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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 2019-20 academic year, 6 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.

Christopher Higginson, Ph.D.

Promoted

Professor of Psychology

Research Interests

My research interests are the cognitive deficits associated with Parkinson’s disease, the degree to which psychological tests predict functioning in the real world, and the relation between gait, balance, and cognition.

Favorite Courses Taught at Loyola

  • PY814 Biological Bases of Behavior
  • PY925 Clinical Applications Assessment
  • PY332 Introduction to Human Neuropsychology

Recent/Noteworthy Publications or Presentations

  • (*Student) Higginson, C. I., Thompson, T., *Benjamin, A. E., *Rosales, A. C., *Zane, K. L., *Valenti, M.,…*Chaffee, T. A. (2017). Construct validity of the Functional Assessment of Verbal Reasoning and Executive Strategies (FAVRES). Brain Injury, 31, 1807-1812. https://doi.org/10.1080/02699052.2017.1347278

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

  • Director, Master’s Education – Practitioner Track, Department of Psychology

What is Significant or Rewarding about Loyola

What I enjoy about my work is the variety of activities in which I engage. In the classroom, I instruct both undergraduate and graduate students. In the lab, I pursue my research interests with students and colleagues. At the Loyola Clinical Centers, I assist doctoral students in their provision of psychological services to underserved members of the community. What is most significant to me about Loyola is the people. The University is composed of individuals who are not only bright, but also caring and generous, a combination of traits that is exceedingly rare in my opinion.  

Janine Holc, Ph.D.

Promoted

Professor of Political Science

Research Interests

I study how individuals and communities experience political oppression, wartime violence, and democratization, with a focus on the past and present regions of Central Europe. My next project asks how German children and youth experienced the British occupation of Germany right after World War II, and how British goals of denazification came into conflict with the reality of children’s lives.

Favorite Courses Taught at Loyola

  • PS 101, Politics, is my absolute favorite because I get a chance to teach first year students.
  • PS 364, “International Politics Through Non-Western Lenses”
  • PS 307, “Global Politics of Migration.”

Recent/Noteworthy Publications or Presentations

  • My first book, "The Politics of Trauma and Memory Activism: Polish-Jewish Relations Today," was published in 2017.
  • “Anti-Semitism, Against and Beyond.” Slavic Review 78 (2) (2019): 506-513.
  • “Polin, The Museum of the History of Polish Jews.” American Historical Review 123 (4) (2018): 1267-69. 
  • “The Polish-Lithuanian Borderlands, Past and Present: Multicultural versus Decolonial Responses to Local and State Violence.” Nationalities Papers 46 (4) (2018): 654-670.

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

  • Global Studies Director
  • Innovation Task Force
  • Loyola Conference

Grants/Fellowships Awarded

  • Loyola Peace and Justice Studies Grant
  • Visiting Fellowship, The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

What is Most Significant or Rewarding about Loyola

By far the most rewarding part about teaching at Loyola is the enthusiasm and openness of the students. Their receptivity to new ideas, pedagogies and challenges is always an inspiration to me. Their attitude helps me remain open and receptive as well, so that I am learning along with them. They share with me what their other professors and instructors are doing, and I know I am lucky to be part of such a talented and committed fellowship.

Marie Kerins, Ed.D.

Promoted

Professor of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences

Research Interests

My primary area of interest focuses on language and literacy interventions for school-age children and the impact of interprofessional education and collaborative practice on language and learning with diverse populations.

Favorite Courses Taught at Loyola

  • Introduction to Communication Disorders
  • Language and Literacy Disorders in School Age Children
  • Research Design and Methods

Recent/Noteworthy Publications or Presentations

  • Ludwig, D. & Kerins, M.R. (2019). Interprofessional education: Application of interprofessional education collaborative core competencies to school settings, Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups: 2, 4 (2) 269-274. https://doi.org/10.1044/2018_PERS-SIG2-2018-0009
  • Kerins, M.R. (2018). Promoting interprofessional practice in schools. Asha Leader, 23 (12) 32-33. https://doi.org/10.1044/leader.SCM.23122018.32
  • Kerins, M.R. (2015) Communication Disorders Concomitant with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, In Kerins, M.R.(Ed). Child and Adolescent Disorders: Organic and Neurogenic Bases, Plural Publishing, San Diego, CA.

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

My most significant service to Loyola was instituting the Office of Digital Teaching and Learning (ODTL) in conjunction with Academic Affairs. The office of ODTL was a significant step for Loyola supporting the 21st century learner by offering training in technology infused courses with personal attention from instructional designers for the creation of online and hybrid courses. Additionally, I am proud of my work as co-chair of the Vision for Graduate Education which contributed to the last strategic plan. As an Associate VP in Academic Affairs I worked on policy that provided parity across schools and across departments in both academic standards and distribution of scholarship dollars.

Grants/Fellowships Awarded

  • Kerins, M.R. (2018, Summer). Interprofessional Education and Interprofessional Practice: Perceptions and Behaviors among School-Based Professionals. Funded by Loyola University Maryland.
  • Kerins, M.R. (2014, Summer) An Interdisciplinary Literacy Approach for At-Risk Pre-school Children Funded by Loyola University Maryland.
  • Kerins, M.R. (2012). MHEC Health Personnel Shortage Incentive Program grant. Funded by Maryland Higher Education Commission. Award: $21,600.

What is Most Significant or Rewarding about Loyola

My most rewarding work at Loyola has been the direct interaction with the students, both undergraduate and graduate. I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching, mentoring, conducting research, advising and talking to the students. Grounded in the ideals of St. Ignatius Loyola, I have grown in my own formation as a person and Ignatian Citizen. I have been able to use that lens when considering interaction with colleagues and students, when developing learning objectives and activities, and when visualizing the future and mission of the University.

Jane Satterfield, MFA

Promoted

Professor of Writing

Research Interests

Contemporary American and British Poetry, Contemporary Essay, Crisis Memoir, Short form
creative writing, Apocalyptic Literature

Favorite Courses Taught at Loyola

  • Special Topics in Creative Writing: Memoirs of Crisis (WR385)
  • Biography and Autobiography (WR352)
  • Introduction to Creative Nonfiction (WR200)

Recent/Noteworthy Publications or Presentations

  • Apocalypse Mix [poems]. (Autumn House Press, 2017).
  • Borderlands and Crossroads: Writing the Motherland. (Demeter Press, 2016). [a multigenre
    creative writing anthology co-edited with Laurie Kruk].
  • Her Familiars [poems]. (Elixir Press, 2013).

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

  • Director, Humanities Symposium
  • Steering Committee for the Peace and Justice Studies Program
  • Poet-in-residence, Salisbury Poetry Week, 2019

Grants/Fellowships Awarded

  • Ledbury Festival Poetry Prize, 2015.
  • 49th Parallel Poetry Prize, Bellingham Review, 2014.
  • National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature, 2007.

What is Most Significant or Rewarding about Loyola

I’ve always loved the interdisciplinary exchange among faculty at Loyola—from readings and lectures where we gather to celebrate our shared commitment to inquiry, to the quiet conversations shared in hallways on the way to class—all signs of enduring intellectual enthusiasm. I’m deeply grateful for the companionship of colleagues who model impassioned curiosity, generosity of spirit, and a fierce optimism that the liberal arts have the power to transform lives on our campus and beyond.

Yoon Shin, Ph.D.

Promoted

Professor of Finance

Research Interests

My research areas are credit risk of fixed income securities and corporate governance. For example, I examined the role and influence of credit rating agencies such as Moody’s and S&P and the relationship between corporate governance and the cost of debt.

Favorite Courses Taught at Loyola

  • GB/FI822 Fixed Income Securities
  • FI380 Fixed Income Securities: Valuation & Markets
  • GB/FI726 International Finance

Recent/Noteworthy Publications or Presentations

  • “The Evolving Nature of Japanese Corporate Governance: Guaranteed Bonds vs. Rated Bonds,” Co-authored with S. Han and M. Pagano, January 2019, Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money 58, pp. 162-183
  • “Influence of Global vs. Local Rating Agencies to Japanese Financial Firms,”,” Co-authored with S. Han and W. Reinhart, 2018, Journal of Asian Finance, Economics and Business 5 (4), pp. 9-20
  • “Assessment of Credit Risk Models on Rule 144A Corporate Bonds,” Co-authored with M. Johnson and K. Leggio, Fall 2018, The Journal of Fixed Income 28 (2), pp. 65-83

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

  • Founder and Faculty Moderator, Loyola Fixed Income Society (2015-present)
  • Member (SSBM Representative), Board on Rank and Tenure (2016-2019)
  • Founder and Program Committee Chair: 2019 and 2018 Baltimore Area Finance Conference

Grants/Fellowships Awarded

  • “Performance of Credit Ratings vs. Market-Based Merton Credit Risk Models: Two Essays,” 2018-2020, Travelers Professorship Research Grant, The Sellinger School of Business and Management, Loyola University Maryland
  • “The Impact of Split Ratings between Local and Global Credit Rating Agencies in Japan,” 2017 Senior Sabbatical Research Grant, Loyola University Maryland 
  • “Home Bias in Capital Structure Decisions by Credit Rating Changes,” 2017 Summer Research Grant, Loyola University Maryland

What is Most Significant or Rewarding about Loyola

Since joining Loyola, I have done my best to transform students and myself into a whole person with character and competence following Romans 12:2 (“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind”).  I interpret Romans 12:2 as follows: “we are responsible for learning not only everlasting values such as integrity, honesty, righteousness, compassion, fellowship, and commitment, but also about changing times such as new technology, skills, and knowledge.” I not only included it in my undergraduate syllabus but also adopted it as my teaching, research, and service philosophy.  I am grateful to those Jesuits’ values, which have propelled me to upgrade myself constantly.

Qiyu (Jason) Zhang, Ph.D.

Promoted

Professor of Marketing

Research Interests

I am interested in product/service development in both consumer and business markets with an emphasis placed on quantifying various effects of strategic marketing efforts.

Favorite Courses Taught at Loyola

  • GB702 Marketing Strategy (professional MBA core)
  • GB749 Customer Experience Management: Disney Study Tour (PMBA elective)
  • XM746 Marketing Management (executive MBA core)

Recent/Noteworthy Publications or Presentations

  • Dou, Xinhua, Xiajing Zhu, Jason Q. Zhang, and Jie Wang (2019), “Outcomes of Entrepreneurship Education in China: A Customer Experience Management Perspective,” Journal of Business Research, 103(1), 338-347. 
  • Athaide, Gerard A., Jason Q. Zhang, and Richard R. Klink (2019), “Buyer Relationships When Developing New Products: A Contingency Model,” Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing, 34(2), 426-438. 
  • Zhang, Jason Q., Hong Zhu, and Hung-bin Ding (2013) “Board Composition and Corporate Social Responsibility: An Empirical Investigation in the Post Sarbanes-Oxley Era,” Journal of Business Ethics, 114(3), 381-392. 

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

  • Chair, the Research & Sabbatical Committee, Loyola University Maryland 
  • Chair, the Curriculum Committee, the Sellinger School of Business
  • Chair, the Department of Marketing

Grants/Fellowships Awarded

  • Loyola University Summer Research Grant, 2013, 2014
  • Sellinger School Summer Research Grant, 2018

What is Most Significant or Rewarding about Loyola

Loyola’s Jesuit identity provides me with an ideal setting to develop both professionally and personally. The emphasis placed on academic excellence fosters an environment that values both teaching and research. The supporting resources (e.g., regular teaching workshops on campus and research presentations at the Sellinger School) encourage the best teaching and research possible. Collaborative colleagues, dedicated administrators and staff, and appreciative students create a welcoming and caring community within which I find my work rewarding and fulfilling.

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