College of Leadership and Social Change

College of Leadership and Social Change

Faculty Research, Publications, and Honors

2016/2017 Academic Year 





Lowe, Allyson

is a 2017-18 member of the Council of Independent Colleges Senior Leadership Academy. She received an American Express Fellowship.

Accounting / Fraud and Forensics 

Matthews, Diane 

Sabbatical project working for the District Attorney’s Office, Fraud Investigation Unit, on 17 white collar crime cases, including insurance fraud, home health care fraud, credit card fraud, construction fraud, counterfeit check fraud, theft by unlawful taking, and theft by deception. Interviewed victims and perpetrators, wrote search warrants, affidavits for probable cause, and arrest warrants, and calculated economic damages. Fall 2016. 

Received the 2017 Pennsylvania Institute of Certi ed Public Accountants and the Association of Certi ed Fraud Examiners Educator of the Year Awards.


Snyder-Duch, Jennifer  

Lombard, M. & Snyder-Duch, J. Advertising in a new age: The power of (tele)presence. In S. Rodgers & E. Thorson (Eds.). Digital Advertising. Routledge, Taylor & Francis. 2017. 

and Harriet Schwartz published, “Relational Advising” in Higher Education Advocate (A quarterly publication of the National Education Association) in September 2017. doi/10.1002/tl.2018.2018.issue-153/issuetoc.

Presented “Relational Advising: A Webinar for Academic Advisors and Faculty” for NEA edCommunities-Higher Ed on September 26, 2017.


Mu, Enrique 

1. Using the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP), a decision-making methodology, for eyewitness identification (with R. Chung and L. Reed). This preliminary study won “Best Research paper Award” in the International Symposium of the Analytic Hierarchy Process (ISAHP) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and has been funded by Carlow’s Geibel Institute. Recently published in the International Journal of Production Economics, 2016.

2. Decision-Making processes, using AHP, in different contexts. More recently, the development of a prioritization model for the prioritization of fraud investigation (w. James Carroll). Published in the International Journal of Production Economics, 2016.

3. Applications of information systems and decision-making methodologies in Higher Education and Latin American Studies (with Milagros Pereyra-Rojas). We recently published a paper in Frontiers of Psychology (2017).

4. “The Higher-Ed Organizational-Scholar Tension: How Scholarship Compatibility and the Alignment of Organizational and Faculty Skills, Values and Support Affects Scholar’s Performance and Well-Being” with Milagros Pereyra-Rojas, James Gaskin and Tony Lingham. Frontiers of Psychology, 2017.

5. Practical Decision Making: An Introduction to the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) using SuperDecisions v2. 2016, with Milagros Pereyra-Rojas. Springer Briefs in Operations Research. Springer International Publishing.

6. “Development of a fraud risk decision model for prioritizing a fraud risk decision model for prioritizing fraud risk cases in manufacturing firms,” with James Carroll, International Journal of Production Economics, 173, 30-42, 2016.

7. Agredo, S., Mu, E. and Vella, C. 2017. EVALUATION OF CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT (CRM) SYSTEMS FOR SMALL SERVICE BUSINESSES. International Journal of the Analytic Hierarchy Process, Volume 9, Issue 1.

8. Presented two research studies, co-authored with colleagues from the University of Memphis, in the annual meeting of the Institute for Management Science and Operational Research (INFORMS) in Houston in October 2017.

Political Science

Allyson Lowe, Sandi DiMola, and Jessica Ruffin

Two papers presented at American Political Science Association's National Teaching and Learning Conference, February 9-12, 2017. (One paper on small departments with big impacts examining the A&P process, and one paper on community engaged teaching and learning.) 

Karaffa, Cindi 

Abstract accepted for Global Awareness Society International (GASI) Annual Conference in Heredia, Costa Rica, May 2017.

Presented “Western Woman meets the Maasi during the Great Migration of the Serengeti: Tourist Dollars vs Seclusion” at the Global Awareness Society International Conference in May, 2017, in Heredia, Costa Rica.


Bernstein, Josh 

A research/model under development of psychological fitness. Presented at Chatham University to a first-year wellness course.

Communication and frustration management. Presented at Burrell Middle School to groups of gifted students, Thursday, February 2, 2017.

Cheng, Clara

 #FeedTheDeed: An action teaching project for the psychology of prosocial behavior. In W. Altman, L. Stein, & J. E., Waterfall (Eds.), Essays from E-xcellence in Teaching (Vol. 16, pp. 22-25). 2017. 

Along with Jessica Friedrichs and Mary Onufer are the first three CDLI Fellows, participating for Fall 2017.

Kelley, Frances 

Developing and integrating a social justice perspective into the practice of psychology. Presented at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, January 13, 2017.

Schermer, Travis

Wellness for clients and counselors: Lessons from the classroom. Presented at the North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Syracuse, NY, September 2016.

Travis Schermer, K. Hawk, N. Scanlon. Standing up for counseling: the importance of professional advocacy. Presented at the Pennsylvania Counseling Association Conference, State College, PA. November 2016.

and the Pennsylvania Counseling Association’s Government Relations Committee was awarded the Pennsylvania Counseling Association’s David W. Hall Advocacy Award for work on licensure issues in the state.

Provided two presentations at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference in Chicago, IL.

Jameson, Patricia

PY440 Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment course have been certified as Mandated Reporters through PA Family Support Alliance. This certification is a professional necessity in their field and will assist them in their internships and future job-market readiness.

Roth, Jennifer

Chaired a panel discussion on “Honors Education at Faith-Based Institutions: Challenges and Opportunities” at the National Collegiate Honors Council conference in Atlanta, GA where she also presented on the impact of adherence to a strong mission at a small, faith-based institution.

Schwartz, Harriet

Published an article "Sometimes It’s About More Than the Paper: Assessment as Relational Practice." Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 28(2), 5-28.

& Holloway, E. L. (2017). "Assessing Graduate Student Work: An Emotional and Relational Perspective." Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 28(2), 29-59.

Wilsey, Stephanie and Welty, Alicia

along with Van Wyhe, W. (2018). Published "Community Engagement in a Former Steel Town: The Role of a Living-Learning Community." PRISM: A Journal of Regional Engagement. In press.


 Kautzman-East, Melanie and Alvarez, Courtney

co-presented "Feedback: Do They Even Use It? Encouraging Counseling Students’ Engagement with Classroom Feedback" at the 49th Annual Pennsylvania Counseling Association (PCA) Conference.

Kautzman-East, Melanie

Counseling and research team presented original research "The Role of Dispositions in Clinical Training, Practice, and Competence" at the Nineteenth Annual American Board of Disability Analysts/American Board of Medical Psychotherapists and Psychodiagnosticians International Conference in Naples, FL.

Collaborated with one of her graduate students on "The Strong Black Woman Race-Gender Schema: Implications for Clinical Practice", also presented at the 49th Annual Pennsylvania Counseling Association (PCA) Conference, King of Prussia, PA.

Melanie and research team also had a publication accepted entitled "Confirmatory Factor Analysis of the Professional Dispositions Scale-Counseling Student Version" by the peer reviewed journal Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development.

Social Work 

James M. Kelly and Jennifer Snyder-Duch 

Engaged learning through advocacy outside the classroom: the youth media advocacy project. Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the Social Work Baccalaureate Program Directors, New Orleans, LA, March 3, 2017.

Kelly, Jim

Presented "Education Reform through Youth Media Advocacy: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Engaged Learning" at the Worldwide Forum on Education and Culture, Rome, Italy on December 1, 2017.

Presented "The Teaching Moment: Bruce Springsteen and the Pedagogy of Protest Songs" at the Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA on November 10, 2017

Roth, Sheila

Co-chaired the Emergency Management Services Institute Regional Suicide Prevention Initiative, “Change the Culture” and its corresponding Public Safety Suicide Awareness Symposium, hosted at Carlow on October 20, 2017. 

Presented: "Facing the ABC’s of Stress"; Tools N Talents Conference, Pittsburgh, PA February 2017; "Self- Care: The First Step in Helping"; EMSI Regional EMS Conference, Champion, PA, March 2017;Understanding Trauma; Carlow University Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, November 2017.