Faculty Fellowships and Professorships


Michael and Bree Gillespie Faculty Fellow - Christina Force

Force from the Department of Business Education received her bachelor’s degree in management and then worked in the banking sector. In addition, she developed several entrepreneurial endeavors. Force later earned her master’s in education-business education from Bloomsburg University and taught at the high school level. She earned her doctorate in educational administration from Wilkes University. Her research interests include teaching pedagogy, cyberbullying and factors affecting career choice and entrepreneurship. She has written seven peer-reviewed journal articles, three educational articles, and one book chapter. She has 17 conference presentations and has reviewed several books. She serves as the adviser of Pi Omega Pi, the business education honor society and is a member of the national executive board. She is the vice president for both the Pennsylvania Business Education Association and Phi Kappa Phi. In addition, she organizes the Husky Dog Pound, a shark tank-like event for Bloomsburg University students and Pennsylvania High School students.

Vicki and John Mihalik Faculty Fellow - Robin Drogan

Drogan, the special education graduate coordinator, received her bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of Maryland, College Park. After practicing as a special education teacher for fifteen years in Maryland and Pennsylvania, Robin continued on and received her master’s degree in special education from Bloomsburg University.  She earned her doctorate in special education from Lehigh University. She specializes in supporting students with challenging behavior and complex instructional needs. Her research interests include providing targeted intervention for students with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges and inclusive evidence-based practices for students with significant disabilities. She has published multiple peer-reviewed articles, co-authored a book and chapters.

Jack and Helen Evans Endowed Faculty Fellow - Jerry Wemple

Wemple from the Department of English earned a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and is the author of three collections of poetry: You Can See It from Here, selected by Pulitzer Prize-winner Yusef Komunyakaa for the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award, The Civil War in Baltimore, and most recently The Artemas Poems. He is co-editor of the anthology Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania. His poetry and creative nonfiction work appear in numerous journals and anthologies and have been published internationally in Ireland, Chile, Spain, Germany, and Canada. Wemple is the recipient of several awards for writing and teaching including a Fellowship in Literature from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Word Journal Chapbook prize. He received the Dean’s Salute to Excellence for his teaching and scholarship at BU and the BU Institute for Culture and Society Award for Outstanding Creative Work.

Kerby Confer Faculty Fellowship for Communications - David Magolis

Magolis from the Department of Mass Communications received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a second master’s degree from Clarion University, and a doctorate from Penn State University.  Magolis specializes in media literacy and developed a new major and minor based on media literacy principles called Emergent Media in Mass Communications. His primary areas of research include media literacy education, multimedia communications, privacy, and emerging media technologies.  Magolis was named the 2017 Outstanding Volunteer for the National Association for Media Literacy Education and is part of the Leadership Council for the National Association for Media Literacy Education. He has been published in several journals including the leading journal of media literacy, The Journal of Media Literacy Education.

Jessica S. and Stephen R. Kozloff Faculty Fellow - Kevin Ball

Ball from the Deparmreceived his bachelor’s degree from Bloomsburg University and his doctorate from Indiana University, Bloomington.  Ball uses animal models to study the neuropharmacology of drug and palatable food seeking. He maintains a very active laboratory and involves undergraduates in all aspects of the research.  Currently, he is focusing on the roles of chronic stress and dopamine D1-like receptors in relapse vulnerability.  Work in this area is important because chronic stress induces lasting structural and neurochemical adaptations in brain regions implicated in relapse to both drug use and unhealthy eating habits in individuals undergoing treatment for addiction and obesity, respectively.  Ball has been awarded over $330,000 in funding from the National Institutes of Health for his research over the past nine years.

Jessica S. and Stephen R. Kozloff Faculty Fellow - Kate Beishline

Beishline from the Department of Biological and Allied Health Services received her Bachelor of Science from the University of the Sciences and her doctorate from Drexel University College of Medicine. Beishline’s academic areas include general biology, cell biology, and anatomy and physiology. She also does research regarding telomeres, transcription and DNA replication, cellular aging, and cancer biology. Her current research interests are focusing on the pathways which regulate the transcription and replication of eukaryotic telomeres. She is focused on the mechanism by which the genome binding factor CTCF, and its only paralog BORIS, are participating in the maintenance of telomere structures and how these functions may be important in cancer and normal cellular aging.

Joan and Fred Miller Distinguished Professor of Good Work - Mary Katherine Waibel-Duncan

Duncan from the Department of Psychology received her bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College and her master’s and doctorate from Vanderbilt University. Duncan’s academic areas include applied statistics for the behavioral sciences, child development, developmental psychopathology, child maltreatment, and positive psychology. Duncan’s research interests include positive youth development and the pursuit of academic Good Work in higher education. Duncan is the founder and director of the BU Toy Library: Language and Literacy Resource Center. Its mission is to support the academic and professional development of students who work with individuals of all developmental ages and abilities through their coursework, clinic work, student teaching, practicum experiences, and community outreach.

Breiner Family Endowed Professorship for Nursing - Kimberly Olszewski

Olszewski from the Department of Nursing teaches in the graduate nursing program and is director of Nurse Practitioner and Doctorate in Nursing (DNP) programs, as well as graduate program coordinator for the department. She received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Lycoming College; Master of Science in nursing as a community health clinical nurse specialist, and postgraduate adult nurse practitioner degrees from Bloomsburg University; and a doctorate of nursing practice from Chatham University. Olszewski's clinical practice is in occupational medicine where she has worked for the past 29 years and received her Fellowship distinction in 2006 from the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN). She has presented more than 50 presentations nationally and internationally on a variety of occupational health topics, as well as published several journal articles and a chapter in the AAOHN Core Curriculum. She received the College of Science and Technology Dean's Award for Scholarship achievement in 2017 and is a long time board member of the Central PA Chapter of the American Red Cross, and is currently secretary on the board of directors for AAOHN.  She was recently elected president-elect for AAOHN and will begin her term in April 2019.

Stephen J. Jones Professional U Fellow - Christina Francis

Francis from the Department of English received her doctoral degree in English, with a focus on medieval literature from Arizona State University. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English are from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Francis is most interested in Arthurian literature, specifically Sir Thomas Malory, and medievalism in Popular culture; she has published articles on Geoffrey Chaucer and Sir Thomas Malory. Currently, she directs the Gender Studies Minor. She is also the adviser for the English Club and Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honors Society in the department and leads the annual High School Diversity Conference. She helped develop the College of Liberal Arts topics seminar for undeclared freshmen. She is currently developing a book project on the BBC television series, "Merlin."

 

Stephen J. Jones Professional U Fellow - Abby Hare-Harris

Hare-Harris from the Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences earned her bachelor’s in biochemistry and molecular biology with a minor in biostatistics at Ursinus College. She earned her doctorate in microbiology and molecular genetics at Rutgers University and completed postdoctoral training at the Autism and Developmental Medicine Institute (ADMI) at Geisinger Health System. Her area of expertise is human and molecular genetics with a focus on neuropsychiatric disorders. Her research focuses on the identification and phenotypic characterization of rare genetic variants in individuals with neuropsychiatric disorders. Her research utilizes large genomic datasets and electronic health record data to assess the clinical manifestation of these genetic variants.

Stephen J. Jones Professional U Fellow - Jessica Bentley-Sassaman

Bentley-Sassaman from the Department of ASL/English Interpreting graduated from Bloomsburg University in 2001 with her bachelor's degree in interpreting for the deaf and hard of hearing. She earned her master’s degree in linguistics from Gallaudet University in 2006 and finished her Doctorate in Education from Walden University in 2011. The focus of her study was Deaf-Hearing interpreter teams and how they work together as a team. Jessica Bentley-Sassaman has been interpreting professionally since 2001, earning her Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) from Boystown Research Hospital, Certification of Transliteration, and Certification of Interpretation from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID). She also holds the state legal certification from the Administrative Offices of the Pennsylvania Courts. She is one of only ten interpreters in Pennsylvania to earn the Special Certificate: Legal (SC:L) from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. In addition, she is the only college faculty in Pennsylvania to hold this certification.

 

Stephen J. Jones Professional U Fellow - Edward Keller

Keller, an assistant professor in the Department of Innovation, Technology and Supply Chain Management, received his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and his doctorate from Penn State University.  Keller is also a senior director of Delivery at Sierra-Cedar, Inc., where he oversees the implementation of complex Oracle Cloud and On-Prem projects.  Keller’s academic areas include Data Science and Cloud Analytics, ERP, Training and Delivery, and Project Management and he has spearheaded a partnership between Bloomsburg University and the University of Rwanda.  His current research interests are focusing on business ethics and the use of Big Data by corporate leadership to affect strategic decision making in international business.  He is focused on the impact of international companies who are missing the Cloud revolution and the impacts on economies, employees, and the market vertical.