News Items from UNC Greensboro


Featured this week: Dr. Terri L. Shelton – Jeanne Jenkins – Dr. Laura Fero – Dr. Jacqueline DeBrew – Dr. Sherrill Hayes – Dr. Ulrich C. (Rick) Reitzug – Dr. Jennifer Etnier – Dr. Joyce Ferguson – Dr. Roy Schwartzman – Dr. Mary L. Crowe

011310CampusPeople_SheltonDr. Terri L. Shelton (Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships) has been named the Carol Jenkins Mattocks Distinguished Professor. The appointment to the endowed professorship is effective this month. Funds were given through the Students First Campaign by Carol and Robert Mattocks of New Bern to create a professorship in an academic discipline related to the well-being of children and families. It carries a five-year appointment. Shelton is serving as interim vice chancellor for research and economic development, and she holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Psychology. She has over 25 years of experience in clinical intervention, community-based treatment outcome research, and teaching and technical assistance focused on children and youth at risk and their families. She has served as the center’s director since 2001. In that role, she oversees over 30 federal, state, local and foundation grants and contracts that build the capacity of families, service providers, researchers, teachers and communities to ensure the health and well-being of youth, families and communities by engaging partnerships that bridge research, policy and practice.

A doctoral student and faculty members at the School of Nursing have been honored by the National League for Nursing. The student, Jeanne Jenkins, won the league’s Student Excellence Paper Competition with her entry, “A Letter to Sarah.” Three UNCG nursing faculty members were among a select group of researchers funded by the organization, receiving two of the nine research grants awards given nationally. Dr. Laura Fero’s work “Comparison of Simulation-Based Performance Methods with Critical Thinking Skills in Nursing Students: A Pilot Study” and Dr. Lynne P. Lewallen and Dr. Jacqueline DeBrew’s research “Decision Making in Clinical Evaluation of Pre-licensure Registered Nursing Students” were selected by the professional group for a research grant. The School of Nursing is recognized as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League of Nursing, one of six schools nationwide awarded that distinction last year.

011310CampusPeople_HayesDr. Sherrill Hayes (Program in Conflict Studies and Dispute Resolution) presented his research “Parenting Coordination: An examination of an intervention for high conflict custody cases” at the 32nd National Juvenile and Family Law Conference of the National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC) in Brooklyn, New York last semester. His session was attended by over one hundred judges, children’s law advocates, family law attorneys, and mental health professionals.The NACC conference is designed primarily for attorneys and judges who practice juvenile and family law, but the multidisciplinary nature of the work means that professionals from medicine, mental health, social work, probation, law enforcement, and dispute resolution also attend the conference. The research Hayes presented was funded by a New Faculty Research Grant from UNCG.

Dr. Ulrich C. (Rick) Reitzug (Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations) was appointed to the Editorial Review Board of Educational Administration Quarterly (EAQ). EAQ is considered the top scholarly journal in the field of educational leadership. He is also on the editorial review boards of the Journal of School Leadership, the Journal of Research on Leadership Education and Mentoring & Tutoring.

011310CampusPeople_EtnierDr. Jennifer Etnier (Kinesiology) has written the book “Bring Your ‘A’ Game: A Young Athlete’s Guide to Mental Toughness,” to help young athletes develop the mental toughness they need to reach their potential in sport. The book, primarily for teenage athletes, explains how mental training is just as important as physical training, and how it can be learned and honed through diligent practice. It is published by The University of North Carolina Press. The Communication Centers Section of the National Communication Association and the National Association of Communication Centers honored Dr. Joyce Ferguson (Communication Studies) by creating the Joyce Ferguson Faculty Award. This new award recognizes the top faculty paper delivered at the NACC annual conference. NACC named the award to credit Joyce’s “extraordinary work on behalf of communication centers and the field of communication across the curriculum” and to recognize her emphasis on varied, interdisciplinary work. She is a founding member of the Speaking Across the Curriculum program here at UNCG. She will retire in May.

Dr. Roy Schwartzman (Communication Studies) has been named founding co-editor of the new Journal of Applied Learning in Higher Education, which just published its debut issue. Dr. Mary L. Crowe, director of UNCG’s Office of Undergraduate Research, serves on the journal’s editorial board. JALHE is an international and interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal serving the community of scholars engaged in applied learning at institutions of higher education. Its purpose is to advance scholarship on applied learning by providing an outlet for empirical, interpretive, and theoretical work related to this pedagogical practice.

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