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Faculty Scholarship & Accomplishments

Spring 2013

Dr. Sally Baas, director of Concordia’s Southeast Asian Teacher, Hmong Culture and Language, English as a Second Language and Special Education program, has been selected as this year’s Distinguished Alumnus for the College of Education and Professional Studies at UW – River Falls. Dr. Baas was honored at the Awards Reception and Program on Thursday, May 2, 2013.

Dr. Kim Flottemesch, Communication Studies, was selected as a reviewer for the Journal of Educational Leadership and Journal of Organizational Culture, Communications and Conflict. Both publications are double blind, peer reviewed academic journals.

Concordia University political science professor Dr. David Woodard was interviewed by KSTC Channel 45’s Erik Kahnert during the station’s late broadcast Feb. 12. Woodard gave his analysis on President Barack Obama’s State of the Union aress during the in-studio interview. 

Winter 2013

A paper authored by Dr. Leanne Bakke (biology), Dr. Shellie Kieke (biology) and Dr. Rob Krueger (mathematics) was recently accepted for publication in the national, peer-reviewed journal The American Biology Teacher (ABT). The paper, titled, "Integrating Biology and Math in an Inquiry-Based Student Research Project" will appear in the August 2013 issue of ABT.

Concordia political science professor Dr. David Woodard gave his analysis on President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on KSTC Channel 45's late broadcast Feb. 12

Dr. Sally A. Baas, director of Concordia’s Southeast Asian Teacher, Hmong Culture and Language, English as a Second Language and Special Education programs, recently had her dissertation about Hmong culture in the Twin Cities published by Lambert Academic Publishing. Titled “What does it mean to be Hmong in the Twin Cities of Minnesota?”  the study gives evidence from those chosen to maintain the Hmong culture, including the Hmong 18 Clan Council and associated men and women leaders.

Dr. Peter Rundquist, chair of Concordia's forthcoming Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, received the Steve Gudas Award for Outstanding Publication in Rehabilitation Oncology at the 2013 Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), January 20-24, in San Diego, Calif. The award recognizes those persons whose written publication in the Section's Journal, Rehabilitation Oncology, has resulted in advancement of the practice of oncology physical therapy.Dr. Rundquist received the award for co-writing “Effects of lymphedema on shoulder kinematics and function in survivors of breast cancer: an observational study”, 2012 Rehabilitation Oncology30(3):9-14.

Dr. Steve Manderscheid, Chair of the Master of Arts in Human Resource Management program, presented two manuscripts at the 11th International Conference on Human Resource Development Research and Practice across Asia at Dogus University in Istabul, Turkey. Human resource development scholars and practictioners from around the world attended the conference, which was sponsored by the Academy of Human Resource Development. Maderscheid presented a paper he co-authored with fellow Concordia University business professor Nancy Harrower titled "A Theory of Leader Transition and Polarity," that explores whether polarities, paradoxes, and dilemmas exist during a leader's transition from one leadership role to another. The second manuscript Manderscheid presented, titled "A Phenomenological Exploratory Study of Western Expatriates' Cross-Cultural Adjustment to Saudi Arabia," focuses on the experiences and perceptions of Western expatriates of their cross-cultural adjustment to Saudi Arabia. The study was a collaboration with Dr. Derrick Jackson, an organizational development consultant in Saudi Arabia.

Fall 2012

Dr. Michael Walcheski, professor of Psychology and Family Studies, has been published in the Fall 2012 edition (Volume 46:1) of Issues in Christian Education. His article is entitled: Certification for Intentional Family Ministry and was published by Concordia University, Nebraska (Seward, Neb.)

Kelly Lamkin, Coordinator of Field/Clinical Practice and Teacher Performance Assessment, presented "Reimagining Writing for the 21st Century Adolescent Scholar:Combining Critical Thinking and Imagination to Inform Writing Instruction" at the Wisconsin North/South Lutheran Educators' Conference Nov. 8.

An article by Theresa FitzPatrick, Concordia's Writing Center Director, has had an article published in the book Sex, Gender and Christianity, that is specifically targeted for use in the college classroom. FitzPatrick's article is titled "In Defense of The Bell Jar:Exploring Vocatoin, Sexuality, and Gender".

Dr. Donald Helmstetter, Dean of the College of Education and Science, has been selected to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Education and Human Development at the University ofMinnesota. This award honors alumni who have distinguished themselves in their careers and communities. Dr. Helmstetter is being honored as a “distinguished educator, administrator and passionate advocate for students and educators”.

Dr. Jeff Burkart, served as the keynote speaker and hymn festival leader in September for the Iowa West Regional Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) at Mission Central in Mapleton, Iowa. In October he did the following: a two-part keynote presentation on The Gift of Lutheran Hymnody at the Minnesota North District of the LCMS’s pastor’s conference in Superior, Wis.; a workshop sponsored by Mission U from Lutheran Hour Ministries at Zion West Lutheran Church in Omaha, Neb.; the presentation of three sectionals at the Minnesota North and South District Education Conference in Mankato; the presentation of a live video webinar –Developing a Missionally-Minded Sunday School – in the Special Speaker’s Series of Lutheran Hour Ministries at Lutheran Hour Ministries headquarters in St. Louis, Mo. Additionally, Burkart’s new text for I Love toTell the Story was accepted for publication in 2013 for the One in Christ Kindergarten Religion curriculum from Concordia Publishing House.

Dr. Basma Ibrahim DeVries, served as the Local Team Conference Co-Chair for the national SIETAR-USA Conference (Society for Intercultural Education, Training, and Research), "Navigating Complexity in an Intercultural World." She was an invited pre-conference Master Workshop facilitator, Navigating from the Inside Out: Trainer Tools Focused on Your Facilitation of Intercultural Activities, session presenter, Developing a Multifaceted,Participatory Program to Address Ethnocentrism and Racism on a "Conservative" Campus (with CSP co-presenters, Cheryl Chatman, DanHess, Chinh Truong, and Choua Vang), session presenter, All in theSame Boat - Literally!: Managing Intercultural Complexities on Deck of The Scholar Ship (with Jon DeVries and Greg Walker), and an invited panelist for the Local Chapter session as a result of co-founding and coordinating SIETAR-Minnesota, the most successful Local Chapter of SIETAR-USA. As Local Team Co-Chair, Basma was pleased to implement creative ways to showcase the history and diversity of cultures in Minnesota, including a full conference 'Welcome to Minnesota - A Little Context' presentation and coordinating a display of local photographer Wing Young Huie's work.

Dr. Kim Flottemesch, Communication Studies, was awarded the "Distinguished Research Award" for her manuscript "Learning through narrative:  The impact of digital storytelling on intergenerational relationships" presented at the Allied Academies InternationalConference- Division of Educational Leadership on Oct. 13, 2012.


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