Faculty Highlights

Spartan “Legion” Named Band of the Week

DSC_0134Professor William H. Beathea, acting director of bands and assistant professor of music, recently announced that the NSU Marching Spartan “Legion” Band was named Band of the Week by the HBCU Gameday for its outstanding halftime performance during the NSU versus North Carolina A&T Football matchup held in Greensboro, North Carolina, on Oct. 6. Gameday also posted some of the halftime show on its Facebook page which received nearly 11,000 views. HBCU Gameday is a popular site that premiers news and conversation pertaining to all aspects of HBCU sports.

NSU Faculty Member Speaks at Key Functions


Dr. April Manalang

Dr. April Manalang, assistant professor in the NSU History and Interdisciplinary Studies Department, was an invited speaker at several key programs including:

  • National and Local Demographic Trends on Hispanic-Americans – U.S. Coast Guard, Governmental Affairs Panel
  • Spirituality versus Religion: Can One Exist without the Other – Temple Beth-El Synogague, International Headquarters, Department of Education
  • United Ilocano Association of Tidewater – Scholarship Awards Ceremony, Philippine Cultural Center
  • Religious Pluralism and Immigration in First Freedom: Virginia’s Statue for Religious Freedom – National Endowment for the Humanities and Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Library of Virginia

In addition to her many speaking engagements, Dr. Manalang also served as the invited curator on the Filipino-American community for the Richmond Folk Festival sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. The Richmond Folk Festival boasts an annual attendance of more than 200,000 people. Manalang and family members also hosted a food demonstration preparing chicken adobo and cassava cake. You can find more information on the Richmond Folk Festival at http://www.richmondfolkfestival.org/.

Faculty Member Wins Cyber Security Research Grant


Dr. George Hsieh

Norfolk State University was awarded a grant titled Enhancing Cybersecurity Research and Experimentation Infrastructure from the Department of Defense for $499,570 through August 2017. Dr. George Hsieh, professor of computer science, is the principal investigator (PI) for this award. The new grant is provided to further enhance the research and experimentation infrastructure at the Center of Excellence in Cyber Security at NSU, which is also funded by the Department of Defense for $4.983 million through April 2020. Dr. Hsieh serves as the PI for the COE which includes Old Dominion University/Virginia Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation Center as an academic partner.

Faculty Chosen to Serve on Education Committee


Dr. Larry Ferguson

Dr. Larry T. Ferguson, associate professor in the NSU School of Education — Department of Secondary Education and School Leadership, and an active member of the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), was recently elected to be co-chair of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) Digital Storytelling/Digital Video Special Interest Group (SIG).  SITE is an international, academic association of teacher educators, researchers, practitioners and collaborating organizations across multiple disciplines. SITE creates and disseminates knowledge enhancing teacher education through the use of technology across a global context. The Digital Storytelling/Digital Video SIG addresses the role of digital storytelling in teacher education, research, and the evaluation of digital storytelling and best practices for digital storytelling in the field, among its varied topics. There are currently 471 members from around the world in the Digital Storytelling/Digital Video SIG.

History Professor Delivers Scholarly Papers


Dr. Charles Ford

Dr. Charles H. Ford, professor of history at Norfolk State University, delivered two scholarly papers in October 2016:

  •  “Joseph A. Jordan Jr.’s Run for City Council in Norfolk, Virginia in 1968” at the annual Association for the Study of African-American Life and History (ASALH) Conference in Richmond, Virginia — October 7
  • “John Dowdy, the Mattachine Society, and the Making of Modern Conservatism” during the annual East Texas Historical Association fall meeting in Nacogdoches, Texas — October 14

In partnership with researcher, Dr. Jeffrey Littlejohn of Sam Houston State University, Ford is drafting two co-authored books — one on the radical trio of Jordan, Dawley, and Holt  (University of Virginia Press) and the other on Congressman John Dowdy and the origins of modern conservatism  Texas A&M University Press).



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