Faculty Research Interests
- Institute for Reading, Writing, and Critical Thinking: When Arts and Sciences Collide (2011-2012)
- Upper Cumberland Institute for Writing and Critical Thinking (2009-2010)
- Improving Middle School Students’ Reading Attitudes and Motivations Through Engaging Teachers’ Literacies (2008-2009)
- Write ON! Developing Teachers of Writers and Readers (2007-2008)
- Empowering Literacy Instruction (2007-2008)
- TTU Reading and Writing Institute (2006-2007)
Research – Peer-Reviewed Professional / Scientific Articles:
Co-authored with Dr. Jack McCann: “Perceived Leadership Integrity in the Manufacturing Industry” Published by the Journal of Business Ethics online: DOI: 10.1007/s10551-012-1444-x, will appear printed edition.
Presented with Dr. McCann at the 100th SAMS Conference, March 31, 2012. “Perceived Leadership Integrity in the Manufacturing Industry”
Lead Discussant – “Employee Perceptions of Workplace Diversity in the Manufacturing Industry” By Dr. McCann and Aravamudhan, March 31, 2012 100th Society for Advancement of Management Conference, Las Vegas, NV
Co-authored with Dr. Jack McCann: “Sustainable Leadership: A Manufacturing Employee Perspective,” Published in Society for Advancement of Management (Advanced Management Journal), Vol. 76, No. 4, 2011, pp. 4-14.
Co-authored with Dr. Jack McCann: "Defining sustainable leadership," Published in Int. J. Sustainable Strategic Management (IJSSM), (Inderscience),Vol. 2, No. 2, 2010, pp. 204-210.
Co-authored with Dr. Jack McCann: “Servant and Sustainable Leadership: An Analysis in the Manufacturing Environment,” presented at the Spring 2009 Society for the Advancement of Management International Conference at Las Vegas, NV, and published in the conference proceedings. Published in the International Journal of Management Practice (IJMP), (Inderscience), 2010 Vol. 4 No. 2, pp. 134-148.
“Assessing Burnout in Higher Education Online Instructors,” by Dr. Jack McCann and Dr. Roger A. Holt. Research presented at Lincoln Memorial University’s Spring Scholar’s Forum 2009. Presented at Fall 2009 presentation at the Appalachian College Association Annual Conference. Publication in the October, 2009, Journal of Distance Education / Revue de l'Éducation à Distance,Volume 23, Number 3.
Co-authored with Dr. Jack McCann: “Ethical Leadership and Organizations: An Analysis Based on the Perceived Leadership Integrity Scale.” 2009 Journal of Business Ethics. The original paper was available online in September 2008 at "www.springerlink.com" and the online publication is the first official publication of this paper. DOI number 10.1007/s10551-008-9880-3. The paper was published in volume 87, issue 2, June (III) 2009. This paper was originally presented at the 2008 Society for the Advancement of Management International Conference Presentation at Arlington, VA, and published in the conference proceedings.
“Coaching Online: How Peer Mentors Can Use the Internet to Improve Online Faculty Performance” by Dr. Larry Flegle, Dr. Roger Holt, Kaplan University 2007
- Common Core implementation
- Engaging students and motivation
- Program Design for Higher Education Programs
Research and Teaching Areas
I am a biogeographer with research interests in forest and disturbance ecology (primarily forest fires) and environmental change during the Holocene—the present geological epoch that began ca. 11,700 years ago. I use natural proxies, such as tree rings and soil charcoal, to explore past environmental change in order to provide knowledge that can better prepare humans to predict, lessen the impacts of, or adapt to future global change.
One of the best parts of my job is that this type of research is often conducted in some of the most beautiful places in the world. I have worked on projects based in the mountains and high-elevation desert of the Pacific Northwest, the Appalachian Mountains, the bayous of Louisiana, and arctic Sweden. My research has always provided opportunities for student collaboration, and I invite you to inquire about current projects in which you could participate.
My teaching interests include introductory geography, physical geography, environmental geography, biogeography, weather and climate, Appalachian geography, and natural hazards.
During the past ten years, I have participated in the dendroarchaeological dating of some of the oldest log structures in Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Kentucky, including the cabin at President Lincoln’s Birthplace National Historic Site.
Recent publication on carnivorous plant research: Horner, J.D., Cross Steele, J., Underwood, C.A., and Lingamfelter, D. 2012. Age-related changes in characteristics and prey capture in seasonal cohorts of Sarracenia alata pitchers. The American Midland Naturalist 167: 13–27
My research has been recently presented at multiple professional conferences (e.g., Ecological Society of America, Association of American Geographers, Geological Society of America).