September 2014 Faculty Accomplishments

Christopher Bailey, Professor of Chemistry, has been invited to team teach a summer workshop in "Materials Science and Nanotechnology for Chemists" July 26-31, 2015, with Professor George Lisensky at Beloit College in Wisconsin. The workshop is sponsored by the cCWCS (Chemistry Collaborations, Workshops & Communities of Scholars) and funded by the National Science Foundation. Participants in the workshop will be college chemistry faculty from across the country who want to learn about materials and nanotechnology in order to bring that material into their classrooms.

Michael Groth, Professor of History, chaired a panel on Professor Myra Armstead's book Freedom's Gardener: James F. Brown, Horticulture, and the Hudson Valley in Antebellum America at this summer's Conference on New York State History held at Marist College in Poughkeepsie. He is a member of the editorial board of the HUDSON VALLEY REGIONAL REVIEW and is currently serving as an outside evaluator for an evaluation committee at another institution.

Cynthia J. Koepp, Professor of History, attended the 14th annual "Reacting to the Past" conference that took place in New York City at Barnard College from June 4-8, 2014. Koepp was among several hundred faculty members from the USA and abroad who came together to experience an innovative pedagogy developed around gaming and role-playing. She participated in two intensive role-playing workshops: "Rousseau, Burke, and Revolution in France, 1791" and "Defining a Nation: India on the Eve of Independence, 1945." In addition, Koepp took part in concurrent sessions that explored issues related to pedagogy, faculty development, and the future of higher education and the liberal arts.

Gehan Dhameeth, Assistant Professor of Business, Deborah A. Gagnon, Associate Professor of Psychology, and Gregory Moore, were involved in the Publication: Journal of Management and Sustainability, Topic: Factors Mediating between Employee Strategy Awareness and Commitment to Organizational Success.

This study tested a theoretical model that includes seven factors hypothesized to mediate between employee organizational strategy awareness and commitment. The mediating factors include diffusion and innovation, social exchange, economic exchange relationship, job satisfaction, knowledge sharing and satisfaction, trust, and person-organization fit. Employees (n=130) drawn from all organizational levels in 12 business sectors (financial, manufacturing, aviation, distribution, healthcare, mining, agriculture, consumer goods, technology, telecommunications, oil and gas, education) were surveyed to measure organizational strategy awareness, organizational commitment, and values on the seven mediating factors. Results were discussed in the paper in detail.

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