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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.


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.


English, Speech & Foreign Languages


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) took part in a discussion of “The Left Party and the 2021 Bundestag Election,” on April 19. The webinar looked at the Left Party from both German and European perspectives as Germany’s September election approaches.


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.




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.


Occupational Therapy


Claudette Fette (Denton) will speak 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, is sponsored by Mental Health America of Augusta.


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.”