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Salem State Faculty and Staff News: September 2022

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Salem State University faculty and staff are educators, scholars, and leaders in their respective fields. Following are highlights and accolades celebrating the outstanding research and creative activities conducted by Salem State faculty and staff in September 2022.

Salem State Faculty and Staff News: September 2022

Professor Kristine Doll (world languages and cultures) is September’s Poet of the Month for the international poetry journal The Seventh Quarry (Swansea, Wales). A publication with an international perspective, The Seventh Quarry appears twice a year and is edited by Welsh poet and dramatist Peter Thabit Jones. Read Doll’s poetry featured in this edition here.

Associate Dean Nicole Harris was a featured guest on WBUR Radio Boston in a segment titled “There’s a Mass. teacher shortage, but a state university is working to solve the problem,” which aired on August 31, 2022. She discusses SSU’s efforts to diversify and strengthen the teacher pipeline, and how a $10 million gift from Cummings Foundation will allow the McKeown School of Education’s to expand its efforts.

Kendall Hunt Publishers just released the book "Applied Ethics: Exploring Ethical Theory in the Medical, Environmental, and Business Fields" by Professor John Tamilio III (philosophy). His review of Jewell Spears Brooker's book "T.S. Eliot's Dialectical Imagination" appears in the recent issue of the scholarly journal "Religion & Literature" (John Hopkins University). Professor Tamilio and Brooker are both members of the International T.S. Eliot Society.

Professor Sara Moore (sociology) participated in a summer Wiki Scholars training course focused on expanding Wikipedia’s coverage of notable LGBTQIA+ people. Her Wikipedia entry on United States Assistant Secretary for Health, Rachel Levine, is featured on Wiki Edu’s blog, “Recognizing the Legacies of LGBTQ+ Pioneers”. Levine is the first openly transgender person to hold an office that requires Senate confirmation and serve as a four-star officer in the country’s uniformed services.

Professor Dane Morrison’s (history) book, Eastward of Good Hope: Early America in a Dangerous World, won a John Lyman Book Award Honorable Mention from the North American Society for Oceanic History.

Professor Jeff Pearlman (geography and sustainability) has been named the official historian for the city of Revere. Mayor Brian Arrigo has awarded Pearlman the honor after years of writing, speaking, and doing research about Revere’s historical and cultural sites. Pearlman will conduct tours, participate in podcasts, and enlighten citizens about Revere’s unique past.

Professor Alexandria Peary (English) is presenting a four-part mindful writing webinar for the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) in September and October. The final event is open to all students ages 13-higher. Learn more here


Professor Pedro Poitevin (mathematics) attended the presentation of his new book of formal and experimental poetry "Letras griegas", published in México City. Watch presentation here.

Professor Anna Rocca’s (world languages and cultures) article on Central African Republic political refugee and writer Adrienne Yabouza was published in the Quebecois journal Recherches Féministes, University of Laval. The journal issue focuses on Black women theorists and writers. Professor Rocca argues that Yabouza’s novel criticizes bourgeois feminism in the name of a popular feminism; it condemns local leaders and neighboring nations as well as the old and new colonial powers, including the United States, Russia, and China. Learn more here.

Professor Vanessa Ruget (politics, policy and international relations) authored a chapter in the newly published Routledge Handbook of Asian Transnationalism (2022) titled “Migration, Transnationalism, and Citizenship in Kyrgyzstan.” She also currently serves as president of the Northeastern Political Science Association.

Professor Yvonne Ruiz (social work) was elected President of Board of the National Association of Social Workers Massachusetts Chapter. With more than 6,300 members, the Chapter works to advance sound social work practice and policies. Professor Steven Silvern (geography and sustainability) was recently elected by the New England-St. Lawrence Valley Geographical Society (NESTVAL) to serve a three-year term (2022-2025) as the NESTVAL Regional Councilor on the American Association of Geographers (AAG) Governing Council. The AAG Council sets priorities and policies and engages in strategic planning for the Association. In addition, Professor Silvern recently completed editing the 12th volume of The Northeastern Geographer, the peer-reviewed annual journal of NESTVAL. He has served as executive editor of the journal since 2009 and will be stepping down as editor at the end of this year.

Professor Robert Thurlow’s (art + design) poem “Between Text and Binding” will be published in “So It Goes” literary journal by the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library in celebration of Vonnegut’s 100th birthday anniversary. Thurlow will discuss his writing on October 1 from 12-3 pm during the hybrid release party on Zoom and in-person in Indianapolis, Indiana. This event is part of Banned Books Week recognizing the freedom to read.

Professor Stephen Young (geography and sustainability) wrote a column in the Salem News, "Why droughts and floods will intensify for decades,” as part of SSU's sustainability and climate change public education.


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