Faculty Accomplishments

Mount faculty don't just teach in the classroom - they also share their expertise in a variety of other venues, including publishing books and articles, presenting research at conferences worldwide, accepting fellowships from prestigous programs, and serving on professional boards. Read more about the latest accomplishments of Mount faculty here!

Fall 2019  |  Spring 2019   |   Fall 2018  

Fall 2019

Sonya Abbye Taylor, Associate Professor of Education, co-presented a workshop at the Kappa Delta Pi International Conference in Norfolk, Virginia in October 2019. The title of the workshop was Poverty and Education: The Heartbreak and The Hope. 

Susan LaRocco, Dean of the School of Nursing, presented "Obstetrical Nursing Clinical Experiences at an All Male Nursing School in the 1950s" at the Midwest Nursing History Research Center at the University of Illinois, Chicago. She also presented "An International Collaboration: Linguistic Editing of Scholarly Work" at the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing Biennial Conference in Washington D.C.

Jane Gangi, Professor of Education, presented "Diverse children’s literature in the curriculum: Why it matters" to the Mercy College Education club in November of 2019.

Michael Fox, Assitant professor and Pre-Law Advisor, presented at New York State Bar Association Diversity & Inclusion Program in November of 2019. His presentation, "Is Your Law Firm Website ADA Compliant/Website Accessibility 101," was co-presented with Walei Sabry, New York City Digital Accessibility Coordinator in the Administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Jennifer Bready, Professor of Mathematics, presented a one-hour session titled "An Introductory Cryptology Class for Both Math and Non-Math Majors" at the 45th Annual AMATYC Conference, Nov 14-17, 2019 in Milwaukee.

Evan Merkofer, Assistant Professor of Biology, presented "The Genomics Education Partnership: A community of practice that enhances research opportunities for students and faculty at diverse institutions" at the Association for College and University Biology Educators (ACUBE) conference at Syracuse University on October 26th.

Vicki Caruana, Associate Professor of Education, presented "2, 4, 6, 8, How Do You Differentiate?" at the New York State Council for Exceptional Children Conference in October of 2019.

Kate Melody Burman, Assistant Professor of Criminology, presented her paper "Using Community Engagement in Criminology Courses" at the 75th annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, San Francisco, November, 2019

Yasmine Kalstein, Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Psychology, presented "Salient Memories from Unplanned Cesarean Deliveries" to the New England Psychological Association with senior Nursing student, Fiona Kiernan. Their work involved examining patient-centered care during childbirth by coding responses to women about what they wish their healthcare provider had done differently. 

Spring 2019

Christine Berte, Associate Professor of Nursing and Director of Graduate Nursing Programs, presented "'You Should Publish This!' Guiding Nurse Practitioner students toward publication" at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing National Masters Nursing Education Conference in Tampa, Florida in February 2019.

Kate Melody Burmon, Assistant Professor of Criminology, presented her paper "Reflections on Community Engagement in Criminology Courses" at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences 56th Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD in March.

Michael Fox, Assistant Professor of Business Law, published his book Primer for an Evolving eWorld  with Kendall Hunt Publishing Co. It is listed on the Phi Beta Kappa Goodreads site. He participated in an author signing for the book at the Newburgh Barnes & Noble on April 27.

He was also appointed Assistant Adjunct Professor of Law (Lecturer-in-Law) in Professional Responsibility at Columbia University School of Law in New York City. During the Spring 2019 semester, he is teaching a section of the Professional Responsibility course to students in the Juris Doctor (Doctor of Law) and Masters of Legal Letters (LLM) courses of study.

Additionally, he presented three continuing education programs for the New York State Bar Association: "Ethical Practices for Social Media Evidence," "Timely Professional Concerns: Respect for Diversity," and "Cultural Sensitivity in Working with Immigrant Clients and Employees."

He also co-presented at the" Legal Ethics in the Digital Age" New York State Bar Association Statewide CLE Program in March. He served as moderator for one panel: “An Overview of the Do’s and Don’ts of Attorney Social Media Use and Advice to Clients” and was a member of the panel “Ensuring the Security of Data: Protecting Client and Law Firm Information Whether at the Firm or in the Cloud.”

Fox also presented a lecture on Closing Arguments in Civil Cases, and served as a member of Critique Faculty at the Tenth Annual New York State Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Trial Academy, an annual five-day intensive trial practice conference program, at Cornell University Law School in Ithaca, New York.

Denise A. Garofalo, Associate Librarian for Systems & Catalog Services, presented the webinar, Online Security is More Than Just Passwords, on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 as part of the Georgia Library Association's Carterette Series (recording available at https://vimeo.com/317142861)

Chris Neyen, Assistant Professor of Art and Graphic Design, presented his photo exhibit "Obsolesence" at "Explorations in Photographic Image" at Grit Works in Newburgh. The Artist Reception was April 27. The exhibition was also part of 'Spring into Newburgh' and will be featured during the 'Newburgh Illuminated Festival' in May.

Yasmine Kalkstein, Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Psychology, chaired the session "Social Papers: Gender" at the Eastern Psychological Association, 90th Annual Meeting from February 28 - March 1, 2019. 

Additionally, she presented "Sick Child? Call Mom: A Study of Implicit Gender Bias" at the meeting with Mount Education and Honors program alumna Christina Antico '17. 

She was also the keynote speaker for the Mid-Hudson Lactation Consortium Meeting, presenting her talk "Changing the Hospital Culture of Breastfeeding: A Case Study and Discussion" and leading a discussion with the attendees.

She also presented "Struggling to Think: An Inquiry-Based Approach to Teaching Introductory Psychology"  at the SUNY Faculty Development Conference.

Kalkstein also presented at the national conference for the Association for Psychological Science in Washington D.C. Her talk was entitled "Owning the Birth Experience in the Face of Unforeseen Challenges". At this conference, she also presented "Are Samples of Today's Volunteer Subjects Representative of the Population?" alongside other researchers from the University of Minnesota.

Thuy Linh Nguyen, Associate Professor of History, was awarded the Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship for Recently Tenured Scholars by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The fellowship supports an academic year of residence at a university academic department or university-based humanities center of the applicant’s choice. As such, during the fellowship year (2019-2020), Nguyen will be a visiting scholar at Yale University's Center on Southeast Asian studies.

She also published “Overpopulation, Racial Degeneracy and Birth Control in French Colonial Vietnam" in the Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History.

James Phillips, associate professor of Theatre,  organized and hosted the first Improv Competition at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region 1 conference. He was also the Director for the York College production of Or, by Liz Duffy Adams.The show ran April 4-6.

Priscilla Sagar, Professor Emerita of Nursing, published "Current state of transcultural nursing theories, models, and approaches" in R. M. Zoucha (Ed), Annual review of nursing research. She has also been selected as fellow of the American Academy of Nursing for induction in October 2019. The Academy's fellows are nursing's most accomplished leaders in education, management, practice, and research.

Frances Spielhagen, Professor of Education, presented "Algebra for All? Examining a 'Successful' STEM Detracking School Reform as a Means of Talent Development" at the 23rd Annual National Curriculum Network Conference at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, in March.

Anne-Marie Uebbing, Associate Professor of Nursing, was named a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine. The Academy addresses the health challenges facing the world’s urban populations through interdisciplinary approaches to policy leadership, innovative research, evaluation, education, and community engagement. Uebbing will be inducted at the Academy’s 172nd Annual Discourse and Awards and Annual Meeting of the Fellows in November 2019. Priscilla L. Sagar, Mount professor emerita of Nursing, was Uebbing’s sponsor.

Rob Wakeman, assistant professor of English,  organized and directed a seminar on new scholarship on William Shakespeare's comedy As You Like It at the 47th annual Shakespeare Association Conference, held April 18-20, 2019 in Washington, DC. The SAA is the largest annual Shakespeare conference in the world, attended by 1400 scholars of Shakespeare and early modern literature. The seminar covered topics ranging from the play's religious rhetoric and class politics to its use of animal tropes and construction of character. 

Fall 2018

Victor Azuaje, Associate Professor of Spanish, presented “María Zambrano y la fundamentación sacrificial de la ciudadanía democrática. Danielle Allen, Ralph Ellison y el caso de Elizabeth Eckford” (Maria Zambrano and the sacrificial foundation of democratic citizenship: Danielle Allen, Ralph Ellison, and Elizabeth Eckford’s case) at the 4th International Conference on the Historical Links between Spain and North America: New Cultural Cartographies. Citi College New York, Universidad de Alcalá, Instituto Cervantes. New York. 2018.

James Cotter, Professor of English, published "Gerard Manley Hopkins and the Poetry of Religious Experience (Review)" in The Hopkins Quarterly Winter-Spring 2018; “’Felix Randal the farrier’: Visiting the Sick” in Victorian Poetry Summer 2018; and “Sequences of Phrase and Feeling in ‘The Windhover’” inReligion and the Arts (2018)

Michael Fox, Assistant Professor of Business Law, published his article, "Considering Law School? Undergraduates Should Contemplate This Advice from Pre-law Advisors," in N.Y. ST. BAR J. 16.

He also made a guest appearance on the "Miranda Warnings" podcast, a production of the New York State Bar Association (Season 2, Episode 6) to an audience of approximately 12,000. The episode originally aired on November 12, 2018 and can now be found on iTunes. The episode’s topic concerned discussion of the history, benefits of and problems with, and alternatives to the Electoral College in U.S. Presidential Elections.

Additionally, he co-presented a program as a member of panels on Legal Ethics in the Digital Age for the NYSBA Statewide CLE Program onNovember 1, 2018. He served as a moderator for the panel, "An Overview of the Do’s and Don’ts of Attorney Social Media Use and Advice to Clients" and as a member of the panel "Ensuring the Security of Data: Protecting Client and Law Firm Information Whether at the Firm or in the Cloud." 

Denise Garafalo, Associate Librarian for Systems & Catalog Services,  presented a webinar on "Online Security – It’s About More than Passwords" on November 27, 2018 for the Eastern New York Chapter of the Association for College and Research Libraries.

Yasmine Kalkstein, Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Psychology, along with Talya Miron-Shatz and Leah Jenny Israel, published "How Women Evaluate Birth Challenges: Analysis of Web-Based Birth Stories" in JMIR Pediatr Parent. You can find the article here.

Chris Neyen, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, exhibited ARBOREAL, a solo art exhibit featuring his original artwork, at the Scenic Hudson River Center. The exhibition, which took place in Beacon, NY from October 29-November 14, 2018, featured oil paintings and photographic works from his studio practice and sustained experience speaking to our relationship and connection with trees. An opening reception was held on November 3. 

Nine of Neyen's photographs were also included in the International Group Exhibition at Jadite Gallery in NYC in December.

R. Scott Russell, Assistant Professor of Sports Management,  presented at The College of Mount Saint Vincent's "Sport & Society" conference on Friday, October 26, 2018. He presented on "Career Opportunities for Women in Sports, USA vs. Australia", based on research during a 2018 Study Abroad trip to Australia with the Mount. Approximately 40 Mount students accompanied him to the conference, where they attended the keynote address, a panel discussion, and three individual topic presentations. The abstract for his presentation can be found here.


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