Faculty and Staff Successes

We are very proud of the many accomplishments of our faculty and staff.


Aaron AuBuchon received the 2012-13 William T. Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching.Aaron AuBuchon with the Carpenters

Samantha Davis and Kristen DiFate were selected to participate in the 2013-2014 Global Leadership Academy cohort.

James Harrison was promoted to director of the Webster Film Series.

Joe Schuster's novel, The Might Have Been, received numerous accolades. It garneried attention even before its scheduled release date of March 20, 2012 and continued throughout the year. The novel continues to make notable "best of" lists, and Schuster continues to do interviews and make personal appearances.

Gary Ford, Gina Jensen, Terri Reilly, Eileen Solomon, and Amanda Wokurka were nominated for the 2013-14 William T. Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Van McElwee received one of 22 faculty research grant awards.

Vernetta Bishop was the April 2013 Employee of the Month.

Don Corrigan moderated the “Student Free Expression” panel discussion of the First Amendment on March 11, in Webster University's Moore Auditorium.

Kristen DiFate with Kit Jenkins and Eric Rothenbuhler

Kristen DiFate received the 2013-14 William T. Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Jorge Oliver taught a master film class and workshop at the Museum of Modern Art in the Dominican Republic. “Cine Experimental: Arte, Pasión y Expresión” was sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, the U.S. Embassy, the Dirección General de Cine, the Museum of Modern Art in Santo Domingo and Webster University.

Julia Griffey was promoted to associate professor.

Adjunct faculty member Bart Baker's book What Remains was published in April.

Twentieth Century Fox picked up the movie rights to adjunct faculty member Matt Kindt's comic book Mind MGM.Scott and Gina Jensen

Forensics and debate team coaches Scott Jensen and Gina Jensen received a letter of commendation from the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament for having students qualify for the elite national individual tournaments every year for the last 15 years.

Adjunct faculty member Tyann Cherry was named staff member of the year.

Rebecca Ormond's paper, “University and Non-Profit New Media Collaboration: Immersive Learning through the Convergence of Consumer Digital Media Capture/Delivery with Professional, Artistic, and Craft-Based Education” was published in Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 4, Issue 4.

Bob LaRoucheAdjunct faculty member Bob LaRouche received the Missouri College Media Association (MCMA) 2013 Advisor of the Year Award.

Van McElwee presented his exhibition "Supernatural" at Sternstudio in Vienna, Austria in March 2013. The exhibition was based on his film by the same name.

Francesco Arese-Visconti exhibited his latest research project, “New World: Stories of African Immigration and Integration in Switzerland,” at the Université Ouvrière de Genève.

Rebecca Ormond introduced her 3-D new media art piece “Seasons” in its first St. Louis exhibition as part of the "Misperception" show at the Art St. Louis Gallery.

Adjunct faculty member Rob Rains' book Intentional Walk was published in April 2013.

Van McElwee recently premiered two new video pieces, TRAVEL DREAM and DREAM TRAVEL in Europe at Artpool in Budapest (as part of a labyrinthine installation of fifteen years of his work) and at ASIFA Austria, in the Museum Quartier in Vienna (included were installations of AND/OR and CAPITOL of the MULTIVERSE). TRAVEL DREAM and DREAM TRAVEL were shown along with other pieces, in a group exhibition at SOMArts in San Francisco.

Art Silverblatt was featured in the St. Louis Business Journal as a "St. Louis Character."