Presentations and Recent Publications 


University Collective Summer 2017

Justin Bennet

Justin Bennett ’04 BA assistant professor of theatre and technical director, was a panel speaker at the 57th Annual United States Institute for Theatre Technology Conference & Stage Expo in St. Louis, Mo. His sessions focused on production support spaces as critical to stage productions, and teaching essential materials outside a dedicated course, which he presented alongside Jaime Davis BA ’17. Bennett holds a master’s in fine arts from the Yale School of Drama, where he received the Edward C. Cole Memorial Award. 


University Collective Summer 2017

Dr. Stephanie Boswell

Dr. Stephanie Boswell, associate professor of psychology in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, and UIW senior Fabiola Almeida conducted two presentations; “Development and validation of an academic self-efficacy measure for undergraduates” and “Further validation of a new measure of academic self-efficacy” at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA). Also at the meeting Boswell and UIW senior Chris Gonzaba presented “Development of a Measure of Undergraduate Research Self-Efficacy: A Pilot Study.” Boswell also had a single-author presentation “Consumerism’s relationships with college self-efficacy and college commitment.”


University Collective Summer 2017

Dr. Mark Clark

Dr. Mark Clark, associate professor of medical humanities in the School of Osteopathic Medicine, published “Wandering in Darkness: Narrative and the Problem of Suffering,” “The Renewal of Generosity: Illness, Medicine, and How to Live,” “Admission, Children’s Unit” and “The Fall” in the “New York University Literature and Medicine Database.” He is the UIW Coordinator for the AACOM “Project in Osteopathic Medicine and Empathy,” an unprecedented study on empathy to include all U.S. osteopathic medical students.



Dr. Sharon Gustowski, chair of the department of osteopathic principles, practices and integration at the School of Osteopathic Medicine, authored a technique manual, along with Maria Budner-Gentry, DO, and Ryan Seal, DO. The book is called “Osteopathic Techniques: The Learner’s Guide.” It is a step-by-step instruction manual with 160 videos that introduce a spectrum of osteopathic manipulative techniques. Incorporating principles of psychomotor learning, which enable optimal skill acquisition during both independent and supervised practice, this book allows self-paced review and learning.


University Collective Summer 2017

Sr. Martha Ann Kirk

Sr. Martha Ann Kirk CCVI, professor of religious studies, Sumeyra Tek, adjunct instructor of physics, and Lisa Uribe of Women’s Global Connection gave a presentation on how leadership opportunities can combat inequality and gender gaps on local and global levels at the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women conference held in New York in March. As President of the World Council of Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Jessica Kimmel, UIW professor emeritus delivered the keynote address.



University Collective Summer 2017

Jennifer Kish

Jennifer Kish, PT, DPT, SCS of the School of Physical Therapy, accompanied Class of 2018 students Natalie Wojdyla, Amber Trevino, Troy Massie and Craig Akin as they participated in the American Physical Therapy Association 2017 Federal Advocacy Forum held March 26-28 in Washington, D.C., to keep the issues that impact physical therapists and patients a priority for Congress.



University Collective Summer 2017

Dr. Kevin Salfen

Dr. Kevin Salfen, associate professor of music history, had his chapter “Traces of Nô: Modularity and Saturation in The Burning Fiery Furnace and The Prodigal Son” published in “Benjamin Britten Studies: Essays on an Inexplicit Art” (Boydell and Brewer, 2017), and his chapter “Anthologizing Christmas: Britten’s Literacy and A Boy Was Born” was published in “Essays on Benjamin Britten from a Centenary Symposium” (Cambridge Scholars, 2017).



Dr. David Vequist founder and director of the Center for Medical Tourism Research in the H-E-B School of Business and Administration, was a featured guest at a conference titled “Secrets to Preventing and Treating Disease in the Ever-Changing U.S. Health Care Landscape” hosted by Liberty International. The one-day conference was held in Austin, Texas, and featured, in addition to Vequist, John MacKey, Mary Ruwart, Sally Pipes, Naomi Lopez-Bauman and Kyle Varner. Vequist expanded on the conversation about medical tourism, patent consumerism and free markets winning in health care.


Awards and Recognition

University Collective Summer 2017

Dr. Holly DiLeo

Dr. Holly DiLeo, assistant professor in the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions and Clinic Coordinator of the Nursing Cardinal Wellness Center, was selected by the “San Antonio Business Journal” as a 2017 San Antonio Health Care Hero. The awards recognize people who have made an impact on health care in our community through their concern for patients, their research and inventions, their management skills, their innovative programs for employees and their services



Dr. Chris Edelman, associate professor of philosophy, is one of a select group of faculty members nationwide chosen by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and the Center for Hellenic Studies to participate in an Ancient Greece in the Modern Classroom seminar, “The Verbal Art of Plato.” CIC and the Center for Hellenic Studies recently selected 21 faculty members out of 51 highly competitive nominations to participate in the seminar in July at Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies campus in Washington, D.C. The program is generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


University Collective Summer 2017

Dr. Jessica Ibarra

Dr. Jessica Ibarra, assistant professor in the School of Osteopathic Medicine, was selected by the Scholarship and Alumni Office at Palo Alto College (PAC) as the 2017 Outstanding Former Student. As part of the honor she delivered the commencement address in May to the PAC graduates during the spring 2017 ceremony.




University Collective Summer 2017

Margaretl Mitchell

Margaret Mitchell, professor of theatre, was appointed in March to a three-year term as a general editor for “Theatre Design and Technology Journal,” a publication of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology. She also serves as the English-language editor web page content director for the international costume designers of OISTAT (The International Organization for Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians).



University Collective Summer 2017

Dr. Tanja Stampfl

Dr. Tanja Stampfl, associate professor of English, was selected from a competitive, national pool of nominees to participate in a faculty seminar on the teaching of interfaith understanding. The seminar is offered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), with support from the Henry Luce Foundation. Twenty-five faculty members participated in the five-day Teaching Interfaith Understanding seminar in June, at DePaul University in Chicago, Ill. The program aims to broaden faculty members’ knowledge and strengthen their teaching of interfaith understanding, with the development of new courses and resources.


University Collective Summer 2017

Dr. Nürşen Zanca

Dr. Nürşen Zanca, professor of economics, was selected as a 2017 Rotary Peace Fellow by Rotary International. Annually, the Rotary names up to 100 professionals from around the world as fellows enabling them to study at one of their peace centers. As part of the Peace Fellowship, she will travel to Bangkok, Thailand, and attend the Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University for three months. Past recipients of Rotary Peace Fellowships include journalists, historians and other peace promoters. Zanca is the first economist to receive this fellowship.