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School of Business Administration

School of Business Administration Faculty Publish Article on Career-Preparedness Activities in Business Curriculum

Several faculty in the School of Business Administration, including Associate Professor Kerri Crowne Brannen, Assistant Professor Danielle Durant, Assistant Professor Yamuna Baburaj, Professor Donna McCloskey, and Assistant Dean Lou Anne Vike, as well as Peter Hornberger and Maureen Brown, co-authored an article in the November 2020 issue of the International Journal of Management Education. The article, titled "A program for embedding career activities in multiple core business courses," details a Widener program for embedding career-preparedness into the undergraduate business curriculum.

The program ensures every student in the School of Business Administration is provided with adequate career-preparedness training, and the school is well-positioned to achieve high job placement rates.

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Yamuna Baburaj
School of Business Administration

Management Assistant Professor Co-Authors Two Published Articles

Dr. Yamuna Baburaj, assistant professor of management, recently co-authored two published articles. The article, titled "How to best utilize star employees," was published in the April-June 2020 issue of Organizational Dynamics. The paper discusses some of the challenges associated with star employee management and proposes strategies for managing this form of specialized human capital in any organization.

Another article, titled "Complementary Product Categorization and its Influence on the Make, Buy, and Ally Decision: An Exploratory Study," was accepted in March 2020 and published in the International Journal of Innovation Management. The paper examines the significance of a categorization of product complementarity on the firm governance decision.

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School of Business Administration

School of Business Administration Professors Publish Article on International Learning

Dr. Brian Larson, professor and department head of management, and Dr. Yamuna Baburaj, assistant professor of management, co-authored an article in the May 2020 issue of the Journal of International Business Disciplines. The article, titled "Alternative Multi-mode International Learning: A Model Establishing Collaboration," proposes a set of activities to enhance cross-cultural learning opportunities as a viable alternative to study abroad.

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Katia Ciampa
College of Health and Human Services

Education Professors Publish Article in Teaching in Higher Education

Dr. Katia Ciampa, an assistant professor in the Center for Education, and Dr. Zora Wolfe, an associate professor in the Center for Education, published a peer-reviewed article in "Teaching in Higher Education" in September 2020. The article, titled "From isolation to collaboration: creating an intentional community of practice within the doctoral dissertation proposal writing process," was a retrospective case study to examine the implementation of peer-review practices in a doctoral dissertation proposal course.

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Janine Utell
College of Arts and Sciences

Chair of English Janine Utell Accepted as Public Fellow at the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities

Professor Janine Utell, chair of English, has been accepted as a 2020-2021 Public Fellow at the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities. As part of the cohort, she will join a group of faculty, students, and other public scholars from the University of Tulsa for an in-depth exploration of Rage. The fellowship was originally designed to admit public fellows from the Tulsa area, but the shift to digital programming and meeting allowed Utell to join the cohort. She is in the first non-Tulsan to join the group since the Center began.

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College of Arts and Sciences

Adjunct Biology Professor Earns La Salle's Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award

Rhonda Hazell, DPM, an adjunct professor of biology at Widener and an assistant professor of biology at La Salle, is the 2020 recipient of La Salle University's Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award. Hazell is the 100th recipient of the award, which recognizes excellence in teaching, inspiration in and out of the classroom, and devotion to helping students realize their potential.

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Janelle Williams
Center for Graduate & Continuing Studies

Associate Dean of Graduate & Continuing Studies Selected for Diversity in Leadership Scholars Program

Janelle Williams, associate dean of Graduate & Continuing Studies, was selected to receive a scholarship for the Bethaida "Bea" Gonzalez Diversity in Leadership Scholars Program from the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA). The program's goal is to equip diverse professionals at any stage of their career with the skills and knowledge needed to move into leadership positions on campus, in the field of Professional, Continuing, and Online Education, and in UPCEA.

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College of Health and Human Services

Education Professor Appointed to the Pennsylvania Counseling Association's Anti-Racism Task Force

Dr. Susan P. Schaming, an associate professor and director of Graduate Counselor Education and Home School Visitation Programs, has been appointed to the Pennsylvania Counseling Association's Anti-Racism Task force. The purpose of this task force is to begin assessing needs and charting a direction to take an active role in making changes in Pennsylvania, while working towards increasing cultural humility and answering the call to action in bringing positive change to those who have been disproportionately affected by racial inequality.

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John Suarez
School of Engineering

Electrical Engineering Professor Joins National Academy of Inventors

John Suarez, associate professor of electrical engineering, was named a senior member of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). This national distinction is given to active faculty, scientists and administrators who have demonstrated remarkable innovation producing technologies that have made an impact, or have the potential to make an impact, on the welfare of society. Prof. Suarez was chosen for his work aimed at improving radio communications through the use of a patented opto-cancellation system that uses radio-frequency signals to reduce interference in radio transmissions. The novel system allows low-power radio signals to be received in the presence of powerful interference 100 times stronger than a signal of interest. It has been applied to broadcast, cellular, satellite and marine communications.

In addition to his faculty position at Widener, Prof. Suarez is also an affiliated faculty in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Delaware, a member institution of the NAI. 
 

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College of Health and Human Services

Center for Social Work Education Professors Publish Journal Article

Margo Campbell and Linda Houser, both associate professors in Widener's Center for Social Work Education, published an article in June 2020 in "Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services." The article, titled "Connecting Caregiver Wages and Distress: Felt Precarity, Parenting, and Child Behavior," focused on employed mothers experiences of felt precarity, an emotional reaction to structurally generated vulnerability. Their study linked wages, a potential source of precarity, to well-being using a family stress model of economic hardship.

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School of Business Administration

Business Professors Publish Article in Business Process Management Journal

School of Business Administration Professor Yvonne Antonucci, Associate Professor Annetta Fortune, and Mathias Kirchmer of BPM-D published an article in the Business Process Management Journal in July 2020. The article, titled "An examination of associations between business process management capabilities and the benefits of digitalization: all capabilities are not equal," examined the associations of BPM capabilities across direct and indirect digitalization benefits and extended prior research examining the value of BPM capabilities in organizations.

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College of Health and Human Services

Professor Named to Communication Institute of Greece Position and Publishes Pieces Related to COVID-19

Dr. Robert Bonk, a professor of professional writing who is internationally known for his research, workshops, and presentations, was recently named Honorary Vice President Collaborative Writing Initiatives by the Communication Institute of Greece (ComInG). This honor recognizes his most recent accomplishment serving as lead researcher and lead author for an international project examining the responses of higher education to the COVID-19 pandemic in seven nations.

The article, titled "Pedagogy in the Time of Pandemic: From Localisation to Glocalisation," is currently in press at the Journal of Education, Innovation, and Communication. He also served as guest editor and co-authored the preface for the June 2020 special issue of the journal.

Active as an Ambassador and Academic Conference Committee member, Bonk presented at the ComInG 2019 Conference and had been invited to lead writing workshops at the 2020 Conference. He was previously honored as a Fellow of the American Medical Writers Association. Bonk also recently edited and provided a poem and photo for the ComInG motivational book "Why is it worth waking up every morning? Impressions and reflections on inspiration, motivation, and collaboration."

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College of Health and Human Services

Education Professor and Alumna Publish Two Manuscripts About Online Teaching During COVID-19

Associate Professor Zora Wolfe, director of K-12 educational leadership programs, and alumna Jeanne McCarthy '20 EdD co-authored two peer-reviewed manuscripts in the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education's "Teaching, Technology, and Teacher Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Stories from the Field" publication.

The first manuscript, "Engaging Parents Through School-Wide Strategies for Online Instruction," focused on how they assisted a school in revisiting their school-wide processes and online learning plan to incorporate parent-centered, school-wide strategies that supported students and parents learning at home together.

The second manuscript, "Building on Existing Brick-and-Mortar Practices in Online Spaces," focused on how the knowledge and expertise developed by educators in brick-and-mortar classrooms can be useful in online teaching environments.

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School of Business Administration

Marketing Professor Publishes Article in Journal of Consumer Marketing

Assistant Professor of Marketing Dan Li co-authored an article, titled "The role of psychological ownership in consumer happiness," in the Journal of Consumer Marketing. The article, published on June 10, showed that consumers feel happier when they have a higher psychological ownership over an item after consumption. Furthermore, consumers anticipate greater happiness from a product before consumption due to increased psychological ownership through customization.

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University Accomplishments

Julie Heydeman Named to Main Line Today's 30 Under 30

Julie Heydeman was among the young local leaders named to Main Line Today’s 30 Under 30 list for her role as program coordinator of Widener’s inclusive higher education program. The first-of-its-kind program at Widener is designed for students with intellectual disabilities to take classes, interact socially and build on resume skills to advance their careers. Heydeman, a two-time Widener graduate, spearheaded and secured funding to launch the program in 2018 while finishing her undergraduate degree.

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Jayne M. Thompson
College of Arts & Sciences

Jayne Thompson Selected as Periclean Faculty Leader

Project Pericles announced that Assistant Teaching Professor of English Jayne Thompson was selected for the second cohort of faculty members for the Mellon Periclean Faculty Leadership Program in the Humanities. As a Periclean Faculty Leader, she joins a community of scholars, including Associate Professors Marina Barnett and Bretton Alvaré and Assistant Professor Jordan Smith, dedicated to incorporating civic engagement into the curriculum while empowering students to use their academic knowledge to tackle real-world problems.

The $4,000 grant will help with the development of the Fall 2021 Community Literacy and Social Justice course focused on putting writing center theory and pedagogy to work in establishing sustainable writing centers across the community, the first at State Correctional Institution at Chester, and each with the signature feature of collaborative student leadership of writing workshops and the editing and publishing of writing emerging from those workshops.

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Sabitha Pillai-Friedman
School of Human Service Professions

Human Sexuality Studies Professor and Student Receive National Awards

Associate Professor Sabitha Pillai-Friedman has received the 2020 Distinguished Service Award, and Tanya Bass, a doctoral student in the Center for Human Sexuality Studies, has received the 2020 Sexuality Educator Award from the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) Award.

Pillai-Friedman's award is presented to an AASECT member who has worked to promote the mission of AASECT, advocating for sexual health through the development and advancement of sexuality education, counseling or therapy. Bass' award recognizes an individual who have made long-standing contributions, outstanding achievements, or otherwise had a major impact in one or more areas of sexuality education. They will receive the awards during the AASECT Virtual Summit on June 5.

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School of Nursing

Nursing Alumna Named Fellow in The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

Loraine Hopkins Pepe, a graduate of the nurse science doctoral program, was named a Fellow in The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the oldest medical institution of its kind in the United States, for her scholarship in quality and safety education in nursing. Hopkins Pepe currently works as network director for Nursing Education and Professional Development at Einstein Healthcare Network.

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University Accomplishments

Widener Honors Two Employees with Eckard Award for Distinguished Service

Widener University President Julie E. Wollman presented the William David Eckard Jr. Award for Distinguished Service to Mary Ellen Ferkler, an academic secretary in the School of Human Service Profession’s Center of Social Work Education, and Martin “Marty” Schultz, a support scientist in the Science Division of the College of Arts & Sciences. This annual award was established by William David Eckard III, former long-time vice president of administration and finance at Widener and a 1966 graduate of Pennsylvania Military College, in memory of his father.

Ferkler has provided outstanding service to Widener students and employees since she arrived on campus in 2008. Schultz, who has worked full time at Widener since 1987, is known for being a large part of why Widener’s science programs offer a rich educational experience to students.

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Danielle J. Durant
School of Business Administration

School of Business Administration Assistant Professor Publishes Article

Assistant Professor Danielle Durant co-authored an article, titled "Adoption of electronic hand hygiene monitoring systems in New York state hospitals and the associated impact on hospital-acquired C. difficile infection rates," with the Healthcare Association of New York State's Quality, Advocacy and Research Initiatives division. The piece, published in the American Journal of Infection Control, found that the proliferation of electronic hand hygiene monitoring systems is low in New York State acute care hospitals and its impact on hand hygiene compliance and infection rates is questionable. Putting technology aside, strong hand hygiene culture seems essential for high compliance.

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