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The Academic Minute for 2021.02.14-2021.02.18

The Academic Minute from 02.14 – 02.18

Monday, February 14th
Lisa Bitel University of Southern California Dornsife
St. Valentine
I am a first-generation college student. My parents came from a very small midwestern town and never considered university.

I attended Smith College, Harvard University, and University College, Dublin. I learned Latin and Old Irish, and conceived a perverse obsession with the pre-ancient history of northern Europe, particularly the so-called “Celts”.

I have since published books, articles, chapters, reviews, databases, multimedia websites, and a few blog postings on European history, Celtic Studies, gender studies, Religion, and rock bands.

Tuesday, February 15th
Kathryn Boucher – University of Indianapolis
Faculty’s Key Role in Student Success
Kathryn Boucher, PhD is an Associate Professor of Psychology and the Associate Director of the Strain Honors College at the University of Indianapolis, where her research focuses upon the factors that contribute to more supportive and inclusive classrooms and campuses. She is also a Principal Investigator on the Student Experience Project through the College Transition Collaborative, where she works to scale and disseminate insights from this research to other educators and institutions. Her work has been funded by the Raikes Foundation, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, and the Lilly Endowment, and she is currently a Public Voices Fellow with the OpEd Project.

Wednesday, February 16th
Brandy Schwarz – University of North Texas Health Science Center
Workplace Bullying in Higher Education
Dr. Schwarz graduated from the University of Portland in 2004 with a BS in Biology. She completed a clinical Doctorate of Physical Therapy and a Masters in Occupational Therapy at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2006 and 2007, followed by an EdD in Higher Education Leadership at Texas Christian University in 2017.

Thursday, February 17th
Katie Paulich – University of Colorado Boulder
The ABCs of Screen Time
I’m a third-year PhD student at the University of Colorado Boulder. I obtained my undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Some of my research interests include mental health topics such as depression, anxiety, and self-esteem, risky sexual behavior, and personality. I typically work with genetically-informative twin samples in order to parse apart genetic and environmental factors contributing to a trait of interest.

Friday, February 18th
Staci Zavattaro – University of Central Florida
Staci M. Zavattaro, Ph.D., is a professor of public administration at the University of Central Florida. She serves as editor-in-chief of Administrative Theory & Praxis. Her current research focuses on death management in public service. Her book, City Sextons, is available now.


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