Issue 1

MAY 2015
Dr. Mary McNaughton-Cassill (Psychology) was chosen for induction into the University of Texas System Academy of Distinguished Teachers.
Dr. Gabriel Acevedo (Sociology) has been selected as a NEH Summer Scholar. Dr. Acevedo will participate in an institute titled "American Muslims: History, Culture, and Politics." 
Aida Ramos-Wada (Sociology) was selected to present her paper "A Matter of the Heart: Understanding Reasons for Latino/a Catholic to Protestant Conversion." At the Young Scholars Symposium sponsored by the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame.
Makiko Fukuda (Modern Languages and Literatures) has been selected as one of the two recipients of the Sawtelle Financial Teaching Innovation Grants for 2015.

Fukuda's project, Implementation of Reading while Listening (RWL) Approach in the Japanese Elementary Language Course, features a wide variety of reading materials accompanied by audio CDs so that students can read the books while listening to the audio.  The program has been used in other contexts for a long time, but is new to university-level language learning.

Jocelyn K. Moody (English) has for the past five summers coordinated the African American Literatures and Culture Institute (AALCI) with Howard Rambsy II, Associate Professor, Department of English Language and Literature, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The program exists to help under-represented college students pursue graduate education.


Jill Fleuriet (Anthropology) Rhonda Gonzales (History) attended the inaugural "Developing Future Women Leaders" conference in Austin. The goal of the conference is to build a sponsorship program to encourage promotion of female academics within the UT System.

Bernadette Andrea (English) has been selected as a Summer Scholar and received a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant for the 2015 NEH Institute, "Negotiating Identities: Expression and Representation in the Christian-Jewish-Muslim Mediterranean," to be held in Barcelona, Spain from July 5 to August 1, 2015.  Her most recent publications include "The 'Presences of Women' from the Islamic World in Sixteenth- to Early Seventeenth-Century British Literature and Culture," in Mapping Gendered Routes and Spaces in the Early Modern World, ed. Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks (Farnham: Ashgate, 2015), and a review of The Mirror of the Worlds: A Translation by Elizabeth Tanfield Cary in Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal 9.2 (2015).

Lydia Light (Anthropology) has been awarded an American Dissertation Fellowship from the American Association of University Women for the 2015-2016 academic year. Lydia received her MA in 2011 and then began her dissertation research in Western Thailand. Her interests center on the behavioral ecology of white-handed gibbons (Hylobates lar), focusing specifically on how these small apes alter behavior to cope with harsh ecological conditions in a mosaic forest environment. Lydia uses her personal experiences in the classroom, where she is driven to encourage the participation of women in the sciences.

Antonio "Tony" Garcia (Psychology) has been selected to receive a multi-year RISE PhD Fellowship. The RISE (Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement) program is currently funded and administered by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. 

Tony, a doctoral candidate, is currently working with Professor Raymond T. Garza, a distinguished researcher and long-term faculty member of the Psychology Department. His primary research interest is the role of moral perception and affect in the etiology of psychosocial dysfunction in military veterans with a history of deployment to active conflict zones. His dissertation will focus on developing and testing a theoretical framework to help explain the life-long debilitating effects of military combat.

Melissa Vela-Williamson (Communication) a recent MA graduate, was recently named the Public Relations Professional of the Year by the Public Relations Society of America.

The Carnegie Corporation will award fellowships of up to $200,000 each to fellows in the Humanities. Read the full story here »

Spring Commencement is this week and we would like to congratulate our graduating students on this wonderful accomplishment. Great job Roadrunners!
Dr. Steven R. Levitt (Communication)  has been selected as the winner of the International Award for Excellence for Volume 13, The International Journal of Knowledge, Culture, and Change in Organizations: Annual Reviewpublished as part of the Organization Collection, Common Ground Publishing.

His article "Cultural Factors Affecting International Teamwork Dynamics and Effectiveness" was selected for the award from among the ten highest-ranked papers emerging from the peer review process, and according to the selection criteria. The paper is available for download.
Sarah DeTurk (Communication) published Activism Alliance Building and the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center (Lexington Books).
LaGuana Gray (History) published We Just Keep Running the Line: Black Southern Women and the Poultry Processing Industry (LSU Press). It is the story of the rise of the poultry processing industry in El Dorado, Arkansas and the labor force, composed primarily of black women. 

Joycelyn K. Moody (English) edited a newly republished edition of the Memoirs of Elleanor Eldridge, by Frances Harriet Whipple.

Please get in touch with Deborah Thomas at deborah.thomas@utsa.edu to share news, events, recent publications, or corrections for the next issue of Illuminations.

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