Faculty and Staff Activities - SUNY Cortland

Faculty and Staff Activities

Jena Nicols Curtis

Jena Nicols Curtis, Health Department, was named coordinator for the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. The academic minor, which is part of the Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies, engages students in interdisciplinary research and pedagogy to examine the ways that concepts of gender, sexuality, race, nation, class, ethnicity and ability shape our world. Curtis is an associate professor of health whose research interests focus on gender and sexuality. In 2014, she received a Chancellor’s Award for Internationalization for a study abroad program that she developed. The public health research course takes students to Southern India for a month each summer to explore the impact of gender, class and religion on public health disparities. In April 2016, her article on how EMS providers can most effectively respond to campus sexual violence was a feature article in the Journal of Emergency Medicine. In September 2016, Curtis was invited to Quantico, Va., to deliver sexual violence prevention training to the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Branch for Marine Headquarters. 

Seth N. Asumah

Seth N. Asumah, Africana Studies and Political Science departments, was a recipient of the Alumni of Distinction honor at a ceremony at the State University of New York College at Oneonta in September. The Alumni of Distinction honorees are selected in recognition of their “demonstrated leadership, superior career achievement and distinguished service.” Asumah is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, chair of the Africana Studies Department and a political science professor. He is the author, co-author and co-editor of 11 books and over 100 articles, book chapters, reviews and essays and a recipient of more than 20 international, national and local awards and honors. At SUNY Cortland, Asumah’s recognitions include the Excellence in Teaching Award, Rozanne Brooks Dedicated Teacher Award and Outstanding Achievement in Service Award. As a member of many soccer referees’ associations, Asumah has officiated soccer matches for 35 years at the international, national, state and local levels.

Tiantian Zheng

Tiantian Zheng, Sociology/Anthropology Department, was invited by University of Rochester to deliver a book talk on Nov. 10 on her book Tongzhi Living: Men Attracted to Men in Postsocialist China.

Mechthild Nagel

Mechthild Nagel, Philosophy and Africana Studies departments and Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies, had her article, “Gender and the Law,” published in the current issue of Journal of Research in Gender Studies. The article is based on a keynote that she gave in Bucharest for a gender conference last spring, which was chaired by the journal’s editor, Ramona Mihaila.

Nance S. Wilson

Nance S. Wilson, Literacy Department, co-authored a book chapter, “Avid Readers in High School: Are they Reading for Pleasure?” that appears in Teaching Adolescent Literature Today, a book edited by J. A. Hayn and J. S. Kaplan to be published in November by Rowman and Littlefield. Also, Wilson presented “Beyond Questioning: Progress Monitoring Comprehension,” at the New York State Middle School Association Annual Conference held in October in Watkins Glen, N.Y.

Robert Ponterio

Robert Ponterio, Modern Languages Department, presented a session titled “Teaching French Culture through Literature” at the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers (NYSAFLT) annual convention in on Oct. 22 in Syracuse, N.Y. The session examined the use of literary text for the exploration of French cultural themes in their historical context and in their connections to today’s world both in France and in the U.S. Topics included the treatment of women in society in medieval France and today; the treatment of refugees in Victor Hugo, 1980’s France, and Calais; critical views of France in the occupation through film; and Romanticism in song from the 1780’s to Elvis Presley. Online lesson plans were provided to help teachers integrate the topics into their curricula. All presentation materials are available online: http://web.cortland.edu/flteach/wksp/nysaflt2016.html

John C. Hartsock

John C. Hartsock, Communication Studies Department, had a new article, “Challenging the American Dream: The New Journalism and Its Precursors,” published in Witnessing the Sixties: A Decade of Change in Journalism and Literature, which is volume 51 of the Groningen Studies in Cultural Change series published by the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. The article examines how the American New Journalism of the 1960s subverted the cultural shibboleth and cliché of the American Dream. The series is published by the academic publisher Peeters of Louvain, Belgium.

Terrence Fitzgerald

Terrence Fitzgerald, Biological Sciences Department, is the author of a paper titled “Collectively Facilitated Behavior of the Neonate Caterpillars of Cactoblastis cactorum (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae)” appearing in the current issue of the journal Insects. The paper consists of a series of studies on the behavioral ecology of the insect conducted over a four-year period by former biology students Elizabeth Fabozzi '14, Katelyn Meyer '16, Michael Wolfin '11, and junior Ryan Young, all of whom are coauthors of the paper. The studies are part of a larger project on the chemical ecology of the insect being conducted by the senior author and Frank Rossi, Chemistry Department, that is supported by grants from the United States Department of Agriculture-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

Carolyn Bershad

Carolyn Bershad, Counseling and Student Development, presented “AUCCCD Annual Survey: Scope, Trends and Current Applications” with David Reetz at the 67th annual conference of the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD) on Oct. 24 in Tampa, Fla.

Samuel S. Avery

Samuel S. Avery, Communication Studies Department, had his short film, “LocoMotion,” accepted into the 2016 Miami Fear Film Festival. Watch Film.