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Department Chairman Published in Bloomsbury Academic

teacherBelmont Philosophy Department Chairman Mark Anderson recently published his new book “Plato and Nietzsche: Their Philosophical Art” in Bloomsbury Academic. To accompany the publication, Bloomsbury placed a number of Anderson’s Plato and Nietzsche- related photographs to their website. They may be viewed here.

English Professors Serve as Panel at Rhetoric Conference

3 teachBelmont Department of English professors  Drs Linda Holt, Jason Lovvorn and Charmion Gustke recently presented as a panel at the Thomas R. Watson Conference on Rhetoric and Composition, held Oct. 16-18 at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky.

This year’s conference explored what it means for teachers and scholars of rhetoric and composition to be responsive to communities within and beyond the academy. The panel, entitled “Rhetorics of Service: Expanding Partnership, Engagement, and Citizenship Through Service-Learning,” considered how service-learning practice can benefit the composition classroom as well as the wider university community.

Holt delivered a speech entitled “Literacy as Liberatory: Responsivity and Community Partnerships.” Lovvorn addressed “Service-Learning and the Rhetoric of Engagement,” and Gustke spoke about “Writing Citizenry: Service-Learning and Socially Responsive Knowledge.”

Belmont Biology Professor Narrates Ghost Tours

???????????????????????????????Belmont Professor of Biology Dr. Steve Murphree served as a narrator at the Sam Davis Home Ghost Tours Oct. 24 and 25. Ghost Tours offers an answer to the commonly asked question: Is the Sam Davis Home haunted? Storytellers inside the house and outbuildings shared the hauntingly true tales experienced by visitors, staff and volunteers as guests were guided along the walking tour. This storytelling event gives visitors a chance to hear a different tour of the historic house and property.

On Oct. 21, Murphree gave an Insect/Arachnid program presentation to approximately 75 Cub Scouts and their parents at Granbery Elementary School in Nashville. Murphree is an entomologist, as well as a biology professor at Belmont and enjoys sharing his knowledge at community events.

Social Work Program Chair Named in Most Influential List

sabrina sullenburger-100Social Work Program Chair and Associate Professor Dr. Sabrina Sullenberger was recently honored as one of The Social Work Degree Guide’s 30 most influential social workers alive today. Sullenberger has been a faculty member at Belmont since the summer of 2013, after spending 10 years at Indiana University.  Sullenberger is passionate about research within her field, as well as engaging students in service learning inside the classroom.

For more information about Sullenberger’s award, click here. 

Schneller, Barnard Present at AAC&U Annual Meeting

Associate Provost for Academic Affairs Dr. Beverly Schneller and Assistant Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies and Global Education Dr. Mimi Barnard presented on student experience and student learning at Live Beyond as part of a panel on global education at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) annual meeting on Global Learning held in Minneapolis Oct. 16-18. The panel was sponsored by New American Colleges and Universities (NACU).

In addition, Schneller was the only U.S. scholar invited to participate in the 2014 special topics conference on ” The Notorious Sir John Hill” held at King’s College, London Oct. 31. Her talk focused on John Hill’s business relationship with his London publisher, Mary Cooper, between 1745-60. The conference papers will be revised for publication as essays in a 2015 book on the cultural impact of Sir John Hill, edited by Hill’s biographer, George S. Rousseau.

College of Pharmacy Hosts Interactive Certificate Program

On Oct. 18, Belmont University College of Pharmacy hosted an interactive and innovative certificate program for pharmacists entitled “Delivering Medication Therapy Management (MTM) Services.” Developed by the American Pharmacists Association, the training program explores the pharmacist’s role in providing medication therapy management services to patients.

PharmacistsThe goals of the certificate training program are to advance public health and patient care through improved medication use, provide training to enhance pharmacists’ ability to effectively provide MTM services, motivate increased numbers of pharmacists to establish MTM services, and communicate benchmark practices for providing MTM services. Thirty pharmacists- from New Jersey, North Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Missouri, and Tennessee- attended the one-day training session led by College of Pharmacy faculty members Dr. Traci Poole and Dr. Ashton Beggs.

Shankel Presents at Nursing Conferences

Erin posterAssistant Professor of Nursing Dr. Erin Shankel has presented her work on tele-monitoring and app-based symptom management in pediatric asthma at two recent national conferences. She presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in June and at the national Doctor of Nursing Practice conference in October.

Nursing Faculty, Students Publish Journal Articles

Associate Professor of Nursing Dr. Carrie Harvey along with nursing graduate students Cassandra Gladkowski, Chelsey Medley, Heather Nelson and Angela Price published a manuscript in the September issue of Journal for Nurse Practitioners, the premier peer-reviewed journal for nurse practitioners. The manuscript was titled “Opioids versus physical therapy for management of chronic pain.” They presented an extensive review the literature and critique of the evidence.

Also, nursing faculty Dr. Jamie Adam and Dr. Leslie Folds published a manuscript in the October issue of that same journal titled “Depression, self-efficacy and adherence in patients with type 2 diabetes.” Their research explored various factors that affect diabetes adherence, finding that as depressive symptoms increase, self-efficacy behaviors decrease.

Cooper Selected for Nashville Awards for Advanced Practice Nurses

Belmont Health Services staff member Megan Cooper has been selected for the 2014 Nashville Awards for Advanced Practice Nurses by the Middle Tennessee Advanced Practice Nurses Association. Nominees had to demonstrate excellence as an advanced practice nurse (APN) and as a role model for other APNs. Additionally, they had to have made a significant contribution to the improvement in care of individuals, families and/or communities and utilize current research in practice.

Cooper graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 1993 with a BSN degree. From 1994 to 1999, she worked in the cardiac intensive care unit at Vanderbilt University Medical Center while completing her MSN at Vanderbilt. After receiving her MSN, Cooper worked as a nurse practitioner in cardiology for seven years. She joined Belmont Health Services in 2007.

Honors Professors Present at Teaching the Christian Intellectual Tradition Conference

ThorndikeHohmanBelmont Honors Program Instructor Laura Hohman and Jonathan Thorndike, Honors Director, recently presented at the “Teaching the Christian Intellectual Tradition” conference at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. The conference, supported by funding from the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts, focused on the formative Christian theologian of the West, St. Augustine, and featured plenary speakers Peter Kaufman (University of Richmond) and Kristen Deede Johnson (Western Theological Seminary). The conference was hosted by Samford’s Core Texts and University Fellows Honors Program. Samford religion professor and conference co-chair Scott McGinnis said the series was designed to provide an opportunity for scholars from across the disciplines to share ideas about teaching Christianity’s rich intellectual heritage to today’s undergraduates. Hohman and Thorndike’s presentation was titled “Teaching Augustine in the Interdisciplinary Honors Core,” and they discussed the design of the Honors Core courses, Honors curricula and the use of primary texts such as St. Augustine’s Confessions to provide a bridge between the Classical Civilizations and Medieval World courses.

Laura Hohman is a doctoral candidate through the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She is writing her dissertation on early medieval sermons and religious culture.  Laura specializes in Ancient, Late Antique and Medieval history and teaches the Honors Classical Civilizations course as well as First Year Seminar. She has spent time in Europe, most recently doing manuscript work in Paris under a research grant through the Council for European Studies.  Jonathan Thorndike is Honors Program Director and served on the National Council of Alpha Chi Honor Scholarship Society as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Southeast region. He is Belmont’s representative to the National Collegiate Honors Council and teaches interdisciplinary Honors Core courses including Classical Civilizations, The Age of Exploration, Discovery and Revolution and Topics in the 20th and 21st Centuries.  He teaches a study abroad course in London on C. S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and the Inklings.


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