President's Newsletter October 2015

Faculty Excellence


A number of Alvernia faculty presented work at the International Leadership Association's Global Conference Barcelona, Spain.

Dr. Spencer Stober moderated a panel titled “Community Engagement Model for Thoughtful Leadership Education” with Drs. Tufan Tiglioglu, Peggy Bowen-Hartung, Alicia Sprow and Ph.D. candidate Tracey L. Brown (now Dr. Tracey Brown!).

Dr. Tim Blessing and recent graduate, Dr. Kathleen Ellis, presented “Challenges Facing Contemporary Democratic Leaders: Leverage, Warrants, Thickening, Diversity.”

• Professor Travis Berger and Dr. John Anderson, professor of sociology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, presented “Strategy’s Contribution to the Leadership/Strategy Conceptual Framework” and “Presenting Taxonomy of Leadership.”

Drs. Greg Chown (OT) and Robyne Eisenhauer (nursing) are leading groundbreaking work to infuse interprofessional education into the classroom education of nursing and occupational therapy students. Using simulations and scripted role-playing, their work involves students in diagnosing spinal cord, cerebral vascular and motor vehicle injuries. The dramatic new roles for nurses in our healthcare system and the requirement that all healthcare personnel work seamlessly in teams make this innovative work an essential competitive advantage for Alvernia graduates.

Dr. Tufan Tiglioglu is working with David Myers, the director of O'Pake Institute for Ethics, Leadership, and Public Service, to provide Maple Grove Raceway with a comprehensive economic impact analysis of the NHRA Keystone Nationals competition, including analysis of the event’s impact on local, regional and state economies.

Fall faculty excellence grants awarded include: Kevin Donnelly, Humanities, research work on The New Eugenics; Ana Ruiz, Psychology and Counseling, research work on the scholarship of ethics education in the introduction to psychology course; Erin Way, Psychology and Counseling, scholarly program development and Donna Yarri, Humanities, for her work on a series of scholarly articles.

Note: an event honoring faculty members who have authored books will be held on Nov. 4.

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