University of Scranton Faculty Receive Summer Grants

07/23/2014

         The University of Scranton awarded 2014 Faculty Development Summer Grants to eight professors. Special session faculty development grants are intended to promote scholarship and curriculum development efforts by faculty members.

         Michael Azar, Ph.D., assistant professor of theology/religious studies, received a grant to research “Stereotyping Exegesis: The Johannine Jews in Ancient and Modern Commentary.” Dr. Azar joined the faculty at the University in 2013. He received a bachelor’s degree from Colorado Christian University, a master’s degree from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary and a master’s degree and doctorate from Fordham University.

         Robert Giambatista, Ph.D., associate professor of management and marketing, received a grant to study “Advancing Research in Whole Person Learning as a Tool for Behavioral Skill Acquisition.” Dr. Giambatista joined the faculty at the University in 2013. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Pennsylvania State University, and his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

         Irene Goll, Ph.D., associate professor of management and marketing, received a grant to research “Foreign Direct Investment, Human Rights and Welfare.” Dr. Goll joined the faculty of the University in 1994. She received a bachelor’s degree from The Pennsylvania State University, a master’s degree from The University of Illinois, and a doctorate from Temple University.

         Barry Kuhle, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology, received a grant to research “On the Origin of an Evolution Revolution: The Birth and Rise of an Evolutionary Approach to Human Behavior and Cognition.” Dr. Kuhle joined the faculty at the University in 2009. He received a bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University and a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin.

         Matthew Meyer, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy, received a grant to research “Nietzsche’s Revaluation of Vales: A Love Story.” Dr. Meyer joined the faculty at the University in 2010. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota and his master’s and doctorate degrees from Boston University. He also holds advanced degrees from Harvard University and the University of Vienna. 

         Eric Plumer, Ph.D., associate professor of theology/religious studies, received a grant to study “To Support the Research and Writing of Two Articles on John Ruskin’s Fors Clavigera.” Dr. Plumer joined the faculty at the University in 2001. He received a bachelor’s degree from Fairfield University, a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of Oxford, and a doctorate from the University of Notre Dame.

         Stephen Whittaker, Ph.D., professor of English and theatre, received a grant to research “Under Waterhouse’s Clock: The Engendering Geometry of Gnomon and Armillary in Joyce’s Forge.” Dr. Whittaker joined the faculty at the University in 1983. He received a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Texas.

         Patricia Moyle Wright, Ph.D., associate professor of nursing, received a grant to research “Perinatal and Pediatric Loss.” Dr. Wright joined the faculty at the University in 2007. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Misericordia University, and a doctorate from Loyola University in Chicago.

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