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Arts and Sciences faculty engage in summer scholarship

Arts and Sciences faculty engage in summer scholarship

Faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences are staying busy this summer by presenting at academic conferences across the country. Sada Knowles, a psychology and family relations instructor, attended the Oklahoma State University Chautauqua on Parenting in Tulsa, Okla. The sponsoring organizations were the Center for Family Resilience at OSU-Tulsa and the OSU Human Development and Family Science DepartmentThe theme of the event was "Empowering Economically Disadvantaged Parents to Enhance Child Development."

Willie Steele, professor of English, chaired two sessions and served as a moderator on baseball literature at the 24th Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, which was sponsored by the State University of New York Oneonta and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y. Steele regularly presents at the Hall of Fame in the summer. The session Steele moderated was titled "Baseball Biography and American Culture."

Barrett Huddleston, assistant professor of communication, gave a presentation titled “State of the Journal” at the conference for the Ecumenica Journal of Theatre and Performance that was held in conjunction with OC’s McBride Lecture Staff Retreat in Austin, Texas. Huddleston serves as the reviews editor for the journal, which invites scholarship that explores the relationship between spiritual faith and the arts. He is also directing the play “A Bear Called Paddington” for OC’s summer Giving Tree Theater.

Eric Phelps, assistant professor of biological sciences, attended the Genesis Colloquium of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities held at Biola University in La Mirada, Calif. The event sought to help participants answer questions such as "What is your institutional framework for teaching science and origins in accord with your institution’s theological perspective?"