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Faculty Matters September 11, 2019

Faculty Matters, September 11, 2019

September 10, 2019

The latest from our amazing Moravian College faculty: books, published research, presentations, and other contributions to the community and the world around us.


Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, is the editor of Understanding the Experience of Disability: Perspectives from Social and Rehabilitation Psychology (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, June 2019). For this work, Dunn assembled 61 internationally recognized scholars in the fields of social psychology and rehabilitation psychology to address a range of internal and external issues surrounding disability, including the disabled individual’s self-perception, social prejudices and discrimination, social barriers created by environmental challenges, advocacy, and social policy.

“People with disabilities represent a form of diversity,” Dunn says. “One of my goals with this book is to reduce prejudice and discrimination, and to promote favorable and harmonious interaction between different groups of people.

“Additionally, social psychology and rehabilitation psychology have a common ancestry, and this work is meant to help social psychologists who haven’t thought about disability to think about it, and to help rehabilitation psychologists understand beyond traditional practice-oriented care.”

In his “Foreword” to the book, Bruce Caplan writes, “Dr. Dunn’s work and that of his colleagues has rejuvenated the nexus of social psychology and rehabilitation psychology…recognizing the common heritage of aspects of social psychology and rehabilitation psychology, [Dunn has] sought to foster cross-talk between the two domains. The work of no other individual in this area has had anything approximating the impact of Dr. Dunn’s.” Dunn dedicated the book to his friends, Steve Gordy, and to the late Beatrice A. Wright, whose research has influenced his own work.

Dunn co-authored the second edition of The Psychology Major’s Companion: Everything You Need to Know to Get where You Want to Go (Worth Publishers, 2020) with Jane S. Halonen, professor of psychology at the University of West Florida. The book is a guide to navigating college, the psychology major, undergraduate research, the job search, and how to get into a graduate program in psychology. It includes a success story about Moravian alumna Karima Modjaddidi ’05.



Associate Professor of History Sandra Aguilar Rodriguez’s article "Raza y alimentación en el México del siglo XX," recently appeared in the journal Revista Interdisciplina (7:19, 2019), published by the National Autonomous University of Mexico. In this work, Aguilar Rodriguez analyzes the influence of racial discourses on Mexico’s eating practices in the twentieth century. 

Dana S. Dunn wrote the chapter “Only Connect: The Social Psychology of Disability” for the Handbook of Rehabilitation Psychology, Third Edition, published by the American Psychological Association, May 2019.

Dunn also penned the article “Outsider Privileges Can Lead to Insider Disadvantages: Some Psychosocial Aspects of Ableism,” which addresses issues of prejudice and discrimination toward people with disabilities and urges education to increase awareness and understanding of the experiences of disabled individuals. The article appeared in a special issue of the Journal of Social Issues: "Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere" (Martin Luther King). This article, along with several others, will shortly appear in an issue of the Journal of Social issues on Ableism, which was co-edited by Dunn and his colleague Kathleen Bogart (Oregon State University).



At the 79th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, held August 9-12 in Boston, Liz Kleintop, director of assessment and accreditation, presented her paper “When Transgender Employees Come Out: Perceived Support and Cultural Change in the Transition Process.” (Link to abstract.) The Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management is the largest annual gathering of management scholars in the world. Attended by more than 10,000 people, the meeting provides a forum for sharing research and expertise in all management disciplines through invited and competitive paper sessions, panels, symposia, workshops, distinguished speakers, and special programs for doctoral students.


Along with 21 other psychology colleagues from around the country, Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, attended the APA Introductory Psychology Initiative (IPI) Summit from July 18-21. The American Psychological Association (APA) has launched a three-year initiative designed to improve the introductory psychology course. Experts from around the nation will provide recommendations on how the course is taught, how teachers can be trained, and how student learning can be assessed. The APA Introductory Psychology Initiative will also provide students with ways to achieve learning objectives that fuel personal development and success, creating a more effective and psychologically literate workforce in the process. The Initiative will lead to a book and a national pre-conference meeting for psychology educators in August 2020.

Dunn also attended the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, which was held in Chicago, Illinois, from August 8-12, 2019, where he participated in two symposia:

  • “So You Want to be a Psychology Professor? Landing an Academic Job at Different Types of Colleges.” Boysen, G., Frantz, S., Dunn, D. S., Segrist, D., and Komarraju, M.
  • “APA Introductory Psychology Initiative.” Wickes, C., Beers, M. J., Dunn, D. S., Gurung, R. A. R., and Neufeld, G.

At an awards ceremony on August 9, Dunn was given the “Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology’s Distinguished Contributions Award” to honor his scholarship examining the social psychology of disability as well as rehabilitation psychology. Dunn has been studying disability and related topics since 1993.

Also, August 9 marks the start of Dunn’s year as president of the American Psychological Association’s Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology). He will serve in this capacity until August 2020.


Doug Zucco, adjunct professor, studio art and printmaking, gave a talk on the art of making paper and making art—2D and 3D—with paper at the Boyer Gallery of The Hill School Center for The Arts, in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, on May 21. The talk was sponsored by the Pottstown Area Artists Guild. Zucco is a master printmaker who manufactures paper through his company White Crow Paper in Fleetwood.



In the June 6 issue of the journal Science, the world’s leading journal of scientific research, Kara Mosovsky, assistant professor of biology, writes about her experience exploring research outside her comfort zone in her piece “Branching Out from My Area of Expertise Felt Risky—But I Did It Anyway.” She writes, “My plan was to ditch the comfort of my benchtop and biosafety cabinet and embark on a 10-week project that would combine field research with bioinformatics.”


Sandra Aguilar Rodriguez was invited to participate in a podcast, “Celebrate Mexico’s True National Holiday with the Mysteries of Mole,” which explores one of the most representative dishes of Mexico. 


Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology wrote an obituary for Beatrice A. Wright for the May-June 2019 issue of American Psychologist published by the American Psychological Association.

Wright, who passed away on July 31, 2018, was a pivotal figure whose research and advocacy changed the way psychologists and laypeople understand the experience of disability. A founder and leader of rehabilitation psychology, she demonstrated that physical, social, and psychological environments pose greater challenges for people with disabilities than the disabilities themselves. Wright championed the importance of human dignity for all persons regardless of the nature of their disabilities, arguing they should be partners with professionals when planning rehabilitation regimens. Both versions of her classic book, Physical Disability—A Psychological Approach (1960) and the revised and expanded Physical Disability—A Psychosocial Approach (1983), appear on American Psychological Association’s list of the 100 most influential psychology books of the 20th century.


Santo D. Marabella, professor of management

The Practical Prof’s summer columns for the Reading Eagle:

“A Messy Environment Serves as a Distraction,” August 27, 2019.

“Why It’s Important to Pay Attention,”   August 19, 2019.

“Defining Moments Shape Our Character,” June 24, 2019.

“Working in an Era of Self-Absorption,”  July 16, 2019.


Gary Olson, professor emeritus, political science

Opinion pieces:

“Pessimism, Optimism and the Role of Intellectuals,” Counter Punch, July 5, 2019.

“Meritocracy Is the Classic American Foundation Myth,” The Morning Call, June 21, 2019.

“Why It’s Important to Understand Cultural Capital,” Dissident Voice, June 5, 2019.

“Meritocracy Is a Lie,” Dissident Voice, May 2, 2019.