Our Faculty

Engaging, dynamic faculty members are the heart of Alvernia University.

More than two-thirds of our faculty hold the highest degree available in their field. Outside of the classroom many regularly publish books and articles, present scholarly works at national and international conferences, and serve as field experts to the mass media — through newspaper, broadcast, and online outlets. See below for work completed by our faculty outside of the classroom.

 

FALL 2012

 

ChinniRosemarie Chinni, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry/Forensic Science
Dr. Chinni published a paper entitled "Temperature and Electron Density Determination on Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) Plasmas: A Physical Chemistry Experiment" in the Journal of Chemical Education in December 2012 (DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ed3003385). Maya Najarian, an undergraduate student that worked on this project, is listed as first author on the publication.

Erin Way, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Dr. Way and colleagues have published an article entitled Preschoolers' emotion knowledge: Self Regulatory foundations, and predictions of early school success. The article appeared in a recent issue of Cognition and Emotion.

John A Rochowicz, Jr. Ed.D.
Professor of Mathematics
Dr. Rochowicz published P-Value Approximations of T-Tests of Hypothesis December 7, 2012 in the international peer-reviewed journal Electronic Journal Spreadsheets in Education (eJSiE volume 5 issue 3 article 5, 2012). The significance of this publication was in demonstrating techniques for approximating the evaluation of a complex integral for the t-probability distribution

Travis Berger, PhD(c)
Assistant Professor of Business
On December 6, 2012 Berger was invited as a keynote presenter for Leadership Berks at the Wyndham Hotel, Reading, Pa. The presentation, titled “Servant Leadership: Case Reviews & Analysis” discussed Robert Greenleaf's concept of leadership and explored the purpose of business within this context.

Erin Way, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Dr. Way and colleagues have published an article entitled Social and emotional information processing in preschoolers: indicator of early school success? The article appeared in a recent issue of Early Child Development and Care.

RochowiczJohn A Rochowicz, Jr. Ed.D.
Professor of Mathematics
His paper, Bootstrapping Analysis, Inferential Statistics and EXCEL (eJSiE volume 4 issue 3 article 4; 2011) was the most popular downloaded article from eJSiE since July 2011. As of December 2, 2012, there was a total of 2678 downloads.

 

Bongrae Seok, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Seok presented "Embodied Moral Cognition and Confucian Philosophy" in the Main Session of the annuanl American Philosophical Association meeting (Atlanta, Georgia, 12/29/2012). In this presentation, he discussed the embodied nature of moral perception, emotion, and motivation from philosophical and neuroscientific viewpoints.

John A Rochowicz, Jr. Ed.D.
Professor of Mathematics
Dr. Rochowicz also Refereed 3D Central Projections for the international journal Electronic Journal Spreadsheets in Education (eJSiE, November 4, 2012). He advised publication with revision. His suggestions for revision included: a) A clarification of solvable and non-solvable projections is needed; b) Exploration and study examples should be added in a conclusion.

SeokBongrae Seok, Ph. D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Bongare Seok published his book "Embodied Moral Psychology and Confucian Philosophy" (November 2012, Lexington Books). In this book, Dr. Seok explores and explains the important contributions the body make to our moral judgments and actions. He actively pursues viable alternatives to disembodied and overly intellectual traditions of Western philosophy.

Ann Marie Licata, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Education
Mary B. Schreiner, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Education
Drs. Schreiner and Licata presented to the Pennsylvania Council for Exceptional Children on November 7 about "Community Participation Individual Transition Plan Goals and Avenues that Sustain Involvement After Graduation."

Theresa Adams, Ph.D., RN
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Dr. Adams presented her doctoral research, entitled "The Evaluation of Service-Learning as an Innovative Strategy to Enhance BSN Students' Transcultural Self-Efficacy" at Alvernia's Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing chapter, Upsilon Zeta, to current and newly inducted members on November 8, 2012 at the McGlinn Conference Center.

Joseph Elder, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor of Education
Dr. Elder presented a paper, “The Efficacy of Leadership ePortfolios During the Principal Internship” the at the Northeastern Educational Research Association Annual Conference in Rocky Hill, CT, October 2012.

GreenawaldDeborah Greenawald, Ph.D., RN, CNE
Associate Professor of Nursing
Dr. Greenawald presented her research on "Understanding the Perceptions of Undergraduate Nursing Students regarding Reflection" at the 18th Qualitative Health Research Conference held in Montreal, Quebec from October 24-27, 2012. This interdisciplinary research conference included scholars from over 16 countries.


Bongrae Seok, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Seok presented a paper "Correlative Homology and Confucian Moral Psychology" for the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy Conference, Fordham University, New York in October.

Theresa Adams, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Dr. Adams' dissertation "The evaluation of service-learning as an innovative strategy to enhance BSN students' transcultural self-efficacy" has been published on Proquest.

Anne Fink, Ph.D., RN, CNE
Assistant Professor of Nursing
In October 2012, Dr. Fink presented a program “The “Red Wolf:” Nursing Care for Patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus” at Community Lecture Series for Nurses: Contact Hours and Coffee at The Reading Hospital and Medical Center.

Ann Marie Licata, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Education
Education Department members Ann Marie Licata and Steven A. Melnick presented a paper, "Parental Involvement and Expectations for Children with an IEP" at the Northeastern Educational Research Association Annual Conference in Rocky Hill, CT, October 2012.

photo: SchreinerMary B. Schreiner, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Education
Dr. Schreiner presented a paper entitled "Student Self-monitoring and Select Teacher Behaviors: The Impact on College Class Participation" at the Northeastern Educational Research Association conference, October 2012.

Steven A. Melnick, Ph.D.
Chair, Education Department 
Dr. Melnick as awarded the Thomas L. Donlon Memorial Award for Distinguished Mentoring at the Northeastern Educational Research Association conference in October. The award is given to an individuals who have “demonstrated distinction as mentors of colleagues by guiding them and helping them find productive paths toward developing their careers as educational researchers.” One of the nomination letters for Dr. Melnick was quoted in the presentation of the award saying “He plants the seeds, nurtures, and then lets us each grow.”

Ana Ruiz, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Judith Warchal, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology and Counseling
Drs. Ruiz and Warchal were granted the Association for Psychological Science (APS) Fund for Teaching and Public Understanding of Psychological Science award and a spring 2013 Alvernia Faculty Excellence Grant to create a Faculty Resource Guide: Teaching Ethics in the Undergraduate Psychology Major. The project is expected to be completed by Summer 2013.

Carrie Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Communication
Jodi Radosh, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communication
Drs. Fitzpatrick and Radosh presented at the 73rd Annual Convention of the Pennsylvania Communication Association in October. Their session, Communicating Self: Perceptions of Representation in Social Networks, included a presentation by Fitzpatrick on Synthesizing the Findings and Implications of Online Identity Investigations, and a presentation by Radosh on Analyzing Data and Statistics on Social Networks and Organizational Communication. Fitzpatrick and Radosh are chairing two interest groups: Mass Media & Society and Health Communication, for the PCA's 2013 Convention.

Travis Berger, PhD(c)
Assistant Professor of Business
Berger’s panel presentation titled “Leadership and Organizational Change: Exploring the Differences in the Private, Public, and Nonprofit Sector” was accepted at the Pennsylvania Sociological Society’s 62nd Annual Conference—Changing Lives: Real Potentials of Humanity-- hosted by PSU-Schuylkill Campus, Schuylkill County, Pa on October 13, 2012.

Nathan Thomas, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Theatre
Dr. Thomas recently completed "Scenes from the First Christmas: A Christmas Cantata" for Choir, Piano, Violin, and Horn. It will be premiered by the Alvernia Choir on Dec 1.

PH: Erin WayErin Way, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Erin Way was accepted into the inaugural cohort of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Teaching Mentorship Program. She will be paired with an experienced professor at another institution, and will also have the opportunity to attend the 2013 Developmental Science Teaching Institute hosted by SRCD.

 

Tufan Tiglioglu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Business
Peggy Bowen-Hartung, Ph.D., CTS
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
After a rigorous three-phased review process, two Ph.D. faculty members and three doctoral students were selected out of over 550 proposal submissions to present at the International Leadership Association’s 14th Annual Global Conference held in Denver, Colorado, October 2012. Dr. Tufan Tiglioglu, Dr. Peggy Bowen-Hartung, and Tracey Brown, Ph.D. Student, presented “Institutional Review Boards in Doctoral Level Programs with a Focus on Leadership Programs.” Student Rachel Gifford presented “Leadership in a Collectivist Society.” And student Sean Cullen presented a paper debating the influence of social networking titled, “@Social Media: Does Having Followers Online Make a Person a Leader?”

Ana Ruiz, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Dr. Ruiz presented at the 12th Annual Conference for the International Association for Service-Learning and Community Engagement: Connected Knowing, Baltimore, MD, September, 2012. The paper, prepared with Dr. Warchal, was titled “Service and Service-Learning: Value Added Employment Outcomes.” 

Christine Elizabeth Poteau, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Humanities professor Christine E. Poteau was appointed International Higher Education Teaching and Learning (HETL) Liaison to Linguistics. She also published, “Music to my ears: Using songs on the Internet to teach reading”, in R. Day, Ph.D. (Ed.), New Ways in Teaching Reading (NWTR): New Ways in TESOL Series (Alexandria, VA).

Erin Way, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Erin Way along with a colleague Johannes Rojahn, Ph.D. (from George Mason University) published an article on the behavioral issues and social skill deficits of children with prenatal alcohol exposure in the Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities.

PH: Scott BallantyneScott Ballantyne, Ed.D.
Professor of Business
The Journal of Management and Marketing Research, ISSN 1941-3408, Vol 11, September, 2012 published Ballantyne's article "Leadership decision-making utilizing a strategic focus to enhance global achievement." This paper was the result of continuing work utilizing the "Planning in Reverse" concept.

 

Anne Fink, Ph.D., RN, CNE
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Dr. Fink graduated with her doctorate in Nursing from Villanova University in December, 2011. She published her dissertation, "Primiparous Puerto Rican Womens Self-Reports of Postpartum Infant and Self-Care Knowledge Acquisition" in ProQuest Dissertations and Theses.

Theresa Adams, Ph.D., RN, CSN
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Dr. Theresa Adams was a reviewer for Chapter 15 entitled "Cultural Competence in Professional School Nursing" in the second edition of "School Nursing: A Comprehensive Text", edited by Dr. Janice Selekman, published by F.A. Davis, and copyrighted by the National Association of School Nurses in 2013.

Travis Berger, PhD(c)
Assistant Professor of Business
In September 2012 Berger was invited as a keynote presenter for Leadership Berks’s Opening Retreat at South Mountain YMCA Camp Conrad Weiser. He presented "Leadership: Behaviors, Styles & Skills,” which explored systems theory, unintended consequences, cultural self-awareness, empathic listening, and assertiveness, and “Leadership Explored,” which focused on the differences between management and leadership and explored leadership as a process, not a person.

Tufan Tiglioglu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Business 
Dr. Tufan Tiglioglu co-presented "Estimation Window and the Power of Event Study” paper at the Academy of Business Research Conference in September, 2012.


ph: muzevichKathleen Muzevich, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor of Education
Dr. Kathleen Muzevich authored a book published in August 2012 by Universal Publishing entitled Evaluating Children's Emergent Writing: An Assessment Tool for Early Childhood Educators. The book, written primarily for early childhood teachers, includes a rubric for evaluating children's writing along with more than 30 children's writing selections.

 

SUMMER 2012


Spencer S. Stober, Ed.D.
Professor of Biology
Donna Yarri, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Theology
Drs. Donna Yarri and Spencer S. Stober presented a paper entitled "Minding Darwin for Animal Ethics" on July 6, 2012, at the Minding Animals Conference, University of Utrecht, Netherlands. Their paper addressed important aspects of Darwin’s theory for understanding our relationship with other animals and implications for their subsequent treatment.

Richard Law, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English and Communication 
Richard Law will examine the character development that reveals the courage and misapprehensions of Ethan Wharton’s travel dreams, as part of a panel entitled, “The Transatlantic Writer: Edith Wharton, Text, and Travel, 'Ethan Frome’s Travel Choices,'” at the 2012 South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference to be held in Durham, North Carolina, November 2012. Law will show how the trail of (mis)judgments leads to the catastrophic escape attempt, reflecting Wharton’s portrait of a grotesque reality emerging from the search for exile.

Rosemary McFee, M.Ed.
Instructor, Criminal Justice
Ms. McFee presented, "The Impact of Community Collaborations (Update)" at the PA District Convention of Kiwanis International, August 17, 2012 in Indiana, PA. The presentation focused on the impact of collaborations between organizations and agencies to better meet the needs of children.

Anne Fink, PhD, RN, CNE
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Anne M. Fink, PhD, RN, CNE presented "Surving on the Path to your Dissertation" at the Villanova University Doctoral Research Conference in Villanova, PA on June 5, 2012. In addition, Dr. Fink passed the National League for Nursing exam to become a Certified Nurse Educator.

Deborah Evans, M.A.
Adjunct Professor, Theology & Ethics, Ph.D. Student
Evans presented "Business' Transformation of the Church: The Global Leadership Summit Impact" on the panel discussion, Religion and Leadership: Leading in a Multicultural and Pluralistic Context at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Academy of Religion held in New Brunswick, N.J.

Tufan Tiglioglu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Business 
Dr. Tiglioglu presented a paper titled “The Economic Impact of Alvernia University” and co-presented a paper titled “Estimation Window and the Power of Event Study” at the Pennsylvania Economics Association annual conference at Clarion University, Clarion, Pennsylvania on May 31-June 2, 2012. 

Theresa Adams, Ph.D., RN, CSN
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Nursing faculty, Dr. Theresa Adams defended her doctoral thesis entitled, "The Evaluation of Service-Learning as an Innovative Strategy to Enhance BSN Students' Transcultural Self-Efficacy, on June 13, 2012. Adams will be presenting her doctoral research at the Transcultural Nursing Society's 38th Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla., on October 20, 2012.

Travis Berger, PhD(c)
Assistant Professor of Business
Berger presented  “Developing Sales Skills and Social Responsibility in Students: Exploring Sales and Sales Management Delivered as a Service-Learning Course" to business professors at the Business Professor Teaching Summit at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business on May 18, 2012. He was also a keynote presenter for the Integrity and Governance: A Symposium on Ethics, Leadership, and Accountability presented by the PICPA Reading Chapter & Alvernia University on May 18, 2012. Berger’s presentation dispelled common myths related to leadership and explored the importance of creating a leadership brand.

 

APRIL 2012


Carrie Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Communication
Fitzpatrick co-authored "Attitudes of Affiliate Faculty Members Toward Medical Student Summative Evaluation for Clinical Clerkships" with Karen Wang, MD; David George, MD; Lindsey Lane, MD, from Reading Hospital and University of Colorado School of Medicine. It’s published in the Spring Issue of Teaching and Learning in Medicine: An International Journal.

PH: SholtzJanae Sholtz, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Completed an article for the The Continuum Companion to Heidegger entitled "Heidegger and Deleuze." Presented the paper, “Beyond Heidegger’s Differential Ontology, The Deleuzian Complication” at the North Texas Philosophical Association, April 2012, and has been accepted to the International Deleuze Conference to present her work this June in New Orleans.

Bongrae Seok, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
"Other Regarding Emotion without Sympathy" presented at the sixth annual Felician Ethics Conference, Felician College, N.J., on April 21, 2012.

 

MARCH 2012

 

Jim Siburt
Ph.D. Candidate/Adjunct Faculty Humanities
Siburt organized and presided over a panel discussion on Religion and Leadership at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Academy of Religion held in New Brunswick, N.J. He was also installed as President of the organization at the March 2012 meeting in New Brunswick, N.J.

PH: ChinniRosemarie Chinni, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Rosemarie Chinni published a paper entitled “A Simple LIBS (Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy) Laboratory Experiment to Introduce Undergraduates to Calibration Functions and Atomic Spectroscopy” in the Journal of Chemical Education in March 2012. This paper discusses a laboratory procedure that can easily be incorporated into an Analytical/Instrumental Course.

Deborah A. Greenawald, Ph.D., RN
Associate Professor of Nursing
Debbie Greenawald has earned the designation Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) after meeting strict eligibility criteria and successfully completing a rigorous certification examination developed and administered by the National League for Nursing.

Jim Siburt
Ph.D. Candidate/Adjunct Faculty Humanities
Siburt organized and chaired two sessions on Religion, Media, and Popular Culture at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Academy of Religion in New Brunswick, N.J. The sessions explored themes of mediatization of religion, black gospel comedians, body art, the hiddenness of God in graphic novels, and the religious culture of heavy metal music.

Travis Berger, PhD(c)
Assistant Professor of Business
Berger was accepted to present at AAHPERD’s 2012 National Conference in Boston, MA from March 13-17, 2012. The accepted presentation was titled: “Serving Our Youth: A Leadership Model for Youth Sport Organizations.”

Bryan Dreibelbis, M.Ed.
Associate Professor of Business
Dreibelbis recently participated in the annual Accounting & Auditing Conference co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Reading Institute of Management Accountants Chapter.

PH: BertotiDolores Bertoti, MS, PT
Associate Professor Allied Health
Dolores Bertoti reviewed two chapters for Elsevier Science: Chapter 12 on Stretching Techniques; Chapter 18 on Common categories of injury.

Dolores Bertoti, MS, PT
Associate Professor Allied Health
Bertoti, Dolores B: Brunnstrom's Clinical Kinesiology, 6th ed. FA Davis Publihers 2012. This hallmark Kinesiology textbook is the Gold edition of this classic cornerstone textbook in Clinical Rehabilitation.The text teaches Kinesiology from a functional, clinical perspective with an emphasis on assessment, intervention and prevention for use in clinical rehabilitation practice.

Rosemarie Chinni, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Chinni co-authored a paper entitled “Monitoring Uranium, Hydrogen, and Lithium and Their Isotopes Using a Compact LIBS Probe and High Resolution Spectrometer,” The full reference is D.A. Cremers, A. Beddingfield, R. Smithwick, R.C. Chinni, C.R. Jones, B. Beardsley, and L. Karch. Appl. Spec. 2012; 66: 250-261.

 

FEBRUARY 2012

 

PH: DreibelbisBryan Dreibelbis, M.Ed.
Associate Professor of Business
Dreibelbis recently participated in the annual Accounting & Auditing Conference co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Reading Institute of Management Accountants Chapter.

 

 

Bongrae Seok, Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Seok Presented a paper "Buren and Ren: Mencius's Moral Emotion" at the American Philosophical Association Meeting in Chicago, on February 17, 2012.

BallantyneDr. Scott Ballantyne, PRSBA
Associate Professor of Business
Implementing planning-in-reverse in corporate entities that have recently completed mergers and acquisitions. Co-authored and co-presented for Red Lion Controls, Inc. York, Pa, February 2012. Presentation adapted from his book "Planning in Reverse" published in February 2011 by Rowman and Littlefield Publishers. 

 

JANUARY 2012

 

Five Alvernians were delegates at the recent international conference on sustainability in Vancouver:
Dr. Alicia H. Sprow and Dr. Spencer S. Stober presented a paper entitled  “Universities and Community Engagement for a Sustainable Community” at the International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Vancouver, Canada, January 10, 2012. They proposed a model for community engagement in light of community efforts to develop an environmental education park (Angelica). Dr. Carrie Fitzpatrick presented a paper with Sean Cullen (G.A. and Ph.D. student) regarding servant leadership and projects with MALS students to sustain our community in Santo Domingo. Dr. Takele Tassew presented a paper on the impact of foreign aid to Africa on the quality of life.

 

PH: DeMeoMarybeth DeMeo, M.A.
Associate Professor of English and Communication
Professor Demeo's poem "Dead Sea Squirrels" was accepted for publication in the March 2012 edition of English Journal.

 




Spencer S. Stober
Professor of Biology
Alicia H. Sprow
Alvernia Ph.D. Graduate
Drs. Alicia H. Sprow and Spencer S. Stober presented a paper entitled “Universities and Community Engagement for a Sustainable Community” at the International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Vancouver, Canada, January 10, 2012. The pair discussed community engagement and efforts to develop the Angelica education park.

Dr. Scott Ballantyne, PRSBA
Associate Professor of Business
Co-authored "Comparing the Intensity of Student Attitude and Perception Changes Toward Foreign Countries from Short-Term Travel Courses," published in the Journal of International Business and Cultural Studies, January 2012 by AABRI, Jacksonville, Fla.

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