Zermarie Deacon

 

 

Assistant Professor

Physical Science Building 709 (Campus Map)

(405) 325-2749

zermarie@ou.edu

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Dr. Deacon's professional vitae.

 

professional Information

Courses Taught

HR4013 - Social Change Process

HR4170-995 - International Human Relations

HR4433 - Gender and War

HR5063 - Strategies for Social Change

HR5013 - Current Problems in Human Relations

HR5703 - International Human Relations

Publications

Refereed Publications:


Deacon, Z & Bert, S. (2010). Teaching diversity: A reflection on the impact of identity on our work as educators. Free Inquiry in Creative Sociology, 38(1), 35-45.

Deacon, Z. (2010). Mozambique: The gendered impact of warfare. In T. Falola & H. ter Haar (Eds). Narrating wars and peace in Africa (pp.141-154). Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press.

Deacon, Z. & Sullivan, C. M. (2010). An ecological examination of rural Mozambican women’s attainment of post-war well-being. Journal of Community Psychology, 38(1), 115-330.

Deacon, Z. & Sullivan, C. (2009). Responding to the complex and gendered needs of refugee women. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, 24(3), 272-284.

Deacon, Z., Foster-Fishman, P., Mahaffey, M., & Archer, G. (2009). Moving from pre-conditions for action to developing a cycle of continued social change: Tapping the potential of minigrant programs. Journal of Community Psychology, 37(2), 148-155.

Nowell, B., Berkowitz, M., Deacon, Z., & Foster-Fishman, P. (2006). Revealing the cues within community places: Stories of identity, history, and possibility. American Journal of Community Psychology, 37(1-2), 29-46.

Foster-Fishman, P., Nowell, B., Deacon, Z., Nievar, M. A., & McCann, P. (2005). Using methods that matter: The impact of narrative, reflection, and voice. American Journal of Community Psychology, 36(3-4), 275-291.

Goodkind, J. R. & Deacon, Z. (2004). Methodological issues in conducting research with refugee women: Recognizing and re-centering the multiply marginalized. Journal of Community Psychology, 32(6), 721–739.

Under review:


Deacon, Z. Pendley, J., Hinson, W., & Hinson, J. (under review). Chokka-chaffa' kilimpi', Chikashshiyaakni' kilimpi': Strong family, strong nation.

Deacon, Z. & Moxley, D. (under review). Donors as stakeholders in Participatory Research: Praxis as typology in assessing and framing their roles.

Pendely, J., Deacon, Z., & Keel, J. (under review). Ilittibaatoksali: We are working together.

In Preparation:

 
Deacon, Z. (in preparation). Reaching the truly hard to reach: Methodological challenges and considerations for improving our work as international community psychologists.

Deacon, Z., Pendley, J., & Hinson, W. (in preparation). Examination of the roles and impacts of Community Health Representatives.

Conference Proceedings:


Deacon, Z. (1996). Is the overthrow of capitalism a necessary condition for the achievement of women’s liberation? In G. Baderoon, H. Wittenberg, & C. Roper (Eds.). Inter Action 4. Proceedings of the Fourth Postgraduate Conference. Belville, South Africa: UWC Press.

Technical Reports:


Deacon, Z. Evaluation report: Findings from Year 1 of the Chickasaw Nation Learning Community. (2009). Report prepared for the Division of Youth and Family Services of the Chickasaw Nation. Norman: University of Oklahoma.

Pendley, J., Deacon, Z., & Moxley, D. (2008). Brief report: Early findings about appreciating strong Chickasaw families. Report prepared for the Executive Committee of the Chickasaw Nation Family Resource Center. Norman: University of Oklahoma.

Deacon, Z. (2007). Factors supporting rural Mozambican women’s attainment of post-war well-being: Report on data collected in Meconta District, Nampula Province, 2006. Report prepared for CARE Mozambique. Norman: University of Oklahoma.

Foster-Fishman, P., Van Egeren, L, Mahaffey, M., McNall, M., & Deacon, Z. (2005). Key lessons learned in Phase 1 of Yes we can! Report prepared for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. East Lansing: Michigan State University.

Deacon, Z. (2003). Report on the needs of Muslim refugee women resettled in the Greater Lansing Area. Report prepared for Catholic Social Services of Lansing/St. Vincent Home Inc: Refugee Services and for the Ingham County Health Department. East Lansing: Michigan State University.

Foster-Fishman P., Nowell, B., Siebold, W., & Deacon, Z. (2003). Lessons for the journey, part II: Strategies and suggestions for guiding planning, governance, and sustainability in comprehensive community initiatives. Report prepared for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. East Lansing: Michigan State University. 

Van Egeren, L. A., Deacon, Z., & Foster-Fishman, P., (2003). Yes we can! 2002-2003 neighborhood report: Conditions and experiences in the Roosevelt neighborhood. Report prepared for the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. East Lansing: Michigan State University.

Van Egeren, L. A., Deacon, Z., & Foster-Fishman, P., (2003). Yes We Can! 2002-2003 neighborhood report: Conditions and experiences in the Prairieview neighborhood. Report prepared for the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. East Lansing: Michigan State University.

Van Egeren, L. A., Deacon, Z., & Foster-Fishman, P. (2003). Yes We Can! 2002-2003 neighborhood report: Conditions and experiences in the Post neighborhood. Report prepared for the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. East Lansing: Michigan State University.

Nowell, B., Deacon, Z., Foster-Fishman, P., & Thorp, L. (2002). Neighborhood voices and image: Stories from the Battle Creek Photovoice Project. Report prepared for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. East Lansing: Michigan State University.

Additional Information

Dr. Deacon is South African by birth, but has been living in the US since 1997. She joined the HR faculty in 2007 after completing her Ph.D. in ecological-community psychology at Michigan State University. Her overarching research interests relate to the development of an understanding of cross-cultural interpretations of health and the encouragement of health and well-being in diverse communities. She is particularly interested in factors that support women’s recovery from the impacts of warfare. Additionally, she is interested in better understanding factors that support the attainment of health and well-being within marginalized communities, both in the United States and abroad. The core and elective courses that I teach are generally representative of my research interests and focus on social justice, social change, and gender.

Special message from Dr. Deacon:

"As a member of the HR faculty, I have especially enjoyed the interdisciplinary focus of the department. I have additionally been impressed with the HR students, and I have enjoyed working with such a diverse student body."