Professional Notes

Dr. Sarah Armstrong, Personal Counseling and Testing, hosted a poster session for the 68th annual convention of the Minnesota Psychological Association in Bloomington. Armstrong is director of internship training for the APA-approved pre-doctoral internship program in professional psychology. To encourage collaboration between emerging and seasoned psychologists and to affirm the importance of research to psychological practice, interns from APA-accredited internship programs in Minnesota are invited each year to present posters about the doctoral research to the MPA membership.

This year's St. Thomas interns included Don DeBoer, who presented "Partner Dancing: A Dance-Movement Therapy Alternative for Couples in Counseling"; Rachel Uffelman, who presented "Application of Hope Theory to Help-Seeking Behavior"; and Deborah Wiese, who presented "Psychological Well-Being and Social Engagement of Expatriate Spouses During International Relocation." Xan Banker, a student in the Graduate Program in Professional Psychology who is completing her internship at the University of Minnesota, presented "Early maternal Death: The Long-Term Effects on a Daughter's Development."

Armstrong also coordinated a workshop this spring for all Minnesota APA interns, "Clinical Supervision: Ethical, Legal and Practice Issues," which was held at the Minneapolis Veterans Administration Medical Center.

Dr. Sue Huber, Dr. Bruce Kramer and Dr. Don LaMagdeleine, all from Educational Leadership, presented two papers at the recent American Educational Research Association Conference in San Diego. The first paper, with LaMagdeleine as first author and Huber as second, was titled, "Why School Leadership is not Normal Science: What Two Mini-Cases Suggest about the Craft and Purposes of School Leadership." It concerns the poor fit between conventional textbook treatments of leadership and its actual relationship to school outcomes. The second paper, "Using Performance Data to inform a Leadership Program's Effects," with Kramer as first author and LaMagdeleine as second, discussed the limited -- yet still useful -- incremental understanding that aspiring licensure applicants' standardized scores in resolving simulated dilemmas can add to a department's pedagogy and self-understanding. Note: AERA requires that paper proposals be blind reviewedbefore acceptance.

Dr. Mitchell Kusy, Organization Learning and Development Department, was a distinguished visiting professor at Kiev Mohyla Business School in Kiev, Ukraine. There he taught a complete MBA course on organization development assessment. In addition, he was a guest speaker at two other MBA classes. In one of them, he presented research from the book he co-authored with UST Management Center instructor Dr. Louellen Essex, Fast Forward Leadership. In another MBA course, Kusy gave a presentation on the practical dimensions of realistic strategic planning.

Dr. Pamela Nice, Faculty Development Center, received a Bronze Award in the documentary category of the 37th annual WorldFest Houston, an international film festival April 16-25 in Houston, Texas, for her documentary, "Letters From Cairo."

Brian Shapiro, Accounting Department, is the co-author of a peer-reviewed article, "Information Transparency and Coordination Failure: Theory and Experiment," in the May issue of the Journal of Accounting Research (Vol. 42, No. 2, pages 159-195).

Dr. John Tauer, Psychology Department, and Corey Guenther, an undergraduate psychology major, presented their research on "The Effects of Expected and Unexpected Performance-Contingent Rewards on Task Enjoyment" at the Midwestern Psychological Association's 76th annual meeting in Chicago. Guenther will enroll in Ohio University's Ph.D. program in social psychology next fall.

Dr. John Wendt, College of Business, is the author of an article, "The Producers – Corporate Scandals and Creative Accounting," recently published in Picturing Justice, the Online Journal of Law and Popular Culture of the University of San Francisco School of Law.

Dr. Scott Wright, History Department, presented a paper, "The Northwestern Chronicle and the Spanish-American War," at the American Catholic Historical Association conference April 16-17 in Miami.