Spring 2017 


Ani Biswas, PhD, assistant professor of finance & economics, is in the process of developing the next course in data analytics (BUS 463). Biswas is also in the early stages of developing a paper with undergraduate student Martin Jaramillo on “Wage gap among different races in USA.”

Biswas had 3 papers published this academic year:

  1. Endogenous labour market imperfection, foreign direct investment and external terms-of-trade shocks in a developing economy, Economic Modelling, Volume 59, December 2016, Pages 416–424 (S. Chaudhuri, and A. Biswas).
  2. The relationship between U.S. market returns and developed countries output data, Empirical Economics Letters, 15(10): (October 2016), Pages 933-939 (A. Biswas and J. B. Larriviere).
  3. Skill formation, public expenditure on education and wage inequality: Theory and evidence (Journal of Quantitative Economics (2017). doi:10.1007/s40953-017-0083-6) (A. Biswas, S. Chaudhuri). 

Sam Khoury, PhD, graduate program director and coordinator of computer information systems, had seven papers accepted for publication in the 2016-2017 academic year:

  1. Risk assessment using internal vector cumulative failure rate. (2017, In Press). K. Jenab, J. Witte, P. Pazos, S. Khoury. International Journal of Business Excellence.
  2. Virtual maintenance, reality, and systems: A review. (2016). K. Jenab, S. Moslehpour, S. Khoury. International Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering (IJECE) 6 (6), 2698-2707.
  3. The effect of managers’ business intelligence on attracting foreign tourists case study. (2016). H. Teimouri, F.A. Hoojaghan, K. Jenab, S. Khoury. International Journal of Organizational and Collective Intelligence, 6(2) 1-16.
  4. Study of the relationship between employee engagement and organisational effectiveness. (2016). H. Teimouri, M. Chegini, K. Jenab, S. Khoury, K. LaFevor. International Journal of Business Excellence 10 (1), 37-54.
  5. The challenges of the performance evaluation system and effectiveness of human resource management practices: Case study of Iran’s Petrochemical Industry. (2016). H. Teimouri, K. Jenab, S. Khoury. International Journal of Industrial Engineering & Production Research. 27 (1), 31-42.
  6. Studying the relationship between brand personality and customer loyalty: A case study of Samsung mobile phone. (2016). H. Teimouri, N. Fanae, K. Jenab, S. Khoury, S. Moslehpour. International Journal of Business and Management 11 (2), 1-10.
  7. Flow-graph and Markovian methods for cyber security analysis. (2016). K. Jenab, S. Khoury, K. LaFevor. International Journal of Enterprise Information Systems 12 (1), 95-85.

The entire MGT 351 class taught by Charmane May, PhD, associate professor of management, participated in StartUp Mobile on March 31-April 2. May was also a coach at this event.

Mark Foster, instructor, presented a Continuing Education class to Wilkins-Millers CPA’s and their clients on November 14. And in January, Mark accompanied 16 SHC students to Washington, DC for the March for Life.

Nicole Larriviere, instructor and business internship coordinator, has 16 Interns completing an internship in the Division of Business (70% paid internships) for Spring 2017.

James B. Larriviere, PhD, division chair and associate professor of economics & finance, developed, proposed, and presented the MBA online program, with concentration in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. The program was accepted by the Graduate Committee and will have a start date of fall 2017.

Language and Literature

Michael Piafsky, PhD, associate professor and writing program director, presented at the Gulf Coast Association of Creative Writing Teachers, held in Fairhope, Alabama.

Josh Doty, PhD, assistant professor, presented “Exploring Early American Legacies with Hamilton” at the Meeting of the Society of Early Americanists, held in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Cathy Swender, PhD, associate professor and department chair of English, along with Wanda Sullivan, MFA, associate professor, presented a paper at the 2017 Gulf South Summit on Service Learning and Civic Engagement through Higher Education (March 22-24). The title of the paper is: "Forming Partners in Language, Art, Design, and Social Justice: Institutional Mission, Community Engagement, and the Power of the Imagination."

Jeff Stoyanoff, PhD, assistant professor, presented "Dramatic Networks: Marginalized Economics and Labor in The Norwich Grocers' Play" at the 43rd Annual Sewanee Medieval Colloquium on a panel that he organized.


Terry Mathers, RN, DNS, chair of the division of nursing and associate professor, attended the Master’s Education Conference in Atlanta. As a member of that conference committee, she helped to put together the program, and then assisted with the presentation of the speakers throughout the program. 

Sara Davis, instructor, gave a poster presentation at the Southern Nursing Research Society Annual Conference in Dallas. Citation for her poster is as follows: Davis, S. & Rice, M. (2017). Effects of Maternal and Child Depressive Symptoms and Perceived Stress on Glycemic Control as Mediated by Cortisol in Prepubertal Children with Type-1 Diabetes. Poster Presentation: Southern Nursing Research Society Annual Conference. Dallas, TX.

Shelia Ross, DNP, adjunct, had an article accepted for publication in the May/June edition of the MEDSURG Nursing Journal: Stroke Transitions of Care.


Matthew Bagot, PhD, associate professor, presented a paper at the Soul of Development: 50th Anniversary of Populorum Progressio, Catholic Social Tradition Conference at the University of Notre Dame: “Another Vision of Integral Development: Luigi Sturzo on Human Personality, the International Community and a Pluralistic World." He also presented “Luigi Sturzo—Christian Faith, Human Rights and Global Conflict” during the Spring 2017 Christus Lecture on the Spring Hill College Campus. 

Social Sciences

At the recent annual convention of the International Studies Association in Baltimore, Kevin Funk, PhD, assistant professor and director of international studies: 

  1. presented a paper entitled, “Catch Me if You Can! On the Political Uses of Corporate Globalizing Discourses”
  2. co-organized, co-chaired, and participated on the roundtable, “Higher Education Meets Neoliberalism: International Perspectives on Transformation and Contestation in Global Academia”
  3. participated on the roundtable, “'My Block, My Neighborhood, My City': Local-Global Encounters in Contentious Cities"
  4. served as chair and discussant for several other panels. 

Academic Affairs

George Sims, PhD, and his work, The Little Man's Big Friend, was referenced in a February 11, 2017, article in the Economist.