Faculty Updates

Faculty Updates

Below is a listing highlighting King's College faculty, staff and administrators' professional activities, including publications, research, conference presentations and achievements.

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Dr. Gregory Bassham, professor of philosophy, recently published an essay titled “Virtue-Centered Approaches to Education: Prospects and Pitfalls” in Michael W. Austin, ed., Virtues in Action: New Essays in Applied Virtue Ethics.

Physician Assistant (PA) Studies faculty members Kyle Fetterolf, MPAS, PA-C; Jocelyn Hook, MPAS, PA-C; and Lorraine Novinger, MS, PA-C, recently passed the Physician Assistant National Recertification Exam (PANRE). PAs practicing in the state of Pennsylvania must pass the PANRE exam and maintain 100 hours of continuing medical education credits every two years in order to maintain a license to practice medicine

Dr. Robin Field, associate professor of English, published the article “‘You No Real Man’: Constructing Gender, Sexuality, and the Asian American Subject in Jana Monji’s Kim” in the journal Asian American Literature: Discourses & Pedagogies.

A book by Dr. Ray Gamache, assistant professor of journalism in the Mass Communication Department, titled Gareth Jones: Eyewitness to the Holodomor, was published by the Welsh Academic Press.

Rev. Anthony Grasso, C.S.C., professor of English, recently presented a paper entitled, “Luther’s Theology of the Cross: Redemptive Suffering and Vivian Bearing’s Death in Margaret Edson’s Play, ‘Wit,’” at the Northeast Regional Meeting of the Conference on Christianity and Literature, held at St. Francis College, Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. Father Grasso also had his poem accepted in this year’s “Poetry in Transit” series, sponsored by the Luzerne County Transportation Authority. His poem, “Time Warp,” will appear in billboard advertising on the LCTA’s buses through the summer.

Gregory Janik, clinical professor of athletic training, was presented the 2014 Jeffrey Stone Service Award from the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association (EATA). The award is provided to an EATA member for their unselfish and dedicated efforts to serve and advance the EATA student program.

Dr. William Irwin, chair and professor of philosophy, published several papers, including “Death by Inauthenticity: Heidegger’s Debt to Ivan Ilyich’s Fall,” in Tolstoy Studies Journal; “Control Your Thoughts and Emotions,” in the Journal of Modern Wisdom; “A Reality Check to Form Your Philosophy” in the journal Think; “Writing for the Reader,” in Essays in Philosophy; and “Fight Club, Self-definition, and the Fragility of Authenticity,” in Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia.

Dr. Brian Mangan, professor of environmental science/biology and director of the Environmental Program, received a number of summer grants to support his ongoing research of the Susquehanna River. Mangan received a total of $37,500 in grants and in-kind equipment; $12,500 from the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds; $10,000 from the Degenstein Foundation; $5,000 from PA Sea Grant, in partnership with the PA Fish and Boat Commission; and $10,000 in sampling equipment from KMS LLC, of Kingston.

Dr. Jennifer McClinton-Temple, professor of English, published the article “Expressing ‘Irishness’ in Three Irish American Autobiographies,” in New Hibernia Review/ Iris Eireannach Nua.

Robert McGonigle, associate vice president for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, successfully completed the 2013 National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Student Affairs Law and Policy Certificate Program, covering legal research, federal and state courts and statues, FERPA, Title IX, discrimination, employment issues, and academic fraud.
Three members of the King’s College faculty have published articles in the “Ethics in Focus” forum section of the recent issue of an academic journal, “Expositions: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities.”

Dr. Bernard Prusak, associate professor of philosophy and director of the McGowan Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility, edited the forum and published its introduction, “Ethics Education: More Than a Good Idea?”; Dr. Bassham contributed the article “Mearsheimer’s Mistakes: Why Colleges Should (and Inevitably Do) Provide Moral Guidance”; and Rev. Daniel Issing, C.S.C., assistant professor of theology, contributed “The Virtue of Teaching Theological Ethics.”

The “Ethics in Focus” forum is a collaborative initiative organized by the Villanova Center for Liberal Education and the McGowan Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility at King’s College.
William Reynolds, MPAS, PA-C, associate clinical professor and clinical director, Physician Assistant Studies, will serve a one-year appointment as second vice speaker for the American Academy of Physician Assistants House of Delegates.

Dr. Michelle Schmude, chair of the Mass Communications Department, and Dr. Scott Weiland, assistant professor of mass communications, co-wrote the academic article, titled “Non-Profits VS For-Profits in the Game of Social Media: Critical Observations and Reflections,” which was recently published in the Journal of Mass Communications and Journalism. They also presented a session, titled “Non-Profits vs. For-Profits in the Game of Social Media, Blogs and Online Media Tools,” at the NEPA BlogCon held at Luzerne County Community College.

Adam Balcziunas, electronic resources and systems librarian, has co-authored an article, titled "Walking a mile in their shoes: Librarians as teaching faculty." The article was published in the April issue of College & Research Libraries News.

Dr. Joan M. Blewitt, assistant professor of business and management in the McGowan School of Business, has published a paper, titled "Is there a glass ceiling for women in nonprofit management and leadership?" in the Journal of Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation by Inderscience Publishers.

Dr. Robin Field, assistant professor of English, was asked to join the Advisory Board of the South Asian Review, the referred journal of the South Asian Literary Association. Her book, Transforming Diaspora: Communities beyond National Boundaries, co-edited with Parmita Kapadia, was published by Fairleigh Dickinson University Press in December.

An article by Dr. William Irwin, professor of philosophy, titled "Unbearable Godot: How an Existentialist Can Make Meaning and Find Happiness in Repetition" will be published in Philosophy Today, the leading journal of continental philosophy in America.
He also was named Outstanding Philosophy Alumnus by the Philosophy Department at the University at Buffalo. Irwin was recognized for his achievements at the university's spring reception for graduating philosophy majors and gave a presentation on philosophy and popular culture.

Dr. Jess Kohlert and Dr. Brian Mangan recently had their article titled, "Decreased aggressive and locomotor behaviors in Beta splendens after exposure to fluoxetine" accepted for publication in the journal Psychology Reports. Their work investigated the behavioral effects of a common antidepressant on non-target organisms such as fish. This research was published along with four studentco-authors from both the Psychology and Environmental departments.

David Marchetti, assistant clinical professor of sports medicine, and Athletic Training Education Program students Jim McHugh, Shannon McGowan, and Brittany Naylor co-published the article, "Thumb Shield for Lacrosse Goalies," in the May issue of NATA News, the monthly magazine for the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.

Dr. Edmund Napieralski, emeritus professor of English and former associate vice president for academic affairs, has been elected to serve a three-year term as a Public Member on the Board of Directors of ASPA, the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors.

Dr. Jean P. O’Brien, professor of psychology, was recently appointed to the Board of Councilors for the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). She will represent the community and general public on the council. CEPH accredits public health programs both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Noreen O’Connor, assistant professor of English, was a panel moderator and presenter at the 2012 International Conference on Narrative in Las Vegas. Her article was titled "Too Much Idle Time to Be Forgiving: Creole Island Culture in Martha Gellhorn’s Liana." She moderated the panel "Memory, Imagination, Identity: The Caribbean’s Darkened Mirror."

Dr. Michelle Schmude, chair, department of mass communications, has been appointed to the Editorial Board for the Journal of Mass Communications and Journalism and she has been accepted as a reviewer for the Visual Communications track for the National CommunicationAssociation’s Conference. She also was named to the Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal’s "Top 25 Women in Business."

Dr. Gregory Bassham, professor of philosophy, gave the keynote address, titled "Blurring Genres: How to Read Harry Potter -- and How Not To" at Potterfest 2011 hosted by Edinboro University. He also published his article, "Should ‘Argument’ Be Defined Without Reference to Use?" in the Proceedings of the Seventh Conference of the International Society for the Study of Argumentation.

Fr. Anthony Grasso, C.S.C., Ph.D., professor of English, presented a paper at the Northeast Conference on Christianity and Literature at Regis College, Boston. The conference theme was "Ecocriticsm and Christianity in Literature." His paper was titled "Life in This Circumscribed Place: Comparing Thomas More’s Island Utopia with Shakespeare’s Isle in The Tempest."

Dr. Bill Irwin, professor of philosophy, gave the keynote address, titled "Perception and Reception of Popular Culture" at the Molloy College Undergraduate Philosophy Conference.

Dr. Brian Mangan, director of the Environmental Program, received a $10,000 grant from the Degenstein Foundation for Susquehanna River Research. The grant funded student interns and equipment associated with Mangan’s ongoing research of mercury in the Susquehanna River. He will also publish an article in the journal American Midland Naturalist from the University of Notre Dame. Titled, "First Record of Phoresy Between Chironomid Larvae and Crayfish" and co-authored with Michael Bilger, the authors are the first to report crayfish as hosts to aquatic fly larvae living on their exoskeletons. The article will appear in the April 2012 issue.

Dr. Terry Mech, director of the D. Leonard Corgan Library, served as chair of a Library Visiting Team to evaluate the library at DeSales University. He also co-presented the lecture "What They Know and What They Should Know: Research and Information Skills of First-Year College Students" at the Pennsylvania Library Association’s Lehigh Valley Chapter conference at Northampton College.

Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Russell Owens’s proposal, entitled "Vitual Learning Environments Using Blackboard as a Learning Tool and Delivery System," was was accepted for presentation at the 2012 Orlando International Education Conference.

Dr. Owens and Joseph Asklar, assistant technical professor of education, will present their proposal "Does the Use of Moodle as an LMS to Supplement Instruction in a Traditional Classroom Increase Student Interest" at The International Society for the Social Studies Annual Conference.

Dr. Ayesha Ray, assistant professor of political science, presented her research paper "The Indian Military and Counter-Insurgency Operations," at the 11th European Research Group on Military and Society Conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands. She also presented "The Indian Military’s Role in Unconventional Operations" at The Society for Military History’s 2011 Conference, "Ways of War," in Lisle, Ill.
Ray published a chapter, "The Politics and Identity of Kashmiri Women’s Organizations" in Rafael Marchetti and Nathalie Tocci’s collection of essays, Conflict, Society and Peace-building: Comparative Perspectives.

Dr. Michelle Schmude, chair, department of mass communications, recently presented "Articulating the Holy Cross Charism and Best Practices at the Apostolate" at the 2011 Congregation of Holy Cross Communications Summit at the University of Notre Dame.
Dr. Joyce Armstrong, associate professor and director of Graduate Programs in Education, presented a paper, titled "School Intervention/Tutorial Program for English Language Learners," at the International Literacy Coaching Summit at Texas A&M. Also, she was a representative on the International Reading Association's 10-member delegation to Israel.

Dr. Warren Bareiss and Karen Mercincavage of the Mass Communications Department presented their paper, titled "Exploring Digital Innovations and Bridging Perceptive Divides: A Textual Analysis of HIV Community Photos as Ritual Performance," at the National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media in Atlanta, Ga.

Greg Bassham, professor of philosophy, had reviews published of Stanley Fish's book, Save the World on Your Own Time in the Journal of College and University Law; Mark C. Murphy's book, Natural Law in Jurisprudence and Politics, in the Journal of Catholic Social Thought; and Erik Wielenberg's book, God and the Reach of Reason, in Faith and Philosophy. His article "Lance Armstrong and True Success," co-written with Chris Krall, was published in Cycling--Philosophy for Everyone.

Gregory Bassham, professor of philosophy, published an edited volume, The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy. Dr. Beth Admiraal, associate professor of political science, and Dr. Regan Reitsma, assistant professor of philosophy, were among the contributors.

Dr. Robin Field and Dr. Jennifer McClinton-Temple, professors of English, recently presented papers at the 24th annual Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS) conference in Scranton. Field's paper was entitled "Creating the Ethnic Self in Diana Abu-Jaber's Crescent" and McClinton-Temple's was "Sainthood on the Reservation: Erdrich's Sister Leopolda and Father Damien."

Dr. Jennifer Fry, adjunct lecturer in history, earned her doctorate from Temple University. Her dissertation was titled "Our Girls Can Match 'Em Every Time: The Political Activities of African American Women in Philadelphia, 1912-1941."

Dr. Claire G. Gilmore, professor of finance, presented a paper co-authored with Dr. Marian Boscia, professor of accounting, entitled "Comovements in Government Bond Markets: A Minimum Spanning Tree Analysis," at the Ninth International Business and Economy Conference in Prague, Czech Republic.

Nicole Mares, assistant professor of history, recently presented a paper titled, "To be Pitied, Admired, or Condemned: Changing Notions of Civilization during the Great Trek, 1834-1856," at the Northeast Conference on British Studies hosted by the University of Vermont. She also presented a paper titled "The 'Weenen' and the Reconfiguration of the Anglo-Boer Conflict," at the Midwest Conference on British Studies hosted by Baldwin Wallace College in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Robert Paoletti, Pre-Health Professions Advisor, recently announced that King's College and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine have signed an affiliation agreement whereby up to 10 King's pre-medical students who satisfy specific prerequisites will be guaranteed admission to the medical school each year. King's has similar agreements with other schools offering a variety of medical studies.

Dr. Brian Pavlac, chair of the History Department, had his review of K. David Goss' book The Salem Witch Trials: A Reference Guide, published in The Sixteenth Century Journal. His book, Witch Hunts in the Western World: Persecution and Punishment from the Inquisition through the Salem Trials, was recently published in a paperback edition by Bison Books.

Dr. Ayesha Ray, assistant professor of political science, was recently quoted in the British newspaper, The Guardian. The article was titled, "Kashmir's half-widows shoulder the burden of a double tragedy." The article can be read at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2010/oct/11/1

Dr. Joseph Rish, chair, Department of Political Science, was a guest commentator on PCN cable television after the Barletta/Kanjorski debate in October.

Dr. Ronald Supkowski, associate professor of chemistry, delivered an invited lecture to the Drexel University Chemistry Department in May titled "Use of Thermometric Titration to Characterize Catalyst Supports: Advantages in process control and fundamental understandings of support." He also delivered a lecture, along with Chris Gillis of Solution Mining Inc., at the 32nd Annual National Association of Abandoned Mine Land Programs in Scranton. The presentation was entitled: "History of the Old Forge Borehole and How the Chemical Properties of the Outflow Can be Used to Refine a Remediation Method."

Dr. Ann Yezerski, associate professor and chair of the Biology Department, presented a workshop entitled, "Genotyping SNP's Associated With Dyslexia" at the annual meeting of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She also presented a summary of her research entitled "Benzoquinones secreted by Tribolium beetles found to be selective antimicrobials" at the International Conference on Antimicrobial Research (ICAR 2010) in Valladolid, Spain. Dr. Yezerski acknowledged the contribution of more than 20 King's undergraduate researchers at the end of her talk.

Dr. Laurie Ayre, associate professor of education and King's education majors, Lauren Seelye and Amy Stashefski, recently presented "Collaborative Inspired After-School Partnerships" at the Kappa Delta Pi Convocation in Orlando, Fla. The presentation was based on the Education Department's work at Dan Flood Elementary School, Heights Murray Elementary School and the McGlynn Learning Center.

Dr. Warren Bareiss, department chair, mass communications, recently had his article, entitled "Middlebrow Knowingness in 1950s San Francisco: The Kingston Trio, Beat Counterculture, and the Production of 'Authenticity,'" published in the journal Popular Music and Society. This study argues that the trio's meteoric rise in national popularity was due to the group's ability to carve a middlebrow niche between Cold War conservatism and a nascent countercultural movement rooted largely in 1950s San Francisco.

Adjunct faculty member Georgiana Cray Bart was one of five artists from Pennsylvania who recently displayed artwork at the Broome Street Gallery in New York City. The works in the exhibi-tion, titled "Images from an Artists Retreat," were created during a residency at Soaring Gardens.

Dr. Greg Bassham, professor of philosophy; Dr. William Irwin, professor of philosophy, Dr. Henry Nardone, emeritus professor of philosophy; and Dr. James Wallace, professor of English, recently published the 4th edition of their textbook, Critical Thinking: A Student's Introduction (McGraw-Hill, 2011).

Dr. Bassham published a review of Stanley Fish's book, Save the World on Your Own Time, in the Journal of College and University Law. He also published a review of Mark C. Murphy's book, Natural Law in Jurisprudence and Politics, in a recent issue of the Journal of Catholic Social Thought.

Dr. Bridget Costello, assistant professor of sociology, presented a paper titled "Cultural influences on individual health strategies: landscapes and landmarks" at the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society. Sociology major Marybeth Sanchez '09 was also in attendance, and presented a poster titled "Tattooing: a practice that runs deeper than skin."

Dr. James P. Dolhon, professor of speech communication, recently presented, "Owning Your I.P.P.E.E.'s: IntraPersonal Patterns for Processing & Expressing Experience," at the 38th Annual Conference of The International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning, in Las Vegas, NV.

An essay by Dr. Robin Field, assistant professor of English, entitled "Revising Chicana Womanhood: Gender Violence in Sandra Cisneros's The House on Mango Street," was published in the essay collection Feminism, Literature, and Rape Narratives (Routledge, 2010). She presented a paper, "Why Push? Rereading Sapphire, Reconsidering the Incest Narrative," at Penn State University's conference, Celebrating Contemporary African American Literature: The Novel Since 1988.

Dr. Field presented the paper "Traumatic Past and Ethereal Present in Jana Monji's Kim" at the Northeastern Modern Language Association meeting in Boston. She also presented a paper entitled "Familial Borderlands: Writing the Second Generation in America" at the conference "Migration, Border, and the Nation-State," sponsored by the United States Association of Commonwealth Language and Literature, held at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.

Dr. Claire G. Gilmore (Finance) presented a paper coauthored with Dr. Marian Boscia (Accounting), entitled "Comovements in Government Bond Markets: A Minimum Spanning Tree Analysis," at the Ninth International Business and Economy Conference in Prague, Czech Republic.

"The Dynamics of Gold," coauthored by Dr. Gilmore was recently presented at the Southern Finance Association Conference in Florida.

Dr. Bernard Healey, director, Health Care Administration Graduate Program, published his book, Introduction to Occupational Health in Public Health Practice by Jossey Bass. Dr. Healey and Bob Zimmerman, adjunct professor of health care, also co-wrote the book The New World of Health Promotion: New Program Development, Implementation, and Evaluation. The book, published by Jones and Bartlett Publishers, features a forward by Georges C. Benjamin, executive director, American Public Health Association.

Jocelyn Hook, MPAS, PA-C, clinical coordinator in the Physician Assistant Department, was featured in the September/October 2009 issue of Today's County Woman. The article highlights Hook's professional accomplishments and academic career.

Professor of Philosophy Dr. William Irwin was the keynote speaker at the Fifth Annual Danish Conference on Philosophy and Popular Culture held recently at the University of Southern Denmark.

During the presentation, titled "Perception and Reception of Popular Culture," Irwin discussed the way new technology, such as DVR and iPods, affect the way people perceive and receive television and music. Irwin's trip was funded by a grant from the Danish Research Training Program of Philosophy, History of Ideas and History of Science.

Irwin has recently published two articles, "Reading Audio Books" and "Prufrock's Question and Roquentin's Answer" in the journal Philosophy and Literature, the most highly selective journal in the field with only a five percent acceptance rate.


Dr. Jonathan Malesic, assistant professor of theology, published his book, Secret Faith in the Public Square: An Argument for the Concealment of Christian Identity by Brazos Press, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Dr. Noreen O'Connor, assistant professor of English, wrote the chapter, entitled "Thinking Peace into Existence: Narrating Trauma and Mourning in Freud, Woolf, and Morrison," in the newly released book The Theme of Peace and War in Virginia Woolf's Writings: Essays in Her Political Philosophy.

Dr. O'Connor also published an article, entitled "Envisioning a New Parent Track in Academia" in On Campus With Women, a publication of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. She also presented the paper "Literary Cubism in The Sound and the Fury and As I Lay Dying" at the recent Northeastern Modern Language Association meeting in Boston.

Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Russell Owens's proposal, "Assistive Technology Instructional Module Using Student Created Tutorials," was recently reviewed and accepted at the 2009 Annual Conference of the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning in Philadelphia.

Dr. Robert Paoletti, Pre-Health Professions Advisor, recently announced that King's College and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine have signed an affiliation agreement whereby up to 10 King's pre-medical students who satisfy specific prerequisites will be guaranteed admission to the medical school each year. King's has similar agreements with other schools offering a variety of medical studies.

Dr. Amy Parsons, professor of marketing, co-authored an article, titled "Group Projects Using Clients Versus Not Using Clients: Do Students Perceive Any Differences?" in the August 2009 Journal of Marketing Education.

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