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Faculty Accomplishments

Fall 2019

Computer Science

Lubomir Ivanov, Ph.D.

Lubomir Ivanov

Lubomir Ivanov, Ph.D., presented a paper entitled "Consonance as a Stylistic Feature for Authorship Attribution of Historical Texts" at the 22nd International Text, Speech, and Dialog (TSD2019) conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The paper describes Dr. Ivanov's recent research work on developing an algorithm for extracting consonance patterns from written text and using the extracted patterns to determine the authors of important 18th century historical documents whose authorship is unknown or disputed. In developing the consonance extraction algorithm, Dr. Ivanov was assisted by Iona senior and Computer Science major Brandon Neilsen, who is listed as a co-author on the publication.

Jongwook Kim, Ph.D.

Jongwook Kim

Jongwook Kim, Ph.D., published a research paper titled "Code Transformation Issues in Move-Instance-Method Refactorings," which was presented at the IEEE/ACM International Workshop on Refactoring (IWoR'19) in Montréal, QC, Canada.


Br. Dennis Gunn, Ph.D.

Dennis Gunn

Br. Dennis Gunn, Ph.D. (Education), presented a paper titled "Commemorating Grief and Hope: Celebrating the Bi-Centennial of the Sisters of Charity in New York at a Time of Decline for Catholic Education" at the Triennial Conference on the History of Women Religious. The conference was sponsored by the Cushwa Center for American Catholic Studies at the University of Notre Dame and was held at St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN (June 23-26, 2019).

Christine Hardigree, Ph.D.

Christine Hardigree

Christine Hardigree, Ph.D., presented her work on language representation in the Common Core State Standards exemplar texts at the English Language Arts Teacher Educators National Convention in Fayetteville, AR.

Amanda Howerton-Fox, Ph.D.

Amanda Howerton-Fox

Amanda Howerton-Fox, Ph.D., with her school-based colleague Jodi L. Falk, published an article titled "Supporting Families During Program Transition and the Hard Truths of Early Language: What Should We Say to Parents?", in which she describes her recent parent advocacy work in a Bronx school for the deaf. The article appears in Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education.

Dr. Howerton-Fox was also invited to publish a paper in a special edition of the journal Education Sciences. Titled "Deaf Children as ‘English Learners’: The Psycholinguistic Turn in Deaf Education," the paper presents arguments in support of conceptualizing deaf children as "English Learners", explores the educational implications of such conceptualizations, and suggests directions for future inquiry.


Scott Cleary, Ph.D.

Scott Cleary

Dr. Scott Cleary had his book, The Field of Imagination: Thomas Paine and Eighteenth Century Poetry, published by the University of Virginia Press on September 23, 2019. It is the first full-length study of Paine's poetry, and his use of eighteenth-century poetry to promote and shape his political ideology. In addition, Dr. Cleary was recently named an associate editor on the Collected Works of Thomas Paine project.

Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Rasheda Weaver, Ph.D.

Rasheda L. Weaver

Rasheda Weaver, Ph.D., published a research article entitled "Social Enterprise and the Capability Approach: Exploring How Social Enterprises Are Humanizing Business" in the Journal of Nonprofit and Public Sector Marketing. The article outlines activities entrepreneurs can use to create positive social change in communities.

Dr. Weaver also presented a workshop entitled "Research Tradecraft" at the 2019 Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action conference in San Diego, CA in November. The workshop covered strategies for better organizing and conducting research, maintaining focus, time management, balancing multiple projects in different stages of the process, and how to be a prolific scholar.

Fine and Performing Arts

Hannah Park, Ph.D.

Hannah Park

Hannah Park, Ph.D., was invited to present "Somatic Dance: Creating an Inclusive Community for Children with Learning Disabilities" at the 2019 National Dance Education's Special Topics Conference in partnership with ISMETA (International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association) at Gibney Dance in New York City on June 21. Dr. Park was also invited to present "Embodied Poetics: Investigating Inner and Outer Expressions through Social Justice Narratives" and "Me and Us" (a co-created choreographic project with adjunct professor, Allison Pagano) at the Somatic Dance Conference and Performance Festival held at Hobart and William Smith College in Geneva, N.Y. (July 10 – 14). Additionally, she presented "Spiraling: Journey to Connectedness through Somatic Improvisation" and "The Heart Space" (a solo choreographic project) at the 2019 Body Mind Centering Association Conference at the University of Santa Barbara, CA in (August 7-10, 2019).

Eric Schultz, Ph.D.

Dr. Eric Schultz has won 1st prize in the 2019 American Protégé International Competition and will perform in a solo recital at Carnegie Hall in April 2020. Dr. Schultz also published a journal article in the September edition of "The Clarinet," interviewing contemporary Finnish composer Kalevi Aho and analyzing his Concerto for Clarinet.

Additionally, Professor Schultz held a residency at the Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts and performed with the Victory Players Chamber Orchestra as clarinetist. This orchestra actively commissions the music of contemporary Puerto Rican composers in the historically Puerto Rican town of Holyoke, MA. The season showcased world premieres by Christian A. Quiñones, Tony Solitro and Omar Surillo. The public concerts also introduced the music of this year’s composers in residence: Carlos Carrillo, Iván Enrique Rodríguez, and Liliya Ugay. Professor Schultz is a founding member of the chamber orchestra. In addition to the performances and commissions of new music, the residency included outreach to local schools, including Holyoke High School, Chicopee Comprehensive High School, South Hadley Plains Elementary School, Gateway Regional High School and the opportunity to meet the composers and musicians and was co-hosted by the Puerto Rican Cultural Project at the Holyoke Public Library.

Foreign Languages

Thomas E. Mussio, Ph.D.

Thomas E. Mussio

Thomas E. Mussio, Ph.D. had his book-length annotated prose translation of Giambattista Marino's epic poem, "Adone", published by the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (Arizona State University) as part of its Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies series. It is the first complete translation of Marino's 1623 poem.

Information Systems and Business Analytics

Ronald R. Yager, Ph.D.

Ronald R. Yager

Ronald R. Yager, Ph.D., published the journal article "Generalized Dempster-Shafer structures" in Volume 27, Issue 3 of IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems.

Management, Business Administration & Health Care Management

Jeffrey W. Alstete, '87MBA, '90MS, Ed.D.

Jeffrey W. Alstete

Jeffrey W. Alstete, '87MBA, '90MS, Ed.D., and Nicholas J. Beutell, Ph.D. presented a paper titled "Learning Outcomes in Business Simulation: Comparing On-ground and Online Instructional Formats" at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Eastern Academy of Management in Wilmington, Delaware on May 11.

Nicholas Beutell, Ph.D.

Nicholas J. Beutell

Dr. Nicholas Beutell co-authored the book The Wellbeing of Women in Entrepreneurship: A Global Perspective which demonstrates how women's entrepreneurship is critical to not only economic wellbeing but to the wellbeing of women, their families, significant others, children, communities, and the world. It also shows that women's participation in entrepreneurship creates a "multiplier effect" that goes beyond purely economic contributions. Published by Routledge, 2019.

Vincent F. Maher, JD

Vincent Maher

While on sabbatical leave, Professor Maher served as a visiting professor of medical ethics at the Royal College of Surgeons, in Dublin, Ireland. While in Ireland, he also participated in the 26th International Vincentian Business Ethics Conference held at Dublin City University that addressed the theme Ethics and Capitalism. Maher presented three peer reviewed papers "Ethics and Capitalism: Re-Imagining Catholic Higher Education", "Economic Darwinism: It's the Nature of Capitalism. Or is it?" and "When is a Gift Unacceptable? The Sacklers and the Beneficiaries of their Largesse", the latter two having been co-authored with Professor George Priovolos, Ph.D. (Marketing and International Business).

Marriage and Family Therapy

Yaliu He, Ph.D.

Yaliu He

Yaliu He, Ph.D., gave two presentations at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference at Austin, Texas in early September 2019. Through both of her presentations, "Supervision Using Integrative Systemic Therapy Perspective" and "What Every MFT Needs to Know", she discussed the limitations of a one-size-fits-all therapy approach and highlighted the importance of an integrative and personalized approach to marriage and family therapy practice and training.

Dr. He also published a journal article, as a lead author, titled "The Systemic Therapy Inventory of Change (STIC) Initial Scales: Are They Sensitive to Change?" in the highly respected psychology journal Psychological Assessment. This empirical study is based on an ongoing collaboration with colleagues at Northwestern University that investigates the psychometrics and effectiveness of an online feedback system which tracks patients’ psychotherapy progress and outcomes. The results showed that this feedback system was sensitive enough to detect valid changes during the psychotherapy process and with one subscale was found to be even more sensitive than existing valid measures. The study determined that the feedback system can be used in both research and clinical work to monitor therapy effectiveness.

Additionally, Dr. He was invited by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy to feature her research in its official magazine, Family Therapy Magazine, which has a circulation of more than 25,000 therapists and mental health professionals. Her article titled "Providing Parents Treatment Choices for Child Conduct Problems" was published in the May/June issue.

Media & Strategic Communication

Zeynep Altinay, Ph.D.

Zeynep Altinay

Zeynep Altinay, Ph.D., with co-author Nekesha Williams, Ph.D., published a journal article titled "Visuals as a Method of Coastal Environmental Communication" in Ocean & Coastal Management.

Jack Breslin, Ph.D.

Jack Breslin

Dr. Jack Breslin presented his paper "American Press Coverage of Sociologist Herbert Spencer During His 1882 Visit to America" at the Symposium on the 19th Century Press, the Civil War and Free Expression at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, on November 7. Having attended this national journalism history conference since 1998, he has presented a total of 16 papers and participated on ten panels.

Dr. Breslin also served as a panel moderator and refereed paper session discussant for the Media Ethics Division and Law and Policy Division at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication's 102nd Annual Conference in Toronto, Ontario, August 7-10.

Robert J. Petrausch, Ph.D.

Bob Petrausch

Dr. Robert J. Petrausch has been awarded a book contract with Kendall-Hunt Academic Publishers. The book title is Leveraging Your High-Stakes Presentation in the Age of Speed.


Br. Robert Novak, Ph.D.

Br. Robert Novak, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Physics and member of the Advancement Department, attended the International Conference on Mars held at the California Institute of Technology July 22-25 in Pasadena. He was part of a panel discussion on "Methane on Mars" and also gave a presentation titled "Maps of Methane for Northern Mid-Winter and Mid-Summer on Mars."


Kisok Kim, Ph.D.

Kisok Richard Kim

Kisok Kim, Ph.D., co-authored a research paper titled "Generality of Likelihood Ratio Decisions" which was published in Vol. 191 of Cognition.

Nilofer Naqvi, Ph.D.

Nilofer Naqvi

Nilofer Naqvi, Ph.D., and two recent graduate students from the school psychology program, Danielle Idone and Annette Angiolillo, presented a paper at the Eastern Teaching of Psychology Conference in Staunton, Virginia in June entitled "The Utility of Teaching Projective Assessments in A Graduate Level Personality Assessment Class."

In July and August, Dr. Naqvi traveled with Daniele Martino, a recent graduate of the Experimental Psychology graduate program, to Lushoto, Tanzania for the International Association on Special Education Conference. They presented their paper "Autism Knowledge Trainings for Teachers in Tanzania: The Mobile Phone Solution" based on Dr. Naqvi's research in the area.

Social Work

Meryl Nadel, DSW

Meryl Nadel

Meryl Nadel, DSW, is pleased to announce the publication by Oxford University Press of her book, Not Just Play: Summer Camp and the Profession of Social Work. The book provides a comprehensive view of the significant and ongoing relationship between the profession and the summer camp movement. Dr. Nadel also presented a paper titled "Group Work in Summer Camp Communities: Living Social Work's Core Values" at the 41st Annual Symposium of the International Association for Social Work with Groups at NYU in June.

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