February 2018
In This Issue

Dean's Note

CSSME Faculty Approved for Tenure & Promotion

Geoffrey Canada to Visit UT

Students Selected as ICUF Presidential Fellows

8th Annual History Poster Expo

Instructional Design & Technology Students at AECT 2017

Fall 2017 Math Seminars

Alumni Spotlight

UT Alum Enter Law Enforcement

Faculty & Student News

Upcoming Events
Dean's Note

Dear Friends:

The spring semester is now well underway and both students and faculty quickly picked up where they left off back in December. I am always impressed with the depth and breadth of activities our students engage in, and the stories highlighted below only serve to confirm that. I’m sure you will agree.

I also want to highlight the upcoming visit of Geoffrey Canada to UT on February 20. Geoffrey is an educational hero, who set out more than 20 years ago to demonstrate that the children living in inner-city Harlem can educationally succeed at similar rates as children living everywhere. And as the founder of the Harlem Children’s Zone, he actually did it. Geoffrey’s visit to UT will culminate in his talk on leadership at 6:30 in the Falk Theater. Please join us by getting your free tickets at Eventbrite.

Congratulations are certainly in order for Dr. William Myers (Political Science) and Dr. Carly Hilinski-Rosick (Criminology) on the conferral of tenure and promotion to Associate Professor; as well as to Dr. Kathryn Branch (Criminology) on her promotion to full Professor. A very hearty … Well Done!

Lastly, I am always reminded that our faculty are not only outstanding teachers, but excellent scholars as well. In 2017 our faculty authored, co-authored or edited 6 books and dozens and dozens of peer-reviewed journal articles. While only a small sampling of their scholarship is listed below, it is gratifying to see that the true “teacher/scholar model” is firmly in place in the College of Social Sciences, Mathematics and Education.

While the semester is only 3 weeks old, time passes quickly and it won’t be long until our annual spring break. All the best. 
Jack Geller Signature
Jack M. Geller, Ph.D., Dean
CSSME Faculty Approved for Tenure & Promotion
Congratulations to the following professors who were approved by the Board of Trustees for tenure and/or promotion.

Recommended for Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor:
Carly Hilinski-Rosick, Ph.D., Criminology & Criminal Justice
William Myers, Ph.D., Political Science & International Studies

Recommended for Promotion to Professor:
Kathryn Branch,Ph.D., Criminology & Criminal Justice

A reception will be held on Thursday, March 15th from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. in Fletcher Lounge to honor all UT faculty members who have been approved for tenure and/or promotion.
Geoffrey Canada to Visit UT Campus
Geoffrey Canada will present "Leadership is Only as Great as Those Around You" on Tuesday, February 20, at 6:30 pm in the David Falk Theater. Prior to the presentation, a please join us for a reception to welcome Mr. Canada from 5:00 to 6:00 PM in the Scarfone-Hartley Gallery. Reserve your tickets for the presentation at Eventbrite.

Geoffrey Canada served as President of the Harlem Children's Zone from 1990 through 2014. An educator, author and tireless social activist, Mr. Canada has engaged in pioneering work to close the educational disparities gap for the children of Harlem. Mr. Canada has been profiled by 60 Minutes and has been interviewed multiple times by interviewers such as Ed Bradley, Anderson Cooper and Oprah Winfrey. His TED talk entitled " Our Failing Schools: Enough is Enough!" has been viewed by hundreds of thousands of educators; and he was prominently featured in the 2010 award-winning documentary at the Sundance Film Festival, "Waiting for Superman."
Students Selected as ICUF Presidential Fellows
Political science majors Gabriella Gonzalez and Kevin O'Hare were selected by political science and international affairs faculty to represent UT in the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF) Presidential Fellows program. As Presidential Fellows, Gonzalez and O'Hare conduct campus awareness campaigns for ICUF and the Florida Resident Access Grant (FRAG), a program that provides tuition assistance to Florida undergraduate students attending an eligible private, non-profit Florida college or university, and actively engage with state government legislators. In October, they attended an orientation session at Stetson University, which was led by ICUF staff. In January, O'Hare, along with faculty mentors Associate Professor Mary Anderson and Assistant Professor Kathryn VanderMolen, traveled to Tallahassee to meet with and thank their legislators who make this opportunity possible.
Gabriella Gonzalez (front row, 2nd from right) and Kevin O'Hare (back row, 2nd from right) with ICUF Presidential Fellows at Stetson.
A Student Surprised His Professor With His Own Du-Rags...

Doug Engelman is a PhD student at the University of South Florida. He's also an adjunct professor at the University of Tampa, where he teaches a sociology introductory course. One of his students is 18-year-old Dylan Romero.

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8th Annual History Poster Expo
On November 30, a total of 97 students enrolled in introductory history courses gathered in Plant Hall's Fletcher Lounge to present their research at the 8th Annual History Research Poster Exposition. Students working in groups of 2 or 3 researched historical primary documents and prepared posters displaying their research. A total of 49 posters were judged on the quality, depth and breadth of research by faculty and guest judges.

London Carpenter, Monica Porco and Zulema Ramos in Associate Professor Spencer Segalla's HIS 218 - History of the Islamic World won for their poster "Islamic Expressions of Modesty."

Cameron Allen and Wyatt Floyd in Associate Professor Elizabeth Littell-Lamb's HIS 228 - Traditional Japan won for their poster "Commodore Perry's Captain's Log."

Jennifer Mallard, Ryan Clabby and Mara Geduilas in Associate Professor Elizabeth Littell-Lamb's HIS 228 - Traditional Japan class received the Students' Choice award for their poster "Land of the Rising Sun: The Creation Story."

Thank you to professors Albert Tillson (history), James Stefan (history), Sarah Lauro (English), Daniel Dooghan (English), Joseph Sclafani (interim associate provost), Joseph Letter (writing), Ryan Cragun (director of honors program) and James Lopez (Spanish, language and linguistics) for serving as judges at this event.
London Carpenter and Monica Porco. (Not pictured: Zulema Ramos)
Wyatt Floyd and Cameron Allen
Instructional Design & Technology Students at AECT 2017
UT Instructional Design & Technology graduate students attended the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) International Convention in Jacksonville, Florida this past November. For many, it was their first time attending an AECT convention. Some of their favorite sessions included presentations and panels related to accessibility in online learning, synchronous online course design and development, badges & micro-credentialing, virtual reality application, the use of open educational resources, and the trends in servicing rural, under-served areas. In addition to the sessions, the graduate students were able to do a little bit of networking with more seasoned attendees and exchanged emails with some like-minded folks Overall, it was a very positive experience and most intend to attend next year again.
Left to Right: Ameya Kapre, Enilda Romero-Hall, Siddhi Londhe, Fernanda Amaral De Andrade, and Soniya Virani
Fall 2017 Math Seminars
On November 30 and December 5, seniors in MAT 490 Senior Seminar gave oral presentations on their selected topics of study.

Biology and Math double major Madison Whitney presented "How to Model Infectious Diseases." Whitney and mentor Associate Professor/Assistant Dean Leslie Jones looked at two models for studying infectious diseases to study how a pathogen might invade the population and possibly cause an epidemic. Their findings were displayed graphically to show how the proportion of susceptible, infected and recovered individuals changes throughout the course of infection.
Left to Right: Madison Whitney, Gertrude Sercus, Mara O’Neill
Left to Right: Zachary Gregg and Patrick Schroeder
Math major Gertrude Sercus presented "The Schöder-Bernstein Theorem." Sercus and her faculty mentor Associate Professor Emilio Toro used the Schroder-Bernstein Theorem, which is used in set theory, to prove that if two cardinalities are both less than or equal to each other, then they are equal.

Math major Mara O’Neill presented "A Differential Equation Model for Amazon Stock Pricing." O'Neill and mentor Associate Professor Netra Khanal studied the growth of Amazon stock pricing and how the trend will determine predictions for future buyers. Using data from 2000 to 2017 quarter 3 averages, they found that the curve was cyclic, exponential and increasing. 

Philosophy and Math double major Patrick Schroeder presented "Abstract Algebra in Quantum Mechanics." Schroeder and his mentor Associate Professor Angela Angeleska studied the mathematical applications of abstract algebra in particle physics. Specifically, they studied the use of groups to structure transformations of particles and classification of particles. 

Chemistry and Math double major Zachary Gregg presented "Molecular Applications of Knot Theory." Gregg and his mentor Associate Professor Angela Angeleska researched knot theory and some of its applications in biology. Like the kind of object you would get if you were to glue the tips of your shoelaces together after tying them, DNA coils and knots itself in order to fit into the nuclei of our cells. Gregg and Angeleska studied how knot theory has proven to be useful in understanding how our DNA functions. 
Alumni Spotlight
Nikisha Watson, M.S. Instructional Design & Technology, 2014
What attracted you to UT?
I was immediately attracted to the small class-size ratio and the evening classes offered. This allowed me to work full-time and still attend classes. I really needed the flexibility to be able to focus on my studies and my career at the same time.
What experiences or people at UT influenced you the most?
Dr. Romero-Hall has truly been an inspiration. I appreciate her enthusiasm and I respect that she is an active participant in the field. She is constantly learning, researching and publishing and she encourages us to do the same. She really leads by example.
What advice would you give to an incoming student at UT?
I would encourage new incoming students to start networking with your classmates right away, join the professional organizations such as AECT, and start thinking about your online professional portfolio from day one. 
Describe your current position.   
I am one of three Senior Instructional Design Coordinators at Pasco-Hernando State College. I am part of a small academic technology team and my primary responsibilities include the design and development of online, hybrid, blended and face-to-face courses for the college. I also assist with facilitating training programs for instructors. 
What are your goals for the future?
My future goals are to continue to stay abreast of trends and best practices in the field as I continue to grow as an instructional design practitioner. I also aspire to continue to research and publish and continue building my expertise. I love teaching as well, so I want to continue working in higher education as an instructor.
UT Alum Enter Law Enforcement
Congratulations to UT alums Zachary Colegrove, Matthew Hartford, Alexander Laureano and Robert Krauss who were sworn in as Hillsborough County Deputies in 2017. After an extensive pre-hire process, they completed a 2-week Sheriff's Orientation Training in order to prepare mentally and physically for the law enforcement training academy. Upon completion of the academy, they were sworn in as Deputies by Sheriff Chad Chronister, who pinned the Sheriff's Office star on their chest. The star is a symbol of honor, integrity and service.

UT alum Zoe Paarlberg and Jeremy Hodges are currently cadets in the academy. Senior Matthew Riendeau will begin the law enforcement academy on February 11. Riendeau is the first cadet to receive internship credit for attending the academy under the new Hillsborough County Sheriff Office Internship Cadet Program.

Students interested law enforcement internships should contact Assistant Professor Sorle Diih at sdiih@ut.edu.
Faculty & Student News
History, Sociology, Geography & Legal Studies
Associate Professor Ryan Cragun co-edited Organized Secularism in the United States: New Directions in Research that has been published by independent academic publisher De Gruyter. Researchers from various fields contributed their answers to questions about the rise and structure of organized secularism in the United States. This book provides insights into organized efforts to normalize the nonreligious worldview and advocate for their equal treatment in society.
Assistant Professor of Sociology Maggie Cobb co-authored " Masculinity under attack: melodramatic resistance to women in combat" published in Critical Military Studies. The study examined narratives of masculinity and resistance to women’s presence in combat through online commentary by mostly men who self-identify as military past and present. 
On Monday, December 18, at Professor of History Terry Parssinen gave an introductory presentation at a special screening of the film "Darkest Hour" at AMC Westshore in Tampa, which occurred prior to the film's public release on Friday, December 22. The film deals with Winston Churchill's leadership of Great Britain from the day that he was appointed Prime Minister on May 10, 1940, through the next several weeks of the war, which included "the Miracle of Dunkirk," as well as Churchill's heated debate within his War Cabinet as to whether Britain should sue for peace with Nazi Germany, or fight on against seemingly impossible odds.
Associate Professor of History Spencer Segalla's book The Moroccan Soul: French Education, Colonial Ethnology, and Muslim Resistance, 1912-1956 is now available in paperback from the University of Nebraska Press. The book, which was first published in 2009, examines the history of the French education system in colonial Morocco, the development of French conceptions about the “Moroccan Soul,” and the effect of these ideas on pedagogy, policy making, and politics.
UT mathematical programming alumnus and President of VybeSoftware, LLC Mitch Marchand created DevKit, an app for students to create their own mobile apps and games without having to write any code. DevKit is now used in 7 schools, three of which are in the Tampa Bay area. In October 2017, DevKit was voted one of  5 finalists for New Hampshire Tech Product of the Year, and in November, it was voted Winner of 2017 Late-Summer Contest - Best Educational App by bestmobileapps.com. In addition, VybeSoftware won 1st place in the HiTech category of the Gateway Hills Annual Flatley Challenge Startup Competition.

Marchand said that he is most excited about DevKit's new summer camps where students will learn how to use the DevKit app to design, create, test, and export their very own mobile apps and games from scratch. The company also started a new internship program that allows college students to organize, market, and run their own DevKit coding camps in their hometowns. DevKit also became a tutorial partner with Hour of Code, which makes activities and tutorials available to students in over 180 countries.
Mitch Marchand, President of VybeSoftware, LLC
Criminology & Criminal Justice
Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice Kathryn Branch co-authored “A Feminist Analysis of Campus Assault Policies: Results from a National Sample (FR-0033-16.R2)” that was published in the Family Relations: Special Issue, Feminist Framing of Sexual Assault on College Campuses: Conceptual, Empirical, and Practical Innovations

Branch also participated in the “Campus Responses to Sexual Misconduct: Pausing to Consider the Implications” conference sponsored by the University of Kentucky Center for Research On Violence Against Women. The conference focused on emerging issues relevant to campus sexual violence, including campus climate assessment and investigation/adjudication of sexual misconduct cases.
Congratulations to Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice Sorle Diih who was honored to participate in the inaugural class of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Tampa Special Agent in Charge (SAC) office's HSI Tampa Citizens’ Academy. In September 2017, the ICE-HSI Tampa established a  Citizens' Academy Program to build a strong partnership between their agency and participants' organizations. Graduates of the Citizens' Academy are expected to serve as liaisons between their organizations and ICE/HSI. Diih said "I developed relationships during the training that will benefit UT, especially our students."
Assistant Professor Carly Hilinski-Rosick co-edited Contemporary Issues in Victimology that was published by Rowman & Littlefield. The text examines current topics in victimology and main issues surrounding them. Associate Professor Kaythryn Branch and junior Soriyah Khan contributed a chapter entitled "Same-Sex Intimate Partner Violence." 
Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice Cedric Michel presented "Cognitive Dissonance Resolution Strategies After Exposure to Corporate Violence Scenarios" at the American Society of Criminology conference in Philadelphia on November 15, 2017. This study used cognitive dissonance as a theoretical avenue to identify factors that might hinder the public’s acceptance of incontrovertible facts about corporate violence.  
Assistant Professor of Education Enilda Romero-Hall's latest publication entitled “ Examining Distance Learners in Hybrid Synchronous Instruction: Successes and Challenges is now available open access as part of the latest issues of Online Learning Journal. Romero-Hall co-authored this paper with UT Instructional Design and Technology alumna Cristiane Rocha Vicentini, a doctoral student specializing in literacy and language learning for ESL students in the Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of Miami. Their paper reports on a case study investigating distance learners participating in graduate-level hybrid synchronous instruction. This research helps inform the design of hybrid synchronous instruction in which face-to-face and distance learners engage in class sessions.
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Suzanne Ensmann, assistant professor of education, presented presented her work on “A Game for Change: A Way Home!” at the 2017 Association for Educational Communications and Technology International Convention on Leading Learning for Change in Jacksonville on November 6-10. Her presentation was accepted as one of the High Impact Talks offered for the first time at this conference. Ensmann designed A Way Home!, a game prototype, for teen and adult players to experience injustices children face while navigating a way home. Players learn about the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child Treaty delineating basic rights children should be afforded, like the freedom of expression, and that all U.N. nations have ratified this Treaty, but one. Using real-life difficult scenarios, players determine if it is necessary for that nation to ratify. Upon successful completion of the game, players master learning objectives aligned to national standards. Players earn assets as they improve self-efficacy and partake in civic engagement. Most importantly, Ensmann put the call of action out to move this prototype to the next phase to ultimately engage learners in positively impacting social change.
Political Science and International Studies
Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies William Myers presented "David and Goliath? A Test of Party Capability Theory in Lower Level Governments," co-authored with Davia Downey, at the Southern Political Science Association on January 4-7, 2018 in New Orleans, LA. He also served as a discussant on a panel entitled "Comparative Politics, Courts, and Democratization."
Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies Gyldas Ofoulhast-Othamot's was interviewed by Robbie Corey-Boulet, associate editor at World Politics Review for his piece entitled " Secretive Constitutional Revisions Could Harden Gabon’s Political Divisions." 
Congratulations to Assistant Professor Jonathan Lewallen for receiving a $10,000 grant from the Social Science Research Council for his proposal "Turnover, Agreement, and Dissent in Congressional Committees." Under this grant, Lewallen will collect and analyze data on congressional committee agreement and dissent as expressed in committee reports accompanying legislation from 1995 to 2016 in order to investigate a connection between committee agreement and turnover.

Lewallen's article "Congressional Attention and Opportunity Structures: The Select Energy Independence and Global Warming Committee.” was published in the Review of Policy Research.
Human Rights Day at UT
  • Date: Saturday, February 10
  • Location: Vaughn Center, 9th Floor, Trustee Board Room
  • Time: 9:15 am to 5:00 pm

UT faculty, students and members of the general public are invited to attend.
Associate Professor of Psychology Erin Koterba co-authored " Early Gesture and Vocabulary Development in Infant Siblings of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder" that was published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. This study examined longitudinal growth in gestures and words in infants at heightened risk versus low risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Psychology professors Erica K. Yuen, Erin A. Koterba, Michael J. Stasio, Renee B. Patrick, and Cynthia Gangi co-authored " The Effects of Facebook on Mood in Emerging Adults" that was published in Psychology of Popular Media Culture. Their study examined how Facebook activity affects mood in a subset of emerging adults, specifically undergraduates attending a private 4-year university. 
Upcoming Events
Mark your calendars for the following upcoming events at UT:

  • February 10: Human Rights Conference, Vaughn Center, 9th Floor, Trustee Boardroom, 9:30 am to 3:00 pm.
  • February 20: Geoffrey Canada will present "Leadership is Only as Great as Those Around You" in the Falk Theater at 6:30 p.m.
  • April 25: CSSME Undergraduate Research Conference, Plant Hall, Fletcher Lounge, 4:00 - 6:00 pm.