Faculty Award winners (seated, from left) Dr. Carl Case, Dr. Gregory Privitera, Dr. Megan Walsh and Dr. Phillip Payne. Missing from the photo is Dr. Christopher Mackowski. In back (from left): Dr. Michael Fischer, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs; Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., S.T.D., University President; and Raymond C. Dee, Chair of the Board of Trustees.
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. — Five St. Bonaventure University faculty members were recognized for professional excellence at Sunday’s Commencement Exercises.
Three were cited for Professional Excellence in Research and Publishing:
Two others were presented the Junior Faculty Award for Professional Excellence:
Professional Excellence in Research and Publishing honorees: Dr. Carl Case chairs the Department of Management and directs the Business Information Systems program and the university’s China Studies program. He taught at other institutions for 16 years before joining St. Bonaventure’s School of Business faculty in 1999.
Case is described by colleagues as a “prolific publisher.” Dr. Pierre Balthazard, dean of the School of Business at St. Bonaventure, called Case’s scholarly productivity level “amazing.” Since 2008, he has published 28 refereed journal articles, presented 31 scholarly papers at national and international conferences, and was the principal investigator on a research grant. At least a dozen of those works earned “best paper,” “distinguished research” or similar honors.
His research interests include fostering teamwork in information systems development and education, Internet use, and accounting information systems.
“This productivity level has proven to be remarkably consistent throughout his career,” said Balthazard.
In addition, said the dean, “Dr. Case is an individual whose character and values best represent the principles of our great institution.” He has long been involved with New York State Special Olympics and he is president of Forney Foundation in Olean, a group that seeks to improve the quality of life for the developmentally disabled.
Case earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing and his MBA from St. Bonaventure, and his Ph.D. in business computer information systems from the University of North Texas at Denton. Dr. Christopher Mackowski, whose promotion to full professor of Journalism and Mass Communication is effective in September, has published extensively on a variety of subjects, primarily the American Civil War.
“Through his books, magazine articles and his blog, ‘Emerging Civil War,’ Chris has earned a national reputation as a Civil War scholar, and he remains a highly sought-after speaker for Civil War groups up and down the East Coast,” said his dean, Dr. Pauline Hoffmann.
His work has appeared in the most widely read Civil War periodicals including Civil War Times, America’s Civil War, and Blue & Gray, and he is co-founder of the blog Emerging Civil War, which has been developed into a book series by Savas Beatie, LLC. Mackowski serves as the series’ developmental editor and has contributed four books in its first year. He has also volunteered as a seasonal historian for 10 years at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park.
He is a regular contributor to Scholars & Rogues, a progressive blog that focuses on politics, education and culture, and he has written two books related to community theater and other nonprofit arts groups. He also formed a student-writers group on campus and continues to mentor young writers.
Mackowski earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh; master’s degrees in English from the University of Maine and in creative writing from Goddard College; and his Ph.D. in English/creative writing from the State University of New York at Binghamton. Dr. Phillip G. Payne, professor of history, is a distinguished author whose publishing record reflects “a remarkable breadth of scholarly interests,” said fellow history professor Dr. Joel Horowitz.
Payne’s written works include a book on President Warren G. Harding, “Dead Last: The Public Memory of Warren G. Harding’s Scandalous Legacy,” which The American Historical Association has called groundbreaking. He has also written about economic history and has even dipped into the world of popular culture with a scholarly discussion of comic books and an exploration of how popular culture is shaped by politics and vice versa.
A forthcoming book examines the bull market of the 1920s and how it helped lead to the Great Depression of the 1930s.
Payne’s broad-based expertise is “a particularly attractive trait in a small university, such as ours, in which we teach a multitude of different topics in order to expose our students to them,” said Horowitz.
Payne earned his bachelor’s degree from Marshall University and his master’s and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. Junior Faculty Award for Professional Excellence honorees: Dr. Gregory Privitera, assistant professor of psychology whose promotion to tenured associate professor is effective in September, has an exemplary record of teaching, scholarship and service to the university, said Dr. Darryl Mayeaux, associate professor and chair of the Department of Psychology.
Privitera has published a textbook in statistics, which is in use at the university, and another textbook in research methods is in production. “He is approachable and energetic about teaching difficult material,” and many of his courses are fully enrolled, said Mayeaux.
Privitera has published six peer-reviewed papers with eight current or recently graduated St. Bonaventure students, presenting a rare opportunity for undergraduate students to be published. “This level of mentorship of and engagement with students is invaluable to their intellectual development and to the university’s reputation for quality educational experience,” said Mayeaux.
An engaging speaker, Privitera has partnered with the university’s Office of Marketing and Communications on a number of media relations initiatives, further enhancing the university’s academic reputation.
After serving in the Marine Corps for four years, Privitera earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and his Ph.D. in psychology, behavioral neuroscience, also from U.B. Dr. Megan Walsh, assistant professor of English, has established an impressive record of accomplishment in teaching, scholarship and service in just her second year at the university, said Dr. Patrick Panzarella, chair of the Department of English.
Her course evaluations are peppered with terms such as “fantastic,” “intelligent,” “wonderful,” and teaching observations by senior faculty members are just as glowing, describing her as “a truly outstanding teacher” who is “personable, engaged and committed.”
Her record of scholarship is just as noteworthy. “In her brief time at St. Bonaventure, she has published four articles in the most prestigious books and journals in her discipline,” and other works including a new edition of Frank J. Webb’s novel “The Garies and Their Friends” (Broadview, 2014) have been accepted for publication, said Panzarella. Her research has won numerous national awards and grants, most recently from the Newberry Library, the University of Virginia, and the Library Company of Philadelphia. She is working on a book manuscript titled “A Nation in Sight: Book Illustration and Early American Literature.”
In addition, Walsh has helped “transform” the Department of English by strengthening its university website and social media presence, improving the department’s fact sheet, and creating eye-catching bulletin boards and course posters.
Walsh earned her B.A. in history and English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her master’s and Ph.D. in English from Temple University.
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