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Faculty and staff achievements

Deborah Elwell Arfken, graduate school and political science, public administration, and nonprofit management department, recently served as a member of the SACS reaffirmation on-site team for Kennesaw State University. A member of the board of directors for the Partnership for Families, Children, and Adults, she has recently been elected vice president of the organization. She continues to serve as chair of the personnel committee and a member of the executive committee. She is also a member of the board of directors for the Council of Graduate Schools, the national organization that represents graduate schools in the United States and Canada. As a board member, she will attend biannual meetings in Washington, D.C., and the 2007 summer deans conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Richard Becherer, business and entrepreneurship, has been selected by the J. William Fulbright Foreign scholarship Board (FSB) as the Fulbright Distinguished Chair for Entrepreneurship in Central Europe. Becherer will teach in the Czech Republic in spring semester, 2008, at the Prague University of Economics, Faculty of Business Administration and at the Czech University of Agriculture in Prague. The goals of the two institutions are to train the elite of successful managers and entrepreneurs through master’s programs in economics and management with a specialization in entrepreneurship and innovation.

Richard Brown, finance and operations, has been awarded the Trail Blazer Award by 100 Black Men of Chattanooga, Inc. The award recognizes Brown’s outstanding contributions to higher education.

Roland Carter, music, has been awarded the Trail Blazer Award by 100 Black Men of Chattanooga, Inc. The award recognizes Carter’s outstanding contributions to higher education.
James R. Cunningham, engineering, was named Engineer of the Year by the Chattanooga Engineers Club. Founded in 1924, The Chattanooga Engineers Club membership includes engineers and scientists from various technical disciplines in the Chattanooga area.
Joseph Migga Kizza, computer science, has been appointed by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), a subsidiary of the World Bank, together with the African Training and Research Centre in Administration for Development (CAFRAD) to be a research advisor in Information and Telecommunications Technology (ICT) to nine African countries. Kizza will visit these countries two to three times a year to: assist the research teams with their research instruments; recommend additional material for inclusion in their literature review and capacity building advise as required; and provide linkages into international research networks, including through identification of resources and scholarly publishing and conference presentation opportunities.

Charles Lippy, philosophy and religion, was honored at the opening session of the Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion (SECSOR) Southeastern Regional Meeting 2007 in Nashville when a panel of four scholars appraised his professional life and work. The theme of the panel discussion was entitled Contributions to the Study of American Religion: Honoring the Work of Charles H. Lippy with Sean McCloud, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, presiding. Panelists include: John Corrigan, Florida State University; Kathleen Flake, Vanderbilt University; Amanda Porterfield, Florida State University; and David G. Roebuck, Dixon Pentecostal Research Center, Lee University.

Wilfred McClay, humanities, presented “Academic Strategy Reconsidered: The Work of George Keller,” at a conference entitled “Rethinking Management,” held at the Witherspoon Institute, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. McClay presented “Freedom and Autonomy in The Lonely Crowd” at the Department of American Studies, University of Macerata, Macerata, Italy. McClay wrote a paper for the annual Bradley Symposium in Washington, DC cosponsored by the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation and the Hudson Institute, entitled "Who Are We Today? American Character and Identity in the 21st Century." The paper was read in his absence, due to a series of Fulbright lectures McClay gave on David Riesman at the Renvall Institute, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland. Presentations were entitled “David Riesmanand and the Concept of Autonomy” and “David Riesman and the Problem of Diversity in Higher Education.”

McClay presented “Progress in History: Revisiting Butterfield, Dawson, and Niebuhr” at a conference held at the Crowne Plaza St. James in London, sponsored by the Historical Society and the John Templeton Foundation, entitled “British Abolitionism, Moral Progress, and Big Questions in History.” The event was timed to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Great Britain’s decision to abolish the slave trade. McClay gave a lecture on “Freedom and Autonomy in The Lonely Crowd,” delivered to the Division of Philosophy and Letters, University of Catania in Catania (Sicily), Italy.

Melanie McCoskey, College of Business, organized a tax clinic which prepared 418 tax returns and generated $753,000 in refunds, all for low-income residents. McCoskey, Joanie Sompayrac and Kaye Sheridan, also of the College of Business, checked tax forms prepared by students at the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance at the Brainerd Recreational Complex on Moore Road.

Andrew Novobilski, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, has been selected by The American Council on Education (ACE) as one of 39 college and university senior faculty and administrators for the 2007-08 ACE Fellows Program. Established in 1965, the ACE Fellows Program—the longest running leadership development program in the United States—focuses on identifying and preparing senior leadership for the nation’s colleges and universities.

Gretchen Potts, chemistry, was invited to speak at the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, the premier conference for more than 20,000 attendees from 80 countries in industry, academia and government. The Pittsburgh Conference is a Pennsylvania not-for-profit, educational corporation organized by the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP) and the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP).

Irven Resnick, philosophy and religion, was recognized by Chattanooga Sister Cities with the Citizen Diplomacy Award for beginning a summer abroad program at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies in Oxford, England. Resnick has held the status of Senior Associate at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies since 2003, and recently was appointed an associate faculty member of Oxford University, giving him full faculty status at Oxford University. The appointment lasts until August 2008, and may be renewed. Beyond teaching courses, Resnick has full access to all university facilities and faculty support services.

Manuel Santiago, chemistry, has been selected to join the editorial board of the prestigious Journal of Applied Sciences, which covers a wide range of topics including biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, medicine, and physics. As a member of the editorial board, Santiago will be responsible for assessing submitted research papers and observing the refereeing process. Santiago will work with professionals across the nation, motivating other scientists to submit their research findings for publication and recommending referees to evaluate submitted manuscripts.

Charlene Simmons, communication, will be recognized in August 2007 during the annual convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (AEJMC) for her paper, "The interconnected Web: Media consolidation, corporate ownership, and the World Wide Web." Simmons’ paper is one of the top three faculty papers in the Communication Technology division.

Robert Swansbrough, political science, was presented the General William E. DePuy Award by the U.S. Army Cadet Command (USACC) at a Fort Monroe ceremony. The DePuy Award is considered the most prestigious award given by Cadet Command, the parent organization of the Army ROTC program. It honors annually an individual who has provided significant support to the local or national Army ROTC program, demonstrated support during the past year and provided service or achievement resulting in tangible or intangible benefits to the Army ROTC program. Swansbrough earned the award for his tireless efforts to return an Army ROTC unit to the UTC campus. He was selected from 11 other nominees from around the country.

James Tucker, graduate studies, addressed the 39th Annual National Association of School Psychologist’s Convention in New York City, New York. He was presented with the National Association of School Psychologists certificate of appreciation as the 2007 Distinguished Lecturer. Tucker’s presentation was entitled “School Psychology in a Land of Blended Professions: The Ultimate Flavor of Effective Response.”

Five faculty members who have served the University for many years were honored by the Faculty Senate at a retirement dinner recently, held at the Chattanooga Golf and Country Club. The five are:

  • Dan Baker (Teacher Preparation Academy)
  • Eugene Bartoo (Education Graduate Studies Division)
  • Gary Litchford (Biological and Environmental Sciences)
  • Thomas Waddell (Chemistry)
  • Thomas Ware (English)

June 1, 2007