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APSU employees share recent professional developments, activities


            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Faculty and staff members at Austin Peay State University recently announced a number of publications, conferences and credentials as part of their professional and scholarly activities.


Christopher Burawa, director of the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, was named a Translator in Residence by the Icelandic Literature Center for the summer of 2014. He will be completing his translation of Kristin Eiriksdottir's collection of short stories, “Doris Dies.”


Dr. Marissa Chandler, director of the APSU Office of International Education, recently co-presented at the NAFSA: Association of International Educators regional conference in Raleigh, N.C. The presentation was titled, “It Takes a Village: Maximizing the Effectiveness of International Student Orientation and Acculturation Programs.” In addition to Chandler, co-presenters included Tina Rousselot de Saint Ceran, Clemson University and former APSU coordinator of International Education, Sylvain Chabra, from the University of South Carolina, and Daniel Diaz, Guilford College.  


Dr. Chinyere Ogbonna-McGruder, APSU associate professor of public management/criminal justice, was interviewed on the radio show “The Housing Hour” on Oct. 15. The interview, which is available online at, was based on Ogbonna-McGruder’s forthcoming book, “A Different Perspective on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” The book will be available in bookstores by the first week of December 2013.


Bill Rupp, dean of the College of Business, co-authored the article “Data Quality and Knowledge/Information Management in Service Operations Management: Regional Supermarket Case Study,” with Alan D. Smith of Robert Morris University. The article was published in the International Journal of Knowledge-Based Organizations, Volume 3, Issue 3, 2013. Rupp also was recently awarded Best in Track by the Atlantic Marketing Association (October 2013) for two articles, “Critical Success Factors Online for-Profit Education Providers” and “Strategic Aspects of Corporate Culture and Performance Appraisal Systems.”


Dr. Roscoe Shain, professor of business law, and Dr. Stephanie Newport, professor of management, have received notice of two pending publications this semester:

“Strategic Semantics: Word choice essentials in establishing a productive culture,” forthcoming in the Journal of Organizational Culture, Conflict, and Communication, and “Finding a personal fit in morality and ethics,” forthcoming in the Journal of Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Issues. The first article presents a matrix that shows the dysfunction in cultures where authority is unevenly and ill-advisedly delegated; it places the bullying phenomenon, so rampant in business, squarely at the feet of management. The second article offers a means of identifying an individual’s primary approach to addressing ethical situations and solution decisions.