Life of a Pastoral Progressive Imperialist: Sir Edward Elgar the Edwardian” to 19th-Century Music, and under review, submitted: “Interpretations of Adam Smith through the Austrian School of Economics” to MISES: Revista Interdisciplinar de Filosofia, Direito e Economia (Brazilian ed.) and will appear in the Fall 2014 edition.

 

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Keith G. Tatarelli, JD, adjunct professor, ADP Michigan Campus, Business Law and Political Science, will be presenting his proposal, “Massive Open Online Courses: Confronting How Future Students Will Learn,” at the Lilly Conference on Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning in Traverse City, Michigan in October of this year.

 

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Patricia Timm, assistant professor, Accounting, Michigan Campus, attended a workshop titled: Bridging the Gap between Traditional Accounting and Lean Operations, January 23- 24, 2014. This workshop was facilitated by Jerry Soloman, author of two books on Lean Accounting and a pioneer in the industry. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Accounting with a research emphasis on Lean Accounting.

 

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Dr. Alex Tokarev, assistant professor, Economics, Michigan Campus, gave a lecture on the morality of capitalism at Northwood University’s Freedom Seminar in Detroit, led an internship for NU students at the Institute for Market Economics in Bulgaria, and was interviewed four times at Bulgaria on Air TV. He also won a full scholarship to attend the Free Market Forum.

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Donna M Wagner, assistant professor and chair, Aftermarket Management, attended the Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium and participated in the Education and Category Management meetings during the Auto Care Association’s Leadership Days. She also completed the ETOM Online Teaching Certification Course.

 

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Weikang “Ken” Wang, associate professor, Michigan Campus, was recently invited as a visiting professor by China’s Beifang University of Nationalities in Yinchuang. He conducted a series of lectures on international marketing, trends, and issues in management and case pedagogy. He also conquered the historical challenging mountain of 3800-meter Helanshan near the city.

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Diana Webb, professor, Finance, Michigan Campus, promoted a new Insurance Risk Management Program to three insurance companies, and is working with Northwood University to secure scholarships for the new program. She also attended the Great Lakes Learning Conference in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, as well as attended the Central Michigan University’s Global Campus for online/distance education.

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Dr. Cynthia Weeks, adjunct professor, Distance Education, was featured in HP’s celebration of International Women’s Day as one of fourteen “women who make a difference” in Technology Services. Professor Weeks was recently named Business Planning Manager for HP’s global remote services operations.