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Our professors are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields, and supportive mentors who are committed foremost to their students’ success. See below for work completed by our faculty outside of the classroom in 2013.


FALL 2013

 

Bongrae Seok, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Bongrae Seok presented his paper "Moral Virtuosity, Moral Improvisation, and Moral Sense in Confucian Spontaneity" during the American Philosophical Association (APA) meeting in Baltimore, M.D., Dec. 30, 2013. The paper is an analysis of Confucian's emphasis on spontaneous moral action on the basis of moral virtuosity, moral improvisation and moral sense. During the meeting, Seok chaired a group session and commented on two papers on "Mental Blindness and Moral Rectitude: the Jeibi Chapter of the Xunzi" and "Emotion and Judgment: Two Roots of Moral Motivation in Mengzi." He also gave a presentation on "The Four Seven Debate and Moral Psychology of Korean Neo-Confucianism." In this paper, he developed a moral psychological interpretation of the Four Seven debate of Korean Neo-Confucianism regarding the nature of the four morally specific emotions.

Caroline Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Communication and English
Dr. Fitzpatrick presented a paper on internet culture titled Erving Goffman’s Theory of Self-Representation as Applied to Social Networks on November 9, 2013, at the Mid- Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association, Atlantic City, N.J.

Theresa Adams
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Adams presented a poster entitled, "Heritage Highlights: Assisting RN to BSN students transfer knowledge to practice via innovative technology" at the Transcultural Nursing Society Conference in Albuquerque, N.M., October 23-26. Adams also participated in a group podium presentation that highlighted initiatives of the new Online Transcultural Research Interest Group.


ph:seokBongrae Seok, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Bongrae Seok published an article "Neuroscience, Moral Sentimentalism, and Confucian Philosophy: Moral Psychology of the Body and Emotion" in APA Newsletter on Asian and Asian-American Philosophers and Philosophies (vol. 13-1, Fall, 2013). He discussed how neuroscience and philosophy can be joined together in their investigation of the moral mind.

Caroline Fitzpatrick
Assistant Professor of Communication and English
Kevin Donnelly, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History
Adam Heinze, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology
Ryan Lange, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Communication
Drs. Fitzpatrick (communication), Donnelly (history), Heinze (biology) and Lange (communication) presented interdisciplinary papers on “Camus and the Communication of Science Paradox” at the preconference Albert Camus & Philosophy of Communication: Making Sense in an Age of Absurdity as part of the Pennsylvania Communications Fall Convention, October 2013.

Bongrae Seok Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Bongrae Seok presented his paper "Moral Psychology of Negative Virtue" at the 31st annual meeting of The Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy Conference in Fordham University (New York) on October 12, 2013.

photo:CameronKaren Ann Cameron, OTD, Ph.D., M.Ed., OTR/L
Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy
Cameron presented the findings of her research "Is There a Difference in Self-Perceived Confidence & Competence in Occupational Therapy Students After Participation in Service Learning" at American Occupational Therapy Association's Education Summit on October 4, 2013 in Atlanta, Ga.




SUMMER 2013


PH: DreibelbisBryan Dreibelbis, CMA, CFM, M.Ed.
Associate Professor of Business
Business professor Bryan Dreibelbis recently presented a lecture entitled “Was Reading the First Detroit?” at the monthly technical meeting of the Reading Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) Chapter. The presentation focused on the rapid growth and eventual demise of the auto industry in Reading in the early part of the 20th century.


Bongrae Seok, Ph. D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Seok presented his paper "Moral Luck and Confucian Philosophy" for the 18th International Conference of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy on July 22, 2013, in Buffalo, N.Y.

Theresa Adams, Ph.D., RN
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Dr. Theresa Adams presented "The Evaluation of Service-Learning as an Innovative Strategy to Enhance BSN Students' Transcultural Self-Efficacy" at the Sigma Theta Tau International's 24th International Nursing Congress, July 25th, 2013 in Prague, Czech Republic.

Vera Brancato Ed.D., MSN, RN
Professor of Nursing
Dr. Brancato presented "Empowering Teaching Strategies Used by Baccalaureate Nursing Faculty" at the Sigma Theta Tau International's 24th International Nursing Research Congress, July 23, 2013, in Prague, Czech Republic.

PH: FinkAnne Fink, Ph.D., RN, CNE
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Presented a paper entitled “Role of Culture in Primiparous Puerto Rican Women’s Postpartum Infant and Self-Care” at the Sigma Theta Tau International Research Congress in Prague, Czech Republic, held in July 2013.

 



Judith Warchal,Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology and Counseling
Paul West, Ed.D., LPC
Associate Professor of Psychology
Drs. Warchal and West were interviewed for the article "Obesity as a disease: counselors share their thoughts" by Heather Rudow in the July 18, 2013 issue of Counseling Today, a publication of the American Counseling Association. The pair also had an article "Obesity is not new: Addressing it in counseling is," published in the summer 2013 edition of VISTAS Online, an American Counseling Association publication.

PH: MuzevichKathleen Muzevich, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor of Education
"The Handwriting Wars" is a recent ebook by Dr. Kathleen Muzevich, published by Universal Publishing. The ebook discusses the merits of teaching handwriting in elementary schools today, as well as the concern about the diminishing importance of this "lost art" in spite of research that supports its importance.

Bongrae Seok, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Seok published his translation of "Embodied Cognition: Cognitive Science and Human Experience" in South Korea (Gimm-Young Publishers) in July 2013.

Anne Fink, Ph.D., RN, CNE
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Dr. Fink published an abstract related to culturally competent care for postpartum Puerto Rican women in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing 42(s1), S84-S85.

Donna Yarri
Associate Professor of Theology
Participated in a radio talk show on the topic of "Catholicism in 'The Sopranos." It aired June 20, 2013 on the Catholic Channel at Sirius XM Satellite Radio.

Anne Fink
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Dr. Fink presented a poster entitled "Culturally Competent Postpartum Care for Puerto Rican Women: Results of a Qualitative Study" at the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses Convention, in Nashville, Tenn., in June 2013.

PH: McFeeRosemary McFee, M.Ed.
Instructor, Criminal Justice
Rosemary McFee presented a workshop at the Middle Atlantic States Correctional Association's Annual Conference in Ocean City, Md., June 9 - 12, 2013. Her workshop, "From Retirement to the Classroom - Lessons Learned, Lessons Taught" discussed issues probation/parole practitioners may encounter in the transition from officer/manager to college instructor.

 


SPRING 2013 


Theresa M. Adams, RN, Ph.D., CSN
School Nurse Program Coordinator
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Dr. Adams wrote a short article about her students’ clinical experiences at the Haven Behavioral Hospital, which appeared in the Hospital's "Happenings at Haven" newsletter.

Dr. David McConnell
Piano and Organ Instructor 
Dr. McConnell conducted "Requiem by José Maurício Nunes Garcia" at the Immanuel UCC Church, in Shillington this May.

PH: BowenPeggy C. Bowen-Hartung, Ph.D., C.T.S.
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Chair, Psychology & Counseling Department
Chair, Institutional Review Board
Dr. Bowen and Graduate Assistant Tracy Brown presented “Emergency Preparedness in Higher Education: The Differences Between Research and Practice” at the inaugural Oceania Conference of the International Leadership Association (ILA), held at the University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, from April 22-24, 2013. Their presentation explored a potential connection between the theoretical framework of transformational leadership and emergency preparedness. In the wake of major incidences, researchers evaluate established best practices and opportunities for further advancement. However, a theoretical framework of leadership has not been identified to guide these practices. This paper is significance for leaders across contexts, but has particular significance for leaders in higher education in organizing a comprehensive plan for emergency preparedness grounded in established leadership theory.

Ann Marie Licata, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Education
Dr. Licata organized the symposium “Changing the Culture: Looking Through the Lens of Inclusion” and presented “Changing the Cultural Attitudes about Inclusion: Exploring a Method to Measure Professional Development Needs” at the annual meeting of the New England Educational Research Organization, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on April 18, 2013.


Photo: Ringold BandCarol Schwanger

Associate Professor of Music
Carol Schwanger is a member of the storied Ringgold Band, established in Reading in 1852. Alvernia's Instrumental Music Director, James Seidel, is the conductor of this band. The Spring concert features music of the Civil War, including a world premier work by local musicians Chris Heslop and David Kline.

 

Photo: AdamsTheresa Adams, Ph.D., RN
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Nursing department professor, Theresa Adams presented a podium presentation entitled, "Cultural Competence for Lifelong Learners" on April 23, 2013 for the Reading Hospital Alumni Association at the Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences.

 

 

Sister Christen Shukwit
Campus Ministry
Sister Christen is working with the president of ICC Prime Time Club at Immaculate Conception, in Birdsboro to help them with journaling and memoir writing, with the hopes of working toward a History of the Church.   

Ann Marie Licata, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Education
Professors Licata and Joseph Elder, along with distance education colleagues Michael Nerino and Miro Liwosz presented "Converting a Traditional Course into an Online Format; Lessons Learned from a Faculty Perspective" at the 7th Annual Online Consortium for Independent Colleges and Universities Conference in Chicago, on April 4, 2013. 

Carrie Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Communication and English
Dr. Fitzpatrick published "Technical Writing is Spinach" in the Sigma Tau Delta spring newsletter.

Donna Yarri, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Theology
Dr. Yarri's paper entitled "Minding Darwin for Animal Ethics," co-authored with Dr. Spencer S. Stober, was published in The Journal of Arts and Humanities, Vol. 2:2, March 2013. It was voted best paper in the issue.

Judith Warchal, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology and Counseling
Dr. Warchal and Dr. West presented a session titled "Obesity is Not New-Addressing It in Counseling Is" at the American Counseling Association Conference on March 22nd in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Photo: Brian PratherBrian Prather, MFA
Assistant Professor of Theatre Design
A new work, “The Memory Play” is opening Off-Broadway with scenic design by Brian Prather.

 



Theresa Adams, Ph.D., RN
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Nursing department's Theresa Adams presented a podium presentation, Heritage Highlights: Utilizing Innovative Technology to Transfer Knowledge to Practice" at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing 2013 Hot Issues Conference in St. Louis, Missouri on Friday, April 12, 2013.

John A Rochowicz, Jr, Ed.D.
Professor of Mathematics
Dr. Rochowicz received an award (March 12, 2013) for more than 20 years of service in judging senior and junior division projects in mathematics, computers, physics and physical science for the Reading Berks Scientific and Engineering Fair held at Albright College annually. This science fair is a big event (428 exhibits this year), and winners go on to compete at the national fair. After this year's national fair in Phoenix Arizona, winners will participate in the international fair. This RBSEF fair is sponsored by the Intel Corporation and the Reading-Berks Society of Engineers.

Photo: FitzpatrickCaroline Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Communication and English
Dr. Fitzpatrick moderated a student panel “The New News” at the 2013 International English Honor Society’s (Sigma Tau Delta) Annual Convention, March 20-23, in Portland, OR. Panelists included Alvernia undergraduate students Jessica Ciesla, Sydney Glasmyre, Kellie Lorence, and Chelsea Prosser.

 

Caroline Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Communications and English
Dr. Fitzpatrick presented her paper “Teaching Mythology and Narrative Structure Using ‘Big Fish’” at the 2013 Popular Culture Association’s International Conference, March 27-30, in Washington, D.C.

Spencer S. Stober, Ed.D.
Professor of Biology
Donna Yarri, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Theology
Drs. Donna Yarri and Spencer S. Stober co-authored an article,"Darwin on the Treatment of Animals: His Thoughts Then and His Influence Now," accepted for publication in the Journal of Arts & Humanities, VoL. 2 (2), March 2013.

PH: SeokBongrae Seok, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Seok presented his paper "Negative Virtues and the Sustainability Approach" in the seventh annual Felician ethics conference (April 20, 2013, Felician College, Rutherford NJ). Dr. Seok analyzed the virtues humility, poverty, and shame to develop a new interpretation of moral excellence from the perspective of the sustainability approach.

Spencer S. Stober, Ed.D.
Professor of Biology
Dr. Stober was appointed to the International Advisory Board for sustainability conferences and corresponding journals published by Common Ground.

Bongrae Seok, Ph. D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Seok presented his paper "NeuroAesthetics and Embodied Experience of Beauty" in the Sixth Annual Geo-Aesthetics Conference (International Association for the Study of Environment, Space, and Place, March, 2013, Towson University). In this paper, Dr. Seok argues that some foundational features of aesthetic experience are intrinsically embodied.

Jim Seidel
Adjunct Instructor of Band
Siedel's article "Starting a New Horizons Band" was published in the February 2013 edition of Journal of The Association of Concert Bands.

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Ana Ruiz, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Judith Warchal, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology and Counseling
Drs. Ruiz and Warchal presented "Activities to Teach Ethics in the Undergraduate Psychology Program," project supported by two grants, as a Participant Idea Exchange at the 35rd Annual National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, Fla.

Spencer S. Stober, Ed.D.
Professor of Biology
Dr. Spencer S. Stober presented a paper,“Nature-Centered Leadership: Nature as a Stakeholder in Strategic Planning,” at the International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Hiroshima, Japan, January 23, 2013.

book Judith Warchal, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology and Counseling
Ana Ruiz, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
 Drs. Ruiz and Warchal co-authored a chapter titled "Long-Term Impact of Service-Learning on Alumni Volunteer Service Activities" published in the book Service-learning in higher education: Connecting the global to the local edited by P. Lin & M. Wiegand. They also partnered with faculty of other universities on a chapter titled "Reflections on Connections" published in the same book.

 

Ana Ruiz, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Judith Warchal, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology and Counseling
Drs. Ruiz and Warchal published a teaching resource titled "Activities Guide: Teaching Ethics in the Introduction to Psychology Course." The resource was supported by a 2011 OTRP Instructional Resource Award and a Faculty Excellence Summer 2012 grant.

Erin Way, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Dr. Way presented at the 35th Annual National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology (NITOP) in St. Pete Beach, FL on January 5, 2013. Her presentation was entitled "Connecting With the Community through Applied Experiences in Research Methods Coursework"

Anne Fink, Ph.D., RN, CNE
Assistant Professor of Nursing
In January 2013, Dr. Fink was selected as Peer Reviewer for The Journal of Maternal Child Nursing.

 

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Deborah Greenawald, Ph.D., RN, Certified School Nurse

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