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Promotions

Loyola celebrates the attainments of its faculty members who were recently tenured and/or promoted, one of the most important career milestones in a faculty member's career.

During the 2018-19 academic year, 21 Loyola faculty members were tenured and/or 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.

Robert Bailey, Ph.D.

Promoted

Professor of Engineering

Research Interests

My research interests involve applying state-of-the-art computer models to simulate fluid flow and heat transfer within engineered systems with the goal of enhancing performance and improving safety. Current applications include developing heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems that automatically adjust air supply locations to improve comfort and save energy.

Favorite Courses Taught at Loyola

  • EG380 Thermodynamics
  • EG421 Fluid Mechanics
  • EG426 Computer-Aided Simulation and Design

Recent/Noteworthy Publications or Presentations

  • R. Bailey, M. Kalensky, and C. Wilson, "Improving Thermal Comfort via Spatially Adaptive HVAC," Paper LB-17-C059, in Proceeding of the ASHRAE 2017 Annual Conference, Long Beach, CA, June 24 -28, 2017.
  • R. Bailey, "Managing False Diffusion during Second-Order Upwind Simulations of Liquid Micromixing," International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids, Volume 83, Issue 12, pp. 940-959, 2017.
  • R. Bailey and C. Morrell, "Quantitative Impact of Textbook Companion PowerPoint® Slides and Related Instructional Approach on Student Learning in Statics," in Proceedings of the 2013 ASEE Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, June 23 - 26, 2013.

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

  • Chair, Engineering Department Curriculum, Program Evaluation, and Accreditation Committee. (2006 - present): In 2006, drawing on my experience at my prior institution, I coordinated the development of a new program assessment, evaluation, and continuous improvement process for the department. The successful implementation of this process allowed us to clear (in 2007) prior weaknesses expressed by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) during our fall 2005 review, and our program accreditation was extended to 2012. In the fall of 2011, ABET again evaluated our program for compliance with its criteria. I had primary responsibility for developing the self-study report that formed the core of our documentation. Four weaknesses and one concern were identified, but quick corrective actions resulted in the removal of these findings and an extension of our program accreditation through 2018. In the fall of 2017, ABET representatives once again visited our campus to evaluate our program relative to their accreditation criteria, and I again had primary responsibility for developing our self-study report and assembling our supporting documents. This time, the program was found to be in full compliance, with no deficiencies, weaknesses, or concerns. 
  • Member, New Way of Proceeding Phase II Committee, and Chair, Utility Services Work Group (2013-2014). At the request of Fr. Linnane, I participated in an intensive and focused effort to reduce costs and improve institutional effectiveness in response to increasing financial challenges. Specific areas were identified for examination, and work groups were formed to carry out detailed studies within each area. I led the Utility Services Work Group, comprised of nine (9) other staff and faculty members, which examined ways to reduce overall utility costs and/or improve utility-related expenditures and recommended $562,000 in cost savings over four years. Ultimately, the Phase II Committee evaluated options from multiple work groups and made recommendations to President Linnane to strengthen Loyola's financial position and its focus on key mission areas.
  • Instructor, Roland Park Country School Next STEP Program (2010-2014). Over a five year period, I was an instructor during weeklong summer sessions of the Roland Park Country School Next STEP program for inner-city high school girls with aptitude in mathematics and science. I developed lessons and guided groups of 10 - 15 African-American girls through associated activities on structural engineering, fluid flow, energy production, solar power, and safety in engineering design.

Grants/Fellowships Awarded

  • "Simulation of Airframe Heating due to a Ground-Level Pool Fire," University of Florida subcontract to Loyola College in Maryland, $24, 970, August 2007 - July 2008, Principal Investigator: R. Bailey.
  • "The Effect of Element Type and Grid Resolution on Computer Simulations of Liquid Mixing in Very Small Channels," Loyola College in Maryland Summer research grant, $4,000, June 2008 - August 2008, Principal Investigator: R. Bailey.

What is Significant or Rewarding about Loyola

What is most gratifying to me about Loyola is having the opportunity to help students become excited about the engineering profession and the benefits that engineers can bring to people's lives at a place here undergraduate teaching is truly valued. It's also rewarding to help shape and grow the program, taking advantage of Loyola's strength in the liberal arts as well as the interdisciplinary connections among our four engineering concentrations and with other departments.

Jay Brown, Ph.D.

Tenured and Promoted

Associate Professor of Information Systems and Operations

Research Interests

I am interested in improving the efficiency of supply chains, last mile logistics, and manufacturing systems through the techniques of mathematical modeling, optimization, data analysis, and simulation.

Favorite Courses Taught at Loyola

  • GB701 (Operations Management and Process Strategies)
  • OM330 (Operations Management)
  • EL701 (Operations Management and Process Strategies)

Recent/Noteworthy Publications or Presentations

  • Gopalakrishna-Remani, V., Brown, J. R., Shanker, M., and Hu, M. (2018). An information supply chain system view for managing rare infectious diseases: the need to improve timeliness. Information and Management, 55(2), 215-223.
  • Brown, J. R. (2015). A capacity constrained mathematical programming model for cellular manufacturing with exceptional elements. Journal of Manufacturing Systems, 37(1), 227-232.
  • Brown, J. R. and Guiffrida, A. L. (2014). Carbon emissions comparison of last mile delivery versus customer pick up. International Journal of Logistics Research and Applications, 17(6), 503-521.

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

  • Undergraduate Student Research and Scholarship Committee, 2017-present.
  • Professional MBA Partners Group, 2015-present.
  • Ad hoc paper reviewer for scholarly journals.

What is Most Significant or Rewarding about Loyola

I have thoroughly enjoyed developing meaningful relationships with students and colleagues at Loyola University Maryland. Loyola is more than just brick and mortar. The students, staff, faculty, and administrators make Loyola a community that truly cares about the success and well-being of one another. This environment inspires me, stimulates my curiosity, and motivates me to be a better teacher, researcher, and advocate for Loyola University Maryland.

Prince Chidyagwai, Ph.D.

Tenured and Promoted

Associate Professor of Mathematics and Statistics

Research Interests

I am interested in the analysis and implementation of numerical methods for solving Partial Differential Equations. My work has focused on problems arising from the coupling of surface flow with sub-surface flow, poro-elastic flow and radiative transport.

Favorite Courses Taught at Loyola

  • Computational Mathematics (MA 428)
  • Numerical Analysis (MA 427)
  • Calculus III (MA 351)

Recent/Noteworthy Publications or Presentations

  • P. Chidyagwai, M. Frank, F. Schneider and B. Seibold, a comparative study of limiting strategies in Discontinuous Galerkin schemes for the M1 model, Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics, Volume 342, 2018, Pages 399-418.
  • P. Chidyagwai, A multilevel decoupling method for the coupled Navier-Stokes/Darcy problem, Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics, Volume 325, 2017, pPages 74-96.
  • P. Chidyagwai, S. Ladenheim, and Daniel B. Szyld, Constraint Preconditioning for the Coupled Stokes-Darcy System, SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing, Volume 38, Number 2, 2016, Pages A668-A690.

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

  • Research and Sabbatical Committee
  • Honor Council Faculty Moderator
  • Mathematics Major Advisor

Grants/Fellowships Awarded

  • Loyola Summer Research Grants (2014, 2015)
  • NSF Research Grant, Co-PI, DMS-1115269: Collaborative Research: Numerical approaches for incompressible viscous flow with high order accuracy up to the boundary, September 2011 - August 2014 (with Benjamin Seibold (Temple University) and Rodolfo R. Rosales (MIT)), $299, 992.

What is Most Significant or Rewarding about Loyola

I feel fortunate to be part of a Loyola community that cares deeply about teaching and research. I have enjoyed teaching Mathematics and continuing my scholarly work in a department that offers a supportive environment for both aspects of my academic career.

Timothy Clark, Ph.D.

Tenured and Promoted

Associate Professor of Mathematics and Statistics

Research Interests

I study systems of equations and their solutions from a pictorial perspective. Rather than seeking a single solution, I work to classify all possible solutions to a system using several visual areas of mathematics; combinatorics, geometry, and topology.

Favorite Courses Taught at Loyola

  • MA103 – Mathematics for Elementary Teachers: Algebraic 
  • MA115 – Mathematics and Networks (Introduction to Combinatorics), Messina Seminar
  • MA441 – Ring Theory

Recent/Noteworthy Publications or Presentations

  • T.B.P. Clark and A. del Maestro, Moments of the inverse participation ratio for the Laplacian on finite regular graphs, to appear in Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical, electronic version available at http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1751-8121/aaebb2.
  • T. B. P. Clark and A. Tchernev, Minimal free resolutions of monomial ideals and toric rings are supported on posets, to appear in Transactions of the American Mathematical Society, accepted electronic version available at https://doi.org/10.1090/tran/7614.

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

I am interested in assessment at various levels at the University and currently serve as Department of Mathematics and Statistics assessment committee chair and Natural and Applied Sciences representative to the Committee on Assessment of Student Learning. I am leading departmental efforts to reconfigure and refine the department’s assessment processes and procedures. These changes are producing more descriptive, useful evaluations of learning assessment and have laid the groundwork for further departmental discussions about curricular goals and pedagogical alignment. 

I contribute to Messina as member of its Advisory Board for two terms, core advisor and instructor to three cohorts of first-year students, and as participant in the writing of a Messina lesson plans about social justice in Baltimore. 

I am a founding member of Loyola Votes!, a group of faculty, staff, and students who study civic engagement and voting patterns of Loyola students. We aim to connect this aspect of Ignatian citizenship to student life and improve voting rates of Loyola students.

What is Most Significant or Rewarding about Loyola

I find a tremendous sense of balance, spontaneity, and incubation as a member of the Loyola University Maryland faculty. My conversations with students spur creative insights into my research projects, mathematical discussions with my departmental colleagues lead to ideas for weaving social justice topics into quantitative courses, and collaborations with faculty and staff across campus inform my work using engaged pedagogy and assessment techniques to affect student learning. I truly enjoy the opportunity to work with members of a community who value conscientious academic and social work that helps students discover their purpose.

Frank D'Souza, Ph.D.

Promoted

Professor of Finance

Research Interests

Corporate Governance, Corporate Finance, and Investments.

Favorite Courses Taught at Loyola

  • Sellinger Applied Portfolio Fund
  • Equity Securities: Markets & Valuation
  • Special Topics: Advance Finance

Recent/Noteworthy Publications or Presentations

  • D'Souza, F., Rao, R., (2017) "The Impact of Equity Market Timing on Firm Value: A Behavioral Approach", Journal of Business and Policy Research Vol. 12. No. 1. July 2017. Pp. 34-53
  • Chelikani S., D'Souza, F., (2014) "The Effect of Regulation Fair Disclosure on Market Integration", International Journal of Business and Finance Research, 8(4), 43-62
  • D'Souza, F., & Chelikani S., (2013) "The Impact Insider Ownership Level on Equity Market Timing Decisions", Journal of Global Business Development, 4(1), 36-43

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

  • Member of the University Strategic Planning Steering Committee, and Univ. Sustainable/Financial Business Model group Co-Chair (2015-2016)
  • Department Chair, Finance Department (2015 - present)
  • ALANA MAP program (2010 - present)

What is Most Significant or Rewarding about Loyola

Loyola is a place that feels like home to me. I am the product of a Jesuit education, and I am grateful that I am at an institution that I can give back to the students in the same way. At Loyola I have been able to balance teaching, research, and service. I have also been given the chance to grow as a leader through my work with the Strategic Plan, and my work as department chair - something that I have enjoyed, in no small part due to the guidance and support of my colleagues, and the administration.

Theresa Geiman, Ph.D.

Tenured and Promoted

Associate Professor of Biology

Research Interests

My research focuses on an area of gene control called epigenetics in which the DNA packaging is altered to determine when genes are turned on and off. Epigenetic mechanisms have important implications for human health since they play crucial roles in the transitions from stem cells to specialized cells in embroyos, and in the development of cancer.

Favorite Courses Taught at Loyola

  • Stem Cell Biology (BL 444)
  • Introduction to Biomedical Research (BL 255)

Recent/Noteworthy Publications or Presentations

  • Muegge, K., and Geiman, T.M. HELLS (Helicase Lymphoid specific). Atlas Genetic Cytogenetic Oncol Haematol. 2014. (Corresponding author)
  • Tao, Y., Liu, S., Briones, V., Geiman, T.M., and Muegge, K. Treatment of breast cancer cells with DNA demethylating agents leads to a release of Pol II stalling at genes with DNA-hypermethylated regions upstream of the TSS. Nucleic Acids Res, 39:9508-20, 2011.
  • Altering levels of the histone demethylase gene, Jaric1C, leads to changes in stem cell traits, Theresa Geiman (presenting author), John Tehan*, Patrick Frick*. Society for Developmental Biology Mid-Athlantic Conference, 2018.

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

  • National Fellowships Committee (in particular assisting in Fulbright and DAAD-RISE applications)
  • Faculty moderator for the Beta Beta Beta National Biology Honor Society
  • Serving on the Editorial Board of Scientific Reports journal

Grants/Fellowships Awarded

  • Co-PI on 5-year NIH National Cancer Institute R25 grant to enhance cancer research with the University of Maryland Cancer Center

What is Most Significant or Rewarding about Loyola

The most significant and rewarding aspect of working at Loyola is the sense of community built by everyone on campus, including colleagues in my department, students, and other faculty and staff. I am in awe of how supportive this campus community is, and have been a grateful recipient of this support and kindness many times over since arriving at Loyola. This sense of oneness creates a welcoming environment that makes being a part of Loyola feel more like a family, and it certainly positively impacts the education and growth of all the members of this campus.

Frank Golom, Ph.D.

Tenured and Promoted

Associate Professor of Psychology

Research Interests

I study how organizations think about and manage workplace diversity and change, and how they do (or do not) create more inclusive and effective organizational cultures in the process.

Favorite Courses Taught at Loyola

  • Consultation Theory and Practice (PY840)
  • Psychological Perspectives on Workplace Diversity (PY418/419)
  • Research Methods and Statistics (PY291/292)

Recent/Noteworthy Publications or Presentations

  • Golom, F. D. (2018). Reframing the dominant diversity discourse: Alternate conversations for creating whole system change. Metropolitan Universities, 29(1), 11-17.
  • Perry, E. L., Golom, F. D., Block, C. J., Cruz, M., Noumair, D. A., Ferdman, B. M. (2018). Moving beyond he said/she said: A systemic approach to sexual harassment in organizations. Presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.
  • Liberman, B. E. & Golom, F. D. (2015). Think manager, think male? Heterosexuals’ stereotypes of gay and lesbian managers. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, 34(7), 566-578.

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

  • Associate Department Chair, Department of Psychology
  • Leadership Development Coach, Science Alliance Leadership Training (SALT) Program, New York Academy of Sciences
  • Applicant (as part of an interdisciplinary team of Loyola faculty), Consent Decree Monitor, Baltimore Police Department

What is Most Significant or Rewarding about Loyola

If someone told me, when I graduated from Loyola in 2004, that I would return as a faculty member, I would not have believed them. The education I received, and the last six years on the faculty, have been a highlight of my life. Our students are smart and dedicated. My colleagues are brilliant and driven. And, our future is limitless. I often tell people that Loyola is one of the few institutions where the relationship between student and faculty member still matters. I have seen the power of that relationship from both angles. It’s the honor of my life.

Yolopattli Hernandez-Torres, Ph.D.

Tenured and Promoted

Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures

Research Interests

My research interests focus on the late colonial period in Mexico (1760-1810). Women and Gender Studies, The Enlightenment, Print culture, Race, ethnicity.

Favorite Courses Taught at Loyola

  • SN 369 Novo-Hispanic Perspectives
  • SN 201 Composition and Conversation
  • SN 390 Chronicles of Conquest, Resistance and Transculturation

Recent/Noteworthy Publications or Presentations

  • Hernández-Torres, Yolopattli. 2018. “Violencia contra mujeres embarazadas a finales del virreinato mexicano: los ideales ilustrados del Diario de México se confrontan con el hambre, la enfermedad y la muerte.” Revista GenEros, vol. 24, year 25, September 2018 –January 2019, pp. 9–28. 
  • 2017 “Women and Productivity in Late Colonial Mexico.” ASECS [American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies], Minneapolis, MN. March 30–April 2.
  • Hernández-Torres, Yolopattli. 2015. “Enfermedades políticas de Hipólito Villarroel: migración, higiene y orden social en la Nueva España a finales del siglo XVIII.” Chasqui, vol. 44, no.1, May 2015, pp. 77-90.

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

  • Sigma Delta Pi. Spanish Society  
  • Language, Literature, and Society Colloquium
  • Faculty Evaluation Committee. Chair

Grants/Fellowships Awarded

  • 2018. Dean’s Discretionary Fund 
  • 2015. Summer Research Grant. Awarded by the ORSP, Loyola University Maryland 
  • 2014. Summer Research Grant. Awarded by the ORSP, Loyola University Maryland

What is Most Significant or Rewarding about Loyola

What I value most about Loyola is the opportunity to work closely with our students. I am continually impressed by our students’ hard work, commitment to learning about different parts of the world, and insightful responses during class discussions. Rich classroom discussions often inform my research; these rewarding experiences in the classroom motivate me to continue thinking about and expanding my research agenda. I am also thankful to have found a supportive group of colleagues who model the best of what a teacher-scholar and senior faculty mentor can be.

Theresa Jefferson, D.Sc.

Tenured and Promoted

Associate Professor of Information Systems and Operations

Research Interests

In general, my research is focused on two main research themes: decision support and analytics. Within these themes, I have two main areas of interest: (1) disaster and risk management and (2) healthcare.

Favorite Courses Taught at Loyola

  • IS358: Business Intelligence & Data Mining
  • IS/BH 251: Data Analytics and Information Systems

Recent/Noteworthy Publications or Presentations

  • Jefferson, T., Phillips-Wren, G. and P. Sharkey (2016).  “Assessing Individual Health Insurance Coverage and Utilization Before and After the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” International Journal of Strategic Decision Sciences (IJSDS), vol. 7 (4), pp. 55-70.
  • Jefferson, T., and J. Harrald (2016). “A First Step in Developing a DSS for Responding to the Detonation of an IND.”  Journal of Decision Systems, vol. 25 (4), pp. 273-291.
  • Jefferson, T. and T. Johannes (2016).  “Using Geographic Information Systems to Support Decision Making in Disaster Response.” Intelligent Decision Technologies: An International Journal, vol. 10 (2), pp. 193-207.

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

  • Academic Technology Committee
  • Faculty Moderator for Information Systems Student Organization
  • Faculty Moderator for Alpha Iota Delta

What is Most Significant or Rewarding about Loyola

Working with Loyola students is something I greatly enjoy.  My roles as Faculty Moderator to the Information Systems Student Organization and the Alpha Iota Delta Honor Society, as well as the coordinator for the SAS Business Intelligence Certificate, has allowed me to develop deep and lasting relationships with students within the department. It is extremely satisfying to watch and influence how students grow during their time at Loyola. In addition, I appreciate the encouragement I have received in conducting interdisciplinary research.

Suzanne Keilson, Ph.D.

Promoted

Associate Professor of Engineering

Research Interests

My research interests span my master’s degree work in Materials Science and my doctoral work in Biomedical Engineering and Signal Processing.
At Loyola I have also grown interests in Engineering Education and Assistive Technologies.

Favorite Courses Taught at Loyola

  • EG 103 Messina Introduction to Engineering.  “Design and Creativity in the Built World”
  • EG 381 Probability and Statistics
  • EG 351 Introduction to Materials

Recent/Noteworthy Publications or Presentations

  • Keilson S.E., Elkes, Lynne  “Life Cycle Assessment and Economics in First Year Engineering”, FYEE18, ASEE First Year Engineering Experience, Rowan University, 2018.
  • Keilson, S.E., “E-waste Global Engineering Challenge”, ASEE Mid-Atlantic meeting.  Morgan State University, 2017.
  • Keilson S.E., “Design of Voice Control Interface for a Microwave Oven”, Proceedings of the 2016 IAJC-IJME International Conference, 2016.
  • Keilson, S.E.,   Webinar:  Teaching Innovation and Creativity.  “Engineering Design and Creativity”  IUCEE (Indo Universal Collaboration for Engineering Education), 2016.

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

  • Loyola: Served as Associate Dean for Loyola
  • Professional:  Zone I Chair American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) and Meetings Chair of Mid-Atlantic Section of ASEE
  • Community:  Chair of Board, Ner Tamid Greenspring Valley Synagogue

Grants/Fellowships Awarded

  • A principal faculty member on Pathways to Innovation and University Innovation Fellows Faculty Mentor.

What is Most Significant or Rewarding about Loyola

What is most rewarding for me about working at Loyola is the opportunity to meet and work with colleagues, faculty, staff, and administrators from across many disciplines and offices. Loyola provides opportunities for professional development, growth, and engagement for faculty, just as there are so many opportunities for students here both in and outside the classroom. Teaching engineering and science in the context of the liberal arts, such as in Messina, has a very integrated and holistic feel that I love. It is an exciting time at Loyola as we aim for the Magis.

Moira Lynch, Ph.D.

Tenured and Promoted

Associate Professor of Political Science

Research Interests

Human rights, justice, gender politics, international law, civil war.

Favorite Courses Taught at Loyola

  • Transitional Justice (PS 360)
  • Gender, Human Rights and Conflict (PS 352)
  • International Politics (PS 365)

Recent/Noteworthy Publications or Presentations

  • Human Rights Prosecutions in Democracies at War (Palgrave Macmillan 2018).

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

  • Steering Committee for the Peace and Justice Studies Program
  • Mentoring students academically and professionally

Grants/Fellowships Awarded

  • Peace and Justice Studies Course Development Grant (2016)
  • Summer Research Grant - field work in Colombia (2015)
  • Summer research Grant - data collection (2013)

What is Most Significant or Rewarding about Loyola

I really enjoy teaching political science and global studies majors. They ask excellent questions, they seek out academic challenge and they continuously inspire me in class discussions. I truly look forward to being in the classroom every day with our students and talking with them outside of class about their research and their professional goals. I also feel very lucky to be part of such a fantastic and talented team of faculty in political science and global studies who care deeply about their research and the students they teach and mentor. I am very proud of these two communities and what we have to offer students.

Janet Maher, MFA

Promoted

Professor of Fine Arts

Research Interests

All kinds of mixed media processes, and a growing interest in world history.

Favorite Courses Taught at Loyola

  • Book Arts & Artists’ Books
  • Collage, Assemblage & the Found Object
  • Printmaking

Recent/Noteworthy Publications or Presentations

  • Waterbury Irish: From the Emerald Isle to the Brass City, The History Press, 2015
  • Continual making and exhibiting my artwork and allowing it to evolve and expand as I do.

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

  • Helping students move forward into their careers through laying a foundation of skills and writing letters of support that have led them to important opportunities.
  • Interweaving my own expertise, my teaching and my service.

Grants/Fellowships Awarded

  • Opportunities to work abroad in Ireland (2016) and in France (1998).

What is Most Significant or Rewarding about Loyola

It has been wonderful to work with majors and special students individually and to do interesting extra-curricular student-focused endeavors. It has been a particular joy to work with minors and other students who come into my upper level courses after their major requirements have finally opened up space in their schedules. Still, some of my most satisfying memories involve students with whom I have worked only once, yet the experience was significant in relation to their future endeavors.

Jonathan Malis, MFA

Tenured and Promoted

Associate Professor of Fine Arts

Research Interests

As an artist and photographer, I’m not just interested in what we see, but how we see it. How do the technologies, materials and intrinsic qualities of presentation methods (prints, computer monitors, smartphones, posters, books, newspapers, etc) alter the content of what we’re experiencing as a photograph?

Favorite Courses Taught at Loyola

  • PT270: Introduction to Digital Photography
  • PT300: Photocraft
  • PT386: Video Art

Recent/Noteworthy Publications or Presentations

In the past year, I’ve had multiple major exhibitions of new work, including:

  • Transcolorations at BlackRock Center For The Arts, Germantown, MD 
  • Metaphrase at the Cody Gallery, Marymount University, Ballston, VA
  • Additionally, I presented at Digital Futures, a part of the Electronic Visualization and the Arts conference, organized and sponsored by the British Computer Society and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK.

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

Within Loyola, I’ve been afforded many opportunities to better serve, understand, and communicate about our University community, most recently joining our re-accreditation efforts working with both the Committee on Institutional Excellence and our Mission Priority Examen. 
External to Loyola, I serve on the Board of Directors for the International Digital Media and Arts Association.

Grants/Fellowships Awarded

  • Arts & Humanities Fellowship, Washington DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities
  • Peace & Justice Studies Faculty Fellowship, Loyola University MD
  • Multiple Summer Research Grants & Dean’s Faculty Development Fund awards to support the development and presentation of my research.

What is Most Significant or Rewarding about Loyola

When I first came to Loyola, I had no idea what to expect. Over the past six years, I’ve had successes in my research, seen the results of engaged scholarship in the classroom, and have begun the process of building a personal understanding of the University through my commitments to service.
Above all, however, I’ve found a family here at Loyola – one that makes me proud to be part of it. As I continue through my personal journey as a member of the community, it’s this overarching experience that I’m most proud to be a part of.

Paola Pascual-Ferrá, Ph.D.

Tenured and Promoted

Associate Professor of Communication

Research Interests

  • Interpersonal communication and measurement of communication constructs
  • Activism and social justice communication
  • Social media and religion

Favorite Courses Taught at Loyola

  • Fundamentals of Advertising and Public Relations
  • Writing for Public Relations
  • Communication Research

Recent/Noteworthy Publications or Presentations

  • Pascual-Ferrá, P. (2017). Thinking critically about fundraising: Using communication activism scholarship to facilitate brainstorming and reflection in a public relations course. Paper presented at the annual conference of the National Communication Association in Dallas, TX, November 2017. This paper received a Top Paper Award from the Activism and Social Justice Division at NCA.
  • Pascual-Ferrá, P., & Beatty, M. J. (2015). Correcting internal consistency estimates inflated by correlated item errors. Communication Research Reports, 32(4), 347-352. 
  • Clementson, D., Pascual-Ferrá, P. & Beatty, M. J. (2016). When does a presidential candidate seem presidential and trustworthy? Campaign messages through the lens of Language Expectancy Theory. Presidential Studies Quarterly, 46(3): 592–617. doi: 10.1111/psq.12299

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

  • Ongoing member of Loyola’s Commitment to Justice Committee and serving as co-editor of the 3rd edition of Commitment to Justice in Jesuit Higher Education along with Dr. Allen Brizee, Associate Professor of Writing.
  • As member of the President’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Task Force, I helped lead initiatives held at the IDEA Space AY 2017-2018
  • As the faculty participant in CCSJ’s inaugural Project US Immersion Program during Fall 2014-Spring 2015, I traveled with students to Apopka, FL where we lived and worked with undocumented immigrants and learned their stories.

Grants/Fellowships Awarded

  • All my grants have been internal, mostly coming from the Dean's Fund.

What is Most Significant or Rewarding about Loyola

I chose to teach at Loyola because I believe in the transformative power of a Jesuit education. The most rewarding aspect for me is engaging with the mission, whether that is through my work with students, through my research and collaboration with colleagues, or through service. During my time at Loyola I have grown both personally and professionally in ways that I don’t think would have been possible outside of a Jesuit, Ignatian context. I see my place in the world in a very different way now, and I believe my teaching and research have become richer because of this.

Daniel Pinha, MFA

Tenured and Promoted

Associate Professor of Fine Arts

Research Interests

Scenic design and how spaces, environments and objects are integrated into the dramaturgical process.

Favorite Courses Taught at Loyola

  • DR-251 Experience of Theatre
  • DR-254 Introduction to Theatre Design

Recent/Noteworthy Publications or Presentations

  • Graphic Designer of the book “Fernanda Montenegro, Itinerário Fotobiográfico,” Fernanda Montenegro, Edições Sesc São Paulo.
  •  Residency at Centro Cultural dos Correios (Post Office Cultural Center), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Residency at Espaço Cultural dos Correios (Post Office Space Center), Niterói, Brazil.
  • Residency at SP Escola de Teatro (SP School of Theatre), São Paulo, Brazil.

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

  • Member of Education for Life Committee (Loyola)

Grants/Fellowships Awarded

  • Summer Research Grant 2017
  • Summer Research Grant 2018

What is Most Significant or Rewarding about Loyola

The most rewarding part of working at Loyola is teaching and having the chance to observe the intellectual and professional growth of our students throughout the years. I am motivated by the excellence of the faculty body at Loyola, and the school’s mission and values, which affect positively the students’ careers and personal lives. I am inspired by our students and professors and the innovation and excitement that come from interactions in the classroom. I am proud to be a part of the Loyola community.

Qi Shi, Ph.D.

Tenured and Promoted

Associate Professor of Education Specialties

Research Interests

My research interests include school counselors' role in personal, social, and academic development of underrepresented student populations, using secondary large datasets to answer research questions in school counseling and education field, hybrid and online counseling course development and the school counseling profession's development in developing countries.

Favorite Courses Taught at Loyola

  • Research and Evaluation in Counseling
  • Tests and Measurements
  • Theories of Counseling

Recent/Noteworthy Publications or Presentations

  • Shi, Q. (2018). Immigrant versus nonimmigrant 9th graders' use of school counseling services. Journal of School Counseling, 16(20).
  • Shi, Q. (2018). School-based counseling in mainland China: Past, present and future. Journal of School-Based Counseling Policy and Evaluation (JSCPE), 1(1).
  • Shi, Q., & Going, R. (2018). What do African American 9th graders discuss during individual school counseling sessions? A national study. Professional School Counseling, 21(1), 1-9.

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

  • Assessment Committee Co-Chair, School of Education, Loyola University Maryland, Fall 2017-present
  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Program (CACREP) Liaison, School Counseling Program, Fall 2014-present
  • Communication Officer, Executive Board Member, International Society for Policy Research and Evaluation in School-Based Counseling (ISPRESC), May 2017-present

Grants/Fellowships Awarded

  • Principal Investigator, Sense of Community (SOC) and Professional Identity and Engagement (PIE) of Graduate Students in Hybrid and Online Courses in Counselor Education Programs, Summer Research Grant at Loyola, $4,000 (Granted), Summer 2018
  • Principal Investigator, Sense of Community (SOC) in hybrid and online graduate-level courses in Counselor Education Programs, Hoen Award at the School of Education at Loyola University Maryland, $5,000 (Granted), 2017
  • Principal Investigator, Immigrant Students' Use of School Counseling Services and Their Perceptions of School Counselors: An Exploratory Investigation Using High School Longitudinal Study: 09, Summer Research Grant at Loyola, $4,000 (Granted), Summer 2016

What is Most Significant or Rewarding about Loyola

The most rewarding experience for me is the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues and students who inspire me and fuel my curiosity every day. I truly enjoyed my time in a community that is committed to pursuing social justice, excellence in scholarship and teaching, and sustained commitment through meaningful service.

Lucas Southworth, MFA

Tenured and Promoted

Associate Professor of Writing

Research Interests

Literary Fiction, Speculative Fiction, Magical Realism, Fairy Tales, Hybrid Forms, Writing for the screen.

Favorite Courses Taught at Loyola

  • Screenwriting for Film and Television (WR345)
  • Advanced Fiction (WR335)
  • Introduction to Poetry and Fiction (WR230)

Recent/Noteworthy Publications or Presentations

  • Everyone Here Has a Gun: Stories, University of Massachuesetts Press, 2013. 166 pages.
  • "In Ignorance, In Peace," Alaska Quarterly Review, 35.1 & 35.2 (Summer & Fall 2018): pp. 197-210
  • "This Neighborhood," Moon City Review (2018): pp. 16-19.

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

  • Advisor for Corridors (the student literary magazine)
  • Co-Founder of the Writers at Work reading series
  • Chair of Faculty Friday

Grants/Fellowships Awarded

  • Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Residence, 2017
  • Grace Paley Prize, the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, 2013

What is Most Significant or Rewarding about Loyola

Working with Loyola writing students has been infinitely rewarding. I love teaching the screenwriting class, especially, were student writers rise to the occasion over and over to produce work that is often on par with professional screenwriters. It has also been fantastic to be a part of the Loyola faculty. It is a group of great teachers and researchers, and being in their presence has made me a much better at both. They continually push me to improve and have given me their undying friendship and support.

Joseph Stewart-Sicking, Ed.D.

Promoted

Professor of Education Specialties

Research Interests

I study how psychotherapists can address religious and spiritual issues working with clients in pluralistic settings. I also am interested in the efficacy of school counselors in supporting students with autism spectrum disorder.

Favorite Courses Taught at Loyola

  • PC 700 Pastoral Integration Seminar
  • PC 950 Psychospiritual Issues in Clinical Practice
  • GC 784 Drug and Alcohol Counseling

Recent/Noteworthy Publications or Presentations

  • Stewart-Sicking, J. A. (2016). Spiritual friendship after religion. New York: Morehouse.
  • Stewart-Sicking, J. A., Deal, P. J. & Fox, J. (2017) The ways paradigm: A transtheoretical model for integrating spirituality into counseling. Journal of Counseling and Development, 95, 234–241. doi:10.1002/jcad.12135
  • Stewart-Sicking, J. A. (2015). Cognitive therapy and the punctual self: Using an ascetical framework to critique approaches to psychotherapy. Pastoral Psychology, 64(1), 111–122.

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

  • Priest, Episcopal Diocese of Maryland

What is Most Significant or Rewarding about Loyola

I love Loyola’s Jesuit approach to education. I attended Jesuit universities for my undergraduate and first graduate degrees, and my career path was forever changed through encountering the core curriculum and the commitment to becoming people for and with others. I teach students in a professional graduate program, and one of the most important things I hope to cultivate in them is core Jesuit values such as cura personalis and social justice. These require reflection on basic themes of what it means to be human and what society is for, which means that even as we build professional knowledge and competence, we still need to be rooted in the liberal arts. I think wholistic approach sets us apart.

Marie Yeh, Ph.D.

Tenured and Promoted

Associate Professor of Marketing

Research Interests

I conduct interdisciplinary, translational research that spans the disciplines of marketing, psychology and health with the overarching goal of understanding how marketing can be used to enhance health and well-being. Specifically, I have focused my work on understanding the social psychology of stigma as well as the consumer process of valuation.

Favorite Courses Taught at Loyola

  • MK 440 Selling Concepts and Strategies is my number one favorite course to teach because I am able to facilitate what I believe to be a truly transformational educational experience for my students. 
  • MK 240 Marketing has become my second favorite course to teach (particularly significant since I used to greatly dislike teaching this class) as I seek to help business majors and minors truly understand the marketing function and its importance to business.  
  • XM 764 Marketing Management in the Executive MBA course was my third favorite simply because the students in the class were the most engaging, invested and truly intelligent students I have ever taught.

Recent/Noteworthy Publications or Presentations

  • My manuscript, “The Stigma of Mental Illness” published in the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing published in 2017 is my most noteworthy publication as it launches a conversation about mental illness in the field of marketing, applies marketing concepts to a societal issue of great importance and impact and adds to the stigma literature in a unique and interesting way.
  • My manuscript, “The Myth/Fact Message Frame and Persuasion in Advertising: Enhancing Attitudes toward the Mentally Ill” published in the Journal of Advertising is also of importance as it examines the information processing of the myth/fact message frame which as a commonly used message frame to correct misconceptions across a number of critical health and social topics is not as effective as one would think. 
  • I have multiple special sessions with accompanying paper presentations on the topic of stigma at the American Marketing Association Marketing and Public Policy Conferences as well as participated in a stigma session at the Transformative Consumer Research Conference which provide evidence of my playing a leadership role in bringing the topic to the attention of marketing professionals nationally.

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

  • My creation and service as moderator for the Sigma Society, a student organization dedicated to enhancing students professional development in sales, marketing and management is my most significant contribute to Loyola and the Baltimore community.  
  • My service as the Communications Director for the AMA Marketing and Society Special Interest Group is also significant as it highlight and focuses marketing academics interest in furthering research that helps society.  
  • My service as Chair of the Communications Committee at Grace United Methodist Church is also very meaningful to me as I have significantly enhanced the quality and quantity of the internal and external communciation efforts of the church. As Grace facilitates my deep connection to God, helping the church facilitate this connection for others is very rewarding.

What is Most Significant or Rewarding about Loyola

The most significantly rewarding aspect of working at Loyola is without question being able to teach and mentor students. Through my teaching and service, I am able to help students learn and grow as professionals and as people. MK 440 students improve their communication and perspective taking skills in a way that increases their confidence in themselves making them more effective professionally and personally. They learn to be more adaptive, persuasive and flexible while conducting themselves ethically and with integrity. I further enhance their development as people through the creation and moderation of the Sigma Society where officers manage the work of others, develop and market events, and learn from speakers in the sales and marketing profession. 

Yu Zhang, Ph.D.

Tenured and Promoted

Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures

Research Interests

  • Literature in 19th- and 20th-century China
  • Chinese Women and Christianity

Favorite Courses Taught at Loyola

  • CI104 Chinese IV
  • ML309D Gender, Peace and Justice in East Asia

Recent/Noteworthy Publications or Presentations

  • Zhang, Yu. Interfamily Tanci Writing in Nineteenth-Century China: Bonds and Boundaries. Lanham MD: Lexington Books, 2018.

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

  • Moderator of Loyola Chinese Club
  • Core Advisor
  • Academic Senate

Grants/Fellowships Awarded

  • Loyola Summer Research grant, 2018, 2017, 2015, 2014.
  • Stanford East Asia Library Travel Grant, 2017-18.
  • Harvard-Yenching Library Travel Grant, 2014-15.

What is Most Significant or Rewarding about Loyola

At Loyola, I am blessed to work with motivated students and supportive colleagues. I look forward to serving the Loyola community further.

Margarita Gómez Zisselsberger, Ph.D.

Tenured and Promoted

Associate Professor of Education

Research Interests

Margarita Gómez Zisselsberger's research interests aim to better understand how classroom contexts play a critical role for culturally and linguistically diverse learners' writing development.

Favorite Courses Taught at Loyola

  • RE344 Assessment and Instrution of Literacy I
  • RE606 Assessment of Bilingual and Second Language Learners
  • RE219 Processes and Acquisition of Literacy

Recent/Noteworthy Publications or Presentations

  • Gómez Zisselsberger, M. & Ramos Gonzalez, G. (forthcoming). Building teacher capacity using critical reflection to promote teachers’ learning around emerging bilinguals’ writing. In M. Scanlan, C. Hunter & E. Howard (Eds.). Transformación: The power of a network to foster culturally and linguistically responsive schools (Chapter 4). Harvard Educational Press. (Contribution 50%)
  • Lewis, M. & Gómez Zisselsberger, M. (2018). The positioning of emerging bilinguals in a middle school book club: A cautionary tale. Reading Research Quarterly. DOI: 10.1002/rrq.234. (Contribution 50%)
  • Gómez Zisselsberger, M. (2019). Writing Assessment. Invited Research Keynote Presentation on Do’s and Do Not’s of Writing Instruction. International Literacy Association, New Orleans, LA.

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

  • Borders Dual Language K-8 Community School. 
  • Chair (and member) of Undergraduate Student Research and Scholarship Colloquium Committee
  • Honor Council

Grants/Fellowships Awarded

  • Gómez Zisselsberger, M. Translanguaging Writing Club Grant, supporting the implementation of an after-school translanguaging writing club and the research around efficacy of bilingual writing. Knott Foundation Grant, September 2018, received $2,500.
  • Gómez Zisselsberger, M. Understanding multilingual writing: Toward a Translanguaging Pedagogy for Teaching Writing. Dottie and Lou Hoen Endowment for Education Faculty Development Grant, December 2017, received $4,500.

What is Most Significant or Rewarding about Loyola

Loyola University Maryland has been a place of immense growth for me as a scholar and teacher. For me, it is inherently vital to connect community service with both scholarship and teaching (Boyer, 1996), therefore as an engaged scholar/teacher my goal has always been to help schools build capacity for working with multilingual and multicultural students. In this role, facilitating the collaboration among community partnerships to coordinate the sharing of knowledge between all stakeholders. is both personally and professionally rewarding. I am grateful to Loyola University Maryland for providing me the resources and tools to make my engaged scholarship impactful.

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