Faculty and Staff
Dr. Gary Woodward,
professor of communication studies, has co-authored a book titled
Persuasion and Influence in American Life, Fourth Edition with
Robert E. Denton Jr. The book offers a comprehensive summary of
persuasion theory and practice in a wide range of contexts, including
political campaigns, social movements, and advertising. Woodward
and Denton have also collaborated on two other recent projects.
Their book, Political Communication in America, Third Edition,
was published by Praeger/Greenwood in late 1998, and a collection
of essays titled Political Communication Ethics: An Oxymoron was
published by Praeger/Greenwood in April 2000. Dr. Woodward's chapter
in the collection is called "Narrative Form and the Deceptions
of Modern Journalism.
Dr. Edward Rockel, associate professor
of biology, and Mr. David Rose, assistant professor of
biology, conducted an extended study of the Assunpink Creek. Their
findings were published under the title "Analyses of the
Ewing-Lawrence Sewerage Authority Environs: A 20 Year Summary
1977-1996. In addition, the study was also cited in a July
1999 report prepared by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning
Dr. Beth Paul, associate professor of
psychology, and Dr. Juda Bennett, assistant professor of
English, were appointed editors of the journal Transitions beginning
with the fall 2000 issue. The journal, funded by the New Jersey
explores and promotes inclusive pedagogy and curriculum transformation.
Representing a variety of cross-disciplinary interests, both theoretical
and practical, the journal is designed to create a dynamic exchange
among diverse scholars. A variety of approaches, everything from
theoretical essays to short descriptions of pedagogical innovations,
will assist teachers and scholars at all levels who are committed
to integrating recent scholarship on gender, race, ethnicity,
class, sexuality, and other identity positions.
Dr. David Venturo, assistant professor
of English, is the author of a new book titled Johnson the Poet.
A critical study of the poetic career of Samuel Johnson, eighteenth-century
man of letters, the book is the first ever to focus exclusively
on Johnson's achievement as a poet and to study his development
as a writer of verse over a period of sixty years.
Dr. Charles Fenwick,
associate professor of law and justice, has been invited by St.
Antony's College of Oxford University to present a lecture at
the Antonians 2000 Golden Conference, celebrating the college's
fiftieth anniversary. Dr. Fenwick was invited by the Nissan Institute
of Japanese Studies, one of five centers at St. Antony's. The
focus of the conference will be interpreting the political and
economic change of the last fifty years and looking ahead to the
next half century. His paper is entitled "Economic Change,
Education, and the Police: Interpreting the Social Management
of Serious Street Crime in Postwar Japan and Beyond." Prior
to attending the conference at Oxford in July, Dr. Fenwick will
speak at a conference at the University of Western Australia in
Dr. Jean Kirnan, associate
professor of psychology, had her article "Effectiveness of
an Undergraduate Program in Industrial/Organizational Psychology,
authored with two students, published in the journal Teaching of
Dr. Cynthia Paces, assistant professor
of history, received a grant from International Research Exchanges
Board to travel to Minsk Belarus in September for the first-of-its-kind
conference on Women's Studies in Eastern Europe. Dr. Paces presented
a paper titled "Writing Women's History and History of Gender
in Countries in Transition. Her contributions to the conference
were on gender, nationalism, and religion in Czechoslovakia.
Dr. Steve Klug, professor of biology, has
completed the third edition of his textbook Essentials of Genetics,
and the sixth edition of his textbook Concepts of Genetics. These
books, published by Prentice-Hall, Inc. in 1999 and 2000, respectively,
and co-authored with Michael Cummings, have been widely adopted
throughout the United States as well as in Canada, Australia,
and Europe. The recent edition of the Essentials of Genetics text
is dedicated to Dr. Klug's close friend and former colleague,
Dr. Joseph Vena, professor emeritus of biology at TCNJ, who passed
away in 1998.
Dr. Gloria Dickinson, associate professor
of African-American studies, was elected to a three-year term
on the board of directors of the Association for the Study of
Afro-American Life and History. She was also elected international
recording secretary of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Dr. Regina Kenen, professor of sociology
and anthropology, received visiting scholar appointments at the
Family Research Centre, University of Cambridge, U.K., and The
Institute of Cancer Research, Royal Cancer Hospital, U.K. for
the spring 2000 semester. She was awarded a Haddow Fund support
grant for visiting research scholars at the latter institution.
In addition, Dr. Kenen has written two entries in The Encyclopedia
of Reproductive Technologies published in 1999.
Dr. William DeMeritt, professor of
English, was awarded The College's Student Life Faculty Award
on December 7, 1999. The award is presented annually to a faculty
member who by his or her continual involvement in student life
programs has contributed to the quality of life on campus and
to the community of learners at The College.
Mr. Nino Scarpati, director of service
learning, and Mr. Robert Anderson, director of general education,
were invited to be presenters at a conference sponsored by the Association
of American Colleges and Universities. The conference, titled General
Education in the New Millennium: Opportunities, Principles, and
Politics, was held in San Antonio in February. Their session was
titled "Campus and Community Collaboration in the Core Curriculum.
Dr. Allan Gotthelf, professor of philosophy
and religion, has published a book titled On Ayn Rand. Part of the
Wadsworth Philosophers Series, the book draws on Dr. Gotthelf's
personal knowledge of Rand during the last twenty years of her life,
his study with her, and his life-long study, teaching, and public
lecturing on her work. One of the founders of the Ayn Rand Society,
Dr. Gotthelf has served as chairman of the organization since 1990.
Dr. Gotthelf is a recognized authority on Rand and has lectured
on her life and thought throughout the world.
Dr. Martin Becker, assistant professor
of physics, had several works published during 1999, including:
Spiral Coprolites from the Upper Cretaceous Wenonah-Mt. Laurel
and Navesink Formations in the Northern Coastal Plain of New Jersey
in Northeastern Geology and Environmental Science;Traprock
Treasures: Zeolite Finds in New Jersey's Quarries in Rock and Gem;
and A Gateway Website that Provides Earth System Science Internet
Activities to K-12 Teachers in the Journal of Geoscience Education.
Dr. Thulsi Wickramasinghe, assistant
professor of physics, conducted observational research of the halo
of a remote galaxy (NGC 253) for young stars at the European Southern
Observatory in La Silla, Chile, in August. In addition, his recent
presentations include: "Study of Halo Stars at the 35th
Liege Astrophysical Colloquium in Belgium in July; On the
Gravitational Lending Due to Relativistically Moving Lens
at Boston University in July; and How GRBs Could Determine
Cosmology at the 5th Huntsville Gamma Ray Bursts Symposium
Dr. John Pollock, associate professor
of communication studies, was elected to the five-faculty national
board of directors of Lambda Pi Eta, the national undergraduate
honor society in communication studies. His book, titled World Opinion
in the Emerging World Order and co-authored with Frank Rusciano,
was published by Praeger in 1998. Two papers Dr. Pollock co-authored
with students were presented at the International Communication
Association's annual meeting in San Francisco in May 1999. In addition,
a paper he co-authored with students was presented at the National
Communication Association's annual meeting in Chicago in November
1999. Dr. Pollock's development of an original methodology to study
media coverage of political and social change was recognized recently
in one of the leading methods textbooks in communication studies.
The book, Investigating Communication: An Introduction to Research
Methods, devoted a complete page to the community structure
approach, crediting its development to Pollock and colleagues,
and selected it as a new definition in the communication studies
Dr. David Holmes, assistant professor of
mathematics and statistics, had his article Cicero, Sigonio
and Burrows: Investigating the Authenticity of the 'Consolatio'
published in the Journal of Literary and Linguistic Computing in
December 1999. The article, co-authored with Emily K. Tse and Richard
S. Forsyth, used a statistical method known as stylometry to prove
that a 1583 publication of Consolatio by Roman orator Marcus Tullius
Cicero (106-43 BC) is a forgery. Based upon numerous analyses, the
evidence showed the Consolatio to be a work of Neo-Latin, and not
a genuine Ciceronian work. The evidence clearly showed that stylometry
can be used to determine authorship of works written in Latin.In
January 2000 The College and The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce
sponsored a conference, titled Learning Links, to explore new directions
in K-12 education, paying special attention to school programs designed
to facilitate children's transitions to the workforce. Sponsored
by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the conference brought
together business leaders, educators, and brain researchers to share
information and common concerns. Funding was awarded in late 1999
to select NSF projects, including the Children Designing & Engineering
Project, located at TCNJ’s Department of Technological Studies.
Children Designing & Engineering is a three-year collaboration between
TCNJ and the NJ Chamber of Commerce to develop elementary learning
units that explore several New Jersey industries. The units integrate
math, science, and technology through real-world problem solving.