Faculty Research and Creative Activity
Chuck Springwood published "Gun Concealment, Display, and Other Magical Habits of the Body," Critique of Anthropology, December 2014.
School of Art
Miles Bair's painting, "The Stream," was selected for the Mayo Clinic Collection in Rochester,
In addition, Bair exhibited paintings:
- At the Haen Gallery in Asheville, N.C.
- In an ongoing exhibition entitled The Future of the Landscape at Melissa Morgan Fine Art Gallery in Palm Desert, Calif. In this exhibition, artists
will re-explore the subject of landscape and, in many cases, re-invent it.
- At the Marshall Gallery of Fine Art in Scottsdale, Arizona.
- At the Duane Reed Gallery in St. Louis through July 3 as part of an exhibition, "Into
Kristine Nielsen presented "Medium Matters: Berlin's 750th Anniversary" as part of a panel on "Cultural
Politics in East Germany" at the conference Reassessing East German Art: 25 Years
After the Fall of the Berlin Wall, Iowa State University, Sept. 15-17.
Edgar Lehr, with Catenazzi, A and Vargas, V. published "A new species of Telmatobius (Amphibia, Anura, Telmatobiidae) from the Pacific slopes of the Andes, Peru." ZooKeys 480: 81–95.
In addition, Lehr published, with Köhler, G. (2015): Two new species of lizards of
(Iguania, Tropiduridae) from central Peru.
Given Harper and Will Jaeckle, with three then-undergraduates, Abbey White '14, Alex Lang '14 and Lauren Podgorski
'13, authored a paper that was accepted for publication in the Canadian Journal of Zoology, entitled "Eggshell porosity covaries with egg size among female House Wrens (Troglodytes
aedon) but is unrelated to incubation onset and egg-laying order within clutches."
participated in the Faculty Development in International Business Program in South
Africa, Zambia and Botswana in May.
Read his blog.
James E. House published "Discussions of Chemistry in Jules Verne's The Mysterious
Island" in The Chemical Educator, 2014, 19, 269-274.
, with current student Joshua S. Yoo '16 and recent alumni Thomas J. Laughlin '14 and Joseph J. Krob '14, published "Bismuth(III) bromide catalyzed synthesis of polyhydroquinoline derivatives
via the Hantzsch reaction,"
11 May 2015.
Mohan also published, with Onsen, L. T., "Isolation of Thymol from Carom Seeds." The Chemical Educator 2015, 20, 72-73.
Hans-Joerg Tiede, with Michael Theune (English), published "Confidential Searches for Chief Academic Officers: The impact of search firms and confidentiality," in Academe, a publication of the American Association of University Professors. Tiede also summarized
the article in a blog post.
In addition, Tiede:
- Spoke on "To Make Collective Action Possible," during the American Association of
University Professors Centennial Celebration, hosted by the Connecticut State Conference
of the AAUP, on Feb. 14 at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.
- Gave the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Centennial Address,
"Safeguarding Academic Freedom in the 21st Century," at the Association of American
Geographers Annual Meeting on April 21 in Chicago.
Craig Broadbent presented "Water Leasing Markets Using Futures Contracts to Address Seasonal Uncertainty"
at Illinois State University on March 20.
Irv Epstein, with Carmela Ferradans (Hispanic Studies), collaborated with local teachers in planning a professional development workshop
devoted to the study of the Spanish Civil War. Read more.
In addition, Epstein:
- With Chuck Springwood (Anthropology), proposed and participated in a panel presentation on school violence at the 59th
Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, March 8-13
in Washington, D.C. Epstein also participated in several additional conference sessions.
- Published a human rights column, "Youth Protest and Human Rights," in the March issue of The Volunteer, a magazine founded by the veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade.
- Delivered a talk related to his work on global youth protest, social and electronic
media, and comparative education, hosted by the Cultural and Educational Policy Studies
program at Loyola University Chicago on April 1.
Robin Leavitt's Power and Emotion in Infant-Toddler Day Care was released bySUNY Press in a Korean language edition. First published in the U.S.
in 1994 and still in press, the book applies interpretive, interactionist, critical,
feminist and postmodern theories to produce a provocative ethnography of the lived
experiences of our youngest children in day care.
Benjamin R. Wellenreiter serves as a member of the Illinois K-12 Social Studies Standards revision task force.
Led by the Illinois Civic Mission Coalition, this task force will make recommendations
to the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).
Molly Robey presented “Domesticating Palestine: Biblical Geography and the American Woman’s Home”
as part of the Geography/Geology/Geohydrology Explorations and Observations (GGGEO)
series at Illinois State University.
Dan Terkla received a book contract, with Nick Millea, co-editor, for A Companion to English Mappaemundi of the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries. Woodbridge, England: Boydell & Brewer, January 2018. Millea is the head of Map Collections
at the Bodleian Library, Oxford.
In addition, Terkla:
- Published “Hugh of St. Victor (1096-1141) and Anglo-French Cartography.” Imago Mundi: The International Journal for the History of Cartography 65.1 (2013): 161-79.
- Gave an invited lecture, "Medieval English Mappaemundi: Victorine Model and Idiosyncratic Copies." The Michaelmas Term Lecture in The Oxford Seminars in Cartography. Oxford, England (November 2013).
- Co-organized conference sessions with Felicitas Schmieder of FernUniversität, Hagen,
Germany for International Medieval Congress. University of Leeds, England (July 2015).
There have been four to five annual “Mappings” and a roundtable discussion since 2011.
Sessions are tied to a biannual issue of Peregrinations: Journal of Medieval Art and Architecture that published peer-reviewed, extended versions of the session talks. Terkla edits
the issue with Asa Mittman, Art and Art History, California State University, Chico.
- Is on the editorial board for Maps, Spaces Cultures (Brill). This innovative series
seeks monographs and essay collections that investigate how notions of space, geography,
and mapping shaped medieval and early modern cultures.
Gave a Lunch and Learn presentation at the McLean County Museum of History, viewable
online: Furnishing the Soul: Medieval Maps, Meditation, and Metaphor.
Michael Theune, with Hans-Joerg Tiede (computer science), published "Confidential Searches for Chief Academic Officers: The impact of search firms and confidentiality," in Academe, a publication of the American Association of University Professors.
German, Russian, and Asian Languages
Marina Balina received a research grant from the International Youth Library, Munich, Germany,
the world's largest library for international children's and youth literature. She
will spend four months working and researching materials for her new book on the history
of Russian children's literature.
- Published "Overcoming the Past through Childhood Reminiscences in Contemporary Russian
Autobiographical Prose" in AutobiografiЯ: Journal on Life Writing and the Representation of the Self in Russian
Culture, v.3, Padova University Press, pp. 185-213.
- Published "Narrating Love in Soviet Adolescent Literature of the 1930s: Ruvim Fraerman's
The Wild Dog Dingo; or A Tale about First Love,"The Russian Review: 73 pp. 354-370.
- Presented at the international symposium The Pedagogy of Images: Depicting Communism
for Children, Princeton University, April 30 - May 3, 2015. Her talk was entitled
"Stories of Little Brothers: Depicting Proletarian Internationalism in Soviet Children's
Literature of the 1920s-1930s."
Sonja Fritzsche presented Dreams of 'Cosmic Culture' in the Silent Star on Feb. 20 at the Cornell Institute for European Studies (CIES) Institute for German
Cultural Studies Spring Colloquium in Ithaca, New York.
Carmela Ferradans, with Irv Epstein, collaborated with local teachers in planning a professional development workshop
devoted to the study of the Spanish Civil War. Read more.
Christina Isabelli coauthored a chapter "[Foreign Language] Program Articulation and Management" in The Routledge Handbook of Hispanic Applied Linguistics with G. Lord, edited by M. Lacorte with Routledge, 2014, pp. 150-167.
In addition, Isabelli:
- Was invited by American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and Council
for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) to be trained as a national Foreign
Language Education Program Reviewer. In this position, she will examine reports and
data submitted by universities seeking ACTFL/CAEP recognition for their foreign language
teacher education programs.
- Co-presented a paper "Second Language Acquisition in the Domestic Immersion Context:
An Ecolinguistic Approach" at the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference held at the
University of Kentucky, Lexington, April 2015.
César Valverde presented a paper on Mario Vargas Llosa's 2010 novel The Dream of the Celt titled "Colonization, exploitation and sexuality in The Dream of the Celt" at the IV International Conference Of Modern Languages. Costa Rica, December 15,
Crystal Boyce published "Practice Makes Perfect: Updating Borrowing Policies and Practices at a
Small Academic Library" in the peer-reviewed Journal of Access Services. The article can be accessed on her Digital Commons Selected Works page.
In addition, Boyce:
- Was selected to participate in the American Library Association's Emerging Leaders
Program. Emerging Leaders is a selective and competitive program that taps newer members
of the library and information science profession to develop leadership capacity and
provide enriched service opportunities.
- Won a scholarship for program-related travel to national conferences from the Science
& Technology Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries.
- Had her research, "Secret Shopping as User Assessment Tool," accepted as a poster
session for the American Library Association Annual Conference in San Francisco, June
2015. Fewer than half the submissions were accepted.
- And her research article,
"Secret Shopping as User Experience Assessment Tool," was accepted for publication
in the autumn 2015
Public Services Quarterly
. Her research focuses on the use of a cost-effective in-house assessment tool that
provides rich results about patron satisfaction.
Stephanie Davis-Kahl co-authored two publications released by the Association of College and Research Libraries,
"Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy: Creating Strategic
Collaborations for a Changing Academic Environment" and "Common Ground at the Nexus
of Information Literacy and Scholarly Communication."
In addition, Davis-Kahl:
- Was the guest co-editor of the latest issue of the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication (JLSC), which focused on Library Publishing. JLSC is a quarterly peer-reviewed open-access
publication for original articles, reviews and case studies focused on library-led
digital projects, online publishing, and scholarly communication initiatives.
- Presented "Getting to Gobsmacked: Faculty, Students & Open Access" at the Association
of College and Research Libraries, Greater New York Metropolitan Area Chapter (ACRL/NY)
2014 Symposium, The Academic Librarian in the Open Access Future, on Dec. 5.
- Presented the ACRL webinar, "Celebrating Open Access Week: Scholarly Communication
Initiatives in Academic Libraries" on Oct. 23.
- Was panelist on the May 5 webinar hosted by College & Research Libraries, "C&RL Online
Forum: Survey of Campus Coordinators of Undergraduate Research Programs."
- Was the keynote speaker on April 24 for "ARLD Day," an annual gathering hosted by
the Minnesota Library Association's Academic and Research Libraries Division.
- Was a presenter with the Association of College & Research Libraries Scholarly Communications
Roadshow Workshop, "Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement," hosted
by Iowa State University in April and the University of South Carolina in March.
- Presented "Who Benefits?: Preserving and Making Available an Institution's Digital
Research and Creative and Scholarly Output" at the University of Northern Iowa on
- Was the moderator for a presentation, "Collective Strengths: Institutional Repositories
& Communities of Practice," and co-presented the poster, "Contributions to the Scholarly
Record: Conferences & Symposia in the Repository" at the Association of College and
Research Libraries (ACRL) 2015 Conference, March 25-28, Portland, Oregon.
- Presented the Digital Commons community webinar, "Data Management and the IR [Institutional
Repository] as a Teaching Tool at Illinois Wesleyan," along with Ellen Furlong (Psychology) and her student, Stephanie AuBuchon '16.
Digital Preservation Strategies for a Small Private College
" in the Society of American Archivists Campus Case Studies. Her article addressed
the challenge of digital preservation in smaller institutions and proposes ways to
continue to provide good stewardship over our digital history.
In addition, Miner participated in a joint project whose findings summary was selected
receive the Preservation Publication Award from the Society of American Archivists
(SAA) at its annual meeting in August. "From Theory to Action: 'Good Enough' Digital
Preservation Solutions for Under-Resourced Cultural Heritage Institutions" summarizes
the findings of the Digital POWRR: Preserving digital Objects With Restricted Resources project,
funded by an Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership Grant. Miner
was the project leader for Illinois Wesleyan, which was one of five Illinois universities
involved in the project.
Chris Sweet gave a Lunch and Learn presentation at the McLean County Museum of History, viewable
online: History of Cycling in Illinois.
Tian-Xiao He published in the following journals:
- "Polynomials that have golden ratio zeros.'" (With J. Maier and K. VanNess), Journal of Advanced Mathematical Studies, Vol. 7 (2014), No. 1, 151-175. His co-author Kurt VanNess is a 2013 IWU alumnus, now a graduate student at the University of Utah.
- "Hyperbolic expressions of polynomial sequences and parametric number sequences defined
by linear recurrence relations of order 2.'' (With Peter J.-S. Shiue and T.-W. Weng),Journal of Concrete and Applicable Mathematics, 12 (2014), No. 1-2, 63-85.
- "Enumeration problems for a linear congruence modulo m.'' (With W.-S. Chou and Peter
J.-S. Shiue), Taiwanese Journal of Mathematics, 18 (2014), No.1, 265-275.
- (With Leetsch C. Hsu and Xing Ron Ma) "On an extension of Riordan array and its application
in the construction of convolution-type and Abel-type identities."European Journal of Combinatorics, 42 (2014), 112–134.
In addition, He presented at the International Congress of Mathematicians 2014 (Seoul
ICM 2014) and served as Chairperson in the Short Communications of both Combinatorics
and Analysis at the invitation of the Organizing Committee of Seoul ICM 2014.
He also gave the following talks at conferences:
- Two Linear Operators Defined on Riordan Group and their Applications, an invited talk
in the session of Riordan Arrays and Related Topics of the 19th International Conference
of Linear Algebra Society, Sunkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea, Aug. 7.
- Asymptotic Expansions and Computation of Generalized Stirling Numbers and Generalized
Stirling Functions, International Congress of Mathematicians, Combinatorics, Coex,
Seoul, Korea, Aug. 14.
- Composite Dilation Wavelets with High Degrees, International Congress of Mathematicians,
Analysis and Its Applications, Coex, Seoul, Korea, Aug. 18.
Emily Kelahan '05 presented "The Design Argument in Hume's Natural History of Religion" at the American
Philosophy Association Eastern Division Annual Meeting, held Dec. 27-30 in Philadelphia.
School of Music
Joseph Plazak presented a seminar on Nov. 12 at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music
Media and Technology, housed at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University,
on "The Size Code - Revisiting the Paralanguage of Music."
Plazak also presented "The size code: Affective interactions of musical pitch and
timbre" on March 12 at BRAMS, the International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound
Research in Outremont, Quebec, Canada.
Adriana Ponce published "Form, Diversity, and Lack of Fulfillment in the First Movement of Schumann's
Fantasie op. 17." Music Theory Online 20, vol. 3. She also presented "Form, Diversity,
and Desire in Schumann's Fantasie Op. 17: An Interpretation in Terms of Formal Function
and Expressive Gesture" at the Royal Music Association 50th Annual Conference, University
of Leeds, U.K., Sept. 4-6.
In addition, Ponce delivered an invited talk entitled "Convergence, Digression, Circularity
and Transformation as Elements of Romantic Form in Chopin" as part of the Carrigan
Music Theory Lecture Series at the University of Michigan on March 26.
David Vayo's composition, Growth Medium, was on the program of the percussion duo Undue's October
tour of universities in Illinois and Wisconsin. Performances took place at University
of Wisconsin–Milwaukee,University of Wisconsin–Whitewater, Illinois Wesleyan University,
Western Illinois University, Northern Illinois University and Danville Area Community
School of Nursing
Vickie Folse and International Office Director Stacey Shimizu presented at the Forum on Education Abroad's 2nd annual European conference (at the
Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain) on Oct. 24. Their session, offered with
IWU alumnus Rich Kurtzman '98, who is director of the Barcelona Study Abroad Experience
(BSAE, the on-site partner for the IWU Spain Program), described how synchronous learning
technology has allowed IWU nursing students to study abroad and outlined how the IWU
Spain Program can serve as a model to help other schools offer study abroad to students
in highly structured disciplines.
The three also presented at the CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange
annual conference in Baltimore on Nov. 21. The session, "An Innovative Study Abroad
Program: A Model for Professional Fields in Study Abroad," was an updated version
of their presentation in Barcelona and detailed how synchronous learning technology
has allowed IWU nursing students to study abroad.
Donna Hartweg (Emeritus)
published "Dorothea Orem's Self-Care Deficit Theory in Nursing" in M. C. Smith &
M. E. Parker (Eds.)
Nursing Theories and Nursing Practice
(4th Ed) (pp.105-132). Philadelphia: F. A. Davis (2015).
Wendy Kooken and School of Nursing alumna Jen Boll '14 presented "Development of a Measure of
Nurse Vigilance from the Patient's Perspective" at the Midwest Nursing Research Society
(MNRS) 2015 Annual Research Conference, April 16-19, in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Brenda Lessen, with Clare A. Morello and Lori J. Williams, published "Establishing Intervention
Fidelity of an Oral Motor Intervention for Preterm Infants" in the March/April 2015
edition of Neonatal Network. The original research study was done with IWU honors
student Clare Goebel Morello '10.
Linda French and London Program students traveled to York, England in September to speak in connection
with the 250th birthday of deaf astronomer John Goodricke, who was her sabbatical research subject.
In addition, French:
- With students Kyle Connour '15 and Tyler Wright '16 as the first authors, published
"Rotation Period of 584 Semiramis" in The Minor Planet Bulletin, the official publication
of the Minor Planets section of the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers (ALPO).
It is the first piece of research concerning observations made at Illinois Wesleyan's
Mark Evans Observatory.
- With Jennifer Sieben '17, co-authored a paper on "Rotation Lightcurves of Small Jovian
Trojan Asteroids" in the planetary astronomy journal Icarus.
Gabriel Spalding was named by the American Association of Physics Teachers to a national committee
on Physics in Undergraduate Education.
In addition, Spalding was named as one of 10 members of the board of directors of
the Jonathan F. Reichert Foundation, Inc., which has a philanthropic mission of supporting
"advanced physics laboratory education in the United States."
Raymond Wilson (emeritus) published Nuclear War: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and a Workable Moral Strategy for Achieving and
Preserving World Peace (AuthorHouse, 2014).
Min-hyung Kim published "Theorizing National Preference Formation" in Cambridge Review of International
Affairs, published online first, August 2014, accessible here.
In addition, Kim published:
- "Integration Theory and ASEAN Integration," Pacific Focus, Vol. 29, No. 3 (December
2014), pp. 374-394.
- "Still a Regulatory State? The European Union and the Financial Crisis" (with James
A. Caporaso, Warren N. Durrett, and Richard B. Wesley), Journal of European Public
Policy, published online first, 6 December 2014.
"Why Provoke? The Sino-U.S. Competition in East Asia and North Korea's Strategic Choice,"
in Journal of Strategic Studies, published online first, 11 May 2015.
Kim also gave invited talks at Seoul National University, South Korea on May 1 and
Kyung Hee University, South Korea on May 7. His talk was entitled, "International
Relations Theory and East Asia International Relations: What Should Be Done for a
Kathleen Montgomery presented a series on "Eastern Europe: A Century of Unfinished Business" as part
of the Academy of Seniors, a local adult enrichment program for community members.
Greg Shaw participated in a panel discussion on using public opinion data in the classroom,
and spoke on ways to teach students public opinion research strategies and quantitative
methods, during the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, themed
"Politics after the Digital Revolution," in Washington, D.C., Aug. 28-31.
Jason Themanson published "Measuring Neural and Behavioral Activity During Ongoing Computerized Social
Interactions: An Examination of Event-Related Brain Potentials" in the Journal of
Visualized Experiments (JoVE), a PubMed-indexed video journal.
Robert Erlewine gave a talk on Sept. 29 at Rice University entitled, "Tolerant Muslims and Inquisitorial
Christians: Franz Rosenzweig and the Terrors of Divine Love in Modern Jewish Thought"
for the Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance. Learn more.
In addition, Erlewine presented "In Marcion's Shadow: Heschel, the God of Pathos,
and the Prophets" at Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity: A Conference in Honor of Abraham Joshua Heschel at the Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies at the University of California - Los
Angeles, May 3-4.
Meghan Burke discussed the future influence of the Tea Party on The Society Pages Roundtables.
In addition, Burke presented a paper at the Midwest Sociological Society meeting (March
25-29, 2015) called "The State of Research on Color-Blind Racism: Established Ground
and New Frontiers," and her first book, Racial Ambivalence in Diverse Communities
was featured on a book panel.
School of Theatre Arts
Jean Kerr and Paul Dennhardt presented a program on stage movement and fight choreography, including sword fights
and weapon technique, hosted by the Atlanta Public Library in March.