Faculty Accolades for Dec. 7, 2020

  • December 7th, 2020

Honors, Elections and Appointments

Bill Cummins, executive state director of UA’s Small Business Development Center, has been appointed to serve on the Advisory Committee of the US Export Import Bank of the United States. The EXIM Advisory Committee, as required by the U.S. Congress, advises EXIM on its programs and, in particular, on the extent to which the agency provides competitive financing to support American jobs through exports.

Dr. Hamid Moradkhani, the Alton N. Scott Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering and director of the UA Center for Complex Hydrosystems Research, was selected for the AAWRE 2020 Outstanding Research & Innovation Award by the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers, a subsidiary of the American Society of Civil Engineers. His recognition stems from his outstanding landmark contributions in applied hydrology and groundbreaking research in the field of water resources.

Dr. Samit Roy, William D. Jordan professor of aerospace engineering, has been promoted to a Fellow of the American Society of Composites in recognition of his contributions to the advancement of composites science and technology. To be named a Fellow of ASC, a person must be an active member of the organization for at least 10 years. Members considered for the honor are those who have devoted their career to the practice, research, service and education of composites.

Dr. Rachel Stephens, associate professor of American art, has been appointed an Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The two-month, highly competitive fellowship is one of the top awards in the field of art history and supports research across the history, theory and criticism of the visual arts. She was also awarded a four-month fellowship for spring 2021 from Virginia Humanities. During this time she will initiate research at the Library of Virginia for her next book project.

Awards and Grants

Dr. Jennifer Feltman, assistant professor in the department of art and art history, was awarded a 2020-21 Whiting Foundation Public Engagement Seed Grant.

Dr. Hamed Moftakhari, assistant professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, was selected as one of the 20 recipients of the National Academies’ Gulf Research Program’s 2020 Early-Career Research Fellowship. He was chosen because of his strong scientific and technical background, participation in interdisciplinary collaborations, community and civic engagement, effective communication and interpersonal skills.

Exhibitions and Performances 

Jonathan Cumberland, assistant professor, art and art history, had a poster design selected for the BREATH-SYMBIOSIS 2020 International Graphic Design Exhibition Against Infectious Diseases.

Allison Grant, assistant professor, art and art history, had work chosen for the juried exhibition PORTFOLIO 2020. Grant was awarded third place prize in the PhotoNOLA 2019 Review. In addition, Grant’s curatorial work for the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago was featured on Buzzfeed in an online exhibition titled “These Powerful Photos Prove How Universal Motherhood Really Is.”

Jason Guynes, professor and chair, art and art history, had his work “San Miniato al Monte” juried into the 31st National Drawing and Print Competitive Exhibition. The show was curated by Doreen Bolger, former director of the Baltimore Museum of Art and was exhibited at the Gormley Gallery of Notre Dame of Maryland University.

Wade MacDonald, assistant professor, art and art history, had two works juried into the exhibition Small Favors XV: Expanding the Field at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia. MacDonald was also invited to participate in a two-person exhibition, “Eternal,” as part of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts annual conference in Richmond, Virginia. He also had an artwork juried into the 28th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National, for which he won the Award for Slip Casting.

Bryce Speed, associate professor, art and art history, had a solo exhibition, “The Space Between,” at the Cole Pratt Gallery in New Orleans.

Nic Tisdale, full-time instructor, art and art history, had a print selected in an international juried exhibition, Ink Matters, at the Indiana University’s IU Kokomo Downtown Gallery.


Yonathan Arbel, associate professor, Law School, published “The Case Against Expanding the Defamation Law,” in 71 Alabama Law Review 453-498 (2019).

Dr. Wendy Castenell, art and art history, published “The Architects of Reconstruction: Alcès Family Portraits as Emblems of Afro-Creole Leadership,” in Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art 6, no. 1 (Spring 2020).

Dr. Lucy Curzon, associate professor, art and art history, published “MaPa Del: Visualizing Queer Kinship,” in the journal Adoption & Culture. Curzon was also guest editor for the volume and wrote the introduction,“Visualizing Kinship: Politics, Challenges, Opportunities.”

Richard Delgado, John J. Sparkman Chair of Law, and Jean Stefancic, professor, Law School, published, “Do Judges Cry? An Essay on Empathy and Fellow-Feeling,” 70 Case Western Reserve Law Review 23-51 (2019). They also published “Borders by Consent: A Proposal for Reducing Two Kinds of Violence in Immigration Practice​,” 52 Arizona State Law Journal 337-367 (2020). Delgado published “Children’s Rights to a Livable Future,” 71 Alabama Law Review 261-290 (2019).

Casey E. Faucon, assistant professor, Law School, published “Black Market Law Firms,” 41 Cardozo Law Review 2283-2368 (2020).

Dr. Jennifer Feltman, assistant professor, art and art history, had a book chapter, “Aligning Word and Deed: The Emergence of ‘Confessor’ as a Priest Who Hears Confession,” published in Les Mots au Moyen Âge. Actes du colloque international de l’International Medieval Society (30 juin-2 juillet 2016), edited by Vincent Debiais and Victoria Turner (Turnhout: Brepols, 2020).

Allyson E. Gold, assistant professor, Law School, published “Community Consequences of Airbnb,” 94 Washington Law Review 1577-1638 (2019).

Paul Horwitz, Gordon Rosen Professor of Law, Law School, published “A Close Reading of Barnette, in Honor of Vincent Blasi,” 13 Florida International University Law Review, 689-728 (2019).

Dr. Mina Kim, assistant professor, art and art history, published “Debating Wang Meng’s (1308-1385) Undated Handscroll: The Continuous Dialogue between Images and Texts in China,” in Misulsahak yŏn’gu (Korean Journal of Art History) 305 (2020).

Ronald J. Krotoszynski Jr., Law School, published “’A Republic if [We] Can Keep It’: A Prolegomenon on Righting the Ship of State in the Wake of the Trumpian Tempest,” in 98 Texas Law Review 539-577 (2020). He also published “The Clear and Present Dangers of the Clear and Present Danger Test: Schenck and Abrams Revisited,” 72 SMU Law Review 415-440 (2019).

Meredith M. Render, professor, Law School, published “Fiduciary Injury and Citizen Enforcement of the Emoluments Clause,” 95 Notre Dame Law Review 953-1030 (2020).

Kenneth Rosen, professor, Law School, co-authored the introduction to the Judge Frank M. Johnson, Jr. Centennial Symposium and Law Clerks Reunion; 71 Alabama Law Review 601-604 (2020)

Adam N. Steinman, University Research Professor, Law School, published “Notice Pleading in Exile. Ten Years of Iqbal: Perspectives on Policy, Procedure, and Substance,“ 41 Cardozo Law Review 1057-1080 (2020).

Rachel Stephens, associate professor, art and art history, published “Whatever is un-Virginian is Wrong!”: The Loyal Slave Trope in Civil War Richmond and the Origins of the Lost Cause,” Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art 6, no. 1 (Spring 2020).

Yonathan Arbel wearing blue suit
Wendy Castenell
Jonathan Cumberland
Bill Cummins wearing a gray suit
Lucy Curzon
Richard Delgado
Casey Faucon
Jennifer Feltman
Allyson Gold
Allison Grant
Jason Guynes, chairman of the art and art history department
Headshot of Paul Horwitz, UA School of Law
Mina Kim
Ronald Krotoszynski
Wade McDonald
Dr. Moradkhani
Meredith Render
Kenneth Rosen
Bryce Speed
Headshot of Jean Stefancic, School of Law
Adam Steinmann
Nic Tisdale


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