November 2018
In This Issue

Dean's Note

Criminal Justice Students and Faculty 
Take a Tour of the UK

Education Majors Teach-In

Civil Rights Advocate Visits UT

Faculty Awarded Grants from the UT Board of Fellows

Education Professor Honored at AECT Conference

Sociology Students Participate in 
Problem Solving Competition 

Sociology Professor Publishes Novel on LGBTQIA Experience in the South

Honors Students Attend Performance of  Judgement at Nuremberg

CSSME Departments Welcome Students

Alumni Spotlight

Faculty & Student News

Upcoming Events
Dean's Note

Dear Friends of CSSME:

As I am writing this greeting the Thanksgiving Holiday is just 2 days away and all I can think about is where did the time go? Next week when we all return after the break, students and faculty alike will be focused on their studies and of course their final examinations. In fact, winter commencement is just four weeks away. They too will be thinking, where did the time go?

As a student many years ago I learned the value of time management. But I must admit that as I review all the activities our students and our faculty engage in each semester I am amazed and a bit overwhelmed. I simply don’t recall having nearly as many outstanding opportunities as an undergrad to engage in back then. How do they so successfully manage their time to accomplish so much? It just continually affirms for me that our strategy to provide students with outstanding experiential opportunities is making an impact at The University of Tampa.

To all our students, faculty, families and friends, please take the time to have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving holiday. And most of all … return to us safely. Happy Thanksgiving.
Jack Geller Signature
Jack M. Geller, Ph.D., Dean
Criminal Justice Students and Faculty
Take a Tour of the UK
In May 2018, students and faculty in CRM 247T - Comparative Criminal Justice Systems traveled to England, Scotland and Wales for a comparative study of the American criminal justice system and criminal justice systems in the United Kingdom (UK). The group had a guided tour of the UK Supreme Court, observed a debate in the UK House of Commons, visited the Palace of Westminster and toured the Clink Prison Museum in London before heading to Windsor Castle. The team also had an audio-guided tour of the Tower of London, Blue Badge guided, law-focused, walking tour of London, and observed a murder trial at the Old Bailey criminal in London. The comparative course also took faculty and students on a guided “Jack the Ripper” walking tour in London as well guided tours of Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace. In Scotland, the team had an overview of the development of the Scottish criminal justice at the Edinburgh Castle, toured the Scottish Police Campus in Glasgow and participated in a comparative criminal justice lecture at the University of Edinburgh, School of Law. In Wales, the team were given a guided tour of the Welsh National Assembly (Senedd), participated in Criminal Justice lectures by faculty in the Department of Criminology, School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University. Before returning home on May 19, the students and faculty also visited the Cardiff Prison/Clink Prison Restaurant to interview prisoners in a prisoner-operated restaurant designed to equip prisoners with employable skills upon release. 
Education Majors Teach-In
The Great American Teach-in is an annual event held on the Thursday before Thanksgiving in schools throughout Florida. The aim of the event is to invite community members and parents to talk, showcase and demonstrate to students the ins-and-outs of their professions. On November 15, the entire cohort of 2nd semester Juniors in the Education Department at UT visited students at Cannella Elementary in Tampa to talk about life as a university student.
Civil Rights Advocate Visits UT
On October 18, in the Music Room of Plant Hall, more than 60 students and faculty attended an evening with New York civil rights and criminal defense attorney Paul V. Prestia, Esq. The event was sponsored by The University of Tampa, The Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice and moderated by Assistant Professor Andrea M. Walker. Mr. Prestia is known as "a voice for the voiceless" for those who have experienced unfair treatment by the criminal justice system and an advocate for criminal justice reform. Prestia has discussed civil rights abuses with students at UCLA, Miami, Howard, Syracuse, and American law schools, and now at the University of Tampa. Prestia is more widely known for his legal representation of Kalief Browder and his appearance in the Netflix/Spike TV Docuseries “Time: The Kalief Browder Story”. 

The evening began with a viewing of part of the Netflix documentary. After the film, Mr. Prestia took to the stage to discuss Kalief’s story, and what it is like advocating for equity and justice for people who are processed through the criminal justice system and may not be able to advocate for themselves. The floor was then opened to the audience to ask Mr. Prestia questions about his experiences fighting for his clients and his perceptions of the current state of the system. At the conclusion of the event, students and faculty had the opportunity to speak with Mr. Prestia one-on-one, take pictures, and even do a bit of networking. When asked what he thought of the UT students who attended, Mr. Prestia commented: “The students were awesome! They were engaged and asked great questions. They really seem to care.”
Faculty Awarded Grants from the UT Board of Fellows
Congratulations to the following CSSME faculty members who were selected as Board of Fellows Grant recipients:

  • Mary Anderson and Kathryn VanderMolen - Women, Confidence and Political Ambition
  • Merrie Tankersley - Ron Clark Academy Workshop
  • Adrianne Wilson - Educational Leadership Lecture Series
Education Professor Honored at AECT Conference
Assistant Professor of Education Enilda Romero-Hall was honored with the 2018 Outstanding Service Award at the Association for Educational and Communications Technology (AECT) International Convention in Kansas City, MO on October 23 - 27 for her service as President-Elect (2016), President (2017), and Immediate Past-President (2018) for the AECT Research & Theory Division. 

While at the conference, Romero-Hall participated in the following panel discussions:
  • Instructional Design and Technology Professor’s Forum: "Preparing our students for success in our academic programs."
  • Graduate Student Assembly Panel: "Rethinking Academic Goals - Doing good for our communities while meeting academic expectations."
  • Presidential Session: "What should the future of peer-reviewed scholarly publishing in educational technology look like?"
  • Distance Learning Panel: "Blended Synchronous Learning: Combining Face-to-Face and Online Students in Campus-Based Classes."
  • Research and Theory Panel: "Instructional Design Research Women's Caucus."
Sociology Students Participate in
Problem Solving Competition 
Left to Right: Nicole Cina, Kathryn-Rose Schaffer and Julia Jester
UT faculty and students traveled to Norfolk, Virginia to participate in the 2018 Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology's Annual Meeting that was held on October 10 - 14. Sociology students Nicole Cina, Kathryn-Rose Schaffer, and Julia Jester participated with students from other colleges and universities across in the country in the Student Problem Solving Competition. The students were given a real world challenge of developing practical solutions for fundraising and greater brand recognition in the community for Reading Enriches All Children (REACH), a non-profit organization seeking to spread and grow literacy in Virginia. In the process, they received positive feedback and praise from applied sociologists from around the country. The students also participated in other sessions and networking events throughout the conference. 

In addition, Assistant Professor of Sociology J. E. Sumerau presented "Artistically Applying Sociology to Teach Social Movement" with Assistant Professor Xan Nowakowski of Florida State University and "Understanding Gun Violence via Applied Sociology" with Nicole Lampe, a UT alumna and current graduate student at the University of Central Florida.
Sociology Professor Publishes Novel on LGBTQIA Experience in the South

Assistant Professor and Director of UT's Applied Sociology program J.E. Sumerau published Palmetto Rose as the latest issue in Brill publishing house's Social Fictions series, a collection of full-length fiction books that translate sociological research into artistic and educational works for students and the public. Based on lived experiences and hundreds of interviews with LGBTQIA people in the south, Palmetto Rose explores early adulthood, the development of interpersonal and romantic relationships, and college through the eyes of a group of LGBTQIA people in their 20s in Atlanta, Georgia. Palmetto Rose is the fifth novel by Sumerau in Brill's Social Fictions series. The novel is now available worldwide for individual purchase and course use. 
Honors Students Attend Performance of
Judgement at Nuremberg
Students in Denis Rey’s Honors Introduction to Government and World Affairs class visited Stageworks Theatre several weekends ago to attend a matinée performance of Judgement at Nuremberg. The students, pictured on the set after the performance, were impressed with the dramatic portrayal of the events that transpired during the attempt to hold perpetrators accountable for the crimes committed during the Holocaust. They were conflicted between the arguments made by both the prosecutor and defense attorney, and contemplated whether principles such as collective responsibility applied, a broad concept that implicated most if not all of German society, or whether a narrower standard should be employed. In the end, students benefited greatly from watching these dilemmas play out. The Honors Program provided the funding for this learning experience.
CSSME Departments Welcome Students
On Thursday Nov. 1, the Department of Education held a retention event for Secondary Education declared majors. The aim was to meet the freshmen and sophomore declared majors and let them network with Junior and Senior Secondary Education majors. Alumni visited as well. Many of the alumni spoke about their passion what how the Education Faculty supported them and how they love the profession of teaching. All in all there were about 60 students in attendance.

On Friday, November 2, the Psychology Department held a pizza party to welcome new freshmen psychology majors to UT. Students had the opportunity to chat with faculty about the program.
Alumni Spotlight
Kellie Wilkerson, B.A., Sociology, 2018
What attracted you to UT?
My mother actually attracted me to UT, she graduated in 1986 and encouraged me to look into her alma mater. I fell in love with campus, programs, and size of the university.

Describe any experiences or people at UT who influenced you the most.
My involvement in Greek life on campus influenced me the most. Through my experiences in Pi Beta Phi, I was able to get involved on campus, supported constantly through my academics and adjustment to university life. My sorority helped me to find a major I enjoyed, and once I joined the Sociology department, I found many other support systems. Drs. Bruce Friesen and Norma Winston have become some of the most influential people in my life and helped get me to where I am today.

What advice would you give to an incoming student at UT?
The biggest piece of advice I would give to an incoming student is to find a way to get involved on campus. There are many organizations that appeal to every person and getting involved is the first step to building your support system and network to make Tampa a wonderful home. 

Describe your current position. 
I am currently a graduate student at Humboldt State University working on my MA in Public Sociology.

What are your goals for the future?
In the future I hope to pursue a Ph.D. in Sociology and work in data analysis. 
Faculty & Student News
History, Sociology, Geography & Legal Studies
Associate Professor of History Spencer Segalla attended the "Great Lakes History Conference" in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in October. The theme of the conference was "Playing With History," and Segalla participated in sessions designed to introduce instructors to the pedagogy of role-playing games in the history classroom, using materials developed through the Barnard College Reacting to the Past Consortium. Segalla role-played the Roman Senator Publius Cornelius Lentulus Spinther in The Crisis of Catiline and a French Deputy from the Vendée, François Bouran, in the French Revolution game. Alas, Segalla was neither able to block Caesar's rise in Rome nor the ascendancy of the Jacobins in Paris, but he will pilot the use of a historical role-playing game in Introduction to African History at UT this spring.
Assistant Professor of Sociology Maggie Cobb's article entitled "Casualties of Debate: A Critique of the Sociology of Emotion" was published in Sociology Compass. In her article, Cobb argues that the adherence to and reproduction of Western dualisms has rendered the sociology of emotion a hollow, stagnant, and incestuous subfield that privileges dichotomy over complexity, natural science over social science, discourse and display over experience and embodiment, and a single body of recycled, unidimensional mandates over “other” voices that we most desperately need to hear. In conclusion, she reiterates the material consequences brought about by an unyielding and unreflexive devotion to artificial dichotomies for “real” people in the “real” world (including sociologists of emotion.)
Assistant Professor of Sociology Brittany Harder and UT student Lizz Khoury were recently awarded an Undergraduate Research Institute grant for their research entitled "Are Diverse Neighborhoods Healthy? Degree of Residential Racial Integration and the Effects of Social-Spatial Factors on Health."

Harder and colleague J. Sumerau's article “Understanding Gender as a Fundamental Cause: Simultaneous Linear Relationships Between Gender, Mental Health, and Physical Health” has been accepted for publication in the journal Sociological Spectrum.
Students in MAT 490 - Senior Seminar will present their research on a topic in mathematics. During the Fall semester, these students have conducted personal and library research under the guidance of a UT mathematics faculty member.

  • Richard Brown: "Cryptography"
  • Teresa LaChina: "3-D Tesselations"
  • Devin McCraney: "The Mathematics of Our Expanding Universe"

The senior seminar will be held on Wednesday, November 28, in the Library, Room AV1 at 4:00 pm.
Criminology & Criminal Justice
Through an Undergraduate Research and Inquiry Grant, Assistant Professor Timothy Hart secured funding for “Impact Factors of Criminology/ Penology Peer-Reviewed Journals: A Closer Look at a Commonly Used Performance Metric.” Hart will be working with Matthew Ware, a junior criminology and criminal justice major, on this project. 

Hart co-authored " Typologies of suburban guardians: Understanding the role of responsibility, opportunities, and routine activities in facilitating surveillance" that was published in the journal Crime Prevention and Community Safety.
Part-Time Instructor Thomas Santarlas presented "Trust Initiative in Law Enforcement: Transparency, Communication, and Accountability" at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference in October.

Santarlas's article "A Perspective on Ride-Sharing and Potential Criminality" was published in the August 2017 edition of The Vidocq Journal.

Santarlas was elected to the position of Vice Chairman for the Hillsborough County Historic Resources Review Board (HRRB), an architectural review board for the protection of historic resources in unincorporated Hillsborough County.
Assistant Professor Andrea Walker co-authored the article " Are we interested? a trend analysis of sex offender internet registries" that was published in Criminal Justice Studies. In their research, the authors analyzed internet search query data associated with interest in sex offender registries from 2006 to 2016 and explored regional and temporal trends associated with interest in sex offender registries. 
Professor Kathryn Branch received an Undergraduate Research and Inquiry Grant for work with Soriyah Khan, a senior criminology and criminal justice major, on a project entitled “An exploration of the application of narrative identity theory to the experience of crime victimization."
Assistant Professor of Education Suzanne Ensmann presented "Assessing Dispositions of the Online Learner" at The Academic and Business Research Institute (AABRI) International Conference. Ensmann discussed the new research-based Dispositions of the Online Learner (DOL) assessment instrument under development with Drs. Pattie Johnston, Gina Almerico, and Adrianne Wilson. The intent of their study was to
gather dispositions as determined by those in the fields of educational technology and distance education and produce an instrument to measure
them. Designed to assess Dispositions of the Online Learner (DOL) and improve learning gains, the DOL instrument is intended to be used as part of the online learner’s educational plan to track, monitor and assess dispositions. 
Assistant Professor Enilda Romero-Hall co-authored " Undisclosed stories of instructional design female scholars in academia" in Women's Studies International Forum. This article is a multi-institutional and international collaboration with scholars from Pennsylvania State University, Emporia State University, The University of Melbourne, University of Virginia, and the University of North Carolina Charlotte. In this critical auto-ethnography, the co-authors use radical and intersectional feminism as theoretical frameworks. This critical auto-ethnography provides a view into the gender inequalities experienced by women, from various cultural backgrounds, ranks, and roles, while maneuvering the socio-cultural norms ingrained in higher education institutions. The intent is that the stories share generate understanding of these issues and inform ways that higher education may be more inclusive and supportive of female academics.
Each year, the Hillsborough Education Foundation, in partnership with Hillsborough County Public Schools, presents the Excellence in Education Awards . Several students in UT’s M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program were nominated for the Teacher of the Year and the Ida S. Baker Diversity Educator of the Year awards for the 2018 - 2019 school year.

Teacher of the Year nominees:

  • Ariel McDaniel, Potter Elementary School
  • Myaicia Womack, Sligh Middle School 
  • Felicia Williams, Robles Elementary School 
  • Andrew Heflin, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, PK-8 Leadership Academy

Ida S. Baker Diversity Educator nominees:

  • Keyshonna Miller-McNeal, Sligh Middle School 
  • Alexandra Quintyne, Dunbar Elementary School 
Left to Right: Andrea Fonseca, Latifa Seini, Natalie Ortiz, Erika Peterson, Ceceila Wolf, Rachel Brotherton
Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) students in Assistant Professor Suzanne Ensmann's EME 603 - Inquiry and Measurement class are participating in the education department's special project award "Inspiring Inquiry and Measurement with Wearable Devices." In the first usability test performed, students’ noted: "testers collected the data by implementing a think-aloud protocol and a post-session verbal survey from the participants. Overall... participants had a favorable experience with setting up and using the heart rate monitor... eager to exercise and track the data from the Fitbit. Even after the usability test was complete, the participants excitedly walked around experimenting with their new devices and tracking their steps. By implementing the heart rate monitoring, the participants were better able to understand… benefits of the Fitbit." - Natalie Ortiz, Cecilia Wolf, Samantha Menezes, Linlin Li
Political Science and International Studies
Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies Kathryn VanderMolen is part of a research team on the 2018 Cooperative Congressional Election Study (CCES), which is a nationwide survey that is sent out during each election cycle. VanderMolen's part of the survey deals with investigating the public's reactions to bipartisanship in Congress.

VanderMolen is also partnering with UT's Career Services to provide a Graduate School Workshop on November 14 for students thinking about applying for graduate education. The workshop will provide students with tips and advice for their applications. 
On October 11, Kathryn VanderMolen and Associate Professor Mary Anderson presented "Civic Learning Across the Disciplines" as part of UT's Center for Teaching and Learning's Fall 2018 Faculty Development Talks. 
Assistant Professor Jonathan Lewallen recently visited Brooklyn to present preliminary research on his project entitled " Turnover, Agreement, and Dissent in Congressional Committees" This project is funded by a Social Science Research Council's Negotiating Agreement in Congress Research Grant. Other attendees included political scientists from around the country, former congressional staffers and a former member of Congress.

In September, Lewallen participated in a National Science Foundation scoping session for their new Coastlines and People research initiative. The session involved meeting a multidisciplinary group of scholars and practitioners around the country and developing ideas for NSF Coastal Research Hubs.

Lewallen co-authored " Field Hearings and Congressional Oversight" that was published in the Wayne Law Review. From the authors' analysis of congressional oversight conducted through committee hearings, particularly those hearings conducted outside Washington, D.C., which allow committees a different kind of oversight by hearing from different witnesses, the authors offer some recommendations for improving Congress’s oversight capacity.
In June, Associate Professor Stephen Blessing presented at the Tabletop Network an annual gathering of tabletop game designers, dedicated to honing the craft of game design.

Blessing is also host of The Cognitive Gamer podcast.
Assistant Professor of Psychology Sara Festini co-authored "What makes us busy? Predictors of perceived busyness across the adult lifespan" that has been accepted for publication in The Journal of General Psychology.
On Saturday, November 17, UT Psychology Club members Madeline Polycarpo, Shannon Vogt, Talae Garabo, Melissa Leonick, Sophia Lonardo, Angela Milano, Ashton Kennedy, Surumya Bhargava, and Adam Barrett-Clarke participated in the 18th Annual Bolt Run. The club was sponsored by URSA Group LLC. Proceeds from the Bolt Run will go toward Florida Hospital and charities such as the Lightning Foundation. Through a generous donation by URSA Group, LLC, each participant received a Lightning shirt and a free ticket to a game of their choice.

For more information on the UT Psychology Club, please contact Associate Professor Cynthia Gangi and
Upcoming Events
Mark your calendars for the following upcoming events at UT:

  • November 27: Criminology Club Meeting, Lecture Hall A, 8:00 - 10:00 pm
  • November 28: Sociology Club Meeting, Straz Community Room, 11:30 am
  • November 28: Alpha Kappa Delta Induction Ceremony, Brevard Community Room, 6:30 pm
  • November 28: Mathematics Senior Seminars, Library, AV 1, 4:00 pm
  • November 29: History Poster Session, Fletcher Lounge, 4:00 - 6:00 pm.
  • December 5: Psychology Poster Session, Brevard Community Room, 4:00 pm.