China Town Hall features Ambassador Gary Locke ~ Dr. Jay Carter

Saint Joseph’s University was again selected by the National Committee on US-China Relations (NCUSCR) to serve as a host site for the CHINA Town Hall, a national day of China-related programming. This program, now in its seventh year, aims to increase awareness and understanding of the issues surrounding the China-US relationship by bringing China experts into dialogue with the public. St Joseph’s was one of about 60 host sites for the October 29th event, which was hosted locally by Professor of History and Director of International Relations Dr. James Carter. SJU’s selection as a host site is a direct reflection of our success hosting the event last year, when the NCUSCR’s Vice President, Jan Berris, attended our proceedings in the Wolfington Teletorium.

The featured webcast with Ambassador Gary Locke originated in Beijing and permitted participants to ask questions of the ambassador via email, Twitter, and other electronic media. Preceding Ambassador Locke’s remarks, Saint Joseph’s was to have hosted Prof. Deborah Davis, a sociologist at Yale University, to speak on “Creating Wealth and Poverty in a Rapidly Changing China.” Unfortunately, Hurricane Sandy prevented Dr Davis’s presentation to take place on campus. The hurricane affected nearly one quarter of the host sites. However, members of the University community were still able to take part in Ambassador Locke’s portion of the event via the Internet. Saint Joseph’s selection as a host site shows the continued and growing prominence of SJU as a regional center for Asian and China studies.

Faculty and Students Discuss Issues in the Presidential Election

The College of Arts & Sciences sponsored three events this fall that focused on critical issues of the 2012 Presidential Campaign. The Dean’s Colloquium Series began on October 3 with presentations by Lt. Col. James E. Turnbull, AFROTC, and Dr. Susan Clampet-Lundquist, Sociology, who addressed defense and Immigration issues, respectively.  On November 1, Dr. Benjamin Liebman, Economics, discussed the economy and Dr. Jack Newhouse, Health Services, compared the candidates on health care.

Foreign Policy was the subject of an October 22 faculty panel.  Dr. Jay Carter, History and International Relations, discussed U.S.-China relations while Dr. Linda Stevenson, Political Science and Latin American Studies (West Chester University) put the spotlight on Latin America.

All of the presentations were designed to emphasize the importance of each issue in the election and to identify differences between President Obama and Governor Romney in each of the areas under consideration.

Faculty Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council

On October 25 the Department of Theology and Religious Studies sponsored a panel discussion to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, which met from 1962-1965. The 16 documents eventually issued by the Council, the 21st general council in the history of the Roman Catholic Church, have had global impact on the life of the Church and its relationship to other Christian churches, other religions, and contemporary society.

Dr. Millicent Feske spoke of the significance of the Council’s openness and ecumenical initiatives for her scholarly work and the professional trajectory that brought her to Saint Joseph’s.  Dr. James Caccamo situated the Council’s work in its historical context and outlined how the Council transformed the Church’s relationship to culture. Dr. Philip Cunningham described how the Council changed the Church’s relationship to other Christian churches and other religions, with particular emphasis upon the dramatic changes in the Catholic Church’s relationship to the Jewish people.  Dr. Katie Oxx described the development of Catholic Studies programs in the wake of the Council. Dean William Madges, who recently published a book to commemorate the golden anniversary of the Council (Vatican II: Fifty Personal Stories), moderated the session.

The Department of Theology and Religious Studies intends to host additional presentations and lectures about the Second Vatican Council over the next three years.

SJU Project Haiti

At the Foi et Joie headquarters in Port au Prince, Haiti. Backrow left to right: Dr. Terry Furin, Tamara Auguste, Haitian Staff Member, Middle Row left to right: Haitian Staff Member, Dr. Aimee LaPointe Terosky, Dr. Joseph Cifelli. Front Row: Ocenia Benjamin-Pompy, Clauder Estimphil , and Ambroise Gabriel (director of Foi et Joie Haiti)

Spearheaded by members of the Education Unit and the English Department, a group of cross-campus and interdisciplinary faculty and staff members joined together in 2010 to form SJU Project Haiti. Through Rev. Patrick Samway’s previous work in Haiti, SJU Project Haiti connected with Foi et Joie, a Jesuit organization dedicated to building schools “where the road ends.”

Upper School at Balan (flagship school of the Foi et Joie schools)

After conducting a needs assessment with Foi et Joie’s staff, SJU Project Haiti decided to commit intellectual and fundraising resources to improve pedagogical practice in Foi et Joie’s schools in Haiti. SJU faculty and staff  (Dr. Terry Furin, Dr. Aimee LaPointe Terosky, Dr. Joseph Cifelli, Fr. Samway, S.J., Ms. Evelyn Minick, and Ms. Carold Boyer-Yancey) have visited Haitian schools on four trips, paying for the first trip themselves. In March 2012 they hosted six Foi et Joie educators on SJU’s campus to continue their collaboration.

Project Haiti has raised more than $14,000 to support their activities in Haiti. The Project has also applied for a Raskob Foundation Grant in the amount of $30,000. Embodying the principle of being men and women with and for others, the SJU participants donate their time and talent, receiving no compensation for their efforts to improve education in Haiti.

Dr. Terry Furin interacts with Haitian student

The 2012-2013 goals of SJU Project Haiti include providing FOSS science kits for one to two schools. FOSS science kits provide hands-on applications of science concepts. During their next visit to Haiti, the SJU faculty will work with Foi et Joie teachers and staff to integrate hands-on science learning into their traditional science classes. They will also conduct quantitative and qualitative analyses of the influence of their efforts on the ways in which Foi et Joie educators deliver instruction to their students. The analyses will help the team evaluate and refine their efforts in the Foi Et Joie schools, as well as provide research for publication and presentation at professional conferences.

SAVE THE DATE: The annual fund raiser “Hot Dogs for Haiti” will be held on Thursday, January 31st at Noon. Location to be announced.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Endorsement Approved

The Pennsylvania Department of Education granted Program Approval status to the Special Education Department’s new Autism Spectrum Disorders’ Endorsement program in September 2012.  Saint Joseph’s is one of only nine universities in Pennsylvania that have been approved to offer an autism certification program. The four graduate courses in this program provide a comprehensive overview of autism spectrum disorders and deal with a variety of issues, including  screening, diagnosis, and assessment as well as intervention and instructional strategies.  The Endorsement program emphasizes the integration of research-based theories with authentic clinical experiences.


The College Plan ~ Dean William Madges

The College of Arts & Sciences has identified four priorities for the current academic year: raising the profile of the College; providing essential resources for new and existing academic programs; enhancing experiential learning opportunities; and developing a strategic plan for graduate programs.

Raising the profile of the College continues to be the top priority. Although the College has excellent faculty with national and international scholarly reputations, who are also acknowledged by their students and peers as outstanding teachers and respected mentors, many individuals — both inside and outside of Saint Joseph’s — are unaware of their considerable accomplishments. Two steps towards raising the College’s profile have already been successfully implemented; a third is being actively pursued.

Drs. Bruce Wells and Aimee Terosky interact at the Dead Sea Scrolls event.

First, we created Notes from the Barbelin Quad, which provides information about faculty and student accomplishments and College events; it is published four times during the year. Second, we hosted the first in a series of regular public events to showcase the expertise of the CAS faculty. On September 24 at the Franklin Institute, faculty from the Theology & Religious Studies Department guided alumni and members of the SJU community through an exhibit of the world-famous Dead Sea Scrolls. Third, Dean Madges is working with the Development Office in seeking a benefactor to name the College. The naming of the College would not only elevate recognition of the College, but also would create a substantial endowment, providing ongoing funds to strengthen current programs and spark the development of new academic initiatives.

The second priority is to provide essential resources for new and existing academic programs.  First and foremost, this means advancing the plan to hire more tenure-track faculty. Hiring additional tenure-track faculty will promote implementation of the General Education Program (GEP), improve course coverage by full-time faculty across the disciplines, and meet specific programmatic needs. Building upon the 17 tenure-track faculty who were hired for the 2012-13 academic year, Dean Madges has proposed a total of 15 tenure-track hires for academic year 2013-14.

Paris Auditorium on Maguire Campus

This second priority also entails providing new and renovated physical spaces for three of the newest CAS majors, Music, Theatre & Film Studies, and Communication Studies. The College Plan specifically envisions the renovation of Paris Auditorium on the Maguire Campus to include a recital hall, a black box theater, as well as rehearsal and office space. The Plan also calls for the creation of a second high-tech Communication Studies Lab.

The third priority is to enhance experiential learning opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students. We are working with members of the Advisory Board of the College and the New York Council to create greater internship opportunities for CAS majors. Other examples of experiential learning include fieldwork, study abroad, service-learning, and research outside of class.

The fourth priority is to develop a strategic plan for graduate programs in the College. The strategic plan will involve the identification of graduate programs with growth potential, action steps to increase the number of international students, and the development of non-credit programs.

These four priorities were developed in consultation and collaboration with the Planning & Assessment Committee of the CAS College Council and with the chairpersons and associate deans of the College. The Plan promises to enhance the strength and academic vitality of the College as it pursues its educational mission and inspires students to “live greater.”

Science Students Triumph at Flugtag Competition ~ Dr. Mark Reynolds

On Saturday, September 15th a team of five Saint Joseph’s University science students competed in the annual Redbull Flugtag festival. Their team, Team Hawkward, won the People’s Choice Award and placed an impressive third overall in the competition.Team members  included sophomore Biology majors Andrew and Nicholas Shafer ‘15, Mark McShane ‘15 and Chemical Biology majors Kyle Smith ‘15 and Daniel Ezzo ‘15.

Team Hawkward with the frame of their craft: Andrew Shafer ’15 and Nicholas Shafer ’15, Mark McShane ’15, Kyle Smith ’15 and Daniel Ezzo ’15

Flugtag, which means flight day, is a yearly event sponsored by Red Bull and held in several U.S. cities. Flugtag began in Vienna, Austria in 1992  and has expanded internationally due to its popularity. This year’s local event was held on the  Camden waterfront.  Although anyone can apply to participate,  only approximately 35 teams are selected for the competition.

Teams build their own human-powered flying machines within the allowed specifications and then fly them off an approximately 30 foot pier into the water. The entrants were judged on three criteria: distance flown, the design, and the creativity of the skit performed by the team  before their craft takes off. The People’s Choice Award is determined by the number of votes each team gets from the viewers. The flying craft must be built out of environmentally friendly material that can float when the craft hits the water.

Team Hawkward got its initial inspiration from brothers Andrew and Nicholas Shafer, who were spectators when the event was last held here in 2010. They decided to put together a team and asked their friends and science hall roommates Mark McShane, Daniel Ezzo and Kyle Smith to join them.  The team spent many long days in August building their Hawkward flying machine. The students said that their flying machine was built from a stainless steel base acquired from Kyle Smith’s father and designed using parts from Home Depot.  They didn’t want any professional help.

“The whole point is to make your own invention and see how it works,” McShane said. One of the most challenging aspects for them was adding the Hawk head. The team said that building their aircraft was “a challenging yet enjoyable experience that really helped to build team chemistry for the competition.” Their Hawk costumes and routine for the skit were designed with help from Nicholas and Andrews’ mother.

On the day of the event at the Camden waterfront, thousands of fans lined the Delaware River flight deck, including many Saint Joseph’s University students and supporters. When it was time for Team Hawkward to perform, they received a loud ovation for their one-minute Hawk routine. They pushed their aircraft off the flight deck and it soared 60 feet before touching water, which tied for the longest distance in the competition.  Team Hawkward wasn’t able to fly with their aircraft because the wind conditions had picked up by the time they were to fly. However, they did get to jump in the water with their aircraft after it landed.

At the awards stand, Team Hawkward pocketed two trophies for their third place overall finish and the People’s Choice Award. In addition to their awards, the students received a sizable gift certificate to local Philadelphia restaurants and a first class trip to see a New York Redbull MLS soccer game. The group said that this was a memorable experience that they won’t soon forget and that they would never have won the award without the teamwork and friendship formed by being together in the science hall.

Congratulations to this enterprising team of young Hawk scientists!

Dr. Aimee LaPointe Terosky Invited to Serve on the Research Team for an NSF Grant

Dr. Aimee LaPointe Terosky is a research team member of a National Science Foundation Advance grant that is investigating ways in which institutions can better support and retain women faculty.  The NSF grant in the amount of $250,000 received matching funds from the University of Maryland. Presently, Dr. Terosky is conducting interviews with female full  professors at a major research university to better understand the supports, strategies, and constraints facing women faculty, especially women in underrepresented fields.  Moreover, she is conducting focus groups with female associate professors at the same institution to examine why associate professors rank lower on faculty satisfaction surveys than any other rank.  In the focus groups, she is assessing if participation in faculty development around career advancement is benefiting associate  professors’ sense of agency in career advancement.  This work is especially important as studies indicate that women faculty tend to take longer to advance through the ranks and face a greater risk of leaving academia. Terosky will remain a member of the research and evaluation team until the grant ends in 2015.

Faculty Publications Issue 1, Volume 2

Applegate M. D. & Bucci, C. (in press). “A Case Study of a Student’s Journey toward Thoughtful Response to Text.” Reading Writing Quarterly.

Berezovski, T. (2012). “Concept of Area: From Problem Solving to Proof.” 61st Annual Conference of the Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Harrisburg, PA.

Bernt, F. M.  (in press).  Review of the Assessment of Spirituality and Religious Sentiments (ASPIRES) Scale.  In J. F. Carlson, K. F. Geisinger, & R. A. Spies (Eds.), The Nineteenth Mental Measurements Yearbook.  Buros.

Bernt, F. M. & Lavenburg, P. (2012).  “Training and supporting hospice volunteers: A regional survey.”  American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 29 (5) 355-361.

Biggs El, C. (2012). “Spreading the indigenous gospel of rap music and spoken word poetry: Critical pedagogy in the public sphere as a stratagem of empowerment and critique.” The Western Journal of Black Studies, 36 (2), 161-168.

Borneman, A. M. (2012, February/March) “Critical partnerships: An opportunity to support Philadelphia area Catholic schools.”  Momentum, 24-25.

Clark, P., S.J, Ph.D., “Death With Dignity,” Lancaster Breakaway CME conference for the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, November 2-4, 2012.

Clark, P., S.J., “Arsenic Water Filter Project,” Engineers Without Borders, USA Conference, University of Pennsylvania, November 17, 2012.

Cooperman, N., Patrick, K., & Sabbatino, E., D’Argenio, D. (2012). “Postsecondary options for autistic individuals.”  6th Annual Autism Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Cooperman, N., & Sabbatino, E. (2012). “Transition Services Provided by Agencies to Facilitate the Transition to Post-School Environments for Students with Low Incidence Disabilities,”  TED Conference, 2012, Grand Rapids, MI.

Cunningham, P. “The Gift of Vatican II – How Catholics Relate to Other Christians and Other Religions,” College of Saint Elizabeth, conference on “Reclaiming and Celebrating Vatican II with a New Generation,” October 13, 2012.

Cunningham, P. “Why Vatican II Matters” (with James Caccamo, Millicent Feske, Katie Oxx), SJU Dept of Theology and Religious Studies panel, October 25, 2012.

Cunningham, P. “Behind the Scenes at Nostra Aetate” (with Judith Banki), Siena College, 28th Annual Kieval Colloquium, November 4, 2012.

Cunningham, P. “The Second Vatican Council, the Church, and Catholic Education Today,” Holy Child Network of Schools, Radnor, November 10, 2012.

Darlington, T. was hired as a consultant on artisan cheese for Cooking Light magazine over the summer. Her short feature on American artisan cheese will appear in the magazine’s anniversary issue this winter. Darlington pens a monthly column about local cheese for Grid Magazine and recently finished writing the Di Bruno Bros. Cheese Guide (Running Press, 2013) for Philadelphia’s largest and oldest cheese shop.

Feeney, J., S.J. “Exile on O’Connell Street: Review of James Joyce: A New Biography, by Gordon Bowker,” America, 207 (October 15, 2012): 36-39.

Firmender, J. M., Reis, S. M., & Sweeny, S. M. (in press). “Reading comprehension and fluency levels across diverse classrooms: The need for differentiated reading instruction and content.” Gifted Child Quarterly.

Firmender, J. M., Paul, K. A., Lewman, G., & Housand, B. H. (2012, November). “What do you get when you cross an iPad with a teacher of talented students?” Accepted for a Super Sunday Session at the annual National Association for Gifted Children Conference, Denver, CO.

Firmender, J. M. (2012, November). “Incorporating mathematical processes and practices in instruction for mathematically talented students.” Accepted session at the annual National Association for Gifted Children Conference, Denver, CO.

Firmender, J. M., Gavin, M. K., & Casa, T. M. (2012, November). “The impact of advanced math curriculum on kindergarten, first, and second-grade students.” Accepted for a research session at the annual National Association for Gifted Children Conference, Denver, CO.

Firmender, J. M., Gavin, M. K., Casa, T. M., & Adelson, J. L., (in press). “The impact of advanced geometry and measurement units on the achievement of grade 2 students.” Journal for Research in Mathematics Education.

Forster, B.M.  “Streak Plate: T Streak (Three Sector Streak).” 2012. In: The MicrobeLibrary American Society for Microbiology.

Forster, B.M., Lenahan, C.*, and M.K. Roth*.  “Bacterial Transformation.”  2012. In: The MicrobeLibrary, American Society for Microbiology.   * denotes undergraduate students

Gilman, O. “From ‘The Yemassee’ to ‘Stringer’ and on to ‘The Hurt Locker’:  America’s Forever Wars,” South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference. Chapel Hill, North Carolina; November 8-11, 2012.

Grevera, G., Udupa, J.K., Souza, A., and Odhner, D., inventors.  Image slice segmentation using midpoints of contour anchor points.  United States patent US 8,270,696.

Habdas, P. “Particle dynamics in dense short-ranged attractive colloidal suspensions,” Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China, September 13, 2012.

Habdas, P., “Density of vibrational modes in colloidal suspensions with short range attraction,” XIII International Conference on Non-Crystalline Solids, Yichang Three Gorges, China, September 17, 2012.

Habdas, P., “Particle dynamics in dense colloidal suspensions with attractive interactions,” Center for Soft Condensed Matter Physics and Interdisciplinary Research, Soochow University, Suzhou, China, September 24, 2012.

Habdas, P., “Dynamics of dense colloidal glasses with short-range attraction,” Department of Physics, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong, September 26, 2012.

Hage, E. “The Magazine as Readymade Commodity: New York Dada and the Transgression of Genre and Gender Boundaries,” The Journal of Modern Periodical Studies, vol. 3, no. 2 (December 2012).

Howard, Joy A. J. “Making Sense of the Pieces: Identity after the 1704 Deerfield Raid and Mohawk Captivity.”  Captivity Writing Unbound Interdisciplinary Conference (October 2012). The University of South Alabama, Mobile/Fairhope, Alabama.

Kong, A. & Gavelek, J. (2012). “Learning: A process of enculturation.” Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning, pp.2029-2032. N. M. Seel (Ed.), Springer Publications.

Kuykendall, S. (2012). Bullying: Health and medical issues today. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO Greenwood.

Lazar, A. recently presented a paper titled “The Five Dimensions of Social Equity Literacy Teaching” at Penn State’s Diverse Literacies Conference.  In December, she will present her research on social equity literacy pedagogy at Literacy Research Association’s annual conference in San Diego and at the National Association of Multicultural Education in Philadelphia.  Dr. Lazar’s article, “Addressing Structural Racism in Picture Books:  Advancing Teacher Development Through Critical Literacy,” was accepted for publication in the Journal of Reading Education.

Marsilio, M.S. “Catullus 36: Love and Literary Criticism,” Collection Latomus: Studies in Latin Literature and Roman History XVI, ed. Carl Deroux, 2012.

Marsilio, M.S. “Beggars” in Encyclopedia of Ancient History, ed. Roger Bagnall, Kai Brodersen, Craige Champion, Andrew Erskine, and Sabine Huebner. Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.

Miller, R. “Religion and the Civil War,” in Stephen J. Stein, ed., The Cambridge History of Religions in America (3 vols., New York and Cambridge, Eng.: Cambridge University Press, 2012), 2:203-221.

Miller, R. ed., Lincoln and Leadership: Military, Political, and Religious Decision Making (New York: Fordham University Press, 2012).

Miller, R. “Power and the Presidency,” First Presidential Lecture,, Lancaster, PA, September 21, 2012.

Mindell, J. A., Du Mond, C., Tanenbaum, J. B., & Gunn, E. (2012). “Long-term impact of breastfeeding on sleep.” Children’s Health Care, 41, 190-203.

Mindell, J. A., Babu, M., Sekartini, R., Ruangdaraganon, N., Huynh, D. H., & Sadeh, A. (2012). “Effect of current breastfeeding on sleep patterns in infants from Asia-Pacific region.” Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 48, 669-674.

Mindell, J. A. (2012, December).  “Children’s sleep around the world.” Keynote address, International Pediatric Sleep Association meeting, Manchester, UK.

Mindell, J. A. (2012, November). “Behavioral insomnia of childhood: infant and toddler sleep disturbances.” Invited presentation at Sleep, Sleepiness, and Sleeplessness conference, Everett, WA.

Mindell, J. A., Leichman, E. S., Walters, R., & Bhullar, B. (2012, September). “An iPhone application for infant and toddler sleep: Characteristics and concerns of users.”  Poster presentation, at the Asia Pacific Congress of Pediatrics, Kuching, Malaysia.

Mindell, J. A., Leichman, E. S., Walters, R., & Bhullar, B. (2012, October). “An iPhone application for infant and toddler sleep: Characteristics and concerns of users.” Poster presentation, American Academy of Pediatrics, New Orleans, LA.

Mindell, J. A., Du Mond, C., Gunn, E. (2012, October). “Postpartum depression and sleep: Newborn period.” Poster presentation, annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics, New Orleans, LA.

Mindell, J. A., Goh, D. Y. T., Sadeh, A., & Kwon, R. (2012, October). “Sleep in young children: A cross-cultural perspective.”  Poster presentation, annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics, New Orleans, LA.

Mindell, J. A., Bartle, A., Ahn, Y., Ramamurthy, M. B., Huong, H. T., Koyhama, J. Li, A. M., Ruangdaraganon, N., Sekartini, R., Teng, A. Kwon, R., & Goh, D. Y. T. (2012, September). “Sleep education in pediatric residency programs.”  Poster presentation, Asia Pacific Congress of Pediatrics,” Kuching, Malaysia.

Mindell, J. A., Bartle, A., Ahn, Y., Ramamurthy, M. B., Koyhama, J. Li, A. M., Liu, X., Rivera, L., Ruangdaraganon, N., Teng, A., Zainudin, N. M., Kwon, R., & Goh, D. Y. T. (2012, September). “Sleep problems in school-aged children: A cross-cultural perspective.” Poster presentation, Asia Pacific Congress of Pediatrics, Kuching, Malaysia.

Mindell, J. A., Bartle, A., Ahn, Y., Ramamurthy, M. B., Koyhama, J. Li, A. M., Liu, X., Rivera, L., Ruangdaraganon, N., Teng, A., Zainudin, N. M., Kwon, R., & Goh, D. Y. T. (2012, September). “The impact of young children’s sleep on maternal sleep.” Poster presentation, Asia Pacific Congress of Pediatrics, Kuching, Malaysia.

Morgan, E., “The Accompanied Sonata and the Domestic Novel in Britain at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century.”  19th-Century Music, Vol. 36, No. 2 (Fall, 2012).

Nikoloutsos, K. will organize and chair a panel entitled “Classical Myth in Latin American Theater and Narrative” and will present a paper on the same panel entitled “Fashioning the Barbarian: Aeneas and the Birth of the Argentine Nation in Juan Cruz Varela’s Dido” at the annual meeting of the New England Council of Latin American Studies that will take place at Yale University on November 3, 2012.

Nilsson, N. L., & Gandy, S. E. (Eds.). (in press). Struggling readers can succeed: Targeted solutions based on complex views of real kids in classrooms and communities. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Nilsson, N. L. (in press). “Changing preservice teachers’ deficit beliefs and attitudes toward the literacy abilities of Tamika and Susana.” In N. Nilsson and S. Gandy (Eds.), Struggling readers can succeed: Targeted solutions based on complex views of real kids in classrooms and communities. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Nilsson, N. L. (In press). “Using informal reading inventories in research and practice.” Reading & Writing Quarterly [Special issue].

Nilsson, N. L. (In press). “The reliability of informal reading inventories: What has changed?” Reading & Writing Quarterly.

Oxx, K. “Communism, the Bible, and American Christianity.” In Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception Volume 5: Charisma to Czazkes, ed. Hans-Josef Klauck, Bernard McGinn, et. al. Berlin: DeGruyter Press, 2012.

Palestini, R.H. (in process). Humor and educational leadership: No laughing matter. Lanham, M.D.: Rowman & Littlefield Education.

Palestini, R.H. & Palestini, K.F. (2012). Law and American education: A case brief approach, 3rd edition. Lanham, M.D.: Rowman & Littlefield Education.

Palestini, R.H. (2012). Educational administration: Leading with mind and heart, 3rd edition.  Lanham, M.D.:Rowman & Littlefield Education.

Palestini, R.H. & Terosky, A.L. (in process) Feminist theory and educational leadership: Much ado about nothing? Lanham, M.D.: Rowman & Littlefield Education.

Pardo, C.,“Risk aversion and business cycles: An empirical analysis.” The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance (2012).

Parker, Jo. A. Review of The Fiction of Narrative: Essays on History, Literature, and Theory, by Hayden White, ed. Robert Doran. KronoScope: Journal for the Study of Time 12:2 (2012): 299-305.

Place, A. W., Ivory, G., & Acker-Hocevar M. (2012).  “Voices from the Field, Phase 3: Design and Method.”  In M. Acker-Hocevar, J. Ballenger, A. W. Place, & G. Ivory (Eds.), Snapshots of school leadership in the 21st century: Perils and promises of leading for social justice, school improvement, and democratic community (The UCEA Voices from the Field Project). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, Inc.

Slike, S., Luckner, J., & Johnson, H. (2012). “Helping students who are deaf or hard of hearing succeed.”  Teaching Exceptional Children, 44(4), 58-67.

Smith, S. and Buijs, U. “Rational homotopy type of the classifying space for fibrewise self-equivalences.” Forthcoming in Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society.

Terosky, A.L. (2012, August 24).  “Taking teaching seriously: Designing the academic career.” Keynote address presented at the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Manhattan College, NY.

Terosky, A.L. & Leung, S.K. (forthcoming). “A case of responsibility: Preparing community-minded school leaders.” Scholar-Practitioner Quarterly.

Terosky, A. L., Wang, A., Berenato, C., & Rodríguez, E. (forthcoming) “Sitting in the director’s chair: One university’s response to media representations of education.” Scholar-Practitioner Quarterly.

Vacca, J. (In press). “The parenting process from the father’s perspective: Analysis of perceptions of fathers about raising their child with autism spectrum disorder.” Best Practices in Mental Health: An International Journal.

Warner-Maron, I. (2012). “Prevention of Re-Hospitalization in Older Adults.” Regional Aging Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Warner-Maron, I. (2012). “Geriatric Sexuality Issues.” Regional Aging Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Warner-Maron, I. (2012). “The Abandonment of Undocumented Immigrants in Health Care Facilities: Beyond EMTALA and ACA.” Pennsylvania Public Health Association Annual Fall Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

Warner-Maron, I. (2012). “Caregiver Stress: A Community Health Issue.” Pennsylvania Public Health Association Annual Fall Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

Wells, B. “Limited Liability: Carrying Guilt in Priestly Texts and Late Babylonian Temple Documents,” Annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in Chicago, 18 November 2012.

Wells, B., Magdalene, R., and Wunsch, C. “The Grammar of the Neo-Babylonian Assertory Oath.” Journal of Near Eastern Studies, October 2012, pp. 275-284.


Dead Sea Scrolls Event Draws Over 150 Attendees ~ Associate Dean Nancy Fox

On Monday, September 24, over 150 SJU alumni, faculty and staff gathered on the rooftop of the Franklin Institute for a sunset reception before touring the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit.    Arguably the greatest trove of ancient texts ever discovered, the Dead Sea Scrolls include the earliest copies of biblical materials that exist. They have transformed our understanding of the development of the Hebrew Bible, the history of early Judaism, and the origins of Christianity.  Visitors were guided through the exhibit by faculty experts from the Department of Theology and Religious Studies and a guest alumnus.

Dr. Allen Kerkeslager used the exhibit’s display of archaeological materials related to Israelite origins to illustrate the benefits of archaeology.  These include providing an interdisciplinary forum for dialogue between the sciences and other academic fields; promoting a more critical approach to the agendas in written texts; and offering a window into the lives of ancient people marginalized in the literature of ancient elites, including the lower classes, women, and ethnic minorities. Dr. Bruce Wells explained how the Dead Sea Scrolls provide us with manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible that are about 1000 years older than the vast majority of manuscripts that had previously been available. Some of the manuscripts from the Dead Sea Scrolls match well with the later manuscripts, but many do not. For example, there is a version of Jeremiah among the Dead Sea Scrolls that is about 13% shorter than the version that most readers are familiar with. In addition, the height of Goliath, in the famous David-and-Goliath story, is three feet shorter (6′ 9″ instead of 9′ 9″) in the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Visitors were welcomed into the room displaying actual Dead Sea Scrolls materials by Mr. Kevin Hensler ’09 and Dr. Philip Cunningham.  Mr. Hensler, who majored in theology at SJU and is now a doctoral student in Semitic Languages and Cultures at the Catholic University of America, spoke about the Jewish community by the Dead Sea that collected and composed the scrolls. Dr. Cunningham, who directs SJU’s Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations, described how the scrolls have contributed to understanding Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism as the branches of biblical Israel that adapted to the Roman destruction of the Land of Israel in 70 C.E.

This special Hawk2Hawk event was co-sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences, Alumni  Relations, and the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations.  The College of Arts & Sciences plans to hold similar events in the future.