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Faculty from across all disciplines at Illinois College conduct forward-thinking research and are successful leaders in their field of study. Read the most recent accomplishments of the members of the faculty at Illinois College. Got some good news of your own? Please share it with us.
  • As part of its Lilly-funded Network of Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE), the Council of Independent Colleges is working to build a collection of scholarly resources around vocation and how it can best be explored by today’s undergraduate students. The work will be undertaken over a period of 5-6 years by three groups of scholars. Each group will address one of the following questions: How can colleges and universities educate undergraduates about vocation?; How can vocational considerations be integrated into diverse fields of study?; and How can vocational discernment and practices be advanced in a multi-religious world?  The first group, which began its work in 2013, includes Caryn Riswold, associate professor of religion and chair of gender and women’s studies at Illinois College, and Hanna Schell, professor of religious studies at Monmouth College. The second group, which will begin its work this summer, includes Catherine Fobes, associate professor of sociology at Alma College. The third group will begin its work in 2015. Read more.
  • Chris Oldenburg, assistant professor of communication and rhetorical studies, reviewed Jan Hanska’s book, "Reagan’s Mythical America: Storytelling as Political Leadership," for the March 2014 edition of Presidential Studies Quarterly. Read his article online.
  • Adrienne Hacker Daniels, professor of communication and rhetorical studies, has been selected to participate in the Council of Independent Colleges/Interfaith Youth seminar on Teaching Interfaith Understanding that will be held at DePaul University in Chicago, August 3-7. Hacker Daniels was one of only 25 faculty members selected for this seminar from a field of over 100 nominations.
  • Chris Oldenburg, assistant professor of communication and rhetorical studies, has an article in the Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric titled “What to the U.S. Catholic Bishops is the Fourth of July? A Rhetorical Analysis of Archbishop Lori’s Opening Homily and the ‘Fortnight for Freedom’ Campaign.” 
  • Joseph Genetin-Pilawa, assistant professor of history, has been invited to Notre Dame University on Tuesday, April 1 to give a lecture titled "A Curious Removal; Or, How a Native Woman in the 1950's Fought Christopher Columbus and Daniel Boone in Washington D.C. and Won." The lecture is sponsored by Notre Dame's Native American Student Association, American Studies Program, Multicultural Student Programs and Services, and Native American Initiatives.
  • The NCAA Gender Equity Task Force used data from the 2012 report "The Status of Women in Intercollegiate Athletics as Title IX Turns 40," by Amy Wilson, assistant professor of education, to substantiate the need to develop initiatives to support increasing equity in college sports. The Task Force met in San Diego on Jan. 14, 2014, for a full day of planning and discussion.
  • Beth Capo, associate professor of English and gender and women's studies, will be presenting a paper on Margaret Sanger and popular culture at “Pill and Pen: Contraception and Unwanted Pregnancy,” a symposium at the University of Iowa March 7-9. She will also be presenting a paper entitled “Kay Boyle's Sexual Politics and Process” at the American Literature Association conference in May.
  • Amy Wilson, assistant professor of education, was invited by the Centennial Conference to attend its annual Snell-Shillingford Symposium on January 25-26 hosted this year by Ursinus College. The purpose of this symposium is to provide knowledge and training for women interested in pursuing a career in athletics (coaching and administration). Wilson spoke to student-athletes, coaches, and administrators. The two presentations were: "The History of Title IX in Intercollegiate Athletics: An Ongoing Battle for Gender Equity" and "The Status of Women in Intercollegiate Athletics."
  • Nancy Taylor Porter, associate professor of theatre, led a workshop at the 2014 Region III Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival entitled "Long-Form Improvisation Scene Work." The workshop was based on what Taylor Porter learned by participating in the iO Summer Intensive at Chicago's Best Improve Comedy.
  • Daniel Meyer, assistant professor of education, presented a paper on the “Use of ‘the Scientific Method’ in Practitioner Journals: Why we should kill it; why it’s not dead yet” at the 21st Annual Association for Science Teacher Education conference in San Antonio, Texas. 
  • Brent Chandler, assistant professor of chemistry, published a paper in the Journal of the American Chemical Society titled “A Fully Synthetic and Biochemically Validated Phosphatidyl Inositol-3-Phosphate Hapten via Asymmetric Synthesis and Native Chemical Ligation.” You can check out Chandler’s work on the journal’s website.
  • Timothy Kramer, professor of music, premiered his new composition, “Rituals,” on Sunday, January 12, at Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. The composition was one of three winners from a recent competition sponsored by the Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings, the Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College and the University of Michigan School of Music. Read more at  http://bit.ly/1iHmMoP.
  • Adrienne Hacker Daniels, professor of communication and rhetorical studies, was published in two separate books recently. In the book, “Regulating social Media: Legal and Ethical Considerations,” by authors Susan J. Drucker and Gary Gumpert, she wrote the chapter, “Protection or Prosecution: Julian Assange and Wikileaks Making Waves with a Cybersplash.” In Daniel S. Brown’s book, “A communication Perspective on Interfaith Dialogue: Living within the Abrahamic Traditions,” Hacker Daniels contributed by writing the chapter, “Rhetorology and Interfaith Dialogue.”
  • The University of Chicago's Midwest Faculty Seminar has invited Professors Kevin Klein and Nausser Jamali to speak on December 6, 2013, to graduates of various doctoral programs at the University of Chicago on the use of technology in teaching undergraduates.
  • On November 7 and 9, Jenny Barker Devine, assistant professor of History, spoke at the Wonder of Words Festival and the 4th National Conference for Women in Sustainable Agriculture in Des Moines, Iowa.

  • Paul Spalding, professor of religion, gave a paper, "Clandestine Political Activity of the Radical Enlightenment," at the How Radical Was the Enlightenment? workshop at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign on November 7-9. The conference was organized by Carl Niekerk and the Lessing Society, and co-sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), New York, along with different departments throughout the University of Illinois.

  • Chris Oldenburg, assistant professor of communication and rhetorical studies, was recently published in the esteemed KB Journal (Kenneth Burke Journal) issue 9.1. His feature article, "Redemptive Resistance through Hybrid Victimage: Catholic Guilt, Mortification, and Transvaluation in the Case of the Milwaukee Fourteen." Read his article online.

  • Steve Hochstadt, professor of history, gave the keynote addresses at the openings of a traveling exhibit of the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum in Chicago, sponsored by the American Jewish Committee, on October 21, and in Los Angeles, sponsored by UCLA, on October 27. These talks are based on research for his book, Exodus to Shanghai: Stories of Escape from the Third Reich.

  • In October four Illinois College faculty members presented at the annual meeting of the German Studies Association in Denver. Faculty members and their presentations included: "Chinese in Jewish Memory and Jews in Chinese Memory" by Steve Hochstadt; "Dix and ... Dettmann? Unlikely Fraternal Twins of the German Art of World War I" by Robert Kunath; "Celebrating Latin Schools - Where are the Women?" by Almut Spalding; and "German Pietism" by Paul Spalding.
  • Amy Wilson, assistant professor of education, was named to the NCAA's Gender Equity Task Force. The "first version" of this committee was formed in the early 1990s after the initial NCAA review of gender equity in intercollegiate athletics indicated that women had not made much progress twenty years after Title IX. Now the committee has been reformed with its former members and some new members, including Wilson.
  • Steve Hochstadt, professor of history, gave a series of public presentations about the 16,000 Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany who escaped to Shanghai, China. The first was the keynote address at the Hyatt Regency in Rosemont, Ill., for “Shanghai Memory,” an event organized by a Lincolnshire nonprofit on August 15. Read the story from the Daily Herald. Hochstadt also spoke on the same subject to the Springfield Jewish Federation at Temple Israel on August 18 in Springfield. These talks are based on research for his book, Exodus to Shanghai: Stories of Escape from the Third Reich.

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