7-2 | Contributors

Robert S. Littlefield is Professor of Communications at North Dakota State University. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of several books, including Forensics in America: A History; Intercultural Competency: Learning, Communicating, and Serving; Effective Risk Communication: A Message-Centered Approach; and Voices on the Prairie: Bringing Speech and Theatre to North Dakota. A contributor to numerous other works, he has also coauthored several workbooks and written dozens of articles that appear in the Journal of Management and Strategy, National Forensic Journal, Visual Communication Quarterly, The Forensic, and elsewhere. He has also lectured extensively and serves currently on the editorial board for Communication Studies. Michael D. Bartanen is Professor of Communications and Theatre at Pacific Lutheran University. His areas of interest include communication history and the history of the study of forensics in the United States. He is the author or coauthor of Forensics in America: A History; Nonpolicy Debate; Lincoln- Douglas Debate: Preparing for Value Argumentation; Teaching and Directing Forensics and a number journal articles on forensics. In addition, he is the secretary-treasurer of Pi Kappa Delta, a national speech and debate honorary society.

Smita Mathur is Associate Professor and Coordinator of Inclusive Early Childhood Education at James Madison University. She has lectured internationally on linguistics and early-childhood education; contributed articles and chapters to numerous journals and books; and is the author of Acculturation, Ethnic Identity, and Marriage among Asian Indians: An Intergenerational Perspective. She serves currently on the editorial board of Game-Supported Interactive Learning. Gowri Parameswaran is Professor of Education at the State University of New York at New Paltz. She is the coauthor of Women: Images and Reality; Social Conflict; Equity and Schooling in Developing Countries; and Educational Access and Social Equity: A Global Perspective. Her research has appeared in more than three dozen journals and books, and she has spoken on her work in the Canada, China, France, India, and the United States.

René T. Proyer is Assistant Professor of Psychology and Senior Assistant for the Department of Personality and Assessment at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He is the author or coauthor of several books including Theorie und Praxis Objektiver Persönlichkeitstests. He has authored or coauthored more than one hundred articles and book chapters, and his work has appeared in such journals as European Journal of Psychological Assessment; Humor: International Journal of Humor Research; International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology; Personality and Individual Differences; and Psychology Science. Lisa Wagner is research and teaching assistant at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. She has presented papers at scholarly conferences on psychology in the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, and Switzerland.

Jaipaul L. Roopnaire is Professor of Child and Family Studies and Director of the Jack Reilly Institute for the Early Childhood and Provider Education at Syracuse University. He also serves as Adjunct Professor of Teaching and Leadership in the School of Education at Syracuse and as Senior Research Scientist at the Family Development and Children’s Research Centre at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. Roopnaire is the author, coauthor, editor, or coeditor of more than a dozen books, including Issues and Perspectives in Early Childhood Development and Education in Caribbean Countries; Approaches to Early Childhood Education; Caribbean Families: Diversity among Ethnic Groups; and Parent-Child Socialization in Diverse Cultures. He has contributed chapters to more than three dozen books, and his numerous articles have appeared in the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, Journal of Family Psychology, and the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, among others. Roopnaire has lectured internationally and served as a board member and advisor for various organizations including the American Psychological Association and the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Kimberly L. Davidson is a doctoral candidate in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics at Syracuse University.