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Sociology Faculty and Students Present at Eastern Sociological Society Conference

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Research and scholarly work from IUP Sociology graduate students and faculty were well represented at this year’s Eastern Sociological Society conference.

Presentations included:

Courtney Ann Gummo: “Is it my Turn to Cook and Clean?: The Examination of the Division of Labor among Husbands and their Highly Educated Wives”

Dana Hysock Witham and Elizabeth Mansley: “Stalking and Dating Violence: It’s a ’Grey’ Area”

Dana Hysock Witham and Laura West Steck Organizers: “Gendered Masculinities, Paper Session sponsored by the ESS Committee on the Status of Women”

Demond Mullins: “The Continuity of Marginalization: Female veterans in Higher Education”

Christian Vaccaro, Michele Papakie , and Alex Heckert: “The Invisible Work of Veteran Reintegration in the University Setting”

James Martin and Christian Vaccaro: “Epic Glory: Nerd Identity, Manhood Acts, & Dagorhir at a Northeastern College Campus”

Melissa Swauger "Research with Children: Managing IRBs and Other Institutional Gatekeepers - Conversation"

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ALS PhD Student Shows Great Leadership Under Fire

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Francia Done HenryStanding face to face with an armed robbery suspect is one way to determine the quality of your leadership skills. That’s exactly what happened to ALS PhD student Francia Done Henry when she was on the job as a police officer on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, and responded to an armed robbery at a Cracker Barrel restaurant.

Here is an excerpt from the article at PennLivedescribing the moment the three armed robbery suspects left the Cracker Barrel and headed for their getaway car:

“As they ran toward a stolen sport-utility vehicle that was to be their getaway car, Susquehanna Township Police Cpl. Francia Done identified herself as a police officer and ordered them to stop. Police said (one of the suspects) briefly pointed a .45-caliber handgun at Done, then dropped it on the ground as all three suspects took off running. As they fled, the men dropped a large paper bag and a plastic bag containing $8,022 in cash and wallets, purses and cellphones taken from the victims, Patrolman First Class Jason Reber wrote in the arrest papers. Reber said the men split up during the foot chase, but that he was able to catch (two of the suspects) while Done caught (the suspect who pointed the handgun). Two loaded 9 mm pistols were found near where (the suspects) were apprehended, he said. A loaded pistol magazine was found on (the suspect with the .45), he said.”

The article also mentioned that Chief of Police Rob Martin said that Done (the on-scene supervisor) showed “great restraint” to avoid bloodshed and that she and her fellow officers “demonstrated their bravery by chasing down three suspects they knew were armed.” (from the article by Matt Miller in PennLive, used by permission)

We are so glad that Francia was unharmed in this incident, and proud of the ways she exhibited amazing leadership ability to bring about an injury-free result to this very stressful situation. Congratulations Francia, and thank you for caring enough to keep our community safe! Best wishes for your continued success as you finish your PhD in Administration and Leadership Studies.

ALS PhD Graduate Clark Promoted at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College

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Dr. Robert Clark

We are excited to announce that Administration and Leadership Studies PhD graduate Robert Clark has just been promoted to assistant professor of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College. 

Clark is also lead faculty for the Criminal Justice program and Curriculum Committee Chair for the college. Prior to these appointments, Professor Clark served as instructor of Social Sciences for the college as well as taught at several four-year institutions.  

Before teaching, Clark worked exclusively in county government-level social services and the court system in three states as a supervisor, trainer, county multidisciplinary team co-coordinator, and forensic interviewer. His primary focus was working with individuals in the juvenile justice system as well as adults in the victim services system, which included those in court-supervised probation, substance abuse treatment, child abuse, domestic violence, and sexual assault cases.  

Along with law enforcement and county prosecutors, Professor Clark assisted in conducting forensic interviews of victims and alleged perpetrators in preparation for court, as well as participated in court-record reviews, judicial and district attorney conferences, depositions, and court testifying and helped write various court documents, juvenile compromises, and victim impact statements. Additionally, he has over 700 hours of certified training as well as direct professional experience and/or expertise in the areas of child abuse and neglect crime, sex crimes and analysis, PTSD, adult victim services, and crimes codes associated within these specific areas.  

When asked how our program prepared him for the work he is currently doing, Professor Clark said, “I am honored to be a graduating member of the very first ALS cohort (1998) at IUP. For me, it was the faculty that made the most difference. From the course work, to advising, to the comprehensive exams, and ultimately the dissertation phase, the faculty provided the students the opportunity and forum to be successful by allowing us to be creative and take risks within the discipline so that we could directly apply our academic work, knowledge, and critical thinking to the ‘real’ world. Above all, I would say that my direct application of leadership theory to my work in social services, the court system, and teaching at the collegiate level has been at the forefront of my success.”

We are excited for Clark as he continues using his administration and leadership expertise in the fields of criminal justice and social sciences. Best wishes for your future successes! 

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ALS PhD Student Mitchell is Recipient of Diversity Scholarship Award

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Mitchell Terrence 2013On November 19, 2013, ALS PhD student Terrence Mitchell was awarded the Diversity Scholarship Award at the ARNOVA (Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action) conference in Indianapolis, Ind.

His award included a scholarship check plus the opportunity to attend six hours of professional development workshops. The seminars Mitchell attended covered a range of topics especially helpful for scholars with a tenure track interest in nonprofit management. From setting a research agenda to how the recession is impacting nonprofit organizations, Mitchell received a wealth of insights.

The ARNOVA conference also gave him a chance to network with diversity scholars from the United States as well as France, South Korea, Russia, Japan, and China. We asked Mitchell to describe his overall experience at the conference.

“It was a wonderful experience,” Mitchell said. “I was treated so well and given such great information, along with the opportunity to meet numerous nationally renowned scholars. I especially enjoyed meeting the ARNOVA leadership team, including the current president and executive director. I'm so glad Professor Susan Boser of the ALS program told me about ARNOVA and encouraged me to get involved.”

Congratulations Terrence on your Diversity Scholarship Award, and best wishes to you as you press on to complete your PhD in Administration and Leadership Studies!

Sociology Department Offers Introduction to Social Work (SOWK 238) Online during Summer 2014

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The Sociology Department will offer Introduction to Social Work (SOWK 238) as an online course during the Summer 2014 session.

Kathryn Bonach will be teaching this course online during Summer I.

Prerequisites:  SOC 151 or Anth 110.

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Administration and Leadership Studies Alumnus and Advisor Publish on Open Access Scholarly Publishing

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ALS Graduate Dr. Tom ReinsfelderRecent ALS PhD graduate Tom Reinsfelder and his advisor, John Anderson, published “Observations and Perceptions of Academic Administrator Influence on Open Access Initiatives,” originally published in the Journal of Academic Librarianship and now available online for free.

The open access movement has frequently been studied from the perspectives of authors, publishers, and librarians. With the help of Anderson, Reinsfelder’s recent dissertation research investigated the influence of another important but often neglected stakeholder group: academic administrators. The results were recently accepted for publication as a peer-reviewed scholarly article in the Journal of Academic Librarianship. Unfortunately, because this is not an open access journal, the publisher's version of this article is only available to those who pay a fee or have access through a subscribing library. So, please be sure to view the originally submitted open access version posted online and available to everyone.

When academics produce scholarly writings they often do so with the intent of sharing that knowledge with as many readers as possible, and they are not usually motivated by financial gain. In fact, most academic authors would be happy to give their work away. But instead of giving their work away to readers, many authors give their academic articles away to publishers who then sell this content back to readers and libraries at very high prices. Who does this benefit? Not the author, not the readers or peer reviewers, and certainly not libraries. Why do authors do this? Because, in the past, these publishers were needed for printing and distribution. In the digital age, however, things are very different. Open access scholarly publishing provides opportunities for authors to maintain greater control over the distribution of their work, while preserving critical elements of the traditional scholarly publishing system such as peer-review. Open access may be achieved by either publishing in open access journals (peer-reviewed, but no subscription required) or uploading author copies of accepted articles to personal or institutional websites. 

For a further introduction to the Open Access movement, including what it is and what it is not, see Suber, P. (2012). Open Access. MIT Press.

Note: Tom Reinsfelder is the cofounder and coeditor of Pennsylvania Libraries: Research and Practice, an open access, peer reviewed scholarly journal for the Pennsylvania Library Association. This journal just published its second issue.

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Doctoral Student Alton Runs for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania

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ALS Ph.D. Student Brenda AltonIn June 2013, current Administration and Leadership Studies doctoral student Brenda Alton announced her bid for the office of Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Alton has served in state and local government for nearly 20 years. Most recently, she served as director of Parks, Recreation, and Enrichment for the City of Harrisburg.

According to her website, Alton says that “Pennsylvanians deserve to thrive, not just to survive, even in our challenging economic climate.”

When asked how pursuing her PhD impacts her run for the office of Lieutenant Governor, Alton said, “Obtaining my PhD broadens my educational majority which marries my professional experience. I am passionate over education because learning is critical to understanding such a complex world and those that live in it. I also strive to learn because it is important to role model this commitment to women 50 and over, young people, and especially those children that live in environments where they think higher education is not attainable to them. When they hear my story, I can serve as an example that all things are possible when in pursuit of your dream.”

The Department of Sociology congratulates Brenda Alton on her 20-plus years of community service, and wish her all the best during her election campaign and for the completion of her PhD.

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