College of Education

Dr. Robbie J. Marsh, assistant professor of special education, co-presented the following at the Teacher Educators for Children with Behavior Disorders Conference Nov. 18-19 at Arizona State University: “The Struggles of Support: Lessons Learned from Working with Juvenile Justice Facilities,” “Improving Engagement in the Virtual Environment for Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders,” “Denial of Evidence-Based Practices? Facilitators and Barriers of IRB Policies in State Juvenile Justice” and “Systematic Literature Review of Behavioral Interventions in Alternative Schools.” Dr. Marsh also won the Must-Read Manuscript of the Year Award from the Council for Learning Disabilities for “Mental Health in Schools: An Overview of Multitiered Systems of Support.” He co-presented the article at the organization’s annual conference Oct. 14-15 in Las Vegas.

Dr. Leah Panther, assistant professor of literacy education, and several colleagues authored the book chapter, “My teaching comes from them: Mediating guided reading in a multilingual classroom” in The Classroom Library: A Catalyst for Literacy Instruction. Dr. Panther also presented “Whose English? Preparing teacher candidates and teacher educators to listen for linguistic justice” at the Georgia Association of Colleges for Teacher Education fall conference in Columbus.

Dr. Katherine Perrotta, assistant professor of middle grades and secondary education, and Dr. Tiffany Rainey, virtual content specialist with DeKalb County Schools, presented “Emphatically Our Battle: A Content Analysis of the New York African Free School Curriculum, 1787-1840” Nov. 18 at the annual conference of the National Council for the Social Studies College and University Faculty Assembly.

College of Health Professions

Dr. Craig Marker, professor of clinical psychology, co-authored “Measurement of adverse childhood experiences: It matters” in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Dr. Wallace L. Daniel, Distinguished University Professor of History, delivered the main lecture, “The Legacy of Father Glen Yakunin,” Nov. 6 at the Keston Institute’s Annual General Meeting at The Royal Foundation of St. Catherine in London, England.

Dr. David A. Davis, professor of English, organized an undergraduate research panel for the South Atlantic Modern Language Association on “William Faulkner and constructions of gender.” The panel featured presentations by Eliza Moore, Amelia Rivers and Savannah Smith.

Dr. Robert Good, associate professor of history, presented “Powering Hope: Alfred Fouillée’s Idée-Force” at the 19th Century French Studies Annual Colloquium in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Gordon Johnston, professor of English, was interviewed by Michelle Meredith for “A Root that Reaches Deep: Gordon Johnston on Our Brief Human History, Holding your Breath, and Practicing Resurrection” in the fall issue of the online literary journal Susurrus. Dr. Johnston’s river memoir, “Going to Water – Wise Creek of the Ocmulgee River,” will be published in the winter issue of Susurrus along with two new poems – “Border Waters” and “Cutting Back Brush.” He gave the keynote presentation, “Field Notes: Writing Back to the Wilds That Never Wrote to You,” in early October for the Georgia Master Naturalist Program organized by Bibb County Extension Service. Dr. Johnston will be the featured poet in the opening reading of the Advent Poetry and Organ Concert Series Dec. 2 at the Community Church of Vero Beach in Florida.

Dr. Chinekwu Obidoa, associate professor of global health and Africana studies, served as a co-panelist and Critical Race Theory scholar Sept. 27 for a panel discussion presented by the Mercer Social Justice Book Club sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives. Dr. Obidoa also delivered a presentation, titled “Teaching about Health in Africa Outside Africa at the Mid-America Alliance,” for the African Studies 25th Annual Meeting, held virtually Oct. 29-30. She was also a co-panelist and presented on “The Importance of Mapping in Public Health” at the Environmental Health Forum at Georgia College and State University, held Nov. 17.

Dr. Rosalind Simson, associate professor of philosophy, and Gary Simson, Macon Chair in Law at the School of Law, co-authored “Rescuing Roe,” accepted for publication in the New York University Journal of Legislation and Public Policy in winter 2022 in Vol. 24, Issue 2.

Dr. John Stanga, assistant professor of biology, presented “How the Cereal Crumbles: A Hands-on Activity for Enzyme Kinetics and Thermodynamics in Introductory Biology” Nov. 13 at the National Association of Biology Teachers Professional Development Conference. Dr. Troy Nash, senior lecturer in biology, and Dr. Megan Pannell, assistant professor of biology, were co-authors on this work.

College of Pharmacy

Dr. Raquibul Hasan, assistant professor, co-authored “Metformin treatment reverses high fat diet induced non-alcoholic fatty liver diseases and dyslipidemia by stimulating multiple antioxidant and anti-inflammatory pathways” in Biochemistry and Biophysics Reports 2021. He also co-authored “Relaxes Resistance Mesenteric Arteries by Stimulating Multiple Smooth Muscle Cell Voltage-Gated K+ (KV) Channels” in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences.

Dr. Jordyn P. Higgins, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy, authored “Evaluation of density variations to determine impact on sterile compounding” in the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy.

College of Professional Advancement

Dr. Arla Bernstein, program coordinator and assistant professor of communication, conducted a College of Professional Advancement faculty workshop on “Oral Communication Assessment across the Curriculum.” The Oct. 29 workshop addressed how to use a rubric to align assessment with student learning outcomes for oral communication. 

Dr. David Purnell, adjunct professor of communication, presented “Estrangement: A Father Son Love Story” at the National Communication Association.

School of Business

Jody Blanke, Ernest L. Baskin Jr. Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Law, was a panelist in a session, titled “Administrators with a JD: Paths, Challenges and Opportunities,” at the annual Southeastern Academy of Legal Studies in Business meeting in Savannah.

Dr. Ania Izabela Rynarzewska, assistant professor, presented a paper, titled “Pro equality behaviors in marketing, anti-racism matters,” at the Association for Consumer Research Conference in October. She presented papers, titled “Reliance on Social Media Influencers to improve small new beauty brand metrics during Covid 19, evidence for ROI” and “Pro equality behaviors in marketing, anti-racism matters” at the Society for Marketing Advances in November. Also at that conference, she co-presented the following papers: “Branding in Crisis: empirical analysis of CSR issues exacerbated by Covid-19,” “Teaching IDEA to Undergraduate Students: Use of Corporate Training Resources (Salesforce Trailhead)” and “An Assessment of the Relationship between Anti-Consumption Behavior and One’s Political Inclination.” Dr. Rynarzewska and former undergraduate student Eliza Hetrick won Best Paper in the Branding and Pricing Track for “Branding in Crisis: empirical analysis of CSR issues exacerbated by Covid-19” at the Society for Marketing Advances.

School of Engineering

Dr. Kleio Avrithi, assistant professor of civil engineering, became a program evaluator for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). ABET is a non-governmental organization that accredits post-secondary education programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering and engineering technology.

School of Medicine

Dr. Raghavan Chinnadurai, assistant professor of oncology, authored “Hepatocellular Carcinoma Cells Are Protected From Immunolysis by Mesenchymal Stromal Cells Through Indoleamine 2,3 Dioxygenase” in Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology.

Dr. Alice Aumann House, senior associate dean of admissions and student affairs and professor of family medicine, was elected to serve as director of District 3 of the Board of Directors for the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians. Her three-year term began Nov. 13.

Kim Meeks, director of the Skelton Medical Libraries and director of student wellness, co-presented wellness topics to family medicine residents as part of the Culture of Wellness pilot program through Atrium Health Navicent. Topics included mindfulness and self-reflection, emotional intelligence and the science of change, and cognitive reframing and affirmations.

School of Music

Dr. Nathan Myrick, assistant professor of church music, appeared on two podcasts – “Music and the Church” and “Church Music Makers” – and collaborated with Evey Wilson Wetherbee, assistant professor of practice and journalist in residence in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, to produce a series of short videos based on the Music and Human Flourishing in Christian Communities research project he directed last year.

School of Theology

Dr. Nancy L. deClaissé-Walford, Carolyn Ward Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages, on Nov. 2-3 chaired an Off-Site Reaffirmation Committee for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools – Commission on Colleges.

Staff and Administration

Rebekah Anaya, associate director of study abroad, presented “Study Abroad: Staying Alive and Relevant During a Pandemic” Oct. 7 at the Alabama Association of International Educators virtual conference. She was also awarded a travel grant through the Forum on Education Abroad to attend its annual national conference in Chicago at the end of March.

Kyle is the director of media relations at Mercer. In addition to being the primary media contact for most academic and administrative units of the university, he coordinates hometown and university news releases and serves as editor of the News@Mercer e-newsletter and Reach magazine.​