The Academic Minute for 2017.12.04-12.08 – WHITWORTH UNIVERSITY WEEK

Academic Minute from 12.04 – 12.08

Monday, December 4th
Casey Andrews – Whitworth University
Peace Literature
Charles Andrews is an associate professor of English at Whitworth University where he teaches courses in modern British, Irish, and postcolonial literatures as well as film studies. He is the author of Writing against War: Literature, Activism, and the British Peace Movement (Northwestern University Press, 2017) which examines the literary peace witness of English novelists involved with the Peace Pledge Union in the 1930s. In addition to writing for academic audiences, Andrews shares his research as a member of the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau, giving lectures on literary peace activism throughout Washington state.

Tuesday, December 5th
Erica Salkin – Whitworth University
Student Speech Rights at School
Erica Salkin (@ersalkin) is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Whitworth University, where she teaches multimedia reporting and story creation, public relations and media law. Dr. Salkin’s research focuses on student speech rights in the academic setting. She is the author of Students’ Right to Speak (McFarland, 2016) and Student Speech Policy Readability in Public Schools (Palgrave Pivot, 2016) as well as articles in Journalism, Journalism Studies and Communication Law and Policy. She received her Ph.D. in mass communication with a minor in Education Law and Policy from the University of Wisconsin.

Wednesday, December 6th
Robin Pickering – Whitworth University
Social Media and Exercise Motivation
Robin Pickering is currently an Associate Professor of Health Sciences specializing in Community Health at Whitworth University in Spokane Washington.  Her research interests include women’s health issues, exercise self-efficacy, and the impact of social media on health risk behaviors. She currently serves as a member of the Women and Gender Studies Committee at Whitworth University and the advisory board for the Eastern Washington University Alumni magazine, as well as a contributor for several local media publications. She has served as the Vice Chair of the Board for the Spokane AIDS Network, Program Director of Community Health at Eastern Washington University (EWU), and steering committee member for the Masters in Public Health degree for EWU. Robin received her PhD in Education with an emphasis on Health, Psychology, and Adult Education, a master’s degree in Exercise Science and Pedagogy, and a bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion and Wellness.  She has also served on the board for Early Head Start, The Spokane Birth Outcome Task Force, and on various other committees committed to promoting community health.  Robin is a certified Wellness Coach and currently serves as a Personal Development Consultant specializing in Sexual Assault Prevention for the Spokane Chiefs (a local hockey team) and has instructed yoga in the community for 16 years.

Thursday, December 7th
Dawn Keig – Whitworth University
Hidden Corruption
Dawn Keig teaches Strategic Management and is Chair of the Business and Economics department at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. Her research examines how multinational firm outcomes are shaped by the institutional characteristics of their operating location environments.

Friday, December 8th
Elizabeth Abbey – Whitworth University
Pastors and Health
Elizabeth “Beth” Abbey is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Whitworth University where she teaches courses in nutrition and health.  She earned her PhD in Nutrition in Sport and Chronic Disease from Virginia Tech in 2009 and then completed her dietetic internship at the Mayo School of Health Sciences in Rochester, MN.  Beth’s research interests include topics in sport nutrition as well as issues related to community nutrition and food policy.


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