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Griffith, Higgins co-present at conference

Update from Institutional Research:

Ross A. Griffith, director, is a co-author of the chapter, “Administrative Aspects of Accreditation and Assessment” in the 2013 published book, Organization and Administration in Higher Education. 

Ixavier Higgins


Ross Griffith


Ross A. Griffith and Ixavier A. Higgins, graduate student assistant, co-presented “What Drives Student Satisfaction?” at the conference of the North and South Carolina Associations for Institutional Research (NCAIR and SCAIR) in Charleston, S.C., on March 3.

The presentation can be accessed at:

Amoureux published by U.S. News

Jack AmoureuxAmerica is Asking All the Wrong Questions about Drones,” an op-ed by Jack Amoureux, a visiting assistant professor of politics and international affairs, was published by U.S. News on March 19.

Amoureux, who joined the Wake Forest faculty in 2011, teaches “The Politics of Technology and Violence.”

Beavers has study published in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Kristen BeaversKristen Beavers, a visiting professor in health and exercise science, was recently featured in the Winston-Salem Journal after her manuscript was published online in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The study found an increase in fat throughout the thigh is likely to contribute to mobility loss in otherwise healthy older adults.

“As people age, they are more likely to gain fat in and around their muscles,” Beavers said. “We speculated that gaining fat in the leg muscle itself would be related to a slowed walking speed.”

In older adults, a significant decrease in walking speed can be a predictor of disability, which can lead to a loss of independence and the ability to live in their home.

Read more in the Winston-Salem Journal »

February 2013 faculty publications

The following faculty had writings published in February 2013:

Furr, R. Michael, & Verne R. Bacharach. (Psychology). Psychometrics: An Introduction, 2nd edition. SAGE. February 2013

Morone, James, & Rogan Kersh. (Provost and Politics & International Affairs). By the People: Debating American Government. Oxford University Press. December 2012.

Dalton has article published

Mary Dalton

Mary Dalton published “Conquer or Connect: Power, Patterns, and the Gendered Narrative” in the Journal of Film and Video, Volume 65, Nos. 1-2, Spring/Summer 2013, pp. 23-29. Dalton is a professor of communication, film studies, and women’s and gender studies at Wake Forest, as well as the co-director of the Documentary Film Program.

Provost co-authors new book on American politics

Rogan KershIn a storytelling approach that weaves contemporary examples together with historical context, Provost Rogan Kersh’s new book “By The People: Debating American Government” explores the themes and ideas that drive the great debates in American government and politics.

Kersh co-authored the textbook with James A. Morone, professor of political science at Brown University. Intended for use in introductory political science courses, it was published in December by Oxford University Press.

The authors took the title from Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and the most famous line in the speech, “Government of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

Each chapter starts with fun facts designed to frame the reality of American politics and government. The goal of the authors is to get students to engage with, think about and debate the merits of U.S. government and politics.

“We’ve been working out the story line for this book throughout our teaching careers,” Kersh said. “We’ve taught everything from very large lectures to small seminars. Like all teachers we’ve learned through trial and error. We’ve worked hard to pack this book with the stories, questions and features that our students have found effective.”

A leading scholar in American political science, Kersh is best known for his work on health reform, obesity politics and interest groups/lobbying. He has published two books, more than 50 academic articles, and has provided commentary on U.S politics for dozens of media outlets including CNN, Newsweek, and The New York Times.

Go to to read the book’s preface and watch video clips of Kersh and his co-author discussing the book.

January 2013 faculty publications

The following faculty had writings published in January 2013:

Coates, David. (Politics & International Affairs). Pursuing the Progressive Case?: Observing Obama in Real Time. iUniverse. December 2012.

Sparks, Karol K., & Harding de C. Williams. (School of Law, Adjunct). The Keys to Banking Law: A Handbook for Lawyers. American Bar Association. November 2012.

Chan, Sloan have editorials published

Two Wake Forest employees had editorials published on Friday, Feb. 8.

Andy ChanThe Charlotte Observer published the editorial “Liberal arts or not, students need career guidance” by Andy Chan, the vice president of personal and career development. In his piece, Chan uses statistics from the National Association of Colleges and Employers to show that colleges have cut career development resources by an average of 16 percent this year, and shows that Wake Forest is bucking a national trend.

“Under the leadership of President Nathan Hatch, Wake Forest has intentionally invested in students’ personal, career and professional development, which is now a central component of the college experience, Chan writes. “Over $8.5 million has been raised largely from parents who believe in our mission to educate the whole person – and the investment is paying off.” He suggests a coalition of North Carolinians work together to provide students more instruction and guidance to navigate the path from college to career.

Michael SloanThe Winston-Salem Journal published an editorial written by Michael Sloan, an assistant professor of classical languages. “In Defense of Liberal Arts” is a response to North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory’s comments on national radio suggesting that taxpayer dollars supporting women’s and gender studies and philosophy is wasted money. Sloan uses recent statistics on job placement at Wake Forest to counter this assumption.

“In fact, 95 percent of survey respondents from Wake Forest University’s class of 2012 reported either being employed or in graduate school six months after graduation. Nearly 31 percent of them remain in North Carolina,” writes Sloan. “If history and philosophy and classics majors can’t find success after college, how can a liberal arts university such as Wake Forest account for these numbers?”

December 2012 faculty publications

The following faculty had writings published in December 2012:

Bueno, Lourdes, John Gabriele, & Candyce Leonard, Eds. (Humanities). Acto seguido: el personaje del teatro español contemporáneo a escena. Estreno. May 2012.

Carrasco, Jacqueline. (Music). Developing Virtuosity: A Supplemental Method for Teaching Strings, Violin – Books 2 & 3 [Commercial Recording; Performance]. Latham Music Enterprises. 2012.

Cunningham, Patricia, & James Cunningham. (Education). What Principals Need to Know About Teaching and Learning Reading, 2nd ed. Solution Tree. September 2012.

Johnston, Lucas. (Religion). Religion and Sustainability: Social Movements and the Politics of the Environment. Equinox. December 2012.

Kuberski, Philip. (English). Kubrick’s Total Cinema: Philosophical Themes and Formal Qualities. Continuum. August 2012.

Leonard, Bill, & Jill Crainshaw, Eds. (Divinity). Encyclopedia of Religious Controversies in the United States, Vol. 1 & 2, 2nd ed. ABC-CLIO. December 2012.

Plageman, Nathan. (History). Highlight Saturday Night: Popular Music and Social Change in Urban Ghana (African Expressive Cultures). Indiana University Press. December 2012.

Siebert, Glenn, & Peter Kairoff. (Music). George Whitefield Chadwick: Songs. [Commercial Recording; Performance]. Albany Records. December 2012.

Sloan, Michael. (Classical Languages). The Harmonius Organ of Sedulius Scottus. De Gruyter. September 2012.

Stacy, Helen, & Win-Chiat Lee, Eds. (Philosophy). Economic Justice: Philosophical and Legal Perspectives (AMINTAPHIL: The Philosophical Foundations of Law and Justice). Springer. September 2012.

Warren, Carl, James Reeve, & Jonathan Duchac. (Schools of Business). Accounting, 25th ed. South-Western. November 2012.

Warren, Carl, James Reeve, & Jonathan Duchac. (Schools of Business). Corporate Financial Accounting, 12th ed. South-Western. November 2012.

Warren, Carl, James Reeve, & Jonathan Duchac. (Schools of Business). Financial Accounting, 13th ed. South-Western. November 2012.

Warren, Carl, James Reeve, & Jonathan Duchac. (Schools of Business). Financial & Managerial Accounting, 12th ed. South-Western. November 2012.

Warren, Carl, James Reeve, & Jonathan Duchac. (Schools of Business). Managerial Accounting, 12th ed. South-Western. November 2012.

Siavelis co-authors article for Chilean paper

Peter SiavelisAssociate professor of politics and international affairs Peter Siavelis co-wrote an opinion piece about politics in Chile that appeared in a Chilean national daily in print and on the web.

Read the story here »