Cheryl Albers, Associate Professor, Sociology

Cheryl Albers, associate professor, Sociology, published “Faculty Development Benefits of Teaching in a First-Year Learning Community” in the August 2007 edition of the Journal of Learning Communities Research. This study used frameworks from social sciences to examine the unrecognized forms of faculty development that result from structured, collaborative teaching. The results indicate that sustained collaboration has a positive impact on the campus culture.


Michael Johnson, Associate Professor, Modern and Classical Languages

Michael Johnson, associate professor, Modern and Classical Languages, delivered his paper “And Now...with the Help of My Lovely Assistant: Some Medieval Aspects of Modern Stage Magic Performances” in the section “Medieval Popular Culture III: Magic, Medicine & Tension,” at the 37th annual conference of the Popular Culture Association in Boston, Massachusetts, April 4–7.


Patricia Medina, Assistant Professor, Educational Foundations

Patricia Medina, assistant professor, Educational Foundations, presented the workshop “Authentic and School-Only Literacy Events in Four Adult Basic Education Classrooms” at the peer-reviewed Midwest Research-to-Practice Conference in Adult, Continuing, Community, and Extension Education, held at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, September 25–27. Medina also was invited to be a member of the Editorial Review Board of the PAACE Journal of Lifelong Learning. PAACE is the peer-reviewed journal of the Pennsylvania Association for Adult Continuing Education for scholars and practitioners in adult and continuing education.


Raquel Schmidt, Associate Professor, Exceptional Education

Raquel Schmidt, associate professor, Exceptional Education, made three presentations at the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division of International Special Education and Services 2007 meeting in Lima, Peru, July 8–12: “Best Practices in Bilingual Special Education,” co-presented with Sarita Samora, professor and chair, Exceptional Education; “You Are What You Speak: Social Skills and Second Language Acquisition”; and “Educating Bilingual Preschoolers with Disabilities,” co-presented with Kimberli Andrews, assistant professor of education at Daemen College. While there, Schmidt also participated in a study on the family-planning practices of females from indigenous Peruvian tribes.


Carol Townsend, Chair and Associate Professor, Design

Carol Townsend, chair and associate professor, Design, was invited to teach two courses through the Chautauqua Institution's Special Studies program, “Introduction to Design” and “Drawing the Landscape,” in July and August. Instructors for Special Studies are selected through a competitive process.


Sandra Washington, Director, McNair Scholars Program

Sandra Washington, director, McNair Scholars Program, was re-funded for $934,888 for four years by the U.S. Department of Education, Federal TRIO Programs. This program is designed to encourage low-income students and minority undergraduates to consider careers in college teaching as well as prepare for doctoral study. Under this project, 27 students are provided with research opportunities and faculty mentors and receive financial assistance, GRE preparation, and guidance through the graduate school admissions process. Washington will continue as project director of the program.