Loyola University Maryland

Accomplished Greyhounds

Attainments 2010-11

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Loyola celebrates the attainments of its faculty members who were recently promoted and tenured.

During the 2010-11 academic year, one Loyola faculty member was tenured, one was promoted, and four were tenured and promoted. Their accomplishments will continue to strengthen student learning experiences, and their scholarly contributions will continue to enrich human and universal understanding and experience.

The profiles of these distinguished faculty members, which follow, describe the faculty members' areas of expertise and give insight into their most significant and rewarding career dimensions.

Jeffrey Barnett, Psy.D., ABPPprofessor Barnett

Professor of Psychology

Research Interests
My research interests primarily focus on ethics, legal, and professional practice issues in psychology. Within professional practice issues, I address business aspects of practice, psychological wellness and self-care, complimentary and alternative medicine, and clinical competence issues.

Favorite Courses Taught at Loyola

  • PY621 Principles and Practices of Psychotherapy
  • PY705 Ethics and Legal Issues in Clinical and Counseling Psychology
  • PY800 Ethics, Legal, and Professional Issues in Psychology

Recent/Noteworthy Publications or Presentations

  • Plenary speaker at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association:
    Barnett, J. E. (2010, August). Ru red e 4 ths? The practice of psychology in the digital age. Plenary presentation at the 118th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, San Diego, California.
  • The publication of the book:
    Barnett, J. E., & Johnson, W. B. (2009). Ethics desk reference for counselors. Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.
  • The publication of the article:
    Barnett, J. E. (2009). The complete practitioner: Still a work in progress. American Psychologist, 64(8), 790-801.

Most Significant Service to Loyola, Your Profession, and/or Baltimore Community
Service on the Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists, service as advisor and faculty mentor to the Maryland Psychological Association of Graduate Students, and service on the Doctoral Committee of the Psychology Department at Loyola University Maryland.

What Is Most Significant or Rewarding About Loyola
Becoming a full-time tenure track faculty member has been the best move in my career. I find the opportunity to spend more time working with students outside the classroom, as an advisor and mentor, and as a dissertation and thesis supervisor to be tremendously rewarding and enjoyable. Loyola’s focus on cura personalis fits my focus on mentoring students and helping them to develop the values and professional identity needed to be outstanding psychologists and citizens; encouraging and supporting them toward the important contributions they can make now and throughout their lives, both to our profession and the broader community.

Rebecca Brogan, Ph.D.professor Brogan

Tenured and Promoted
Associate Professor of Biology

Research Interests
My primary research interest includes investigating the intersection of how metabolic status influences reproductive outcomes.

Favorite Courses Taught at Loyola
My favorite courses include Endocrinology, a seminar titled Global Issues in Women's Health and the freshman level biology course titled Organismal Biology.

Recent/Noteworthy Publications or Presentations

  • Brogan, R.S., MacGibeny, M., Mix, S. Thompson, C.T., Puttabyatappa, M., VandeVoort, C.A., and C.L. Chaffin. 2010. Dynamics of intrafollicular glucose, lactate and pyruvate during luteinization of macaque ovarian follicles. Mol.Cell. Endo. October 20, [Epub ahead of print]
  • Kolmakova, A., Wang, J., Brogan, R.S., Chaffin, C.L. and A. Rodriguez. 2010. Deficiency of scavenger receptor class B type I receptor negatively affects progesterone secretion in human granulosa cells. Endocrinology Nov; 151(11): 5519-27. [September Epub ahead of print].
  • Brogan, R.S., Mix, S., Puttabayatappa, M. VandeVorrt, C.A. and C.L. Chaffin.  2009. Expression of the insulin-like growth factor and insulin systems in the luteinizing macaque ovarian follicle. Human Fertility and Sterility. Published online February 24, 2009.

Most Significant Service to Loyola, Your Profession, and/or Baltimore Community
My most significant service includes being the faculty moderator for the Biology National Honor Society, Tri-Beta. Among the many activities that we do, one that stands out is the fundraising that allows research students to present their findings at national and international meetings. I feel that having such an experience transforms the student from one who is anxious and unsure to one confident that their efforts make a difference.

Grants/Fellowships Awarded

  • Lucas Foundation (Co-investigator) Development of a rapid and quantifiable method of detecting fly artifacts (spots) in bloodstain evidence. 2010-2011
  • Middendorf Foundation (Co-collaborator). Providing supplemental monies to enhance the renovation of the Donnelly Sciences building.

What Is Most Significant or Rewarding About Loyola
I value the enthusiasm and real passion that my colleagues bring to their work. Being a member of a community that engages wholeheartedly in the mission of education and intrapersonal growth is truly inspirational. I interact with humorous, amazingly intelligent and caring people who assist me daily on improving my own endeavors. Without these people, this institution would just be another university. The sense of community and my acceptance into it are what genuinely make Loyola University Maryland a special place for me.

Andrea Erdas, Ph.D.professor Erdas

Tenured and Promoted
Associate Professor of Physics

Research Interests
Theoretical Particle Physics: Neutrino Physics and Quantum Field Theory

Favorite Courses Taught at Loyola

  • General Physics
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Advanced Topics in Physics

Recent/Noteworthy Publications or Presentations

  • A. Erdas, "Finite temperature Casimir effect for massless Majorana fermions in a magnetic field", Physical Review D83,025005 (2011).
  • A. Erdas, "Effective electromagnetic Lagrangian at finite temperature and density in the electroweak model", Central European Journal of Physics, DOI:10.2478/sll534-010-0140-7 (in press).
  • A. Erdas, "Neutrino self-energy in an external magnetic field", Physical Review D80,113004 (2009).

Most Significant Service to Loyola, Your Profession, and/or Baltimore Community

  • Goldwater fellowship coordinator
  • Member of the Scientific Council of the Maryland Academy of Sciences
  • Core advisor

Grants/Fellowships Awarded

Junior Faculty Sabbatical, from Loyola University Maryland, for "A study of thermal and density effects on the effective action of the electroweak theory," (Spring 2010)

What Is Most Significant or Rewarding About Loyola
Since the beginning of my academic career in physics, I realized that research in theoretical particle physics was not my only passion, but I equally enjoyed teaching physics at all levels, from the introductory undergraduate courses to the advanced graduate classes. Being a faculty member at an elite liberal arts institution like Loyola University, that values and promotes the right blend of excellent and attentive teaching and productive and engaged scholarship is rewarding and fulfilling for a physicist like me, equally passionate about my research as I am about my role in the classroom.

Rachel Grover, Ph.D.professor Grover

Tenured and Promoted
Associate Professor of Psychology

Research Interests
I am interested in the assessment and development of the social skills that teens require to successfully negotiate situations involving the other sex. In addition, I am interested in how certain social behaviors are related to the onset and maintenance of anxiety and depression.

Favorite Courses Taught at Loyola
Research Methods in Psychology, Child Psychology, Advanced Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy: Child Therapy

Recent/Noteworthy Publications or Presentations

  • Grover, R.L. & Nangle, D.W.  (2010). The Measure of Adolescent Heterosocial Competence. In D.W. Nangle, D.J. Hansen, C.A. Erdley, & P.J. Norton (Eds.), Practitioners guide to empirically based measures of social skills (pp. 453-475). New York: Springer.
  • Grover, R.L. (2008). Riding the second wave of research on dating anxiety. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 15, 239-242.
  • Grover, R.L., Nangle, D.W., Serwick, A. & Zeff, K.R. (2007). Girlfriend, boyfriend, girl friend, boy friend: Broadening the definition of heterosocial competence. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 36, 491-502.

Most Significant Service to Loyola, Your Profession, and/or Baltimore Community

  • Common Text Committee, Member current
  • Student Learning and Assessment Committee, Member current
  • Academic Standards Committee, Member FA 2007 – SP 2010

Grants/Fellowships Awarded

  • Grover, R. L. (Summer 2010). Social processes within friendships as mediators of the link between psychopathology and friendship quality. University Summer Research Grant, $4000.00.
  • Grover, R. L. (Fall 2009). Just between friends: Examining relations among psychopathology, perceived friendship quality and observed friendship behaviors. Junior Faculty Sabbatical.
  • Grover, R. L. (Summer 2008). Development and pilot of a behavioral coding manual to assess social processes in college student friendship pairs. University Summer Research Grant, $4000.00.

What Is Most Significant or Rewarding About Loyola
Interacting with the students is the most rewarding aspect of my job at Loyola. Whether in the classroom or the research lab, watching my students make connections to the material, themselves, and the community is a wonderful and fulfilling experience. My favorite moments in teaching are when the class becomes a collaborative project between the teacher and students. This occurs when the students become so engaged with the material that they begin to help shape the trajectory of the course.

Jesse More, Ph.D.professor More

Tenured and Promoted
Associate Professor of Chemistry

Research Interests

My research involves the development of strategies and tactics for the synthesis of biologically and medicinally important organic molecules.  

Favorite Courses Taught at Loyola

  • CH301 & CH302 Organic Chemistry
  • CH406 Organic Synthesis and Spectroscopy

Recent/Noteworthy Publications or Presentations

  • Total synthesis of (+/-) diospongin A.  A Hetero-Diels-Alder/C-Glycosylation Approach.  Jesse D. More, Synthesis, 2010, 2419-2423.
  • Reaction of Acetylated Carbohydrates with Trimethylaluminum: Concise Synthesis of 1,2-Isopropylidene-D-ribofuranose.  Jesse D. More, Michael G. Campbell, Tetrahedron Letters. 2009, 50, 2617-2619.
  • “Progress Towards the Synthesis of the Ezomycins”, More, J. D.; Campbell, M. G. 238th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Washington, D.C., August 2009. (oral presentation)

Most Significant Service to Loyola, Your Profession, and/or Baltimore Community

  • Academic Senate (4 years)
  • Core Advisor (4 Years)
  • Reviewer for several journals

Grants/Fellowships Awarded

  • Teledyne Isco Synthetic Organic Chemistry Grant, “Chemical Synthesis of Ezoaminuroic Acid, a Component of the Antifungal Natural Product Ezomycin A2.”
  • Loyola College Junior Faculty Sabbatical, “Chemical Synthesis of Ezoaminuroic Acid, a Component of the Antifungal Natural Product Ezomycin A2.” Spring 2009.
  • Loyola University Faculty Summer Research Grant (total of four) most recent: “Studies in Natural Products Chemistry: Synthesis of Diospongin B.” Summer 2010.

What Is Most Significant or Rewarding About Loyola
There is a wonderful balance at Loyola; it feels like a small, tightly-knit community where you can really get to know your students and colleagues, yet it is also a vibrant and diverse community of students, teachers, and scholars. Loyola is a wonderfully supportive environment in which to teach, do research, and serve. I am constantly challenged by my students and fellow faculty to be my best. It has been extremely rewarding to get students started in research and then watch them go on to become independent and successful scientists.

Peggy O’Neill, Ph.D.professor ONeill

Professor of Writing

Research Interests

My research interests include writing pedagogy and assessment and how writing assessment shapes our understanding of writing, writers, and texts.

Favorite Courses Taught at Loyola

  • WR100D Effective Writing
  • WR350 Art of Prose: Rachel Carson
  • WR311 Style

Recent/Noteworthy Publications or Presentations

  • Adler-Kassner, Linda and Peggy O’Neill. Reframing Writing Assessment to Improve Teaching and Learning. Logan: Utah State University Press, 2010.
  • Huot, Brian, Peggy O’Neill, and Cindy Moore. “A Usable Past for Writing Assessment.” College English 72 (2010): 495-517.
  • O’Neill, Peggy, Cindy Moore, and Brian Huot. A Guide to College Writing Assessment. Logan: Utah State University Press, 2009.

Most Significant Service to Loyola, Your Profession, and/or Baltimore Community

  • Serve as the Director of Composition in the department of Writing
  • Chaired a national task force that developed the Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing, a document published by National Council of Teachers of English, the Council of Writing Program Administrators and the National Writing Project

What Is Most Significant or Rewarding About Loyola
I appreciate the opportunity Loyola provides to bring my interest in social justice to my work as a scholar and teacher. At Loyola, I can make this interest explicit, helping students realize that writing can change the world as well as the writer. Students see the power that they can wield as effective writers; they can make the world a better place through their writing. Whether they write a rhetorical analysis, a letter to a government agency, a report on a civic issue, or a proposal for a community improvement project, students experience the power—and responsibility—inherent in writing.