Faculty Excellence

February 2024

Photo of Brenda BoudreauDr. Brenda Boudreau has two new publications in 2024:

“On the Road to “Happy Abortions”: Reclaiming Sexual Agency for Young Women Through the Abortion Narrative.” Accepted for publication in Teens Onscreen.  Edited by Tim  Shary.

Abortion in Global Popular Culture: The Decision Heard Round the World. Co-edited with Kelli Maloy. Contract with Lexington Books. Publication anticipated for Fall 2024.

 

 

McKendree University has again won the Greater St. Louis stock contest organized by Scout Investments, and received an award of $5,000. Students of undergraduate Investment class of 2021 chose a portfolio of twenty stocks to hypothetically invest a total of $1,000,000.

A stock portfolio chosen by a McKendree University investment class in 2016 outperformed those of four other local institutions to take the $10,000 top prize in the St. Louis Area Stock Contest. Guided by Dr. M. Faisal Safa, Associate Professor of Finance, each student selected two competing stocks from the same industry and conducted a detailed financial and market risk-return analysis over two months. In November 2021, McKendree University submitted the list of stocks, and the investment was held for two years.

At the contest’s conclusion in December 2023, the McKendree University portfolio had grown to $1,083,853. The participating students were Ratik Khanna, Jacob Gall, Logan Boente, Kyle Steve, Tyler Christy, Trevor Wolf, Elliott Prott, Ethan Larson, Charles Fraser-Allen, Noah Fishel, Kenzie Meadows, Samuel Mueth, Nikita Sokov, Garrett Herring, Robert Tedesco, Samuel Steimel.

 

Psychology student Peyton Osgood (23) and faculty member Dr. Guy Boysen have published a new study about how the test formats can affect students’ ability to self-assess their learning. Testing students to help them learn is a standard, evidence-based practice in education. However, Osgood and Boysen showed that students think they know more after taking a multiple-choice test compared to when they take an open-ended test. Multiple-choice tests seem to cause overconfidence in learning because they are relatively easy – students only need to recognize the correct answers rather than produce them from memory.     The article “Test Format, Learning Confidence, and Perceptions of Teaching Effectiveness,” in press at Teaching of Psychology, is currently available online  (https://doi.org/10.1177/00986283231226187). Teaching of Psychology is the official journal of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, which is a division of the American Psychological Association. The article represents Osgood and Boysen’s fifth journal publication together.

Peyton Osgood was also a MITACS-Fulbright Scholar in 2022 and received the Technos International Prize from McKendree University in 2023.  

 

Dr. Mike LouisonDr. Mike Louison presented the results of a research project on microplastic

 pollution, entitled "Differential foraging response to multiple microplastic types by bluegill Lepomis macrochirus" at the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology's annual conference in Seattle, WA. This research was done in collaboration with the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates program, with the students selected separately to work with Dr. Louison at the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center in East Alton, IL.

 

January 2024

The School of Business hosted the FBLA Southwestern Area Conference on January 11.  Approximately 287 students were in attendance from area high schools.  

 

Dr. Angie LaMora

The Illinois Board of Higher Education awarded the Division of Nursing $150,000 for the FY24 Nursing School Grant. The grant funds will be used to provide tuition assistance to twenty new RN to BSN students from Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network members (ICAHN) and Southern Illinois Public Health Consortium (SIPHC) members. Each student will be awarded $7500 towards their tuition. The purpose of the Nursing School Grant Program is to increase the number of registered nurses graduating from Illinois institutions of higher learning. The Division of Nursing focused on individuals who live and work in rural areas in Illinois and providing those individuals with access to higher education.

 

Dr. Angie LaMora

Dr. Angela LaMora received a publishing contract with Cognella for her

 book Thinking Your Way thru A&P. The book showcases Dr. LaMora’s critical thinking riddles with an instructor guide containing the learning objectives and information scaffolding needed to help students solve each question. The book should be published by 2025.

 

 

Dr. Martha Patterson

Dr. Martha Patterson, professor of English, has been offered an advanced contract with Princeton University Press for The New Negro:  A History, 1887-1933.  Dr. Patterson will be the lead co-editor with Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. for a groundbreaking anthology of period essays tracing the evolution of arguably the most important anti-racist figure in African American history.

Dr. Patterson has also been offered a contract for The Harlem Renaissance Weekly: Reading the New Negro in Jazz Age Black Newspapers with Cambridge University Press.  Her book traces the figure of the New Negro in popular African American fiction published in Black newspapers during the 1920s. Dr. Patterson shows that it was not Alain Locke’s implicitly male New Negro who defined the Harlem Renaissance Weekly, but rather the New Negro Woman, who, almost invariably in the context of a heteronormative love plot, propelled narratives, spurred sales, and defined a distinctly modern Black socio-political consciousness.

Both books should be published in 2025.

 

Dr. Darryn Diuguid, professor of education, recently completed two presentations at the NCTE National Conference in Columbus, Ohio. For the roundtable presentation, Creating Pathways by Using Pronouns: Exploring 

Dr. Diuguid's Conference Namebadge

Children’s Books about Pronoun Usage and How Teachers Incorporate the Topic, Dr. Diuguid surveyed educators to see how they incorporated pronouns in the general education classroom, and he shared the results with colleagues. Additionally, the participants explored children’s books as tools to start conversation around the topic. For his second presentation, Classroom Idea Exchange: Critical Analysis of a Library Resource Center, Dr. Diuguid shared one of his project-based assignments which has students analyzing young adult library spaces in terms of representation, accessibility, and appearance. In addition, Dr. Diuguid reviewed conference proposal for this national conference.

 

 

Dr. Tami Eggleston, Provost, completed her recertification as a Certified Mental Performance Consultant through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.

  Certificate of Completion for the Certified Mental Performance Consultant

 

 

December 2023

Profile Picture for Brian FrederkingBrian Frederking's 2023 book Renegotiating the Liberal Order: Evidence from the UN Security Council received an excellent review from Perspectives on Politics, the official publication of the American Political Science Association that reviews new books in the discipline. The review, which included a second book, concludes: "These are books for our time. Both represent the types of thinking needed for renegotiating the liberal order. Tatum’s historical overview deepens our vision of liberalism, its troubling drift into paternalism and arrogance, and its future possibilities. Frederking’s rigorous data-making effort produces concrete, social-scientific understandings of how liberal institutions have worked in the past. Both theoretical vision and systematic evidence will prove essential in addressing the shortcomings of the current liberal international order."

 

 

Angela Gilbreth, Assistant Professor of Nursing, recently shared herDr. Angie Gilbreth research through a poster presentation at Memorial Hospital's 2023 Research Symposium. This one day event offered the opportunity to engage with fellow healthcare professionals regarding evidence-based practice initiatives to guide the advancement of healthcare. Angela presented her poster on Incivility, the Impact, and the Ability to Overcome. Her research supports the use of technology to engage healthcare professionals with organizational initiatives to enhance patient outcomes and a conducive working environment.

 

Dr. Elmsallati and Robotics MemberMcKendree's Robotic Club led by Dr. Ahed Elmsallati offers students the opportunity to master various sensors and explore different operating systems and interfaces. The club provides a dynamic environment to broaden your knowledge and practical experience. Students not only gain valuable insights into cutting-edge technologies but also develop problem-solving skills and creativity essential in today's rapidly evolving tech landscape.

 

 

McKendree University's cybersecurity MBA program is ranked #19 in Cybersecurity Guide’s 2024 rankings. Please see the rankings below: https://cybersecurityguide.org/programs/cybersecurity-mba/

 

 

November 2023

Profile Picture for Brian Frederking

Dr. Brian Frederking will have a chapter in a forthcoming book titled "Short Games and Active Learning in Political Science: Beating the Clock" published by Taylor and Francis. The book includes dozens of simulations and games that professors can use in one class period. The chapter is titled "Campus Speech Code Committees," and it describes a simulation about a variety of free speech issues.

In addition to his forthcoming book chapter, Dr. Frederking, along with several McKendree students, hosted McKendree's fall Model United Nations conference on November 13-14. Sixteen high schools and nearly 400 students attended the conference. This was the 52nd annual fall conference. McKendree has the sixth longest running Model United Nations conference in the country. 

Participating schools included Althoff, Belleville East, Belleville West, Chirstian Brothers College, Freeburg, Gibault, Highland, Lebanon, Litchfield, Mascoutah, O'Fallon, Okawville, Pana, Springfield, Triad, and Valmeyer.

 

Dr. EgglestonDr. Tami Eggleston was on the Keynote speaker panel at the annual Society for College and University Planning Conference in St. Louis Missouri. Their presentation was entitled, "Independent but interrelated: A panel discussion with three institutions."

 

 

 

Dr. Eric Abrams took students from his Economics of Pizza and Other Victuals class to Peel Pizza in O'Fallon, IL, where they heard from co-owner Patrick Thirion. Delicious pizza was enjoyed by all.

Pizza

 

Dr. DiuguidDr. Darryn Diuguid and colleagues Tadayuki Suzuki and Barbara Ward, published the journal article “Taking a Closer Look at the American Library Association’s 2022 Rainbow Book List” in Multicultural Education.   The researchers reviewed 16 picture books and then suggested ways for academics to be “innovative educators” when working with and talking about the LGBTQIA + population.  Specifics included queering your space, analyzing your book collection, using new digital tools to diversify your library, and adding book talks to your teaching repertoire.  The group then analyzed missing identities in the latest Rainbow Book List and made suggestions to publishers, authors, and educators. 

 

 

Red Reckoning Book Cover

Dr. Ann Collins contributed a chapter to a new edited book, Red Reckoning: The Cold War and the Transformation of American Life. The chapter focuses on race relations during the Cold War, specifically the hypocricy of the United States in promoting democracy across the world as it denied equal political and economic rights to some of its own citizens.

 

 

 

Educators at Focus on Teaching and Technology Conference

Two faculty presented at the 22nd Annual Focus on Teaching and Technology Conference at UMSL. Dr. Shelly Lemons presented #certifiablycurious: Using Pop-Ups to Engage Creativity and Curiosity. In the session, the audience learned how Pop-Up Exhibits from the world of public history can be applied to classroom, the campus, and beyond for building community and a sense of belonging. Pop-Ups are relevant, educational, and fun while also being simple, engaging, and easy to implement.

Focus on Teaching and Technology Conference panel discussion

Dr. Sara Frank joined a panel of award-winning faculty from FTTC sponsoring institutions who offered insights and practical examples to illustrate ways to hold students' attention and focus on learning.

 

 

October 2023

Dr. Richelle Rennegarbe, DNP Program Director and Professor of NursingDr. Richelle Rennegarbe and Dr. Jennifer Harre, Chief Nursing Officer/Vice President Patient Services at Southern Illinois Healthcare (SIH) presented “Achieving System Strategic Goals Through Agile Learned Experiences” at the 2023 Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders 2023 Annual Conference in Naperville, IL. The presentation focused on the academic-practice partnership used agile learning experiences for an innovative and unique opportunity to support the partnering healthcare system in meeting their strategic goals.

 

 

Dr. Allie Helfrich was selected to speak on the Social Media Learning Strategies panel at the Marketing Management Conference in Orlando, Florida.

 Dr. Helfrich and Presenters

 

Dr. Angela GilbrethAngela Gilbreth DNP, RN, CLS, EBP-C attended the Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders (IONL) annual conference. Angela is an IONL director for regions 4/5. During the conference she presented her research on Incivility, the Impact, and the Ability to Overcome through a poster presentation. Excellent conversation occurred through the presentation to advance healthcare through the use of technology.

 

 

Dr. Tim Ros attended the AAACE Conference in Lexington and participated in a panel discussion hosted by the Commission on Workforce and Professional Development on AI. The panel session was titled “Revolutionizing Adult and Workforce Education: Harnessing the Power of AI.”

Dr. Tim Ros and Presenters

 

September 2023

Dr. Guy Boysen will be serving as the Editor for a special issue of the Journal Teaching of Psychology focusing on the impact of AI for the field. A description of the special issue and the journal can be found here: https://teachpsych.org/resources/Documents/top/ToP%20AI%20Special%20issue%20Call.docx.pdf

 

McKendree psychology students published research on the instruction of exceptional students. Peyton Osgood (Psychology, 23) Marissa Barauskas (Biopsychology, 24),) were coauthors with Dr. Guy Boysen on the paper entitled “Methods of Engaging With Psychology’s Best Students: A Survey of Teachers at 4-year Colleges and Universities,” which will be published in the Americ

Peyton Osgood and Marissa Barauskas

an Psychological Association’s journal Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology. The students completed the research as part of a Psychology Research Practicum course with Dr. Boysen. In previous research, Dr. Boysen had explored how teachers handle difficult students in the classroom. As a follow-up, this research examined how teachers engage with their best students. For the study, psychology faculty from 4-year colleges and universities completed a survey about their best students, those students who they find most rewarding and enjoyable to work with. Teachers described their best students as being engaged and motivated, as possessing strong intellectual abilities, and as having positive personality traits. The most common methods teachers used to engage their best students were providing research opportunities, personal contact, and enriching classroom activities. However, the teachers also reported that they had less time than they would like to spend engaging their best students because of the high demands placed on them by other students.

 

Photo of Tami Eggleston, Ph.D.

Dr. Tami Eggleston was an invited speaker for a consortium of community colleges sharing best practices in the assessment of student learning outcomes. Tami Eggleston was involved with a variety of Higher Learning Commission (HLC) activities this summer including being a team Chair for a university on their open pathway year four review, participating on a Review Panels for Quality Initiative Proposals for colleges, and being on Federal Compliance Panel.

 

 

August 2023

Dr. SafaGreater St. Louis Stock Contest is focused on student participation in stock choice for investment. Students analyze and choose 20 stocks and the organizer puts a virtual $1 million (equally distributed) on these 20 stocks and observes the investment for two years. This particular contest Started May 2021 and ended April 2023.

 

Students of Dr. Safa’s ‘Investment’ class at both undergraduate and graduate level and ‘Financial Market and Institutions’ class participated in this contest. Students in these classes carry out a project where they choose two stocks for a complete analysis, including financial analysis, market trend analysis, Industry analysis, risk-return analysis, and current investment news analysis. At the end of the project, each student suggests one of the two stocks to invest in. These stocks are further reviewed by all students in the class with the guidance of the professor. The selected 20 stocks were selected: Tesla, Inc., Alibaba Group Holding Limited, Microsoft Corporation, Apple Inc., Alphabet Inc., Amazon.com, Inc., Meta Platforms, Inc., The Walt Disney Company, AT&T Inc., Twitter, Inc., NIO Inc., General Electric Company, Bank of America Corporation, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Pfizer Inc., General Motors Company, Verizon Communications Inc., Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Mastercard Incorporated, Walmart Inc.

 

The investment of $1 million resulted in $794,369 at the end of April 2023.

 

McKendree also won this contest in 2019, 2012, and 2010.

 

Dr. Nichole DewallDr. Nichole DeWall

McKendree University Professor of English Dr. Nichole DeWall recently assumed the role of contributing editor at one of the largest international publications of teaching and learning in higher education, The Teaching Professor. In this capacity, she will write a monthly feature that will reach more than 10,000 educators at universities and colleges worldwide. Her first essay, “Too Exhausted to Take Students to An Event? Do It Anyway,” appeared in the August 2023 edition of the journal.

 

Founded in 1987 by pioneer of the scholarship of teaching and learning Maryellen Weimer, The Teaching Professor is a source of cutting-edge information and inspiration for more than 10,000 educators at universities and colleges worldwide. DeWall joins world-renowned experts Stephen L. Chew, Regan A. R. Gurung, Paul Hanstedt, and Mays Imad.

 

 

July 2023

Dr. Richelle RennergarbeDr. Richelle Rennegarbe, Professor of Nursing was chosen to complete exam development and item writing for the Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) Examination through the Institute for Healthcare Improvement & PSI Services. Dr. Rennegarbe successfully gained the CPPS in June 2021.

 

 

 

 

June 2023

Dr. Jenny MuellerDr. Jenny Mueller published "Lisel Mueller, 27240 N. Longwood Dr.," in New Territory magazine as part of its Literary Landscapes web series. To read Dr. Mueller's work please visit this link: https://newterritorymag.com/literary-landscapes/    

 

Dr. Mueller also had the following poems accepted for publication: "Antler" and "To close the book" will be published in 2023 by Poetry Salzburg Review (University of Salzburg, Austria) and the long poem "From 'The Large Glass'" will be published in 2023 by Allium: A Journal of Poetry and Prose (Columbia College-Chicago).

 

Over Memorial Day weekend, Breanna SampoDr. Hahn, Breanna Sampo, and Charlee Taylor (Psychology, ‘23) and Charlee Taylor (Psychology, ‘23) accompanied Dr. Michael Hahn to the 2023 Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention in Washington, D.C. Breanna and Charlee presented a poster entitled, “The Effects of Yoga on Mental Health Outcomes” during a Friday’s poster session. The project was originally a research proposal submitted by Breanna for an assignment in Dr. Hahn’s Research Methods course. The three worked collaboratively over the course of the 2022-2023 academic year to prepare the IRB materials, collect and analyze data from an international sample, and create the poster. While Breanna and Charlee graduated this past spring, they still plan to work with Dr. Hahn this summer to submit a manuscript of their research to a peer-reviewed journal. 

 

Dr. Shelly Lemons, History, presented at the Agricultural History Conference in Knoxville, TN, June 8-10, 2023.  Her presentation, "Sew What? Fashioning Self-Identity ThroughPresenters with Dr. Lemons Home Demonstration and 4H Club Wardrobe Planning in 1930s Cimarron County, Oklahoma" was part of a panel--"Creating It Ourselves"--that included Dr. Jenny Barker-Devine, Illinois College, and Dr. Steve Kite, University of Arkansas-Fort Smith.

Dr. Lemons explored the ways in which Great Depression-era rural women used their domestic spaces as laboratories for female leadership and self-expression.  The research examined ways in which wardrobe programs in Home Demonstration (HDC) and 4-H Clubs functioned not only as a means to secure material necessities but also to showcase personal style and expressions of self-identity.  Lemons explained, "At first, I was trying to figure out if these women were trying to emulate middle class, urban style. But what I found was that they often sewed whatever patterns they were given. Did they look like the middle class? Maybe. But so what? The pride they expressed in their own textile work and products was much more meaningful to them. I guess that makes the title a bit of an inside joke!"

Visual of Fashion in the 1930sAs shown in HDC report narratives and photographs, women and girls expressed their personality and identity through clothing; honed their sewing skills to create outfits and dresses, often from repurposed materials; and coached one another in methods of textile construction as well as in beauty and physical appearance. Through their work in HDCs and 4-H, rural Oklahoma women made dresses considered both flattering and practical. Modeling their finished textiles, they shared their creations with one another at club meetings, through local wardrobe reviews, and in state fair competitions. For women in Cimarron County during the 1930s, wardrobe demonstration programs were also set against a backdrop of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. Using government programs promoted by Department of Agriculture Extension Services, Oklahoma Panhandle women used wardrobe demonstrations to shape their own lives and fashion their own self-identity. 

Fun fact: while putting the finishing touches on her visual slides, Lemons discovered that a pair of her favorite thriftedVintage Shoes shoes were featured in advertisements for 1930s attire. "As soon as I saw that, I knew what shoes I had to wear for my presentation," commented Lemons. Paired with a vintage 1930s street dress, she literally modeled her research subject at the conference.  "People noticed. It was fun to be able to share that side story with the audience, too." 

What's next? Lemons hinted at bigger plans, saying, "This piece is part of a larger idea for a book project that Dr. Kite and I are developing. We are really excited to see where this work takes us!"