Faculty Scholarship

Engaging, dynamic faculty members are the heart of Alvernia University.

Our professors are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields, and supportive mentors who are committed foremost to their students’ success. More than two-thirds of them hold the highest degree available in their field. Outside of the classroom many regularly publish books and articles, present scholarly works at national and international conferences, and serve as field experts to the mass media — through newspaper, broadcast, and online outlets. It's no wonder that our students appreciate small class sizes (12:1 student to faculty ratio), personal attention, and breath of academic programs offered — relevant in today's world.

See below for work completed by our faculty outside of the classroom.


2016

Bongrae Seok, Ph. D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Seok published his paper "Neuroaesthetics of Musical Pleasure: Purposeful Purposelessness of Musical Chills," in the Proceedings of ICA [International Congress of Aesthetics] 2016: Aesthetics of Mass Culture. In this paper, he discussed and analyzed musical excitement such as musical chills from the perspective of neuroaesthetics.

Ondra Kielbasa, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology
Ondra Kielbasa presented in two categories at the 2016 American Society for Cell Biology Conference in San Francisco. One presentation was in science education ("Evaluation of pedagogical innovations: a survey of educational research literature in cell biology") and the other was in research ("Ethanol treatment reduces myoblast fusion in culture").

Image: Josh HayesJosh Hayes, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Presented a paper, "Originary Anxiety: Henry, Freud and Non-Human Animal Life" at the Society of Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, October 2016.

Josh Hayes, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Presented a paper, "Robinson Jeffers and the Poetics of Place" at the International Association of Environmental Philosophy conference, Salt Lake City, Utah, October 2016

Dolores Bertoti PT, MS, DPT
Professor Physical Therapy
Kimberly Stoudt, Ed.D.
Program Director, Assistant Professor of Athletic Training & Assistant Athletic Trainer
Dr. Dolores Bertoti and Dr. Kimberly Stoudt presented a paper entitled “Peer-Driven Learning in Undergraduate Senior Capstone Courses: An Investigation into the Processes and Value” at the International Conference of Social Sciences and Humanities in Munich Germany, June 2016

Dolores Bertoti, PT, MS, DPT
Professor of Physical Therapy
Dr. Thomas Porrazzo and Dr. Dolores Bertoti presented a paper entitled “Capstone Coursework: Utilizing Student Reflection as a Vehicle for Assessing the Impact of the Educational Journey on the Development and Refinement of Students’ Core Beliefs” 2016 European College Teaching and Learning Conference on June 6, 2016, in Venice, Italy.

Photo: Caroline FitzpatrickCaroline Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communication & English
Dr. Fitzpatrick served on an education panel, Nurturing Advocacy: Prompting Student Action through Honor Societies (November 2016), at the annual convention of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), Faces of Advocacy, Atlanta, GA.




Janae Sholtz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Sholtz presented “Creative Resistance and the Spectacle of Violence" as a "Theorizing at Rowan" lecture for the Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies at Rowan University, Nov. 2016. The paper explores "spectacles of violence." - or the role that art plays through the proliferation of images of violence and injustice, generated through media and photography.

Bongrae Seok, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Seok published his chapter “Sensuous Creativity, Embodied Pleasure, and Neuroaesthetics of Musical Chills” in Elemental Sensuous; Phenomenology and Aesthetics (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, edited by Linda Ardito & John Murungi). In this chapter, he analyzes the unique aesthetic experience of musical chills from the perspective of neuroscience.

Bongrae Seok, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Seok presented "Confucian Moral Psychology and Psychopathy" at the Mid-Atlantic Region/Association for Asian Studies Conference (Oct 14, Towson University). In this paper, he analyzed Confucian notion of xin (a psychological complex of cognitive, emotional and developmental potentials) to understand moral impairment of psychopathy.

Photo: Kimberly StoudtKimberly Stoudt
Athletic Training Program Director and Assistant Professor
Dr. Kimberly Stoudt and Dr. Dolores Bertoti collaborated on the research paper "Peer-Driven Learning in Undergraduate Senior Capstone Courses: An Investigation into the Processes and Value." Dr. Stoudt presented the paper at the 2016 Conference of the International Journal of Arts and Sciences in Munich.




Caroline Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communication & English
Dr. Fitzpatrick presented a teaching strategies workshop on digital literacy, online writing, and impression management at the Diverse Literacies Conference (September 2016) for Language as a Resource Toward Revaluing Diverse Learners in Macungie, Pa.

Photo: SeokBongrae Seok, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Seok published a chapter "Embodied Cognition and Religion” in an edited volume (Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbook: Religion: Mental Religion edited by Niki Clements). In this chapter, he surveys and analyzes embodied orientations in religions and spiritual traditions.

Bongrae Seok, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Seok gave a presentation on the nature of aesthetic experience and pleasure observed in musical chills, titled “Neuroaesthetics of Musical Pleasure: Purposeful Purposelessness of Musical Chills” at the International Congress of Aesthetics, Seoul, South Korea, July 25-29, 2016.

Bongrae Seok, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Seok gave a lecture on mindfulness meditation, titled "Neuroscience of Mindfulness Meditation" at the Institute for Cognitive Science, Seoul National University, South Korea, July 25, 2016.

Bongrae Seok, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Seok gave a lecture on positive psychology and happiness study in relation to mindfulness meditation, titled "Neurodaimonia and Mindfulness Meditation" at the Institute of Philosophy, Korea University, South Korea, July 22, 2016.

Photo: Mark KaufmanMark Kaufman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English
In June 2016, Dr. Kaufman delivered a paper titled “An Incident in Hyde Park: Sir Basil Thomson, Scotland Yard, and Wakean Coincidence” at the International James Joyce Symposium at the University of London.

Mark Kaufman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English
Dr. Kaufman gave a presentation titled “Le Morte d’Arthur: Allegory and Ideology in Graham Greene’s The Human Factor” at the Conference of the European Network for Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies at the University of Rennes, France, in June 2016.

Ann Kriebel-Gasparro, DrNP, FNP, GNP
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Dr. Kriebel-Gasparro, director of the DNP program, presented "Primary Care of the Parkinson's Disease Patient" and "Integrating Palliative Care into an NP-DNP Program" at the American Association of Nurse Practitioners Conference in June 2016.

Photo: RecktenwaldEric Recktenwald, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology
In collaboration with colleagues from Temple, Penn State, and Rutgers Universities, Recktenwald published a research paper, "Representation of the visual field in the anterior thalamus of the leopard frog, Rana pipiens" in a peer reviewed neuroscience journal "Neuroscience Letters," May 2016, Vol. 621, 34-38. 




Spencer S. Stober, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
Dr. Stober is leading a discussion on Climate Change on April 18, for a "Great Decisions" session at the Jewish Cultural Center in Wyomissing. Sessions are designed to create discussion on major foreign policy issues facing the nation.

Photo: SeokBongrae Seok, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Seok presented his paper "Autistic Moral Agency and Integrative NeuroEthics" at a symposium (Does Neuroscience have Normative Implications?) hosted by the Center for the study of ethics in the professions at Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago, April 15, 2016).


Theresa Adams, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Nursing
Contributing co-author with Kathleen Nevel, Ph.D, adjunct professor in Business for Chapter 8 entitled, Enhancing cultural competence: Face-to-face classrooms, hybrid, and onlin courses" in "Teaching Cultural Competence in Nursing and Health Care: Inquiry, Action, and Innovation" by Marianne R. Jeffreys, Springer Publishing Company, third edition, 2016.


Bongrae Seok, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Seok presented his paper "Embodied Religious Experience of Mindfulness Meditation" at the Embodied Religious Experience Conference in Princeton University (March 15, 2016). His paper analyzes the minimalist interpretation of Mindfulness from the perspectives of Buddhism and neuroscience.

Mark Kaufman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English
Dr. Kaufman presented a paper titled “Spyographies: Modernism and the Intelligence Memoir" at the American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference at Harvard University, March 2016.


Photo: HartungEdgar J. Hartung, JD
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Dr. Hartung led a discussion on "The Rise of ISIS," March 21, for a "Great Decisions" session at the Jewish Cultural Center in Wyomissing. Sessions are designed to create discussion on major foreign policy issues facing the nation. Learn more about "Great Decisions" online.




Christopher H. Wise, PT, DPT, Ph.D.(c), OCS, FAAOMPT, MTC, ATC
DPT Program Director
Associate Professor of Physical Therapy
Presented “An Evidence-Based Approach to the Management of Low Back Pain: Balancing Sacroiliac Joint Mobility with Stability” course about an alternate approach to management of low back pain — for the PA PT Association in April 2016.

Bongrae Seok, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Seok presented his paper “Embodied Religious Experience of Mindfulness Meditation” at the Embodied Religious Experience Workshop, Princeton University (March 14-16, 2016). In his paper, he discussed concrete embodied experience of mindfulness from the perspective of neuroscience, Buddhism, and philosophy.


photo: Carrie FitzpatrickCaroline Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communications & Englis
Dr. Fitzpatrick served as a judge (February 2016) for the finalists of the highly selective Penguin Group Publishing (USA) Internship Program co-sponsored by the International English Honor Society. The paid summer internship opportunity is available from Penguin Random House to provide undergraduate students with experience in the publishing industry.


Tufan Tiglioglu, Ph.D.
Director of Ph.D. Program in Leadership
Associate Professor of Business
Dr. Tiglioglu presented “Economy’s Impact on Your Business – Where Does Your Business “Grow” From Here?” at the 5th Annual Seminar Series by Herbein + Company, Inc., on Feb. 26, 2015, Reading, Pa.


photo: Radosh
Jodi Radosh, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Communication
Dr. Radosh was quoted in Reading Eagle newspaper article about Super Bowl commercials, Feb. 9, 2016. Headline: “Super Bowl Ads Bring The Funny, Celebrities.”







Caroline Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communications & Englis
Dr. Fitzpatrick served as a judge for the Intellectual Freedom Challenge Essay Contest (January 2016) of the National English Honor Society for High Schools within the U.S.A. The contest encourages students to write rationale essays based on potentially controversial texts and to compete for monetary awards.


Photo: Ed HartungEdgar J. Hartung, JD
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
“Retired FBI Agent Offers Insight into Reading City Hall Probe”
In a February 4, 2016 interview by WFMZ Channel 69 News, Dr. Hartung spoke about the continuing FBI investigation into the public corruption by Reading city officials. Topics included why more arrests have not been made at this time.




Caroline Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communications & Englis
Dr. Fitzpatrick served as a manuscript reviewer (Spring 2016) of the journal Medical Education for medical study submissions involving qualitative research methods.


Diane Kraft, MS, RDN, LDN

Instructor of Biology
Kraft coauthored "The A-Z Guide to Food As Medicine" (Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group; 2016) with University of the Sciences pharmacognosy colleague Ara DerMarderosian. The book lists physiological effects and health benefits of 250 foods, food groups, nutrients, and phytochemicals.

 


Bongrae Seok, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Seok presented his paper “Confucian Ethics and Psychopathy from the Perspective of Moral Development” at the American Philosophical Association Conference (Washington D.C., January, 2016). In his paper, he discussed a new approach to psychopathy from the perspective of cognitive affective integration and compared it with Confucian heartmind (xin). He also chaired two sessions (1. Feminist Philosophy in Asian and Korean Traditions 2. New Perspectives in Asian and Comparative Philosophy at the conference.


Tufan Tiglioglu, Ph.D.
Director of Ph.D. Program in Leadership, Associate Professor of Business
Referee (article review)
Journals: (1) Energy Economics, (2) Economic Analysis and Policy.”


photo: Bowen-Hartung
Peggy Bowen-Hartung, Ph.D., CTS

Associate Professor of Psychology
Dr. Bowen-Hartung evaluated proposals for the various grants for the U.S. Department of Justice Adam Walsh Act Implementation Solicitation.





Caroline Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communications & English
Dr. Fitzpatrick was elected President, International English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta, 2016-2018. It’s the second largest honor-society with 875 active chapters at universities in U.S.A. and abroad, 1,000+ faculty-sponsors, and 9,000+ members inducted annually. The society provides scholarships, internships, grants/awards to undergraduate/graduate students of communication, journalism, literature, and media.


Photo: Terri AdamsTheresa M. Adams, Ph.D., RN, CSN
Associate Professor of Nursing Received the 2015 Nursing Education Award from the Pennsylvania League for Nursing. The award is given to a nurse educator who has influenced the scholarly development of nursing knowledge through creative approaches to nursing education; conducted and communicated nursing research, and has a history of contributions that advanced nursing science.



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Bongrae Seok, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Seok has been elected Vice President of the Association of Chinese Philosophers in North America (ACPA). He will serve ACPA for two years (2016-2018).






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