College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
The Liberal Arts Tradition
Faculty members in the College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (CHESS) remained true to the eclectic tradition of the liberal arts during a time of exciting transition for the university. The college houses new departments that brought together historians and philosophers; political scientists, economists, and language professors; and psychologists for the first time on PNW’s two campuses. The new departments join teachers and scholars in behavioral sciences, communication, and English.
The college welcomed a new leader in Dean Elaine Carey, who joined PNW July 1, 2017, after leading the history department at St. John’s University in New York. The faculty united to form an advisory council and approved a constitution thanks to the leadership of Ronald Corthell, interim dean; Renee Conroy, interim associate dean and associate professor of philosophy; and Kenneth Kincaid, chair of the council and associate professor of history. The real story of CHESS, however, is best told through the achievements of its faculty, staff, and students.
Faculty and Staff accomplishments
Faculty members in the department of English have been very active this past year. Associate Professor Jerry Holt was awarded a 10-month Fulbright Award to Norway; Associate Professor Paul Hecht participated in a research collaboration between the International Spenser Society and Shakespeare’s Globe in London; Associate Professor Colette Morrow presented a keynote address at the conference, “Excess, Desire and Twentieth- to Twenty-First Century Women’s Writing” hosted by the University of Queensland’s School of Communication and Arts and Gender Studies; and Associate Professor Mita Choudhury spent the summer as Senior Faculty Fellow at the Technische Universität Dresden, Germany.
The Indiana Academy of the Social Sciences (IASS) held its 87th annual meeting on PNW’s Westville Campus on Oct. 7, 2016. Professors Kathy Tobin (department of history and philosophy) and Jonathan Swarts (department of political science, economics, and world languages and cultures) were the main organizers of the conference, which included presentations by History faculty members Kathy Tobin, Janusz Duzinkiewicz, Kenneth Kincaid, and Saul Lerner and graduate student Emiliano Aguilar.
Broadcast Education Association’s Television Spec Series Category.
Spanish Professors Geoff Barrow and Jorge Román-Lagunas launched a program placing Spanish students as interns in the local office of Catholic Charities.
Professor Joe Wetchler received the Outstanding Contribution to Marriage and Family Therapy award from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy for 2016-17.
Cain Buchmeier, senior communication major and news editor for The Pioneer, won first place awards for best breaking news reporting, best in-depth story, and best sports column in the annual Indiana Collegiate Press Association competition for non-daily newspapers at universities with an enrollment of more than 3,000 students.
Political science major Magdalena Madrigal received the 2017 Verizon Intern of the Year Scholarship in recognition of her efforts during the Indiana General Assembly. Madrigal worked with Sen. Greg Taylor (D-Indianapolis) and Sen. David Niezgodski (D-South Bend) during the 2017 Indiana Senate session.
PNW’s delegation to the Model United Nations, led by Associate Professor Meg Rincker, won numerous awards, with each student receiving an award for his/her particular role played. Students Patrick Mudd and Nick DiMaggio won “Best Advocate Awards.”
Communication student Jessica Cannell served as the lead writer of a script that initially won first place in the 2017 Broadcast Education Association’s Television Spec Series Category. Then, in competition with four other categorical first place scripts, judges awarded the PNW script “Best Of The Festival” as the top overall script in the competition. Since 2002, PNW students have taken home eight first places, seven second places, seven thirds, and four honorable mentions in the national competition.
One of Purdue Northwest’s youngest and unique graduates finished up her degree this spring. Raven Osborne earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in early childhood education; and just a few weeks later, she received her high school diploma.
Jessica Montgomery (B.A. Psychology, 2017) will be starting a master’s degree program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling this fall at Johns Hopkins University. While at PNW, Jessica took part in a study abroad trip to Nicaragua, where she cared for children in an environment that not only lacked running water but produced an earthquake during her visit.