September 2013

by inielsen on November 13, 2014

College News

Congratulations to Prof. Elizabeth Gurian, winner of the Peggy R. Williams Emerging Professional Award given by Vermont Women in Higher Education (VWHE). The award will be presented at the VWHE Annual Leadership Dinner on October 17 to “a woman who is in the early stages of her career, demonstrates excellence in her contributions to students, colleagues, and/or her institution and shows promise and potential for future contributions.” Elizabeth commented “I was honored to be nominated and am very happy to have been selected.”

Dean Andrea Talentino wrote in her nominating letter that “Elizabeth exemplifies the qualities of Dr. Williams in all respects, from excellence in teaching and scholarship to focus on advancing the cause of women to good humor and an engaging personality. She is an emerging professional, an outstanding member of our faculty, and a great asset to our broader community. ”

Prof. Gurian completed her doctoral work at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge (UK) and was a consultant to the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime in Vienna. She joined Norwich in 2011, and is now an Assistant Professor in the School of Justice Studies and Sociology, teaching Methods of Social Science Research, advising students, and mentoring student research projects. In addition to teaching, Prof. Gurian continues to research and publish her own work which focuses on female homicide offenders and serial murders. She has also been actively involved in the Norwich Community, and serves as chair of The Athena Society, an organization open to students, staff and faculty which engages in dialogue, activities, and social events to help promote social justice at Norwich and within our society.

Aimee VieiraProf. Aimee Vieira, a military sociologist and associate professor in Norwich University’s School of Justice Studies & Sociology, was named a Senior Research Fellow at the newly established Institute for the Study of Culture and Language (ISCL). ISCL’s mission is to promote research and development of learning programs for improving culture and language knowledge and skills in support of international security. Prof. Viera will coordinate ISCL’s Fellows Roundtables, as well as chairing the Annual Fellows Competition Committee. The institute was created in conjunction with Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI). For more information, go to

Judith Stallings-WardThis summer, Prof. Judith Stallings-Ward, Associate Professor of Spanish, began on-going work to preserve a building of historical importance to Vermont and to scholars of the Spanish poet Federico García Lorca, who visited a family in Eden Mills, Vermont in 1929. During his week stay there, García Lorca wrote poems dealing with Vermont that were included in his collection of poetry “Poet in New York.” Prof. Stallings-Ward is trying to locate a buyer for the property and to encourage interest and financial support to create a summer institute for the study and writing of poetry. This summer she wrote an essay on García Lorca’s poem about Vermont, “Double Poem at Lake Eden” and will be submitting it for publication.

On September 17, the COLA Noontime Concert Series presented Sylvia Parker, pianist, in a program featuring the music of Béla Bartok at the White Chapel. She spoke about how Bartok’s collected folk melodies which influenced some of the composer’s most famous works, including For Children, Romanian Folk Dances and Sonatina. The audience heard rare recordings of peasants singing and playing instruments; then was treated to a performance by Ms. Parker of Bartok’s arrangements of the same tunes. Bartok spent a summer in Riverton, VT (a few miles from Northfield) and Parker related remembrances from some of his Vermont neighbors. The event was organized by Prof. Alison Cerutti.

The Writers Series is excited to host two events in October. David Hinton, translator of classical Chinese poems and philosophy will give a talk in Chaplin Hall Gallery at 4:30 on Wednesday, October 2. Caitlin Horrocks, author of the short story collection This Is Not Your City, and poet W. Todd Kaneko will be reading Monday, October 28 at 4:30 pm in the Kreitzberg Library Multipurpose Room. For more information, please contact Prof. Sean Prentiss at

Also on October 2, the COLA Board of Fellows will hold a panel discussion about Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. The book was mailed to incoming freshman this summer as part of the Board of Fellows “First Read” program. The panel will be made up of COLA fellows Bridget Gaffney ’98, Chuck Nettleship, ’85, M’03 and students Trung Nguyen ‘16, Alyssa Rowan ‘16, Timothy Haggerty ‘17, and Seth Artero ’17. Prof. Rowly Brucken will moderate the program. COLA freshmen have been invited to the discussion and for the first time asked to post their comments on a blog

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Professor Stan Shernock, Director of the School of Justice Studies and Sociology, greets incoming Criminal Justice majors (class of 2017) and faculty in White Chapel on Academic Day, August 22.

Student Achievements

Morin Award_groupKayla Carreau ’13, outstanding student teacher of the year, was presented with the Morin Smith Award on May 1. The monetary award ($5,000) is the only Education Award given to students at Norwich. The award was first presented in 1999 and Kayla is the 15th recipient. The above photo shows Prof. Diane Byrne, Emily Button (2012 Morin Award Winner), Kayla, Prof. Seth Marineau and Prof. Tom Roberge.

Schaub_Charles_editCharles Schaub ‘13 led a team that successfully applied for a $500 grant from Ben & Jerry’s Foundation on behalf of the Summer Lunch Program sponsored by CERV, Northfield’s food shelf. Six students from Prof. Donley’s Professional & Technical Writing class created the grant and collaborated with CERV to develop a budget, design brochures, and write the lengthy application. More than eighty children benefitted from the summer program, which delivers groceries to Northfield’s families in need.

Photo in the Northfield Historical Society’s Tool Shed: (front row) Trevor Troup, Chris Delmas, Natasha Lara, (back row) Nick Delicata, Miguel Garcia Ramones, Cameron Rawley, and Kaitlyn McMullen

Prof. Kate Donley’s spring composition and literature classes enriched their study of Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms by visiting Norwich’s archives and museum to research what life was like during World War I. The fascinating story can be found at

In June, a comp and lit class taught by Prof. Kate Donley took a field trip to the Northfield Historical Society to enhance their study of Edith Wharton’s Summer, a novel set in a New England town in the late 1800’s. Curator and Norwich alumnus Chris Delmas assembled a team of docents, including former Norwich President General Todd and Mrs. Todd, who showed the students that turn-of-the-century Northfield was a thriving town with rail access, a hotel, textile mills and granite sheds.

Welcome to our new faculty!

XingboLiXingbo Li, Assistant Professor of Chinese, will teach Chinese language and culture at all levels. He graduated from two universities in China with a BA from Sichuan Institute of Foreign Language and an MA from Jinan University in Guangzhou. He received his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. Before joining the faculty of Norwich, he taught at various American schools including the University of Wisconsin-Superior and the University of Missouri-St Louis. His research and teaching interest is Chinese language pedagogy. He hopes to become a good teacher and build positive working relationships with Norwich faculty, students and staff.

Megan RemmelMegan Remmel, Assistant Professor of Political Science, has a primary field of expertise in American politics with an emphasis on the intersection of legislative behavior and theories of political behavior and political psychology. Her teaching interests include Congress, political parties, state and local politics, political behavior and political psychology, and sub-Saharan African politics. She has taught courses on foundations of American politics, public policy, and state and local politics. This fall, she is teaching the introductory American politics course and a course on American citizenship.

She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor’s degree in political science from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. Dr. Remmel spent a year working as a research assistant at the Army Corps of Engineers Construction and Engineering Research Laboratory working on revamping the Army’s civil affairs manuals in an effort to better military pre-intervention efforts. She has been published in Political Psychology and presented conference papers at the annual meetings of both the American Political Science Association and the Midwest Political Science Association. Because she comes from a military family, she is particularly excited to work with the next generation of future military leaders. Outside of academia, she enjoys international travel, spending time with her dog (Geezer), and watching stand-up comedy and college football (GO PALADINS! GO ILLINI! GO ARMY — SINK NAVY!). Most importantly, after years of living in the South and Midwest, she looks forward to getting back to downhill skiing while simultaneously dreading her first Vermont winter.

Johannes WheeldonJohannes Wheeldon, Assistant Professor of Justice Studies and Sociology, joins the faculty at Norwich after completing a Post Doc in Criminology from Washington State University. At WSU his work focused on corrections, moral development, and legal technical assistance. His is teaching Research Methods this fall and experimenting with experiential learning techniques including working with students to develop, deliver, and analyze the Citizen / Soldier Justice Survey.

Prof. Wheeldon has varied research interests including law and development, pedagogy and practice, restorative justice, debate and dialogue, and constitutional conventions in parliamentary democracies. In the year ahead he hopes to play his guitar more and find his perfect mix of winter sports, family time, and hot cocoa. He hopes to finish a new co-authored text for Sage on visualizing criminological theories by this summer, and hopes to find new and interesting ways to partner and work with Norwich students, faculty, and staff.

Renee HarveyRenée Harvey, Visiting Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, is the managing partner of Decato Law Office in Lebanon, New Hampshire and licensed to practice law in VT and NH state and federal courts.  Her law practice focuses largely on transactional law, specifically, estate planning and estate administration and she is a trained mediator and collaborative law practitioner. She is thrilled to be teaching this year at Norwich University in the Justice Studies program and will be teaching Criminal Procedure and Law & Society this semester and Criminal Law next semester.

Prof. Harvey is a native of New York State, and earned her undergraduate degrees in Court Reporting and Sociology while still living there.  Her Juris Doctor degree is from Vermont Law School. She and her husband (who is a Trooper with the Vermont State Police) moved to Vermont in 2001 and they live in Norwich.   In her spare time, she can be found cooking in her kitchen or relaxing at the shore in Maine.

Gabriel HillGabriel Hill, Visiting Assistant Professor of History, holds a M.A. in History from Marquette University and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, where he taught before coming to Norwich.  His research focuses on religion, literacy, and sexuality in late medieval and early modern England. At Norwich he teaches world civilization courses as well as courses on medieval and early modern Europe. He has published on missionaries in early modern Africa and is working on a monograph that will examine how people read and used sermon literature in fifteenth-century England. He is enjoys spending time hiking, riding his bike, and reading.

Faculty Achievements

Department of English and Communications

Jeanne Beckwith play reading

Staged Reading of Prof. Beckwith’s play

Jeanne Beckwith

  • Directed Sean O’Casey’s play Juno and the Paycock at Unadilla Theater in Marshfield, VT, July-August. Seven Days praised her by saying that “Beckwith blends the happy and sad as Casey intended.” To read the complete review, go to
  • Her full-length play, Shot in Baghdad, was presented in a staged reading by the Golden Thread Theater Company, San Francisco, CA in May.
  •  Served as Producer and Artistic Director, Vermont Playwrights Circle “Ten-Fest”: A Festival of Ten-Minute Plays by Vermont Playwrights, Waitsfield, VT in August. She also directed “Silver Linings” by Roger Strauss and “Willing” by Luc Reid, original ten-minute plays for Ten-Fest.
  • Presented a staged reading of her 10-minute play “Mission to Mars” at the Renegade Writers’ Collective event “Strange as Science, Dark as Night,” in Burlington, VT on Sept. 12.                               
Brett Cox reading

Prof. Cox reads from his short story

Brett Cox

  •   His short story “Maria Works at Ocean City Nails” was published in New Haven Review, issue 012, Summer 2013.
  • A book review by Prof. Cox of Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales by Yoko Ogawa was published in The New York Review of Science Fiction, July 2013.
  • Prof. Cox’s essay “Roger Zelazny: The Poet Who Failed Better” was published in Readercon 24 Souvenir Book, Readercon Conference on Imaginative Literature. He also chaired a special session on the Work of Roger Zelazny and gave a fiction reading at Readercon 24 held in Burlington, MA in July.
  • Read from his published short story “The Serpent and the Hatchet Gang” at the Renegade Writers’ Collective event “Strange as Science, Dark as Night” in Burlington, VT on Sept. 12.

Kathleen Osgood

  • Attended the annual conference of the University of the Arctic in Fairbanks, Alaska in June, where she worked with the international team on circumpolar curricula. As a member of the board of The Center for Circumpolar Studies, Osgood is teaching an online-onsite course for UArctic, entitled Anima Borealis: Spirit Worlds and Spirit Masters in the North, with nearly 70 students locally and from around the world.

Sean Prentiss

  • Has had creative essays, short stories, and poems accepted or published in Quarter After Eight, Poetry Quarterly, Turtle Island Quarterly, Vermont Literary Review, Passages North, Sou’wester.
  • Was invited to write an essay for Essay Daily, which appeared online in June.
  •  Will serve as a visiting artist at the Headwaters Conference at Western State Colorado University this September. The conference deals with the environmental idea of “homeland security.”

Department of History and Political Science

Yangmo Ku

  •  Had an article published: “The Emergence of Deng Xiaoping in North Korea? Determining the Prospects for North Korean Economic Reform” Yale Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 8, No. 2 (Summer 2013): 76-86.

Christine McCann

  •  Her conference paper, “Incentives to Virtue: Jerome’s Use of Biblical Models,” was published in Studia Patristica this fall. She presented the paper at Oxford University’s quadrennial Patristics Conference in 2011. Prof. McCann is on Independent Study Leave for Fall 2013, working on her book manuscript, Lessons from the Desert: Christian Spiritual Mentors in the Later Roman Empire.

School of Justice Studies and Sociology

Wendy Fuller

  • Was named co-chair of the Rural Policy Interest Research Group of the Rural Sociological Society.
  • Inducted as the first Norwich Research Member at the Center for Research on Vermont, University of Vermont.
  • Serves as a Faculty Evaluator for the American Council on Education
  • Presented a paper at the Eastern Sociological Society’s annual meeting in Boston: “Eviction Notices or Optional Tenancy? The Leave-Taking Imperative and the Perception of Choice among Academically High-Achieving Rural Adolescents from Vermont, USA and Leinster, Ireland”.
  • Facilitated the first viewing of The Invisible Warfor the Vermont State Legislature at the State House and subsequently invited to comment on §427. Sexual Assault and Harassment; Report of VT LEG #289124  v. 1 sponsored by Representative Jean O’Sullivan of the Vermont State Legislature which was passed.
  • Is Norwich’s Institutional Representative to the Vermont Women in Higher Education organization
  • Partnered on a Sociological Initiatives Foundation Grant application for a research project on downtown digital workspaces and their impact on community sustainability and smart growth initiatives.

Elizabeth Gurian

  •  Had an article published: Gurian, EA (2013). Explanations of mixed-sex partnered serial homicide: a review of sociological and psychological theory. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 18(5): 520-526.

Travis Morris

  •  Attended the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) work shop in Monterey CA, in June. This five-day workshop at the Naval Post Graduate School included presentations from CHDS faculty on their approaches to teaching core Homeland Security topics (including Introduction to HS, Intelligence, Technology, and Comparative HS). Presentations were also delivered from partner institutions on Border Security and Transnational issues.

Penny Shtull

  •  Appointed Associate Dean for the College of Liberal Arts.
  •  Attended the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences 37th Annual Meeting in June and chaired the panel presentation “What Works in Policing.”
  •  In July, was featured on The Voice of Russia (international radio station) on the Kim Brown Show (from Washington, DC) on the Michael Madison murder case in Cleveland, Ohio.
  •  Featured on WPTZ-Channel 5 News on the Michael Jacques case in Vermont (discussed intra family sexual abuse and murder) in August.
  •  Appointed the Awards Committee Chair for 2013-2014 for the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences in August 2013.

Department of Modern Languages

Frances Chevalier

Fran Chevalier_Joyce Beckwith

Prof. Chevalier and Joyce Beckwith, New England Regional Rep at the American Association of Teachers of France Convention, in Providence, RI in July. Prof. Chevalier spoke at the conference.

Gina Sherriff

  •   Attended the Community Works Institute at Shelburne Farms, a week-long seminar designed to help educators implement service-learning initiatives into the curriculum.
  • Her article “La fiesta del chivoy El príncipe: la política textual” was published in the Summer 2013 issue of the journal Hipertexto.

 Judith Stallings-Ward

  •   Her essay “The Ludic Utopias of Gerardo Diego’s Ultraist Poetry,” which studies the influence of the cubist painting of Juan Gris in Diego’s avant-garde poetry, was published in June in a peer-reviewed volume by Cambridge Scholars Publishing titled At Whom are We Laughing?: Humor in Romance Language Literatures.

Department of Psychology and Education

Diane Byrne

  •  Attended the Vermont ESTEEM Network Event in August at the Capitol Plaza in Montpelier, VT. This meeting was a launch for interested colleges, universities, and businesses to develop STEM partnerships.
  •  Will be spending some of her ISL time in The Gambia, West Africa. She will be researching and consulting the Education Department faculty, at the University of The Gambia, on its education   curriculum revisions.

Mel Miller

  • In May , published a lengthy review of The Psychology of Religion and Spirituality: Using Research in Your Practice which appeared in The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion 23:1-2, 2013, Routledge Press.
  •  Published a chapter titled Genjokoan, Kintsugi, and Participation Mystique in Spring: A Journal of Archetype and Culture, Vol. 89 (Spring, 2013).
  •  Will present a paper “Death and Impermanence: Grappling with Matters of Death in the Consulting Room” at the Annual conference of The International Forum for Psychoanalytic Education in Philadelphia (IFPE), October 31-Nov 2.  The paper is It is part of a panel he organized entitled: Transience, Termination, and Death: The Emerging Awareness of Impermanence in the Psychoanalytic Process.
  •  Will be a discussion group leader at the Vermont Association for Psychoanalytic Studies Annual Scientific Meeting, in Burlington, VT October 26th.

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