Skip to main content

American Today


Professional News

Accomplishments: December 9


Scott Bass, provost: named chair of the Minority Graduate Education Committee for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Board of Directors at the Educational Testing Service. As chair, he also serves on the GRE Board Executive Committee, August.

W. Joseph Campbell, SOC: was elected national vice president of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national honor society for journalism and mass communication. Campbell has been advisor for AU’s chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha since 1999.

Jack Child, language and foreign studies, CAS: Miniature Messages: the Semiotics and Politics of Latin American Postage Stamps, Duke University Press (with CD-ROM).

Robert Kramer, SPA: appointed senior fellow at the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership, University of Maryland.

Arturo Porzecanski, SIS: appointed an arbitrator by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), qualified to hear and rule on disputes involving Wall Street firms and their employees or customers, May.

Richard Schroth, Kogod: named a senior scholar in information sciences for 2008–2013 by the U.S. State Department and the Fulbright Commission; he will be a visiting distinguished professor at the National University of Ireland in Galway.

Shoshanna Sumka, campus life: has been appointed to the Break Away Board of Directors as the only representative from a member university.


Youngshik Bong, SIS: “Looking Back to Move Forward: The Lessons of 2008 for Korea’s Dokdo Policy,” Korus House Forum, Embassy of the Republic of Korea, August.

Brock Brady, language and foreign studies, CAS: “Some Assumptions about Developing Literacy and Improving Learning in EFL Teacher Education Programs,” presentation to a delegation from the Gambian Ministry of Education as part of an African Region World Bank program, Washington, D.C., July.

William DeLone, Kogod: “Measuring IS Success: Quest for the Dependent Variable in IS Research,” Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, June.

Daniel Dreisbach, SPA: gave a series of lectures, “The Origins and Development of American Church-State Law,” Regent University School of Law, Virginia Beach, Va., August.

Consuelo Hernandez, language and foreign studies, CAS: tribute to Octavio Paz on the tenth anniversary of his death, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., and “Octavio Paz’s Poetry of Freedom,” King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, New York University, May 2008.

Robert Marshak, SPA: “Managing the Hidden Barriers to Organizational Change,” the National Security Agency, and “Questioning OD,” Academy of Management Conference, Anaheim, Calif., August.

David Rosenbloom, SPA: “Theory and Application of Contemporary Public Administration in America,” College of Economics, Guizhou University, Guiyang, PRC, May.

Abdul Aziz Said, SIS: gave opening remarks at the conference “Islamic Traditions of Peace and Nonviolence: Responding to Contemporary Challenges,” hosted by AU’s Center for Global Peace, the Mohammed Said Farsi Chair of Islamic Peace, Rumi Forum, Salam Institute for Peace and Justice, and United States Institute of Peace, May.

Published Works

Kathe Hicks Albrecht, curator, visual resources, CAS: “Distinguished Leadership in Visual Resources: Ron and Renate Wiedenhoeft—Saskia, Ltd. Cultural Documentation,” in Visual Resources, An International Journal of Documentation, vol 24, no 1, March 2008.

Naomi Baron, language and foreign studies, CAS: chapter, “Adjusting the Volume: Technology and Multitasking in Discourse Control,” in James Katz, ed., Handbook of Mobile Communication Studies, MIT Press, May.

Richard Benedetto, SOC/SPA: op-ed in Politico that outlined the Turkish government’s go-slow approach to the U.S. pullout from Iraq, July.

Caren Goldberg, Kogod: coauthored with C. Riordan and L. Zhang, “Relational Demography and Leadership Perceptions: Is Similar Always Better?” in Group and Organization Management, 33.

H. Kent Baker, Kogod: coauthored with John Haslem and David Smith, “Institutional S&P 500 Index Mutual Funds as Financial Commodities: Fact or Fiction?” in the Journal of Investing, 17:2 (Summer 2008).

Julie Mertus, SIS: coauthored with Nancy Flowers, Local Action/Global Change: Learning about the Human Rights of Women and Girls, Paradigm, 2008.

Chris Palmer, director, Center for Environmental Filmmaking, SOC: “About Conservation Filmmaking,” online at Filmmakers for Conservation, August.

Renee Von Worde, language and foreign studies, CAS: comments regarding the historical significance of Hotel zum Türken–Berchtesgaden, Germany, appeared in the military historical magazine KTB, vol 26, issue 5, no 210, July 2008 (42).

Charles S. J. White, professor emeritus, philosophy and religion, CAS: reviewed Steven Rose’s The Yoga of Kirtan: Conversations on the Sacred Art of Chanting, online at, under “reviews.”

Andrew Yarrow, history, CAS: “It’s Our Fault Too,”, April.