Faculty Accomplishments 2018

Publications (Books/articles published during this period)

April Dirks, Professor of Social Work

Dirks, A. (2018). The Opioid Epidemic: Impact on Children and Families. Journal of Psychiatry and Psychiatric Disorders, 2(1). pp 9-11.

Dirks, A. (2017). Treatment for the Suicidal Adolescent: A Critical Analysis of the Cognitive-Behavioral Approach. Acta Psychopathologica, 3(4). pp. 38-41.

Dr. Sharon Guthrie, PhD, ARNP, CPNP, NCSN, RN-BC, Director of Graduate Nursing Programs & Associate Professor of Graduate Nursing

Guthrie. S. (2019). Data fidelity: Building credible reports. NASN School Nurse, 34(2), 104-106.

Jonathan Humston, PhD, BS, BA, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Humston, J. J., Bhattacharya, I., Jacob, M., & Cheatum, C. M. (2019). Optimized reconstructions of compressively sampled two-dimensional infrared spectra. The Journal of Chemical Physics, 150(23). doi: 10.1063/1.5097946

Randy Lyle, MFT Program Director

Exploratory Study of Low-Resolution Electromagnetic Tomography (LORETA) Real-time Z-Score Feedback in the Treatment of Pain in Patients with Head and Neck Cancer Ref.:  Ms. No. BTOP-D-17-00101R2 Brain Topography

Taylor O'Neill, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

O'Neill, Taylor Patrick. Grace, Predestination, and the Permission of Sin: a Thomistic Analysis. The Catholic University of America Press, 2019.

Belkis Suarez, Associate Professor of Spanish

“Micro-espacios disidentes: Venezuela en el film Pelo malo.” In As faces do conflito sociopolítico: reflexão pluridisciplinar sobre a sociedade contemporânea,” Edição de CICS_NOVA (IPLeiria); ESECS/IPLeiria (Portugal). Forthcoming Spring 2019.

Jaclynn Sullivan, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Sullivan, J.V., Potvin, J.M. & Christman, S.D. (2018). Mere Ownership of memory: Motor manipulation during encoding affects memory for words. Cognitive Processing, 1-6. doi:10.1007/s10339-018-0806-y

Robert Todd, Associate Professor of Mathematics

 Micha Chrisman and Robert G. Todd. "Relating virtual knot invariants to links in S^3." New York Journal of Mathematics, Vol. 24 (2018), 630–660.

Bernstein, Neil P., Todd, Robert G. et. al. "Morphometric Models of Growth in Ornate Box Turtles (Terrapene ornata ornata) as Related to Growth Rings." Chelonian Conservation and Biology 17.2 (2018): 197-205.

Puniya B., Todd, Robert G., Mohammed A., Brown D., Barberis M., Helikar T. (2018) “A mechanistic computational model reveals that plasticity of CD4+ T cell differentiation is a function of cytokine composition and dosage”. Frontiers in Physiology 9, 462.

Eden Wales Freedman, Associate Professor of English

Book Chapters: "He could do so much more': Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner's Androcentric Treatment of Gynocentric Trauma." FAULKNER AND HEMINGWAY, edited by Christopher Rieger and Andy Leiter, Southeast Missouri State University Press, 2018, pp.150-172.

"Let seizing Truth Lie: Witnessing 'Factions' in Lauren Slater's Lying." WOUNDED: STUDIES IN LITERARY AND CINEMATIC TRAUMA, edited by Gail Finney, MDPI, 2018 pp. 23-24.

Anna J. Waterman, Associate Professor, Department of Natural and Applied Sciences

2019 Wright. E.  A.J. Waterman, D.W. Peate, M. Kunst, J. L. Cardoso, and C. Detry. Animal mobility in Chalcolithic Portugal: Isotopic analyses of cattle from the sites of Zambujal and Leceia. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 24:804-81.

(in press). 2018 Olalde, I., et al.including A.J. Waterman. The genetic history of the Iberian Peninsula over the last 8000 year. Science. 

2018 Waterman, A.J., J. L. Beck, J.T. Thomas, R.H. Tykot. Stable isotope analysis of human remains from Los Millares (Almeria, Spain, c. 2500-1800 b.c.): regional comparisons and dietary variability. Menga. Journal of Andalusian, Prehistory,  8. 

Paper Presentation (National Conference)

Candace Chihak, RN to BSN Nursing Program Director 

NurseTim Nuts and Bolts conference, August 2018 topic: Faculty to Faculty Incivility in Nursing Education. (Also a podium presentation on the topic.)

April Dirks, Professor of Social Work

Dirks, April (2018). “LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum for the social work classroom and the college campus” workshop presented March 15, 2018, at the 2018 BPD Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The workshop was presented to professional social work educators and practitioners from around the nation interested in implementing LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum into their schools and practice locations.

Paula Ganzeveld, Assistant Professor of Education

Ganzeveld, P. and Smith, L. (April 2019). Just Getting Answers Is Not Enough: Interventions to Create Mathematical Thinkers.  Workshop presented at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Convention, San Diego CA.

Dr. Sharon Guthrie, PhD, ARNP, CPNP, NCSN, RN-BC, Director of Graduate Nursing Programs & Associate Professor of Graduate Nursing

American Association of Colleges of Nursing – 2019 Doctoral Education Conference: “National Survey of DNP Programs: Commonalities and Differences in the Implementation of the DNP Project”, January 2019

National Association of School Nurses Conference: Innovation Relay Facilitator, June 2018

National Association of School Nurses Conference: “Ask Not What You Can Do With Your EHR! Ask What Your EHR Can Do For You!” June 2018

National Association of School Nurses Conference: Pre-Conference Co-Facilitator – “NASN Data Initiative Point Person Training,” June 2018

Randy Lyle, MFT Program Director

Neuroscience and ethics: International Society for Neurofeedback and Ethics, October 2018, Phoenix, AZ.

Trauma-informed Care and Neuroscience. Tanager Place, Cedar Rapids IA May 2018

Forgiveness: A panel discussion on KCRG program, Ethical Perspectives. November 2018 

Lisa Smith, Assistant Professor of Education

Ganzeveld, P. and Smith, L. (April 2019). Just Getting Answers Is Not Enough: Interventions to Create Mathematical Thinkers.  Workshop presented at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Convention, San Diego CA.

Jaclynn Sullivan, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Sullivan, J.V. (November 2018). Nature is Calling and I Might Go: How Outdoor Activity Impacts Generation Z College Students' Academic Performance. Poster Presented at the Psychonomic Society Annual Convention, New Orleans, LA. 

Sullivan, J.V., Christman, S.D. (May 2018). Handedness in Musicians: Inconsistent-handers are More Likely to Play an Instrument than Consistent-handers. Posters presented at the American Psychological Society Annual Convention, San Fransisco, CA. 

Sullivan, J.V. (May 2018). Remembering What We're Shown: Embodied Cognition's Role in Comprehension. Poster presented at the American Psychological Society Annual Convention, San Fransisco, CA. 

Sullivan, J.V. (April 2018) Movement of Online Instructor Impacts Memory. Poster presented at the annual meeting of Midwest Psychological Associate; Chicago, IL.

Eden Wales Freedman, Associate Professor of English

“Not a Love Story: Confronting Slavery and Sexual Assault in Octavia Butler’s ‘Bloodchild,’” National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA), Atlanta, GA November 8-11, 2018.

“‘To be free to say so’: (Dis)abled Traumatic Witnessing in Afra-American Emancipatory Narratives,” Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW), Denver, CO, November 7-11, 2018

Ellen Warrington, Professor of Education

Successful Inclusion of students with ADHD Using Universal Design for Learning.  November 10, 2018. St, Louis, MO International CHADD Conference.

Anna J. Waterman, Associate Professor, Department of Natural and Applied Sciences

2018 Waterman, A.J., E. Wright, P. Diaz-del-Rio, D.W. Peate and R.H. Tykot, Mapping Human Mobility in Late Prehistoric Portugal and Spain using Strontium and Oxygen Isotopes. Poster Presented at the 42nd International Symposium on Archaeometry, Merida, Mexico. May 20-26, 2018. 

2018 Waterman, A.J., Diaz-Zorita Bonilla, and R.H. Tykot, Stable Isotope Analyses of Skeletal Remains from the Copper Age burials at Valencina-Castilleja (Seville): Dietary Patterns and Regional Comparisons. Poster Presented at the 87th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Austin, Tx. April 11-14, 2018. 

2018 Wright. E. A.J. Waterman, M. Kunst, J.L. Cardoso, R.H. Tykot and D.W. Peate. Identifying animal mobility in Chalcolithic Portugal: Isotopic analyses of cattle from sites of Zambujal and Leceia. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of Archaeological Institute of America, Boston, MA. January 4-7, 2018, 

Paper Presentation (International Conference)

April Dirks, Professor of Social Work

Invited to be a speaker at the 14th World Congress on Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Conference (July 2018 in Vancouver Canada). The theme of the conference was “Challenges Encountered in Psychiatry and Mental Illness” and the planning board had an interest in my recent publication titled “Treatment for the Suicidal Adolescent: A Critical Analysis of the Cognitive-Behavioral Approach”. I was honored to receive an invitation to be a speaker at this conference but was unable to travel to Canada during July of this year. I hope to participate in this conference in the future.

Invited to present a workshop titled “Trauma-Informed Care & Domestic Violence: Treatment for Survivors of Assault” to be presented at the XXXVIth International Congress on Law and Mental Health in Rome, Italy. The conference is scheduled to take place in July 2019.

Kathryn Hagy, Professor of Art

"What Else is Holding Women Back? A Critical Discourse Analysis of Job Advertisements for Executive Leaders in Higher Education". International Gender and Language Association conference, Gaborone, Botswana, June 2018.

Belkis Suarez, Associate Professor of Spanish

“Los límites de la revolución bolivariana en el film Pelo malo.” Conferência Internacional de Ciências Sociais e Humanas. Leira, Portugal, July 2018.

“Cuerpo y género: Reflejo de la vulnerabilidad en el cine venezolano del siglo XXI.” Latin American Studies Association (LASA), Barcelona, España, June 2018.

Eden Wales Freedman, Associate Professor of English

“‘Gone all to pieces’: Hemingway’s Androcentric Treatment of Gynocentric Trauma,” XVIII International Hemingway Conference: Hemingway in Paris, The Hemingway Society, Paris, France, July 22-28, 2018

Guest Lectures

April Dirks, Professor of Social Work

Invited to be a panelist and share knowledge of the effects of opioid use on families and children for a panel discussion held at Mount Mercy University titled “Opioid Abuse in Linn County”. The panel discussion was open to the public, practitioners, students, and faculty and took place on April 4, 2018.

Presented summer scholarship work on "Domestic Violence and Trauma-Informed Care" at the Annual Scholars Day event sponsored by CITL on September 28th, 2018.

Co-presented to two cohorts of the sophomore nursing students on the topic “Nursing and LGBTQ” with Dr. Jen Lee of Psychology. Date of the workshops was December 3rd, 2018.

Co-presented the official Safe Zone training for Mount Mercy University titled “Safe Zone Training I” and “Safe Zone Training II” with Dr. Jen Lee of Psychology and Erin Broich of Campus Ministry. Multiple campus trainings.

Kate O'Neill, Associate Professor of Strategic Leadership/Director, Master of Strategic Leadership program

Embracing Change, Business Partners, Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA  (2019, January)

Listen to Lead, Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA (2018, December)

Toxic!, Iowa Quality Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA (2018, November)

Effective Teams, Iowa Works, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA (2018, November)

Global Social and Economic Sustainability: Supporting Environmental Practices, 2018 Mount Mercy University Fall Faculty Series [Sustainability: Human/Nature & the Future of the Earth], Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA (2018, October)

Managing Team Conflict, Rotary/SCORE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA (2018, October)

Understanding Team Dynamics, Rotary/SCORE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA (2018, September)

Effective Teams, Robert Half International, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA (2018, August)

Creativity & Innovation, Leaders in Volunteerism, Marion, Iowa, USA (2018, May)

Effective Teams, Cardiology Department, Unity Point Hospital, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA (2018, May)

Leaders Listen, Marketing Department, St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA (2018, May)

Eden Wales Freedman, Associate Professor of English

“Title IX, The Hunting Ground, and You: Combatting Sexual Violence at Mount Mercy and Beyond,” Sex Offenders, Criminal Justice Department, Mount Mercy University, January 17, 2019

Session Chairs/Workshop Facilitators

Carol Heim, Associate Professor of Nursing

Co-facilitated a workshop session at the Iowa Association of Colleges of Nursing 2018 "Innovations in Nursing Education" Conference.

Dr. Sharon Guthrie, PhD, ARNP, CPNP, NCSN, RN-BC, Director of Graduate Nursing Programs & Associate Professor of Graduate Nursing

MMU Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CITL), "Developing Innovative and Engaged Student Mindset", November 2018

Julie McIntosh, Assistant Professor of Nursing

Co-facilitated a workshop session at the Iowa Association of Colleges of Nursing 2018 "Innovations in Nursing Education" Conference.

Kate O'Neill, Associate Professor of Strategic Leadership/Director, Master of Strategic Leadership program

Recruiting, Retention, and Revenue, Employers’ Council of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, USA (2018, August)

Art Exhibits, Performances, and Creative Endeavors

Dr. Sharon Guthrie, PhD, ARNP, CPNP, NCSN, RN-BC, Director of Graduate Nursing Programs & Associate Professor of Graduate Nursing

NurseTim, Inc. Webinar: “Policy, Regulations, & Law – Creative Teaching Strategies for Graduate and Undergraduate Faculty,” February 2019

Faculty Awards

April Dirks, Professor of Social Work

Summer Scholarship Award from Mount Mercy University. The topic of the summer research was on the upcoming presentation “Trauma-Informed Care & Domestic Violence: Treatment for Survivors of Assault

Dr. Sharon Guthrie, PhD, ARNP, CPNP, NCSN, RN-BC, Director of Graduate Nursing Programs & Associate Professor of Graduate Nursing

Mount Mercy University Sustainability Hero of the Month - February 2019

Eden Wales Freedman, Associaate Professor of English

Dr. Thomas R. Feld Endowed Chair II for Teaching Excellence, Mount Mercy University, 2018-2020

President's Leadership Academy, Mount Mercy University, 2018-2019

Finalist for "Big of the Year," Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cedar Rapids and East Central Iowa, 2018

Ellen Warrington, Professor of Education

Faculty Award May 2018

Research Funding, Scholarships & Fellowships

April Dirks, Professor of Social Work

Summer Scholarship Award from Mount Mercy University. The topic of the summer research is on the upcoming presentation “Trauma-Informed Care & Domestic Violence: Treatment for Survivors of Assault”. Summer scholarship funds will be used to develop this new research interest, integrate knowledge into teaching, and develop workshops on the topic.

Kathryn Hagy, Professor of Art

University of Iowa Graduate Student Research Award, Fall 2018

Jennifer Rasmussen, Professor of Education

Dr. Thomas R. Feld Endowed Chair I for Teaching Excellence, Mount Mercy University, 2018-2020

Belkis Suarez, Associate Professor of Spanish

Faculty Representative Award for The Most Improved Student Organization/Club Award, 2017-2018.

Jaclynn Sullivan, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Sustainability Curriculum Development Grant - Mt. Mercy University

Society of Teaching Psychology Early Career Travel Grant - American Psychological Association

Robert Todd, Associate Professor for Mathematics

McElroy Student/Faculty Research Grant

Eden Wales Freedman, Associate Professor of English

Summer Scholarship Award, Mount Mercy University, 2018

Mount Mercy University's Endowed Feld Chairs

Eden Wales Freedman, Associate Professor of English

Dr. Thomas R. Feld Endowed Chair II for Teaching Excellence, Mount Mercy University, 2018-2020

Additional Achievements

Candace Chihak, RN to BSN Program Director Nursing

Earned her EdD from UNI, graduated July 2018.

Kathryn Hagy, Professor of Art

Successfully defended her PhD dissertation proposal, December 2018.

Joseph Hendryx, Special Appointment English Instructor

Completed his PhD this past December from the University of Columbia in South Carolina. 

Dr. Sharon Guthrie, PhD, ARNP, CPNP, NCSN, RN-BC, Director of Graduate Nursing Programs & Associate Professor of Graduate Nursing

Illinois Association of School Nurses (IASN) 61st Annual Conference: “Voice and Action for School Nurse Advocacy,” October 2018

Iowa Nurses Association: “How to Critically Read a Bill,” February 2018

Joy Ochs, Professor of English & Rachael Murtaugh, Director of Sustainability and Stewardship

Represented Mount Mercy University at a round table of College Sustainability Grant recipients at the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, April 2018. Ochs and Murtaugh presented Mount Mercy's 3-year sustainability plan.

Eden Wales Freedman, Associate Professor of English

“Race and Mercy: Confronting Racism in Our Communities and in Ourselves,” Mercy Hospital, Cedar Rapids, IA, January 25, 2019

“'It’s on the Syllabus': Engaging the Sisters of Mercy Critical Concerns through Inclusive Course Design and Syllabus Work,” Feld Workshop, Mount Mercy University, November 28, 2018

“Acing the Interview: Practical Tips for Women on the Job Market,” Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW), Denver, CO, November 7-11, 2019

Mount Mercy University's Fall Faculty Series: Sustainability: Human/Nature and the Future of the Earth

Joy Ochs, Professor of English: Defining Sustainability for Our Times

Bryan Cross, Assistant Professor of Philosophy: Laudato Si: Harmony with the Natural Order

Kate O'Neill, Associate Professor of Strategic Leadership: Global Social and Economic Sustainability

Rachael Murtaugh, M.S., Director of Sustainability and Stewardship: Iowa Lands and Waters

Joseph Sheller, Associate Professor of Communications: Hot Mess: How the Media Struggles to Cover Climate Change

Tracy Tunwall, Associate Professor of Business, Kristofer Kueseman, Associate Professor of Chemistry:  Addressing Consumerism: The Life-Cycle of Stuff

Department and Faculty in the News

Dr. Sharon Guthrie, PhD, ARNP, CPNP, NCSN, RN-BC, Director of Graduate Nursing Programs & Associate Professor of Graduate Nursing

KGAN - Senate Bill Could Minimize School’s Knowledge of Your Child’s Health Concerns (https://cbs2iowa.com/news/local/senate-bill-could-minimize-schools-knowl...) - February 28, 2019

Radio Iowa - Iowa Schools Wouldn't be Required to have Nurses, Librarians (https://www.radioiowa.com/2019/02/26/iowa-schools-wouldnt-be-required-to...) - February 26, 2019

KGAN - SPECIAL REPORT: School Nurse Shortage (https://cbs2iowa.com/news/local/special-report-school-nurse-shortage) - February 13, 2019

Behan, D. (in press). Taking sides: Clashing views in special education (8th ed.). Dubuque, IA: McGraw-Hill (text   

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