Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

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Fall Faculty Accomplishments

"RAW" was an article published by Dr. Michael Hancock, English faculty, in Comics through Time: A History of Icons, Idols, and Ideas (Greenwood Press, 2014). This four-volume work is an authoritative source on the history of the comics medium.

"Premature McCarthyism: Spanish Republican Aid and the Origins of Cold War Anti-communism" was a chapter published by Dr. Eric Smith, history and social studies faculty and CAL, in Little 'Red Scares': Anti-communism and Political Repression in the United States, 1921-1941 (Ashgate Press, 2014).

Dr. Leah Kind, English faculty, completed NBCT and world languages faculty, Jose Palos and Brenda Crosby completed re-certification requirements for NBCT.

STEM Summit 2014 was held at Northwestern University on November 5, 2014 and included "Models of Research: Exploring Various Curricular Programs" by panelist and co-facilitator  Judith Scheppler, coordinator of Student Inquiry and Research, director of the Grainger Center for Imagination and Inquiry.

Clay Sewell, fine arts faculty, presented "Building and Firing a Ceramic Kiln with Alternative Fuels" at the Illinois Art Education Association's annual conference on November 7, 2014.

"Scientists in the Classroom" was published in the summer 2014 issue of Spectrum, journal of the Illinois Science Teachers Association. The article's co-authors include  Judith Scheppler, coordinator of Student Inquiry and Research, director of the Grainger Center for Imagination and Inquiry, editor-in-chief of ISTA Spectrum.

Claiborne Skinner, history and social science faculty, was the invited guest speaker at the Aurora Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution on September 13, 2014. His presentation, "Illinois and the American Revolution," is available through IMSA Digital Commons.

On October 1, 2014, The Chicagoland Organization of Writing, Literacy, and Learning Centers (COWLLC) held its 2014 Peer Tutor Leadership Conference, "Learning from Each Other," at IMSA. Twelve Chicago-area high schools and universities participated in the event, which was coordinated by Erin Micklo, English faculty and Writing Center director, and chair of the COWLLC Conference and Meetings Committee.

On October 29, 2014 the National Association of Gifted Children’s "Webinars on Wednesdays" featured a live webinar presentation on the 2nd edition of The Handbook of Secondary Gifted Education: New Curricular Strategies for Educators (2014© Prufrock Press). Webinar presenters included Branson Lawrence, principal, and chapter co-author of "Engineering Education for High Ability Students (chapter co-authors include Branson Lawrence, Diane Hinterlong, Laurie Sutherland).

On November 15, 2014  Leah Kind, English faculty, presented "Our Town? Shifting Loyalties in Faulkner's A Rose for Emily" as part of the Urban Corruption and Rural Morality in Modernist American Literature panel at the 56th annual convention of the Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA), Detroit.

Nicole Trackman, English faculty, presented in absentia "The Convention Poem: Telling Our Stories about the Convention Through Poetry" during a roundtable presentation that was sponsored by the Conference of English Education (CEE) Commission on the Teaching of Poetry at the 2014 Annual Convention of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) on November 22, 2013 in Washington, D.C.

"Before PTSD: Combat Trauma in the Civil War Short Stories of Kate Chopin" was an article published by Adam Kotlarczyk, English faculty and operational coordinator, in the 2014 Notes on American Literature (vol. 23), a publication of The National Council of Teachers of English Assembly on American Literature


o   Leah Kind completed the process and is now a National Board Certified Teacher.

o   Jose Palos and Brenda Crosby completed the renewal process and continue to be NBCT’s