Faculty

At SVSU, we believe faculty can have the best of both worlds: being able to teach, have meaningful interaction with students, and the support to conduct and present research. Each month faculty work is published in the internal faculty/staff newsletter, the "Interior". See what's new:

January 2010

  • Alan D. Freed, Clifford H. Spicer Chair in Engineering, released version 1.2 of his software package BEL (Biological Engineering Laboratory), written in the Zonnon programming language (most recent descendant in the Pascal family of languages). It is available online from zonnon.ethz.ch.

  • Eric Gardner, professor of English, gave a paper titled “Rhetorics of Discovery, Nineteenth-Century African American Literature, and the Archive” at the Modern Language Association’s Annual Convention in Philadelphia in December.

  • Eric Gilbertson, president, has an essay in a volume titled “The First Days,” published by the Administrator’s Bookshelf, (Marilyn Newell, Ed.); also, Gilbertson and Dan Hurley of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities co-authored a chapter in a three-volume set titled The Business of Higher Education. The title of the chapter is “College Costs and Cost Containment in American Higher Education.” The publisher of the set is Praeger Perspectives (California, Colorado, Great Britain).

  • David E. Schneider, professor of communication, and Melissa Walter-Reed, director of Sylvan Learning Center in Bellevue, Wash., published an article titled “Readability and Basic Course Hybrid Textbooks in Human Communication: A Disparity of Reading Difficulty” in the November 2009 issue of Communication Research Reports.

  • Marcia Shannon, assistant professor of nursing, presented “Building Blocks to a Multidisciplinary Behavioral Health Disaster Plan” at the First International conference of the World Society of Disaster Nursing, held in Kobe, Japan, Jan. 8-10. This presentation was jointly prepared with Debra Miller LMSW, QMHP, of Community Mental Health of Mid Michigan. Eighteen countries were represented at this conference on the 15th anniversary of the great Kobe earthquake.

  • Robert Tuttle, associate professor of mechanical engineering, has three papers accepted for publication and presentation at the 2010 Cast Expo, the premier North American metalcasting exposition, in Orlando, Fla. The papers are titled: “Effect of Cooling Rate on the Mechanical Properties of Fully Pearlitic Ductile Iron,” “Macroinclusion Sources within the Steel Casting Process,” and “Grain Refinement in Plain Carbon Steels.” These papers cover research conducted from funding by the American Foundry Society, SVSU Foundation UNIT committee, and the Office of Naval Research. Additionally, a paper titled “Preliminary Experiment on Grain Refining Cast Steels,” which was published at last year’s CastingCongress, has been highlighted by Modern Casting as an online-only article in January.

Those Who Changed Us

Throughout our lives, we recall those teachers who had an impact on us. Here, alumni and students share thoughts on SVSU faculty who changed their lives.

Faculty Member
Joseph Ofori-Dankwa

"He always made time to meet with me to either help clarify something he said in a lecture, or just to encourage me to pursue my dreams."

Willie McKether, 1991, M.B.A. Assistant Prof. of sociology and anthropology, University of Toledo