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Ed Starkenburg

Ed Starkenburg

Education Professor Ed Starkenburg gave his presentation “Critical Literacy and Social Class in Children’s Literature” at the International Reading Association Midwest Regional Convention in Minneapolis on November 11 and in Miami on November 30 at the National Reading Conference. Starkenburg is currently serving on the Iowa Reading Association board of directors as the Zone A (northwest Iowa) director.

Dr. Benjamin Kornelis's arrangement of “Jesus Loves Me” will soon be published by Harrock Hall (

Dr. Duane Bajema, professor of agriculture, served as a national reviewer for the Southern Region Agricultural Education Research Conference of the American Association of Agricultural Education.

English Professor David Schelhaas's article, “St. Louise and the Teaching of Literature,” was published in the October 2005 Christian Educators Journal.

Dr. Karen DeMol served on a task force appointed by the College Music Society, a national organization of college music teachers, to plan and present a day-long workshop on departmental administration for new department chairs. The workshop took place at the annual conference of the College Music Society, held in November.

Advancement representative Dave Vander Werf, director of planned giving at Dordt College, was presented the “Top Producer for 2005” award at the 2005 Barnabas Foundation annual conference, held in September.

The award recognized Vander Werf’s efforts last year, resulting in the most quality referrals to free estate planning services offered by the Barnabas Foundation.

Dr. John Zwart, professor of physics, gave a talk titled “Grading AP Physics” at the Tri-State American Association of Physics Teachers meeting held at Luther College in October. The meeting was a joint one involving the Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin sections of AAPT. Zwart also served on the nominating committee which presented its slate of candidates at the business meeting of the Iowa section.

Sheryl Taylor

Sheryl Taylor

Librarian Sheryl Taylor was elected Vice-Chair/Chair-elect of a regional Sirsi (a library automation system) Midwest Users Group. Taylor, who helped start the organization nicknamed SMUG, has been its secretary since its inception. It includes librarians from Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Missouri schools.

Dr. Sherri Lantinga presented a poster at the Engaging Minds Conference: Best Practices in Teaching Critical Thinking Across the Psychology Curriculum in Atlanta, Georgia, on October 1, 2005. Her poster, “Sorting Mountains from Molehills through Research, Debate, and Reflection,” described a set of assignments used in her Introduction to Psychological Studies (PSYC 202) course that are intended to promote critical thinking. The poster included students’ ratings of the three-part project as well as course-embedded assessment showing significantly increased ability to state a clear thesis on a controversial psychological topic and support it with evidence (both in writing and in an in-class presentation/debate).

Dr. Sandi Altena, director of resident life, had an article titled “Connected Classrooms Support Female Learning” in Women in Higher Education,  Dec. 2005, Vol 14, No 12. Her paper “Justice in the Classroom through Connected Pedagogy” appears on-line on the Kuyper’s Institute website (Dec. 2005).

Three education department faculty gave presentations at the ACSI Mid-America Region Teachers Convention in October in Minneapolis: Pam Adams on Children’s Literature for the K-3 Christian School Classroom and Children’s Literature for the 4-6 Christian School Classroom; Jenny Van Ry on “Student Developed Assessments,” “Developing Teacher Leaders,” and “Developing Differentiated Instruction in Mixed Ability Classrooms”; Lloyd Den Boer on “Best Teaching Practices in the Christian Social Studies Classroom,” “The Christian Social Studies Teacher and the ‘History Wars,’” and “Civic Education in the Christian High School.”

Dr. Douglas Allen’s article titled “Meteorology” appeared in Encylopedia of Physics, Third Edition edited by Rita G. Lerner and George L. Trigg, published by Wiley-VCH, 2005.