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Faculty Experts Guide

These professors can provide expert commentary on a wide range of issues in the news. Follow the links below to learn more about them or contact the Public Relations Office if you would like to reach them.

Art
  • Kristin Baxter: Using studio-art-practice-as-research and the educational value of incorporating family snapshots in art education
  • Angela Fraleigh: Drawing and painting
  • Diane Radycki: Art history of the 19th and 20th centuries, including Post-Impressionism to Surrealism, German Modernism, and Women Artists
  • Kirsli Spinks: Graphic Design, Typography, Historic London Buses
Biological Sciences
  • John Bevington: Plant physiology
  • Heath Bonifeld Felise
  • Cecilia M. Fox: Neurobiology of aging, neuroprotective effects of antioxidants in animal models of neurodegeneration. Further defining the scope of protection afforded by such antioxidants as selenium and α-tocopherol in the rat model of Parkinson's disease
  • Diane Husic: Biochemistry of photorespiration in the unicellular eukaryotic alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii; phylogenetic relationships between alpha-hydroxy acid metabolizing enzymes; regulation of chloroplast gene expression; the social impact of science and technology; and ethical considerations associated with science, technology, and the environment
  • Frances J. Irish
  • Christopher Jones: molecular & behavior genetics; D. melanogaster biology; Alzheimer's disease; genomics 
  • Frank T. Kuserk: Aquatic ecology, especially benthic macroinvertebrate populations; ecology of soil microcommunities; evolutionary biology; The Darwinian Revolution
Chemistry
  • Shari Dunham: DNA-binding of transition metal compounds, atomic spectroscopy of geological and biological samples, isolation and characterization of mammalian metal-binding peptides
  • Stephen Dunham: Structure and dynamics of modified DNA, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, use of contrast agents in magnetic resonance imaging, chemistry of platinum group metals
  • George Fairchild: Inorganic fine particle synthesis, with particular emphasis on factors controlling the morphology and particle size of synthetic precipitated calcium carbonate. Expertise in intellectual property law, specifically the invention process and the protection of inventions through the filing, prosecution and issuance of a patent.
  • Carol Libby: Biological chemist with expertise in protein chemistry and enzymology. Extensive teaching experience in the areas of organic and bio-chemistry for both science and non-science majors. Industrial experience includes pharmaceutical research and development as well as basic research on biotechnological applications for food and agricultural products.
  • Daniel Libby: Mechanisms of action of oxidative enzymatic catalysis
  • Albert Martin: Kinetics of electron transfer reactions of transition metal complexes
  • Carl Salter: Molecular orbital calculations, nonlinear optics, and laser spectroscopy
Economics and Business
  • Sonia Aziz: Dr. Aziz's research focuses on valuation of health and other non-market goods (environmental goods) by looking at human behavior in response to potential health and environmental risks, and the impact of that behavior on the outcomes experienced. She is particularly interested in risk mitigating actions taken by individuals in highly resource constrained economies and most of her field work is based in developing countries.
  • Katie P. Desiderio: Holding a doctorate in leadership with a specialization in human resource development, Dr. Desiderio’s teaching interests include Management & Organizational Theory, Organizational Behavior, Leadership, Sport Management, Marketing, and Human Resource Management. As per her current research is in the area of flow, finding happiness to optimize performance at work, organizational citizenship behavior, and social justice issues in HRD, she has been able to share her work to encourage the interests of students.
  • Gary Kaskowitz: Primary research is focused on the use of storytelling in creating organizational identity (i.e., branding) and the role of ethics and morals in marketing.  Specific areas of expertise include the use of archetypal imaging and storytelling to create powerful brands and the comparison of Christian, Jewish and secular moral foundations and their effect on our business decisions
  • Eva Marikova Leeds: Sports economics, economic development, event studies, financial markets, mortgage banking, Czech privatization and transition.
  • Santo D. Marabella: Not-for-profit board governance and leadership; organizational theory, planning and management; group facilitation
  • Linda Ravelle: Teaching: Corporate and public finance, investments, economics, and statistics. Research: Securitization of property taxes, determinants of municipal bond ratings, and stock valuation models. Dr. Ravelle is advisor to the Amrhein Investment Fund. She received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1998 and served on the Moravian College Board of Trustees for four years
  • John Rossi: Financial Accounting through Advanced Accounting
  • Sabrina Terrizzi: Dr. Terrizzi has teaching and research experience in the fields of economics and information systems. Her teaching experience includes: Principles of Economics; Money, Banking, and Financial Markets; Health Economics; Labor Economics; Industrial Organization; Statistical Methods; and Accounting Information Systems. Dr. Terrizzi's research experience includes applied microeconomic analysis of: healthcare system implementations; the quantity-quality tradeoff of family size; peer effects of sorority membership on eating behaviors; and prescription drug usage, costs, and benefits. She leverages past industry experience as an Information and Systems Engineer, and current research interests as an Applied Economist, to provide an enhanced learning environment to students.
  • Barbara Vinciguerra: Teaching interests include Financial Accounting, Cost Accounting, and Auditing. Research interests include judgment and decision making behavior in accounting and auditing contexts and factors influencing auditor independence. Dr. Vinciguerra worked as a finance manager in the pharmaceutical industry and as a certified public accountant to clients in the financial services and healthcare industries. She is active in professional associations, including the American Accounting Association and the Institute of Management Accountants
  • James West: International and Development Economics; Issues in Business and Society and International Management. Dr. West has worked and conducted research in India, China, Japan, Western and Central Europe, the Middle East and Brazil. He has worked as a consultant with foundations, business and government organizations. Dr. West served as Chair of the Department of Economics and Business from 1990-1999. He received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1994 and was a Fulbright Scholar to Slovakia in 1996
Education
  • Jean DesJardin
  • Robert Mayer: Secondary education. Teaching young people how to think historically
  • Joseph Shosh: English education, transactional approaches to teaching and learning, curriculum negotiation, composition pedagogy
  • Connie Unger: Children's language and literature and reading methods, and classroom environments
  • Charlotte Zales: Effective Teaching Strategies, Cooperative Learning, Educational Research, Educational Assessment, Classroom Management
English
  • John Black: Old and Middle English literature, language, and culture; hagiography and constructions of sanctity; medieval religiosity; and the interplay of text and image in medieval art
  • Theresa Dougal: Early 19th-century British and American literature; Mary Wollstonecraft; literature and the environment; the art of poetry; women's diaries and travel writing, women's studies
  • Joyce Hinnefeld: Creative writing, including fiction, nonfiction, and poetry; contemporary fiction
  • Martha Reid: Early modern English drama, 20th-century American and British literature, English education
  • Christopher Shorr: Playwriting; directing; set design; performance techniques; musical theatre writing; script adaptation; nonprofit management; theatre and community; Eastern European theatre styles; Greek drama & mythology; Theatre of Cruelty; new play development.
  • Nicole Tabor
  • Joel Wingard: Composition and Rhetoric; Southern American literature; 20th-century Irish literature
Foreign Language
  • Carmen Ferrero: Spanish Peninsular literature and history; literary theory and Women Studies
  • Axel Hildebrandt: 20th and 21st-century German-speaking literature, culture  and politics, film, drama and philosophy; questions of memory and  transnational studies.
  • Jean-Pierre Lalande: French 20th-century novels and drama, contemporary European politics. French Grammar and Composition, 20th century French Novels, 20th Century French Theatre, and French Contemporary Culture
  • Nilsa Lasso-Von Lang: Spanish language and culture, Central American Women Writers, Linguistic Varieties/Language in Contact and Changes, Bilingualism and Dialectology, Hispanic World: Culture and Literature
  • Joanne McKeown: Seventeenth-century French Literature; Eighteenth-century novels and by French women; Pedagogy for developing over-all proficiency in a second language; Issues related to Translation.
  • Claudia Mesa: Sixteenth and Seventeenth-Century Spanish Literature, emblem literature, and Colonial Spanish-American Literature
  • Margaret Snyder: Language acquisition and pedagogy
  • Erica Yozell: Modern and contemporary Latin American literature and culture; Southern Cone literature; Post-boom literature; Caribbean literature
History
  • Sandra Aguilar-Rodriguez: Nineteenth- and twentieth-century Latin America, particularly Mexico
  • Sandy Bardsley: Medieval English history; medieval and early modern social and cultural history; women's history; history of disease; history of speech
  • Jane A. Berger
  • Heikki Lempa: Cultural history of Modern Germany, 1700-1945; history of emotions, history of masculinity, history of education, history of the body, history of gymnastics, history of dancing, history of walking, social history of medicine
  • James Paxton: 18th and 19th-century North America; First People
Mathematics & Computer Science
  • Ben Coleman: His scholarly areas include both theoretical and applied topics, with particular interest in games and their use in the curriculum
  • Michael Fraboni: Several complex variables, fractal geometry, and the 3x+1 problem, analysis courses in the upper level category including real, complex, and numerical analysis
  • Kevin Hartshorn: Geometry, topology, connections between mathematics and art
  • Fred Schultheis: Algebraic number theory, especially algebraic function fields over finite fields; history of Mathematics and Physics
  • Nathan Shank: Probabilistic analysis; probability theory; geometric probability; stochastic processes; graph theory and combinatorial optimization; random graphs and networks
Music
  • James Barnes: Band and orchestra performance and repertoire; conducting; music technology; contemporary classical music
  • Hilde Binford: Western Plainchant; Music of the Old Order Amish; Western music history, especially Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods; Traditional American music
  • Joy Hirokawa: Music Education in the Rehearsal Setting, Observation of Music Teachers, Conductor of The Bel Canto Children's Chorus, Choral Music Arranging
  • Larry Lipkis: Composition; Music of the 20th and 21st centuries; Early Music Performance Practice, particularly Renaissance and Baroque instrumental and vocal music; music of Bach; music from the time of Shakespeare
  • Neil Wetzel: Jazz pedagogy; jazz saxophone performance; classical saxophone performance; jazz history; jazz improvisation; woodwind performance and pedagogy; music theory; ear-training
  • Paula Zerkle: Choral music, conducting, women composers, musicianship, choral arranging, Dalcroze Eurhythmics
Nursing
  • Pamela Adamshick: Psychiatric/mental health nursing; relational aggression and bullying, especially girl-to-girl aggression; community mental health concerns, especially for the adolescent population; complementary and alternative therapies in nursing care
  • Michele August-Brady: Adult health, critical care nursing
  • Kerry Cheever: Evidence-based practice; effects of traumatic events on health, trauma, emergency and criticial care nursing; parish nursing; bioethics
  • Elise Colancecco
  • Janice Farber: Adult health, Peri-operative nursing, particularly the orthopedic surgical specialty
  • Dawn Goodolf
  • Beth Gotwals: Health promotion and prevention, Community health and parish nursing
  • Karen Groller: Adult health, cardiac/vascular nursing, medical-surgical nursing. Ms. Groller serves on the Board of Directors for the Society for Vascular Nursing.
  • Taylor Grube
  • Lori Hoffman: Maternal-child nursing, computers in teaching, and nursing education
  • Donna Keeler: Adult health, post-anesthesia and critical care nursing
  • Susan Scholtz: Expressive and reflective writing and its effects on clinical education
  • Jennifer Specht: Cardiology/electrophysiology, cardiothoracic intensive care, surgical intensive care, and post-anesthesia critical care. Mentoring relationships, especially those of junior faculty transitioning into their new roles as nurse educators.
Philosophy
  • Bernie Cantens: Historical -- Medieval philosophy and Modern Philosophy. Systematic -- Metaphysics, Epistemology, American Pragmatism, Latin American Philosophy and Hispanic/Latino Issues
  • Carol Moeller: Ethics, philosophy of gender, race and cultural studies
  • Arash Naraghi: Normative Ethics, Applied Ethics, Philosophy of Rights, Philosophy of Religion and Medieval Philosophy.
Physical Education
Physics
  • Kelly Krieble: Optical spectroscopy, Mossbauer spectroscopy, the hydraulic jump, fractal and disordered systems, and chaos
  • Ruth Malenda: Electronic structure calculations and modeling the interaction of atoms and molecules.
  • Edward Roeder: Classical Mechanics; Mathematical Methods of Physics; Science Outreach Programs in local Elementary, Middle, and High Schools
Political Science
  • Khristina H. Haddad: History of political thought and contemporary political thinking with a particular emphasis on the work of the German thinker Hannah Arendt and ideas of time and temporality.  Secondary areas of study include feminist theory and gender studies as well as the politics of women's health
  • Gary Olson: International political economy, labor politics, U.S. foreign policy in the Third World
  • John Reynolds: American government, public policy development and administration, popular culture, energy policy and social policy pertaining to families and children
Psychology
  • Robert Brill: Applied and experimental issues pertaining to performance appraisal, work motivation, employee assistance programs, and work-family balance.
  • Dana S. Dunn: Social psychology, especially social cognition,  attribution, and finding meaning; rehabilitation psychology, especially the social psychology and positive psychology of disability; the teaching of psychology, particularly writing, research methods, and the psychology of adjustment; assessment issues, learning outcomes, and quality benchmarks for undergraduate education
  • Sarah Johnson: Cognitive psychology and neuroscience; esp. memory and the cognitive processes used to control and organize it, e.g., inhibiting memories
  • Arthur Lyons: Development of optimal functioning across the life-span; application of psychology to community issues and organizations; humanistic psychology; school evaluation and educational reform projects; survey research; prejudice reduction/welcoming diversity workshops;school evaluation research, sport psychology, and counseling
  • Michelle Schmidt: Parenting, attachment relationships, friendship, and peer relations
  • Lori Toedter: Abnormal psychology, program evaluation, statistics & methodology, tests & measurement, medical pedagogy. Areas of research: health psychology, test construction, evidence-based practice of medicine
  • Stacey Zaremba: Nutrition and Behavior, Women’s Issues, Student Engagement, Faculty Development
Religion
  • Kelly Denton-Borhaug: Atonement Theology in Christianity; Jewish and Christian Feminism; Christian ethics and war; Christian atonement and popular culture, war-culture and political theology
  • Arash Naraghi: Epistemology of religious experience, The problem of evil, Islamic theology (ethical theories in Islam), Islamic mysticism (The school of Kowrassan), Contemporary Shi'ism, and modernism in Islam (The challenges of human rights, and feminism).
  • Jason Radine: The origins of Israelite/Jewish identity in the ancient Near East, intra-religious conflict in biblical texts, ancient Near Eastern culture and religion, modern Judaism, ethical issues in religion. Dr. Radine's current research projects are on the phenomenon of literary prophecy and its role in the development of Israelite/Jewish religious and political thought.
Sociology
  • Daniel Jasper: Cultural Sociology; Sociology of Religion; Social and Cultural Theory; Contemporary India, especially Maharashtra
  • Virginia O'Connell
  • James Ravelle: All areas of employment law; corporate and commercial law; banking and financial institutions; organizational theory and human resource management; public sector labor relations; alternative dispute resolution; comparative compensation analysis
  • Joel Nathan Rosen: Sociology of sport; American popular music styles (ESP the blues and its related genres); moral panics in the media; American and African-American culture; the American South
  • Debra Wetcher-Hendricks: Research design and analysis, focusing upon quantitative data; research ethics; interpersonal and mass communication; popular culture; gender issues