Faculty and Staff Sketches

September 15, 2014


In The News

Joseph Horak, director of the Family Owned Business Institute, was interviewed by several media outlets for stories about the results of a family-owned business survey conducted by the FOBI in the Seidman College of Business.

Sebastian Maisel, associate professor of Middle East studies, was interviewed by media outlets, including Associated Press and al-Jazeera, for stories about massacres in Iraq and Syria by the terror organization Islamic State.


Geology faculty receive awards

Steve Mattox

Steve Mattox

Steve Mattox, professor of geology, was selected to receive the 2014 Neil Miner Award from the National Association of Geoscience Teachers, recognizing his “exceptional contributions to the stimulation of interest in the earth sciences.” 

He will receive the award at the NAGT banquet at the Geological Society of America meeting in October in Vancouver.

John Weber, professor of geology, will be inducted as a eellow in the Geological Society of America during the October GSA meeting.

A member of the Geological Society of America is elected to fellowship in recognition of distinguished contributions to the geosciences. The nomination was based on Weber’s important research contributions as well as his undergraduate teaching and mentoring.

John Weber

John Weber



Joseph Hogan, program manager of the Common Ground Initiative at the Hauenstein Center, was quoted in the book Minds on Fire, published by Harvard University Press.

MarcQus Wright, director of the TRiO Educational Support Program, received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education for year five of the program.

Sok Kean Khoo, distinguished associate professor of molecular genomics, received a grant from the Michael J. Fox Foundation for a project, “Circulating microRNAs: a New Paradigm for Parkinson’s Disease Biomarker Discovery Project.”

Donald Mitchell Jr., assistant professor of education, co-wrote an article, “An Intersectional Social Capital Analysis of the Influence of Historically Black Sororities on African American Women’s College Experiences at a Predominantly White Institution,” published in the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education.

Craig Benjamin, associate professor of history, Meijer Honors College, gave presentations, “World History and Big History,” and “Teaching the Big History of the Ancient Americas in the Undergraduate Classroom,” at the World History Association Annual Conference in San Jose, Costa Rica. Benjamin is president of the WHA.

CLAS Academic Advising Center staff members Julie Amon and Jo Ann Litton gave a presentation, “Out of the Fog and Into the Light: Developing an Institutional Test Prep Course,” at the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions conference in San Francisco, California.