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From left, professors Seunggeun "Steve" Hyun (mathematics and engineering systems), Stefanie Keen psychology), Allison Ellis (political science), and Esther Godfrey (English) during a fall ceremony honoring faculty promotions. The four professors were promoted to full, while eight others were promoted to associate.

Warren Bareiss (communication) and a team of faculty received a $4,150 grant from the Spartanburg Regional Foundation to promote organ donation among college students. The team plans to hold an event at Upstate to share information and answer questions about organ donation and encourage students to register. Joining Bareiss on the team are Andrew Beer (psychology), James Bunde (psychology), Michelle Garland (communication), Katharine Gibb (nursing), Trevor Rubenzer (political science) and Shonna Bible (Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System).

Sarah Branan (nursing) earned a doctorate in nursing practice from Samford University.

June Carter (Spanish) was the recipient of the 2020 Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT) Founders Award. The award recognizes a member who has made significant contributions to SCOLT over the years and who exemplifies the spirit and ideals of the founders of the organization.

Chung-Yean Chiang (business) received a $22,108 grant from the Intermodal Association of North America.

Daniel Davis (business) was awarded a Scholarly Start-Up Grant for his research project “Divining the Future: Designing Ensemble Models for Interorganizational Collaborations.”

Mike Dinger (business) received a 2020 USC RISE (Research Initiatives for Summer Engagement) Award for his research "IT Role Embeddedness and the Professionalism of IT Workers.

Together with Julie Wade (business), he co-authored the article “Social Media and Selection: Political Issue Similarity, Liking, and the Moderating Effect of Social Media Platform” in MIS Quarterly. Wade and Dinger also co-authored "A Great Escape: The Effect of Negative Public Affiliation on Belongingness in Virtual Communities,” which will appear in Communications of the AIS.

Allison Ellis (political science) is the author of the forthcoming book Impact of Political Socialization on Support for Democratic Principles: Emerging Research and Opportunities with IGI Global. The book will be available on Oct. 30, 2020.

Ron Fulbright (informatics) has been serving since 2019 on the international committee drafting the ISO 56000 standards for Innovation Management. As a U.S. delegate to the multinational team, Fulbright has been the primary author on much of the Idea Management portion of the ISO (International Standards Organization) 56000. When completed, the standard will be used by companies, governments, and organizations around the world to guide their innovation efforts and ensure those efforts follow well-established practices.

Carmen Harris (history) is a consulting humanities scholar on the NEH implementation grant “Call My Name: The Black Experience in the South Carolina Upstate from Enslavement to Desegregation.” The $400,000 grant funds a touring exhibition that traces African-American history in the Clemson, South Carolina, area. Harris also gave two professional development talks on race in the United States to the Qualitative Research Consultants Association.

Elise Harvey (business) published the paper "Firm Receptivity Regarding Marketplace versus Political” in American Journal of Business. She also presented "It Takes an (Online) Village: Adoptive Parent Identity Construction through Blogging” at the Association of Marketing Theory and Practice Annual Conference. A Start:ME entrepreneurship workshop she led with G. Hubbard Smalls (business) was featured on WSPA.

Araceli Hernández-Laroche (modern languages) was selected for the 2020 cohort of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Emerging Leaders Program. Hernández-Laroche was also honored as Inclusion Advocate of the Year by OneSpartanburg for her work to create equity and fair representation in Spartanburg.

Sharda Jackson-Smith (education) contributed a piece on K-12 education in South Carolina to the summer edition of the League of Women Voters publication SC Voter. She is also the author of several upcoming articles that will be appearing in the Journal of Education Finance for the states of South Carolina, Connecticut, Louisiana, Maine and New Hampshire.

Felicia Jenkins (nursing) was selected for the 2020-21 University of South Carolina Academic Leadership Program.

Monique Jones (nursing) earned a doctorate in nursing practice from Gardner-Webb University.

Toshua Kennedy (nursing) received the Jefferson Award from the Multiplying Good organization for her work with the Students in Action team at Greenville Early College.

Shirleatha Lee (nursing) published “Original Interprofessional Simulation to Train Students in CSD and Related Health Professions in Team-Based Healthcare” in Communications Disorders Quarterly. She is also a coauthor of “Study Protocol of a Randomized Intervention Study to Explore Effects of a Pure Physical Training and Mind-Body Exercise on Cognitive Executive Function in Independent Living Adults 65-85,” which will appear in the Journal of Aging Clinical and Experimental Research. She is a member of the national Tackling Transfer Policy Advisory Board, which published an op-ed in Diverse Issues in Higher Education on the “corona swirl” of transfer students.

Robert McCormick (history), with Aracelli Hernández-Laroche (modern languages) and Catherine Canino (English), edited the book An International Rediscovery of World War I: Distant Fronts as part of the Routledge Studies in First World War history.

Nicole Richardson (history) contributed a chapter to the volume entitled “The Treaty of Versailles and the Rise of Chinese Feminism.”

Benjamin McCraw (philosophy) published a chapter entitled “Proper Epistemic Trust as a Responsibilist Virtue” in the book Trust in Epistemology (Routledge). He also published the article “Thinking With Others: A Radically Externalist Internalism” in the journal Acta Analytica. His widely cited edited volume Philosophical Approaches to Demonology also became available in paperback this year.

Anita Nag (biochemistry) was awarded a Development Research Program grant. The program, offered through South Carolina IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (SC INBRE), supports independent faculty research that in turn provides research training to students in the biomedical sciences.

Jim O’Connor (business) and Frank Rudisill (business) co-authored “Critical Values for Pareto Comparisons,” which was published in Quality Progress.

Roz Paige (business) was interviewed by S.C. Public Radio about the impact of the coronavirus on South Carolina retailers for the story “Coronavirus Takes Heavy Toll on Retail Industry.”

Matthew Placek (political science) published an article entitled “Learning Democracy Digitally?: The Internet and Knowledge of Democracy in Non-Democracies” in the journal Democratization, a Top 15 journal in political science. He also published a Washington Post Monkey Cage article entitled “Poland’s digital divide may have helped secure President Duda’s reelection.”

Susan Richardson (health informatics) received the South Carolina Health Information Management Association Distinguished Service Award in July 2020.

Nick Rouse (health informatics) received a cancer registry certification.

Sirajul Shibly (business) authored the paper “Surprise Rewards and Brand Evaluations: The Role of Intrinsic Motivation and Reward Format,” which was published in the Journal of Business Research. He also presented his research “Digital Marketing Strategy Backlash: Negative Effect of Banner Advertisement on In-app Coupon” at the American Marketing Association’s 2020 Winter Academic Conference.

Julie Wade (business) received a 2020 USC RISE (Research Initiatives for Summer Engagement) Award for her research “State Affect and IT Usage."