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Faculty, staff recognized for various accomplishments


Several faculty and staff members at Austin Peay State University have been recognized for their recent professional and scholarly activities.

Dr. Rebecca Blanton Johansen, assistant professor of biology and principal investigator in the APSU Center of Excellence for Field Biology, and two of her graduate students presented results of an ongoing research of Southeastern fishes at the annual scientific meeting of the Southeastern Fishes Council held recently in Chattanooga. Her graduate students, Mark Hoger and Matthew Wagner, competed in the student presentation competitions. Hoger earned third place in the oral presentation competition for his talk, titled "Inter-seasonal movements of Etheostomatinae darters in Yellow Creek and Whiteoak Creek, Tennessee.” Wagner earned the third-place award for his poster presentation, titled "Utility of amplified fragment length polymorphisms in a phylogeographic study of the Redband Darter, Etheostoma luteovinctum.” There were 30 competitors, many of whom were Ph.D. candidates. Two undergraduate students of Johnasen attended the meeting, Aaron Ross and Shawn Settle.

Sherry Kendrick, technical clerk in the Office of the Registrar, received the PeayFormance Customer Service Award. The Enrollment Management and Academic Support will present the award quarterly to a professional or clerical staff member nominated by his or her peers as exemplifying service above and beyond the call of duty to APSU students, faculty and the general campus community.

Mayra Lopez, analyst in the Office of Information Technology, received the PeayFormance Partner Award. The Enrollment Management and Academic Support will present the award quarterly to faculty, staff or administrators who work in partnership with EMAS staff to demonstrate excellent service.

Dr. Chinyere Ogbonna-McGruder, associate professor of public management and criminal justice, presented two papers during the Intellectbase International Consortium Academic Conference held Oct. 12-14 in Atlanta, Ga. She co-authored one paper, titled “Revisiting Brown versus Board of Education: 57 Years Later,” with two of her students, Eric Martin and Tony Armstrong. A second paper, “Co-Relationship between Commercial Bail Bond Industry and Tennessee Jail Populations,” was co-written by Ogbonna-McGruder, Martin and her third student, John Taylor. Both papers also were published in the International Handbook of Academic Research and Teaching. Ogbonna-McGruder had two other students to attend the conference, Michael Miller and Shatonex Jackson.

Dr. Melony Shemberger, assistant director of communication, attended a seminar, “How to Succeed With Social Media,” on Nov. 15 in Nashville. The workshop was presented by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), District III.

Dr. Minoa Uffelman, associate professor of history, had a commentary, titled “Tennessee’s Fighting Parson,” published online Nov. 20 in the New York Times. The article profiled William Gannaway “Parson” Brownlow, a pro-slavery minister from East Tennessee who was also pro-Union and opposed the Confederacy.