Faculty Scholarship and Research

Faculty Scholarship and Research


Jerry Wemple

Jerry Wemple

Jerry Wemple, MFA, professor of English, had two recent publications. Wemple’s poem “Bridge” appears in the current issue of “cahoodaloodaling,” a quarterly literary journal.

His essay “Funny,” about growing up in rural Pennsylvania, was recently published in “Full Grown People.” Wemple is the author of three poetry collections. His poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. Wemple Scholarship

Rebecca Toothaker

Rebecca Toothaker

Rebecca Toothaker, Ph.D., R.N., assistant professor of nursing, presented “A Phenomenological Study of Millennial Students in Traditional Pedagogy” at the Elsevier Faculty Development Conference, Las Vegas. This poster presentation disseminated research findings from her dissertation study that explored the millennial BSN student perspective of educational strategies within a traditional classroom taught by lecture.

In addition, Toothaker presented at the Nursing Education Research Conference sponsored by Sigma Theta Tau International and the National League of Nursing in Washington D.C. The title of the conference was: “Nursing Education Research Conference: Research as a Catalyst for Transformative Practice.” The title of her accepted paper was “Educating BSN Millennial Students: It’s Not Your Mother’s Classroom.”

This podium presentation assisted in the the dissemination of research findings which examined preferred teaching methods, student learning styles, and learning needs in relation to traditional pedagogies. The purpose of the phenomenological interpretive qualitative study was to identify the perception of millennial students participating in traditional pedagogies and its significant implications for nursing education. Knowing preferred methods of pedagogical practices desired of millennials will define not what to teach but how to teach to get the message to the student.

Rosalee Rush

Rosalee Rush

Rosalee Rush, Ph.D., assistant vice president for marketing and communications, spoke to the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education, Equity Practitioners in Higher Education Australasia chapter, about crisis communications.

The National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE), funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training, aims to inform public policy and institutional practice to improve higher education participation and success for marginalized and disadvantaged people. Rush was one of three American Council on Education fellows who met with Australian university leaders to learn about equity in higher education administration.

Lori Metzger

Lori Metzger

Lori M. Metzger, Ph.D., NP-C, assistant professor of nursing, presented at the Education and Simulation conference sponsored by Drexel University in Clearwater Florida on “Assimilating Nursing Students into the Community: Simulation in Public Health." This oral presentation demonstrated the recent teaching innovation implemented in Nursing 410 Public Health Nursing. Through four specific scenarios in correctional health, home health, occupational health and school health, students participate in this simulation to enhance their learning in health settings in a community-based and community-oriented nursing practice.

Metzger presented this with the Director of the Simulated Learning Lab for the Nursing Department Mary-Lee Helbing, MSN. Through this endeavor of teaching innovation, Metzger and Helbing have been awarded a TALE grant for introducing the technology of telehealth into these simulated scenarios.

George Agbango

George Agbango

George Agbango, Ph.D., acting vice provost and dean of undergraduate studies, served as the keynote speaker of the third bi-annual Faculty of Education International Conference at Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Awka, Nigeria. Agbango spoke on the conference's theme, "Emerging Issues in Higher Education in the 21st Century."

The international conference was sponsored by the Global Awareness Society International Unizik Chapter of Awka, Nigeria. GASI promotes research and education in matters related to globalization through annual professional and academic conferences, publication of conference proceedings, publication of the refereed Journal of Global Awareness, provide scholarship support for conference participation, and participation in service and charitable projects around the globe.

Noreen Chikotas

Noreen Chikotas

Noreen Chikotas, D.Ed., CRNP, nursing department graduate coordinator, presented at the Education and Simulation conference sponsored by Drexel University in Clearwater, Fla., on “Transforming the Educational Landscape: Simulation, Innovation and Technology.” The title of her paper was “A Collaborative Effort Between Nursing and Health Communication Studies in Implementing a Standardized Patient Experience for the Advanced Practice Nurse.”

This podium presentation assisted in the dissemination of research, unique in it was developed, implemented and evaluated a collaborative effort between nursing and social science of health communication. The purpose of the phenomenological qualitative study was to examine the impact of standardized patient experiences (SPE) in the education of the Advanced Practice Nurse (APN), thus add to the mounting evidence of SPE’s possibilities. Chikotas Scholarship

Brian C. Johnson

Brian C. Johnson Brian C. Johnson, academic advisor, director of Frederick Douglass Institute, recently had his sixth book, The Problematic Tyler Perry, which explores the vast chasm between Perry’s fans’ adoration and the critical reception of his work. While some argue that Perry’s brand of “blackness” is little more than buffoonery, others claim he offers representations that are missing in entertainment choices, especially among niche audiences.

Perry is applauded by some for offering films and television shows that are «good entertainment», while others label his work trashy. He can be seen either as an oracle whose morality plays provide a gospel message of family healing, or as an actor with a misaligned worldview. This book asks: what are we to do with the “problem” of Tyler Perry?

In addition, Johnson’s newest article was published by Film International (Issue 13, No. 4) on“Fear and Self Loving: Masturbation in Movie Teen Comedies.”

Cassandra Sachar

Cassandra Sachar

Cassandra Sachar, assistant professor of writing, recently published "Establishing a Writing Community in the College Classroom" in Faculty Focus, "Making Feedback Matter" in The Teaching Professor, and “The Writing Crisis and How to Address It through Developmental Writing Classes” in Research & Teaching in Developmental Education.

Michael C. Hickey

Michael Hickey

Michael C. Hickey, Ph.D., professor of history, this semester has continued scholarly activity in two fields of history: the history of Russia's 1917 Revolution; and the history of the aftermath of the Holocaust in the Soviet Union. In March, Hickey participated in an international conference on "Russia's Failed Democratic Revolution, 1917: A Centennial Reappraisal," held in Rome (Italy) and hosted by the Notre Dame University's Nanovic Institute for European Studies. In addition to chairing the conference's opening session, Hickey presented his new research on the mechanics of local state administration in Russia in 1917. Hickey's essay from that conference, "Lost in the Vermicelli? The Provincial Government and Local Administration in Smolensk in 1917" will appear later this year in a special issue of the Journal of Modern Russian Historiography and History.

On April 10, Hickey discussed this new research as the featured speaker at the Delaware Valley Seminar on Russian History at Swarthmore College. In addition, Hickey's featured review essay "Russian Culture in War and Revolution" will appear in the journal Revolutionary Russia in summer 2016. In the field of Holocaust Aftermath studies, Hickey's featured review essay "Jewish Life in Belarus: The Final Decade of the Stalin Regime" appeared this spring in The Belorussian Political Science Review, vol. 3. And on April 7, Hickey served as commentator for the panel "Polish Jewish Refugees and Displaced Persons" at the 34th Annual Conference on the Holocaust and Genocide at Millersville University, where he also chaired and commented on the panel "The Aftermath of the Holocaust and Its Commemoration in Western Europe." Hickey Scholarship

Anne-Dyer Stuart

Anne-Dyer Stuart

Anne-Dyer Stuart, MFA, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, had a poem earlier this year entitled “Oxbow Lake” published in Sugar House Review, a Salt Lake City, Utah based literary journal. Sugar House is an independent journal focused exclusively on poetry. Stuart was also solicited as a peer reviewer for R.KV.R.Y Quarterly Literary Journal.

Joseph L. Andreacci

Joseph Andreacci

Joseph L. Andreacci, Ph.D., professor of exercise science, Eric S. Rawson, Ph.D. and Timothy R. McConnell, PhD., professor of exercise science, along with former student Abigail Pauley ‘14M, are authors on the manuscript entitled, “The Impact of Body Composition on Energy Expenditure during Walking and Running in Young Adults. The manuscript appears in the February 2016 issue of the Journal of Exercise Physiology-online. Andreacci Scholarship

Walter Brasch

Walter Brasch

Fracking America: Sacrificing Health and the Environment for Short-Term Economic Benefit is Walter M. Brasch’s 21st book. Walter Brasch is a professor emeritus of journalism. The book details significant issues related to fracking and the anti-fracking environmental movement. In addition to several chapters devoted to health/medical and environmental issues, as well as the process of fracking, in the 690 page book are chapters about academic integrity relating to professors taking oil/gas money and producing research agreeing with industry talking points; the collusion between politicians and the oil/gas industry, with an emphasis upon Pennsylvania; and renewable energy alternatives to oil and gas.

The book is endorsed by Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, and one of the nation’s leaders in the environmental movement; and Damian Short, distinguished research professor at the University of London. The Midwest Book Review gives it a “highly recommended” rating; Carol Hartman, an environmental journalist, calls it “essential reading.” The book is available at greeleyandstone.com, amazon.com, and local bookstores.

David Magolis

David Magolis

David Magolis, Ph.D., associate professor of mass communications, was recently appointed to the National Association of Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) Leadership Council. The role of the council is to help NAMLE grow to become the preeminent leader in the effort to expand and improve the practice of media literacy education in the United States.

The Leadership Council will lead NAMLE’s communication, resources, and professional development projects in accordance with the strategic vision set forth by the Executive Director and the Board of Directors.

Robin Drogan

Robin Drogan

Inclusive practices are at the cornerstone of what we share with students as they prepare to work with diverse groups of children in schools. Robin Drogan, Ph.D., assistant professor of exceptionality programs, and Darlene Perner, Ed.D., professor of exceptionality programs, have published a chapter, “Facilitating Systems of Support” in Including Learners with Low-Incidence Disabilities.

This book, as part of a series, brings a unique international perspective on a topic that is not often written, supports for students with low-incidence disabilities. Some of the inclusive education features include: values and beliefs, rights, relationships, a sense of belonging, effective practices, and school community and culture. The focus is on quality implementation of effective collaborative practices.

Michael Patte

Michael Patte

Michael Patte, Ph.D., professor of teaching and learning, and Thomas Starmack, Ph.D., professor of teaching and learning, collaborated on two recently published books.

Beyond the Classroom Walls pushes students to look beyond the walls of the classroom to explore all avenues of educating students including families, community, and other school resources. The book is written with supporting recent scholarly articles to support the concepts of each chapter.  Included are notes to instructors for the means of creating authentic and engaging assignments and means of delivering instruction.

Organizational Behavior explores various types of leadership and major concepts critical to leading in the 21st Century. The book has a Pk-16 target audience for students or professionals seeking to learn more and be engaged in learning about effective leadership in our complex world.  The impact on pre-service and in-service teachers is the depth with which students engage with content and apply concepts in their current setting through job embedded assignments. Patte Scholarship

Michael Borland

Michael Borland

Michael G. Borland, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, was recently designated an Education Fellow of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Borland is one of only two PASSHE faculty members, and one of 75 BMB professionals nationwide who have earned this distinction.

Earlier this year, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry became the first PASSHE university to receive an ASBMB accreditation. BU’s biochemistry program was rated on factors including research laboratory facilities, faculty scholarship and educational goals. The accreditation recognizes BU’s biochemistry program as meeting the organization’s advanced requirements.

Ferda Asya

Ferda Asya

Ferda Asya, Ph.D., professor of English, presented a refereed paper, “Return Trip of Culture: Morocco/France/Morocco,” in the “Edith Wharton Society Panel,” at the American Literature Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Boston. The American Literature Association is committed to exploring the richness and diversity of American writing and welcomes all forms of scholarship. It is not limited to any specific critical methodology or dogma. Asya Scholarship

Christi Moncavage

Christi Moncavage

Christi Moncavage, Au.D., clinical audiologist with the Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, was named one of HearStrong Foundation’s Champion of the Month for August. Moncavage is an accomplished doctor of audiology, an engaged supervisor of graduate students and a passionate hearing healthcare provider.

In reflecting on moments that really symbolize the impact hearing better has had on her life, she says, “Hearing my husband’s wedding vows, hearing my daughter cry for the first time, and hearing my name as a recipient of a doctoral degree: hearing is what makes every life event better.”

Amarilis Hidalgo de Jesus

Amarilis Hidalgo de Jesus

Amarilis Hidalgo de Jesus, Ph.D., professor of language and cultures, has been elected as treasurer of the Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica (International Association of Hispanic Culture and Literature, AILCFH) for 2015-2017.

In addition, she has been invited and received a travel grant by the municipality of Manta, Ecuador to participate in the “Encuentro internacional de escritores y poetas.” Hidalgo de Jesus Scholarship

Michael Ruffini

Michael Ruffini Michael Ruffini, Ed.D., professor of educational technology, presented “Screencast Your Lessons With Camtasia!” at the ISTE 2015 International Technology and Expo Conference held in Philadelphia. In addition, Ruffini published a new book, “PowerCasts Creating Dynamic PowerPoint Screencasts with Camtasia Studio!” The Planets — project example from book. Visions in Education Publisher. Ruffini Scholarship

Kristie Byrum

Kristie Byrum

Kristie Byrum, Ph.D, APR, an assistant professor of public relations, recently presented her research at the Athens Institute for Education and Research in Athens, Greece. Byrum was invited to present her findings related to Corporate Social Responsibility Communications to international scholars in attendance at the Annual International Conference on Communication and Mass Media.

The event was organized by the Mass Media and Communications Research Unit of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER). Byrum’s work assessed the effectiveness of various media formats, including a news release, article and advertisement, in generating source credibility, information, credibility, purchase intention, brand reputation and social media engagement. Byrum assessed both corporate and consumer sources to determine effectiveness.

The research indicated that news releases and articles are superior formats for conveying corporate social responsibility messages, thus suggesting an active role for public relations professionals in the strategic planning and implementation of corporate social responsibility programs. Byrum is accredited by the Public Relations Society of America and currently serves on a national PRSA committee devoted to devising and implementing strategic communications curriculum for MBA programs nationwide.

Michael Rebold

Michael Rebold

Michael Rebold, Ph.D., CSCS, assistant professor of exercise science, recently had his cell phone research accepted for publication in PLOS ONE. The research, done in collaboration with several exercise science students, is looking at the impact of cell phone use on the intensity and liking of a bout of treadmill exercise.

Since everyone is constantly having to stay connected with their cell phone it is imperative to study how the cell phone distracts us from exercise, according to Rebold. In order to achieve health benefits, he says we need to exercise at a moderate intensity for at least 30-minutes. If we have our cell phones with us during exercise will this deter us from achieving these health recommendations of at least 30-minutes of moderate intensity exercise, according to Rebold.

Shaheen Awan

Shaheen Awan

Shaheen Awan, Ph.D., professor of speech-language pathology, recently had his article, Exploring the Relationship Between Spectral and Cepstral Measures of Voice and the Voice Handicap Index (VHI), voted the Best Speech Language Pathology Paper of 2014. Journal of Voice received a record number of manuscript submissions in 2014. This year’s Best Paper Award Winners will be announced and awarded in May during the 44th Annual Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice Joint Meeting with the International Association of Phonosurgery.

Amber Pitt

Amber Pitt

Amber Pitt, Ph.D., assistant professor of biological and allied health sciences, was a co-author, along with colleagues from the University of Maine, Clemson University, and U.S. Geological Survey, of “Evaluation of a waistband for attaching external radio transmitters to anurans” published in the peer-reviewed journal Wildlife Society Bulletin. The paper describes a new and improved radio-transmitter attachment method that can be used for tagging anurans (frogs and toads).

This method allows for improved radio-telemetry studies that will allow researchers to track anurans and gain critical data regarding their natural history and ecology. Anurans have undergone dramatic population declines in recent years and are highly imperiled throughout the world so ecological data that can be gained through radio-telemetry studies can lead to enhanced conservation programs.

Lam D. Nguyen

Lam D. Nguyen

Lam D. Nguyen, D.Mgt., associate professor of management, recently had his two coauthored papers published in the International Journal of Business Research, Vol. 15, No. 1. The first paper, “Core Competencies: Redefining Competition in the Global Economy,” reviewed concepts of core competencies and how to turn core competencies into competitive advantages in order to compete effectively in the globalized market. The second paper, “Online Group Buying: An Investigation on Service Quality and Customer Satisfaction in Vietnam,” discussed a causal model to identify determinants to the level of satisfaction with online group buying sites in Vietnam.

The International Journal of Business Research (IJBR) is a peer-reviewed public journal in the Ulrich’s International Periodicals Directory and in Cabell’s Directories 2004-14 Editions with a 20 percent acceptance rate. Nguyen Scholarship

Brenda Wands

Brenda Wands, assistant professor and program director of the Geisinger Health System/Bloomsburg University Department of Nursing, Nurse Anesthesia program, recently was granted a Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship Grant through Health Resources and Service Administration for $15,701. This award is valuable to the nurse anesthesia students to offset some of their tuition costs. Nurse anesthesia students are unable to work during their 33 month graduate program; therefore this grant award is appreciated in their educational journey. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists provide a valuable service providing anesthesia care to communities at large.

Kurt Smith

Kurt Smith

Kurt Smith, Ph.D., professor of philosophy, has just published The Descartes Dictionary with Bloomsbury Press. During Winter break, he presented (with Professor Alan Nelson, UNC Chapel Hill, philosophy) "An Analysis of Descartes on Synthesis," at the Eastern Division meetings of the American Philosophical Association. And, he has forthcoming "Rationalism," in Oxford Bibliographies, edited by Duncan Prichard, and This is Modern Philosophy, with Blackwell Publishing. Smith Scholarship