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Faculty News & Notes October 11-2018

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October 11, 2018

Mark Your Calendars!

Don’t miss the final three faculty luncheons:

October 18: Ruth Malenda, assistant professor of physics and earth science, presents “From Atoms to Stars: How Light Teaches Us More Than Meets the Eye” at the Afterwords Cafe in Reeves Library from 11:45 to 1:00.

November 8: Allison Bloom, instructor of sociology and anthropology, presents “Embodied Hardships and Spiritual Strength: A Life Course Perspective on Aging, Immigration and Domestic Violence” at the Afterwords Cafe in Reeves Library from 11:45 to 1:00.

December 6: Camille Murphy, assistant professor of art, presents “Creating Brand Identity in Uncharted Territory - Cannabis Branding Case Study: OutCo” at the Snyder Room in the HUB from 11:45 to 1:00.

These seminars are a great way to be introduced to specific areas of faculty research and creative activity as well as to engage in academic dialogue. Many thanks to Michael Bertucci and Kin Cheung for organizing this year's faculty luncheons while our colleague Heikki Lempa is on sabbatical! Following is the schedule for the remainder of the fall semester:


A Presidential Election

Professor of Psychology Dana S. Dunn has been named president-elect of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Division 22—rehabilitation psychology—until the August 2019 APA conference after which he will assume the role of president for one year.

Dunn’s election to this position is especially noteworthy in that most of the members of division 22 are practicing rehabilitation psychologists. Dunn, a social psychologist by training, may be the only non-clinician elected to the post. But his 20-plus years researching and writing about disability as well as his many other contributions to the community of rehabilitation psychologists, including serving on the board of the Foundation for Rehabilitation Psychology, on APA’s Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology, and as consulting editor of the journal Rehabilitation Psychology, have earned him the support of his fellow members of the division who urged his candidacy.

In his new role, Dunn will work with the program committee to develop a theme for the conference, lead monthly meetings of the division’s various constituents, and work to identify and tackle issues important to the group. “I’m excited and a little nervous in that I’m not a practitioner,” says Dunn, who also is not from a research institute like most APA officials. “I hope my election will help draw attention not only to Moravian College’s fine psychology department,” adds Dunn, “but also to our developing graduate programs in the rehabilitation sciences.”


And Speaking of Elections…

John Reynolds, professor of political science, will lead a classroom discussion about the upcoming election, which will be filmed by PBS 39, with parts to be included in an hour-long show that will air election night. In addition, Reynolds has agree to provide commentary during election night coverage on PBS 39 on November 6.


Professor of Management, Santo D. Marabella recently published the e-book The Lessons of Caring. Writing from his own experience as a family caregiver, Marabella offers insights and inspiration to others facing the challenges of taking care of a loved one. Designed for a digital platform, The Lessons of Caring features short chapters and includes links to video commentaries from caregivers. Exercises and questions help readers better understand and manage their role. Available for Nook and Kindle, and through iBooks.

The Economics & Business Department in collaboration with the Helen S. Breidegam School of Nursing will host an informal presentation and discussion about caregiving on November 7 from 11:30 to 1:00 in the Afterwords Café in Reeves Library.

Special Recognition

Hilde Binford, associate professor of music, directs the National Endowment for the Humanities Bach Institute, a four-week program that invites K-12 teachers from around the country to learn about Johann Sebastian Bach and the music and cultural history of the 17th and 18th centuries from leading Bach scholars, including Moravian’s Professor of Music Larry Lipkis. The Bach institute was launched in 2005 in Bethlehem, continued biennially in Germany beginning in 2008, and returned to Bethlehem in 2017. This past summer, the National Humanities Alliance published a new website, Humanities for All, which offers a catalog of more than 1,400 publicly engaged projects in the humanities; the Bach Institute is one of only 51 that has been highlighted with an extended profile.

“Needless to say, I am already working on the possibilities for summer 2020,” says Binford. “I know the Bach faculty are very keen to come back together, and the reviews from the summer scholars were extraordinarily positive about everything from the housing and meals to the lectures and events.”

Read more about the Bach Institute.


Conferences and Presentations

John Black, professor of English, presented a conference paper entitled, “A Place of Her Own: The Role of Sacred Landscape in the Cult of St Æthelthryth,” at the 25th International Medieval Congress (IMC) at Leeds (UK) University, June 30-July 7, 2018. The paper reflects his most recent work in the concept of sacred landscape in early medieval hagiography. John would like to express his gratitude for the support of the FDRC and the college in his research and publication.


Joanne McKeown, professor of French, presented her paper “Finding One’s Bearings in Exile: Teaching with Calixthe Beyala’s Comment cuisiner son mari à l’africaine" at the July 19, 2018, the conference for the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) in Martinique (France) .The conference was preceded by three days of workshops and day-trips exploring the culture, history, and traditions of the island.


Emeritus Professor of English Joel Wingard has been accepted for two roles at the 2019 Conference on College Composition and Communication, to be held March 13-16, 2019, in Pittsburgh.

Wingard will chair the meeting of the Special Interest Group (SIG) for Senior, Late Career, and Retired Professionals in Rhet/Comp/Writing Studies. The SIG has recently co-sponsored a survey of “Intellectual Labor and the Academic Lifecycle in Rhetoric, Composition, and Writing Studies” that has yielded much valuable data on the lives of people in the field. Wingard was named chair of the SIG at the 2018 CCCC in Kansas City.

Wingard will also be part of a panel on “Disciplinarity and Disruption in the Academic Lifecycle” that will address some of the pathways to and through the discipline, many of which include moments of disruption such as changing jobs, being denied tenure, having problematic health or relationship issues, being a lifelong adjunct, or moving from faculty to administration. Presenting on “Performing as an Emeritus Professor while Adjuncting,” Wingard will describe how his experience as retiree-cum-adjunct led to disciplinary action against him.


Christian Sinclair, director of global programs and initiatives for Moravian College, was invited to give a lecture titled "Music, Protest, and LGBT Rights in the Middle East," at Iowa State University on September 25, 2018. In addition, he was a guest presenter on local NPR affiliate WDIY on September 29th on their "World Rhythms" program, talking about the politics of music and playing a set of songs from around the world.

Also of note, Sinclair has been appointed to the Middle East Advisory Board of the Knowledge Exchange Institute (KEI) and will be working with KEI on reviewing and assessing their programs in the Middle East.

Other Professional Contributions

Jane Berger, associate professor of history and co-chair of the Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies program, comments on the potential effect on young people of Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the United States Supreme Court in this letter to the editor, which appeared in the September 17 edition of the Morning Call.


Professor emeritus of political science, Gary Olson turns a skeptical eye on the alleged sexual-abuse coverups charged to Pope Francis and puts forth an alternative view of these criticisms alongside an examination of key events from the Pope’s history in his piece “Pope Francis and the Battle over Cultural Terrain,” published in the September 14 edition of Counterpunch.

Take some tips from Professor of Management Santo D. Marabella’s September 17 column for the Reading Eagle, “Office Hours: How to Make Your Professional Growth Intentional.”