2018 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Journal Articles

  • Liu Publishes on Chinese Language Learning Trajectories of Non-Native Chinese Instructors


    Shijuan Liu, Department of Foreign Languages, published an article titled “A qualitative study on learning trajectories of non-native Chinese instructors as successful Chinese language learners.” The article was published in the Asian-Pacific Journal of Second and Foreign Language Education.

    Liu wrote the article together with an IUP alumnus from the master’s program of the Department of English. The project was partially funded by the Dean’s Office of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

    Vetter Publishes on Challenges Associated with Multimajor Professional Writing Courses


    Matthew Vetter, Department of English, has co-authored an article with colleague Matthew Nunes (Miami University).

    "Writing Theory for the Multimajor Professional Writing Course: A Case Study and Course Design" appears in the journal Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition and Culture (Duke UP).

    This article addresses teaching challenges associated with the multimajor professional writing course and, employing a writing about writing framework, makes recommendations for using writing theory as a means for teaching transferable and practical concepts for the diverse demographics typically present in these courses.

    More information about the publication can be found at the publisher's website.

    Miller, Wender, and Siegel Finer Publish on Implications of Legislating First-Year Writing Placement


    An article by Katie Miller, Emily Wender, and Bryna Siegel Finer, English Department has been published in the Journal of Writing Assessment in a special edition on the politics of pathways.

    "Legislating First-Year Writing Placement: Implications for Pennsylvania and Across the Country” explores the complicated politics of alignment, entry-level pathways, and developmental education at the college level as many states begin to phase in new assessments of Common Core State Standards. Through a comparative analysis of state level policies in Florida, Wisconsin, and Idaho, the authors discuss implications for possible similar legislation in Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania State System in particular. They argue writing program faculty may be able to leverage the implementations of such assessments by adopting the impending exams as an exigence for paying attention to legislative efforts to define “college ready,” building relationships with policymakers, creating system-wide first-year writing coherence, using effective rhetoric, and exploring multiple measures for placement processes.

    The Journal of Writing Assessment is open-access. The article can be found here.

    Sweeney Published in Studies in Art Education Journal


    Art Education Professor Bob Sweeny published “Makerspaces and Art Educational Places” in Studies in Art Education 58(4).

    Studies in Art Education is a quarterly journal that reports quantitative, qualitative, historical, and philosophical research in art education. Studies includes explorations of theory and practice in the areas of art production, art criticism, aesthetics, art history, human development, curriculum and instruction, and assessment. It also publishes reports of applicable research in related fields such as anthropology, education, psychology, philosophy, and sociology.

    Department of Art

    Benjamin and McDevitt Publish Article on Experiences of Library Student Assistants


    Mimi Benjamin, assistant professor in the Student Affairs in Higher Education Department, and Theresa McDevitt, Government Information/Outreach librarian, recently published "The Benefits and Challenges of Working in an Academic Library: A Study of Student Library Assistant Experience " in the Journal of Academic Librarianship.

    This qualitative study explored the benefits and challenges students identified related to working in an academic library, and findings offer recommendations for training and supervising students in these roles. The article is available online.

    The Journal of Academic Librarianship is an international and refereed journal, publishing articles focused on issues relevant to college and university libraries.

    Hibsman Publishes on Student Interruption of Teacher Instructions


    Tim Hibsman, English Department, published an article titled “A Room Full of Surprises” in the April 2018 issue of Teacher Plus magazine. The article takes an anecdotal learning approach to show examples of how students interrupt teacher instructions. The conclusion of the article provides a practical Lessons Learned section to help the practicing teacher use new techniques in the classroom.

    Supported by Azim Premji University, Bangalore, Teacher Plus is the magazine for the contemporary teacher. Created in 1989, Teacher Plus is a publication aimed primarily at the schoolteacher. It is a forum within which teachers can raise their concerns, discuss ideas, and share and update their knowledge. Teacher Plusdiscusses alternative ways of thinking and doing within the context of the Indian classroom, while recognizing the constraints that most teachers face, day to day. In addition, its aim is to foster a sense of community among teachers, of being a part of an important group of change agents.

    Teacher Plus is published monthly from Hyderabad. It draws from a large pool of contributors from across India, persons with experience in varied aspects of education, from primary school teaching to tackling board exams to the place of art and craft in learning, to child development and classroom management. Each month brings the reader a mix of thought-provoking features and hands-on activities that can be adapted for use in most classrooms.

    It is a magazine for the practicing teacher who wants to keep up with trends in education and find ways to energize her/his classroom with new ideas and approaches.

    Ankrum Receives Award for Research Article


    Professor Julie Ankrum, Professional Studies in Education, and colleagues recently received an Honorable Mention in the Journal of Research in Childhood Education Distinguished Education Research Article Award program.

    The Association for Childhood Education International annually identifies Distinguished Education Research Articles from the articles published in the year’s volume of the Journal of Research in Childhood Education.

    Ankrum's article was selected by the members of the JRCE Editorial Advisory Board as an illustration of superior research and excellent writing on a topic of high import for the field.

    Flowers Publishes Generalization of a Putnam Problem


    Timothy Flowers of the Mathematics Department has published “An m-ary partition generalization of a past Putnam problem” in the Australasian Journal of Combinatorics, Volume 72, number 2 (2018).

    The article, co-authored by James Sellers (Pennsylvania State University) and Scott Neville (a recent graduate of the University of Utah and a current Churchill Scholar), generalizes a Putnam problem from 1983 to yield a result involving integer partitions into powers of m and also establishes a bijection to another known family of partitions. The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition began in 1938 and is now the leading university-level mathematics examination in the world .

    Flowers’ article cites results from the master's thesis of Laura Rucci (MS Applied Mathematics, 2016). Flowers served as Thesis Committee chairperson for Rucci.

    Ali Article Examines Students’ Knowledge and Perception of Islam and Muslims


    Parveen Ali, Developmental Studies, and Susan Dawkins, University of Pittsburgh, published an article titled “Knowing One Another: An Examination of U.S. College Students’ Knowledge and Perception of Islam and Muslims” in the Journal of Mid-Atlantic Education Review, 7(1), 16-27.

    In this article, Ali and Dawkins investigate whether there is a correlation between students’ perceptions and knowledge of Islam and Muslims. The influences of friendship between Muslims and non-Muslims and response patterns by demographic categories are discussed.

    The results reveal a positive correlation between knowledge of Islam and Muslims and perceptions of Islam and Muslims. Implications for educational practices and future research are discussed.

    Cao Publishes Paper on Long-term Effects on Soil Microorganisms from Irrigating Soil with Reclaimed Wastewater


    Yongtao Cao of the Mathematical and Computer Sciences Department recently co-authored “Microbial assessments of soil with a 40-year history of reclaimed wastewater irrigation” in the Elsevier journal Science of the Total Environment.

    The paper will appear in print, but is now available online through Science Direct. 

    Cao and his colleagues show that no significant influence of reclaimed wastewater on soil microbial quantity was observed. There was also a positive influence of reclaimed wastewater on vegetable yield.

    McCarthy Publishes on Creative Thinking and Problem-Solving, Presents at Conference


    John McCarthy, Department of Counseling, authored an article on creative thinking and creative problem-solving in counseling curricula that was published in the recent issue of the Journal of Creativity in Mental Health. 

    He also offered a recent presentation on the utilization of strengths in counseling at the annual Mental Health America of Southwestern Pennsylvania conference.

    Jozefowicz and Alumna Publish Study of Rural-Urban Crime Differences in Pennsylvania


    Economics professor James Jozefowicz and applied mathematics alumna Sarah Frederick ’15 co-authored an article titled, “Rural-Urban Differences in the Unemployment-Crime Relationship: The Case of Pennsylvania,” which was published in the Atlantic Economic Journal, 2018, Vol. 46, No. 2, pp. 189–201.

    Jozefowicz and Frederick account for rural-urban differences in the unemployment-crime (U-C) relationship using a panel data sample of Pennsylvania counties during the period from 1990 to 2009. According to the analysis, urban counties experience the expected negative criminal opportunity and positive criminal motivation effects of the unemployment rate on the crime rate. However, the findings for rural counties do not conform to U-C predictions. Controlling for demographic, socioeconomic, and deterrence variables, the Oaxaca decomposition results suggest that if the structural factors in rural and urban counties were identical, roughly 12 percent of the total difference in their crime rates would remain as a crime rate advantage for rural counties relative to urban counties.

    Department of Economics

    Vaccaro Publishes on Topic of Public Sociology


    Christian Vaccaro, associate professor of Sociology, has published a short article on how his work as a council member relates to the topic of public sociology. His article appears in the online journal Contexts, a quarterly magazine that makes cutting-edge social research accessible to general readers and considered the public face of the field of sociology. 

    The work, titled “Of Pigs and Public Sociology,” describes his role in helping to find a resolution to a year-long dispute over a pet pot-bellied pig in his hometown of Leechburg, Pennsylvania. He said of the article, “the saga of ‘Finley the Pig’ says quite a lot about the usefulness of public sociology in the political sphere,” adding “it is a great experience and honor to serve the community in this way. I am happy to find a way to combine my professional skills with community involvement.”

    The “Of Pigs and Public Sociology” article is free to all readers on the Contexts website.