Research

CAS Author's Showcase

From The Dean

Faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences at Bowie State University are actively engaged in a wide variety of scholarly activities. Their research results are widely published in various professional journals. This publication is devoted to showcasing some of their scholarship in the form of books. These books include textbooks and novels, some of which are internationally acclaimed and widely adopted as primary or supplemental textbooks by schools, colleges, and universities worldwide. The authors featured in this publication are those who are still affiliated with the institution as of 2009

Renee H. Shea, professor of English and Modern Languages, has worked extensively in the fields of composition studies, rhetoric, writing assessment, and contemporary fiction. With a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, she is a leader in curriculum design and instruction at both the high school and college level. She has served on the College Board's Advanced Placement English Language and Composition Development Committee and is currently a member of the SAT Critical Reading Development Committee. She frequently leads professional development workshops for secondary English language arts teachers. Her interest in community-based literature projects is shown in her work as a member of the Education Advisory Board for the National Museum of Women in the Arts and, currently, as a member of the selection committee for One Maryland, One Book. Dr. Shea frequently writes on contemporary authors in publications such as Poets & Writers Magazine and academic journals such as Callaloo, The Caribbean Writer, The Journal of Haitian Studies, and Crab Orchard Review. Recently, she has begun working with the American Film Institute on media literacy projects.
The Language of Composition

By Renee Shea, Lawrence Scanlon, and Robin Aufses
Bedford/St. Martin’s Press, 2007
1088 pages
The Language of Composition, a textbook designed for the AP English Language course, focuses on teaching students the skills they need to read, write, and think at the college level. The text has practical advice on reading and writing and an extensive selection of readings — including essays, poetry, fiction, and visual texts that are both interesting and appropriate for a high school audience to develop the key skills for a successful college career.

Amy Tan in the Classroom: The Art of Invisible Strength

By Renee Shea and Deborah Wilchek
National Council of Teachers of English, 2005
129 pages

Amy Tan in the Classroom uses an activity-based approach to teaching both the print and film versions of The Joy Luck Club, as well as the nonfiction The Opposite of Fate: A Book of Musings. Highlights include biographical information, critical analysis of Tan’s work, teacher-tested activities, writing assignments, and discussion questions, as well as an extensive unit on teaching and analyzing the film version of The Joy Luck Club.

Zora Neale Hurston in the Classrom: “With a harp and a sword in my hands”

By Renee Shea and Deborah Wilchek
National Council of Teachers of English, 2009
113 pages

Zora Neale Hurston in the Classroom offers a practical approach to Hurston using a range of student-centered activities for teaching her nonfiction, short stories, and the print and film versions of Their Eyes Were Watching God. This volume features numerous resources and strategies for helping students engage with Hurston’s work, including instruction in literary analysis, argumentation, and creative nonfiction writing.

Brenda Chester DoHarris was born in Guyana (formerly British Guiana), South America where she grew up. A graduate of Howard University and Columbia University, New York, she is the holder of a PhD in English with a specialization in the literature of women in post-colonial and post-slavery societies. She has traveled widely in the Caribbean, Europe, China and Africa and is the author of two novels, The Coloured Girl in the Ring (1994) and the award-winning Calabash Parkway (2005).

The Coloured Girl in the Ring

By Brenda DoHarris
Tantaria Press, 1997
204 pages

The Coloured Girl in the Ring is a bildungsroman about a young girl's growing up in the former British Guiana of the fifties and sixties. The protagonist's coming-of-age parallels the colony's violent racial politics and struggle for political independence from Britain in the sixties. This novel has been used in classes in Caribbean Literature and Caribbean History at State University of New York (SUNY) (Binghamton) and (UCLA) University College of Los Angeles (Davis)

Calabash Parkway

By Brenda DoHarris
Tantaria Press, 2005
217 pages

Calabash Parkway recounts the underhanded, desperate efforts of three immigrant Guyanese women in Brooklyn and Toronto, as they try to shed their undocumented status and improve their lives in the metropole. In 2006, this novel won an award from the North American Caribbean Journalists’ Association. It has been requested for a course in Caribbean immigration at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City College of New York CCNY).

Kehbuma Langmia

Kehbuma Langmia is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communications. A graduate of the Television and Film Academy in Munich, Germany, Dr. Langmia has extensive knowledge and training in media productions and management. He earned his Ph.D. in Mass Communication and Media Studies from Howard University in 2006. He has written and published fiction and non-fiction books, book chapters and research articles in prominent national and international journals. He is the author of Harnessing the power of African Traditional and Modern Media Systems to Avert Conflicts in Africa- book chapter in Communication in an era of global conflict (University Press of America, 2009). Dr. Langmia has also presented papers at major national and international conferences. In 2007, he was a fellow of the National Television Production Executive (NATPE). This opportunity allowed him to work with FOX45 News station in Baltimore. Dr. Langmia has received several awards and recognitions, including being profiled in Montclair’s “Who is Who in North American Universities” 2009-2010.

The Internet and the construction of the immigrant public sphere: the case of the Cameroonian Diaspora.

By Kehbuma Langmia
University Press of America, 2007
108 Pages

This study builds on Habermas and other leading feminist authors' conceptualization of the democratic public sphere, central to Habermas' theory of communicative action. This study's theoretical framework incorporates elements of the African experience in order to examine the dominant, oppositional and parallel themes that arise from four Cameroonian websites just before the national presidential election in 2004. The methodology adapts Jager's critical discourse analytical (CDA) framework, which was deemed an appropriate methodology because it sought not only to analyze the linguistic component of the discourse in the four websites, but more importantly to examine the holistic structure of the discourse that is its history and context.
This book was reviewed in the African Studies Quarterly and the Howard Hilltop newspaper. It is adopted as a supplementary text for the graduate students in Organizational Communication taking Applied Communication Research (ORGC 738). Students using qualitative research paradigm for their Theses use this book as a template for writing a) Research Introduction b) Literature Review and, c) Methodology.

Minorities and Television Production

By Kehbuma Langmia and Pamela O'Brien

ISBN: 978-0-7575-5136-9
Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 2008
1st Edition
108 pages

This book provides opportunity for minority students to learn about the technical and social issues that are unique to them in terms of video production. It addresses the national need to graduate more minority students who are well prepared to enter into the new broadcast environment. It also addresses the fact that by increasing the amount of diversity within the mass media, the industry will begin to more accurately reflect the make-up of American society.
The book is adopted for the Television Course COMM 331 at Bowie State University. Students use the book to acquire practical skills in using Camera, lighting, Sound and Editing for Television and Film.

Evil Meal of Evil

By Kehbuma Langmia
Michigan University Press, 2009
60 pages

An Evil Meal of Evil is a play about greed and its consequences. Set in the traditional African village of 'Ntisong', the play exposes the complexities of unraveling the issue of Death. Sunyin, the young wife of Dohbani epitomizes what is wrong with coerced marriages. A group of blood thirsty vampires popularly known in the village as members of 'Nda Saah' superstitiously kill targeted individuals purposely to enrich themselves. Sunyin, the protagonist in the play suffers from a premature widowhood simply because her father Njukebim forced her into marrying Dohbani. As the play unravels with the culprit of 'Nda Saah' brought to justice, questions still linger about the fate of 'Ntisong'. This play examines the advantages and disadvantages of 'black art' mysticism in Africa.
The Department of Performances and Fine Arts, Bowie State University will be giving a reading of this play in Spring 2010.
Titabet and Takumbeng

By Kehbuma Langmia
Michigan State University Press, 2008
66 pages

The unprecedented political upheaval of the 1992 first ever-multiparty presidential elections in Cameroon is relieved in this play. Following the controversial elections, Bamenda - the stronghold of the main opposition party, the Social Democratic Front (SDF) - was plunged into a tense and intense civil disobedience campaign. The violence which ensued pitted SDF militants who claimed their victory was stolen against regime loyalists. The government reacted by imposing a curfew on Bamenda. The army that was dispatched to keep the peace committed ferocious kidnapping, rape, theft and torture, driving women, children and men into the arms of terror. Titabet the protagonist emerges as the leader of the oppressed. He and the sacred women's cult of Takumbeng were the only hope for the people. The sacred cleansing cult and Titabet's courageous resistance apparently brought an end to what would have been too devastating a tale to narrate.
Pamela O’Brien
Pamela O’Brien, Assistant Professor of Communications and Coordinator of the Organizational Communications Masters Program, has an extensive background in TV and radio production. She has worked with Hollywood producers such as Bob Banner and served as a Faculty fellow for the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) and the International Radio and Television Society (IRTS). She gained her theoretical experience through her master's and PhD at Indiana University where she received degrees in Mass Communication and Telecommunications with a minor in Film Studies. She combines a number of methodologies in her research, but is primarily a critical-cultural scholar and historian. Her research has concentrated on the field of television and film animation. Her master's thesis explored the historical, cultural, production, and management reasons for why animation is an anomaly on prime-time TV. Her PhD explored the reasons why the Walt Disney Studios altered the classic fairy tales that they have used in their feature films, and how this impacts audience decoding and reception. Prior to teaching at Bowie State University, she was the Program Coordinator for the Electronic Media program in the School of Media and Public Affairs at the George Washington University.
George Acquaah is the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Prior to his current position, he served as Chairperson of the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Langston University, Oklahoma. He earned his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of Ghana, before attending Michigan State University as a Fulbright Scholar, where he earned the PhD in Plant Breeding and Genetics. Dr. Acquaah is the author of seven college textbooks on subjects including agronomy, horticulture, genetics, plant breeding, and biotechnology, published by Prentice Hall and Blackwell/Willey. The textbook on Understanding Biotechnology has been translated into Chinese. He has written several book chapters and published research papers in various peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Acquaah is also the author of several non-academic books. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including major national awards - the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges (NASULGC)-USDA National Teacher of the Year (2007), Millennium Award for Excellence in Teaching at an HBCU (given by the White House Initiative on HBCUs), NAFEO (National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education) Noble Award (first recipient, 2007), and the Da Vinci Fellow (2006).
Horticulture: Principles and Practices

By George Acquaah
Prentice Hall, 2008
4th edition
760 pages

In its 4th edition, this book is one of the most popular in its class. It is widely adopted as primary textbook by horticultural programs at US and European higher educational institutions. Because it is readily accessible, the book is used by some precollege programs. It is copiously illustrated, in addition to and inclusion of selected highlights by industry professionals.

Principles of Crop Production: Theory, Techniques and Technology

By George Acquaah
Prentice Hall, 2007
2nd Edition
687 pages

Principles of Crop Production is designed to introduce students to the key principles of agronomy. Topics discussed range from soil selection and preparation to planting and harvesting. Production practices of major agronomic crops are discussed. Prior to its publication, the field was without a comprehensive and contemporary textbook. It is adopted by major college agronomy programs.

Understanding Biotechnology

By George Acquaah
Prentice Hall, 2004
1st Edition
402 pages

This book is comprehensive in its coverage of the field of biotechnology. It is written to provide an overview of the field at the introductory level. It is appropriate for the reader who desires a general understanding of biotechnology, but is also adopted as popular textbook for introduction to biotechnology courses all over the world. It has been translated into Chinese.

Practical Protein Electrophoresis for Genetic Research

By George Acquaah
Dioscorides Press, 1992
1st Edition
131 pages

This is book focuses on the use of isozymes as genetic markers for plant breeding and genetics. Once of significant application , this technology is currently of little importance in breeding and genetics, having being replaced by the more versatile molecular maker technology.

Principles of Plant Genetics and Breeding

By George Acquaah
Wiley/ Blackwell, 2004
1st Edition
360 pages

An international panel has judged this book to be the best in its class. It is the most widely distributed and used of all the books written by the author, with adoptions in the US, Europe, Asia and Australia. It is written in the trademark style of the author, including highlights from industry professionals from all over the world. A second edition is currently being prepared for publication in early 2011.

Fundamentals of Organizational Skills; On Your Marks, Get Set, Ready, Go: A guide to successful job search

By George Acquaah
Langston University, Oklahoma, 1994
71 pages; 69 pages

These books were specifically written as textbooks for the Personal and Social Development (PSD) course, taken by all freshmen at Langston University. They are designed to instruct students in basic skills for success in college education.

Other books (non-academic-inspirational)

Dr. Acquaah is the author several easy-reading and inspiration books, including the following:
Rufus Ozomeyo is an assistant professor of African American history, and also the coordinator of Social Studies Education in the Department of History and Government. He received his B.A (History) from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, M.A (Political Science) from California State University, Long Beach, Ph.D. (African Studies) from Howard University, and Teacher Certification also from Howard University, Washington DC. His areas of research interest are education reforms and issues in the African Diaspora. Dr. Ozomeyo is currently writing a book with the proposed title, Slavery or Captivity. Redefining America’s Peculiar Institution: The Question of whether Africans and their descendants were in slavery or captivity in America, and how best to atone for it.
America Through the Looking Glass. An Outsider’s Look at American Society

By Rufus Ozomeyo

This book explores his observations on such facets of American life as politics, welfare reforms, family values, labor practices, education and other issues in the civil society.

Frankie Hutton

Frankie Hutton is a former journalist and talk show host who earned the Ph. D. in American history at Rutgers State University and has authored or edited 5 scholarly books, including The Early Black Press in America, 1827-1860 which was reissued in 2009 by Pearson Publishing after being named one of a dozen best in the discipline; the book also won the Choice Award. Hutton's anthology Rose Lore: Essays in Cultural History and Semiotics was named outstanding by CAS at Bowie State University last year. She has just completed Greatest of My Dreams: Lore of African Americans in Diaspora.She serves on several boards, including the Tibetan Museum of New York and is a former member of the board of directors of the Journalism Historians Association. Hutton has also served on a gubernatorial appointed NJ State Commission.

Gail Medford

Dr. Medford is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana where she was introduced to the theatre at the age of five. Since then, she continually has studied and participated in communication arts both academically and professionally throughout various parts of the United States. She is an alumnae of Xavier University of New Orleans, the University of South Carolina, and the University of Maryland @ College Park, where she received her B.A in Communication Arts, M.A. in Acting and Ph.D. in Public Communications: Theatre, respectively. As a former military spouse, she has enjoyed opportunities to engage in different theatrical venues and to teach speech and theatre at various two-year and four-year institutions, including Northwestern University in Illinois, Howard University in Washington, D.C. and St. Philips College in San Antonio, Texas.
Since joining the Bowie State community in 1994, Dr. Medford has served the institution both as a faculty member and an administrator. Her work began in the Department of Communications, where she was the communications instructor for the University College of Excellence students. In 1995 she worked to establish a Bowie State Forensics Team, which won various awards its first year. After a two-year leave of absence to Fort Huachuca, Arizona, she returned to Bowie State in 1998 again as a Communications faculty member and soon became the founding coordinator of the University’s faculty and staff development center. Her work there led her to accept a position as the University’s Director of the Office of Planning, Analysis and Accountability and later to join Middle States as a team evaluator. But her heart lies in the theatre, where presently she serves as the Coordinator of the BSU Theatre Program.
Dr. Medford has developed and taught a range of courses in speech and theatre arts, to include oral communications, public speaking, oral interpretation, voice and diction, acting, theatre history, African-American theatre history, theatre research, and dramatic theory and analysis. Adding to various honors and awards acquired during her twenty years in higher education, she has received three “Who’s Who Among American Teachers” awards as member of the Bowie State faculty. She has also offered many scholarly presentations and several publications, to include the recently published 2nd edition of her co-edited book titled “Teaching Theatre Today.” In returning her focus on teaching and research, she is also returning to active participation in professional organizations such as the National Communication Association, the National Association of Dramatic Speech Arts, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and the Black Theatre Network.

Teaching Theatre Today: Pedagogical Views of Theatre in Higher Education

Palgrave Macmillan, November 2009
Edition: Revised Edition, ISBN: 978-0-230-61900-5, ISBN10: 0-230-61900-2,
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages,

This updated edition of Teaching Theatre Today addresses the changing nature of educational theory, curricula, and teaching methods in theatre programs of colleges and universities and includes two new essays from Great Britain. This book offers both historical and theoretical insights into the pedagogy of theatre in colleges and universities during the twentieth century and into the twenty-first. Topics include:
- Teaching devising
- Theory and practice of theater education
- Training for teachers of theatre in the U.S. and England

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