Katie McCormick selected to attend Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians


Katie McCormick, Associate Dean of Libraries for Special Collections & Archives, has been selected to attend the 2014 Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians. The week long institute, from July 28-Aug. 1st, focuses on key issues of leadership in higher education  and applies them to the practical challenges of leading and managing contemporary academic libraries. 

Ms. McCormick is delighted to have been chosen to attend and looks forward to learning from colleagues from around the country and the world. Of the Institute, McCormick says, “This is a unique opportunity to focus on core challenges of leadership and to have time to examine my own role and  effectiveness in helping FSU Libraries to continue to improve and to be seen as a national leader on many fronts. A strong, progressive library is at the heart of a top ranked university. I hope to bring back new, applicable perspectives to FSU and to have a chance to talk with colleagues from around the world about the fantastic work that is already occurring here.”

Jayne M. Standley awarded Global Research Award


In July 2014, Jayne M. Standley, Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of Music Therapy, was awarded the first ever Global Research Award in Music Therapy. The World Federation recognized her at its 2014 Congress in Vienna for over 20 years of research that created the global specialization of music therapy with premature infants and for the invention of the PAL, an FDA approved device to teach feeding skills to premature infants which is licensed to Powers Device Technologies Inc. The World Federation of Music Therapy is the only world-wide organization for the field, meets every 3 years, and will continue recognizing outstanding research impact at its future congresses.

Tarez Samra Graban and Co-authors receive WPA Best Book Award


Tarez Samra Graban, assistant professor of English, and her co-authors have received the WPA 2013 Best Book Award for GenAdmin: Theorizing WPA Identities in the Twenty-First Century (Parlor Press, 2011). According to the Council of Writing Program Administrators, "This award recognizes books whose authors or editors have made an outstanding contribution to the field of writing program administration over the past two calendar years." This book was co-authored with Colin Charlton, Jonikka Charlton, Kathleen J. Ryan, and Amy Ferdinandt Stolley.

According to Dr. Graban, "GenAdmin talks theoretically about the history and nature of writing program administration, with the goal of dispelling some of the negative and negating narratives surrounding the field. Rather than understand writing program administration as simply a job we have to do that emerges from difficult situations by victimized faculty, Graban and her co-authors rewrote what they saw as an intellectual history of the field based on their own preparation as theorists, historians, and practitioners while in graduate school. Ultimately they began to see this work as socially and politically contextualized given writing programs' place as hubs of intellectual activity since the American University has evolved. The book presents a generational moment in rhetoric and writing studies that shows how it is possible--and necessary--to redefine the field based on creative dissensus when larger questions about the university are still unresolved. Graban and her co-authors wanted their book to present the 'writing program administrator' not just as a role, but as a philosophy to take into other parts of the university."


Jonathan Clark receives NSF Career Award


Jonathan Clark, assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering, has received an NSF Career Award for his work in robotics. For more information, please visit http://news.fsu.edu/More-FSU-News/Robotics-engineer-wins-NSF-Career-Award.

Maura Scott receives Marketing and Society Emerging Scholar Award


Maura Scott, assistant professor of Marketing, has received the American Marketing Association's 2014 Marketing and Society Emerging Scholar Award. According to the AMA website, "This award recognizes contributions to research advancing the study of Marketing and Society issues, and will be given annually to honor the contributions of a researcher in the earlier stages of his or academic career."

Micah Vandegrift selected as Visiting Scholar


Micah Vandegrift, Scholarly Communication Librarian, has been selected as a Visiting Scholar by Columbia University Libraries. He will be working with the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) to explore their digital scholarship support and services. According to Mr. Vandegrift, "I will also be meeting and connecting with scholars and affiliated staff members around the University and the greater New York digital humanities community. CDRS is a leader in digital scholarship, and my hope is by spending time there working closely with the director Rebecca Kennison, and Production Manager Mark Newton, I will gain knowledge and experience that will be formative in Florida State University Libraries expansion in this area."

Mr. Vandegrift will be recording his experiences through his blog, located at micahvandegrift.wordpress.com. He will also be posting to his Twitter account, available at https://twitter.com/micahvandegrift.

DAAD Representative to Visit Campus


Dear Colleagues,

Please distribute the announcement below to interested faculty and students! Many thanks!


Ms. Uschi Niethammer, representative of the German Academic Exchange Service, is visiting the FSU campus in Tallahassee this Thursday, April 17. The German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, DAAD), the largest funding organization in the world, offers scholarships and funding in all academic fields and at all levels of higher education: https://www.daad.org/.  Knowledge of German is not a condition for applying. Ms. Niethammer will inform the FSU community about funding opportunities through the DAAD. She will offer two public information sessions. For more information, please contact Peggy Wright-Cleveland (Office of Faculty Recognition, mwrightcleveland@admin.fsu.edu).


When: Thursday, April 17 2014
Where: Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House [HSF]

Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House (HSF), room 3009
3:00 – 4:00 pm Public Presentation on DAAD programs that support research by faculty and advanced graduate students.
4:30 – 5:30 pm Public Presentation on DAAD programs that support student scholarship by undergraduates and early career graduate students.

The visit is organized by the Office of Faculty Recognition, the Office of National Fellowships, and The Graduate School. Please distribute this information to interested faculty, postdoctoral faculty, and students. 

Oskar Vafek uses NSF Career award to create Wiki textbook


Oskar Vafek, associate professor of Physics, and his graduate students have created a Wiki-based physics textbook using funding obtained through an NSF Career award. For more information, please see the article posted on the College of Arts & Sciences website.

FSU Authors Day 2014


The Office of Faculty Recognition will be holding the annual FSU Authors Day on April 10, 2014, from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Please join us for an afternoon of celebration. This event is free and open to the public. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served. For more information, including a list of this year's authors, please see the FSU Authors Day page.

Laurel Fulkerson awarded Loeb Classical Library Fellowship


Laurel Fulkerson, professor of Classics, has been awarded the Loeb Classical Library Fellowship in order "to support research, publication, and other projects in the area of classical studies." According to the Loeb Classical Library Foundation website, "James Loeb directed in his will that income from the Loeb Classical Library beyond that needed for the maintenance and enhancement of the Library eventually should be used 'for the encouragement of special research at home and abroad in the province of Archaeology and of Greek and Latin Literature,' and that awards should be granted 'without distinction as to sex, race, nationality, color or creed.'"

Below is an article by Jeffery Seay, which may also be viewed at http://news.fsu.edu/More-FSU-News/Fellowships-to-aid-professor-s-research-into-Latin-love-poems-from-antiquity.

CONTACT: Laurel Fulkerson, Professor, Department of Classics
(850) 644-0305; lfulkerson@fsu.edu

By Jeffery Seay
June 2014


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — For as long as people have been lovesick, they’ve written poetry about it — even back to antiquity.

Florida State University classics Professor Laurel Fulkerson will spend a one-year sabbatical during 2014-2015 studying ancient poetry as the recipient of two prestigious fellowships, a Loeb Classical Library Fellowship and a Keeley Visiting Fellowship at Wadham College, University of Oxford.

The Keeley Visiting Fellowship will give Fulkerson temporary status as a senior member of Wadham College, granting her unlimited access to Oxford’s libraries. Combined with the $35,000 stipend that comes with the Loeb Classical Library Fellowship, Fulkerson will be able to focus on researching and writing her latest book, a commentary on the “Corpus Tibullianum” (book 3).

Books 1 and 2 were written by the Augustan poet Tibullus, who is thought to have lived from 55 to 19 B.C. Book 3 is a collection of understudied poems written by “minor” poets, including six purportedly written by a Roman woman named Sulpicia.

“The poems in book 3 are a miscellany, and we haven’t even been able to establish how many people wrote them, or when,” Fulkerson said. “But they might just contain the vast majority of the Latin poetry written by a woman in antiquity.”

The poems also have the potential, according to Fulkerson, to shed significant light on the genre of Latin love elegy — mournful or melancholy poems — as well as the genres and authors it influenced.

During her stay at Oxford, Fulkerson also will be in charge of running an eight-week seminar covering the “Corpus Tibullianum” (book 3).

“Oxford seminars usually feature a series of speakers, from locally and elsewhere, to present their ideas for discussion, so this will be an ideal opportunity to test my own ideas against those of others,” Fulkerson said.

Daniel Pullen, professor and chair of Florida State’s Department of Classics, praised Fulkerson as internationally renowned for her work in Latin poetry.

“Professor Fulkerson has risen rapidly through the ranks, excelling in teaching, research and service,” said Pullen, citing the Loeb and Keeley fellowships as the latest in a long list of Fulkerson's awards, including a Developing Scholar Award and University Teaching Award from Florida State, a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, and the American Philological Association's Award for Excellence in Collegiate Teaching.

“Within the department, we value her energy and enthusiasm — even when the task is revamping our entire Liberal Studies curriculum of over 15 courses for new state-mandated requirements,” Pullen said

Fulkerson earned a doctorate in classics from Columbia University in 2000.

The Loeb Classical Library Fellowship, administered by Harvard University, is awarded annually to a select few individuals in the field of classics and archaeology. Previous recipients of the Loeb from the Florida State Department of Classics include Francis Cairns (2007-2008) and Pullen (2007-2008 and 2008-2009). The Loeb Classical Library was founded in 1911 by James Loeb to publish great Greek and Latin literary works with facing-page English translations to make them accessible for the average reader.

The Keeley Visiting Fellows, a competitive award across all disciplines and appointed based on departmental nominations, were created and endowed in honour of T.C. Keeley, a highly respected fellow in Physics who served Wadham from 1924 to 1963.