Faculty members finished 2017 strong by publishing essays and an article, promoting a book, and presenting at conferences.
Dr. Pat Brougham, assistant professor of criminal justice, published an article in the journal, Social Sciences.
For their paper, “Risk for Researchers Studying Social Deviance or Criminal Behavior,” Brougham and co-author Clarissa M. Uttley of Plymouth (New Hampshire) State University surveyed 805 criminologists, sociologists and other social scientists who had conducted studies on social deviance or criminal behavior.
“It is clear that risk does exist for social scientists studying social deviance and criminal behavior,” the paper concluded.
Of those surveyed, 41 percent said that they had felt at-risk during their research, either physically, legally, emotionally or professionally. Of the 308 respondents who said they had felt physically at risk, 18 percent had been assaulted.
Of the 305 respondents who said they faced legal risks, 19 reported they had faced pressure to testify against or about the activity of their research subjects. Another 12 said they had been arrested during the course of their research.
The top emotional risks reported were stress (44 percent of respondents who identified emotional risks) and fear (37 percent).
Finally, 4 percent of those who said they had felt personal or professional risk said that they had faced an ethical dilemma.
Brougham also led a roundtable discussion at the annual conference of the American Society of Criminology.
“Prison Animal Programs: History, Research and Examples from the Field” discussed the challenges of researching pet therapies in prisons, in part because of the wide variety of programming available, from wildlife rehabilitation and livestock care to service animal socialization and vocational programs.
In the Division of Communication and the Arts, a quote from Dr. Nancy McCabe's book “From Little Houses to Little Women” is featured prominently on the first page of the 2018 Barnes and Noble Desk Diary. McCabe, professor of writing, is director of the writing program.
Her essay “Honeymoon Reservations,” published last year in Mud Season Review was nominated for Best of the Net 2017, and she participated by invitation in the L.M. Montgomery Institute's Anne of Green Gables birthday celebration blog series.
Her essay “Facts about the Moon” appeared in the fall issue of Timberline Review and her essay “Tomorrow and Tomorrow,” about parenting a child with a chronic illness, appears in the current issue of Brain Teen.
Dr. Kevin Ewert, professor of theater, spent his winter break in rehearsal for the world premiere of “The Master Builder” by Tamra Kissane.
Ewert is directing the show for Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern in Hillsborough, N.C. The play will run Jan. 18 through Feb. 3.
Ewert said the production is a “wicked, funny and provocative premiere of a new play based on Ibsen's 'The Master Builder' that gender-swaps all the characters, including the egomaniacal architect at the top of the food chain and at the center of all things.”
Ewert directed another show, “Celebration,” for Little Green Pig in 2014.
Dr. Donald Ulin, associate professor of English, presented a paper called “Thinking Globally, Acting Locally: A New Internationalism in Mary Howitt's 'Our Cousins in Ohio'” at the 2017 meeting of the Midwest Modern Language Association in Cincinnati.
In his paper, Ulin talked about how the book, published in 1849 and possibly the earliest instance of internationalism in children's literature, helped build a case for multinational activism for the abolition of slavery and other progressive causes.
Dr. Tracee Howell, assistant professor of English, was chairperson of a panel on comparative American ethnic literature at the 2017 Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association Annual Conference hosted by Chaminade University in Honolulu.