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Mike MattisonFeatured Scholar: Wittenberg Writing Expert To Serve as Featured Scholar
Associate Professor of English and Writing Center Director Mike Mattison will be a featured scholar at the 2018 Naylor Symposium on Undergraduate Research in Writing Studies, Sept. 27-29, at York College of Pennsylvania. (posted 9/6/2018)

Sunny JeongSpirituality and Executive Leadership: Professor Of Business Travels The Globe To Present Research Findings
This past spring, I was invited by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to provide a cross-cultural workshop to their students and faculty on East Asian Business Culture. The Forum of East Asian Economies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem hosted the workshop. (posted 12/18/2018)

Bin YuUp for Debate: Wittenberg Expert to Debate on U.S.-Chinese Relations at Ohio State
Wittenberg political science and East Asian Studies professor Bin Yu has been invited to join a debate on “Rising China: Trade and America’s Pacific Posture," sponsored by the Alexander Hamilton Society (AHS) of The Ohio State University. The debate will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, in the Mendenhall Lab, located in building 054 at 125 S. Oval Mall on Ohio State’s campus. (posted 8/30/2018)

Sarah FortnerSearching for Equitable Solutions and Expanding Science Literacy: Associate Professor of Geology Sarah Fortner dives into climate change during a five-week, cross-country trek
In June, I visited many of our National Parks and public lands including: Theodore Roosevelt, Badlands, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Craters of the Moon, Crater Lake, Lassen Volcanic Complex, Sequoia and Kings Canyon, Yosemite, Death Valley, Grand Canyon, Grand Staircase Escalante, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Mesa Verde, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, and Rocky Mountain. My hope was to identify ways to make personal connections with climate change through collecting and comparing data to long-term trends. (posted 8/29/2018)

Catherine Waggoner"Real" Southern Womanhood: New Book by Communication Professor Released
Catherine Egley Waggoner, professor and chair of the department of communication at Wittenberg University, examines the role that myths of southern womanhood play in real women's lives in the Mississippi Delta in her latest book Realizing Our Place: Real Southern Women in a Mythologized Land, co-authored with her sister, Laura Egley Taylor. The book will be released this month. (posted 8/8/2018)

Kate PolakBetween the Blocks: Wittenberg Professor's New Book Examines Comics as They Relate to Empathy
Kate Polak, assistant professor of English at Wittenberg University, is receiving national attention for her latest book offering. Ethics in the Gutter: Empathy and Historical Fiction in Comics (Ohio State University Press) was released last fall and focuses on the use of point of view and “the gutter,” those spaces between the image blocks in comics, as ethical tools that shape the reader’s empathetic reactions to the content, particularly historic atrocities. (posted 3/21/2018)

Lori AskelandThough-Leader: Wittenberg University English Professor Elected to ADE Executive Committee
Lori Askeland, associate professor English and department chair, has been elected to a three-year term as a member of the executive committee of the Association of Departments of English (ADE). (posted 3/15/2018)

Darlene Brooks HedstromTeaching Excellence: Wittenberg professor named Kenneth E. Wray Endowed Chair in the Humanities
Inspiring students on a daily basis, Wittenberg’s Darlene Brooks Hedstrom, professor of history, chair of the department and the director of archaeology at Wittenberg, was recently named the Kenneth E. Wray Endowed Chair in the Humanities. (posted 2/8/2018)

Kelly DillonGuns and Kids: Wittenberg University Communication Professor’s Research on Gun Visibility and Accessibility Makes International Headlines
Kelly Dillon, assistant professor of communication at Wittenberg University, is making headlines with her co-authored research article examining the impact of popular culture on children’s curiosity with guns. (posted 9/25/2017)

Julius BaileyBe-Longing: New Book By Wittenberg Professor Examines Personal Journey
Wittenberg University Associate Professor of Philosophy Julius Bailey recently completed a memoir, Be-Longing: Triumph in the Mirror, a self-published piece of narrative non-fiction. (posted 8/11/2017)

Keith DoubtJoining in the March: Professor honors victims of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide
Keith Doubt, Wittenberg professor of sociology, recently participated in Marš Mira, a three-day, 63-mile annual walk to honor the victims of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide. (posted 7/25/2017)

Scott DooleyFor the Love of Art: Dooley Receives the 2017 Edith B. And Frank C. Matthies Award
Scott Dooley, Wittenberg University professor of art, was selected to receive the 2017 Edith B. and Frank C. Matthies Award. (posted 7/14/2017)

Christian RaffenspergerInternational Debate: History Professor's Expertise Becomes Part of Global Conversation
Wittenberg University Associate Professor of History Christian Raffensperger's expertise on Medieval Europe found its way into a Twitter debate between Russia and Ukraine recently. (posted 6/2/2017)

Sarah FortnerChemistry of Glacier Melt: One Professor's Journey To Antarctica
arah Fortner, assistant professor of geology and environmental science at Wittenberg University, recently visited the McMurdo Dry Valleys in Antarctica to explore the chemistry of glacier melt as part of the McMurdo Long Term Ecological Research Program. The Dry Valleys are ice-free valleys located within Victoria Land west of McMurdo Sound. This work extends from early research she conducted on snow and stream chemistry on glaciers at all latitudes. (posted 2/22/2017)

Jim HuffmanDistinguished Service: Wittenberg Professor Emeritus of History Jim Huffman Honored
Wittenberg Professor Emeritus of History Jim Huffman has received the Association for Asian Studies’ (AAS) Distinguished Service Award. (posted 3/27/2017)

Amy LivingstoneTeaching Excellence: Livingstone Earns Prestigious Award From Medieval Academy Of America
Amy Livingstone, H. Orth Hirt Professor of History and director of the Honors Program at Wittenberg University, was presented the CARA Award for Excellence in Teaching Medieval Studies by the Medieval Academy of America (MAA), the world's oldest and largest organization of medievalists supporting research and teaching in all aspects of medieval civilization. (posted 3/15/2017)

Mike MattisonBest in Class: Writing Center Director Wins 2016 NCPTW Maxwell Leadership Award
Mike Mattison, director of the Writing Center and the Oral Communication Center at Wittenberg University, has won the 2016 Ron Maxwell Award for Distinguished Leadership in Promoting the Collaborative Learning Practices of Peer Tutors in Writing. (posted 12/8/2016)

John RitterDistinguished Teacher: Ohio Professor of the Year John Ritter Recognized for Outstanding Teaching
Wittenberg Professor of Geology John Ritter’s resume includes many impressive achievements, including Excellence in Teaching awards, an Ohio Professor of the Year award, an Excellence in Community Service award. This year another teaching honor was bestowed on the geomorphologist – the highest award a member of Wittenberg University’s faculty can receive, the Alumni Association’s Award for Distinguished Teaching. (posted 11/15/2016)

Keith DoubtWindow In Time: Fulbright Scholar Looks to Study Culture Untouched By War
Doubt has conducted extensive research and has authored five books on the sociological impact of war and genocide following the Balkan War, which led to the break-up of the former Yugoslavia. His research has expanded to include culture, literature and social structures in the region, which a third prestigious Fulbright award will help to accelerate. (posted 5/31/2016)

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