Webster Launches New Colleges
This June, the College of Arts and Sciences will branch into two new innovative and collaborative colleges: the College of Science and Health (CSH) and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS).
Michael R. Hulsizer, PhD
Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences; Acting Dean, School of Education
Michael (Mike) R. Hulsizer is the interim dean for the College of Arts and Sciences and the acting dean for the School of Education.
Hulsizer has been a full-time faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences since he arrived at Webster in 1997. He teaches introduction to psychology, social psychology, and biopsychology as well as applied psychology classes on topics such as motivation and emotion, prejudice and discrimination, and advanced statistics. He is also a fellow in Webster’s Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies.
Hulsizer has written about various topics related to the teaching of psychology, research methods, peace psychology, social justice, hate groups and genocide. He is co-author, with fellow Webster professor Linda M. Woolf, of "A Guide to Teaching Statistics: Innovations and Best Practices" (Wiley-Blackwell). He is a past recipient of the William T. Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching at Webster University and the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award, and he has received or shared multiple awards for research and instruction from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology.
Hulsizer holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from State University of New York at Buffalo, a Master of Arts and a PhD in Experimental Psychology from Kent State University.
Hulsizer, M. R., & Woolf, L. M. (2020). Statistical Toolbox of Psychology. In D. Ragin and J. Keenan (Eds.). Handbook of research methods in health psychology. Routledge.
Woolf, L. M., & Hulsizer, M. R. (2019). Infusing Diversity Into Research Methods = Good Science. In K. D. Keith (Ed.). Cross-cultural psychology: Contemporary themes and perspectives (2nd ed., pp. 107-127). Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
Woolf, L. M., & Hulsizer, M. R. (2018). Peace psychology: A gateway and path to culture and diversity. In K. Keith (Ed.). Culture across the curriculum: A psychology teacher’s handbook. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
Hulsizer, M. R. (Ed.). (2007-2013, Fall/Winter). Peace Psychology, 17-22
Hulsizer, M. R., & Woolf, L. M. (2012). Enhancing the role of international human rights in the psychology curriculum. Psychology Learning and Teaching, 11(3), 382-387.
Woolf, L. M., & Hulsizer, M. R. (2011). Why diversity matters: The power of inclusion in research methods. In K. D. Keith (Ed.). Cross-cultural psychology: Contemporary themes and perspectives (pp. 56-72). Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
Woolf, L. M. & Hulsizer, M. R. (2011). Peace and war. In R. L. Miller, E. Balcetis, S. R. Burns, D. B. Daniel, B. K. Saville, & W. D. Woody (Eds.), Promoting student engagement: Activities, exercises and demonstrations for psychology courses (Vol. 2, pp. 225-229). Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology website.
Hulsizer, M. R., & Woolf, L. M. (2008). Teaching Statistics: Innovations and Best Practices. Malden, MA: Blackwell.
Woolf, L. M., & Hulsizer, M. R. (2006). Understanding the psychology of hate groups can help society stop their growth. In P. Connors (Ed.), Hate crimes (pp. 192-204). Detroit, MI: Greenhaven.
Hulsizer, M. R., Munro, G. D., Fagerlin, A., & Taylor, S. (2004). Molding the past: Biased assimilation of historical information. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 34, 1048-1074.
Kathryn (Katy) Watkins Wors
Dean's Assistant and Communications Coordinator, College of Arts and Sciences
Katy Watkins Wors is a key contact at the College of Arts and Sciences for communication efforts and office management. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology here, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in cybersecurity at Webster University.
After graduating with her BA in 2014, Watkins worked as a certified medical assistant, financial analyst and project coordinator, and as an administrative coordinator for a research lab at Washington University. She also brings with her experience in social media marketing from the private sector.
She enjoys spending time with her two teenage children, traveling, hiking, riding her bike, volunteering her time and living life to the fullest every day.
Kimberly (Kim) Jackson
Director of Operations, College of Arts and Sciences
Kim Jackson is enthusiastic to return to her alma mater as the Director of Operations for the College of Arts and Sciences at Webster University. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Fontbonne University and her Master of Arts in Management and Leadership from Webster University.
Jackson will work collaboratively with the Dean’s Office, the College and the University to support and manage their goals around operations and budget management. She is also excited to lend her expertise toward special events and projects for the College of Arts and Sciences.
In her spare time, her focus is on creating adventures, crafting and cooking for her daughter, family and friends.
The College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Board is made up of notable community leaders and alumni with special interest and expertise in various programs of the College.
By providing wise advice, opening important doors, and raising essential funds, these extraordinary individuals play a critical role in both the expansion and the academic improvement of the College.
Chair, College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Board
Member, College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Board
Sara Govero earned a Master of Business Administration from Missouri Baptist in 2010 and Master of Arts in Legal Studies from Webster University in 2005. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Webster University with a minor in management in 2004 and graduated with departmental honors. While at Webster University, Govero served as secretary for the Behavioral and Social Sciences Club and was a coordinator/volunteer for the multi-cultural center and international student affairs. In 2005, Govero received the Webster University “WebsterLEADS” leadership certificate and medal and set a Webster University record for the youngest person to ever graduate with a master’s degree.
Upon graduation, Govero was employed at Sandberg, Phoenix & von Gontard, PC where she did primarily commercial business litigation, product liability litigation and medical malpractice. Thompson Coburn offered Govero a position in February, 2007: She accepted, and performed Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) litigation and products liability defense work. In 2010, the partner Govero worked for at Thompson Coburn started the St. Louis office of Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP: She managed the St. Louis office for approximately five years until 2014 and then was promoted to a national operations/process improvement role from 2014-2017. In March, 2017, Govero accepted a position with Cosmich Simmons & Brown, PLLC to start their St. Louis office. She will be responsible for national revenue management, firm administration, office growth and client relations.
Between 2006 and 2012, Govero sat on the Paralegal Supervisory Board and taught Legal Research & Writing I and Legal Research & Writing II for Lewis & Clark Community College in Godfrey, Ill. She taught two sections of each class per semester. Govero conducted round-table events with her students and members from various venders and the St. Louis Paralegal Association to get her students acquainted with contacts in the legal field such as court reporters, vendors, other paralegals and names of firm. She also created and implemented statistical data reporting for Lewis & Clark’s paralegal program to become American Bar Associate (ABA) accredited.
In her free time, Govero serves as president for a property management company she started in 2005. With respect to community involvement, Govero serves as the Associate Chair, Board of Directors at MindsEye, Treasure for the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Jefferson County and Director of Events for the Claims Litigation Management Alliance. She also takes in a few Cardinal games or Mizzou football/basketball games if time permits.
Member, College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Board
Cathy Marek received her Bachelor of Arts in Modern Language (French) from Webster in 1971. After teaching French in Webster Groves School District for two years, Marek earned her master's degree in education (counseling) at St. Louis University in 1975.
During the course of her 20-year career with the Rockwood School District (St. Louis County), she held positions as a high school, elementary and middle school counselor. During her 15 years as a middle school counselor, Marek pioneered programs in career development, anti-bullying, prevention of mental health concerns and academic support. She was honored as Rockwood Middle School Counselor of the Year in 2007 and as St. Louis Suburban Counselor of the Year in 2008.
Since her retirement, she has served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for Voices for Children (St. Louis Family Court). She also serves on the Board of the Springboard to Learning organization which provides learning programs which promote critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication skills for the children in the St. Louis area. She currently serves as co-chair of the Springboard’s Program Committee.
Marek is married and lives in St. Louis County with her husband Don Marek. They have two grown children: Angie, an immigration research specialist, and David, a media communications manager. Spending time with her two grandchildren is also a major current focus for Marek.
During the last 10 years, Marek has had the opportunity to travel extensively to countries around the world including: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Chile, China, Cambodia, Cuba, France, Germany, Myanmar, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Russia, Turkey and Vietnam. She credits Webster with sparking her passion for world travel and the study of cultures.
Marek is thrilled to serve as a consultant to Webster’s newly developed master's degree program in school counseling.
Member, College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Board
Al Merschen is the president and CEO of Myriad, a recognized specialist in the tourism industry providing strategic direction and tactical solutions for clients from around the world. Services include marketing and advertising, destination representation, public relations, and custom publishing and content creation.
Merschen is a native of Creve Couer, Missouri, and graduated from Maryville University with a degree in communications. He then enrolled at Webster, focusing on business communications while earning his independent Master of Arts. Merschen moved to Los Angeles after graduating, working at Saint Mary’s College of California and teaching at Santa Monica College.
Today Merschen uses his passion for travel to guide Myriad’s growth, and with offices in Los Angeles and New York, Myriad’s services make a quantitative difference for their clients across the globe.
Member, College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Board
Joan Ellyn Silber
Member, College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Board
Sherman Silber, MD
Member, College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Board
Dr. Sherman Silber, a renowned pioneer in microsurgery and infertility, is considered one of the world's leading authorities on vasectomy reversal and tubal ligation reversal surgery, as well testicle and ovary transplantation, intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) for men with no sperm, newer and cheaper and more successful methods of in vitro fertilization (IVF), ovary and egg freezing to preserve fertility in cancer patients and to extend the biological clock for reproduction in women.
Dr. Silber is the author of three medical textbooks, five best-selling books for the layman and more than 250 scientific papers on human infertility and reproduction in the most prestigious scientific and medical journals. He appears frequently in the media on Oprah, Donahue, Ted Koppel Nightline, Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN news, ABC news, CBS news, NPR, Joan Rivers and has had two hourlong documentaries about his work produced by Discovery Channel.
Silber earned his Bachelor of Arts from University of Michigan (1966, English, Phi Beta Kappa), went to medical school at the University of Michigan, did post-graduate training at Stanford University, and then again at the University of Michigan. His primary medical infertility practice is one of the largest referral centers in the world for the most difficult cases, and infertile couples come to his clinic in St. Louis daily from all over the world. He is also a professor at the most prestigious Sun Yat Sen University medical school in Guanzhou, China and at the University of Amsterdam medical school in the Netherlands. He is a collaborating researcher at MIT Page Molecular Biology Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he collaborates with zoos all over the world for infertility problems in endangered species, and he is an avid wildlife videographer and researcher.
His patients include doctors, lawyers, scientists, politicians, teachers, professors, economists, CEOs, administrators, fruit pickers, laborers, princes and kings. He gives the credit for his enviable and remarkable surgical skills to the help of an African American janitor at the University of Michigan where he did much of his medical training.
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Stephanie C. Schroeder, PhD
Department Chair, Professor, Biological Sciences
David Lopatto 1, Anne G Rosenwald 2, , Stephanie Schroeder 63, , Sarah C R Elgin 73 (93 total contributors) Facilitating Growth through Frustration: Using Genomics Research in a Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience, J Microbiol Biol Educ. 2020 Feb 28 21(1): 21.1.6. doi: 10.1128/jmbe.v21i1.2005. eCollection 2020.
David I Hanauer, Mark J. Graham, SEA-PHAGES (222 contributors), Laura Betancur, Aiyana Bobrownicki, Steven G. Cresawn, Rebecca A. Garlena, Deborah Jacobs-Sera, Nancy Kaufmann, Welkin H. Pope, Daniel A. Russell, William R. Jacobs*, Viknesh Sivanathan, David J. Asai*, and Graham F. Hatfull*. (2017) An Inclusive Research-Education Community (iREC): Impact of the SEA-PHAGES program on research outcomes and student learning. PNAS 114(51): 13531-13536. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1718188115. Epub 2017 Dec 5.
Elgin, SCR, (2017) The GEP: Crowd-Sourcing Big Data Analysis with Undergraduates. Trends in Genetics. DOI information: 10.1016/j.tig.2016.11.004
Lopatto D, Schroeder SC, Shaffer CD, Threlfall J, Elgin SCR. (2014) A Central Support System Can Facilitate Implementation and Sustainability of a Classroom-Based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) in Genomics. CBE Life Sci Educ. 2014 Winter 13(4): 711-23. doi: 10.1187/cbe.13-10-0200.
Shaffer CD, Schroeder SC, Elgin SCR (83 authors). (2013) A Course-Based Research Experience: How Benefits Change with Increased Investment in Instructional Time. CBE – Life Sciences Education. 13(1): 11-130.
Christopher D. Shaffer, Stephanie Schroeder, and Sarah C.R. Elgin (80 authors) (2010) The Genomics Education Partnership: Successful Integration of Research into Laboratory Classes at a Diverse Group of Undergraduate Institutions. Cell Biology Education 9: 55-69.
Zhang L, Schroeder S, Fong N, and Bentley DL. (2005) Altered nucleosome occupancy and histone H3K4 methylation in response to 'transcriptional stress'. EMBO J. 24: 2379-90.
Schroeder SC, Zorio DA, Schwer B, Shuman S, Bentley D. (2004) A function of yeast mRNA cap methyltransferase, Abd1, in transcription by RNA polymerase II. Mol Cell. 13: 377-87
Licatalosi, D.L., Geiger, G., Minet, M., Schroeder, S., Cilli, K., McNeill, J. B., and Bentley, D.L. (2002) Functional interaction of yeast pre-mRNA 3' processing factors with RNA polymerase II., Molecular Cell 9: 1101-1111.
Chemical Safety Officer, Lab Manager, Biological Sciences
J. Chem. Educ. 2013, 90, 11, 1501-1503. (https://doi.org/10.1021/ed400021q)
*Note: this was published under maiden name, Nora Goscinski
Victoria Brown-Kennerly, PhD
Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
Victoria Brown-Kennerly is an associate professor in the College of Science and Health.
Victoria Brown-Kennerly has been a full-time faculty member since she began teaching and pursuing research at Webster University in 2013. She teaches introductory biology, genetics, bioinformatics, and research methods, and directs undergraduate research in her laboratory. In her lab, students annotate phage genomes as a part of the HHMI SEA-PHAGES program. Other students study the sensory & behavioral genetics of insects, using ants as a model system to explore how chemical contaminants change gene expression in the brain, and lead to abnormal behaviors. Brown-Kennerly enjoys teaching and advising students and has received university honors including the Women of Webster award from MCISA, Learning Happens Everywhere from Student Affairs, and the Faculty Advising Excellence Award from Academic Affairs.
Brown-Kennerly holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Michigan, and a PhD in Genetics and Molecular Biology from Emory University. She pursued postdoctoral research in proteomics at the University of Washington in Seattle and was a research assistant professor in the Dept. of Genetics at Washington University in St. Louis.
Meza K, Elfrink J, Polzin R, Stanley R, Kodikara R, Brown-Kennerly V. (2021) Herbicide effects on tunneling behaviors in ants, manuscript in preparation.
Brown-Kennerly,V., Preuss, M.L., Delesalle,V.A., Garlena,R.A., Russell, D.A., Jacobs-Sera,D. and Hatfull,G.F. (2021) Mycobacterium phage Josuke, complete genome, NCBI GenBank accession number OK310504, https://phagesdb.org/phages/Josuke/
Brown-Kennerly, V., Preuss,M.L., Schroeder,S., Bradley,S., Durban,K., Harrison,M., Xie,W., Thomas,D., Davis,E., Lai,T., Mohamed,Y., Curtis,N., Garlena,R.A., Russell,D.A., Pope,W.H., Jacobs-Sera,D. and Hatfull,G.F. (2019) Mycobacterium phage Bobby, complete genome. NCBI GenBank accession number MK524516, http://phagesdb.org/phages/Bobby/
Schriefer A, Cliften P, Hibberd M, Sawyer C, Brown-Kennerly V, Burcea L, Klotz E, Crosby S, Gordon J, Head R (2018) A multi-amplicon 16S rRNA sequencing and analysis method for improved taxonomic profiling of bacterial communities, J Microbiol Methods, November, 154:6-13. doi: 10.1016/j.mimet.2018.09.019.
Hanauer DI, Graham MJ; SEA-PHAGES, Betancur L, Bobrownicki A, Cresawn SG, Garlena RA, Jacobs-Sera D, Kaufmann N, Pope WH, Russell DA, Jacobs WR Jr, Sivanathan V, Asai DJ, Hatfull GF. et. al. (2017) An inclusive Research Education Community (iREC): Impact of the SEA-PHAGES program on research outcomes and student learning. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. Dec 19;114(51):13531-13536. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1718188115, V Brown-Kennerly indexed as contributing author.
Turaeva N, and Brown-Kennerly V (2015) Marcus model of spontaneous point mutation in DNA Chemical Physics, 461: 106-110
Carbery IC, Ji D, Harrington A, Brown V, Weinstein EJ, Liaw L, Cui X (2010) Targeted Genome Modification in Mice Using Zinc Finger Nucleases Genetics 186: 451-459
Sabina J and Brown V, The Glucose Sensing Network in Candida albicans – A Sweet Spot for Hyphal Morphogenesis (2009) Eukaryotic Cell 8: 1314-1320
Brown V, Sabina J, Johnston M (2009) Specialized Sugar Sensing in Diverse Fungi Current Biology: 19: 436-41
Sexton JA, Brown V, Johnston M (2007) Regulation of Sugar Transport and Metabolism by the Candida albicans Rgt1 Transcriptional Repressor Yeast: 24: 847-860
Brown V, Sexton JA, Johnston M (2006) A Glucose Sensor in Candida albicans Eukaryotic Cell: 5: 1726-1737
Brown V, Brown RA, Ozinsky A, Hesselberth JR, Fields S (2006) Binding Specificity of the Toll-Like Receptor Cytoplasmic Domains European Journal of Immunology: 36: 742-753
Brown V and Warren ST (2001) Trinucleotide Repeats – Dynamic DNA and Human Disease The Encyclopedia of Genetics (S. Brenner and J. H. Miller, eds.) Academic Press, New York, New York
Brown V, Jin P, Ceman S, Darnell JC, O’Donnell WT, Tenenbaum SA, Jin X, Feng Y, Wilkinson KD, Keene JD, Darnell RB, Warren ST (2001) Microarray Identification of FMRP-Associated Brain mRNAs and Altered Translational Profile in Fragile X Syndrome Cell: 107: 477-487
Darnell JC, Jensen KB, Jin P, Brown V, Warren ST, Darnell RB (2001) Fragile X Mental Retardation Protein mRNA Targets Harboring Intramolecular G-Quartets Encode Proteins Related to Synaptic Function Cell: 107: 488-498
Lumeng CN, Hauser M, Brown V, Chamberlain JS (1999) Expression of the 71kDa dystrophin isoform (Dp71) evaluated by gene targeting Brain Research: 830: 174-178
Brown V, Small K, Lakkis L, Feng Y, Gunter C, Wilkinson KD, Warren ST (1998) Purified Recombinant Fmrp Exhibits Selective RNA Binding as an Intrinsic Property of the Fragile X Mental Retardation Protein The Journal of Biological Chemistry: 73:15521-15527
Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
Detering L, Abdilla A, Luehmann HP, Williams JW, Huang LH, Sultan D, Elvington A, Heo GS, Woodard PK, Gropler RJ, Randolph GJ, Hawker CJ, Liu Y. CC Chemokine Receptor 5 Targeted Nanoparticles Imaging the Progression and Regression of Atherosclerosis Using Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography. 2021. Mol Pharm. 18(3): 1386-1396. [PMID: 33591187]. DOI: 10.1021/acs.molpharmaceut.0c01183
Baba O, Huang LH, Elvington A, Szpakowska M, Sultan D, Heo GS, Zhang X, Luehmann H, Detering L, Chevigne A, Liu Y, Randolph GJ. CXCR4-binding positron emission tomography tracers link monocyte recruitment and endothelial injury in murine atherosclerosis. 2021. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 41(2):822-836. [PMID: 33327748]. DOI: 10.1161/ATVBAHA.120.315053.
Williams JW, Zaitsev, Kim KW, Ivanov S, Saunders BT, Schrank PR, Kim K, Elvington A, Kim SH, Tucker GC, Wohltmann M, Fife BT, Epelman, S, Artyomov M, Lavine KJ, Zinselmeyer BH, Choi JH, Randolph GJ. Limited proliferation capacity of aorta intima resident macrophages requires monocyte recruitment for atherosclerotic plaque progression. 2020. Nat Immunol. 21(10): 1194-1204. [PMID: 32895539]. DOI: 10.1038/s41590-020-0768-4.
Nie X, Elvington A, Laforest R, Zheng J, Voller T, Zayed MA, Abendschein DR, Bandara N, Xu J, Li R, Randolph GJ, Gropler RJ, Lapi SE, Woodard PK. 64Cu-ATSM positron emission tomography/magnetic resonance imaging of hypoxia in human atherosclerosis. 2020. Circ Cardiovasc Imaging. 13(1): e009791. [PMID: 31910670]. DOI: 10.1161/CIRCIMAGING.119.009791.
Williams JW, Elvington A, Kessler S, Wohltmann M, Wu G, Randolph GJ. B cell-mediated antigen presentation through MHC-II is dispensable for atherosclerosis progression. 2019. ImmunoHorizons. 3(1): 37-44. [PMID: 31356175]. DOI: 10.4049/immunohorizons.1800015.
Huang LH, Zinselmeyer BH, Chang CH, Saunders BT, Elvington A, Baba O, Broekelmann TJ, Qi L, Rueve JS, Swartz MA, Kim BS, Mecham RP, Wiig H, Thomas MJ, Sorci-Thomas MG, Randolph GJ. Interleukin 17 drives interstitial entrapment of tissue lipoproteins in experimental psoriasis. 2019. Cell Metab. 29(5): 475-487. [PMID: 30415924]. DOI: 10.1016/j.cmet.2018.10.006.
Williams JW*, Elvington A*, Ivanov S*, Kessler S, Luehmann H, Baba O, Saunders BT, Kim KW, Johnson MW, Craft CS, Choi JH, Sorci-Thomas MG, Zinselmeyer BH, Brestoff JR, Liu Y, Randolph GJ. 2017. Thermoneutrality but not UCP1 Deficiency Suppresses Monocyte Mobilization into Blood. Circ Res. 121(6): 662-676. [PMID: 28696252]. DOI: 10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.117.311519.
Alaweih A*, Elvington A*, Zhu H, Atkinson C, Yu J, Kindy MS and Tomlinson S. 2015. Modulation of post-stroke degenerative and regenerative processes and subacute protection by site-targeted inhibition of the alternative pathway of complement. J Neuroinflammation. 12: 247. [PMID: 26714866]. DOI: 10.1186/s12974-015-0464-8.
Elvington A, Atkinson C, Zhu H, Yu J, Stahl GL, Takahashi K, Kindy MS and Tomlinson S. 2012. The alternative complement pathway propagates inflammation and injury in murine ischemic stroke. J Immunol. 189: 4640-4647. [PMID: 23028050]. DOI: 10.4049/jimmunol.1201904.
Elvington A*, Atkinson C*, Kulik L, Zhu H, Yu J, Kindy MS, Holers VM and Tomlinson S. 2012. Pathogenic natural antibodies propagate cerebral injury following ischemic stroke in mice. J Immunol. 188: 1460-1468. [PMID: 22198950]. DOI: 10.4049/jimmunol.1102132.
Visiting Professor, Biological Sciences
Gavlick, W., “Humidome: A New Method to Determine Volatility of Pesticides,” Weed Science Society of America meeting, February 2017.
Gavlick, W. K., Wright, D. R., MacInnes, A., Hemminghaus, J. W., Webb, J. K., Yermolenka, V. I., Su, W., “A Method to Determine the Relative Volatility of Auxin Herbicide Formulations,” Pesticide Formulation and Delivery Systems: 35th Volume, ASTM STP1587, G. R. Goss, Ed., ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2016, pp. 24-32, doi:10.1520/STP158720150006.
Burns, A.W., Gavlick, W.K. “Determination of Quaternary Ammonium Compounds in Disinfectant Formulations by Potentiometric Titration with an Ionic Surfactant Electrode” 2012 Collaborative International Pesticides Analytical Council (CIPAC) Meeting.
Burns, A.W., Rains, D.M, Nelson, R.M., Gavlick, W.K., Bennett, O.O., Mathur, S. “Roundtable on Pesticide Formulations: Analytical Challenges, Regulatory Issues, Plus Unique Analyses” 2010 AOAC International Meeting.
Gavlick, W.K. and Tomkins, D.F. “An Updated Liquid Chromatographic Assay for the Determination of Glyphosate in Technical Material and Formulations” J. AOAC Int., 91, 1-4 (2008).
Eaton, D.R., Gavlick, W., Klopf, G., Hershman, A., Forster, D. “Use of Infrared Spectroscopy for On-line Process Control and Endpoint Detection” Monsanto Technology LLC, United States Patent No. US 6,818,450, B2, Nov. 16, 2004.
Gavlick, W.K. “Analysis Of Tetrahydrofuran And Methanol In Distillation Residue Samples By Automated Headspace Solid Phase Microextraction – Gas Chromatography With Flame Ionization Detection” J. Chromatogr. Sci. 38, 117-121 (2000).
Biwald, C.E. and Gavlick, W.K. “The Use Of Total Organic Carbon Analysis And Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy To Determine Cleaning Agent Residues On Surfaces” J. AOAC Int. 80, 1078-1083 (1997).
Ohlemeier, L.A. and Gavlick, W.K. “Liquid Chromatographic Determination Of Phenolic Compounds In Hospital Disinfectant Products” J. Liquid Chromatogr., 18 (9), 1833-1849 (1995).
Gavlick, W.K., Ohlemeier, L.A. and Kaiser, H.J. “Analytical Strategies For Cleaning Agent Residue Determination” Pharm. Technol. 19 (3), 136-144 (1995).
Ryan Groeneman, PhD
Professor, Chemistry, Biological Sciences
Research in the Groeneman group focuses on the chemistry of the organic state in terms of both photoreactivity and thermal extension within these molecular solids. The photoreaction we investigate is based upon the solid-state [2 + 2] cycloaddition reaction. They utilize this light induced reaction with the goal of synthesizing unique molecules that contain cyclobutane rings. Within the area of thermal expansion, Groeneman researches the ability to control the direction and magnitude of the tensors of expansion by varying the type and strength of non-covalent interactions that sustains these solids. In a similar manner, he also investigates the role of motion capable and incapable components play on the overall thermal expansion within these molecular crystals.
Professor Groeneman holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and a Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry from the University of Missouri.
T.J. Dunning, D.K. Unruh, E. Bosch, and R.H. Groeneman, Controlling Topology within Halogen-Bonded Networks by Varying the Regiochemistry of the Cyclobutane-based Nodes. Molecules 2021, 26, 3152.
N. Juneja, D.K. Unruh, R.H. Groeneman, and K.M. Hutchins, Positive thermal expansion facilitates the formation of argentophilic forces following an order-disorder phase transition. New Journal of Chemistry 2021, 45, 8898.
MA Sinnwell, R.H. Groeneman, B.J. Ingenthron, C. Li, and L.R. MacGillivray, Supramolecular construction of a cyclobutane ring system with four different substituents in the solid state.Communications Chemistry 2021,4, 60.
C.L. Santana, JD Battle, D.K. Unruh, and R.H. Groeneman, Honeycomb molecular network based upon a hydrate of 4,6-dichlororesorcinol and the photoproduct rtct-tetrakis(pyridin-4-yl)cyclobutane. Acta Crystallographica Section C 2021, C77, 111.
R.H. Groeneman, D.-K. Bučar, L.R. MacGillivray, and J.L. Atwood, Quasi self-inclusion of a 1-D coordination polymer within a 2-D hydrogen-bonded grid: a chaperone effect. Journal of Coordination Chemistry 2021, 74, 162.
MA Sinnwell, C.L. Santana, E. Bosch, L.R. MacGillivray, and R.H. Groeneman, Application of a tetrapyrimidyl cyclobutane synthesized in the organic solid state: a halogen-bonded supramolecular ladder. CrystEngComm 2020, 22, 6780.
X. Ding, D.K. Unruh, R.H. Groeneman, and K.M. Hutchins, Controlling Thermal Expansion within Mixed Co-crystals by Tuning Molecular Motion Capability. Chemical Science 2020, 11, 7701.
S.M. Oburn, C.L. Santana, E. Elacqua, and R.H. Groeneman, A diamondoid net sustained by halogen bonds: employing a cyclobutane to generate a tetrahedral architecture. CrystEngComm 2020, 22, 4349.
E. Bosch, JD Battle, and R.H. Groeneman, Crystal structure and photoreactivity of a halogen-bonded cocrystal based upon 1,2-diiodoperchlorobenzene and 1,2-bis(pyridin-4-yl)ethylene. Acta Crystallographica Section C 2020, C76, 557.
S.J. Kruse, E. Bosch, F. Brown, and R.H. Groeneman, Incorporating Ester Functionality within a Solid-State [2 + 2] Cycloaddition Reaction Based Upon Halogen Bonding Interactions. Crystal Growth and Design 2020, 20, 1969.
Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
Shannon Kispert holds a BS in Biological Sciences from the University of Tulsa and a PhD in Pathology from Saint Louis University School of Medicine. Kispert is a passionate educator and has taught anatomy and physiology at the undergraduate, graduate, and medical school level. She has been at Webster since 2020 and currently teaches human anatomy and physiology I and II. Her research interests in the field of pathophysiology include the investigation of cigarette smoking and E-cigarettes on breast and bladder cancer development and progression. She specifically studies phospholipase-A2 pathways and their dysregulation in response to smoke exposure. Kispert serves as the club advisor for Beta Beta Beta, the national biology honor society, as well as the Webster University PreMedical Society (WUPMS). She is also recognized by the Association of American Medical Colleges as a prehealth advisor.
Kispert, S., Marentette, J., McHowat, J. (2019) Cigarette smoking promotes bladder cancer via increased platelet-activating factor. Physiological Reports. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30756528/
Kispert, S., Marentette, J. Campian, C., Isbell, S., Kuenzel, H., McHowat, J. (2017) Cigarette Smoke-Induced Bladder Damage: The Impact of Cigarette Smoking on Urothelial Cell Integrity. Physiological Reports. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28270596
Kispert, S., McHowat, J. (2017) Recent insights into cigarette smoking as a lifestyle risk factor for breast cancer.. Breast Cancer: Targets and Therapy. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28331363
Kispert, S., Crawford, S., McHowat, J. (2017) In Vivo Effects of Long Term Cigarette Smoke Exposure on Mammary Tissue in Mice. American Journal of Pathology. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28388394
Kispert, S., Schwartz, T., McHowat, J. (2017) Effects of Cigarette Smoke Exposure on PLA2 Pathways in Breast Cancer. American Journal of Pathology. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28618256/
Kispert, S., Marentette, J.O., Powell, J., McHowat, J. (2016) Role of PLA2 in Cancer; Chapter 10. Horizons in Cancer Research. Volume 60. Nova Science Publishers.
Kispert, S., Marentette, J.O., McHowat, J. (2014) Enhanced Breast Cancer Cell Adherence to The Lung Endothelium via PAF Acetylhydrolase Inhibition: A Potential Mechanism for Enhanced Metastasis in Smokers. American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25186013
Kispert, S., Marentette, J., McHowat, J. (2014) Cigarette Smoke Induces Cell Motility via Platelet Activating Factor Accumulation in Breast Cancer Cells: A Potential Mechanism for Metastatic Disease. Physiological Reports. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25802360
Ravin Kodikara, PhD
Assistant Professor, Physics, Biological Sciences
Ravin Kodikara is a physicist and my research interests are in the areas of physics education and physics of sports. His recent, ongoing projects involved developing new laboratory activities for college and university physics laboratory courses and also studying kinematics of soccer. Another area of interest is investigating behavioral patterns in the insect world. In the recent past Kodikara has supervised several student projects to study olfactory memory and responses to earth’s magnetic field in western harvester ants.
Past research projects with students:
- The Science behind Flip-Throw, Seema Haridas and Ravin Kodikara, Buffalo Case Study Conference, July 2019
- Short and Long-Term Olfactory Memory Retention in pogonomyrmex occidentalis, Laura Meyer and Ravin Kodikara, St Louis Area Undergraduate Research Symposium, April 2018
- Robotics in Undergraduate Physics Lab , Ravin Kodikara, American Association of Physics Teachers, Summer Meeting, July 2018, DC
- Improving Students Success with New Physics Labs, Ravin Kodikara, The Physics Teacher, August 2017
- Kinematics with Robotics - Using an Arduino based robot to study motion in physics, Megan Brandt and Ravin Kodikara,Research Across Disciplines Conference, Webster University, May 2017
- Magnetoreception in Western Harvester Ants, Beltran Torres, Laura Meyer, Victoria Brown Kennerly and Ravin Kodikara, National Conference for Undergraduate Research, Memphis, April 2017
Julie Mehringer, PhD
Lab Manager, Biological Sciences
Julie Mehringer earned her BA in Biology from St. Olaf College and her PhD in Cell and Integrative Biology from Washington University. Her areas of interest include the role of major histocompatibility molecules and intracellular trafficking in antigen presentation.
Nicole Miller-Struttmann, PhD
Laurance L. Browning, Jr. Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
Nicole Miller-Struttmann, PhD, is an evolutionary ecologist who specializes in plant-pollinator interactions and science outreach. She teaches ecology, evolution, and biology of plants, and mentors students in independent research and senior thesis courses, which emphasize self-directed learning through scientific inquiry.
Her lab uses bees as a model system to explore the ecological and evolutionary impacts of environmental change on plants and pollinators. What allows some species to adapt and persist while others are more sensitive to changes in their environments? How do their interactions with each other influence the stability and resilience of their community? This work integrates ecological and evolutionary theory related to behavior, species interactions, and community dynamics.
As the director of the Shutterbee Citizen Science Program, Miller-Struttmann collaborates with community members to monitor the bees in their backyards and neighborhoods. She has co-developed resources for the public, such as an identification guide to the bees of St. Louis, MO; a pollinator garden and associated exhibit at the St. Louis Public Library; and learning activities for K-12 students. She also presents regularly to additional community partners, such as the Missouri Master Naturalists, Missouri Master Gardeners, church groups, and school groups. In 2019, she received the Science Educator Award from the Academy of Science, St. Louis for her outreach and education work.
Miller-Struttmann received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Loyola University, Chicago and her PhD in Evolution, Ecology, and Population Biology from Washington University, St. Louis.
*denotes undergraduate co-authors
Christmas, M, J Jones, A Olsson, O Wallerman, I Bunikis, M Kierczak, NE Miller-Struttmann, JC Geib, Matthew T. Webster (2021) Cryptic speciation with gene flow in alpine bumblebees revealed by comparative population genomics. Molecular Biology and Evolution DOI: 10.1093/molbev/msab086 PDF
Miller-Struttmann NE, Heise D, Schul J, Geib JC, Galen C (2017) Flight of the bumble bee: Buzzes predict pollination services. PLoS ONE 12 (6): e0179273. PDF Featured by: Science, St. Louis Public Radio. Used as the inspiration and foundational text for a middle school STEM lesson plan
Kettenbach*, J. A., N. Miller-Struttmann, Z. Moffett, and C. Galen (2017) How shrub encroachment under climate change could threaten pollination services for alpine wildflowers: A case study using the alpine skypilot, Polemonium viscosum. Ecology and Evolution 7: 6963-6971. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.3272 PDF
Heise D, NE Miller-Struttmann, C Galen, and J Schul. (2017) Acoustic detection of bees in the field using CASA with focal templates. 2017 IEEE Sensors Applications Symposium (SAS 2017) Proceedings: 360-364 PDF
Tipton, A, NE Miller-Struttmann, and C Galen (2016) Finding partners in a habitat mosaic: patch history and size mediate host colonization by arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. Ecosphere 7(11): e01570. PDF
Gibb, H and NE Miller-Struttmann (2015) Map that find! An archaeological science investigation. Science and Children 53(4): 68-75. PDF
Miller-Struttmann, NE, JC Geib, JD Franklin, PG Kevan, RM Holdo, D Ebert-May, AM Lynn, JA Kettenbach, E Hedrick, and C Galen (2015) Functional mismatch in a bumble bee pollination mutualism under climate change. Science 349: 1541-1544 DOI: 10.1126/science.aab0868 Full Text PDF SI Featured by: BBC Radio, Nature, The Atlantic, Washington Post
Warren AL, M Burfield, and NE Miller-Struttmann (2015) The power of water: Modeling change in human-environment interactions. Science and Children 52(8): 50-56. PDF
Miller-Struttmann NE and C Galen (2014) High altitude multi-taskers: Bumble bee food plant use broadens along an altitudinal productivity gradient. Oecologia 176(4): 1033-1045 DOI: 10.1007/s00442-014-3066-8 PDF
Miller-Struttmann NE (2013) Rarity and reproductive biology: Habitat specialists reveal a complex relationship. Botany 91: 349-359. PDF
Mary Preuss, PhD
Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
Kuehm L, Khojandi N, Piening A, Klevorn L, Geraud S, McLaughlin N, Griffett K, Burris T, Pyles K, Nelson A, Preuss M, Bockerstett K, Donlin M, McCommis K, DiPaolo R, and Teague R. Fructose promotes cytoprotection in melanoma tumors and resistance to immunotherapy. Cancer Immunology Research. 2020; 12(16): 2326-6066. doi: 10.1158/2326-6066.CIR-20-0396
Lopatto D, Rosenwald AG, DiAngelo JR, et al. Facilitating Growth through Frustration: Using Genomics Research in a Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience. J Microbiol Biol Educ. 2020;21(1):21.1.6. doi:10.1128/jmbe.v21i1.2005
Bolyen E, Rideout JR, Dillon MR, et al. Reproducible, interactive, scalable and extensible microbiome data science using QIIME 2. Nat Biotechnol. 2019;37(8):852-857. doi:10.1038/s41587-019-0209-9
Hanauer DI, Graham MJ; SEA-PHAGES, et al. An inclusive Research Education Community (iREC): Impact of the SEA-PHAGES program on research outcomes and student learning. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017;114(51):13531-13536. doi:10.1073/pnas.1718188115
Elgin SCR, Hauser C, Holzen TM, et al. The GEP: Crowd-Sourcing Big Data Analysis with Undergraduates. Trends Genet. 2017;33(2):81-85. doi:10.1016/j.tig.2016.11.004
Fleischacker CL, Segura-Totten M; SEA-PHAGES 2016 Bioinformatics Workshop, et al. Genome Sequence of Mycobacterium Phage CrystalP. Genome Announc. 2017;5(28):e00542-17. Published 2017 Jul 13. doi:10.1128/genomeA.00542-17
Instructor, Biological Sciences
Dave Reddy is the owner of REDDY Health & Performance, a fitness consulting and coaching business. He specializes in active adult and functional aging fitness, transitional training from rehab back into fitness, and youth athletic development. Redd mentors many EXSC students in their research, but focuses mostly on practical application, fitness business, and health coaching skills for his students studying to become physical and occupational therapists, chiropractors, personal trainers, and fitness gym owners.
Reddy has been featured on local Channel 2 and 5, Fox and NBC affiliates, discussing functional aging fitness before and during Covid, and in the St. Louis Post Dispatch talking about technology in fitness. Redd has created a “Catholic FIT” curriculum where he consults both locally and nationally with grade school PE teachers helping them update their fitness and physical literacy curricula and family fitness programs. His areas of expertise include: exercise kinesiology and functional anatomy, coaching health and fitness, and business of fitness and personal training.
Reddy received his BS in Biology at UM-St. Louis, Missouri, and his MS in Athletic Training at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He is a NSCA Strength and Conditioning Specialist, NSCA Certified Personal Trainer, NSCA Certified Special Populations Specialist, NASM Certified Fitness Trainer, IYCA Certified Youth Fitness Specialist, and Functional Movement Systems FMS Level 1.
Research Fellow, Biological Sciences
Nigora Turaeva has authored or co-authored three books, over 60 research articles, two chapters on theoretical aspects of radiation processes in condensed matter and biological systems, synergetics, nanoscience and catalysis. She reviewed research articles of Chemical Physics Letters, Journal of Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics. She is on the Editorial Board of Polymers. She reviewed PhD and DSc dissertations in Uzbekistan.
Turaeva's areas of expertise include nanoscience, biophysics, radiation physics of condensed matter, and self-organization in physics, chemistry and biology (synergetics). She earned her DSc from the Institute of Polymer Chemistry and Physics, Uzbekistan, in 2006; her PhD from Institute of Nuclear Physics, Uzbekistan, in 1994; and her MS from Tashkent State University, Uzbekistan, in 1991.
Kulonov A., Mirzarakhmetova D., Turaeva N., Obtaining of bacterial polysaccharides, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering 2020 (4), 63-67 (2021).
Turaeva N., Aripova N., Oksengendler B.L., Long-range correlations in Covid-19 growth, Europe PMC, Preprint from arXiv, 06 May 2020, https://europepmc.org/article/PPR/PPR268542.
Turaeva N., Fushimi R., Yablonsky G., Kinetic expression for optimal catalyst electronic configuration: The case of ammonia decomposition, The journal of Physical Chemistry C 124(48), 26310-26319 (2020).
Oksengendler B.L., Turaev N.Yu., Turaeva N.N., Suleymanov S.X., Ashirmetov A.Kh., Iskandarova F., Auger-destruction of deformed quasi-one-dimensional molecular objects: features and applications, Doklady of Uzbek Academy of Sciences 3, 43-49 (2020).
Oksengendler B.L., Turaeva N.N., Nikiforova N.N., Minina M.V., Chechulina M.V., Iskandarova F., Hypothesis about the universal role of the Auger-cascade in the selection of the elemental composition and chiral dissymmetry of macromolecules in living systems, Russian Journal of biological physics and chemistry 5 (4), 571-579 (2020).
Turaeva N., Electronic model of enzymatic reactions, Computational and Theoretical Chemistry1180, 112827 (2020).
Turaeva N., Krueger H., Wolkenstein`s model of size effects in CO oxidation by gold nanoparticles, Catalysts 10(3), 288 (2020).
Turaeva N., B.L. Oksengendler, Non-Poissonian distribution of point mutations in DNA, Frontier in Chemistry 8, 38 (2020).
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Department of Biological Sciences
Experience a rigorous science curriculum, balanced with a foundation of the arts.
Department Chair, Associate Professor, English
Professor, English; Coordinator, Professional Writing Program; Chair, Sustainability Studies Committee
Karla Armbruster is the co-editor of two collections of criticism: "The Bioregional Imagination: Literature, Ecology, and Place" and "Beyond Nature Writing: Expanding the Boundaries of Ecocriticism." She is also executive secretary of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, having held several other leadership positions within that organization in the past.
Most recently, she has become very interested in animal studies and is working on a book on literary and popular representations of dogs. This project combines personal narrative, literary and cultural analysis, and scientific information on canine behavior and genetics in order to examine the ways we position dogs on the border between culture and nature. In the process, it explores how our representations of dogs inform not only our relationships with real dogs but also our engagement with the wildness of the natural world. For a taste of this project, read a talk Armbruster gave on “Dogs, Dirt, and Public Space” at a gathering sponsored by the Animals and Society Institute at Duke University in 2009.
Armbruster's interests are also reflected in her courses; for example, her Perspectives course on Werewolves, Seal Wives, Grizzly Men and Other Metamorphoses (now offered as Human-Animal Transformations) won the 2011 Distinguished New Course Award from the Humane Society of the United States and the Animals and Society Institute. View the Global Thinking story.
Visiting Professor, English
Whether you take one English class or pursue a major, you'll join a close-knit group of readers and writers who appreciate the power and beauty of literature.
The Green Fuse
Submit your fiction, poetry, drama and creative nonfiction to be published in Webster University’s student literary magazine, all majors encouraged.
Paula Hanssen, PhD
Department Chair, Associate Professor, German
Hanssen has taught in in the College of Arts and Sciences since she arrived at Webster in 1994. She teaches introduction to German, as well as intermediate and advanced German courses. Her specialties include German drama, especially 20th century, and Bertolt Brecht and his collective approach to authorship. She has created high-impact courses, many on performance in German, and many faculty-led study-travel courses to Europe, including to Berlin, Dresden, Vienna, Munich, Prague, and a course comparing the cities of Paris and Vienna. Hanssen also served in the Faculty Senate and has served as head of the International Studies Committee for several years. She has also worked to create travel scholarships for her students.
She has written about high-impact travel courses and presented to conferences and to Webster faculty. She writes about 20th century women authors, especially those who worked with Brecht, and those who were forced into exile from Germany during WWII. She was co-teacher with a Truman State German professor on a course about Elisabeth Hauptmann, Brecht’s major collaborator, for which students created a podcast in German (Webster) and a short documentary (Truman State), another high-impact course. She is a recipient of the Friedrich Hecker Award from the German American Heritage Society, named for a popular 1848 German revolutionary and presented to an outstanding individual who has works for closer ties between Germany and the United States.
Hanssen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Master of Arts in German from Texas Tech University, and a PhD in German from University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana.
Elisabeth Hauptmann: Brecht's Silent Collaborator, New York University Ottendorfer Series, Neue Folge Band 46. Ed. Volkmar Sander. Bern: Peter Lang, 1995.
Articles in German:
"Elisabeth Hauptmann: Schriftstellerin, Dramaturgin, Muse"in "Was fur eine Frau!" Portraits aus Ostwestfalen Lippe. Ed. A.Brtinink, H. Grubitzsch. Bielefeld: Westfalen 1992, 245-56.
"Elisabeth Hauptmann" in "Bertihmte Frauen Kalender 1997." Frankfurt a.M.: Suhrkamp, 1997.
"Elisabeth Hauptmann" in "300 Portraits beruehmter Frauen," Surhkamp, 2000.
Articles in English:
"The Indispensable 'Mitarbeiterin' in Theater": Yale School of Drama 25, No. 2, 1994, 30-32.
"Elisabeth Hauptmann and Brecht's Chinese Poems" in The Brecht Yearbook 19(1994): 187-210.
"Prostitutes in Brecht's Dramas" in Prostitution in Modern German Literature. Camden House, 2000.
"Women in Exile: E. Hauptmann and M. Steffin in exile with Brecht" in a forthcoming anthology (2006).
Reviews in various journals of:
Astrid Horst, "Prima inter pares" in the "German Quarterly" 66, 3 (Summer 1993), 396-98.
"Vol. 1, Journale" in "Bertolt Brecht: GroBe, kommentierte Berliner und Frankfurter Ausgabe, Vol. 26" in "GDR Bulletin" (Sp. 1996), 18ff.
Jan Knopf , "Gelegentlich: Poesie" in "Brecht Yearbook 22" (1997), 488f. Lyon, James. "Brecht Unbound " in "Monatshefte 89," (Winter 1997), 580.
Annedore Leber et al., "The Conscience in Revolt: Portraits of Resistance," in the "Journal of Women in Ger man" (1998).
Weeden, Chris. "Postwar Women's Writing in German"in "The German Studies Review Vol. 21, No. 3," Oct. 1998 (661).
Sarah Navarrete has an MAT with an emphasis in Social Science earned in 2011 from Webster University and a BA in International Studies with an emphasis in Asian area studies with Japanese minor earned in 2006 from Webster University. In 2004, Navarrete was selected to live abroad in Nagano, Japan, for the International Business Internship Exchange, where she worked for the Special Olympics Games Organization Committee translating and inspecting Olympic sites.
Navarrete has a passion for language, culture, travel, and helping students with similar interests achieve their goals.
Assistant Professor, Director of Centre Francophone, Jane and Bruce Robert Endowed Professor of French and Francophone Studies
Elsa L. Fan, PhD
Associate Professor, Anthropology
Elsa Fan is a medical anthropologist whose research looks at how global health practices travel across different social and cultural contexts. Her book, "Commodities of Care: The Business of HIV Testing in China" (University of Minnesota Press, 2021), examines how scaling up HIV testing unfolded in unexpected ways across communities of men who have sex with men in China. She has published papers in Critical Public Health, Global Public Health, and Medicine Anthropology Theory about metrics, the portability of standardized global health interventions, and how categories transform subjectivity and sociality. Fan’s research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Wenner-Gren Foundation, and UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation among others. Her areas of research expertise include medical anthropology, critical global health, humanitarianism, development studies, and gender and sexuality studies.
She previously worked and consulted in international development and philanthropy with organizations like UNDP, Global Fund for Children and Give2Asia, and lived in Asia for years as part of her development career.
Fan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Psychology from University of California at Berkeley, a Master of Science in Anthropology and Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a PhD in Anthropology from University of California at Irvine.
Fan, Elsa (2021). Commodities of Care: The Business of HIV Testing in China. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.
Fan, Elsa L., Matthew Thomann, and Robert Lorway (2019). “Making up MSM: Circulations, Becomings and Doings in Global Health,” special section edited by Elsa L. Fan, Matthew Thomann, and Robert Lorway. Medicine Anthropology Theory 6(4): 179–86. http://www.medanthrotheory.org/article/view/4969/6999
Fan, Elsa L. And Elanah Uretsky. (2017). “In Search of Results: Anthropological Interrogations of Evidence-Based Global Health,” special section edited by Elsa L. Fan and Elanah Uretsky. Critical Public Health 27(2): 157–62. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09581596.2016.1264573
Fan, Elsa L. (2017). “Counting Results: Performance-Based Financing and HIV Testing in China.” In “Anthropological Interrogations of Evidence-Based Global Health,” ed. Elsa L. Fan and Elanah Uretsky, special section Critical Public Health 27(2): 217–27. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09581596.2016.1259458?journalCode=ccph20
Fan, Elsa L. (2014). “HIV Testing as Prevention among MSM in China: The Business of Scaling-Up.” In “HIV Scale-Up and the Politics of Global Health,” ed. Richard Parker and Nora Kenworthy, special issue Global Public Health 9 (1–2): 85–97. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24498955/
Jong Bum (JB) Kwon, PhD
Associate Professor, Anthropology
JB Kwon, PhD, is an associate professor of cultural anthropology in the Department of Global, Languages, Cultures and Societies.
He teaches Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Urban Studies, Globalization, Race and Ethnicity, Ethnographic Method, and a range of topical courses including Modern Korea and Film, Anthropology of Capitalism, and Asians in America.
He received his doctorate from New York University and is a former Fulbright Scholar and University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles. His work appears in such prominent journals as Positions: Asia Critique and American Ethnologist. He has published on neoliberalism and policing in South Korea; multi-racial immigrant labor organizing in Koreatown Los Angeles, CA; masculinity and the cultural politics of memory in Korean social and labor movements; global unemployment; and most recently on the Ferguson Uprising – “@Ferguson: Still Here in the Afterlives of Black Death, Defiance, and Joy.”
Kwon’s current research examines the dilemma of whiteness in St. Louis, Missouri, in the wake of the Ferguson Uprising, and he’s begun a study of Black youth’s aspirations and social mobility in the time of BLM and white nativism.
In addition to his academic work, Kwon has been involved with racial justice and equity projects in the St. Louis region, including with Forward through Ferguson; Focus St. Louis; and Before Ferguson, Beyond Ferguson, and has given public lectures and workshops on racism and racial equity.
Kwon, J. B. (2009). The Frailty of Men: The Redemption of Masculinity in the Korean Labour Movement. In R. Barraclough & E. Faison (Eds.), "Gender and Labour in Korea and Japan: Sexing Class" (pp. 103-127). New York: Routledge.
Kwon, J. B. (2010). The Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance: Spatializing Justice in an Ethnic 'Enclave.' In R. Milkman, J. Bloom, & V. Narro (Eds.), "Working for Justice: The L.A. Model of Organizing and Advocacy" (pp. 23-48). Ithaca: ILR Press/Cornell University Press.
Kwon, J. B. (2011). Exorcizing the Ghosts of Kwangju: Policing Protest in the Post-Authoritarian Era. In G.-W. Shin & P. Y. Chang (Eds.), "South Korean Social Movements: From Democracy to Civil Society" (pp. 59-73). New York: Routledge.
Kwon, J. B. (2014). Forging a Modern Democratic Imaginary: Police Sovereignty, Neoliberalism, and the Boundaries of Neo-Korea. "Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique," 22, 71-101.
Kwon, J.B. (2015) ‘Severed in Neoliberal South Korea: Cho˘ngdŭnilt’o˘ and the Dis/assembly of Industrial Bodies’, "Critique of Anthropology" 35(4): 407-429.
Kwon, J. B., & Lane, C. M. (Eds.). (2016). "Anthropologies of Unemployment: New Perspectives on Employment and Its Absence." Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
Kwon, J. B., & Lane, C. M. (2016). Introduction. In J. B. Kwon & C. M. Lane (Eds.), "Anthropologies of Unemployment: New Perspectives on Work and Its Absence" (pp. 1-17). Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
Kwon, J. B. (2016). Occupation. In J. B. Kwon & C. M. Lane (Eds.), "Anthropologies of Unemployment: New Perspectives on Work and Its Absence" (pp. 53-70). Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
Kwon, J. B. (2020). Forging Workers of Iron: The Politics of Memory and the Performance of Revolutionary Promise. Korea Journal, 60, 188-217.
Kwon, J. B. (2020). Paradoxes of White Moral Experience: Opaque Selves, Racial Suspicion, and the Ethics of Whiteness. American Ethnologist, 47, 184-191.
Kwon, J. B. (2020). Troubling Whiteness: An Interview with Dr. Mary Ferguson (Witnessing Whiteness) and Tiffany Robertson (Touch Topics Tuesday). Forum, American Ethnologist, 47, 176-181.
Parikh, S., & Kwon, J. B. (2020). @Ferguson: Still Here in the Afterlives of Black Death, Defiance, and Joy. Forum, American Ethnologist, 47.
Parikh, S., & Kwon, J. B. (2020). Crime Seen: Racial Terror and the Technologies of Black Life and Death. Forum, American Ethnologist, 47, 128-138.
Parikh, S., & Kwon, J. B. (2020). Introduction: Still Here in the Afterlives. Forum, American Ethnologist, 47, 110-120.
Kwon, J. B., & Rubio, E. H. (2021). On ‘Asian America’ and Multiracial Solidarity: A Conversation between Jong Bum Kwon and Elizabeth Hanna Rubio. Home/Field: Journal of Anthropology of North America https://www.homefieldanthro.org/index.php/2021/08/14/on-asian-america-and-multiracial-solidarity/.
Silvia Navia Mendez-Bonito, PhD
Originally from Navia, a small town on the Northwestern coast of Spain, Silvia Navia Mendez-Bonito completed her Licenciatura in English at the Universidad de Oviedo (Spain). She earned her PhD on Hispanic Literatures at the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a specialization in the literature of the Spanish American Colonial period. In addition, Mendez-Bonito is an invited lecturer and author on the history of the Kingdom of Quito (modern day Ecuador), with an emphasis in patriotic feelings surfacing in historical discourse. At Webster University, Mendez-Bonito is chair of the Department of International Languages and Cultures where she oversees the operational and educational goals of the department.
Teaching is Mendez-Bonito’s passion, inspiration, and vocation. She leads Spanish language courses, Spain and Spanish America cultural courses, and advanced seminars on different topics. For her, teaching provides a window of opportunity to share her students adventure into learning, discovering, and experiencing others worlds, people, and cultures. She also is the faculty advisor for Latin American Student Organization.
Emily E. Thompson, PhD
Interim Director of Gleich Honors College and Professor, French
"Storytelling in Sixteenth-Century France: Negotiating Shifting Forms," ed. Emily Thompson. Newark, DE: University of Delaware Press & Rutgers University Press, January 2022.
Déstructurer et Reformer un Genre: Les Histoires des Amans Fortunez, in "Pierre Boaistuau ou le génie des formes," eds. Nathalie Grande and Bruno Méniel. Paris: Classiques Garnier, April 2021.
Shifting Rules and Shifty Wives: A Historical Reading of Three Tales in the "Heptaméron in Women in the World and Works of Marguerite de Navarre," guest editor, Judy Kem, L’Esprit créateur 57:3 (2017) 67-78.
"Lettres from the Queen of Navarre, with an Ample declaration." Translation with Colette H. Winn and Kathleen Llewellyn. The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe series (U of Toronto Press), 2016.
Playing with Fire: Narrating Angry Women and Men in the Heptaméron in "Les Passions et leurs enjeux au seizième siècle, Renaissance et Réforme" 38:3 (2015) 161-176.
Carolyn Trachtova, MA TESOL and Applied Linguistics
English as a Second Language Program Director
Dongling Zhang, PhD
Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Sociology
Global Languages, Cultures and Societies
Webster University’s Department of Global Languages, Cultures and Societies helps our students develop the skills to engage with the conflicts in our community and beyond.
Le Centre Francophone
Webster University established Le Centre Francophone with the goal of promoting French and francophone cultures in and around St. Louis, Missouri.
Kristen Anderson Morton
Department Chair, Associate Professor of History
Immigration in American History. Seminar Studies Series. New York: Routledge, 2021.
"Abolitionizing Missouri: German Immigrants and Racial Ideology in 19th Century America." Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2016.
Evolving Toward Abolition: German Attitudes Towards the Fugitive Slave and Kansas-Nebraska Acts, under contract with University of Missouri Press for "German Immigrant Abolitionists: Fighting for a Free Missouri."
‘Wir auch im Süden halten Wacht’: Ethnic Germans and Civil War Commemoration in Nineteenth-Century Charleston. The South Carolina Historical Magazine 117, No. 4 (Oct. 2016): 294-313.
“‘Broadhead’s Blunder’: James O. Broadhead and the 1882 Reunion of the Society of the Army of the Tennessee,” Gateway 34 (2014): 42-51.
Lessons in Whiteness: German Immigrants and Racial Ideology in 19th Century America, in "Cross-Cultural History and the Domestication of Otherness," edited by Michal Jan Rozbicki and George O. Ndege (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).
“German Americans, African Americans, and the Republican Party in St. Louis, 1865-1872,” Journal of American Ethnic History 28, no. 1 (Fall 2008): 34-51.
Visiting Professor, HPIRRS
John Chappell, PhD, is a professor of history with a specialization in 20th century U.S. history. He is a recipient of Webster University’s William T. Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Professor Chappell published the book "Before the Bomb: How America Approached the End of the Pacific War" and is currently revising the book "The Methods and Skills of History: A Practical Guide" originally written by two former colleagues. He has presented numerous conference papers on popular music while researching and writing a manuscript titled "Tell Me Something Good: The Top 40 and American Culture in the 1970s." Chappell has written essays for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and published book reviews in the American Historical Review, Gulf South Historical Review, and the Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law.
Noteworthy presentations by Chappell include an Oxford University Roundtable for Social Justice, the live videoconference “Mr. Truman Meets Hiroshima on the Future of Nuclear Weapons,” — a historic cooperation between the Harry S Truman Presidential Library and Museum and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum — and at the International Conference for a Nuclear-Free, Peaceful, Just, and Sustainable World held at Riverside Church in New York City.
Chappell worked with history teachers from the Parkway and Rockwood public school districts in a series of Teaching American History grants. He also participated with other scholars and students in a peace studies trip to Japan through American University and taught at Regent’s University in London.
Chappell earned his BS in History from Illinois State University, his MA in History with an emphasis in American history from Indiana University, and his PhD in History with an emphasis 20th century U.S. history from Indiana University.
Associate Professor, Director of Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies
Lindsey Kingston is an associate professor of international human rights in Webster University’s Department of History, Politics, International Relations, and Religious Studies. She directs the university’s Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies, which includes overseeing the undergraduate human rights program and the research journal Righting Wrongs: A Journal of Human Rights. Kingston is a Fulbright Scholar (Università degli Studi di Milano) who edited "Human Rights in Higher Education: Institutional, Classroom, and Community Approaches to Teaching Social Justice" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) and "Statelessness, Governance, and the Problem of Citizenship" (Manchester University Press, 2021). She also authored the monograph "Fully Human: Personhood, Citizenship, and Rights" (Oxford University Press, 2019), which won the International Studies Association’s 2020 Human Rights Best Book Award.
Kingston is a topical expert on the issue of statelessness — when an individual does not have legal nationality to any country. Her research interests also include forced migration, Indigenous rights, transnational social movements, and human rights education (HRE). Her work has been published in International Journal of Refugee Law, The Journal of Human Rights, Human Rights Review, The Journal of Human Rights Practice, Forced Migration Review, BMC International Health and Human Rights, and several edited volumes.
Kingston earned her PhD in Social Science at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, where she also earned an MA in Political Science. She holds an MA in Ethics and International Affairs from American University in Washington, D.C., as well as a BS in Journalism from Boston University.
"Fully Human: Personhood, Citizenship, and Rights." Oxford University Press, 2019.
"Statelessness, Governance, and the Problem of Citizenship. Manchester University Press" (2021). Tendayi Bloom and Lindsey N. Kingston, Eds.
"Human Rights in Higher Education: Institutional, Classroom, and Community Approaches to Teaching Social Justice." Palgrave Macmillan, Palgrave Studies in Global Citizenship Education and Democracy series (2018). Lindsey N. Kingston, Ed.
Supporting Refugees and Asylum Seekers on their College Journeys. Forthcoming, International Journal of Human Rights Education. Lindsey N. Kingston and Esma Karakas.
Asylum seekers' experiences on the migration journey to Italy (and beyond): Risk factors and future planning within a shifting political landscape. International Migration, March 2021. Livia Elisa Ortensi and Lindsey N. Kingston.
Healing the Scars of Forced Migration: An Italian-American Story. RSAJournal – Rivista di Studi Americani, 30, 2019. https://www.aisna.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Kingston.pdf
Conceptualizing Statelessness as a Human Rights Challenge: Framing, Visual Representation, and (Partial) Issue Emergence. Journal of Human Rights Practice, May 2019.
Biometric identification, displacement, and protection gaps. In "Digital Lifeline? ICTs for Refugees and Displaced Persons", edited by Carleen Maitland. MIT Press, 2018.
Bringing Rwandan Refugees ‘Home’: The Cessation Clause, Statelessness, and Forced Repatriation. International Journal of Refugee Law, 29(3), November 2017.
Worthy of Rights: Statelessness as a Cause and Symptom of Marginalization. In "Understanding Statelessness," edited by Tendayi Bloom, Katherine Tonkiss, and Philip Cole: 17-34. Routledge, 2017.
Professor, Political Economy
Professor, International Relations, Director, Online Programs in International Relations
Kelly-Kate S. Pease, PhD, is professor of international relations and director of the International Relations online program at Webster University. She has published extensively in areas related to international relations, human rights, and humanitarian affairs. Her books include "International Organizations: Perspectives on Global Governance" (6th ed), "The United Nations and Changing World Politics" (co-author, 8th ed), and "Human Rights and Humanitarian Diplomacy." Pease also publishes articles and chapters on human rights, humanitarian intervention, humanitarian assistance, diplomacy, the United Nations, and international criminal law.
Pease received her PhD from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1994, her MA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1990, and her BA from Louisiana State University in 1987. Her areas of interest include international relations, international political economy, international organizations, international law, foreign policy, and human rights.
"United Nations and Changing World Politics." 8th Edition [updated and revised]. New York: Routledge, 2020. https://www.routledge.com/The-United-Nations-and-Changing-World-Politics-Revised-and-Updated-with/Weiss-Forsythe-Coate-Pease/p/book/9780367353919
"International Organizations: Perspectives on global governance." 6th Edition. New York: Routledge, 2019. https://www.routledge.com/International-Organizations-Perspectives-on-Global-Governance/Pease/p/book/9780815380467
Book review of "The Social Practice of Human Rights," edited by Joel. R. Pruce. New York: Palgrave, 2015 in PERSPECTIVES ON POLITICS, 15 (March 2017) 1: 305-307. https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/perspectives-on-politics/article/abs/the-social-practice-of-human-rights-edited-by-joel-r-pruce-new-york-palgrave-macmillan-2015-235p-10000/84E8BDCBFD32252A224A260C2BBBE55D
"Human Rights and Humanitarian Diplomacy." Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press. 2016. https://manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/9781784993290/
Human Rights and Humanitarian Diplomacy (1856-). Oxford Bibliographies. Oxford University Press, 2015. https://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780199743292/obo-9780199743292-0126.xml
Kelly-Kate S. Pease. 2013. The Joint Criminal Enterprise Debate and the Case of Charles Taylor: The Politics of International Criminal Tribunal Law, 33-46 in S. Mitchell and H. Carey (Eds.), "Trials and Tribulations of International Prosecution." Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. https://books.google.com/books?id=YWUSAAAAQBAJ
The Role of the United Nations in International Law. Insights on Law and Society. 11(July 2011)3: 6-27.
Who Says What the Law Is? International Studies Review. Winter/December (2010) 12: 628-636.
Associate Professor, History
David Pennington completed his PhD at Washington University in St. Louis and came to Webster University in 2011. He enjoys teaching a wide variety of courses on Britain, early modern Europe, women and gender history, and world history. He has served in a variety of roles for the Midwestern Conference for British Studies.
Pennington’s research focuses on how British people responded to economic crises and commercialization in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. He has published on parliamentary law-making, retail commerce in early modern towns, and women’s working roles. His first book rethinks women’s contributions to the early modern commercial economy. His current project focuses on how Parliament and the Crown responded to the economic upheavals of the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Pennington intends to place his work in comparative perspective to show the different ways representative institutions in early modern Europe grappled with the general crisis of the seventeenth century.
"Going to Market: Women, Trade and Social Relations in Early Modern English Towns, c. 1550-1650" (Ashgate 2015/Routledge, 2016)
‘Three Women and a Goose Make a Market’: Representations of Market Women in Seventeenth-Century Popular Literature, The Seventeenth Century, vol. 25, no. 1 (Spring 2010)
Taking it to the Streets: Hucksters and Huckstering in Early Modern Southampton, circa 1550-1652, Sixteenth Century Journal vol. 39, no. 3 (2008)
Beyond the Moral Economy: Economic Change, Ideology and the 1621 House of Commons, Parliamentary History vol. 25, no. 2 (2006).
Distinguished Visiting Scholar, HPRR
Warren Rosenblum teaches and writes about modern world history and nineteenth- and twentieth-century Europe. His book "Beyond the Prison Gates: Punishment and Welfare in Modern Germany" won the Baker-Burton Prize of the Southern Historical Association. Recent work includes essays on the history of disability and euthanasia, antisemitism in the German justice system, and the rise of fascism.
Rosenblum has been a fellow at Harvard University’s Center for European Studies and the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington. In Spring 2021, he was a Fulbright scholar in Brussels, Belgium.
In addition to his teaching, Rosenblum has organized a number of workshops and conferences, including a Youth Summit on the police for St. Louis area high school students, an undergraduate research conference on “Hatebrakers in History” at the Missouri History Museum, and a workshop for Missouri teachers on the Holocaust, in conjunction with the St. Louis Holocaust Museum.
He is a proud resident of St. Louis City, where he lives with his wife, two daughters, and two cruel and indifferent cats.
Rosenblum earned his PhD from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and his BA from Cornell University. He was previously a student at Deep Springs College.
The Dangers of Diversity: ‘The Feeble-Minded’ in Modern Germany, in "Disability in Modern Germany," eds., Tanja Nusser and Katherine Sorrels (Camden Press, 2022).
Dreyfus in Deutschland. Die französische Affäre als Modell und Gegenmodell für den C. V. in "Centralverein deutscher Staatsbürger jüdischen Glaubens. Anwalt zwischen Deutschtum und Judentum" eds. Tilmann Gempp-Friedrich and Rebekka Denz, (Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter 2021).
A Universal Madness: Disability and Immigration Policy in European History, in "Family, Separation and Migration: An Evolution-Involution of the Global Refugee Crisis," ed. Oreste Foppiani (Brill and Peter Lang, 2017)
Serene Justitia and the Passions of the Public Sphere, InterDisciplines. Journal of History and Sociology 6, no. 2 (2015).
Welfare and Justice: The Battle over Gerichtshilfe in the Weimar Republic, in "Crime and Criminal Justice in Modern Germany," ed. Richard Wetzell (Berghahn, 2014)
Jews, Justice, and the Power of ‘Sensation’ in the Weimar Republic, Leo Baeck Institute Yearbook 58 (2013)
Director Individualized Major in Religious Studies; Head, General Studies Program; Professor, Religious Studies
Essays in ‘Valences’ Wrestle with Question of Interdisciplinarity. Integrative Pathways 35 no. 2 (May 2013). Pp. 1-2; 6-7.
Renault, Mary, in Brulotte, Gaetan and Phillips, John, eds; "The Encyclopedia of Erotic Literature." 2 vols. Routledge, 2006
Thai Erotic Literature in Gaetan and Phillips, John, eds; "The Encyclopedia of Erotic Literature." 2 vols. Routledge, 2006.
Life is a Cabaret in "Blending In," ed. Graham Thomas. Studies in Thai Culture and Society. William Wormsely, general editor. Isan Books, 2005.
Edmund Burke in "Dictionary of Literary Biography: Eighteenth Century British Philosophers," Bruccoli, Layman, and Clark, 2001.
Strangers,”a translation from the German of Arthur Schnitzler’s "Die Fremde."
Review of "The Gay and Lesbian Literary Heritage" edited by Claude Summers in College Literature 25.2: Spring 1998, 206-08.
Review of "Nature into Art" by Carl Woodring in College Literature 19 (February, 1992): 153-54.
Review of "Iconography of Landscape" ed. by Cosgrove and Daniels, "The Garden in Victorian Literature" by Michael Waters, and "Loudon and the Landscape" by Melanie Simo in Victorian Studies 34 (Autumn, 1990): 117-19
Professor, Political Science
Gwyneth Williams is a full-time member of the Department of History/Political Science/International Relations/Religious Studies. Her general teaching field is U.S. politics, including courses in the Presidency, Political Parties, Campaigns and Elections, Religion and American Politics, and Politics and Gender. In addition, Williams regularly teaches public law courses such as constitutional law, civil liberties, and judicial politics. Also, she has taught interdisciplinary classes, including the history and politics of the American family and contemporary women’s issues. Williams is a recipient of the William T. Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Professor Williams’s research interests are varied. In the field of U.S. politics, she has published/presented work on child custody law, prayer in schools, the use of religious rhetoric in the public realm, and student attitudes towards President Trump. For the past decade, Williams has engaged in interdisciplinary research on the politics and meaning of clothing and fashion.
Williams’s service to the University includes supervising student internships. In recognition of her work in this area, she received a certificate from The Women Legislators of Missouri "in Honor of Her Outstanding Dedication to the Field of Education," 11th Annual Deverne Lee Calloway Awards Ceremony. She also has been a regular commentator on US politics on KWMU and other local media outlets. Within the University, Williams has served as Faculty Senate President and worked on a wide variety of committees and task forces.
Williams received her BA in Political Science from Knox College; her MA and PhD in Politics from Princeton University.
Exhibition Review: Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO, USA: February 12–May 7, 2017.
Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA, USA: June 24 – September 24, 2017), Fashion, Style, and Popular Culture, Vol. 7,(1), Jan. 2020.
The Presidential Nominating System: Goals and Consequences. Glimpse, Summer 2016. http://www.websterglimpse.com/summer-2016/the-last-word.
Communities of Faith as Leadership Grounds. Co-author: Elizabeth J. Stroble. Women in Higher Education, Vol. 25, No. 1, Jan. 2016.
Civil Rights versus Civil Liberties. "American Political Culture: An Encyclopedia" (3 vols.), Michael Shally-Jensen, ed. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2015.
Faculty Women and Clothing Choices: Negotiating Fashion, Gender, and Professionalism. Co-author: Monica M. Moore. The Almanack, Nov. 2014.
The Democrats Embrace God: An Unqualified Blessing? Forum on Public Policy Online, Summer 2007 edition. http://www.forumonpublicpolicy.com/archivesum07
Looking at Joint Custody Through the Language and Attitudes of Attorneys, Justice System Journal 26, no. 1 (2005): 1-34.
Essay on Fathers’ Rights Movement, "Historical and Multicultural Encyclopedia of Female Reproductive Rights in the United States." Ed. Judith A. Baer, Greenwood, 2002.
SAMPLE OF CONFERENCE PAPERS:
Undergraduate Attitudes Towards Donald Trump. Midwest Political Science Association Conference, Apr. 17, 2021 (virtual).
'Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination:' Reviewing the Reviewers. Presented at the National Popular Culture Association Conference, Washington, DC: Apr. 19, 2019.
Magna Carta and American Political Thought. Presented at Magna Carta Symposium, Regent’s College, London, UK, Jan. 7, 2015; Plenary Address at Missouri Judicial Conference, St. Louis, MO, Oct. 7, 2015.
Policing the Body of the Male Academic. Co-author: Monica M. Moore. Presented at the Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture Association Conference, Baltimore, MD, Nov. 6-8, 2014; American Men’s Studies Association Conference, New York City, NY, Mar. 7, 2015.
History, Politics, International Relations and Religious Studies
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Department Chair, Assistant Professor, Legal Studies
Professor, Legal Studies
Anne Geraghty-Rathert is a professor in the Department of Law, Crime and Social Justice at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. She teaches many courses in the Legal Studies program including Introduction to Law, Criminal Litigation, Evidence, Women and Law, Wrongful Convictions, among others. Anne also teaches in the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies program and serves on its executive committee. Her research interests include legal issues surrounding domestic violence, as well as issues related to criminal justice reform.
In addition to teaching full time, Anne is an attorney in private practice. She is the director of and attorney for The WILLOW Project, where she represents wrongfully convicted female clients, all of whom have lengthy sentences in prison.
Professor Geraghty-Rathert is a proud alum of St. Louis University School of Law.
- The Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award, 2019
- The William T. Kemper Award for Teaching, 2019
- Faculty Research Grant recipient, 2018
- Faculty/Student Collaborative Research Grant recipient, 2018
- Connections to Success Honoree for the WILLOW Project, 2017
- Women of Webster Award, 2017
- Golden Lane Award from the League of Women Voters, 2016
Community-Based Social Justice Work: The WILLOW Project, chapter 12 of "Human Rights in Higher Education: Institutional, Classroom, and Community Approaches to Teaching Social Justice."
Wrote chapter on the WILLOW Project and internships; published in Lindsey Kingston’s edited undergraduate "Human Rights" textbook.
Wrote chapter on topic of how to incorporate local human rights internships and field work into the academic discipline of a Human Rights curriculum. Published Fall 2018.
Danielle MacCartney, PhD
Associate Professor, Sociology
MacCartney, D. (in press). Monitoring the world society: LGBT human rights in Russia and Sweden. In V. Demos & M. T. Segal (Eds.), "Gender panic, gender policy" (Advances in Gender Research, Volume 24): Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Stotzer, R. & MacCartney, D. (2015). The role of institutional factors on on-campus reported rape prevalence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 1-21.
MacCartney, D. (2015). International LGBT rights. In S. Thompson (Ed,), "The Encyclopedia of Diversity and Social Justice." (Vol.1, pp. 476-483). Washington, DC: Rowman and Littlefield.
Kingston. L., MacCartney, D., & Miller, A. (2014). Facilitating student engagement: Social responsibility and freshmen learning communities. Teaching and Learning Inquiry: The ISSOTL Journal, 2(1), 63-80.
Woolf, L. M., & MacCartney, D. (2014). Sexual and gender minorities. In C. V. Johnson, H. Friedman, J. Diaz, B. Nastasi, & Z. Franco (Eds.), "Handbook of social justice and psychology" (pp. 155-176). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.
MacCartney, D. (2013). The state of same-sex marriage in the United States. In L.P. Itaborahy & J. Zhu (Eds.). "State sponsored homophobia: A world survey of laws, criminalisation, protection and recognition of same-sex love" (pp. 98-101). Brussels, Belgium: International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association.
2021. Incomplete Narratives: Modern Policing, Reform Efforts, and the Influence of Politics in Eye- Witness Identification Procedures. Lead Author with Thies, J. Missouri Policy Journal. No. 6. Fall/Winter 2021-2022. (forthcoming)
2020. Social Affinity Flow Theory: A New Understanding of Both Human Interaction and the Power of Baha’i Training Institute Process. In collaboration with Gourdine, C.; Edgren, J.; and Trice, T. Journal of Baha’i Studies. Winter Issue. Vol 29, 4.
2016. Correctional Reform in Red States: Missouri’s Role. Lead Author with Thies, J. Missouri Policy Journal. No 4. Fall/Winter 2016-17.
2010. Pretrial Diversion: The Overlooked Evidence-Based Practice. Lead author with Wilkerson, D. and McAllister, S. Federal Probation. Vol. 74, 1.
2009. An Audit of District Reviews: Implications for U.S. Pretrial Services Policy Development and Practice. Federal Probation.. Vol. 73, 2.
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Students in the nurse anesthesia program benefit from highly knowledgeable science and anesthesia faculty who are specialists in their content areas. They share a passion for education and a commitment to learning and teaching in smaller class sizes. Basic science courses are taught by doctoral-educated full-time and adjunct faculty who are specialists in that content area.
Jill Stulce, PhD, CRNA
Department Chair, Associate Professor, Nurse Anesthesia
Jill Stulce, PhD, CRNA received her BSN from the University of Missouri, Columbia in 1988, MSN Nurse Anesthesia Specialization from Southern Illinois University in 1998, and a PhD in Health Related Sciences from Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Allied Health in 2016. She joined Webster University in 2006 and currently serves as the program director since 2008 and department chair since 2012.
Stulce has various research interests and serves as the research director for the program. She is published in the Respiratory Care Journal regarding her work utilizing a novel biomarker, isofuran, to better understand the potential of oxygen therapy as an instigator of oxidative stress.
Department Coordinator, Nurse Anesthesia
Michael Burns, DNAP, CRNA
Assistant Professor, Nurse Anesthesia
2007. Moderated Poster Presentation, European Society of Critical Care, Brijuni, Croatia. Sv-SVV mirror Frank-Starling EDV-SV Relationship as Preload Increases.
2009. Moderated Poster Presentation, CHEST Conference, Philadelphia, USA. Physiologic Management of Hemodynamics in the Operating Room using Arterial Pressure Based Stroke Volume and Stroke Volume Variation.
2012. Moderated Poster Presentation, World Congress of Anaesthesiologists, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Does 5 ml Bolus Volumes and Fluroscopic Assessment Affect Hemidiaphragm Incidence after Brachial Plexus Blocks?
2012. Two Moderated Poster Presentations, World Congress of Nurse Anesthetists, Ljubljana, Slovenia. The Effect of Transverse Abdominis Plane Blocks and Low Dose Intrathecal Opioids on Morphine Requirements Following Cesarean Delivery, and Does 5 ml Bolus Volumes and Fluroscopic Assessment Affect Hemidiaphragm Incidence after Brachial Plexus Blocks?
2017. Two Moderated Poster Presentations, European Society of Regional Anaesthesiology and Pain Therapy Congress, Lugano, Switzerland. How Often Do Continuous Peripheral Nerve Provide 72 Hours of Pain Relief? and Continuous Bilateral Transverse Abdominis Plane Blocks Decrease Opioid Consumption by 47 Percent Following Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery.
2017. Moderated Poster Presentation, American Society of Regional Anesthesiologist and Pain Medicine, San Francisco, USA. Opioid reduction strategy utilizing esmolol in patients undergoing arthroscopic shoulder procedures with continuous brachial plexus blockade reduces unanticipated admissions and 30-day emergency department visits.
2018. Poster Presentations, European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy Congress, Dublin, Ireland. ERAS including Esmolol for Total Knee Arthroplasty Surgery Decreases Length of Stay without Increasing 30 and 60 Day Readmissions and Emergency Department Visits, A Community Hospital Report on the Incidence of Complications and Catheter Failures of Continuous Peripheral Nerve Blocks at 48 Hours Postoperatively, and Opioid Reduction Strategies Utilizing Esmolol During Shoulder Surgery Reduces Unanticipated Same-Day Admissions without Increasing 30-day Readmissions or Emergency Visits.
2019. Moderated Poster Presentation, European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy Congress, Bilbao, Spain. Community Hospital Decreases Length of Stay in Total Knee Arthroplasty Patients Utilizing Continuous Adductor Canal and Infiltration Between the Popliteal Artery and Knee Capsule Blocks.
2020. Moderated Poster Presentation, American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine Congress, San Francisco, USA. Community Hospital Decreases Opioids by 51.2% for Mastectomy Patients Utilizing ERAS Protocol with Erector Spinae Plane Blocks.
2020. Moderated Poster Presentation, World Congress of Anaesthesia Congress. Community Hospital Decreases Opioids by 51.2% for Mastectomy Patients Utilizing ERAS Protocol with Erector Spinae Plane Blocks.
Vicki Callan, PhD, CRNA, CHSE
Director of Clinical Education, Associate Professor, Nurse Anesthesia
Callan, V., Eshkevari, L. Finder, S., Jeter, L., May, S., Stulce, J., Hoyem, R.L., & Everson, M. (2021). Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on certified registered nurse anesthetist practice. The Journal of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, 89(4), 334-340. [publication pending]
Everson, M., Wilbanks, B.A., Hranchook, A.M., Hirsch, M., Clayton, B.A., Jordan, L.M. & Callan, V. (2021). From the operating room to the frontlines: Shared experiences of nurse anesthetists during the coronavirus pandemic. The Journal of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, 89(2), 109-116.
Coopmans, V.C. (2020). Drug therapy with local anesthetics. In G. Frandsen & S. S. Pennington, (Eds.) "Abrams’ Clinical Drug Therapy: Rationales for Nursing Practice" (12th ed.) Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer.
Coopmans, V.C. (2020). Drug therapy with general anesthetics. In G. Frandsen & S. S. Pennington, (Eds.) "Abrams’ Clinical Drug Therapy: Rationales for Nursing Practice" (12th ed.) Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer.
Coopmans, V.C. (2018, September 22-25). The Mystery of Amniotic Fluid Embolism and the A-OK Protocol. [Conference presentation]. Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress, Boston, MA.
Coopmans, V.C. (2017). Testing the student’s knowledge. In B. Henrichs & J. Thompson, (Eds.), "A Resource for Nurse Anesthesia Educators" (2nd ed.). Park Ridge, IL: AANA Publishing.
Nicholas C. Curdt, DNAP, CRNA
Assistant Professor, Anesthesia
Nicholas Curdt, DNAP, CRNA received his BSN from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2002, MS in Nurse Anesthesia from Webster University in 2006, and a DNAP from University of Michigan-Flint, in 2019. Curdt joined the Webster University Department of Nurse Anesthesia in 2012, and currently serves as the Director of Simulated Learning and involved in didactic nurse anesthesia education for over 12 years. Curdt has been a practicing CRNA specializing in cardiothoracic anesthesia for over 15 years, and currently maintains a practice at Missouri Baptist Medical Center with privileges at Barnes Jewish Hospital.
Curdt appreciates all forms of research. His focus is directed toward simulated learning, clinical improvement outcomes, cardiothoracic surgery anesthesia, nurse anesthesia patient safety, and nurse anesthesia education.
Martina Steed, PhD, CRNA
Director Clinical Education, Associate Professor, Anesthesia
Martina R. Steed received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1988, a Master of Science in Nursing with a nurse anesthesia specialization in 1996 and a PhD in Health Services in 2015. Steed has been a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) since 1997. She is the assistant director of the doctorate of nurse anesthesia practice program at Webster University in St Louis. She has taught a variety of courses related to anesthesia practice and simulation and has mentored research projects at the master’s and doctoral level since 2008. Since 2019, she has served on the board of directors of the Diversity in Nurse Anesthesia Mentorship program. Professionally, she serves as an on-site reviewer for the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthesia Programs and a CPCA item writer for the National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists. She owns a small anesthesia staffing business and has worked as a nurse anesthetist in obstetric anesthesia as well as a sole anesthesia provider in various practice settings underserved areas Southern Illinois and Missouri.
Steed has various research interests, including disparities in health service, simulation in nurse anesthesia education, health care policy and cultural competence in CRNAs.
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Janice Palmer, PhD, RN, NHA, CNE
Department Chair, Associate Professor, Nursing
Jan Palmer serves as chair of the Nursing Department at Webster University. She has over 30-years experience as a registered nurse and over 10-years experience in academia. She is a National League for Nursing certified nurse educator (CNE), an Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing peer reviewer, a licensed nursing home administrator and a long-term active member of Delta Lambda at Large which is a chapter of the nursing honor society, Sigma Theta Tau International. Her research experience dates to 1994 when she became a 11-year member of the Washington University Memory Diagnostic Center/Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center team. In 2013, Palmer was recognized by the Saint Louis Alzheimer’s Association for 20 years of service to individuals and families touched by Alzheimer’s disease. In 2019, she received the Delta Lambda, Mae J. Hamilton Nursing Excellence Award in recognition of her contributions to nursing research. And in 2020, she was recognized as a Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing (DEGN) by the National Hartford Center for Gerontological Nursing Excellence. Palmer earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at University of Missouri-Columbia, a Master of Science in Gerontology at the University of Missouri-Saint Louis, and a PhD in Nursing at Saint Louis University. Research interests include Alzheimer’s disease, caregivers, older adults, and nursing education. Palmer teaches the following content areas: growth and development, gerontology, evidence-based practice, health promotion, leadership, instructional strategies, curriculum development, and the nurse educator role.
Palmer, J.L., McLaughlin, D., & Hankamer, B. (2021). A simulation boot camp for future nurse educators, Nurse Educator, 46 (3), 134-135.
SmithBattle, L., Lorenz, R.A., Reangsing, C., Palmer, J.L., & Pitroff, G. (2018). A methodological review of qualitative longitudinal research in nursing. Nursing Inquiry, 25 (4), e12248. https://doi.org/10.1111/nin.12248
Langan, J., Palmer, J.L., Christopher, K., & Shagavah, A. (2017). Joplin tornado survivors, hospital employees and community members: Reflections of resilience and acknowledgement of pain. Health Emergency and Disaster Nursing, 4(1): 57-65.
Palmer, J.L., Bultas, M., Davis, R.L., Schmuke, A.D., & Fender, J.B. (2016). Nursing examinations: Promotion of integrity and prevention of cheating. Nurse Educator, 41(4): 180-184.
Palmer, J.L., Lach, H.W., McGillick, J., Murphy-White, M., Carroll, M.B., & Armstrong, J.L. (2014). The Dementia Friendly Hospital Initiative education program for acute care nurses and staff. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 45(9): 416-424.
Palmer, J.L., Langan, J., Krampe, J., Krieger, M., Lorenz, R., Schneider, J.K., Smith, J.M., & Lach, H. (2014). A model for risk reduction for older adults vulnerable to nursing home placement. Research and Theory for Nursing Practice: An International Journal, 28(2): 162-192.
Murray, T., Palmer, J.L., Wunderlich, R.J., Giancola, J., & Shaw, J. (2014) An academic-service partnership to promote and support RNs return to school, Journal of Nursing Education, 53(5): 291-294.
Palmer, J.L. (2013). Preserving personhood of individuals with advanced dementia: Lessons from family caregivers. Geriatric Nursing, 34: 224-229.
Palmer, J.L. (2012). Just TALKKK to me! 6 communication patterns for nursing. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 38(4): 47-54.
Langan, J.C., Palmer, J.L. (2012). Listening to and learning about older adult Hurricane Katrina survivors. Public Health Nursing, 29(2), 126-135.
Department Coordinator, Nursing
During Theresa Altmann’s 35-year tenure at Webster University, she has had many responsibilities including adjunct faculty records, appointments, and other projects for the Office of Academic Affairs. In the role of Nursing Department Coordinator, she now registers all students for class; coordinates with the Bursar’s office for direct billing of cohort students; uploads courses into CARS each term; assists with accreditation reports; tracks compliance documentation of students; coordinates graduation activities; and more.
Altmann's areas of expertise include Jenzebar CX (CARS), CastleBranch compliance documentation, qualtrics for course and accreditation surveys, prioritization and time management, and the Enrollment Management tool in Slate. She earned her BA in Management with a minor in Computer Studies at Webster University.
Stephanie Dribben, DNP, RN, AGACNP-BC
Assistant Professor, Nursing
Stephanie Dribben is an assistant professor in the Nursing Department at Webster University where she has been a full-time faculty member since 2019. Dribben teaches courses in the RN-BSN and MSN programs, including advanced pathophysiology, leadership and management, and interprofessional collaboration and communication.
As a registered nurse, Dribben worked in emergency medicine, hematology-oncology, and critical care. After attaining her MSN, she began practicing as an acute care nurse practitioner in the surgical and trauma intensive care unit at Barnes Jewish Hospital where she continues to work. Dribben also taught medical-surgical and mental health nursing as an Assistant Professor at St. Louis Community College for three years prior to joining Webster University as a Hearst Fellow. Stephanie's current research focus includes violence prevention and nursing retention.
Dribben holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of Missouri-Columbia, a BS and MS in Nursing as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes Jewish College.
Dribben, S., Curtis, M. P., Foraker, R., Kush, C., & Trolard, A. (2021). Improving Cardiff Model Data Collection in the Emergency Department. Computers, Informatics, Nursing: CIN, 39(7), 341–344. https://doi.org/10.1097/CIN.0000000000000786
Sue McFarlan, DNP, RN, NE-BC
Associate Professor, MSN Coordinator, Nursing
Sue McFarlan is a nurse with 33 years of experience in critical care, leadership and, since 2015, education. Her main area of interest is facilitating the development of nursing leadership at all levels. Her goal is to improve patient outcomes, strengthen and empower the nursing profession, and the healthcare system as a whole.
Bedside nursing care drives patient outcomes and the leaders providing management at this level are pivotal in achieving patient outcomes, staff satisfaction, retention, healthy work environments and all organizational outcomes. McFarlan's interest is in empowering nurses in leadership roles to be innovative and provide evidence-based leadership. From providing care at the bedside to implementing a Rapid Response Team, and being a nurse leader over several hospital units, McFarlan has sought to educate and empower nurses to practice to their greatest ability. McFarlan espouses that mutual respect, knowledge and an environment of collaboration are keys to creating an innovative and healthy nursing workforce.
McFarlan received the Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Kentucky College of Nursing. McFarlan has been an assistant professor at Webster University since fall 2015. As a nursing faculty person, she works with nurses taking leadership courses in the RN to BSN and the MSN programs. McFarlan is very interested in implementing interactive and engaging learning techniques with her students, helping them to apply new knowledge in their practice environments.
Dorcas McLaughlin, PhD, APRN, PMHCNS, TEP
Dorcas McLaughlin is a professor in the Nursing Department at Webster University. Prior to joining the faculty at Webster University, Dorcas served as the coordinator and lead faculty for the psychiatric-mental health nursing specialty in the undergraduate and accelerated nursing programs at Saint Louis University. At Webster University, Dorcas teaches graduate and undergraduate students. Her areas of expertise include psychiatric-mental health nursing, education, psychodrama, expressive art therapies, mindfulness, trauma-informed care and family violence. Currently, Dorcas teaches the practicum courses for graduate nursing students preparing to be nurse educators. Also, she teaches a psychodrama course to graduate students in the professional counseling program and teachers pursing an advanced graduate certificate in trauma-informed education and intervention. In addition, Dorcas teaches an undergraduate keystone course on family violence in the Global Citizenship Program (GCP). In 2017, Dorcas became a fellow in the Global Leadership Academy at Webster University. With over 30 years of experience as a nurse educator and psychodramatist, she has been invited to provide psychodrama training workshops and personal growth groups in the U.S., Asia, and Europe.
Dorcas earned her BS in Nursing and MS in Nursing from the University of Missouri in Columbia and her PhD in Nursing from the University of Missouri in St. Louis. She is dually certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist (PMHCNS-BC) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and as a Trainer, Educator, and Practitioner (TEP) by the American Board of Examiners in psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy.
McLaughlin, D.E., Spiess, J. & Palmer, J.L. (2022). Recovery: Promoting behavioral health. In J.C. Langan, "Preparing nurses for disaster management: A global approach." Elsevier.
Palmer, J.L., McLaughlin, D.E., Hankamer, B.A. (2021). A simulation boot camp for future nurse educators. Nurse Educator 46 (3), 134-135.
Freed, P.E. & McLaughlin, D.E. (2018). Promoting cultures of thinking: Transforming nursing education to transform nursing practice. Creative Nursing Supplement 24, 174-181.
Smithbattle, L., Chantamit-o-pas, C., Freed, P.E., McLaughlin, D. E., Schneider, J, K. (2017). Moms Growing Together: Piloting action methods and expressive arts in a therapeutic group for teen mothers. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing. doi: 10.1111/jcap.12172
Freed, P. E., Bertram, J. & McLaughlin, D. E. (2013). Using lecture capture: A qualitative study of nursing faculty’s experience. Nurse Education Today 2013 Jul 12.pii: S0260-6917(13)00233-5. doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2013.06.021
Freed, P. E. & McLaughlin, D. E. (2011). Futures thinking: Preparing nurses to think for tomorrow. Nursing Education Perspective, 32 (3), pp. 173-178.
Freed, P. E., McLaughlin, D.E., SmithBattle, L., Leander, S., Westhus, N. (2010). “It’s the little things that count.” The value in receiving therapeutic letters. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 31 (4), pp. 265-272.
Freed, P. E., McLaughlin, D.E., SmithBattle, L., Leander, S., Westhus, N. (2009). Therapeuticletters in undergraduate nursing education: Ideas for clinical nurse educators. Nurse Education Today. Retrieved from http://www.biomedsearch.com/nih/Therapeutic-letters-in-undergraduate-nursing/19932532.html.
Weaver, T. L., Allen, J. A., Hopper, E., Maglione, M. L., McLaughlin, D., McCullough, M.A. Jackson, M, K., & Brewer, T., (2007). Mediators of suicidal ideation within a sheltered sample of raped and battered women. Health Care for Women International, 28 (5), 478-489.
McLaughlin, D. E., Freed, P. E., & Tadych, R. A. (2006). Action methods in the classroom: Creative strategies for nursing education. International Journal of Nursing Scholarship (Vol. 3, no. 1, article 11). Web site: http://www.bepress.com/ijnes/vol3/art11
Jody Spiess, PhD, RN, GCPH
Hearst Fellow, Assistant Professor, Nursing
Jody Spiess is a registered nurse with 20 years of experience. Her nursing history includes cardiac, mother/baby, public health nursing and nursing education. Her main area of interest is in the public health nursing specialty, and Spiess' passion is in helping underserved residents in the St. Louis community.
Spiess received an ADN from St. Louis Community College at Meramec, BSN and MSN from Webster University, a graduate certificate in public health from the University of Missouri Columbia and her PhD in nursing at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Spiess' dissertation was on the disaster preparedness of community health nurse educators all over the United States.
Spiess is extremely honored to be a Hearst fellow and faculty member at Webster University.
Melissa Spriggs, PhD
Assistant Professor, Nursing; Program Director, MA in Human Services
Melissa Spriggs has worked in the human services field for over 20 years in the areas of disabilities services, substance abuse, juvenile corrections, mental health, and several middle and high school settings. Spriggs has also been adjunct faculty at George Washington University, Trinity Washington University, McKendree University and Lindenwood University. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Truman State University, a master's degree in counseling from Western Illinois University and a doctorate in counseling from George Washington University.
Spriggs is currently the director of the MA in Human Services program at Webster University in St. Louis. The program began in the fall of 2015 and is now offered both as a blended program to local students and also fully online. Spriggs enjoys educating, mentoring and advising her students as they progress and grow through the program and in their careers. Her current research interests are compassion fatigue, wounded healers and identity and career development of human services workers.
Cami Weber, MSN, MBA, RN
Cami Weber is an alumna of Webster University’s BSN (2004) and MSN (2007) nursing programs. She is working towards a PhD in Nursing at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and is expected to complete her degree in Spring 2022. In addition to the previous academic accomplishments, Weber received her MBA from DeVry University in 2015.
Weber’s clinical nursing experience includes obstetrics, special care nursery and women’s health. Additionally, she has experience working in higher education publishing, nursing education and management. Her research interests include populations of women with substance use disorder and nursing education.
Weber’s personal interests include cooking, gardening and traveling with her husband and two daughters. Both daughters are graduates of Webster University’s George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology.
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RN to BSN & MSN
The bachelor of science and master of science in nursing programs at Webster University are designed for nurses who want to take their nursing practice to the next level.
Bruce Umbaugh, PhD
Department Chair, Professor, Philosophy
Bruce Umbaugh is professor and chair of the Philosophy Department. He became a philosopher to understand things deeply and in ways that allow action to make the world better. His research has addressed relativism and rationality; the ethical implications of technology design; and privacy, free expression, and identity in online environments. His book on the thought of George Berkeley defends idealism in light of all the latest scientific knowledge. Most recently, he has been exploring how ethics of care may be fundamental to all the best practices for helping students to learn.
Umbaugh has been a full-time faculty member at Webster since 1994. He has been recognized with the inaugural Learning Happens Everywhere award as well the William T. Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has taught Cornerstone and Keystone seminars, as well as introductory courses in philosophy and courses such as Theory of Knowledge, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy and Technology, and Global Information Ethics. He currently serves as Director of Webster's Global Citizenship Program and as Past President of the international Association for General and Liberal Studies.
Umbaugh earned an AB in Philosophy degree from the Honors Tutorial College of Ohio University, and an MA and PhD in philosophy from the University of Maryland.
"On Berkeley." Wadsworth Publishing, 2000. Translated into Chinese, 2015.
Foreword to Karim Dharamsi and David Ohreen, eds., "Between Truth and Falsity: Liberal Education and the Arts of Discernment," Vernon Press, 2020.
Extended Mind and the Music of Trans, in Douglas Berger, ed., "Neil Young and Philosophy," Lexington Books, 2019.
Tailoring the Web for Profit, Computer underground Digest, June 21, 1998, File 1.
Canada's Anti-hate Laws: Two Views, Synthesis: Law and Policy in Higher Education, vol. 2 (1990), pp. 100-101, 110.
Don Morse, PhD
Kate Parsons, PhD
Professor, Philosophy and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Kate Parsons is full-time professor of Philosophy and Director of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program.
Parsons has taught at Webster since 1997. Her interdisciplinary teaching is grounded in a commitment to social and environmental justice and connected to a range of programs, including sustainability studies and international human rights. She regularly teaches Contemporary Moral Problems, Environmental Ethics, Bioethics, Global Ethics, Feminist Philosophy, Inequality and the Environment, and Philosophy of Sex and Love.
Parsons’ research grapples with ethical questions related to climate change, international travel, anti-racist and anti-sexist work, and motherhood. She is recipient of the William T. Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching, the William and Roswell Messing, Jr. Faculty Award, the Provost’s Faculty Fellowship Award, and the Leif J. Sverdrup Global Teaching Fellowship. She has taught and conducted research in Japan, England, Turkey, Brazil, Thailand, and Costa Rica and regularly leads study abroad trips with her students.
Professor Parsons holds a PhD in Philosophy from Washington University, an MA in Philosophy and graduate certificate in Women’s Studies from Washington University, and a BA in Philosophy and Spanish from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Sustainable Ambivalence in Tanya Cassidy, Susan Hogan, and Sarah LaChance Adams, eds. "Maternal Tug." Demeter Press, 2020.
Social Justice Programs and Just Administrative Practices in Lindsey Kingston, ed. "Human Rights in Higher Education: Institutional, Classroom, and Community Approaches to Teaching Social Justice." Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.
Wild Child: Reflections and the Intersections of Nature, Gender, Race, and Parenthood in Lynn Comerford, Heather Jackson and Kandee Kosior, eds. "Feminist Parenting." Demeter Press 2016.
Academic Pressures and Feminist Solutions: Teaching Ethics Against the Grain. The American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy. Vol. 14 No. 1, Fall 2014.
Feminist Reflections on Miscarriage, in Light of Abortion. International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics. Vol. 3 No. 1, Spring 2010.
Subverting the Fellowship of the Wedding Ring. Journal of Social Philosophy, Vol. 39 No. 3, Fall 2008, 393–410
Anorexia Nervosa and Our Unreasonable Perceptions, in Hilde Nelson and Robin Fiore, eds., "Recognition, Responsibility and Rights: Feminist Ethics and Social Theory." Rowman and Littlefield, 2003.
"Rights and Reason: Essays in Honor of Carl Wellman." Co-edited with Marilyn Friedman, Larry May, and Jennifer Stiff. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2000.
David Carl Wilson, PhD
Professor, Philosophy; Dean Emeritus, College of Arts and Sciences
Wilson received his PhD in Philosophy from UCLA, where he then taught and served as an administrator for fifteen years. In 2002 he left his position as associate provost at UCLA to become dean of Webster’s College of Arts and Sciences, a position in which he served for almost fourteen years.
His academic focus is social and political philosophy, with a special interest in the philosophy of leadership and management. He has taught numerous courses on related topics in the Walker School, has several recent publications in this area, and serves on the executive editorial board of the international journal Philosophy of Management. He has developed a Webster introductory course in the philosophy of leadership and management. He chose this area because leadership and management can be hugely consequential, and we need to better understand those practices and how they can be done well.
He also teaches ethics and political philosophy courses, and a summer course in Florence, Italy, on that most controversial and entertaining of all leadership and political thinkers, Machiavelli.
His book "A Guide to Good Reasoning: Cultivating Intellectual Virtues" has recently been released in its second edition by the University of Minnesota; it is now available free and online. He is currently completing a textbook on ethics, tentatively entitled The Human Factor.
He is an enthusiast of the arts, currently serving as a trustee on several arts boards and as the staff philosopher for Tennessee Williams St. Louis, which was founded by his wife, Carrie Houk.
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Center for Ethics
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Molly Stehn, EdD, LPC
Department Chair, Associate Professor, Professional Counseling, South Carolina
Molly Stehn is an associate professor and chair of the Professional Counseling Department at Webster University. She holds an EdD in Counselor Education and Supervision and an Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Cincinnati (both are CACREP accredited programs). Stehn is a Licensed Professional Counselor (Missouri), a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (Ohio), as well as a Nationally Certified Counselor and Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor through NBCC. She received intensive training on the practice of dialectical behavior therapy from BehavioralTech. Stehn is a member of the ACA and several of its divisions, including the Association for Creativity in Counseling, the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, ACA of Missouri, South Carolina Counseling Association, and NCACES. The high value Stehn places on student learning is evident in her relational approach to teaching, her scholarly activity, her professional development and her university service.
Prior to going into counselor education, Stehn trained for a career as a professional opera singer. During that stage in her life, she earned her Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the Manhattan School of Music and was a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions. Thus, she thoroughly enjoys finding any means possible for incorporating her musical expertise into her teaching, research and clinical practice.
For fun, Stehn enjoys the performing arts, running, cooking and baking.
Hasmik Chakaryan, PhD, LPC
Clinical Director, Associate Professor, Professional Counseling, Webster Groves
Hasmik Chakaryan is an associate professor and clinical director of the Department of Professional Counseling at Webster University. She has obtained her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Toledo in 2013. Throughout her career, she has been actively involved in social justice and human rights activism and advocacy. Among many projects, Chakaryan has also established a training program for mental health paraprofessionals in Mexico. She has presented in numerous state and national conferences. Her experience includes extensive work with marginalized populations and groups nationally and internationally. She specializes in working with immigrant and refugee populations and also training mental health professionals in providing culturally competent services.
Chakaryan is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Missouri and a Certified Trauma Specialist as well as a victim advocate. She specializes in multicultural counseling and supervision, trauma and disaster mental health, and grief counseling. Chakaryan provides training for professionals on intimate partner violence, multicultural competence in counseling and supervision, working with refugee and immigrant populations, and working with victims of various traumas. Her current research focuses on internationalizing the profession of counseling and bringing awareness about mental health stigma and barriers.
Chakaryan was a recent recipient of the Certificate of Achievement by Webster University College of Arts and Sciences.
Stacy L. Henning, PhD, LPC, ACS
Associate Professor, Professional Counseling, Webster Groves
Fort, K. Gonzalez. M., Henning, S., Johnson, L, & Wilkerson, J. (2022). Understanding the CACREP Standards and Developing a Self-Study. In D. Stalnaker-Shofner (Ed), "Teaching and Administration in Counselor Education: A Practical Guide for Training Graduate Students and New Educators." New York: New York. Springer. Book Chapter in Progress.
Watson, L. R., & Henning, S. L. (in press). Behavioral outcomes with law enforcement officers with compassion fatigue. "FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin."
Henning, S. L., Smith, A., O’Brien, D., & Paige, K. (2021). "Twentieth century theories; Twenty-first century counseling." [Manuscript in preparation]. Department of Professional Counseling, Webster University.
Sheperis, D., Henning, S. L., Kocet, M. (2015). "Ethical Decision Making in the 21st Century." Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Ryan Liberati, PhD, LPC, ACS, CCMHC, NCC
Associate Professor, School Counseling Coordinator, Professional Counseling, South Carolina
Muthoni Musangali, PhD, NCC
Associate Professor, Professional Counseling, Webster Groves
Muthoni Musangali is an associate professor in the Counseling Department at Webster University. She earned her PhD in Counselor Education from the University of Central Florida (2006). She holds a Master of Arts in Counseling from Heidelberg College and a BEd (Arts) from Kenyatta University, Kenya. She is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors (ACES), North Central ACES, and the Association for Assessment in Counseling (AACE). She is a board-certified telemental health counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor (MO). Musangali is the principal investigator for the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Grant that was awarded to Webster's Department of Professional Counseling by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2021-2025).
Musangali’s publications include a co-authored a chapter in ACA’s "Handbook on International Counseling" (2013), as well as an article in the Journal of Counseling & Development on the development of counseling in Kenya.
Musangali, M., Daire, A. & DeLorenzi, D. (2016). The Impact of Caregiver Coping Strategies and Patient Level of Functioning on Perception of Caregiver Burden among Caregivers of Persons Living with HIV and AIDS in Kenya. Journal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services. DOI: 10.1080/15381501.2014.912176.
Okech, J.A. & Kimemia, M. (2013). Professional Counseling in Kenya. In T. Hohensil, N. Amundson, & S. Niles (Eds.), "Handbook of international counseling" (pp. 31-39). Fairfax, VA: American Counseling Association.
Okech, J.A. & Kimemia, M. (2012). Professional Counseling in Kenya: History, Current Status, and Future Trends. Journal of Counseling and Development, 90, 1, 107-112, DOI: 10.1111/j.1556-6676.2012.00015.x.
Hemla D. Singaravelu, PhD, LPC
Professor, Professional Counseling, Webster Groves
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Eric A. Goedereis, PhD
Department Chair, Associate Professor, Psychology
Eric Goedereis earned his PhD in Lifespan Developmental Psychology from West Virginia University and a master’s degree in general/experimental psychology from Western Illinois University. Research projects within his Lifespan Wellness Lab (LWL) at Webster University have examined the psychosocial determinants and correlates of various aspects of health and well-being from adolescence through older adulthood. In addition, Goedereis’s work has explored ways to promote optimal developmental outcomes across the lifespan. To this end, Goedereis has a keen interest in promoting opportunity and equity and has long sought to engage in purposeful, inclusive advising, outreach, and mentoring to provide high-impact experiences in ways that are equitable and inclusive.
Much of his career has been devoted to leading, mentoring, and supporting undergraduate research, scholarly, and creative activities and engaging in work to advance such high-impact experiences at Webster and beyond. Specifically, Goedereis has demonstrated a strong track record of mentoring and collaborating with students, resulting in numerous submissions to local, regional, and national professional conferences and peer-reviewed empirical journals. His students have also had much success gaining acceptance into competitive graduate programs in psychology and related fields, as well as securing internal and external funding to support their research and travel. He is a strong advocate for study abroad and has had the good fortune to teach at Webster’s Vienna (Austria) campus and to lead an integrated field research/study abroad experience to Athens, Greece. His teaching, research, and mentorship efforts have been recognized via multiple awards.
Goedereis, E.A., & Gray-Graves, A. (2020). Making your "pitch": A flexible assignment for engaging students in aging. The International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 91, 435-442. https://doi.org/10.1177/0091415020928535.
Goedereis, E.A., Kracen, A.C., Walla, P., Michl, T., & Wilson, J. (2020). 'Zehn' (10) issues students may want to consider when studying abroad. In A. Schwartz & R. Miller (Eds.), "High impact educational practices: A review of best practices with illustrative examples." Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology web site: http://teachpsych.org/ebooks/.
Kurzu, S., & Goedereis, E.A. (2020). Personal control beliefs. In R Summers, C. Golden, L. Lashley, & E. Ailes (Eds.). Essays in Developmental Psychology. Retrieved from https://www.assessmentpsychologyboard.org/edp/.
McMullin, S.D., & Goedereis, E.A. (2020). Obesity. In R Summers, C. Golden, L. Lashley, & E. Ailes (Eds.). Essays in Developmental Psychology. Retrieved from https://www.assessmentpsychologyboard.org/edp/.
Theberge, K., & Goedereis, E.A. (2020). Binge drinking. In R Summers, C. Golden, L. Lashley, & E. Ailes (Eds.). Essays in Developmental Psychology. Retrieved from https://www.assessmentpsychologyboard.org/edp/.
Goedereis, E.A., & MacCartney, D. (2019). Creating common ground: A framework for promoting interdisciplinarity. Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, 8, 173-183. https://doi.org/10.32674/jise.vi0.1088.
Nienaber, K., & Goedereis, E.A. (2015). Death anxiety and education: A comparison among undergraduate and graduate students. Death Studies, 39, 483-90.
Goedereis, E.A., & Mitchell, H.H. (2013). Thinking about thinking: Using metacognitive strategies in introductory psychology courses. In S. Baker and J. Holmes (Eds.), "Excellence in Teaching Essays" (pp. 33-36). Retrieved from http://teachpsych.org/Resources/Documents/ebooks/eit2012.pdf
Goedereis, E.A., & Cohen, S.H. (2010). Crafting and implementing a career development course in psychology. In D.S. Dunn, B.C. Beins, M.A. McCarthy, & G.W. Hill, IV [Eds.]. "Best Practices for Beginnings and Endings in the Psychology Major."
Meegan, S.P. & Goedereis, E.A. (2006). Life task appraisals, spouse involvement in strategies, and daily affect among short- and long-term married couples. Journal of Family Psychology, 20, 319–327.
Gloria Grenwald, PhD
Emeritis Professor, Counseling Psychology and Family Therapy, Psychology
Grenwald, G. (2007). Using a narrative approach to internationalize the psychology curriculum. Symposium Presentation, 115th Annual American Psychological Association Convention. San Francisco, California.
Grenwald-Mayes, G. (2003). Assessing the benefit of internationalized psychology courses: Student outcomes. Symposium Presentation, 111th Annual American Psychological Association Convention. Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Grenwald-Mayes, G. (2002). Relationship of current quality of life and family of origin dynamics for college students with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Paper presented at Family: Strengths and Cohesion Conference sponsored by the Institute of Sociology, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences and University Of Nebraska-Lincoln, Shanghai, China.
Grenwald-Mayes, G. 2002). Understanding and working with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder children: Teachers and parents. Invited Workshop at South China Normal University in Guangzhou, Guangzhou, China.
Grenwald-Mayes, G. (2002). Relationship between current quality of life and family of origin dynamics for college students with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Journal of Attention Disorders, 5, 211-222.
Grenwald-Mayes, G. (2001). Global studies programs linked via the Internet. Panel Chair. International Studies Association Meeting, Chicago.
Grenwald-Mayes, G. (2001). Must international studies be so darned international? Panel Chair. Title VI-A Project Directors meeting, Washington D.C.
Grenwald-Mayes, G. (2001). Curriculum strategies. Plenary Presentation. Human Rights Education Workshop co-sponsored by United States Institute for Peace, Webster University.
Morgan M. Grotewiel, PhD
Assistant Professor, Psychology
Morgan Grotewiel is an assistant professor of psychology. She teaches courses related to counseling psychology, measurement, statistics, research methods, and lifespan development, both in-person and online. She currently serves as the Department Online Retention and Recruitment Coordinator as well as the co-chair of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Co-Curricular Committee.
Grotewiel conducts research on a variety of topics using a feminist and positive psychology framework. Recently she has been studying the conceptual overlap of flow and hyperfocus. Past work has examined student experiences such as test anxiety and academic cheating as well as mindfulness, self-compassion, women’s and gender-related concerns, body image and disordered eating, and sexual objectification experiences and consequences. Grotewiel is a consulting editor for Psychology of Women Quarterly and serves as the newsletter editor and website coordinator for the Section for the Advancement of Women (SAW) within APA's Division 17, The Society of Counseling Psychology.
Grotewiel holds a PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (APA-accredited), a Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Creative Writing from Missouri State University. She completed her predoctoral internship at the University of Iowa Student Counseling Service (APA-accredited).
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Grotewiel, M., Crenshaw, M.*, Dorsey, A.*, & Street, E.* (accepted, pending revisions). Daily experiences of hyperfocus and flow in college students with and without Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Current Psychology.
Watson, L. B., Flores, M., Grotewiel, M., Brownfield, J., Aslan, S., & Farrell, M. (2018). How do feminist-identified women cope with discrimination? A feminist standpoint and grounded theory study. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 43, 291-312. http://doi.org/10.1177/0361684318777722
Miller, A. D., Murdock, T. B., & Grotewiel, M. (2017). Addressing academic dishonesty among our highest achievers. Theory into Practice, 56, 121-128. http://doi.org/10.1080/00405841.2017.1283574
Murdock, T. B., Stephens, J. M., & Grotewiel, M. (2016). Student dishonesty in the face of assessment: Who, why, and what can we do about it. In G. T. L. Brown & L. R. Harris (Eds.), "Handbook of human and social conditions in assessment" (pp. 1-39). New York: Routledge.
Watson, L. B., & Grotewiel, M. (2016). The protective role of commitment to social change in the relationship between women's sexist experiences and self-silencing. Sex Roles, 75, 139-150. http://doi.org/10.1007/s11199-016-0594-1
Watson, L. B., Grotewiel, M., Farrell, M., Marshik, J., & Schneider, M. (2015). Experiences of sexual objectification, minority stress, and disordered eating among sexual minority women. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 39, 458-470. http://doi.org/10.1177/0361684315575024
Gary Kannenberg, PhD
Gary D. Kannenberg, PhD, is a full-time member of the Department of Psychology. He has held numerous positions at Webster including coordinator of the human resource graduate program, director of the McDonnell-Douglas/Boeing diversity training program, interim director of the Graduate Program in Professional Counseling, associate chair of the Psychology Department, and director and co-director of the Graduate Program in Gerontology. Kannenberg has taught in the Professional Counseling graduate program, MAT graduate program, the Human Resource Development graduate program, and the Gerontology Graduate Program. His current primary teaching responsibilities are in the undergraduate psychology program. He has taught a wide variety of graduate and undergraduate courses over his time at Webster. His current courses include: Drug and Alcohol Dependency, Introduction to Counseling, Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the Integrated Studies in Gerontology Capstone graduate course.
Kannenberg is a trained practitioner (counseling) and is licensed in Missouri. He also holds memberships in the American Psychological Association and the American Counseling Association. While his expertise is primarily in practice, Kannenberg is also involved in various research and professional writing areas. These areas include classical conditioning of single-celled organisms, learning, genetics and free will, human behavior and culture, and government and human behavior.
Kannenberg holds a PhD from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina.
Kannenberg, G.D. (2021). Behavior of Single-Cell Organisms. Principle Researcher, Research project currently in process at Webster University.
Kannenberg, G.D. (2021). "The Underestimated Importance of Classical Conditioning and Free Will." Currently under peer review.
Kannenberg, G.D. & Kannenberg, K.L. (2020). Eleven considerations in online teaching. Manuscript to be presented at an International Conference in 1/2022.
Kannenberg, G.D. (2019). "Cultural evolution in America: Confronting the foundational beliefs of the United States." Unpublished manuscript.
Kannenberg, G.D. (2019). "Control through power and authority: The behavioral relationship between citizens and government." Unpublished manuscript.
Kannenberg, G.D. (2018). Course Development Guidelines for Online Capstone/Thesis Courses. (Presented at the 2019 17th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education, Jan. 2019).
Kannenberg, G.D. and Kannenberg, K.L. (2017). The Impact of Cultural Changes in the United States of America. (Presented at the 2017 Meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Educational Research – AAER)
Kannenberg, G.D. and Kannenberg K.L. (2016). The Effects of Centrally Planned and Market Economies on Dependent and Independent Citizen Behavior. (Presented at the 2016 Meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Educational Research – AAER).
Kannenberg, G.D. & Goedereis, E.A. (2015). The Use of the Capstone Course in the Assessment of An Online Gerontology Graduate Program. (Presented at International Conference – 2015).
Heather Mitchell, PhD
Associate Professor, Psychology
Heather Mitchell, PhD, is an associate professor of psychology at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. She received her BS (and a torn ACL from soccer) at Lambuth University, as well as her MS and PhD in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Memphis. Heather teaches general and cognitive courses including Introduction to Psychology, Psychology of Women and Gender, Applied Learning Theory, Memory, Sensation and Perception and Psychology of Humor. Mitchell’s research interests include humor, metacognition, scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL), academic disabilities, as well as decision making, and she has numerous publications in these areas. Heather also has received several faculty research grants (with Gloria Grenwald) from Webster University to investigate the experiences of college students who have ADD or ADHD.
Mitchell is a member of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology and has received a SOTL award from the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology. She is also a member of the Society for Text and Discourse where she serves as a reviewer and received the Jason Albrecht Outstanding Young Scientist Award. Heather recently received a best paper award (with Afton Nelson and Kristijan Civljak) for their cross-cultural research investigating decision making during the COVID-19 pandemic. Heather’s hobbies include reading, traveling, watching Netflix, playing the piano, and safely playing soccer with her children.
Goedereis, E. A., & Mitchell, H. H. (2013). Thinking about thinking: Using metacognitive strategies in introductory psychology courses. In S. Baker and J. Holmes (Eds.), "Excellence in Teaching Essays" (pp. 33-36). Society for the Teaching of Psychology ebook.
Mitchell H. H. (2021). Getting the last laugh: Seven mechanisms of joke aesthetics for effective teaching. In "Teach Psychology with a Sense of Humor: Why (and How to) Be a Funnier and More Effective Psychology Teacher and Laugh All the Way to Your Class?" [ISBN 978-1-925128-04-8] https://www.amazon.com/Teach-Psychology-Sense-Humor-Effective-ebook/dp/B0964LF688
Mitchell H. H. (2019, January). Are in class practice tests effective review activities? Poster presented at the 41st Annual National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, St. Pete’s Beach, FL, USA.
Mitchell H. H. (2018, May). Metacognitive Awareness in Traditional and Conditional Transitions Courses. Poster presented at the 30th American Psychological Society – Psychology Teaching Institute, San Francisco CA, USA.
Mitchell, H. H., Graesser, A. C., & Louwerse, M. M. (2010). The Effect of context on humor: A constraint-based model of verbal jokes. Discourse Processes, 47, 104-129.
Mitchell, H. H., Kleinman, K. Daniel, R. (2018). Academic advising tools through a metacognitive lens. In L. Scharff, J. Draeger, and A. Richmond (Co-creators), Teaching with Metacognition Issue 2 June 2018. Retrieved from http://www.improvewithmetacognition.com/academic-advising-tools
Mitchell, H. H. & Kleinman, K. (2014). General education for psychology majors through a metacognitive lens. In J. Irons and R. Miller (Eds.), "Academic advising: A handbook for advisors and students. Society for the Teaching of Psychology" ebook https://teachpsych.org/ebooks/academic-advising-2014-vol1
Mitchell H. H. (2018, May). Metacognitive Awareness in Traditional and Conditional Transitions Courses. Poster presented at the 30th American Psychological Society – Psychology Teaching Institute, San Francisco CA, USA.
Nelson, A., Civljak, C. & Mitchell, H.H (2021, October) Pandemic Perspectives: Confidence, Decision-Making, and Behaviours across Cultures during the Covid 19 Pandemic. Paper presented at the NORDSCI International Conference on Social Sciences https://www.nordsci.org/nordsci-online-2021
Nelson, A., Civljak, C. & Mitchell, H.H. (2021, August). Pandemic Perspectives: Exploring Confidence and Decision-Making during the COVID-19 Pandemic across Cultures. Paper presented at the International Organization of Social Sciences and Behavioral Research https://zoom.us/j/2654445134
Linda M. Woolf, PhD
Professor, Applied Experimental Psychology, Peace Psychology
Linda M. Woolf, PhD, is a professor of psychology and international human rights at Webster University. She teaches a variety of classes in psychology including Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Measurement and Statistics, Psychology and Ethics, Personality Theory, Political Psychology, and History, Philosophy, and Systems of Psychology. Woolf also teaches specialty courses related to the Holocaust, genocide, and peace psychology.
Woolf won the 2020 American Psychological Foundation’s Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award, the William T. Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Emerson Electric Excellence in Teaching Award, and has won several awards from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology.
Woolf currently serves on the American Psychological Association (APA) Committee on International Relations in Psychology (CIRP), the APA Ethics Code Revision Task Force, and is the 2022 president of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (Division 2, APA). She also serves on the board of the Institute for the Study of Genocide and on the Rafael Lemkin Book Award Committee. She is former president of the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence, served on TOPSS (APA Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools), and served on the APA Commission on Ethics Processes. She recently ended her terms on the APA Council of Representatives (the APA legislative body), and the executive committee of the Society for the Psychology of Women (Division 35, APA).
Hulsizer, M. R., & Woolf, L. M. (2021). Statistical toolbox of psychology. In D. F. Ragin & J. P. Keenan (Eds.). "Handbook of research methods in health psychology." (pp. 20-33). Routledge.
Sveaass, N., & Woolf, L. M. (2020). Human rights: A psychologist's path to "Do no harm." In N. Rubin, & R. Flores (Eds). "Cambridge handbook on psychology and human rights" (pp. 135-149). Cambridge University Press.
Woolf, L. M. (2019). Peace and Social Justice. In M. G. Njoku, L. A. Jason, & R. B. Johnson (Eds.). "Psychology of peace promotion: Global perspectives on personal peace, children and adolescents, and social justice" (pp. 219-235). Springer.
Woolf, L. M., & Hulsizer, M. R. (2018). Peace psychology: A gateway and path to culture and diversity. In K. Keith (Ed.). "Culture across the curriculum: A psychology teacher's handbook" (pp. 427-446). Cambridge University Press.
Woolf, L. M., & Hulsizer, M. R. (2019). Infusing Diversity Into Research Methods = Good Science. In K. D. Keith (Ed.). "Cross-cultural psychology: Contemporary themes and perspectives" (2nd ed., pp. 107-127). Wiley-Blackwell.
Woolf, L. M. (2016). Peace psychology: A tapestry in history. In W. D. Woody, R. L. Miller, & W. J Wozniak (Eds.). "Psychological specialties in historical context: Enriching the classroom experience for teachers and students." http://teachpsych.org/ebooks/psychspec
Woolf, L. M. (2014). Teaching human rights: Teaching LGBTQI rights. International Psychology Bulletin, 18 (2-3), 39-43.
Woolf, L. M., & MacCartney, D. (2014). Sexual and gender minorities. In C. V. Johnson (Eds.). "Praeger handbook of social justice and psychology." Praeger.
Woolf, L. M. (2012). Teaching psychology, human rights, and peace. Peace Psychology, 21(2), 20-22.
Woolf, L. M. & Hulsizer, M. R. (2011). Peace and war. In R. L. Miller, E. Balcetis, S. R. Burns, D. B. Daniel, B. K. Saville, & W. D. Woody (Eds.), "Promoting student engagement" (Vol. 2, pp. 225-229). Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology Web site: http://teachpsych.org/ebooks/pse2011/vol2/index.php
Hulsizer, M. R., & Woolf, L. M. (2008). "Teaching statistics: Innovations and best practices." Blackwell.
Department of Psychology
Webster University’s Department of Psychology provides students with a foundation in the major theoretical perspectives of psychology and its scientific approach.
Gerontology Degree Program
The gerontology degree program at Webster is an online program with curriculum designed for the field's growth and need for innovation.