E&H Faculty Spotlights

Posted December 15, 2023

Dr. Amanda Romjue is an assistant professor of Spanish and co-chair of the Department of World Languages at Emory & Henry College. In early November, the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC) awarded Romjue the H. Hiter Harris III Excellence in Instructional Technology Award at the 2023 VFIC Fall Luncheon and Harris Family Awards Program. Emory & Henry faculty member, Dr. Ben Letson, attended the event to present Dr. Romjue the award.

The Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges recognized the accomplishment of Romjue as one of only six faculty members from the VFIC consortium of schools for their dedication to higher education and student success.

Dr. Romjue received her B.A. in Spanish, M.A. in Romance Languages and Ed.S. in Higher Education from Appalachian State University. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2016, where she studied second language acquisition and instructional technology. Intercultural learning and accessibility are of the most vital importance for Amanda in her classes and her research. Beyond learning to speak Spanish, she wants her students to be open to finding common ground to build relationships with others around the world.

Dr. Eric Trinka is the founding editor of the open-access journal, Avar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Life and Society in the Ancient Near East. He also served as a steering committee member for the “Exile as Forced Migration” session and the “Space, Place, and Lived Religious Experience in Antiquity” session at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in San Antonio, Texas.

Dr. Sarah Fisher presented on a panel entitled “The Increasing Prominence of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence in International Relations Research and Pedagogy” at the International Studies Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, in October.

Charles Goolsby presented at the Appalachian College Association Summit in Knoxville, Tennessee, in September. This presentation explored how two accredited institutions, the Emory & Henry College Art Department and the William King Museum of Art in Abingdon, Virginia, have partnered to provide rich opportunities and direct connections for art students exploring studio, graphic design, museum studies and art education.

Dr. Oleski Miranda Navarro presented at the Humanities in Digital Transition Conference in Lisbon, Portugal, in July 2023. The presentation centered on “Visualizing Gender: AI Interpretations of Latin American Literary Tropes.” He also presented “Race and Pedagogy: Rereading Martí and Mistral for Childhood Education” at the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Venezuela in May 2023.

Dr. George Argyros presented at the October annual international meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in Cincinnati, Ohio. The topic for his presentation was “Surface Defects/Pores/Pits and Their Implications: A Survey of Frontal and Parietal Bone Surfaces.”

Dr. Patty Graham-Thiers presented a poster at the Equine Science Society Meeting in Dallas, Texas, in June 2023. Her poster was entitled “Relationships between feed protein fractions and the hindgut microbiome in the exercising horse.”

Dr. Matthew Frederick and Keith Cottrill led 54 members of the Emory & Henry Marching Band to France in November. The band performed at the American Cemetery in Normandy, France, and participated in a wreath laying service to honor the American servicemen who lost their lives in the pursuit of freedom on those cliffs. The band also performed in multiple parades through Caen and Paris, France.

Dr. Charity Hensley & Dr. Sandy Frederick presented at the Virginia Middle School Association in Maryland in November on their research study of the Friends 4 Life reverse inclusion program at E.B. Stanley Middle School. Additionally, Sandy Frederick serves on the Early Career Educators Committee and will mentor pre-service and current teachers in their first three years of teaching as a service outreach.

Dr. Laura Hainsworth presented “Results from the 2023 AP Environmental Science Exam” at the College Board AP Annual Conference in Seattle, Washington, in August 2023.

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