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Faculty Scholarship and Research
Michael Ruffini, Ed.D., professor of educational technology, presented a poster/presentation "Powtoon Uses and Design Tips” at The Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference (PETE&C), a statewide event that provides quality programs focused on technology hardware, software and integration strategies in education. The conference was held from Feb. 12 to Feb. 15 at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center. Ruffini Scholarship
Chigozie Achebe, Ph.D., director of access and success, assistant professor of academic enrichment, had her book chapter proposal, “Student Leadership and Activism Initiative (SLAI),” recently accepted for inclusion in the upcoming book, "Social Justice and Parent Partnerships in Multicultural Education Contexts: Making Schools Work."
This edited text book volume, published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), will expose teachers, administrators, and university faculty to pedagogies, strategies, and practical hands-on methods that may be used to develop stronger parent partnerships using social justice. This book is anticipated to be released in 2017.
Caryn Terwilliger, Ph.D., assistant professor of teaching and learning, had her research with Rogowsky, B., Young, C. and Kribbs, E, "Playful learning with technology: The effect of computer-assisted instruction on literacy and numeracy skills of preschoolers" accepted for publication in The International Journal of Play. The journal’s annual acceptance rate for submitted manuscripts is 20 percent.
Also, Terwilliger had her presentation, "Computer-assisted instruction: Increasing young learners’ literacy and mathematical gains" accepted for the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education, Austin, TX. This proposal received the highest reviewer scores and I was also invited to submit it my presentation/research to one of their international journals.
Additionally, she was recently awarded the McDowell Institute Faculty Fellowship for 2017. Title of Fellowship for Professional Development: Developing Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: Enhancing Student Instruction and Learning.
Kurt Smith, Ph.D., professor of philosophy, recently returned from having given the keynote for the Third Annual Southern Utah University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, at Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah. The conference has emerged as a premier showcase of undergraduate talent and research, funded in part by the Grace A. Tanner Center for Human Values. Smith Scholarship
Sharlene Gilman, Ph.D., assistant professor of writing in the Department of Academic Enrichment, had an article accepted for publication in the Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy. The article, "Sacred Shock: Student Actors on Anti-bullying Improvisation and Impact of Self-rehearsal" is a study of adolescent actors from Selinsgrove High School's Tolerance Troupe. The article focuses on how actors and troupe alumni see using dramatic arts to affect peer audiences and the ways in which taking multiple positions in the theatrical and real dynamic of bully, bystander, and target author their world-view and themselves.
Cassandra O’Sullivan Sachar, Ed.D., assistant professor of writing, recently published several articles: “How to Shrink Your Course” in The Chronicle of Higher Education (September 2016), “6 Tips for Supercharging Your Learning Stations” in Edutopia (October 2016), “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: How Teacher Modeling Improves Student Writing” in Teachers.Net Gazette (October- November 2016), “Five Quick Tips to Motivate Reluctant Writers” in the NADE English SPIN Newsletter (November 2016), “Bridging Students’ Cultural Understanding: Teaching World Literature” in Modern English Teacher (January 2017), and “Reflection on My First Year as a Professor: How I Cultivated a Rewarding Experience” in Women in Higher Education (February 2017).
Dina Clark, Ph.D., assistant professor of accounting, coauthored paper with Lam Nguyen, associate professor of management, and two other colleagues entitled, "The management skills of Russians: Do work, management, and government experiences matter?" accepted for publication in Public Organization Review.
Public Organization Review (POR), published by Springer, is a refereed journal that is listed/indexed in Scopus, EconLit, Google Scholar, EBSCO, ProQuest, and others. ISSN Print: 1566-7170, ISSN online: 1573-7098. Acceptance rate: 20 percent.
This study examines the impacts of different types of experience on management skills of working adults in Russia. The study is based on a sample of 527 MBA students, line and middle managers covering 32 regions in 13 different industries in Russia. This study proves that work experience, management experience, and government experience are significant factors in their technical, human, and conceptual skills. Human skills scores are significantly higher for all groups than group with no management experience. Score for human skills increased with years of government experience only, but not with working or management years of experience.
Michael C. Hickey
Michael C. Hickey, Ph.D., professor of history, presented "Social Structures, Fields of Power, and Individual Experience: Interlocking Themes in Discussion of the 1917 Revolutions on the Occasional of its Centennial,” at the annual international conference of the Study Group on the Russian Revolution at Newcastle, England.
This year's conference commemorated the centennial of Russia's 1917 revolutions, and brought together fifty scholars from across Europe and North America. Hickey's talk, in the meeting's final session "Future Directions," presented a summary, synthesis and critique of the twenty-four papers presented at this conference. Hickey Scholarship
Amarilis Hidalgo de Jesus, Ph.D., professor of language and cultures, has published an article, “Sobre mi cadáver (2012) de Marta Aponte Alsina: Crónica de una familia disfuncional catalana puertorriqueña” (“Marta Aponte Alsina’s Sobre mi cadáver (2012): Memories of a Dysfunctional Puerto Rican/Catalan Family” in Cuadernos de Estudios Humanísticos y Literatura, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Humacao Campus. Vol. 23: 2016, pp. 130-136.
Read the papers “De adentro para afuera: Temas hebreos en la literatura del Caribe insular y el otro Caribe hispano” “(Hebrew Themes in the Spanish Caribbean”) at the Hispanic Association of Feminine Literature and Culture, Houston, Texas, November 2016; “Days of Awe de Achy Obejas: La historia judía cubana” (“Achy Obejas’ Days of Awe: Cuban Jewsih History”) at the Jornadas Andinas de Literatura, La Paz, Bolivia, August 2016; “Concierto para Leah, el barco San Luis y la historia judia cubana” (Mayra Landa’s Concierto para Leah and the Saint Louis Ship, the History of Cuban Jews”) at the ILLI Conference in Jenna, Germany, July 2016.
Hidalgo de Jesus been invited to be an external program reviewer for the Spanish Program at Truman University, MO.
Michael Patte, Ph.D., professor of teaching and learning and a child life specialist, and his two colleagues Cindy Dell Clark and Fraser Brown had their chapter The Intersection of Medical Play Therapy and Child Life in Diverse Settings accepted for publication in The Handbook of Medical Play Therapy and Child Life: Clinical Interventions for Children and Adolescents. The chapter explores the role of adults in facilitating medical play therapy across multiple settings and through the lens of various academic disciplines including Child Life, Play Therapy, Playwork, and Occupational Therapy.
While attending the 2016 NAEYC Annual Conference and Expo in Los Angeles I was awarded the Patricia Monigham Nourot Award for exemplary leadership and play advocacy efforts as a member of the Play, Policy, and Practice Interest Forum of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Denise L. Davidson
Denise L. Davidson, Ph.D., assistant professor, college student affairs, department of teaching and learning, Chris Heasley, St. Joseph’s University, and Katie Boone, Immaculata University, were awarded a grant from the Association of College and University Housing Officers International. They will conduct a mixed methods study of sense of community for college students living on campus and comparable students living in housing managed by a private company.
Kai Kuang, Ph.D., assistant professor of communication studies, recently recent the Gerald R. Miller Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award at the annual National Communication Association's Annual Convention. The Dissertation Awards program was created in 1970 to recognize new scholars who have recently completed their dissertation. The first awards were given in 1971. The Miller Award is presented to most outstanding dissertations completed in the field. Up to three awards may be given in any year.
Kuang also received the Top Paper Award from the Health Communication Division at the Convention this year.
Michael Shepard, Ph.D., professor and chair, environmental, geographical, and geological sciences, is coauthor of a publication that outlines possible evidence for water-rich minerals on the surface of the largest metallic asteroid in the solar system, known as Psyche. The asteroid is 186 miles across and is made of almost pure nickel-iron metal. It is thought to be the remnant core of a planetary embryo that was mostly destroyed by impacts billions of years ago. The research on Psyche is funded by the USGS/NASA Eugene M. Shoemaker Fellowship, NASA Planetary Science Division Planetary Geology and Geophysics and Solar System Observations Programs.
Shepard also is lead author of Radar Observations and Shape Model of Asteroid 16 Psyche, recently published in Icarus, which forms the basis for the shape model used by their work.
Ferda Asya, Ph.D., professor of English, published a chapter, , titled “Motifs of Anarchism in Edith Wharton’s The Children,” in Edith Wharton and Cosmopolitanism. Ed. Merdith L. Goldsmith and Emily J. Orlando. Gainesville: UP of Florida, 2016. 38-61. Print.
In this chapter, she explored Edith Wharton’s enactment of the removal of her childhood repressions in The Children, a novel of expatriate children banding together in anarchist solidarity against their ineffectual parents, by implementing the unique theory of transatlantic anarchism that allows the coexistence of the two irreconcilable veins of anarchism, the collectivist Darwinian-Kropotkinian and the individualist Nietzschean-Stirneresque, and Ernst Bloch’s definition of utopia based on his notion of Not-Yet-Conscious, derived from Sigmund Freud’s theories of the unconscious and dreams. Asya Scholarship
Kathy Kollar-Valovage, MS, MSIT, CCEP, BU’s Testing Center Coordinator, recently returned from the National College Testing Association Annual Conference in Seattle where she presented the inaugural POD educational session “POD-1: Designing Your Perfect Test Center” as part of the new “POD Series” of the annual conference. This is the first time POD sessions were introduced in the national conference. Kollar-Valovage served a two-year term on the National Conference Program Committee and continues to serve as Pennsylvania’s State Representative to the National College Testing Association (NCTA).
Faith Warner, Ph.D., professor of Anthropology, has been selected to serve a three year term on the U.S. Student Fulbright National Screening Committee for study in Mexico through the Institute of International Education (IIE), by invitation of the Institute’s Board of Trustees and CEO, Allan Goodman.
Warner is a 1995 Fulbright awardee, having previously received a Fulbright Garcia-Robles award to conduct ethnographic research with Guatemalan Maya peoples in refugee camps in Mexico and she is a long-standing member of the Fulbright Organization. She also serves the IIE as an advisor for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program and she is Representative of the East of the national executive council of Lambda Alpha National Collegiate Honor Society in Anthropology.
Mindi Miller, Ph.D., RN, associate professor of nursing, presented at the 6th Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference sponsored by the International Society on Scholarship, Teaching, and Learning (ISSOTL) in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada this summer. Her podium presentation entitled “Shared Thresholds: A Cutting-edge Dual-course for Any Upper Class Major or Graduate Student” described capstone projects, as well as Quality Matters® standards for distance education.
This presentation contrasted General Education (GE) content, particularly information literacy (IL), to the theory of threshold concepts by using a crosswalk of GE and IL standards. As educators know, student learning outcomes (SLOs) are measurable end points, but threshold concepts involve more than SLOs to include the progression of learning. Threshold concepts were compared with student advancement from a commonsense perspective to project development that applied content and learner proficiencies to meet published standards.
Andrew Blair Staley
Andrew Blair Staley, CPA, professor of accounting, and his colleague, Donald T. Williamson, the Eminent Professor of Taxation and the Howard S. Dvorkin Faculty Fellow at American University, had an article published, Williamson, D. T. & Staley, A. B. (2016). Legislative Reversals of Supreme Court Rulings: U.S. v Home Concrete Supply, LLC and Section 6501(e)(1). Tax Management Real Estate Journal, 32 (8), 231-241.
Deb Sanders, Ph.D., RN, GCNS-BC, FNGNA, assistant professor of nursing and Susan Beck, MSN, RN, assistant professor of nursing, presented at the national ATI Nursing Education Summit, Nashville, TN. Their poster presentation, “ Therapeutic Communication Vignettes: Innovative Teaching Strategy to Engage Senior Level Nursing Students”, demonstrated teaching innovation in the Adult Health 2 senior level nursing course, in which simulated case scenarios and group process is used to enhance the students communication and interaction techniques.
The ATI (Assessment Technology Institute) Summit is attended by nurse educators across the United States to expand and excel in nursing education through the use of integrated nursing education learning systems.
Anne-Dyer Stuart, MFA, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, recently had a poem entitled “Inheritance” published in AGNI, a literary journal from Boston University. AGNI has nominated “Inheritance” for the national anthology, Best New Poets 2016.
Stuart also published the poems, “Quick Magic” and “Practice” in the literary journals Pembroke Magazine and Exit 7.
Kristie Byrum, Ph.D, APR, an assistant professor of public relations, recently returned from the World Public Relations Forum in Toronto, where she presented an academic paper as part of the "Research Stream" of the conference.
In this study, Byrum, asserts the European Data Protection Act and recent “Right to be Forgotten” movements conflict with the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment and public relations ethics codes. Recent actions by Google to honor requests to remove data upon request collide with First Amendment concepts, including the marketplace of ideas theory. Public relations tenets to promote the free flow of information and advocate disclosure, rooted in the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) code of ethics, undergo threats from the European Data Protection Act, further imperiling robust information exchange in society.
Todd Hastings, Ph.D., RN, assistant professor of nursing, presented recently completed dissertation research at the 29th annual conference of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and at the 18th annual conference of the International Society of Psychiatric Nurses.
This oral presentation entitled “Applying Research Evidence in the Transformation of Psychiatric Undergraduate Nursing Education: A Quantitative Quasi-Experimental Study Addressing Nursing Student Attitudes Toward Mental Illness” described a large quantitative research study surveying nursing student perceptions of mental illness at eight professional nursing programs. This study focused on the importance of clarifying and modifying student attitudes about people with mental illness.
DeeAnne Wymer, Ph.D., professor of anthropology, was named this spring to the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center’s board of directors. Wymer has been a regular presenter at and attendee of SRAC meetings. She also set up an internship opportunity for anthropology students with SRAC over the summer, which is a part of a local archaeological excavation.
Jerry Wemple, MFA, professor of English, had two recent publications. Wemple’s poem “Bridge” appears in the current issue of “cahoodaloodaling,” a quarterly literary journal.
His essay “Funny,” about growing up in rural Pennsylvania, was recently published in “Full Grown People.” Wemple is the author of three poetry collections. His poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. Wemple Scholarship
Rebecca Toothaker, Ph.D., R.N., assistant professor of nursing, presented “A Phenomenological Study of Millennial Students in Traditional Pedagogy” at the Elsevier Faculty Development Conference, Las Vegas. This poster presentation disseminated research findings from her dissertation study that explored the millennial BSN student perspective of educational strategies within a traditional classroom taught by lecture.
In addition, Toothaker presented at the Nursing Education Research Conference sponsored by Sigma Theta Tau International and the National League of Nursing in Washington D.C. The title of the conference was: “Nursing Education Research Conference: Research as a Catalyst for Transformative Practice.” The title of her accepted paper was “Educating BSN Millennial Students: It’s Not Your Mother’s Classroom.”
This podium presentation assisted in the the dissemination of research findings which examined preferred teaching methods, student learning styles, and learning needs in relation to traditional pedagogies. The purpose of the phenomenological interpretive qualitative study was to identify the perception of millennial students participating in traditional pedagogies and its significant implications for nursing education. Knowing preferred methods of pedagogical practices desired of millennials will define not what to teach but how to teach to get the message to the student.
Rosalee Rush, Ph.D., assistant vice president for marketing and communications, spoke to the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education, Equity Practitioners in Higher Education Australasia chapter, about crisis communications.
The National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE), funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training, aims to inform public policy and institutional practice to improve higher education participation and success for marginalized and disadvantaged people. Rush was one of three American Council on Education fellows who met with Australian university leaders to learn about equity in higher education administration.
Lori M. Metzger, Ph.D., NP-C, assistant professor of nursing, presented at the Education and Simulation conference sponsored by Drexel University in Clearwater Florida on “Assimilating Nursing Students into the Community: Simulation in Public Health." This oral presentation demonstrated the recent teaching innovation implemented in Nursing 410 Public Health Nursing. Through four specific scenarios in correctional health, home health, occupational health and school health, students participate in this simulation to enhance their learning in health settings in a community-based and community-oriented nursing practice.
Metzger presented this with the Director of the Simulated Learning Lab for the Nursing Department Mary-Lee Helbing, MSN. Through this endeavor of teaching innovation, Metzger and Helbing have been awarded a TALE grant for introducing the technology of telehealth into these simulated scenarios.
George Agbango, Ph.D., acting vice provost and dean of undergraduate studies, served as the keynote speaker of the third bi-annual Faculty of Education International Conference at Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Awka, Nigeria. Agbango spoke on the conference's theme, "Emerging Issues in Higher Education in the 21st Century."
The international conference was sponsored by the Global Awareness Society International Unizik Chapter of Awka, Nigeria. GASI promotes research and education in matters related to globalization through annual professional and academic conferences, publication of conference proceedings, publication of the refereed Journal of Global Awareness, provide scholarship support for conference participation, and participation in service and charitable projects around the globe.
Noreen Chikotas, D.Ed., CRNP, nursing department graduate coordinator, presented at the Education and Simulation conference sponsored by Drexel University in Clearwater, Fla., on “Transforming the Educational Landscape: Simulation, Innovation and Technology.” The title of her paper was “A Collaborative Effort Between Nursing and Health Communication Studies in Implementing a Standardized Patient Experience for the Advanced Practice Nurse.”
This podium presentation assisted in the dissemination of research, unique in it was developed, implemented and evaluated a collaborative effort between nursing and social science of health communication. The purpose of the phenomenological qualitative study was to examine the impact of standardized patient experiences (SPE) in the education of the Advanced Practice Nurse (APN), thus add to the mounting evidence of SPE’s possibilities. Chikotas Scholarship
Brian C. Johnson, academic advisor, director of Frederick Douglass Institute, recently had his sixth book, The Problematic Tyler Perry, which explores the vast chasm between Perry’s fans’ adoration and the critical reception of his work. While some argue that Perry’s brand of “blackness” is little more than buffoonery, others claim he offers representations that are missing in entertainment choices, especially among niche audiences.
Perry is applauded by some for offering films and television shows that are «good entertainment», while others label his work trashy. He can be seen either as an oracle whose morality plays provide a gospel message of family healing, or as an actor with a misaligned worldview. This book asks: what are we to do with the “problem” of Tyler Perry?
In addition, Johnson’s newest article was published by Film International (Issue 13, No. 4) on“Fear and Self Loving: Masturbation in Movie Teen Comedies.”
Joseph L. Andreacci
Joseph L. Andreacci, Ph.D., professor of exercise science, Eric S. Rawson, Ph.D. and Timothy R. McConnell, PhD., professor of exercise science, along with former student Abigail Pauley ‘14M, are authors on the manuscript entitled, “The Impact of Body Composition on Energy Expenditure during Walking and Running in Young Adults. The manuscript appears in the February 2016 issue of the Journal of Exercise Physiology-online. Andreacci Scholarship
Fracking America: Sacrificing Health and the Environment for Short-Term Economic Benefit is Walter M. Brasch’s 21st book. Walter Brasch is a professor emeritus of journalism. The book details significant issues related to fracking and the anti-fracking environmental movement. In addition to several chapters devoted to health/medical and environmental issues, as well as the process of fracking, in the 690 page book are chapters about academic integrity relating to professors taking oil/gas money and producing research agreeing with industry talking points; the collusion between politicians and the oil/gas industry, with an emphasis upon Pennsylvania; and renewable energy alternatives to oil and gas.
The book is endorsed by Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, and one of the nation’s leaders in the environmental movement; and Damian Short, distinguished research professor at the University of London. The Midwest Book Review gives it a “highly recommended” rating; Carol Hartman, an environmental journalist, calls it “essential reading.” The book is available at greeleyandstone.com, amazon.com, and local bookstores.
David Magolis, Ph.D., associate professor of mass communications, was recently appointed to the National Association of Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) Leadership Council. The role of the council is to help NAMLE grow to become the preeminent leader in the effort to expand and improve the practice of media literacy education in the United States.
The Leadership Council will lead NAMLE’s communication, resources, and professional development projects in accordance with the strategic vision set forth by the Executive Director and the Board of Directors.
Inclusive practices are at the cornerstone of what we share with students as they prepare to work with diverse groups of children in schools. Robin Drogan, Ph.D., assistant professor of exceptionality programs, and Darlene Perner, Ed.D., professor of exceptionality programs, have published a chapter, “Facilitating Systems of Support” in Including Learners with Low-Incidence Disabilities.
This book, as part of a series, brings a unique international perspective on a topic that is not often written, supports for students with low-incidence disabilities. Some of the inclusive education features include: values and beliefs, rights, relationships, a sense of belonging, effective practices, and school community and culture. The focus is on quality implementation of effective collaborative practices.
Michael G. Borland, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, was recently designated an Education Fellow of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Borland is one of only two PASSHE faculty members, and one of 75 BMB professionals nationwide who have earned this distinction.
Earlier this year, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry became the first PASSHE university to receive an ASBMB accreditation. BU’s biochemistry program was rated on factors including research laboratory facilities, faculty scholarship and educational goals. The accreditation recognizes BU’s biochemistry program as meeting the organization’s advanced requirements.
Christi Moncavage, Au.D., clinical audiologist with the Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, was named one of HearStrong Foundation’s Champion of the Month for August. Moncavage is an accomplished doctor of audiology, an engaged supervisor of graduate students and a passionate hearing healthcare provider.
In reflecting on moments that really symbolize the impact hearing better has had on her life, she says, “Hearing my husband’s wedding vows, hearing my daughter cry for the first time, and hearing my name as a recipient of a doctoral degree: hearing is what makes every life event better.”
Shaheen Awan, Ph.D., professor of speech-language pathology, recently had his article, Exploring the Relationship Between Spectral and Cepstral Measures of Voice and the Voice Handicap Index (VHI), voted the Best Speech Language Pathology Paper of 2014. Journal of Voice received a record number of manuscript submissions in 2014. This year’s Best Paper Award Winners will be announced and awarded in May during the 44th Annual Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice Joint Meeting with the International Association of Phonosurgery.
Lam D. Nguyen, D.Mgt., associate professor of management, recently had his two coauthored papers published in the International Journal of Business Research, Vol. 15, No. 1. The first paper, “Core Competencies: Redefining Competition in the Global Economy,” reviewed concepts of core competencies and how to turn core competencies into competitive advantages in order to compete effectively in the globalized market. The second paper, “Online Group Buying: An Investigation on Service Quality and Customer Satisfaction in Vietnam,” discussed a causal model to identify determinants to the level of satisfaction with online group buying sites in Vietnam.
The International Journal of Business Research (IJBR) is a peer-reviewed public journal in the Ulrich’s International Periodicals Directory and in Cabell’s Directories 2004-14 Editions with a 20 percent acceptance rate. Nguyen Scholarship
Brenda Wands, assistant professor and program director of the Geisinger Health System/Bloomsburg University Department of Nursing, Nurse Anesthesia program, recently was granted a Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship Grant through Health Resources and Service Administration for $15,701. This award is valuable to the nurse anesthesia students to offset some of their tuition costs. Nurse anesthesia students are unable to work during their 33 month graduate program; therefore this grant award is appreciated in their educational journey. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists provide a valuable service providing anesthesia care to communities at large.