Dr. Medora Barnes earned tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor this academic year. She was also selected to be as an Early Career Scholar by the Work and Family Researchers Network—an international and interdisciplinary organization based at the University of Pennsylvania and supported by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Dr. Barnes’ article, “Our Family Functions: Functions of Traditional Weddings for Modern Brides and Postmodern Families” was published in Qualitative Sociology Review in April 2014. Also, Dr. Barnes’ article, “Deciding on Leave: How U.S. women in dual-earner couples decide on maternity leave length” was published in Families, Relationships, and Societies in March 2014.

Dr. Richard Clark traveled with students to Ecuador at the conclusion of spring semester. He is the director of the new Peace, Justice, and Human Rights program.

Dr. Duane Dukes has taken the lead in the drafting of a proposal to develop an inter-disciplinary minor in Forensics Behavioral Sciences for JCU.

Dr. Kenneth Eslinger is a contributor to International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences. He presented a paper at North Central Sociological Association in spring, 2010.

Dr. Phyllis Braudy Harris received the JCU 2016 Curtis W. Miles Award that recognizes faculty for their community service. She is a consultant for the U.S. Administration on Aging / Administration for Community Living. She is also the founding Co-editor, Dementia: The International Journal of Social Behavior and Practice, which just celebrated its 15th anniversary, and its readership and submissions have been growing annually.

Dr. Susan Long will receive the 2015 Distinguished Faculty Award. The award will be presented at the Commencement ceremony on May 17, 2015.  This award is given annually to a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in the classroom and made a significant and balanced contribution to scholarship, service, and the spirit of Jesuit education. She has also worked with other faculty in Sociology and Biology to create the new Population and Public Health minor.

Dr. Donna Rumenik participates in summer seminars and international travel; contributes to journal.

Dr. Gloria Vaquera combines research with service via on-going work with Project ¿Q.U.É.?; attended the International Study Abroad Faculty Seminar to Meknes, Morocco and Granada, Spain during the week of October 19th-26th, 2013. The seminar, entitled “Encounters, Conflicts and Transculturation: The Iberian Peninsula and Northern Africa” consisted of lectures and guided cultural activities by host university faculty and local experts who will explore topics related to cultural identity, immigration, history, and religion. She also is presenting a paper at this year’s American Sociological Association, August 2014 in San Francisco. Enlace Religioso: Social Networks – A case study of a Latino Catholic Parish in the Midwest.

Dr. Wendy Wiedenhoft is promoted to Associate Professor; presents papers in NYC and in Northern Ireland; contributes to Social Movement Studies. In November 2013 she presented a lecture called “Lessons from Northern Ireland” with Timothy White (Xavier University) and Mindy Peden (Political Science JCU) at:
1. Suopis Lecture, John Carroll University
2. Smurfitt-Stone Lecture, University of Missouri, St. Louis
3. American Conference for Irish Studies, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY.

She also published a chapter with Mindy Peden entitled: “Ulster-Scots Diaspora: Articulating a Politics of Identification after “the Peace” in Northern Ireland in “Lessons from the Northern Ireland Peace Process,” ed. Timothy White, Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2013.

Lecturer Dan Winterich contributes to leading forensic publications. Additionally, Professor Winterich received an Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) Distinguished Law Enforcement Group Achievement Award.