Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology and director of the Learning in Common Curriculum, together with M. A. McCarthy, S. C. Baker, J. S. Halonen, and S.  Boyer wrote a chapter in the new textbook Empirical Research in Teaching and Learning: Contributions from Social Psychology, edited by D. Mashek and E. Y. Hammer. The chapter, “Understanding Faculty Reluctance as Reactance and Opportunity for Persuasion: A Social Psychology of Assessment,” explores why faculty at colleges and universities are loathe to embrace educational assessment—and does so within a social psychological framework. Dunn and his colleagues offer suggestions that department chairs, deans, and provosts can use to encourage faculty members to consider the benefits of using assessment results. Stacy Boyer  ’11, who helped Dunn write the chapter as part of a 2009 summer SOAR project, is a co-author of the chapter.

"Contemplation and Cosmos: Merton on Maximus and Teilhard," an essay by Donald St. John, professor of religion, has been published as Teilhard Studies Number 62, Spring 2011. His essay "The Ecological Wisdom of Merton's Chuang Tzu" will appear in the forthcoming volume, "Merton & Taoism," Louisville, KY: Fons Vitae Press.

A new book by Joel Nathan Rosen, associate professor of sociology and coordinator of Africana studies, was released this month. From New Lanark to Mound Bayou: Owenism in the Mississippi Delta was published by Carolina Academic Press, Durham. See the article in this issue for more information.

Conferences and Presentations

Joanne McKneown, professor of French, presented a paper at a conference of the North American Christian Foreign Language Association (NACLFA) on April 8 at Abilene Christian University in Texas. The paper title was "Narratives of Healing Waters: Saint Francis de Sales's Introduction à la vie dévote and Thermal Treatments in Savoy."

On March 24, 2011, Sandra Aguilar, assistant professor of history, presented a paper “Revolution at the Kitchen: Cooking Technologies in 1940s and 1950s Mexico” at the Conable Conference in International Studies on Cuisine, Technology, and Development, which took place at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, N.Y.

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, recently participated in a symposium at the American Educational Research Association (AERA), which met in New Orleans. The symposium was titled Psychological Literacy and Global Citizenship: Why Should Psychology Educators Care? Dunn spoke on "Psychological Literacy and the Psychology Curriculum: New Global Directions." The other symposium speakers are also contributors to a new book with Oxford University Press being co-edited by Dr. Jacky Cranney (University of New South Wales, Australia) and Dunn.

The Moravian College Department of Sociology had a strong presence this year at the Eastern Sociological Society’s 81st annual meeting, Intersectionalities and Complex Inequality, held February 24-27, 2011 in Philadelphia.  Daniel Jasper, associate professor of sociology, was the discussant for the paper session  “Culture and the Construction of Social Inequality.” At another paper session, Jasper presented his own work, “Masculine Subjects: Gender, Religion, and Caste in Western India.”  Debra Wetcher-Hendricks, associate professor of sociology, and Virginia Adams O’Connell, assistant professor of sociology, presented their co-authored paper, “Athletic Participation and Academic Performance.” In addition to the faculty representation, four students presented work at this regional conference.  Taressa Diaz ’11 presented her paper “The Cost of Beauty: Dollars or Sense?”  at a roundtable session with four graduate sociology students, a significant accomplishment for an undergraduate student.  Two sociology Honors students, Jess Grochowski ’11 and Lauren Lavelle ’11, presented their Honors thesis research, “Physician Burnout: Structural Factors and Possible Solutions: When Physicians Need Healing” and “Breast Cancer Culture: The Commercialization of Disease.” Samantha Beard ’12 presented her sociological analysis “The Moral Implications of Continued Use and Abuse of Psychotropic Drug” during a poster session. 

Joel Wingard, professor of English, participated in the 2011 Conference on College Composition and Communications, held April 7-9 in Atlanta. In a concurrent session titled “Failing in Silence: Situating Failure within Composition’s Pedagogical, Institutional, and Public Relations,” he presented on “Portfolios and Failure in a Small Liberal Arts College.”  Wingard discussed why some students fail Writing 100 despite the use of porfolio assessment of students’ work and contract grading, which ensures each student a B if they do what is required.  The session was proposed and designed by Wingard and three colleagues from Penn State University, Berks; the University of Maine; and California State University, Fresno.  Wingard also hosted Christina LaVecchia ’07, a graduate student in rhetoric and composition at the University of Cincinnati, at the annual Council of Writing Program Administrators breakfast; they discussed her developing career as a scholar and teacher.

Other News

On Thursday April 7, the “Welcome, Neighbor” exhibit opened at the Sigal Museum in Easton.  Sandra Aguilar, assistant professor of history, moderated a panel discussion; panelists were Leonard Buscemi, Easton historian; Deacon Anthony Koury from Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Church, and Jaclyn Lecce ’13, who participated in the project as part of the Cultural Anthropology class taught in fall 2010 by Dr. Hugo Cerón. The exhibit will remain at the Sigal Museum until the first week of May. (Free admission on Sunday April 10, 17, and 24.) Aguilar also participated in the March 10 discussion panel at the opening of the “Welcome, Neighbor” exhibit at the Allentown Public Library (

The work of Michael Burmeister, adjunct art instructor, is featured in Area Artists 2011, a four-person show that opened at Lehigh University April 11 and runs through August 26. An opening reception will be held Thursday April 21, 5-7 p.m. in Lehigh's Siegel Gallery.

Katie P. Desiderio, assistant professor of management, advised a team of three Moravian College seniors who participated in the Fleming Institute for Business Ethics Bowl Competition at DeSales University on March 28, 2011. Louisa Ansell ’11, Jenelle Mirro ’11, and Luke Smith ’11 qualified and competed in the finalist round of the competition. The students will be honored at the DeSales University Division Awards Dinner on April 27 where they will be presented with their winnings as finalists. The Fleming Institute for Business Ethics at DeSales University hopes to create a meaningful dialogue between academia and business by fostering the study of both principles and practical case histories and examples, by students who will be our business leaders of tomorrow, and by the business leaders of today who will provide the examples for tomorrow.

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, recently served as an external reviewer of the Department of Psychology of Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Neb. NWU enrolls approximately 2,000 students, most of whom are from Nebraska. Dunn spent 1.5 days meeting with faculty, students, and administrators at NWU discussing the psychology program.

Faramarz Farbod, adjunct instructor for political science, was the guest on BCTV's call-in, hourly program "Centering on Peace" on April 12 in Reading, Pa. The program's title was "Democratic Uprisings." Link to the program:

Political science professor Gary Olson's article "Awakening from Obama's Seductive Spell" was published by ZNet on April 12, 2011 (   A shorter version of this piece appeared as a "Town Square" commentary in The Morning Call on April 14, 2011.

Gary Olson, professor of political science, was the invited speaker for the Pi Sigma Alpha national honor society dinner/lecture at DeSales University on April 12, 2011. His topic was "This Is Your Brain on Neoliberalism. Any Questions?"

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