Faculty and Staff News

Monday, October 8, 2012 1:30:00 AM

The faculty and staff at Cardinal Stritch University bring enthusiasm, professionalism, and a wealth of knowledge to their work. The faculty serves students in four colleges: College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Management, College of Education and Leadership, and the Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing.

Below are recent accomplishments.

College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Asuncion Miteria Austria, chair and director of clinical training in the graduate program in Clinical Psychology, was honored by having a Distinguished Mentoring Award initiated and sponsored by American Psychological Association (APA) Division 45, The Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues, created in honor of her and John Robinson for their distinguished contributions to the governance of the APA and their outstanding mentoring of ethnic minority psychologists into governance roles. Candidates for the Asuncion Miteria Austria and John Robinson Distinguished Mentoring Award should demonstrate significant achievements and participation in the governance of the APA on a national level, as well as the mentoring of ethnic minority psychologists to assume roles in governance. Solicitations have begun for nominations for the award which will be presented at the 2012 annual convention of the APA. Additionally, she co-authored with Dr. A. Marie M. Austria, “At Sa Wakas! (Finally!) A Handbook about, and for, Kababayans (fellow Filipino Americans),” an invited review of the book, “Filipino American Psychology: A Handbook of Theory, Research, and Clinical Practice” by Dr. Kevin Nadal. The review will appear in PsycCRITIQUES, a full-text database of book and film reviews formally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books.

Austria also organized and will chair a symposium on “Women and Spirituality: Foundations of Enduring Strength and Resilience” at the 2012 American Psychological Association (APA) Convention in Orlando in August. She serves as chair of the Task Force on Religion and Spirituality in the lives of Women of the APA Society for the Psychology of Women. The symposium will include presentations on the spirituality and religions of Native American, African American, Asian American and Latina women. Melba J.T. Vasquez, APA immediate past president, will be one of the discussants.

Dr. Angela Barian, assistant professor of sociology, has published a review of the book “Front Page Economics” by Gerald D. Suttles in the March 2012 (vol. 117, no. 5) edition of the American Journal of Sociology.

Dr. Mary Duarte, assistant professor and chair of the Department of History and Political Science, presented “American Pirates off France and the British Isles” at the Missouri Valley History Conference on March 1 in Omaha, Neb.

Dr. Sarah Foust Vinson, assistant professor of English, presented, “‘Writing on The Wire:’ Connecting Research Writing with the Television of Dissent,” at the 48th Annual Allerton English Articulation Conference on April 14 in Monticello, Ill.

Abby Gambrel, assistant professor of English, was a featured poet at Foxglove Gallery in Milwaukee on March 14. She read 10 of her poems including, ”At Louise,” “Cloud Forest,” and “Latest City.“ The reading was part of the Cloudburst Series, which presents local and visiting writers sharing their original works.

Dr. Carole Hetzel, assistant professor of Psychology, had her article, “Exploring the Relationship Between Public Opinion and Personal Attitudes and Behavior Toward Lesbians and Gay Men: Social Conformity Revisited,” published in the Journal of Homosexuality, vol. 58 (10). She also presented a paper, "Exploring the Relationship between Public Opinion and Personal Attitudes and Behavior toward Lesbians and Gay Men: Social Conformity Theory Revisited," at the 75th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Sociological Society in Minneapolis on March 31. Additionally, she and Dr. Keith Mann, associate professor and chair of the Sociology Department, presented, "Passing through the Looking Glass: The Social-Psychological Dynamics of Transgender Passing" at the Gender Matters conference at Governor's State University on April 13 in Matteson, Ill. Mann also presented a paper, "Recent Social Movements and Contemporary Social Movement Literature," at the 75th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Sociological Society in Minneapolis on March 31. 

Dr. Eun-Joo Kwak, associate professor of piano, was the judge for the Honors Festival Auditions of the Madison Area Piano Teachers Association on Jan. 28. She also adjudicated the annual Concerto & Aria Competition at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Dec. 15, 2011. Additionally, she presented a solo recital at the Windhover Center for the Arts on Oct. 27, 2011, in Fond du Lac, Wis. She also was the featured soloist with the Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra (MSO) on March 31 at the Capitol Civic Centre in Manitowoc, Wis. She performed Gershwin Piano Concerto in F with maestro Wayne Wildman conducting the MSO.

Louis Loeffler, department chair and assistant professor of instructional technology, will be the keynote presenter as well as a session presenter at the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College 2012 Tech Expo on May 24 in Rice Lake, Wis.

Shana McCaw, adjunct assistant professor in the Visual Art Department, has been asked to join the advisory board for MKE-LAX, a cultural exchange initiative for visual artists in Milwaukee and Los Angeles. Also, she and her husband and collaborator Brent Budsberg, received a Research + Development grant from SPACES in Cleveland, Ohio. The award includes an exhibition that will open in August. SPACES is a nonprofit exhibition venue and public forum for artists who explore and experiment.

Dr. Nighat P. Kokan, associate professor in the Natural Sciences Department, presented the poster “Genomic Education Partnership (GEP): Comparative Analysis of the Drosophila Dot Chromosome by Undergraduate Students” at the 53rd Annual Drosophila Research Conference on March 7-11 in Chicago. This is her fourth year of implementation of a national project that provides opportunities for undergraduate students to take part in collaborative genomics research. Cardinal Stritch University is the first Institution in Wisconsin and among a growing consortium of Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUI) across the United States taking part in a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) funded national genomics research program.


College of Business and Management

Corinne Kaplan, J.D., assistant professor in the Sport Management Department, presented “Domestic Violence, Safety Plans, Legal Representation, and Hope for the Future” at the 21st Annual Lantern Vigil: Domestic Violence Affects All Walks of Life – the Legal System and Positive Change, sponsored by Enlightened Survivors of Domestic Violence, in Sheboygan on Oct. 12.

Dr. Gary Keller, associate professor in the College of Business and Management authored a paper, “Comparing the affects of management practices on organizational performance between for-profit and not-for-profit corporations in southeast Wisconsin,” published in the Journal of Management Policy and Practice, 12(5), 86-95 and also posted on the World Management Survey website. The article can be found here. He was also acknowledged for technical and editing support by John D. Theodore in “Culture and the Development of Management: An International Example,” produced by Lyseis Public Policy Publishing, 2012. He also published “Defining and Describing Optimal Management Practices and their Effects on Agency Performance of Not-for-Profit Organizations in Southeast Wisconsin” in International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, 11(2),31-44. The journal is a peer reviewed publication listed in Cabell’s, Ulrich’s and ProQuest. More information can be found here.

Elizabeth E. Regimbal, assistant professor in the College of Business and Management, has been selected to serve on the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Review Board for the Annual Review Publication 2011-12. The first article reviewed is “Managing Costs & Increasing Productivity with Free Digital Media Applications” which was submitted to the 2011 ACBSP Annual Edition: Managing Business Education in the New Fiscal Reality. Additionally, she has been selected to serve on the 2011-12 Joint Conference of the Academic Business World International Conference and the International Conference on Learning and Administration in Higher Education. She was also selected to serve as a research reviewer for the 2012 North American Management Society Conference to be held March 28-30, 2012. The panel will examine “Best Practices for Course and Student Assessment Ratings in an Online Environment,” with the purpose of assisting practitioners in online educational environments with a comprehensive method of evaluating online courses to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of course delivery. She has has also been selected to serve as a research reviewer for the 2012-13 Journal of North American Management Society. One of the articles for review is “Building Learning Communities Utilizing Team-Based Learning in an On-line Environment." Additionally, she has been asked to serve on the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs board of reviewers for 2012-13.

Walt Wochos, faculty member in the College of Business and Management made a presentation to the Preparing Future Faculty organization at Marquette University in March. The topic focused on the application of Bloom's Taxonomy in the adult learning classroom. Emphasis centered on having the adult learner elevate all course assignments to the levels of Application and Analysis and included action steps faculty members can utilize to meet this objective. 

College of Education and Leadership

Dr. Kirstin Anglea, assistant professor of teacher education and chair of the Master of Arts in Teaching program in the College of Education and Leadership, presented a workshop, "Rediscovering Purpose: The Power of Reflective Inquiry as Professional Development," as was part of the 2012 ASCD Annual Conference in Philadelphia on March 24.

Dr. Mette Baran, Dr. Janice Jones, and Dr. Kristine Kiefer Hipp, faculty members in the Doctoral Leadership Studies Program, presented “The Importance of Teaching Graduate Students both Quantitative and Qualitative Methodologies” at the 2012 American Institute of Higher Education Conference on March 8 in Williamsburg, Va. Additionally, Baran presented, “The Impact of Cultural Values, Country Characteristics, and Educational Reform on Teacher Stress Levels in Norway,” at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting on April 13 in Vancouver. Baran and Kiefer Hipp presented their white papers on high school needs in Milwaukee Public Schools and in Italy, respectively, to the International School Leadership Development Network consisting of a think tank of invited international school leadership researchers collaborating on school leadership research across the globe. Additionally, Baran presented her report to the School Turnaround and Reform Special Interest Group in her role as membership director for the group.

Dr. Jennifer Fontanini, Linda Carpenter and Dr. Linda Neiman, professors in the Master of Arts in Teaching program in the College of Education and Leadership, presented two sessions, “Building Relationships” and “A Mosaic of Professional Experiences,” at the National Association of Alternative Certification Conference on March 1-3 in Washington, D.C. The professors also presented a workshop to middle school teachers on March 27 in West Salem, Wis. The workshop, “Effective Teaching in the Block,” was designed to help middle school teachers transition from teaching in 45-minute segments to teaching in 85-minute blocks. They will continue their work with the West Salem school district this spring, summer and through implementation next school year.

Additionally, Neiman and Carpenter, provided and distributed free books to students at Veritas High School in Milwaukee as a part of World Book Night on April 23. They were joined by Joe Paltzer, teacher, and Sherry Lehman-Tolkan, principal, who are both Stritch alums. World Book Night is an annual celebration designed to spread a love of reading and books. Thousands of volunteers go out into their communities to spread the joy and love of reading by giving out free World Book Night paperbacks.

Dr. Tony Frontier, assistant professor in the Doctoral Leadership Studies Department and director of Teacher Education, was appointed to the Wisconsin Education Research Advisory Council. The council will identify research projects for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for the next three to five years, foster collaboration among education stakeholders involved in research, serve an advisory role to the Department of Public Instruction, and support broad dissemination of research results that can be acted on in classrooms to improve student learning. Additionally, he attended the Leadership Institute for Legislative Advocacy in Washington D.C. on Jan. 22-24 with a delegation of state leaders of affiliates of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. The delegation met with senators and representatives to advocate for adequate funding, flexibility, and utilization of research-based practices to meet the needs of children in the pending re-authorization of federal education policy.presented a two-day pre-conference institute, “Effective Supervision: Supporting the Art and Science of Teaching,” in Philadelphia on March 22-23 ahead of the 2012 ASCD Annual Conference.

Dr. Peter Jonas, professor and chair of the Doctoral Leadership Studies Department, gave the keynote speech “Technology, Innovation, and Humor” to Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac on Jan. 17, and in Beaver Dam and West Bend on Jan. 18. He will present “What is the Achievement Gap and What Can be Done About It?” for professional development at Non Public Educational Services, Inc., (NESI) in Milwaukee on Feb. 10. Additionally, his paper “Successfully Teaching with Humorous Videos: Videagogy©” was published in New Horizons for Learning, X (1), Johns Hopkins University, School of Education. The article can be found here .

Leah M. Romaine, assistant professor and co-chair of the Department of Language and Literacy, presented at the Literacy Research Association's national conference on Nov. 30 in Jacksonville, Fla. In response to the conference theme, "Widening the Circle for Literacy Research and Practice: Expanding Access, Knowledge and Participation," her roundtable paper, "Transforming Knowledge and Practice: Teacher Educators Engaged in Collaborative Self-Study to Understand Linguistic Diversity" addressed efforts to embed linguistically responsive pedagogy into mainstream teacher preparation courses. Additionally, she presented "Talk It Out! Building Oral Language Skills to Support Literacy Development in the Intermediate Grades" at the Wisconsin State Reading Association's annual convention in Milwaukee on Feb. 2. Her presentation provided convention participants with an introduction to the five parameters of oral language, highlighted their presence throughout the Common Core State Standards, and provided instructional recommendations to support language development in the intermediate grades. 

Dr. Anna Varley , assistant professor in Language and Literacy, presented “Invigorating Writing Instruction through Teacher Preparation” at the 63rd Annual Convention of the Conference on College Composition and Communicationon March 23 in St. Louis, Mo. The session titled, “’. . . Because Writing Acts as a Gatekeeper’: Leveraging the Common Core State Standards to Invigorate Writing Instruction in K–12 Settings" included her presentation as well as presentations by Kristen Dembroski and Heather Pauly, who are Language and Literacy doctoral students at Stritch.

Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing

Don Miller, M.S.N., R.N., assistant professor in the Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing, had an editorial, “Faculty Mentoring:  Priceless…” accepted for publication in the September-October 2012 issue of the Journal of Professional Nursing.

Kim Paxton, assistant professor in the Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing and doctoral student at the University of Minnesota, will present a poster presentation, "Nursing, A Population at Risk: Effects of a Wellness Intervention Targeting Physical Activity" at the University of Minnesota's Nursing Research Day, "Transforming Health through Community Engaged Research and Practice," on April 27.

Lori Stutte, M.S.N., R.N., assistant professor and ADN program chair, and April Folgert, M.S.N., R.N., assistant professor and BSN-C program chair, both in the Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing, were inducted into the Tau Sigma Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International on April 13. The induction was held at the Columbia College of Nursing in Milwaukee. The Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing has applied for faculty-at-large status with Columbia College of Nursing. Sigma Theta Tau International is the Honor Society of Nursing. Its mission is to support the learning, knowledge and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide. Membership is by invitation to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship and to nurse leaders exhibiting exceptional achievements in nursing.


University Staff

Dr. Peter Holbrook, dean of the College of Business and Management, and Sister Adele Thibaudeau, OSF, director of the Center for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation, had pieces published in the January 2012 issue of the AFCU Journal: A Franciscan Perspective on Higher Education, which is published annually by the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities. Holbrook wrote the article “The Leadership Story of St. Francis of Assisi: Toward a Model of Franciscan Leadership for Lay Leaders.” It summarizes a qualitative, historical research dissertation that examined the nature of Franciscan leadership, culminating in a model that conceptualizes a value-aligned, purpose-driven leadership philosophy. Thibaudeau’s poem, “Wonder,” recounts the amazing biological result of the August 2010 summer rain that caused so much water damage with eight inches of rain in an hour and a half.

Holbrook and Sean T. Lansing, director of Youth Leadership Development and Tomorrow's Present in the Leadership Center, led a Student Leadership Conference for more than 90 students at the Neumann Institute for Franciscan Studies at Neumann University on Jan. 9 in Aston, Pa. The day-long conference focused on practicing Franciscan leadership and introduced Holbrook's model of Franciscan leadership.

Lansing also led two workshops at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, an annual event for religious educators hosted by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. On March 24, he led “An Invitation to Love: Creating Service Opportunities that Work” which explored practical strategies to create service opportunities to engage adolescents in the challenge and the joy of living as a disciple of Jesus Christ. On March 25, he conducted  “More Than Just Service: Engaging Young Adolescents in Social Justice” and discussed methods for engaging young disciples in important issues of social justice without forgetting about their unique developmental needs. This year there were more than 35,000 participants. More information can be found at

Sister Margaret Klotz, OSF , director of the Franciscan Center and adjunct faculty member in the Religious Studies Department, published a paper, “Clare of Montefalco (1268-1308): I Bear in My Body the Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ,” in “Her Bright Merits: Essays Honoring Ingrid J. Peterson.” The book is volume 17 of the Spirit and Life Series published by Franciscan Institute Publications, 2012, and was edited by Mary Walsh Meany, Ph.D., and Felicity Dorsett, OSF.

Rev. Dr. Trinette V. McCray, executive director of the Center for Calling and Engagement, gave a presentation for the Sienna Center’s series, Situations of Substance, on Feb. 7. Her topic was “Lift Every Voice: Engaging the Social Consciousness of the Millennials.” The presentation focused on the importance of hearing from and engaging with a generation whose social consciousness leans towards serving the common good and are also called “Echo Boomers” because of their similarities to the Baby Boomers.

TJ Rains, PMP, vice president of Information Services and chief information officer, will present at the IT Project and Service Management Roundtable session at the Educause Midwest Regional Conference 2012 on March 27 in Chicago. Rains, along with IT leadership from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Marquette University, will share their experiences in establishing common project and service management practices and discuss how to balance IT projects and service demands with resource availability to deliver projects and services that enable academic and administrative excellence.

Dr. Daniel Scholz, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, will discuss his book, “Jesus in the Gospels and Acts,” on April 14 at 10 a.m. at the Marian Center in Milwaukee. Refreshments will be served and a book signing will follow his presentation. Seats may be reserved by calling the center at (414) 464-7288.

Dennis Staral, judo instructor and adjunct professor at Stritch, will be inducted into the Wisconsin Judo Hall of Fame in January 2012. Staral (M.S. Management, ’93) has been involved in the martial art and sport of judo for 46 years. He is a 5th degree black belt, and a nationally certified judo teacher and referee. He started the accredited judo program at Stritch 18 years ago and runs an accredited judo class each semester. He will also receive The Distinguished Service Award presented by the Nicolet Recreation Advisory Committee on May 7. He has been an active volunteer with the Nicolet Recreation Department and has coordinated the Annual Glendale Open Sheepshead Tournament for the past 19 years. The tournament has grown from 20 participants in its first year to 250 this year, and benefits the Glendale Senior Citizens Club and The Nicolet Recreation Department.