Research, Scholarship & Creative Activity


- Dr. Matthew Spangler's stage adaptation of The Kite Runner was published by Penguin Press in the USA and Bloomsbury in the UK, following the London West End production and tour.

                  Kite Runner Penguin          Kite Runner Bloomsbury

- Dr. Rona Halualani published "Migration as 'Home': Chasing Down Diasporic Traces" in rticle addresses Hawaiian migration and Dr. Halualani's own autoethnographic journey.  Additionally, Dr. Halualani is currently finishing a book (slated for the University of Hawai'i Press) on critical autoethnography and Hawaiian diasporic politics.


- Dr. Ted M. Coopman, COMM social media team co-founder, presented his and Dr. Stephanie J. Coopman’s competitively-selected paper “Using the ‘Tech Start-Up’ Concept to Train, Engage, and Inform Students” at the Twelfth International Conference on e-Learning & Innovative Pedagogies in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia (May 2019). Social media team co-founder Daniel Hinojosa pictured on the right in the background slide. The audience consisted of more than 60 educators from around the world. 

        Ted Coopman AUS

- Dr. Alexis Pulos presented his paper “I Now Pronounce You . . . Utilizing Critical Gameplay to Question the Institution of Marriage” at the 2nd Workshop on Tabletop Games at the Foundations of Digital Games Conference in San Luis Obispo, CA (August 2019).

Mary Anne Sunseri spoke on a panel titled “Online Course Development & Delivery: Oral Communications” and also led a session titled “Incorporating Oral Presentations into a Fully Online Class” at the annual Online Teaching Conference in Anaheim, CA in June. 


Dr. Spangler's stage adaptation of The Kite Runner opened in Mumbai, India and will later transfer to Delhi.  The Bombay Times gave the production a 4 star review. "Any attempt to adapt a much-loved novel on the stage is always a risky venture, because naysayers have a habit of stating 'the book was always better.' However, that's not even something one gives heed to while watching Akarsh Khurana's production. Based on Khaled Hosseini's bestseller by the same name the play draws you in from the word go."            KR Bombay      KR Bombay 2