Our Faculty

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

Our professors are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields, and supportive mentors who are committed foremost to their students’ success. More than two-thirds of them 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. It's no wonder that our students appreciate small class sizes (14:1 student to faculty ratio), personal attention, and breath of academic programs offered — relevant in today's world.

See below for work completed by our faculty outside of the classroom.

 

SUMMER 2014

Caroline Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communication and English
Dr. Fitzpatrick will serve on the 2014-15 editorial board of the Journal of Information and Audiovisual Studies - an open-access journal published through The Institute of Language and Communication Studies and Macro World Publishing.

Edgar J. Hartung, M.A., JD
Chair, Criminal Justice Department
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Invited to spend a week with the United States Marine Corps at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Va., Hartung took part in a program called the "Educators' and Key Leaders Workshop." Part of the program allows college students to take part in training programs prior to graduating from college, such as Criminal Justice student Guadalupe Ramos, who attended a six week program at the Quantico base, and will enter further training to become a Marine Corps Officer after graduation.

ph: RochowiczJohn A Rochowicz, Jr Ed.D.
Professor of Mathematics/Physics
Dr. Rochowicz's paper "Parametric Statistics and the General Linear Model" was published June 2014 in the international peer-reviewed journal Spreadsheets in Education (eJSiE): Vol.7: Iss. 3, Article 2.


Edgar J. Hartung, M.A., JD
Chair, Criminal Justice Department
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Peggy Bowen-Hartung, Ph.D., CTS
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
On June 13, Drs. Hartung and Bowen-Hartung were the guests of Colonel Deborah Geiger at the Change of Command ceremonies at the Carlisle Barracks, Pa., where Major General William E. Rapp was assuming command of the War College at Carlisle. The professors also attended the retirement ceremony of outgoing General Cucolo on the same day, as well as the celebration of the founding of the United States Army, which occurred on June 14, 1775.

Caroline Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.
Professor of Communication and English
Adam Heinze, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology
In May 2014, Drs. Fitzpatrick and Heinze co-led Alvernia undergraduate students in short-term study abroad experiences in Los Tres Brazos - a poverty stricken area of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The team conducted ESL adult instruction, completed science experimentation with grades 2-4, repaired water tanks, and documented experiences through journals and photography.

SPRING 2014 

 

Theresa Adams, Ph.D., RN, CSN
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Adams presented "Enhancing your Communication Skills with Culturally Diverse Clients" for the Berks County ADRC Link Cross Training on May 20, 2014 for core partners: Berks County Area Agency on Aging, Abilities in Motion, APPRISE (at Berks Encore), and United Disabilities Services at the Berks County Community Foundation.

photo:HartungEdgar J. Hartung, JD
Chair of Criminal Justice 
Hartung discussed “Cybersecurity” with a crowd of about 100 business people, students and professors from area high schools and colleges at the World Affairs Council of Greater Reading on May 14.

 



Bongrae Seok, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Seok presented his paper "Hermeneutics, History, and Ming (Fate) in Confucian philosophy" at the Hermeneutics East and West Conference held in Penn State University in May 2014. He discussed unique Confucian tradition of hermeneutics through Confucian ideal of self-cultivation and external tendency of attribution.

Bongrae Seok, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Seok presented his paper "Biological, Cultural, and Moral Evolution of Shame: From Survival Strategy and Social Exchange to Moral Excellence" at the 30th Conference on Value Inquiry, May 2014 at Neumann University. Seok analyzes shame's adaptive change to changing social, and moral ecology, focusing on Confucian shame and humility.

Bongrae Seok, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Seok presented his paper "Moral Asymmetry: Honesty and Dishonesty" in the Eighth Annual Conference of the Felician Institute for Ethics and Public Affairs on April, 26, 2014. On the basis of recent neuroimaging studies, Seok discusses moral asymmetry. Despite their intuitive polarity, honesty and dishonesty develop an asymmetric relation.

Bryan Dreibelbis, M.Ed. 
Associate Professor of Business 
Dreibelbis recently participated in “An Evening with the Tuckers” program at the AACA Museum in Hershey. The featured speaker was John Tucker, grandson of Preston Tucker, the man behind the Tucker Torpedo automobile concept and subject of the major motion picture, “Tucker—the Man and His Dream,” starring Jeff Bridges.

Donna Yarri, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Theology
Presented a paper entitled "Down the Slippery Slope: The Moral Descent of Jesse and Walter in Breaking Bad" at the national Popular Culture Conference on April 16, 2014 in Chicago. Moderated entire session as well.

Donna Yarri, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Theology
Received an award for the best service-learning course from Holleran Center at Alvernia University in Spring 2014, for course, "The Ethical Treatment of Animals." She also received the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Distinuished Teaching Award in Spring 2014.

Kathleen Muzevich, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor of Education
Education department member, Kathleen Muzevich, presented "Measuring the Common Core: Teaching and Assessing Emergent Writers" at the annual NCEA Convention in Pittsburgh, PA on April 23, 2014. Dr. Muzevich presented activities for teaching and assessing emergent writing to approximately 70 K-2 teachers. Attendees received 20 handouts for immediate classroom use.

photo:FitzpatrickCaroline Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communications & English
Dr. Fitzpatrick served as a lead judge for the finalists of the highly selective Penguin Group Publishing (USA) Internship program that is co-sponsored by the International English Honor Society in April 2014.



Caroline Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communications & English
Dr. Fitzpatrick and Dr. Ryan Lange co-authored a paper “A Pilot Investigation of Goffman’s Self-Presentation Theory as Applied to LinkedIn” for the Eastern Communication Association Convention: Communities of Dissent, in April in Providence, RI.

Caroline Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communications & English
Dr. Fitzpatrick presented a paper “The Quest for a Genderless Slut: The Cultural and Linguistic Influence of Sexually Derogatory Rhetoric on Fe/Male Identity” at the 2014 International Conference of the Popular Culture Association in April, Chicago, IL.

Caroline Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communications & English
Dr. Fitzpatrick published a news article “Sigma Tau Delta’s Kulturgeschichte" in the spring edition of the Sigma Tau Delta Newsletter of the International English Honor Society. Newsletter readership is more than 10,000.

Caroline Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communications & English
Dr. Fitzpatrick served as the oral historian and co-produced a video teaser for the 90th anniversary of the International English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta, in March 2014.

Caroline Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communications & English
Dr. Fitzpatrick was elected Vice President/President Elect of the International English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta, March 2014. The organization is the second largest honor society in the world with over 850 chapters located in the U.S.A. and abroad, more than 1,000 Faculty Sponsors, and approximately 9,000 members inducted annually.

photo:VignaGerald S. Vigna, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Theology
Vigna was featured in the Reading Eagle's review of Pope Francis's first year on March 15. He was part of a panel celebrating Vatican II, along with Sr. Roberta McKelvey, Rodney Howsare of DeSales University, and a Franciscan priest whose name I forget at the McGlinn Conference Center on March 19, and part of a colloquium featuring theologians from Villanova, Gwynnedd-Mercy, and Neumann University on teaching theology in a Catholic University held at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary and attended by Bishop Timothy Senior of Philadelphia on March 30.

Cynthia Rothenberger, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Rothenberger was awarded a Teaching Award by the Pennsylvania League for Nursing on March 24. The award is to honor academicians who have made major contributions to nursing education in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  She was nominated by colleagues Dr. Theresa Adams, Dr. Deborah Greenawald, and Tracy Scheirer. 

Bongrae Seok, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Seok gave a presentation "Neuro Aesthetics and the Phenomenology of Music" at the sixth international Geo-Aesthetics Conference in Towson University, Baltimore on March 15, 2014. By analyzing musical chills, from the perspective of neuroscience, Dr. Seok argues that aesthetic pleasure is neither simple disinterested delight nor non-adaptive sensory stimulation.

photo:DonnellyKevin Donnelly, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of History
Dr. Donnelly was selected to participate in the seminar "The Creation of the Modern American City: Chicago from 1830 to 1910," led by Henry Binford, associate professor of history and urban affairs at Northwestern University, and Carl Smith, Franklyn Bliss Snyder Professor of English and American Studies and professor of history. The degree of competition for participation was intense, and Donnelly was one of only 28 faculty members selected for the seminar.

Kathleen Muzevich, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor of Education
Dr. Muzevich presented "Teaching and Evaluating the Writing of Our Youngest Learners" to over 50 kindergarten and first grade teachers at the 28th Annual Southern California Kindergarten Conference in Pasadena, Calif., on March 1, 2014. Participants received 20 graphic organizers that accompanied a 70 slide PowerPoint.

Spencer S. Stober, Ed.D.

Professor of Biology
Dr. Stober served as a judge for the National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl sponsored by the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics as part of its annual conference in Jacksonville, Fla., from February 27 to March 2, 2014.

Donna Yarri, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Theology
Dr. Yarri attended the national Association of Practical and Professional Ethics conference in Jacksonville, Fla., from February 27 to March 2, 2014, and participated as a judge in the National Student Ethics Bowl Competition, as well as moderated a paper session.

photo:SeokBongrae Seok, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Bongrae Seok presented his paper "Confucian Self-Cultivation and Meta-Virtue" in the Central American Philosophical Association Conference on March 1, 2014. In his presentation, Dr. Seok explained that virtues (moral dispositions) form horizontal or vertical relations and for transformative self-cultivation of Confucianism, vertical meta virtues are necessary.

Ana Ruiz, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology
Dr. Ruiz was a co-presenter with Drs. Bringle and Brown, and Ms. Hedgepath at the Participant Idea Exchange, at 36th Annual National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, January 2014, St. Pete Beach, Fla.


photo: Stober book coverSpencer S. Stober, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
Dr. Stober co-authored a book entitled, "Nature-centered Leadership: An Aspirational Narrative," with Ph.D. students Tracey L. Brown and Sean J. Cullen. Common Ground Publishing launched the book at the 10th International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, at the University of Split in Croatia, January 2014. Stober also published an article entitled, “Nature-Centered Leadership: Nature as a Stakeholder in Strategic Planning” in the International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Vol. 9(1), 2013. This paper was presented at International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Hiroshima, Japan, January, 2013.

Bongrae Seok, Ph. D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Seok published his chapter “Sensuality of Embodied Space in Language, Psychopathology, and Art: Body-Full Experience of Body-Less Emptiness” in Rendezvous with the Sensuous: Readings on Aesthetics (2014, Cambridge Scholars Publishing). In this chapter, he explains that the body and its sensuality are necessary to feel seemingly body-less empty space.

Rich Houck
Adjunct, Fine and Performing Arts 
Houck offered an acrylic art exhibit titled "Big Sky Berks: Reading Cityscapes, at the YR Club in Wyomissing in January and February 2014. >>Read Reading Eagle review

PH: TufanTufan Tiglioglu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Business
Dr. Tufan Tiglioglu co-authored a paper titled “Estimation Window and the Power of Event Study,” with Dr. Liang Ding that has been accepted for publication by the Pennsylvania Economic Review Journal.

 


PH: artworkIlya Lerner
Art adjunct
Ilya Lerner has a show "Symbols and Narratives" at PII Gallery, 242 Race St. Philadelphia until the end of January.

 

Bongrae Seok, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Bongrae Seok was elected Secretary of Association of Chinese Philosophers in America (ACPA). The ACPA is one of the major academic organizations on Chinese/Asian philosophy and intellectual traditions.

 

 

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