UnCommon Achievements

On August 18th, associate professor of psychology Bob Brill presented the results of a project titled "Perceived Critical Retention Factors as Predictors of Projected Work Length to Retirement for Older Workers" at the American Psychological Association's 2007 convention, held in San Francisco. Invited by a local company to investigate factors that influence workers to stay employed beyond traditional retirement age, Bob worked with four Moravian psychology majors and interviewed over 50 workers over age 52.  The paper was coauthored by psychology major Pam Fitzgerald '07 (currently a graduate student in industrial/organizational psychology at Central Florida University), whose work on the project was supported by a SOAR grant last summer.  While at the conference, professor Brill also participated in a roundtable discussion on identifying and achieving student learning outcomes in the introductory psychology course.

A paper by Kelly Denton-Borhaug, assistant director of religion, titled "The Language of "Sacrifice" in the Buildup to War: A Feminist Rhetorical and Theological Analysis," appears in the current (Spring 2007) issue of The Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, a web-based, peer-reviewed journal. The article explores how the language of sacrifice was used in official U.S. government communications to build support for the Iraq war among the American public. In July, she presented a paper titled "A Deadly Nexus: "Necessity," Christian Salvation and War-Culture," at the Fifth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities. The conference was held at the American University of Paris, July 17-20.

Professor of psychology Dana Dunn's book, A Short Guide to Writing about Psychology (2008, Pearson Longman) has been published in a 2nd edition. The book takes students step-by-step through the writing process, presents thorough discussions of researching psychological literature, introduces students to professional writing in APA style, and provides practical tips for general types of writing.

On June 9-11, Bill Falla, adjunct in philosophy, and Bonnie Falla, reference and public service librarian at Reeves library, attended the annual Cosmos and Creation conference, a meeting of the society of Jesuits and other ordered college science professors interested in the interface of science and religion. The meeting was held at Loyola College of Maryland and featured lectures and discussions centered on professor Lothar Schafer's presentation, "Quantum Mechanics and Spirituality." At this meeting Bill was appointed Chaplain for the organization.

Krista Steinke, assistant professor of art, is featured in a solo exhibition at St. Joseph's University Art Gallery, now through September 26. An opening reception will be held on September 14, 6:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. This summer, she was a featured artist in SPOT magazine, an award-winning publication of the Houston Center for Photography. This month one of her prints will be featured at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. And she was named the winner of an image competition held by CIRCA, Ireland's leading magazine for contemporary visual arts.

Daniel Jasper, assistant professor of sociology, attended the national meetings of the American Sociological Association (August 11-14) and the Association for the Sociology of Religion (August 9-13), both held in New York City. At the latter, he presented a paper titled “State and Secularism in India.”

Silvia Mandler, adjunct in Spanish, attended the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese annual conference in San Diego, California, held August 2-5. She gave a presentation titled "The musical side of the play Don Alvaro o La fuerza del sino from Duque de Rivas." On August 23 and 24, she attended the 6th Annual New TA Orientation and Teaching Conference, held Temple University in Philadelphia, where she served as a roundtable facilitator and presented "Hands-on Activities for a Non-threatening Environment." Also, she wrote a chapter titled "Neptuno Alegorico" which appears in a book about scholar, poet and writer Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, recently published by the school of humanities at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima, Peru.

Steve McKinney, director of the Center for Information Technology, presented a paper titled "Electronic Surveys: A Valuable Feedback Collection Tool," during the 40th annual Association for Small Computer Users in Education (ACSUE) Conference, held June 11 – 14 and  attended by college and university representatives from the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. The paper and presentation addressed electronic survey issues such as use, benefits, and concerns, build and design considerations, testing and evaluation, and provided a demonstration on how to create an electronic survey. ASCUE is an organization for people interested in small college technology issues; members include information technology professionals, instructional technologists, and faculty members from all over the world who use computers and technology to support teaching and learning.

Joel Nathan Rosen, assistant professor of sociology, presented a paper titled "Co-opting Standards: Spectators, Morality, and the Emergence of a New Stadium Etiquette," co-authored with Debra Wetcher Hendricks, assistant professor of sociology, at the 19th annual Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, held at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York this past June.  Additionally, professor Rosen’s article "Fandom, Failure, and Despair: An Introspective Look at Baseball in Cleveland" appeared in the Spring 2007 volume of NINE: A Journal of Baseball History & Culture, which is published by the University of Nebraska Press.  He has also accepted an offer to serve on the editorial board at NINE effective immediately.

A research study documenting the first five years of the Moravian College master of education program in curriculum and instruction, titled "Graduate Teacher Education as Inquiry: A Case Study" by Joseph Shosh and Charlotte Rappe Zales, associate professors of education, appears in this month’s international journal Teaching Education, The article, which includes recommendations for teacher education reform is available here.

Upcoming Achievement: On September 16 James Paxton, assistant professor of history, will be speaking at the Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society. His talk, titled "A Crisis of Kinship: The Six Nations Iroquois During the Seven Years' War," describes how relations between the Six Nations and their native and European neighbors were permanently damaged by the Seven Years' War that preceded the American Revolution. The event begins at 2:00 p.m.; the public is welcome. More details: 610-253-1222.