UnCommon Achievements

Dana Dunn, professor of psychology, and Sarah Hopkins '08 co-authored a book review titled "The Teaching of Psychology in Autobiography: Perspectives from Exemplary Psychology Teachers." The review appeared in the fall 2006 issue of Psychology Teacher Network, a quarterly newsletter for teachers of introductory psychology available at the Society's web site, teachpsyche.org. Dana also reports that Best Practices for Teaching Statistics and Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences, edited by him, Randolph Smith (Chair of the Psychology Department at Kennesaw State University) and Bernard Beins (Chair of the Psychology Department at Ithaca College) has just been published by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Also, Dana was recently interviewed about his research and writing on well-being following traumatic loss by Kevin Massey, an assistant director of Lutheran Disaster Response, for an upcoming book on building psychological resilience prior to experiencing disaster or trauma.

Faramarz Farbod, adjunct in political science, gave the keynote talk at a peace rally that marked the 4th anniversary of the Iraq invasion, held March 18 at the Friends Meeting House in Hanover township, Pennsylvania. The event, organized by the Lehigh Valley Peace Coalition, was covered by both the Morning Call and the Express-Times.

Joseph Shosh, assistant professor of education, and Charlotte Zales, associate professor of education, presented "Graduate Teacher Education as Inquiry: A Model for Professional Development" at the American Educational Research Association's annual meeting held in Chicago on April 9-13. Also, Joe made an invited address to the Pennsylvania Conference on English Education in Harrisburg on April 20, titled "The Process of Empowering Secondary School Students to Construct the Digital History of Early 21st Century Bethlehem."

Michelle Schmidt, associate professor of psychology, coauthored "Teaching Writing in Statistics and Methods: Addressing Objectives, Intensive Issues, and Style," a chapter in the new book edited by Dana Dunn et al. (as mentioned above). Dana was co-author for the chapter. Michelle also organized class exercises, demonstrations and other materials for the CD that accompanies the book.

Peter von Allmen, professor of economics and business, was elected to a vice-president position for the North American Association of Sports Economists. The NAASE is a new organization; Peter is among the first slate of elected officers and his term runs through June 2008.
Debra Wetcher-Hendricks, assistant professor of sociology, presented "The IRB Mentality: Insider Secrets for Preparing Acceptable Proposals" at a session of the 2007 Lilly-East Conference of College and University Teaching, held April 12-14 at the University of Delaware in Newark. The presentation addressed the role of college and university internal review boards and offered suggestions to professors for preparing proposals. Among the sessions she attended was "Creating Movie, TV and Broadway Parodies to Hook Students on New Topics," which provided strategies Debra plans to add to her own teaching techniques.

Erica Yozell, assistant professor of Spanish, presented a paper titled "Who Can Speak?" at the 2007 Mid-Atlantic Council on Latin American Studies conference held March 30-31 in Reading, Pennsylvania. The paper discussed the recent Argentine film Los Rubios (The Blondes) by Albertina Carri.