UnCommon Achievements

John Black, assistant professor of English, presented a paper titled "The Flowering of the Cult of St. Aethelthryth in Anglo-Saxon England" during sessions sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities at the 42nd Annual International Congress on Medieval Studies, held May 10-13 at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Papers presented in the sessions represented work undertaken by John and the other participants in last summer's NEH Seminar, "Holy Men and Holy Women in Anglo-Saxon England," held in Cambridge, England. At the conference John was also able to attend other sessions on medieval art, architecture, and literary culture.

An article by  Bob Brill, associate professor of psychology, was published in the June/July issue of The Teaching Professor. The article, titled "Three-Option Feedback: A Strategy for Improving Course Evaluations," describes a way to improve student evaluations to gain more specific feedback about course components and targeted student learning outcomes. Bob also participated in the production of an audio-taped version of the article.  

In addition, Bob recently gave two presentations related to outcomes assessment. At the Pennsylvania Library Association Lehigh Valley Chapter's Spring Conference held at Moravian on May 17, Bob presented "Librarians as Civil Engineers: Building and Strengthening Your Assessment Infrastructure." On June 5, he presented "Outcomes Assessment: A Tool for Curriculum Planning" to the faculty of the St. Luke's Nursing Diploma program.

On March 1 George Diamond, professor of English, was guest speaker for the induction of new members to the Upsilon Chi Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honors Society of DeSales University.  The title of his presentation was "Prophets of Doom and Gloom?: A Few Thoughts About Science Fiction & Science Fictionists."  George is advisor to the Moravian's Sigma Chi Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta. 

From March 22 to March 24, George attended the 50th Anniversary of the Annual Conference on College Composition and Communication of the National Council of Teachers of English, held this year in New York City. Theme of this year's conference was "Representing Identities,  to consider identities as they are constructed through, reading writing, speaking, listening, and silence." George chaired a session entitled "Identity Construction In Multimedia Classroom Projects", in which there were presentations on cutting-edge multimedia techniques used in the composition classroom. Attendance was partially funded by the Faculty Development and Research Committee. 

Dana Dunn, professor of psychology, just returned from the Advanced Placement (AP) Psychology reading in Louisville, Kentucky (June 11-19), where he served as a reader on one of the two essay questions used in the 2007 exam. Over three-hundred and eighty psychology faculty and AP Psychology teachers read essays written by 116,000 high school seniors.

The May 2007 issue of the Journal of College & Character features an article by Khristina Haddad, Assistant Professor of Political Science, titled "What Should We Do? Inviting Students into Political Theory through Action". In it she describes how she developed a political theory course for a theory-shy audience. The issue also features an interview of Khristina, titled "A Young Professor's Reflections on Higher Education and Democracy for a World Beyond Our Borders."

On June 8-10, Moravian College hosted the 2007 Conference of the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Science (SVU). Eva Leeds, associate professor of economics and business, organized and chaired an economics session in which she presented a paper titled "Developmental Deficits in the Arab World."

The Chemistry Department hosted the 2007 Undergraduate Research Poster Session of the Lehigh Valley Section of The American Chemical Society (ACS) on April 24. This undergraduate research forum was initiated by Carol Libby, assistant professor in chemistry, in 2003, and is held at Moravian annually. Twenty-four students from Lehigh Valley colleges and universities presented their research to local chemists, including Moravian students Debra Evans '07, Lisa Morkowchuk '08, Valerie Phillips '07 (faculty advisors, Shari and Stephen Dunham), and Joshua Beri '09, (faculty advisor Carl Salter). At the ACS meeting that followed, Peter Slivka '07 was honored as Moravian College's outstanding graduating chemistry student.

Carol also reports that she, assistant professor of mathematics and computer science Ben Coleman, assistant professor of biology Cecilia Fox, associate professor of biology Karen Kurvink, Jennifer Novatnack '09, and Todd Remaley '08 represented Moravian at the June 1 conference "Engaging Millennial Learners in Math and Science Courses", held at Widener University. Jennifer and Todd served on a student panel, enlightening faculty attendees with their perspectives as millennial learners and experiences with active learning approaches used in their college classes.

Professor of political science Gary Olson's opinion piece, "Wealthier Americans Owe Nation a Dividend," which appeared in The Morning Call on May 17, was reprinted in The Baltimore Chronicle and Sentinel on May 18. His peer-reviewed piece "Hard-Wired for Moral Politics: Neuroscience and Empathy" was published on ZNet on May 20, 2007. As of May 30, the piece was reprinted on a dozen web sites.