Meet the People of Honors


Bloomsburg University Honors Program staff, Carly Morton and Dr. Julie Vandivere


Honors Staff

Director
  Julie Vandivere, Ph.D. | jvandive@bloomu.edu

Office Staff
  Carly J. Morton | cmorton@bloomu.edu

Honors Office | B11 Luzerne Hall | 570-389-5481


Honors Program Faculty

Dedicated, award-winning professors and groundbreaking researchers, the Honors faculty are leaders in their respective disciplines and ideally positioned to mentor and advise you from your first year on. Honors faculty also serve on the Honors Advisory Committee, advocating for the program, its students and faculty, while aiding in the administration of the program.

Bashar Hanna, president of Bloomsburg University

Bashar W. Hanna, president of Bloomsburg University

Bashar W. Hanna earned his Ph.D. along with his M.S. and B.A. from Temple University.

Dr. Hanna was named the 19th president of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in July 2017. Previously, he held positions as professor of biology and vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Delaware Valley University, associate provost at Ithaca College, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Kutztown University, chief academic officer and dean of academic affairs for DeVry University, and associate dean of the College of Science and Technology at Temple University. He is a passionate educator, and, in addition to his administrative commitments, he continues to teach graduate and undergraduate courses in biology, cell biology, neurobiology, gerontology, biotechnology, mathematics and bioethics—as well as a liberal arts seminar in the Honors Program.

Julie Vandivere, professor of English and director of the Honors Program at Bloomsburg University

Julie Vandivere, director of the Honors Program and professor of English

Julie Vandivere earned her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Cornell University. She also has an M.A. in Comparative Literature from Brigham Young University. Her B.A in English and Spanish is from the University of Utah. Since finishing her Ph.D., she has received fellowships from Cambridge University (Cambridge, England), Yale University (New Haven, Connecticut), and Cornell University (Ithaca, New York).

Professor Vandivere has written numerous articles on modernist women writers, including essays on Virginia Woolf, Bryher, H.D., and Vita Sackville West, She co-edited the first edition of H.D.’s The Sword Went out to Sea (UP Florida 2007) and a collection of essays entitled Modernist Women Writers and the Making of Modernism (forthcoming UP Florida). Deeply committed to collaboration and student research, she co-edited with English major Megan Hicks the Selected Papers from the 25th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf (Clemson UP 2016) and co-wrote with students Megan Hicks, Emma Slotterback, and Katie Starliper an essay for the PMLA called "Teaching Women Writers."

 

John E. Bodenman, professor of geography

John E. Bodenman, professor of geography

John E. Bodenman earned his Ph.D. and his M.S. from the Pennsylvania State University. He received his B.S. from Willamette University.

His research focuses on the services economy and regional/rural economic development, including spatial dynamics of the financial services sector, processes of economic change at the sub-national level, and rural economic development programs and policies.

Nogin Chung, associate professor of art history

Nogin Chung, associate professor of art history

Nogin Chung earned both her Ph.D. and Her M.A. from the University of Minnesota and her B.A. from Seoul National University.

Nogin Chung is a specialist in modern and contemporary art. Her current research focuses on the idea of absence and presence and a negation of dualism in contemporary Asian art. She has published articles and book reviews on post humanism, public art, and American popular culture.

Betina Entzminger, professor of English at Bloomsburg University

Betina Entzminger, professor of English

Tina Entzminger received both her Ph.D. and her M.A. from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Her B.A. is from the University of South Carolina.

Professor Entzminger is the author of two books, The Belle Gone Bad: White Southern Women Writers and the Dark Seductress (LSU Press, 2002) and Contemporary Reconfigurations of American Literary Classics (Routledge 2012). She has a particular interest in Southern literature and understanding issues of race, gender and sexual identity in American literature. She began serving as department chair in May 2014.

Heather Feldhaus, professor of sociology and director of the Center for Community Research and Consulting

Heather Feldhaus, professor of sociology and director of the Center for Community Research and Consulting

Heather Feldhaus received her Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and both her M.A. and B.A. from the University of Southern Alabama.

Her research focus is on social problems and applied sociology. She is interested in how people define and think about problems and how we can use a sociological toolkit to help people better understand and solve problems. She is particularly interested in the plight of rural areas, especially homelessness. Professor Feldhaus serves on the board of directors for the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania and works as a consultant with many area nonprofits on a regular basis.

Christina Force, assistant professor of business education

Christina Force, assistant professor of business education

Christina Force received her Ed.D. from Wilkes University. Her dissertation examined how middle school principals of small rural schools address cyberbullying. She earned both her B.S. and M.Ed. at Bloomsburg University.

She has more than 20 years experience working in education and business. Before coming to Bloomsburg University, she worked in banking and finance and engaged in a variety of entrepreneurial endeavors, including starting her own mortgage brokerage firm. At Bloomsburg, she teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate business education programs and enjoys serving as a mentor to new entrepreneurs. Her research focuses on teacher preparation, pedagogy, and professional development.

Luke Haile, assistant professor of health science

Luke Haile, assistant professor of health science

Luke Haile received his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. He earned both his M.S. and B.S. from Bloomsburg University.

His research interests focus on the measurement of perception and emotion during exercise, their link with cardiovascular and metabolic measures, their use for exercise prescription, and their relation to exercise adherence and the achievement of health-fitness benefits.

Darrin Kass, professor of management and director of the Executive Leadership Institute at Bloomsburg University

Darrin Kass, professor of management and director of the Executive Leadership Institute

Darrin Kass completed his Ph.D. at the University of Akron. He has an M.A. from San Francisco State University and a B.S. from the University of California at Davis.

Professor Kass served as the MBA coordinator in the Zeigler College of Business from 2009 – 2018 and, in 2010, founded the Leadership and Execution Education Program (LEEP), a consulting organization in the Zeigler College of Business at Bloomsburg University that provides leadership and team development by combining classroom seminars with highly experiential indoor and outdoor training.

Claire Lawrence, professor of English at Bloomsburg University

Claire Lawrence, professor of English

Claire Lawrence received her Ph.D. from the University of Houston, her M.F.A. from the University of Utah, and her B.A. from Pomona College in California.

Professor Lawrence has published fiction, non-fiction, poetry and literary criticism in a wide array of journals, including Tri-Quarterly, Terra Nova, Crab Orchard Review, Literary Mama and ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies of Literature and the Environment. Her research interests include microfiction, memoir, graphic novels, and environmental literature. She is a recipient of the 2018 TALE award for Outstanding Teaching at Bloomsburg University.

Wendy Lynne Lee, professor of philosophy

Wendy Lynne Lee, professor of philosophy

Wendy Lynne Lee has a Ph.D. from Marquette University and a B.A. from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

She is deeply committed to teaching and writing as an engaged philosopher, especially with respect to environmental, feminist, social and economic justice, and animal rights issues. Lee has published about 45 scholarly essays in her areas of expertise—philosophy of language (particularly later Wittgenstein), philosophy of mind/brain, feminist theory, theory of sexual identity, post-Marxian theory, nonhuman animal welfare, ecological aesthetics, aesthetic phenomenology, and philosophy of ecology. Her most recent book is Eco-Nihilism: The Philosophical Geopolitics of the Climate Change Apocalypse (Lexington 2017).

Brooke Lylo, assistant professor of special education at Bloomsburg University

Brooke Lylo, assistant professor of special education

Brooke Lylo received her Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University, her M.S. from Johns Hopkins University, and her B.S. from Grove City College.

Her research interests include teacher preparation and the use of effective instructional and assessment procedures, as well as self-regulation techniques for students and teachers.

Eric C. Miller, assistant professor of communication studies

Eric C. Miller, assistant professor of communication studies

Eric C. Miller completed his Ph.D. at the Pennsylvania State University. His research focuses on religious participation in the public square, with special attention to conservative Christian political activism. He is the editor of The Rhetoric of Religious Freedom in the United States (Lexington 2017), and his writing has appeared in Rhetoric and Public Affairs, Journal of Communication and Religion, Advances in the History of Rhetoric, and Voices of Democracy, among other journals.

Professor Miller approaches all of his courses with a focus on civic engagement, encouraging students to both become better speakers and think seriously about what they want to say. Students are encouraged to realize their potential both as thinkers and as citizens.

Mykola Polyuha, assistant professor of languages and cultures

Mykola Polyuha, chair of the Honors Advisory Committee and associate professor of languages and cultures

Mykola Polyuha received a Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario. He has an M.B.A. from Bloomsburg University, and M.A. from the Pennsylvania State University, and a Specialist degree (B.A. + one year) from Ternopil Institute of Pedagogical Education.

Dr. Polyuha has lived and traveled the world over and has full professional proficiency in German, Polish, Russian, and Ukrainian, limited working proficiency in French, and elementary proficiency in Spanish. In cooperation with Dr. Vandivere, he coordinates the Central European study-abroad experience. He is also chair of the Honors Advisory Committee. His professional interests include imagist poetry, the motif of death in world literature, Ezra Pound's poetry, Bohdan-Ihor Antonych's poetry, higher education management, and new media studies. Most recently, he co-edited and co-authored (with Marko Robert Stech) Eaghor Kostetzky’s Selected Ezra Pound, 2 vols (Kyiv: Penmen, Ukrayinski propileyi, 2017).

M. Safa Saraçoğlu, associate professor of history and director of the Digital Humanities Initiative at Bloomsburg University

 

M. Safa Saraçoğlu, associate professor of history and director of the Digital Humanities Initiative

M. Safa Saraçoğlu has a Ph.D. from Ohio State State University. His B.S. and M.S. are from institutions in Turkey where he was born and raised.

Professor Saraçoğlu teaches Islamic and Middle Eastern history. His research interests include provincial governance in the Ottoman Empire, history of the Balkans, and Islamic law. He is director of the Digital Humanities Initiative at the university, an incubator for digital projects in the liberal arts. Most recently, he has been building an open-access database focusing on transformation of Islamic law in the nineteenth-century Ottoman Empire.

Honors Advisory Committee

 

Mykola Polyuha, chair of the Honors Advisory Committee and assistant professor of languages and cultures

John Bodenman, professor of geography
Elisabeth Culver, assistant professor of nursing
Helmut Doll, professor of instructional technology and program coordinator of the Master of Science in Instructional Technology
Shiloh Erdley, assistant professor of social work
Christina Force, assistant professor of business education
Darrin Kass, professor of management
Claire Lawrence, professor of English
Brooke Lylo, assistant professor of special education
David Magolis, associate professor of mass communications
Cynthia Surmacz, professor of biology and allied health sciences
Thomas Zalewski, professor of audiology

 

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