Faculty and Staff Activities

Raymond J. Cotrufo

Raymond J. Cotrufo, Sport Management Department, received notice that his article, “NFL Player Safety: Does Prioritizing Player Welfare Attract Consumers,” will be published in the International Journal of Sport Management. In the study, college-aged participants completed a survey providing information regarding their exposure to increased player safety measures implemented by the National Football League, and whether or not these measures influenced their consumption intentions toward the League. Results demonstrated that exposure to increased player safety in the NFL influenced participants in a positive way, especially in the cases of their intentions to consume NFL-related media and their intentions to discuss the NFL with others.

John Suarez

John Suarez, Institute for Civic Engagement and service-learning coordinator, learned that his socio-economic docu-drama was accepted for inclusion in the final “Engaged Faculty Institute Curriculum,” to be published by the California Campus Compact, Campus Compact of the Mountain West and Community-Campus Partnerships for Health. Through this curriculum, faculty members will participate in an intensive, hands-on experience to integrate service-learning into a new or existing course. The curriculum includes research-based content, tools and resources, worksheets, reflections and assessment tools for course design, or re-design, impact assessment and sustainability.

Tracy A. Trachsler and Raymond J. Cotrufo

Tracy A. Trachsler and Raymond J. Cotrufo, Sport Management Department, received notice that their article, “National Collegiate Academic Association: The Implications of Increased NCAA Oversight of Academics,” will be published in the Journal of Contemporary Athletics. The paper discussed recent academic scandals with an emphasis on events at the University of North Carolina, where student-athletes, over a period of several years, were enrolled in “paper classes” with limited oversight from faculty. Since some have proposed increased involvement by the NCAA in academic affairs on member campuses as a way to prevent occurrences of academic impropriety, this paper outlines some of the far-reaching effects of such an action.

Robert Spitzer

Robert Spitzer, Political Science Department, is the author of an article titled, “Why the Oregon Shooting Won’t Likely Change Anything” appearing on the U.S. News and World Report website, posted on Oct. 2. 

Joshua Peck

Joshua Peck, Psychology Department, had his article, “Environmental enrichment induces early heroin abstinence in an animal conflict model,” published in the recent issue of Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior. The findings suggest that environmental enrichment is an effective treatment strategy to support heroin abstinence in heroin seeking rats. The results may have important implications for human heroin addiction. 

Kathryn Kramer

Kathryn Kramer, Art and Art History Department, will have her report on the exhibition “The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell Revisited by Contemporary African Artists,” published in the November/December issue of Afterimage: Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism. The exhibition runs through Nov. 1 at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C.

David Kilpatrick

David Kilpatrick, Psychology Department, wrote a book that was released on Sept. 8 by Wiley and Sons. His book is titled Essentials of Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties.

Laura J. Davies

Laura J. Davies, English Department, had her essay, “Questioning Originality: Plagiarism and Collaboration on edTPA,” published on the website and blog “Follow Education” on Sept. 23. “Follow Education” was created and is edited by faculty, and it is dedicated to raising public awareness about contemporary issues in public education and public education policy.

Maria Timberlake

Maria Timberlake, Foundations and Social Advocacy Department, received the Daring to Dream Award in Social Change from the Center for Community Inclusion at the University of Maine. She was recognized on June 18 for vision and leadership that promotes social change to advance the rights of people with disabilities.


John Suarez

John Suarez, Institute for Civic Engagement and service-learning coordinator, had his presentation proposal titled “‘Hire’ Education, Public Purpose, and Student Employers,” accepted for the national Campus Compact’s 30th Anniversary Conference. Mary McGuire, Institute for Civic Engagement director, and Crissana Christie, service-learning intern, are co-presenters. Christie will provoke participants’ explorations of radical designs for higher education through her defense of her “Claimed-Learning Statement” in front of her degree-team, the session’s participants, by describing her learning during the years 2021-2024.