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FACULTY KUDOS Wenbin Sun, Ph.D., associate professor of marketing, wrote an article titled “Re-examining Corporate Social Responsibility and Shareholder Value: The Inverted-U Shaped Relationship and the Moderation of Marketing Capability,” which has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Business Ethics.

Anne Pearce, MFA, associate professor of art and director of the Greenlease Gallery, had an exhibition titled “Everything is Going to Be Alright” at the Bradbury Art Museum at Arkansas State University.

Marcie Swift, PT, Ph.D., FAAOMPT, associate professor of physical therapy, and Tobey Stosberg, MSN, MAE, R.N., assistant professor of nursing, presented their research study that involved physical therapy and nursing students working together in an acute care simulation at the 2018 International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare. It was titled “Interprofessional Simulation Enhances Nursing Program Outcomes.” NEWS

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Literature and Values Guide English Professor


nteraction with students is what Elizabeth Barnett, Ph.D., said she values most about her career as an assistant professor of English at Rockhurst. Whether it is coaching students through literary journal submissions or discussing books with former students who drop by her office, those moments of connection are what drive her. “Having student-centered outcomes as a value at Rockhurst is refreshing,” Barnett said. “Research is important, but students shouldn’t be second to that.”

Elizabeth Barnett, Ph.D.

Whether for comfort, pleasure, inspiration or to exercise intellect, Barnett said that whatever paths her students take, she hopes they keep literature in their lives. According to Barnett, career is important, but not enough to have a complete life. That is why the Jesuit core value cura personalis – care for the whole person – resonates with her. “To have something else to refer to other than a business model – something that values the soul – is a great thing,” Barnett said.



Barnett has recently expanded her love for literary art beyond the classroom as the new director of the Midwest Poets Series, which brings renowned poets from across the country to Rockhurst. As a writer, Barnett looks forward to connecting with other poets and expanding her taste through student and community suggestions. As the director, she says she feels fortunate to carry on the 35-year-old tradition started by her predecessor, Robert Stewart, who will be the featured poet at the launch of next year’s series. “He has been so gracious and generous about turning over the series and what I can accomplish. It is a nice symmetry for him to go from curating poets to being the poet,” Barnett said of Stewart. “It feels right to both of us.” Barnett, who has poems published in national literary journals, also serves as faculty editor of the Rockhurst Review, a literary journal published by Rockhurst University.

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The magazine for Rockhurst University.

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