Recent News and Accomplishments from Ozarks Faculty

Several professors were granted promotion and tenure during the April 29, 2011, Board of Trustees meeting. Those professors who were promoted to associate professors and granted tenure were, Dr. Brian Hardman, professor of English; Dr. Salomón Itzá, professor of physics; Dr. Mikael Lindström, professor of music and director of choral activities; and Dr. Brian MacFarland, professor of chemistry. Receiving tenure was Dr. Kim Van Scoy, associate professor of life science education.

Dr. Rickey Casey, professor of management and business and executive director of international studies, and his co-authors Dr. Jay Robbins, professor of management, Ouachita Baptist University and Jessica Real, Nova Southeastern University had an article titled An Evaluation of Motivation in the Healthcare, Manufacturing and Retail Industry Using the Hackman and Oldham Model of Job Motivation and Redesign" accepted for publication in the June 2011 edition of the Journal of Business and Behavioral Sciences. This article evaluated motivation in not only hospitals but in several clinics as well as a major retailer and manufacturing company using the Hackman and Oldham Model.

Dr. Casey also received the "Best Faculty Paper" award at the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) Regional Conference in November. The paper was a case study titled Sweet Potatoes Provide an Economic Opportunity for a Community. The case was prepared by Dr. Casey, Dr. Jay Robbins, professor of management at Ouachita Baptist University, and Dr. Marshall Horton, professor of economics at Ouachita Baptist University.

Dr. Rickey Casey, professor of management and executive director of international studies, and Deborah Sisson, assistant professor of marketing, recently had an article titled The Hackman and Oldham Job Characteristics Model: International Implications accepted for presentation at the American Institute of Higher Education's International Conference in Orlando, Fla., in late September. The other author of the article was Dr. Jay Robbins, Professor of Management at Ouachita Baptist University. Dr. Casey also had a case study, Sweet Potatoes Provide Economic Opportunities for a Community accepted for presentation at the International Assembly of College Business Education Regional Conference in Dallas in early November of 2010.

Dr. Rickey Casey, professor of management and business and executive director of international studies, and his co-author Dr. Jay Robbins had an article titled The Hackman and Oldham Job Characteristics Model: Implications from Four Industries accepted in July for publication in the International Journal of Business and Public Administration, volume 7 number 2, fall 2010. This article evaluated the model across four industries, including a survey of a Bank in Nicaragua.

Several tenure status changes and promotions were announced during the Spring 2010 Board of Trustees meeting. Dr. Bill Clary was promoted to associate professor of Spanish and granted tenure. Dr. Jesse Weiss was promoted to associate professor of sociology and environmental studies and granted tenure. Dr. Glenda Ezell, chair of the Education Division, was also granted tenure.

Professor of Communications Dr. Heather McFarland, with the help of communications students Kristina Mariswamy and Andrea Dankert, recently completed a documentary titled The Candle Burns, which chronicles the life and legacy of Elizabeth Gwin, a long-time champion of the Girl Scouts who founded an inspirational summer camp in Mississippi for children with disabilities. The film won a Humanitarian Award for Community Service from the American Camp Association and is being used by Girl Scouts USA to show around the country.

Dr. George Stone, who retired as chair of the Education Division in December 2009, was granted professor emeritus status by the university's board of trustees in April 2010.

Dr. Bill Eakin, professor of philosophy and German, recently released a new book, Redgunk Tales, Tales from the Kudzu, a compilation of science fiction and fantasy stories. The book, published by Sams Dot Publishing, is the first in a multi-volume set that centers around the fictional small town of Redgunk, Miss. Dr. Eakin's stories have been published in a number of magazines, including Realms of Fantasy, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Epiphany: A Journal of Literature, Amazing Stories, and Science Fiction Age.

Dr. Glenda Ezell, associate professor of education, has been named division chair for the division of education. Dr. Ezell takes over for Dr. George Stone, who retired in December 2009.

Dr. Sean ColemanIn August 2009, Dr. Sean Coleman, associate professor of biology and chief health professions advisor, completed the publication of 1,100 PowerPoint Lecture Notes as an instructor resource for McKee and McKee's Biochemistry: The Molecular Basis of Life, Fourth Edition. The publisher is Oxford University Press. Coleman, who earned his bachelor's degree from Luther College and his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, has taught at Ozarks since 2000.

Dr. Stewart DippelDr. Stewart Dippel, professor of political science, will have his book, The Sacralization of the World in the 17th Century: The Experience of Holiness in Everyday Life, published in the fall of 2009 by The Edwin Mellen Press. The book will initiate a new series by the Mellen Press called 17th Century Studies.  This is Dippel's second book. In 1999 he authored The Professionalization of the English Church from 1560 to 1700: Ambassadors for Christ. In addition, Dippel will join the Mellen Press Board of Directors and will co-edit the 17th Century Studies series as well as co-edit and contribute to a book of essays in a series titled The Dark Ages of the Second Millennium: Studies in 17th-Century Thought and Culture.  

University Chaplain Rev. Nancy Benson-Nicol served as one of the plenary Bible study leaders at the Presbyterian Women's Churchwide Gathering held during the summer of 2009. She was also tapped to write the Presbyterian Women's 2012-2013 Bible study on the epistles. Last year she wrote the worship resource for Celebrate the Gifts of Women Sunday. Benson-Nicol has served as University Chaplain since August of 2006.

Dr. Rickey Casey, professor of management and business, Executive Director of International Studies and Dr. Jay Robbins, professor of management at Ouachita Baptist University just had an article entitled "A Comparison of the Elements of Motivation in the Hospital Industry versus the Retail and Manufacturing Sectors" accepted for published in the Journal of Diversity Management.

During the April 25 Board of Trustees meeting held on campus, Dr. Bill Eakin, associate professor of German and philosophy, was promoted to the rank of professor and Dr. Bill Doria, assistant professor of chemistry, was promoted to associate professor and granted tenure. Eakin, who earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Arkansas, began teaching at Ozarks in 1993 as an adjunct instructor. Doria, who earned his Ph.D. from Middle Tennessee State, has taught at Ozarks since 2003.

Dr. Robert Hilton is the new chairman of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education Board of Directors. Hilton is U of O's Division of Business, Communications, and Government chairman. The International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education is a business accrediting body for college and university business programs worldwide. Hilton served last year as the vice chair and chair-elect. He previously served as chairman in 2004-05 and as a regional officer.

Dr. Rickey Casey, professor of management and business and executive director of the international studies program, recently surveyed a major bank in Managua, Nicaragua. The survey will allow Dr. Casey to extend his research of the Hackman and Oldham Model of Job Motivation and Redesign. There has been little research as to the impact culture has on the model. This research will allow Dr. Casey to evaluate the impact of culture on the motivation model and add his findings to the literature. Also, while in Nicaragua, Dr. Casey gave a seminar to the BAC Bank about the current economic crisis in the United States and the state of the banking industry. He also gave the seminar to Agora Partnerships - Nicaragua. This is a non-profit organization that helps entrepreneurs and also has a venture capital fund.

Tammy Harrington

Tammy Harrington, associate professor of art, recently participated in the Shine a Light on Literacy fund-raising project held at the Governor's Mansion in Little Rock on Feb. 19. Dozens of Arkansas artists volunteered their time and talent to embellish individual lamps in a variety of artistic styles. These lamps were available for auction and the funds raised went to support adult literacy in central Arkansas. Literacy Action of Central Arkansas (LACA) is a volunteer-driven organization that teaches illiterate adults to read, and teaches oral and written English to non-native speakers. Headquartered in Central Arkansas Library System's Main Library, LACA is a member of the statewide Arkansas Literacy Councils. Harrington's lamp design was based on the folk art of Chinese paper cutting. She used the paper cut technique on the lampshade. The subject matter of the paper cut focused on the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac. The base of the lamp was collaged with tissue paper and bamboo.

Dr. Steven Oatis

University of the Ozarks Associate Professor of History Dr. Steven Oatis has been invited to participate in a seminar on American slave narratives at Yale University this summer. The seminar is sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges and the Glider Lehman Institute of American History and will be led by Professor David W. Blight, professor of American history at Yale. Oatis was one of 30 professors from around the country who were selected from a pool of more than 120 applicants. "I've done a lot of work with literary sources in my history classes, and I've even taught some early American literature courses, so I think that may have done a lot for my application," Oatis said. "I am hopeful that this seminar will teach me a lot for a course on American slavery that I'm planning to teach at Ozarks within the next few years." Oatis has taught at U of O since 1999. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont and his master's and doctorate degrees from Emory University.

Dr. Rickey Casey, professor of management and business and executive director of the international studies program, and Dr. Jay Robbins, Professor of Management, Ouachita Baptist University just had a paper entitled A Comparison of the Elements Of Motivation In The Hospital Industry versus the Retail and Manufacturing Sectors accepted for presentation at the Clute Institute for Academic Research in San Antonio, Texas in March 2009. The article is out for blind review to be included in the Journal of Management and Diversity.

Dr. Daniel Taddie, senior vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty, and his wife, Ann Killebrew Taddie, attended the Council of Independent Colleges Chief Academic Officers Institute in Seattle, Wash., Nov. 1-4, 2008. For the spouses' program, Mrs. Taddie led a discussion on new books worth reading, based upon a list of submissions by other spouses of Chief Academic Officers. Dr. Taddie led two roundtable discussions for new Chief Academic Officers and a breakfast roundtable discussion on the subject of "Developing Adjunct Faculty" at the general meeting. Following the meeting, Dr. Taddie was invited to serve on the Chief Academic Officers Task Force for the period 2009-2011. This group plans the annual Chief Academic Officers Institute.

Dr. Rickey Casey, professor of management and business and executive director of the international studies program, presented a seminar on Nov. 10 to directors and employees in the Guatemala Office of Bank Supervision. The seminar was entitled "The Perfect Storm." The seminar discussed the current banking crisis in the United States and what changes may occur in the near future in the banking industry. Also discussed was what caused the current mortgage meltdown and financial crisis.

Dr. George C. Stone, professor and chair of the Division of Education, recently presented a paper to the Society for the Philosophy and History of Education conference in San Antonio, Texas. The paper was entitled, The School of Education as a Vocational, Working Class, Trade School. Dr. Stone was President of the Society for the Philosophy and History of Education in 2004-2005.

Dr. William Eakin, professor of philosophy and German, often explores issues of philosophical inquiry in an imaginative way through his genre fiction (some 70 professionally published short stories). In 2008, he questioned what it means to be human through the animation of a fake mummy (a manikin wrapped up in knee bandages) in his story "LOOB," currently appearing in Albedo One (issue 34, 2008), one of Ireland's most prominent science fiction magazines. His story "Bob and the Mermaid," which analyzes desire and commitment, was sold to Realms of Fantasy, one of the biggest magazines in that genre in the U.S. (available on newsstands sometime in 2009). He also sold stories to a number of anthologies, including New Writings in the Fantastic #2, forthcoming from the U.K.

Dr. Brian McFarland, assistant professor of chemistry, gave an oral presentation at the Spring 2008 American Chemical Society meeting in New Orleans. Dr. McFarland's paper was titled, Microencapsulation of Free-Radical Initiators and their Use in Frontal Polymerization. Students Alissa Ferrara and Jessica Reed accompanied him and each gave poster presentations.

Harrington's art workTammy Harrington, associate professor of art, recently had an artwork accepted to be part of the 2009 Arkansas Artist Engagement Calendar. Artists from or living in Arkansas were invited to submit one artwork to this competition. The title of her work is Oriental Princess II (see picture) and it is an intaglio print. The calendar is a project of the Arkansas Governor's Mansion Association and Arkansas First Lady Ginger Beebe. The calendars were distributed to the artists and sponsors during a Preview Reception and book signing at the Governor's Mansion on Sept. 10. Harrington and her husband, artist Neal Harrington, attended the reception.

Dr. Kendrick Prewitt, associate professor of English, and Dr. David Strain, professor of English and French and the chair of the Humanities and Fine Arts Division, presented papers at the southwest regional meeting of the Conference on Christianity and Literature in early October 2008 at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Okla. The title of Dr. Prewitt's paper was Richard Wilbur Calls Us to the Things of This World - Wilbur's Materiality. The title of Dr. Strain's paper was Doubting Doubt: Materiality in Richard Wilbur's 'A Dubious Night.'

Dr. Robert Hilton, business and management professor and chair of the Division of Business, Communications and Government, was recently elected as vice chair on the board of directors of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). Hilton, who has taught at U of O since 1984, will serve as the IACBE board's vice chair for 2008-2009 before stepping up to take the chair's position during the 2009-2010 term. His three-year term expires in 2011. "IACBE is the premier professional accreditor for business programs in student-centered colleges and universities throughout the world," said Hilton. "It exists to promote, develop and recognize excellence in business education. Being asked to serve as an officer of the board at this critical time in IACBE's history is indeed an honor and a privilege. I look forward to this challenge and appreciate the support of the U of O administration in this endeavor."

Dr. George Stone

Dr. George Stone, chair of the Division of Education, was invited to present a paper at the 20th annual Oxford Round Table held at Pembroke College in Oxford, England, in August. Dr. Stone's paper was titled John Dewey's Philosophy of History as a Guide to the International Order. The Round Table's theme was History and International Politics: Nations and Empires an Interdisciplinary Perspective. Stone, who earned his undergraduate, master's and Ph.D. degrees from Southern Illinois University, has taught at U of O since 2001.


Dr. William Clary, assistant professor of Spanish, was featured in an Aug. 4, 2008, article in the Fort Smith Times-Record for his work as a certified court interpreter for the state of Arkansas. Last summer Dr. Clary presented an informative lecture for prospective candidates for the Spanish Language Court Interpreting Certification in Fort Smith. Dr. Clary's session focused on the preparation for different court procedures in the circuit and district courts, as well as juvenile courts and civil cases. He also participated in simulated workshops devoted to the different modes of foreign language interpreting in the courtroom. Dr. Clary has been a certified court interpreter since 2000 and is certified in both Arkansas and Missouri. He is one of approximately eight certified foreign language court interpreters in Arkansas. Dr. Clary earned his bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees from the University of Missouri and has taught at U of O since 2006.

Dr. Rickey Casey, professor of management and business and executive director of international studies, recently teamed with Dr. Jay Robbins, professor of management at Ouachita Baptist University, to publish two articles that focused on motivation and diversity in the retail and manufacturing sectors. The articles appeared in the Journal of the International Society of Business Disciplines and the Journal of Management and Diversity. Casey and Robbins are currently working on another article that will look at The Hackman and Oldham model of job motivation and redesign in the health care industry. A graduate of Ozarks, Casey earned his D.B.A. from Nova Southeastern University. He has taught at Ozarks since 1987.

Susan Edens, director of broadcasting, recently completed a video program for the Picture Them Home Campaign, a cooperative effort between the Morgan Nick Foundation and the Clarksville Police Department designed to find missing or abducted children from the region by prominently placing their pictures across the back windshields of patrol cars. Edens compiled video from news conferences about the project into a long form news story and placed it on YouTube. The piece can be found by typing in Picture Them Home or University of the Ozarks on YouTube. Edens first met Colleen Nick when she was a reporter for News Talk 1320 KWHN in Fort Smith, Arkansas, shortly after her daughter, Morgan, was abducted from a ballpark in Alma. Although, her daughter has not been found, Colleen works on the behalf of all missing children and their families at the local, state, and national level. The Picture Them Home Campaign program was started in late spring and within 10 days the first child, a runaway, had been located because of the program. Since that time one other child has been found. Edens earned her undergraduate degree from U of O and her master's degree from Arkansas Tech University.

During the April 2008 Board of Trustee meeting, several faculty members received promotion as well as promotion and tenure. Being promoted from associate professor to full professor were Music Professor Dr. Sharon Gorman and Theatre Professor Bruce Brown. Receiving promotion and tenure were Mathematics Professor Matt Myers and Art Professor Tammy Harrington.

Dr. Doug Jeffries, professor of biology and environmental studies, was a speaker at the International Master Gardener's Conference held in Arkansas in 2007. Jeffries' topic was The Lichen/Human Symbiosis. Jeffries, who earned his Ph.D. from Arizona State University, has taught at Ozarks since 1991.

Tammy Harrington

Artwork by Associate Professor of Art Tammy Harrington was displayed as part of the Art Across Arkansas project in the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock during the summer of 2007. Harrington's artwork that earned the distinction was a linoleum relief print titled Sustenance. Harrington, who earned her M.F.A. from Wichita State University, has taught at Ozarks since 2002.

Dr. Jesse Weiss, assistant professor of sociology and environmental studies, was quoted extensively as a sociology expert in a Nov. 2, 2007, article in the Fort Smith Times-Record. The article focused on mob mentality. Weiss, who earned his Ph.D. from Utah State University, has taught at Ozarks since 2004.

University Chaplain Rev. Nancy Benson-Nicol wrote a liturgy titled Celebrate the Gifts of Women 2008 for the Presbyterian Church (USA) that appeared in the November/December 2007 issue of Horizons magazine. The liturgy celebrated the diversity of spiritual and cultural gifts of the young women who are active in the Presbyterian Church.

Julia Frost, director of the Jones Learning Center, recently completed all requirements for recertification as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. This designation reflects a strong commitment to the field of school psychology.

Dr. Bruce Elmore, professor of physical education, was selected in 2007 to serve on the Praxis Physical Education National Advisory Committee in Princeton, N.J. Elmore, who earned his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, has taught at Ozarks since 1988.

Bruce B. Brown, associate professor of theatre, recently published a photography book titled, Orchids Through Our Eyes. It is available for purchase on Borders and Amazon.com. Brown serves as the vice president of the Orchid Society of the Ozarks.

Dr. Bill Doria, assistant professor of Chemistry, recently helped the science department secure a grant for a Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectrophotometer, a piece of equipment that will help students determine the structures of molecules using infrared light.

Dr. Donna Wake, assistant professor of education, presented a paper titled Digital Storytelling as a Vehicle for the Exploration of Modern Art at the International Conference for the Society for Informational Technology in Teacher Education in San Antonio, Texas, in March of 2007. She was also awarded the 2007 CollegeReading Association's Dissertation Research Award. She presented her research at the CRA National Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, in November. Also in 2007, Wake was awarded the Alumni Association Faculty Enrichment Award and used it to help fund a trip with 11 students to visit museums in New York City and Philadelphia during Spring Break.

Dr. William Clary

Dr. William Clary, assistant professor of Spanish, was invited to attend the annual SCOLAS (Southwest Conference on Latin American Studies) conference which was held in Merida, Yucatan, March 15-17. He presented a research paper devoted to Central American Literature. Clary also had an essay published in the May-June 2007 online edition of World Literature Today.

Dr. David Strain, professor of English and French, was selected to attend a seminar during the summer of 2007 in Washington D.C. titled Homer Across the Curriculum, which involves exploring ways to incorporate The Odyssey into various arenas of academic inquiry.