For the Record, March 4, 2022 | #education | #technology | #training

For the Record provides information about recent professional activities and honors of University of Delaware faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Recent activities activities, honors, presentations, publications, grants and appointments include the following:


Carol Vukelich, professor emeritus in the School of Education and former dean of the College of Education and Human Development, is leading a project to develop a Kindergarten Professional Development Diploma for early childhood educators in the West Bank and Gaza. The overall goal of this project, titled “Enhancing the Quality of Kindergarten Services,” is to provide teachers with the professional development and skills necessary to offer high-quality, research-informed kindergarten services to children enrolled in their programs. The University of Delaware team will serve as consultants in partnership with the Ministry of Education, the National Institute for Educational Training and area university faculty. The UD team will offer extensive early childhood education expertise, project management experience, program evaluation experience, and in-depth cultural knowledge specific to the Palestinian community.


Agnes Ly, associate professor of psychological and brain sciences, has been selected as a  Delaware ACE Women’s Network (DAWN) Visionary. Ly is an advocate for the use of mixed pedagogies and tools, such as problem-based learning, team-based learning and clickers, to tailor and enhance student engagement and learning. Her current pedagogical interests are in developing methods to engage and support students taking large-enrollment introductory courses and the use of technology to support student learning both inside and outside of the classroom. DAWN identifies women visionaries from Delaware institutions who are doing great things in their communities, families and careers, and it highlights their accomplishments as forward thinkers and luminaries. Delaware ACE (American Council on Education) Women’s Network (DAWN) is committed to the advancement of women leaders in higher education and provides national leadership in advancing women to executive positions on campus, serving as a national voice for women in higher education.


Bill Sullivan, managing director of the Courtyard by Marriott, Newark – University of Delaware, an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Hospitality and Sport Business Management in the Lerner College, and a UD alumnus, will participate in a panel discussion of industry experts on “Hotels: The First State’s Hotel Boom.” The program, scheduled March 9 and presented by the Commercial-Industrial Realty Council, will examine industry trends, the impact of COVID-19, revenues, valuation, facts and figures from 2018-2021 and new hotels in the Delaware market. Other participants include UD alumni Andrew DiFonzo, vice president of operations for Tko Hospitality, and Dinaker Mallya, a director with HVS Philadelphia.


Dael A. Norwood, assistant professor of history, is the author of the chapter “The United States and Global Capitalism” in The Cambridge History of America and the World: Volume 2: 1812–1900, edited by Jay Sexton and Kristin Hoganson, vol. 2, The Cambridge History of America and the World (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2022), pages 267–94. The chapter appears in a new volume that examines how the United States rose to great power status in the 19th century and how the rest of the world has shaped the United States.”

Rudi Matthee, John and Dorothy Munroe Distinguished Professor of History, published “Introduction: Alcohol Production and Consumption in the Modern Middle East,” special issue on alcohol in the islamic Middle East of Middle Eastern Studies 58:2 (2022), pp. 245-55.

Andrew B. Jenks, educational assessment specialist in the Center for Teaching and Assessment of Learning (CTAL), and Tobias Lemke, coordinator for program assessment and faculty development in the Academic Transitions and Accelerate-UD programs for international students, both have chapters in a recent book, Pandemic Pedagogy: Teaching International Relations Amid COVID-19, edited by Andrew A. Szarejko. Jenks’ chapter is entitled “Access Is Love: Equity-Minded Pandemic Pedagogy,” and Lemke’s chapter is entitled “How Much Zoom Is Too Much? Making Asynchronous Learning Work.”


Naoaki Ito, graduate student of the Biomechanics and Movement Science Program, was recipient of the Legacy Fund New Investigator Research Grant Award provided by the American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy, the second-largest specialty section of the American Physical Therapy Association. The one-year, $10,000 award is provided to cover research funding for equipment, assistants, participants and travel. Ito’s research is investigating the healing process of the graft site patellar tendon over the course of rehabilitation after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction using bone-patellar tendon-bone grafts. Utilizing continuous shear wave elastography, a new method developed as part of an interdisciplinary effort with mechanical engineers, and ultrasound imaging analyses, Ito can determine the tendon’s length, stiffness and ability to resist deformation. His long-term research goals are to develop understanding of patients’ physiological and biomechanical presentation to improve outcomes following ACL injury and reconstruction surgery. Co-investigators of this research are Karin Silbernagel, associate professor and associate chair of the Department of Physical Therapy, Lynn Snyder-Mackler, Alumni Distinguished Professor and academic director of the graduate program in Biomechanics and Movement Science, Thomas Buchanan, professor of mechanical engineering, and Ryan Pohlig, assistant professor and director of the Biostatistics Core in the Department of Epidemiology.


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