Faculty activity and achievements


Each year, Newman faculty members publish and present a variety of literary and scholarly works. Here is a look at recent activity and other achievements.

Michael Austin, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs:

  • Reading the World: Ideas That Matter (2nd ed.). New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., March 2010.

Bryan Dietrich, Ph.D., Professor of English:

  • Received “Best Poem” award by readers of Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine for “Edgar Allan Poe,” The 2010 Nebula Awards, Cocoa Beach, Fla., May 15, 2010.

Christopher Fox, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Philosophy:

  • “The Novelty of Spirituality and the Religiosity of Substitution in Emmanuel Levinas,” refereed paper presented at First Annual Southwest Seminar in Continental Philosophy, “Continental Philosophy in the Desert,” University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M., May 28, 2010.

Sue Ellen Gardner, Ph.D., LMSW, Associate Professor of Social Work:

  • Received a 2010 Compassion Kansas Grant for $12,500, in collaboration with several members of the Kansas Mental Health and Aging Coalition, for a project to improve mental health care for older Kansans in nursing homes via a train-the-trainer program for certified nurse aides. Gardner is grant administrator and will develop the training program and conduct process and outcome program evaluations. The grant was awarded in February 2010 and ends Nov. 30, 2010.

Audrey Curtis Hane, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Communication:

  • Selected as a member of Butler Community College’s Advance Kansas Class II program February – June 2010. The program brings together business and community leaders from across Wichita and the region to provide leadership training, building a network of trained business people to address important diversity issues in their communities as they pertain to business.

Don Hufford, Ph.D., Ed.D., Professor of Education:

  • “Polarity Thinking and Teacher Education: A Desideratum,” Proceedings of the Society for the Philosophical Study of Education, Jason Helfer, Ed. Bloomington: AuthorHouse, 2009.
  • “A Hidden Outcome,” Journal of the Society of Philosophy and History of Education, David Snelgrove, Ed. Fall 2009.
  • “Preparing Public School Teachers to be Open-Minded Interpreters in the Religion/Public School Debate,” Critical Questions in Education, Steven Jones and Eric Sheffield, Eds. December 2009.
  • “Public Schools and a Religiously Multi-Expressive Dialectic,” presentation to the Oklahoma Educational Studies Association, Oklahoma State University, April 2010.
  • “Mary Wollstonecraft: The Dialectics of a Life’s Journey,” presentation for Newman University Literary Festival, April 2010.
  • “Public Education and the Democratic Process,” presentation to the Western Social Science Association, Reno, Nev., April 2010.

Carla A. Lee, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, Nursing and Nurse Anesthesia:

  • Completed four-year term with the American Nurses Association, where she served on the Position Statement Committee and completed a Credentialing Position Statement Paper, a Position Paper on DNP Degree, and reviews of major quality issue documents germane to patient safety.
  • “Conducting Healthy Meetings and Organizing Neighborhoods,” presentation to Neighborhoods USA: Building Stronger Communities, Little Rock, Ark., May 27, 2010.
  • Elected to the American Nurses Association’s Nominating Committee for 2010-2011 at the ANA House of Delegates assembly, Washington, D.C., June 16-19, 2010.

Carla A. Lee, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, Nursing and Nurse Anesthesia, with Y. Acton, A.A., and A. Beran, B.A.:

  • “Polcycystic Ovarian Syndrome: Aspect of Chronic Pelvic Pain,” research poster presented at the 25th National Conference of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Phoenix, Ariz., June 23-27, 2010.

Teresa L. Raehpour, M.A., Assistant Professor of Communication:

  • Consulted for the Miss Kansas International pageant program and conducted several seminars for approximately 20 contestants for state competition, January – March 2010.
  • Coached Kelsey Phillips, senior at Andover High School, who won the title “Miss Teen Kansas, International” at state competition, Wichita, May 2010.
  • Coached Miss Erica Enstrom, WSU student in Integrated Media, who won the title of “Miss Kansas, International” at state competition, Wichita, May 2010.
  • Coached Kelsey Phillips and Erica Enstron for Miss International competition in Chicago, Ill., July 26-31. Enstrom won the online Voter’s Choice award.
  • Worked as communication consultant on Jim Anderson’s 4th District Congressional campaign team, advising on presentational and debate strategy. Also helped produce integrated social media promotional videos, January through July 2010.
  • “Speech Class 101,” presentation at the Public Relations Society of America (Wichita) meeting, Larkspur restaurant, Wichita, April 27, 2010.
  • “Speech Class 101” workshop for members of various nonprofit agencies funded by United Way, United Way headquarters, Wichita, Aug. 3-4, 2010.

Ron Shipley, MS.Ed, RTR, Assistant Professor of Radiologic Technology, and Janie Ward, MSEd, RTR(M), Instructor of Radiologic Technology:

  • Produced the 73rd Annual Meeting of the Kansas Society of Radiologic Technologists, Newman University, April 15-17.

Amy Siple, MSN, FNP-BC, Associate Professor of Nursing:

  • “Caring for Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease,” presentation at the Oklahoma Geriatric Nursing Association, Tulsa, Okla., June 17, 2010.
  • “Understanding Alzheimer’s,” presentation at Presbyterian Manor, Sterling, Kan., June 24, 2010.
  • “Caring for Patients with AD,” presentation at Golden Living Center, Nebraska City, Neb., July 21, 2010.

Kathy L. Smith, MS.Ed, LRT(R)(M)(ARRT), Clinical Coordinator, Radiologic Technology Program

  • Promoted to Assistant Professor of Radiologic Technology, January 2010.

Meg Trumpp, M.Ed, RRT, AE-C, Program Director, Respiratory Care:

  • “Age-Related Decremental Changes,” presentation at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the Kansas Society of Radiologic Technologists, Newman University, April 17, 2010.
  • Named 2010 President-Elect of the Kansas Respiratory Care Society (KRCS), and serves on the KRCS Board of Directors.
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