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Faculty Publications, Conferences and Awards

35 Years at Neumann

As Dr. Janet Massey, (pictured above) tells it, she found her home 35 years ago when she said goodbye to the CPA world and stepped into the world of higher education at Neumann College. Throughout the next three decades, Massey watched a small college evolve into a thriving university, and she couldn’t be prouder of the part she has played in this transformation.

The year was 1988, and Massey was working as a CPA in an accounting firm while raising her four-year-old daughter with her husband, Joe. Each year around tax season, Massey remembers the struggles she would encounter being a mom and a tax accountant.

Massey knew she needed to make a career change, and so did her husband. He was the one who saw an advertisement in the newspaper for an Accounting professor at Neumann and sent in her resume. She continually thanks him for pointing her in the direction of a university that would become her second home.

Etsuko Hoshino-Browne, PhD, professor of psychology, published the review essay, “Nature versus nurture of warmongers and pacifists: How regal or kungic societies are made,” on Warlike and Peaceful Societies: The Interaction of Genes and Culture by Agner Fog in Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology in November 2023.

Janis Chakars, PhD, associate professor of communications and digital media, presented the papers, “Echoes of the Past: Information wars in the Baltic States” at the Joint Journalism Historians Conference in April 2023, and “Information Wars, Nationhood, and Sovereignty in the Baltic States” at Visuality 2023: Media and Communication in the Age of (Dis)information in April 2023.

David DiMarco, PhD, professor of mathematics, along with Ryan Savitz, PhD, professor of mathematics, gave a peerreviewed presentation of a manuscript titled “A Simple Introduction to Partial Differential Equations” at the Mathematical Association of America, EPaDel Section at the Spring 2023 Conference at Penn State, Brandywine. The two also published “A simple introduction to partial differential equations” in the Journal of Multidisciplinary Research, Vol. 14, No. 2 in fall 2022.

Erik Enters, head field hockey coach, is the USA junior men’s field hockey coach. The team won a CanAM series in Toronto in March 2023, two games to one.

Kristin Evans, PhD, assistant professor nursing, gave the presentation “The Essence of Meaningful Recognition and Its Impact on Burnout” at the Sigma Theta Tau International Society of Nursing (SIGMA) Creating Healthy Work Environments (CHWE) conference in February 2023. Her dissertation, The Essence of Meaningful Recognition and Its Relationship to Burnout Among Nurses was published in May 2023.

Sr. Patricia Hutchison, OSF, EdD, director, Neumann Institute for Franciscan Studies, gave an online presentation at the AFCU Franciscan Friday on February 24, 2023.

Julie Lanzillo, EdD, associate professor and program director for sport management and sport business, published the article, “Athletic Conference Consideration for Adding New Sports Post-COVID" in the Journal of Intercollegiate Sport. She gave the following presentations: “How to Create a Successful Internship Program” at the 2023 Pennsylvania State Athletic Directors Association (PSADA) Conference in Hershey, PA in March 2023; “Who Wants to Work in Sports?” and “Leveraging LinkedIn to start your career prep NOW” at the 2023 College and Career Fair, School Lane Charter School in Bensalem, PA, in March 2023. Dr. Lanzillo also gave the presentation “Experiential Learning in Sport Tourism” at the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) Annual Conference in Tampa, FL, in February 2023 and with Caleb Mezzy, EdD, assistant professor sport management and business, “Building a Career Focused Community: Taking our teaching outside of the classroom” at the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) Annual Conference.

Amy Luckowski, RN PhD CCRN CNE, associate professor of nursing, gave a poster presentation titled “Let’s Huddle: An engaging clinical teaching strategy,” at the Fitzpatrick College of Nursing Annual Research Symposium at Villanova University in March 2023; at the Delta Tau at-large chapter of Sigma Theta Tau at the National Honor Society for Nursing Research Day at Neumann University in April 2023; and at the NED Talk at Virtual Spring Conference: Nursing Education: Thriving in Challenging Times for the Institute for Educators at University of Maryland in April 2023. Dr. Luckowski also gave a presentation, “Cultural Immersion Mission Trip,” with students at the Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society of Nursing Induction at Alvernia University in March 2023.

Sr. Suzanne Mayer, ihm, PhD, professor emeritus clinical mental health counseling, has just been invited to serve for an unusual third term on the Editorial Board of two different publications: the Journal of Counseling, Leadership and Advocacy, the quarterly publication of Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society International, and the PA Journal of Counseling.

Laura McLaughlin, EdD, professor of education, published a chapter, titled “Moving beyond the innovation mindset,” in the J. Tang & W. O. Lee (Eds.) book, Making employee driven innovation achievable: Approaches and practices for workplace learning. She was a keynote speaker for the Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf States, presenting “Nurturing Learners as Innovators: Fostering Designthinking, an Entrepreneurial Mindset, and Digital Fluency” in May 2023. She also presented “Facilitating an Engaging Virtual Classroom: Building Teacher Presence from Day One” at the Peirce College Spring 2023 Professional Development Series and for a Stylus Publishing webinar. Dr. McLaughlin also recorded two podcasts, “Lecture Breakers Podcast: Joanne Ricevuto & Laura McLaughlin” and “Think UDL Podcast with host Lillian Nave.”

Mary Ann McLaughlin EdD, MSN, RN, associate dean, undergraduate nursing, gave the podium presentation “Incorporating a Model of Ethics into the Undergraduate Nursing Curriculum” at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Transform 2022 Conference in December 2022. She also published a book revision as a clinical editor for Cardiovascular Care Made Incredibly Easy.

Robert McMonagle, PhD, professor of political science, and Ryan Savitz, PhD, professor of mathematics published the article, “Active Learning: Beyond Structured Debates in Political Science Pedagogy,” in the Journal of Political Science Education in November 2022.

Jason M. Mensinger MEd, LAT, ATC, PES, CES, instructor athletic training, presented “Performance-Based Rehabilitation and Injury Prevention” at the National Strength & Conditioning Association Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference in December 2022.

Andrew Miller, MA, assistant professor of history, organized and led Pre-Law students on a visit to Widener University Delaware Law School, in Wilmington, Delaware in March 2023, and delivered an address at Williamson College of the Trades about his book on the school, which was published in 2017. In April 2023, he organized and hosted a visit to Neumann by Jeffrey Zavrotny, Esq, associate dean for law admissions at Wilmington University School of Law. Also in April 2023, he organized and led a community service trip to the Marine Corps League, Delaware County Detachment #288.

John Mizzoni, PhD, professor of philosophy, published “The Catholic Theistic Evolution in Philotheos” in the International Journal for Philosophy and Theology.

Rebecca Mueller, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, professor of nursing, gave the podium presentation, “Bringing gender-affirming care to primary care: use of a multimodal curriculum to educate nurse practitioners and nurse practitioner students” at the Sigma Theta Tau International, Delta Tau-at large Virtual Research Evening in April 2023 and gave the poster presentation, “Critical Appraisal of Transgender Health in Nursing Education” at the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing Annual Research Symposium, Reimaging Practice, Teaching and Learning: The New Learning Encounter in Villanova, PA in March 2023. Dr. Mueller also published Bring gender-affirming care to primary care: Use of a multimodal curriculum to educate nurse practitioners and nurse practitioner students in Nurse Educator.

Marisa A. Rauscher, PhD, professor of educational psychology, presented “Inclusive learning gatherings: Reflecting on our own journeys” at the workshop Making Connections: Inclusive Excellence in Higher Education in March 2023. She also participated in the roundtable conversation, “Navigating renewal: Sabbatical, sojourn, and service” at the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) 2023 Annual Meeting in March 2023. Dr. Rauscher was also interviewed by Jennifer Lewis-Hall from PHL 17 for a piece titled “PA Teacher Shortage” in March 2023.

Francesca Reed, MA, vice president for enrollment management and marketing, participated in a panel at the Executive Panel Series Hanover Research-Private Colleges and Universities, “Using Lessons Learned from 2022 to Plan and Implement in 2023,” presented in four separate panels at the NAGAP Summit in April 2023, and served on a panel for the webinar, “Leadership Exchange-Death of Recruitment Travel and other Musings.”

Sister Linda Marie Sariego, OSF, PhD, associate professor Spanish, presented “Una meditación sobre el adviento at Retiro de Cursillistas” in Norristown, PA in December 2022.

Father Stephen Thorne, MS, EdD, adjunct faculty education, successfully defended his dissertation at Bowie State University.