Monica Pierre, Assistant Professor of Practice in the Department of Mass Communication at Xavier University of Louisiana, has already filled many roles in her own life’s story, including those of author, speaker, executive producer, Emmy award-winning journalist, and broadcaster. She continues to garner recognition and honors: the documentary Battlegrounds: The Lost Community of Fazendeville was recently nominated for a Suncoast Regional Emmy; she was executive producer for the project. She attended the Television Academy Foundation’s 2023 Media Educator Conference last month as a recipient of the Alex Trebek Legacy Fellowship. In the classroom and beyond, the driving force behind all of Pierre’s work is her recognition of the immense power held within the stories that people shape and share about their lives.
Erin-Lee Kelly, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Goldey-Beacom College, is an innovative educator who brings strengths she has honed in her clinical practice, along with insights from her doctoral program and research, to help re-imagine the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program at Goldey-Beacom. Kelly specializes in working with issues relating to sexuality in clinical settings. Since sexuality relates to an immense swath of human experiences—among them, identity, health, healthcare, relationships, and culture—Kelly emphasizes the need for preparing clinicians to discuss and work with clients who are grappling with challenges in any of these areas.
Rachida Parks, Associate Professor of Business Analytics and Information Systems in Quinnipiac University’s School of Business and Associate Professor of Medical Sciences at the Medical School, strives to investigate and understand the best uses of artificial intelligence and data analytics in healthcare to promote better outcomes for organizations, practitioners, patients, and her students. Parks has published articles in many leading scientific journals addressing key aspects of AI and analytics. In her Fulbright research, she has focused on these issues in developing countries, and her experiences over the past year have deepened her commitment to supporting emerging scholars, particularly those from groups that are currently underrepresented in higher education.
Jacqueline B. Helfgott, PhD—Professor of Criminal Justice, Criminology, and Forensics, as well as Director of the Crime and Justice Research Center at Seattle University—is an indefatigable researcher, professor, and community partner. She excels in every arena, with a remarkable publishing record and admirable student mentorship agenda, and her multiple initiatives collaborating with the Seattle Police Department are setting nationwide standards for the field of criminal justice
Lisa Engel, Associate Professor of Nursing and Director of Simulation at Harding University, skillfully fulfills a great many responsibilities in her various roles: she teaches demanding nursing courses in several degree programs and has been instrumental in establishing and continuing to develop the school’s simulation program. Her zeal for high fidelity nursing simulators impels her to continue finding and exploring the most current innovations available, and she is always delighted to see the students hone their clinical expertise and judgment as they interact with the simulations in the program she oversees.
Mark Rosenbaum, Dean of the College of Business and Professor of Marketing at Hawai’i Pacific University, has drawn on his deep understanding of HPU’s place and stakeholders to develop an exciting, groundbreaking initiative. After assessing the history, strengths, and needs of HPU’s College of Business, Rosenbaum spearheaded the formation of a partnership between Hawai’i Pacific University and Coursera’s Career Academy—the first partnership of this kind in the world.
Kelly McFall, Professor of History and Director of the Honors Program at Newman University, seeks out and employs multiple ways to connect his students and the public to the concerns of history. He originated a podcast channel to publicize new books in Genocide Studies; he has a long history of taking students on educational trips abroad; and he directs Newman’s Honors program. A great deal of his teaching focus, however, lies in playing games with his students—games in which his students are immersed in the history they study.
Albert Douglas, Jr., Assistant Professor in the Department of Aviation and Safety at Florida Memorial University, brings a wealth of experience and a lifetime of knowledge to his campus work. Having become an air traffic controller in the United States Air Force, he rose to the highest levels at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) by the time he retired; he continues his energetic engagement with the field as a subject matter expert to the FAA as well as teaching all air traffic control courses at FMU.