Faculty Scholarship, December 2023

At the core of the academic experience at Wheaton is our community of talented and productive teacher-scholars. This newsletter is meant to celebrate our achievements as a community of research and creative scholars who use words, images, sound, and other modalities and platforms to create new knowledge and aesthetic experiences that are shared around the world and that invigorate our classrooms. This newsletter is a reflection of the core liberal arts values of our institution: free inquiry and curiosity.

Karen McCormack, Interim Provost. Dorothy Reed Williams Professor of the Social Sciences.

Journal Articles

Fatima Jebari
Assistant Professor of Business and Management
Malik, M., and F. Jebari (2023) “Product recall and CEO compensation: Evidence from the automobile industry.” Finance Research Letters 54. 

Ada McKenzie Thomas
Assistant Professor of English
McKenzie Thomas, A. (2023) “From Zora Neale to Missionary Mary: Womanist Aesthetics of Faith and Freedom.” Religions 14, no. 10: 1285.

Miranda Yaver  
Associate Professor of Political Science 
Yaver, M. (2023) “Rationing by Inconvenience: How Insurance Denials Induce Administrative Burdens.”Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law.

Justin Schupp  
Associate Professor of SociologySchupp, J. and E. Schoolman (2023) “Hosting a market is just the first step: Exploring the relationship between community characteristics and farmers market size.” Environmental Justice.

Ursula Moffitt  
Assistant Professor of Psychology 
Moffitt, U. (2023) “‘Tolerance is inherent to our family:’ White German parents’ racial-ethnic socialization in an eastern German city.” the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology. DOI: 10.1080/10888691.2023.2272466

Rosario, R. J., Moffitt, U., & Rogers, L. O. (2023) ‘’Where’s My People?”: An Investigation of the Structure and Content of Black and Latinx College Students’ Ethnic-Racial Identity Narrative.” Emerging Adulthood. DOI: 10.1177/21676968231214020

Andrew Davinack
Assistant Professor of Biology
Davinack, A. (2023) “A pilot study examining the lethality of niclosamide monohydrate on the invasive mystery snails, Callinina georgiana and Cipangopaludina japonica,” INVASIVESNET’s journal, Management of Biological Invasions.

Davinack, A., M. Strong, B. Brennessel (2024) “Worms on the Cape: An integrative survey of polydorid infestation in wild and cultivated oysters (Crassostrea virginica) from Massachusetts, USA.” Aquaculture 581: 740366.

Geoff Collins  
Professor of Geology
Madan, I., M. G. Trainer, G. C. Collins, and K. K. Farnsworth (2023)  “Characterizing phase transitions for Titan’s surface molecules: Implications for Dragonfly.” Planetary and Space Science. DOI:10.1016/j.pss.2023.105804, 2023.

Burkhard, L. M. L., E. S. Costello, B. R. Smith-Konter, M. E. Cameron, G. C. Collins, and R. T. Pappalardo (2024) “Uncovering Ganymede’s past: Tectonics at Nippur/Philus Sulci,” Icarus 408.  

Dipankar Maitra   
Associate Professor of Physics/Astronomy
Maitra, D. (2023) “Short time-scale evolution of the polarized radio jet during V404 Cygni’s 2015 outburst.” Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society vol 52: 185–207.

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships

Mónica Rey
Visiting Instructor Women’s & Gender Studies
Charles E. Scheidt Faculty Fellow in Atrocity Prevention program.

Conference Presentations

Primrose Boynton 
Assistant Professor of Biology
“All Yeasts Considered, Characterization of Plant Colonizing Yeasts and Their Impact on Plant Health.”  Special session at the American Phytopathological Society’s annual meeting, August 2023. 

Tania Schlatter
Professor of the Practice of Design
“Augmenting the User Experience in Open OnDemand-” The Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing conference, July 2023.

Michael Berg 
Professor of Psychology
“Posttraumatic Growth Following the COVID-19 Pandemic: Prevalence and Predictors.” 63rd Annual Meeting of the New England Psychological Association (NEPA) 2023.

Dipankar Maitra 
Associate Professor of Physics
“Observational and Computational Study of Scattering and Sky Polarization During Total Solar Eclipses.” American Physical Society Meeting, October 2023.

“AAVSO and Undergraduate Institutions: Synergies, and Testbed for New Technologies.” Keynote speaker 112th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Variable Star Observers. November 2023. 

Alireza Shomali 
Professor of Political Science
“Spectacles of Politics in M.H. Tabatabaei’s Thought,” and panel discussion: “Exploring Philosophy and the Political in and with the Islamic world.” Ruhr University Bochum (Germany) September 2023.

Tony Tong 
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
“An Experimental Study on Providing User Control in E-Commerce Recommendation through Conversational System.” International Conference on Advances in Computer-Human Interactions (ACHI 2023), Venice, Italy, April 2023.

Andrew Davinack 
Assistant Professor of Biology
“DNA Barcoding of Marine Invertebrates Collected From Marinas and Docks on Nantucket Island.” 10th Biennial Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative Research Conference. November 2023. 

Nancy Kendrick 
Professor of Philosophy
“Shakespeare was a woman and other heresies, by Elizabeth Winkler: A Panel Discussion.”  The New School for Social Research in New York City. October 2023. 

Alessandra Ward 
Assistant Professor of Education
“A mixed methods exploration of primary teachers’ learning about a new approach to early literacy assessment: the Listening to Reading–Watching While Writing Protocol.” The International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation. Seville Spain, November 2023.

Creative Scholarship

Kelly Goff
Associate Professor of Visual Art
Commissioned public sculpture, Arboreal Line, for the City of Greeley, Colorado. 2023

Stephanie Burlington Daniels (Director)
Professor of Theatre
Alexandra Lutkevich (Musical Director)
Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre
Clinton O’Dell (Costume Designer and Costume Shop Supervisor)
Associate Professor of Theatre Design
Max Ponticelli (Set Designer and Technical Director)
Professor of the Practice of Theatre

Production of Jonathan Larson’s musical RENT. Weber Theatre, (Wheaton College) November 2023.

Del Case
Professor of Music
“The Binding of Isaac According to the Elohist: Biblical and Theological Resonances in A New Cantata,” at the Center for Reception History of the Bible, University of Oxford, October 2023.

Public Scholarship

Primrose BoyntonAssistant Professor of Biology
“Don’t forget about the single cells: Yeast ecology in forest environments.”  invited talk for the UK Fungus Day international symposium on October 8, 2023.

Andrew Davinack  – Assistant Professor of Biology
Invited speaker at the 21st Annual State of Wellfleet Harbor Conference in Cape Cod on November 4, 2023.

Linda Eisenmann  – Professor of Education and History
Featured speaker in the Association for the Study of Higher Education Presidential Podcast Series. “Purposes: The Intended and Unexpected Outcomes of Higher Education,” July 2023.