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Nontenure Line Faculty Accomplishments in 2017

David Angelow, lecturer in McCoy School of Business was invited to speak at Product Innovation 2017, an international conference focused on innovation management and new product development.  Dave is now working with the Purdue Center for Product Lifecycle Management to research how organizations design and develop Internet of Things (IoT) products.  Results of the research are expected in 2019.

In 2017 Dr. Andrea Aspbury, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biology, had an article published with several undergraduate and graduate student co-authors (Aspbury, AS, KL Grayson, S Fantaye, I Nichols, M Myers-Burton, X Ortiz-Mangual, CR Gabor. 2017. The association between male-biased sex ratio and indicators of stress in red-spotted newts. Physiology & Behavior 173, 156-162). She also gave a talk at the International Conference of Comparative Endocrinology, in Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada. She was a panel member on the National Science Foundation grant review panel for the Graduate Research Fellowship Program, as well as for the Animal Behavior Society student research grants. Dr. Aspbury also prepared and is teaching a new course for the Honor’s College: Organismal Biology.


(image not provided) In 2017, Amelie Benedikt was a faculty advisor to the local chapter of the Phi Sigma Tau Philosophy Honors Society. She organized the Annual Student Symposium in April and also organized the Alumni Banquet and Phi Sigma Tau Induction Ceremony in October. She helped jury submissions for the Second Annual Space Settlement Conference held at Texas State University, served as a member of the Student Involvement and Success Committee, and served as an Honors College thesis director. Benedikt is a senior lecturer in the Philosophy Department.

Linda Nenno Breining, Theatre and Dance Adjunct Faculty, acted in 2 films in 2017. SLEEPOVER, produced by Twenty Two, Twenty Two Media, written and directed by Texas State Film Faculty, Susan Busa will be released soon. Texas State Alumni Corey McMinn, Ryan Sultemeier and Alex Ross also worked on the film. The second film, EARTH MOTHER, written and directed by Brandon Palanco, will be released this Spring. Both films were shot in Austin, Texas.

Linda worked on 3 theatre productions with Austin Shakespeare in 2017. COMEDY OF ERRORS, performed in Zilker Park and THE CRUCIBLE and MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING performed at The Long Center in Austin, Texas.

Linda collaborated with playwright, Joy Cunningham, to curate and direct a #Me Too Event, an evening of stories of sexual harassment at the Vortex Theatre in Austin,Texas.

In 2017, Shawn Camp, lecturer in Painting in the School of Art and Design, spent time in the northwest as Artist-In-Residence for the National Parks residency program at Lake Roosevelt in Washington state. His work there formed the basis of a 34-minute video and sound composition, part of which was presented in his exhibition “Wide Open” held at the Georgetown Art Center along with a large-scale painting/light installation. Shawn also worked on several commissioned pieces and participated in exhibitions at Co-Lab, Grayduck, and Big Medium in Austin.

Bethany Lynn Corey has worked nationally and internationally as an educator, actress, director, and teaching artist. In 2017 she received the B. Iden Payne Award for both Best Production for Youth and Best Direction in a Performance for Youth. She received her M.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013. She currently serves as a Part-time Assistant Professor of Theatre at Southwestern University and on the Student Teaching Faculty at Texas State University . In addition she trains teachers in Arts Integration for Creative Learning Initiative in the Austin Independent School District and she creates original Theatre for the Very Young performances for several theatre companies.

Eric Gilbertson, a senior lecturer in Philosophy, works in epistemology and metaphysics and regularly teaches courses in logic and philosophy of sport. In 2017, he served on the Graduate College Scholarship Committee and the Philosophy Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, and he received a course reduction under the Nontenure Line Faculty Workload Release program for the pursuit of research on ethical and conceptual issues surrounding doping and performance enhancement in sport. His article, "Contrastivism and Negative Reason Existentials,'' was recently published in the journal Thought.

In 2017 Brittany Ham became a resident artist of the Clamp Light Artist Studios and Gallery artist collective. As a member of the artist collective she helps organize the gallery space and facilitates the running of exhibitions and events. Brittany also exhibited her work locally and statewide in Texas. Notably she was invited to show her work as a solo artist in exhibition at BLUEorange gallery in Houston, Texas, was one of four artists chosen to show their work in solo exhibition during the San Antonio Public Library Summer Series, and participated in the group exhibition Nasty Women to raise donations for Planned Parenthood with AP Art Lab in San Antonio, TX.  Brittany was also represented by San Antonio’s Hello Studio gallery in the 2017 Art City Austin art fair.

Political Communication in Action, a new book by Texas State University adjunct faculty member David Helfert, was published in October 2017 by Lynne Rienner Publishers of Boulder, CO. Helfert is in his second semester as a lecturer in the Department of Communication Studies. He teaches Political Communication and a brand new course in Speechwriting. He was an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC and George Mason University in Arlington, VA. each fall for the last seven years, and previously taught Political Communication at American University in Washington and lectured at the U.S. Naval Academy. Dave was a Communications Director in Congress for nearly ten years and with the William J. Clinton Administration for six. Before working in Washington, he was a longtime political media writer/producer based in Austin, working in more than 120 campaigns in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.

Kevin Jetton, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Information Systems and Quantitative Methods in the McCoy College of Business, presented and facilitated a workshop at the 2017 EDSIG Conference in Austin.   “The Journey and Outcomes of taking an e-Business/e-Commerce service course from a Face-to-Face to a Hybrid course successfully” was the topic which centered around the migration of our own CIS3317 e-Business/e-Commerce course taken by approximately 750 Texas State University business majors and minors annually.

In January 2017 Jules Buck Jones was invited to be the inaugural artist of The Wool Factory Artist Residency in Barcelona Spain. During the month of January Jules was also hosted at David Shelton Gallery in Houston TX, for his first solo show with the gallery affiliation. Throughout the year, Jules participated in multiple group shows in and around Texas at a variety of venues including The Blanton Museum of Art, CoLab Projects, and The Museum of Human Achievement. In the Fall of 2017, Jules received the Makers Muse Award from The Kindle Project in New Mexico. The Kindle Project is a philanthropic organization that gives monetary awards to artists making exciting new work. Jules was commissioned to create over 200 prints for the new LINE Hotel in Downtown Austin which will be opening in 2018. He was awarded a grant from the City of Austin to put on his theatrical production "Animal Facts Club Performs the Biodiversity of Texas" for the fourth year in a row.

In 2017, 75% Lecturer Kathleen McShane-Bolton of the Art and Design Department, had exhibitions at Big Medium Gallery in Austin, at Bill Davenport’s Optical Project gallery in Houston, and was awarded a Virginia Center for Creative Arts summer residency—which led to a collaborative residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland. McShane Bolton teaches Drawing and Painting at Texas State, and is represented by Paul Kotula Projects Gallery in Detroit, MI.

Joshua Paddison, lecturer in History, contributed an essay titled "Studying Gods and Monsters” to the anthology Monsters in the Classroom: Essays on Teaching What Scares Us (McFarland & Co., 2017). In 2017, he also delivered a research paper at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting in Boston.

In 2017, Caprice Pierucci a Senior Lecturer in the School of Art and Design had a solo exhibition, “Rhythmic Form”, at Gremillion & Co. Caprice completed a large commission for Pacific Cities, a residential complex in Huntington Beach, California. She has three pieces commissioned by the Hotel Statler in Dallas, Texas. Her work was included in the Texas Sculpture Group exhibition “Profusion in the Void” at Art Space Gallery in Fort Worth, Texas. Caprice’s work was also shown in The Davis Gallery exhibition “Radiant”, Austin, Texas. Diehl Gallery in Jackson, Wyoming, also included three works in their summer exhibition, “The Fete”. Caprice has worked on several residential commissions going to Austin, Texas, Lake Tahoe, Nevada, Santa Barbara, California, Houston, Texas and New York, New York.

In 2017, Soomin Jung Remmler, a lecturer in the School of Art and Design, had two solo exhibitions, Between at Conduit gallery in Dallas, Texas, and Coming Home in Yongin, South Korea. Her exhibition at Conduit gallery was featured in the weekly top 5 by Glasstire in May. She was also included in group shows, Three Decades plus at UTSA Main gallery in San Antonio, TX, Selections at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, TX, Faculty Exhibitions at TXState University in San Marcos, TX, and Art in the Garden: Gabuki Pop at Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, TX. She completed multiple personal and professional commissioned work in 2017, and her works are acquired by Aspen Art Collection and a number of private collectors. Her drawing Venus is featured in Art House Press Magazine ,Vol. 3. Artists and Poets by Art House Press in New York. She also did a watercolor landscape workshop, en plein air, at San Antonio Bontanical Garden held by San Antonio Museum of Art.

Gallery affiliation: Conduit, Dallas, TX, Art House Press, New York

In 2017, Sherry A. Snowden, served as Higher Education Division Chair, for the Texas Art Education Association (TAEA). She currently is honored to be serving a second term in this state-wide leadership role. In November, at the TAEA, conference in Galveston, Snowden, presented a workshop on “Designing Star and STEAM Lessons.” She also facilitated two, panel sessions, “Riveted on Research” and “Research Hype.” Additionally, at the TAEA, conference she conducted the Higher Education Division, meeting. In fall 2017, Snowden was invited by Hays CISD, to conduct a district-wide, professional development workshop, for secondary art educators. Snowden is a full-time lecturer, in the School of Art and Design.

Dr. James Tallmon is a lecturer in Communication Studies.  He holds a Ph. D. in Rhetoric and Ethics from the University of Washington and his web pages are entitled The Rhetoric Ring.  In Summer 2017, Tallmon published an historical novel, Of Rhetoric and Redemption in La Rioja. 

St. Paul expressed, in the Book of Acts, a desire to preach the gospel in Spain, but the bible never discusses whether or not he did so.  In Tallmon's story, Paul is granted a 30-day leave from house arrest in Rome, travels to Spain, where he makes the acquaintance of Quintilian, a famous rhetorician and pedagogue who grew up in La Rioja in Roman Hispania Tarraconensis.  Paul spends time with Quintilian at his family plantation near Calagurris and they talk of things rhetorical, theological, ethical, and pedagogical.


Scott Vandenberg, Lecturer in the Department of Theatre and Dance, spent some time in the spring designing lighting for a new work, Las Cuatro Estaciones: A Story Of Human Trees by choreographer Sharron Marroquin and The Marriage of Figaro for Texas State Opera Theatre.  In summer, Scott returned for his second season with Summer Stock Austin to design lighting for Monty Python’s Spamalot, A Shoe Story (a new musical written by Allen Robertson and Damon Brown) and Annie Get Your Gun at the Long Center.  In the fall, Scott designed lighting for The Turn Of The Screw for Texas State Opera Theatre and then he traveled to Port of Spain, Trinidad as the Principal Lighting Designer for the 2017 COCO Dance Festival, where he designed lighting for over twenty dance pieces choreographed by international artists and taught a master class in dance lighting design for local theatre professionals and design students from the University of Trindad and TobagoHe also co-authored an article, The (Artificial) Mind’s Eye, with Eliot Gray Fisher, co-director of ARCOS Dance, detailing the development of their work on Domain, the transmedia event presented at the 2016 Texas State University’s Engagement: Philosophy and Dance Symposium.  The article was published in the Fall 2017 issue of Technical Design and Technology magazine published by USITT (The United States Institute for Theatre Technology).  Scott ended the year with his lighting design for the Texas State Strutters Christmas Spectacular featuring Vocal Libre. 


Kellen Walker is a lecturer in the Department of Art & Design. In March and May of 2017, Walker exhibited Low Tide, a new performance she directed, choreographed, and performed at Jump Start Performance Co. and Palo Alto College through W-I-P (Works In Progress) in San Antonio, Texas. In July, she collaborated as a performer and aromatic scent designer with composer Nathan Felix and the choir From Those Who Follow The Echoes in a site-specific musical performance titled Piano Canyon. In August, Walker was invited to give an artist lecture on synesthesia and her perfume Texas Cedar at Pecha Kucha: Vol. 27 at the Empire Theatre in San Antonio. In October for Chinati Weekend, she produced, wrote, and directed A Small Ceremony, a site-specific performance tailored for an adobe ruin in Marfa, Texas.

In 2017 Isaac Wiegman, Lecturer of Philosophy, published two papers, one in the Pacific Philosophical Quarterly and another in an edited volume. Three of his other papers were accepted for publication, one in Behavioral and Brain Sciences, and another paper (co-authored with Bob Fischer) in a conference proceeding. He also presented papers at several professional conferences, including the following: the Society for Philosophy and Psychology, the Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, the Society of Christian Philosophers, and the Southwestern Philosophical Society.