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.

SPRING 2014 

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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