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Faculty and Staff Activities

Tiantian Zheng

Tiantian Zheng, Sociology/Anthropology Department, had her paper, “Transnational Migration, Global Links, and Social Inequality: Human Trafficking and North Korean Women in China,” accepted for publication in the journal The Social Sciences Collection. Her ethnography “Tongzhi Living: Men Attracted to Men in Postsocialist China” was accepted by University of Minnesota Press and is in production for release in Fall 2015.

Nance S. Wilson

Nance S. Wilson, Literacy Department, had the following published. “Trying to Make Sense of E-readers” was published in the Summer/Spring 2014 issue of the Journal of Reading Education with V. Zygouris-Coe and V. Cardullo as co-authors; “Text Complexity of Popular Middle Grade Texts: How Do Popular Middle Grades Texts Stack up to CCSS Standards?” co-authored by M.D. Koss, was published in AMLE Magazine; Wilson’s textbook, Literacy Assessment and Instructional Strategies: Connecting to the Common Core, and co-authored by K. Grant and S. Golden, was published by Thousand Oaks, CA:  Sage.

Orvil White

Orvil White, Childhood/Early Childhood Education Department, represented the university's chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines, at the 43rd Biennial Convention held Aug. 7-9 in St. Louis, Mo. White currently serves as vice president of the SUNY Cortland chapter and attended the convention as the chapter’s voting delegate. 

David Kilpatrick

David Kilpatrick, Psychology Department, presented a poster titled “The Compensating Dyslexics We Never Hear About: A Multiple Case Study Approach” for the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading. The presentation took place at the society’s annual conference in July in Santa Fe, N.M. 

Jeff Walkuski

Jeff Walkuski, Physical Education Department, presented workshops on fitness education for K-12 students for both the Minneapolis public schools and the Woodstock, Ill., public schools outside Chicago.

Christa Chatfield

Christa Chatfield, Biological Sciences Department, had a paper accepted for publication in the December issue of the Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education. “A Multi-Unit Project for Building Scientific Confidence via Authentic Research in Identification of Environmental Bacterial Isolates” is about integrating authentic scientific methods and research questions into a microbiology lab course that she teaches at SUNY Cortland. The journal is published by the American Society for Microbiology.

Gregg Weatherby

Gregg Weatherby, English Department, served as a consultant for a number of books on poet Paul Blackburn: The Blackburn Reader to be published by Shearsman; an as yet untitled book of critical essays to be published by Macmillan (followed by a symposium at the University of Kent, UK); and a reissue of Blackburn's translation of selected Provencal poets, Proensa, to be published by the New York Review of Books. In addition to being a poet and translator, Blackburn was also a member of the English Department faculty 1970-71. 

Robert Spitzer

Robert Spitzer, Political Science Department, was elected to serve on the Executive Council of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honors society, at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association held Aug. 28-31 in Washington D.C. Spitzer will serve a four-year term on the society’s national governing board. Cortland has been a chapter member of Pi Sigma Alpha since 1970.

Michelle Cryan

Michelle Cryan, Publications and Electronic Media Office, developed a prototype for an app designed to teach sign language to pre-verbal children. She submitted the app project as the thesis for her master’s degree in Information Design and Technology at SUNYIT. The paper and a prototype of the app can be found at  Cryan wrote and illustrated a lift-the-flap sign language book that was published in 2007 by Gallaudet Press.

Alexandru Balas

Alexandru Balas, International Studies Program and Clark Center for International Education, recently had his book, Peace Operations, published by Polity Press. The book, in its 2nd edition, is co-authored with Paul F. Diehl.

The book, detailed and available online at, accomplishes the following: 

  • Traces the historical development of peace operations from their origins in the early 20th century through the development of modern peace building missions and multiple simultaneous peace operations.
  • Tracks changes over time in the size, mission and organization of peace operations.
  • Analyses different organizational, financial, and troop provisions for peace operations, as well as assessing alternatives.
  • Lays out criteria for evaluating peace operations and details the conditions under which such operations are successful.