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Frostburg State University



This booklet highlights the many professional achievements during the past year of

Frostburg State University’s diverse and talented faculty and staff. As you will see in the

following pages, Frostburg’s faculty members and professional staff contribute to their

fields by producing original research, creative works and performances, and scholarship in teaching and learning. Faculty and staff also engage in widespread service to their fields and in the community. These professional activities enhance performance in the classroom and bolster the University’s role in supporting regional, cultural and economic development activities. Please join me in celebrating the professional achievements of members of the Frostburg State University community and thanking them for their efforts.

Dr. Stephen J. Simpson, Provost Frostburg State University The professional achievements listed are those reported by faculty and staff in response to surveys distributed during the spring of 2009. They encompass achievements during the period from June 1, 2008, to May 31, 2009. There may have been notable achievements that were unreported and thus unlisted.

Published by Communications and Media Relations Compiled and edited by Candis Johnson 2 Frostburg State University Messages From the Deans College of Business It is with great pleasure that I write this message as the Interim Dean of the College of Business. In the past 20 years, I have served Frostburg State University and the College of Business in various capacities that provided me with opportunities to recognize and respect the commitment demonstrated by the faculty and staff to continuous improvement in all dimensions of their profession.

The College is accredited by AACSB International, which awards accreditation to business schools that meet specified standards. Essentially, it is an external validation of quality. Only about one-third of the business programs in the U.S. are accredited! This honor is a tribute to the quality of the faculty and students of FSU.

In addition to their continuous efforts in making the College better and delivering a better education to our students, the faculty has always been committed to excellence in professional achievement. To this end, in the past five years, the faculty has authored several books and journal articles, and made numerous presentations at national and international conferences.

I am truly proud to be part of the College of Business with highly qualified and productive faculty and staff who are committed to a learning environment based on caring, professionalism and respect in their efforts to provide high-quality educational programs to our wonderful students.

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College of Education The College of Education initiative to offer undergraduate candidates internship experiences in urban settings continues to gain momentum. The venture has been designated the “Rural-to-Urban Professional Development School Program” and has received over $100,000 in grants and other forms of support. Of the first three graduates from the urban school placements in Prince George’s county, two have taken teaching positions in that county, and the third is studying the education of special populations as a full-time graduate student. All teacher candidates still experience the urban school visitation, and from that experience some select to complete the week-long assistantship in an urban environment. From the assistantship group come the candidates who apply to complete Internship II in the Urban Professional Development School.

The College of Education graduated its first cohort of teacher candidates from the undergraduate Early Childhood/Elementary teacher education program at the University System of Maryland Hagerstown Center (USMH) this spring. This initiative was developed in collaboration with Hagerstown Community College and Frederick Community College. Candidates who have completed the first two years of teacher Professional Achievements 2009 3 education at these community colleges can complete the third and fourth years of the teacher preparation program through FSU at the Center.

The Unit Assessment System (UAS) is in the final stages of putting graduate program assessments on TaskStream. It was decided last spring to have all Education Unit accreditation assessments, both undergraduate and graduate, maintained on the College’s Web-based portfolio and data collection system. TaskStream allows the Office of Unit Assessment to automatically collect, summarize and analyze data from specific key assessments that are used to evaluate unit, program and candidate performance. Processed data from UAS is available to stakeholders to inform them of curricular and programmatic decisions.

The College of Education, in collaboration with the Office of Advancement and the Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs, has over a million dollars in endowed scholarships, grants and gifts. The exceptional $330,000 monetary gift given by the Naylor Family Trust to endow the Howard and Audrey Naylor Scholarship program will provide the funding for the first Naylor scholar to study full-time in the Master of Education Special Education program. Each year the endowment will provide such funding for a graduate student with outstanding teaching credential to study fulltime in the College’s Special Education program. Particular emphasis will be placed on the study of students with Down syndrome or autism.

The University System of Maryland and the Maryland Higher Education Commission have approved the offering of the Doctorate of Education in Leadership of Education at USMH by the College of Education at the University of Maryland College Park in collaboration with FSU’s College of Education. The program is designed to serve educators in the three most western counties in the state and will prepare them for leadership positions in the classroom or on the administration. The next phase of this initiative will be to bring a similar Ed.D. program to the Frostburg campus under the auspices of the FSU College of Education.

Again, I must mention, it is the high quality of the faculty and staff of the College of Education at FSU that has allowed us to maintain our outstanding programs and effective instruction during this period of extraordinary fiscal difficulty.

Faculty members continue to give beyond what is reasonable to make sure students suffer as little as possible from the economic downturn. Their caring and professional manner in the face of these significant challenges is truly remarkable and worthy of my deepest gratitude.

Dr. Kenneth D. Witmer Jr.

Dean of the College of Education College of Liberal Arts and Sciences One of the critical core values of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) is "a high standard of excellence in teaching, service, research and other professional endeavors." During the last year, our faculty have demonstrated extraordinary achievements, as evidenced by the number and quality of faculty publications, presentations, performances, reviews and exhibits, as well as the many hours faculty have spent in academic, community and professional service. And this 4 Frostburg State University impressive list only touches on the contributions, many unreported, made by our faculty. Confirmation of the quality of this work is provided by the number of awards, funded grants, honors and other distinctions bestowed on the faculty.

Especially in times of budgetary constraints, it is important to develop and enhance partnerships and collaborations with regional businesses. CLAS is working with the University to develop relationships with the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development and the Technology Development Corporation to enhance the prospects for economic development within the region. CLAS collaborates on the local level with the Evergreen Heritage Center as well as Alliant Techsystems, which won an award for their superb internship site for engineering students. These types of alliances may bring additional financial resources to the area and opportunities for faculty research, student internships and jobs for our graduates.

To address state workforce shortage areas, CLAS created new academic programs and collaborations with community colleges. A new Bachelor of Science program in computer information systems will begin in fall 2009. The College is working with Anne Arundel Community College to develop a collaborative engineering program to be delivered onsite at Arundel Mills Regional Education Center and with Hagerstown Community College to develop a collaborative biotechnology program.

Another exciting development within the College this year was the renewal of relationships with many of our alumni. Alumnus Tony Zook, CEO of AstraZeneca Pharmaceutical Company, was honored with the prestigious Alumni Circle of Excellence Award in fall 2008. A highlight of this event was his interactions with students and sharing tips for success in the "real world."

As a means of enhancing regional engagement, the College again sponsored the Savage Mountain Summer Arts Academy and maintained a number of other summer programs for middle and high school students in the areas of science and technology. Also, CLAS hosted the third annual Appalachian Festival. Additionally, the College formed a CLAS Sustainability Committee to consider ways in which University sustainability initiatives could be implemented at the college level. The committee will present a Sustainability minor to the campus community in early fall.

Another important achievement was the success demonstrated by CLAS faculty in obtaining external grant funding. Seventeen grant awards, totaling approximately $2 million, were received in fiscal year 2009. Additional college program accomplishments can be viewed on our Web site at www.frostburg.edu/colleges/clas/ index.htm.

CLAS will continue to place the highest priority on lifelong learning and professional development for faculty, as stated in our CLAS Strategic Plan. For it is through example that faculty will instill this same commitment to lifelong learning in our students.

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The Faculty Achievement Awards are made possible through generous gifts to the FSU Foundation, Inc.

USM Regents' Award for Public Service Dr. Amit J. Shah Department of Management The University System of Maryland recently recognized an FSU business professor with a Regents’ Faculty Award. Dr. Amit Shah, professor of management, was one of only four faculty members statewide to receive a Regents’ Faculty Award for Public Service in recognition of his contributions to his community and profession.

Dr. Shah has been involved as a project coordinator for the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s AIDS administration grants, which are designed to build the capacity of Community Based Organizations in Maryland. Dr. Shah also founded the FSU College of Business’ Center for Community Partnership, which works to provide area businesses with skills development and management training workshops.

Additionally, Dr. Shah has been an active member of the Allegany Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Allegany! program and the Frostburg City Arts and Entertainment District Steering Committee.

Dr. Shah has also contributed significant service to his profession during his 19 years at FSU. He has served on the editorial boards of three journals: AIMS International Journal of Management, The Coastal Business Journal and the Advanced Management Journal. Dr. Shah also has offered service as president, vice president and program chair of the Southeast Decision Sciences Institute and the Southeastern Chapter of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (SE INFORMS).

He won an Outstanding Service Award from SE INFORMS in 2008.

8 Frostburg State University BOOKS Bradford E. Barkley, English Jars of Glass, Penguin, fall 2008.

Dr. Diane C. Blankenship, Recreation and Parks Management Research Methods in Parks and Recreation, Human Kinetics, forthcoming 2009.

Dr. Megan E. Bradley, Psychology Student Study Guide for Use With Child Development, Version 12, McGraw-Hill, Boston, Mass., 2009.

Andrew R. Duncan, English Alabama Curiosities, 2nd ed., Globe Pequot Press, May 2009.

Dr. Ronald G. Horner, Music What Do Drummers Really Want? A Survey of American University Percussion Instructors, VDM Verlag Dr. Müller, Germany, February 2009.

Dr. Robert B. Kauffman, Recreation and Parks Management Positioning: A New Approach to Career Development, Human Kinetics, Champaign, Ill., forthcoming, August 2009.

Gerard R. LaFemina, English The Vanishing Horizon, Anhinga Press, accepted for publication.

Wei Li, Sociology China’s Early Industrialization: The Influence of State Power and Ethnic Relations on Economic Development, VDM, Saarbrucken, Germany, August 2008.

Dr. Thomas D. Sigerstad, Management Slack and Munificence: To What Extent Is Slack Conditioned on Munificence? Extending the Behavioral Theory of the Firm, VDM Verlag Dr. Müller Aktiengesellschaft & Co. KG, Saarbrücken, Germany, 2008.

Dr. Hui Song, Computer Science Secure Wireless Sensor Networks: Building Blocks and Applications, with Guohong Cao, VDM Verlag, March 2009 (ISBN-10: 3639065263, ISBN-13: 978-3639065268).

Dr. George W. White, Geography Contemporary World Regional Geography: Global Connections, Local Voices, 3rd ed., with Joseph Dymond and Elizabeth Chacko, McGraw-Hill, Dubuque, Iowa, 2009.


Dr. Megan E. Bradley, Psychology A Rough Life: One Child’s Story of Maltreatment, 2008.

Jennifer A. Clark, Theatre and Dance A Longstretch Journey Into Night.

Dr. Joan DeVee Dixon, Music Mass for Spillville, Czech Heritage Partnership, Spillville, Iowa, June 2009.

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Articles or Excerpts Dr. Alemseged Abbay, History “Diversity and Democracy in Ethiopia,” Journal of Eastern African Studies, July 2009.

Dr. William L. Anderson, Economics “Do Increases in the Minimum Wage Lead to More High School Dropouts? Some Evidence From Maryland,” with Emily C. Rawe and Stephanie Crofton, American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Vol. 68, No. 2, pp. 445-464.

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