Faculty, Staff, Students Post Successes in Publishing, Instruction, Leadership

It was a successful summer for faculty, staff, and students at Buena Vista University. They were recognized for honors in a variety of academic, research, and service endeavors.

Several works by Dr. Gwen Hart published

Article, essay, poetry, among works cited

Dr. Gwen Hart

Dr. Gwen Hart, associate professor of English, had her article "Writing is like Shaping a Bonsai Tree: Writing about Writing and Culture in a Developmental Composition Course" published in Next Steps: New Directions for/in Writing about Wring, Utah State University Press, 2019.

Additionally, Hart’s essay "The Mayor," appears in the new anthology Life Lessons from the Dog from Chicken Soup for the Soul. Her poems "Re: Meetings" and "Post-Madonna, I Tried Not to Look Afraid" are featured in a special summer issue of Otis Nebula focused on Gen X writers.

Hart's poem "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Pinecone," was featured on the Tiny Seed Literary Journal blog in May. Her poem "Dear Migraine" appeared in the June issue of Snapdragon: A Journal of Art and Healing.


Dr. Ashley Farmer-Hanson co-authors published work

Dr. Ashley Farmer-Hanson

‘Strategic Action’ appears in Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement

Dr. Ashley Farmer-Hanson, assistant vice president of student success and director of community engagement, co-authored and published, "Strategic Action: Community Engagement Professionals as Institutional Change Leaders," which appeared in the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement. The Journal has less than 3 percent acceptance rate.


Dr. Wind Goodfriend joins Ryan Harder in authoring chapter

Writing focuses on relationship dynamics between comic book and movie characters

Wind Goodfriend and Ryan Harder
Dr. Wind Goodfriend and Ryan Harder

Dr. Wind Goodfriend, professor of psychology and division chair of social sciences, joined Ryan Harder, BVU web manager, in co-authoring a book chapter. Their chapter, "When the joke isn't funny: Relationship abuse and Harley Quinn," discusses the abusive relationship dynamics between comic book/movie characters the Joker and Harley Quinn. The chapter will be part of an edited book titled "The Joker Psychology: Evil Clowns and the Women Who Love Them." The book is now available for pre-order on websites like Amazon, and it will be available in bookstores in September.

Goodfriend’s writing will also be featured in the March 2020 edition of “Excellence in Teaching.” Goodfriend was invited to contribute an article for the monthly journal for psychology teachers and professors around the world. Her article, "Nazis, Wizards, & Superheroes: Using Case Studies to Bolster Class Effectiveness,” co-authored by Tom Heinzen, psychology professor at William Paterson University in New Jersey, will also appear in the publication’s annual edition.


Dr. Swasti Bhattacharyya receives $10,000 grant

Dr. Swasti Bhattacharyya

Funding earmarked for five-day workshop

Dr. Swasti Bhattacharyya, professor of religion, received a $10,000 grant from the Uberoi Foundation for Religious Studies. With this grant, she is designing a five-day workshop for K-12 educators and counselors that will familiarize participants with the core teachings and practices of traditions within Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism. Along with learning about these religious traditions indigenous to India, participants will focus on the best pedagogical strategies that will enable them to utilize the content in their various settings.


Language Experience Forum Journal publishes BVU works

Dr. Leslie Haas

The Language Experience Forum Journal, in association with the International Literacy Association’s Language Experience: Literacy Across Disciplines Special Interest Group, recently published “Connecting Sports and Language Experience Approach,” by BVU students Jessica Denholm; Nicole Rohner; Katie Voortmann; Abigail O'Bannon; and Dr. Leslie Haas, assistant professor of education.

Additionally, BVU students Grace Gleaves, Mckinzie Tjaden, Kathryn Tyykila, Abigail O'Bannon, and Dr. Leslie Haas, were published for "Creating Language Experiences through Field Trips," in Language Experience Forum Journal, associated with the International Literacy Association's Language Experience: Literacy Across Disciplines Special Interest Group.


BVU reference librarian Joan Curbow lauded for research

Archivist digs into BVU athletic records of 1920s for hall of fame

Joan Curbow, BVU reference librarian and archivist, was recently acknowledged for research completed on BVU alum Marmaduke "Duke" Christie upon his posthumous induction into the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame. Christie, an Escanaba native, attended Buena Vista College in the 1920s and played tailback on the undefeated conference championship football team, served as captain of the basketball team, and participated in track. Dennis Grall, UPSHF secretary, is quoted in the Daily Press article saying, "Extensive research by the Buena Vista Archives was instrumental in gathering information on the Duke."

Dr. Lanlan "Lacey" Chu

Dr. Lanlan “Lacey” Chu coauthors published work

Study examines hidden cost of informal care

Dr. Lanlan (Lacey) Chu, assistant professor of economics, coauthored “The Hidden Cost of Informal Care: An Empirical Study on Female Caregivers’ Subjective Well-Being,” along with Drs. Lu Chen and Hongli Fan. The article was published in March 2019 in the Journal of Social Science & Medicine, Volume 224.

David Hodge

David Hodge has work published in Sport Litigation Alert

BVU instructor of sport business examines suit

David Hodge, BVU instructor of sport business, authored an article entitled “Family Files Suit Against High School Employees After Son Almost Dies at Soccer Practice,” which was published in March 2019 in Sport Litigation Alert, Volume 16, Issue 4.