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Dr. Harris Scholarship ShowcaseCommunication professor, Dr. Heather Harris, presented on the Plenary Panel of the annual Paul D. Lack Scholars' Showcase on Friday, February 24, in Rockland on the Owings Mills campus. Dr. Harris conceptualized and founded the Scholars' Showcase in 2014. Along with Dr. Deric Greene, who served as co-chair, the pair established a committee and organized the showcase for five years as it got off the ground. This year's committee organized an excellent showcase, and Dr. Harris discussed the importance of diving into research. “Trust and act when an idea comes to you,” Dr. Harris shared with the crowd, encouraging others to listen when an idea for research presents itself. "I write notes at night or in my car. I will delete it or use it for another time." When the idea came to Dr. Harris to write about the Obama effect, she decided that she would rather serve as an editor of the book, so that different perspectives could be featured and researched. "I wanted to share other people's perspectives other than mine," she said. Her tip when editing a book instead of writing it? "Make sure writers understand the theme and that everyone is on the same page," Dr. Harris said. Dr. Harris, Dr. Kimberly R. Moffitt, and Dr. Catherine R. Squires are the editors of "The Obama Effect: Multidisciplinary Renderings of the 2008 Campaign." Dr. Harris and Dr. Moffit are the editors of "Michelle Obama and the FLOTUS Effect: Platform, Presence, and Agency (Race, Representation, and American Political Institutions)." Congratulations, Dr. Harris! It was great to hear your perspective on research and publishing!


Jack GildenThe Communication department at Stevenson University welcomes local author Jack Gilden to the faculty. His first book was Collision of Wills: Johnny Unitas, Don Shula, and the Rise of the Modern NFL (2018).  He has also recently signed a contract with the University of Nebraska Press to publish a new book about the racehorse, Spectacular Bid.

According to his publisher, "Gilden's editorials, columns, and articles have appeared in Orioles Magazine, the Baltimore Sun, the Evening Sun, Chesapeake Life, Style magazine and the Baltimore Jewish Times. He has written about the anti-Semitism of H.L. Mencken, the literary life of Bernard Malamud, the lost legend of "Swish" Nicholson, Joe Louis as civil rights hero, and the profane genius of Earl Weaver. He wrote the Orioles 40th Anniversary Video, narrated by the legendary Jim McKay."

Gilden will be teaching journalism classes. (Photo from

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