Publications, grants, conferences and awards

Carolyn Nielsen, associate professor in the Department of Journalism, had her article "Coproduction or cohabitation: Are anonymous online comments on newspaper websites shaping news content?" published in the May 2014 issue of New Media & Society.

The abstract begins:

Carol Guess, a professor in the Department of English at Western Washington University, has been selected for the The Philolexian Award for Distinguished Literary Achievement, given by the Philolexian Society of Columbia University.

Past winners include John Hollander and Lydia Davis.

Guess will receive the award at a ceremony on the Columbia University campus in April.

Genet Simone, academic program director with Woodring College of Education at Western Washington University, presented "Beyond 'Control': Redefining Classroom Management with the Five Wisdom Energies" at the fifth annual conference of the Association of Contemplative Mind in Higher Education at Amherst College in Amherst, Mass., Nov. 8 to 10, 2013.

A brown bag of this presentation was also offered Jan. 16 in Miller Hall on the Western campus.


Keith Russell, professor and director of Western Washington University's recreation degree program, was given a 2014 Leadership Award this past weekend from the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs.

Rae Lynn Schwartz-DuPre, an associate professor in the Department of Communication at Western Washington University, recently authored a collection titled "Communicating Colonialism: Readings on Postcolonial Theory(s) and Communication."

Uniting communication and postcolonial studies, the volume historically situates seminal essays in the field alongside new essays that aim to answer the question, “How, if at all, might communication scholars extend, or even renew, the postcolonial dialogue?”

Tim Costello, director of the Center for Service-Learning at Western Washington University, will be recognized at the 16th annual Whatcom Family & Community Network Community Building Awards for his “work at the Center for Service Learning that creates a more meaningful connection between students and real needs/action in the community,” according to Geof Morgan, executive director.

Farrokh Safavi, a professor of finance and marketing at Western Washington University, delivered a presentation on “Exploring Patterns of Academic Success for Young Iranian Female Students in the Area of Marketing Management: A Field Study” at The International Association of Business and Public Administration Disciplines conference in Dallas, held April 17 to 21, 2013. Safavi also chaired two sessions of the conference. His paper is included in the conference proceedings.

Cornelius Partsch, a professor of German in the Department of Modern & Classical Languages, published two articles recently:

  • "Autopol: Prison, Privatisation and Dystopian Turn in Contemporary Sci-Fi" in a volume on the German-Bulgarian writer Iliya Troyanov (Julian Preece, ed. Ilija Trojanow [Contemporary German Writers and Filmmakers Series]. New York; Peter Lang, 2012, pp. 45-63).
  • "The French Threat in Vicki Baum's 'Helene'" in the Journal of Teaching and Education 1.4 (November 2012): 149-158.

Joseph Hunter, an assistant professor of special education at Western Washington University, presented “Identifying the Successful Strategies in an Efficacious Story-Based Behavior (Intervention System: A Study of a Summer Day Camp for At-Risk 7-12 year olds)” at the National Social Science Association/National Technology & Social Science Conference held March 24-26, 2013, in Las Vegas.

Jennifer Green, an assistant professor in the Elementary Education Department at Western Washington University, presented “Everything You've Wanted to Know about Suffix and More” at the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Conference held March 20-23, 2013, in Dallas.