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2018-19 Faculty and Staff Accomplishments

September Kudos

Darren Canady, associate professor in the Department of English, was named a Hall Center fellow for 2018-19. Fellows are released from teaching and receive an office in the Hall Center and a small research stipend. Fellows often use this time to work on book manuscripts, large-scale works of art or dissertations. Canady will work on “March Madness,” a new full-length play. Inspired by real-life events, the play will dramatize a fictionalized account of the controversy and furor ignited by a successful men’s basketball team’s choice to go on strike in response to a series of macro- and micro- racist aggressions on their university’s campus.

Brian Donovan, associate professor in the Department of Sociology, was named a Hall Center fellow for 2018-19. Fellows are released from teaching and receive an office in the Hall Center and a small research stipend. Fellows often use this time to work on book manuscripts, large-scale works of art or dissertations. Donovan will work on the ongoing book project “American Gold Digger: Money, Marriage, and Law from the Ziegfeld Follies to Anna Nicole Smith.” During his fellowship period, he will complete two chapters of his book, one examining the idea of a "gold digger" in the post-World War II era, considering its role in the construction of postwar domesticity and a so-called crisis of masculinity during the 1950s. The following chapter will analyze the idea of gold diggers in the wake of the sexual revolution, focusing on the concept of “palimony” and the separation trial of Lee Marvin and Michelle Triola.

Sara Gregg, associate professor in the Department of History, was named a Hall Center fellow for 2018-19. Fellows are released from teaching and receive an office in the Hall Center and a small research stipend. Fellows often use this time to work on book manuscripts, large-scale works of art or dissertations. Gregg will spend her time completing the research and much of the writing of a new book manuscript, "Free Land: Homesteading the U.S. West." This project offers a long-overdue revision of homesteading in American history. Within popular culture and among scholars, the homestead movement evokes the archetypically American promise of securing freedom, even as it often brought settlers into conflict with the natural limits of Western landscapes. Gregg's research examines the impacts of the migration to “free land” between 1862, the date of the first Homestead Act, and 1986, when Congress ended homesteading in Alaska. Foregrounding the experiences of a selection of individuals alongside an assessment of the law’s environmental legacy and cultural significance, this research returns the contingency of nature to the mythic tales of homesteading’s greatest achievements and failures.

Tanya Hartman, associate professor in the Department of Visual Art, was named a Hall Center fellow for 2018-19. Fellows are released from teaching and receive an office in the Hall Center and a small research stipend. Fellows often use this time to work on book manuscripts, large-scale works of art or dissertations. Hartman will work on the project "How to Leave Your Country," a multidisciplinary performance that uses handmade marionettes, animation, spoken word poetry, original sound compositions and memoir to present the stories of documented and undocumented immigrant and refugee teenagers enrolled in English as a Second Language classes at East High School in Wichita. This work will be staged at schools and community centers throughout the Midwest.

Alfred Tat Kei Ho, professor in the School of Public Affairs & Administration, has earned the Leslie A. Whittington Excellence in Teaching Award from the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration. He will be presented with the award at the NASPAA annual conference next month in Atlanta.

Weizhang Huang, professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics, was named a 2018-19 Senior Administrative Fellow. The Senior Administrative Fellows Program offers tenured faculty interested in leadership roles the opportunity to see the nuts and bolts of administrative activities and responsibilities.

Maki Kaneko, associate professor in the Department of Art History, was named a Hall Center fellow for 2018-19. Fellows are released from teaching and receive an office in the Hall Center and a small research stipend. Fellows often use this time to work on book manuscripts, large-scale works of art or dissertations. Kaneko will work on a book project investigating the art of Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani (1920-2012), a Japanese-American artist who was homeless for a large portion of his life. He gained significant public attention in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks for his works on themes of the internment of Japanese-Americans and the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Through the visual analysis of his surviving works as well as investigation into their reverberations in both U.S. and Japanese societies, this study will present Mirikitani’s artwork as a counter to the nationalist mode of remembrance of such historical events as early 20th-century migration, U.S-Japan imperialism, and atrocities that occurred during the Asia-Pacific War (1937-45).

Tracey LaPierre, associate professor and director of undergraduate studies for the Department of Sociology, was named a 2018-19 Senior Administrative Fellow. The Senior Administrative Fellows Program offers tenured faculty interested in leadership roles the opportunity to see the nuts and bolts of administrative activities and responsibilities.

Mechele Leon, associate professor in the Department of Theatre & Dance, was named a Hall Center fellow for 2018-19. Fellows are released from teaching and receive an office in the Hall Center and a small research stipend. Fellows often use this time to work on book manuscripts, large-scale works of art or dissertations. Leon will work on a book-length project history of French theatre artists working in the U.S. in the 20th century, focusing on six French directors and their companies from the 1910s to the 1960s. As a theatre historian, Leon trains her attention on the performance event: the directors and actors, plays and repertories, producers and sponsors, and the reception of these companies by the public and critics. Through this case studies, Leon intends to illuminate the complex economies, both material and symbolic, through which national theatres circulate on the international market.

Christina Lord, doctoral candidate in the Department of French, Francophone & Italian Studies, received the Richard and Jeannette Sias Graduate Fellowship in the Humanities. Lord will work on her dissertation, “Toward a Posthuman(ism): Transgressive Human Identities in Modern French Science Fiction."

Steven Maynard-Moody, professor in the School of Public Affairs & Administration, has earned illiam Duncombe Excellence in Doctoral Education Award from the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration. He will be presented with the award at the NASPAA annual conference next month in Atlanta.

Angela Park, doctoral candidate in the School of Public Affairs & Administration, has earned the Staats Emerging Scholar Award from the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration. She will be presented with the award at the NASPAA annual conference next month in Atlanta.

Kathryn Rhine, associate professor of anthropology, was named a 2018-19 Senior Administrative Fellow. The Senior Administrative Fellows Program offers tenured faculty interested in leadership roles the opportunity to see the nuts and bolts of administrative activities and responsibilities.

Tarun Sabarwal, associate professor, associate chair and director of graduate studies for the Department of Economics, was named a 2018-19 Senior Administrative Fellow. The Senior Administrative Fellows Program offers tenured faculty interested in leadership roles the opportunity to see the nuts and bolts of administrative activities and responsibilities.

Ximena Sevilla, doctoral student in the Department of History, received the Richard and Jeannette Sias Graduate Fellowship in the Humanities. Sevilla will work on her dissertation, “On the Edge of the Wild: Representations of the Montaña Region of Peru before the Rubber Boom.”

Holly Storkel, Associate Dean for Academic Innovation and Student Success, and two of her students were awarded the 2017 Editor's Award from the journal Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools. Their award-winning article is entitled “Interactive Book Reading to Accelerate Word Learning by Kindergarten Children With Specific Language Impairment: Identifying an Adequate Intensity and Variation in Treatment Response." An Editor's Award selection is limited to the most impactful works in Holly's field that meet the highest quality standards in research design and presentation. Holly and her students will be presented with their award during the Researcher-Academic Town Meeting (RATM) at the 2018 ASHA Convention in Boston, MA.

Nina Vyatkina, professor and chair of the Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures, was named a 2018-19 Senior Administrative Fellow. The Senior Administrative Fellows Program offers tenured faculty interested in leadership roles the opportunity to see the nuts and bolts of administrative activities and responsibilities.

Robert Ward, associate professor of molecular biosciences, was named a 2018-19 Senior Administrative Fellow. The Senior Administrative Fellows Program offers tenured faculty interested in leadership roles the opportunity to see the nuts and bolts of administrative activities and responsibilities.

Kim Warren, associate professor in the departments of History and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies; and the Indigenous Studies Program, was named a 2018-19 Senior Administrative Fellow. The Senior Administrative Fellows Program offers tenured faculty interested in leadership roles the opportunity to see the nuts and bolts of administrative activities and responsibilities.

August Kudos

Darren Canady, associate professor in the Department of English, has been selected as a 2018-21 Core Writer at the Playwrights' Center. The Core Writer program gives 25-30 of the most exciting playwrights from across the country the time and tools to develop new work for the stage. They receive development workshops and professional support over a three-year term. Work by Core Writers composes the Center’s public season.

Alfred Tat-Kei Ho, professor in the School of Public Affairs & Administration, has been awarded the 2018 Leslie A. Whittington Excellence in Teaching Award. The award recognizes faculty members at NASPAA institutions who make outstanding contributions to public service education through excellence in teaching over a sustained period of time. Ho will be awarded $500 at the 2018 NASPAA Annual Conference in Atlanta, Ga., in October.

Rachel Krause, associate professor in the School of Public Affairs & Administration, won the 2018 Emerging Scholar Award from the Science, Technology & Environmental Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. The Award recognizes a researcher within ten years of their Ph.D. degree who is making notable contributions to the field of science, technology, and environmental politics.

Susan Marshall, lecturer in the Department of Psychology, received The Bob & Kathie Taylor Excellence in Teaching Award. The award is the first university teaching award that recognizes nontenure track faculty.

Steven Maynard-Moody, professor in the School of Public Affairs & Administration, has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the NASPAA Duncombe Excellence in Doctoral Education Award. Maynard will be awarded $1,000 at the 2018 NASPAA Annual Conference in Atlanta, Ga., in October. NASPAA is the accrediting organization for the public administration and public policy sections of SPAA.

Mark Mort, associate professor in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, received the Ned N. Fleming Trust Award. This award, established in 1990, recognizes outstanding teaching. Faculty members who have not previously received a Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award are eligible for nomination.

Nicole Hodges Persley, associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion in the College, directed the production of “Ain’t No Such Thing as Midnight Black” at Kansas City’s Melting Pot Theatre from May 25 to June 9.

Jorge Soberón, University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, has earned a “Distinguished Mexicans” award from the Consulate of Mexico in Kansas City. He is one of 31 recipients from 16 countries who will be honored.