Accolades, presentations, publications and more from the University of the Incarnate Word faculty.

University Collective Fall 2017Dr. Caroline Goulet, founding dean and professor of the School of Physical Therapy, Matt Walk, assistant professor, alumna Monica Mendez, students Alexandra Cooper and Melanie Bass, and translator Karol Walk, traveled to Oaxaca, Mexico to participate in the Los Quijotes annual health mission. The UIW team was joined by faculty and students from Instituto Profesional en Terapia y Humanidades (IPETH) to form the Medicina Fisica team, which saw 250 clients over four days.

University Collective Fall 20172017 Rotary Peace Fellow Dr. Nürşen Albayrak Zanca participated in an intensive 12-week course on peace studies and conflict resolution at the Rotary Peace Center in Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. “I sincerely believe that at UIW I have a great potential to promote and create desire for peace among young, international minds,” said the professor of economics in the HEBSBA. “My career as an economist puts me at the right place to inspire for a culture of peace and tolerance. I will continue to empower, educate, and increase the effectiveness of peace builders in my community.”

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Dr. Joshua Bazzy, assistant professor of management in the H-E-B School of Business and Administration (HEBSBA), published the works “Integrity, Ego Depletion, and the Interactive Impact on Counterproductive Behavior” (Bazzy, J.D. & Woehr, D.J.) in Personality and Individual Differences; and “An Examination of the Role of Self-Control and Impact of Ego Depletion on Integrity Testing,” (Bazzy, J.D., Woehr, D.J., & Borns, J.) in Basic and Applied Social Psychology.

Dr. Hans Bruntmyer
, assistant professor in the School of Osteopathic Medicine (UIWSOM), is a volunteer physician with New Braunfels Volunteers in Medicine, which provides primary medical and dental care to low-income residents at no cost.

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Dr. Pat LeMay Burr, distinguished chair in international business, has been elected to head the National Fulbright Association Chapter Committee that oversees the activities of 60 Fulbright chapters in the world. She is serving her second year on the National Fulbright Association Board of Directors and is the only Texan on the 23-member board. Burr is also the founder and president of the San Antonio Fulbright Association.

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Dr. Anna Castaneda Tabet, assistant professor in the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions (SNHP), has published “Exploring and Comparing Anxiety Levels on Patients Admitted Twice to a Detox Unit with a Primary Diagnosis of Alcohol Dependence and Withdrawal: A Pilot Study” (Tabet, A, Oliver, J., and Diaz, R.) in the Journal of Addiction, Research and Therapy. Tabet also presented the topic at poster presentations at the National Symposium of Nurse Practitioners in Keystone, Colo. and during Research Day at UIW.

Dr. James Chapman
, assistant dean of clinical affairs and director of clinics in the Rosenberg School of Optometry (RSO) earned a Masters of Jurisprudence (M.J.) in Health Care Law from the Loyola Chicago School of Law.

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Dr. William L. Carleton, professor of kinesiology in the SNHP, presented “Left Behind the Proficiency Barrier: Strategies for Successful Motor Development,” and “Bringing Back the Excitement of Teaching: Get Over Burn Out” at the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance 33rd Annual Summer Conference in San Marcos, Texas.

University Collective Fall 2017Dr. Russell Coates, clinical assistant professor and director of outreach programs in the RSO, was honored with the Ed Zlotkowski Faculty Award for Service Learning. Coates was honored for his efforts to establish regional and international mission trips for optometry students.

University Collective Fall 2017Dr. Esmeralda de los Santos, marketing professor in the HEBSBA, delivered two presentations in September. De los Santos and Ana Gonzalez, director of Instructional Technology, presented the poster, “A Survey of Tried and Tested Technology Tools in Undergraduate Online Business Courses,” developed and written by de los Santos, Dr. Nürşen Zanca and Ana Gonzalez, at the Quality Matters Connect Conference in Fort Worth, Texas; and “Tracking Artisanal Trade: The Quest for Fine Mexican Craftsmanship,” at the 2017 Southwest Texas Fulbright Symposium in San Antonio, Texas.

University Collective Fall 2017Dr. Jean Dols, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, associate professor in the SNHP presented several works this year, including “Chronic Disease Burden and the Impact on Nursing Practice in South Texas,” (Dols, J.D., Hoke, M., Gunter, D., & Weis, K), and “Causation and Confounding Factors for 30-day Readmission of Kidney Transplant Patients: A Descriptive Study,” (Dols, J.D., Chargualaf, K., Flagmeier, M., Spence, A., & Timmons, A.) at Sigma Theta Tau International’s 28th International Nursing Research Congress in Dublin, Ireland; “Building a Transplant Research Environment,” (Dols, J.D., Chargualaf, K.A., Spence, A., & Flagmeier, M.) at the International Transplant Nursing Society 26th Annual Educational Meeting in Orlando, Fla.; “30-Day Readmissions of Kidney Transplant Patients,” (Morrison, M., Flagmeier, M., Spence, A., Timmons, A., Chargualaf, K., & Dols, J.D.) at the 2017 Texas Kidney Foundation Spring Symposium in San Antonio; “Challenges for the Hispanic Female Kidney Transplant Patient,” (Chargualaf, K. A., Dols, J.D., Timmons, A., Flagmeier, M., Morrison, M., & Spence, A.) at the UT Health San Antonio 4th Annual Cultural Inclusion Institute in San Antonio; and “University-Hospital Partnership: Nursing Evidence-Based Practice Program with Multi-Disciplinary Implementation” (Dols, J. & Pomerleau, T.) at the 2017 American Nurses Association Putting Quality into Practice in Tampa, Fla.

University Collective Fall 2017Dr. Mary M. Hoke, PHCNS-BC, RN-BC, ANEF, professor and dean of the SNHP and Nursing Faculty, and members of the nursing continuing education committee led the presentation of the 2017 Sr. Charles Marie Frank Lecture and Poster Session. Guest lecturer Ann Kurth, PhD, CNM, MPH, FAAN, Dean and Linda Lorimer Professor of Nursing at Yale University presented “Planetary Health: Nursing’s Challenge in Preserving Human Health.” Twenty-three poster presentations were accepted from a wide array of submissions from students, faculty and the community for the Sr. Charles Marie Frank scholarly poster sessions. Three nursing experts served as judges including Dr. Mary Elaine Jones, the former UIW Brigadier General Lillian Dunlap Chair in Nursing, Dr. Jennifer Cook, a UIW alumna and former member of the UIW graduate nursing faculty; and Sr. Teresa Stanley, former dean of the School of Nursing.

University Collective Fall 2017Dr. Lori Kels, MPH, assistant professor in the UIWSOM, published the works, “Considerations for Dermatologists when Treating U.S. Military Service Members,” (Kels CG, Kels LH.) in the International Journal of Women’s Dermatology; and “Legal Ramifications of Ambiguous Clinical Guidelines,” (Kels CG, Kels LH.) in JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association.

University Collective Fall 2017Sr. Martha Ann Kirk CCVI, professor of religious studies, was appointed as the UIW representative to the Inter-University Higher Education Committee, subcommittee of the History and Education Committee, which contributes to the development of San Antonio Tricentennial observations. Kirk presented an exhibit on Incarnate Word history at the San Antonio Tricentennial Summer Institute for Educators 2017. She also led “Standing with the Paris Climate Agreement, Celebrating and Dancing with Creation,” a performance at the Blue Hole Headwaters Sanctuary. She is the director of an Interfaith Innovation Grant of $4,000 awarded by the Interfaith Youth Corps for an educational series to increase interfaith understanding in faculty and their students, developed with Dr. Lopita Nath, associate professor and Department of History chair, and Dr. Susan Hall, professor in the Dreeben School of Education and the director of UIW’s Center for Teaching and Learning.

University Collective Fall 2017Dr. Anil T. Mangla, director of public health and associate professor for biomedical research in the UIWSOM, published “Using System Science to Inform Population Health Strategies in Local Health Departments: A Case Study in San Antonio, Texas”, which demonstrates a plan to save the city $400 million dollars in diabetes prevention. Mangla has also authored “Evaluating Oral Fluid as a Screening Tool for Lead Poisoning” about a less-invasive and child-friendly lead-screening technique using oral fluid instead of a blood sample. He has also published “Enhancing Empathy and Communication Skills among Future Healthcare Providers through Partnership with a Community Museum” and “A Possible Case of Aerosol Transmission of Rickettsia typhi.” He has successfully implemented a school-based vaccination drive for the Southside Independent School District in collaboration with the University’s nursing and pharmacy departments to provide 544 doses of vaccine to children ages 4 to 17. Mangla is a national subject matter expert on infectious diseases and represents UIWSOM in the media on public health. Mangla was awarded $400,000 from the Hogg Foundation to improve mental health in District 3.


Dr. William Miller, associate dean for academic affairs and professor in the RSO, has been named Educator of the Year by the Texas Optometric Association. At UIW, Miller is responsible for curriculum development and has stressed the importance of integrating technology. He has also worked with other health professions schools to create opportunities for interdisciplinary education.

University Collective Fall 2017Dr. Julie Nadeau MSN, RN, CNE, associate professor and Bachelor of Science in Nursing chair, was selected by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to serve as a consultant for Holistic Admissions in Academic Nursing. The consultants assist colleges and universities that receive funding through the Nursing Workforce Diversity Program (HRSA-17-063) to enhance holistic review of applicants to their nursing programs.

University Collective Fall 2017Margaret Mitchell, professor of theatre arts, and the Art Department hosted and celebrated the opening of the art exhibit, “Shakespeare in Prague: Imagining the Bard in the Heart of Europe,” on Sept. 8. The exhibition is a collaboration between the University of the Incarnate Word, the Columbus Museum of Art (CMA), the Folger Shakespeare Library and the National Gallery in Prague. Dr. Joseph Brandesky, co-curator at CMA presented a lecture. Martina Cerna of the National Gallery also visited UIW.Mitchell is currently co-curating U.S. artwork for an international costume exhibition, “Innovative Costume: The Next Generation,” which will be held in the A. A. Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum on Red Square in Moscow in June of 2019.

University Collective Fall 2017Dr. Katherine C. Payne, assistant professor in Management Information Systems in the HEBSBA authored “Development and Validation of the Information Systems Creative Self-Efficacy Scale,” which was accepted to the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences; and “Examining the Learning Effects of Live Streaming Video Game Instruction over Twitch,” which was accepted to Computers in Human Behavior.

University Collective Fall 2017Dr. Héctor Pérez, associate professor of English, presented the paper “Al(lure) of the Globalized Factory City,” at the Postcolonial Studies Association annual convention in London. The paper analyzes fictionalized representations of the femicides of Ciudad Juárez and proposes new critical approaches.

Dr. Brett A. Richardson, coordinator of music education and director of bands, has been invited to present at the 2018 Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention, February 14 – 17, held at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio. Attended by nearly 25,000 music educators, college students and industry professionals, Richardson will present two workshops on musical score study, job longevity and maintaining a positive influence in the profession.

University Collective Fall 2017Dr. Roberto Saldivar, assistant professor of marketing in the HEBSBA, had his work “Country of Origin and Ethnocentrism in the Context of Lateral, Upward and Downward Migration” accepted in the International Marketing Review. He also presented the paper “How Many Ads Can You Spot? Investigating Consumers’ Knowledge of Native Advertising” at the New York State Communication Association Conference.

University Collective Fall 2017Dr. Stephanie Schmiedecke Barbieri, low vision rehabilitation optometrist and chief of low vision service in the RSO, received a certificate of commendation from the Veterans Health Administration for significant faculty contributions to the 2nd edition of the 2016 VHA-EES Continuum of Care Online Low Vision Rehabilitation Course. She also presented six hours of continuing education credit classes for the RSO South Padre CE; topics included low vision rehabilitation, diabetes and cosmeceuticals. In October, she presented two posters, “Identifying Desirable Characteristics of Stand Magnifiers among a Low Vision Cohort” (S. Schmiedecke Barbieri, M. Valdes, J. Kozloski, J. Kasprenski, N. Sorrell) and “The Utility of Optical Coherence Topography Angiography in Detecting Early Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy and Monitoring Regression: A Case Report” (N. Sorrell, S. Schmiedecke Barbieri, C. Majcher) at the American Academy of Optometry meeting in Chicago.

Dr. Ana Vallor, associate professor of biology, was selected as a member of the Small World Initiative Partner Instructors (SWIPI) Initiative. The Small World Initiative (SWI) was formulated at Yale University and piloted in 2012 to encourage the numbers of undergraduate students pursuing careers in science while addressing a worldwide health threat – the diminishing supply of effective antibiotics. As part of SWI, students from around the world isolate bacteria from soil in their local environments that could lead to novel antibiotics. SWI has grown rapidly to include more than 180 participating schools across 35 U.S. states, Puerto Rico and 12 countries. Vallor attended the initial SWI Partner Instructor training which was held at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut in July. Approximately 70 UIW students in the Fall 2017 General Microbiology laboratories are participating in this program. At this time, students have collected and are processing soil samples from a variety of on and off campus locations as well as from areas in and around the San Antonio and South Texas area. It is expected that Vallor and a number of her students will showcase their work to the community at a variety of scientific conferences and the Small World Initiative symposia in 2018 sponsored by the American Society of Microbiologists.

University Collective Fall 2017Dr. Karen Weis, professor and Brigadier General Lillian Dunlap Endowed Chair in the SNHP, will direct a study titled Mentors Offering Maternal Support (M-O-M-STM), a prenatal program building maternal self-esteem, coping and resilience, and decreasing depression. The study will be funded through a $1.9 million grant awarded for the three-year, multisite study focused on military women and pregnancy.