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Faculty Professional and Scholarly Activities

Drury faculty are teacher-scholars dedicated to delivering high-quality educational experiences for students in addition to engaging in creative endeavors, research, and scholarship. Scholarly activity informs classroom instruction, provides avenues for students to engage with faculty, and connects the university to important disciplinary conversations. The Office of Academic Affairs congratulates the following faculty members for their 2018 - 2019 scholarly contributions.

This information is reported annually in May (as provided by faculty). Information for previous years is available (see links at the end of the page).

2018 - 2019

Grants, Fellowships, and Awards

Ongoing Funded Projects

  • Bomgardner, Stephen - Missouri Arts Council Express Grant for 2018-2019 to pay for two guest designers for "Godspell" and "Farce of Habit"
  • Cuff, Shannon - Mara W. Breech Foundation Grant, “Rural Teacher Mentoring Program,” December 2017. $7,000. Project will conclude June 2019
  • Garrott, Jay - Mansfield Community Vision 2040, Project Development and Administrator funded by the City of Mansfield, MO, $5,500, direct support, 2019; Versailles Community Vision 2040, Project Development and Administrator funded by the City of Versailles, MO, $5,078, direct support, 2018; Oronogo Regional Vision 2040, Project Development and Administrator funded by the City of Oronogo, MO, $5,571, direct support, 2018; Salem Vision 2040, Project Development and Administrator funded by the City of Salem, MO, $6,340, direct support, 2018; The City of Willard Vision 2040, Project Development and Administrator funded by the City of Willard, MO, $4,000, direct support 2018
  • Groves, Jonathan - Community Foundation of the Ozarks, $15,000 diversity grant, co-applicant.
  • Hinrichs, Brant - Scholar-in-Residence grant, to support a week in Chico, CA (during my Spring 2019 sabbatical) working on a research project with a collaborator, from the Physics Education Research Leadership and Organizing Council (PERLOC) of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), $1000, 11/8/2018; Action Research Fellowship, Drury University, Innovation and Teaching Center, Spring 2019-Spring 2020, $1000.
  • Luttrell, Vickie & Bufkin, Jana - Co-writers and co-evaluators: “39th Judicial Circuit Adult Drug Court Expansion & Enhancement.” SAMHSA grant will continue through September 2019. Amount awarded: ~$960,000.
  • Moser, Patrick - awarded $14,000 in Spring, 2019 in study abroad grants from the C.W. Titus Foundation (funded in Fall, 2017).
  • Spence, Karen - Community Conservation Grant, Missouri Department of Conservation
  • Waters, Regina - Co-authored with a student a $16,000 grant awarded by the Hospice Foundation of the Ozarks to implement a community awareness campaign on end-of-life planning.

New Grant Awards

  • Branton, Chris - Drury Action Research Fellowship. Exploring the Gender Gap in Computer Science Education. $1500 over one year. November 2018; NSF MRI Subaward from Clemson University. Title: MRI: Development of Enodia: A Highly Reconfigurable HPC-Backed Instrument Enabling Multifaceted Interactive Visualization. $24,989, October, 2018.
  • Garrott, Jay - Lee's Summit Community Vision 2040, Project Development and Administrator funded by the City of Lee's Summit, MO, $6,800, direct support, 2019
  • Gomez-Vasquez, Lina - Community Foundation of the Ozarks: Se habla español: Promoting awareness and inclusion of Hispanic diversity issues in Springfield, MO Lina Gomez (PI). Requested amount: $16,100. Awarded on November 27, 2018. Duration: 1 year.
  • Groves, Jonathan - 2018 Tow-Knight Disruptive Education fellow, City University of New York ($1,500 research grant, with support to attend the annual Online News Association conference); 2018 Scripps Howard Entrepreneurial Journalism Institute fellow, Arizona State University (fully paid weeklong workshop to develop a course in Entrepreneurial Journalism)
  • Luttrell, Vickie & Bufkin, Jana - Co-writers and proposed co-evaluators: “39th Judicial Circuit Adult Drug Court Expansion & Enhancement.” (Grant Number 1H79T1081910-01). Project Director: Christina Fortner. Amount awarded: ~ $2 million. Funding period: 5/31/2019-5/30/24.
  • Schur, Rich - $650 from the Institute for Humane Studies to attend the Digital Humanities Institute this summer.
  • Sooter, Traci - $30,000 for Eden Village Tiny House
  • Spence, Karen - Recycling Grant, Ozarks Headwaters Recycling
  • Wlodarczyk, Natalie - Grant from Music Therapy of the Ozarks to provide weekly music therapy services and conduct sabbatical research in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Cox South Regional Medical Center
  • Wolbrink, Shelley - Caplan Holocaust Fund, Ozarks Community Foundation of the Ozarks (April 2019; $1300)

Professional Positions Held

Awards for Professional/Creative Work

  • Dhou, Khaldoon - Certificate of Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing, Future Generation Computer Systems journal (5-Year Impact Factor: 4.968)
  • Sooter, Traci - "Collaborative Award" From the Housing Collaborative through Community Partnership of the Ozarks for the Eden Village Tiny House.
  • Whisenhunt, Blaine - AIA Association of International Architects Design Award-Merit; AIA Association of International Architects Design Award-Public Recognition; AIA Association of International Architects Design Award-Unbuilt for Case Study Residence took home the Merit Award, Glade Residence was awarded with Public Recognition Award, and Good Samaritan Boys Ranch Apartments and Offices was recognized for the Unbuilt Award; Hammons School of Architecture Alumni Design Award; Hammons School of Architecture Alumni Design Award for Shibumi House and Case Study House
  • Wlodarczyk, Natalie - Received the 2019 Research Award from the Midwestern Regional of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA)

Commissioned Professional Work

  • Blair, Mary – Tax Preparation for numerous individuals
  • Claussen, Tina - "Shimmer"(work for orchestra and jazz drumset and tenor saxophone, commissioned by the Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra. Performed by guest artists and premiered on 2/22/19.
  • Groves, Jonathan - "Alleyways," photo exhibition, Mudhouse Coffee (downtown), Springfield, MO
  • Nichols, Kelley - Various business valuations for purposes of estate planning, litigation and business acquisitions, not individually listed for privacy purposes.


  • Dhou, Khaldoon - Associate Editor for the International Journal of Entertainment Technology and Management; Editorial Board Member for Acta Medical Sciences Journal
  • Gomez-Vasquez, Lina - Program Committee 2019 International Conference on Social Media and Society, Toronto, Canada.
  • Sabini, Maurizio - Editor-in-Chief for "The Plan Journal"
  • Reviewer: Dhou, Khaldoon - IEEE Internet of Things Journal (Impact Factor: 5.863); International Conference on Computational Science 2019 (Rank-A with low acceptance rate); Tenth International Conference on Swarm Intelligence; Acta Scientific Medical Sciences Journal; Information and Management Journal (5-Year Impact Factor: 4.792); Future Generation Computing Systems journal (5-Year Impact Factor: 4.968)
  • Groves, Jonathan - Peer reviewer for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s Newspaper and Online News Division
  • Leventis, Panos - Submission Reviewer for "CITY, vol.23: Analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action: Street art, Graffiti and Urban Interventions Issue," | Taylor & Francis Publishers, 2019 (forthcoming May 2019); Submission Reviewer for "TEXT 23/1: Writing & Architecture Issue," eds. P. West and E. Bastea | Australasian Assoc. for Writing Programs, 2018; Submission Reviewer for "The Plan Journal (Journal on Architecture and Urbanism), Bologna: Cube SRL, 2018; Submission Reviewer for "WritingPlace 02 (Journal on Architecture and Literature)," TU Delft and RWTH Aachen University, 2018.
  • Marra, Nicholas - Manuscripts for Journal of Heredity, September 2018
  • Norton, Ginney - National Council of Social Studies Conference; The American Association for Teaching and Curriculum Conference
  • Ponder, Daniel - Congress and the Presidency (Journal); American Politics Research (Journal); New Directions in the Study of the Presidency (Book); The Ordinary Presidency of Donald J. Trump (Palgrave Press, book)
  • Schur, Rich – International Journal of English Studies
  • Soster, Robin - Ad hoc: Journal of Consumer Behavior, Journal of Consumer Psychology, Journal of Public Policy & Marketing; Conferences: Association for Consumer Research (ACR), Society for Consumer Psychology; Mary Kay Dissertation Competition; Bill Bearden SMA Dissertation Competition
  • Utley, Mary - Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research – Reviewer; Southeastern Psychological Association Convention Paper Reading Judge; Southeastern Psychological Association Convention (PsiChi/CEPO) Undergraduate Paper Reading Judge; W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. – review of Inquizitive for the Fifth Edition of Social Psychology by Gilovich, et al.
  • VanDenBerg, Jeff - Peer Reviewer, Fulbright US Scholars Program
  • Wlodarczyk, Natalie -reviewer for Music Therapy Perspectives (editorial board); guest reviewer for the Nordic Journal of Music Therapy and the Journal of Pediatric Nursing

Leadership positions

  • Bomgardner, Stephen - Missouri Arts Council grant committee for vocal and choral for 2018-2019
  • Cuff, Shannon - Community Partnership of the Ozarks Board of Directors; Dean, School of Education and Child Development; Co-Chair, HLC Criterion 3 subcommittee
  • Dhou, Khaldoon - Associate Editor for the International Journal of Entertainment Technology and Management
  • Garrott, Jay - Director, Center for Community Studies, Hammons School of Architecture,
  • Gilbert, Katie - Director of the Humanities and Ethics Center; Field Representative/Office Director for the Missouri Humanities Council
  • Groves, Jonathan - Department chair, Communication; President, Missouri Sunshine Coalition; Facilitator, Springfield-Greene County Community Focus Report; General manager, KDRU
  • Hinrichs, Brant - Dual-Degree Program Director; Assessment Chair (Physics Program)
  • Leinaweaver, Justin - Director of Institutional Research; Interim Chair of the Meador Center for Politics & Citizenship (spring 2019)
  • Miller, Rebecca - Art & Art History Program Chair; Arts Administration Director
  • Nichols, Kelley Still - Chair, Breech Recruiting and Retention Committee
  • Ponder, Dan - Director, Meador Center for Politics and Citizenship; Vice-President, Presidency and Executive Politics Section, American Political Science Association, 2018-2019; Secretary-Treasurer, Presidency and Executive Politics Section, American Political Science Association. 2017-2018.
  • Sooter, Traci - Director, Design-Build Programs
  • Soster, Robin - Associate Dean, Breech School of Business; MBA Director, Breech School of Business
  • Utley, Mary - IRB Chair Reviewed of over 171 IRB applications and decisions so far for Fall 2018 - Spring 2019.
  • VanDenBerg, Jeff - Chair, Committee for Undergraduate Middle East Studies (within the Middle East Studies Association of North America)
  • Williamson, Ed - Advisory Board for Empowering Youth Leadership Institute (EYLI)
  • Wlodarczyk, Natalie - 2019 Chair of the Board of Directors of the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT)


  • Bomgardner, Stephen - Tenor soloist - Springfield Regional Opera performance - Hotel Vandervort ballroom (Nov. 16, 2018) - W. A. Mozart's "The Impressario"; Tenor soloist - Springfield Regional Opera performance - Gillioz Theatre (April 5, 2019) - Leonard Bernstein's "Candide"; Tenor soloist - Guest Artist for Southwest Baptist University (May 3, 2019) - Johann Sebastian Bach's Cantata 104 and Magnificat
  • Claussen, Tina - perform twice a month as a member of the Missouri Jazz Orchestra (a big band comprised of professional jazz musicians and educators from Springfield and around the state)
  • Kreie, Haddy - Director for "Edward Gant's Amazing Feats of Loneliness."; Scene design for "Godspell" Design costumes for "Farce of Habit" in the spring. Researched, rendered, sourced, and acquired costumes for 27 characters Wlodarczyk, Natalie - Selected by the Springfield Sister Cities Association to represent Springfield by performing music at the Isesaki Summer Festival in our sister city of Isesaki, Japan, August 2019

Professional Consulting Services

  • Bufkin, Jana - Provided consultation to a local group linked to a statewide, private-based effort to educate parents/guardians about illicit drug use and abuse. The effort culminated in a community event targeting that group, where about 300 attended. In excess of 25 professionals were involved in the event in various capacities.
  • Groves, Jonathan - City Utilities writing workshop; Media consulting, Ingram's Magazine Photography; Alberhasky Law Firm

Other Professional Activities

  • Claussen, Tina – 4/6/19 guest artist and clinician Troy (AL) Jazz Festival
  • Groves, Jonathan - Weekly radio show, KDRU 98.1 FM, 4-6 p.m. Fridays
  • Kreie, Haddy - Representative for School of Fine and Performing Arts on Teacher Education Council; Representative for School of Fine and Performing Arts on Committee for Student Experiential Learning Grants
  • Leventis, Panos - Council Member of the Cyprus Council for Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications | 3-Year Position, May 2018 - May 2021 | Ministry of Education, Nicosia, Cyprus
  • Sabini, Maurizio - entered, in collaboration with the Italian firm "Ufficio Progetti," an international design competition "New Habitats, New Beauties" for a new live-work neighborhood in Tallinn [Estonia], as a part of the program of the 2019 Tallinn Architecture Biennale
  • Soster, Robin - Member: American Marketing Association; Association for Consumer Research; Society of Consumer Psychology
  • Utley, Mary – Member, Promotion & Tenure Committee
  • VanDenBerg, Jeff - Named to Academic Advisory Board, Taking Sides: Clashing Views in World Politics (McGraw-Hill), 2019-2020


Juried Solo and Group Art Exhibitions 

  • Chikaraishi, Nancy – Exhibition of Life Interrupted artwork at the Japanese American Internment Camp Museum in McGehee, Arkansas, April 10-July 18, 2019.
  • Lowery, Todd - first solo exhibition in the country of Cyprus was held at Is Not Gallery Contemporary Space, located in the walled city of old town Nicosia. Featuring 24 oil on canvas, watercolor, and acrylic on paper paintings, the opening reception was on Friday, 02 November, 2018. Preceding the gallery exhibition, in September 2018, Phoenix Leaders, a leadership and executive training consultancy based in London, began an initiative to exhibit work at their membership club in Nicosia, Cyprus by artists who are based in, or whose work focuses upon Cyprus or Greece. The initiative was launched with a selection of 8 paintings ; work is now included and exhibited as part of the Eurobank (Cyprus) corporate collection; exhibited work in two local group exhibitions: "New Works," the September 2018 exhibition at the Pool Art Center Gallery, and the March 2019 First Friday at the Hyde Gallery in Springfield, MO
  • Miller, Rebecca - 56th Annual Juried Competition, National Juried Group Exhibition Juror: Catherine Futter, Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA, February to May 2019; New Works, Group Exhibition Pool Art Center Gallery, September 2018; 2nd Annual Skies, International Juried Group Online Exhibition, Jurors: Chris and Valerie Hoffman, Fusion Gallery, Palm Springs, CA, July 2018

Guest Curator

  • Miller, Rebecca - Studio 55 Art Guild, Juror of exhibition at the Springfield Art Museum

Gallery Director

  • Miller, Rebecca - Pool Art Center Gallery Director; Drury on C-Street Gallery Director

Invited Lectures

  • Chikaraishi, Nancy - Guest speaker at the McGehee Municipal Hall for the WWII Japanese American Museum's 6th Anniversary and the 2nd Pilgrimage of the Jerome Rowher WWII Japanese American Internment Camps, April 13, 2019.
  • Claussen, Tina - 1/30/19 clinician-Parkview High School; 2/4/19 clinician-Olathe Northwest (KS) High School; 2/7/19 clinician -Ozark High School
  • Cuff, Shannon - 2019 Missouri Day of Learning--Presentation: Paving the Way to Continuous Quality Improvement, Roundtable: Using Watermark Products to Support Outcome Assessment
  • Gilbert, Katie - Hosted the post-film discussion of Frank Capra's "State of the Union" at the Moxie
  • Nichols, Kelly Still - Presented "It's all in the family: Issues in family business" at the May, 2019 meeting of Accounting and Financial Women's Alliance, Springfield
  • Ponder, Dan – “Can the President Get What He Wants? Presidential Leverage in the Age of Trump” Pi Sigma Alpha Lecture, Middle Tennessee State University, April 4, 2019.
  • Wlodarczyk, Natalie - Research Presentation at Cox Health Research Day 2019 on NICU music therapy at Cox South Regional Medical Center


Books, edited volumes, or journals

  • Borodich, Sergey - The new edition of my textbook “A Practical Course in Econometrics” was published in Azerbaijan in Azerbaijani language.
  • Browning, Peter - A Review of the Literature on Obesity, Health Measurement and the Food Industry: A Theological Commentary on Three Approaches to These Problems (Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2018).
  • Dhou, Khaldoon – “An Innovative Design of a Hybrid Chain Coding Algorithm for Bi-Level Image Compression Using an Agent-Based Modeling Approach”, Applied Soft Computing, 2019; several journal articles currently under review
  • Garrott, Jay – Edited five reports generated by the Center for Community Studies
  • Leventis, Panos - Editor of the 32-page newsletter "HSA NEWS" (vol.5), an annual publication of the Hammons School of Architecture that features sections on faculty news/publications, student work/activities and alumni updates/awards
  • Petty, Clif - Published Case: "The Razor's Edge: Harry' takes on the shaving market, with Dr. Kelley Still, in Business Case Journal, v. 25 (1), Winter 2018.

Articles, chapters, and papers

  • Branton, Chris – “Hard and Soft Tangibles: Mixing Multi-Touch and Tangible Interaction in Scientific Poster Scenarios.” In Proceedings of ACM TEI'18: 12th Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction. ACM, 2018.
  • Browning, Peter - Forthcoming book chapter, "Religion, Politics, and Donald Trump: How Should the Church Respond?"
  • Chikaraishi, Nancy -Book Chapter, A Green Recovery in Cunningham Park: Drury University Responds to the Joplin Tornado , in Green Readiness, Response and Recovery: A Collaborative Synthesis, technical publication of the USDA Forest Service, authors Traci Sooter, Keith Hedges, Nancy Chikaraishi, available online.
  • Dhou, Khaldoon – “An Innovative Employment of Virtual Humans to Further Understand the Chess Personality of Gary Kasparov” in the International Conference on Human Computer Interaction 2019 (Accepted); How are Virtual Grandmasters Influenced by Class-A Players with Different Bishop vs. Knight Skills?" in the 2nd International Conference on Intelligent Human Systems Integration (IHSI 2019) (Accepted)
  • Gilbert, Katie -"#MeToo, Mental health, Revenge Porn, and the Nineteenth Century," was published in Dosis: Medical Humanities & Social Justice; “Rose O’Neill and the Suffragist Movement.” was published in Frolic of the Mind; Essay Collection Accompanying Springfield Missouri Art Museum’s Spring 2018 Exhibit on Rose O’Neill. Article: 'I wrote them all': Forgery and Forms of Classification in Trollope Orley Farm," is currently under review for a special issue of Victorian Review on fraud and forgery; “Humanities and the Future,” and “Remembering Rose O’Neill." in the Spring/Summer 2018 issue of Missouri Humanities Magazine.
  • Groves, Jonathan - "Changing 'habits of thought': An examination of eight years of digital evolution at the Christian Science Monitor," published in #ISOJ Journal, 8(1), Spring 2018.
  • Leventis, Panos - Book Chapter: “Fragmentation and Unity: Episodes in the Urban Topography of Famagusta,” to be published in "Famagusta: Art and Architecture v. II, (Brepols, 2019, forthcoming); Book Chapter: “Montral Mythologies: Narrating the City”, published in "Reading Architecture: Literary Imagination & Architectural Experience," (Routledge: 2018), pp. 93-101; Journal Article: “Stories of Habitation from 14th Century Nicosia” published in "Archaeologia Cypria 7" (Nicosia: Cyprus Association of Archaeologists, 2018), pp. 163-191.
  • Luttrell, Vickie and Bufkin, Jana – various reports, analysis, evaluation reports prepared for the 39th Judicial Circuit and the substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration.
  • Marra, Nicholas - White shark genome reveals ancient elasmobranch adaptations associated with wound healing and the maintenance of genome stability. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116(10): 4446-4455.
  • Nichols, Kelly Still - "Due Diligence in Small Business Acquisitions: A Cautionary Tale" in Vol. 4 No 1; March 2019, International Journal of Social Science and Business.
  • Norton, Ginney - Leadership Hybridity in Successful Implementation of Common Core State Standards. Journal of School Leadership (in press).
  • Ponder, Dan – “Harry S Truman in Hatred of America’s Presidents: Personal Attacks on the White House from Washington to Obama. ed. Lori Cox Han. ABC-CLIO.
  • Sabini, Maurizio - 2 editorials for The Plan Journal, vol. 3, 2018, issues 1 [Spring, open issue] and 2 [Fall, themed issue: "The Shared Project"]
  • Schur, Rich – “Haunt or Home? Ethos and African American Literature.” Humanities 2018. 7(3) 80.; Reading Dutchman’s Setting. Approaches to Teaching Baraka’s Dutchman. Eds. Matthew Calihman and Gerald Early. New York: MLA. 2018. 114-121.
  • Sooter, Traci – Urban Connections Webinar; @ Wed Apr 10, 2019 12:45pm - 2:15pm; Green Readiness, Response, and Recovery: Stewardship of natural resources in the context of disturbance: A Green Recovery in Cunningham Park: Drury University Responds to the Joplin Tornado; Imagine A City Where No One Sleeps Outside: Eden Village, a model to end homelessness; The Nature of Cities;; Green Readiness, Response, and Recovery: A Collaborative Synthesis Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-18x. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. xxxp.; Grassroots to Global: Broader Impacts of Civic Ecology “The Healing Powers of Nature in Joplin’s Cunningham Park Coupling Design-Build and Civic Ecology.” Cornell University Press. 15 June 2018. ISBN-13: 9781501714979
  • Soster, Robin – “Enhancing Environmentally Conscious Consumption through Standardized Sustainability Information,” Journal of Consumer Affairs: Vol. 52; Issue 2 (Summer), pp 393-414; "Private Disclosure; Public Exposure: An Exploratory Consideration of Gender Asymmetries in Adolescent Sexting", Journal of Marketing Behavior: Vol. 3: No. 4, pp 263-292; “Consuming to Be Good: Therapeutic Ideology and Transracial Adoptive Mothers,” Journal of Consumer Affairs: Vol. 53; Issue 1 (Spring), pp 201-233.
  • Utley, Mary - An afternoon spent behind bars: The impact of touring a correctional facility on student learning. The Journal of Correctional Education, 69 (3), 32-48.
  • VanDenBerg, Jeff - Promoting Undergraduate Research at MESA, Review of Middle East Studies 52:1 (April 2018)
  • Waters, Regina - #PRProfs Twitter Community: A Network Analysis Approach. Paper presented at the International Public Relations Research Conference in Orlando, Florida.


  • Sabini, Maurizio - "In memoriam" for American architect Robert Venturi on The Plan Journal, vol. 4, issue 1 [Spring 2019]
  • Sooter, Traci – ‘19 Intersections Symposium; AIA National Conference; June 2019
  • Wolbrink, Shelley - Book Review, Medieval Anchorites in Their Communities, in Reading Religion: A Publication of the American Academy of Religion, (online peer-reivewed), edited by Cate Gunn and Liz Herbert McAvoy; Dec. 2018;


  • Gilbert, Katie - KSMU's Making Democracy Work program for the "Humanities & Democracy" Symposium in March 2019.
  • Miller, Rebecca - CreativPaper Magazine, Volume 002, Issue 008, United Kingdom
  • Ponder, Dan - New Books Network podcast about his book, Presidential Leverage: Presidents, Approval, and the American State (Stanford U Press).
  • Sooter, Traci - KOLR 10 News station x 2; Springfield News Leader x 2;
  • VanDenBerg, Jeff - Review of Adis Duderija and Halim Rane, “Islam and Muslims in the West: Major Issues and Debates” in Reading Religion (April 2019).
  • Wlodarczyk, Natalie - Featured on "Ozarks Tonight" TV program on Friday April 12th, 2019 discussion music therapy in the NICU

Musical Compositions

  • Claussen, Tina – Feb 2019 "Shimmer" for orchestra and jazz drumset/tenor saxophone. Premiered Feb 22 with guest soloists.

Conferences, Workshops, Panels, and Lectures

Organizer, chair of program, discussant, presenter

  • Blunk, Cathy - Presented Paper: Writing the Pas d’Armes: The Pas de Saumur, 1446 (St. Petersburg, National Library of Russia, ms. fr. F. p. XIV, 4) at the International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, England, 2018 as a member of the Pas d'Armes Research Group, which organized the Medieval Tournament as Spectacle:Jousts, Round Tables and Pas d’Armes sessions.
  • Cuff, Shannon – “University/P-12 Partnership for the Win: Practicing and Future Teachers Collaborate to Serve ELL Students,” November 2018, National Council of Teachers of English, Houston, Texas; “No MEP? No Problem: One Journey to a Reliable and Valid Disposition Assessment,” October 2018, Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Conference, Lake Ozark, Missouri.
  • Dhou, Khaldoon - Program committee, International Conference on Computational Science 2019 (Rank-A); Program committee, Tenth International Conference on Swarm Intelligence
  • Garrott, Jay - Presenter, "12 Years of Integrative Public-Private Community Visioning Collaboration: A Retrospective", 2019 Community Development Society’s Annual International Conference, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, USA.
  • Gilbert, Katie – paper, “Space, Gender, and Character in Anne Bronte’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall" at the British Women Writers Conference in Auburn, AL April 2019; organized the two-day Missouri Humanities Symposium, hosted at Drury by the Humanities & Ethics Center in March.
  • Groves, Jonathan - Co-sponsor, City Council debate for Zone 3 candidates, Findlay Student Center (March 19, 2019), and debate for General Seat C candidates, Findlay Student Center (March 26, 2019); “The Post,” co-discussant for Evangel University SPJ, April 2, 2019; “Navigating the World of Mis/Dis/Mal-information,” speaker, multiple presentation venues; "Good Night and Good Luck," Drury Humanities and Arts Film Series, discussant, Moxie Theatre, Springfield, MO, Nov. 10, 2018; “Think-n-Drink: Russian Bots and American Thoughts,” Missouri Humanities Council panel, moderator, St. Louis, MO, Sept. 18, 2018; Podcasting, table talk facilitator, Online News Association, Austin, Texas, Sept. 15, 2018; "Disrupting Journalism Curriculum," presentation, Online News Association, Austin, Texas, Sept. 14, 2018; “Engaging Audiences: Rebuilding Trust in the Fake News Era,” presenter, KOLR-10/OzarksFirst, June 28, 2018; Presenter, "Changing Habits of Thought," International Symposium on Online Journalism, April 13, 2018
  • Hinrichs, Brant - "Social Positioning and Consensus Building in 'Board' Meetings With Disagreements": Poster Presentation and talks, American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), National Summer Meeting, Washington, DC 07/30/18; "Do I Belong Here?: Understanding Participation and non-Participation in a Contentious 'Board' Meetings" Poster Presentation and talks, AAPT, National Summer Meeting, Washington, DC 08/01/18; Organizer, Faculty Research Poster Session, "Thinking Christianly about Research and Teaching", Midwest Faculty Conference, Cedar Campus, MI, Jun 16-22, 2018.
  • Kreie, Haddy - Working Group Organizer, American Society of Theatre Research: "Transnational Performance: Bridging Disjunctive Publics"; Working Group Presenter, American Society of Theatre Research, "Reimagining Sacrificial Violence: Arousing a Sense of Community and Self in Vodun Ceremony”’ Presenter, Missouri State Thespian Conference, "Transitioning from High School to College"
  • Leinaweaver, Justin - Presenter: "The Elusive Global Governance of Climate Change: Comparing Nationally Determined Contributions" at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association in Boston (Sep 2018); Presenter: "A Comparative Study of Citizens' Evaluations of Campaign Pledge Fulfillment in Six Countries" at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association in Boston (Sep 2018).
  • Leventis, Panos – Presenter of: “Mapping The Old City: Street Art and Community Building in Nicosia, Cyprus”| University of Tours | Conference: “Rebel Streets: Urban Space, Art and Social Movements”| 2019.05.28 (forthcoming) | Tours, France; Discussant/panelist at the AIA Architectural Mini Film Festival | American Institute of Architects (Springfield Chapter) | 2019.04.07 | The Moxie Theater | Springfield, MO, USA; Discussant at Symposium “Practicing Optimism: Architects in their Communities” | Drury University | Hammons School of Architecture | 2019.04.05 | Springfield, MO,
  • Moser, Patrick - panel for Impact Zones & Liminal Spaces (San Diego State University, April 26-28, 2019)
  • Nichols, Kelley - Presented "It's all in the family: Issues in family business" at the Great Game of Business Gathering of the Games, Dallas, September, 2018
  • Norton, Ginney - Pioneers of Innovation. The American Association for Teaching and Curriculum Conference, October 2018; Nuancing Discourses on Gender and Sexuality in Social Studies Education [Discussant]. College & University Faculty Assembly National Conference, November 2018; Pioneers of Innovation: Women Coders During the Cold War. Southern States Communication Association Conference, April 2019.
  • Ponder, Dan - Chair, Panel on: The Politics of Presidential Appointments, American Political Science Association Meeting, August 2018, Boston.
  • Precise, Natalie - Presented at the Southwest Missouri Literacy Association meeting “Comprehension Strategies for Your Classroom”, Springfield, MO (October 4, 2018); Presented at the Missouri State Teacher Association State Convention “Everyone is a Teacher of Reading”, Columbia, MO (November 9, 2018)
  • Prewitt, Janis- Conducted workshop on Employment Law to the Missouri Association of County Auditors on April 18, 2019 covering the FLSA, FMLA, Title VII, ADA and ADEA.
  • Utley, Mary - Intimate partner violence based on gender and sexual orientation. Southeastern Psychological Association, Jacksonville, FL - (Presenter); Presiding - Clinical/Counseling Methodology/Statistics Poster Session.
  • VanDenBerg, Jeff - Discussant, “Learning without Boundaries: New Developments in Undergraduate Pedagogy in Middle East Studies,” Middle East Studies Association conference, San Antonio, TX, November 2018; Organizer, Undergraduate Research Workshop, Middle East Studies Association conference, San Antonio, TX, November 2018
  • Wang, Jin - AACSB Annual Accreditation Conference; AACSB Deans Conference
  • Waters, Regina - Managing the Storm: The Essentials of Crisis Communication Planning. Presentation at the Omega Home Network National Conference in San Antonio.
  • Williamson, Ed - "Unlocking the Golden Door of Freedom: The Wisdom of George W. Carver for Today's Beginning Teachers" at the MACTE Spring 2019 Conference, Columbia, MO, March 27, 2019; "Between Plessy and Brown: The Educational Journey of George W. Carver" at the 2nd Annual Teaching Black History Conference: 400 Years and Counting: Teaching Slavery and its Afterlife, Carter Center for K-12 Black History Education, Columbia, MO, July 26-27, 2019.
  • Wlodarczyk, Natalie – “It’s my time”: Older adults motivations for joining an intergenerational rock band. International Society for Music Education World Conference, Music Therapy Symposium. Salzburg, Austria, 2018; “I am powerful!”: Music therapy, self-efficacy, and recovery for women with addictions. American Music Therapy Association National Conference, Dallas, TX, 2018; Selecting, arranging, and teaching concert repertoire for an intergenerational rock band. American Music Therapy Association National Conference, Dallas, TX, 2018; Songwriting for self-care: Process, product, and practice. 3-hour CMTE workshop taught at American Music Therapy Association National Conference, Dallas, TX, 2018; NICU music therapy training. American Music Therapy Association National Conference, St. Dallas, TX, 2018; NICU music therapy training. Midwestern Regional American Music Therapy Association National Conference, Kansas City, MO, 2019.


  • Blair, Mary - Association of Governmental Accountants; AICPA Conference
  • Branton, Chris - SIGCSE 2019, Minneapolis, MN; CCSC 2019, St. Charles, MO.
  • Chikaraishi, Nancy - Urban Forest Connections Webinar, April 10, 2019, 1.25 hour, Green Readiness, Response and Recovery: Stewardship of natural resources in the context of disturbance, moderated by the Lindsay Campbell, USDA Forest Service, presenters Jonathan Halfon, FEMA, Re-Greening After the Joplin Tornado, Drury University, Nancy Chikaraishi and Traci Sooter.
  • Claussen, Tina - 5/16-18 attend International Society of Jazz Arrangers and Composers Symposium
  • Cuff, Shannon - Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Education spring conference, Columbia, Missouri.
  • Eastman, Valerie - Sustainability pre-conference, Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Portland , Oregon
  • Gilbert, Katie - seminar, “Speculative Fiction.” Novel Theory: The Biennial Conference of the Society for Novel Studies at Cornell University. Ithaca, NY. May 31-June 2, 2018.
  • Groves, Jonathan - NSF Digital Learning Workshop, Carroll University, Waukesha, WI, March 29-30, 2019
  • Hinrichs, Brant - American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), National Summer Meeting, Washington, DC 2018, July 28-August 1, 2018; Physics Education Research conference (PERC), Washington, DC 2018, August 1-2, 2018; Conference at the Interface of Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER) in STEM and Psychological Science, Washington University in St. Louis, 2018, September 6-7, 2018; Midwest Faculty Conference, Cedar Campus, MI, Jun 16-22, 2018.
  • Leinaweaver, Justin - NSF funded workshop: "Digital Science and Data Analytic Learning Environments" in Carroll University (March 2019).
  • Leventis, Panos – DU/HSA Faculty Councilor/Representative at “Black Box” 107th Annual Meeting of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) | 2019.03.28-30 | Pittsburgh, PA
  • Miller, Rebecca - College Art Association, February 2019
  • Norton, Ginney - The New American Colleges and Universities Summer Institute on Equity-Minded Curricular Reform, June 2019.
  • Precise, Natalie - SW Missouri State Teacher Association TEPS Fall event TEPS Committee Chair, registration table attendant Springfield, MO (September 20, 2018); Webinar: Missouri State Teachers Association: Professional Learning: Dyslexia; Webinar: CAEP Elementary and Advanced Standards” (December, 2018); Attended “Trauma-Informed Schools” Alpha Delta Kappa – Alpha Epsilon Springfield, MO (January, 2019)
  • Sabini, Maurizio - attended the 107th Annual Meeting of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture in Pittsburgh PA, March 28-30, 2019
  • Williamson, Edward - Pizza and Politics sponsored by the Drury University School of Education and Child Development, February 6, 2019; Rural Schools Partnership Forum, West Plains, MO, April 4, 2019; Selected to attend Approaching Walden 2019 sponsored by the Walden Woods Project, Lincoln, MA, July 14-19, 2019.

Advisor to student presenter

  • Branton, Chris - Poster presentation by two seniors at CCSC, St. Charles, MO
  • Moser, Patrick - Advisor to student who presented at OTC's Honor Conference (April, 2019); attended the Nimrod Conference for Readers and Writers at the University of Tulsa with two students in the Publication Club (October, 2018). Both students and I received scholarships to attend.
  • VanDenBerg, Jeff - Advisor to two student conference presentations: Middle East Studies Association and Pi Sigma Alpha national conference.
  • Wlodarczyk, Natalie – Advisor to junior student who won Best Student Submission at the Midwestern Regional AMTA Conference in March 2019, Kansas City, MO

Organizer of pre-college student academic contests, camps, and informational days

  • Cuff, Shannon - Education Day organizer; Education Pizza and Politics organizer
  • Miller, Rebecca - Best of the Midwest High School Juried Exhibition at the Pool Art Center November 2018
  • Nichols, Kelly Still - Retention and Recruiting committee is responsible for Breech Day each fall.
  • Williamson, Ed - OTC-Waynesville education students to discuss transferring to Drury University, September 17, 2018.

Organizer of campus lectures

  • Browning, Peter - weekly Tuesday noon chapel events which involve invited speakers from across the campus and the wider community.
  • Claussen, Tina - Guest artist Dave Camwell visited/worked with students 10/16/18; Drury Jazz Festival (with guest artists/judges) 3/2/19
  • Gilbert, Katie - Organizer of Humanities & Ethics Center speaker series; Organized talk: "What to Do? Stories from the Daughter of a Holocaust Survivor" by Francie Wolff.
  • Leinaweaver, Justin - Coordinated the Pizza and Politics lunch series for AY 2018-19; coordinated Spring 2019 events for the Meador Center
  • Ponder, Daniel - organized lectures: Can Politics Stop at the Water's Edge in the 21st Century? (Meena Bose), March 2019; U.S.-Israel Relations Under Obama and Trump (Ambassador Daniel Shapiro), February 2019; The President's Book of Secrets (David Priess), September 2018.
  • VanDenBerg, Jeff - China Town Hall, October 2018
  • Wang, Jin - China Town Hall

Leader for campus student group

  • Blunk, Cathy - French Club; French Conversation Table; Program Director, Study Abroad in Tours, France
  • Branton, Chris - Drury Esports club
  • Browning, Peter - adviser to the Matthew 25 Project
  • Dhou, Khaldoon - Interdisciplinary Student Research and Collaboration Club, the purpose of which is to get students from different disciplines to work on different research projects.
  • Eastman, Valerie - Psi Chi; Behavioral Sciences Club; Habitat for Humanity
  • Gilbert, Katie - faculty advisor to the student Humanities Society, advisor to Drury's Humanities House.
  • Groves, Jonathan - Advisor, KDRU
  • Hinrichs, Brant - Co-faculty advisor, Society of Physics Students
  • Kreie, Haddy - Faculty liaison for Alpha Psi Omega, the theatre honor society
  • Miller, Rebecca - Student Advocates for the Arts
  • Moser, Patrick – Faculty advisor to the Publication Club
  • Nichols, Kelly Still -Faculty adviser to the Diversity Scholars
  • Ponder, Daniel - Pre-Law/Pi Sigma Alpha; faculty advisor College Democrats
  • Schur, Richard - Honors Student Association; Honors House
  • Sooter, Traci – Allies; Design-Build Club; SMART Mob!
  • Utley, Mary - Advisor Behavioral Sciences Club; Co-Advisor Psi Chi (International Honor Society)
  • VanDenBerg, Jeff - Faculty Advisor for College Democrats, Model United Nations
  • Wolbrink, Shelley - Advisor, Phi Alpha Theta; Faculty Co-Director, Study Abroad Rome Italy

Supervisor for student research, internship, and community engagement

  • Bomgardner, Stephen – Worked with three students on honors music projects; two voice students gave senior recitals.
  • Dhou, Khaldoon - supervising a student from the University of Missouri St. Louis and there is some work that will lead to mutual publications; working on multiple virtual models aiming at solving the data reduction problem in a business setting
  • Eastman, Valerie - Faculty sponsor for 48 student interns; Supervised 4 student research projects related to test development
  • Gilbert, Katie - Faculty advisor for multiple student projects that were presented at the MSU Undergraduate Literary Conference in April 2019.
  • Hinrichs, Brant – Supervised 2 student internships
  • Miller, Rebecca - Arts Administration trip to the Missouri State Capitol to advocate for the arts at Citizens' Day, February 2019
  • Sooter, Traci -Spring 2019, two students, Echo Valley Project
  • Utley, Mary – worked with 7 students on research projects presented at MAUPRC.
  • Wlodarczyk, Natalie – worked with 10 students to place them in internships across the country
  • Wolbrink, Shelley – Supervisor 2 student interns (GLO, History Museum)

Professionally-related community service

  • Bomgardner, Stephen - Sing in church choir at Christ Episcopal Church; Lector at Christ Episcopal Church
  • Branton, Chris - Volunteer with Springfield Public Schools First Robotics team.
  • Browning, Peter - secretary for the board of the Hospice Foundation of the Ozarks
  • Bufkin, Jana - Consulting with organizers of a parent-oriented community drug awareness event that was aligned with a private, statewide initiative.
  • Cuff, Shannon - Presentation to the Institute of Mature Learners regarding the past and future of K-12 education; Drury University community Teach-In, June 2018; Facilitator of teacher candidate for the Black History Summer Academy taking place on Drury's campus in June 2019
  • Dhou, Khaldoon - Associate Editor for the International Journal of Entertainment Technology and Management; Program Committee Member for the International Conference on Computational Science; Program Committee Member for the International Conference on Swarm Intelligence; Reviewer for many journals and conferences: Information and Management, Future Generation Computer Systems, IEEE Internet of Things Journal
  • Eastman, Valerie - Habitat for Humanity of Springfield, co-chair Family Selection Committee
  • Gilbert, Katie - Board Member of the League of Women Voters
  • Groves, Jonathan - Judge, LAD Fair, March 2018
  • Miller, Rebecca - First Friday Organization Board Member
  • Moser, Patrick - working with American Dehydrated Foods on employee instruction in French language and culture.
  • Nichols, Kelly Still - I-Care Harmony House task force--development of I-Care as a model for other domestic violence shelters across the country.
  • Prewitt, Janis - Volunteer for Light from Light (a brighter Haiti)
  • Sabini, Maurizio - member of the AIA [American Institute of Architects] Springfield Chapter Design Awards Committee 2018 + chaired the Public Jury [composed by local leaders not from the field of architecture] for the 2018 AIA Springfield Design Awards
  • Sooter, Traci - Eden Village, Sigma Kappa Sorority
  • Spence, Karen - AIA Springfield Board, President-Elect
  • Waters, Regina - Vice President and Chair Elect, Hospice Foundation of the Ozarks.
  • Williamson, Edward - VIP (Volunteer in Park) at George Washington Carver National Monument during Prairie Day, September 8, 2018; Presented program on George W. Carver at Newburg, MO Elementary School, October 11, 2018.
  • Wolbrink, Shelley - Organizer, Medieval Fair/e Arts and Crafts Tables for Campus and Community, April 2019

External Review Consulting

  • Cuff, Shannon - Reviewer, Ozark Public Schools Grades 11 and 12 English Language Arts curriculum
  • Gilbert, Katie - Outside reviewer for a scholar under consideration for promotion and tenure at Albright college.
  • Sabini, Maurizio - Design Critic for a graduate studio final reviews at Washington University, St Louis [Dec 2018]; Design Critic for a thesis studio pre-final reviews at the Facolta' di Architettura, University' di Bologna, Cesena, Italy [July 2018]
  • Wolbrink, Shelley - William Jewell University, History Department, April 2019


  • Bomgardner, Stephen - Judge - Ozark Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing - student auditions (Oct. 6, 2018)
  • Claussen, Tina - 2/23 clinician/adjudicator Central Missouri State Jazz Festival
  • Sabini, Maurizio - juror of a five-member international jury for the 2019 THE PLAN Awards, an international program that recognizes excellence in all scales of design among entries from across the world [Spring 2019]

Other Professional Activities

  • Wang, Jin - AACSB Peer Review Team