Faculty News

A collection of faculty news from the fall and winter 2015 is below, featuring everything from awardees to faculty-student collaboration.

First PwC Accounting Research Chair Named

Accounting Professor Brian W. Carpenter, Ph.D., CMA, has been named as the first PwC (PriceWaterhouseCoopers) Accounting Research Chair at the University. 

The PwC Accounting Research Chair was established in 2015 by Scranton alumni associated with PwC to recognize and support excellence in accounting research at the University. Paul Lameo ’94, a PwC partner in banking and capital markets, spearheaded the effort. Lameo is a member of the President’s Business Council and the Alumni Board of Governors. 

Dr. Carpenter G’82 previously taught at Pennsylvania State University and Lehigh University. In 1987, he returned to Scranton, where he has since served in various capacities. He has co-authored two textbooks and has published more than 50 articles in numerous professional and academic journals. He is a co-recipient of several recent Institute of Management Accountants’ Lybrand Medals recognizing research excellence. Dr. Carpenter has also received numerous teaching awards throughout his career. 

Read more here.

Professor Elected President of Pennsylvania Economic Association

Deborah Gougeon, Ph.D. ’73, G’75 associate professor of business statistics in the Operations and Information Management Department of the Kania School of Management at The University of Scranton, was recently elected president of the Pennsylvania Economics Association (PEA). 

Dr. Gougeon has taught business statistics at the University since 1979. Her research has been published in many scholarly articles and in the proceedings of multiple national and international conferences. She has published more than 50 reviews of scholarly books in Choice, the official publication of the American Library Association. She has also reviewed multiple scholarly journals and academic publishers. 

The PEA is a professional association of economists and social scientists. Its annual meeting attracts not only economists from Pennsylvania and its surrounding states, but economists from nations across the globe, including Japan, Austria, Canada, Germany, Belgium, Mexico, India, France and Taiwan. 

Read more here.

Accounting Professor Named Alperin Teaching Fellow

Accounting Professor Douglas M. Boyle, D.B.A., CPA, CMA, was named the Kania School of Management’s Alperin Teaching Fellow for 2015 to 2018. 

The three-year Alperin Teaching Fellow Award was established in 1999 to recognize outstanding teaching in the Kania School of Management. Funding is provided by an endowment established in 1980 through a gift from Irwin E. Alperin, Joel M. Alperin, Myer Alperin and their families. 

Dr. Boyle ’88 has received multiple awards for teaching and scholarship. In the past two years, two of Dr. Boyle’s manuscripts, co-authored with other University of Scranton accounting professors, received the Institute of Management Accountants’ Lybrand Medal (silver and bronze). The award annually recognizes just three “outstanding articles of the year” of all the manuscripts published in the Strategic Finance and Management Accounting Quarterly journals. 

Dr. Boyle serves as chair of the Accounting Department and as the president of the Faculty Senate at the University. 

Read more here.

Students Spend Summer on Research Projects with Faculty

The University granted nine undergraduate students President’s Fellowships for Summer Research in 2015. The fellowships, administered by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, offer each student recipient the chance to partner with a faculty mentor for 10 weeks and complete a research project, which they propose and design together. Students received fellowships to complete projects in biology, chemistry, English, exercise science and psychology.

Among the research projects:

 Sara Brezinski, a senior psychology major, and Barry Kuhle, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology, used the popular dating app Tinder to study the evolutionary psychology of human mating strategies. Their project was titled “To Swipe Left or Right: Sex Differences in Tinder Profiles.”

 Olivia Gillespie partnered with Jones DeRitter, Ph.D., professor of English and theater, to write a series of connected short stories for her project titled “Rewriting Time in the Works of Toni Morrison and William Faulkner.” Gillespie is a senior English major with a double minor in Spanish and theology.

 Max Cornell and Timothy Foley, Ph.D., professor of chemistry, undertook a project titled “Methylglyoxal: An Alternative Metabolic Approach for Cancer Treatment.” Cornell is a junior biochemistry, cell and molecular biology major with a Spanish minor.

 Megan Hudock and Jason Graham, Ph.D., assistant professor of mathematics, created “A Mathematical Model of Mechanical Destruction of the Articular Cartilage in the Knee Joint.” Hudock is a senior mathematics major and an economics/French minor.

 Gabriella Opalkowski and Scott Breloff, Ph.D., assistant professor of exercise science and sports, researched “The Effect of Fatigue on Gait While Walking on Different Sloped Surfaces in Flip-Flops, Sneakers, and Bare Foot.”

Read more here.

New Faculty Members Announced

The University appointed 24 new full-time faculty members for the 2015-2016 academic year. Named were:

Peter Andersen, Ph.D., assistant professor of management, marketing and entrepreneurship
Duane S. Armitage, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy
Susan Boafo-Arthur, Ph.D., assistant professor in counseling and human services
Hyuk Jun Cheong, Ph.D., Cand., instructor in communication
Chandra Ann Dombroski, DPT, faculty specialist in occupational therapy
Tracie L. Haines-Landram, faculty specialist in exercise science and sport
Lisa A. Kozden, Ph.D., Cand., faculty specialist in occupational therapy
Michael J. Landram, Ph.D., assistant professor of exercise science and sport
Rodeen Lechleitner, Ph.D., faculty specialist in exercise science and sport
Mahri Leonard-Fleckman, Ph.D., assistant professor of theology/religious studies
Amanda Sue Marcy, faculty specialist in accounting
William F. Miller, Ph.D., faculty specialist in health administration and human resources
Jo Ann L. Nicoteri, Ph.D., assistant professor of nursing
Patrick T. Orr, Ph.D., assistant professor in psychology
Adam J. Pratt, Ph.D., assistant professor of history
Katherine E. Purswell, Ph.D., assistant professor in counseling and human services
Catherine Richmond-Cullen, Ed.D., assistant professorin education 
John J. Sailors, Ph.D., associate professor of management, marketing and entrepreneurship
Juan David Serna, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics 
Nicholas Sizemore, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry 
Matthew J. Socha, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology 
Katherine A. Stumpo, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry
Gretchen A. Welby, lecturer in biology 
Matthew Briel, Ph.D., Cand., visiting instructor of theology/religious studies

Read more about them here and read about who was granted rank and tenure here.

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