Dr. Spencer Stober

Professor of Biology


 

Dr. Spencer S. Stober is a Professor of Biology at Alvernia University, Reading, PA, USA.  He has taught Biology for 30 years including undergraduate courses in genetics, botany, and environmental science.  Since earning his doctorate at Temple University, with a specialization in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, he teaches graduate courses in leadership and supervises dissertations.  In 2005 he received Alvernia’s Christian R. & Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching, and he was awarded the Neag Professorship in 2011.  He has also served in a number of key administrative positions at Alvernia University, including Department Chairperson, Ph.D. Program Director, Dean of Arts and Sciences, and Dean of Graduate and Continuing Studies.  Dr. Stober currently serves on the international Advisory Board for the “On Sustainability Research Network” sponsored by Common Ground Publishing.  His work on environmental, cultural and socio-economic sustainability has enabled him to travel, frequently with students, to universities in countries such as Japan, Croatia, Malaysia, India, Ecuador, Mauritius, Denmark, and New Zealand.   Dr. Stober recently served as a co-editor with Dr. David Humphreys for a volume entitled Transitions to Sustainability: Theoretical Debates for a Changing Planet, and he co-authored Nature-centered Leadership: An Aspirational Narrative, with two Ph.D. students (Tracey L. Brown and Sean J. Cullen); both volumes were published by Common Ground in 2014 and 2013 respectively.  Dr. Stober also co-authored a book with Dr. Donna Yarri, Associate Professor of Theology at Alvernia University, entitled God, Science, and Designer Genes: An Exploration of Emerging Issues in Genetic Technologies, published by Praeger in 2009; they are currently working on a new book entitled God, Darwin, and the Origins of Life.

 

Education

Ed.D. in Educational Administration, Temple University, August 1997, emphasis in educational leadership and policy studies: dissertation, "A Content Analysis of College and University Mission Statements," (UMI Microform 9813554, Copyright 1998); Chair, Dr. Richard M. Englert

M.S. in Biology, Millersville University, August 1975: thesis, "Biosystematic Study of Physalis virginiana var. subglabrata and Physalis heterophylla," MU Library 1975-S863; Chair, Dr. James C. Parks

B.S. Ed. in Biology and General Science, Millersville University, January 1972

Grants and Awards

Neag Professorship, Graduate Leadership Studies, Alvernia University, for an outstanding record of service as a teacher-scholar, January 2012 – July 2013

Grant for workshop, “Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of the Human Genome Project (ELSI/NIH),” Dartmouth College, June 2004; stipend for ELSI reunion conference, August 11-13, 2006

Recipient, Alvernia College Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2004 – 2005

Grant (Dr. Gardner as co-recipient), $75,000, from George I. Alden Trust of Worcester, MA, for a new biotechnology course, Spring 2005

ACTS in PA Technology Grant (Dr. Yarri as co-recipient), $900, from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to integrate technology into the classroom, Spring 2005

Alvernia College Sister Donatilla Award, for long and distinguished service of grace, enthusiasm, wisdom and prayerfulness, 1998

Professional Memberships and Certifications

Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE)

American Association of University Professors (AAUP)

Berks County Conservancy

Beta Kappa Chi, National Scientific Honor Society

International Leadership Association (ILA)

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)

PA Teaching Certification for Biology and General Science (current)

Special Training

Distance Education: Blended Course Instructional Certificate, Alvernia, 2009

Dissertation Workshop (for Committee Members), Alvernia College, May 19, 2008

ATLAS.ti (Qualitative Software) Training Workshop, Alvernia College, May 22, 2008

Certificate, NIH Office of Human Subjects Research training for NIH IRB members,September 25, 2007, #1190767758

Chemical Hygiene and Disposal, Turning Bird Consulting, Ltd., June 27, 2007

National Incident Management System (NIMS IS-700), July 25, 2006

Continuing Professional Education: “Faculty-to-Faculty Exchange,” Berks County Intermediate Unit (6 PA Act 48 hours), June 21, 2006

Certificate, Laboratory Safety course, sponsored by The Laboratory Safety Institute,October 18 – 19, 2005

Certificate, Forensics/Biotechnology Workshop, sponsored by EDVOTEK: The Biotechnology Education Company, March 21 – 22, 2005

Internet security training, Alvernia College, November 22, 2004

Interactive white-board training, SMART BoardTM Technologies, May 18, 2004

Continuing Professional Education: “Dioceses of Allentown Education Convention,” Bethlehem Catholic High School, (5 PA Act 48 hours), October 18, 2003

Continuing Professional Education: “Nolde Forest Environmental Training,” (2 PA Act 48 hours), January 24, 2001

Certificate, Plan Reading, Building Construction and Estimating program, Chicago TechnicalCollege, completed February 1982

YMCA certificate, open water scuba diving, 1970

Participant, Ethics Center Colloquium, Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE), Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, Ohio, March 4, 2010.

PA Inspired Leadership Program, Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), Paxtonia, PA, November 16, 2009.

Publications

Transitions to Sustainability: Theoretical Debates for a Changing Planet, Co-edited volume with David Humphreys (Open University, UK), Common Ground Publishing LLC, 2014.  This book was recognized at a reception and book launch in the Copenhagen City Hall, Denmark, on January 21, 2015.

Transitions to Sustainability: Theoretical Debates for a Changing Planet, Co-editor with David Humphreys (Open University, UK), Common Ground Publishing LLC, 2014.

Nature-centered Leadership: An Aspirational Narrative (co-authored book with Tracey L. Brown and Sean J. Cullen), Common Ground Publishing LLC, 2013

“Nature-Centered Leadership: Nature as a Stakeholder in Strategic Planning” in the International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Vol. 9, 2013; this paper was presented at International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Hiroshima, Japan, January, 2013

“Darwin on the Treatment of Animals: His Thoughts Then and His Influence Now,” co-authored article with Dr. Donna Yarri in the Journal of Arts and Humanities, Vol. 2(2), 2013 (“best paper” award)

“Universities and Community Engagement for a Sustainable Community,” co-authored article with Dr. Alicia Sprow in The International Journal of Sustainability Education, Vol. 1, 2012

“Interdisciplinary Teaching: Confessions of a Biologian,” co-authored article with Dr. Donna Yarri in The International Journal of Science and Society, Vol. 3(1), 2012

“Environmental Memes: Form, Function, and Reasons for Optimism” in the International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Vol. 7, 2011, published by Common Ground (refereed journal); conference plenary presentation at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand, January 7, 2011 (Finalist for the Internationa1 Award for Excellence sponsored by Common Ground Publisher)


“What Makes Us So Doggone Special?  Darwin’s Challenge to Human Superiority,” co-authored essay in 150 Years of Evolution: Darwin's Impact on the Humanities and the Social Sciences, San Diego State University Press, 2011

"Biology, Theology, and Academic Freedom: The Challenges of Interdisciplinary Teaching at a Catholic University,” co-authored article in the AAUP Journal of Academic Freedom, Vol. 2, 2011, http://www.aaup.org/AAUP/pubsres/jaf/

“Ecuador: Mother Nature’s Utopia” in the International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Vol. 6 (2), 2010, pp. 229-240, published by Common Ground (refereed journal); also presented at the University of Cuenca, Ecuador, January 5, 2010 http://ijs.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.41/prod.656

God, Science, and Designer Genes: An Exploration of Emerging Genetic Technologies (co-authored book with Donna Yarri), Praeger/ABC-CLIO Press, 2009

Mother Nature and Her Discontents: Gaia as a Metaphor for Environmental Sustainability” in the International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Vol. 5 (1), 2009, pp. 37–48, published by Common Ground (refereed journal)

Academic Service Abroad: Confronting our Limitations,” in the International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Vol. 4(1), 2008, pp. 107–115, published by Common Ground (refereed journal)
 
God, Science, and Designer Genes: An Interdisciplinary Pedagogy,” co-authored essay with Donna Yarri for The Human Genome Project in College Curriculum: Ethical Issues and Practical Strategies, edited by Aine Donovan and Ronald Green, University Press of New England, 2008, pp. 100–121

Sustaining Gaia through Learning Communities: A Case Study in Higher Education,” co-authored article with Caroline Fitzpatrick in the International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Vol. 3(5), 2007, pp. 41–49, published by Common Ground (refereed journal)

Close Encounters of the Natural Kind: Eco-Composition, Citizen Science and Academe,” co-authored article with Caroline Fitzpatrick, in the International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Vol. 2(1), 2006, pp. 9–16, published by Common Ground (refereed journal)

“Traditional Curriculum Versus Hidden Curriculum,” co-authored essay with Leon D. Poeske, James C. Dyson, and Lynn A. Cheddar, published in Ethical Leadership and Decision Making in Education: Applying Theoretical Perspectives to Complex Dilemmas, by Joan Poliner Shapiro and Jacqueline A. Stefkovich, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2001, pp.41–54.

Reviewer for Chapter 9 (Water in Plants) and Chapter 10 (Metabolism), Introductory Plant Biology, 8th Edition, W. Stern, Mc-Graw Hill Publishers, 1997

“Survival Strategies for Liberal Arts Colleges,” in Resources in Education, 1996, in ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, No. ED386101

“Chromosonal Studies of Physalis virginiana var. subglabrata and Physalis heterophylla, co-authored article with James C. Parks, Bartonia, Vol. 51, 1985 (refereed)

Presentations

Co-authored presentation (with Brian Petersen and Patricia Brenner), “Building Leadership Competence: Exploring Leadership Skills in Program Curricula,” 19th Annual Conference of The International Leadership Association (ILA), Brussels, Belgium, October 12-15, 2017

Presentation, “The UN 2030 Agenda. To Sustain or Not to Sustain: Is That Humanity’s Predicament?” at the 13th International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability at the Social Sustainability Biomass and Water Management Research Center; Fluminense Federal University, Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, January 19-21, 2017

Co-authored presentation (with Julia Dunst), “An Inquiry Approach for Leadership Education to Promote Inclusivity and Social Justice,” 18th Annual Conference of The International Leadership Association (ILA), Atlanta, Georgia, November 2-5, 2016

Co-authored presentation (with Brian Petersen), “I See You Have a Degree in Leadership.  What’s That?” 18th Annual Conference of The International Leadership Association (ILA), Atlanta, Georgia, November 2-5, 2016

Co-Presenter (with Donna Yarri), workshop entitled “Crossing Boundaries: Promoting Constructive Dialogue in an Age of Religion and Science,” The Institute on Religion in an Age of Science (IRAS) conference, June 25-July 1, 2016

Co-authored paper presentation (with Alicia Sprow), “Nature Play as a Formative Experience in the Development of Nature-Centered Leaders,” 12th International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, January 21-23, 2016

Lecture, “Climate Change: Humanity’s Predicament,” World Affairs Council, Reading, PA, January 13, 2016

Panel Discussion Leader (with Peggy C. Bowen-Hartung, Tracy L. Brown, Alicia H. Sprow, and Tufan Tiglioglu), “A Community Engagement Model for Thoughtful Leadership Education,” 17th meeting of International Leadership Association (ILA), Barcelona, Spain, October 16, 2015.

Presentation entitled “Global Sustainability: An Inquiry Approach to Nature-centered Decision Making” at the International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability to be held in Copenhagen, January 2015

Co-presentation entitled “Ecological Visionaries Evaluated as Nature-Centered Leaders: Rachael Carson, Chico Mendes, and James Lovelock” at the 10th International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, at the University of Split in Croatia, January 22-24, 2014

Faculty Speaker, Alvernia College Honors Convocation: “Nature-Centered Leadership,” April 21, 2013

Presenter, Alvernia University Seniors College, “Nature-Centered Leadership: Protecting the Environment for the Future,” April 8, 2013

Co-Presentation, “Darwin on the Treatment of Animals: His Thoughts Then and His Influence Now,” Twenty-second annual meeting of The Association of Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE), San Antonio, TX, February 28 – March 3, 2013

Presentation, “Nature-Centered Leadership: Nature as a Stakeholder in Strategic Planning,” Ninth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Hiroshima, Japan, January 23-25, 2013

Co-Presentation, “Minding Darwin for Animal Ethics,” international Minding Animals conference in The Netherlands, July 3-6, 2012

Presentation, “Mother Nature’s Utopia,” Environmental Issues of Latin America (EVS/LAS/IDS-260), Albright College, Reading, Pennsylvania, March 20, 2012

Panelist (Religion and leadership discussion), “Mission-Centered Leadership: Challenging Assumptions,” Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting of The American Academy of Religion (AAR), New Brunswick, New Jersey, March 15, 2012

Co-Presentation, “Biology, Theology, and Academic Freedom: The Challenges of Interdisciplinary Teaching at a Catholic University”, Legatus organization, March 7, 2012

Presentation, “Community Land Use: Practice and Tensions,” Leadership for Sustainability (LAS-508), Alvernia University, February 20, 2012

Co-Presentation, “Universities and Community Engagement for a Sustainable Community,” International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Vancouver, Canada, January, 2012

Co-Presentation, “Interdisciplinary Teaching: Confessions of a ‘Biologian,’” International Conference on Science in Society, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, August 2011

Presentation, God, Genes, and Spirituality,” Spirit on Tap – Reading, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Reading, PA, May 24, 2011

Keynote speaker, “Insight through Inspiration, Imagination and Intellect,” 12th Annual Undergraduate Conference, sponsored by the Higher Education Council of Berks County (HECBC), and hosted by Alvernia University, April 9, 2011

Co-Presenter, “Brave New World? Religious and Social Implications of Emerging Biotechnologies,” Alvernia University, Batdorf Lecture (forthcoming, February 23, 2011)

Presenter, Alvernia University Seniors College, “What are Environmental Memes? Investigating New Reasons for Optimism,” February 14, 2011

Panelist, “Collaborative and Interdisciplinary Research,” Alvernia University Faculty Workshop, January, 14, 2011

Plenary session speaker, International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, University of Waikato, New Zealand, “Environmental Memes: Form, Function, and Reasons for Optimism,” January 7, 2011

Co-Presenter, “God, Science, and Designer Genes,” Alvernia University, Honors Program, November 17, 2010

Panelist, “Science Education and Ethics,” Middle Atlantic Association of Liberal Arts Chemistry Teachers (MAALACT) Conference, Alvernia University, November 6, 2010

Co-Presenter, “State of the Planet, 2010: What is Your Environmental Ethic?” Alvernia University Seniors College, October 6 and 13, 2010

Moderator, panel discussion, “The Importance of Civil Discourse: The Mosque in Manhattan, Alvernia University, September 20, 2010

Presentation, Albright College, Reading, PA, “Ecuador: Mother Nature’s Utopia,” April 20, 2010.

Co-Presenter, Lunch with an Author session, God, Science, and Designer Genes, National Association for Practical and Professional Ethics meeting, March 5, 2010

Co-Presenter, “God, Science, and Designer Genes: A Model for Integrating Teaching and Scholarship,” National Association for Practical and Professional Ethics meeting, March 5, 2010

Presentation, Alvernia Seniors College, “Ecuador: Mother Nature’s Utopia,” February 8, 2010

Presentation, International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Ecuador, “Ecuador: Mother Nature’s Utopia,” January 5–7, 2010

Co-Presentation, “What Makes Us So Doggone Special? Darwin’s Challenge to Human Superiority,” Darwin Symposium, San Diego State University, November 20–22, 2009)

Co-Presentation, “God, Science, and Designer Genes,” Alvernia University Literary Festival, October 28, 2009

Co-Presentation, “Biology and Theology in Dialogue: Social Justice Issues in Genetic Science,” Regional meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), Baltimore, MD, March 26, 2009

Co-Presentation, “Theology, Biology, and the Natural World,” Theology on Tap program, Reading, PA, February 26, 2009

Presentation, International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Mauritius, “Mother Nature and Her Discontents: Gaia as a Metaphor for Environmental Sustainability,” January 5, 2009

Co-Presentation, The Center for the Study of Film History, Biennial Conference, “Bioethics and Film” Section, Chicago, Illinois, “Here Comes Frankenstein Again: The Depiction of Genetics Science in Recent Films,” October 30 – November 2, 2008

Co-Presentation, AFCU 2008 Franciscan Symposium, Alvernia College, sponsored by Bernardine Franciscan Sisters, and the Neumann Institute for Franciscan Studies, “Social Justice: Teaching on Ethical Issues in Genetic Science,” June 6, 2008.

Presentation, Alvernia Seniors College, “Big Science and Social Responsibility,” April 7, 2008

Co-Presentation, Theology on Tap, sponsored by the Lancaster Theological Seminary, “God. Science, and Designer Genes, Annie Bailey’s Irish Pub, Lancaster, PA, April 7, 2008

Co-Presentation, Spring Lecture Series sponsored by The Centers for Excellence at Alvernia College, “Candidates and Their Faith: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue,” March 25, 2008

Presentation, Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE), San Antonio, Texas, “Mother Nature and Her Discontents: Gaia as a Metaphor for Environmental Sustainability,” February 21 – 14, 2008

Presentation, International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Malaysia, “Academic Service Abroad: Confronting Our Limitations,” January 4 – 7, 2008

Co-Presentation, Challenging Assumptions: Religious Faith, Genetic Science, Human Dignity conference sponsored by Pacific Institute of Ethics and Social Policy (Portland, OR) and National Institutes of Health, (paper accepted) “Teaching Genetic Science and Policy within Communities of Faith: The Unique Challenges at a Catholic College,” October 13, 2007

Presentation, Making Our World More Sustainable, conference sponsored by Alvernia College: Catholic Education Connection, March 13, 2007

Co-Presentation, national Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE), Cincinnati Ohio, “Making Explicit the Implicit: Pedagogical Considerations in Interdisciplinary Teaching,” February 24, 2007

Co-Presentation, International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, India, “Sustaining Gaia through Learning Communities: A Case Study in Higher Education,” January 4 – 7, 2007

Co-Presentation, ELSI (ethical, legal and social implications of the Human Genome Project) reunion conference, Dartmouth College, “God Science, and Designer Genes: An Interdisciplinary Pedagogy,” August 12, 2006

Co-Presentation with Joshua J. Rusbuldt, “One World, Our Community, Our Environment,” as part of the “Gorillas in Our Midst” presentation by Jodi Kissinger for President Flynn’s Inauguration, April, 3, 2006

Faculty Speaker, Alvernia College Honors Convocation, Lindback Award Lecture: “Challenges for a More Sustainable World,” March 26, 2006

Co-Presentation, national Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE), Annual Conference, Jacksonville, Florida, “God, Science, and Designer Genes: Biology and Theology in Dialogue,” March 4, 2006

Co-Presentation, International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, South Vietnam, “Close Encounters of the Natural Kind: Eco-Composition, Citizen Science and Academe,” January 9 – 13, 2006

Co-Presentation, Alvernia College Seniors College, “God, Science, and Designer Genes,” September 27, October 4 and 11, 2006

Presentation and panel member, Alvernia College Academic Forum, “Impacting the Environment: Competing Goods,” October 20, 2004

Co-Presentation, Adult Forum Class: “Evolutionary Theory and Faith,” The First Presbyterian Church, Pottstown, PA, September 26, 2004

Presentation, Alvernia College Seniors College, 8 sessions, “Great Decisions 2003,” sponsored by Foreign Policy Association and Berks County World Affairs Association, Spring 2003

Presentation, Diocese of Allentown Education 2003 Convention, “A Tool-kit for Students of Science,” October 13, 2003

Forum Leader: “Catholic Higher Education: Challenges and Opportunities,” Alvernia College, October 17, 1997

Presentation, Temple Education Research Association, “Statements of Institutional Purpose: An Analysis of Content and Clarity,” April 30, 1996

Presentation, Reading Area Community College environmental science class, “A case study: Techniques used to mitigate the impact of construction activities on the endangered species, the bog turtle,” October 19, 1995

Presentation, Temple University graduate seminar, “Vivisection: A Classroom Physiologist’s Dilemma,” March 3, 1993

Presentation, Temple University graduate seminar, “Concept Mapping to Enhance Meaningful Learning While Integrating Scientific Disciplines,” August 10, 1992

Presentation, Pennsylvania Academy of Science (1975),  “Chromosomal Studies of Physalis virginiana var. subglabrata and Physalis heterophylla.”  Proceedings PA Academy of Science, 49(1), 1975 Dialog File 255, BIOSIS, #76082155

Teaching Experience

Professor, Biology (undergraduate) and Education (graduate), Alvernia University, December 2009 – present

Associate Professor, Biology (undergraduate) and Education (graduate), Alvernia University, January 2002 – December 2009

Recipient, Alvernia College Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2004

Promoted to Assistant Professor of Biology, Alvernia University, June 1986

Earned tenure, August 1992

Instructor, Biology, Alvernia University, August 1985

Adjunct Instructor (full-time), Biology, Millersville University, fall 1984

Science Teacher, Governor Mifflin Schools, January 1972 – June 1984
    (Tenured – May 1974; earned permanent teaching certificate – February 1975)

Courses taught at the undergraduate level

Botany

Cell Biology

Environmental Issues

General Biology

Genetics

God, Science and Designer Genes (Honors)

Occasional courses including: Introductory Statistics; Chemistry for Contemporary Times; Close Encounters of the Natural Kind; Human Biology; Earth Science; Vertebrate Physiology

Courses taught at the Master’s Level

Educators as Researchers

Seminar in Sustainable Community Development

Teaching Math and Science

Occasional courses including: Communication and Information Literacy; Current Issues in Health Care; Evolution of Scientific Thought and Perception

Courses taught at the Ph.D. Level

Advanced Research Colloquium

Theories in Organizational Structure and Strategic Leadership

Travel Courses

Humanitarian Service Project, Health Care On-Line MBA Program for Doctors,
    Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (Spring 2007, developed course)

Natural History of Costa Rica (masters level) (June 2004, developed course)

God and Science on the Galapagos, Ecuador (undergraduate/masters) (June 2003, developed course)

Administrator for “The Cuban Experience,” travel to Cuba through the Center for Cuban Studies, NY (masters level) (January 2001)

Student Research/Project Advisement (partial list)

            Dissertation Chair: “The Role of Technology in the Leadership Context,” Andrew P. Kochanowski, 2017

         Dissertation Chair: “An Exploration of the Emergent Leadership Styles of Fortune 500 Executives as Communicated in Annual Report Letters to 
         their Shareholders," Betty-Jo Lugutko, 2016     

        Dissertation Chair: “Leading Quality Improvement in Higher Education,” Sibel Ahi, December 2015

        Dissertation Chair: “The Impact of Institutional Leadership on Faculty Job Satisfaction,” Tracey Lynn Brown, December 2015

        Dissertation Chair: “The Health Care Leader’s Written Expression of Mission and Vision: A Content Analysis,” Marion A. McGowan, 2015

Dissertation Chair:  A Systems Theory Approach to Career Development: Exploring Factors that affect Science as a Career Choice, Brian K. Liskey, December 2014

Dissertation Chair:  The Meaning of Foreign Aid Insecurity for Senior Leadership of the Southwestern Uganda NGP/CSO Sector Striving for Financial Sustainability, Father Frederick Leo Nkwasibwe, A.J., August 2014

Dissertation Chair:  Pennsylvania Regional Police Departments: An Exploratory Study of Predicting” Leadership Culture, Patrick J. Hughes, 2013

Dissertation Chair:  Attacking Bullying: An Examination of Anti-Bullying Legislation and Policies, Tammy Toso, 2012

Dissertation Chair: “The Role of Faculty-Student Interactions in Student Development and Engagement Based on Varying Levels of Institutional Scholarship of Engagement,” Alicia Sprow, December 2011

Thesis Committee Advisor (MALS) for Danielle Farrell, in progress (2010 - present)

Advisor for Community Based Project for Alicia Sprow (GA) to develop the Angelica Park environmental education center (2008 – present)

Thesis Committee Member (MALS) for Ronald A. Flowers, Jr., “Radical and Religious Terrorism: A New Old Problem” (2009)

Dissertation Committee Member (Ed.D.) for Neil H. Penny, “Assessing Student Outcomes of a Value-Based Education: The Effectiveness of the Defining Issues Test” at Wilmington University, November (2007)  

Honors Thesis Co-Advisor (undergraduate) Advisor for Donna M. Blackney, “The Process of Making the Decision to Receive or Refuse Prenatal Testing for a Fetus at Increased Risk of Disability” (2007)

Honors Thesis Advisor (undergraduate) Advisor for Pamela Wagar, “The Effects of Osteogenesis Imperfecta on Social Outcome” (2006)

Capstone Advisor (M.Ed.) for Judith Burgess-Bitowf, “Edgar Snow, American Friend of the Chinese (1928-1972): His History and My Adventure” (2006)

Capstone Advisor (M.Ed.) for Marisa P. Stoltzfus as a “Church Health Team leader” (2006)

Capstone Adviser (M.Ed.) for Anne B. Bleistine, “Does Student Participation in Citizen Science Projects Raise Test Scores?” (2005)

Capstone Advisor (M.Ed.) for Brenda K. Hanson, “Ability Grouping of Students and Calculus Readiness” (2005)

Capstone Advisor (M.Ed.) for Christine B. Heinbach, “The Effectiveness of an Academic Skills Class on Ninth Grade Student Performance at Lancaster Catholic High School” (2005)

Capstone Advisor (M.Ed.) for Christine M. Kennedy, “Computer and Technology Literacy: Availability and Use Across the Curriculum at Lancaster Catholic High School” (2005)

Capstone Advisor (M.Ed.) for Rosanne M. Settino, “Use of a Placement Rubric as a Predictor of Classroom Performance” (2005)

Capstone Advisor (M.Ed.) for Stacey Ward, “How Are the Multiple Intelligences Represented in Lancaster Catholic High School’s Graduation Awards/Scholarships?” (2005)

Capstone Reader (MSOT) for Terri (Whipple) Ocean, “Perception of OT in Acute Rehab Patients at Admission and Discharge” (2004)

Dissertation Committee Member for Tammy Gore, Jerry Thacker, and Tammy Toso (2010 – present)

Thesis Committee Advisor (MALS) for Danielle Farrell, in progress (2010 – present)

Advisor for Community Based Project (Graduate Assistantship) for Alicia Sprow to develop the Angelica Park environmental education center (2008 – present)

Thesis Committee Member (MALS) for Ronald A. Flowers, Jr., “Radical and Religious Terrorism: A New Old Problem” (2009)

Dissertation Committee Member (Ed.D.) for Neil H. Penny, “Assessing Student Outcomes of a Value-Based Education: The Effectiveness of the Defining Issues Test” at Wilmington University, November (2007) 

Honors Thesis Co-Advisor (undergraduate) Advisor for Donna M. Blackney, “The Process of Making the Decision to Receive or Refuse Prenatal Testing for a Fetus at Increased Risk of Disability” (2007)

Honors Thesis Advisor (undergraduate) Advisor for Pamela Wagar, “The Effects of Osteogenesis Imperfecta on Social Outcome” (2006)

Capstone Advisor (M.Ed.) for Judith Burgess-Bitowf, “Edgar Snow, American Friend of the Chinese (1928-1972): His History and My Adventure” (2006)

Capstone Advisor (M.Ed.) for Marisa P. Stoltzfus as a “Church Health Team leader” (2006)

Capstone Adviser (M.Ed.) for Anne B. Bleistine, “Does Student Participation in Citizen Science Projects Raise Test Scores?” (2005)

Capstone Advisor (M.Ed.) for Brenda K. Hanson, “Ability Grouping of Students and Calculus Readiness” (2005)

Capstone Advisor (M.Ed.) for Christine B. Heinbach, “The Effectiveness of an Academic Skills Class on Ninth Grade Student Performance at Lancaster Catholic High School” (2005)

Professional Memberships and Certifications

Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE)

American Association of University Professors (AAUP)

Berks County Conservancy

Beta Kappa Chi, National Scientific Honor Society

International Leadership Association (ILA)

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)

PA Teaching Certification for Biology and General Science (current)

Special Training

Distance Education: Blended Course Instructional Certificate, Alvernia, 2009

Dissertation Workshop (for Committee Members), Alvernia College, May 19, 2008

ATLAS.ti (Qualitative Software) Training Workshop, Alvernia College, May 22, 2008

Certificate, NIH Office of Human Subjects Research training for NIH IRB members, September 25, 2007, #1190767758

Chemical Hygiene and Disposal, Turning Bird Consulting, Ltd., June 27, 2007

National Incident Management System (NIMS IS-700), July 25, 2006

Continuing Professional Education: “Faculty-to-Faculty Exchange,” Berks County Intermediate Unit (6 PA Act 48 hours), June 21, 2006

Certificate, Laboratory Safety, sponsored The Laboratory Safety Institute, October 18 – 19, 2005

Certificate, Forensics/Biotechnology Workshop, sponsored by EDVOTEK: The Biotechnology Education Company, March 21 – 22, 2005

Internet security training, Alvernia College, November 22, 2004

Interactive white-board training, SMART BoardTM Technologies, May 18, 2004

Continuing Professional Education: “Dioceses of Allentown Education Convention,” 5 PA Act 48 hours, October 18, 2003

Continuing Professional Education: “Nolde Forest Environmental Training,” (2 PA Act 48 hours), January 24, 2001

Certificate, Plan Reading, Building Construction and Estimating program, Chicago Technical College, completed February 1982

YMCA certificate, open water scuba diving, 1970

Teaching Experience

Professor, Biology (undergraduate) and Education (graduate), Alvernia University, December 2009 – present

Associate Professor, Biology (undergraduate) and Education (graduate), Alvernia University, January 2002 – December 2009

Recipient, Alvernia College Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2004

Promoted to Assistant Professor of Biology, Alvernia University, June 1986

Earned tenure, August 1992

Instructor, Biology, Alvernia University, August 1985

Adjunct Instructor (full-time), Biology, Millersville University, fall 1984

Science Teacher, Governor Mifflin Schools, January 1972 – June 1984
    (Tenured – May 1974; earned permanent teaching certificate – February 1975)

Administrative Experience at Alvernia

Director, Center for Ethics and Leadership, June 2010 – July 2011

Director, Ph.D. Program, August 2007 – July 2010

Coordinator, Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies Program (MALS), August 2005 – August 2006

Dean, Graduate and Outreach Division (Continuing Studies), March 2000 – December 2001

Dean, Arts and Sciences Division, July 1999 – March 2000

Chair, Division of Science and Mathematics, August 1998 – July 1999

Chair, Department of Biology, April 1994 – August 1998

Faculty Leadership Positions at Alvernia

Chair, Rank and Tenure Committee, August 2014 – present  

Co-Chair (with Dean Aracena), General Education and Core Revision Committee, September 2010 – May 2014

Co-Author (with Diane Kraft) Biology Program Review, September 2012 – January 2013

Faculty Council Executive Committee, Secretary, July 2010 – July 2012

Chair, General Education Sub-Committee of Curriculum, September 2010 – June 2011

Chair, Graduate Academic Council, September 2008 – July 2010

Co-Chair, Search Committee, Associate Vice President and Dean, 2009

Co-developer, Program for Community Leadership: Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, 2008

Co-chair, Presidential Transition Team, February 2005 – April 2006

President, Faculty Council, academic years 1986 – 1988, 1997 – 1998, 2004 – 2006

Chair, Faculty Grievance Committee, June 1996 – August 1998

Vice President, Alvernia AAUP Chapter, academic years 1992 – 1996

Co-Chair, Self-Study Report to Middle States on finances, academic year 1993 – 1994 (member, academic year 1990 – 1991)

Chair, Faculty Review Committee, June 1991 – August 1992

Treasurer, Alvernia AAUP Chapter, 1989 – 1992

President, Alvernia NEA/PSEA Chapter, academic years 1989 – 1991

Selected Institutional Service at Alvernia

Faculty Council Executive Committee, faculty representative: academic years 1996 – 1997; 2002 – 2003; 2008 - present

Provost’s Council, January 2008 – present Distance Education Committee, April 2008 – present

Institutional Review Board (IRB): academic years 2000 – 2001; September 2007 – present

Service Learning Action Committee 2007 – present

Copyright Committee, March 2009 – present

Salary and Benefits Committee, September 2008 – present

Grievance Committees: Student, September 1989 – August 1992; Faculty, June 2007 – August 2008

Institutional Planning: Building and Grounds Committee of the Board, 1990 – 1992; Long Range Planning, 1994 – 1995; Presidential Inauguration Committee, 1997; Technology Assessment Team, 2007; Campus Master Planning 2006 – 2008; Institutional Advancement Committee of the Board, 2007 – 2008; University Task Force, 2007; Alvernia Education Advisory Board, 2007; Alvernia Planning Advisory Council (APAC), 2007– 2008; University Transition Team, 2008 – 2009; Enrollment Management Committee of the Board, 2009

Faculty/Staff Searches, Rank and Tenure: Presidential Searches, August 1996 – January 1997, August 2004 – January 2005
Rank and Tenure Committee, September 2003 – August 2005; Third and Fifth Year Review Committees: academic years 2002 – 2003, 2006 – 2009;
Athletic Director, 1997; Occupational Therapy Director, 1998; education, 2008; business, 2009; and numerous science searches

Committee to plan the Peace and Justice Conference: "Seeking Peace and Justice in a Violent World,” Alvernia College, April 7 – 9, 2005

Curriculum Committees: academic years 1994 – 1995, 1998 – 1999; committee to design the MALS program, academic years 1996 – 1998

Faculty Handbook Development Committee, academic years 1989 – 1991

Academic Standards Committee, September 1988 – July 1990

Faculty Representative, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, academic years 1985 – 1988

Professional and Community Service

International Advisory Board member for the “On Sustainability Knowledge Community” and The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, sponsored by Common Ground Publishing, February 2013 – present

Honorary Editor, Maryland Institute of Research (MIR), Journal of Arts and Humanities (JAH), June 2013 – present

Consultant/Presentation, “Mission and Vision Statements,” The Heritage of Green Hills, Pennsylvania, February 17, 2012

Panelist/Mentor, Junior Achievement of Greater Reading & Lehigh Valley, hosted by Alvernia University, October 7, 2011

External Reviewer, Cabrini College’s Faculty Governance System, October, 2011 – March, 2012 

Book Review for the upcoming edition of Institutions and Organization by W. Richard Scott, Sage, 2011

Chair, Author Meets the Critics Session, Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE), Debra J. H. Mathews, Author, Personal Identity and Fractured Selves: Perspectives from Philosophy, Ethics and Neuroscience, Cincinnati, Ohio, March 4, 2011

Participant, Strategic Planning Retreat, Habitat for Humanity of Berks County, Berks Community Foundation, Reading, PA, January 22, 2011

Associate Editor, Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, published by Common Ground, issues in Volumes 4, 5, 6, and 7 (2008—2011)

Associate Editor, Journal of Science in Society, published by Common Ground, 2011 

National Ethics Bowl Judge, Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE)

Cincinnati, Ohio, March 3, 2011; March 4, 2010; March 5, 2009
San Antonio, Texas, February 21, 2008

Chair, panel discussion, “Working Together Toward Radical Action on Climate Change,” Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE), Cincinnati, Ohio, March 7, 2009

Member, Angelica Creek Park Executive Committee, June 2009 – December 2011

Public Official, Adamstown Borough Council, January 2000 – December 2009

President, March 2001 – December 2003
Vice President, January 2000 – March 2001, January 2004 – present
Chair, Finance Committee, January 2006 – present
Chair, Personnel Committee, January 2002 – December 2005
Chair, Water Committee, January 2002 – December 2003
Chair, Roads and Bridges Committee, January 2000 – December 2001

Appointed by the Mayor of Reading to serve on a Committee to determine the feasibility of a Nature Center to be constructed at Angelica Park, June 2005 – present

Appointed by the Mayor of Reading to serve on a task force to construct wetlands in Angelica Park, February 2005 – July 2008

Member, Adamstown Library Building Feasibility Task Force, April – July 2005

Trustee, Adamstown Library Board, February January 2000 – December 2005

Secretary, Adamstown Library Board – 2004

Judge, Reading Eagle Berks’ Best scholarship essay contest, in March of 2002 – 2005

Judge, Reading Berks Science and Engineering Fair, Botany Division, in March of 1989 – 2004

Board Member, World Affairs Council Board, September 1999 – May 2004

Member, Cocalico Regional Planning Committee, September 2001 – 2003

Board Member, AAUP Executive Committee, PA Division, academic years 1996 – 1999

Lecturer and conservation project participation, June 1995 Don Hartman Conservation Leadership School, Berks County/DEP

President, Adamstown Lions Club, 1987 – 1988

Vice President, Adamstown Lions Club, 1985 – 1987

Executive Committee member, Governor Mifflin Education Association, 1977 – 1980
 

Business Experience

Partner, Adamstown Starfish, LLC, 2013 – present, for community development

Partner, Adamstown Transfer LLP and LLC, for real estate restoration and development, including several historical properties, 2000 – present

President, Stober, Ltd., 1985 – 2005, a real estate development company and developer of the Meadows at Adamstown, a “green” development with fifty-percent natural habitat

Director, Stoudtburg Property Owners Association, September 2000 – 2002

Professional and Community Service

Contact Information

Dr. Spencer S. Stober
Director of Center for Ethics & Leadership
Professor of Biology
Upland Center, Room 220 Phone: 610.796.8249
spencer.stober@alvernia.edu
 

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