USM LAC Professor Dr. Mary Anne Peabody recently was a speaker at the United States Play Coalition Annual conference held at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina. Dr. Peabody’s presented a talk entitled “At the corner of play and pedagogy: Exploring interdisciplinary undergraduate students and faculty perceptions of play based reflective practices”. The presentation was selected as part of the Conference’s program, Collaboration and Creativity in Partnership with International Play Association/USA.
In her presentation Dr. Peabody explored the use of play based interventions as reflective practice tools to enhance student’s knowledge and skills in becoming reflective practitioners. Peabody also recently co-authored a book chapter with colleagues, Dr. Anne Stewart and Dr. Jessica Umhoefer of James Madison University in Virginia, on Play therapy with military-connected children and families. In the chapter, applications of a resiliency model utilizing play therapy approaches with children experiencing parental deployment are explored. The book will be released later in 2014.
Peabody joined the faculty in the Social and Behavioral Sciences program at USM LAC in September 2013. She had previously served as clinical faculty for Children’s Institute affiliated with the University of Rochester, New York and as an adjunct professor at Plymouth State University graduate play therapy program in Plymouth, New Hampshire. She received her doctorate in Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York.
Dr. Mary Anne Peabody, Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Science at USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College.
Sergeant Jonathan Shapiro
Maine State Police Sergeant Jonathan Shapiro will be the first speaker for USM LAC’s Alumni Lecture Series, on Tuesday, February 4, at Noon. His lecture will highlight the program “Improved Police Response to Juveniles in Crisis”, which he developed for the Maine State Police as part of his capstone project in the Master’s in Leadership Studies program at USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College. Shapiro is a member of Troop A in York County.
Shapiro will give an overview of the program and the four years of data collected since its inception. He will also speak about the Juvenile Community Review Board he recently developed in Old Orchard Beach.
The USM LAC Alumni Lecture Series invites USM LAC alumni to return to campus and speak to how their degree program has helped them in their chosen careers. All lectures are free, and current members of the USM community as well as the general public are invited to attend these short talks and hear directly from alumni applying their USM education in their workplace or organizations as well as to the wider world. The campus is located at 51 Westminster Street in Lewiston and the lectures will be held in room 170. For more information about this and upcoming lectures in this series please visit www.usm.maine.edu/lac/alumni-lecture-series.
Evelyn Greenlaw was an instructor at the November 16 2013 Maine Occupational Therapy Association annual Fall Conference held at USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College. The theme was “Teaching and Learning: What’s OT got to do with it?” Her presentation was entitled “Web Resources for Busy OTs with Special Emphasis on Finding Evidence Based Resources”. The session covered searching MaineCat and the MARVEL databases, using PubMed (a database from the National Library of Medicine), accessing library services from public, hospital, and university libraries, and finding evidence-based resources.
Greenlaw also created a guide for Occupational Therapists which is available publicly online
USM LAC Associate Professor Michelle Vazquez Jacobus was one of three panelists speaking about University and College identities as “community engagement scholars” and institutional challenges to community engagement at the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) Annual Lynton Colloquium on the Scholarship of Engagement, held on September 30, 2013. The panel featured presentations, discussions, and facilitated dialogue inspired by Ernest Lynton’s framing of faculty scholarly activity as inclusive and collaborative work in which academics and community partners share knowledge and expertise in the process of public problem solving. The Colloquium also explored Lynton’s continued influence on scholarly practice and organizational change in higher education.
Professor Vazquez Jacobus has backgrounds in both social work and law. She focuses her work on community-engaged learning and community capacity building, particularly through promoting diversity and multiculturalism. She has co-authored several articles exploring USM’s engagement with the community, including pieces focusing on local immigrant populations, collaborative multi-disciplinary community engagement projects, and the importance of community engagement on pedagogy and social justice.
Michelle Vazquez Jacobus
USM LAC Professor Dr. Brian Davenport was a speaker at the International Leadership Association’s 15th Annual Global Conference that was held in Montreal, Canada. Dr. Davenport’s presentation entitled “Authentic Leadership vs. Web 3.0: A Fight for Identity and Relationship” was given as a part of the Conference’s program, Authentic Leadership: Perspectives from Neuroscience, Psychology, Human Development and Today’s Digital Age”. Davenport explored how authentic leadership is challenged to maintain self-knowledge and authentic relationships when interfacing with internet social networks that are designed to reduce an individual’s character and qualities into pre-set categories and commentaries.
Davenport also recently published a paper in the International Journal of Servant Leadership, entitled “Put Me in Coach, I’m Ready to Serve: The Servant-Leader as High School Coach”. In the paper the applications and impact of servant leadership in athletic coaching are explored by Davenport. The Journal will be released in December.
Davenport joined the faculty in the Leadership Studies program at USM LAC in September. He had previously served as an adjunct professor at the Whitworth University’s School of Education in Spokane, WA. He received his Ph.D in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA in August, 2013.