Campus faculty honored for awards, publications and promotions
ANNUAL EVENT RECOGNIZES FACULTY ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Faculty publications, awards, tenure and sabbaticals were reasons to celebrate Dec. 11, at a special reception in Blissell Library at Penn State New Kensington. Jennifer Gilley, head librarian, hosted the tenth annual faculty publications party, meant to honor the accomplishments of faculty members at the New Kensington campus.
“New Kensington campus faculty produce a breadth of excellent scholarship, and this is a time when we can showcase the knowledge that they bring to their academic disciplines and to their classrooms,” said Andrea Adolph, director of academic affairs at the campus. “Our students are the beneficiaries of an amazing range of scholarly and creative talent."
Honored for receiving a 2012 Excellence in Teaching award were John “Craig” Hammond, assistant professor of history (full-time), James “Frank” Roach, adjunct instructor in physics (part-time), and Joseph Stahl, adjunct faculty (Continuing Education).
Tenure was garnered by Yang Xu and Rujirutana “Dr. A” Mandhachitara. Both were promoted to associate professor of business administration. Richard Harnish, associate professor of psychology, earned a sabbatical.
Among the numerous articles written by the New Kensington faculty was a book of inspirational poetry by adult student Hannah McBean, a junior in the Organizational Leadership program. “Silence Speaks: Sounds from Within” features poetic verses that help people take stock of the strengths and weaknesses of their own lives. The book delves into three phases of life--The Struggle; The Mountaintop; and The Awakening--that are essential to living a meaningful life.
Reference librarian Amy Rustic, library assistant Yesenia Figueroa-Lifschitz and staff assistant Beth Matocha assisted in planning the afternoon reception.
Dr. Robert Bridges, associate professor of psychology, Dr. Richard Harnish, associate professor of psychology, and Deborah Sillman, senior instructor in biology, co-authored an article, “Teaching Undergraduate Positive Psychology: An Active Learning Approach Using Student Blogs,” for Psychology Learning & Teaching. Drs. Bridges and Harnish co-authored an article, “Promoting Student Engagement: Using Community Service-Learning Projects in Undergraduate Psychology,” for PRISM: A Journal of Regional Engagement.
Dr. Donald Bruckner, assistant director of academic affairs and assistant professor of philosophy, wrote an article, “Against the Tedium of Immortality” for the International Journal of Philosophical Studies.
Jennifer Gilley, head librarian, wrote an article, “This Book is an Action: A Case for the Study of Feminist Publishing,” for The International Journal of the Book.
Dr. William Hamilton, assistant professor of biology, and Deborah Sillman, senior instructor in biology, blogged “Ecologist’s Notebook” for their “Hiking Western PA: Observations of Western PA’s Ecosystems.”
Dr. John “Craig” Hammond, assistant professor of history, wrote an article, “Slavery, Settlement, and Empire: The Expansion and Growth of Slavery in the Interior of the North American Continent, 1770-1820,” for the Journal of the Early Republic, and co-authored an article, “Evaluating Advice: Self-Presentational Biases Between High and Low Self-Monitors,” for Psychology & Marketing.
Myron Hartman, instructor in engineering, authored a series of articles for TechNation Magazine: “The Future: What I Did During My Summer of 2011,” “The Future: An Idea or a Plan,” “The Future: Top Skill Needed for an Entry Level BMET,” and “The Future: Back to the Future.”
Dr. Jyotsna “Josi” Kalavar, associate director of human development and family studies, wrote an article, “Elder Abuse in India: Extrapolating from the Experiences of Seniors in India’s ‘Pay and Stay’ Homes,” for the Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect.
Ronald Land, Ronald, associate professor of engineering, wrote an article, “Engineering Technologists are Engineers,” for the Journal of Engineering Technology.
Dr. Robert Mathers, assistant professor of chemistry, co-authored an article, “Cationic Olefin Polymerization using Tris (pentafluorophenyl) Gallium and Aluminum, and wrote an article, “How Well Can Renewable Resources Mimic Commodity Monomers and Polymers?” for the Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry. He co-authored two articles for Macromolecular Rapid Communications: “Lactide Cyclopolymerization by an Alumitrane-Inspired Catalyst” and “Critical Evaluation of Microwave Effect on Radical (co)Polymerizations” and another article, “Ligands for Highly Active ATRP Catalysts,” for ACS Macro Lett.
Dr. Michael McGinnis, associate professor of business administration, co-authored two articles, “Cross-Cultural Validation of the Factorial Structure of a Logistics Strategy Model: A Three-Country Study,” for the Journal of Transportation Management and “An Empirical Study Comparing Guatemalan and United States Logistics Strategies,” for the International Journal of Logistics Management.
SPECIAL STUDENT PUBLICATIONS
Hanna McBean, a junior in the Organizational Leadership program, wrote a book,
“Silence Speaks: Sounds from Within.”
Dr. Yang Xu, promoted to associate professor of business administration
Dr. Rujirutana “Dr. A” Mandhachitara, promoted to associate professor of business administration
Dr. Richard Harnish, associate professor of psychology
Dr. Jyotsna “Josi” Kalavar, associate director of human development and family studies, was the 2012 recipient of the John Romano Faculty Diversity Recognition Award. She is also completing her master’s degree work in Sanskrit.
EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARDS
Dr. John “Craig” Hammond, assistant professor of history (full-time)
Dr. James “Frank” Roach, adjunct instructor in physics (part-time)
Dr. Joseph Stahl, adjunct instructor in organizational leadership (Continuing Education)
PSEAS OUTSTANDING TEACHING AWARD
Myron Hartman, instructor in engineering and coordinator of Biomedical Engineering Technology program