Briar Cliff University Faculty Achieve Scholarly Endeavors

Experts in their fields and well-known for their dedication to student success, Briar Cliff University faculty conduct research, publish articles and maintain strong professional networks, including these recent endeavors:

Dr. Jason Adams, assistant professor of biology, presented "Pax3 splice form expression and isoform function in the ophthalmic trigeminal placode" at the LDS Life Science Research Symposium, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Dr. Ryan Allen, assistant professor of English and writing, director of Briar Cliff's Writing Center, presented at the 2013 John R. Milton Writers’ Conference, Vermillion, S.D., where he read his creative nonfiction piece “Fixing Myself at Broken Kettle.”

Dr. Kenneth Berg, associate professor of education, attended “Building Leaders: Colleagues & Candidates” and a teacher candidate assessment workshop at the Fall 2013 Conference of the Iowa Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Osceola, Iowa.

Dr. Sean Burton, division chair of arts and humanities, The Gilchrist Foundation director of choral activities, associate professor of music, was guest conductor for the South Dakota Music Educators Association’s Elementary Honor Choir, Sioux Falls, S.D.; guest conductor for the Lewis Conference Choral Festival, Winnebago, Neb.; and clinician for the Iowa Choral Directors Association's Northwest District Pre-All-State Rehearsal, Sioux Center, Iowa. Dr. Burton presented a choral literature session titled “A Very Short List of Guaranteed Victories for Treble Choir!” at the South Dakota Music Educators Association’s 2013 State Music Education Conference. His review of the London Philharmonic Orchestra compact disc recording of Antonin Dvorak’s Stabat Mater was published in the Choral Journal. 

Dr. Kris Crabtree-Groff,division chair, associate professor of education, was named president-elect of the Iowa Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the professional organization of Iowa’s 32 teacher preparation programs and state affiliate of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education.

Heather Craig-Oldsen, associate professor of social work and department chair, principal investigator of the Siouxland Indian Child Welfare Traineeship, co-authored a chapter titled “Social Work Education in Tribal and Urban Indian Child Welfare Settings” published in Shaping a Century of Child Welfare Practices, Programs and Policies in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the U.S. Children’s Bureau. Craig-Oldsen also presented "Using iPad Technology and Gagné's Learning Theory to Teach Social Work Practice Skills" at the invitation-only Council on Social Work Education's Annual Meeting, Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Patrick Cross, director, physical therapy, was appointed to the American Physical Therapy Association’s Advocacy Awards Subcommittee. Dr. Cross had four peer-reviewed abstracts accepted for presentation at the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting 2014, Las Vegas, Nev.  His topics ranged from “Ongoing Data Analysis of Cardiovascular Screening of Young Asymptomatic Athletes” to “Predicting Falls in Senior Athletes,” among others. Dr. Cross attended the “Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education Developing Program Workshop,” the “Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education Self-Study Workshop” and the “Education Leadership Conference,” Portland, Ore., sponsored by the American Physical Therapy Association.

Dr. Tricia Currans-Sheehan, professor of English and writing, editor of The Briar Cliff Review, had her short story “The Teacher, the Student” accepted by the Journal of Microliterature.  Dr. Currans-Sheehan’s story “The Dime Store” was accepted for publication by The South Dakota Review’s 50th Anniversary issue and her poem “Green Rocker” was accepted for publication by Ibbetson Street Magazine. Her short fiction “Why I Can’t Visit the PO Any Longer” was a finalist for Glimmer Train’s Fiction Open Contest. Her work “The Housekeeper” was a finalist in Tuscany Press short story contest. Dr. Tricia Currans-Sheehan conducted readings at Waldorf College, Forest City, Iowa, and Nebraska-Wesleyan, Lincoln, Neb., and participated on a panel discussion on the documentary “Miss Representation,” sponsored by Women Aware, Sioux City.

Dr. Jeanne Emmons, professor of English and writing, had her poem “Totem” published in Alaska Quarterly. Dr. Emmons’ poem “What You Taught Me, Mother” was accepted for publication by Calyx:  A Journal of Women’s Writing. 

Dr. Jeonglim Kim, assistant professor of sociology, had his article titled “The Crime-Reduction Effects of Open-Street CCTV in South Korea” published by the Security Journal. Dr. Kim presented his research on “Police Stress and Organizational Factors in the Korean National Police Agency” at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Atlanta, Ga.

Dr. Paul Korchin, assistant professor of theology, attended "The Intellectual Tasks of the New Evangelization," a national gathering of Catholic theologians, Washington, D.C. Dr. Korchin authored three articles in the newly published Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, a four-volume, 1,500-page authoritative reference work for Semitic language specialists published by Brill Academic (Leiden & New York, 2013). Dr. Korchin addressed issues involving Biblical Hebrew's vocabulary (word-structure) and phonology (sound-shape).

Dr. Mary Nissen, associate professor of nursing, is a 2014 candidate for the Doctorate of Nursing Practice through Creighton University, Omaha, Neb.  She coauthored an article titled “Integrating Genetics and Genomics into Nursing Curricula,” published in Nursing Clinics of North America.  Nissen along with Dr. Barbara Condon, professor of nursing, and others, coauthored research titled “End of Life and Beyond as Hidden Curriculum,” published in Nursing Science Quarterly.

Dr. Jeremy Owens, assistant professor of music, presented a faculty collaborative piano recital in the Chapel of Our Lady of Grace on the Briar Cliff University campus.  The recital featured several local brass instrumentalists including Mike Berger, Robert Gibson, Tony Hutchins and Charles Dibley.

Anne Power, associate professor of business, presented her research “Faculty and Administrator Perspectives of Merit Pay Compensation Systems in Private Higher Education” at the “27th Annual Women in Educational Leadership Conference,” Lincoln, Neb. 

Dr. Ted Wilson, associate professor of biology, division chair, Center for Health Care Initiatives, attended the “Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education Developing Program Workshop” and the “Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education Self-Study Workshop,” Portland, Ore., sponsored by the American Physical Therapy Association. Dr. Wilson also attended “Transforming STEM Education: Inquiry, Innovation, Inclusion, and Evidence” and “Effectively Implementing Evidence-Based Active Learning Strategies,” San Diego, Calif., sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities. He conducted research on samples of prairie insect gathered from the Sioux City Prairie by sophomore biology majors.

These BCU education faculty presented at the Diocesan Ministries Conference, a professional development event for teachers in the Catholic Diocese of Sioux City: Dr. Kris Crabtree-Groff, division chair, associate professor, presented "Creating a Community of Learners" on increasing student engagement through involvement in classroom decision-making processes; Mrs.Theresa Engle, assistant professor, presented “Picture Books Aren't Just for Little Kids!” a workshop using picture books, book titles and strategies for older readers throughout the curriculum to meet literacy standards of the Iowa Core; Dr. Kathy Knipper, professor, presented “Comprehension of Nonfiction Trade Books” on current strategies and methods to support K-2 students’ comprehension while reading nonfiction trade books; and Dr. Ruth Schock, professor, presented “Can't we all just get along?” on teaching values and social skills in student content lessons.

Shari Fowler, assistant professor of accounting; Mark Nielsen, assistant professor of business administration; and Tommy Raulston, assistant professor of accounting, accompanied these Briar Cliff accounting majors at the 2013 CPA Career Awareness Conference,  Ankeny, Iowa: Ashley Ahrendsen, Mary Armbruster, Chris Boesch, David Bruns, Jacob Buelt, Sydney Hoffman, Kevin Hubert, Seung Ju Im, Seong-Hee Lim, Vincent Lund, Bridget Lyons, Emily Mintle, Mark Petersen, Cheryl Smoody, Kenneth Thompson and Jennifer Ziegenbein.

Nursing department faculty Cathy Grimsley, assistant instructor of nursing; Dr. Traci Holmquist, assistant professor of nursing; Teresa Kelley, instructor of nursing; and Dr. Gretchen Wheelock, assistant professor of nursing, attended the SUN conference in San Antonio, Texas, which focused on simulation in education for further incorporation of simulation into BCU’s nursing curriculum and uses with community partners.









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