Program Coordinators

Jeannette Cockroft, PhD
Associate Professor of History and Political Science
Academic Affairs

Program Coordinator, History
Fulbright Scholar, Southwest University, College of Political Science and Public Administration, Chongqing, China, 2016-2017

CLASSES TAUGHT

  • HIST 1301 (pre-Civil War American history)
  • HIST 1302 (post-Civil War)
  • HIST 3313 (American women’s history)
  • HIST 3361 (Modern East Asian history)
  • HIST 4360 (Discourses/Senior capstone course)
  • HIST 4399 (Senior thesis)
  • POLS 2301 (US/Texas government)
  • POLS 3384 (Regional studies: Asia)

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D. Department of History, Texas A&M University, 2000
  • M.A. Department of Political Science, University of Kansas, 1989
  • B.A. Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures, University of Pennsylvania, 1980

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • 2002-present Associate Professor, History/Political Science, Schreiner University, Kerrville, TX
  • 2001-2002 Director, Joint Language Institute, Suzhou University, Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China

PUBLICATIONS

  • Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
    • 2013 “The Transformative Power of Work: The Early Life of Margaret Chase Smith,” Maine History, 47/2: 235-254.

BOOK REVIEWS

MANUSCRIPTS IN SUBMISSION

  • “The Road Not Taken: Margaret Chase Smith, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and the Republican Party in the 1950s,” (revise/resubmit), Journal of Women’s History
  • “Just ‘Doing What Any Woman Would Do’: Margaret Chase Smith, Dwight D. Eisenhower and the 1955 Visit to Skowhegan, Maine,” (revise/resubmit), Journal of New England History

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • 2016 Recipient, Fulbright Scholar Grant, School of Political Science & Public Administration, Southwest University, Chongqing, China, Sept 2016-July 2017
  • 2016 Participant, NEH Summer Institute, Confucian Asia: Traditions and Transformations, East-West Center, Honolulu, HI, June 13-July 15
  • 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award, Schreiner University Chapter, Sigma Alpha Pi, National Honor Society of Leadership and Success
  • 2008 Delta Kappa Gamma, International Honor Society for Women Educators, Eta Xi Chapter
  • 2008 Schreiner University Faculty Development Grant
  • 2007 Who’s Who in American Education, 7th edition
  • 2006 Schreiner University Academic Advisor of the Year
  • 2004 Honorary Member, Schreiner University Chapter, Alpha Lambda Delta
  • 2000 Who’s Who in America, Millennium edition
  • 2000 Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, 26th edition
  • 2000 Who’s Who of American Women, 21st edition

INVITED TALKS

  • 2017 “American Political Culture,” Ministry of Science, Education, Culture and Sports, Association of Mongolian Women Scientists, WSTEM, Sustainable Development and Urgent Problems of Social Development, National University of Mongolia, Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia, June 17.
  • 2017 “Race and Gender in American Politics,” WSTEM Workshop: Supporting Scientists To Participate in Exchange Practices and Politics, Mongolian University of Science and Technology, Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia, June 16.
  • 2017 “How the American Government Works,” WSTEM Workshop: Supporting Scientists To Participate in Exchange Practices and Politics, Mongolian University of Science and Technology, Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia, June 16.
  • 2017 “Applying for the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program: Enhancing Your Application and Maximizing Your Chances,” Rongchang campus, Southwest University, Chongqing, China, May 25.
  • 2017 “The American College Experience,” Rongchang campus, Southwest University, Chongqing, China, May 25.
  • 2017 “Richard Hofstadter, Donald Trump and the Future of American Democracy,” Sichuan University, Chengdu, China, April 20.
  • 2017 “Basic American Values: What Makes America Unique?,” College of Political Science and Public Administration, Southwest University, Chongqing, China, March 30.
  • 2017 “The American College Experience,” International Education Week, Southwest University, Chongqing, China, March 21.
  • 2016 “The American College Experience,” Honors College, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, China, December 17.
  • 2016 “General Characteristics of American Politics,” Honors College, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, China, December 15.
  • 2016 “Race and Gender in American Politics,” Ocean University of China, Qingdao, China, November 26.
  • 2016 “Analysis of the American Presidential Election,” China Ocean University, Qingdao, China, November 25.
  • 2016 “The American College Experience,” College of Agronomy and Biotechnology, Southwest University, Chongqing, China, November 18.
  • 2016 “Analysis of the 2016 American Presidential Election,” Honors Program, Shanghai International Studies University, November 10 & 11
  • 2016 “How the American Electoral Process Works,” U.S. Embassy, Beijing, China, November 9.
  • 2016 “What Happens Between Election Day and Inauguration Day?” U.S. Embassy, Beijing, China, November 9.
  • 2016 “Race and Gender in American Politics,” Beijing Foreign Studies University, November 8.
  • 2016 “Race and Gender in American Politics,” American Studies Forum, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China, October 29.
  • 2016 “2016 American Presidential Election,” American Studies Forum, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China, October 28.
  • 2016 “2016 American Presidential Election,” College of Political Science & Public Administration, Southwest University, Chongqing, China, October 25.
  • 2002 “An Historical Overview of American Public Education,” Suzhou Education College, Suzhou, China, June 29.
  • 2002 “Gender and Politics in the United States: Why More Women Don’t Hold Elective
    Office,” University of the Philippines, Los Banos, February 2.
  • 2001 “Differences Between the American and the Chinese College Experience,” Suzhou
    University, Suzhou, China, December 19.

CONFERENCE ACTIVITY

  • Papers
    • 2017 “The Fragile State of American Democracy in the Age of Trump,” 2017 Annual American Studies Network Conference, US-China Relations after the 2016 Election: Trump, Congress, and the Issues,” Sichuan University, Chengdu, China, April 21-23.
    • 2016 “Exploring the Texas Hill Country: Using Local Resources and Local History to Illuminate the Challenges of the 21st Century,” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference, Seattle, WA, March 22-25.
    • 2015 “Just ‘Doing What Any Woman Would Do’: Margaret Chase Smith, Dwight D. Eisenhower and the 1955 Visit to Skowhegan, Maine,” Southwestern Historical Association Annual Conference, Denver, CO, April 8-11.
    • 2013 “Mr. & Mrs. Smith Go to Washington: The Political Partnership of Clyde H. and Margaret Chase Smith in the 1930s,” National Social Science Association Fall Professional Development Conference, New Orleans, LA, October 7-9.
    • 2008 “Dwight D. Eisenhower, Margaret Chase Smith, and the Reconstruction of the Republican Party,” National Social Science Association Professional Development Conference, Albuquerque, NM, October 19-21.
    • 2008 “The Transformative Power of Work and Place: The Early Life of Margaret Chase Smith,” Rural Heritage Institute, Sterling College, Craftsbury Common, VT, June 10-15.
    • 2008 “Declaration of Conscience as a Declaration of Self: The Autobiography of Margaret Chase Smith,” International Society for Educational Biography, Chicago, April 23-26.
    • 2005 “The Road Not Taken: Eisenhower’s Party and Sen. Margaret Chase Smith” Mid-
      American Conference on History, Lawrence, KS, September 22-24.
    • 2000 “Margaret Chase Smith and the Struggle for Political Legitimacy in the 1950s,”
      Fifth Southern Conference on Women’s History, University of Richmond, June 15-17.

DISCUSSANT

  • 2017 Graduate Student Panel III, 2017 Annual American Studies Network Conference, US-China Relations after the 2016 Election: Trump, Congress, and the Issues,” Sichuan University, Chengdu, China, April 21-23.
  • 2015 Gender and Law Panel, Southwestern Historical Association Annual Conference, Denver, CO, April 8-11.

CAMPUS TALKS

  • 2011 “This I Believe,” Lenten Meditation, Schreiner University, April 4
  • 2010 “The Last Lecture,” Student Senate, Schreiner University, April 27
  • 2010 “Gendercide in China,” Global Awareness Week, Schreiner University, November 11
  • 2004 “Adventures in the Middle Kingdom,” Hallman Chautauqua Series, Schreiner University, February 23
  • 2003 “What Happened to American Feminism?” Schreiner University 80th Birthday Celebration and Convocation, Schreiner University, August 22
  • 2003 “What I Wish I Had Known in My First Year as New Faculty,” New Faculty Orientation, Schreiner University, August 13
  • 2002 “Chinese vs. American College Experiences,” Parents’ Weekend, Schreiner University, October 28.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Southwest University
    • Introduction to American government (fall 2016; spring 2017)
    • English Corner/practicing conversational English (fall 2016, spring 2017)
  • Schreiner University
    • Pre-Civil War/Post-Civil War American history (fall/spring 2002-present)
    • American women’s history (fall 2003/2005/2012/2014)
    • Traditional/Modern East Asian history (fall 2006-present)
    • Historiography/Research methods (fall 2006-fall 2015)
    • Interdisciplinary studies (spring 2008, spring 2011)
    • American government (spring 2002, summer 2005-2015)
    • Sino-American relations (spring 2009/2011)
    • International Political Economy (spring 2013)
  • Suzhou University
    • Conversational English (fall 2001, spring 2002)
    • English composition (fall 2001, spring 2002)
    • Research skills (spring 2002)
  • Blinn Junior College, Adjunct Faculty
    • Texas government (fall 1992-fall 1996)
    • American government (fall 1992-fall 1996)
  • Texas A&M University, Lecturer
    • Pre-Civil War American history (spring 2001)
  • Texas A&M University, Instructor
    • Pre-Civil War American history (fall 1992-fall 1998; fall 2000)
    • Post-Civil War American history (fall 1992-fall 1998)
    • Traditional East Asian history (spring 1997; fall 1998)

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

  • To Profession
    • Judge, Thomas D. Clark Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research Paper on an American History topic, Kentucky Association of Teachers of History (KATH), September 2015
    • Judge, Raymond F. Betts Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research Paper on a World History topic, Kentucky Association of Teachers of History (KATH), September 2015
    • Judge, Anita Sanford Tolson High School Writing Award, Kentucky Association of Teachers of History (KATH), September 2015
    • “Margaret Chase Smith” in Women in the American Political System: An Encyclopedia of Women as Voters, Candidates, and Office Holders (forthcoming)
    • Peer Reviewer, International Social Science Review, Official Journal of Pi Gamma Mu, Honor Society for the Social Sciences
    • Reader, AP US History Exam, Louisville, KY (June 11-19, 2007)

TO UNIVERSITY

  • Supplemental Instruction Mentor (fall 2014-spring 2016; fall 2017)
  • Coordinator, History Program (fall 2014-spring 2016; fall 2017)
  • Diversity Committee (fall 2015-spring 2016)
  • Faculty advisor for Student Organizations (fall 2003-fall 2006/2010/2015; spring 2011)
  • Advisor, senior theses (fall 2015/ 2016/2017; spring 2002/2008/2010)
  • New Student Enrollment & Success Committee (fall 2014-spring 2015)
  • Honors Advisory Committee (fall 2010-spring 2011)
  • Committee on Institutional Goals (fall 2010, spring 2011/2012)
  • Teacher Education Committee (fall 2010/2012; spring 2011)
  • Chair, Assistant Professor of Political Science Search Committee (spring 2011)
  • Chair, Admissions Committee (spring 2005-spring 2007)
  • Faculty Affairs Committee (fall 2005, spring 2006)
  • Retention Committee (fall 2005-fall 2007)
  • Mentor/faculty evaluator for adjunct faculty/junior faculty (fall 2004/2007/2012)

TO COMMUNITY

  • TESOL Instructor, Families and Literacy, Kerrville, TX, (August 2011-May 2012)
  • Campus Liaison, Delta Kappa Gamma Community Book Drive, Kerrville, TX (spring 2008)

SELECTED COMMUNITY TALKS

  • 2016 “George Washington, Superhero, and His Sidekick, Martha,” Sons of the American Revolution, February 9
  • 2013 “Women’s Political Participation before Suffrage and Why the Vote Matters,” League of Women Voters, August 23
  • 2008 “My Vote is My Voice: Education,” League of Women Voters Panelist, October 20
  • 2005 “Lessons from a Chinese (Re)Education Camp,” Delta Kappa Gamma, February 7
  • 2005 “Lessons from a Chinese (Re)Education Camp,” Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship, December 12
  • 2004 “Women in the American Revolution,” Sons of the American Revolution, Sept. 21
  • 2004 “Adventures in China: A Year in the Middle Kingdom,” Kerrville Noon Rotary Club, June 9

RELATED PROFESSIONAL SKILLS

  • 2011 CELTA training, International Language School, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, July

LANGUAGES

  • French, Intermediate reading with dictionary
  • Mandarin, Beginner speaking, intermediate reading with dictionar
Dr. Daniel Coleman, DBA
Associate Professor of Business
Marketing | Academic Affairs

Diana Comuzzie
Diana Comuzzie, PhD
Developer of Health Professionals Program
Neva Cramer
Associate Professor of Education
Academic Affairs

I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.  – John Steinbeck

Education

  • B.S., Secondary Education
    Southwest Texas University
  • Speech/Drama and English
    Louisiana State University, 1977
  • M.A. in Reading, Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
    Louisiana State University, 1994
  • Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction
    Louisiana State University, 2003

Awards

  • Elmore Whitehearst Award for Creative Teaching 2013
  • Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity 2015

Presentations and Publications (Most Recent)

  • The Fundamentals of Literacy Instruction and Assessment, 6-12M. Hougen, Ed. 2015
    Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., Inc. Part II Chapter 13
    Supporting Literacy and Learning through the Visual and Communicative Arts
  • Transforming Learning in the 21st Century College Classroom through the Arts
    The International Journal of Learning in Higher Education, Volume 21, Issue 2, January 2015, pp.15-23. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: January 20, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 846.127KB).
  • Texas Association for Literacy Education Yearbook, Volume 2, Building Momentum, August 2014 Chapter 6: Supporting Literacy Through the Visual and Communicative Arts: Building Momentum in Literacy for 21st Century Digital Learners
  • The Learner Conference: The Learner 21st International Conference On Learning. June 14, 2014 New York.  Presentation: New Literacies for 21st Century Learners: Making Text Come Alive for Today’s Visual Learners
  • Texas Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Annual Conference October 27, 2014 Houston, Texas. Session Presentation: Transforming Classroom Learning Through the Arts
  • CSOTTE Annual Conference Oct 19-21- Austin, Texas. Session Presentation: Preparing Pre-service Teachers to Transform the Traditional Classroom through the Visual and Communicative Arts
  • Texas Association for Literacy Educators Annual Conference: Inspiring and Transforming Literacy February 21st , 2015. The Woodlands. Texas. Presentation: Art and Literacy: Linking Literacy and the Visual Arts

Dr. Cramer teaches in the MEd and Med plus Teacher Certification program. She is dedicated to helping prepare future professional educators.   Dr. Cramer specializes in teaching and learning through the arts.  With a background in the performing arts, Dr. Neva has combined her interests and studies to promote literacy through local, regional, and statewide school seminars and workshops, through presentations for the International Literacy Association, the National Council Of Teacher Educators, Texas Association of Literacy Educators, Texas ASCD,  National Association of Supervision and Curriculum, CSOTTE,  The College Board, and other organizations. She spent five years at Louisiana State University as an instructor for teacher training classes and university supervisor of student teachers. She has over twenty years of experience as a professional educator in the areas of theatre, speech, secondary English, reading and language arts. She is currently an associate professor and the Director of Education and Graduate Studies in Education at Schreiner University


Don Crandall
Don Crandall, DMA
Professor of Music
Academic Affairs

Classes Taught
MUSC 1105: Applied Piano
MUSC 1110: Sight-Singing & Ear Training I
MUSC 1111: Sight-Singing & Ear Training II
MUSC 1203: Piano Fundamentals
MUSC 1304: Music Theory I
MUSC 1305: Music Theory II
MUSC 2105: Piano Proficiency
MUSC 3105: Adv. Applied Piano
IDST 1101: Freshman Seminar
IDST 3260: Aesthetic Experience

Education

  • Doctor of Musical Arts
    University of Texas at Austin
  • Master of Music
    New England Conservatory
  • Bachelor of Music
    Ithaca College

Performing

  • Symphony of the Hills Orchestra
  • Harry and the Hightones (swing band)

Awards

  • Recipient of the Margaret Hosler Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2000

One of Dr. Crandall’s passions in life is driving his motorcycle through the Hill Country roads in Texas. When he is not on his bike or playing with the Hightones, you may find Dr. Crandall in the gym lifting weights. “But most of all, I enjoy teaching the discipline of music to my Schreiner students.” He began teaching at SU in 1997.