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Faculty and Staff Achievements, Summer 2012

July 25, 2012 by Editor in Faculty and Staff with 0 Comments

Cheryl Buff ’82, Ph.D., associate professor of marketing, is the new Director of the Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity. Buff will retain her faculty position and continue to teach two courses. In her new role, she will coordinate and support efforts across the College to foster undergraduate research.

Len Cutler, Ph.D., professor of political science, has been appointed to the Merit Selection Panel by Chief Judge Gary Sharpe of the United States District Court of the Northern District. The panel is in charge of screening and recommending candidates for a full-time United States Magistrate Judgeship in Albany. Cutler is the sole member of academe to serve on this prestigious seven-member panel, comprised principally of attorneys.

Sr. Susan Dunn, O.P., Ed.D., has been appointed Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs. She will be responsible for the oversight and development of key areas that include: cooperating with academic affairs support services in a case management approach to retention; supervising the Damietta Cross-Cultural and Sr. Thea Bowman Centers; securing external funding and other resources for student affairs programs; and acting as a liaison to the Franciscan Center for Service and Advocacy as well as the Chaplain’s Office.

Margaret Hannay, Ph.D., professor of English, received the 2011 Book Award from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women for her biography, Mary Sidney, Lady Wroth. She also received the Josephine A. Roberts Scholarly Edition Prize for her work with colleagues titled The Correspondence (c. 1626-1659) of Dorothy Percy Sidney, Countess of Leicester.

Daniel P. Horan, O.F.M., published Dating God: Live and Love in the Way of St. Francis. The book explores Christian spirituality for young adults from a contemporary Franciscan perspective.

Mathew Johnson ’93, Ph.D., director of academic community engagement and associate professor of sociology and environmental studies, was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to the New York State Commission on National and Community Service. The commission seeks to build and reinforce a culture of service, citizenship and responsibility so as to enhance the quality of life for all New Yorkers.

Katherine Meierdiercks, Ph.D., assistant professor of environmental studies, secured a $9,521 grant from the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission in partnership with New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program. The grant will fund an undergraduate research project for the summer. The proposal is titled “Towards a Kromma Kill Watershed Restoration Plan: Fostering Stakeholder Participation Through the Development and Dissemination of Watershed Educational Materials.”

Paul Murray, Ph.D., professor of sociology, has been presented the Willie D. Halsell Prize by the Mississippi Historical Society for his article “Father Nathaniel and the Greenwood Movement.” The article was published in the Fall 2010 issue of The Journal of Mississippi History.

Richard Ognibene, Ed.D, professor of education emeritus, has published a book titled  A Persistent Reformer: Jonathan Kozol’s Work to Promote Equality in America. Kozol has been a leading education and social activist since 1967 when Death at an Early Age, his book about racism in Boston’s schools, was published and won a National Book Award.  Since then, Kozol has written 11 additional books that focus on such issues as segregation, poverty, school funding, teacher leadership and social justice, literacy and homelessness. Kozol was the Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King lecturer at Siena College in 1997.

Wendy Pojmann, Ph.D., associate professor of history; Barbara Reeves-Ellington, Ph.D., associate professor of history; and Karen Ward Mahar, Ph.D., associate professor of history; signed a contract with Oxford University Press to write The History Student’s Handbook: A Guide to Historical Thinking, Research and Writing. The two-part, hands-on methodology and research textbook results from their experiences teaching the history department’s revamped proseminar and capstone courses, and benefits from the multiple Information Literacy Grants each has received from the J. Spencer and Patricia Standish Library. The authors aim to reach a broad range of history students enrolled in colleges and universities throughout the United States.

LTC Samantha Ross, professor of military science, has published “Momby” Wears Combat Boots. The book is intended to help families deal with the military deployment of the mother of the household.

Fanny Söderbäck, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy, was honored by The Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, the second largest philosophical society in the United States.  Her paper titled “Living in the Present: Derrida and Irigaray on the Metaphysics of Presence,” was accepted for presentation at the next annual meeting and chosen as Best Submission by a Junior Scholar. 

Diane Strock-Lynskey, M.S.W., professor of social work, was recently published in the textbook, Death, Society and Human Experience (11th Edition). She has also received a follow-up grant to continue her research and document the experiences of first responders as well as those who care for and support them.

Carla Sofka, Ph.D., was recently published in the textbook, Dying, Death, and Grief in an Online Universe. She finished her term as President of the Association for Death Education and Counseling in March.

Len Stokes, Ph.D., professor of accounting, published Through the Students’ Eyes: A Novella Approach to Ethics for College-Age Business Students. This book will be used at Siena College to aid in the practical discussion of how to approach ethical dilemmas. Michelle King ’11, Kristen Bus ’11, Kristofer Bond ’12, Steven Simonetti ’12, Krista Timpano ’12 and Alicia Yacarrino ’12 (M.S.A.) contributed student situations to the publication which was made possible through a grant from Pricewaterhouse Coopers Charitable Foundation, Inc.

Scott Taylor, Ph.D., associate professor of history, received a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies for his research project on addiction in early modern Europe.

The following faculty have been awarded Spring 2012 Information Literacy Faculty Development Grants: Meg Fryling ’97, Ph.D., assistant professor of computer science, for, “The Digital Age Information Environment;” Laurie Naranch, Ph.D., associate professor of political science, for “Information Literacy for Civic Literacy;” Lisa Nevárez, Ph.D., associate professor of English, for “Blogging the Undead: Information Literacy in an Honors Seminar, ‘The Vampire’;” and James Teresco, Ph. D., visiting assistant professor of computer science, for “Finding, Evaluating, and Using Appropriate Primary Sources for a Final Course Project in Computer Science.”


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