English Professor Recognized for 45 Years of Service to Georgia State
Malinda Snow was recognized for 45 years of service at Georgia State’s Service Recognition Awards ceremony this week.
The associate professor of English was one of nearly 800 employees honored for reaching service milestones at the university from five to 50 years.
“I enjoy teaching, and I enjoy the Georgia State students and my colleagues,” said Snow, who has been teaching 18th century English literature for more than half a century. “Each class is different, even if it’s a course I’ve often taught. That’s part of what makes teaching so interesting, the surprise of a new insight or a different approach that comes with each new semester.”
Snow may be known best outside of her community of students, colleagues and scholars of 18th-century English literature, for being captain of a team of Agnes Scott College students that won NBC’s “General Electric College Bowl” quiz show over a team from Princeton University on live television in 1966.
“As colleagues and friends, we know her for the qualities that such a televised performance can only begin to suggest: her sharp mind, her curiosity, her eloquent speech, her playful, generous spirit and her enthusiasm for plants and Sacred Harp singing,” said Audrey Goodman, associate chair of the English Department.
Snow joined Georgia State in fall 1973, a few years after receiving her master’s and doctor’s degrees from Duke University. She has taught courses in a broad range of subjects, from women’s literature and practical grammar to those in her specialties, the works of Daniel Defoe and Henry Fielding. She also led efforts to establish a concentration in composition and rhetoric at Georgia State at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
“Dr. Snow commands respect for her expertise in nearly every field,” Goodman said.
Even more impressive, perhaps, is the number of years she has shared this expertise with students and colleagues, while also serving as our unofficial historian and custodian of institutional memory, Goodman said.
“It’s impossible to imagine the English Department without her,” Goodman said. “Dr. Snow reminds us where we came from and guides us forward.”
Snow said much of her teaching allows her to tell stories that address social and political issues.
“It’s all absorbing and germane to our contemporary lives,” she said. “I love doing research to prepare for a new semester or a new course. I love learning, discovering and creating.”
She hesitates to tell stories of just how much Georgia State has changed over the years.
“Sometimes it’s hard to tell whether Georgia State has changed, I have changed or the world has changed,” she said. “I think we do have a larger percentage of young students than we once had. And of course, we have boarding students now, which we really did not have when I first came: all students commuted.”
And although Georgia State has taken over a vast swath of downtown Atlanta, Snow said one thing that has never changed is the university’s basic identity.
“Georgia State is still committed to giving urban-dwelling students who work a chance at an education, to welcoming students who have family responsibilities and other commitments, and to encouraging students who are in some way new to higher education, perhaps as the first in the family to attend college,” she said.
To view all of the milestone award recipients, click here.
Women’s Philanthropy Network Establishes Scholarship in Honor of Provost to Promote the Next Generation of Women in Leadership
Nancy Mansfield, director of Georgia State’s WomenLead Program, has announced the founding of the Dr. Risa Palm WomenLead Endowed Scholarship, established by the Women’s Philanthropy Network.
The announcement was made on April 16 at the network’s luncheon.
The merit- and financial-need based scholarship will be awarded to students in the WomenLead Program, a professional signature experience that equips undergraduate women from all majors with the skills, experience and networking opportunities needed to become leaders in ll fields. Learn more here.
In the fall 2018 semester, the university announced that Palm, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Georgia State for nearly a decade, would step down from the position to join the faculty, effective at the end of June 2019. Check out an article that explores how her future research will continue to tackle one of the most critical problems of our time – climate change.
Rachel Montañez Offers Tools For Remedying Boredom And Burnout
Forbes contributing author, talent acquisition specialist and career coach Rachel Montañez will offer tools for remedying boredom and burnout and re-focusing on growing your career at noon on Tuesday, April 30. This event is sponsored by Human Resources Administration as part of Employee Appreciation 2019.
Montañez is known for her work and writings for employees at all levels, including staff who are seeking a career change, managers who need to motivate and inspire their team and leaders who need to create and support a high-performing workforce. RSVP here.
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Interior Demolition of Kell Hall Underway
The Kell Hall demolition and Library Plaza construction project began on Monday, April 22 on the Atlanta Campus. The interior demolition of Kell Hall is scheduled for April 22-May 12 and the exterior demolition of the building and its adjacent plaza and underground parking is set for May 13-Aug. 23. During this time, high levels of noise are expected.
Upcoming street closures:
•The tunnel access that runs below Library Plaza between the Arts and Humanities building and Sparks Hall near Hurt Park closed to vehicular traffic on Monday, April 22.
•The contractor has requested from the city that Peachtree Center Avenue be closed to vehicular traffic between Decatur Street and Edgewood Avenue starting May 13. Two lanes will reopen on June 10. Pedestrian access will be available throughout the project.
The E, L and I parking lots will be affected by the Kell Hall demolition project. Employees will be reassigned to other lots on the Atlanta Campus.
•E Lot: Closed permanently April 22.
•L Lot: The Gilmer Street entrance/exit to L lot closed April 22.
• Additional closures to L lot and the Langdale Hall loading dock are anticipated in May.
•I Lot: Closed May 13-June 10.
• Employees assigned to L and I lots will be reassigned to G-Deck.
More updates and road detour information will be provided as the project progresses. Traffic control message boards are also being planned. If you have questions or concerns, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Georgia State presented the Carl V. Patton President’s Awards for Community Service and Social Justice on Tuesday, April 23. Roy Shavers, program specialist, received the Outstanding Staff Award. Jodan Garcia, clinical associate professor of physical therapy, received the Outstanding Faculty Award. The College of Education & Human Development’s TEEMS AmeriCorps program is the recipient of the award for Outstanding University Program.
Zoe Salloom, learning technologist in the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning, and Jennifer Esposito, professor of educational policy studies, were awarded George M. Sparks Awards. The awards recognize Georgia State’s unsung heroes—faculty, staff and students who, like Dr. Sparks, are willing to go the extra mile with good humor and perseverance.
Congratulations to the winners of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning’s Teaching and Mentorship awards. Tuba Angay-Crowder from the Department of Middle and Secondary Education was given the Part-Time Instructor Award. The Pedagogical Mentorship Award went to Janice Fournillier from the Department of Educational Policy Studies and Julie Kubala from the Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. The Graduate Teaching Assistant Award went to Bailey Fairbanks from the Department of Political Science.
Christine Thomas, associate professor of mathematics education, is the recipient of the Benjamin Banneker Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, given in recognition of her decades of leadership and advocacy of behalf of all children in mathematics.
Jeremy Bolen, assistant professor of art and design, co-produced the documentary film “The Beam,” which was screened at the Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival.
The Peacock Tea Room at the Georgia Renaissance Fair, co-owned by Randy Sheppard in IT Services on the Decatur Campus, was recognized by Renaissance Magazine as the favorite food and beverage destination in the nation. The award was based on nominations by customers. Sheppard has co-owned and operated the Peacock Tea Room for nine years. It operates April-June at the Fairburn festival.
Brian Bride, Distinguished University Professor and director of the School of Social Work, was selected to serve as vice president and program chair of the National Association of Deans and Directors of Social Work (NADD) Board of Directors at the NADD business meeting on April 8.
Andrew Butler, professor of physical therapy and associate dean for research, has been named a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the highest honor the APTA confers upon its members.
Thomas Crisp, associate professor of literacy, has been named vice president/president-elect of the Children’s Literature Association, an international nonprofit organization that studies children’s literature.
Jackie Davis, associate director of Georgia State’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute, has been named one of Atlanta Inno’s #50onFire. The list showcases startups that have had a banner year — people and companies with new funding, recent product starts, hires and innovative approaches to solving problems.
Nikitas Demos, director of the School of Music, and Jan Baker, associate professor in the School of Music, did an in-studio interview about the SoundNOW Festival on WABE radio “City Lights” arts program.
William A. Edmundson, Regents’ Professor of Law, presented “Justice as Fairness and the Choice of Economic System,” at the third annual meeting of the Philosophy, Politics, and Economic Society in New Orleans, March 28. He also presented “Does It Matter Whether Your Vote Does” to the Georgia State Law Faculty Forum, March 14.
Jacob English, director of the Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships in the Honors College, has successfully defended his dissertation and earned his Ph.D. in education psychology from the Department of Learning Sciences. He has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence in College Teaching through the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning and was named Outstanding Teacher in Educational Psychology by the Department of Educational Psychology.
Fayron Epps, assistant professor of nursing, has been elected to a two-year term as board member-at-large to the Southern Gerontological Society. Her term begins July 1.
Ann-Margaret Esnard, associate dean for research and strategic initiatives and a Distinguished University Professor of Public Management and Policy, has served on the National Academies of Sciences Committee for Measuring Community Resilience for the past two years. That committee’s work has resulted in the newly released report, “Building and Measuring Community Resilience: Actions for Communities and the Gulf Research Program.”
Cynthia Farnell, director of the Welch Gallery, is featured in a group exhibition, “A Whole Tree of Lightning: Women artists respond to the Southern Landscape,” at Gallery Poem 88.
Doug Gardenhire, chair of respiratory therapy, has been elected to the Board of Directors for The Coalition for Baccalaureate and Graduate Respiratory Therapy Education (CoBGRTE) for 2019-2020. CoBGRTE is organization that helps students, faculty members and the public learn about baccalaureate and graduate respiratory therapy education in the U.S.
Yaniv Heled, associate professor of law, filed an amicus brief on behalf of health law and family law professors in the case of Cruz et al. v. Xytex Corporation et al., which is pending in the Fulton County Superior Court. Professors Tim Lytton and Tanya Washington are among the co-signatories on the brief.
Jacob Irwin, clinical assistant professor of physical therapy, has received the Merit Award for Exceptional Service and Achievement from the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia.
Susan Kelley, professor of nursing and director/founder of Project Healthy Grandparents, is receiving the Mark Chaffin Outstanding Research Career Achievement Award from the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children in June. The award recognizes those who have made repeated, significant and outstanding contributions to research on child maltreatment.
V. Kumar, Regents Professor and the the Richard and Susan Lenny Distinguished Chair & Professor in Marketing, has been inducted into the Analytics Hall of Fame, a global network of analytics, insights, data, digital and research professionals.
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business has recognized the Legal Analytics Lab of Georgia State’s Robinson College of Business and College of Law in its 2019 Innovations That Inspire Challenge. The annual challenge recognizes institutions from around the world that are champions of change in business education. This year’s focus emphasized co-creation of knowledge. Innovations from 21 universities spanning 10 countries were honored.
Lauren Margulieux, assistant professor of learning sciences, offers guidelines on blended learning – a combination of traditional in-person learning and technology-enabled education – as co-author of a new book entitled, “Blended Learning in Practice: A Guide for Practitioners and Researchers.”
Katie McCarthy, assistant professor of learning sciences, has received a $49,992 grant from the Spencer Foundation to investigate how combining different types of explanation strategies might improve science text comprehension.
Pamela Moolenaar-Wirsiy, associate dean of faculty affairs at Perimeter College, has been named to the 2019-20 American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows Program. Moolenaar-Wirsiy was selected as one of 39 emerging college and university leaders from academic institutions across the nation. The ACE Fellows Program combines retreats, interactive learning opportunities, visits to campuses and other higher education-related organizations, and placement at another higher education institution to condense years of on-the-job experience and skills development into a single year. Moolenaar-Wirsiy will be assigned her host institution in the coming weeks. Her assignment will begin in the fall.
Kimberly Morelli, clinical associate professor of physical therapy, has received the Achievement in Education Award from the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia.
Nida Shaikh, assistant professor of nutrition, has received the Distinguished Service by a Researcher award from the Georgia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Deborah Shapiro, professor of kinesiology and health, was the inaugural recipient of the Adapted Sports Programs in Recreation and Education (ASPIRE) Award for Advocacy. The American Association of Adapted Sports Programs established the ASPIRE Awards to recognize those who support and advocate on behalf of adapted sports.
Michael Shapiro, clinical assistant professor of criminal justice and criminology, presented “2017-18 United States Supreme Court Update,” with Peter Fenton at the Criminal Justice Association of Georgia Annual Conference: Criminal Justice in the 21st Century, in Athens, Ga., on April 10-12. During the conference, Shapiro also was moderator of the panel “Delinquency and Substance Abuse.”
Angela Snyder, director of health policy and financing at the Georgia Health Policy Center, chaired the Symposium on Children at the Fourteenth Workshop on Costs and Assessment in Psychiatry: The Value of Mental Health Services in Venice, Italy, on March 29.
Coordinator of music technology Robert Scott Thompson’s “Pale Blue Dot” album was featured on Bandcampdaily.com.
Walt Thompson, associate dean in the College of Education and Human Development, recently published a new book entitled, “ACSM Clinical Exercise Physiology,” which is a critical handbook that delivers scientifically based standards on exercise testing and prescription.
Anne Tucker, associate professor of law, with Ben Chapman, executive director of the Legal Analytics & Innovation Initiative, hosted a Wolters Kluwer Leading Edge Webinar, “The Legal Analytics & Innovation Initiative at Georgia State Law: Introduction and Discussion.” Tucker led a workshop on legal analytics at Alston & Bird with more than 110 attorneys and staff attending.
Mary Radford, the Marjorie Fine Knowles Professor of Fiduciary Law, delivered the Joseph Trachtman keynote address at the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel annual meeting. Her presentation was entitled, “What If Granny Wants to Gamble? Balancing Autonomy and Vulnerability in the Golden Years.”
Eric Segall, the Kathy & Lawrence Ashe Professor of Law, gave a talk at Loyola University School of Law in Chicago on his book “Originalism as Faith.” His article, “Originalism Ungrounded,” was accepted by Constitutional Commentary.
Jamele Wright, instructor of art and design, is among the artists included in the “Gathered IV: Georgia Artists Selecting Georgia Artists” exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia.
Beth Wallace, faculty associate for Study Abroad and assistant professor of English, and Barbara Hall, associate professor of English, were invited to give a plenary and workshop at the 4th International Conference of Applied Linguistics at the Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica in San Isidro, Costa Rica. Wallace’s plenary was on “Using OERs (Open Educational Resources) with the New Generation of Students.” Hall’s plenary was on “Writing the Open Access Textbook College ESL Writers.” Wallace and Hall are based on the Clarkston Campus.
Harold Weston, clinical associate professor of law, published an article on transactional risk and contracts in Transactions, the Tennessee journal of business law. He also participated in a symposium at Rutgers Law on property insurance gaps and solutions.
Lauren Sudeall, associate professor of law, delivered the opening keynote at Leadership DeKalb Justice Day. Sudeall presented on the impact of law school research at the Liman Colloquium at Yale Law School (Economic Injustice: Courts, Law Schools and Institutionalizing Reforms).
Paul A. Lombardo, Regents’ Professor and the Bobby Lee Cook Professor of Law, gave a lecture on the “America’s Eugenic Legacy,” on the University of Pennsylvania Bioethics Program panel on March 11. He also presented at the Dr. & Mrs. Lonnie Herzog Endowed Lecture, “The Well Born Science: Assessing the Legacy of Eugenics in America,” on March 20.
The Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC) will lead a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation national initiative to share guidance from places across the nation about effective ways to coordinate and align health care, public health and social services. The GHPC will receive more than $3 million over the next two-and-a-half years to support the project, Aligning Systems for Health: Health Care + Public Health + Social Services, which will better address the goals and needs of the people and communities those systems serve. GHPC chief executive officer Karen Minyard will be the project’s co-principal investigator with Glenn Landers, GHPC’s director of health systems.