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Excellence in Academics, Engaging in Research, Connected in Service Academic Affairs 2014 Highlights

A special publication of Murray State University • 2015



A Message from the President

Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)...................................2


am pleased to share with you a special publication — Excellence in Academics, Engaging in Research, Connected in Service — that showcases academic programs at Murray State University. Within this publication you will find highlights of Murray State University academic excellence, faculty commitment to engaging in competitive research and the importance of faculty connection to the community through service. Each of these three components is vital to the university’s growth, commitment to student learning and teaching excellence. As Murray State continues to grow and enhance its strong tradition of being among the best state universities nationally, this institution is also participating in global conversations and helping solve real-world issues utilizing the applied techniques and approaches that are taught in our classrooms.

Education Abroad..................... 6 SACSCOC Reaffirmation........ 8 Graduation/Retention............. 9 First Doctoral Students..........10

Murray State faculty members are engaging in work involving and addressing a wide range of issues and challenges, which are highlighted throughout this publication. Murray State’s ongoing commitment to academic excellence, research and service continually enhances existing partnerships so they are able to expand to meet the needs of students, faculty and staff. Excellence in Academics, Engaging in Research, Connected in Service also features Murray State University’s most recent achievements and the way in which research excellence on our campuses impacts not only students, faculty and staff, but also the region, nation and world. My hope is that you will be both inspired and excited about the commitment the Murray State community shares in engaging in research and service activities. As this publication highlights Murray State’s 2014 academic year, we are pleased to present this information to provide further evidence of the dedicated efforts taking place to forward our university’s mission to serve as a nationally-recognized, residential comprehensive institution with a strong extended campus and online presence while offering high-quality associate, baccalaureate, master’s, specialist and doctorate degrees. Sincerely,

Bob Davies President, Murray State University

Regional Campuses................ 12 Largest MBA in State.............16

A Message from the Provost


s higher education continues to transform in a variety of ways, one thing remains constant: academic excellence and student learning are why we are here. In this special publication, you will find selected spotlights of Murray State University’s academic excellence in teaching, research and service that showcases our strong faculty and staff body and their endeavors to make our university great. As provost and vice president for academic affairs, I compliment the educational strength and impact that our dedicated faculty and staff have upon our students and applaud their effort in each respective field of study. It is through the efforts of our employees that Murray State continues to stay true to its mission of serving our region and students both in and outside the classroom. As our university nears its 100th year of existence in the year 2022, we are ready to continue with our long history of excellence, as well as to begin charting a new path for growth and achievement for all. It is with a sense of pride that I present to you this special publication highlighting our academic community.

Jay Morgan Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs


Minority Doctoral Fellowship.................................. 17 Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity............18 Breathitt Veterinary Center........................................20 Thoroughbred Academy.................................. 22 Faculty Development Center........................................ 24 New Academic Programs.................................. 26 Faculty Awards and Honors............................... 28 Faculty Research Spotlights.................................. 32 Faculty Service Spotlights.................................. 36 Grants........................................ 39 43

Bring Learning to Life

Murray State’s Quality Enhancement Plan


fter a year-long process that included consultation and collaboration with faculty, staff, students, alumni and community constituents, Murray State University’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) focuses on an institutional priority to improve experiential learning outcomes. The QEP was a result of a requirement implemented by the university’s accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The QEP was selected by a number of constituency groups, Dr. Adam Murray, dean of MSU University Libraries and co-director of the QEP, noted. “The topic of the QEP, the application of knowledge and skills in a real-world setting, was reached after an extensive environmental survey of MSU’s many constituency groups,” Murray said. “Faculty, staff, students, alumni, employers of MSU graduates, regional business and nonprofit organizations, and partners were given multiple opportunities to identify areas in which MSU needed to improve. Ultimately, experiential learning was overwhelmingly supported by each of these groups.” Dr. Robert Pervine, associate provost for graduate education and research and co-director for the plan, said that the QEP targets undergraduate students at the university. “The QEP will increase opportunities for our students to get hands-on learning experience during their undergraduate careers,” Pervine said.


The QEP focuses on experiential learning outcomes such as the implementation of learning experiences in which students apply principles from the classroom to a real-world setting and professional development opportunities related to pedagogical areas such as application, problemsolving, critical and creative thinking, and information literacy. Pervine and Murray spearheaded the QEP initiative along with co-coordinators Dr. Staci Stone and Dr. James Rogers. The QEP Committee formed groups of students that played a vital role in the formation of the plan. Students were involved in focus groups that sought to discover the reception of the plan, and were also part of a collaborative effort by graphic arts students who created the QEP’s key logo and a journalism class that developed publicity campaigns. Publicity included managing social media accounts and organizing a first-annual Real World Market that showcased numerous experiential learning activities.


recommendations for actions to be taken by the school to address deficiencies were received. The university has constructed a QEP Advisory Committee that includes two co-coordinators and student, faculty and staff representatives. One of the QEP’s goals is to create Experience Rich Activities (ERAs) on campus to engage students in every school, department and program.

The QEP’s focus on experiential learning allows students to synthesize information and knowledge to apply critical thinking in the transition from college to the workforce. Though the plan is still in its first year of implementation, it has already been recognized as a success by SACSCOC, which featured the plan at the committee’s annual meeting in Nashville in December 2014. The plan was highlighted as a result of the outcome of Murray State’s annual SACSCOC reaffirmation review in February 2014, for which no

Universities are changing, Rogers explained, noting that they are shifting from surviving solely as higher education institutions, to now meeting the very real needs of students post-graduation. Experiential learning plays a critical role in the development of students and their future success. “It is my hope that experiential learning becomes ingrained in the culture of Murray State over the course of the QEP,” Rogers said. The QEP involves many offices, such as service learning, education abroad, internships, and Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity. Through these offices, the QEP can award mini-grants to faculty to fund experiential learning activities. As an example, grants have purchased gas cards for students to travel to clinical sites and travel costs for event speakers. “The Mini-Grant Program is necessary so that faculty can provide innovative experiential learning opportunities for students,” Stone said. “Sometimes, the issue is not getting students to the site, but bringing the experience to campus. For example, professor Nicole Hand used a mini-grant to bring a printmaker to campus. Her students were able to pull an edition for the artist and receive professional criticism of their own artwork.”


Hand’s visitor, Dr. Joe Lupo, spoke to more than 75 students and 50 faculty. “Without the mini-grant, this visiting artist program would not occur frequently enough for all printmaking students to have the opportunity before graduating,” Stone said. Overall, the main goal of the QEP initiative is to create structured and transformative learning. Experiential learning creates connections between theories and content learned in the classroom to real-life experiences and issues. 5

Education Abroad


ontinually recognized for outstanding achievement, Murray State’s education abroad office provides not only a dynamic learning experience for students, but also a growing experience for faculty involved in program and course generation. In the past year alone, there were 22 faculty-led programs, many new. For the 2014-15 academic year, 62 Murray State faculty members taught abroad.

“While we all like to tout our participation numbers, what MSU truly cares about is the quality of our programs,” said Melanie McCallon Seib, director of education abroad. “Faculty design courses with the help of the education abroad office and previous faculty leaders, taking into account the marriage of location and content, academic rigors and cultural learning outcomes, all of which are detailed in our field standards.”

Dr. David Pizzo, associate professor of history, said the education abroad office enhances the experience for both faculty and students. He currently serves as the chair of the International Studies Advisory Committee, and has been involved with 14 programs in eight countries since coming to Murray in 2008. “Education abroad is important for professors. Few situations require more learning, preparation and ‘thinking on one’s feet’ than study abroad programs,” Pizzo said. In 2009, the education abroad office focused its attention on creating new programs. Since that time the office has grown at unprecedented rates and continues to do so, adding more than 10 new programs in the last two years, with students studying in more than 20 countries. Danielle Geier, senior from Morton, Ill., participated in the Fall 2014 Belize Teaching Experience after finding her passion for teaching abroad in the spring of 2013 when she traveled to Florence, Italy. Encouraging every student to study abroad, Geier said, “Both of my programs have definitely enriched my MSU experience. I can proudly call myself a global citizen now and the opportunities with which I have been presented have helped me to grow as a person, teacher and student. I learned something every day I was in Belize. I learned to take each day as a chance to grow with and for my future students.”


“Study abroad programs reach a new level when our students are able to teach children and interact with their counterparts in another country,” Dr. Bonnie Higginson, Professor Emeterius, said. “The Belize Teaching Experience and the Discover Panama programs provide participants with a rich educational and cultural experience. Lasting professional friendships are forged and everyone involved learns new ideas. Our teachers are then able to provide real-life lessons and stories for the children they teach in Kentucky.” Along with traditional study abroad courses, the office also creates a program every two years solely focused on admitting students with disabilities. Though students with disabilities often take advantage of other study abroad opportunities, this program is unique in that support staff from the student disabilities services office on campus is provided and a program is created around each student’s needs. Though the education abroad office’s goal is to work with faculty to create unique, global experiences for students, the office also maintains a staff that continually stays in touch with their field. They present at conferences on a regular basis and have become leaders in education abroad across the state and nation. McCallon Seib serves as the chair of the Kentucky Council on Education Abroad (KCEA) and has hosted an annual meeting of the KCEA on Murray State’s campus. The education abroad staff, through their knowledge and involvement on a state, national and international level, transfers that innovation and excitement to faculty to create programs that will continue to benefit students academically and in every aspect of their future endeavors.

“Too often, we see education abroad advisers and coordinators who are behind a desk 100 percent of their time, yet expected to train students and faculty who are studying and teaching abroad,” McCallon Seib said. “Our philosophy remains that in order to be great at what we do, we need to know what our faculty and students are going through. We need to be involved in the decision-making realm of third party and consortia programs.” “Studying abroad with MSU not only gave me invaluable experience, but also an outlook that will contribute to my career aspirations of being a foreign service officer. Paris and London were amazing places, and now I have memories that will last a lifetime. Carlton Matthews Murray State alumnus from O’Fallon, Ill. London and Paris 2013-14 “Studying abroad pushes you to do things you normally wouldn’t, meet people you never thought you’d meet, and leave as an independent, matured and cultured individual. It’s an experience of a lifetime. Stepping out of my comfort zone and participating in study abroad programs was the best decision of I’ve ever made.” Aida de la Fuente senior from Louisville, Ky. Segovia, Spain 2014





ne hundred seventy-five writers and reviewers from across campus, including deans, chairs, faculty members and staff were involved in the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) reaffirmation of Murray State University in 2013-14. These initiatives were led by Dr. Jay Morgan, SACSCOC liaison, and provost and vice president for academic affairs, and Carrissa Amburgy, university accreditation specialist, along with a team of leaders from across campus. In September 2013, the university submitted a compliance certification document consisting of 102 standards, which was followed by an on-site visit by SACSCOC in February 2014. Murray State’s accreditation was reaffirmed on Dec. 9, 2014, with no recommendations for actions to be taken to address deficiencies. Developed and implemented as a requirement from SACSCOC, Murray State’s Quality Enhancement Plan, Bring Learning to Life, will be evaluated in the university’s Fifth-Year Report in 2019.


MSU Graduation and Retention I

n the office of retention services, there are many ways that students are specifically targeted to ensure their success at Murray State. The office’s goal is to continue to raise Murray State’s graduation and retention rates and to service students by doing so. In 2013-14, rates have been similar to the university’s 2012-13 trends. While these trends allow Murray State to judge benchmarks, the office of retention services’ main priority is students. The staff engages with students through MAP-Works, an online retention platform that works to identify at-risk students. The early-alert component, “Referrals,” is the strength of the program for Murray State. Last fall, there were more than 700 Referrals on more than 500 students. Of those, nearly 85 percent were sent to the retention office. These numbers represent a significant increase from the same time in the 2013 fall semester. Dr. James Mantooth, director of retention services, said that MAP-Works helps retention services in a number of ways. “MAP-Works has really aided us in creating and sustaining productive and collaborative relationships with faculty and in intentionally intervening with students on a specific issue,” Mantooth said. “So many of our faculty are genuinely concerned for the welfare of our students.” As the MAP-Works program continues to allow faculty and staff to mark students at-risk, retention services conducts more and more student interventions. Last semester, the office had more than 180 individual student meetings (averaging 14 per week), 52 student phone conversations and 432 emails from students. This online platform is built on a core concept supported by research and experience — successful retention is driven by the early, systematic and comprehensive identification of student issues. Studies by the office show how the program works. Freshman Red and Red2 (the indicators that the students are doing extremely poorly and are high at-risk individuals) without a Referral had a fall grade point average of 1.26 and a persistence rate of 68 percent. Freshman Red and Red2 students with a Referral had a fall grade point average of 0.91 and a persistence rate of 74 percent. Students with a Referral had a lower grade point average, but a 6 percent higher persistence rate. Because of a Referral, students could be targeted early on in their college careers to help them achieve academic and personal success. 9

First Doctoral Students Graduated from Murray State


urray State Normal School was founded in 1922 to train teachers in West Kentucky. Since then, the institution has transformed dramatically. Several name changes later, Murray State University is now continuously ranked among the nation’s best postsecondary institutions. Murray State began offering graduate programs in the 1960s. The university continues to grow and now offers students from all over the world 155 bachelor’s programs, 63 master’s and specialist programs, and for the first time in Murray State history, two doctoral programs. The first to develop and implement a doctoral program, Murray State’s school of nursing graduated its first five doctoral students with doctor of nursing practice (D.N.P.) degrees in 2014. One of the most popular undergraduate fields of study offered at the university, the nursing program has steadily grown throughout the years. Dr. Marcia Hobbs, dean of the new school of nursing and health professions, and faculty have played an integral role in the creation and accreditation of the D.N.P.


“The purpose of the D.N.P. is to prepare advanced practice nurses to have skills in health policy, leadership and management, and initiating quality improvement in health care,” Hobbs said. “It really focuses on the nurse anesthetists and family nurse practitioners being able to use evidence in their practice as well as improving health care systems by putting evidence and research at the forefront.” The five graduates were already advanced practitioner nurses and post-master’s students

who worked through the program in an all-online format for two years. Of the five graduates, one is a nurse practitioner, one is a clinical nurse specialist and family nurse practitioner, and three are nurse anesthetists. All of the students were in practice during their education and continue that practice today. The program was designed to increase students’ skills in health policy, leadership, quality improvement and health strategies. The first B.S.N. to D.N.P. family nurse practitioner cohort was admitted in August

2012; the first anesthetist B.S.N. to D.N.P. students came in the fall of 2014. Murray State was the first regional Kentucky university to offer a B.S.N. to D.N.P. program. In the program, students roll straight through from their baccalaureate programs to the doctor of nursing program without obtaining a master’s degree. Dr. Dina Byers, graduate coordinator for the school of nursing and health professions, said that not only does the new program further the success of the student, but it also greatly

impacts the communities in which each of these students work. While completing the program that required full-time status at nine hours a semester, each student participating was working a full-time, 40-hour week. Byers said their commitment to their profession was immeasurable. “The 2014 graduates of the D.N.P. program are to be commended. They have completed the program while working as Advanced Practice Registered Nurses in full-time positions. This achievement shows a great commitment to the profession of nursing and to the institutions and patients they serve,” Byers said.

What Our Students Say About the Program: Since completing the program, lots of opportunities have become available to me, some of which I have taken. I also feel more secure in my current position and have applied for a promotion. – Shondell Hickman I decided to get the D.N.P. at Murray State because it was tailored to working people and I was familiar with the curriculum and the faculty. I looked at other programs, but on-campus commitments would have made it impossible to keep my present job. It has given me satisfaction to finish this degree and I feel I have a better depth of understanding about policymaking, curriculum development, leadership, theory and research. – Lorrie Springer I do believe that the D.N.P. degree has, and will, change my practice because I have learned a great deal about leadership and empirical evidence, which has altered my perspective on not only nursing, but life and personal interactions as well. I view so many things from a different outlook and realization of what is presented to me. This degree won’t affect my pay at work, but I feel that I am so much richer and a better health care provider as a result. – Michael Lovell

Their commitment goes beyond the classroom, Byers noted. “The graduates have influenced nursing and patient care at the local, regional and state levels. Throughout the program, they have demonstrated leadership abilities and represented Murray State University well. The faculty in the school of nursing and health professions are extremely proud of them.” 11

Murray State University Regional Campuses

Paducah Regional Campus Murray State’s state-of-the-art Paducah Regional Campus officially opened on Jan. 14, 2014. The new 43,000 square-foot facility is located on 23 acres and is LEED certified with an environmentally efficient design. The campus will not only allow for more fouryear students to attend Murray State in Paducah, but its location near West Kentucky Community and Technical College makes the transfer for place-bound students from there to a four-year degree program through MSU easy. The campus primarily serves


students who reside in the Kentucky counties of McCracken, Marshall, Graves and Ballard, as well as Massac County in Illinois. With the opening, the university launched a new bachelor’s degree program in logistics and supply chain management. During its first semester in Spring 2014, overall course enrollments increased 29.5 percent over the previous spring semester. In Fall 2014, total course enrollments increased 19 percent over the previous fall semester. The Paducah campus was presented with the 2014 Paducah Civic Beautification Award by the Paducah City Commission.


Murray State University Regional Campuses

Madisonville Regional Campus

Hopkinsville Regional Campus

The Murray State University Madisonville Regional Campus, located on the campus of Madisonville Community College (MCC), extends academic outreach opportunities primarily to students who reside in Hopkins, Muhlenberg, Webster, Crittenden, Caldwell and McLean counties in Kentucky.

MSU’s Hopkinsville Regional Campus offers a variety of bachelor’s and master’s degree programs at its own 36,000 square-foot facility. Murray also maintains a large presence in the Hopkinsville Community College service area for students who reside primarily in Kentucky’s Christian, Todd and Trigg counties, as well as Montgomery County in Tennessee.

MSU-Madisonville is currently focused on the BuildSmart Campaign, along with KCTCS and Madisonville Community College, to raise $5 million for a new postsecondary education building on MCC’s North Campus. When constructed, the 55,000 square-foot, $20 million facility will assist in the increased demand for a highly educated and skilled workforce along the new I-69 corridor. The education center will foster greater use of distance learning technologies to deliver degree programs and serve as a community resource, training and conference center. Both Murray State and Madisonville Community College recently finalized the Memorandum of Understanding for this new facility; MSU will lease one-half of the building for a minimum of 20 years. A joint admission agreement for a blended bachelor’s degree program in nursing was recently signed between MSU-Madisonville and Madisonville Community College. This agreement will allow MCC nursing students pursuing an associate’s degree in nursing a faster and more convenient way to complete a bachelor’s degree in nursing at Murray State. The program marks the first of its kind to be offered at the Madisonville campus or at any other MSU regional campus.


MSU-Hopkinsville’s Fall 2014 course enrollments increased 17 percent over the previous fall semester with a total of 693 course enrollments. A cohort of 20 students began the accelerated master’s of business administration program, in which participants can earn the M.B.A. degree in as little as 18 months. Construction plans are currently underway to finish out the remaining classroom space at the Hopkinsville campus. This additional space will provide for the expansion of degree program offerings and future enrollment growth.

Henderson Regional Campus Murray State’s Henderson Regional Campus is located at Henderson Community College. The Henderson campus continues to see enrollment growth as it serves students who primarily reside in the Kentucky counties of Henderson, Union and Webster, and Vanderburg, Warrick and Posey counties in Indiana. MSU-Henderson saw a 3 percent enrollment increase in Fall 2014 over the previous fall semester for a total of 213 course enrollments. Another notable mention is that 91 percent of MSU-Henderson’s elementary education graduates were successfully employed as local area teachers in 2014. 15

Largest MBA Program in the State


he Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business (AJBCoB) at MSU has the largest master’s of business administration (MBA) program in Kentucky, and a prestigious 100 percent online MBA. Murray State’s MBA program has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1981 — one of the earliest in Kentucky to be AACSB-recognized. Murray State followed the University of Kentucky as the second school to earn AACSB accreditation (1976) at the undergraduate level. The most recent AACSB Maintenance of Accreditation at MSU was in 2013; the next is scheduled for 2018 under the five-year review cycle. Dr. Gerry N. Muuka, associate dean of the AJBCoB, noted that MSU’s online MBA program is high quality,

a value for student investment, and that all faculty who teach online MBA classes have Ph.D. degrees from some of the top universities in the U.S. and abroad. They are the same faculty who teach on-campus MBA classes, which ensures program quality. Murray State’s MBA program utilizes three delivery methods — the traditional on-campus option, the 100 percent online MBA and a professional MBA (P.MBA) accelerated weekender option at regional campuses. The accelerated weekender P.MBA rotates every two years between the four regional campuses. Because of its large business education market, Paducah will see a new cohort introduced in August 2015. 

Minority Doctoral Fellowship —Tracie Gilbert


doctoral candidate originally from Milwaukee, Wis., Tracie Gilbert is now completing her second and final semester at Murray State University as the first-ever Minority Faculty Fellow. Though her job description looks much like a traditional professor at the university, she was hired as part of Murray State’s initiative to diversify campus community perspective. The initiative directly targets African Americans, but also seeks to enhance diversity campus-wide through representation from other groups as well. Gilbert is currently working on her dissertation for her doctoral program in human sexuality studies out of Widener University in Chester, Penn. This is one of only two doctoral-level programs offered across the nation in this field. In addition to her studies, Gilbert serves as a faculty member in both the psychology, and the English and philosophy departments, where she teaches classes such as abnormal psychology, introduction to gender and diversity studies, and the psychology of human sexuality. Through her teaching, Gilbert works on the university’s initiative to grow campus-wide diversity. In her gender and diversity studies courses, she uses the time to open up discussions about the intersectional nature and experience of gender.

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This includes the intersection of gender with race, socioeconomic status, gender identity and sexual orientation, along with other subjects. By presenting films, speakers and literary works, Gilbert addresses gender through a multitude of various lenses and disciplines. One of the largest forums in which Gilbert focused on diversity at Murray State was through the daylong teach-in, Eracism 101. The forum was a way for students, faculty and staff to come together to directly respond not only to the events unravelling in Ferguson, Mo., after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer, but also to issues being experienced on campus and, specifically, those related to social media platforms like Yik Yak. Eracism 101, Gilbert said, was a means of rebuttal to the negative responses several individuals had received after protesting the original case. Not only was the day a way to resist these comments, but it also served as an educational platform. “The issues that have grown out of the events in Ferguson are real,” Gilbert said, “and ones that should continue to be addressed and discussed as we continue to work toward an increasingly diverse campus.” 17

Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity


uring the 2013-14 academic year, undergraduate students were engaged in research experiences across the institution. One hundred twenty of those undergraduate students collaborated with the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity (URSA) through one of its various programs. This alone represented 134 unique faculty-mentored undergraduate research experiences. URSA offered three programs to provide financial support for supplies, equipment, operating expenses and research-related travel. Also awarded were three meritorious Research Scholar Fellowships valued at $1,500 each through a competitive process resulting in recipients from the areas of biological sciences, creative writing, and industrial engineering and

technology. All three recipients presented their work at national conferences, including two at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. During 2013-14, former fellowship recipients had their work selected for publication in three prestigious journals — Development Genes and Evolution, The Compass and American Midland Naturalist. Two former recipients won first place for their efforts at the Kentucky Academy of Science annual conference in the fields of botany and geology. Ten URSA grants covering researchrelated expenses up to $400 each were awarded in the fields of biological sciences, industrial engineering and technology, psychology, pre-veterinary medicine and nursing. URSA also awarded 17 Travel Support Grants providing up to $200 toward travel expenses and $100 for poster development/printing to support students presenting at professional conferences such as the American Chemical Society, the Southeastern Psychological Association and the Undergraduate Medieval Conference.

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Aaron Hale, senior middle school education major from Wingo, Ky., conducted research on middle school students’ perceptions of behavioral function. He sought to validate instrumentation meant to analyze students’ perceptions of frequency in which they exhibit bullying-type behaviors and the social context in which this occurs. Amanda Smith, senior elementary education major, studied the effects of color on students’ perceptions of personalities that ranged from students in Kindergarten through 12th grade and beyond. Hale and Smith were mentored by Dr. Brandi J. King in Murray State’s department of early childhood and elementary education. Their projects were accepted for presentation at the annual conference of the International Association of Social Sciences and Behavioral Research in New Orleans, La. The research conducted by Hale and King was accepted by the Journal of Social Science Research, a double blind referred journal, for publication. Murray State University continued to lead the coordination effort for the statewide annual Posters-atthe-Capitol program for Kentucky’s public universities and community colleges. Now in its 13th year, the program strives to increase understanding of the important role undergraduate research plays in the education of our students among those responsible for higher education funding in Kentucky. Murray State had 19 projects — the maximum allowed for 2013-14 — selected for display before public policy officials. Participants came away from the experience noting the value of the program in networking them with student researchers and faculty from other institutions, while providing a venue to present to a general audience. Two URSA participants, Samuel Pellock and Carli Whittington, were named outstanding spring graduates of Murray State University. Their selection continues a trend of URSA participants being selected for recognition based on highly meritorious academic achievement. Pellock, a senior chemistry/ biochemistry major from Highland, Ill., conducted

research on the validity of Darwin’s Naturalization Hypothesis relates to the stages of invasion. The resultant paper from this research was published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Community Ecology. Whittington, a biological sciences/pre-medicine major from Slaughters, Ky., performed a research student entitled, “Linear and Covalently Crosslinked Polyesters Containing a Pendant Imidazolium Group: Synthesis and Thermal Properties” that led to a presentation at the American Chemical Society National Meeting in Indianapolis, Ind. Pellock and Whittington participated in Posters-at-the-Capitol. In addition to URSA’s regular programming, the coordinator visited classrooms to discuss research opportunities. URSA partnered with the school of nursing and health professions in hosting the second annual Evidence-Based Best Practices in Clinical Health Care as a day-long session. More than 70 students presented community-based and leadership evidence-based best practice projects. The office partnered with the University of Kentucky and the Council on Postsecondary Education to establish the Kentucky Consortium of Undergraduate Research (KCUR) as a mechanism for programs similar to Murray State’s to network and raise awareness of the benefits of this type of experiential learning. Dr. David Ferguson, professor in the Hutson School of Agriculture, was honored with the University Distinguished Mentor Award for his contribution to the intellectual growth of his students through research and his commitment to their long-term professional development. Murray State’s annual Scholar’s Week celebration of research and scholarly activity concluded the year with 104 undergraduate projects and 24 graduate projects being presented. More information about URSA can be found online at or by calling 270.809.3192.


Breathitt Veterinary Center


ver the years, Murray State University’s Hutson School of Agriculture has continued to thrive at the regional, state and national levels. The latest growth of the school is through the development and construction of a new Breathitt Veterinary Center (BVC) in Hopkinsville, Ky.

The Breathitt Veterinary Center is an animal veterinary diagnostic testing facility that has full veterinary testing capacities and is staffed with some of the best scientists and veterinary practitioners in the world. It is certified by the Centers for Disease Control to test for “high impact” diseases of concern to the state, region and nation, and is the only animal diagnostic lab in Kentucky with BSL3 testing capabilities. There is a direct correlation between the university and the BVC faculty — each faculty member at the BVC has teaching responsibilities for the veterinary technology program offered by the Hutson School of Agriculture. That corresponds with a portion of the BVC’s mission to provide instruction via collaboration, online platforms such as Canvas, which Murray State uses, and on-site lectures and labs. The key, Dr. Tony Brannon, dean of the Hutson School of Agriculture, said, is that Murray State is the only

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regional comprehensive university in the nation that has both an accredited veterinary diagnostic lab and a veterinary technology program. Though many land grant universities include these kinds of programs for students in their offerings, Murray State is the only non-land grant university in the country to do so. Dr. Debbie Reed, BVC director, noted that not only does the center work closely with Murray State and its students, but is also heavily involved in the community at local, regional and state levels. “The BVC is an integral part of the public health community,” Reed said. “The livestock and animal populations serve as sentinels for human disease and the BVC works with veterinarians and animal owners to diagnose and prevent transmission of disease.” The scientific disciplines of pathology, microbiology, molecular diagnostics, toxicology, serology and virology are all provided in the facility. Because of

the level of skill exhibited by the staff, the BVC is accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians to offer diagnostics for all species of animals. Brannon said that the center has a specific impact and contribution to the poultry industry in the state. With poultry assuming the top position as an agricultural asset in Kentucky, BVC provides some of the most extensive poultry work in the state. “The Breathitt Veterinary Center is not only of importance to Murray State University and our students, but is also of prime importance to the entire animal industry in the commonwealth of Kentucky,” Brannon said. “The faculty and staff of the BVC work efficiently and professionally to provide animal

disease diagnostics and prevention to ensure a safe and secure supply for our population.” When the new Breathitt Veterinary Center facility is completed, its already excellent work will be enhanced by a doubling of its functional lab space to provide for the fastest, most accurate and most dependable diagnostic service possible. It will also have stateof-the art classroom space and electronic teaching technology to support student undergraduate and graduate level research projects. “The BVC brings science to life in agriculture,” Brannon continued. “We currently have some of the greatest scientists, faculty and staff in this industry and they will finally reside in a facility that matches their excellence.”

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will introduce students to academic programs, residential colleges, financial aid, scholarships and other aspects of college life.

Phase I — Trigg and Christian Counties Murray State University’s Thoroughbred Academy is in its second year after superintendents from Trigg and Christian counties voiced a desire to collaborate with the university to offer students at their local high schools a real college experience. Different from the dual credit courses taught chiefly by properly accredited high school faculty members, the superintendents wanted their students to be able to participate in college courses as they would if they were enrolled as traditional freshmen.

“By taking classes on a university campus, taught by university instructors, in classes filled with students from a variety of backgrounds, high schools and locations, Thoroughbred Academy students receive a more realistic taste of college life than they would if they took traditional dual credit classes taught at their individual high schools,” Duncan said. “This college experience will leave our Thoroughbred Academy students highly prepared for entering college full time upon graduation from high school and should increase the likelihood of successful and on-time graduation.”

Out of this conversation came the Thoroughbred Academy, which had an enrollment of 55 juniors in 2013-14. These juniors continued in the Academy as seniors in 2014-15 when they were joined by an additional 50 juniors who began their fist year. The academy is a two-year program. Each academy course is selected in consultation with the school systems’ curriculum specialists and guidance counselors to ensure that classes satisfy both high school and university curricular requirements. Students take their two college-level courses in conjunction with their high school schedule and meet once a week at Murray State’s Hopkinsville Regional Campus. Slone Cansler, director of the Hopkinsville Regional Campus, serves as a liaison between Murray State and participating school systems. Cansler helps students navigate the university system and also facilitates communication among Murray administrators, faculty, students and schools. “These programs are an integral part of outreach for the university. They show MSU’s commitment to our service region and our stakeholders,” Cansler said.

Phase II — Main Campus Thoroughbred Academy As the success of the first Thoroughbred Academy continues with Trigg and Christian counties, Dr. Jay Morgan, provost and vice president for academic affairs, along with Dr. Renae Duncan, associate provost for undergraduate education, have begun expansion with Mayfield and Marshall County high schools. Students will continue to convene at Murray State’s main campus in the fall of 2015, and classes will only be offered to senior-level high school students.

Cansler said the Thoroughbred Academy is beneficial in several ways, allowing MSU to reach out to students with an opportunity to earn college credit and foster a relationship with students who will hopefully become Racers. “This is an amazing opportunity for students to gain a great deal of college credit for a very good price, but students gain more than just that,” Cansler noted. “It’s been amazing to watch our Thoroughbred Academy students grow and learn in this environment where personal responsibility, communication and collaboration are emphasized. Here, they are gaining wonderful skills that will benefit them far beyond high school and college as they become our future engineers, entrepreneurs, teachers and leaders in the professional world.”

The students will, as the pilot academy, pay tuition equivalent to that of the Racer Academy (a significant discount on regular tuition), purchase their own textbooks and pay a one-time application fee. Students will be encouraged to grow as a cohort, and will be provided a place to congregate during lunch and between classes, just as they are at the current Hopkinsville campus. During these breaks, speakers 22


Faculty Development Center


n the fall of 2014, Murray State University opened the Faculty Development Center (FDC). The FDC provides opportunities for ongoing discussions about pedagogy and instructional design. These are accomplished in oneon-one and group settings through faculty consultations, classroom visits, faculty learning communities, workshops and conferences.

The goal is to foster advancement of engaging pedagogy and effective instructional design across campus. In conjunction with the university’s core mission, the center cultivates an institutional climate that values, promotes and rewards teaching excellence at Murray State. The FDC developed and offered 62 pedagogy and instructional design workshops during the Fall 2014 semester. Four main events were also offered, including New Faculty Orientation, Student Veterans

Day Panel, Fall Forum and 12 Gadgets. The Fall Forum was devoted to the new QEP, “Bring Learning to Life,” and featured guest speaker Dr. Gregory Lorenz, vice president of the National Society for Experiential Education. The FDC also supports faculty through its New Faculty Academy, a series of monthly workshops offered to new faculty to assist them in having a successful start with teaching, and the Faculty Learning Community, a group of cross-disciplinary faculty who participate in activities grounded in the scholarship of teaching. One of the major ways in which the center reaches faculty is virtually. Lilia Murray, coordinator of the Faculty Development Center, created two websites for faculty to access information about teaching — a general FDC website ( and an additional site designed specifically for new faculty ( These sites feature recorded workshops and numerous video series that are also posted on YouTube. With content such as “Dear First-Year Me,” where fulltime faculty give advice to their younger academic selves, and “60 Seconds on Teaching,” which give


Faculty are not just content experts — they are teachers as well. As such, they must have pedagogical and instructional design resources and development opportunities available to them. Lilia Murray, coordinator of the Faculty Development Center

minute-long clips of teaching tips to faculty, these videos have been a way to engage educators across campus without requiring their physical presence in a workshop. The FDC also sends out weekly Teaching Tuesday newsletters containing workshop information, videos and teaching articles. Murray cites the importance of the new center to changes in education over the past decade. “Faculty are not just content experts — they are teachers as well. As such, they must have pedagogical and instructional design resources and development opportunities available to them,” Murray said. “Today’s students expect — no, demand — effective teaching. If they don’t get it, they’ll go elsewhere.

The need for faculty development has never been more imperative.” New faculty are especially encouraged to attend these programs, and many do; more than 300 people attended the 50 currently conducted workshops. All of the workshops proved helpful. “They are a huge asset to those of us who are making a transition from actively practicing our profession to teaching,” Jonathan Payne, lecturer in science, engineering and technology, said. “The Faculty Development Center is really helping to develop better teaching skills and make that transition to teaching easier.” 25

New Academic Programs Master of Science in Economic Development

This degree prepares students to work in the field of local and regional economic development. Students gain both classroom and practical training in the methods of economic development. Graduates from the program will have the equivalent of two years of work experience. The program is a one-year cohort based degree; students spend one academic year on campus (August through May) and complete both an internship and capstone project. 30 hours Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business Department of Economics and Finance

Master of Science in Sustainability Science

This degree program is an interdisciplinary exploration of sustainability issues related to science, appealing to students with interests in the environment, advance technology and sustainable development. Integrating knowledge and experiences from each science department as well as departments from the Hutson School of Agriculture and the college of education and human services, the program is designed to provide students with a master’s-level understanding of topics including ecological health, advanced energy technology and other specific applications of sustainability. The program is designed to encourage the implementation of sustainable practices in response to local, regional, national and global issues. For more information, visit 30-32 hours Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology Watershed Studies Institute and Department of Biological Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administration

The Health Information Administration (HIA) program will prepare students for employment in the health care field. HIA professionals play a role in maintaining, 26

collecting, interpreting, analyzing and protecting data those health care providers rely on. Graduates will interact with clinical, financial, administrative information technology and legal staff to interpret data for patient care, research, and statistical reporting, planning and database content development. 120 hours School of Nursing and Health Professions Department of Applied Health Sciences

Public Relations Practice Graduate Certificate

Students pursuing a master’s degree in mass communications have a new option of a certificate in public relations. The degree plan combines professional skills such as advertising, public relations and strategic communications with an intellectual skills core of theory, research and ethics. All students complete a comprehensive professional project for a real client and may choose a professional internship as a component of the degree. Another option, for those students not seeking a master’s degree, is a companion 18-hour Certificate in Public Relations Practice. This program concentrates on professional skills and is well suited for part-time students. 18 hours Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business Department of Journalism and Mass Communications

Data Analytics Minor

Modern organizations are looking for ways to leverage their vast data resources to identify directions for growth, develop long-term vision and discover hidden and unfulfilled needs. This demand is driven primarily by the widespread availability of clean, well-structured data and the software to access and disseminate such knowledge. “Data analytics” has become that tool to fulfill organizational needs. A Google search for “data analyst,” “data scientist,” “business intelligence,” etc., will yield several thousand job listings. Students with this background are hired because they bring a combination of required skills rarely found in a single

person. They will have a sound understanding of statistics, database technology and business. 21 hours Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology Department of Computer Science and Information Studies

Entrepreneurship Minor

The minor in entrepreneurship is now available for students majoring in a technical field of any kind and who want to pursue the start of their own business that is related to the expertise from their degree program. 21 hours Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business Department of Management, Marketing and Business Administration

Information Studies Minor

The information studies minor is designed to cultivate learners who have an interest in the interdisciplinary study of the role of information in modern society. Upon completion of the minor, students will be able to demonstrate appropriate advanced informationseeking methods with the ability to utilize specific resources to accomplished advanced informationseeking tasks; discuss the complications of such controversial topics and be able to take an informed stand on public policy purposes; utilize skills attained within this program in professions or advanced degrees that require critical thinking in information; and create and/or contribute new knowledge as part of the information society. 21 hours University Libraries

Golf Course Management Minor

The golf course management minor is a program available to students wishing to further their knowledge of the sport of golf and the management of golf courses. 21 hours Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business Department of Management, Marketing and Business Administration Hutson School of Agriculture Department of Agricultural Science

Theatre Design/Technical Minor

The theatre design/technical minor was put into place to accommodate students who wish to pursue theatre design in the specific areas of scenic, lighting and costume. Additionally, students who want to pursue careers in backstage work such as stage managers, stage crew personnel, costume wardrobe personnel and other positions will benefit from this minor. It has been paired with a major that utilizes hands-on experience with technical elements such as television production. 21 hours College of Humanities and Fine Arts Department of Theatre

Theatre Performance Minor

This minor is utilized by students who are interested in being on stage for theatre performances. The new program encompasses acting courses along with other support courses such as musical theatre dance. This minor is excellent for students studying music performance and for any student interested in pursuing acting for film, television or theatre. 21 hours College of Humanities and Fine Arts Department of Theatre

Sports Communication Minor

Globally, amateur and professional sports are a multi-billion dollar industry with millions of fans, consumers and participating athletes. The benefits of the sports communication minor will allow students to select a major that fits their interests and career objectives and combine it with a minor that focuses on the sports industry. The combinations are endless and though the application will vary from student to student as their careers and interests differ, the sports communication minor will readily prepare students to participate in the continuously growing sports industry. 21 hours College of Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business Department of Organizational Communication

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ach year, Murray State University celebrates and rewards outstanding achievement by its exemplary faculty. The recipients of the following awards demonstrate a strong commitment to excellence in the classroom, impactful service, engagement in research, scholarship and creative activity, enthusiasm for their discipline and a sincere interest in the growth and well-being of students.

Faculty Awards and Honors

Distinguished Professor Don Chamberlain Department of Accounting Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business

Max G. Carman Professor & University Distinguished Mentor David Ferguson Department of Agronomy Hutson School of Agriculture

Distinguished Researcher

Presidential Research Fellow

ODK Faculty Adviser of the Year

Faculty Distinguished Service

University Emerging Scholars

University Emerging Scholar

Tan Zhang Department of Mathematics and Statistics Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology

Terry Derting Department of Biological Sciences Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology

David Gibson Department of Mathematics and Statistics Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology

Jack Rose Department of Educational Studies, Leadership and Counseling College of Education and Human Services

Bellarmine Ezumah Department of Journalism and Mass Communications Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business

Gary Morris Department of Occupational Safety and Health Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology



Faculty Awards and Honors

T he R ege n ts T eachers

Cynthia Barnett Department of Modern Languages College of Humanities and Fine Arts

James McCoy Department of Economics and Finance Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business 30

Michael D’Ambrosio Department of Music College of Humanities and Fine Arts

Rudy Ottway Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology

Ajay Das Department of Adolescent, Career and Special Education College of Education and Human Services

Daniel Hepworth Department of Criminal Justice College of Education and Human Services

Robert Pilgrim Department of Computer Science and Information Systems Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business

Alyx Shultz Department of Agricultural Science Hutson School of Agriculture

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Faculty Research

S P O T L I G H T Dr. Duane Bolin While Dr. Duane Bolin’s research covers a vast number of topics including politics, religion, sports, medicine, transportation and education, he mostly focuses on the state of Kentucky. He works to highlight the areas of Kentucky and southern history that are in danger of being lost. He writes a weekly “Home and Away” column in several newspapers across the commonwealth, along with another column, “In Search of the Humanities,” that is a regular feature in the Kentucky Humanities magazine. One of Bolin’s largest projects is a biography of the late University of Kentucky basketball coach Adolph Rupp, currently under contract and forthcoming with the University Press of Kentucky. Bolin’s publications are as numerous as his research interests. He published two books in 2000, one of which, Bossism and Reform in a Southern City: Lexington, Kentucky, 18801940, was a finalist for the Kentucky Governor’s Award. Bolin’s book, Home and Away: A Professor’s Journal, published by Acclaim Press,


will appear in April 2015. His book chapter, “The Lady Who Helps Blind Children See: Linda Neville and Kentucky’s Crusade Against Blindness in the Twentieth Century,” will appear in Kentucky Women: Their Lives and Times, published by the University of Georgia Press, also in April 2015. Bolin has been a local guest commentator on public radio station WKMS and he appeared on The History Channel’s The States feature on Kentucky.

Dr. Kathy Callahan Dr. Kathy Callahan’s research publications examine the criminal activity of women in London in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. One of the most important aspects of this work was also looking at the state of the English economy and what role war played in the ups and downs of it. The criminality of women was certainly tied to poverty and unemployment. No research or studies have examined women, war, work and crime in this specific period as in depth as Callahan’s. She has published three articles on the topic and is currently engaged in

new research on two Scottish duchesses, and hopes to have an article out this summer on the lives of Anna Scott, Duchess of Buccleurch, and Anne Hamilton, Duchess of Hamilton.

Nicole Hand For the past 10 years, Nicole Hand’s prints have explored the issues of inequality in family structures based on gender, using symbolism to represent the lineage of a family and the hierarchy that can take place based on gender. She has also addressed the concept of loss, mourning and nostalgia and how it can be a catalyst for transformation in a family structure or group. Hand’s preferred printing process is intaglio, specifically, etching, a process through which a drawing is made on a copper plate and then etched into the plate with acid. She also makes artist books that are constructed with historically significant techniques. They are hand bound and the images inside the book are made with the same intaglio process. Hand has been making books for the past eight years and has done a significant amount of research into the history and technique of bookbinding and artist books so that she is able to create each structure accurately. Within the field of printmaking, Hand is regularly asked to serve as a visiting artist. Since 2000, she has been a visiting artist at more than 30 universities,

lecturing on the content of her work, demonstrating printmaking techniques and working with students and faculty. During that period her work has also been included in over 300 national and international solo, invitational and juried exhibitions, some of which focus on gender roles and feminism. More than 50 museums, galleries and universities have added her work to their permanent collections. In 2014 alone, Hand displayed her work nationally and internationally in eight different locations.

Dr. Ajay Das Dr. Ajay Das’ research covers the education of students with disabilities, teachers’ perspectives on co-teaching and inclusive education, needs assessment for inclusive

Faculty Research

S P O T L I G H T education and special education in Asian countries. As part of his doctoral research, Das developed a needs assessment instrument and established its psychometric properties. This instrument has been used in a number of research projects in other countries. Results obtained from the use of this instrument have been published in top-tier international peer-reviewed journals. In the last few years, Das has published eight peer-reviewed journal articles and three book chapters. Along with his extensive publications, Das was also invited to several conferences throughout the year, the latest being “Jagdish Patel Memorial Lecture” at one of the largest non-government organizations in India.

Leslie Engelson Leslie Engelson is involved in numerous aspects of the University Libraries. As a metadata librarian, Engelson not only teaches, she also manages the cataloging department at Waterfield Library, the university’s largest library. Her research focus involves

connecting researchers with the information they require. Specifically, Engelson examines the efficiency and cost effectiveness of cataloging, subject heading application, training library media specialists and open access as a means of scholarly communication. Currently, Engelson is investigating the level of cataloging training and education specialists need to provide quality access to the school library collection. She plans to compare this to how much training actually occurs. Engelson also works with four other librarians at the university to investigate concerns of the MSU faculty and to educate them on open access publications and authors’ rights. Engelson and those with whom she works have started a longitudinal study to assess the effectiveness of MSU’s education initiatives and efforts.

Ashley Ireland Ashley Ireland was drawn to the interdisciplinary nature of librarianship, and she has continued in this vein with her professional publications and presentations. Her first international presentation was a paper applying critical theory to teaching information literacy to students accustomed to long-tail marketplaces such as and iTunes. After that, her research transitioned to focus more on assessment of library services and collections using quantitative methods.

and information literacy may be taught successfully using video games, as well as research into specific metrics for academic library impact and value.

Dr. Jason Jaggers

Ireland has published and presented on new models for growing collections in academic libraries, as well as the assessment of those new models. She is interested in research that reflects the value of academic libraries to users and research on the communication of that value to stakeholders. Most recently, Ireland has collaborated on research that specifically looks at the relationship between retention and the known use of collections and services among all students. Because retention is an increasingly critical issue for higher education and libraries serve as a means for student academic engagement that hasn’t largely been captured, it is hoped that the research will identify types of library use that are predictors of student success. Ireland presented preliminary results from the study at the annual American Library Association conference in Las Vegas in June; an article is expected to be submitted for publication soon. Other planned research involves a counter-argument based in critical theory to increasing proposals that composition

Dr. Jason Jaggers’ research focuses on the benefits of routine exercise with clinical populations, specifically with HIV patients and Type 2 diabetics. Jaggers’ most recent research has begun testing the effectiveness of community-based physical activity interventions with these specific clinical populations. In short, though members of these specific populations are aware of the many benefits of exercise, the challenge is to find successful ways to have them to act on that knowledge and actually begin to live a more active lifestyle. Very few exercise physiologists have focused their research on HIV patients or Type 2 diabetics. Since 2009, Jaggers has published a total of 11 journal articles and two book chapters.


Faculty Research

S P O T L I G H T Dr. Kevin Miller

Dr. Michael Kalinski Dr. Michael Kalinski, chair of the department of applied health sciences (AHS), has more than 200 scholarly papers and abstracts, 13 books and 146 research presentations to his credit. As department chair, Kalinski has initiated the establishment of three new laboratories in the AHS department — Clinical Exercise Physiology and Metabolism, Therapeutic Interventions and Musculoskeletal Evaluation. These labs create a state-of-the-art health science facility that provides a superior hands-on instruction to undergraduate students in exercise science and athletic training programs through integrative, in-depth laboratory experiences. Kalinski’s research is in the areas of exercise biochemistry and exercise physiology. Topics from his years in Ukraine and the U.S. span from the extensive investigations of the role of cAMP and cAMPdepENDENT protein kinase of skeletal and cardiac muscles during exercise (intracellular regulation) to the cellular mechanisms of muscle injury.


Dr. Kevin Miller has been an assistant professor in the department of chemistry since the fall of 2010. His research interests are in the general areas of organic and polymer chemistry; however, his lab focuses specifically on chargecontaining materials called ionic liquids, which are liquid salts that consist of poorly coordinated ions. Ionic liquids have become a popular area of research over the last decade due to the growing number of applications, including “green” solvent replacements, electrolytes for batteries and incorporation into polymeric, electroactive devices. Ultimately, undergraduate and graduate students in Miller’s lab gain experience in synthetic organic and polymer chemistry as well as handson training with a variety of analytical instruments. The end goal of his research is to develop fundamental structure-property relationships of ionic liquids and ionic liquidcontaining polymers in an effort to enrich their prospective applications. Over the past three years, Miller and his students have published seven peer-reviewed papers

and given 15 presentations at local, regional and national professional meetings. Miller’s research is currently supported by the American Chemical Society, the National Science Foundation and Murray State’s Committee for Institutional Studies and Research.

Dr. Gary Morris’, CSP, research centers around truly characterizing noise exposures to sailors in the Navy while stationed on a nuclear powered aircraft carrier and the noise-induced hearing loss costs at the Department of Veterans Affairs. While there are OSHA standards relating to exposure, Morris’ research studies the accuracy of these exposures. The most significant aspect of his studies is the collaboration between professor and student. Morris takes students with him on research trips, which consist of flying out to the CVN (aircraft carrier) and staying at sea, collecting data. Though noise can be taught in a classroom, Morris said it is much more practical and exciting to learn


on an actual CVN during flight operations. Morris’ research has been accepted for publication in Professional Safety, in the Office of Naval Research Hearing Loss Program Review and has won first place for several poster board presentations at national conferences.

Dr. Murphy Smith

Dr. Gary A. Morris

Faculty Research

Dr. L. Murphy Smith, CPA, is the David and Ashley Dill Distinguished Professor of Accounting at Murray State. He is a nationally prominent research scholar whose work focuses on international financial reporting, ethics and information technology. His academic accomplishments include more than 150 journal articles, 18 books and monographs, more than 100 academic conference presentations, 35 research grants, and 20 awards and special recognitions for teaching and research. His work has been cited in various news media, including National Public Radio, Fortune, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal. Smith ranks in the top 1 percent of authors on Social Sciences Research Network (, with his articles having been downloaded more than 39,000 times. Google Scholar shows his work has been cited over 1,230 times. Smith’s research offers value to faculty, students, business practitioners, policymakers and others who are seeking information on developments in international financial reporting, the role

of ethics in business and society, and the impact of new technologies. Smith was an invited speaker at a U.S. Congressional Hearing in Washington, D.C., on business and accounting ethics. He has given numerous ethics presentations to faculty, students and businesspersons. In 2013, he presented a webinar on ethics to the Kentucky Society of CPAs. In addition, he has spoken at the United States Air Force Academy, University of Baltimore Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics and Veritas Forum at Texas A&M University. Smith’s research shows how a healthy work-life balance leads to superior job performance and improved ethical decisionmaking. His ethics research includes an article, “Human Trafficking: A Global MultiBillion Dollar Criminal Industry,” that was published in 2014 in the International Journal of Public Law and Policy, and was coauthored with Dr. Katherine Taken Smith, MSU marketing professor, and MSU graduate student Hannah Martin. Smith’s coauthored textbook on international

business, Introduction to Global Business: Understanding the International Environment & Global Business Functions, was published by Cengage Learning. “The field of accounting has a long history of multinational influences, going back to ancient times. Examples of ancient Middle East writings on accounting topics include biblical passages. Use of accounting reports to monitor a steward’s performance is described in Jesus’ parable of the ‘unjust steward’ in Luke 16:1-13. The internal control concept of dual custody of assets appears in the Apostle Paul’s handling of money in 2 Corinthians 8:18-20. The ‘Father of Accounting,’ Luca Pacioli, was a Franciscan friar who lived in Venice, Italy, and authored the first book on double-entry accounting in 1494,” Smith explained. Smith’s most recent book is the seventh edition of The Bottom Line is Betrayal, an educational novel published in 2014 and coauthored with Dr. Katherine Taken Smith and LSU professor Dr. Larry Crumbley. Built around a plot featuring global business, fraud and corporate espionage, the novel demonstrates how diverse areas of business work together for the overall success of the firm. Smith is active in professional organizations such as the American Institute of CPAs, Institute of Management Accountants and the American Accounting Association. On campus he is

a member of Christian Faculty Network and serves on MSU’s Strategic Planning Committee on Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity and the College of Business Tenure Committee.

Dr. Howard Whiteman Dr. Howard Whiteman is a professor of biological sciences and director of the Watershed Studies Institute. As an ecologist, Whiteman studies the interactions between organisms and their environment. His research interests vary, as both he and his students work on questions at multiple levels of biological organization: individuals, populations, communities and ecosystems. Additionally, much of his research has either an evolutionary, behavioral or conservation component to it. One of the major projects Whiteman is currently working on involves the evolutionary and ecological interactions of salamander populations. Whiteman has collaborated with a number of individuals on the project including postdoctoral

research associate, Dr. Alycia Lackey; former graduate students Tom Anderson and Michael Moore; current undergraduate student Brad Hartman; and Drs. Christopher Mecklin and Maeve McCarthy from the department of mathematics and statistics. Whiteman’s research is currently funded by an NSF Research at Undergraduate Institutions Grant for the next four years. Another significant research project involves understanding the diversity and ecosystem function of a degraded southwestern stream in Colorado. Whiteman has collaborated with graduate students Scot Peterson, Kaylin Boeckman, Carla Rothenbuecher and undergraduate student Quentin Bergman on this project, as well as Dr. Nancy Buschhaus, a faculty member at the University of Tennessee-Martin. This work is providing unique insight into how to better manage and restore degraded stream ecosystems and is funded through a private foundation, the High Lonesome Institute, where the research is being conducted. Whiteman’s newest project is one in which he and graduate student Melanie Torres are working to determine the distribution of a destructive fungus within amphibian populations in Colorado. This project is in collaboration with Dr. Robin Zhang of the department of geosciences, and Paul Jones, a Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologist.


Faculty Service


Dr. Dina Byers Dr. Dina Byers is currently involved in service at the university, school, state and community levels. At the university level, she is serves as the chair of the Academic Excellence Strategic Planning Committee, a group responsible for the initial developments of MSU’s strategic planning related to academic excellence. Byers also serves on the university’s Graduate Coordinators Committee, as chair of the Racer Roundup team for Caldwell County and on MSU’s Faculty Senate. At the school level, Byers is the graduate coordinator for the school of nursing and health professions where she worked with the graduate faculty to develop and implement the first doctoral program at Murray State. During the D.N.P. developmental process, Byers worked closely with the accreditation applications and processes. She is also responsible for recruiting graduate students for the D.N.P. and spends a large amount of time with potential students. Byers serves as an adviser to both graduate


and undergraduate nursing students, and is the chair of the School of Nursing and Health Professions Graduate Committee. In addition, Byers serves as the facilitator between the school of nursing and health professions and multiple hospitals, arranging senior nursing students’ clinical practicum experiences. The practicums provide the students with experiential learning that prepares them for nursing practice after graduation and career development. At the state level, Byers serves on the Kentucky Board of Nursing, which has a mission to protect public health and welfare by developing and enforcing state laws governing safe practice nursing. She participates in Active Steps, an educational and exercise program for adults with Type 2 diabetes.

Dr. Haluk Cetin Dr. Haluk Cetin, professor in the department of geosciences and director of Hyperspectral Laboratory and a research associate at the Mid-America Remote Sensing Center has been active in the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) for many years. He has served as a vice president for the Student Activities Committee of ASPRS and was Kentucky Councilperson for the ASPRS Mid-South Region from 1999-2001, holding first and second vice president positions from 2001-2004. Cetin served as a president

of the ASPRS Mid-South Region for two years and as the student coordinator of the Mid-South Region for six years. He has been serving as national director of ASPRS Mid-South Region since 2010 and helps organize events for the region and hosted the 2002 ASPRS Mid-South Region Fall Conference at Murray State. Most recently, Cetin has served as chair of the 2014 American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Annual Conference held in Louisville, Ky., in March 2014. He also served on the Continuing Education Committee of Division and Environmental Geosciences of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists as chair and member between 1997 and 2002. He is currently the faculty adviser for the Murray State student chapter of ASPRS.

Dr. Barbara Cobb On campus, Dr. Barbara Cobb is involved in a number of service and outreach initiatives. She works as coordinator of academic advising, where she ensures that the more than 300 faculty and professional academic advisers have the

training and resources they need to do their jobs. At Murray State, the advising model is student-centered — MSU wants every student to succeed and the academic advisers are committed to that student excellence. Cobb also serves as coordinator of the multidisciplinary liberal arts major. Each liberal arts major has a unique academic program, geared toward each student’s career and professional objectives. In addition to her work on campus, Cobb has put in hundreds of hours of service in middle schools in the region piloting performancebased units on Shakespeare’s plays in grades 3-8. Cobb has led numerous workshops for English and language arts teachers, and has given presentations on the Shakespeare units at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., at the National Council of Teachers of English Convention, and at other national and regional conferences. Currently, Cobb is serving on a Strategic Initiatives Committee focused on student success, as well as on a number of department and college committees. Cobb said that though teaching

Faculty Service

S P O T L I G H T and research are what qualify faculty members for their jobs in higher education, service is the heartbeat of the university.

Dr. Bommanna Loganathan Since coming to Murray State in 1997, Dr. Bommanna Loganathan has been involved in many service outreach activities on campus and in the community. He has participated in intraand inter-departmental collaborations on curriculum, grants, purchase of laboratory equipment, etc., and has served on more than 30 M.S. thesis committees. As a faculty member in charge of the Chemical Services Laboratory, his chemical analysis service to MSU’s regional industries helps to make safer, better products, ranging from nail polish to plastic materials that are distributed globally. Loganathan is a member of Four Rivers Watershed Watch, helping to monitor regional water quality. He has offered a successful service learning course incorporating water quality monitoring and provided opportunities for local students to help the community by using materials learned in the classroom. As the chemistry study abroad ambassador, Loganathan helps in the planning, organization and execution of study abroad courses including the International Experience in Chemistry–Japan and England.

He played a significant role in the creation of an academic exchange agreement between MSU and the University of Toyama in Japan. Loganathan is a leader in the MSU Sigma Xi chapter and the Joint Sigma Xi Symposium of the University of Tennessee-Martin, the MSU Posters-at-the-Capitol, the Kentucky Academy of Science and at the Southern Regional Education Board meeting in Atlanta, Ga. He is an active member of Elizabeth College and the treasurer of the MSU Faculty Club board. He works with the international community through the International Students Retention Committee and as a

faculty adviser for the Indian Students Association. The international students gave him the 2010 Sandra Flynn Professor of the Year Award. He also serves on the Faculty Senate. As a coordinator for the Chemistry Celebrate Earth Day, Loganathan led efforts to reach out to regional K-12 schools with an illustrated poem contest. Two students won national awards. Loganathan, through his public relations efforts and his personal research, was instrumental in the designation of the National Historic Chemical Landmark (NHCL) in Eddyville, Ky., representing Murray State’s and Kentucky’s first NHCL site. His involvement with regional, national and international service boards and committees includes the American Chemical Society (ACS), Kentucky Lake Section of the ACS, Hudson River Foundation, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National

Science Foundation and the Indian Chemical Society. While traveling abroad, Loganathan has organized symposia, given presentations and participated in study abroad and collaborative research. He is a manuscript reviewer for several peerreviewed international journals and is currently coediting, with an international group of experts, an ACS Symposium volume.

Dr. Dana Manley Dr. Dana Manley is involved in service activities in and around the university that are both professionally and community focused. She currently serves on university committees such as the Coalition for Alcohol Risk Education and regionally as a board member of the Area Health Education Center. Most recently, Manley completed her tenure on the state Committee of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. “Participation in service allows for the building and growth of relationships that can blossom into partnerships that can benefit the university and the students,” Manley said.


Faculty Service

S P O T L I G H T Mathematical Biosciences Institute. McCarthy volunteers locally with a second-grade girls STEM Club.

Dr. Megan Musselman

Dr. Maeve McCarthy Dr. Maeve McCarthy participates in service activities throughout the university and at the national level. McCarthy serves on the MSU Faculty and Staff Insurance and Benefits Committee and the University Tenure Committee. In 2012, McCarthy received the Neil V. Weber Award for Excellence in the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology. She has been the executive director of the Association for Women in Mathematics for several years, and has served on the editorial boards for the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and the Science for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). Currently, she is chair of the MAA Special Interest Group on Mathematical Biology and is on the Committee on Invited Paper Session. McCarthy’s SIAM committee involvement includes the Education and Membership committees. She has judged several SIAM competitions and is a member of the Diversity Committee of the


Dr. Megan Musselman has established an active service outreach record while at Murray State. She is an active member in the Kentucky Association of Teacher Educators (KATE) where she has served as vice presidentelect and vice president. Currently, as presidentelect, she is planning the 2015 annual conference. Musselman is an active member of KATE’s national affiliate, the Association of Teacher Educators. She has had presentations accepted for the national conference for the past six years and served on the 2014 national conference planning committee, as well as a three-year term on the Distinguished Educator Award Selection Committee. Locally, Musselman serves as the treasurer for Murray State’s Phi Delta Kappa chapter, a national organization of education professionals. During her tenure, Musselman

has reviewed conference proposals for multiple state and national conferences and professional journals. At the regional level, she is active in delivering professional development and educational consultation services to schools and districts. Musselman also serves on the Business and Education Partnership Committee for the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce, helping connect local businesses and industry leaders with school personnel and assisting in identifying needs of the schools that can be met by local businesses. At the local level, she is a weekly volunteer at Lone Oak Elementary School and serves as a member of its Site-Based Decision Making Council and serves on the United Way Creative Campaign Committee, which works with area businesses to organize fundraiser events.

Elizabeth Price Elizabeth Price serves the university in a number of ways. She is a proponent of Murray State’s residential college system and enjoys her work as a member of Lee Clark College. She has coached Clark’s academic teams and helped with the debate team the last three years. Price has also been selected twice to teach an IDC 199 seminar for Clark, “Is Google Evil? The Perks and Pitfalls of a Pervasive Technology.” She was awarded the Faculty Angel Award from the Clark community in both 2012-13

In 2013-14, Murray State faculty and staff were awarded over $7 million, collectively. The following represents faculty and staff who received grants larger than $100,000, continuing Murray State’s research, academic and service excellence.

Barbara Washington | MSU Special Education Alternative Certification Program | Kentucky Department of Education | $140,000

and 2013-14. Because of her active role in the system, she was chosen to serve on the president’s Residential College Review Committee to examine the system’s capability to be revamped and expanded. In addition to her work with the residential college system, Price is the university’s service learning coordinator. Service learning is considered a highimpact teaching practice; Price is tasked with increasing the number of faculty who teach service learning courses and provide resources to help them develop those courses. She also serves as the University Libraries’ ambassador for the Quality Enhancement Plan Advisory Committee, where she helps determine funding for mini-grants and Golden Key Fellows, approves experiential learning activities and organizes workshops to help the library faculty connect to Murray State’s work on the “Bring Learning to Life” campaign. In the community, Price speaks to regional high school journalists about headline writing at the department of journalism and mass communications’ annual High School Journalism Workshop.



Shanna Burgess | Murray State University Student Support Services 13-14 | U.S. Department of Education | $240,452

Tony Brannon | Bioengineering Utilization, Demonstration, Research | U.S. Department of Agriculture | $145,224

Caroline Atkins | Resource Parent Training | Eastern Kentucky University | $101,560

Tony Brannon | Equine Trust Fund 14-15 | Council on Postsecondary Education | $240,000

Caroline Atkins | Independent Living | Eastern Kentucky University | $219,715

Loretta Maldaner | Area Health Education Center | University of Louisville Research Foundation | $252,350

Caroline Atkins | Training Support Network | Eastern Kentucky University | $385,917

Alexey Arkov | CAREER: Structure-function Analysis of Germ Cell Organelles | National Science Foundation | $177,507 Carmen Greenwood | Two phase conservation and enhancement of American Burying Beetle (Nicrophorus americanus) monitoring protocols in Oklahoma | XTO Energy Inc. | $174,864

Doris Clark-Sarr | AIMS I | Eastern Kentucky University | $248,771 Doris Clark-Sarr | AIMS II | Eastern Kentucky University | $248,771 John Mateja | McNair Scholars Program | U.S. Department of Education | $213,232

Jack Rose | Kentucky Center for School Safety | Eastern Kentucky University | $119,450

Donna Kitchen | KHEAA Work-Study Program | Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority | $160,000

Kit Wesler | El Yunque Forest Plan Revision Support | U.S. Forest Service | $103,043

Kate Lochte | FY14 Radio CSG | Corporation for Public Broadcasting | $135,184

Steve Cobb | Internship and Professional Practice Program | James Graham Brown Foundation | $450,000

Loretta Daniel | WRCET | Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation | $175,000

Christopher Woolridge | Murray State University Small Business Development Center | Kentucky Small Business Development Center | $136,598

Howard Whiteman | RUI: Are the Effects of Size-Structure on Trophic Cascades Mediated by Demographic Feedbacks? | National Science Foundation | $459,998 39



In 2012-13, Murray State faculty and staff were awarded over $6 million, collectively. The following represents faculty and staff who received grants larger than $100,000, continuing Murray State’s research, academic and service excellence.

Raymond Sims | MERR Scholarship 13-14 | Kentucky Department of Education | $270,000 Tony Brannon | Equine Trust Fund | Council on Postsecondary Education | $120,000 Tony Brannon | Racer Academy of Agriculture: Building a Bridge Between Secondary Agricultural Education and Baccalaureate Degrees in Food and Agriculture | U.S. Department of Agriculture | $136,138 Alexey Arkov | CAREER: Structure-function Analysis of Germ Cell Organelles in Drosophila | National Science Foundation | $173,603 Lana Jennings | KTAP 12-13 | Kentucky Cabinet for Health | $123,895 Joseph Baust | Center for Environmental Education | Council on Postsecondary Education | $100,000 Jack Rose | Murray State University Special Education Alternative Certification Model Program | Kentucky Department of Education | $140,000 Jack Rose | Kentucky Center for School Safety | Eastern Kentucky University | $119,450 Jack Rose | Murray State University Special Education Alternative Certification Model FY14 | Kentucky Department of Education | $140,000 Shanna Burgess | Student Support Services 12-13 | U.S. Department of Education | $254,301 40

Caroline Atkins | Training Resource Center — Resource Parent | Eastern Kentucky University | $101,560 Caroline Atkins | Training Resource Center — Independent Living | Eastern Kentucky University | $299,918 Caroline Atkins | Training Resource Center — Training Support | Eastern Kentucky University | $385,917 Caroline Atkins | Diligent Recruitment | Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services | $208,660

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OFFICE OF THE PROVOST Murray State University Dr. Jay Morgan Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Renae Duncan Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education

Doris Clark-Sarr | AIMS I | U.S. Department of Education | $262,500

Dr. Robert Pervine Associate Provost for Graduate Education and Research

Doris Clark-Sarr | AIMS II | U.S. Department of Education | $262,500

Production Staff

John Mateja | McNair Program | U.S. Department of Education | $225,000 Kate Lochte | Community Service Grant FY2013 | Corporation for Public Broadcasting | $128,162 Loretta Daniel | WRCET 12-13 | Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation | $175,000 Loretta Daniel | West Kentucky AgBioworks Agri-Energy Demonstration Center-Equine Center | Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet | $309,000 Howard Whiteman | Conservation Planning and Trophic Cascades Research for the Kimball Creek Watershed | High Lonesome Ranch | $116,000

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