Faculty activity and achievements


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

Bernadette Fetterolf, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Nursing and Allied Health:

  • “Pediatric Decompensation: Stabilization and Management,” presentation at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, Kan., Jan. 12, 2012.

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

  • “Social Work, Evidence-Based Practice, and Older Adults,” presentation at the Southwestern Social Sciences Association annual conference, San Diego, Calif., April 7, 2012.
  • Program Chair, Southwestern Social Work Affiliate of Southwestern Social Sciences Association. 2012–2013.
  • “Senior University,” initial concept and research for continuous learning workshop, Newman University, June 5-7, 2012.

Gloria Hegge, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Social Work:

  • Defended doctoral dissertation “The Subjective Experience of Women in Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder,” October 2011; awarded doctoral degree in Social Welfare from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, January 2012.
  • “The Subjective Experience of Women in Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder,” presentation at Seek Justice, the 24th National Symposium on Doctoral Research in Social Work
3rd Student Poster Presentation, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, April 20, 2012.

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

  • “The Novels of W.E.B. Du Bois as Bildungsroman,” presentation at the Newman University Literature Festival, March 30, 2012.
  • “Biographical Research: A Search for Truth, Goodness, and Beauty,” presentation at the International Society for Educational Biography, St. Louis, Mo., April 29, 2012.

Gina Marx, Ed.D., Assistant Professor of Graduate Education:

  • Common Core Trainer for English Language Arts, Kansas Department of Education, Wichita, Kan., Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2012.
  • “Student and Instructor Perceptions of Care in Online Graduate Education,” presentation at the Global TIME Online Conference on Technology, Innovation, Media & Education, presented online, Feb. 7-9, 2012.
  • “Leadership Coaching For High Performance,” presentation at Haysville USD #261 Learning Center, Haysville, Kan., Feb. 9-10 and 23-24, 2012.
  • “Coaching Conversations: Transforming your School One Conversation at a Time,” co-presentation with Marceta Reilly, Kansas Learning Forward Conference, Wichita, Kan., April 10, 2012.

Marguerite Regan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of English:

  • “The Mindful Meeting: Shifting the Paradigm for Faculty Meetings,” presentation at the Summer 2012 Conference of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning, Estes Park, Colo., June 29, 2012.
  • “‘The True Scholastic Stink’: Navigating the ‘plump mellow yellow smellow melons of her rump’ in the Ithaca chapter of James Joyce’s Ulysses,” Bloomsday keynote address, Wichita Gaelic Association, The Artichoke Pub, Wichita, Kan., June 16, 2012.
  • “The Eighteenth-Century Literary Roots of the Animal Rights Movement,” presentation at the Great Plains Conference on Animals and the Environment, Wichita, Kan., April 28, 2012.

Ron Shipley, M.S.Ed. RTR, Assistant Professor of Radiologic Technology, and Blake Goddard, Mark Johnson, Duane Lanterman, Lee Walker and Bob Wingate:

  • Co-authored “NARCON 2012,” Sport Rocketry, the Journal of the National Association of Rocketry (NAR), July/August 2012. Shipley reported on three-time space shuttle astronaut Col. Sam Gemar, keynote speaker of NARCON 2012, the NAR annual convention, held in 2012 at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, Hutchinson, Kan.

Surendra Singh, Ph.D., Professor of Biology:

  • “Governments and Philanthropies Promoting Education of American Youths,” Journal of Higher Education, Vol. 50, No. 02, the Association of Indian Universities, Jan. 15, 2012.

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

  • “Unraveling the complexities of Parkinson’s Disease,” presentation at Lakewood Heights, Wichita, Kan., Jan. 10, 2012.
  • “The Mechanism and Management of Alzheimer’s Disease,” presentation at Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America, Wichita, Kan., Jan. 25, 2012.
  • “Neuropsychiatric Symptoms Associated with Alzheimer’s Disease,” presentation at Larksfield Place, Wichita, Kan., Feb. 7, 2012.
  • “Understanding Alzheimer’s,” presentation to the Prairie Hens, Emporia, Kan., April 21, 2012.
  • “Caring for Clients with Dementia,” presentation at Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America, Wichita, Kan., July 18, 2012.

Joan Purkey, M.Ed., Associate Professor of Education; Barbara Sponsel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Mathematics; Lori Steiner, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Mathematics, and Connie Watson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Education:

  • Received Title IIB Mathematics and Science Partnership Program Grant from the Kansas State Department of Education for “Using Mathematical Practices to Understand Content,” program to serve educators from the Wichita Public Schools, Diocese of Wichita Catholic Schools, and Haysville Public Schools during the transition to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.

Lori Steiner, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Mathematics:

  • “Effective Mathematics Tutoring Strategies” chapter in Handbook for Training Peer Tutors and Mentors. Karen Agee and Russ Hodges, eds., Mason, Ohio: College Reading and Learning Association, 2012.

The following faculty members were recently promoted and/or granted tenure:

  • Bernadette Fetterolf, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Nursing. Granted tenure and promoted to Full Professor.
  • Jill Fort, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice. Granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor.
  • Fr. Joseph Gile, S.T.D., Assistant Professor of Theology. Granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor.
  • Barry Koch, Ph.D., LCSW, Assistant Professor of Social Work. Granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor.
  • John Leyba, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Chemistry and Physics. Promoted to Full Professor.
  • Marguerite Regan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of English. Granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor.
  • Karen Rogers, Ed.D., Associate Professor of Education. Promoted to Full Professor.
  • Barbara Sponsel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Mathematics. Granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor.
  • Debbie Strickert, MN, ARNP-CNS, Associate Professor of Nursing. Granted tenure.