Two ECU undergrads spent their Spring Break on a service trip to Vladimir, Russia, a small town near Moscow on Russia’s historical “Golden Ring.” Jason Port, a freshman Russian and Security Studies double major, and Mac Carneiro, a junior studying Russian and Criminal Justice, decided to experience first-hand the language and culture they learned about in classes this year. They took advantage of an “Alternative Spring Break” service trip run by the Vladimir-based American Home, and spent 10 days in the Russian heartland, helping Russian children in an orphanage and pre-school, and elderly military veterans in a retirement home. During their stay in Vladimir – a town of 350,000 – Mac and Jason each lived with Russian host families. Despite initial language challenges, by the third or fourth day both students felt they were already communicating well. They credited the language instruction they receive at ECU for preparing them: “We were much more communicative in Russian than most of the other Americans, some of whom had studied it much longer than us.”
“Recently I was awarded a scholarship from the International Foreign Language Honor Society, Phi Sigma Iota. I am very grateful for the society’s contribution to my studies and I will be using the scholarship funds to pay for my upcoming study abroad through East Carolina University in Strasbourg, France. This scholarship would not have been possible without the support and help of my professors in the French section of the Foreign Language Department at ECU. I love French language and culture and am aspiring to be a French teacher. This upcoming Fall semester I will be interning as a student teacher in Rocky Mount before graduating with my BS in French Education in December. Frank Smith said, “A different language is a different vision of life.”
The ECU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi has named Anna A. Lawrence, a dual degree student in anthropology and Hispanic studies, as the recipient of the 2015-2016 Eldean Pearce Graduate Fellowship. She will receive $1,500 from the chapter and will be ECU’s nominee in the national graduate fellowship competition. Lawrence is also a member of the honors college and she completed an undergraduate internship with Dr. Christine Avenarius and her honors thesis in Spanish linguistics with Dr. Stephen Fafulas.
ECU Honors College student and triple major Daniel Franch has been named a recipient of an English teaching assistant award from the highly-competitive Fulbright U.S. Student Program.
Franch, who is graduating in May with a degree in history, history education and German, is one of 140 students in the United States to receive a $30,000 grant that will support his international experience in East Germany teaching English for a year.
“For most countries, the competition is very stiff,” said Birgit Jensen, the Fulbright advisor at ECU. “In 2015, only eight applicants out of 98 for the Australia study grants were chosen. That same year, there were 381 applicants for English Teaching Assistantships in Germany and 127 were selected. Germany awards more grants than other countries because it funds additional stipends from its end.”
Franch, who worked in ECU’s University Writing Center for the past three years, will assist a lead teacher with English instruction in a German K–12 English classroom. In addition to teaching, he is also required to engage the local community as part of the Fulbright grant. He has proposed to join the local environmental organization and learn ways to increase sustainability practices.
“It seemed like an excellent opportunity to spend a year in Germany spreading goodwill between the United States and Germany,” said Franch, who is the ninth student from ECU selected as a Fulbright. “I had the choice to pick three federal states and I chose all former East German states, because the former East is still economically behind the rest of Germany.”
With ECU’s German Club, Franch spent nine days over spring break volunteering in Munich in conjunction with local organizations to assimilate displaced refugees.
“We taught basic German such as the alphabet, important survival phrases and traffic rules in addition to playing Frisbee and basketball with the refugees,” said Franch.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study and research projects or for English teaching assistant programs. A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S., according to the program’s website.
“We know that to be successful ECU graduates must be more globally aware, more globally competent, and more globally competitive,” said Dr. William M. Downs, dean of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences. “We’re delighted that Danny Franch has earned a prestigious Fulbright award for study in Germany, as it will provide him with precisely the kind of extended immersion experience that can enrich his personal growth and enhance his professional prospects. Speaking from personal experience (Fulbright to Belgium, ’92-’93), I can safely say that this opportunity will give Danny a lifetime’s worth of important connections and lasting inspirations.”
Prof. Laura Levi Altstaedter was named a 2015-16 Board of Governors Distinguished Professor for Teaching, and is the winner of the Robert L. Jones Award for Outstanding Teaching.
· ECU News Story about the Founders Day Awards Ceremony
The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures recognized two faculty for their Outstanding Commitment to Teaching for 2015-16: Lisa Ellison (Classical Studies) from the fixed term faculty; and Birgit Jensen (German) from the tenured faculty.
Prof. Jensen was also selected to attend the Leipzig Summer Academy for American Faculty in German and German Studies, through a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service and US Fulbright Commission (co-sponsored).
Prof. Ellison was also nominated and selected by the Women’s Basketball team as an honorary coach.
The Department said farewell to Prof. Carrie Carman-Jewers, pictured at left, who is leaving at the end of this academic year, but generously coordinated this recognition of other faculty. She will be missed greatly by Hispanic Studies and all of us who appreciated her wonderful spirit. This year she was recognized with two college star acknowledgements and two nominations as most influential faculty member.
Prof. Stephen Fafulas, pictured at right, was recognized with an Award for exceptional contributions to the College and University through Creativity and Initiative in implementing the teacher-scholar model through community-engaged research with undergraduate students.
This year also marks the retirement of Sylvie Debevec Henning, Chair 1997-2004, and Director of International Programs and the MAIS 2004-2013. Prof. Henning was instrumental in bringing to ECU federal Department of Education grants in support of the establishment of Russian Studies and Asian Studies as disciplines on this campus, and built bridges with Foreign Languages throughout the university and community with efforts like the Great Decisions Program and her membership on the World Affairs Council of Eastern North Carolina.
Prof. Ben Fraser completed the Engagement and Outreach Scholars Academy (shown here with Michael Van Scott, left, Kate Baker (MAIS), Joanna Paul (EC Scholar) and Lillie Malpass (EC Scholar) and Provost Ron Mitchelson)
Prof. Rosa Lopez-Cañete was recognized for her excellence in teaching by the Golden Key Honor Society.
Prof. Javier Lorenzo was recognized with an Excellence in Teaching Award by The National Society of Leadership and Success (Sigma Alpha Pi). He was also recipient of a Faculty Senate Research and Creative Activities Awards in support of his research this summer.
Prof. John Stevens was also recipient of the Faculty Senate Research and Creative Activities Award for his research on “Xenophon’s Republic“.
Prof. David Smith was recipient of a BB&T Active Learning Grant in support of Teaching innovation. The grant supports curriculum redesign to involve students in the learning process, whether through partner/small group work and presentations, serving as discussion leaders etc.
Prof. Jennifer Valko received a grant in support of the development of Alternative Textbooks.
Prof. Tricia Wilson-Okamura was honored for her contributions to teaching by the Office of Retention Programs and Undergraduate Studies
“Helping Refugees in Europe: A student-led discussion”
Come hear ECU students share their experiences helping refugees from Iraq and Afghanistan in Munich, Germany, over spring break.
Tuesday, 29 March
6:15 – 7:30 p.m.
Mendenhall Student Center #244
This trip was made possible by the generous support of ECU’s Student Government Association, Office of the Provost, Thomas Harriot College of Arts & Sciences, and Engagement and Outreach Scholars Academy.
Contact: Dr. David Smith
Mia Willis will be attending The American Excavations at Kenchreai four-week archaeological field school this summer. Sponsored by the Harvard University Center for Hellenic Studies and directed by Vanderbilt University professor Joseph Rife, the program will include data analysis, artifact processing and conservation, on-site exploration, architectural survey and stratigraphic documentation. During the field school, her academic focus will be the integration of non-native paganism into a Greco-Roman cultural area, with the site’s cult of Isis as the case study for her research.
- Mia is also recipient of the 2016 Anthony J. Papalas Scholarship in Classical Studies and the Grover and Jessie Rogers Scholarship in Archeology.
- Hannah Forde-Smith, BS University Studies (Mentor John Stevens), is giving an oral presentation at Research and Creative Achievement Week on “Understanding Justice Through the Myth of Perses: Reflections on Hesiod’s Works and Days”
- Mia Willis, BA MULT: Classical Civilization, is giving an oral presentation at INTERSECTIONS: ARTS AND SCIENCES on “Greco-Roman Paganism in the Architectural Culture of the Southern Levant During the Roman Empire”
- Jacob Parks gave an oral presentation at the Fifth Annual Undergraduate Classics Conference at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville on “Augustus and the Army: Success, Failure and Reform” for which he received travel support from the ECU Office of Undergraduate Research.
March 17-18, 2016
Second Annual DISSH Symposium
Faulkner Gallery, Joyner Library, East Carolina University
Day One: Thursday, March 17 (8:30-4:30)
8:30-8:45 Opening Remarks
Janice Lewis, Director of J. Y. Joyner Library
William Downs, Dean of Harriot College of Arts & Sciences
8:45-9:45 (Session I) Digital Work in/and the Library
Discussion around themes of libraries and digital work. This session begins with concise presentations of 5-10 minutes from presenters (20-40 minutes) and continues with interaction between panelists and audience members.
Moderator: Joseph Thomas (East Carolina Univ. J. Y. Joyner Library); Panelists: Mary Battle (Coll. of Charleston Lowcountry Digital Library), Liz Milewicz (Duke Univ. Libraries), Jolanda-Pieta van Arnhem (Coll. of Charleston Libraries), Tim Bucknall (UNC-Greensboro Library)
9:45-10:15 Coffee break
10:15-11:30 (Session II) The Digital Social Sciences/Humanities
Discussion around themes of humanities and social science disciplines and digital work. This session begins with concise presentations of 5-10 minutes from presenters (25-50 minutes) and continues with interaction between panelists and audience members.
Moderator: Laurie Godwin (East Carolina Univ. – UMC); Panelists: Carl Wise (Coll. of Charleston Hispanic Studies), Jennifer McKinnon (East Carolina Univ. History), Austin Mason (Carleton Coll. Liberal Arts/Digital Humanities), Susan Bergeron (Coastal Carolina Univ. Geography); Thomas Herron (East Carolina Univ. English)
11:30-1:30 Break for lunch in small groups in Uptown Greenville (a 5-10 minute walk away) or in Destination 360 (adjacent to J.Y. Joyner Library)
1:30-2:00 (Session III) Open Digital Public Spaces
Sarah Melton, Director of Digital Projects, Emory Univ.
2:00-2:15 Coffee break
2:15-3:15 (Session IV) Spotlight on Digital Work in NC
Discussion around themes of digital work by researchers based on North Carolina. This session begins with concise presentations of 5-8 minutes from presenters (20-32 minutes) and continues with interaction between panelists and audience members.
Moderator: Benjamin Fraser (East Carolina Univ. Foreign Languages and Literatures); Panelists: Lida Cope (East Carolina Univ. English/Linguistics); Sarah Hopton (Appalachian State Univ. English/Rhetoric), Jeffrey Johnson (East Carolina Univ. English/Literature), L. Jesse Rouse (UNC Pembroke Geology/Geography)
3:30-4:30 Phi Kappa Phi DISSH Keynote Lecture
³The Spatial Humanities: From GIS to Deep Mapping²
David Bodenhamer, Dir. of Polis Center, Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ. Indianapolis
Co-editor of The Spatial Humanities (2010) and Deep Maps and Spatial Narrative (2015)
Day Two: Friday, March 18 (9:00-11:45)
9:00-9:15 Opening Remarks
Heather White, J. Y. Joyner Library
9:15-10:30 (Session V) Center-ing Digital Work
Discussion around themes of digital work as organized in humanities centers, institutes and libraries. This session begins with concise presentations of 5-10 minutes from presenters (25-50 minutes) and continues with interaction between panelists and audience members.
Moderator: Janice Lewis (J. Y. Joyner Library); Panelists: Susannah Ottaway (Carleton Coll. Dir. of Humanities Center), David Bodenhamer (Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ. Indianapolis Dir. of Polis Center), Avi Santo (Old Dominion Univ. Institute of Humanities), David Staley (Ohio State Univ. The Goldberg Center), Liz Milewicz (Duke Univ. Libraries)
10:30-10:45 Coffee break
10:45-11:45 (Session VI) DH In and Beyond the Classroom
Discussion around themes of digital work as it connects the classroom and other learning spaces. This session begins with concise presentations of 5-10 minutes from presenters (20-40 minutes) and continues with interaction between panelists and audience members.
Moderator: Jill Twark (East Carolina Univ. Foreign Languages and Literatures); Panelists: Avi Santo (Old Dominion Univ. Institute of Humanities), David Staley (Ohio State Univ. The Goldberg Center), Jolanda-Pieta van Arnhem (Coll. of Charleston Studio Art), Dan Zuberbier (East Carolina Univ. Joyner Library)
The 2016 DISSH Symposium is sponsored by East Carolina University¹s Division of Academic Affairs, The Joyner Library, Office for Faculty Excellence, ECU¹s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, and the Departments of English, Geography, History, and Foreign Languages and Literatures in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts & Sciences.
DISSH 2016 Presenter Bios [incomplete draft]:
Mary Battle is the Public Historian at the College of Charleston’s Avery Research Center for African American History and the Co-Director of the Lowcountry Digital History Initiative (LDHI). She received her PhD from Emory University’s Institute for the Liberal Arts in 2013, and her dissertation examines changing representations of the history of slavery on historic tourism sites in Charleston, South Carolina. Her research interests include: public history, digital humanities, oral history, American Studies, Atlantic World history, history of the South Carolina Lowcountry.
Susan Bergeron is an Assistant Professor of Geography in the Department of Politics and Geography at Coastal Carolina University. Susan earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Geography from West Virginia University, and an M.A. in History from Syracuse University. Her research interests include immersive simulation and 3D landscape reconstruction, geovisualization, virtual heritage, GIScience and the humanities, and geospatial technologies in education. Susan has co-authored publications on the Geospatial Web and GIS, geovisualization in the humanities, and 3D virtual heritage for the ancient site of Delphi, Greece. She is currently working on a 3D immersive virtual heritage platform for Hampton Plantation in South Carolina and is also involved in the development of a new Digital Humanities-focused undergraduate program at CCU, which is offering a B.A. in Digital Culture and Design.
Since 1989, Phi Kappa Phi Keynote Speaker David Bodenhamer has been (founding) Executive Director of The Polis Center and Professor of History at IUPUI. Prior to his appointment, he was Professor of History and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Southern Mississippi (1976-1988). During his tenure, the Polis Center has developed over 500 projects and a wide array of local, national, and international partnerships, with grant and contract funding of over $75 million. He has served as strategic and organizational consultant to universities, government agencies, and not-for-profit and faith-based organizations across the U.S. and in Europe. An active researcher, Bodenhamer is author or editor of twelve books and has published over 30 journal articles and chapters in books. He has made over 75 presentations to audiences on four continents on topics ranging from legal and constitutional history to the use of GIS and advanced information technologies in academic and community-based research. Among his books in American constitutional and legal history are Fair Trial: Rights of the Accused in American History (Oxford University Press, 1993), Our Rights (Oxford University Press, 2007)), and The Revolutionary Constitution (Oxford University Press), published in 2012. Bodenhamer’s work in the new field of spatial humanities includes The Spatial Humanities: GIS and the Future of Humanities Scholarship (Indiana University Press, 2010) and Deep Maps and Spatial Narratives (Indiana University Press, 2015), in addition to a dozen published essays. Both books were developed with Professors John Corrigan (religious studies) and Trevor Harris (geography), his collaborators in the interdisciplinary Virtual Center for Spatial Humanities (VCSH), an institutional partnership among Florida State University, West Virginia University, and IUPUI. Bodenhamer serves as co-director of the VCSH, which he created with his Corrigan and Harris in 2008 to advance the field of spatial humanities. He also serves as co-general editor of the Indiana University Press Series on Spatial Humanities and co-editor of the IJHAC: A Journal of the Digital Humanities (formerly the International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing, Edinburgh University Press).
Tim Bucknall is Assistant Dean of Libraries at UNC Greensboro, where he runs an IT department that develops digital projects in collaboration with faculty. He holds the M.L.S. and M.A. (Art History) from UNC Chapel Hill. Tim is an inventor of the first journal link resolver, a technology now in use in nearly every major academic library around the world. He also founded and created the Carolina Consortium, a group of nearly 200 libraries that saves nearly $250 million annually through collective purchasing of electronic resources and services. He is the recipient of the IGI Library Technology Excellence Award, the North Carolina Library Association Significant Achievement Award, and the UNC SILS Distinguished Alumnus Award, and in 2014 Tim was named the national Academic Librarian of the Year.
Lida Cope is a professor of applied linguistics and director of undergraduate studies in the Department of English at East Carolina University. Her research interests include Texas Czech, immigrant/heritage community language documentation, revitalization and maintenance, and language and ethnic identity. She has published on child first language attrition and on the issues of language, culture and identity in Czech Moravian communities in Texas. An external research associate at the University of Texas at Austin, Cope directs the Texas Czech Legacy Project aimed at developing an open-access digital archive for the unique Texas Czech dialect.
Thomas Herron is Associate Professor of English at East Carolina University in NC. He has published many works on Edmund Spenser, William Shakespeare and Ireland as well as Ireland in the Renaissance, which was the focus of an exhibit he co-curated at the Folger Shakespeare Library in 2013. He is writer and director of the interdisciplinary website Centering Spenser: A Digital Resource for Kilcolman Castle.
Jeffrey Johnson is Professor of English at East Carolina University, where he teaches courses in British Renaissance literature. He is the author of The Theology of John Donne, as well as numerous published essays on Donne and his contemporaries. In addition, Johnson is the General Editor of The Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne, which is funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. A significant feature of the Donne project is DigitalDonne: the Online Variorum (http://digitaldonne.tamu.edu/), which is the topic of his presentation for the DISSH Symposium.
Austin Mason is the Robert A Oden Jr. Postdoctoral Fellow for Innovation in the Liberal Arts and Digital Humanities at Carleton College, where he teaches courses in history and digital humanities and works with students, faculty and staff to build a robust Digital Humanities program that fosters both digital scholarship and pedagogy on campus. An early medieval historian by training, his interdisciplinary research agenda encompasses religious history, material culture, archaeology and the digital humanities. Mason received his PhD from Boston College in 2012 for a thesis that leveraged archaeological evidence (like bones, brooches, and buckets) and cutting-edge GIS mapping techniques to rewrite the history of the Anglo-Saxon conversion as a complex story of locally-negotiated, lived religious practices. Prior to Carleton, he taught in the history department at the University of Minnesota, where he maintains active affiliations as a Post-Doctoral Associate in the Center for Medieval Studies and a member of the Digital Premodern Workshop at the Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World. He is also the associate conference director for the Haskins Society, and founder of its Digital Humanities @ Haskins workshop series.
Jennifer McKinnon is an Assistant Professor in the History Department’s Program in Maritime Studies and has a background in historical and maritime archaeology and cultural heritage management. Prior to teaching at ECU, she was a Senior Lecturer in Flinders University’s Program in Maritime Archaeology in Australia and a Senior Underwater Archaeologist with Florida’s Bureau of Archaeological Research. Jennifer has worked in the US, Australia and the Pacific on archaeological projects ranging from the colonial period to WWII. She recently co-edited (with Dr. Toni L. Carrell) a book with Springer Press entitled, Underwater Archaeology of a Pacific Battlefield: The WWII Battle of Saipan (2015), that showcases her community archaeology, ethics, and digital humanities research agenda on submerged and terrestrial WWII heritage.
Sarah Melton is the Digital Projects Coordinator at the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship. As a digital humanities practitioner, Sarah is interested in digital publishing and open source advocacy movements. She is the digital publishing strategist of the open access journal Southern Spaces (http://www.southernspaces.org), a journal about the regions, places, and cultures of the US South and their global connections. In addition, Sarah is a managing editor of the Atlanta Studies Network (http://atlantastudies.org), an open access, digital publication and resource hub for research about the city of Atlanta. She is also the community and advocacy coordinator for the Open Access Button (http://www.openaccessbutton.org).
Liz Milewicz heads the Digital Scholarship Services department in Duke University Libraries, where she most recently has helped to plan and launch a new space for research, called The Edge (http://library.duke.edu/edge). She and other members of the Digital Scholarship Services team partner with researchers and students on digital research, teaching, and publishing projects (http://sites.duke.edu/digital) and provide training and consulting in digital approaches to scholarship. Before coming to Duke in 2011, Liz managed two NEH-funded digital humanities projects at Emory University (The Expanded Online Transatlantic Slave Trade Database, http://slavevoyages.org; and African Origins, http://african-origins.org) and worked with the Emory Libraries on a range of digital library initiatives.
Jolanda-Pieta van Arnhem, Instructional Design Librarian, College of Charleston Libraries, and Instructor for the College of Charleston, obtained her M.F.A. from Vermont College of Fine Arts and her M.L.I.S. from the University of South Carolina. Jolanda contributes her expertise to the Digital Scholarship and Services Department at the Library, providing instruction for faculty, staff, and students regarding information technology utilization and digital scholarship tools for research and classroom use in the arts and humanities. She is a member of the American Library Association and the editor of Mobile Apps in Libraries for The Charleston Advisor. She will be presenting “Interactive Art Zines: Augmenting First Year Experience Sculpture” at the Eleventh International Conference on the Arts in Society in August of 2016 and is currently participating in an autoethnography learning community organized by Anne-Marie Deitering from Oregon State University Libraries, Rick Stoddart from the University of Idaho, and Bob Schroeder from Portland State University who are co-editing a book of for ACRL Publications. The collection of essays that result from the diverse learning community will explore autoethnography as a research method in LIS and is due out in 2016.
Jesse Rouse is an Instructor in the Department of Geology and Geography at the University of North Carolina, Pembroke where he teaches a broad range of courses including world regions, cultural geography, geospatial technologies, and world prehistory. Jesse’s research spans the culture/technology divide through the use of various methods including geospatial, geoscience, and online technologies to interpret and represent past and present landscapes. One of the key aspects across his work is the consideration of experience and how it can be captured or conveyed through digital representations.
Avi Santo is Director of the Institute for the Humanities at Old Dominion University. The Institute’s core mission is to engage and generate meaningful conversations among Hampton Roads residents through digital humanist and art-based projects. Among its recent projects are the Cannonball Trail mobile app, which uses gaming strategies to teach about Norfolk’s history and cultural geography, and the Mapping Lambert’s Point Project, which collects oral histories, photos, ephemera, and videos from senior residents of Lambert’s Point, a predominantly lower income African American community adjacent to campus. These materials are embedded into an interactive map accessible as a mobile app that will effectively give the community the opportunity to tell its own story and through geo-tagging. Santo is also the co-creator of MediaCommons: A Digital Scholarly Network, one of the pioneer digital scholarly publishing platforms in the fields of media studies and cultural studies.
David Staley is an Associate Professor of History and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Design at The Ohio State University, where he serves as Director of the Goldberg Center for Excellence in Teaching. He is the author of three books: Computers, Visualization and History; History and Future: Using Historical Thinking to Imagine the Future; and Brain, Mind and Internet: A Deep History and Future. His research interests include digital history, the philosophy of history, historical methodology, and the history and future of higher education.
Carl Wise is an Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies at the College of Charleston, and he received his Ph.D. in Romance Languages at the University of Georgia. His research focuses on political and ideological discourse of Spain’s Atlantic empire, as well as early modern Spanish theater.
Dan Zuberbier is the Education & Instructional Technology Librarian at East Carolina University’s Joyner Library. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2005 and his Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2013. Prior to working at East Carolina University, he was a high school Social Studies teacher and School Library Media Specialist in Arizona and an Intervention Specialist for at-risk students in Michigan. His research interests include online research and reading comprehension and assisting educators of all levels with integrating technology into their classrooms.
Two ECU students, Anna Lawrence (undergraduate) and Ashley Meehan (graduate), won the “Best Paper Presentation Award” at the 13th Annual TESOL / Applied Linguistics Graduate Students Conference hosted at East Carolina University on February 13, 2016. Their paper, entitled Morphosyntactic Variation in an Emerging Dialect of Spanish in Eastern North Carolina, reports on findings from an ongoing study that investigates the formation of Spanish communities in the rural south. This research is being conducted under the mentorship of Foreign Languages and Literatures faculty member Dr. Stephen Fafulas, current Director of the SoCIOLing Lab.