Faculty

At SVSU, we believe faculty can have the best of both worlds: being able to teach, have meaningful interaction with students, and the support to conduct and present research. Each month faculty work is published in the internal faculty/staff newsletter, the "Interior". See what's new:

October 2011

  • Debra R. Bishop, professor of management, and Christopher J. Surfield, associate professor of economics, published “Hispanic Professionals and Managers: Moving Forward by Looking Back” in Hispanics at Work: A Collection of Research, Theory and Application.

  • Geoffrey V. Carter, assistant professor of English, was a featured speaker at the Memorial Library in New York City, Sept. 11. The focus of his talk, “The Chora of the Twin Towers,” for this event sponsored by the Holocaust Educators Network and New York City Writing Project, was also published in Enculturation: A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture.

  • Drew Hinderer, Finkbeiner Endowed Chair in Ethics, presented “Applying Ethics in Health Care: Problems and Prospects” at the 2nd Annual Tri City Collaboration In Health Care Ethics Conference at SVSU, Sept. 23. James Hitt, assistant professor of philosophy, also presented “Case Study: Ethics Consultation at Maimonides Medical Center.” Hinderer and Hitt coordinated the conference, along with Debra Miller, ethics officer at the Aleda Lutz Veterans Administration Medical Center. In addition, Hitt presented on a panel titled “What Works” at the conference. Also, Hitt presented a paper titled “Vegetative State as a Postulate of Medical Knowledge” as part of a one-day conference titled “Pittsburgh Area Philosophy Colloquium,” Sept. 10, as well as part of a two-day conference titled “Medical Humanities Conference 2011” at Western Michigan University, Sept. 29-30.

  • Kathy Kalmar, associate professor of teacher education, had an article titled “Each Day Should Be Father’s Day: The Importance of a Father in His Children’s Lives” published in TOP: Tips on Parenting, University of Utah, Summer, 2011.

  • Kaustav Misra, assistant professor of economics, had a paper titled “Measuring Public School Competition from Private Schools: A Gravity Based Index” (co-authored with Guangqing Chi) accepted for publication in the Journal of Geographic Information System. Also, Misra published a paper titled “The Wages of Religion” (co-authored with Joshua D. Pitts and Thomas H. Henry) in the International Journal of Business and Social Science, 2011. In addition, Misra co-presented “Corporate Governance Provisions Enhancing Controlling Owners’ Voting Rights in Family Firms: A Panel Data Analysis” with E. Memili and J.J. Chrisman at the Southern Management Association meeting in Savannah. This paper was selected as the Best Doctoral Paper in the Entrepreneurship/ Information Technology/Innovation track 2011. They also presented another paper titled “Family Involvement and the Use of Corporate Governance Provisions Protecting Controlling versus Noncontrolling Owners” at the conference.

  • Mark Potts, assistant dean of the College of Business & Management, and George Puia, associate dean of the College of Business & Management/Dow Chemical Company Centennial Chair in Global Business, published “Entrepreneurship in the European Union: Unified is not Uniform” in the International Journal of E-Entrpreneurship and Innovation, July-September 2011. Also, Puia was named a “Fellow” of the Association for Global Business Advancement at its annual conference in Dalian China, Sept. 17. The AGBA Fellow is a distinguished life achievement award given in recognition of a scholar’s total body of work.

  • Stephen Taber, associate professor of biology, discovered a new species – an orange and black fly from a western Michigan swamp. The finding will appear in a forthcoming issue of The Southwestern Entomologist as “A New Species of Docosia Winnertz Fungus Gnat (Diptera; Mycetophilidae).”

Those Who Changed Us

Throughout our lives, we recall those teachers who had an impact on us. Here, alumni and students share thoughts on SVSU faculty who changed their lives.

Faculty Member
Nameeta Mathur

Nameeta Mathur

"Living up to high expectations is infectious once you start meeting them. Her teaching fundamentally transformed the way I analyzed the world."

-- described Aaron Crossen, 2008, B.A., history/communication. He is a marketing and sales coordinator for Cech Corp. in Saginaw.

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