The article “The Big Event: Using This Day of Service to Teach Management Students About Corporate Social Responsibility” by Kimberly W. O’Connor, assistant professor of organization leadership and supervision, appeared in Management Teaching Review.
From the abstract:
The Big Event is a nationally recognized, student-run day of service where students, faculty, and staff give back to their university’s surrounding community by performing volunteer work. The Big Event can also be used as a resource to teach and reinforce corporate social responsibility (CSR) theories to management students. Students participating in the Big Event see firsthand application of the many CSR concepts they learn in the classroom.
By utilizing the Big Event as a service project, students also gain a better appreciation of the real-world issues and problems that modern organizations often encounter. The service project can be used in a business law or ethics course, in an introductory management course, or in an organizational behavior course, among others. The Big Event is therefore an excellent resource for management educators to use when teaching CSR theories, and it is a wonderful way for students, faculty, and staff to give back to the community.
The article “Understanding the Specialized Needs of Burmese Refugees in U.S. Colleges and Universities” by M. Gail Hickey, professor of education, and Sheena Choi, associate professor of management, appeared in The New English Teacher.
From the abstract:
The recent rapid influx of refugee students into U.S. schools has been a learning experience for all concerned. Not only do U.S. refugees come with memories of trauma, they also have specialized educational needs that differ from international students’ or voluntary migrants’ needs.
Recent refugees have come to the United States with very different socio-historical backgrounds from the majority of U.S. university students. Refugee students have very different stories of integration and incorporation in America than either immigrants or international students. Differentiated experiences demand differentiated treatment.
The scholarship on U.S. refugees in college is scarce. The authors seek to add to the available scholarship by advancing understanding of Burmese refugee students’ specialized educational needs through personal narratives. The authors also hope to improve educational provisions for refugee students through attention to their multiple responsibilities and socio-psychological needs. Finally, the authors recommend effective pedagogical strategies for use with refugee students.
Augusto De Venanzi, professor of sociology, presented at the third Forum of the International Sociological Association in Vienna, Austria, on July 10-14. His presentation was titled “Corruption and Cheating as the Tragedy of Modern Culture.”
From the abstract:
Increased political corruption, and cheating in a wide diversity of activities such as sports and academic examinations are becoming two of the most important problems affecting the life of contemporary societies.
The literature on corruption and cheating concurs in that these forms of deviance occur within the framework of particular sub-cultures that work to normalize or legitimate such practices. Some forms of corruption are accepted among political circles. Also, studies on cheating at exams show that many students justify helping friends they are close to, whereas in professional sports many athletes see “fair play” like an expression of amateurism.
Normative frameworks have been put in place to curb dishonesty such as the UN Convention Against Corruption. Severe punishment now awaits exam cheaters, and new screening techniques are used to detect doping in sports. However, beyond such disciplinary responses lies the need to acquire a deeper understanding of the cultural forces driving these harmful trends. It is my contention that the work of George Simmel on the Tragedy of Culture, which duels on the massive growth of objective cultural products, and their overwhelming impact over the subjective culture of individuals, can shed light on the problem at hand.
Nila Reimer, graduate program director and assistant professor of nursing, passed her Certification for Nurse Educators (CNE) examination from the National League for Nursing (NLN).
The certification exam covers eight core competencies for nurse educators, including the skills to facilitate learning, help students develop professionally and socially, properly use assessment and evaluation, design curriculum and evaluate program outcomes, engage in scholarship, and more.
From the certification web site:
Certification in any field is a mark of professionalism. For academic nurse educators, it establishes nursing education as a specialty area of practice and creates a means for faculty to demonstrate their expertise in this role. It communicates to students, peers, and the academic and health care communities that the highest standards of excellence are being met.
Paresh Mishra, assistant professor of organizational leadership and supervision, was the lead author of the chapter “Envy and Injustice: Integration and Ruminations,” which appeared in the book “Envy at Work and in Organizations” by Oxford University Press. His co-authors on the project were Steve Whiting and Robert Folger, both from University of Central Florida.
From the abstract:
Envy and Injustice: Integration and ruminations addresses two areas of research, envy and organizational justice, that have developed along largely separate lines in different disciplines despite their substantial conceptual overlap. We address how models of organizational justice and envy can inform one another and in the process hopefully lead to improved understanding of both phenomena.
Drawing on the concepts of distributive justice, procedural justice, counterfactual thinking, and equity theory we address how organizational justice research can inform the study of envy. Rather than focusing on an “emotions-as-categories,” we adopt the approach of appraisal theorists who view emotions as existing along a continuum. In so doing, we can creatively explore the distinctions and similarities in these two experiences and hopefully at the end of the day improve understanding of both.
The paper “Population Structure Analyses using Phenetic Deciduous Tooth Trait Data from San José de Moro, Peru (A.D. 500 – 850),” co-authored by Richard Sutter, chair and professor of anthropology, and Tanvi Chhatiawala (’16) was recently published in the book Biological Distance Analysis: Forensic and Bioarchaeological Perspectives.
The paper is based upon research conducted during July 2012 as part of Sutter’s ANTH B405 Fieldwork in Bioanthropology course at the San José de Moro archaeological site located on the north coast of Peru.
The paper examines the usefulness of genetically influenced human tooth characteristics in children’s deciduous teeth to derive population genetics estimates of inbreeding, gene flow, and genetic relatedness among prehistoric human populations.
“The team compared their results to those previously reported by me in another publication that came out last fall in Current Anthropology,” said Sutter. “We found that the children’s teeth produced similar genetic estimates as did the adult’s permanent tooth traits.”
Kevin O’Brian (B.G.S. ’16) received a full scholarship to attend a Student Veterans of America 2016 Leadership Institute. He will join over 100 other student veteran leaders for the four-day conference in Dallas, Texas, on September 29-October 2, 2016.
From the web Student Veterans of America web site:
SVA’s Local Leadership Summits bring student veterans together to exchange chapter best practices and to explore campus-level concepts that can ease a veteran’s transition from the military to higher education and then to the workforce. These events are hosted in multiple locations throughout the country every summer. Each Summit is hosted with an SVA corporate partner, which gives veterans the opportunity to network and learn from business leaders.