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.

FALL 2014



PH: SeokBongrae Seok, Ph. D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Seok presented “Neuroscience of Mindfulness and Buddhist Moral Psychology” at the Eastern American Philosophical Association (APA), Dec. 2014, and “Moral Psychology of Emotion and Toegye’s (Yi Hwang’s) Neo-Confucianism” at the American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division Meeting, Dec., 2014. The paper is an analysis of moral emotion in Toegye’s philosophy. Toegye is 16th century Korean philosopher who started the Four Seven debate (debate about the distinction between four morally specific and seven general emotions).

Rosemarie Chinni, Ph.D.
Chair, Science & Mathematics
Associate Professor of Chemistry/Forensic Science
Dr. Chinni co-authored “High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) Determination of Additives in Various Drinks” with two students: Daniel Kwasniewski and Ryan Cupo. The paper focused on quantifying caffeine, riboflavin, niacinamide, D-pantothenic acid, and pyridoxine•HCl in carbonated beverages, enhanced water, and energy drinks using HPLC. It was published in the “Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry Research,” 2014.

Ph: RochowiczJohn A Rochowicz, Jr., Ed.D.
Professor of Mathematics
Dr. Rochowicz judged the Berks County Mathematics Championship hosted by Alvernia University on Nov. 12, 2014. The five colleges and universities share in hosting this event. Dr Rochowicz with Professor Gieringer developed and scored the test. Dr Rochowicz coordinated activities, ranked and placed the winners and presented the results to the local high schools.


PH: PennyNeil Penny, Ed.D.
Chair, Occupational Therapy
Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy
Dr. Penny authored “An investigation of moral distress experienced by occupational therapists.” The Moral Distress Scale-Revised (MDS-R-OHPa.) was distributed to a nationwide sample of occupational therapists. The results found that occupational therapists reported moderate levels of moral distress and that occupational therapists who were considering leaving their current position reported the highest levels of moral distress.

Rosemarie Chinni, Ph.D.
Chair, Science & Mathematics
Associate Professor of Chemistry/Forensic Science
Dr. Chinni presented “Educating Undergraduates in Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) Through Laboratory Experiments and Research” at LIBS-URT (Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy in Undergraduate Research and Teaching) held at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa., Oct. 2014. The invited presentation discussed a LIBS project for undergraduate laboratory courses and current LIBS undergraduate research projects.

DonnellyKevin Donnelly, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History
Dr. Donnelly wrote “Adolphe Quetelet, Social Physics and the Average Men of Science, 1796-1874” for Pickering & Chatto (London), and “Quetelet’s Other Average Man,” published in History of Science, Dec. 2014.

Erin Way Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Dr. Way published “How would you feel? What would you do?” Denham, S. A., Bassett, H. H., Way, E., Kalb, S. C., Warren-Knott, H. K., & Zinsser, K. (2014). Development and underpinnings of preschoolers’ social information processing. “Journal of Research in Childhood Education,” 28, 182-202. The article explores the association between young children’s ability to accurately recognize emotions and the problem solving choices they make when faced with social conflict.

Rosemarie Chinni, Ph.D.
Chair, Science & Mathematics
Associate Professor of Chemistry/Forensic Science
Dr. Chinni presented “Educating Undergraduates in Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) Through Laboratory Experiments and Research” at the SCIentific eXchange-the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies (SciX-FACSS) Meeting in Reno, Nev., Sept. 2014. The invited presentation discussed a LIBS project for undergraduate laboratory courses and current LIBS undergraduate research projects.

Josh Hayes, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Hayes presented “Wallace Stegner and the American West” at the International Association of Environmental Philosophy, Tulane University, New Orleans, La. He investigated the foundational contributions of the Pulitzer Prize winning author, Wallace Stegner, to the environmental movement in the American West.

Bongrae Seok, Ph. D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Seok published “Mindfulness Meditation and Cognitive Science," a series of essays about Mindfulness Meditation and its philosophical and cognitive neuro-scientific implications, in “Buddhism and Culture,” a South Korean Buddhist magazine.

Josh Hayes, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Hayes presented “Cy Twombly’s Fifty Days at Illiam” at the Pacific Association of the Continental Tradition, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, Calif. He investigated the Greco-Roman philosophical influences upon the American master of Abstract Expressionism, Cy Twombly.

Bongrae Seok, Ph. D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Seok wrote “Sensuality of Embodied Space in Language, Psychopathology, and Art: Body-Full Experience of Body-Less Emptiness.” The paper discusses the embodied experience of space in art (Architecture, Urban Planning, Chirico’s painting, Rilke’s poem) and psychopathology (such as agoraphobia), and is published as a chapter in a edited volume: “Rendezvous with the Sensuous: Readings on Aesthetics.” (Edited by John Murungi.)

Carol N. Schwanger, M.M.
Associate Professor of Music
Sr. Roberta McKelvie
Assistant for Mission
Samuel Bradley, DBA
Assistant Professor of Business
Co-presented “Integrating NetVUE within the Values of a Franciscan University” at the NetVue conference in St. Louis, March 2015, addressed the integration of vocational discernment within Alvernia values via the creation of assessments for first-year students, with a focus on “ethical leaders with moral courage.”

Bongrae Seok, Ph. D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Seok published “Moral Psychology of Shame in Early Confucian Philosophy," a discussion of shame and its moral psychological significance from the perspective of Aristotle, Confucius, and linguistics (markedness theory), in “Frontiers of Philosophy in China.”

ChownGregory Chown, OTD, OTR/L, BHSc (OT), CPAM, CKTP
Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy
Chown presented “The Perceptions of Occupational Therapists Practicing in the Emergency Room.” The purpose of the qualitative study was to understand the perception of occupational therapists working in the emergency department. The roles identified by participants included performing safety assessments, recommending equipment, and education. Participants reported a positive perception of their work, including quality of patient care and decreasing ER visits.

Louise Fura, DNP, RN, CRNP
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Dr. Fura presented “The Impact of a Clinical Safety Educational Strategy on Undergraduate Baccalaureate Nursing Students’ Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes about Patient Safety and Systems Thinking” to nurse educators and clinicians at an Upsilon Zeta Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society program. The presentation focused on research outcomes that support the importance of expanding curricula to incorporate a focus on patient safety and systems thinking.

Deborah A. Greenawald, Ph.D., RN, CNE
Associate Professor of Nursing
Dr. Greenawald was installed as a Scholar for the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society Experienced Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy. Following a competitive application process, Dr. Greenawald was selected to be one of nine members of the inaugural cohort of the ENFLA. The academy experiences include three face-to-face meetings over the course of a year and a variety of on-going educational strategies for developing leadership knowledge, competence and outcomes.

PH: SholtzJanae Sholtz, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Sholtz presented “The Invention of a People: Heidegger and Deleuze on Art and the Political," a monograph tracing the intersections between Martin Heidegger and Gilles Deleuze, two of the most influential philosophers of the 20th C. Sholtz developed an innovative reading post-war European political ontology, from which she elaborateed a model for future political action using Deleuze’s philosophy of radical immanence.

Bongrae Seok, Ph. D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Seok published “Mencius’s Ceyinzhixin and Nociceptive Mirror Emotion: Embodied Moral Psychology of Confucian Philosophy,” a discussion of affective resonance and empathic care in Chinese Confucian philosophy and their moral psychological implications, in “The Philosophical Challenge from China.” (Edited by Brian Bruya, MIT press.)

Louise Fura, DNP, RN, CRNP
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Mary Ellen Symanski, Ph.D., RN
Drs. Fura and Symanski co-authored “An Online Approach to Orienting Clinical Nursing Faculty in Baccalaureate Nursing Education." The publication focused on the results of an innovative research project used to augment orientation and support of adjunct clinical instructors and the responsibilities of the nurse educator role.

Louise Fura, DNP, RN, CRNP
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Cynthia Rothenberger, MSN, RN, CDE, ACNS, BC
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Fura and Rothenberger co-authored “Integrating National Patient Safety Initiatives Into Prelicensure Clinical Learning” for the “Journal of Nursing Education.” The paper emphasizes the use of clinical learning experiences to enhance student understanding of safety standards and the role of the nurse in mitigating errors and influencing patient care delivery.

Erin Way Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Dr. Way earned an Honorable Mention in the “Journal of Research in Childhood Education” Distinguished Education Research Article Award Program for “How would you feel? What would you do?” The Association for Childhood Education International identifies top articles published in the year’s volume. Honored articles illustrate superior research and excellent writing on topics of high import for the field.

BergerTravis A. Berger
Assistant Professor of Business
Berger wrote “Servant Leadership 2.0: A Call for Strong Theory” (2014). Sociological Viewpoints, 30(1), 146-167.

Bongrae Seok, Ph. D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Seok presented “Theories of Space and Emptiness: Ancient Atomism, Mozi, and Dedekind” at the Second Singapore Workshop on Integrated History and Philosophy of Science in Practice, (Nanyang Technological University). The paper discusses different approaches to space and their implications in philosophy, physics, and mathematics.

Janae Sholtz, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Sholtz published “Book Review of Marcel Hofman, Foucault and Power: The Influence of Political Engagement on Theories of Power” in the Notre Dame Philosophical Review in Fall 2014.

Janae Sholtz, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Sholtz presented “Deleuze’s Transmutation of the Free Indirect” at the “Narrative and Image” conference hosted by the Pacific Association for Continental Thought in Los Angeles, Calif., Oct. 2014.

Erin Way Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Elizabeth Matteo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
Drs. Way and Matteo presented “Social and Emotional Factors in Self-Reported Quality of Life Amongst Older Adults” at the Society for Research in Adult Development Conference in Boston, Mass. The paper explored the contributions of social experiences, social support, and depressive symptomatology on self-reported quality of life for older adults living in the community.

Travis A. Berger
Assistant Professor of Business
Berger presented “Making an Impact: Leadership Development and the Branch camps Model Worldwide” Bakken, R., Berger, T.A., & Stephenson, A.L. (2014) at the 16th Annual International Leadership Association Global Conference, San Diego, Calif.

Janae Sholtz, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Sholtz presented “Elucidations of the Minor: Free Indirect Discourse and the Machinic” at “Approaching the Liminal: Pushing the Boundaries of Continental Philosophy,” 1st Annual Pittsburgh Continental Philosophy Conference, Sept. 2014.

PH: WayErin Way Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Dr. Way presented “Awareness of the Impact of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Among Undergraduate Students” at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference in Philadelphia, Pa. The findings of this study support the need to incorporate content about the impact of prenatal alcohol exposure into high school and university classes. Such education may positively impact the behavioral choices of adolescents and young adults when consuming alcohol.

Bongrae Seok, Ph. D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Seok presented his papers "Moral Psychology of Emotion and Toegye’s (Yi Hwang’s) Neo-Confucianism" and "Neuroscience of Mindfulness and Buddhist Moral Psychology" at the American Philosophical Association meeting, December 2014, in Philadelphia.

PH: FitzpatrickCaroline Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communications & English
Dr. Fitzpatrick served as the producer, co-director, and script-writer for a documentary short on the history of the International English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta. >> See the 21-minute video.

Michele Kulp
Adjunct of Art
Kulp won a Health + Wellness Design Award for her work with client Naperville Yoga, titled "Nurturing Through Yoga For Wellness and Tranquility.

Bongrae Seok, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Seok gave a presentation on "Cultural Evolution of Shame" at the International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Language, Culture, and Reality held at the University of Pennsylvania on Oct. 4, 2014. He distinguished moral shame from social shame, and explained the evolution of moral shame in Confucian philosophy.

SUMMER 2014


PH: WiseChristopher H. Wise, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Director
Associate Professor of Physical Therapy
Dr. Wise published “A model for teaching and learning spinal thrust manipulation and its effect on participant confidence in technique performance," in the "Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy,” Aug. 2014. The purpose of this study was to assess the effect of using a new model of active learning on participant confidence in the performance of spinal thrust manipulation.

Bongrae Seok, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Seok presented his paper "Theories of Space and Emptiness: Ancient Atomism, Mozi, and Dedekind" at the Second Singapore Workshop on Integrated History and Philosophy of Science Practice, held at Nayang Techological University, Singapore, Aug. 19, 2014. In his paper, Seok discussed different theories of space and their philosophical challenges.

PH: HartungEdgar 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.

Louise Fura, DNP, RN, CRNP
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Dr. Fura published her doctoral scholarly project “The Impact of a Clinical Safety Educational Strategy on Undergraduate Baccalaureate Nursing Students’ Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes about Patient Safety and Systems Thinking” on OhioLINK in July 2014. The outcome of a descriptive pretest-posttest design suggests that integrating safety concepts into undergraduate nursing curricula has the potential to improve future practitioners’ safety skills and systems thinking.

Travis A. Berger
Assistant Professor of Business
Berger presented “First Impressions are Lasting Impressions: Mastering the Art of Networking” (June 2014) at Temple University’s Enhancing Community Learning Series.

Ann Marie Licata, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Education
John Lichtenwalner, Ph.D.
Instrctor & Field E. Coordinator of Social Work
Drs. Licata and Lichtenwalner presented “Implementing Franciscan Core Values in the Classroom through Social Bookmarking” at the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities Symposium, Aston, Pa., June 4, 2014 sharing the results of research conducted using Pinterest and our Franciscan Core Values chosen by the Alvernia community.

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. This paper illustrates that all parametric statistics whether z, t, ANOVA, correlation or regression are mathematically the same. The connections and applications between statistics, linear algebra, and calculus were demonstrated.


Bongrae Seok, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Seok presented his paper "The Moral Psychology of Buddhist Meditation" at the 49th Annual Conference for the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy, held at SUNY Binghamton, Binghamton, N.Y., June 21, 2014. He discussed unique moral psychology of Buddhist mindfulness meditation from the perspectives of neuroscience, psychology, and game theory.

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.

John A Rochowicz, Jr., Ed.D.
Professor of Mathematics
Dr. Rochowicz served as an external reviewer for the mathematics department of Kutztown University February to May 2014. This review discovered that Kutztown had similar concerns compared to other schools. For example motivating students to do math and funding student research were important concerns.


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.

PH: BertotiDolores B. Bertoti, DPT
Chair, Allied Health & Human Services
Professor of Physical Therapy
Dr. Bertoti presented “Student Driven Learning: Utilization of a Capstone Project to transition Students from Undergraduate Study to Professional Practice; the Role of Professors as Guideposts in crossing that Bridge” at the International Conference on Education and New Developments, Madrid, Spain, June 2014. Adopting innovative instructional techniques guiding students as autonomous, collaborative learners fosters lifelong professional learning. Education (L.“e-ducere”) compels educators not to “pour in” content but to literally “lead learners out” - engaging in active discovery, critical thinking and concrete knowledge application. This research focused on capstone course processes resulting in student-driven learning.

Bongrae Seok, Ph. D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Seok presented “Biological, Cultural, and Moral Evolution of Shame: From Survival Strategy and Social Exchange to Moral Excellence” at the Value Inquiry Conference, Neumann University, Aston Pa., May, 2014. The paper differentiates Shame (self-critical moral emotion) from interdisciplinary and comparative viewpoints. The biological and psychological nature and moral significance of shame were also discussed.

Christopher H. Wise, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Director
Associate Professor of Physical Therapy
Dr. Wise presented “An Evidence-Based Approach to Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy of the Shoulder” for Susquehanna Health System, Muncy, Pa., March 2014. This interactive, hands-on continuing education experience was designed for the rehabilitation professional who is interested in pursuing innovative, effective, and eclectic strategies for the management of patients with pathology of the shoulder joint complex.

John A Rochowicz, Jr., Ed.D.
Professor of Mathematics
Dr. Rochowicz served as a judge for the Reading Berks Science and Engineering Fair (RBSEF) at Albright College March 18, 2014. There were more than 500 exhibits an increase in participation from previous years. An outstanding exhibit showed the capabilities of a computer to prove a mathematical theorem.

Bongrae Seok, Ph. D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Seok presented “Hermeneutics, History, and Ming (Fate) in Confucian Philosophy” at The Hermeneutics East and West Conference, Penn State University, College Park, May 2014.
The paper is an analysis of Fate (Ming) in Chinese philosophy through philosophical hermeneutics and attribution theory in social psychology. He also presented “Moral Asymmetry: Honesty and Dishonesty,” ahilosophical and neuroscientific analysis of lying and truth telling, at Felician Ethics Conference, April, 2014. It seems that lying (being dishonest) is a vice but truth telling may not be a virtue even though they are opposing to each other.'

Ann Marie Licata, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Education
Dr. Licata presented “Using Zoom Technology: Online Pedagogical Practices With Implications for Creating a Community of Learners.” at the 9th Annual Online Consortium for Independent Colleges and Universities Conference in Orlando, Fla., on March 26, 2015. Experiences in the usage of Zoom technology in the graduate Special Education online courses was shared with conference attendees.

Bongrae Seok, Ph. D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Seok presented “Confucian Self-Cultivation and Meta-Virtue” at the American Philosophical Association, Central Division meeting, Chicago, March, 2014. The papper discusses Virtue (moral disposition such as courage and benevolence) and Meta-Virtue (virtue of virtues such as disposition and willingness to develop virtues) in Confucian philosophy. He also presented "Nature of Musical Ecstasy and Aesthetic Pleasure – NeuroAesthetics and Phenomenology of Music” at the Geo-Aesthetics Conference, Towson University, Baltimore, Md., March, 2014. The paper is a philosophical and neuroscientific analysis of aesthetic experience and musical pleasure. Musical pleasure is not blind hedonic reaction. It includes or combines cognitive, affective, and sensorimotor components of musical experience.


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


Tufan 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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