Faculty shine in published research arena

Posted February 26, 2013

Abilene Christian University is proud to announce the recent publication of faculty research literature in academic journals. Four faculty members in three scholarship areas have been recognized for their academic research.

Higher Education

Dr. Ian Shepherd, associate professor of management for COBA, and Dr. Brent Reeves, associate professor of information systems for COBA, were recently published in the Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice for their article “iPad or iFad - The Mobile Classroom.”

Shepherd and Reeves’s article examines how the advent of the notepad computer has changed teachers’ ability to infuse technology into their students' learning environment. These devices have fewer constraints than typical laptop based computers, regarding access and interaction with other students. The paper examines the use of online texts, virtual games, electronic documents, group projects and teaching tools.

Shepherd also recently had his article, “Government Spending or Tax Cuts for Education in Taylor County, Texas,” published in the Journal of Management Policy and Practice.


The work of Dr. Sheila Jones, department associate chair and associate professor of the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition, was accepted to Nutrition and Cancer: An International Journal. Her article, “Beta-Ionone Induces Cell-Cycle Arrest and Apoptosis in Human Prostate Tumor Cells,” discusses a study of the effects of beta-ionone (a phytochemical) on three different cell lines of prostate cancer cells.

Health Sciences

An article by Dr. Terry Baggs, assistant professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, “Has speech-language pathology changed? Personality types of contemporary students,” was published in The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice.

The article is part of a large study looking at the personality of speech-language pathology graduate students and their clinical success. The study was a cooperative effort among six universities in two states, totaling approximately 320 students.  It is the largest personality study in the field of speech-language pathology since the Myers-Briggs studies in the 1960s and 70s.

Baggs says, “I have had articles published previously in which I was simply glad to be published.  However, my present research agenda is such that I am glad the publication might result in many people benefiting from the information provided.”


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