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People In and Around Fordham


Anita Vazquez Batisti, Ph.D., ADM,
associate dean and director of the Center for Educational Partnerships in the Graduate School of Education, has received an award letter from the New York State Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages. She received the Recognition Award at a luncheon in Albany on Nov. 5.

Vincent Alfonso, Ph.D., GSE,
associate dean, gave two talks last fall. The first was “Assessments of Young Children: Special Considerations for Diverse and Underserved Populations” in October at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. The second was “A Multi-Method, Multi-Source Approach to SLD Identification” on Nov. 20 at the New York Association of School Psychologists (NYASP) annual conference in Lake George, N.Y.

R. Bentley Anderson, S.J., A&S,
associate professor of African and African-American studies, was elected to the executive council of the American Catholic Historical Association (ACHA). His three-year ACHA term began this month.

Babette Babich, Ph.D., A&S,
professor of philosophy, published “Early Continental Philosophy of Science” in The New Century Volume Three: History of Continental Philosophy (Acumen Press, 2010).

Anita Vazquez Batisti, Ph.D., GSE,
associate dean and director of the Center for Educational Partnerships, with Carol Pertchik, director of the New York State Lower Hudson Valley BETAC, and Nancy Rosario-Rodriguez, director of the Fordham Westchester/Long Island BETLA, presented “Building Capacity, Building Partnerships, Building Success” on Nov. 12 at the Puerto Rico TESOL convention.

Gloria Durka, Ph.D., GRE,
director of the doctoral program in religious education, edited “The Philosophical and Theoretical Aspects of Inter-Religious Education” in International Handbook of Inter-Religious Education (Springer Press, 2010).

Celia Fisher, Ph.D., A&S,
the Marie Ward Doty University Chair and professor of psychology, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award of Excellence in Human Research Protection for 2010 by the Health Improvement Institute for her work in promoting the protection of vulnerable, marginalized and at-risk research participants. She also has several instructional videos posted at, a website that offers practical advice for working researchers.

Michael Gillan, Ph.D., ADM,
associate vice president for Fordham Westchester, was appointed to the Westchester County Association’s newly formed Economic Development Task Force, as well as to the Coalition for Business Development of the Business Council of Westchester.

Margo A. Jackson, Ph.D., GSE,
associate professor of counseling psychology, published “Career-Related Success Learning Experiences of Academically Underachieving Urban Middle School Students” in The Counseling Psychologist.

Beth Knobel, Ph.D., A&S,
assistant professor of communication and media studies, spoke on “How the U.S. Media Cover Foreign Affairs,” on Nov 18 at Falmouth Academy in Falmouth, Mass.

Michael E. Latham, Ph.D., A&S,
dean of Fordham College at Rose Hill, published The Right Kind of Revolution:  Modernization, Development, and U.S. Foreign Policy from the Cold War to the Present through Cornell University Press in January, 2011.

James A. Lothian, Ph.D., BUS,
distinguished professor of finance and director of the Frank J. Petrilli Center for Research in International Finance, gave presentations on Pope Benedict XVI’s social encyclical Caritas in Veritate at the Lumen Christi Institute 2010 Meeting on Economics and Catholic Social Thought at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Ill.

Philip M. Napoli, Ph.D., BUS,
associate professor of communications and media management and director of the Donald McGannon Communication Research Center, published Audience Evolution: New Technologies and the Transformation of Media Audiences (Columbia University Press, 2010). In December, he delivered the keynote presentation at the Media Diversity from the User Perspective workshop at the University of Amsterdam’s Institute for Information Law.

Robert J. Parmach, Ph.D., A&S,
freshman dean of Fordham College at Rose Hill and instructor of philosophy and theology, published “The Life and Legacy of Gabriel Moran” as part of the Great Christian Educators of the 20th Century project funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc.

Robert J. Penella, Ph.D., A&S,
professor of classics and chair of the department, has been named Jacobsson Visiting Scholar at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden for spring 2012.

Francis Petit, Ed.D., BUS,
associate dean and director of executive programs, published “What Executives Can Learn from U2: An Exploratory Study” in the Review of Business & Finance Case Studies.

Patrick J. Ryan, S.J., A&S,
the Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society, published a book review in Commonweal on The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam by Eliza Griswold. His latest McGinley lecture, “Prophetic Faith and the Critique of Tradition: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Perspectives,” was published in Origins. Father Ryan attended the Faith and Public Policy Meeting on Nov. 30 in Manhattan.

Aseel Sawalha, Ph.D., A&S,
associate professor of sociology and anthropology, gave a lecture, “Reconstructing Beirut: Memory and Space in a Postwar Arab City,” on Nov. 5 at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City.

Kieran Scott, Ed.D., GRE,
associate professor of religion and religious education, delivered “Swimming Against the Flow: Language and Political Design in Lay Ecclesial Ministry” at the annual conference of the Religious Education Association in Denver, Colo. on Nov. 6-9. He also chaired a task force on adult education at the conference.

Merold Westphal, Ph.D., A&S,
distinguished professor of philosophy, accepted a three year term (2011-2013) on the International Board of Advisors of the John Templeton Foundation.

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