College of Arts and Sciences
Outstanding College Researchers Announced
photo of Cheri Simonds, Amy Wood, and Nerida Ellerton

Cheri Simonds, Amy Wood, and Nerida Ellerton

The College of Arts and Sciences has announced its 2015-2016 Outstanding College Researchers: Dr. Nerida Ellerton, Department of Mathematics; Dr. Cheri Simonds, School of Communication; and Dr. Amy Wood, Department of History. “The College congratulates these fine researchers,” said Dean Simpson. “Their extraordinary research contributes greatly to the body of knowledge in their respective fields, and their students benefit from having such well-informed and talented professors.”

Dr. Ellerton, a mathematics educator, has had 18 books and 139 peer-reviewed journal articles or chapters in books. Five of her books have been published by Springer in the past 3 years. She was editor of the Mathematics Education Research Journal for 4 years, and she has been associate editor of the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education since 2011. She has given invited keynote addresses at Oxford University in 2014 and 2015. Her work on the history of school mathematics has gained international acclaim.

Dr. Simonds has demonstrated a profound commitment to instructional communication and communication pedagogy scholarship. Her work has been published in multiple prestigious journals, and she is also the author of several textbooks related to the basic public speaking course and instructional communication. She recently completed her term as editor of Communication Teacher, and she also recently chaired a task force for the National Communication Association to examine ways to promote the basic communication course on campuses across the country.

Dr. Wood is a nationally and internationally respected authority and prolific scholar in the field of the history of violence in the post-Civil War United States. Her 2009 monograph, Lynching and Spectacle: Witnessing Racial Violence in America, 1890-1940, received widespread acclaim. She has delivered numerous peer-reviewed conference presentations, as well as invited talks, and is currently at work on her next monograph, which is about the idea of the criminal in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

News from the College

Harbers Named ISHA Fellow
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Heidi Harbers

Dr. Heidi Harbers, a professor of speech-language pathology in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, has been named one of the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (ISHA) 2016 Fellows of the Association. Fellowship Awards recognize individuals who have provided outstanding service within the profession and the state of Illinois. Recipients must have been active in the profession and ISHA for at least five years. “We are delighted that ISHA has selected Dr. Harbers for this honor,” said Dr. Ann Beck, Chair of the ISU Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. “Heidi is an effective, dedicated speech-language pathologist and has devoted an enormous amount of time and energy to serving the profession and ensuring that our students and other professionals have access to current, evidence-based knowledge that allows clients to have access to the most effective therapy available.” (more…)

New Inorganic Chemistry Textbook Published

51MLnFJRkeL._SX389_BO1,204,203,200_James E. House, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at Illinois State University, and Kathleen A. House, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Illinois Wesleyan University, have just had the third edition of Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry published by the Academic Press Division of Elsevier, Amsterdam. The hardcover book was released on October 1, and it is intended to be a textbook for a one-semester inorganic course that is usually taught at the sophomore level. (more…)

Physics Talk to Examine Nuclei
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Mark Caprio

University of Notre Dame Professor of Physics Mark Caprio will give a talk titled “Nuclei from Scratch: Ab Initio Calculations and the Emergence of Rotation” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, November 17, in Moulton Hall, room 214, as part of the Fall 2015 Physics Colloquium.

Caprio’s current research emphasizes nuclear structure theory, including the collective structure of nuclei, ab initio computational methods, and the nature of phase transitions in quantum many-body systems. He is interested in fundamental problems in the many-body physics of nuclei and other mesoscopic systems, especially the microscopic origins of collective phenomena. (more…)

Broadcast Journalism Major Is Student Laureate
photo of Dean of Students Art Munin and Student Laureate Maureen Christensen

Dean of Students Art Munin and Student Laureate Maureen Christensen

Illinois State University’s Maureen Christensen of Normal has been named a Student Laureate of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois by Governor Bruce Rauner. The Academy recognized students November 7 at the Old State Capitol in Springfield.

“Civic engagement, as exemplified by President Lincoln, is crucial to our democracy and the process of our government,” said Gov. Rauner. “The young men and women receiving this recognition today embody the spirit of President Lincoln through their hard work and dedication to their schools and communities.” (more…)

More News from the College

Greetings from the Dean!

Dean Gregory SimpsonWelcome to the College of Arts and Sciences at Illinois State University. I invite you to explore on this site the many programs, majors, and minors that we have to offer you.

New way of recognizing faculty accomplishments!

The College recognizes that the receipt of individual fellowships and awards is an honor and we would like to be able to acknowledge the accomplishment of those faculty who receive this type of external funding.

Please help us recognize these accomplishments by completing the short form found here. (DOC)

Events and Deadlines

 Nov. 21 – Thanksgiving Vacation begins at noon.

Nov. 30 – Fall semester classes resume.

Nov. 30 – Department of Sociology and Anthropology Ethnographic Film Festival, “Confusion Na Wa,” 7 p.m., Room 138, Schroeder Hall. Due to copyright restrictions, this film is open only to members of the Illinois State University community with valid university ID.