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Recent Professional Achievements of Catawba College Faculty

August 29, 2018

Category: Academics, Communication Arts, Evening & Graduate, Faculty, Nursing, Sociology, Sport & Health Sciences

Over the summer, Catawba College faculty members continued to have papers published or accepted for publication, attend professional conferences and enjoy achievements outside the college. Details of their accomplishments follow.

carriegraham.jpgDr. Carrie Graham, LAT, ATC, Assistant Professor of Athletic Training
Dr. Graham was invited to give several presentations over the summer.  In early June, she presented research findings titled “Factors Contributing to Low Representation of Diverse Female Faculty in Athletic Training Education Programs,” at the international Adult Education Research Conference (AERC) held at the University of Victoria, British Columbia.  Her research examined the experiences of diverse female faculty in terms of their workplace marginalization and interactions with mentors to understand factors that contribute to their low representation in athletic training education programs.  Her findings were part of a larger study.  Due to her AERC presentation, Dr. Graham was an invited guest speaker to address Critical Conversations for a Radically Different Future in Human Resource Development for a webinar series hosted by the Academy of Human Resource Development.

On July 11th, Dr. Graham also made a presentation titled “Creating an Inclusive Workplace culture” at the North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association Leadership Institute (NCATALI) held at Carolina Panthers Stadium in Charlotte.  This presentation focused on using opportunities to identify, understand, and value individual differences to create a workplace that welcomes and supports all individuals.  The NCATALI is designed for athletic trainers who demonstrate a high level of potential to serve the North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association, Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers’ Association, and National Athletic Trainers’ Association.


Ms. Brandy Jones-Neelam, Assistant Professor of Athletic TrainingBrandyJones.jpg
Ms. Jones-Neelam attended the annual National Athletic Training Association (NATA) 

symposia in New Orleans, La., in late June.  While there, she acquired 25 CEUs toward maintaining her Athletic Training certification and also assisted Michael Higgins Ph.D., A.T.C., P.T. from the University of Virginia, and several other colleagues in demonstrating and teaching manual therapy techniques for lumbopelvic disorders.

Following is an abstract regarding the presentation titled, “Manual Therapy for Lumbopelvic Disorders: Learning Lab.”

“Many therapies exist for the treatment of lumbopelvic pathologies including spinal mobilization/manipulation, muscle energy and mobilization with movement. To be able to distinguish when patients would benefit the most from these interventions would help clinicians become more efficient. Lumbopelvic pain is considered by researchers and clinicians to be a heterogeneous condition and this is a possible reason why many interventions have only small effects. Manual Therapy is recommended in most international guidelines for the management of lumbopelvic pain. Competency Gap: It appears that different types of MT may work through different mechanisms. Understanding these mechanisms may help clinicians choose which therapy is most appropriate for each patient and pathology. At the conclusion of the program, participants will be able to: 1. Describe normal and abnormal mechanics of the lumbar spine and pelvis. 2. Identify patients that will benefit from manual therapy techniques to the lumbopelvic region. 3. Summarize the guidelines for applying manual therapy techniques to the lumbopelvic region. At the conclusion of this lab, participants will be able to: 1. Apply Muscle energy for lumbopelvic pathology 2. Apply Mulligan techniques for lumbopelvic pathology 3. Apply Mobilization techniques for lumbopelvic pathology 4. Determine the effectiveness of these treatment techniques.”

joshsmicker.jpgDr. Josh Smicker, Chair and Assistant Professor of Communication
Dr. Smicker has had several papers accepted for publication.  His article titled “Who Will Survive in America? Military Horror, Millennials and Contemporary Moral Panics” was accepted for publication in the June 14, 2018 edition of “In Media Res.”  The piece focuses on the recent films “The Guest,” “Green Room,” and “Don’t Breathe,” exploring how all of these films are organized around traumatic encounters of young millennials with older, white, male military and ex-military personnel.  Smicker was particularly interested in exploring the way that these traumatic moments are framed as productive in these films, both in production of exceptional military bodies, and as a means of ‘toughening up’ and ultimately helping presumably spoiled, entitled, and aimless millennials.  This piece argues that this is connected in turn to broader cultural discourses of ‘post-traumatic growth,’  where various forms of trauma are not only normalized, but are re-contextualized as individual and economic opportunities as long as subjects encountering them possess sufficient ‘resilience’ or ‘grit.’

Smicker had a second paper co-written with Dr. Lisa Calvente of DePaul University titled “Crisis Subjectivities: Resilient, Recuperable, and Abject Representations in the New Hard Times” accepted for publication in the November 1, 2018 edition of “Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation, and Culture.”  In this paper, Smicker and Calvente explore a range of media representations that center on what we identify as crisis subjectivities, These are subjects presented as embodiments of economic and political crises, coming out of a context best described as the propagation of crisis as an ordinary, everyday occurrence. The coauthors trace the development of three main types of crisis subjectivities (resilient, recuperable, and abject) within this context, focusing on the way in which these subjectivities are subsequently read back as the cause of broader structural crises, especially through their connection to discourses of postfeminism and the postracial.  Formed through normative divisions of the population, i.e. racism, classism, and sexism, crisis subjectivities are also presented as disrupting normative temporality on multiple levels, interrupting narratives of progress, individual life trajectories, and the temporality of crisis itself.  Within this context, normative discourses of time as linear, constant, and progressive are replaced by representations that emphasize time as discontinuous and disjunct, defined by unexpected accelerations, delays, and deferrals.  Finally, the coauthors explore the way these crisis subjectivists and temporalities are articulated to discourses that suggest that the proper response to crisis are individual resilience and self-management, while de-emphasizing structural analysis and collective action.

Finally, on August 13, Dr. Smicker presented a paper at the conference, Crossroads in Cultural Studies, held at Shanghai University in Shanghai, China.  His paper was titled “Tourists of Duty: Incursions into Weaponized Nostalgia and Anachronistic Masculinity in Battlefield One and Call of Duty: WWII.”  This paper elaborates the concept of anachronistic masculinity that Smicker and Calvente (aforementioned) had explored through an analysis of technostalgia and performances of masculinity in the video games “Battlefield One” and “Call of Duty: WWII.”  In particular, it examines how the games combine a nostalgic vision of the game franchises themselves (both games have been positions as ‘returns’ to the ‘historical’ roots of their series, paradoxically made possible through newer technologies) with narratives and performances of anachronistic masculinity.  Within these games, the latter functions as a form of nostalgic masculinity that articulates reactionary online masculine performances (MRA, red pillers, Gamergaters, and Twitchers) with a gamespace organized around traditional military models of masculinity and national culture.  It concludes by discussing the links of these gaming cultures to broader online cultures fueling reactionary conservative movements in general, and Trump and Trumpism in particular.

BusterSmith.jpgDr. Buster Smith, Chair and Assistant Professor of Sociology
Dr. Smith was recently interviewed as part of a podcast on concerning a book that he co-authored, “American Secularism.”

Dr. J. Michael Wilson, Chair and Professor of Modern Foreign Languages
Dr. Wilson had two of his short stories published in 2017 in The News Leader of Parsons, Tenn. (pop. 2635 and largest town in Decatur County), the local newspaper of his boyhood.  His “Boy with Stringer and Sheath Knife, circa 1966” was published in the paper’s February 17, 2017 edition, and his “My Grandmother, Scourge of the Reptile Kingdom,” was published in the March 1, 2017 edition.  Both stories were submitted by the paper to the annual Tennessee Press Association Awards competition in the “Best Personal Column” category.mikewilson.jpg

Wilson’s “Boy with Stringer and Sheath Knife, circa 1966” won first place in the “Best Personal Column” category and his “My Grandmother, Scourge of the Reptile Kingdom” won third place in the same category for smaller newspapers.

Wilson has sent The News Leader more of his stories and another was published in the paper’s August 8, 2018 edition.  Wilson said of his submissions to his boyhood paper, “It is fun to give them to the paper of the county where all these memories took place.”

Msandrayamane.jpgs. Sandra Yamane, MSN, MS, RN, Assistant Professor of Nursing
Professor Yamane had an article titled “Learning Cybercivility: A Qualitative Needs Assessment of Health Profession Students” published in the September 1, 2018 edition of “The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing.”  Literatures on cyberincivility in health professions education has mainly focused on intraprofessional communication.  This study explored health professions students’ experiences with cyberincivility, as well as their perspectives on interprofessional cybercivility learning. Professor Yamane employed a qualitative study that used semistructured interviews with a purposive sample of 25 students in nursing, medicine, physician assistant, or physical therapy programs at a private university in the United States.  Thematic analysis was used to identify recurrent patterns in the data.  The results revealed that students defined cyberincivility in various ways and shared experiences of uncivil communication in virtual communities.  They also expressed great interest in learning cybercivility in the context of interprofessional education.  Diverse learning preferences were suggested.  The study highlights the importance and benefits of establishing interprofessional cybercivility learning programs to improve student interactions in the virtual environment.  Future research should explore professional differences and similarities in how learners experience cyberincivility and its influence in their roles as future health care providers.

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