Faculty and Student Research
Engaging in research activities with faculty is a remarkable way to learn outside of the classroom. Take a look at a few highlights from our many outstanding faculty and student research projects, read the 2013 Faculty Scholarly & Creative Activities Report, or visit the Faculty Directory to learn even more. At McKendree University our faculty are the R-E-A-L deal.
At McKendree University many of our students and faculty are committed to service and participating actively in society. Dr. Ann Collins teaches American Politics and regularly states that she "has the best job on campus." Dr. Collins encourages students to become informed citizens and vote. She also organizes trips to the state capital for students to see government in action.
Dr. Lynn Huxford started the Center for Public Service and has had an impact on thousands of students and surrounding communities organizing service experiences. Courtney Motl, a McKendree University campus leader in community service and academics, has been chosen a 2012 Newman Civic Fellow. The award recognizes 162 inspiring college students from 32 states who are working to find solutions for the challenges facing their communities. Motl co-coordinates the university’s service program at the Family Living Center, a transitional housing shelter in East St. Louis for homeless women and children. “Courtney is successfully blending academics and co-curricular activities into a well-rounded educational experience,” said Dr. James Dennis, McKendree University president. “She has the intellect, motivation, leadership skills and commitment to be successful – indeed, she is already a proven leader."
Dr. Jean Sampson believes in truly engaging her students. In addition to learning about business in the classroom, she also encourages students to get involved outside of the classroom. Recently four McKendree students conducted research on illegal trafficking on fishing boats and won the Student Ethics Competition hosted by the International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).
Austin Vuichard, Erika Schutzenhofer, Jessica Muckensturm, and Danni Warren found an ethical issue and explained it from a legal, financial, marketing, management and economic point of view. They conducted their research online and via e-mail and created a brochure. The students also created a Facebook page to share their research with the world.
Dr. Martha Patterson spent the first decade of her career writing about the New Woman. In 2005, she published Beyond the Gibson Girl: Reimagining the American New Woman, 1895-1915 with the University of Illinois Press, and in 2008 she published The American New Woman Revisited: A Reader, 1894-1930 with Rutgers University Press.
Patterson is currently working on a book project called The Harlem Renaissance Weekly about major Harlem Renaissance writers who wrote in Black newspapers during the 1920s and 1930s. When relevant, Patterson incorporates her scholarship into her teaching, and she has hired students through McKendree's work study program to help research and proofread her work for publication.
Dr. Brian Frederking epitomizes academic excellence. He involves students with his research and is a
prolific publisher. Below are summaries of his two recent books:
The Politics of Global Governance: International Organizations in an Interdependent World, 2010, 4th edition, co-edited with Paul Diehl, Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publications.
The United States and the Security Council: Collective Security since the Cold War, 2007, London: Routledge.
At McKendree University we are proud of the fact that over 97% of our students pursue graduate school or obtain careers in their fields. We value lifelong learning and encourage faculty, staff, and students to keep exploring new knowledge. Faculty attend and present at regional and national conferences. Recently Dr. Tami Eggleston was accepted into the American Psychological Association's Leadership Institute for Women. Dr. Eggleston will learn about leadership theories and skills and bring this information back to the McKendree University campus and share with students enrolled in our newly developed Leadership Studies Minor. This minor is a joint endeavor with Academic Affairs and Student Affairs and will afford students the opportunity to learn about leadership research and apply this knowledge in McKendree University organizations.
Dr. Richelle Rennegarbe is assisting other nurses with their lifelong learning. She published Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (3rded.) in October 2011. The continuing education course is published by NetCE Continuing Education and offers five contact hours for registered nurses. The purpose of the course is to provide nurses with the healthcare information to provide appropriate care, guidance, and support for patient who are living with the chronic disease of systemic lupus erythematosus and includes evidence-based practice recommendations.