Faculty Support for Fall 2020

Research Screen Talks (Zoom) with Mercer Researchers

Dr. Sarah GardnerDr. Sarah Gardner: How to Make Time for Research and Writing
Friday, October 23 | 2:00-3:00pm via Zoom


Dr. Sarah Gardner is a Mercer Distinguished University Professor of History who teaches courses on the American South, the Civil War Era, and on Reconstruction and the Gilded Age. She also contributes to Mercer’s Great Books Program. She is currently working on a book project that examines reading habits and practices during the American Civil War. She has received more than 15 competitive research fellowships and grants to support her work.


Dr. Seongkum HeoDr. Seongkum Heo: How to Find Research Gaps and Develop Plans to Fill Them

Friday, October 30 | 2:00-3:00pm via Zoom


Dr. Seongkum Heo is Professor and Piedmont Healthcare Endowed Chair of the Mercer's Georgia Baptist College of Nursing. Her research has been extramurally funded by the American Nurses Foundation and the American Heart Association. She is the author and co-author of more than 50 research based articles and abstracts focusing on heart failure and chronic disease, with three manuscripts noted as the top ten cited by Heart and Lung.

Dr. Heo has received honors for both her research, research reviews, and teaching, including the multiple years of accolades as one of the Top 10 best reviewers for the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing and Reviewer of the Year for the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.

Noted for her concern for humanity, contributions to the profession of Nursing, and her mentoring of others, she was honored as one of the 2018 Great 100 Nurses of Arkansas. She is a fellow in the Heart Failure Society of America and the American Heart Association, Council of Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing.

Dr. Nader MoniriDr. Nader Moniri: How to Navigate Manuscript Authoring Guidelines

Friday, November 6 | 2:00-3:00pm via Zoom


Dr. Moniri is Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences in Mercer's College of Pharmacy.

Dr. Moniri joined the faculty of Mercer's College of Pharmacy in 2006 and has authored 41 publications. He earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Georgia State University and a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the Division of Medicinal Chemistry at the School of Pharmacy at UNC - Chapel Hill. Trained primarily in molecular pharmacology and medicinal chemistry, Dr. Moniri completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Duke University Medical Center.

Dr. Moniri teaches over 100 contact hours per year in the areas of physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and medicinal chemistry in coursework that includes Musculoskeletal and Pain Disorders, Endocrine Disorders, Nervous System Disorders, and Infectious Diseases. His lab currently focuses on two GPCRs, the prototypical beta-2-adrenergic receptor, and the newly discovered free-fatty acid receptor GPR120, aiming to understand the role of these receptors in human health and disease, and assess the activity of novel drugs in modulating receptor function. Dr. Moniri's lab is currently funded by two NIH grants related to these projects.

Dr. Moniri is the primary research administrator for the College of Pharmacy. He fosters and promotes biomedical science, pharmaceutical science, pharmacy practice, and pharmacy administration based-research within and outside of the College of Pharmacy, and oversees and administers the College's research portfolio. 

Dr. de-Claisse-WalfordDr. Nancy L. deClaissé-Walford: How to Develop a Personal Approach to Research, Writing & Publication

Friday, November 13 | 2:00-3:00pm via Zoom


Dr. Nancy L. deClaissé-Walford is the Carolyn Ward Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages and Director of the Masters of Theological Studies degree program in Mercer's McAfee School of Theology.

Book chapters and journal articles authored by her are numerous, including “The Importance of Place in Book Five of the Psalter;” “Psalm 44: O God, Why Do You Hide Your Face?;” “Both Sides Now: A Feminist Reading of the Enthronement Psalms;” “Finding the Feminine in the Psalter: Psalms 90, 91, and 92 As a Test Case;” “The Theology of the Imprecatory Psalms;” “Genesis 2: It Is Not Good for the Human to Be Alone;” and “Genesis 11: God Came Down and God Scattered: Acts of Punishment or Acts of Grace?”

Dr. deClaissé-Walford is the Old Testament editor for the Word Biblical Commentary Series. A member of the editorial board of the journal Review & Expositor for over 20 years, she has served as the journal’s associate editor, managing editor, and book review editor. As an active member of the steering committee of the Book of Psalms section of the Society of Biblical Literature, she, along with her psalm colleagues, is instrumental in steering the future of psalm studies in the United States and abroad. In addition, she was recently named a research associate with the Old Testament Department of the University of Pretoria in South Africa, further strengthening the ties between psalm scholarship in the United States with that undertaken abroad and affording better collegial undertakings between students and scholars in both countries.

Dr. Leslie Taylor and Dr. Craig MarkerDr. Leslie Taylor and Dr. Craig Marker:  How To Identify Journals that are a Good Fit for Submission and Publication

Friday, November 20 | 2:00-3:00pm via Zoom


Dr. Leslie Taylor is a professor of Physical Therapy and Associate Dean for the College of Health Professions. Dr. Taylor is the founding chair of Mercer’s Department of Physical Therapy joining the University in 2009. She received her PhD in Sociology, graduate certificate in gerontology, Master of Science in Counseling and Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Georgia State University. She has over 35 years of clinical experience as a physical therapist, working in a variety of clinical settings, including private practic

Dr. Craig Marker is Professor, Chair and Program Director of Clinical Psychology in the College of Health Professions. He received his PhD and MS in clinical psychology from Rosalind Franklin University and a postdoctoral respecialization in quantitative methods from the University of Virginia. He received a MS in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University and a BS in psychology from Grand Valley State University. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Florida.

About the Center for Teaching and Learning

The Center for Teaching & Learning offers university-wide support for instruction to  all Mercer faculty Dr. Susan Codonemembers. The Center offers events along with group and one-on-one support and guidance for teaching in traditional face-to-face and online distance learning courses. Dr. Susan Codone is the Center Director.

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