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Moravian College Faculty News & Notes

Moravian College Faculty News and Notes

November 11, 2016


Just published—The Palgrave International Handbook of Action Research (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), coedited by Joe Shosh, professor of education. From Amazon:shosh 2.jpg

This book offers a vivid portrait of both theoretical perspectives and practical action research activity and related benefits around the globe, while attending to the cultural, political, social, historical and ecological contexts that localize, shape and characterize action research. Consisting of teachers, youth workers, counselors, nurses, community developers, artists, ecologists, farmers, settlement-dwellers, students, professors and intellectual-activists on every continent and at every edge of the globe, the movement sustained and inspired by this community was born of the efforts of intellectual-activists in the mid-twentieth century specifically: Orlando Fals Borda, Paulo Freire, Myles Horton, Kurt Lewin. Cross-national issues of networking, as well as the challenges, tensions, and issues associated with the transformative power of action research are explored from multiple perspectives providing unique contributions to our understanding of what it means to do action research and to be an action researcher. This handbook sets a global action research agenda and map for readers to consider as they embark on new projects.

PRESENTATIONS & conferences

For the past two years, as a member of the Research and Independent NGOs (RINGOs) steering committee (for one of the officially recognized civil society constituencies for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change), Dean of the College of Natural and Health Sciences Diane Husic organized and facilitated a panel session on November 7 for the annual Conference of the Parties (aka the UN climate meetings). This year’s topic was “New Directions in Climate Change Research and Implications for Policy.” Here’s a brief description:
As noted in the Paris Agreement, “Accelerating, encouraging and enabling innovation is critical for an effective, long-term global response to climate change and promoting economic growth and sustainable development.” Research is essential to not only understanding the complex phenomenon of global climate change and to understand its impacts on humanity and the planet, but also to drive the innovation needed to address the global challenges of creating a low-carbon future and a sustainable future. What we learn from research can help us to adapt and to build resilience into our natural and built systems.

Husic also served as the final speaker with her presentation “Engaging Youth as Citizen Scientists to Conduct Landscape-level Ecological Monitoring of the Impacts of Climate Change.”

Hilde Binford, associate professor of music, Craig Atwood, associate professor and director of the Center for Moravian Studies, and alums Stephen Stoddard '16, and Sarabeth Brockley ’10 joined Husic at the conference, which runs through November 17 in Marrakesh, Morocco.


Associate Professor of Nursing Pamela Adamshick and colleague Rose Nourse, RN, from St. Luke's University Health Network, presented their research “College Binge Drinking and its Association to Anxiety and Depression: A Prospective Observational Study" at the poster presentation of the 30th annual national conference of the American Psychiatric Nurses’ Association in Hartford, Connecticut, which was held from October 19-21, 2016. 


Professor of English Theresa Dougal’s article, “Sustainable Communities: Teaching the Environment in the English Classroom,” appeared in the summer edition of Impact: The Journal of the Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning, published by Boston University.

John D. Rossi, III, associate professor of accounting, published an article in the October 17, 2016 issue of the Lehigh Valley Business Journal entitled "IRS Wants More Documentation for Charitable Donations." His article summarizes the documentation requirements for charitable contributions required by the IRS.

            In addition, his piece "FASB Issues Long-Awaited Financial Instruments Standard," which informs members about the new Financial Instruments Standard and its impact on practice, appeared in the October/November 2016 edition of ORCPA Journal, the magazine for the Oregon Society of CPAs.


On October 11,  Fara Farbod, adjunct professor of political science, appeared on Reading's BCTV “Centering on Peace” program discussing the demonization of Russia and US relations with Russia and China.