Faculty and Staff Activities


Ann Blanton

Ann Blanton, Communication Disorders and Sciences Department, presented a research poster with colleagues Heather Thompson, Rachel Stark, and Nicole Albert titled “NF1, NF2, Schwannomatosis, and Dysphagia: A Systematic Review of the Literature” at the Joint Global Neurofibromatosis Conference held Nov. 2 to 6 in la Maison de la Chimie, Paris, France. The poster presented a seminal report about the lack of information on dysphagia in the populations with Neurofibromatosis 1, Neurofibromatosis 2, and Schwannomatosis who present with non-malignant and malignant tumors of the head and neck. The conference was attended by medical professionals and patients with NF1, NF2, and Schannomatosis and their families from around the world.   

Eileen Gilroy and Jill Toftegaard

Eileen Gilroy and Jill Toftegaard, Communication Disorders and Sciences Department, presented a poster co-authored by Timothy Davis and Catherine MacDonald, Physical Education Department, at the annual American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention on Nov. 16 in Boston, Mass. The poster, “Interprofessional Education (IPE) in Clinical Training,” highlighted the ongoing collaboration between graduate speech pathology clinicians and undergraduate adapted physical education students. 

In 2015, ASHA established a strategic objective to advance IPE within the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology. With these changes, IPE is being incorporated not only into clinical practice and continuing education programs, but into student curriculum and training as well. The presentation was well attended and inspired other clinical training programs to talk about developing similar programs.

Kathleen A. Lawrence

Kathleen A. Lawrence, Communication and Media Studies Department, received word that four of her poems were published in Altered Reality Magazine. They include “The Conjunction: Jupiter Pursues Venus,” “Things That Go Bump & Smile In The Night,” “Brunch, Spaceship Side” and “Atopic Catastrophi.” In addition, her poem “Once Upon a Time” will be in the upcoming issue of The Poet’s Haven Digest in the edition themed “It Was a Dark and Stormy Night...” It will be published on Dec. 15.

Lin Lin

Lin Lin, Childhood/Early Childhood Education Department, presented “No Excuse to Live in a Bubble: How Do Children in Your Classroom Stay Connected to the World?” at the National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference on Nov. 30 in Chicago. She also served as discussion facilitator for the international assembly at this conference. 

Chris Manaseri

Chris Manaseri, Foundations and Social Advocacy Department, co-presented on Partnerships in Support of the Principal Pipeline at the Commonwealth Council of Educational Administration and Management (CCEAM) Conference, held Nov. 13 to 16 in the Republic of Malta. Manaseri presented with his wife, former SUNY Cortland Associate Professor Holly Manaseri, now associate director of the Educational Leadership Certification Program at the University of Rochester. Their presentation featured the partnerships they created with Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES leadership to promote the professional development of future and current school leaders. 

Henry Steck and Craig Little

Henry Steck, professor emeritus of political science, and Craig Little, professor emeritus of sociology, participated in a series of academic gatherings from Nov. 9 to 15 in Romania at the Polytechnic University of Timisoara, the Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, and the Ratiu Center for Democracy in Turda. The subject of their presentations covered higher education in illiberal times, America in decline in the time of Trump, and the need for civic engagement as the prerequisite for a robust democratic society. 


Seth N. Asumah

Seth N. Asumah, Africana Studies and Political Science departments, recently was nominated and approved by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) New York State Conference as a founding chapter faculty advisor for the newly formed SUNY Cortland NAACP. Founding President Gia Greenidge, a psychology major, and 28 SUNY Cortland students worked with Asumah through the rigorous process of establishing the SUNY Cortland branch of the NAACP. SUNY Cortland’s Student Government Association (SGA) approved the SUNY Cortland NAACP Club on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018.

The NAACP, the oldest and largest civil rights organization, was established in New York on Feb. 12, 1909 by black and white U.S. citizens who were committed to civil rights and social justice. Among the founders were W.E.B. Dubois, Henry Moscowitz, Mary White Ovington, Oswald Garrison Villiard, William English Walling and Ida Wells-Barnett. In 1936, the Youth and College Division of the NAACP was created by student activists. There are 2,200 NAACP affiliates in the United States, Japan and Germany.

The mission of the NAACP is to “ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality” of minoritized groups and to fight for civil rights, social justice and inclusion. SUNY Cortland joins five other SUNY campuses with NAACP branches— the University at Albany, Binghamton University, the University at Buffalo, SUNY Stony Brook and Buffalo State University. 

Kate McCormick

Kate McCormick, Childhood/Early Childhood Education Department, had an article published in the Journal of Early Childhood Research. “Mosaic of care: Preschool children’s caring expressions and enactments” was published on Nov. 1 as an advance online publication.

Mark Dodds

Mark Dodds, Sport Management Department, had his paper titled “Is the Court of Arbitration of Sport Getting Serious About Corruption” presented for him at the National Conference of Sport Sciences Research in Tehran, Iran.

Regina B. Grantham

Regina B. Grantham, Communication Disorders and Sciences Department, was appointed secretary of the board of the New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NYSSLHA). NYSSLHA advocates for the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology in New York and those who are served by these professions.