Publications

Miguel L. Arce, professor of social work, and Walter J. Mullin, PhD, professor of social work, co-authored the following articles in El Sol Latino Un Periodico Differente/A Different Kind of Newspaper (Amherst, Mass.): “Honoring Hispanic heritage” (September 2017), Fatherhood in low-income communities” (October 2017 ), “Community development: A grand challenge for Holyoke, Massachusetts” (November 2017), “Health disparities are making America sick” (January 2018), “Taxes, the military and the assault on the poor” (February 2018), and “Leaving behind transitional assistance to Families with Dependent Children” (March 2018).

Salome Brooks, EdD, associate professor of physical therapy, co-authored a position paper titled “Defining underrepresented minorities and promoting holistic review admission strategies in physical therapist education” in Journal of Physical Therapy Education in December 2017. A result of Brooks’ two-year membership with the Commission on the Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education Diversity Task Force, this collaborative work discusses the committee’s development of a “uniform definition of URM” and the work needed to move the doctor of physical therapy program application process toward recognition of potential student diversity and the value of a holistic application review.

Ian Delahanty, PhD, assistant professor of history, published “Review of Lincoln and the immigrant” in Journal of American Ethnic History in February 2018. He also published “Redemption and dejection in the black military experience” in Reviews in American
History in March 2018.

Katherine Dugan, PhD, assistant professor of religion, published “#Adoration: Holy hour devotions and twenty-first century Catholic identity” in U.S. Catholic Historian in the winter 2018 issue. She also wrote a book review of Donna Bowman’s Prayer Shawl Ministries and Women’s Theological Imagination in the winter 2018 issue of Religion and Gender. In addition, she published “Reform in American Catholicism? Not really. Re-emphasis? Yes” online for the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., in December 2017.

Tan Leng Goh, PhD, assistant professor of physical education, published “Children’s physical activity and on-task behavior following active academic lessons” in Quest in April 2017.

Megan W. Harvey, PhD, assistant professor of health sciences, published “Prepregnancy body mass index, gestational weight gain, and risk of cesarean delivery in Hispanic women” in Obesity in January 2018. She also published “Weight gain in early pregnancy and risk of gestational diabetes mellitus among Latinas” in Diabetes & Metabolism in November 2017.

Jasmin Hutchinson, PhD, associate professor of exercise science and sport studies and director of sport and exercise psychology, Andrew Moore ’17, and graduate students in exercise science and sport studies—Steven Vitti, Paul Dalton, and Brendan O’Neill—co-authored “The influence of self-selected music on affect-regulated exercise intensity and remembered pleasure during treadmill running” in Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology in February 2018.

Peiwei Li, PhD, assistant professor of psychology, published the chapter “Rethinking ‘research:’ Insights from Zen Buddhism on self, love, compassion, and freedom” in the book Love in the Time of Ethnography in January 2018.

Charles B. Redington, PhD, emeritus professor of biology, authored a chapter titled “The Evolution of Charles B. Redington Through Collaboration” in the book Pathways to Collaboration, Vol. 2, published by Sciencetech in 2017. This book was the outgrowth of The Ohio State University (OSU) Arts and Sciences Advisory Committee work with the STEAM Factory. The STEAM Factory is an organization founded at OSU to explore new collaborations outside traditional academic routes.

Conferences and Presentations

Simone B. Alter-Muri, EdD, professor of art and director of art therapy/counseling and art education, presented “Beyond the canvas: Tattoos, healing and art therapy” at the American Art Therapy Conference in Albuquerque, N.M., in November 2017. At the conference, she also was on a panel on “Ethics in art therapy education: Responsibilities to students and profession.”

James J. Canning, PhD, professor of social work, Walter J. Mullin, PhD, professor of social work, and Tiffany Wright, a Master of Social work student (Class of 2018), presented “Reading as relationship: An innovative counseling approach” at the Maternal Health Commission, Health and Human Services in Springfield, Mass., in February 2018, as well as at In Her Eyes at the Human Service Conference sponsored by the Center for Human Development, in Springfield, Mass., in October 2017.

Walter J. Mullin, PhD, professor of social work, and James J. Canning, PhD, professor of social work, presented “Reading as relationship: An innovative counseling approach” at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting in Dallas in October 2017.

Thomas Carty, professor of American studies, presented “Popes and U.S. presidents: Sacred and secular diplomacy during the early Cold War” at the American Society of Church History Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C., in January 2018.

Julia Chevan, PhD, professor and department chair of physical therapy, presented “An updated profile and earnings analysis of U.S. physical therapists” at the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting in New Orleans, La., in February 2018. At the conference, she also co-presented “Demographics, comorbid conditions, and medications among adults seeking physical therapy services for spine-related pain.”

Allene Begley Curto, associate director of financial aid services for the School of Professional and Continuing Studies, presented at the Massachusetts Association of Financial Aid Administrators Conference in Hyannis, Mass., in November 2017. Her three presentations were: “Conflicting information, verification and other oddities,” “What faculty advisors and deans need to know about financial aid,” and “You mean I’m not your only school?” She presented “National Association of Financial Aid Administrators credential training in return of Title IV aid” at the New Hampshire Association of Financial Aid Administrators training in Concord, N.H., in February 2018. She also presented “National Association of Financial Aid Administrators Training on resolution of C codes (ineligibility issues)” at the Vermont Association of Financial Aid Administrators/ Eastern Association of Financial Aid Administrators training in Brandon, Vt., in October 2017.

Eileen Cyr, PhD, professor of education, and Katharine Bride Reed, instructor of education, presented with S-Cubed graduate students— Dilyara Celik, Brianna Rivers, Carly Atkinson, Angela Sorensen, Erica Begley, and Kelly Gilhooly— at the Critical Questions in Education Conference in Portland, Ore., in March 2018. The title of the presentation was “A celebration of learning: Using the Pecha Kucha as a summative assessment for working teachers in a licensure program.

Laurel Davis-Delano, PhD, professor of sociology, and Elizabeth Morgan, PhD, associate professor of psychology, presented their paper “What public displays of heterosexual identity reveal about heteronormativity, heterosexism, bisexuality, gender, and sexual orientation suspicion” as invited guest lecturers in the Out to Lunch Gender, Sexuality, and Community Lecture Series, sponsored by the Rainbow Center at the University of Connecticut in February 2018. They also presented “Beliefs about masculinity, heterosexual marking, and heterosexual identity development among emerging adult men” at the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood Conference in Washington, D.C., in November 2017.

Katherine Dugan, PhD, assistant professor of religion, presented “Catholic in fly-over country: Studying rural Catholicism in the U.S.” at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting in Boston in November 2017.

Nina Esaki, PhD, assistant professor and campus coordinator of the mental health counseling program at Springfield College Milwaukee, co-presented “Self to community: Mapping out an organization’s DNA” at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Conference in Chicago in November 2017.

Robert Fiore, DBA, professor of management, had his co-authored paper, “Improving strategic decisions, insights from multinational attributions to organizational outcomes” presented at the Northeast Business & Economics Association Conference in Port Jefferson, N.Y., in October 2017. He presented “The case for three classes of entrepreneurial activity” at the Clute International Academic Conference on Business in Orlando, Fla., in January 2018.

Pamela S. Higgins, assistant professor of health science, and Kathleen M. Glynn, PhD, assistant professor of rehabilitation and disability studies, co-presented “Addressing behavioral health disparities in children through school, provider, and faith-based collaboration: A public health prevention system of early identification” at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in Atlanta in November 2017.

Susan Joel, PhD, associate professor of sociology, presented “Understanding campus sexual misconduct through a feminist sociological lens” at the Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting in Baltimore in February 2018.

Christine Johnston, assistant director of alcohol & other drug education and health promotion, co-presented “Health promotion: Peer review” and “Healthism and its impact on college health #Fitspo #NoExcuses #CleanEating #NoPainNoGain” at the New England College Health Association and New York State College Health Association combined annual meeting in Burlington, Vt., in November 2017.

Regina Kaufman, PT, EdD, NCS, professor of physical therapy, and Dawn Roberts, PhD, PT, associate professor of physical therapy, co-presented “Long-term rehabilitation training for people with chronic movement dysfunction: Extending our community engagement and research” at the University of Massachusetts Center for Clinical and Translational Science Community Engagement and Research Symposium in Worcester, Mass., in March 2018.

Linda L. Marston, PhD, director of grants and sponsored research, co-presented a general session on “Supporting faculty: What we do, and what we hope to do” at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Grants Resource Center 2018 Funding Competitive Conference in Washington, D.C., in February 2018. As a member of the center’s national advisory board, Marston co-hosted a luncheon session for Category A members, and participated in the advisory board meeting at the conclusion of the conference.

Michelle E. Moosbrugger, PhD, associate professor of physical education and graduate coordinator of the physical education and health education program, co-presented “School-college collaboration in CSPAP Project: Facilitators, inhibitors, and benefits” at SHAPE America in Nashville, Tenn., in March 2018.

Janine Spinola Taylor, EdD, assistant professor of human services Springfield campus, was the keynote speaker at the Bay Path University 2018 Black History Symposium in February 2018.

Angela Veatch, associate director of East Campus Outdoor Learning Center, presented “Facilitating performance: Leveraging mental skills to enhance the performance of experiential educators” at the Association for Experiential Education International Conference in Montreal, Canada, in November 2017.

Amy Veres, DPT, assistant professor of physical therapy, presented the poster “In adults with opioid use disorder, does physical activity improve physiologic adaptations and quality of life?” at the American Physical Therapy Association of Massachusetts Annual Conference in October 2017 in Norwood, Mass. The poster was co-authored by Doctor of Physical Therapy students Lauren Peladeau, Brielle Albertini, and Larry Piretra. It was awarded “Best Poster Presentation: Case Report” at the conference.

Grants and Sponsored Research

Brooke Hallowell, PhD, dean of the School of Health Sciences and Rehabilitation Studies, has been awarded $50,000 from Epstein Teicher Philanthropies, New York, N.Y., for 2018. The award provides continued annual funding for her ongoing study, “Developing clinical and research excellence to support people with aphasia.”

Awards

Regina Kaufman, PT, EdD, NCS, professor of physical therapy, was awarded the 2018 Consortium of Humanities, Ethics and Professionalism Award by the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy in February 2018. She received the award for developing work that explores the ways in which prolonged engagement in clinical service learning programs helps foster development of a humanistic approach to providing physical therapy care among Doctor of Physical Therapy students. Her collaborators were Salome Brooks, EdD, associate professor of physical therapy, and Kimberly Nowakowski, associate professor of physical therapy.

Michelle E. Moosbrugger, PhD, associate professor of physical education and graduate coordinator of the physical education and health education program, was notified on February 2018 that she will receive the Honor Award by the Massachusetts Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance in May for making significant strides in the fields of health, physical education, recreation, or dance.

Janine Spinola Taylor, EdD, assistant professor of human services Springfield campus, received the 100 Women of Color Award in Hartford, Conn., in March 2018. The award honors 100 women from the greater Hartford and Springfield, Mass., areas who serve as positive role models and display long-term commitment to the betterment of their community.

Appointments and Committees

Joyce Lee Taylor, PhD, assistant professor of social work, was appointed assistant clinical professor for the Yale School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, in the Yale Behavioral Health Program in recognition of her many years of service and consultation to the program. This year, she will create the Yale Child Welfare Program, develop program content, and establish its first advisory council of nationally recognized child welfare experts.

Martha Potvin, provost and vice president for academic affairs, was elected president of the Association of Chief Academic Officers in
March 2018. The organization provides a global forum for sharing best practices, discussing current academic issues, and promoting the educational interests of member institutions and their chief academic officers. Tanya Sears, controller, was appointed board member and chair of the finance committee for Dress for Success of Western Massachusetts in July 2017.

Tanya Sears, controller, was appointed board member and chair of the finance committee for Dress for Success of Western Massachusetts in July 2017.

Frank J. Torre, PhD, professor of chemistry, was appointed treasurer of the board of publication of the American Chemical Society Journal
of Chemical Education in January 2018. Scott Woodaman, assistant director of Campus Recreation (student development and facility operations), was appointed committee chair of the Massachusetts Association for Recreational Sports Student Scholarship Program in January 2018.
The scholarship program was developed to provide professionals and students with the financial assistance needed to attend events related to their profession.

Scott Woodaman, assistant director of Campus Recreation (student development and facility operations), was appointed committee chair of the Massachusetts Association for Recreational Sports Student Scholarship Program in January 2018. The scholarship program was developed to provide professionals and students with the financial assistance needed to attend events related to their profession.

Laurie H. Wrona, assistant director of the Career Center, was appointed chair of employee relations for the Massachusetts Education Recruiting Consortium in August 2017. The consortium connects employers from school districts and education settings with undergraduate and graduate students and alumni to assist with networking, interviewing, and job searching.

Endeavors

Simone B. Alter-Muri, EdD, professor of art and director of art therapy/counseling and art education, displayed her sculpture, “Selfie, The Gnome Within,” at the Gnome Exhibit at Mill 180 Park, Easthampton, Mass., from Feb. 8-March 8, 2018. She also had two plein air paintings—acrylic on clayboard—exhibited as part of the Amherst Plein Air Painters Society at the Northampton Cooperative Bank in Amherst, Mass., March 3- April 3, 2018.

Springfield College served as host and a co-sponsor of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Teacher Educator Institute from March 14-16, 2018. The first of its kind, the institute is designed to bring teacher educator faculty from Massachusetts together for a three-day institute. Linda Davis-Delano, PhD, director of educator preparation and licensure, served on an advisory group of teacher educators who planned the agenda. Topics included “Setting a Foundation for Practice: Practice Happens” and “Bringing it Home: Practice Matters.”


Tracey Dexter Matthews, dean of the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation was selected from a national pool of candidates to participate in the 2018-19 Council of Independent Colleges Senior Leadership Academy. Participants gain knowledge, skills, and experiences to advance in responsibilities in college administration.

Martin Dobrow, professor of communications, was guest lecturer at Wilbraham & Monson Academy in Wilbraham, Mass., in January 2018. His presentation to the 500-member student body focused on “The Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.” He also led a roundtable discussion about writing and journalism, and spoke to students in AP History classes on historiography—using the story of King’s appearance at Springfield College in 1964 and the way it has often been misrepresented in print. Dobrow presented research on two connections of art and civil rights in western Massachusetts in 1963-64 at an event called “The Art of Protest,” sponsored by Gateway City Arts in Holyoke, Mass., in February 2018. One presentation was about President John F. Kennedy’s dedication of the Frost Library at Amherst College in October 1963, just weeks before his assassination.

Shannon Finning, vice president for student affairs, offered insight and fielded questions during the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education (HIHE) online information session about its leadership development programs in January 2018. These programs are designed for administrators at various stages of their careers. Finning is an alumna of the HIHE Institute for Educational Management, an immersion program in which participants assess their leadership skills, develop effective strategies for long-term institutional success, and more.

Samuel A.E. Headley, PhD, professor of exercise science and sport studies and director of clinical exercise physiology, was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Karpovich Chair for Wellness at Springfield College. The three-year, honorary appointment promotes interdisciplinary research across health science fields through the testing of ideas and the creation of new initiatives/practices that have the potential to be brought to scale and lead to a sustainable avenue of scholarship.

Peiwei Li, PhD, assistant professor of psychology, participated in the Critical Participatory Action Research Institute, affiliated with the Public Science Project, at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in January 2018.

Paul Thifault, PhD, assistant professor of English, became co-editor of Resources for American Literary Study, a scholarly journal published by Penn State University Press, in January 2018.

Media Appearances and Mentions

Kyle Belanger

Radio Row Week Super Bowl Coverage

2/1/18, The Republican

 

Kate Bowen

Team IMPACT

2/14/18, WWLP TV 22 and Western Mass News

 

Charlie Brock

NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four

3/12/18, WHYN Radio

NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four

3/12/18, Western Mass News

 

Mary-Beth A. Cooper

Springfield College

11/30/17, WAMC Northeast Public Radio

 

Ian Delahanty

Making History Public

3/6/18, The Republican

 

Linda Davis-Delano

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Event

3/19/18, BusinessWest

 

Martin Dobrow

Martin Luther King Jr.

2/19/18, WGBY Connecting Point

 

Charlene Elvers

Alternative Spring Break

3/13/18, The Republican

 

Naomi Graves

Women’s Eastern College Athletic Conference

Basketball Playoffs

2/27/18, Western Mass News

 

M. Susan Guyer

Exercise is Medicine

2/20/18, Healthcare News

Healthy Heart Symposium

2/6/18, The Republican

 

Christopher Hakala

Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning,and Scholarship

3/29/18, BusinessWest

 

Brooke Hallowell

New Dean of School of Health Sciences and Rehabilitation Studies

1/9/18, BusinessWest

 

James Harnsberger

Grants

1/11/18, BusinessWest

 

Samuel A.E. Headley

Karpovich Chair for Wellness

3/20/18, BusinessWest

 

Calvin Hill

Black History Month

2/6/18, WWLP TV 22

Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture

3/6/18, Reminder Publications

 

Mark Howard

Online Shopping

11/30/17, Western Mass News

 

Stuart Jones

High School Walkouts

2/24/18, NPR

RaiseMe

2/21/18, The Republican

 

Karen Leary

Coat Drive

12/15/17, Western Mass News

 

Kevin McAllister

Hoophall Classic

1/11/18, Western Mass News

 

David McMahon

Alternative Spring Break

3/16/18, Western Mass News

 

Jennifer Najuch

National Collegiate Gymnastics

Association Championships

3/23/18, WWLP TV 22

 

Kimberly Nowakowski

Global Health Trip

3/21/18, Healthcare News

 

Craig Poisson

Springfield College Athletics Hosts

Education Day for Local Youth

1/10/18, The Republican

 

Jessica Poser

Intro to Art Class

11/6/17, The Republican

 

Dawn Roberts

Global Health Trip

3/21/18, Healthcare News

 

Wayne Rodrigues

Concussion Research

3/1/18, Western Mass News

 

Martin Shell

Theater Performance

3/28/18, The Republican

 

Francesca Spina

Social Sciences Lecture

3/23/18, The Republican

 

Francine Vecchiolla

School of Social Work Open House

2/22/18, The Republican

Faculty Appointments

The following faculty members were awarded tenure in February 2018 (effective September 2018): Salome Brooks, EdD, associate professor of physical therapy; Justin Compton, PhD, associate professor of environmental biology; Anthony Hill, EdD, associate professor of social work; Tyler Markkanen, PhD, associate professor of mathematics; and Elizabeth Mullin, PhD, assistant professor of physical education.

The following faculty members were promoted to professor in February 2018 (effective September 2018): Miguel L. Arce, School of Social Work, and John E. Roland, PhD, School of Professional and Continuing Studies. Mark Howard assisted Western Mass News with a story on individuals starting up their own online stores. Kevin McAllister visited Western Mass News with a preview of how sport management students receive valuable experience during the annual Hoophall Classic.

The following faculty members were promoted in February 2018 (effective September 2018): Joyce Lee Taylor, PhD, to associate professor, School of Social Work, and Abdullah Rehayem, to assistant professor, School of Health Sciences and Rehabilitation Studies.

The following faculty members were awarded a long-term appointment in February 2018 (effective September 2018): Pamela S. Higgins, assistant professor of health science; Moira Long, associate professor of physical education and women’s volleyball coach; Jean McCaffery, associate professor of occupational therapy; Elizabeth Montemagni, PhD, associate professor of physical therapy; and Kristen Mullady, associate professor of physical education and women’s lacrosse coach.

Debra Salsi, DM, assistant professor in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies, Wilmington campus, and Karen Whelan-Berry, PhD, associate professor in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies, Boston campus, were both hired in January 2018.

Staff Appointments

Miguel Alanis

Assistant Director, Recruitment/Outreach

Enrollment Management

 

Theresa Barbosa

Payroll Manager

General Counsel

 

Christopher Bullen

Custodian

Facilities Management

 

Jamie Cocomazzi

Processing Assistant

Library Services

 

Maria D’Agostino Crawford

Associate Director

Office of Alumni Relations

 

Annmarie Dumont

Instructional Designer

School of Professional and Continuing Studies

 

Rosaleen Dunbar

Administrative Assistant

Undergraduate Admissions

 

Anna Dzietczyk

Custodian

Facilities Management

 

Dave Erwin

Custodian

Facilities Management

 

Rebecca Feinberg

Student Research Coordinator

Academic Affairs

 

Tiffany Fontaine

Admissions Assistant

Enrollment Management

 

Amanda Frost

Area Coordinator

Residence Life

 

Thomas Griffis

Associate Director

Financial Aid

 

Christopher Hakala

Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship

Academic Affairs

 

Brooke Hallowell

Dean

School of Health Sciences and Rehabilitation Studies

 

James Harnsberger

Associate Vice President of Graduate Education, Grants, and Sponsored Research

Academic Affairs

 

Kathleen Hogan-Soltys

Assistant Director, Health Center

Student Affairs

 

Jonathan Howell

Director

Human Resources

 

Li Jin

Instructional Designer

School of Professional and Continuing Studies

 

Sharlene Kerelejza

Assistant Director, Field Education

School of Social Work

 

Julie Koivisto

Assistant Director, Student Activities and Signature Programs

Student Activities

 

Danielle Kosiorek

Assistant Web Developer

Office of Communications

 

Jean Langevin

Business Systems Coordinator

Information Technology Services

 

Kellie Lavoie

Administrative Assistant

School of Arts, Sciences, and Professional Studies

 

Michelle Lee Scecina

Assistant Athletic Director

Department of Athletics

 

Edmund Lizotte

Director, Enrollment Management

Enrollment Management

 

Colin Loeffler

Admissions Assistant

Enrollment Management

 

Angela Mallis

Assistant Coach

Department of Athletics

 

Kylie Martin

Director, Annual Giving

Office of Development

 

Alma Martinez

Administrative Assistant

School of Professional and Continuing Studies

 

Sergio Mateus

Dispatcher

Department of Public Safety

 

Jonathan McGibbon

Media Specialist

Information Technology Services

 

Joanna Miles

Career Counselor

Career Services

 

Glen Norman

Custodian

Facilities Management

 

Angela Parisi

Dispatcher

Department of Public Safety

 

Lourdes Pires

Assistant Director, Recruitment and Outreach

Enrollment Management

 

Dianna Pisano

Purchasing Assistant

Finance and Administration

 

Rebecca Quesada

Assistant Director, Recruitment and Outreach

Enrollment Management

 

Tessa Rickart

Web and Media Specialist

Office of Communications

 

Kelli Ross

Business Systems Coordinator

Enrollment Management

 

Derek Saunier

Assistant Director, Recruitment and Outreach

Enrollment Management

 

Mary Simeoli

Title IX Coordinator

Division of Inclusion and Community Engagement

 

Estelle Tshitenge

Assistant Director, Recruitment and Outreach

Enrollment Management

 

Chelsea Tuthill

Assistant Director, Recruitment and Outreach

Enrollment Management

 

Kristine Victorick

Dispatcher

Department of Public Safety