Publications

Kyle Belanger, instructor of communications, published the article “Live from Radio Row” in The Reminder in February 2017. The article was part of his Super Bowl coverage.

Julia Chevan, PhD, professor of physical therapy and interim dean of School of Health Sciences and Rehabilitation Studies, co-authored “Application of a contextual instructional framework in a continuing professional development training program for physiotherapists in Rwanda” published in Disability and Rehabilitation in March 2017.

Laurel Davis-Delano, PhD, professor of sociology, published a review of the book Redskins: Insult and Brand by C. R. King in Sociology of Sport Journal in March 2017.

Laurel Davis-Delano, PhD, professor of sociology, and Elizabeth Morgan, PhD, assistant professor of psychology, co-authored “Heterosexual identity management: How social context affects heterosexual marking practices” in Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research in October 2016.

Ian Delahanty, PhD, assistant professor of history, published “The transatlantic roots of Irish-American anti-abolitionism, 1843-1859” in the Journal of the Civil War Era in June 2016.

Katherine Dugan, PhD, assistant professor of religion, published “‘Gemma is my girl!’ Devotional practices of millennial Catholic women and the making of contemporary saints” in American Catholic Studies in December 2016.

Joel M. Filmore, EdD, assistant professor of human services and campus coordinator of the mental health counseling program at Springfield College Milwaukee, published the book Affirmative Counseling with LGBTQI+ People (Wiley Publishing) in March 2017.

Robert Fiore, professor of management, presented "Corporate social responsibility as a corporate strategy: Do investors benefit?" at the Northeast Decision Sciences Institute Conference in Springfield, Mass., in March 2017.

Anthony C. Hill, EdD, assistant professor of social work, co-published “A qualitative study of BSW students’ cultural competence preparedness to uphold client dignity” in the Field Educator, an online publication of the Simmons College School of Social Work, in November 2016.

Jasmin Hutchinson, PhD, associate professor of exercise science and sport studies, co-authored “The Diabeates Project: Perceptual, affective, and psychophysiological effects of music and music-video” in Canadian Journal of Diabetes in February 2017.

Regina Kaufman, EdD, professor of physical therapy, published “Lessons from the lake” in the Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation in March 2017.

Efrosini Kokaliari, PhD, associate professor of social work, published “Depression, anxiety, stress, and quality of life among adults in Greece following the global economic crisis” in Journal of International Social Work in June 2016. She also co-authored “Social work under occupation: The Palestinian student perspective” in the Journal of Teaching in Social Work in 2016.

Efrosini Kokaliari, PhD, associate professor of social work, and Ann Roy, PhD, professor of social work, co-authored “An exploratory study of perspectives on non-suicidal self-injurious behaviors among social work students in the United States, Greece, Cyprus and Jordan: Implications for social work practice” in Journal of International Social Work in 2015. The two also co-authored “A cross-sectional study comparing predictors of non-suicidal self-injury among college students in the United States and Greece” in the International Journal of Culture and Mental Health in November 2016.

Peiwei Li, PhD, assistant professor of psychology, co-authored “Critical action research: How do graduate students in an introductory research class conceptualize ‘research’?” in SAGE Research Methods Cases in January 2017. She also co-authored “Exploring graduate students’ understanding of research: Links between identity, validity, and research conceptions” in the International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in March 2017. Li also co-published “Methodological tool or methodology? Beyond instrumentality and efficiency with qualitative data analysis software” in Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung/Forum: Qualitative Social Research in April 2016.

Robert Lussier, ScD, professor of business management, co-authored “Academic education in small business: The case of the first program in Israel” and “Small business owner entrepreneurial profile in the Guanajuato State, Mexico” in Proceeding of the Small Business Institute in February 2017.

Kristen A. Ouellette, PhD, assistant professor of applied exercise science, published “Comparison of the effects of seated, supine, and walking interset rest strategies on work rate” in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research in December 2016.

Paul Thifault, PhD, assistant professor of English, published "The rhyming irons of Abdur-Rahman Slade Hopkinson" in Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal in December 2016.

Joseph Wronka, PhD, professor of social work, completed the instructor’s manual for his book, Human Rights and Social Justice: Social Action and Service for the Helping and Health Professions (Sage 2017), in November 2016. Wronka also published “Sharing my story: Representing social work at the United Nations” in Journal of Human Rights and Social Work in March 2016.

Conferences and Presentations

Eric Castillo, PhD, campus director of Springfield College Houston, presented “Education as the practice of freedom: Educating adult learners about social change” at the National Association for Adult and Continuing Education in Albuquerque, N.M., in November 2016.

Eileen Cyr, EdD, professor of education, and Springfield College graduate students in the education program Jessica O’Brien and Dilyara Celik, presented “Urban school district partner with local college to enroll math, science, and special education teachers in initial licensure program” at the Critical Questions in Education conference in New Orleans in March 2017.

Ian Delahanty, PhD, assistant professor of history, presented “One half of my heart is Ireland’s, the other is America’s: Irish immigrants, nativism, and the meaning of loyalty in 19th-century America” at the Irish History Lecture Series held at the Gaelic-American Club in Fairfield, Conn., in February 2017.

Katherine Dugan, PhD, assistant professor of religion, presented “Ethnography pedagogy, pedagogical ethnography: Using and teaching ethnography in religious studies classrooms” at the American Academy of Religion annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas, in November 2016. She also presented “A hipster saint and cool Catholics: Crafting millennial-generation Catholic identity in the U.S.” at the American Catholic Historical Association annual meeting in Denver, Colo., in January 2017.

Joel M. Filmore, EdD, assistant professor of human services and campus coordinator of the mental health counseling program at Springfield College Milwaukee, presented “Pulling back the curtain: Racism and disenfranchisement towards queer faculty/counselors of color” at the American Counseling Association Annual Conference in San Francisco, Calif., in March 2017. Filmore also presented “This little light of mine: Using personal experiences to enhance your clients counseling experience” at the Idaho Counseling Association Annual Conference in Boise, Idaho, in January 2017.

Anthony C. Hill, EdD, assistant professor of social work, presented a keynote address “You can do it!” for the 31st annual Black American Heritage flag raising in honor of Black History Month for the City of Springfield at Springfield (Mass.) City Hall in February 2017. He also served as the keynote speaker and presented “The power of a multi-generational workforce” for the Human Service Forum at the Delaney House in Holyoke, Mass., in March 2017. In addition, Hill presented a workshop titled “Building a supportive work culture” for Advance Training Generalist at YOU Inc. held at Assumption College in Worcester, Mass., in March 2017. Hill also served as the keynote speaker and presented “Strength of the journey for social workers and helping professionals” at the 34th Regional Social Work Conference at Western New England University in Springfield, Mass., in May 2016.

Jasmin Hutchinson, PhD, associate professor of exercise science and sport studies, presented "Can't stop the feeling! The role of music in exercise and health" at St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, N.Y., in February 2017. 

Efrosini Kokaliari, PhD, associate professor of social work, presented “Understanding the escalating rates of self-harm in Greece and the economic crisis” at the Democritus University of Thrace - Komotini in June 2016. She also presented “Clinical social work education in the Palestinian West Bank: An exploratory study” at Society for Social Work and Research in New Orleans in January 2015; “Non-suicidal self-injury: A global view” at Hong Kong Baptist University in Hong Kong, China, in March 2016; and “Clinical social work education in the Palestinian West Bank: An exploratory study” and “Quality of life, anxiety, depression, and stress among adults in Greece following the global financial crisis” at European Association of Schools of Social Work in Milan, Italy, in June 2015.

Peiwei Li, PhD, assistant professor of psychology, co-presented “At the junction of epistemological concerns, research ethics, and validity: Opening up a dialogue and meta-reflection” at the “Impasses, passageways, and ethical contradictions: The APA ethics code and critical qualitative inquiry” symposium, held at the Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology annual conference in Ramapo, N.J., in May 2016.

Peiwei Li, PhD, assistant professor of psychology, and Daniel R. Ramirez, doctor of psychology student, presented “When culture, race and gender collide: A critical narrative inquiry of ‘intercultural’ romantic relationships” at the Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology annual conference in Ramapo, N.J., in May 2016.

Peiwei Li, PhD, assistant professor of psychology, and Yunjin Lee, doctor of psychology student, presented “The complexity of racism and white privilege: A critical analysis of the double-edged experience of East Asian international students” at the Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology annual conference in Ramapo, N.J., in May 2016.

Robert Lussier, ScD, professor of business management, presented the the workshop “Publish don’t perish” at the Small Business Institute conference in San Diego, Calif., in February 2017.

Michelle E. Moosbrugger, PhD, associate professor of physical education; Anne Conboy and Megan Sargent, graduate students in the physical education initial licensure program; and Kevin Mirando and Colleen Mistler, undergraduate students in the physical education and health education major, presented “I get to choose? I can't lose!: Self-determination theory in elementary physical education” at the Massachusetts Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance in Worcester, Mass., in November 2016.

Michelle E. Moosbrugger, PhD, associate professor of physical education; Julianna Barrasso, undergraduate student in the physical education major; and Carley Elkin, graduate student in the physical education advanced pedagogy program, presented “Foundations in secondary adventure education” at the Massachusetts Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance in Worcester, Mass., in November 2016. 

Ellen Rainville, OTD, professor of occupational therapy; Elizabeth McAnulty, assistant professor of occupational therapy; and Dawn Roberts, PhD, associate professor of physical therapy, presented “How to develop a student-centered interprofessional education program” at the American Occupational Therapy Association National Conference in Philadelphia in March 2017.

John E. Roland, PhD, associate professor of human services and coordinator of the mental health counseling program at Springfield College Wilmington, presented “The integration of spirituality into cognitive behavioral therapy for depression recovery in ethnic women” at the American Counseling Association Conference and Expo in San Francisco, Calif., in March 2016.

Ann Roy, PhD, professor of social work, and Efrosini Kokaliari, PhD, presented “A comparative study on self-harm among college students in the United States and Greece” at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting in Atlanta in November 2016.

Janine Spinola Taylor, assistant professor of human services, presented “Beyond collages and tiles: Moving managers into leaders” at the Human Service Forum Advanced Management Series at Delaney House in Holyoke, Mass., in February 2017.

James R. Whitley, JD, assistant dean/campus director of Springfield College Boston, presented “A legacy of strength and a hope for the future” at the eighth annual Black History Month Heritage Celebration at the Rhode Island State House in Providence, R.I., in February 2017.

Joseph Wronka, PhD, professor of social work, presented the keynote address “Implementing human rights” at the western Massachusetts chapter of the Amnesty International meeting in December 2016. The event was held to commemorate Human Rights Day, held annually on Dec. 10. Wronka also gave the keynote address “Implementing the human rights triptych: Implications for public health” at the international conference on “The Integration of Human Rights Based Approaches into Health Care Practices” in Mangalore, India, in March 2017. The keynote was delivered via Skype as part of a video presentation, and was followed by a question-and-answer session.

Grants and Sponsored Research

Taryn Brandt, doctoral student in counseling psychology, has received her third $500 award from the Association for Applied Social Psychology, Student Regional Conference Grants program. Supervised by Judy Van Raalte, PhD, professor of psychology, Brandt will again lead a team of students in organizing and hosting this year's Northeast Region student-led conference scheduled for April 2017. 

Tom Dodge, PhD, associate professor of exercise science and sport studies, has received $16,500 in Year 4 funding from the Datalys Center for Sports Injury Research and Prevention, Inc. (Indianapolis, Ind.) to recruit and supervise graduate assistants who are Certified Athletic Trainers. Students selected to participate collected data on injury risk factors during the 2016 youth football season, as part of a larger study being conducted by Datalys at several locations throughout the country. 

The Springfield College AmeriCorps Program was awarded $150,006 in two matching grants to support the Massachusetts Reading Corps early childhood PreK literacy program in 2016-17 and into 2017-18.  The first award of $86,000 was in response to an invited proposal to the "Cradle to Career Initiative" funded by an anonymous foundation and administered by The Philanthropic Initiative and the Boston Foundation. The second award of $70,006 was from The Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation, which has been a regular supporter of Massachusetts Reading Corps' service-learning program in the Springfield Public Schools and other city PreK programs.

Awards

Allene Begley Curto, associate director of financial aid services, was awarded the James M. Reynolds Award by the New Hampshire Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators in October 2016. The award is given in recognition of outstanding contributions to the organization. Curto is the 14th recipient of the award, which she received at the 10th annual state conference in North Conway, N.H., in October 2016.

Tan Leng Goh, PhD, assistant professor of physical education, was named the 2017 Hally Beth Poindexter Young Scholar by the National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education (NAKHE) in January 2017. The award is given to faculty members who are new to the profession and who demonstrate innovative ideas and discussions. As the winner, Leng Goh will present her paper at the NAKHE 2017 conference.

Elizabeth M. Mullin, PhD, assistant professor of physical education, was named a research fellow by SHAPE America in March 2017. This is a national award based on a record of successful research publications in the field of sport psychology and a history of service to the Research Council of SHAPE America.

Appointments and Committees

Michael Accordino, DEd, professor of rehabilitation and disability services, was named president of the National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE) in October 2016. His appointment is for one year. NCRE, formed in 1955, is a professional organization of educators dedicated to quality services for persons with disabilities through education and research.

Joanna M. Boody, coordinator of undergraduate and graduate research, was appointed to the Berkshire Community College (BCC) Institutional Review Board (IRB) in March 2016. Boody was asked to serve as a non-campus member of the board by the director of institutional effectiveness at BCC in Pittsfield, Mass. BCC is the 12th of 15 community colleges in Massachusetts to develop an IRB, which is in place to ensure ethical standards when conducting research projects involving human participants. Boody will represent Springfield College and promote research and ethics.

Linda Davis-Delano, PhD, professor of physical education and director of educator preparation and licensure, served on the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Supervisor Certification Working Group in May 2016 through June 2016. The purpose of this working group was to create an innovative new mechanism for ensuring that candidates are receiving high-quality feedback and support from supervisors during the practicum of student teaching. Davis-Delano also served on the Massachusetts DESE Program Approval Team in November 2016. The team assessed the educator preparation programs at Westfield State University. She is currently serving on the Massachusetts DESE Educator Preparation Annual Snapshot (EPAS) Working Group. Its purpose is to synthesize key state-level data to provide improvement instructions for colleges that have educator preparation programs.

Jane Johnson Vottero, director of executive communications, is a member of the 2016-17 cohort of the Leadership Institute for Political and Public Impact (LIPPI) of the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts. The Women’s Fund’s LIPPI is a non-partisan initiative designed to address the need to provide women in our region with the training and support to become powerful and effective civic leaders.

Kristen A. Ouellette, PhD, assistant professor of applied exercise science, was named state director for the National Strength and Conditioning Association board of directors in September 2016. The organization will host a state clinic on the Springfield College campus in April 2017.

Francine Vecchiolla, PhD, dean of the School of Social Work, was appointed to the Massachusetts American Council on Education (ACE) Women’s Network Executive Board in 2015. The executive board develops mentoring, networking, and professional development opportunities to support the advancement of women in higher education; advocates for women's leadership in higher education; and supports policy development and legislation that impacts women in higher education.

Endeavors

A sculpture by Simone Alter-Muri, EdD, professor of art and director of the art therapy and art education programs, titled “Uncertainty, Challenges and Transitions” was on display at the Art Bank in Shelburne Falls, Mass., in November and December 2016. Her sculptural books were in the exhibit Love Show at the MAP Gallery in Easthampton, Mass., in February 2017. Her sculptural cards “Ode to Georgia O’Keefe” were in the Nasty Women exhibit at the Leverett Arts Center in Leverett, Mass., in February 2017.

Kyle Belanger, instructor of communications, was selected to cover the Super Bowl on Radio Row for the third-consecutive year. Belanger worked with Antero Sports, a national sports marketing firm owned by South Hadley native Chris Visser. Belanger produced dozens of segments on national sports talk shows from coast to coast and also continued his volunteer work with the Wounded Warriors Amputee Football team, which plays in a football game that annually follows the Super Bowl. His work was covered on MassLive.com. He also hosted several Instagram takeovers, which highlighted his experience, on the MassLive Instagram account @masslive.

Linda Davis-Delano, PhD, professor of physical education and director of educator preparation and licensure, contributed to a grant proposal submitted on behalf of the Western Massachusetts Diverse Teacher Workforce Coalition to the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts (CFWM). This program is geared toward providing paraprofessionals an avenue to becoming teachers. Davis-Delano is serving on the steering committee for this grant. She also contributed to a grant proposal to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) as part of the EPIC Partnership Innovation Grant.

Anne Herzog, PhD, dean of the School of Arts, Sciences, and Professional Studies, and Missy-Marie Montgomery, PhD, professor of English, served as judges for the western Massachusetts regional competition of the 2016-17 Poetry Out Loud Competition at the Community Music School in Springfield, Mass., in March 2017. This annual competition, organized and sponsored by the Huntington Theatre Company and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, involved more than 20 semi-finalists who represented a wide range of western Massachusetts high schools. Each student prepared three poems for recitation/performance. The nine students who were selected from the western Massachusetts semi-finalist competition then competed in Boston later in March for the opportunity to be the representative of Massachusetts in Washington, D.C., for the national finals competition in April 2017.

Art by Harold InDelicato, assistant professor of computer graphics and digital arts, was featured in a juried exhibition at ArtProv gallery in Providence, R.I., as part of the Providence Gallery Night called “Henry's Kids” in February and March 2017. Two pieces—April 2011 and January 2012—as well as sketchbooks were on display. His work also was recently featured on the website Believed Behavior alongside Ignatz Award winners published in Houghton-Mifflin’s Best American Comics.

Mark Simeone, associate professor of physical education and baseball coach, led a youth baseball coaches development clinic titled “How to Run an Effective Baseball Practice in 90 Minutes” in Granby, Mass., March 2017. The event was presented by the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association and was held in support of The Jimmy Fund.

A film by Sherri VandenAkker, PhD, associate professor of human services for Springfield College Boston, titled My Name Was Bette: The Life and Death of an Alcoholic, was screened by Lexington Community Education in Lexington, Mass., in February 2017. The screening was followed by a question-and-answer session with VandenAkker.

Joseph Wronka, PhD, professor of social work, recently interviewed several guests for his human rights show “Creating a Human Rights Culture.” Guests included David Gil, author of Violence Against Children and Unravelling Social Policy; Noam Chomsky, noted linguist, philosopher, and policy analyst, and social activist; and Leon Siu, minister of foreign affairs for the Kingdom of the Hawaiian Islands and recent Nobel Peace Prize nominee. Wronka’s show is televised by amherstmedia.org.