Faculty Research Council


Faculty Research Council


The Faculty Research Council (FRC) serves as an advisory body to the Associate Vice President (AVP) for the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP), and serve as stewards of the Internal Grant Programs. The FRC meets regularly with the AVP for ORSP to provide advice and strategic guidance on behalf of the SHUS faculty. The FRC also oversees the internal grant review process and the distribution of internal grant dollars to faculty and staff in order to support creative activities, facilitate the search for external grant dollars, foster interdisciplinary scholarship, and offer an opportunity to hone grant writing skills through constructive review of proposals.




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Dr. Chase Young earned his Ph.D. in Reading Education from the University of North Texas in 2012. His research aims to develop fluent readers and explore interventions that support struggling readers. In 2014, the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers (ALER) selected him to receive the Jerry Johns Promising Researcher Award. His research has appeared in such journals as the Journal of Educational Research, Journal of Research in Reading, Reading Teacher, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, and Literacy Research and Instruction. He is currently the co-editor of the Texas Journal of Literacy Education. Prior to entering higher education, he taught 2nd and 3rd grades and served as an elementary reading specialist.

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  • Matthew Fuller EdD

  • College of Education
    Educational Leadership




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Matthew Fuller EdD




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Dr. Jennifer Didier

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  • Dhitinut Ratnapradipa (D.T) PhD

  • College of Health Sciences
    Population Health

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Dhitinut Ratnapradipa (D.T) PhD


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Melissa L. Mednicov PhD received her B.A. in art history from Smith College and her masters and PhD in art history from Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Mednicov specializes in art after 1945. Her book, Pop Art and Popular Music: Jukebox Modernism published with Routledge in 2018, offers an interdisciplinary approach to Pop art scholarship through a recuperation of popular music into art historical understandings of the movement. Her recent essays have appeared in Art Journal, Imago Musicae, and The Global Sixties in Sound and Vision: Media, Counterculture, Revolt. Her contemporary art criticism has been published in the College Art Association’s caareviews and Glasstire

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  • Tony Boutté DMA

  • College of Fine Arts & Mass Communication
    School of Music



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Tony Boutté DMA has established himself as a first-rate singer of many styles, including opera, art song, oratorio, and chamber music from the Baroque period to today. Performing regularly in the United States and Europe, one of his biggest successes to date was as the title character in the world premier production of Arjuna’s Dilemma (Douglas J. Cuomo) produced at Brooklyn Academy of Music. Opera News praised his work saying “His performance was so pure and emotional, his tenor so exciting…” The New York Times agreed, saying that he gave “a vulnerable and anguished performance.” Other critical praise has come for his performances of works by Haydn (“Boutté …sang with bel canto flexibility and sweetness”—Opera News), Handel (“…fluent and flexible in line”—LA Times), Britten (“Boutté’s upper register gleamed”—Miami Herald) and as the title character in the world premier of Michael Dellaira’s The Death of Webern (“His fine tenor was both powerful and dulcetly colored... he was a paragon of verbal clarity.”—Miami Herald).

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  • Ouadie Akaaboune PhD

  • College of Business Administration
    Accounting


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Ouadie Akaaboune PhD

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  • Santosh Kumar PhD

  • College of Business Administration
    Economics & International Business

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Santosh Kumar PhD is an applied micro-economist with research and teaching focus on economic development and global health. His research aims to identify the interlinkages between child & maternal health, human capital, and economic performance. As well as to understand the impacts of fetal & early childhood conditions on human capital accumulation in low income countries.

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David Thompson PhD is an associate professor with expertise in analytical chemistry. He is passionate about helping students learn, and about advancing chemical knowledge through research. He teaches general chemistry, quantitative chemical analysis, instrumental analysis, and every three years or so, a master's level course on nanosensors. In his teaching, Dave has been co-developing a calibration focused approach to teaching quantitative chemical analysis, and collaborating on the establishment of a STEM center at Sam Houston State University. In his research, Dave has been collaborating on exploring the chemistry of the novel cyanide antidote candidate, dimethyl trisulfide; and on studies of phenomena related to SERS, and LSPR spectroscopies.

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  • Jeff Wozniak PhD

  • College of Science and Engineering Technology
    Biological Sciences

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Jeff Wozniak PhD is an ecosystem ecologist and, for most of his career, he has utilized wetlands as model systems to address research questions regarding the biogeochemical cycling of nutrients, ecosystem-level responses to natural and anthropogenic drivers (at varied spatial & temporal scales), and the importance/role of habitat management to sustain ecosystem goods and services. Ecosystem approaches to science involve both biotic and abiotic considerations and often involve measurements of both ecosystem structure and function. In his opinion, to effectively “do” ecosystem science, it is crucial to collaborate with researchers from multiple scientific disciplines. As a result, nearly all of the research projects in his lab have been part of interdisciplinary research groups.

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Natalie Baker PhD current position as of August 2017 is at Sam Houston State University in the Department of Security Studies. She was formerly an Assistant Professor in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. At the core of her research are socio-political questions about the nature of social order in the context of extreme disruption, both in developed and Global South contexts.

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Jorn Yu PhD is a Professor in the Department of Forensic Science at Sam Houston State University. He is an analytical chemist specializing in forensic science. He obtained his BS and MS degrees both in Forensic Science from Central Police University in Taiwan. From 1994 to 2002, he worked as a forensic scientist at the Forensic Science Center in Taipei, Taiwan. He completed his PhD in Chemistry from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, in 2006.

In 2014 he was promototed to Fellow with the American Academy of Forensic Sciences . He also holds a forensic certificate (Diplomat-ABC) with the American Board of Criminalistics in the certification area of comprehensive criminalistics. His research interest is in the areas of trace evidence examination and crime scene reconstruction. The ultimate goal in his research laboratory is to develop investigative intelligence by chemical forensics.

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  • Leif French PhD

  • College of Humanities & Social Sciences
    World Languages & Cultures

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Leif French PhD

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  • Marcus Boccaccini PhD

  • College of Humanities & Social Sciences
    Psychology & Philosophy

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Marcus Boccaccini PhD is a Professor of Psychology and Associate Director of Clinical Training. His research interests include adversarial allegiance in expert witness opinions, agreement among forensic evaluators, field reliability and validity of procedures used in forensic assessment.