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Faculty Spotlight


The following are some of the noteworthy accomplishments achieved by the AUM faculty this past year:

Department of Justice and Public Safety

  • Theresa Pelfrey was successful in obtaining ABA reaccreditation of the Department's Paralegal program.
  • Ralph Ioimo successfully published a book with Taylor and Francis/CRC Press entitled: “Introduction to Criminal Justice Information Systems”.
  • Don Chon successfully published one article in a peer reviewed journal and presented the article at the American Academy of Criminology.
  • Karen Clark successfully published two articles in peer reviewed journals and presented them at two different conferences.
  • Prit Kaur developed an exchange program with an educational institution in India. During her time there, she recruited six students and promoted AUM through workshops. She submitted one article and was invited to write a contribution to World Encyclopedia on juvenile delinquency.
  • JPS has incorporated the Alabama Command and Staff College into the CPP&J, providing management training to police, sheriffs and fire departments from around the State. Initial fund came from Montgomery Police Department, Dothan Police Department and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA). 

Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Geography

  • Two Distinguished Teaching Professors – Kimberly Brackett and Annice Yarber-Allen
  • Two Developing Research Scholars – Terry Winemiller and David Feltmate
  • Recipients of the AUM Faculty Grant-in-Aid – Zongli Tang, Kimberly Brackett, Annice Yarber-Allen, David Feltmate, Kimberly Pyszka, and Wanyun Shao to support inquiry into migratory patterns in China, family ministry in the River Region, single parent families, a mid-19th century church in Cane Hill, Arkansas, and climate change
  • Fulbright-Hays Scholars – Denise Davis-Maye and Annice Yarber-Allen - spent four weeks in Belize studying the welfare of women in Belize   
  • Annice Yarber-Allen developed a Substance Abuse Prevention Certificate Program that will prepare AUM students to work with communities throughout Alabama in the prevention of alcohol and drug misuse and abuse.
  • Kimberly Pyszka has recently had four papers approved for publication in various archaeological journals.
  • Wanyun Shao has had several papers published in notable geography journals.
  • Bryan Ha, one of our newest faculty, recently had one paper accepted for publication.
  • Sociology, Anthropology and Geography welcomes one new tenure-track assistant professor: Brett Lehman, Ph.D., Louisiana State University.


Department of Political Science and Public Administration

  • Political Science and Public Administration welcomes two new tenure-track assistant professors this term: Nicholas Howard, Ph.D., University of North Carolina, and David Hughes, Ph.D., University of Georgia
  • Also, Routledge published two books in June by Professor Kalu Kalu: Technology, Culture and Public Policy: Critical Lessons from Finland; and Citizenship: Identity, Institutions, and the Postmodern Challenge.


Congratulations to All!