Faculty Notes, May 5, 2015

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Ian Barnard, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of English, Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences, presented a paper titled “‘I Can’t Relate’: The Risks of Identification Demands in Teaching and Learning” at the Conference on College Composition and Communication annual convention in Tampa on March 20, 2015.

James Coyle, Ph.D., director of Global Education, in his role as Deputy Chief of Protocol for the County of Orange, presented a proclamation from the Orange County Board of Supervisors to Pakistani Consul General Hamid Asghar Khan during the recent Pakistan Day Celebration in Los Angeles.

Frank Doti, professor, Dale E. Fowler School of Law, was featured in CardHub’s recent study about Tax scams and fraud prevention. Read more online.

Rick Ferncase, associate professor, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, won the Director’s Choice Award in the “30th Annual Made in California” all media exhibition at the Brea Gallery for his photograph entitled “Colonnade.” The multi-disciplinary survey of art, selected from nearly 1,000 statewide entries, featured artists working in all mediums, in every stage of their artistic careers.

Don Guy, assistant professor, Department of Theatre, College of Performing Arts, recently served as lighting designer/director for Masters of Illusion Live – Believe the Impossible! Based on the hit TV series Masters of Illusion, this live stage production played to sold out performances at the Palacio De Los Desportes in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in March, 2015. The tour is scheduled to be in Paraguay and Trinidad, among other destinations, this summer.

In addition, Guy served as lighting designer for Magic Weekends at the Mission Bay Theatre in SeaWorld San Diego. At SeaWorld, for the entire month of April, the Mission Bay Theatre will hosted “Magic Weekends,” a magic show featuring a new magical act each weekend. Prof. Guy designed the lighting for award winning magicians Kalin & Jinger.

Micol Hebron, associate professor, Department of Art, Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences, presented lectures and workshops at two events at Los Angeles County Museum of Art in April, both related to her current research and crowd-sourced project “Gallery Tally,” which examines gender equity in the art world.

In addition, Hebron opened a community art space in Eagle Rock, Los Angeles. Funded in part by grants from the California Community Foundation and from the Center for Cultural Innovation, the space, titled The Situation Room, is available for exhibitions, lectures, performances, discussions, and more. Faculty and students from Chapman are encouraged and welcome to consider using the space for their creative needs. Information about reserving the space can be found on The Situation Room Facebook page.

Among the recent media coverage of Hebron’s projects are: OCWeekly, The Jewish Online Daily Forward blog, Sisterhood, and Artforum magazine.

Veronica Hefner, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Communication Studies, Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences, has published an article, “Tuning Into Fantasy: Motivations to View Wedding Television and Associated Romantic Beliefs,” in Psychology of Popular Media Culture. Recent media interviews include: Huffington Post Life and ABC’s Fusion network.

Kerk Kee, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Communication Studies, Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Studies, has been awarded a 5-year CAREER grant of $519,753 from the National Science Foundation on his project, “Organizational Capacity and Capacity Building for Cyberinfrastructure Diffusion.” According to NSF, this program is the Foundation’s “most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.”

Robin Kish, assistant professor, Department of Dance, College of Performing Arts, recently returned from presenting at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada. The conference was presented by the Performing Arts Medicine Association and the Glenn Gould Conservatory of Music. Robin presented on “Concussions in Athletes and the Artists” with Laura Cruz, M.D., the Medical Director of LiveAction Sports Medicine Health and Performance in Toronto. Kish was also a member of a panel discussing “Integrating Performing Arts Medicine in School Curriculum.” After the conference she was a guest artist at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY, teaching workshops in dance science.

Jake Liang, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Communication Studies, Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences, has written an article in the journal Communication Education (currently in press): “Responses to Negative Student Evaluations on RateMyProfessors.com: The Effect of Instructor Statement of Credibility on Student Lower-Level Cognitive Learning and State Motivation to Learn,” as well as an article with J.B. Walther, “Computer-mediated communication,” in the International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Second Edition.

Life On The Line, a new documentary by Sally Rubin, assistant professor, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, was featured at a special screening this month at the Mark Taper Auditorium. The film was introduced by Los Angeles Poet Laureate Luis Rodriguez, and followed by a panel featuring filmmakers Jen Gilomen and Rubin and Linda Chavez, chief of immigrant services in the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office, and Lucy Santana-Ornelas, executive director of Girls Inc. Orange County. The panel was moderated by Desiree Gutierrez of Impact Partners. Life On The Line is a half-hour cinema vérité documentary that broadcast across the country on PBS in fall of 2014 as part of National Hispanic Heritage Month, and premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The film follows a year in the life of 11-year-old Kimberly Torrez as she and her family await the visa that will allow them to return to the United States after unforeseen circumstances trap them in Nogales, Mexico. The screening was sponsored by The Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Riva Tukachinsky, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Communication Studies, Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences, co-edited, with Dana Mastro, Ph.D., of UC Santa Barbara, a special issue of the Journal of Social Issues: “Media representations of race and ethnicity: Implications for identity, intergroup relations, and public policy.” Read more online.

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