New Kensington faculty lauded for publications, awards, promotions

Annual celebration recognizes accomplishments
New Kensington faculty publications line a table in the library during annual celebration

Penn State New Kensington celebrated faculty publications, awards and promotions from throughout the year at the annual faculty publication party on Dec. 6.  

Credit: Andrea Adolph

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. —Penn State New Kensington’s Elizabeth S. Blissell Library was the site for celebrating campus faculty for their achievements throughout this year. The 15th Faculty Publications Party on Dec. 6 was organized and led by Jennifer Gilley, head librarian.

2017 Faculty Honorees


Debra Borkovich, adjunct instructor of information sciences and technology, co-authored the article, “Empowering Employees with Digital Agility: Mitigation Strategies for Information Glut” for Issues in Information Systems. In addition, she presented at two conferences: “Context Collapse: How the Implosion of Social Media Influenced the United States 2016 Political Climate” for the Ethnographic & Qualitative Research Conference Proceedings; and “The Political Mastery of Twitter: Exploring Context Collapse Through Social Media” for the 57th Annual International Association of Computer Information Systems.

Sean Bridgen, associate director for academic advising, authored an article, “Using Systems Theory to Understand the Identity of Academic Advising: A Case Study” for the NACADA Journal.

Donald Bruckner, associate professor of arts and humanities, co-authored an article, “Belief, Desire, and Giving and Asking for Reasons” for Philosophia.

William Hamilton, assistant professor of biology, wrote two blogs: “Ecologist’s Notebook” and “Birds and Nature” for the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania. 

Craig Hammond, associate professor of arts and humanities authored, “The Growth and Decline of Slavery in North America” for Oxford Bibliographies in Atlantic History and “Race, Slavery, Sectional Conflict, and National Politics, 1770-1820” for The Routledge History of Nineteenth Century America.

Richard Harnish, associate professor of psychology, and Robert Bridges, professor of psychology, wrote, “Predicting Economic, Social, and Foreign Policy Conservatism: the Role of Right-Wing Authoritarianism, Social Dominance Orientation, Moral Foundations Orientation, and Religious Fundamentalism” for Current Philosophy.

Xiang Ji, assistant professor of mathematics, authored, “On Equivalence of Deforming Lie Subalgebroids and Deforming Coisotropic Submanifolds” for the Journal of Geometry and Physics.

Jyotsna “Josi” Kalavar, professor of human development and family studies, co-authored a chapter, “Caregiving for Older Adults in India: The role of Kinship and Non-kinship Networks” for The Role of Family Caregivers and Direct Services Workers in Providing Care to Older Adults in Asia.

Rujirutana “Dr. A” Mandhachitara, associate professor of business and economics, co-authored, “Small Business Performance in Thailand: Key Success Factors” for the Journal of Research in Marketing and Entrepreneurship.

Robert Mathers, professor of chemistry, co-authored, “Functionalization of Polyesters with Multiple B Vitamins” for the Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry. In addition, he also co-authored, “Zinc Versus Magnesium: Orthogonal Catalyst Reactivity in Selective Polymerizations of Epoxides, Bio‐derived Anhydrides and Carbon Dioxide” for Chemistry-A European Journal, “1D vs. 2D Shape Selectivity in the Crystallization-driven Self-assembly of Polylactide Block Copolymers” for Chemical Science, and “Unusual Physical Behaviour and Polymorphic Phase Transitions in Crystalline Bicyclic Anhydrides” for CrystEngComm.

Michael McGinnis, professor of business administration (2001-2016), and Leslie Wolfe, adjunct instructor of business, co-authored the forthcoming, “An Empirically Derived Framework of Logistics Management Strategy” for the Journal of Transportation Management.

Penelope Morrison, assistant professor of biobehavioral health, co-authored, “The Influence of Batterer Intervention Programs on Male Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence: Reports of Change in Beliefs and Behaviors” for the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation.

Luke Osterritter, adjunct instructor of information sciences and technology, co-authored, “EACTR: A Framework for Designing Realistic Cyber Warfare Exercises” for the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

Amy Rustic, reference librarian, and Jennifer Wood, associate professor of arts and humanities, co-authored, “Increasing Information Literacy with a Librarian as the Class Research Mentor” for Communication Teacher.

Yang Xu, association professor of business and economics, authored, “Gender Differences in Founders’ Social Network Development” for the International Journal of Management Theory and Practices.  In addition, she delivered, “The Role of Founding Conditions in New Firm Growth: An Empirical Study of U.S. Startups” and co-delivered, “Founding Conditions and Benefit Offerings: Evidence from U.S. Startups” for the 2017 Academy of Management Annual Conference.


Abhinav Aima, Penn State New Kensington Excellence in Teaching Award (Full-Time)

Chuck Klingensmith, Penn State New Kensington Excellence in Teaching Award (Part-Time)

Jennifer Gilley, 2017 Association of College and Reasearch (ACRL) Women and Gender Studies Section (WGSS) Career Achievement Award


Abhinav Aima, assistant teaching professor

Pepsi Umberger, assistant teaching professor