CAS Newsletter – Spring/Summer 2014

CAS Newsletter – Spring/Summer 2014

CAS Faculty News

CAS Honors and Award Winners for 2013-2014

Teacher of the Year | Dr. José M. Franco Rodríguez, World Languages and Cultures

Academician of the Year | Dr. Charles Tryon, English

Advisor of the Year | Dr. Elizabeth Quinn, Criminal Justice

Staff Member of the Year | Mrs. Tarshae Drummond, Biological Sciences

Student of the Year | Mrs. Ge Cheng, Biological Sciences

Departments of the Year | Communication & English

FSU Teacher of the Year | Dr. Emily Lenning, Criminal Justice

Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching | Dr. Lori A. Guevara, Criminal Justice

Advisors of the Year (These are the award winners from CAS):

Dr. Sara Brightman, Criminal Justice

Dr. Rakesh Malhotra, Geography

Dr. Barbara Russo, Fire and Emergency Services Administration

Dr. Linda Tomlinson, History

Dr. Laura Coyle, Psychology

Dr. Hideki Morooka, Sociology

Faculty Publications

Brown, Sonya C. “The Glee Body Project.” Studies in Popular Culture. 36.2 (Spring 2014). Print.

Brown, Sonya C. “The Rhetorical Vision of the Weight Loss Success Story.” Journal of Popular Culture, 47.1 (Feb 2014). Print.

Fiebig, Jeremy R. (2014). “The World of Shakespeare.” Theatrical Worlds, beta version. (pp.168-203) C. Mitchell (Ed.). Gainesville, FL: University of Florida Press.

Kadel, B., A History of the Irish Public House, New York: I.B. Tauris Press. (will be in print this summer)

Lenning, E. (2014). The invisible minority: Making the LGBT community visible in the Criminal Justice classroom. In Hayes-Smith, R., Luther, K. & Caringella, S. (Eds.), Teaching Criminology at the Intersection: A How-to Guide for Teaching about Gender, Race, Class & Sexuality.  New York, NY: Routledge

Montoya, D. (2013). Introducing micro-expressions: From the lab to clinical applications. In A. Freitas-Magalhães, C. Bluhm, & M. Davis (Eds.), Handbook on Facial Expression of Emotion (pp. 94-113). Escrytos.

Montoya, D. (2013). Robotic emotions: Cognitive models and the search for the upset robot. In A. Freitas-Magalhães (Ed.), Emotional Expression: The Brain and the Face. 4th Volume: Studies in Brain, Face and Emotion (pp. 197-216). Porto, Portugal: Universidade Fernando Pessoa.

Wiredu, K. (2013). Good and evil. (J. Osei, Trans.), In C. Jeffers (Ed.), Listening to Ourselves: A Multilingual Anthology of African Philosophy (pp. 158-175). New York, NY: SUNY Press.

Senter P. and V. B. Snow. 2013. Solution to a 300-year-old zoological mystery: the case of Thomas Bartholin’s merman. Archives of Natural History 40:257-262

Senter, P., L. C. Hill, and B. J. Moton. 2013. Solution to a 440-year-old zoological mystery: the case of Aldrovandi’s dragon. Annals of Science 70:531-537.

Senter, P. 2013. Dinosaurs and pterosaurs in Greek and Roman art and literature?  An investigation of young-Earth creationist claims. Palaeontologia Electronica 16(3.25A):1-16.

Winn, A. 2014. Black Entrepreneurship: Contradictions, Class, and Capitalism. Journal of Business Anthropology. (3)1:79-108.

Students McNair Scholars

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair Scholars Program) is pleased to announce the acceptance of several students into graduate and doctoral programs:

Mr. George Alvarez (Fall 2012) has been accepted into the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program at the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine.  He will matriculate August 2014.

Mr. Branden Elmore (Spring 2014) has been accepted into the Master of Communication programs at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the University of Cincinnati.  Branden has decided to attend the University of Cincinnati in the fall of 2014 and has also been awarded a full tuition remission in the amount of $24,236 as well as a McNair Scholarship for $15,000.

Ms. Michelle Vann Horton (Spring 2014) has been accepted into the M.A. Counseling program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the M.A. of Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Appalachian State University. Michelle has decided to attend UNC Greensboro and will begin her program during the upcoming fall 2014 semester.

Ms. Kenya Iloka (Spring 2014) has been accepted into the Jenkins Master of Accounting (MAC) program at NC State University and will begin her program during the fall 2014 semester. Kenya has also been awarded a full fellowship and stipend.

Ms. Jonela Rogers (Spring 2014) has been accepted into the North Carolina Agricultural Technical State University Master’s degree program in Food and Nutritional Sciences for the fall 2014 semester. She has also been offered a graduate assistant position.

Ms. Asia Scales (Spring 2013) has been accepted into the M.S. Biotechnology with a concentration in Health Science Intensive program at Johns Hopkins University. She will matriculate summer 2014.

Ms. Elena Smith (Spring 2014), has been accepted into MA History program at UNC Charlotte…She will matriculate in Fall 2014.

Ms. Francena Turner (Spring 2014) has been accepted to Brandeis University, George Mason University, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has chosen to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign to obtain a Ph.D. in Education, focusing on Educational Policy Studies. Francena was also recently accepted into the University of Illinois’s Summer Pre-Doctoral Institute and will begin her studies in June of 2014. The following McNair Scholars are completing their graduate programs:

Ms. Yaleaka Currie will earn her M.S. in Biology from Fayetteville State University in May of 2014.

Mr. Christopher Darden will receive his M.B.A. from Fayetteville State University in May of 2014.

Ms. Tiané Ellis will earn her M.S. in Mathematics from Fayetteville State University in May of 2014.

Ms. Uwana Idio (Spring 2012) earned her M.A. in International Studies from Claremont Graduate University (CA) in December of 2013.

Department Specific Info



Dr. Phylissa Deroze (English) has spent this past academic year in the United Arab Emirates as a Fulbright Scholar. Dr. Deroze’s research interests are early Twentieth Century African American drama, contemporary Black women’s drama, Francophone playwrights, and Black women characters in American drama. (Aug 2013)


Under the direction of Dr. Barbara R. Russo (Fire and Emergency Services Administration), the FESA program was recently awarded Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) Recognition for the program and nine of its courses.  (Spring 2014)


Phoebe Hall and Students at Fort BraggThe FSU Touring Company, directed by Mrs. Phoebe Hall (Performing and Fine Arts), presented an oral adaptation of Carole Boston Weatherford’s (English) recent book, The Beatitudes, as part of the Black History Month celebration at the Ft. Bragg Officers’ Club. The company is made up of students: Anthony Wright, Alease Timbers, Destiny Middleton, Lydia Williamson, Shabazz Davis, Lamair Bryan, and Deaja Beasley-Daniels. To mark their performance, the post commander general presented Ms. Hall and the company with a commemorative award. (Feb 2014)

Mrs. Avis Hatcher-Puzzo (Performing and Fine Arts) attended the Dancing the African Diaspora conference at Duke where she presented on a piece on performance and the Black body entitled Go Hard or Go Home. (Feb 2014)

Ms. Hernandez-Hinek (Performing and Fine Arts) supervised a project by students in an Art 452 class which lead to the creation of a ceramic mural for the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. The theme of the mural was “What does Cumberland County look like?”  The eight students who worked on the mural are Frankie Freeman, Monica Griffin, Yavaughn Jackson, Su Kim, Damien Mathis, Sylvester “PJ” Purdie, Dayshaun Tate and Jasmine Williams. (Jan 2014)

Mr. Jeremy Fiebig (Performing and Fine Arts) saw the production of his original play, PAN, and took on the title role in Shakespeare’s Macbeth at Fayetteville’s Gilbert Theater. (Spring 2014)



Several faculty from the Department of Chemistry (Dr. Rahi Gurcharan, Dr. Abdirahman Y. Abokor, Dr. Jonathan Breitzer, and Dr. Darren Pearson) have teamed up with professors from the School of Education to develop a series of professional development workshops for elementary and middle school teachers in Cumberland County. This year’s workshops address chemistry, while next year’s will tackle earth sciences. This work grows out of the Partnering to Reinforce Integration of Science and Math (PRISM) program, whose goal is to improve the integration of STEM content in K-8 classrooms. This work is being done under the auspices of FSU’s Center for Defense and Homeland Security.


The Department of Criminal Justice has an endowed professor! Dr. Karen McElrathwas recently selected by Dean Barlow to be the Dudley E. Flood Endowed Professor of Criminal Justice at Fayetteville State University (FSU). Dr. McElrath received a Bachelor of Science in Police Administration and a Master of Science in Justice Administration degrees from the University of Louisville. She received a Doctorate in Criminology from Florida State University. Prior to her appointment, McElrath served as a Professor of Criminal Justice at FSU. Before coming to FSU, she was a reader in the School of Sociology, Social Policy, and Social Work at Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland.


This year Dr. Daniel Montoya (Psychology) will be teaching a seminar for the Second International Post-graduate Class on Facial Expression of Emotions, organized by the University Fernando Pessoa in Portugal. He will also present his laboratory research at the upcoming 2014 WAMC Research Symposium. Later this year, he will conduct a seminar in an upcoming workshop at UNC Wilmington as part of a colloquium series. (Spring-Summer 2014)


Ms. Tanisha James (Social Work) was selected as one of the honorees for Fayetteville’s Top 40 Under Forty leaders.  In addition to her work at FSU, Ms. James chairs the National Association of Social Workers -North Carolina, Fayetteville location and is involved in numerous community activities, including the Junior League of Fayetteville, Partnership for Children, and Fayetteville Urban Ministry. (Mar 2014) (pic)

Terri Moore BrownDr. Terri Moore Brown (Social Work) received the Outstanding Community Partner of the Year Award to for demonstrating exceptional commitment to ServiceSource employment and rehabilitation programs. She was accompanied at the ceremony by Ms. Berrak Walters, ARMY-FSU Master of Social Work Program Coordinator, and Ms. Rachelle Powell, Bachelor of Social Work Program Research Assistant. ServiceSource develops strategic partnerships with community businesses, government entities and non-profit leaders to help bridge the gaps for individuals with disabilities and create sustainable opportunities that benefit North Carolina (Oct 2013)

Ms. Sophia Rickard (Criminal Justice) was one of 15 first-place winners of the 2014 Food Lion Essay Contest.  Sponsored by the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), Food Lion, and Coca-Cola, the contest called for applicants to write an essay describing how their CIAA school affects the community. Ms. Rickard, who received a $1000 scholarship, was one of 2 FSU students to win the contest.  (Jan 2014)


Mr. Chris Anderson, was named the winner of the 2013-2014 Dr. Booker Juma Fire Service Leadership Award which was presented at the College of Arts and Sciences Annual Awards Ceremony on April 15th. The award, named after Dr. Booker Juma, former chair of the Department of Chemistry & Physics and advocate for the fire program, passed away last summer after a battle with cancer. In his honor, the FESA program with support of its advisory board, named the award after Dr. Juma. The award is given annually to the graduate who demonstrates throughout his or her time in the program the following characteristics and traits that all fire service leaders should possess including: a commitment to higher education, high ethical and moral standards, community service, service to the University, and a commitment to achieving diversity within the fire service. Chris has also been accepted to the National Defense University’s Special Warfare Centers and Schools’ Masters of Arts program where he will begin his graduate studies this fall in Strategic-Security Studies.


Two professors from the Department of Mathematics and Computer Sciences helped to supervise two student research papers that are published the Volume XIII 2013 issue of Explorations – The Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities for the State of North Carolina.   Mr. Lewis Williams, supervised by Dr. Nicoleta Bila, wrote “On the Tzitzeica Curve Equation.” Mr. Williams has earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Fayetteville State University and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University.
Ms. Tierra Montgomery, supervised by Dr. Albert Chan, wrote “Porting Python Program to Android.” Ms. Montgomery is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at Fayetteville State University and aspires to be a computational neuroscientist.
Both papers can be found here: (Fall 2013)

CAS Honors & Awards for 2013-2014 | (PDF)

FSU’s Forensic Science program was featured as one of the “15 Top Forensic Biology Programs” on the blog. The list is comprised of outstanding Universities and Colleges that offer outstanding Forensic Biology Program.

Dr Lori GuevaraDr. Lori Guevara, an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Fayetteville State University (FSU), has been named a recipient of the 2014 Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching.  The award is the highest honor given by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors for superior teaching. Guevara will be presented with an engraved bronze medallion and a $12,500 stipend by a member of the UNC Board of Governors at the 147th Spring Commencement in May.

Guevara has been a faculty member at FSU since August 2004, serving as department chair from 2007-2009. She has taught courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In particular, she has taught research methods and statistics, courses that students perceived as “difficult.”  In these courses, students typically enter the classroom with fear and trepidation; in response, Guevara starts off with assignments that slowly build their confidence with these subjects, which allows students to be successful.

Guevara has also added to the curriculum to the Department of Criminal Justice.  She created a new course – Criminal Justice Statistics – which allows students to complete a required course in their major department.  Having students take this course within the major exposes them to situational examples that are familiar to them, thus making statistics less foreign and more achievable.  Guevara also developed a service learning course that is a partnership with the local Guardian ad Litem program.  This is a skills-based course that prepares students for careers in criminal justice.  This course allows students to enhance their knowledge about working with juveniles and become trained to become Guardian ad Litem volunteers.  Many criminal justice students wish to work in the juvenile justice field upon graduation, so this class/opportunity is a significant benefit as something they can list on their resumes, making them more marketable when applying for jobs.

“Dr. Lori Guevara is a valued member of the Department of Criminal Justice, as she sets the standard for the contemporary Teacher Scholar,” said Dr. Miriam DeLone, chair of the Department of Criminal Justice. “She has established an excellent rapport with her students by challenging them to fulfill her high standards for performance.  Dr. Guevara accomplishes this by reinforcing the foundational skills students need to succeed. Students respond enthusiastically when she brings her research into the classroom and when she brings the community into the classroom (with service learning courses).”

Guevara earned a doctorate in 2001 in criminal justice from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, the same institution where she received her Master of Science (1996) and Bachelor of Science (1989) in Criminal Justice degrees.

The UNC Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award was established in 1994 to underscore the importance of teaching and to encourage, identify, recognize, reward, and support good teaching within the University.  The award is presented to a member of the faculty of each of the 17 constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina.

FSU is the second-oldest public institution in North Carolina. A member of the University of North Carolina System, FSU has more than 6,100 students and offers degrees in more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

For more information, please call (910) 672-1474.

The 2013-2014 CAS Teacher of the Year, Dr. José M. Franco Rodríguez has been a key contributor to the creation, development, and establishment of the new Department of World Languages and Cultures. His commitment to the department and its success has been a main priority for him. He has spearheaded the revision of the Spanish program, coordinated its assessment, and participated in numerous interdisciplinary activities to promote global awareness on our campus. He has submitted and implemented numerous proposals to enhance the Spanish program. One of the latest is the creation of a teaching licensure track for the B.A. in Spanish.

To support the advance of his Department and its majors, he has taught several independent study and voluntary extra courses, opened his courses to additional students beyond the cap, and ensured the best possible advising experience. Regarding the latter, he has received the Advising Departmental Award and the WLC Department’s advising excellence was recognized at FSU in 2012, when most Spanish majors were his advisees. His pedagogical interests and the very needs of our students have led him to create and conduct a service learning course, the first online and hybrid world language courses on campus, and the first Spanish courses for the professions offered at FSU. The highlight of Dr. Franco’s scholarly endeavors is the international recognition attained by his research in the developing field of Linguistic Landscape studies. Foreign and American editors have requested his expertise and invited him to participate in peer-reviewed publications both as a writer and as a reviewer. His scholarly accomplishments are reflected in the publication of two peer-reviewed articles in international publications. Beyond the Department, Dr. Franco has volunteered in events organized by different CAS departments, actively served in several CAS and SOE committees, and reached eight years as a radio show co-host for WFSS. His cooperation with different County Schools has been particularly significant. He has been keynote speaker at cultural events in several schools, participated in joint projects with Cumberland County Schools, and developed a productive interaction with the International Early College on campus. As an example, he has created conversation tables to improve its students’ speaking skills. Some of these students may become future FSU language majors.