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Notes of Distinction: October 2016

Monday Oct 03, 2016

Whether it’s a published article, book, prestigious award or speaking engagement, members of Indiana University Northwest’s faculty and staff continue to share their wealth of expertise. We applaud the most recent top achievers that have made a name for themselves and IU Northwest.

Ada Uzoamaka Azodo, adjunct professor of African and African Diaspora Studies, was elected unopposed and with acclamation by participants at the Igbo Studies Association at its 2016 annual conference in May at Dominican University in River Forest, Ill. She will become the new president for a two-year term.  Azodo had earlier served two terms as the Igbo Studies Association’s treasurer.

The Igbo Studies Association was founded in 1999, “to promote and encourage research and scholarship on Igbo history, culture, social movements, linguistic, literary and artistic expressions, science and technology; to forge intellectual links and network with scholars, policy makers, and activists inside and outside Nigeria; to participate actively and collaboratively in continental and global debates with interested organizations in Nigeria, the U.S. and other countries on issues specifically relevant and correlated to Igbo studies; and to work proactively for the promotion of Igbo language with interested organizations and/or institutions in diverse regions of the world.”

Azodo has published two articles in the Igbo Studies Review, Number 4, 2016, a criticism, “Theater for Social Justice and Human Dignity in Contemporary Nigeria: A Critical Reading of Selected Four Plays by Onyeka Iwuchukwu,” and a commentary, “The Struggle for People House.”

Earlier, Azodo had propounded a new feminist theory in the ISA NEWSLETTER, entitled, “Di-Feminism, An Indigenous Feminist Theory with Broad Claims for Ndi Igbo.”

Azodo also recently celebrated the publication of two books: Studies in African and African-American Culture and Emerging Perspectives on Aminata Sow Fall: The Real and the Imaginary in Her Novels.

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Steve Dunphy, associate professor of management, was recently informed that his single-authored study, “Quantity Consumer Goods Pricing: Has Yesterday’s Surcharge Become Today’s Discount?” has been accepted for publication in The Journal of Product and Brand Management, a top journal in the field. Anna Rominger, interim executive vice chancellor of academic affairs, contributed to Dunphy’s line of research.

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Tanice Foltz, professor of sociology and director of women's and gender studies, presented her paper "Teaching without Teaching: Student Empowerment through the Clothesline Project" at the North Central Sociology Association in Chicago last March.  She recently gave a paper titled “Facilitated Drumming Circles: A Para-religious Movement Going Global” at the Association for the Sociology of Religion meetings in Seattle.

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HelenMarie Harmon, assistant director and participating faculty in the School of Business and Economics, was invited to present her first-year concepts: “Students: It’s Time to Drive Your C.A.R.S.!” at the 2016 Midwest First-Year Conference held in late September in DeKalb, Ill.  In addition, she also had her proposal Creating the Drive to Thrive – First-Year Students accepted for the National Two-Year First-Year (TYFY) Conference held in Denver, at the end of September. 

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Earl Jones, chair of the department of minority studies, recently had his book about the Gary Historic Midtown Community adopted as required reading by the Gary School Corporation. In addition, his plan for economic revitalization of Gary's Broadway has been adopted by the City of Gary and is the current planning guide for transportation from Crown Point to downtown Gary.  This is the "Gary Plan," and the "Visions for Broadway Plan."

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Jean Poulard, professor of Political Science, was presented with the prestigious Sagamore of the Wabash Award in May by Governor Mike Pence. The award is the highest honor the Governor of Indiana bestows. It is a personal tribute usually given to those who have rendered a distinguished service to the state or to the governor. Among those who have received Sagamores have been astronauts, presidents, ambassadors, artists, musicians, politicians, and ordinary citizens who have contributed greatly to our Hoosier heritage. In his nomination of Poulard, Attorney Doug Bernacchi said Poulard has been very involved with his community and noted his involvement in charitable clubs, veteran organizations, the Boy Scouts and local and regional political affairs, all while being a full-time professor at IU Northwest.

Jean Poulard, professor of Political Science, recently celebrated the publication of A French Slave in Nazi Germany, an autobiography he authored, in part, with his brother, Elie Poulard. The book was released this fall by Notre Dame Press. Poulard, who served as the book’s translator and editor, was instrumental in helping his brother write the memoir.

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Rajan Selladurai, associate professor of management, recently had two edited collections added to the IU Northwest Library collection. The titles are: Servant Leadership and Emerging Challenges and Opportunities of High Speed Rail Development on Business and Society.

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Kalim Shah, assistant professor of environmental policy, now serves on the Indiana Climate Change Assessment (ICCA), a multi-stakeholder state initiative involving government, academia and civil society representatives. The ICCA has been asked to develop a technical report for the state over the next eight to 10 months. Shah is serving on the Tourism Sector Sub-Committee which will be assessing climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation in Indiana's tourism, hospitality, and recreation sector.

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