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Faculty/staff presentations highlighted — 2021

Texas Woman's University faculty and staff extend the prestige and reputation of the university through their presentations at international, national and regional conferences. Here is a sampling of their recent work.


Campus Alliance for Resource Education


Amy O'Keefe (Denton) and Michelle Kelly-Reeves (health & wellbeing initiative, Denton) presented research and promising to support single-mother student parents, "Problem-Solving Scholars -- Myths and MOMentum of Successful Single Mothers," at the National Student Parent Support Symposium, held May 19-21 hosted by The Ohio State University.  O'Keefe also shared the results of the recent field study, "Self-assessment as a pathway to student empowerment: Utilization of the Family Friendly Campus Toolkit."


Career Connections Center


Greg Shirley (Denton) was a panelist for “Strengthening Support for Diverse Students Navigating Career Development, Recruiting, and the Workplace,” a national webinar hosted Feb. 4 by uConnect. More than 1,000 higher education/career services professionals from across the United States registered for the webinar.




Elisa De La Rosa (dance, Denton) is among the guest presenters for the Ballet Hispánico School of Dance weeklong summer professional development program for dance teachers. The program, “Best Practices: We Support Learning!,” is scheduled July 5-9.


English, Speech & Foreign Languages


Stephen Souris (Denton) will serve as a panelist in a virtual State of the Arts discussion, “Exploring Work Responding to the Pandemic,” Thursday, June 17, on KERA. State of the Arts is presented in partnership with the Greater Denton Arts Council.


Angela Mooney (Denton) presented “Returning the Gaze: Poetics of Resistance in Films by Afro-Brazilian Women Directors” at LASA 2021 – International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, Virtual Congress Crisis global, desigualdades y centralidad de la vida, on May 28. The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) is the largest professional association in the world for individuals and institutions engaged in the study of Latin America.


Rachel Daugherty (Denton) presented “Finding Commonplaces in Political Topics: Using Frame Analysis in Research-Based Writing Assignments” at the 2021 Conference on College Composition and Communication Teacher-to-Teacher event on April 10. This virtual conference event focused on teaching, networking, sharing, and community-building practices.


Angela Mooney (Denton) was a guest lecturer for Portuguese for Advanced Spanish Speakers Feb. 5 at Rice University. Her lecture was titled “Afro-Brazilian Movements For Justice and the Myth of Racial Democracy in Brazil.”


Veronica Popp (graduate teaching assistant) presented “The Persistence Myth: Ethics and the University We Want” at the Modern Language Association’s HEP Part-Time and Contingent Faculty Issues forum. The forum was part of MLA 2021, conducted online Jan. 7-10.


History & Political Science


Jonathan Olsen (Denton) was a featured speaker at the American Institute of Contemporary German Studies webinar, “The Left Party in the 2021 Bundestag Election,” on April 19. The webinar was part of AICGS' series on the upcoming German national election this September.


Katherine Landdeck (Denton) discussed her new book, “The Women With Silver Wings,” during a virtual book talk sponsored by the National Museum of the United States Army on March 18.


Jonathon Olsen (Denton) presented a European Union discussion Feb. 12 at the inaugural mini EU forum sponsored by the Model European Union (EU) Club of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. The forum, conducted via Zoom, focused on the future of the EU.


Library & Information Studies


Sylvia Vardell (Denton), former Texas Poet Laureate Karla K. Morton, Dallas slam poet Joaquin Zihuataneo, poet Naomi Shihab Nye and poet Padma Venkatraman took part in an NEA Big Read: Poetry for Everyone Panel Discussion Feb. 7. The panelists discussed poetry from diverse cultures and how to start reading or writing poetry. Questions were submitted prior to the panel. The virtual discussion was streamed at and




Ellina Grigorieva (Denton) was among the organizers of an American Mathematical Society (AMS) special session conducted during JMM 2021, the Joint Mathematics Meeting of the AMS and the Mathematical Association of America, held Jan. 6-9. The session, “Creative teaching Methods that lead to student learning,” took place Jan. 7. Grigorieva also presented her own 30-minute talk, “Distance learning methods for successful teaching number theory course.”


Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies


Danielle Phillips-Cunningham (Denton) delivered a talk on her book, “Putting Their Hands on Race: Irish Immigrant and Southern Black Domestic Workers” March 31 at Rutgers University. The talk was co-sponsored by Women in Labor Leadership (WILL), the Center for Women and Work, the Center for Innovation in Worker Organization, the Social Justice Fellows Program, and the Advancing Black Strategists Initiative. The talk was followed by a conversation with working-class labor historian Naomi Williams, the directors of WILL, the Social Justice Fellows Program, and the Center for Women and Work, and undergraduate students from Spelman College and Rutgers University.


Danielle Phillips-Cunningham (Denton) was the featured Women’s History Month lecturer at the Dr. Edna McKenzie Branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her talk, which took place March 13, was titled “From Labor Strikes to Clubwomen’s Institutions: The Rich History of Southern Black Women’s Labor Organizing.” ASALH, the oldest African American Studies organization in the country, was started by Carter G. Woodson, the father of Black History Month.




Ngozi D. Mbue (Houston) co-presented a poster, “A Qualitative Study to Understand Multimorbility and Polypharmacy through Engaging and Underserved Minority Elderly Group,” at the 2021 American College of Clinical Pharmacy virtual poser symposium conducted May 25-26. Mbue’s co-presenters were Ivy Poon, Felicia Skelton, Lena Bean, Dominique Guinn, Creaue Charles, Uche Ndefo and Terica Jemerson.


Ngozi D. Mbue (Houston) and her team Jing Wang, Stanley Cron, John Mbue, and Jane Anderson (adjunct, Houston) presented their study, “Diabetes Self-Monitoring Intervention for African American Veterans: A Feasibility Implementation Study,” at the NIH-National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease’s Network of Minority Health Research Investigators (NMRI) annual workshop April 28-30.


Wyona Freysteinson (Houston) presented “The nursing role in mitigating traumatic mirror experiences and associated sequelae” at the Nursology 2021 Virtual Nursing Theory Week, conducted March 17-24. Freysteinson also presented “The neurocognitive model of mirror-viewing” and co-presented “Nursing education: supporting mirror-viewing” March 4 at the International Virtual Mirror Conference sponsored by Capital Normal University in Beijing, China.


Mikyoung Lee (Denton) and Sandra Cesario (Houston) conducted a podium presentation, “Creating a Supportive Environment for PhD Students and Faculty Development,” at the AACN Doctoral Education conference held virtually Jan. 20-22. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing represents more than 840 member schools of nursing and public and private universities nationwide.


Nutrition & Food Sciences


Derek Miketinas (Houston) is presenting research selected as featured research by the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) conference, Nutrition Live Online 2021. Almost 1,900 abstracts were submitted to ASN’s virtual conference this year, and only 12 were selected as featured research. The abstract, “Usual Dietary Fiber Intake in US Adults with Diabetes: NHANES 2013-2018,” was co-authored with Wesley Tucker and Mindy Patterson (both Houston) and Crystal Douglas. Miketinas will present the research in an on-demand poster session from noon, Monday, June 7, through 5:30 p.m., Friday, June 10.


Occupational Therapy


Claudette Fette (Denton) spoke on partnering with families during a virtual conference, “Children and Youth: The State of Mental Health,” on April 26. The conference, which aims to prepare teachers, families and professionals to serve the youth of the community, was sponsored by Mental Health America of Augusta.


Student Life


Michelle Kelly-Reeves (health & wellbeing initiative), graduate assistant Tamara Starling and student assistant Cindy Okemwenkhase, all of Denton, presented “Self-Care as Activism” at the 2021 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting on June 1. The event was sponsored by NASPA, the professional home for the field of student affairs.


Teacher Education


Holly Hansen-Thomas (research and innovation, graduate school, Denton) was the keynote speaker at the TexTESOLV virtual regional conference Feb. 6. TESOL is Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. The theme of the conference was “Transformed and Stronger.”