Faculty and Staff Notables


College of Continuing and Professional Studies

Dr. Diane M. Clark, associate professor of counseling, presented a session at the biannual Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors Conference in Denver, Colo., on Oct. 9. The topic of the presentation was “Critical Incidents in Counselor Education: How do We Define Impaired Students.”

Dr. Kenyon Knapp, assistant dean and professor, presented a poster on “Suicide in Older White Men: Assistance, Understanding, and Prevention” at the American Association of Christian Counselors World Conference at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn., on Sept. 13. He also

presented on “Helping Children with Grief and Loss” to the administration and staff at Dominion Classical Christian Academy in Lawrenceville following the death of Mr. Chip Hardy, father of two students at the school. Dr. Knapp also presented, with Ph.D. student Mayi Dixon, on “Cyber Infidelity: How, Why & Prevention” at the International Better Marriages Conference in Raleigh, N.C., and on “Little Foxes in the Vineyard” at the International Association for Certified Sexual Addiction Specialists (IACSAS) Conference in Nashville, Tenn.

Dr. David Lane, professor of counseling in the Department of Counseling and Human Sciences, and
Dr. Donna Lane, adjunct professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Sciences, presented “Grief, Loss, Attachment, and Faith” and the World Conference of the American Association for Christian Counselors in Nashville, Tenn., on Sept. 14.

Dr. Suneetha B. Manyam, associate professor of counseling and human sciences, presented on “Group Sand Tray Therapy for Children with Special Needs” at the Licensed Professional Counselors Association's 25th Annual Convention and Regional Conference on June 16 in Savannah.

Dr. Theresa Reese, associate coordinator of the Rehabilitation Counseling program in the Department of Counseling and Human Sciences, commemorated Disability Employment Awareness Month by welcoming four guest speakers to her class throughout October. The presentations were made in Introduction to Rehabilitation Counseling, and for many of the students, it was their first experience communicating with a person that has a disability.

Dr. Kevin Williams, assistant professor of healthcare leadership, presented his research, titled “A Study of Self Determination Skills of Students with Learning Disabilities at Selected Historical Black Colleges and Universities” at the fall 2013 “Brunch and Learn Workshop” for The Center for Disability Access and Resources.

College of Health Professions

Dr. Ann Lucado, assistant professor, and
Dr. Timothy McMahon, clinical assistant professor, received a $2,300 grant for “Scapular muscle strength and activity in recreational tennis players with lateral epicondylalgia” from the American Society of Hand Therapists.

Dr. Ellen Perlow, clinical assistant professor,
Dr. Niamh Tunney, clinical assistant professor, and
Dr. Ann Lucado, assistant professor, received a $500 grant for “The prevalence and compliance with safe patient handling programs at physical therapy internship sites” from the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia.

Dr. Jimmie H. Smith Jr., assistant professor of practice, has been selected to serve as a site visitor for the Public Health Accreditation Board, the national, nonprofit accrediting organization for public health departments at the local, state, territorial and tribal levels.

Dr. Niamh Tunney, clinical assistant professor, received the Achievement in Education Award from the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia.

Dr. Deborah Wendland, assistant professor, received a $500 grant for “The effects of exercise mode and intensity on the plantar skin in people with and without diabetes” from the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia. Dr. Wendland also received the Professional Merit Award from the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia.

College of Liberal Arts

Dr. David A. Davis, assistant professor of English, published the essay “Southern Modernists and Modernity” in
The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the American South, and he presented the paper “The Irrepressible Conflict: Southern Agrarians and World War I” at the American Literature Association symposium in New Orleans, Oct. 11-13.

Dr. John Marson Dunaway, professor of French and interdisciplinary studies, published his translation of Vladimir Volkoff's 2004 novel “L'Hôte du Pape/The Pope's Guest” (Mercer University Press). Dr. Dunaway read from his new translation at the annual conference of the American Literary Translators' Association at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., on Oct. 17. He was also interviewed on “The Herbert Dennard Show,” where he discussed the Unity Worship Service sponsored by Mercer and the Beloved Community Paired Clergy. The service featured Dr. David P. Gushee, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics, as guest preacher, and choirs and worship leaders from several local churches. It was hosted by Center Hill Baptist on Sept. 29.

Dr. Eric Klingelhofer, professor of history and chair of the History Department, was featured in an article about his research into the lost colony of Roanoke, which can be read here.

Dr. Fletcher Winston, associate professor of sociology, published an article in the journal Social Movement Studies (Vol. 12, No. 4), titled “Decisions to Make a Difference: The Role of Efficacy in Moderate Student Activism.”

Professor Marian Zielinski's art quilt, “Goodnight, Sweet Prince,” is on exhibit in the Saint Louis University Museum of Art from Sept. 20-Oct. 27 and will be on exhibit at the Riffe Gallery in Columbus, Ohio, from Jan. 15-April 13. She is a professor of communication and theater arts.

College of Pharmacy

Dr. Ayyappa Chaturvedula, assistant professor, received a $47,100 grant for “Real world adherence to HIV PrEP in serodiscordant African couples” from Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Annesha W. Lovett, assistant professor, was appointed invited reviewer for the
Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy.

Dr. Kendra R. Manigault, clinical assistant professor, was appointed member of the Georgia Pharmacy Association Continuing Professional Education Standing Committee for 2013-2014.

Dr. Maria M. Miller Thurston, clinical assistant professor, was appointed invited reviewer for the
Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy.

Dr. Samuel K. Peasah, research assistant professor, co-authored “Medicare non-payment of hospital-acquired infections: infection rates three years post implementation” in
Medicare and Medicaid Research Review 2013; 3(3): E1–E16. Dr. Peasah was also appointed as invited reviewer for
Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Georgia Baptist College of Nursing

Laura Kim Baraona, clinical assistant professor, presented “Reducing Low Birth Weight Ricks: A Tobacco Cessation Educational Intervention for Obstetrical Practices” at the Evidence Based Conference at Georgia Regional Hospital in Augusta on Oct. 12.

Dr. Lanell Bellury, associate professor, presented “Rx for Direct-Care Nurses: Research Mentoring in a Non-academic Community Hospital” at the 2013 ANCC National Magnet Conference in Orlando, Fla., on Oct. 2.

Dr. JoEllen Dattilo, associate dean for the undergraduate program, and
Elaine Harris, RN, MS, CCRN, clinical associate professor, presented “The New Normal: Adjunct Clinical Faculty's Perceptions about Role” at the National League for Nursing Education Summit in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 21. Co-investigator of the project was
Susan Estes, RN, MS, clinical associate professor.

Susan Estes, clinical associate professor, presented interprofessional research titled “The Evaluation of Spirituality in Graduate and Professional Degree Students: Year One” with investigators
Dr. Lucy Bush, assistant professor of education in the Tift College of Education, and
Dr. Loyd Allen, Sylvan Hills Baptist Church Professor of Church History and Spiritual Formation in the McAfee School of Theology, at the Georgia Educator's Research Association in Savannah, Ga., on Oct. 19. Co-investigators from the College of Nursing were
Elaine Harris, RN, MS, CCRN, clinical associate professor, and
Ann C. Keeley, RN, PMHCNS-BC, LMFT, clinical associate professor.

Ann C. Keeley, clinical associate professor, served as an instructor for Gwinnett Medical Center's Faith Community Nursing course titled “Practical Tools for Demystifying Mental Health Challenges Responding to Critical Issues” on Oct. 11.

Laura P. Kimble, professor, presented “Statistics for Evidence Based Practice” at the Evidence Based Practice ToolKit Workshop in Kennesaw on Sept. 20.

Freida Fuller Payne, professor, attended the Interprofessional Education Institute in Chicago with Mercer's IPE team from the Macon and Savannah campuses.

Brenda Rowe, associate professor, presented “Protecting the Public: Role of Board of Nursing” and “Practice Tips for Interaction with State Boards of Nursing” at the American Association of Nurse Attorneys in Savannah, Ga., on Oct 9.

McAfee School of Theology

Dr. Loyd Allen, Sylvan Hills Professor of Baptist Heritage, delivered the R. Glen Eaves Lectureship in British and European History at Mississippi College on Sept. 19.

School of Engineering

Dr. George Hayhoe, professor, received the Honorary Distinguished Service Award from the Council of Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication at the organization's annual conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Oct. 11. Dr. Hayhoe is only the third honorary recipient in the 15 years since the award's establishment. The award recognized his 15 years as editor of
Technical Communication, the discipline's flagship journal; his own scholarship; his service to two professional organizations in the field; and his teaching and contributions to curriculum and program development.

School of Medicine

Dr. Steven L. Carpenter, associate professor of medicine, was awarded the 2013 J. Willis Hurst Teaching Award.

Dr. Richard L. Elliot, professor and director of Professionalism and Medical Ethics, published the following articles: “Is there a doctor in the house?”
Journal of the Medical Association of Georgia 2013; 102(2): 24-5; “Guns, ethics, and public safety,”
Journal of the Medical Association of Georgia. 2013; 102(1): 18-19; and “Physicians as Good Samaritans?”
Journal of the Medical Association of Georgia 2012; 101 (4): 31-32.

Dr. Edwin W. Grimsley, FACP, professor of internal medicine, vice-chair of the Department of Internal Medicine and Internal Medicine Residency Program Director, was recently honored as the 2013 recipient of the Laureate Award by the Georgia Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP). Presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting, the Laureate Award honors Fellows and Masters of the ACP who have demonstrated an abiding commitment to excellence in medical care, education or research and in service to their community, their chapter and the ACP.

Dr. Aaron Johnson, research scientist in the Department of Family Medicine, published an article in
Annals of Emergency Medicine, titled “Screening for at-risk alcohol use and drug use in an emergency department: Integration of screening questions into electronic triage forms achieves high screening rates.” Co-authors were
Alex Woychek and
Dr. J. Paul Seale, Department of Family Medicine, and
Darlene Vaughan of the MCCG Emergency Department.

Dr. Harold P. Katner, chief of infectious diseases in the Department of Internal Medicine, presented on “Statewide survey of Emergency Department practice for prophylaxis of sexually transmitted infections in rape victims” at ID Week on Oct. 4 in San Francisco. Dr. Katner was also co-author of “Retrospective comparison of etravirine and darunavir/ritonavir as dual therapy in early treatment-experienced subjects (INROADS) to a matched historical control,” 14th European AIDS Clinical Society Meeting (EACS), Brussels, Belgium, Oct. 16-19.

Dr. Robert J. McKallip, assistant professor of immunology, Harriet Hagele, graduate student in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program, and
Dr. Olga N. Uchakina, research assistant III from the Division of Basic Medical Sciences, had their manuscript, titled “Treatment with the hyaluronic acid synthesis inhibitor 4-methylumbelliferone suppresses SEB-induced lung inflammation,” accepted and published in the journal

Shirley Powell, technical director of the Histology Curricular Support Laboratory, presented a workshop, titled “Size Matters: How to Prepare Macro Sections In Your Lab,” at the National Society for Histotechnology Annual Symposium/Convention in Providence, R.I., on Sept. 21. She is on the founding board of NSH for which she received a 40-year award at the annual banquet this year.

Dr. J. Paul Seale, professor of family medicine, presented a paper, titled “The Impact of motivational interviewing-based training in screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment on residents' self-reported attitudes and behaviors,” at the 10th conference of INEBRIA (International Network on Brief Interventions for Alcohol and Other Drugs), Sept. 19-20, in Rome, Italy. Co-authors were
Denice Crow Clark,
Jason Dhabilwala,
Sylvia Shellenberger and
Aaron Johnson from the Department of Family Medicine;
Dr. David Miller from the Department of Internal Medicine at Wake Forest Baptist University Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.; and
Dr. Hunter Woodall of AnMed Health Family Medicine Residency in Anderson, S.C.

Dr. Eric K. Shaw, associate professor of community medicine, conducted a two-day focus group training for primary care researchers in the Department of Family Medicine and Population Health at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va.

Staff and Administration

Amanda D. Bentley, director of undergraduate admissions for Atlanta/RAC, and
Kelly L. Holloway, director of admissions for the Stetson School of Business and Economics, presented a workshop, titled “Negotiating Conflict and Power in Leadership,” at the Ninth Annual Student Leadership Conference at Georgia Perimeter College on Oct. 8.

Stetson School of Business and Economics

Dr. Geoffrey Ngene, assistant professor of finance, had his paper, “Random Walk Tests in Presence of Multiple Structural Breaks: Evidence From Emerging Markets,” selected as one of nine papers to be presented at the Federal Reserve Bank Conference on Dec. 13 in Atlanta.

Dr. Steven “Doc” Simon, associate professor of information technology, is scheduled to speak to the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA), Georgia Power/Southern Company and PNC Bank on topics related to cyber security. Dr. Simon has spoken on three different occasions to Business Executives for National Security (BENS) on the topic of cyber security in the U.S. in West Palm Beach, Fla.; Tampa, Fla.; and Atlanta. In the U.S. Navy Reserve, Capt. Simon has been selected to become the commanding officer of Naval Information Operations Center – Georgia and Commander Task Group 1050.

Dr. Sasha Tomic, visiting assistant professor of economics, was interviewed and quoted in an article in the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta's
EconSouth (3rd Quarter 2013) about Macon, and provided some views on the future of the health care industry in general and Macon in particular. Dr. Tomic was also awarded a $5,200 grant from the Koch Foundation for undergraduate research fellowships that will be directed by him and carried out by the economics faculty at Mercer's Macon campus.

Tift College of Education

Dr. Ron Knorr, assistant professor, gave the keynote address at The Country School Association of America meeting at Berry College on June 17. Dr. Knorr also published an article, titled “Men missing from the PK-12 classroom: A discussion of research-based explanations and solutions,” in the fall 2013 edition of the
Southeastern Region Association of Teacher Educators Journal.

Dr. Peter Ross, associate professor, and
Dr. Justus Randolph, assistant professor, completed a study, titled “Differences between Students with and without ADHD on Task Vigilance under Conditions of Distraction.” This study was the first of its kind that quantified distraction and at the same time compared differences in distraction variables (task vigilance) with normal students.  

Townsend School of Music

Dr. Douglas Hill, professor, performed in a trumpet duet as St. Joseph Catholic Church in Macon on Oct. 12. Dr. Hill performed a trumped solo at Riverside United Methodist Church in Macon on Oct. 20. On Oct. 26, Dr. Hill adjudicated high school marching bands at the annual Jeff-Davis Marching Band Invitational as part of the Georgia Marching Band Series in Hazelhurst.

Walter F. George School of Law

Mark Jones, professor of law, served as the faculty coordinator for the Mercer Law Review Symposium on “Current Trends in International Trade and Their Impact on Multinational Business,” held at the Law School on Friday, Oct. 11. This interdisciplinary symposium, which was co-sponsored by the Law School, the Stetson School of Business and Economics, the Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) of Georgia and the law firm of Bryan Cave, offered a stimulating mix of speakers from academe, government, private legal practice and corporate business to address topics that appealed to both the beginner as well as the expert in the area of international trade.

Karen J. Sneddon, associate professor of law, presented an article about gender, language and wills at the Wills, Trusts and Estates Meets Gender, Race and Class Conference hosted by Oklahoma City University School of Law in Oklahoma City, Okla., on Sept. 28.

University Libraries

Jane Bridges, ML, AHIP, associate director of the Mercer School of Medicine Savannah campus library, will serve as program chair/chair elect for the Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 years. In its 63rd year, the Southern Chapter is a professional organization of health sciences librarians from six southeastern states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Rebecca Engsberg, MA, MSLIS, assistant professor and reference and instruction librarian, presented “What Killed Cleopatra – RARE ASPS – Can Also Act as Helpful Information Literacy Guidelines for International Students” at the Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy in Savannah on Aug. 24.

Florence Tang, liaison to the College of Continuing and Professional Studies at the Monroe F. Swilley Jr. Library, presented “The Patron Perceived as Difficult” at the Georgia Council of Media Organizations Conference in Macon on Oct. 10.