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Selected CHSS Faculty and Student Research and Achievements, Awards, and Honors


Faculty Awards and Honors

  • Dr. Gian Pagnucci (English) was the 2009–2010 IUP University Professor.
  • Dr. Susan Comfort (English) received a Fulbright Research Award to support her research at the Center for Women’s Development Studies in New Delhi, India.
  • Dr. Linda Norris (English) was named the Pennsylvania Teacher Educator for 2009–2010 by the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators.
  • Dr. Wendy Carse (English) received the 2010 IUP Center for Teaching Excellence Award for Academic Advising.
  • Dr. John Benhart (Geography and Regional Planning) was named the CHSS Outstanding Researcher for the 2009–2010 academic year for his work with the Mine Mapping Project.
  • Dr. Gawdat Bahgat (Political Science) was selected for a visiting faculty position in the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University.
  • Dr. Joseph Bencloski (Geography and Regional Planning) received the 2009 Pennsylvania Geographical Society’s Distinguished Service Award.
  • Dr. Melissa Swauger (Sociology) was selected for the “40 Under 40” recognition by Pittsburgh Magazine and the Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project.

CHSS Faculty in Leadership Roles Within their Disciplines and Communities

  • Dr. Caleb Finegan (History) serves as the director of the Center for Citizenship, Civic Engagement, and Student Leadership and oversees a program that invests over $15,000 in activities and events that advance community service, volunteerism, and service learning.
  • Dr. Torges (Political Science) directed the Constitution Day Activities on September 17, 2009. She also organized the twenty-fourth annual Law School Fair in October 2009, as well as numerous “Getting Into Law School” and “Writing the Law School Personal Statement” workshops throughout the academic year.
  • Dr. s.j. Miller (English) serves as national cochair for the Commission on Social Justice of the Conference on English Education.
  • Dr. Eileen Glisan (Spanish) begins her term as president of American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) in summer 2010.
  • James Jozefowicz (Economics) serves as cochair of the National Association of Economic Educators Professional Development Committee and is a member of the Task Force on Membership. He is also president of the Pennsylvania Economic Association.
  • Dr. Yaya Sissoko (Economics) serves on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Economics Association.
  • Dr. Stephanie M. Jozefowicz (Economics) is secretary of the Pennsylvania Economic Association. Dr. Jozefowicz is also secretary of the National Council on Economic Education/National Association of Economic Educators and a member of the NAEE Executive Committee.
  • Dr. David B. Yerger (Economics) was an invited member of the 2009 peer grant review team for the Center for Rural Pennsylvania’s 2009 grant funding cycle. Dr. Yerger also served on the statewide Faculty Professional Development Committee that reviewed all 2010 FPDC grant applications, allocating over $200,000 in funding.
  • The Spanish Department hosted two events in 2009–2010: the XXXV Annual Hispanic Literatures Conference in October 2009, and the Foreign Language Methodology Conference in April 2010.
  • Dr. Lynn Botelho (History) is a grant reviewer for the National Science Foundation. She is also executive treasurer for the North American Conference on British Studies, and serves as both a member of the Board of Directors and as secretary of the Friends of the Institute of Historical Research, University of London. In addition, Dr. Botelho is president of the Mid-Atlantic Conference of British Studies.
  • Dr. R. Scott Moore (History) serves as a grant reviewer for the NOAA Ocean Exploration Organization. In addition, Dr. Moore's Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project was awarded ASOR (American Schools of Oriental Research) Affiliated Project Status.
  • Dr. Paul Arpaia (History) was elected to a two-year term to the Council of Fellows of the American Academy in Rome.
  • Dr. John Benhart and Dr. Robert Begg (Geography and Regional Planning) serve as geospatial consultants to the Bulgarian Academy of Scientists’ Geography Institute.
  • Dr. Soo Lu (History) has been appointed a visiting affiliate at the Asia Research Institute of the National University of Singapore.
  • Dr. Mac Fiddner (Political Science) serves on the Murtha Institute for Homeland Security Advisory Board.
  • Dr. Victor García (Anthropology) is a reviewer for the Graduate Research Fellowship Program and the National Science Foundation.
  • Dr. Laurence Kruckman (Anthropology) is a member of the MedEdPPD advisory board, a professional education, peer-reviewed website developed with the support of the National Institute of Mental Health. He is also a board member for Postpartum Support International and the Postpartum Resource Center of New York.
  • Dr. Sarah Neusius (Anthropology) is a senior scientist and member of the Faunal Working Group for the Archaeological Data Integration for the Study of Long-Term Human and Social Dynamics Project, part of a NSF HSD-Agents of Change grant at Arizona State University.
  • Dr. C. Mark Hurlbert (English) was chosen by the Executive Committee of the National Council of Teachers of English to serve on the council’s Editorial Board for the 2010–2013 term.
  • Dr. Ben Rafoth (English) delivered the keynote address at the Northern California Writing Centers Association Annual Conference in 2010.
  • (English) was elected to the executive board of The Space Between Society: Literature, Art, and Culture Between 1914 and 1945 organization.

Selected CHSS Graduate and Undergraduate Student and Alumni Research Activities

  • Sara Fortnam (Geography) received the Best Graduate Student Research Award for her presentation at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Geographical Society..
  • Mais Al-Qutami (English) won the Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award for her dissertation, “Feminist Resistance in Contemporary American Women Writers of Color: Unsettling Images of the Veil and the House in Western Culture.”
  • Melissa Lingle-Martin (English) was awarded the Lilian Gary Taylor Fellowship in American Literature.
  • Pamela June (English) published a book, Fragmented Female Body and Identity, with Peter Lang Publishers.
  • Ibrahim Ashour (Composition and TESOL Ph.D.) has published an article in Working Papers in Composition and TESOL.
  • Pisarn Bee Chamcharatsri (Composition and TESOL Ph.D.) has published two book reviews in the Journal of Language, Identity, and Education and the Journal of Sociolinguistics. 
  • Anthropology student David Kroskie presented at the seventieth annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology in Mérida, México, in March 2010.
  • (English Education) co-authored an article with Dr. Nan Sitler that was published in Classroom Notes Plus in January 2010.
  • (B.S. English Education/M.A. in literature) had an article accepted for publication in the May 2010 issue of the English Journal.
  • (Composition and and TESOL Ph.D.) was recently elected president of the Southeastern Writing Center Association. His book, Creative Approaches to Writing Center Work (Hampton Press), won the 2008 International Writing Centers Association Award for Outstanding Scholarship. Dr. Dvorak is an Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Writing Center at St. Thomas University.

Department of English

Downing, David. The Knowledge Contract: Politics and Paradigms in the Academic Workplace. University of Nebraska Press (September 2005).

McAndrew, Donald A. Literacy Leadership: Six Strategies for Peoplework. International Reading Association (2005).

Rafoth, Ben. A Tutor’s Guide: Helping Writers One To One, 2nd Ed. Heinemann (July 2005).

Sell, Mike. Avant-Garde Performance and the Limits of Criticism: Approaching the Living Theater, Happenings and Fluxus, and the Black Arts Movement. University of Michigan Press (2005).

Department of History

Botelho, Lynn. Old Age and the English Poor Law, 1500-1700. The Boydell Press, England (2005).

Wang, Xi. Principles and Compromises: The Spirit and Practice of the American Constitution, Revised and Expanded Edition (In Chinese). Peking University Press, China (September 2005).

Whited, Tamara L., et. al. Northern Europe: An Environmental History. ABC-Clio (August 2005).

Department of Political Science

Bahgat, Gawdat. Israel and the Persian Gulf: Retrospect and Prospect. University Press of Florida (December 2005).

Department of Spanish

Glisan, Eileen W. and Judith L. Shrum. Teacher’s Handbook: Contextualized Language Instruction, 3rd ed. Thomson Heinle Publishers (2005).

Rodriguez, Lydia H. El mestizaje del canon: Helena Maria Viramontes. Editorial Pliegos (2005).

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