Arts and Communications Faculty
BA, Holy Family University; M.Ed, Millersville University; PhD, University
of South Florida
Areas of expertise: Teaching of Spanish, Second Language Acquisition/Instructional Technology
Areas of interest: English Language Learners, Hispanic Culture, Instructional Technology
Other Roles: SOE Scholarship Committee, American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (the other roles are ad-hoc and I don't suppose you want my out-of-school roles)
Favorite Quote: "I've learned that I still have a lot to learn." - Maya Angelou
Esucation: BA, Holy Family College (University); MA, Rivier College; MA, Middlebury College; DA, Stoneybrook University
Areas of expertise:French and Italian
Areas of interest; Foreign languages in general and American Indian Culture
Recent Publications/Presentations: Published Dissertation : A Whole Language Approach for Foreign Language Writing Using Computers (2008)
Other Roles: Coordinator of Language Laboratory, Chairperson of Contract Committee
Favorite Quote: "Teaching is a work of heart!"
Education: BA Fordham University; MA Fordham University; PhD University of Illinois
Area of Expertise: Latin American Literature, Linguistics
Area of Interest: Latin American Culture, Caribbean Literature, Latino Literature and Culture, Contemporary Fiction (English and Spanish)
Other Roles: Institutional Scholarship Selection Committee
Faculty Sponsor of Class of 2015
SEPCHE Representative (Languages)
Freshman Language Placement
BA, Monmouth University; MA, Kean University; MFA New Jersey City University
Areas of expertise: Mixed Media Artist
Areas of interest: Art in context
Recent Publications/Presentations: Considering Harm Exhibition at The Phoenix Gallery, NYC; Parallax Art Fair, NYC
Other Roles: Coordinator of Fine Arts
Favorite Quote: All memory is individual, unreproducible-it dies with each person. Susan Sontag
Education: AB, Saint Joseph's University: MA, Saint Joseph's University; MA,
Villanova University; EdD, Saint Joseph's University
Interests: Acting, Speech, and Theatre
Dissertation Title: "Performing Shakespeare: Fun and Games Or Purposeful, Emancipating, and Empowering Pedagogy?
Education: BA, University of Pennsylvania; MA and PhD Temple University
Areas of expertise: Communication Theory, Television Studies, Social Media, Celebrity, Popular Culture, Discourse Analysis
Areas of interest: Reality TV, Identity, Representations of Gender, Journalism, Narratives, Music and Television, American Ideology
McClain, A. (2011). American Ideal: How American Idol Constructs Celebrity, Collective Identity, and American Discourses. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
McClain, A. (2012). Keeping Up with Contradictory Family Values: The Voice of the Kardashians. In K. M. Ryan and D A. Macey (Eds.), Family Ties, Facts of Life, and the Real World: Everything I Know About the Myself I Learned from Television (forthcoming). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
Popular /American Culture Conference 2012, Boston, MA
April 11-14, 2012
Presented paper: Reality and Idealizations: Kim Kardashian’s Fairytale Wedding
Coordinator of Arts and Communications Academic Programs
Coordinator of Non-Public Cable Television Channel Programming
Moderator, Tigervision TV Club
Co-Moderator, Tri-Lite newspaper
Television Studies Area Chair, Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture
Association /American Culture Association
Television Studies Area Co-Chair, Television Studies Area, Popular
Culture Association /American Culture Association
“A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding.” Marshall McLuhan
Education: BA, Barnard College; MFA, Hunter College
Areas of expertise: Creative Writing (Fiction); Composition & Rhetoric
Areas of interest: Contemporary Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Modernism, First-Year College Writing
Recent Publications/Presentations: Heft (W.W. Norton, 2012); "A Family Fairy Tale, Twice Told," The New York Times, 22 March 2012; "Finding Inspiration as a Writer: How to Turn the Everyday into Creative Fuel," Perspectives on Creativity, Vol. 2 (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012); "Our Neighbors the Bells," Narrative Magazine, 2011; The Words of Every Song (Random House, 2007).
Other Roles: Coordinator of Humanities, Faculty Moderator of Folio
Favorite Quote: "Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way." --E.L. Doctorow
BA, Holy Family University; M. English Ed., Trenton University; Ed. D., University
Areas of expertise: Academic Prose; Creative Writing; Writing for the Media; Communications Research; Writing for Children, and Journal Writing.
Areas of interest: Ethnographic Communications Research; Celtic Studies and Culture; Spirituality in the Modern World; Women’s Studies; and Telling Stories through Words and Photography.
"Head, Heart and Hands: Service Learning and Communications/Journalism Courses,” presented at the Vatican-MU Communication Conference Power to Transform the World: Media & Communication Programs in Catholic Higher Education,” Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, 2010. (Published in Monograph 2012).
Other Roles: Board of Directors (past president and workshop leader) Philadelphia Writers’ Conference; Communications Writing and Editing Consultant; Contracts Committee; Eucharistic Minister and Lector.
Favorite Quote: “I now understand what Nelle Morton meant when she said that one of the great tasks in our time is to ‘hear people to speech.’ Behind their fearful silence, our students want to find their voices, speak their voices, have their voices heard. A good teacher is one who can listen to those voices even before they are spoken—so that someday they can speak with truth and confidence.” ~ Parker Palmer, The Courage to Teach
Education: B.S. English Education, Pennsylvania State University; M.ED. in English, The College of New Jersey; Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania--Specialization in Writing.
Area of Expertise: Writing Theory and Pedagogy
Areas of Interest: Metacognition, Writing Assessment, Caribbean Literature, Writings of Kathleen Norris.
Recent Publications/Presentations: "Metacognition: Implications for Teaching and Learning" presented 2011 Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association," West Chester University, PA; Metacognition: 21st Century Search for Superman in the Reflective Teacher and Empowered Writer, presented Southeastern Consortium of Higher Education Faculty Development Conference, May 2012, Chestnut Hill College, PA.
Other Roles: Writing Coordinator
Favorite Quote: ". . . because we love, God is present," Thomas Merton
Education: B.A., Sichuan University; M. Law, Peking University; Ph.D., University
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Areas of expertise: crisis communication, integrated marketing communication, Chinese media industry.
Areas of interest: social media in public relations, citizen journalism, environmental campaigns, media globalization.
Dissertation Title: Encountering Globalization: An Ethnographic Study of Women Television Audience in China
Xu, J. H. (2012) Social Media in the Do-it-yourself Air Quality Testing Campaign in Chinese Cities International Review of Information Ethics. Vol. 18. (forthcoming)
Xu, J. H. (2012) Online news reports of air quality issues in Beijing. Telematics and Informatics vol. 29, issue 4, p. 409-417.
Xu, J. H. (2011, October) Crisis reporting and visualization in Chinese media: An examination of the milk scandal coverage. Paper presented at MARAAS annual conference, Princeton, NJ.
Manuscript reviewer-- Mass Communication & Society; Communication Theory;
Asian Journal of Communication
Board member and newsletter editor, Association for Chinese Communication Studies, 2010-2011.