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Faculty Achievements

October 2023

Names in boldface indicate Moravian University faculty.

Non-Peer-Reviewed Articles

DunnDana S., Halonen, J. "Nobody Likes Writing Tenure Letters," The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 23, 2023.


Appler, Deborah. “'Happiness and Enjoyment as Long as they Live’ Qoheleth and Elder Justice.” Society of Biblical Literature, San Antonio November 18-22, 2023. Paper Presentation.

Protos, Kayti. "Bias is not a bad word: Identifying & challenging implicit bias to foster anti-racist & anti-oppressive practice & education." National Association of Social Workers Pennsylvania Chapter Annual Conference, October 2023, Mt. Pocono, Pennsylvania. Presentation.

Manners JA, Scifers, James R, Ballard, Elizabeth A, Higgins M, Lawrance S, Porter K, Sciascia A. "Mobilizations and Manipulations for the Upper Extremity." (Learning Lab) National Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, June 2023.

Mesa Higuera, Claudia. “La heráldica neobarroca de Severo Sarduy en Un testigo fugaz y disfrazado (1985).” XIV Congreso Internacional de la Sociedad Española de Emblemática “Humanismo y Retórica Visual”, Alcañiz, 16-18 de octubre de 2023.

Rosania-Harvie, M. "Creating a Culture of Connection in our Classrooms." In-Process: 2023 Pennsylvania Art Educators Association Conference, October 2023, Erie, PA. Presentation.

Creative Achievements

Amin, Natessa. More Trees then People!!, Exhibition, October 28th, 2023, Project Art Distribution, SoHo, New York, NY. Exhibition.

Amin, Natessa. COLOR SURFACE SPACE &The Abstract Imagination, Exhibition, October 24-December 9, Kohl Gallery, Washington College, Chestertown, MD.

Fraleigh, Angela. Threaded with Moonlight, solo exhibition, November 11, 2023–March 17, 2024, Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA.

Fraleigh, Angela. Invisible Women, solo exhibition, November 22, 2023–January 26, 2024, Sean Horton Gallery, New York, NY.

Rosania-Harvie, MaryJo. Teaching Artist Exhibition, November, 2023, Banana Factory Arts Center, Bethlehem, PA.

Blog, Podcast, and/or Radio or TV Show

Faramarz Farbod, adjunct instructor of political science, spoke with Golbarg Bashi, a transnational feminist, about feminism and the women's movement in Iran on BCTV's "Centering on Peace" program. The interview aired on Tuesday, October 10, 2023.

The Diaconate Call & Bivocational Ministry with Darryl Stephens,” Uncovered Dish Christian Leadership Podcast, Sept 13, 2023.

Rosania-Harvie, M. "AI In the Art Room." Pennsylvania Art Educators Association, blog post, December 2023.


Proud, Daniel. “CAREER: Investigating Biogeographic Hypotheses and Drivers of Diversification in Neotropical Harvestmen (Opiliones: Laniatores) Using Ultraconserved Elements.” $888,044 CAREER grant awarded to Proud by the National Science Foundation Division of Environmental Biology (NSF-DEB award # 2337605).

Stephens, Darryl W. “Revitalizing the Church through Diaconal Studies in North American Theological Education.” E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, through Wartburg Theological Seminary ($20,000). Grant writer and co-director.

September 2023

Names in boldface indicate Moravian University faculty.


Goodolf, Dawn M., Dorney, P., & Mikovits, J. (2023). “Who am I?” Exploring Professional Identity in Post Baccalaureate Nursing Students. Poster Presentation at Symposium 2023: hosted by International Society for Professional Identity in Nursing (ISPIN), Kansas City, KS.

Goodolf, Dawn M.., and Nyoni, C. (2023). Student nurses’s perceptions of professional identity in nursing across context: An associative group analysis. Podium Presentation at Symposium 2023: hosted by International Society for Professional Identity in Nursing (ISPIN), Kansas City, KS.

Grube, Taylor and Milkovitz, Joelle. "Aligning an RN to BSN Telehealth Clinical Experience to the 2021 AACN Essentials." Pennsylvania State Nurses Association Annual Summit, September 2023, Lancaster, PA. Poster Presentation

Keegan, Louise C. (2023). "Learning Growth and Self Development: A collaborative process." University of Wisconsin Eau Claire Communication Sciences and Disorders, 5th Annual Ylvisaker Pro Seminar, October 2023. Taiebine, M. & Keegan, L.C. E-mentorship as a medium to foster soft skills during COVID-19. XXVI World Congress of Neurology, Montreal Canada & Virtual, Oct 2023.

Hoepner, J. and Keegan, Louise C. (2023) "A Survey of Healthcare Perceptions across the recovery continuum". 14th World Congress of the International Brain Injury Association, 205. Brain Injury, 37, S1, 1-278.

Koscinski, Mark. "Decision-Making." Columbus Organization Support Coordination Staff, September 2022, Somerset NJ. Presentation at invitation of Management.

Creative Achievements

Fraleigh, Angela. Group exhibition Autumn Evolution, Provincetown Arts Society and Lamontagne Gallery, September 16–October 15.

Fraleigh, Angela. Group exhibition Guilded: Contemporary Artists Explore Value and Worth, Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, Tennesee, September 22, 2023-January 8, 2024.


Potter, Ann Marie and Costanzo, Danielle. Moravian University–Liberty High School Wellness and Resiliency Center. City of Bethlehem Community Recovery Fund Grant ($45,300).


Natessa Amin, assistant professor of art, received  the "Blair Arts Guild Award" Blair Academy. To recognize and celebrate the outstanding artistic achievements and contributions as performing or visual artists of its alumni, and former faculty. Blairstown, NJ, June, 2023

Additional Professional Contributions

Amin, Natessa, Bowers, A. (2023, September 19). Talking with FJORD on their 10-year anniversary. Interviewed by L. Whearty.

Summer 2023

Names in boldface indicate Moravian University faculty.


Bloom, Allison. 2023. Violence Never Heals: The Lifelong Effects of Intimate Partner Violence for Immigrant Women. New York: New York University Press.

Dunn, Dana S., Hallonen, Jane. 2023. The Psychology Major’s Companion: Everything You Need to Know to Get where You Want to Go, 3rd edition. New York: Macmillan Learning.

Weiten, Wayne, Dunn, Dana S., Yost Hammer, Elizabeth. Psychology Applied to Modern Life: Adjustment in the 21st Century, 13th edition. Boston: Cengage Learning.

Book Chapters

Groller, Karen. (2023). Engaging Health Literacies through Multimodal Projects in First-Year Writing. In Madson, M. (Editor), Composing Health Literacies: Perspectives and Resources for Undergraduate Writing Instruction. New York: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.

Dunn, Dana S. (2023). Recognizing, Understanding, and Constructively Responding to Ableism. In The Psychological and Social Impact of Chronic Illness and Disability, 8th edition, edited by Irmo Marini, Allison R. Fleming, and Malachy Bishop. New York: Springer Publishing.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Curley, Brenna, Downey, Jillian.  (2023). "Implementation of Alternative Grading Methods in a Mathematical Statistics Course," Journal of Statistics and Data Science Education. DOI: 10.1080/26939169.2023.2249956

Groller, Karen, Adamshick, Pamela, and Hoffman, Lori. (2023). "Pandemic Footprints of Nursing Professionals: Processing Early Experiences." Journal of Holistic Nursing.

Pruetz, J. D., Brink, G., Palma, E. C., Dobson, K., Husic, Diane, LaDuke, T.C., Lansing, J., Master, T., Mesen, I. "Primates at the Newly Established Camaquiri Conservation Initiative, Limon, Costa Rica." Neotropical Primates.

Kaniamattam, Monica and Oxley, J. (2023). "Qualitative analysis of social support for caregivers of children with neurodevelopmental disorders in South India." Research in Developmental Disabilities.

Malenda, Ruth. F., Talbott, Shannon. (2023). Walck, Scott N. "The Micro Assignment Guided Inquiry and Collaboration (MAGIC) method: A qualitative discussion of the benefits of active learning through scaffolded assignments in upper-level physics and mathematics." Journal of College Science Teaching.

Mesa Higuera, Claudia. (2023). “Para-emblematic Strategies in the Colonial World: Aldabas in the Historic Center of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.” Emblematica: Essays in Word and Image.

Ostrowski, Jennifer L, Scifers, James R. (2023). "Rate and Magnitude of Muscle Temperature Increase with Cycling at Various Intensities" Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice. 21(3).

Steiner, A., Rodrigues, K.K., Mudenge, N., Young, J., Rasulo, R., Payton, Colleen., DeSilva, M., Michel, J., & Yun, K. (2023). "Increasing COVID-19 vaccination coverage for newcomer communities: The importance of disaggregation by language." American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, DOI:10.4269/ajtmh.22-0724

Schaus, M.H., Townsend, V.R. Jr., Albert, A.C., Yee, D.A., and Proud, Daniel N. (2023). "Unraveling the effects of Hurricane Maria on the abundance and composition of harvestmen (Arachnida: Opiliones) species along an elevational gradient in Puerto Rico." Caribbean Journal of Science.

Rompolski, Krista. (2023). "Confessions of a Converted Anatomist: Teaching without Anatomical Donors." Advances in Physiology Education, 47:3.

Non-Peer-Reviewed Articles

DunnDana S., Halonen, J.  “Measuring Up: How to Manage Those Dreaded Course Evaluations,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 1, 2023.

Farbod, Faramarz, editor. Left Turn: A quarterly Journal of Critical Voices, summer 2023 edition.

Farbod, Faramarz. "A Conversation with Miko Peled on the State of Israel and the Palestinians," Dissident Voice, July 29, 2023. 

Kaniamattam, Monica and Oxley, J. D. (2023). "Increasing the Social and Communication Participation of Children with Severe Communication Disabilities through Parent-Clinician Collaboration." ASHA KIRAN- Newsletter of South Asian Caucus of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Olson, Gary. “China’s BRI: Toward a Hybrid International Order with Socialist Characteristics?,” The Greanville Post, June 24, 2023


Adamshick, Pamela, Hoffman, Lori, Groller, Karen. “Pandemic Footprints of Nursing Professionals: Processing Early Experiences.” National League of Nursing (NLN) Nursing Education and Research Conference, Washington, D.C. March 30-April 1, 2023.

Bell, Brigidda. "The Girl with the Pythian Spirit: Gender, Healing, and Competition in the Ritual Market in Acts 16:16-21." Ritual, Gender, and Media in the Early Christian World Conference, Queens University, Kingston, Canada, August 2023. Paper Presentation and Workshop.

Benham, Sara, Bush, Jeffery. “Introducing the 3D Adapt app: Custom 3D-printed assistive devices in your hands,” Platform presentation at the Rehabilitation and Engineering Society of North America (RESNA) Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, July 2023.

Boyer, Stacy L. “Stereotype threat explicitness, ethnic minority status, and women’s leadership outcomes.” 83rd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Boston, MA, August 2023.

Boyer, Stacy L. “In the air or out with it: An experimental examination of stereotype explicitness, ethnic status, and women’s leadership outcomes” Paper presentation. 60th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Academy of Management, Philadelphia, PA, May 2023.

Curley, Brenna, Loy, A., & Reyes, E. "Communicating Progress in a Statistics Course through Non-Traditional Grading." Conference Workshop. U.S. Conference on Teaching Statistics (USCOTS), State College, PA, June 2023.

Dunn, Dana S. "Disability as a DEI Issue" Invited virtual talk to pediatric psychology post-doctoral fellows at St. Louis Children's Hospital, May 2023.

Ferrero, Carmen. "La escritura como elemento lúdico y creativo en "El cuarto de atrás" de C. Martín Gaite." 33rd International Conference on Hispanic Studies and Literatures, Cádiz, Spain, June 2023. Paper Presentation and Panel Moderator.

Fodrey, Crystal N. “Planning for Change through Aspirational Activity System Modeling. On “Activist WAC: Principles, Strategies, and Tactics,” panel with Pamela Flash (UMN), and Stacey Sheriff (Colby). International Writing across the Curriculum Conference, Clemson, SC, June 2023.

Fox, Cecilia. "Training the Trainers of the Next Generation of Neuroscience Advocates." Panel and workshop. Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience Conference, Bellingham, WA, July 2023.

Groller, Karen. “Bringing Bariatric Insights into Circulation: Do-it-yourself (DIY) Presentations & Publications. Oral presentation (invited speaker) for the Transferring Momentum from Conference to Communities Session at the 39th Annual Meeting for the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, Las Vegas, Nevada, June 2023.

Groller, Karen. “Innovations in Bariatric Patient Education with an Interactive breakout session.” Oral presentation (invited speaker) for the Masters in Metabolic and Bariatric Nursing Course at the 39th Annual Meeting for the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, Las Vegas, Nevada, June 2023.

Groller, Karen. “Meeting the Bariatric Educational Needs of our Patients.” Oral presentation (invited speaker) for the Fundamentals and Masters in Metabolic and Bariatric Nutrition Course at the 39th Annual Meeting for the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, Las Vegas, Nevada, June 2023.

Joella, Ethan. In conversation with NYT bestselling author Marisa de los Santos, Lewes Library, Lewes, DE, June 2023.

McKeown, Joanne. “Félicité de Genlis: Pedagogue, Naturalist & Fabulist,” Conference of the American Association of Teachers of French, Trois Rivières, Québec, July 2023.

Mikovits, John C., Stephen, L.A., Fruin, B. “Incorporating LGBTQ+ Content into Nursing Curricula Using NLN ACE+ Scenarios.” Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing Biennial Nursing Education Conference, St. Johns, NL, Canada, May 2023.

Nataro, Leigh. "Statistical Thinking with CODAP." Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference, State College, Pennsylvania, July 2023.

Ostrowsk, Jennifer L, Kaminski TW, Ostrowski JA. “To ice or not to ice: That is the question,” Forum Presentation at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium, Indianapolis, IN, June 2023.

Riesgo R, Whitermore B, Ostrowski, Jennifer L. “The effect of myofascial decompression and cupping to increase hamstring flexibility and range of motion: A critically appraised topic.” Rapid Fire Oral Presentation at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium, Indianapolis, IN, June 2023.

Helf M, Ostrowski, Jennifer L. “Delayed diagnosis and nonunion of 4th metatarsal fracture in D1 football player: A type 3 CASE study.” Poster Presentation at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, June 2023.

Strouse AM, Ostrowski, Jennifer L, Ostrowski JA. “Posterior hip dislocation in a healthy high school football player: A type 4 CASE study.” Poster Presentation at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, June 2023.

Gaudette R, Ostrowski, Jennifer L. “Police officers’ perceptions of athletic trainers and athletic training services.” Poster Presentation at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, June 2023.

Payton, Colleen, Chalfin, M., Kvaratskhelia, N., Kelly, S., Deffler, J., Altshuler, M. “Cervical, breast, and colorectal cancer screening outcomes among refugees in Philadelphia, PA.” Oral presentation at the North American Refugee Health Conference, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, July 2023.

Payton, Colleen, Altshuler, M., Chalfin, M., Steiner, A., Rodrigues, K., & Nolan, M. “Cervical cancer screening among refugees at two US health systems by country of origin and language.” Oral presentation at the North American Refugee Health Conference, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, July 2023.

Steiner, A., Rodrigues, K., Nolan, M., Settgast, A., DeSilva, M., Payton, Colleen, Young, J. “Are refugee and immigrant adults protected from Tetanus? Vaccine data from 3 US health systems.” Oral presentation at the North American Refugee Health Conference, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, July 2023.

Brewer, S.E., Ahmed, F.Y., Almusahwi, N., Hader, M., Alani, O., Al-Molieh, Y., Rial, M., Payton, Colleen, Talavlikar, R., Bogdewiecz, T., Kimball, S. Consultations with a refugee review board: “Getting feedback and building partnerships for research.” Workshop at the North American Refugee Health Conference, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, July 2023.

Payton, Colleen, Brewer, S. “Ask an Expert: Data-informed decision making to assess refugee health needs and assets.” Invited speaker to the Society of Refugee Healthcare Providers’ Connecting refugee health professionals, virtual, July 2023.

Kennedy, L., Bomber, Y.C., Tovey, N., Payton, Colleen, Frumholtz, M., Urban, K., Mamo, B. “Health profile of humanitarian Afghan children to select US sites, August 2021 to September 2022.” Poster presentation at the North American Refugee Health Conference, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, July 2023.

Dehry, S.E., Bomber, Y.C., Kennedy, L., M., Payton, Colleen, Frumholtz, M., Urban, K., Mamo, B. “Prevalence of sexually transmitted infections among newcomers arriving in select US Sites 2009-2022,” Poster presentation at the North American Refugee Health Conference. Calgary, Alberta, Canada, July 2023.

Schwarzer, A., Bomber, Y.C., Kennedy, L., Pirocchi, O., Frumholtz, M., Payton, Colleen, Urban, K., Mamo, B. “COVID-19 vaccination coverage among newcomers arriving in select US sites between 2003 and 2022,” Poster presentation at the North American Refugee Health Conference. Calgary, Alberta, Canada, July 2023.

Disla-Polanco, C., Proud, Daniel N. “Systematic revisions of cosmetid harvestmen (Opiliones: Laniatores: Cosmetidae) in the Caribbean Islands.” Paper presentation. Annual Meeting of the American Arachnological Society, Ithaca, NY, June 2023.

Masten, R., Proud, Daniel N. “Exploring the diversity of cosmetid harvestmen (Arachnida: Opiliones: Cosmetidae) in Cuba.” Poster presentation. Annual Meeting of the American Arachnological Society, Ithaca, NY, June 2023.

Rompolski, Krista. “A Weight Neutral Approach to Anatomy Education,” Webinar hosted by the American Association of Anatomy, June 2023.

Scifers, James R, Ballard, Elizabeth A. Gaudette R, Helf M, Koeniges P, Riesgo R, Roth A. “Advanced Manual Therapy of the Hip.” (Learning Lab) National Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, June 2023.

Sciascia A, Scifers James R. “Rehabilitation Interventions for the Shoulder: What Are They Really Doing?” National Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, June 2023.

Weber, C. Riddick. "From Hymnals to Books of Worship: Changes in the American Moravian Liturgical Heritage." Conference on Moravian History and Music, Bethlehem, PA, August, 2023.

Creative Achievements

Fraleigh, Angela. Group exhibition Making Room: Familiar Art, New Stories, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC, June 3, 2023–Spring 2024.

Fraleigh, Angela. Group exhibition Summer Selections, Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, NY, June 29–September 9, 2023.


Bawayan, Rebecca. American speech Language Hearing Association Advancing Academic Research Career Award (AARC). The AARC Award is intended to facilitate greater retention of pre-tenured, PhD-level faculty in the speech-language pathology discipline. The award provides a $5,000 stipend to support mentored teaching and research activities. Bawayan is one of 11 awardees this year.

Kim, Y., Boyer, Stacy. L. "What’s on your mind? An investigation of implicit prejudice, social media misconduct, and job outcomes." Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Micro-grant awarded by Drexel University's LeBow College of Business ($2,500).

DesJardin, Jean, Kaniamattamm, Monica, Bawayan, Rebecca. "Success for PA Early Learners (SPEL) Project." Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) ($4000).


Natessa Amin, assistant professor of art, received the "Blair Arts Guild Award" from Blair Academy recognizing and celebrating the outstanding artistic achievements and contributions as performing or visual artists of its alumni and former faculty. Blairstown, NJ, June, 2023.

Rebecca Bawayan, assistant professor of speech-language pathology, is the recipient of the 2023 Advancing Academic-Research Careers (AARC) Award, presented by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Bawayan is one of 11 awardees this year. The award provides a $5,000 stipend to support mentored teaching and research activities over an 18-month period.

Crystal Fodrey and Chris Hassay learned this summer that the edited collection Writing-Enriched Curricula: Models of Faculty-Driven and Departmental Transformation (2021) to which they contributed the chapter "Piloting WEC as a Context-Responsive Writing Research Initiative" won the Best Book Award for 2021 from the Council of Writing Program Administrators at its 2023 convention. This book also received honorable mention for best edited collection on writing across the curriculum at the Sixteenth International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference in June. 

Leigh Nataro, lecturer of statistics, received The Outstanding Contribution to Mathematics Education Award at the 72nd Annual Conference of the Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics held on July 27, 2023.

Additional Professional Contributions

Faramarz Farbod, adjunct instructor of political science, interviewed Kristen Ghodsee, professor of Russian and European studies, on BCTV's "Centering on Peace" program. The interview aired on July 7, 2023. The conversation focused on two of Ghodsee’s books: Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism: And Other Arguments for Economic Independence (2018) and Everyday Utopia: What 2,000 Years of Wild Experiments Can Teach Us About the Good Life (2023).

April 19, 2023


Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, co-authored an article for the May issue of Rehabilitation Psychology.

Andrews, E. E., Mona, L., Ayers, K., Taratuta, C. R., & Dunn, D. S. (in press). "Advocacy: The seventh Foundational Principle and core competency of rehabilitation psychology." Rehabilitation Psychology.

Presentations and Conferences

MaryJo Rosania-Harvie, assistant professor of practice art, was accepted to give a peer-reviewed poster presentation entitled "Everything I Learned about Education, I Learned by Being an Art Teacher," during the 2023 International Society for Education through Art (InSEA) World Congress, held in Çanakkale, Turkey, from September 4–8, 2023.

Joel Wingard, professor emeritus of English, attended the 2023 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) held in Chicago from February 15–18, 2023. As chair of the CCCC Standing Group for Senior, Late-Career, and Retired Professionals in Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies, he served two roles in the program: chairing the annual business meeting of the group and helping to lead a workshop on "Archiving as Life: Anticipating Histories to Preserve the Past and Craft Hopeful Futures." The workshop was co-sponsored by the Special Interest Group for the National Archives of Composition and Rhetoric.

Wingard announced his resignation as chair of the standing group effective at the end of the conference. In honor of Wingard’s work, Shirley Rose of Arizona State University, Kathleen Shine Cain, Professor Emerita at Merrimack College, and Cynthia Gannett, Professor Emerita at Fairfield University, presented him with a blue and grey quilt, which Gannett had sewn. "I used grey print flannel to clarify and illuminate the bolder blue weave pattern of the old fabric and make the blue and the grey speak to each other,” said Gannett. “These are the colors of Moravian University, intended as a gesture of reconciliation after the Civil War."

Added Gannettt, “[The quilt] is a token of our appreciation and as a bit of warmth to support his ongoing scholarly work in the cold basement," (where Wingard’s home office is).

”I was awed and amazed,” says Wingard,  “that [they] had thought of me this way and honored Moravian in the process.”

Other Professional Contributions

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, was Zoomed into a Human Adjustment class at the University of Scranton on Thursday, March 30th. The course instructor, Timothy Powers, a lecturer in the Department of Counseling and Human Services, invited Dunn to take part in the class, which is using the textbook Dunn co-authors with Wayne Weiten (University of Nevada Las Vegas, retired) and Elizabeth Hammer (Xavier University of Louisiana)—Psychology Applied to Modern Life: Adjustment in the 21st Century (12th ed). Powers’s students asked Dunn a variety of questions about the writing and publication process of the book (the 13th edition goes to press in early summer), how research for the content is done, as well as aspects of Dunn’s other books, articles, chapters, and career as a psychologist.

Dunn and colleague Diane Halpern (Claremont McKenna, Emerita) have been invited to give a talk on critical thinking in Bucharest, Romania, during the last week of April.

Diane Husic, program director of environmental studies and sciences/ professor of biology and the executive director of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center were interviewed on March 30 by Dan Mowdy for the Community Spotlight program. Husic spoke about the contributions Moravian student researchers have made in the restoration work at the nature center as well as the upcoming 20th anniversary of the refuge at the site.

On April 7, Faramarz Farbod, adjunct professor of political science, interviewed Miko Peled, the remarkable Israeli-American human rights activist and author of The General's Son, a book Farbod has assigned regularly to his classes since 2012. Miko's journey to Palestine and his transformation from being a Zionist and coming from a solidly Zionist family to becoming a pro-Palestinian anti-Zionist is inspiring, especially since it all began with a tragic personal loss. He's turned personal pain into hope. The interview was aired on BCTV's "Centering on Peace," on April 11.

March 21, 2023


The Beekeeper, co-authored by Katie Desiderio, associate professor of management, and assistant vice president of corporate-educational partnerships, launches on May 2, 2023. From the publisher: In The Beekeeper, a team of renowned management and leadership professionals deliver an insightful and engaging exploration of what it means to place oneself at the core of learning and growth for the members of your organization. The story is told through the eyes of Catherine, the founder and owner of a rapidly growing business. You’ll follow her as she transforms the way she leads and inspires others, revolutionizing the culture at her company by learning from the people around her. The authors lead you through practical strategies and techniques you can implement immediately to achieve extraordinary results in your life and in your business.

Book Chapters

Karen Groller, associate professor of nursing, contributed a chapter “Engaging Health Literacies through Multimodal Projects in First-Year Writing,” to the book Composing Health Literacies: Perspectives and Resources of Undergraduate Writing Instruction.


Natessa Amin, assistant professor of art, was invited to make a new painting—To Whom Do I Owe the Power Behind My Voice— for an exhibit at Commonwealth Gallery in Philadelphia. About the exhibition: By embracing Audre Lorde’s opening question in her 1982 bio-mythographical novel, Zami: A New Spelling of My Name, this cross-generational survey of female Philadelphia artists aims to reflect on notions of strength and selfhood. It opens up dialogues on the experiences and individuals that have left empowering imprints upon these artists’ personal journeys. The exhibition ran from January 13–February 18, 2023

Amin was also invited to include her painting Early Spring in the inaugural exhibition at The Novella Project, a new exhibition space led by curator DJ Hellerman, curator of the Fabric Workshop and Museum, and the artist Franco Andres. The exhibition is called Flower Show and is a nod to the Philadelphia-specific cultural phenomena of The Philadelphia Flower Show which ran from March 4–12, 2023, blocks away from the new exhibition space. 


Jennifer Ostrowski and Ellen Payne, associate professors of athletic training, and James Scifers, associate provost and dean of the College of Health Sciences, are authors of the following articles:

Ostrowski JL, Durics B, Vallorosi J, Gray AM, Payne E. Frequency, confidence, and educational satisfaction with mental illness recognition and referral among certified athletic trainers. Journal of Athletic Training. 2023;58(1):71-78.

Ostrowski JL, Scifers JR. Rate and magnitude of muscle temperature increase with cycling at various intensities. Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice. (accepted for publication in January 2023)

Joshua Lord, assistant professor of biology, and two of his former student researchers—Maria Manz and Melissa Morales—authored the article "Ocean Acidification Impedes Foraging Behavior in the Mud Snail Ilyanassa obsolete." Journal of Marine Science and Engineering. 2023, 11, 623.

Lord’s piece “Using a Game to Teach Invasive Species Spread and Management” appeared in the February issue of the Journal of College Science Teaching.


Kimberly D. Wynarczuk, assistant professor of physical therapy, along with other faculty and Moravian students gave several research presentations in January, February, and early March 2023, which are listed below. The other faculty members are Brenna Curley (assistant professor of statistics), Jennifer Elinich (assistant professor of physical therapy), Laurie Kahn (assistant professor of education), Elizabeth McCormick (adjunct professor of physical therapy), John Mikovits (assistant professor of nursing), Ann Marie Potter (assistant professor and directory of occupational therapy), Alison Roll (assistant professor of physical therapy), and Eric Sanders (Assistant Professor & Program Director of the master’s program in speech-language pathology).  Moravian students are noted following their relevant presentation. 

  • Kahn, L., Wynarczuk, K. D., Sanders, E., Potter, A. M., & Curley, B. (2023). “One of the group:” Parents’ experiences concerning school trips, inclusion, and accessibility. [Oral presentation (25 min) for the 38th Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity (Pac Rim), March 2023, Honolulu, HI.]  [Presenters: K. Wynarczuk & A. M. Potter]
  • Cabanela, A., Kahn, L., & Wynarczuk, K. D. (2023).  “We thought she would be able to go:” Exploring parents’ experiences of ableism concerning school trips.  [Poster presentation for the Pennsylvania Department of Education Conference, March 2023, Hershey, PA] [Presenters: A. Cabannela and L. Kahn] *Note: Alex Cabanela is a Moravian University undergraduate student, class of 2023
  •  Wynarczuk, K. D., Harkins, M., Kelly, P., Macfarlane, A., Weslosky, A., & Curley, B. (2023). Participation of students with cerebral palsy on school trips: Parent survey.  [Poster presentation for the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Combined Sections Meeting, February 2023, San Diego, CA.]  Pediatric Physical Therapy. 35(1):159-160. [Presenter: K. Wynarczuk] *Note: Margaret Harkins, Paiton Kelly, Adeline Macfarlane, and Abby Weslosky were Moravian University graduate OT students, class of 2022
  • Elinich, J., Wynarczuk, K. D., Roll, A., Mikovits, J., Nakhlah, S. M., & Rauch, M. E. (2023). Assessment of perceived visual diversity and inclusivity in Doctor of Physical Therapy textbooks [Poster presentation for the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting, February 2023, San Diego, CA.]  [Presenter: K. Wynarczuk] *Note: Steven Nakhlah and Macy Rauch are Moravian University graduate DPT students, class of 2023
  • Elinich, J., Wynarczuk, K. D. & McCormick, E. (2023). Physical therapists’ experiences and perceptions of burnout across practice settings and patient populations [Poster presentation for the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting, February 2023, San Diego, CA.]  [Presenter: K. Wynarczuk]
  • Roll, A., Elinich, J., Wynarczuk, K. D., Mikovits, J.  (2023). Increasing diversity and inclusivity through image choice in teaching materials.  [Platform presentation for the Temple University Faculty Conference on Teaching Excellence, January 2023, Philadelphia, PA.]  [Presenters: A. Roll and J. Elinich]

Virginia Adams O’Connell, associate professor of sociology, presented the research "Impact of COVID-19 on University Students: Overlap and Divergence by Sex” at the Eastern Sociological Society Conference 2023 in Baltimore at the end of February. The work was done with a student, Rebecca Flohl ’23. 

Daniel Proud, assistant professor of biology, and student Cielo Disla presented some of their research at the International Congress of Arachnology in Montevideo, Uruguay on March 5-11.

  • C. Disla, D.N. Proud. 2023. Paper: “Systematic revisions of cosmetid harvestmen (Opiliones: Laniatores: Cosmetidae) in the Caribbean Islands.” 22nd International Congress of Arachnology, 5-11 March, Montevideo, Uruguay. 
  • D.N. Proud, A. Pérez-González. 2023. Paper: “The tale of three cousins: systematic revision of the laniatorean genus Paraconomma Roewer, 1915.” 22nd International Congress of Arachnology, 5-11 March, Montevideo, Uruguay. 
  • A.O. Porta, M.J. Ramírez, D.N. Proud. 2023. Poster: “The diversity of the genus Procaeculus (Acari: Caeculidae) in Burmese amber: description of two new species with contributions to the internal classification of the genus.” 22nd International Congress of Arachnology, 5-11 March, Montevideo, Uruguay.

James West, professor of economics and business, presented the research paper “Covid's Creative Destruction in the U.S. and India” at the Second International Conference on the Future of Employment: Challenges and Opportunities, (FECO 2023), at Symbiosis University in Pune, Maharashtra, India on January 18 and 19. West also served as the lead discussant of participant research for the opening session of the conference. He was invited back after the conference to give a lecture to a large class of economics graduate students. That talk was entitled "Foundations and Challenges of Contemporary Economics.”

Dana S. Dunn, professor and chairperson of the Department of Psychology, recently presented a poster at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA) in Boston, MA. With his colleague, Suzanne C. Baker (James Madison University), Dunn created a poster titled "Are Your Students 'Skillful'? Helping Them to Recognize and Leverage Skills." Psychology educators are increasingly focused on students' abilities to identify, acquire, and develop skills that will help them in their future workplace endeavors. Dunn is past president of the EPA.


Michelle Santiago, associate professor of clinical practice and director of clinical training for the  school of behavioral and community health, has been elected president of the American Association of State Counseling Boards (AASCB), the professional association that represents the state boards for all states and territories that regulate counseling. Her tenure begins July 1, 2023. Additionally, Santiago is in her second term (expires October 26, 2026) as chair for the Pennsylvania Department of State, Professional Licensing, Boards & Commissions: State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors. “Our Moravian MACC program is the only one in Pennsylvania with an alumni FT faculty member who is a duly elected state chair and nationally selected president-elect,” Santiago points out.

Michelle Schmidt, professor of psychology, has been named chair of the board of directors for the nonprofit Communities in Schools (CIS) of Eastern Pennsylvania.

Additional Professional Contributions

Faramarz Farbod, adjunct instructor of political science, published another issue of Left Turn. You can find print copies in the HUB at the information desk, in the political science lounge, and in Reeves Library’s periodicals section.

Krista Rompolski, associate professor in the doctor of physical therapy program, coauthored with Michael Hortcsh (University of Michigan Medical School) the commentary “The Freedom to Teach (at the Best)” for the journal Anatomical Sciences Education.

James West, professor of economics and business, was invited to teach three classes at the American School of Chennai in the southern Indian states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

West also published an essay on the importance of understanding the benefits and risks of the factor of compound interest for the financial website Money Geek.

Ellen Payne, associate professor of athletic training, served as a guest ski patroller for a week at an exeprt-only mountain in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. She also served as the patroller for a day of cat skiing.

MaryJo Rosania-Harvie, professor of practice in the art department and art education coordinator, is a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts' artist in residence at Building 21 in the Allentown School District. For her residency, she is working with art teacher Andrew Ward, fashion designer Barbara Kavchok, and the students in the fashion design course and club to imagine, design, and create pieces for the school's annual fashion show. The theme for this year's show, which will take place on May 11th, is Fantasie. Rosania-Harvie works with the Allentown students weekly on sewing and design techniques and conceptualizing pieces for the fashion show event. Building 21's fashion show will align with Kavchok's exhibit at the Banana Factory in Bethlehem and the inaugural People's Ball also in May 2023. Rosania-Harvie will also hold in-person workshops in conjunction with Kavchok's first Friday opening in May.

February 9, 2023


Sandra Aguilar, associate professor in the history department, just published an article entitled "Between Women: Female Health Workers and the Struggle to Transform Diets in Rural Mexico, 1920–1960" in the German journal Jahrbuch für Geschichte Lateinamerikas. Her work is part of a special issue on gender, health, and medicine in Latin America.

Additional Professional Contributions

Dana S. Dunn, professor and chair of psychology, recently conducted an academic program review (APR) of Georgia Southern University's Department of Psychology. GSU has campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, and Liberty, Georgia, and each has a piece of the department of psychology. Dunn and his colleague, Jane S. Halonen (University of West Florida) were invited by the department of psychology to conduct a review of their curriculum and courses, faculty complement, assessment goals and plans, and online offerings, among other issues. This APR is the 59th one Dunn has completed since 2002.

America’s Deadly Addiction to War—And the Intolerable Price Veterans Pay for It,” by Kelly Denton-Borhaug, professor of religion, appeared on on November 11, 2022. The piece was first published on

On November 11, 2022, Denton-Borhaug was a guest speaker on the show Veterans for Peace: The Hector Black Chapter, where she spoke about moral injury and United States war culture.

On November 17, Denton-Borhaug gave the virtual talk “Reclaim Armistice Day: Veterans for Peace Chapter 102” for an event at the Milwaukee City Hall Rotunda.

November/December 2022: Faculty Accomplishment


Thought and Knowledge: An Introduction to Critical Thinking (6th edition), by Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, and Diane F. Halpern, professor emerita of psychology at Claremont McKenna College was published by Routledge. Here’s a description of the book from their website:

Thought and Knowledge applies theory and research from the learning sciences to teach students the critical thinking skills that they need to succeed in today’s world. The text identifies, defines, discusses, and deconstructs contemporary challenges to critical thinking, from fake news, alternative facts, and deep fakes, to misinformation, disinformation, post-truth, and more. It guides students through the explosion of content on the internet and social media and enables them to become careful and critical evaluators as well as consumers.

Eric Sanders, associate professor and director of the speech-language pathology program, co-authored the book Supporting Individuals Who Use Augmentative and Alternative Communication: Breaking Down Opportunity Barriers, published by Plural Publishing, Inc. Here’s a description of the book from their website:

Individuals with complex communication needs who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) frequently encounter barriers that limit their ability to achieve their full potential in communication and in life. These barriers include access barriers (limitations in the current capabilities of the AAC user or the communication systems that they use) as well as opportunity barriers (e.g., policy, practice, knowledge/skill, and attitude barriers that extend beyond the AAC user). It is essential to consider both access and opportunity barriers when designing systems and supports for individuals who use AAC. However, often the emphasis of research and practice is on addressing issues related to access barriers with far less attention to opportunity barriers. Supporting Individuals Who Use Augmentative and Alternative Communication: Breaking Down Opportunity Barriers is the first book to focus specifically on practical strategies for breaking down opportunity barriers experienced by individuals who use AAC.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Self-portrait of an Artist:  The Work of Translating Catherine Perrot,” by Joanne McKeown, professor of French, appeared in the journal Translation Review (Vol. 114, No. 1, November, 2022, pp. 38-46). The article grew out of a collaboration with Dr. Diane Radycki, emerita professor of art history, and Miranda Cooper '12, who double majored in art and French. An earlier version of the work was read at a conference of the College Art Association of America (CAA) in New York City in 2013.

In the article, I show that the translation of a rare watercolor manual (1682) by artist and academician Catherine Perrot (1620-169-) uncovers new information about Perrot’s vocations as a teacher and as an advocate for the creative process in amateur artists. This is significant because most, if not all, of Perrot’s artwork has disappeared, and limited commentary on her does not address these aspects of her professional life nor does it adequately recognize her contributions to her field. How Perrot expresses herself in her manuals, identified in detail through the translation process, reveals not only her breadth of knowledge but also a relationship with her student readership. The result is a nuanced portrait of Perrot and of women in the arts in seventeenth-century France.  Student scholar Miranda Cooper ’12 produced a first-draft translation of the manual and did extensive research related to the subject for her 2012 Honors Project.


What to Expect when You Visit a Department as an Outside Reviewer?” by Professor of Psychology Dana S. Dunn and Jane Halonen of the University of West Florida, appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education on November 22, 2023. This is the second installment in a planned series of three articles on academic program reviews.

Geoffrey Roche ’08, adjunct instructor of health administration in the MBA/MHA program, has published three pieces recently with Forbes online:

Embrace Certificate, Certification and Education Reimbursement to Better Support Talent Development

The Impact of EdTech in 2022 and Beyond

Building a Culture of Belonging in the Workplace

Other Professional Contributions

Jinjing Liu, assistant professor of finance, participated in a Q&A for WalletHub.

Faramarz Farbod, adjunct instructor of political science, interviewed the distinguished historian of modern Iran and author of many books, professor Ervand Abrahamian, on BCTV's "Centering on Peace" program that aired on January 10. The conversation covered the 1953 CIA-Coup that overthrew Mossadeq and Iran's parliamentary democracy, Khomeinism, the 1979 Revolution, and the current protests.

Fall 2022: Faculty Accomplishment


Angela Fraleigh, professor of art, has enjoyed a busy exhibition season.

Solo Exhibition                            

The Raving Ones, Untitled Art Fair, Miami, Florida, with Sean Horton (Presents), November 29–December 3, 2022

The Raving Ones is a 12-by-28-foot-long painting and drawing installation. Depicted amongst a frenzied tangle of herbs and flowers long used for reproductive justice, a gathering of ecstatic Maenads raucously summons the powers of mythical and historical female figures and their animal familiars to cast a spell. The wall-drawing medicinals are cribbed from a sainted Catholic nun’s published works on abortifacients and contraceptives. Tracing a lineage of what culture has made of women and why, the work is part archaeological romp through representation and part reclamation, as it shifts the lens to reveal a more complex, diverse history. They are layered with magical signifiers and embedded with enchanted materials like crystals, moon, water, and color magic that have been vivified by a professional witch. Each painting serves as a kind of spell—one that disrupts, reimagines, and resignifies the female characters from familiar tales so as to challenge our perceptions of the past and experience a different future.

Fraleigh and Maritza Lacayo, assistant curator at Pérez Art Museum Miami, will discuss reproductive justice, art history, and witchcraft in the context of Fraleigh's painting installation in the podcast "Reproductive Justice, Art History, and Witchcraft" on Friday December 2 at 5:30 pm.

Public Art Collaborations             

Sound the Deep Waters, Canal Convergence, Scottsdale, Arizona, Fraleigh with Josh Miller, November 4–13, 2022

Sound the Deep Waters, is an Interactive Victorian flower language dictionary that invites visitors to communicate secret messages via text message—love letters, prose, inside jokes, etc. that manifest as bold, brilliant, larger than life flowers, associated with their meaning. The title is inspired by Christina Rosetti’s poem “Sleep at Sea,” which conjures a hallucinatory dreamscape of slumbering sailors. In our work the title alludes to an undetected sonar, one that rumbles beneath the surface creating a deep sounding, or awakening, of a cultural psyche.

Luminaria, San Antonio, Texas, Fraleigh with Josh Miller, Saturday, November 19, 2022

The annual Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival inspires San Antonio audiences with performances and installations by regional, national, and international artists whose stories and styles transform streets, buildings, and theaters into a place of dreams and imagination for one festive night.

Night Lights Denver, Memory in Bloom, Fischer Clocktower, Denver, Fraleigh with Josh Miller

For Denver Night Lights Fraleigh and Josh Miller partner with the Museum of Memory to preload narratives from Denver community members. The resulting floral blooms will represent an inclusive array of residents' personal histories.

Selected Group Museum Exhibitions

Gilded, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina, September 10, 2022–April 8, 2023

Forever is Composed of Nows, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York, September 28–December 31, 2022

Group Exhibition                       

Bemis Benefit and Art Auction, Omaha, Nebraska, October 15–28, 2022.

Barbara Thomspon, artist/lecturer in organ performed an organ recital at the Episcopal Church of the Mediator in Allentown on October 30.

What I Remember, What I Forget by MaryJo Rosania-Harvie, interim professor of practice, art, and education, is the InVision Juried exhibition at the Banana Factory for November. In October, Rosania-Harvie taught a sensory-friendly printmaking workshop for kids at the Banana Factory.

Larry Lipkis, professor of music, received rave reviews for his chamber opera Simonetta, performed on September 30 and October 1 in New York by the American Chamber Opera Co.

Simonetta is a fine English-language opera. Larry Lipkis’ music is rhapsodic … it moves like the wind, sweeping the audience ahead in a lush display of melody and instrumentation…. The ensembles, particularly the finales at the ends of several of the scenes, were exquisitely composed, not to mention brilliantly sung by this fine cast."—Jan Ewing, NYC Theater

Simonetta swims in exquisite, familiar functional harmonies. Despite the relatively small ensemble, the music achieved some tenderly sorrowful lows, as during the ghostly reference to the famous eight-note "Dies Irae" plainchant melody upon Vespucci’s death, and thunderously dramatic heights, as with the show-stopping and surprisingly loud tutti crescendo at the conclusion of the third scene."—Brad Ross, New York Theater Wire


Staging Authority: Presentation and Power in Nineteenth-Century Europe, edited by Heikki Lempa, professor of history, Eva Giloi, Martin Kohlrausch, Heidi Mehrkens, Philipp Nielsen, and Kevin Rogan was published on October 24, 2022, by De Gruyter Oldenbourg.

Staging Authority: Presentation and Power in Nineteenth-Century Europe is a comprehensive handbook on how the presentation, embodiment, and performance of authority changed in the long nineteenth century. It focuses on the diversification of authority: what new forms and expressions of authority arose in that critical century, how traditional authority figures responded and adapted to those changes, and how the public increasingly participated in constructing and validating authority. It pays particular attention to how spaces were transformed to offer new possibilities for the presentation of authority, and how the mediatization of presence affected traditional authority.

In addition to serving as editor, Lempa wrote the introduction and the chapter "Civil Society and the Embodiment of Authority."

Museum of Things, a chapbook by Elizabeth Gray, visiting assistant professor of creative writing, publishing as Liz Chang, is in presale from Finishing Line Press and will be released in January 2023.

Servant Leadership by Mahmoud Elhussini, assistant professor of practice in the Department of Economics and Business, will be released shortly by The Growth Coach who published Elhussini’s book Emotional Intelligence at Work earlier this year. Elhussini coaches small businesses in the community part time with Growth Coach. Both books offer relevant, applicable ideas to business owners to help them better manage their staff. 

Book Chapters

Rev. Darryl W. Stephens, director of the Pennsylvania Academy of Ministry and director of United Methodist Studies at Lancaster Theological Seminary contributed the chapter “Community Healing after Spiritual Leader Misconduct” to the handbook Responding to Spiritual Leader Misconduct, which was published in September by FaithTrust Insitute.

Stephens’s chapter “Introducing Bivocational Ministry” was published in the book Explore: Vocational Discovery in Ministry, edited by Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi and Matthew Floding and published in September by Rowman & Littlefield.

“Teaching Vivaldi: Pedagogical Responses to the Work of Claude M. Steele” by Greg Carey, professor of New Testament, was published in the book Race and Biblical Studies: Antiracism Pedagogy for the Classroom, edited by Tat­-siong Benny Liew and Shelly Matthews. Resources for Biblical Study SBL Press, October 2022.


Jeffrey Bush, assistant professor of computer science, and Sara Benham, assistant professor of occupational therapy, were awarded a $30,000 grant to develop an assistive mobile app to organize, customize, and share assistive 3D printable devices.

Honors and Awards

This year, the APTA-Pennsylvania Award for Best Research Project went to Kimberly D. Wynarczuk, assistant professor of physical therapy; Alison Roll, director of clinical education and assistant professor of physical therapy; Jennifer Elinich, assistant professor of physical therapy; John Mikovits, assistant professor of nursing; and Steven Nakhlah G’23 and Mary Rauch G’23, doctor of physical therapy students, for their work “Assessment of Diversity Present in Doctor of Physical Therapy Education Textbooks.”

In September, Sandra Aguilar, associate professor of history, received an award from Cultural Interlace and Integral Mexican Development of the Lehigh Valley, an NGO working with the Mexican-American community in the Lehigh Valley. This award recognized her contributions to the community and was part of the Mexican independence celebration that took place at the Allentown City Hall in which Matt Tuerk, mayor of Allentown, and Pennsylvania state representatives along with members of the Mexican Consulate were present.

The book Food Studies in Latin America. Perspectives on the Gastronarrative, which included Aguilar’s chapter "Homemaking in 1950s Mexico: Women, Class, and Race through the Kitchen Window" won first place in the Best Culturally Themed Academic Book and third place in the Best Non-Fiction Multi-Authored Book category at the International Latino Book Awards.

Angela Fraleigh, professor of art, was a 2022 nominee for the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award.

In November, MaryJo Rosania-Harvie, interim professor of practice, art and art education, was appointed to the board of the Pennsylvania Art Education Association for website and communications.


A Logic Model Framework for Planning an International Refugee Health Research, Evaluation, and Ethics Committee” by Colleen Payton, assistant professor of public health and director of the public health program, et. al. was published in September in the journal Health Promotion Practice.

Blood Lead Levels among Afghan Children in Select US States, 2014–2016,” by Payton et. al. was published in Pediatrics in November 2022.

“Is Myofascial Decompression Effective at Increasing Hamstring Flexibility in the Athletic Population?” (a critically appraised topic) by Julia Spellman G’22, Rachel Eldredge G’22, Melissa Nelson G’22, Jennifer Ostrowski, associate professor of athletic trainng, and Jennifer Concannon G’20 will appear in the November issue of the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation.

Effect of COVID-19 on Non-Performing Loans in China,” by Assistant Professor of Finance Jinjing Liu et. al. appeared in Finance Research Letters, on September 22, 2022.

Sara Benham, assistant professor of occupational therapy; Jeffrey Bush, assistant professor of computer science; and Brenna Curley, assistant professor of statistics, collaborated on the article “3D Printing Applications through Peer-Assisted Learning Interprofessional Education Approaches,” which appeared in the journal Focus on Health Professional Education, September 30, 2022.

Mary Anne Riopel, associate professor and director of physical therapy; Sara Benham, assistant professor of occupational therapy; Jennifer Landis, simulation lab coordinator; and occupational therapy students Stephanie Falcone and Sarah Harvey collaborated on the article “The Clinical Reasoning Assessment Tool for Learning from Standardized Patient Experiences: A Pilot Study,” which was published in the Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice, September 26, 2022.

‘I don’t feel like I’m a person”: Nursing Knowledge of Transgender Care through the Lens of Transgender People” by John Mikovits, assistant professor of nursing, was recently published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing.

“The Process of Developing a Hybrid Interprofessional Education Initiative for Graduate Students” by Kimberly D. Wynarczuk, assistant professor of physical therapy, and colleagues at Kean University was published in the journal Higher Education Pedagogies, October 20, 2022.

Conferences and Presentations

In September, Sandra Aguilar, associate professor of history, was interviewed on radio station WRTO Chicago. The topic was food in Mexico and in the Mexican-American community.

At the XVI International Conference of Historians of Mexico held in Austin, Texas, from October 30-November 2, Aguilar presented her research on visiting nurses and the implementation of public health programs in 1940s and 1950s Mexico.

Kimberly D. Wynarczuk, assistant professor of physical therapy, and Karen Greeley of Baltimore County Public Schools gave an educational session titled “Practicing during a pandemic: Changes in school-based physical therapy practice during the COVID-19 pandemic.” At the APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy Annual Conference, November  18–20, 2022, in Portland, Oregon.

Mary Rauch G ’23 and Kimberly D. Wynarczuk, assistant professor of physical therapy, presented the poster “Experiences and perceptions of youth with disabilities on school trips” at the American Physical Therapy Association-Pennsylvania Chapter MovePA Annual Conference in October 2022 at Pocono Manor, Pennsylvania.

Yvette M. McCoy, assistant professor and director of clinical education, speech-language pathology, gave one invited presentation and two accepted presentations at the American Speech Language Hearing Association Convention, November 17–19 in New Orleans:

  • “Grand Rounds in Strength and Skill Training for Swallowing Rehabilitation” (invited)
  • “Reinventing Swallowing Treatment: Moving beyond 50 years of diet modifications towards resilient rehabilitation”
  • “Reframing the Purpose of Dysphagia Care: Putting the Patient Front and Center."

At the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education at Purdue University this past summer, Shari Dunham, associate professor of chemistry, presented her scholarship of teaching and learning work in general chemistry active learning methods. Her talk was titled "Synchronous hybrid POGIL teamwork: Implementation and impact on student learning in General Chemistry.” At the same conference, Stephen Dunham, associate professor and chair of chemistry, presented "Development and Implementation of a COVID mRNA Vaccine Case Study for GOB Students in Remote and Hybrid Synchronous Teaching."

At the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting on November 8, 2022, in Boston, Colleen Payton, assistant professor of public health and director of the public health program, and Kimberly D. Wynarczuk, assistant professor of physical therapy, delivered a poster presentation, “Development and Outcomes of an Undergraduate Disability Education Course for Future Public Health Professionals and Health Care Providers.”

Dana S. Dunn, professor and chair of the department of psychology, participated in the Society for the Teaching of Psychology's Annual Conference on Teaching, which was held in Pittsburgh from October 19–22. With Suzanne Baker (James Madison University), Dunn presented a poster titled, "Comic Relief: Learning Research via Creative Comics" In search of new ways to engage their students in course material, Baker and Dunn had students in their respective classes, animal behavior and personality, create cartoons that illustrated important concepts or constructs. Dunn plans to refine the exercise in his spring personality courses.

At the 38th Annual Consortium Computing Sciences in Colleges Eastern Conference, Jeffrey Bush, assistant professor of computer science, gave the poster presentation "3D Printing, Service-Learning, and Interdisciplinary Peer-Assisted Learning," which he co-authored with Sara Benham, assistant professor of occupational therapy

Sara Benham, assistant professor of occupational therapy, and Kayla Krasinsky and Taylor Heffner, recent grads from the master’s in occupational therapy program, gave the poster presentation “Measurable Benefits of a Robotic Cat to Address Dementia-Related Behaviors” at the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on September 30, 2022.

Benham, Katherine Pennell G’21; Eric Kaskowitz G’21; Julia DeFeo G’21; Taylor Otto; and Kimberly Wynarczuk, assistant professor of physical therapy, gave the poster presentation “Applied Thematic Analysis to Understand the Perceptions of the Immersive Virtual Reality Learning Experience, the Preferred Occupational Engagement Methods, and the Meaning of Virtual Reality, for Community-Dwelling Older Adults at a Senior Center Setting,” at the 18th World Federation of Occupational Therapy Congress, in Paris, France, on August 28, 2022.

Bush, Benham, and Katelyn Moyer of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital co-hosted the workshop “3D Printing from Design to Device” at the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association 2022 Conference in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

John C. Mikovits joined colleagues from Belmont University, Regis College, Villanova University, and University of Fraser Valley to present “Advancing Care Excellence for LGBTQ+ People” at the National League of Nursing Education Summit in Las Vegas on September 29, 2022.

Tyler Countess G’23, who will graduate with a doctorate in physical therapy, presented the poster “Exploring Attitudes about Weight and Weight Stigma Among Undergraduate Health Science Students" at the 2022 Mid-Atlantic Conference of the American College of Sports Medicine held November 4-5, 2022, in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The research was conducted in collaboration with Krista Rompolski, associate professor in the doctor of physical therapy program.

Jeff Carey, professor of the New Testament, will present two papers at the Society of Biblical LIterature:

  • “Preaching Revelation,” in the Homiletics and Biblical Studies Section on November 19, 2022.
  • “Self-Centered Indifference in Luke and in Pandemic Times,” in the Ethics and Biblical Interpretation Section on November 21, 2022.

Other Professional Contributions

How to Get Started as an Academic-Program Reviewer" by Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, and his colleague, Jane S. Halonen (University of West Florida) was recently published in the Chronicle of Higher Education. This is the first article in a new series on academic program reviews.

In early November, Dana S. Dunn, professor and chair of the Department of Psychology, served on a team of external program reviewers assessing the Department of Psychology at James Madison University (JMU). After reading an internal self-study, Dunn and colleagues from three other universities spent two days on the JMU campus meeting with colleagues from the program and then wrote a report outlining the program's strengths and areas for potential growth and development. Dunn has been invited to review JMU's department on previous occasions.

“Extended Techniques in the Repertoire of the Intermediate Learner” by Annie Rose Tindall-Gibson, an artist lecturer in piano, was published in the August/September 2022 of American Music Teacher magazine, which is published by Music Teachers National Association.

Elizabeth Gray, visiting assistant professor of creative writing, publishing as Liz Chang, reviewed Linda Murphy Marshall’s new book Ivy Lodge: A Memoir of Translation and Discovery for the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Krista Rompolski, associate professor in the doctor of physical therapy program, received a Moravian Arts and Lecture grant and organized the event “Down with Diet Culture,” which was held October 6, 2022, on Moravian’s Campus.

MaryJo Rosania-Harvie, interim professor of practice, art and education, worked with Cathy Coyne, associate professor of practice, public health, and the Bethlehem Area School District to create workshops for students from Thomas Jefferson and William Penn elementary schools and Northeast Middle School. Rosania-Harvie and Cathy Coyne welcomed the City Art Pieces for Peace exhibit to Moravian and invited community youth, on campus or in their schools, to create their own artwork based on their visions of peace and the work in the exhibit. In addition, they arranged to have the pieces travel to the Bethlehem Public Library later this winter.

John C. Mikovits, associate professor of nursing, and Beth Fentress Hallmark, director of simulation at the College of Health Sciences, Belmont University, were featured guests on the program NLN Nursing Edge Unscripted Surface in the episode titled “Awareness and Affirmation: The NLN ACE+ Series for Nurse Educators and Learners,” hosted by Michelle C. Moulton, assistant professor at the University of Maryland's School of Nursing.

Faramarz Farbod, adjunct professor of political science, interviewed Robert Jensen for Berks County community TV's program "Centering on Peace," which aired on October, 11, 2022. Jenson is a retired professor of journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, activist, journalist, and author of many books, most recently An Inconvenient Apocalypse. “We talked about the struggle for a livable world, tackling human nature, ecological crises, systems of oppression, hope, meaning, anger, and the left,” says Farbod.

The Summer of 2022: Faculty Accomplishment

Special Acknowledgement

Riddick Weber, associate professor of the practice of pastoral ministry for the Moravian Theological Seminary, was elected to serve as a member of the Moravian Church Southern Province Provincial Elders Conference, a significant church leadership position.


Music professor Larry Lipkis's chamber opera "Simonetta" will be performed in New York by the American Chamber Opera Co. The work traces the relationships of the Florentine Renaissance artist Botticelli, his model and muse Simonetta, his apprentice Pino, and the Dominican friar Savonarola.  

Works by Angela Fraleigh, professor of art, were featured in the group exhibition “Howl,” which ran from July 23 to August 27 at the Inman Gallery in Houston, Texas.

Music professor Larry Lipkis travelled to Schwäbisch Gmünd, Bethlehem's sister city in Germany, to participate in a jubilee celebration of the 30-year anniversary of the Bethlehem-SG Friendship Association. Two of his new compositions were featured: "Jubilee Rondo," for brass quintet, performed by the students of the Musikschule of Schwäbisch Gmünd, and a piece for brass, voices, and chimes, recorded in May by Moravian University music students and used in a theatrical presentation during the Jubilee.


Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology co-authored the book Everyday Applications of Psychological Science: Hacks to Happiness and Health, which was published by Routledge. The book contains five sections, and Dunn wrote the third section titled "My Wealth." 

The book Bivocational and Beyond: Educating for Multivocational Ministry by Darryl Stephens, adjunct professor of ethics at the Lancaster Theological Seminary, was published by Atla Open Press. Stephens completed the manuscript for another book, Reckoning Methodism, which he anticipates will be published in 2023.

Book Chapters

The book chapter “Assessing Conversation after Traumatic Brain Injury” by Louise Keegan, associate dean of the school of rehabilitation sciences, et al. was published in the book Discourse Analysis in Adults with and without Communication Disorders: A Resource for Clinicians and Researchers, C. Coehlo, L.R. Cherney & B.B. Shadden, (Eds.), Plural Publishing. 

Babita Srivastava, adjunct professor, graduate business programs wrote the chapter “Green Supply Chain Management Post-COVID-19 Pandemic” for the book Handbook of Research on Supply Chain Resiliency, Efficiency, and Visibility in the Post-Pandemic Era, published by IGI Global in April, 2022.


A Review of The Maternal and Child Health APHA Policy Statements, 1970–2019,” by Colleen Payton, assistant professor of public health, and Mishkin, K., Davis, C.A., Katzburg, J., & Walker, D.K. was published on May 6, 2022 in Maternal and Child Health Journal.

Anger and Aspirations: Identity in Traumatic Brain Injury” by Louise Keegan associate dean of the school of rehabilitation sciences, et al., was published in the journal Neuropsychological Rehabilitation

The Unique Nature and Function of Friendship in Established Adulthood and Midlife,” by Michelle Schmidt et al. was published in the Journal of Adult Development, Special Issue on Established Adulthood.

Psychological literacy and undergraduate psychology education: An international provocation,” by Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, et al. was published in Frontiers in Educational Psychology, May 18.

Dunn, who is editor of the American Psychological Association journal Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology (STL), recently published a special issue of the journal dealing with teaching, learning, and COVID-19. Topics included the effects of quickly transitioning to online teaching in spring 2020, student evaluations of online teaching during the pandemic, minimizing cheating in online multiple-choice exams, using evidence-based practices for online teaching, and applying positive psychology to promote community and engagement. The June 2022 issue was co-edited with Dunn's associate editors, Suzanne C. Baker (James Madison University) and David Kreiner (University of Central Missouri). STL, which is published quarterly, received so many submissions that additional articles dealing with COVID-19 will appear in regular issues of the journal. 

50 Years On: Are Derivatives a "Product from Hell"?  Historical Perspectives on 30 cases on Derivative Losses” by JC Fernandez-Seoane, adjunct professor, graduate business programs, was published in the summer 2022 issue of the Journal of Derivatives.

The book Food Studies in Latin American Literature, which includes a chapter by Sandra Aguilar Rodríguez, associate professor of history, won the Best Culturally Themed Academic Book at the 24th International Latino Book Awards. Aquilar Rodriguez’s chapter is titled “Homemaking in 1950s Mexico: Women, Class and Race through the Kitchen Window.”

Babita Srivastava, adjunct professor, graduate business programs, was awarded a prestigious William Waters Grant from the Association of Social Sciences. For her project, she will study the infection and mortality rate of COVID-19 in Indian women. Srivastava teaches Microeconomic Foundations and Strategy at Moravian.

Conferences and Presentations

In June, Sandra Aguilar Rodríguez, associate professor of history, presented at the 7th International Conference on Food History and Food Studies, in Tours, France. She organized a panel on food and nutrition in Mexico and presented her paper “Food, Health, and Women in Twentieth-Century Mexico.”

John Black, professor of English, participated in the 35th Irish Conference of Medievalists at Queen's University, Belfast from June 30–July 2. His conference presentation, "Constructing Hagiography through Landscape: The Force of Place in the Cult of St Cuthbert," examined the use and re-purposing of multiple accounts of St. Cuthbert in the early medieval British Isles, with a particular focus on the ways in which variations in elements such as setting, landscape, and sacred space are deployed as crucial tools in the re-constructions of Cuthbert's life for different political purposes over the course of several centuries. In addition, Black was invited to chair a session at the conference devoted to the lives and writings of three early medieval Irish religious figures. After the conference, John spent some time biking and sightseeing at pre-modern sites in Sligo, Ireland.

Geoffrey Roche, adjunct instructor in graduate healthcare programs, spoke at two events this summer aimed at attracting and supporting leadership development, culture, and talent in the healthcare professions. The HR + Talent Virtual Summit, sponsored by Becker’s Healthcare, a media platform that produces print, digital, and events addressing important issues in American healthcare for healthcare leaders.

Roche also attended the Advancement League’s Young Health Leader Summit, which took place August 3≠5 in Raleigh, North Carolina.The Advancement League is the only healthcare membership organization for leaders committed to community and career happiness. 

Eva Marikova Leeds, professor of economics, was a discussant at the 97th Annual Western Economic Association Conference, June 29-July 3, 2022 in Portland, Oregon.

Additional Professional Contributions

The Path to Full Professor: The Department’s Obligation,” co-authored by Professor of Psychology Dana S. Dunn and colleague Jane S. Halonen appeared in the June 14, 2022, issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Dunn's piece “Changing Attitudes towards Disability,” appeared on the American Psychological Association website on May 20, 2022.

Kelly Denton-Borhaug, professor in the Department of Global Religions, appeared on Centering on Peace with John Hoskyns Abrahall, Berks Community Television on June 14, 2022. The topic was “U.S. War Culture and Moral Injury."

On Saturday August 6, 2022, Krista Rompolski, associate professor, in the doctor of physical therapy (DPT) program, and Moravian's DPT students, joined David Ebaugh, professor in the department of physical therapy at University of Delaware (UD), in a full-day session in the University of Delaware Human Anatomy Lab. This collaboration provided Moravian students with access to UD’s anatomical donors, allowing the students to build upon their prior classroom experience by studying human bodies dissected by the UD DPT students.

Denton-Borhaug's piece "Is Moral Clarity Possible in Donald Trump's America? On Truth-Telling, Confession, and First-Class Lies" was published on TomDispatch on August 16, 2022.

In August, Geoffrey Roche ’08, adjunct Instructor, graduate healthcare programs and the senior vice president of National Health Care Practice & Workforce Partnerships at Core Education was featured in a podcast published by Shift Forward Health focused on transforming healthcare. The podcast was also shared on the University of Harrisburg website.

DNPs of Color invited Roche to join its second cohort of advisory committee members. DNPs of Color (DOCs) is a 501c3 nonprofit nursing organization, whose mission is to serve doctors of nursing practice of color through networking, mentorship and advocacy to increase diversity in doctoral studies, clinical practice, and leadership.

It was a busy summer for Roche who completed the National Leadership Academy for Public Health on a Pennsylvania-based team that also included the Pennsylvania Departments of Aging and Health. The Center for Health Leadership & Impact (formerly the Center for Health Leadership and Practice) recently recognized Roche for his participation. The National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health (NLAPH) began in 2011 to provide training to four-person multi-sector teams from across the country to advance their leadership skills and achieve health equity in their community.  From chronic disease prevention and disaster preparedness to safe streets and food security, its evidence-based program helps communities address a wide range of public health challenges and create lasting change.

MaryJo Rosania Harvie joins Moravian as interim professor of practice, art and art education and the Banana Factory Arts Center as teaching artist. She taught art camps over the summer and will offer weekend workshops throughout the fall including Sensory Friendly Art classes, Sketchbook Workshops, and Portfolio Development for high school students. 

Michelle Schmidt, professor of psychology, hosted 18 rising 9th graders on campus for a week in July. The group was on campus from 9–3, Monday through Friday. as part of their Lehigh Valley Summerbridge experience. Schmidt organized 1-hour class sessions with faculty, exposed the students to college life, and helped them see that college is possible for them. All are racial/ethnic minorities, many are English language learners, and two came to the United States within the last five years from Kenya and Egypt. This is the third summer that I have volunteered to host the students. It is a phenomenal experience.

Faramarz Farbod, adjunct instructor of political science is the editor of the Left Turn journal. The Winter–Spring 2022 issue is available online. Due to paper supply shortages, the print version has been delayed.

Two articles by Farbod were published on this past spring: “Escalating the War in Ukraine Means a Global Race to Catastrophe” (May 11, 2022) and “We Can Have a Livable World or Capitalism but Not Both” (May 28, 2022).

Farbod interviewed Professor Aviva Chomsky for Berks Community Television’s "Centering on Peace," which aired on July 12, 2022. The interview covered US–Central American relations, immigrants, empire, racism, and climate change.

On July 5, 2022, “The Looming Climate Catastrophe & the Great Silence,” by Farbod was published by the Alliance for Sustainable Communities, Lehigh Valley online and in their booklet.

Farbod’s commentary “Build a Livable World or Sacrifice It for Profit,” was published by Majority Post on July 26, 2022.

Santo D Marabella, professor emeritus of management, has written, produced, and directed a short film The Caretaker (2022; 16 min) about a man who chooses to care for his elderly father who suffers from Alzheimer’s and other ailments.

April 27, 2022


Correction for Attenuation of the Multiple Correlation Coefficient Given Non-Independent Error Scores,” by Brenna Curley, assistant professor of mathematics, and Debra Wetcher-Hendricks, professor of sociology appeared in the General Linear Model Journal

The article begins by presenting a justification for the need to correct the multiple correlation coefficient for attenuation (estimating the relationship between true scores rather than between scores affected by uncontrollable outside factors) without making the assumption that the outside factors affecting true scores are not, themselves, correlated. It then provides the derivation of a formula that could do so, followed by applications to both real-life and simulated data sets.

"Defining and Measuring Tolerance of Uncontrollability," by Aleena Hay, assistant professor of psychology, appeared in the journal Cognitive Therapy and Research.

From the abstract: Life is filled with situations that remain completely beyond our control. Yet, some people seem better able to tolerate this uncontrollability than others. To date, little research has focused on understanding how people feel about the uncontrollability of life (i.e., tolerance of uncontrollability).This article introduces and describes tolerance of uncontrollability while distinguishing it from other related constructs, including intolerance of uncertainty, perception and level of control, learned helplessness, and global beliefs, such as religion and spirituality, optimism and pessimism, mindfulness, and distress tolerance.

"Effects of Community-Based Virtual Reality on Daily Activities and Quality of Life" by Sara Benham, assistant professor of occupational therapy, was published in February 2022 in the journal Physical & Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics.

The aim: To examine the effects of immersive virtual reality (VR) on self-identified daily activities and quality of life (QOL) of older adults with and without cognitive impairments and identify their preferred VR apps.

"The Effect of Blood Flow Restriction on Muscle Hypertrophy and Tendon Thickness in Healthy Adults Distal Lower Extremity: A Critically Appraised Topic," by Ellen Payne, assistant professor of athletic training and Jennifer Ostrowski, associate professor of athletic training, was published in January 2022 in the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation.

Conferences and Presentations

Tristan Gleason, associate professor of education, attended the annual American Educational Research Association conference in San Diego, where he was the co-chair of the symposium "Environmental Education as a Site of Critical Inquiry" and presented his paper "Environmental Education and the Politics of Research."

Krista Rompolski, associate professor of physical therapy, presented her research “How Do Physical Therapists Perceive Anatomy Education?” at the April 2–5, 2022, annual conference of the American Association of Anatomy at Experimental Biology in Philadelphia. Rompolski distributed a survey through both regional and national affiliations that asked physical therapists their opinions on the sufficiency and relevancy of their anatomy education in physical therapy school to their clinical practice. Rompolski hopes this research will assist doctor of physical therapy faculty in the ongoing development of their anatomy content across the curriculum and contribute to the establishment of core learning objectives for physical therapy anatomy education.

Geoffrey M. Roche ’08, adjunct instructor in Moravian’s master of business administration and master of healthcare administration programs, was a panelist at Becker's Healthcare 12th Annual Meeting Conference in Chicago, held April 25–28, 2022. He joined the conversation "The Workforce of the Future: What Hospitals Need to Stay Competitive."

Additional Professional Contributions

"The Path to Full Professor: How to Recover from Rejection," by Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, and colleague Jane S. Halonen was published in the April 22, 2022, issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

During Women's History Month in March, the Allentown Art Museum exhibited paintings from their permanent collection of works by women artists. Included in the exhibition was a painting by Angela Fraleigh, professor of art.

From the exhibit notes: In this work, Allentown artist Angela Fraleigh gives new life to women from two paintings by 19th-century artist Jean Leon Gérôme. While Gérôme used these women as foils for white subjects, Fraleigh makes them the focus of her composition. Her work encourages us to explore their agency and possible subversion—with the white protagonists removed from their scene, what might they choose to do?

April 14, 2022

Grants and Honors

Yvette M. McCoy, director of clinical education, speech-language pathology, received grant funding by the Parkinson Voice Project for their SPEAK OUT! and LOUD Crowd programs for our graduate students in the speech-language pathology program.

From the website: Parkinson Voice Project's grant program aims to make quality speech treatment accessible worldwide to people with Parkinson's and related disorders. Grant recipients include hospitals, universities, private practices, and other clinics.  Each grant site receives free SPEAK OUT! & LOUD Crowd training for their speech-language pathologists and graduate students. Select clinics also receive therapy workbooks, marketing supplies, and funding.  

On April 7, 2022, McCoy received the Clinical Achievement Award by the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association. McCoy’s award will be shared with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation as Pennsylvania's recommendation for the Louis M. DiCarlo Award for Recent Clinical Achievement.

Louise Keegan, program director speech-language pathology at Moravian University, has been selected President-Elect for the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association (PSHA).


A Critical Ethnography of an Outdoor School: Reimagining the Relationship between Science Education and Climate Change Politics by Tristan Gleason, associate professor of eduction, was published in November, 2021, by New Routledge. From the publisher:

Weaving together empirical data from fieldwork with theoretical resources spanning the sciences and humanities, this book demonstrates how community activism, political alliances, and policy changes have guaranteed the survival of an outdoor school in Oregon. This example enables artful reexamination of the relationship between science education, politics, and policy more broadly, as well as the relation of science education to climate change politics in particular. Gleason ultimately reconstructs science education towards epistemic and ontological pluralism, and illustrates how critical ethnographic research can instigate a reimagining of the relationship between curriculum and how we relate to the world.

Professor of History Heikki Lempa's chapter "The Body in Motion: The Image of Man in Physical Education in Late Eighteenth-Century Schnepfenthal" appeared in the book Anatomy of the Medical Image. Knowledge Production and Transfiguration from the Renaissance to Today, edited by Christiane Weller and Axel Fliethmann (Leiden: Brill, 2021, 95–111).

"The Taboo Should Be Taught: Supporting Autistic Young Adults in Their Sexuality, Intimacy, and Relationships" a chapter by Lauren Kahn, assistant professor of education, and Marisa Kofke appeared in Transitioning to Adulthood with Autism: Ethical, Legal and Social Issues, edited by Nanette Elster and Kayhan Parsi (Springer Verlag, 2022, 41-61).


A Feasibility Study of Two Cognitive Training Programs for Urban Dwelling Older Adults," by Sara Benham, assistant professor of occupational therapy, and Ann Marie Potter, assistant professor and director of occupational therapy, was published in the Journal of Aging & Longevity, April 8, 2022.

The abstract: Cognitive training approaches are promising to manage the effects of normal cognitive decline for the aging adult, especially with the development and integration of computerized cognitive training. Supportive community models for older adults, such as senior centers, may provide engagement opportunities for occupation-based cognitive training programming. Fourteen older adults (n = 13 Black) from an urban older adult community center participated. This feasibility trial used a two-group, pretest-posttest design to examine differences between an occupation-based computerized cognitive training (CCT) program (n = 7) and a traditional cognitive training (TCT) program (n = 7), as assessed by participants’ perceptions of the perceived benefits, tolerance of time of sessions, and on executive functioning measures. There were no significant differences in the tolerance of time of sessions (p = 0.81) between CCT (average session time = 43.64 min) and TCT (average session time = 44.27 min). Additionally, there were no significant differences in how the two program groups perceived the training based on helpfulness (p = 1.00), positive opinions (p = 0.46), and executive functioning measurement changes. All participants reported “enjoyment” of the training. Including occupation-based CCT and TCT programming is feasible and positive within community-based programming focusing on a diverse population. Short-term improvements in executive functioning should not be expected but are worthy of longer-term observation, considering a socialization component, telehealth integrations, and expansion of supportive technology-based models.

"From Honor to Bildung. Rethinking the Body in Making German Civil Society, 1750-1850" by Heikki Lempa, history professor, appeared in the Journal of Modern European History on February 2, 2022.

The abstract: With his concept of neuständische Gesellschaft, Reinhard Blänkner suggests that education or, rather, Bildung, becomes the practice that defines one's social status in the German lands between 1750 and 1850. I build on this argument by pursuing two separate but closely intertwined ideas: first, that Bildung stems from and, at the same time, displaces an older foundation of social status, honour; and second, that in this displacement the practices of the body played a pivotal role in shaping civil society. I start with some observations on civil society (Zivilgesellschaft) in the middle of the 18th century. Then I examine an important civil society project centred on a set of pedagogical reforms and experiments known as the Philanthropismus during the last decades of the 18th century. The rising critique of the Philanthropismus and the development of a counter-discourse of Bildung in the first decades of the 19th century is the theme of the following section. In the last sections of the article, I delve into the proliferation of the Bildung discourse in bodily practices, especially in social dancing, in the first half of the 19th century. The article ends with some general observations on the meaning of honour, Bildung, and the body in the making of Zivilgesellschaft. This article is not a detailed study or even a set of case studies but an attempt at rethinking the understanding and conceptualization of the time-period between 1750 and 1850 in the German lands.

"Merit, Karma, and Exchange: Chinese Buddhist Mountain Tourism Company Listings on the Stock Market" by Kin Cheung, assistant professor of East and South Asian religions, was published in the September 2021 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion.

The abstract: Since Mount Emei, one of the four famous Chinese Buddhist mountains, became associated with a publicly traded stock as a tourism company in 1997, other Chinese Buddhist sites in mainland China have announced plans for their own Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) in China’s stock exchanges. This has elicited sharp criticism by Chinese officials and citizens denouncing these actions as greedy and against the spirit of Buddhism. However, Chinese Buddhist institutions have always extensively engaged in commercial economic activities. Attributing IPO plans’ agency to Buddhists is not straightforward due to the conflict between state actors, who control local tourist development, with others in how to present a public Buddhist image. There are differences in class perceptions of these IPOs. Examining mountain gazetteers, news articles, and public finance records, I argue Buddhist economies of merit, karma, and exchange offer alternative lenses for understanding the epitome of contemporary capitalism: engaging the stock market.

Conferences, Meetings, and Presentations

Moravian was well represented at the 29th Annual ASIANetwork Conference. Dorothee Hou, postdoctoral teaching fellow in the department of modern languages and literatures, presented “A Thousand Madame White Snake: A Case Study of Teaching Transcultural Asia Through Adaptations.” Huijing Wen, assistant professor of education and a winner of ASIANetwork’s Amoloza Conference Travel Award, presented her collaborative research, “Preparing Teachers with the Anti-racism Pedagogy during Pandemic.”  The paper was part of a panel on ’Teaching Asia During Resurgence of Anti-Asian Racism’ organized by Kin Cheung, associate professor of global religions. Spanish Professor Claudia Mesa participated in a discussion on mentoring junior faculty at Liberal Arts institutions. Daniel Jasper, dean of the school of arts, humanities, and social sciences, served with the advisory board on ASIANetwork’s emerging partnership in India.

Cheung was the co-organizer and chair of the panel "Buddhist Healing Beyond the Modern: Circulation, Authenticity, and the Contested Territories of the Body-Mind" at the 2022 Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference held in Honolulu, Hawaii, on March 25, 2022.

Geoffrey M. Roche ’08, adjunct instructor in Moravian’s master of business administration and master of healthcare administration programs, was a speaker in the session “Equipping a Culturally Competent and Inclusive Workforce” at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Global Conference on March 14, 2022, in Orlando, Florida.

Roche served on the panel “Real Deal DE&I for Hiring & Retention” during the ViVE event held in Miami from March 6–9. The panel explored leadership for diversity and belonging, including technology tools, data and ,programs that enable employees to excel from the first moment of contact with an organization. 

Faculty, students, and alumni from Moravian University's occupational therapy program presented 11 research posters at the American Occupational Therapy Association Inspire 2022 Conference in San Antonio, Texas, held from March 31–April 2, 2022.

  1. Benham, S., Brincka, A. (G 22), Donlan, A., Heffner, T. (20, G 22), Krasinsky, K., (G 22), & Nguyen, C (G 22). Exploration of a Robotic Cat to Address Dementia-Related Behaviors in a Long-Term Setting
  2. Ivaturi, S., Enam, N. & Benham, S. Telehealth Mindfulness Meditation Programming to Address Stress & Sleep Quality in Higher Education Students.
  3. Benham, S. Brogan, K. (20, G 22), Enam, N., Brown, L. (G 22), Gladwell, Caitlin (G 22), & Neu, C. (20, G22) Exploration of a Sleep Hygiene, Mindfulness, & Sensory Pillow Program to Address Sleep Quality & Stress Among Higher Education Students. 
  4. Burmeister, S. Wynarczuk, K (F),  Bawayan, R. (F), Sanders, E. (F), Milstrey, B. (21, G 23) Changes in Writing & Addressing Student Goals During Covid-19 for OT, Physical Therapy, & Speech-Language Pathology: A Qualitative Analysis
  5. Burmeister, S., Nagle, M. (G22), Kresge, L. (G21), Brenner, A. (G21), MacLeod, T. (G21) & McMaster, R. (G21). Healthcare Clinician Perceptions of OTs Providing Services During Well-Baby Visits: A Descriptive Research Study
  6. Culshaw, M., Yatczak, J., Silander, H. & Morter, T. Are They Thriving or Just Surviving? Moving Beyond Graduation & Grades to Measure Success in Students.
  7. Culshaw, M. Touchinsky, S., Nagle, M (G22), Swackhammer, A. (G 22), & Szuter, E. (20, G22). Exploring the Relationship Between Age & Pedal Performance in Driving: What Does it Mean for Clinical Practice?
  8. Potter, A., Pheiffer, B (G21), Hess, K (G21), Rossi, M. (G21), & Umar, T. (G21). Parental Perspectives on Social Health & Family Relationships of Children with Cancer: An Exploratory Study
  9. Potter, A.  Wynarczuk, K (F), Kahn, L. (F), Sanders, E. (F), Curley, B. (F), Kresge, L (G 21), Jean-Louis, C. (G 21). Improving Inclusion & Participation in School Trips Through Parental Perceptions & Experiences of Their Children with Disabilities. 
  10. Potter, A., Crawford, C. (G21), Gasper, B. (G21), Rowlands, A. (G21), Saquing, R. (G21). Anxiety, Grit, & Academic Performance During the COVID-19 Pandemic. 
  11. Potter, A. Bashi, S. (G 22), Mieczkowski, K (G 22), Meyers, J. (G 22), Maguire, K. (G 22) Lived Experiences of Men with Breast Cancer & the Impact on Occupations: An Interpretive Phenomenological Study. 

Additional Professional Contributions

Earlier this year, Kin Cheung, assistant professor of East and South Asian religions, was elected to be a steering committee member for the Buddhist Philosophy Unit in the American Academy of Religion. Last year, he was invited to be a steering committee member for the Buddhist Critical-Constructive Reflection Unit in the American Academy of Religion.

Transforming the Healthcare Workforce Diversity through Equitable Access to Education,” education a blog by Geoffrey M. Roche ’08, adjunct instructor in Moravian’s master of business administration and master of healthcare administration programs, appeared April 6, 2022, on HTHL Digital.

Faramarz Farbod, adjunct instructor of political science, interviewed Margaret Kimberley, columnist and senior editor at #BlackAgendaReport, on April 8, 2022. The interview aired on BCTV in Reading, Pennsylvania, on April 12, 2022. "We talked about her background, her vision of liberation, radical politics, her critique of capitalism, militarism, the Dems, propaganda, her thoughts about the war in Ukraine, US foreign policy, and her book about US presidents and black Americans," says Farbod.

April 7, 2022

Conferences, Meetings, and Presentations

Dana S. Dunn, professor and chairperson of psychology, recently attended the spring 2022 Consolidated Meetings of the American Psychological Association in Washington, DC. Dunn is an elected member of the Board of Convention Affairs. He worked with colleagues to finalize the 2022 Annual APA Conference, which takes place in August 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

In addition, Dunn served as a virtual external program reviewer for the Department of Psychology at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. Named after President Harry S. Truman, TSU is the public liberal arts and sciences university in the state.

Diane Husic, dean of the school of natural and health sciences, recently organized and moderated a by-invitation mini-symposium for the 97th annual Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences conference: Snapshots of a Superfund Site: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Ecological Restoration. Her talk in this session, held on March 26, was titled "Analyzing the Success of Restoration and Adaptive Management Strategies."

On March 29, Husic was an invited panelist for Hawk Mountain Sanctuary's "Women of Conservation" event as part of Women's History Month. Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (HMS) was founded by a New York socialite in 1934 to stop the shooting of migrating raptors from the ridgetop. Rachel Carson was a member and visitor, and HMS data about eagle population declines is described in her book Silent Spring. “It is an honor to be a part of a panel of women that are continuing this legacy,” says Husic, who serves on the HMS board and is chair of the conservation science committee.

On Friday March 23, Bob Brill, associate professor of industrial/organizational psychology, gave a presentation on "Evidence-based Best Practices in the Psychology of Team Building" to the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.  

Additional Professional Contributions

“The Path to Full Professor: When Your Bid for Promotion Fails” by Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, and colleague Jane S. Halonen was published in the March 21, 2022, issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

What Happens after the Russia-Ukraine Conflict?” by Gary Olson, professor emeritus of political science,

appeared in the March 13, 2022 issue of Common Dreams.

Robert H. Mayer, professor emeritus of education, has been speaking widely about his recent book, In the Name of Emmett Till: How the Children of the Mississippi Freedom Struggle Showed Us Tomorrow.

Locally, on September 21, 2021, he appeared on channel 39's Courageous Conversations, and on January 17 of this year he spoke with Silagh White on WDIY's Ary Salon.

Mayer also participated in a conversation about his book on January 15 of this year at the the African American Museum in Philadelphia and on October 14, 2021, through the Prince George's County Office of Human Rights.

On April 25, Mayer heads down to Mississippi and Alabama where he will speak at area bookstores, Lemuria Bookstore (Jackson, Mississippi), Read Herring Bookstore (Montgomery, Alabama), and  Thacker Mountain Radio-Square Books (Oxford, Mississippi). He will also be speaking at the Smith-Robertson Museum in Jackson, Missouri and the Birmingham Public Library in Birmingham, Alabama. 

These and many other events are posted on his website

March 16, 2022


A Communal Intervention for Military Moral Injury,” by Kelly Denton-Borhaug, professor of global religions, with Chris J. Antal, Peter D. Yeomans, and Scott A. Hutchinson appeared in the Journal of Healthcare Chaplaincy, on December 10, 2021.

Conferences, Meetings, and Presentations

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology recently participated in a symposium on “Research Methods meets the Real World: Fostering Critical Thinking” at the 93rd Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association in New York City. Dunn spoke on “Teaching critical thinking about news: Evidence, not Drama, Affirmation, or ‘Feel Good’ moments.”

Emeritus Professor of English, Joel Wingard chaired a live roundtable session Saturday, March 12, at the online Conference of College Composition and Communication (CCCC). Joel is chair of the CCCC Standing Committee for Senior, Late-Career, and Retired Professionals in Rhetoric & Composition/Writing Studies, which sponsored the roundtable.

The session, titled “Mutuality and Equity through Intergenerational Exchange,” addressed the topic from several positions across time and perspective. Among the ten speakers was Christina LaVecchia, Moravian University Class of 2007, and Ph.D., University of Cincinnati, 2017. Christina, now a research fellow at The Mayo Clinic, spoke on empowering the field to disrupt top-down, senior/early-career mentor paradigms.

Additional Professional Contributions

“Trapped in the Quagmire of Digital Recommendation Letters” by Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, and colleague Jane S. Halonen from the University of West Florida, was published in the January 26, 2022, issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education.

"The Path to Full Professor: Timing is Everything" by Dunn and Halonen, appeared in the February 22, 2022, issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education.

The Deadly Consequences of Making War `Sacred’” by Kelly Denton-Borhaug, professor of global religions, appeared in the February 2022 issue of Sojourners Magazine.

Denton-Borhaug’s latest piece for, "With Violence, America Reaps What It Sows," was published in The Nation on February 24, 2022.

Faramarz Farbod, adjunct instructor of political science, is the editor and publisher of Left Turn. Physical copies are available in Reeves Library and various locations around campus, and it is available online: spring 2021 and fall 2021.

Farbod’s piece "Palestine Can’t Breathe" appeared in the June 8, 2021 issue of New Age, a leading English language daily newspaper based in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

On January 6, 2022, Farbod, host of the program Centering on Peace, which is broadcast on BCTV, Reading, PA, spoke with theater actor Bob Weick who plays Karl Marx in the great radical historian Howard Zinn's one-person-play Marx in Soho.

Farbod also hosted Centering on Peace on October 14, 2021 with a piece titled "A Conversation with Young Radicals."

The opinion piece "Anti-transgender and Anti-LGBRTQ+ Policies Are DeHumanizing" by John Mikovits, assistant professor of nursing, appeared in the March 3, 2022, issue of the Morning Call.

What Happens after the Russia-Ukraine Conflict” by Gary Olson, professor emeritus of political science, appeared in the March 9, 2022 issue of Dissident Voice.

January 20, 2022


The Positive Psychology of Personal Factors: Implications for Understanding Disability edited by Dann S. Dunn, professor of psychology, and Michael Wehmeyer (Distinguished Professor, University of Kansas) was released this month.

From the publisher (Rowman & Littlefield): Historically, interventions designed to impact the lives of disabled people were predicated upon deficits-based models of disability. This began to change with the introduction of World Health Organization (WHO) frameworks, particularly the International Classification of Function (ICF), that emphasized that disability could only be understood in the context of interactions among health, environmental factors, and personal factors and by examining the impact of such factors on a person’s activities and participation. The ICF identified personal factors as among the elements of a social-ecological model of disability but did not provide an extensive taxonomy of what constitutes such factors. The Positive Psychology of Personal Factors examines personal factors that come from the field of positive psychology and, as such, to begin to identify and build strengths-based approaches to promoting the full participation, dignity, and well-being of disabled people.


The Circus Is in Town: Sport, Celebrity, and Spectacle edited by Joel Nathan Rosen, associate professor and program director of communications and media studies, and Lisa Doris Alexander, professor in the Department of African American Studies at Wayne State has just been released by University Press of Mississippi.

From the publisher: In this fifth book on sport and the nature of reputation, editors Lisa Doris Alexander and Joel Nathan Rosen have tasked their contributors with examining reputation from the perspective of celebrity and spectacle, which in some cases can be better defined as scandal. The subjects chronicled in this volume have all proven themselves to exist somewhere on the spectacular spectrum—the spotlight seemed always to gravitate toward them. All have displayed phenomenal feats of athletic prowess and artistry, and all have faced a controversy or been thrust into a situation that grows from age-old notions of the spectacle. Some handled the hoopla like the champions they are, or were, while others struggled and even faded amid the hustle and flow of their runaway celebrity. While their individual narratives are engrossing, these stories collectively paint a portrait of sport and spectacle that offers context and clarity.

Book Chapters

Sandra Aguilar, associate professor of history, wrote the book chapter "Homemaking in 1950s Mexico: Women, Class, and Race through the Kitchen Window" for the book Food Studies in Latin American Literature, published by the University of Arkansas

Professor of Psychology Dana S. Dunn wrote the chapter “Teaching Social Psychology Effectively: A Practical Guide,” which appears in the International Handbook of Psychology Learning and Teaching. From the publisher (Springer): Social psychology is the scientific study of how people think about, influence, and relate to one another – a subfield of psychology that began more than a century ago with experiments on social facilitation and social loafing. In the aftermath of World War II, social psychology subsequently broadened to tackle pressing social issues such as prejudice, genocide, obedience to authority, and school desegregation. In this chapter, we provide a practical guide on how to teach social psychology to undergraduate students, including “action teaching”—a relatively new educational approach in which students take action on social issues as part of the learning process.

Journal Articles

Sandra Aguilar, associate professor of history, recently published her piece "The Most Nutritious Food: Debates and Practices about Milk Consumption in Mexico" in the Brazilian journal História, Ciências, Saúde-Manguinhos as part of a special issue on milk consumption in Latin America. 


Diane Husic, dean of the school of natural and health sciences, has been named senior fellow with the Global Council for Science and the Environment (GCSE).

From their website: The Global Council for Science and the Environment is a nongovernmental organization established in 1990 that advances the use of science to inform environmental decision-making. The work of GCSE spans boundaries between science and decision-making to strengthen the impact of durable solutions to environmental challenges. GCSE engages scientists, educators, policymakers, business leaders, and officials at all levels of government. GCSE was formerly the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE).

GCSE was accredited as an observer for the UN climate meetings for the first time in 2021 (this is the same status Moravian has). Because of Husic’s experience with these conferences and her formal roles with the UN, she helped guide the GCSE's first delegation at COP26 and served on the panel “Leading with Science on the Road to COP26."

Talks and Presentations

In December, Sandra Aguilar, associate professor of history, presented her research at the 13th international conference of the European Institute for the History and Cultures of Food in Tours, France, in December 2021. The theme of the conference was “Dietary Choices, Instructions, and Precepts—A Multidisciplinary Approach.

Understanding Ableism and Negative Reactions to Disability” by Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology was published on December 15, 2021, by the American Psychological Association's (APA) Psychology Teacher network.

Kelly Denton-Borhaug, professor of global religions, was a guest on WATERtalk, produced by the Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER). Denton-Borhaug spoke on the topic “Military Moral Injury and Cultural Violence: Exploring the Intersections of Toxic Masculinities, Religion and Ideologies of Nationalism in the U.S. Context.”

On October 20, 2021, Denton-Borhaug participated in the webinar “Current Theological Reflections on Military Moral Injury: Why a Social Analysis of Moral Injury Matters.” The webinar was co-sponsored by The Soul Repair Center at Brite Divinity School and The Shay Center of VOA.

Additional Professional Contributions

An op-ed by Diane Husic, dean of the school of natural and health sciences,  “COVID will Continue to Highlight America’s Nursing Shortage in 2022 and the Looming ‘Silver Tsunami’” appeared on the Fox Business website on December 2021.

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, gave a "Virtual Grand Rounds" talk to the New York University Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry on Friday, January 7, 2022. His talk was titled: "Only Words? Person-First and Identity-First Language for Disability: Reflections, Applications, and Understanding."

The piece “Christians as Dangerous Good Samaritans,” by Gary Olson, professor emeritus of political science, appeared on the website Dandelion Salad on December 22. 2021.…

December 2, 2021


Associate professors of nursing Paulette Dorney and Lori Hoffman are co-authors with Kathleen Gray and Albert Crawford of Thomas Jefferson University on the paper, "Nurses' pandemic lives: A mixed-methods study of experiences during COVID-19," published in Applied Nursing Research, August 2021. From the abstract:


The US healthcare settings and staff have been stretched to capacity by the COVID-19 pandemic. While COVID-19 continues to threaten global healthcare delivery systems and populations, its impact on nursing has been profound.


This study aimed to document nurses' immediate reactions, major stressors, effective measures to reduce stress, coping strategies, and motivators as they provided care during COVID-19.


Splinters of a Secret Sky, a solo exhibit by Angela Fraleigh, professor of art, is on view until December 11, 2021, at the Weatherspoon Art Museum at University of North Carolina Greensboro. From the museum website:

In Angela Fraleigh’s dynamic paintings, female subjects culled from art history become active protagonists in newly imagined spaces. In their original contexts, these figures were largely painted as docile objects for the male gaze. Fraleigh, however, reimagines them in dreamlike scenes where they exist for one another instead. They converse, engage, and share—they acknowledge the eyes upon them, look back at the viewer, and then return to one another.

While mining art history broadly, Fraleigh also digs deep into particular stories—often drawing inspiration from specific museum collections. For her Weatherspoon exhibition, she turns to the legacy of Claribel and Etta Cone—the formidable sisters whose transformative gift of artworks helped establish the Museum’s collection.

Additional Professional Contributions

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology and Jane S. Halonen of the University of West Florida have co-authored the advice piece “Why and How to Teach Teamwork,” which appeared in the November 15, 2021 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Thoughts on the Left’s Response to Capitalism’s Global Death Spiral” by Gary Olson, professor emeritus of political science, appeared on November 30, 2021, in the newsletter Dissident Voice.

October 21, 2021


A New Working Class: The Legacies of Public-Sector Employment in the Civil Rights Movement by Jane Berger, associate professor of history, was released this month by University of Pennsylvania Press. From the publisher: 

For decades, civil rights activists fought against employment discrimination and for a greater role for African Americans in municipal decision-making. As their influence in city halls across the country increased, activists took advantage of the Great Society—and the government jobs it created on the local level—to advance their goals.

A New Working Class traces efforts by Black public-sector workers and their unions to fight for racial and economic justice in Baltimore. The public sector became a critical job niche for Black workers, especially women, a largely unheralded achievement of the civil rights movement. A vocal contingent of Black public-sector workers pursued the activists' goals from their government posts and sought to increase and improve public services. They also fought for their rights as workers and won union representation. During an era often associated with deindustrialization and union decline, Black government workers and their unions were just getting started.

During the 1970s and 1980s, presidents from both political parties pursued policies that imperiled these gains. Fighting funding reductions, public-sector workers and their unions defended the principle that the government has a responsibility to provide for the well-being of its residents. Federal officials justified their austerity policies, the weakening of the welfare state and strengthening of the carceral state, by criminalizing Black urban residents—including government workers and their unions. Meanwhile, workers and their unions also faced off against predominately white local officials, who responded to austerity pressures by cutting government jobs and services while simultaneously offering tax incentives to businesses and investing in low-wage, service-sector jobs. The combination of federal and local policies increased insecurity in hyper-segregated and increasingly over-policed low-income Black neighborhoods, leaving residents, particularly women, to provide themselves or do without services that public-sector workers had fought to provide.

Meg Mikovits, instructor of writing; Crystal Fodrey, associate professor of English, and Erica Yozell, associate professor of Spanish, just published their final piece of research connected to the Digital Storytelling Mellon Foundation Grant: “Investigating the Design of Multimodal Writing Projects Across the Disciplines” in Shyam Bahadur Pandey and Santosh Khadka (Eds.), Multimodal composition: Faculty development programs and institutional change. Routledge.


Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, will be receiving the 2022 Roger G. Barker Distinguished Research Contribution Award at the 24th Annual Rehabilitation Psychology Conference, which will be held in Louisville, Kentucky from February 17–20, 2022. This annual award, given by the American Psychological Association's Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology), is conferred upon an individual who is judged to have made an outstanding lifelong contribution to rehabilitation psychology through empirical research, conceptual/theoretical development, or both.

Barker was a pioneering social psychologist who studied adaptation to disability, among other topics. He was also one of the founders of environmental psychology.

Panels and Presentations

Diane Husic, dean of the school of natural and health sciences, was invited to serve on the panel “Leading with Science on the Road to COP26,” presented by the Global Council for Science and the Environment and the Security and Sustainability Forum on October 18, 2021.

The focus of the discussion: The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) makes it clear that climate change is caused by human activity, and it is changing more quickly than previously thought. The report also highlights that it isn’t too late for world leaders to act. How will science serve world leaders as they gather for COP26?

Husic’s co-panelists were Saleemul Huq, director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) in Bangladesh, and David Victor, professor of innovation and public policy at the School of Global Policy and Strategy, University of California San Diego.

Susan Morelock, assistant professor of photography and new media presented a talk titled “Ghost Hunting at Home: Women, Photography, and Domesticity," in the panel “History, Public and Domestic: Deep Dives, Deep Fakes, and Augmented Reality” at annual conference of the Popular Culture Association annual conference, on June 5, 2021.

photograph "Ghost Hunting" by Susan Morelock

"Ghost Hunting" by Susan Morelock

And view the latest on Morelock's photography exhibitions here.

Additional Professional Contributions

The Sound of Fury,” an article by Dana S.Dunn, professor and chair of the department of psychology, and his colleague Jane S. Halonen of the University of West Florida, appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education on September 10, 2021.

"War's End? A Parable of (All American) Violence," an article by Kelly Denton-Borhaug, professor of global religions appeared on September 23, 2021 on  

Decolonizing Minds, Including My Own, About U.S. Capitalist State Settler Colonialism,” an article by Gary Olson, professor emeritus of political science, appeared in The Greanville Post on September 23, 2021.

Good News about Grant Work

Diane Husic, dean of the school of natural and health sciences, is a partner on two National Science Foundation Research Coordination Network (RCN) grants. The most recent one (awarded in August 2020) is the Youth Environmental Alliance in Higher Education (YEAH) project involving 11 main institutional partners but with a global reach through the resources that are being developed and the YEAH global conferences.

Husic’s collaborator from Colorado State University was sitting in on a presentation recently and was surprised to see the YEAH network appear in the slides. Apparently, of all the RCN-Undergraduate Biology Education proposals funded by NSF—representative of 700 universities—YEAH is the only one with such a reach that it has its own network map. The NSF program director highlighted the project as what a successful network looks like. The following links take you to maps/data from the three virtual international conferences sponsored by the YEAH network, showing the global reach of this project to date:

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September 9, 2021


Spaces of Honor: Making German Civil Society, 1700-1914, by Heikki Lempa, professor of history, was just published by University of Michigan Press. From the publisher:

The common understanding is that honor belongs to a bygone era, whereas civil society belongs to the future and modern society. Heikki Lempa argues that honor was not gone or even in decline between 1700 and 1914, and that civil society was not new but had long roots that stretched into the Middle Ages. In fact, what is peculiar for this era in Germany were the deep connections between practices of honor and civil society. This study focuses on collective actions of honor and finds them, in a series of case studies, at such communal spaces as schools, theaters, lunch and dinner tables, spas, workers’ strikes, and demonstrations. It is in these collective actions that we see civil society in making.

Spaces of Honor sees civil society not primarily as an idea or an intellectual project but as a set of practices shaped in physical spaces. Around 1700, the declining power of religious authorities allowed German intellectuals to redefine civil society, starting with a new language of honor. Then, in the middle of the eighteenth century, an increasing number of voluntary associations and public spaces turned it into reality. Here, honor provided cohesion. In the nineteenth century, urbanization and industrialization ushered in powerful forces of atomization that civil society attempted to remedy. The remedy came from social and physical spaces that generated a culture of honor and emotional belonging. We find them in voluntary associations, spas, revived guilds, and labor unions. By the end of the nineteenth century, honor was deeply embedded in German civil society.

“Extremely well researched and clearly written, Spaces of Honor is a remarkable and convincing study of the development of civil society in Germany. It engages with the key themes of the post-1945 historiography and draws on and engages with the latest work on honour and the great variety of areas covered in the case studies. Historians of Germany have to read this book, as do all scholars who are interested in German literature, culture, and ideas.” —Joachim Whaley, University of Cambridge


Associate Professors of Nursing Beth Gotwals and Pamela Adamshick co-authored the article "Integrating Mental Health Connections in Community Academic Partnerships,"  which was recently published in the journal Public Health Nursing.

Abstract: Community academic partnerships (CAPs) connect students to interprofessional collaborations and expand clinical experiences beyond traditional settings. Serious and persistent mental health problems represent an important action area within population health. Mental health disorders across the lifespan are often co-morbid with substance use, poverty, and community violence. This article describes CAPs in a community course where students impact vulnerable populations while learning new roles and responsibilities. The process explains student engagement with the community, and using best practices for care of community, population health concerns, and mental health and well-being.

Over the summer of 2021, Joyce Hinnefeld, professor of English, served as the acting associate editor of the Quaker magazine Friends Journal. The September issue focuses on policing and mass incarceration and includes Hinnefeld’s interview, “Too Much Justice, Too Much Mercy,” with death penalty defense lawyer Jim Moreno. Hinnefeld also helped shepherd the powerful essay “Prison as Exile” by Heather Lavelle who is serving life without parole at SCI-Muncy, Pennsylvania’s maximum security prison for women. Lavelle helped arrange inside/outside exchanges for students in Hinnefeld’s classes  last year.

Dana S. Dunn is co-author of two chapters in the new book Transforming Introductory Psychology: Expert Advice on Teacher Training, Course, Design, and Student Success. Each year, well over a million undergraduate students enroll in the introductory psychology course. This edited volume presents recommendations and guidance for designing and teaching this essential psychology course. The book is a product of the American Psychological Association's (APA) Introductory Psychology Initiative. Dunn contributed to chapters on "Designing the Introductory Psychology Course: An Evidence-Informed Framework" and "Navigating the Nuances of Teaching Introductory Psychology: A Roadmap for Implementing Evidence-Based Instructional Methods."

The Language of Disability” an article by Dunn with psychology professor Rhoda Olkin appeared in the Fall 2021 issue of the online newsletter Psychology Teacher Network, published by the American Psychological Association. One impediment to talking about disability is that people are unsure what are the “right” words to use. This is compounded by the fact that disability issues are often not in the public discourse. Media reports reinforce some usage that is counter to preferences in the disability community (e.g., “traffic was snarled due to a disabled truck” or “despite her disability she was successful in school”). The purpose of this article is to give some guidance on current language in the disability community. 

Other Professional Contributions

Diane Husic, dean of the school of natural and health sciences and professor of biology, was an invited panelist for the World Water Week symposium, held from August 27–27, and organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute and the Grundfos Foundation. The symposium was held entirely online, in a digital format designed to ensure that people across the world could collaborate to find solutions to the world's greatest water-related challenges. The session “Why Is Effective Communication Important for Water?” featured speaker Sandra Postel, Stockholm Water Prize Laureate 2021 spoke about the challenges related to communicating water issues, the need for water education, and why it takes more stories to get the message across. On the panel, in addition to Husic, were Carl Ganter, Co-Founder and Managing Director Circle of Blue, Kim Nøhr Skibsted, Executive Director Grundfos Foundation, and Daniella Boström Couffe, Communications Manager, UN Water.

Kelly Denton-Boraugh, professor in the global religions department, continues to be invited to podcasts and interviews to discuss matters touching on her book And Then Your Soul Is Gone: Moral Injury and Us War-Culture. The latest podcast “How the Concept of Self-Sacrifice Fuels US Militarism,” aired on August 17, 2021, on Nonviolence Radio with Michael Nagler and Stephanie Van Hook.

August 18, 2021


And Then Your Soul is Gone: Moral Injury and U.S. War-culture by Kelly Denton-Borhaug, professor in the Global Religions Department, was recently published by Equinox Publishing. From the publisher:

And Then Your Soul is Gone exposes the threads of violence that tie together the naturalized dynamics of U.S. ways of war and militarization with collective practices of national distraction and self-deception. It shows how these same threads of violence are also tightly woven and sacralized in the tapestry of U.S. national identity, tragically concealing moral injury from greater consciousness, and sourcing its toxic growth in the very lives of those the nation claims it most highly esteems, our military service members and veterans.

Drawing on Claudia Card’s philosophical framework, moral injury here is characterized as an atrocity, “a foreseeable intolerable harm caused by culpable wrongdoing.” These atrocities are shown to be flash-points revealing important truths regarding the unlivable consequences of U.S. war-culture and highlighting the urgent need to rethink the meaning of U.S. nationalism, desacralize violence, and support life.


“Pre-operative Predictors of Early Mobility and Knee Motion in Patients Undergoing a Total Knee Arthroplasty,” co-authored by Kathleen Madara, assistant professor of physical therapy, was recently published in the European Journal of Physiotherapy

Kathleen C. Madara, Moiyad Aljehani, Adam Marmon, Steven Dellose, James Rubano & Joseph Zeni (2021): Pre-operative predictors of early mobility and knee motion in patients undergoing a total knee arthroplasty, European Journal of Physiotherapy, DOI:10.1080/21679169.2021.1947369

Other Professional Contributions

Kelly Denton-Borhaug, professor in the Global Religions Department, has recently published the following pieces with

“Moral Injury and the Forever Wars: What Americans Don't Want to Hear” (republished by City Watch, History News Network, and Counterpunch)

“Why Are So Many of Our Military Brothers and Sisters Taking Their Own Lives?”

“War Is Anything but Sacred. Ask Those Who Fought” (republished by The Nation)

Those pieces elicited interest from other media:

“Christianity is the Linchpin in America’s War Machine” with Bob Scheer for his podcast Scheer Intelligence (this podcast was also shared on Halal Watch World News)

“Veterans and Suicide: The ‘Moral Injury’ We Don’t Want to See” with Burt Cohen for his podcast Keeping Democracy Alive

Khristina H. Haddad, associate professor of political science, held the workshop “Digital Commonplace Book Keeping: Developing Digital Methods for an Early Modern Intellectual Technology” at the Keystone Digital Humanities Conference, held on July 14, 2021, at Temple University in Philadelphia.


Sue Scholtz, associate professor of nursing, has been chosen as a finalist for the Nightingale Award “Nursing Education—Academia.” The Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania is a nonprofit organization that recognizes exemplary nursing practice and grants scholarships to students pursuing degrees in nursing at all levels.

July 28, 2021


Coming in September—In the Name of Emmett Till: How the Children of the Mississippi Freedom Struggle Showed Us Tomorrow by Robert Mayer, professor emeritus of English. The book, written for young adults, tells the story of the young people of Mississippi who organized to fight for civil rights after the lynching of Emmett Till and how they helped change the world.


The paper “Does improved risk information increase the value of cholera prevention? An analysis of stated vaccine demand in slum areas of urban Bangladesh” co-authored by Sonia Aziz, associate professor of economics was published in the March 2021 issue of the journal Social Science & Medicine.

Khristina Haddad, associate professor of political science, and Claudia Mesa Higuera, professor of Spanish, have been working for several years on their visually beautiful pedagogy article “Seeing What Is Said: Teaching Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Prince through Its Images.” The piece was published in the July 2021 issue of the journal Political Science & Politics.


Kristin Baxter has been appointed Region 10 Representative for the Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA). Region 10 includes Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, Pike, and Schuylkill counties. The president of PAEA also asked her to contribute an essay to the PAEA blog. Baxter’s blog titled "How can we apply current debates and discussions about racial equity and social justice into our art curriculum?" was published on May 30, 2021.

Other Professional Contributions

The article “Come Back, Face-to-Face Faculty Meetings: All Is Forgiven!” by Dana S. Dunn, professor and chair of the Department of Psychology, and his colleague Jane S. Halonen of the University of West Florida, appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education on June 7, 2021.

In addition, Dunn spoke in a virtual symposium on "Moving Disability Studies Forward: Trends and Needed Research" at the 2021 Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association. Dunn spoke on "Social Psychological Issues and Disability: Attitudes and Attitude Change Revisited."

Kristin Baxter, associate professor of art and coordinator of the art education program was one of the presenters at the workshop “Practicing Radical Self-Care: An Act of Liberation,” on June 10, 2021, sponsored by the YWCA Allentown, YWCA Bethlehem, Shanthi Project, NAACP Allentown/Lehigh Unit, the Bethlehem NAACP, and the Allentown Human Relations Commission. During her session, she led a discussion using mindfulness principles, focused on works of art by BIPOC artists. Participants also created a handmade book for recording their observations.

In addition, Baxter was invited by Stacie Brennan, Curator of Education at the Lehigh University Art Galleries (LUAG), and Maureen Wendling, Executive Director of Shanthi Project, to present five workshops in support of an exhibition at LUAG titled “Well, Well, Well: Picturing Wellness in the LUAG Collection.” Here are Baxter’s workshops:

1.     November 5, 2020, "Post-Election Overload: Self-Care Workshop"

2.     January 28, 2021, "Connect and Create: Creative Journaling

3.     February 20, 2021, "Family Workshop Inside Out: Art and Mindfulness

4.     March 4, 2021, "Art in Dialogue: Mindfulness in the Museum

5.     March 10, 2021, Lunch & Learn: Self-Care Practice for Students: Presentation for Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts

April 30, 2021


Professor of Global Religions Kelly Denton-Borhaug’s book And then your soul is gone: Moral Injury and U.S. War-culture will be released in August 2021 by Equinox, London.

From the publisher: The sharp and unforgiving suffering of the morally injured veteran cannot be fully understood, much less effectively addressed, without a comprehensive investigation of moral injury’s underlying causes in American culture and society. This book exposes the threads of violence that tie together the naturalized dynamics of U.S. ways of war and militarization with collective practices of national distraction and self-deception. It shows how these same threads of violence are also tightly woven and sacralized in the tapestry of U.S. national identity, tragically concealing moral injury from greater consciousness, and sourcing its toxic growth – ironically — in the very lives of those the nation claims it most highly esteems, our military service members and veterans. Drawing on Claudia Card’s philosophical framework, moral injury here is characterized as an atrocity, “a foreseeable intolerable harm caused by culpable wrongdoing.” These atrocities are shown to be flash-points revealing important truths regarding the unlivable consequences of U.S. war-culture and highlighting the urgent need to rethink the meaning of U.S. nationalism, desacralize violence, and support life.


Assistant professor of English, Belinda Waller-Peterson’s article “The Art of Death by Edwidge Dandicat,” appeared in the Journal of Medical Humanities, November 2020.

Remembering the Summer of 2020” by Kelly Denton-Borhaug was published in Dialog on August 18, 2020.

Abstract: How will historians and theologians remember the summer of 2020? This article leverages a socio‐ethical analysis and response to twenty years of sacralized and sacrificial U.S. war‐culture, and the meaning of this history, given the shifting cultural tectonic plates in the summer of 2020, and intersecting social ills of climate crisis, racism, inequality, and pandemic.


Vice Provost Carol Traupman-Carr has been selected to receive the Excellence in Education Award from the Global Forum for Education and Learning (GFEL) for creating Alpha Alpha Alpha, the national honor society for first-generation college students. Additional accomplishments that recommend Traupman-Carr for this award include creation of a higher education leaders program; the creation of Advance into Moravian (AIM), a summer bridge program tailored for new students; and the development of a prior learning assessment program for the institution. The award will be presented at the GFEL conference at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, June 23-25, 2021.

Invited Publications

Kelly Denton-Borhaug’s “Martyrdom Discourse in Contemporary U.S. War-culture” appeared in the Wiley Blackwell Companion to Christian Martyrdom. Edited by Paul Middleton, 417-484. Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley-Blackwell, 2020.

Denton-Borhaug’s “Moral Injury and the ‘U.S. War-culture Bible,’” was published in Moral Injury: A Guidebook for Understanding and Engagement. Edited by Brad Kelle, 173-188. New York: Lexington Books, 2020.


“Moral Injury and the Triangle of Violence,” was the title of Kelly Denton-Boraug’s lecture for the fall conference of the Pennsylvania Society of Chaplains.
Denton-Boraug presented “Moral Injury, How It Manifests and How to Work with It” at the Bongiorno Conference Center Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and online, on October 18, 2020.

Additional Professional Contributions

Professor Emeritus of Political Science Gary Olson’s “The Arc of the Moral Universe?” appeared in Dissident Voice, April 29, 2021.

Olson’s “On the Origins of Great Wealth,” was published in the Greanville Post on April 25, 2021.


April 8, 2021


Assistant Professor of Political Science Yayoi Kato's book Party Ideology, Public Discourse, and Reform Governance in China: Playing the Language Game was published in February, 2021.

A summary: This book analyzes the operational dimension of the Chinese communist party’s ideology and reveals the complex relationship between ideology, language, governance, and political power in the broader context of China’s economic reforms. The book questions state-centric, legitimacy-focused, and content-based approaches to party ideology and analyzes its practice. Conceptualizing public discourse as a ‘language game’ played by the rules set by the party, the book examines how party ideology is operationalized by multiple state and non-state actors as political rhetoric for persuasion in contentious reform discourses. Through the case studies of the policy discourses over state-owned enterprise reforms under Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin and Xi Jinping, the book highlights ideology’s double-edged operational functions (consensus-inducing and conflict-inducing) and claims that ideology can be a double-edged sword for rulers: It is a vital resource to legitimate and sustain their rule; yet, it potentially destabilizes their rule as well. The book proposes new angles to study ideology, legitimacy, and governance and is aimed at political scientists who study authoritarian governance, policy process, and political communication. Its multi-disciplinary approach also appeals to sociologists, media/communication scholars, and linguists who work on rhetoric, political language, and media discourses.


Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy Kimberly D. Wynarczuk co-authored the paper "Experiential Learning in Pediatric Physical Therapist Education: Faculty and Student Perceptions," which has been accepted for publication in the journal Pediatric Physical Therapy.


Arash Naraghi, associate professor of philosophy and religion presented his paper “Islam and the Experience of Toleration: The Past and the Future” in a public talk through Zoom hosted by the University of Alberta, Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, on March 27, 2021.

Awards and Recognition

Sarah Johnson, associate professor of psychology, has been elected to the executive board of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). Representing CUR’s psychology division, Johnson will begin a three-year term on the board in summer 2021.

Said Lindsay Currie, CUR’s executive officer, “Dr. Johnson’s substantial involvement in student-centered initiatives has provided great benefits to CUR in student outreach. As a longtime faculty member at a primarily undergraduate institution, Dr. Johnson will bring an important perspective to the board that reflects the unique strengths of these institutions in advancing undergraduate research.”

Diane Husic, dean of the school of natural and health sciences and biology professor was elected to serve as president of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center board. "I first went to the site in 2005 - a time when the contaminated mountainside still looked like the moonscape. Since then, many Moravian students and faculty have conducted research projects there (including several honors thesis projects) and the site remains the only Superfund site that has been restored to a functioning ecosystem that serves as a wildlife refuge and is open to the public for education, recreation and research. I am currently the lead editor and contributing author for a forthcoming book on the restoration story."

Also, earlier this year, Husic was appointed as chair of the Conservation Science committee of the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (HMS) board. HMS is distinctly recognized for its 86-year migration data set and its global training program that includes 450 trainees from 75 countries. This distinguishes HMS from any other raptor conservation organization in the world! Plus, it was founded in the 1930's by a feisty woman, Rosalie Edge.

Mary Anne Riopel, associate professor and director of the doctor of physical therapy program, and Ann Marie Potter, assistant professor and director of the master of science in occupational therapy program, were awarded a virtual "Social Responsibility" ribbon for their poster "New Horizons in Cultural Competency" by the Global Health Special Interest Group.

Additional Professional Contributions

Neil Wetzel, professor of music and director of jazz studies, contributed to the article "Experts Weigh in on Current Job Market Trends" for

Dana S. Dunn, professor and chair of the department of psychology, co-authored with Jane S. Holonen the piece "So You Didn’t Get a Spring Break This Year," which appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education on March 29, 2021.

In addition, Dunn recently served as an external consultant to the Department of Psychology at Saint Louis University (SLU). Dunn was invited to review SLU's undergraduate psychology curriculum and to make suggestions regarding course prerequisites, capstone experiences, and  internship opportunities, among other issues. SLU is a Jesuit institution.

Joel Wingard, professor emeritus of English, is participating in a roundtable discussion sponsored by the Standing Group for Senior, Late-Career, and Retired Professionals of which Wingard is chair. The roundtable is one of the events taking place at the virtual 2021 Conference on College Composition and Communication convention. The roundtable discussion addresses collective issues implicit in the standing group’s mission and invites conversation around issues inherent in the later career. Because a significant part of the standing group’s mission is to encourage cross-generational conversation, the panel engages rhetoric and composition/writing studies professionals who are at varied stages of their careers. The roundtable, which is an on-demand session at the conference, which means it is available on the conference website as a Zoom recording until May 31.

March 11, 2021


Krista Rompolski Taney, associate professor of physical therapy, has co-authored, with Stuart Fox, the 16th edition of Human Physiology, a leading text in its field, published this month by McGraw Hill. 


Later this month, assistant professor of rehabilitation sciences Ellen Payne's textbook Athletic Training and Therapy: Foundations of Behavior and Practice will be released by Human Kinetics. The book includes contributions from Moravian University athletic training faculty andP preceptors including Jennifer Doane, David Wilkenfeld, Jay Scifers, Monique Mokha, and Bryce Gaines.


Assistant professor of chemistry Michael Bertucci's paper "Harnessing multiple, non‐proteogenic substitutions to optimize CSP:ComD hydrophobic interactions in group1 Streptococcus pneumoniae," was published on February 28, 2021, in the journal ChemBioChem. The abstract:

Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus) is a human pathobiont that causes drastic antibiotic‐resistant infections and is responsible for millions of deaths universally. Pneumococcus pathogenicity relies on the competence stimulating peptide (CSP) ‐ mediated quorum sensing (QS) pathway that controls competence development for genetic transformation and, consequently, the spread of antibiotic resistance and virulence genes. Modulation of QS in S. pneumoniae can therefore be utilized to enervate pneumococcal infectivity as well as minimize the susceptibility for resistance development. In this work, we sought to optimize the interaction of CSP1 with its cognate transmembrane histidine kinase receptor (ComD1) through substitution of proteogenic and non‐proteogenic amino acids on the hydrophobic binding face of CSP1. The findings from this study not only provided additional structure‐activity data that are significant in optimizing CSP1 potency, but also led to the development of potent QS modulators. These CSP‐based QS modulators could be used as privileged scaffolds for the development of antimicrobial agents against pneumococcal infections.


"A Phenomenological Study: Student Nurses’ Perceptions of Care of the Dying in a Hospice-Based Facility," by Paulette Dorney, assistant professor of nursing and director of the accelerated BSN program, and Lori Pierangeli was published online in January is scheduled to be published in the April 2021 print edition of the Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing. The abstract:

Despite emerging evidence of increased death education in nursing curricula, research suggests the graduate nurse is unprepared to effectively communicate and manage the array of symptoms experienced by the dying patient. This qualitative phenomenological research study's intent was to explore the impact of clinical experience in a community-based free-standing hospice facility as an effective pedagogical strategy for preparing student nurses to care for patients and families at the end of life (EOL). The researchers used descriptive phenomenology rooted in Husserl's philosophy. The qualitative data source included semistructured individual interviews. Convenience sampling yielded 10 senior-level nursing students in a community health nursing course. The analysis yielded 6 major themes: (1) fear of witnessing death, (2) contrasting care priorities in a hospice-dedicated versus acute care setting, (3) value of storytelling from hospice team members, (4) unprepared for EOL conversations, (5) guidance and support, and (6) benefit of hospice-dedicated experiential learning. The findings of this study support the use of expert hospice team members to guide and mentor students. Didactic and video-enhanced education, storytelling, preparation in EOL conversations, and experiential learning seem essential to familiarize students with EOL care and improve perceptions about caring for patients and their families.


Dana S. Dunn, Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology, had a chapter appear in The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology (3rd Ed.), which was just published. The chapter is titled, "Happiness and Resilience Following Physical Disability." His co-authors are Gitendra Uswatte (University of Alabama at Birmingham) and Timothy R. Elliott (Texas A&M University).

Presentations and Conferences

Michael Steimling, assistant professor, rehabilitation sciences gave a poster presentation "Foot Strike Modification and Resistance Training in the Management of a Runner with Chronic Hip Pain: Case Report" at the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting.


Dana S. Dunn, immediate past-president of Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology) of the American Psychological Association, moderated a panel session at Rehabilitation Psychology 2021, the division's annual conference held virtually from February 18–20, 2021. In addition, Dunn moderated the Saturday evening town hall "The Foundational Principles: Responding to Crises of Our Time." Seven panelists and Dunn fielded questions from the virtual audience on the impact of the pandemic on medical/rehabilitation care, stress, and trauma for disabled people and their families.

Additional Professional Contributions

Will Neoliberalism Morph into Fascism in the United States?” by Gary Olson, professor emeritus of political science, appeared in Counterpunch on March 5, 2021.

February 11, 2021


Joel Nathan Rosen, associate professor of sociology and director of communications and media studies, has published his ninth book, The Erosion of the American Sporting Ethos…Reconsidered. From the publisher: This work examines American sport from its traditional roots to the influence of the 1960s-era counterculture and the rise of a post-Cold War ethos that reinterprets competition as a relic of a misbegotten past and anathema to American life.

Art Exhibit

Fluttering still, art professor Angela Frahleigh’s debut solo exhibition with Hirschl & Adler Modern gallery, opened February 10, 2021, and will run through March 12. From the gallery: In these ten new paintings, Fraleigh depicts women in liminal states between wakefulness and sleep to perfectly encapsulate today’s social and political dynamics. The women in Fluttering still are not here to satisfy any outdated notion of their role nor the viewer’s predatory desire. Fraleigh has awoken them within a new context, wherein their agency exists for their own, and each other’s, sake. In rearranging the images of the past, the artist changes how we see ourselves in the present.


Eric Sanders, assistant professor of speech language pathology, has  published his research  on augmentative and alternative communication assessment in the journal Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools. From the abstract: The purpose of this study was to examine confidence levels and identify predictors of increased confidence of school-based speech-language pathologists (SLPs) relative to different aspects of the augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) assessment process.


Yvette McCoy, assistant clinical professor of speech language pathology, was elected to the executive board of the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders.

Assistant Professor of Biology Natasha Woods has been named to the list of 1,000 Inspiring  Black Scientists in America by Cell Mentor.

Additional Professional Contributions

Faramarz Farbod, adjunct professor of political science, recently published two articles with the Common Dreams NewsCenter: "Let’s Burn All Illusions in 2021" and "Why Liberal Anti-Fascism Upholds the Status Quo." And on January 31, his piece "Late Capitalism and Its Runaway Inequality Problem" was published in Dissident Voice. Farbod is the founder of Beyond Capitalism and the editor of its publication Left Turn, a quarterly journal of critical thought.

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, has recently published two entries to his blog "Head of the Class" in Psychology Today: "On Titles in Academe: Why and When Should We Use "Dr." or "Professor?" (December 2020) and "Did the COVID-19 Pandemic Provide Any Pedagogical Benefits? Has This Unprecedented Teaching Experiment Taught Us Anything?" (January 2021).

Gary Olsen, emeritus professor of political science, published his piece “Christians as Dangerous Good Samaritans" with  the Greanville Post on December 22, 2020.

November 19, 2020


Dana S. Dunn, professor and chair of psychology, has been elected to the Board of Convention Affairs (BCA) of the American Psychological Association (APA). The BCA recommends policies and procedures to be followed in planning the Annual (August) Convention, coordinates the programs of the more than 50 Divisions within the APA and other organized groups within the association, and arranges for programs of general interest at the time of the annual convention. Dunn’s 4-year term runs from January 1, 2021, to December 31, 2024

Additional Professional Contributions

Diane Husic, dean of the school of natural and health sciences, was interviewed for the story “The Death of Seasons,” which appeared  in the Huffington Post on October 28, 2020. The article explores how climate change is altering seasonal patterns, which in turn impacts seasonally driven businesses (fisheries, ski resorts, agriculture), economies, and the lives of people globally. Husic spoke about the Eastern Pennsylvania Phenology Project, which she launched in 2011 and through which she has gathered data from citizens regarding changes in local species populations.

October 8, 2020

Art Exhibit

Professor of Art Angela Fraleigh’s new exhibit, Our World Swells Like Dawn, When the Sun Licks the Water, opened at the Inman Gallery in Houston, Texas, on September 12, 2020, and runs through October 31, 2020. You can see the show at the Viewing Room here. Or if you happen to be in Houston, make an appointment to see the shows in person by emailing here.


Three chapters by Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology appear in a recently released edited volume on assessment published by APA Books, Assessing Undergraduate Learning in Psychology: Strategies for Measuring and Improving Student Performance. APA Books is the publishing arm of the American Psychological Association (APA). The book was co-edited by Susan Nolan, Christopher Hakala, and R. Eric Landrum and explores assessments that instructors and administrators can use to design student-centered undergraduate psychology courses and curricula. Dunn’s chapters:

Dunn also co-authored a chapter on writing that appears in The GSTA Guide to Transformative Teaching, Society for the Teaching of Psychology eBook: “Transforming Students’ Thinking through Innovative Writing,” Baker, S. C., & Dunn, D. S. (2020).

September 10, 2020

Research and Publications

Kara Mosovsky, assistant professor of biology, along with two of her students, Michelle Pomposello ’18 and Kaitlyn Nemes ’20 published their research in the distinguished scientific journal PLOS One.  

Pomposello MN*, Nemes K*, Mosovsky K (2020). Dietary Antioxidant Seleno-L-Methionine Protects Macrophages During Infection with Burkholderia thailandensisPLoS ONE 15(9): e0238174.

The abstract:

Burkholderia pseudomallei is a facultative intracellular pathogen and the causative agent of melioidosis, a potentially life-threatening disease endemic in Southeast Asia and Northern Australia. Treatment of melioidosis is a long and costly process and the pathogen is inherently resistant to several classes of antibiotics, therefore there is a need for new treatments that can help combat the pathogen. Previous work has shown that the combination of interferon-gamma, an immune system activator, and the antibiotic ceftazidime synergistically reduced the bacterial burden of RAW 264.7 macrophages that had been infected with either B. pseudomallei or Burkholderia thailandensis. The mechanism of the interaction was found to be partially dependent on interferon-gamma-induced production of reactive oxygen species inside the macrophages. To further confirm the role of reactive oxygen species in the effectiveness of the combination treatment, we investigated the impact of the antioxidant and reactive oxygen species scavenger, seleno-L-methionine, on intracellular and extracellular bacterial burden of the infected macrophages. In a dose-dependent manner, high concentrations of seleno-L-methionine (1000 μM) were protective towards infected macrophages, resulting in a reduction of bacteria, on its own, that exceeded the reduction caused by the antibiotic alone and rivaled the effect of ceftazidime and interferon-gamma combined. Seleno-L-methionine treatment also resulted in improved viability of infected macrophages compared to untreated controls. We show that the protective effect of seleno-L-methionine was partly due to its inhibition of bacterial growth. In summary, our study shows a role for high dose seleno-L-methionine to protect and treat macrophages infected with B. thailandensis.

Karen Groller, assistant professor of nursing, Pamela Adamshick, associate professor of nursing, and Kristine Petre, information literacy and reference librarian, recently published their research article “Embracing Evidence-based Nursing and Informational Literacy through an Innovative Undergraduate Collaborative Project” on July 6, 2020, in the International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship.


Most baccalaureate nursing programs (BSN) offer a research-based course to develop foundational skills for novice nurses to inquire, evaluate, and utilize evidence throughout their patient care or nursing practices. Nursing students typically complete this baccalaureate program requirement during their third or fourth year of study (Badger et al., 2012; McCurry & Martins, 2010; Ross & Burrell, 2019). Recent literature describes typical nursing research courses as classroom structured with educational strategies ranging from traditional and individualized reading and testing assignments to active learning approaches requiring participation and dialogue between students on newly learned research concepts (McCurry & Martins, 2010). Some nurse educators have further expanded on active learning approaches by embedding opportunities for student research in project-based service-learning opportunities within the classroom-based course structure (Niven et al., 2013). Additionally, nurses need to appreciate the importance of nursing inquiry and its applications to delivery of safe and effective care based on evidence. In a recent U.S. study (Melnyk et al., 2018), nurses have reported not feeling they meet any of the 13 Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) evidence-based practice (EBP) BSN competencies (QSEN, 2019).

Crystal Fodrey, associate professor of English, and Meg Mikovits, instructor of writing and director of the writing center, recently published their article “Theorizing WAC Faculty Development in Multimodal Project Design” in Across the Disciplines: A Journal of Language, Learning and Academic Writing.

The abstract:

This article addresses why and how to support faculty working with student writers on multimodal projects at all levels across the disciplines. The authors argue that faculty need support in the design, implementation, and assessment of multimodal projects so that students are better positioned to transfer writing knowledge and (multimodal) composing practices throughout and beyond their undergraduate careers. Building upon recent scholarship on transfer and multimodality, in concert with Anne Beaufort’s (2007) conception of knowledge domains from which successful writers draw, a framework is presented for implementing theory-driven WAC faculty development in multimodal assignment design. The authors conclude by summarizing faculty responses to engagement with these theories at a workshop session, describing multimodal assignments created by faculty, and sharing an assignment design guide that scaffolds the development of multimodal projects.

Dana S. Dunn, professor and chair of psychology, collaborated with several of his American Psychological Association Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology) colleagues on the article “No Body Is Expendable: Medical Rationing and Disability Justice During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” which appeared in the flagship journal of psychology, the American Psychologist, in a special issue on COVID-19. The article deals with disability, medical rationing, and COVID-19. “My year as president of Division 22 ended in early August, and this was a fine way to finish,” says Dunn.

The abstract:

The health threat posed by the novel coronavirus that caused the COVID-19 pandemic has particular implications for people with disabilities, including vulnerability to exposure and complications, and concerns about the role of ableism in access to treatment and medical rationing decisions. Shortages of necessary medical equipment to treat COVID-19 have prompted triage guidelines outlining the ways in which lifesaving equipment, such as mechanical ventilators and intensive care unit beds, may need to be rationed among affected individuals. In this article, we explore the realities of medical rationing, and various approaches to triage and prioritization. We discuss the psychology of ableism, perceptions about quality of life, social determinants of health, and how attitudes toward disability can affect rationing decisions and access to care. In addition to the grassroots advocacy and activism undertaken by the disability community, psychology is rich in its contributions to the role of attitudes, prejudice, and discriminatory behavior on the social fabric of society. We call on psychologists to advocate for social justice in pandemic preparedness, promote disability justice in health care settings, call for transparency and accountability in rationing approaches, and support policy changes for macro- and microallocation strategies to proactively reduce the need for rationing.


Karen Groller, assistant professor of nursing and an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE), collaborated with fellow ADE authors on the digital Apple book Active Learning Near and Far, a nursing education resource book (which you can download from the link). A tip from Groller: “The best way to experience (read) this amazing book is on iPad in the landscape position.”


Claudia Mesa, professor of Spanish, was awarded a residency fellowship at the Herzog August Bibliothek (HAB) at Wolfenbüttel, Germany. The title of her project is “From Transatlantic to Global: Emblems in Imperial Spain (1531-1716).” The HAB holds one of the finest collections of emblem books and prints. “I am excited at the prospective of participating in the daily “Kaffee und Kuchen” gathering with scholars from around the world,” says Mesa. The residence must take place in 2021, and Mesa is looking toward May and June of next year.

Awards and Honors

Karen Groller, assistant professor of nursing, received the 2020 Cedar Crest College Distinguished Nursing Alumni Award for Nursing Education. 

The Green Burial Council, an international nonprofit organization, recently presented Mark Harris, adjunct instructor of writing, with the 2020 Leadership Award for his book Grave Matters, which “spurred the green burial movement,” and for developing the Lehigh Valley's only natural burial ground, Green Meadow.

Other Professional Contributions

An interview with Dana S. Dunn, professor and chair of psychology, was featured in a June “Editor Spotlight” online at the American Psychological Association.

In July, Christopher Shorr, associate professor of theater arts, participated in a Lehigh Valley song project, along with Emma Ackerman and Lisa Jordan, adjunct professors of theater, and James Jordan, director of Moravian's MFA program in theater and artistic director of Touchstone Theatre. “Various communities across the country have created songs and music videos that celebrate community during this time of political, social, and physical distance,” explains Shorr. “Our community did one as well, and Touchstone Theatre organized the endeavor. I participated in the process, and it was a lot of fun. (You might not know this about me, but I play ~at~ the theremin.)”

May 15, 2020

Honors and Awards

Sonia Aziz, associate professor of economics and business, was awarded a Grant for Assessing the Benefits of Satellites (GABS) for her project “Quantifying Benefits of Using Satellite Derived Early Warning System to Predict Cholera in Bangladesh.” Out of 41 pre-proposals, 12 were selected as finalists and invited to submit full proposals. Aziz's proposal was one of three selected to receive $100,000 in support. Funded by NASA, these grants are part of the VALUABLES project administered by Resources for the Future. 

The 2020 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching goes to Anatasia Thévenin, assistant professor of biology. Thévenin earned her PhD in chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Delaware before coming to Moravian University in 2015 where she has developed into an accomplished teacher-scholar. She strives to use high-impact practices to educate and motivate her students to succeed not only in their courses but in their academic endeavors across the college. A perfect example of this is her implementation of a Peer Assisted Study Session (PASS) program in her Genetics, Biochemistry II, and Foundations in Biology courses. Her genuine and ongoing reflection on her work and willingness to adjust her teaching style with consideration to student feedback is most appreciated, as is her consistent high-quality mentorship of our undergraduates in her research laboratory. Thévenin is an active member of the community, serving on the Teaching and Learning Center Advisory Council and as a liaison for the Honors Program and Writing-Enriched Curriculum in Biochemistry. She also developed and co-organized a Biological Sciences Seminar Series, which invited numerous speakers to campus.  She is a wonderful colleague, and we look forward to her future contributions to the Department of Biological Sciences and the college.

The Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation supports the biennial presentation of the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award at Moravian University. The faculty award winner is determined from a poll of seniors, faculty, and administrators. The criteria for selection are excellence in teaching, professional development, and relationship to students.

Professor Emeritus of Political Science John Reynolds was honored with the Timothy M. Breidegam Memorial Faculty/Administrator Service Award, given to a member of the faculty or administration who has unselfishly served the college community, following the example of Timothy M. Breidegam '78. The recipient of this award is determined by senior class vote.


In association with the PA Bio Pharma Networking Group Lehigh Valley, Anastasia Thévenin, assistant professor of biology, who incorporates her research into cellular communication into a highly successful teaching curriculum, delivered a webinar on May 13, 2020, in which she described how she stays on the cutting edge of her field and uses hands-on learning to educate the next generation of researchers

Santo D. Marabella, professor of management, recently gave a TEDx Talk, “Ethical Dilemma or Fable of Fear,” in which he posits that ethical dilemmas do not exist – at least not the ones where we claim not to know what is right. Marabella explains why he makes this claim,and how we can always know and do right.

Other Professional Contributions

Professor of English, Joyce Hinnefeld’s essay, “On the Relief of Ignoring the Internet in Fiction” was published on May 6, 2020, in Literary Hub. It begins:

On the occasion of publishing a brief collection of some of my older short stories—at the onset of the third decade of a century marked, so far, by our complete submission to market-driven technological distraction and surveillance—I am awash in a kind of nostalgia. Not for a better America. Not for my younger, healthier body and sharper memory, and not for the sweet innocence of my now eighteen-year-old daughter as an infant or toddler or opinionated eight-year-old.

What I miss is writing stories in which a life lived online does not figure—mostly.


Here are the latest opinion pieces from Gary Olson, professor emeritus of political science:

Is the New York Times Trying to Foster Working Class Consciousness?” May 5, 2020 in the

Dissident Voice.

“COVID-19 and the New York Times as Ideological Gatekeeper,” appeared May 9, 2020, in the newsletter Counter Currents.

April 29, 2020


Heikki Lempa, professor of history, is co-editor of the book Feelings Materialized: Emotions, Bodies, and Things in Germany, 1500–1950, which was published in February of this year by Berghahn. From the publisher's website:

Of the many innovative approaches to emerge during the twenty-first century, one of the most productive has been the interdisciplinary nexus of theories and methodologies broadly defined as “the study of emotions.” While this conceptual toolkit has generated significant insights, it has overwhelmingly focused on emotions as linguistic and semantic phenomena. This edited volume looks instead to the material aspects of emotion in German culture, encompassing the body, literature, photography, aesthetics, and a variety of other themes.

Other Professional Contributions

Professor Dana S. Dunn's blog "A Different Ending Than Usual," which speaks to the emotions and experiences of a spring semester truncated by the COVID-19 pandemic, appeared on April 25, 2020, in Psychology Today.

Gary Olson's piece "Bernie-Supporting Young Millennials and the Looming Economic Crisis: Prospects for Change" was published in the April 26, 2020, newsletter Dissident Voice. Olson is professor emeritus of political science.

March 26, 2020


Colleen Payton, assistant professor in Moravian University’s public health program, was published in the March/April 2020 issue of the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. Her paper, “Designing and Evaluating a Prediabetes Shared Decision Aid.”

From The Abstract:

Background: Prediabetes is increasing in prevalence and is associated with risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and retinopathy. Clinicians have limited tools to facilitate prediabetes discussions within primary care visits.

Purpose: 1) Develop a Patient and Stakeholder Advisory Committee (PASAC) to design, evaluate, and revise a prediabetes shared decision aid, and 2) evaluate the feasibility and experience of implementing the tool within primary care practice.

Professor of Economics and Business Eva Leeds’s piece “Tokyo 2020: Public Cost and Private Benefit,” appears in the March 1, 2020 issue of the Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus. Her article is part of a special Issue: Japan’s Olympic Summer Games—Past and Present, Part II.

The Abstract

The IOC’s myopic push for increasingly elaborate Olympics increased the size of the Olympics and raised the staging costs, which outpaced revenue and discouraged bidders. As the Olympics have become very costly mega events, only rich megacities like Tokyo can afford to host them. Advocates of the Olympics remain convinced that the Olympic expenditure is an investment that the city will ultimately recoup, but this is unlikely. For construction companies, however, the games are a bonanza.

Chris Jones, professor of biology, participated in a consortium of faculty from 96 colleges and universities across the country that examined how to improve student experience and understanding of undergraduate scientific research. Their work, “Facilitating Growth through Frustration: Using Genomics Research in a Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience,” appeared in the February 2020 issue of the Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education.

The Abstract

A hallmark of the research experience is encountering difficulty and working through those challenges to achieve success. This ability is essential to being a successful scientist, but replicating such challenges in a teaching setting can be difficult. The Genomics Education Partnership (GEP) is a consortium of faculty who engage their students in a genomics Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE). Students participate in genome annotation, generating gene models using multiple lines of experimental evidence. Our observations suggested that the students' learning experience is continuous and recursive, frequently beginning with frustration but eventually leading to success as they come up with defendable gene models. In order to explore our "formative frustration" hypothesis, we gathered data from faculty via a survey, and from students via both a general survey and a set of student focus groups. Upon analyzing these data, we found that all three datasets mentioned frustration and struggle, as well as learning and better understanding of the scientific process. Bioinformatics projects are particularly well suited to the process of iteration and refinement because iterations can be performed quickly and are inexpensive in both time and money. Based on these findings, we suggest that a dynamic of "formative frustration" is an important aspect for a successful CURE.

The article “Twenty-First-Century Climate Education: Developing Diverse, Confident, and Competent Leaders in Environmental Sustainability,” co-authored by Diane Husic, dean of the school of natural and health sciences and professor of biology, appeared in February 2020 in the online pre-publication version of the Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America.

The Abstract

With climate change impacting systems globally at alarming rates, the need for educating the next generation of environmental stewards is necessary. The Rocky Mountain Sustainability and Science Network (RMSSN) is an immersive field experience for undergraduate and graduate students interested in climate change and sustainability within National Parks. The program was established to educate and cultivate a diverse audience of future leaders, environmental guardians, and sustainability advocates with a focus on engaging underrepresented minorities (URM) in science. Participants were evaluated through efficacy instruments and focus groups to determine how a short‐term research experience could impact a student's future outlook and perceived ability to impact science and sustainability. Findings indicate URM, and majority students were more confident in their abilities, and more motivated to continue within their studies. RMSSN provides a framework that is translatable to other field‐based curriculums. This paper addresses specific engagement mechanisms for educating future science leaders.

March 12, 2020

New Book from Joyce Hinnefeld

English professor Joyce Hinnefeld’s latest book, The Beauty of Their Youth, has just been released from the Wolfson Press prestigious American Storytellers Series. The five short stories in this collection question the reliability of memory, how our history impinges on our present, or what risks are worth taking, but each captures moments in people’s lives when they are vulnerable. A book launch is scheduled for March 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Bethlehem Area Public Library, 11 W. Church Street, featuring Hinnefeld in conversation with local novelist Kate Racculia. A public discussion and book signing will follow. Details here.

Dunn Pens Book Chapter

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, and his frequent collaborator, Jane S. Halonen (University of West Florida) have a chapter in the second edition of Critical Thinking in Psychology,  edited by Robert Sternberg (Cornell University) and Diane Halpern (Emerita, Claremont McKenna College). Halonen and Dunn's chapter is titled "Critical Thinking: Promise, Progress, and Paradox." The book was published by Cambridge University Press.

Dunn Delivers Keynote, Attends Psychology Conference

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, gave an afternoon keynote address at the Teaching Preconference prior to the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) in New Orleans on Thursday, February 27. Dunn spoke on "Advisor or Impostor? A Social Psychology of Mentoring Students." Dunn's talk was sponsored by Worth/Macmillan Publishers.

In addition Dunn attended the annual Mid-Winter Rehabilitation Psychology Meeting in San Diego from February 19—23. More than 280 rehabilitation psychologists participated in the conference, which was held in San Diego's Gaslamp District. As President of Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology) of the American Psychological Association from August 2019 to August 2020, Dunn chaired a meeting of the Executive Committee, attended board meetings, spoke in a panel session, judged graduate student posters, and welcomed colleagues to the conference, among other duties.

The Latest from Our Columnists

Gary Olson, professor emeritus of political science, penned the column "Big Pharma Poised to Cash in on COVID-19" for the March 1, 2020, edition of the Smirking Chimp.

January, February 2020

Aguilar Publishes Research on Food and Culture in Mexico

Sandra Aguilar, associate professor of history, published an article that explores the consumption of wheat bread and cakes, the values identified with these foodstuffs, and how changes in eating practices were propelled in mid-twentieth-century Mexico. This article is part of a special issue on food cultural studies in the transatlantic world.

Aguilar Rodríguez, Sandra. “Las penas con pan son menos’: Race, Modernity and Wheat in Modern Mexico." Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 87:1 (2020).

Terrizzi Publishes Two Papers

Associate Professor of Economics Sabrina Terrizzi’s article "Estimating the Price Elasticity of Switching Between Branding and Generic Drugs," was recently published in the journal Contemporary Economic Policy. Her piece “Taking the CON out of PA: Did Hip and Knee Replacement Patients Benefit?  A Retrospective Analysis,” appeared in the December 2019 issue of Health Policy and Technology.

Husic Presents at NCSE Conference and COP25

Diane Husic, dean of the school of natural and health sciences and professor of biology serves on the Leaders’ Alliance Executive Committee of the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE). In January, Husic; Natasha Woods, assistant professor of biology; and Kate Brandes, adjunct professor of geology attended the NCSE annual conference in Washington, D.C. where Husic gave a presentation and moderated two panel sessions:

Organizer, moderator and presenter, NCSE panel, Crossing the Abyss: The Value of Working at the Science-Policy Interface, January 7, 2020.

Invited moderator, NCSE flask talk session, Exploring the Science-Policy Interface, January 7, 2020.

At COP25 (the U.N. Climate Conference) held in Madrid, Spain (December 1 - 13), Husic was a faculty mentor as part of an NSF workshop titled "International Climate Science and Diplomacy," which included faculty and students from Colorado State, Clark, Vanderbilt, Michigan Tech, Monash (Australia) Universities, Connecticut University, and Colorado and Moravian Universitys. Additionally, Husic gave two presentations at COP25:

Organizer, moderator and presenter, COP25 Side-event (peer-reviewed) panel titled “Contribution of Higher Education to Climate Action and the Implementation of the Paris Agreement,” December 3, 2019, Madrid, Spain.

Invited panel discussant: COP25 event at the Bangladesh Pavilion titled “Universities as knowledge Brokers in the Governance of Climate Change,” December 3, 2019, Madrid, Spain.

Shorr’s Prometheus/Redux Wins Best Play

Prometheus/Redux, written by Geral Stropnicky and directed by Christopher Shorr, artistic director of the Moravian University Theatre Company, won best original play in the professional theater category in the 14th annual ABE awards for theater in the Lehigh Valley.

Marabella to Participate in TEDX Talk

Santo D. Marabella, professor of management will join other speakers at the talk “Always/Never; Sometimes/Maybe” hosted by TEDxLehighRiver on March 10, 2020, at PBS39 in Bethlehem.

Recent articles from Gary Olson, emeritus professor of political science:

Still Waiting for (Lefty) Godot,” Dissident Voice, December 20, 2019.

The Serious Left and Bernie Sanders in 2020,” Dissident Voice, January 9, 2020.

148 Seconds of Music that Helped Midwife a Cultural Revolution,” High Plains Reader, January 15, 2020

Gerencher's Work in Sky & Telescope Magazine

Joseph Gerencher, Emeritus Professor of Earth Science, has contributed to an article that appears in the February 2020 issue of Sky & Telescope magazine. The publication also links to Gerencher’s website where he describes building a solar spectrograph

December 2019

SLP Faculty and Students Present Research at SLP Convention

All faculty in Moravian University’s Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) Program and some of our students presented research at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association’s Annual Convention, held from November 21-23 in Orlando, Florida. Drawing roughly 15,000 attendees annually, the convention is the premier professional education event for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists.

Graduate student Estrella Sosa and undergraduate health science students Toshiana Figureoa ’20 and Mikayla Jucewicz ’20 presented two posters under the guidance of Monica Kaniamattam, assistant professor of speech-language pathology. Their research:

  • “Noise Exposure & Hearing Conservation Among LVAIC College Students”
  • “’I know, but I don't care!’ A Mixed-Methods Study of Young Adults Hearing Conservation Practices”

Kaniamattam herself gave additional presentations on participatory action research for school based SLPs.

Louise Keegan, associate professor and program director speech-language pathology, presented her research related to group treatment for communication difficulties after brain injury, and she spoke on teaching and learning in the field of communication sciences and disorders. 

Susana Keller, clinical coordinator and assistant professor of speech-language pathology, addressed the SLP’s role in cases of clients with poor prognosis. She also presented research that examined the process of assessing clinical readiness across clinical professions.

Eric Sanders, assistant professor of speech-language pathology, presented on the characteristics of SLPs who self-identify as Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) specialists in education settings. AAC is any form of communication other than spoken language used to express thoughts, needs, wants, and ideas.

Dunn Conducts Academic Program Review

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, recently conducted an academic program review of the department of psychology at the University of Staten Island. Dunn did the campus visit and review with a colleague from Ithaca College. Psychology is currently the largest major at the University of Staten Island.

The Practical Prof’s Latest Column

Professor of Economics Santo D. Marabella’s latest piece for the Reading Eagle, “Making Recognition Meaningful,” appeared on November 19.

November 2019

Fraleigh’s Work Featured In Multiple Venues

“Sound the Deep Waters,” a collection of paintings by Angela Fraleigh, associate professor and chair of the art department, is on exhibit at the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington, Delaware, through April 12, 2020.

Rosen “Does Battle” at International Conference

Joel Nathan Rosen, associate professor of sociology and anthropology, was an invited panelist at two sessions of the annual Battle of Ideas festival in London, November 2-3. The international conference brings together more than 450 speakers for over 100 debates on questions such as “Snowflakes or Revolutionaries: What is the New Student Identity?” “Is Socialism Making a Comeback?” “Hungary: the Bad Boy of Europe?” “How Do We Solve a Problem Like the Climate Emergency?” “Genome Editing: Do We Need Global Regulation?” “Who Are ‘The People’?”

Keegan and Benham Present at Preeminent Rehabilitation Research Conference

Louise Keegan, program director, speech-language pathology, and Sara Benham, assistant professor of occupational therapy, attended the 2019 annual conference of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine held November 5-8 in Chicago. Drawing more than 2,500 physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, physicians, neuropsychologists, and rehabilitation scientists, it is the largest rehabilitation research conference in the world.

Rosen Invited to Speak at University of the West of Scotland

Joel Nathan Rosen, associate professor of sociology and anthropology and author of the book From New Lanark to Mound Bayou, was invited to the University of West Scotland to speak about the journey of Owen’s ideas across the Atlantic, where they eventually reached Mississippi plantation owner Joseph E. Davis. Inspired by Owen’s model, Davis constructed a similar community of slaves that significantly increased productivity on the plantation and economic gain for Davis. Rosen further traces the community’s evolution as ownership of the plantation fell to slave Benjamin T. Montgomery after the Civil War and then as former slaves became residents of Mound Bayou, an entirely African-American town, founded by Montgomery’s son Isaiah.

Dunn Recognized by APA

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, recently participated in the Fall Consolidated Meetings at the American Psychological Association (APA) in Washington, DC. Dunn completed his three-year term on the Board of Educational Affairs (BEA), where he spent his efforts advancing educational issues for associate and baccalaureate education in psychology. To acknowledge his efforts, the APA gave him two engraved Jefferson cups, one for his work on the BEA and the other for his leadership of the 2019 Education and Training Awards Committee.

Olsen’s Latest Opinion Piece

Professor Emeritus of Political Science Gary Olsen’s piece “The Empire, Trump, and Intra-Ruling Class Conflict,” appeared in the November 7, 2019, issue of City Watch. And in the November 2, 2019 issue of Dissident Voice.

October 2019

Frances Irish, Co-Author of Journal Article on Piranhas

Frances Irish, associate professor of biology, is co-author with researchers from the University of Washington for the paper “Tooth and Consequences: Heterodonty and Dental Replacement in Piranhas and Pacus (Serrasalmidae),” which appeared in the August 26, 2019 issue of the journal Evolution & Development. Teeth are a necessary anatomical tool of the carnivorous piranha, which also uses its dentition to  scrape the plants they eat off of rocks. It’s not too surprising then that piranhas need to keep their teeth razor sharp. They do so by losing and replacing their teeth regularly throughout their lifetime. Using imaging technologies, the researchers have shown that piranhas shed all the teeth on one side of their mouth at a time. Irish contributed scanning electron micrographs from previous research that looked, in part, at feeding mechanisms of piranhas.

Rehab Sciences Group Awarded Grant

Faculty from Moravian University’s rehabilitation sciences programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech language pathology received a national grant for their project “Participation of students with disabilities on school trips: Parent experiences and perceptions” from the American Physical Therapy Association's Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy. “This demonstrates the strength of our inter-professional education plan in the department,” says Jay Scifers, chair of the department of rehabilitation sciences.

Husic Elected to Board

Diane Husic, dean of the school of natural and health sciences and professor of biology, was recently elected to the board of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Kempton, Pennsylvania. “This is a real honor!” says Husic.

Dunn Acknowledged for Work on APA Publication

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, received a thank you from the American Psychological Association for his contributions to the revision effort for the new seventh edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Dunn was acknowledged for his expertise in writing about disability without bias. Chapter 5 in the new manual features bias-free language guidelines that help to ensure inclusive scholarly writing. The manual is used by undergraduates, graduate students, scholar-researchers, educators, and writers in psychology and many other fields within the social and health sciences. 

Husic Facilitates Conferences

Diane Husic, dean of the school of natural and health sciences and professor of biology, recently facilitated the 15th NCAA Division II Faculty Athletics Representative Fellows Leadership Institute. Husic has been involved with this national leadership initiative since its first inception.

Currently, Husic is helping facilitate a multi-institution workshop funded by the National Science Foundation titled "Collaborative Research Workshop: Engaging students in science international decision making," which will be held at the Colorado State University Mountaintop Campus. This is in preparation for COP25 (the UN climate meetings), which will be held in Chile this year.

The Latest Columns from the Practical Prof

Professor of Management Santo D. Marabella’s column “Stop Scaring Your Workers” appeared in the October 14, 2019, issue of the Reading Eagle. Marabella’s column “Fear Can’t Work in a Productive Workplace,” appeared on October 22, 2019.

Dunn Co-Edits Special Issue of JSI

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology at Moravian, and colleague Kathleen Bogart, associate professor of psychology at Oregon State University, spent the last year and a half producing a special issue of the Journal of Social Issues (JSI) on ableism. Ableism refers to prejudice and discrimination aimed at disabled individuals by nondisabled individuals. The issue was published on September 23, 2019. This is the first issue on #disability in 31 years, topics include implicit and explicit, hostile and benevolent ableism, microagressions, violence toward disabled people, disability identity, disclosure, and allyship. 

Riopel Awarded Fellowship

Mary Anne Riopel, program director and associate professor of the Moravian University Physical Therapy Program, was accepted into the American Physical Therapy Association Educational Leadership Institute Fellowship. There are 21 fellows nationally. “As a 2019-2020 fellow, I am participating in a 52-week curriculum designed to develop ‘innovative, influential, and visionary leaders who can function in a rapidly evolving politico-sociocultural environment.’”

Potter Selected to Leadership Institute

Ann Marie Potter, program director and assistant professor of the Moravian University Occupational Therapy Program was accepted to American Occupational Therapy Association's Academic Leadership Institute. This is a year-long program focused on developing academic leadership goals. “In the institute, we are learning about leadership styles, the state of higher education, guiding change in higher education, research program development, promoting diversity and ethics,” says Potter. About 30 participants are selected through a competitive application process. This is the 3rd year, AOTA has sponsored the institute.

Amin’s Work Displayed in Solo Exhibition

The Cue Art Foundation in New York City is presenting “Hyphen,” a solo exhibition of work by Natessa Amin, Moravian University Visiting Artist. As described on Cue’s website: “Amin creates a site-specific mixed-media installation that brings together painting, sculpture, and drawing to explore the artist’s experience of embodying a hybrid identity. Binding all of these materials together is a long undulating trail of hand-dyed newsprint that curves around the gallery’s walls, forming a textural structure within which individual objects become intertwined as part of a larger sculptural body.

New Recordings from Lipkis

Three new recordings by Larry Lipkis, composer-in-residence, have been recently released: Chamber Music, The Juniper Tree, and Food of Love: Songs, Dances, and Fancies for Shakespeare.

Fraleigh To Paint Poet’s Portrait

The Bethlehem Area Public Library has commissioned Angela Fraleigh, associate professor and chair of the art department, to paint a portrait of the renowned poet and Bethlehem native Hilda Doolittle, better known as H.D. The portrait is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year and will hang permanently in the Main Library at West Church Street. Stay tuned for the unveiling of Fraleigh’s work.

Dunn Speaks at ICPM Conference

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, recently spoke at the 25th World Congress of the International College of Psychosomatic Medicine in Florence, Italy. This year's theme was "The Psychosomatic Perspective." Along with Barry Nierenberg, professor of psychology with Nova Southeastern University; Stephen Wegener, professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Johns Hopkins University; and Dan Rohe, psychologist with the Mayo Clinic, Dunn gave a symposium on “Living the Good Life with a Disability: The Foundational Principles of Rehabilitation Psychology.”

Payne Completes Leadership Certificate

Ellen Payne, assistant professor of athletic training, completed the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Leadership Development Certificate.

Dunn Conducts Program Review

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, recently conducted an academic program review of the Department of Psychology at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. Dunn and two colleagues, one from the University of Wooster and the other from Bates College, reviewed the program's curriculum, staffing, service, and scholarship requirements, and they answered questions about best practices for undergraduate departments of psychology. This review was Dunn's since 49th since 2002.

Gray Pens Op-Ed on Nurse Practitioners

Assistant Professor and Director of Moravian University’s Nurse Practitioner Programs, Kathleen Gray’s op-ed piece on nurse practitioners appeared in the October 3, 2019, edition of the Morning Call.

The Latest from Our Columnists

Professor of Management Santo D. Marabella’s column “Being Creative when You’re Not Creative” appeared in the September 21, 2019, issue of the Reading Eagle.

Gary Olson, professor emeritus of political science, penned the column “In Intra-Elite Battle, Dems Prefered the ’Stache [John Bolton] to the Donald” for the September 14, 2019, edition of the Smirking Chimp.