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Nontenure Line Faculty Accomplishments in 2016

David Angelow led a global team comprised of industry leaders in Supply Chain Management in the development of a definition for Integrated Business Planning (IBP).  IBP is the leading-edge capability that was previously known only as Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP).  Mr. Angelow exhibited drive, intellect and thought-leadership in Supply Chain Management.  The IBP definition will be available to be used by the over 47,000 APICS members as well as educators and standards organizations for the next 3-5 years.

In 2016 Andrea Aspbury, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biology, had an article published with a graduate student lead co-author (DeColo, S., Aspbury, A., Ostrand, K. and Gabor, C. (2016) Male – male interactions and their influence on the mating behavior and success in the fountain darter, Etheostoma fonticola. Acta Ethologica 19, 15-20). She also gave an invited talk at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand in May 2016 (Title: Operational sex ratio and mating affect a stress hormone in male and female red spotted newts), and presented this same work at the Animal Behavior Conference in Columbia, MO in July 2016. She also was a panel member on three National Science Foundation grant reviews (including the NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants, Animal Behavior division grants, and the Graduate Research Fellowship Program).

In 2016, Rachel Davenport received the College Achievement Award in Teaching from the Texas State University College of Science and Engineering. She facilitated two campus-wide workshops for faculty training and professional development, and attended the National Association of Biology Teachers annual conference in Denver, CO. She served as a member on several committees, including the University Honor Code Council, and chaired several committees including the Biology Department Course Evaluation Committee. Davenport is a senior lecturer in the Department of Biology.

Twister Marquiss was named Director of the Common Experience at Texas State in May 2017; he will transition into that new position during summer 2017. Established in 2004, the Common Experience is a key part of the university’s identity — major events, programming, and a Common Reading book each year that cultivate a conversation on a theme, enhancing student participation and fostering a sense of community that extends beyond the campus. In his previous role as Director of the Common Reading Program, Marquiss co-presented research data with Kali Morgan, doctoral candidate at the University of South Florida, at the national First-Year Experience (FYE) conference in Atlanta, Georgia, in February 2017: “Common Reading: Rethinking Assessment of Student Engagement.” The findings indicate that Texas State’s Common Experience may be moving national benchmarks for student engagement in Common Reading and thematic event participation. In addition to his role directing the Common Experience, Marquiss is a senior lecturer in University College with faculty appointments in the Department of English and Honors College. He was presented with the Foundations of Excellence Award by the Texas State University Student Foundation in fall 2016, the VATS Coin of Excellence (challenge coin) by the Veterans Alliance of Texas State in spring 2017, and Favorite Professor recognition from Alpha Chi National Collegiate Honor Society (Texas Iota Chapter) in spring 2017.

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Christa Oliver, lecturer in the Department of Theatre and Dance was co-director of  Merge Touring Ensemble for the spring semester.  During her time, as co-director, she created an outreach/college recruitment initiative with Merge and high schools and middle schools in Round Rock ISD, Austin ISD, and San Marcos ISD. In June, Christa was cast as the Dance Captain for Zach Theatre’s summer production, Mary Poppins. In October, Christa was invited by the Fine Arts Coordinator from Harlandale School District to facilitate a Professional Development workshop with dance teachers at McCollum HS. She spoke about Texas State’s Dance Division, Merge’s outreach and gave a Horton Technique master class. In November, Christa contributed to the RRISD College Day and coordinated a performance, as well as, organized a booth for perspective students. In December, Christa choreographed the Jazz Nutcracker in collaboration with Dr. Utah Hamrick from Texas State's School of Music and her Intermediate Jazz class performed in the show. Lastly, Christa choreographed Zach Theatre’s holiday show, A Christmas Carol starring Jaston Williams.

Joshua Paddison, lecturer in History, had his essay "New Directions in the History of Religion and Race" published in American Quarterly (December 2016). He also published book reviews in Western Historical Quarterly and Southern California Quarterly in 2016.

In 2016 Isaac Wiegman, Lecturer of Philosophy, published three papers in peer reviewed journals and edited volumes and presented papers at several professional conferences, including the following: the biennial meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association, the annual meeting of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology, a conference hosted by the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions at the Illinois Institute of Technology and the annual meeting of the New Mexico Texas Philosophical Society. Wiegman also presented papers locally at Texas State’s Space Settlement Symposium and the Biology Seminar. In the summer, he participated in the Multicultural Curriculum Transformation Institute. Finally, he successfully proposed three new courses to add to the philosophy curriculum: Philosophy of the Human Sciences, Moral Psychology, and Philosophy of Biology.

Jason Woolery, lecturer in the College of Education, planned and directed Young Songwriters’ Workshop--a partnership between Central Texas Writing Project and The Cheatham Street Music Foundation--for the third year. 2016’s workshop included three firsts: Samantha Serrano, who performs locally as Sami and is recording her debut album at Firestation Studios, became the first guest artist who is a former young songwriter dating back to the pilot workshop in 2012.  Additionally, the 2016 young songwriters were asked to open Day 2 of BigFest, an annual 3-day festival/benefit held at San Marcos’ Cheatham Street Warehouse. This was the first time the workshop’s final performance was on the bill for a multi-artist show. The festival crowd gave the young songwriters in-person exposure, as did the first live radio and online broadcast of a Young Songwriters’ Workshop performance on Radio Free Texas.