Faculty Present at JWU’s Faculty Scholarship Showcase


On Thursday, September 26, faculty and other members of JWU’s academic community came together to celebrate scholarship and exchange ideas at the third annual Faculty Scholarship Showcase. Faculty were invited to submit presentation proposals aligned with the Boyer Model of Scholarship for inclusion in this showcase. The event was also held that same week at JWU’s branch campuses. This showcase is a wonderful opportunity for faculty from across campus to share their scholarship and research with their colleagues.

“JWU is a teaching university, and we don’t always have an opportunity to showcase faculty doing research,” says Diane McCrohan, associate professor in the College of Business, who has been participating in this annual event since it launched in 2017. “It’s a great opportunity to see what your peers are interested in and showcase what you’re researching. It often leads to great discussions and collaborations between colleges.” Provost Billye Auclair, Ph.D. echoed this by saying, “Many faculty have commented that they have been inspired to start their own scholarship project by talking with their colleagues at the showcase.”

This year, for the first time, JWU Ed.D. students were encouraged to share their dissertation projects as emerging scholars. A graduate of JWU’s doctoral program, Kelly Dunn ’18, Ed.D., director of New Student Orientation & Support Programs and Student Involvement & Leadership, was one of this year’s presenters.

“Presenting at the faculty showcase provided me a great opportunity to witness the power of scholarship across multiple facets of the university because of my role as a current staff member, former JWU doctoral student and previous faculty member at another institution,” Kelly says. “Scholars put endless amounts of time and effort into their research, so it was rewarding to interact with and encourage current doctoral students while conversing in deep inquiry about research with faculty and staff.”

Congratulations, and thank you to the following faculty and staff participants:  

College of Business

  • Christine Perakslis, Ed.D., associate professor
    The Converging Veillances: A Fifth Privacy Border Crossing

  • Magnus Thorsson, Ph.D., associate professor
    Investigating the impact of university sustainability commitment on a student’s attitudinal loyalty and intent to apply.

  • Michelle Rego, Ph.D., professor
    Modeling Purpose: A Meta-Analytic Structural Equation Model of Purpose-Driven Cause Marketing Campaigns

  • Sara Jablon-Roberts, Ph.D., associate professor
    Stephen Burrows: Blackness and Funding in the Fashion Industry

  • Diane McCrohan, associate professor
    Cloth Haul Vlog vs. Sustainable Fashion Vlog: Its influence on Millennial Shoppers

  • Nicole Amos, assistant professor, and John Varlaro, Ph.D., professor
    Invisibility: A Potential Side Effect of Maternity Leave – A Primary Researched Case Study

  • Frank Satterthwaite, Ph.D., professor, and Lisa Spicola, chief librarian
    Implementing a Multidisciplinary Approach to Creating “Highly Personalized” Learning in Hybrid Courses: A Faculty/Librarian Collaboration Pilot Study 

  • John Varlaro, Ph.D., professor
    The Practice of Human Resource Management - An Active Learning eTextbook

  • Nicole Amos, assistant professor
    Gamification to Increase Engagement and Concept Retention (best practices presentation)

College of Culinary Arts

  • Linda Kender, associate professor
    Phase 1 of a multi-phase pilot study leveraging Food Safety case studies in the culinary academic classroom

  • Rollie Wesen, Ed.D., assistant professor
    Community-Based Culinary Arts Training Program Outcomes: Chef-Instructor and Employer Valuations

  • Katrina Herold, associate professor
    Using audio and video feedback to increase motivation and engagement (best practices presentation)

College of Engineering & Design 

  • Vidyasagar Sivalingam, instructor
    Spectral Projection Model for Electromagnetic Scattering of Paraboloid Surfaces

  • Walter Zesk, associate professor
    Assessment, Motivation and Design Process in the Design Studio (best practices presentation)

College of Health & Wellness

  • Kara Cucinotta, associate professor;
    A Dietary and Botanical Approach to the Treatment of SIBO: A Case Report

  • Jonathan Noel, Ph.D., assistant professor
    LGBT Question Preferences in National Disease Surveillance Systems

  • Allison Acquisto, associate professor
    Emotional Eating: The Registered Dietitian Nutritionist’s Role in Integrating Two Effective Interventions into the Interdisciplinary Healthcare Team

College of Hospitality Management

  • Tiffany Rhodes, assistant professor
    Storytelling as a Tool to Increase Engagement and Comprehension (best practices presentation)

John Hazen White College of Arts & Science

  • Christine Stamm, Ed.D., professor
    A meta-analysis of the National School Lunch Program: What works, what’s missing and alternative approaches for the future.

  • Kevin DeJesus, Ph.D., assistant professor
    Peace Processes, Armed Groups and Decision-Making Models:  A Comparative Case of the Central African Republic and South Sudan

  • Jim Brosnan, Ph.D., professor
    Long Distance Driving: A Poetry Collection

  • Geraldine Wagner, Ph.D., professor
    Ad Nauseam: A Comic Screenplay Addressing Serious Food Issues

  • Paul Sylvestre, Ph.D., associate professor, Jessica Fede, Ph.D., associate professor, and James Desmarais, J.D., associate professor
    Integrated Learning an Opportunity Seized and a Lesson Learned

  • Andrew Karatjas, Ph.D., professor
    Who Does Extra Credit?

  • Ryan Tainsh, Ed.D., associate professor, and Christos Dimos, Ph.D., associate professor
    The Self-Directedness of Undergraduate Biology and Health Science Students: Implications for Teaching and Curriculum Interventions

  • Kelly Dunn, Ed.D.,director of new student orientation and support programs and student involvement & leadership
    Investigating Parenting Style and College Student Grit

  • Megan Stoessell, assistant professor
    Travel Writing as a Tool to Build Empathy Among College Students (best practices presentation)