Michelle Parsons, Assistant Professor in Anthropology, has been awarded a multi-year grant ($141,846) from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for an ethnographic case study on rising mortality among non-Hispanic whites in the United States. The study investigates the social, political, and economic production of distress among midlife non-Hispanic whites with lower levels of education in Yavapai County, Arizona, where midlife suicide rates are among the highest in the country.
Dr. Ann Collier, assistant professor of Clinical Psychology, has been featured in 'The Academic Minute’ "Best-of for 2016" for her research on the therapeutic impact of do-it-yourself activities on mood and health. She writes about the benefits of art as therapy in relation to emotional memories. Her research found that crafting and do-it-yourself projects are not only stimulating, arousing, and engaging, but also benefit your overall mood and the potential health impact of your mood. To hear her segment on 'The Academic Minute, click here.
Luis Fernandez, professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, has been elected President of the Society for the Study of Social Problems. The purpose of the SSSP’s is to promote and protect sociological research and teaching on significant problems of social life. Fernandez will lead the SSSP in its many initiatives and help mentor students further in the disciplines he has studied. Fernandez’s research interests include crime and immigration, as well as protest policing.
Janna Jones, professor in the School of Communication, was selected to be the 2017 Dow Visiting Scholar, endowed by The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation. As part of her duties, Jones will teach a variety of classes about screenwriting, the history of movie palaces, cinema audiences and film archives at Saginaw Valley State University in Saginaw, Michigan, on Feb. 15.
Kurt Lancaster, professor of creative media and film, and Peter Friederici, director of sustainable communities and associate professor of journalism, were awarded the Award for Excellence in the Faculty Video Competition from the National Broadcast Education Association's Festival of Media Arts 2017. This annual festival showcases the work of University students and faculty, this year, the festival winners will be recognized at the 15th Annual BEA Best of Festival King Foundation Awards Ceremony in Las Vegas on April 24, 2017. During the ceremony, the winning media will be screened for attendees to view. Congratulations to our two SBS professors on this impressive award!
Bill Carter, assistant professor of practice in Creative Media and Film at the School of Communication, was recruited by MIT’s Sloan School of Management to create a film highlighting the Big Data conference in Bogota, Columbia last May. The film is a result of Carter’s two-year partnership with MIT. He also is working with MIT on multiple future projects, including films in Asia, Latin America and Europe, and raising money for renewable energy projects. Carter looks forward to building more relationships between NAU and MIT’s faculty and students.
Peter Friederici, MS Associate Professor and Director of the Master's in Sustainable Communities Program, published a new book "A New Form of Beauty; Glen Canyon Beyond Climate Change" in collaboration with photographer Peter Goin. The book creates a lyrical exploration in words and photographs, describing the science of climate change and its impact to Glen Canyon Nationalpark.
Dr. Corina Kellner, assistant professor of Anthropology and specialized in physical Anthropology received the Core Fulbright Scholarship, a program of the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational und Cultural Affairs for her project Transferring Skills and Building Investigative Capacity: Creating a Stable Isotope Preparation Laboratory in Peru at Cayetano Heredia University.
On Friday January 11th, 2013 CCJ faculty member and Executive Director of the Arizona Innocence Project, Dr. Robert Schehr, delivered his lecture entitled, "Wrongful Conviction and Innocence Organizations", to more than 200 people at the Lyon III School of Law in Lyon, France. Dr. Schehr spoke as an invited member of the Board of Directors for The Innocence Network, and as Chair of the International Committee. The event marked the formal launch of the first French innocence project, Innocence Project France. The event captured significant press attention, including this story in France's most prestigious newspaper, Le Monde.
Dr. Dennis Wayne Catlin, professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, was named "EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR" for 2012 by the ARIZONA JUSTICE EDUCATORS ASSOCIATION. The wording on his award reads as follows: "In recognition of your high ethical standards, outstanding achievements, contribution and dedication to students and faculty in criminal justice education" Trina Spencer, Research Director at the Institute for Human Development, received a Preliminary Studies Grant to develop and validate a dynamic assessment of decoding and language. The purpose of this new assessment tool is to reduce the bias against culturally and linguistically diverse children that is inherent in many static measures used in schools and to identify students who need intensive academic support when they first enter kindergarten.
Wonders, PhD professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, won the Joseph B. Gittler Award from the Society
for the Study of Social Problems during its 2012 annual meeting in Denver.
The award recognizes the significant scholarly achievements that society
members have made in contributing to the ethical resolution of social problems.
Richard Carroll of the Institute for Human Development was awarded a 2.7 million dollar, five-year grant from the Administration on Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities to conduct disability preservice interdisciplinary training, community training and technical assistance, research and and dissemination. The project commenced July 1, 2012 and will go through June 30, 2017.
Alan A Lew, PhD was awarded membership in the International Academy for the Study of Tourism in recognition of his significant long-term contributions to the field of tourism research.
The Arizona Governor's Office of Children, Youth and Families provided Neil Websdale with $783,090 in grant funds to implement the FRASA (Fatality Reviews and Safety Audits) project. The project commenced August 1, 2011 and ends June 30, 2012.
Mr. Marco Meier and Dr. Larry Stevens in the Department of Psychology were awarded a $10,000 Research Scholarship Grant from Applied Neuroscience, Inc. The award is for EEG equipment, software, and supplies for purposes of testing LORETA z-score EEG Neurofeedback as Mr. Meier’s Graduate Thesis project in the Department of Psychology at NAU.
NAU’s 2012 Research and Creative Activity Award for Most Significant Scholarly Work was presented to Alex Alvarez, Professor, Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice, for the Book, Genocidal Crimes (2010) The award recognizes a work of scholarship that has had a demonstrable impact on the individual or group, the discipline and/or the university as evidenced through publicity, dissemination, citation, awards, etc.
Sam Minkler, associate professor of photography for
the School of Communication, was awarded second place honors in the digital
photography category at the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts 2010 Santa Fe Indian Market Awards.
Neil Websdale, a professor of criminology and
criminal justice, received the 2009-10 Attorney General Distinguished Service Award in Leadership. He was given
the award by Attorney General Terry Goddard for his dedication to the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Teams Initiative.
The National Communication Association’s Ethnography Division has awarded its Best Book
of the Year (2010) Award to Mark Neumann, director of the School of
Communication, for Recording
Culture: Audio Documentary and the Ethnographic Experience.
communication professor, was selected to receive a research grant from the
Arthur W. Page Center for Integrity in Public Communication at Penn State University. Short received $3,000 for
his research project, “From Greenwashing to Social Advocacy: The Ethical
Imperative in Green Branding.”
assistant professor in the School of Communication, is the 2009 recipient of
the Copper Quill Award, given by the Friends of the Flagstaff Public Library. The
award honors a local author for a body of work.
assistant professor of visual communication, was awarded third place in the
logo design category for the "American Design Award Semi-Annual Design
Contest,” a peer-reviewed competition with 1,313 entries and 52 winners.
Trina D. Spencer, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA- Research Director - Institute for Human Development, Research Assistant Professor - Educational Psychology
Petersen, D. B., Thompson, B. E.,
Guiberson, M., & Spencer, T. D.
(in press), Cross-linguistic interactions from L2 to L1 as the
result of individualized narrative language intervention with children with and without
language impairment. Accepted for
publication in Applied Psycholinguistics.
Kruse, L., Spencer, T. D., Olszewski, A., Goldstein, H. (in press). Small
groups, big gains: Efficacy of a tier 2 phonological
awareness intervention with preschoolers with early literacy deficits. Accepted for publication in American Journal
of Speech-Language Pathology.
Kelley, E. S., Goldstein, H., Spencer, T. D., & Sherman, A. (in
press). An automated tier 2 vocabulary and comprehension
intervention for preschool children with limited oral language skills. Accepted for publication in Early Childhood
Weddle, S. A., Spencer, T. D., Kajian, M., & Petersen, D. B. (in press). An
examination of a multi-tiered system of language
support for culturally and linguistically diverse preschoolers: Implications for early
and accurate identification. Accepted for
publication in School Psychology Review.
Petersen, D. B., Allen, M. M.,
Ukrainetz, T., & Spencer, T. D.
(2014). Predicting reading difficulty
in first grade using dynamic assessment of decoding in early kindergarten: A large-scale longitudinal study. Journal
of Learning Disabilities, Online First, 1-16.
T. A., Detrich, R., Wilcynzski, S., Spencer,
T. D., Lewis, T., Snyder, K. (2014). Evidence-based
practice of applied behavior analysis. The
Behavior Analyst, 37, 41-56.
D. B., & Spencer, T. D. (2014).
Narrative assessment and intervention: A clinical tutorial
on extending explicit language instruction and progress monitoring to all students.
Perspectives on Communication Disorders
and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse
Populations, 21, 5-21.
Spencer, T. D., Petersen,
D. B., Slocum, T. A., & Allen, M. M. (2014). Large group narrative intervention
in Head Start classrooms: Implications for response to intervention. Journal of Early
Childhood Research, online first, 1-22.
D. B., Brown, C. L., Ukrainetz, T. A., DeGeorge, C., Spencer, T. D., & Zebre, J. (2014).
Systematic individualized narrative intervention on the personal narratives of children
with autism. Language, Speech, Hearing Services in Schools, 45, 67-86.
Noe, S., Spencer, T. D., Kruse, L., & Goldstein, H. (2014). Effects of a
tier 3 phonological intervention on preschoolers’
emergent literacy. Topics in Early
Childhood Special Education, 34(1), 27-39.
See some of our faculty members at work solving real-world
problems in this STOP In Action
film by the Montana Domestic Violence Fatality Review Commission.
Dr. Ann Collier,
assistant professor of Clinical Psychology, was recently featured on 'The Academic Minute' as "Best-of for 2016" for her research on the therapeutic impact of do-it-yourself activities on mood and health. Her research found that crafting and do-it-yourself projects benefit your over all mood and the potential health impact of your mood. To listen to Dr. Collier speak about her research, click here
Annette K McGivney,
in the School of Communication, received two awards from the International Regional Magazine Association's IRMA Awards,
which were announced on Monday Sept. 19 at their annual conference. received second place (silver) for the prestigious "Magazine Writer of the Year" Award. This was for five feature stories I wrote for Arizona Highways magazine in 2015. In their comments the judges said: "She makes every story deeply personal, bringing each of her subjects alive on the page, and bringing the reader into her world." I also received an Award of Merit in the Nature and Environment category for an Arizona Highways story I wrote titled, "Ba'cho," about Mexican wolves on the White Mountain Apache reservation.
August 2014 - Ann Huffman,
associate professor of psychology and management, was presented the
2014 Organizations and Natural Environment Division of the Academy of
Management Book Award for her contributions to “Green Organizations:
Driving Change with IO Psychology.” The edited volume discusses how
industrial-organizational psychology contributes to environmental
sustainability in organizations. Huffman also is the 2015 Division
Program Chairperson for the American Psychological Association, Society
of Industrial-Organizational Psychology to be held in Toronto.
June 2014 - Dr. Trina Spencer of
the Institute for Human Development was recently awarded a three year
research grant from the Institute of Educational Sciences, the research
arm of the US Department of Education totaling $1,481,976. The
long-term goal of the grant entitled, “Development of a Dual Language
Narrative Curriculum” will be to promote academic success among young
Spanish-speaking English learners. This is the first grant received by
the university from this funding agency.
project will be completed through collaboration with Northern Arizona
Council of Governments Head Start and many NAU undergraduate and
graduate students will serve as research assistants. The award period
is from 8/1/2014 to 7/31/2017. For further information about this
exciting new research project, contact Trina Spencer at 523-8103 or at
October 2013 - Trina Spencer,
Research Director at the Institute for Human Development, received a
Preliminary Studies Grant to develop and validate a dynamic assessment
of decoding and language. The purpose of this new assessment tool is to
reduce the bias against culturally and linguistically diverse children
that is inherent in many static measures used in schools and to identify
students who need intensive academic support when they first enter
Michelle Miller, professor of psychology, published an article titled, “What College Teachers Should Know about Memory: A Perspective from Cognitive Psychology,” in the journal College Teaching in 2011.
Luis A. Fernandez, director of the master’s in sustainable communities program, coauthored a new book published by New York University Press titled Shutting Down the Streets: Political Violence and Social Control in the Global Era. The book revamps the literature on social control and reveals the significance of protest policing in the era of alterglobalization. Based on direct observation of more than 20 global summits, the book demonstrates that social control is not only global, but also preemptive, and that it relegates dissent to the realm of criminality. The authors document in detail how social control forecloses the spaces through which social movements nurture the development of dissent and effect disruptive challenges. The book shows that much “policing of protest” is political violence against democracy.
assistant professor of politics and international Affairs, published "Gendered Political Opportunities? Elite Alliances, Electoral Cleavages, and Activity Choice Among Women's Groups in the UK, France, and Germany,"
in Social Movement Studies: Journal of
Social, Cultural and Political Protest.
visiting assistant professor in politics and international affairs, published
"Modern Democratic Thought" in 21st Century Political Science: A Reference Handbook.
instructor in Photography, wrote "Digital Gold," published in the
January/February 2011 issue of Gold Prospectors. The magazine also
published one dozen of her photographs along with the article, including one
featured on the front cover of the publication.
politics and international affairs instructor, published her book, Gay Marriage in the US: Challenging the National Security Imaginary, in 2010.
professor of politics and international affairs, has had the sixth edition of
her textbook, Environmental Politics: Domestic and Global Dimensions,
published by Wadsworth Publishing.
assistant professor of ethnic studies, published an article, "Runagate,
Runagate: Historical Noncompliance, Pre-Emption and Moral Justice," on SB
1070, immigration, and the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, in the Tidal Basin Review.
Norman J. Medoff,
professor in the School of Communication, has published a second edition of his
Media: Then, Now, & Later, which
connects the traditional world of broadcasting with the contemporary universe
of digital electronic media.
assistant professor of visual communication, published "Usability Study of the Motorola Razr V3 Cellphone" in the
peer-reviewed journal, Design Principles and Practices: An International
Journal. The article details how Melhus and a team of designers developed
two cell phone design prototypes geared toward tech-savvy baby boomers.
Laura L. Camden, assistant professor of photojournalism and documentary studies in the School of Communication, presented "Lights Still On: The First and Last of Montana's Drive-in Movie Theatres" at the 10th annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities last week in Honolulu.
director of the School of Communication, recently delivered a keynote address,
"Excavations of the Cinematic City: Between Evidence and Evocation,"
at the Mapping the City in Film conference at the University of
School of Communication electronic media
and film lecturer Charlie Hicks
presented his paper, "Demystifying the 'It' Factor: Why Certain Audience
Members Develop Preferences for Certain Broadcasters," at the 2010 Broadcast Education Association annual convention.
associate professor of communication, delivered the keynote speech "Coping with Loss: Effective and
Ineffective Communication" at the 2010 MISS Foundation Conference. The MISS Foundation is a
volunteer-based nonprofit which provides support, education, advocacy, and
research after the death of a child at any age and from any cause.
professor of sociology and social work, Geeta Chowdhry, professor of
politics and international affairs, Ricardo Guthrie, assistant professor
of ethnic studies, Daisy Purdy, faculty in ethnic studies, and T.
Mark Montoya, instructor of ethnic studies, presented a panel, "Surviving Arizona: Defending Ethnic Studies in a New Jim Crow Era?"
at the 39th annual conference of the National Ethnic Studies Association.
assistant professor of politics and international affairs, presented the paper
"From Institutions to Interconnections: Revisiting, Reinvigorating, and
Realizing Democracy as a Way of Life" as part of a panel titled
"Toward Sustainable Institutions for Participative, Egalitarian Governance"
at a recent American Society for Public Administration Conference.