Interdisciplinary Studies
Four Credit Course
Offerings for Freshman
Students
IDST 110: Ethics and Images in the Global Marketplace
This course examines the controversies in social responsibility, dom...
IDST 110: Understanding Disaster
Natural disasters are seeminglyubiquitous inthe news. News reports, however, provide
only...
IDST 110: American Life in the 1930’s
The 1930s represent one ofthe most fascinating andcontroversial periods in modern
U....
DR.LUDLOW BROWN, has taught at Mercyhurst for over 30 years. Dr. Brownreceived
his Ph.D. inPhilosophyfrom SUNYBuffalo, and...
MS. SHELLYFREYN is anassistant professor for the Walker School of Businessandthe
Department of Intelligence Studies. She h...
DR.DANIEL MCFEE is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Co-Director of the
Evelyn LincolnInstitute of Ethics andSo...
DR. CHARLES REDMOND is Professor of Mathematics and Computer Systems. He
received his PhD in mathematics, witha specialtyi...
DR. MARNIE SULLIVAN is an Assistant Professor of English. Her interdisciplinary
interests include the creative expressions...
MR. BRENT WEBER earned his Bachelor of Music Education from Kansas State
University. He obtained his first Master of Music...
THOMAS J. GAMBLE, PH.D., is the 11th president ofMercyhurst College. He earned the
doctorate in social psychology from the...
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  1. 1. Interdisciplinary Studies Four Credit Course Offerings for Freshman Students
  2. 2. IDST 110: Ethics and Images in the Global Marketplace This course examines the controversies in social responsibility, domestically and globally. Issues for discussion include; employment practices, workers’ rights, accountability, infringement, environmental stewardship, supplychainconflicts, culture and business practices, and the business and politics of “green.” Ms. ShelleyFreyn, Ms. AmyWeaver-Kaulis, Dr. Anne Zaphiris IDST 110: Enduring Questions This course is organized around three central questions: 1) What does it mean to be human? 2) Whyshouldhumans be good?3) What is justice? These questions allow facultyandstudents to interface with classic texts in a creative classroom setting. Students will read and write essays onfive books intheir entirety: Cicero’s On Duties; Machiavelli’s The Prince;JohnS. Mill’s On Liberty;Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin; and Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead. Dr. Ludlow Brown, Dr. Michael Federici andDr. Daniel McFee, IDST 110: Urbanology It is the best of timesandthe worst of timesinAmerica’s big cities. On the one hand, urban America is filledwith bright lights, tremendous wealth, political innovation, and the latest cultural trends. On the other hand, cities are the site oframpant crime, racial tension, troubledschools, enduring povertyandhardknucklemachine politics. In this course we examine the prospects and the problems of urban America, with special attentionto urbanschools where so much of the drama of city life is played out. In addition to engagingreadings, lectures, anddiscussions, thiscourse will feature expert guest speakers, and first- hand experience doing service and research in Erie. Dr. Ruth Auld,,Dr. Laura Lewis, Dr. BrianRipley IDST 110: Exploring Law: Ideas with Teeth We will explore fundamental questions about the nature andfunctions of law. Topics will include legal reasoning, discretion, wealth and power, law enforcement, prisons and punishment, the profession oflaw, law school, juries, conflict resolution, conflicting imagesof law relative to freedomandobedience, psychologyandneuroscience andthe law, and(possibly) cyberspace. Law is pervasive and it speaks withthe authority of the state. As David W. Neubauer put it "...the law has teeth to it." Dr. RandyClemons, Dr. Thomas Gamble, Atty. MeredithSchultz The Courses
  3. 3. IDST 110: Understanding Disaster Natural disasters are seeminglyubiquitous inthe news. News reports, however, provide onlysmall snapshots of the disaster andcannot always portray all the processes and events leading upto, andthe crisesthat undoubtedly resul t from, the event. In this course, we willtake a three-dimensional perspective on various natural phenomena (i.e., earthquakes, hurricanes, andvolcanic eruptions) byaddressingthe science behind them, long and short-termenvironmental effects ofthese phenomena, and how various cultures deal withthese events as well as how their historymayinfluence the severityof the resulting disasters. Inaddition to engaging readings, lectures, discussions, and exercises, this course will feature expert guest speakers, andfirsthand experience with service learning. Dr. Mike Campbell, Dr. Douglas Boudreau, Dr. Nicholas Lang IDST 110: Computer-Generated Art The generalterm "Computer Art" can be used to describe artwork when computer technologyplays some significant role in its production. In this course, we will be experimenting primarilywith "algorithmic art", where programming is an important part of the process, "generative art", where randomness is employed, and "mathematical art", where mathematical themes suchas geometry and symmetry are stressed (e.g. M.C. Escher). We will workwith twoprogrammingenvironments, Context Free Art (for 2-D) and POV-ray(for 3-D), and use them to produce our own artwork (much of which will be wildlycomplex and fantastic!), which we will then post to our own online galleries. Along the way, we will try to learn a bit about art, programming , and mathematics Dr. Chad Redmond, and Visiting Art Faculty IDST 110: Irish Identity. About 100 years ago, a time of great civic, literary, and religious excitement was festeringinandaroundDublin. Irish political movements were gatheringstrength and debating strategies, James Joyce saw his controversial short story cycle Dubliners published inhis homelandas W.B. Yeats andothers were plotting the Celtic Revival, and bythe late 1930s a free Ireland gave the Catholic Church a “special position” in the newlydraftedconstitution. These important events will provide the touchstone for our course onIrish culture andhistory. Some topics the classwill explore include Ireland’s political history, the long-standing “troubles” in Northern Ireland, the Irish role in contemporaryEuropeanpolitics, Celtic Christianity, Irishreligious history, the Sisters of Mercy, the literaryheritage of the emeraldisle including the works of James Joyce and W. B. Yeats, as well as Mercyhurst’s Irish heritage. Dr. David Livingston, Dr. Brian Ripley, Dr. Brian Reed The Courses
  4. 4. IDST 110: American Life in the 1930’s The 1930s represent one ofthe most fascinating andcontroversial periods in modern U.S. History. A decade of economic hardship permanently altered the American landscape politically, economically, socially, and culturally. The economic catastrophe also produced what many refer to as “The Greatest Generation.” The purpose of American Life in the 1930s is to explore the era of the Great Depression from the vantage point of ordinarycitizens. Duringthe term students willexamine such topics as politics, class race, gender, pop culture, literature and arts to name a few. Dr. John Olszowka, Mr. Brian Sheridan, Dr. Marnie Sullivan IDST 110: The Sacred and the Beautiful The purpose of this class is to provide students with an opportunity to engage in the studyof the Humanities acrossdisciplines. Almost everyhumanculture on the planet possesses notions ofthe sacredandthe beautiful. Sometimes these are two ways to saythe same thing. Sometimestheyare viewedas distinct (evenopposing) forces. This class engages the studyof the sacred and the beautiful through religion, dance, and music. Dr. Robert vonThaden, Ms. Noelle Partusch, Mr. Brent Weber DR.RUTH GABIG AULD is the Director of the Graduate Program in Special Education. She teaches courses in classroom management and behavioral approaches to enhancing teaching and learning. She received her doctorate fromDuquesne University. Some of her recent scholarly work has appearedinThe Journal of ProvenPracticesand the Journal of BehavioralEducation. Dr. Auld also serves as a consultant with several Erie urbanschools including East High, Wayne, and Jefferson Elementary Schools. DR.DOUGLAS L. BOUDREAU is Associate Professor of French in the Department of World Languages andCultures and Director of the Mercyhurst College Honors Program. He presents regularly at conferences and has published articles on both French Renaissance literature and 20th centuryFrancophone literatures. He earned his doctorate from the Ohio State University. The Faculty The Courses
  5. 5. DR.LUDLOW BROWN, has taught at Mercyhurst for over 30 years. Dr. Brownreceived his Ph.D. inPhilosophyfrom SUNYBuffalo, andhis BA in Philosophyfrom Cornell University. Dr. Brownwas the recipient of the 1998 “Teaching Excellence Award” at Mercyhurst. He has served as The Chair of the Division of Humanities, Director of the Mercyhurst College Honors Program, Department Director of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Department Chair of Philosophyand President of College Senate. Dr. Brown has authoredarticles in various areas of philosophy and has presented papers to bothprofessional andgeneralaudiences on topics of philosophical and pedagogicalinterest. He hasdone workin contemporary ontology, evolutionary epistemologyandethics, levels theoryand applied ethics. Dr. Brown’s current interest is in the ethics of human/robot interactions DR.MIKE CAMPBELL is Professor of Biologyand Associate Dean of the Zurn School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics. He was trained in wildlife and fisheries sciences at Texas A&M University before joining the Mercyhurst facultyin1984. Dr. Campbell recently helped guide the student effort to complete a campus greenhouse gas emissions inventory, and is currently working to advance development of a college gardenandrenewable energyresearchat the college’s farm in Girard. Dr. Campbellis committedto utilizing his talents to advance public educationonissuesrelatedto climate change andhopes to engage students in taking responsibility for their part in this global problem. DR.RANDY S.CLEMONS is Professor of Political Science, andDeanof the School of Social Sciences. He is co-author of a public policytextbookthat has been widelyadopted at schools suchas Duke, UCLA, Syracuse, George Mason, and Davidson. He regularlypresents papers at conferences, primarilyin the area ofnational security;and his teaching areas include both international relations and courses in public policyandLegal Process. He earnedhis doctorate fromIdaho State University. He was the recipient of the 2007 “TeachingExcellence Award” at Mercyhurst. DR.MICHAEL FEDERICI, Professor of Political Science, is in his 21st year of college teaching. Dr. Federici received his Ph.D. in Politics from the Catholic Universityof America in Washington, DC, an MA from CUA and a BS in Economics from ElizabethtownCollege. He has published two books , several articles and book reviews and is currently writing The Political Philosophy of Alexander Hamilton for John Hopkins UniversityPress . Dr. Federici wasthe recipient of the 2004 “Teaching Excellence Award” at Mercyhurst. Dr. Federici is former president of Mercyhurst College FacultySenate. InAugust 2002, he was one of a select group of American scholars invited to deliver a paper during the Chinese Comparative Literature As sociation’s Conference inNanjing, China. Dr. Federici has beeninterviewedfor local and national media includingWJET TV, WSEE TV, C-SPAN, WQLN Public Radio, The Erie Times News, The Philadelphia Inquirer and CQ Weekly. The Faculty
  6. 6. MS. SHELLYFREYN is anassistant professor for the Walker School of Businessandthe Department of Intelligence Studies. She has workedfor Fortune 100 food companies andhas a trackrecordof manynewproducts with top industrybrands. She holds anMBA from St. Bonaventure and has beenworking ona D.B.A. inmarketing at Cleveland State University;her research includes papers on newmarketing techniques for the retail industry, the foodindustry’s impact on societyand the effect of imports onfoodsafety. She holds a patent that sparkeda new market categoryinthe industryandis onthe executive board for CooperstownCookie Company. She teaches marketingresearch, international marketing, management and competitive intelligence courses. DR.NICK LANG is anAssistant Professor of Geology. He earnedhis B.A. from Whitman College, hisM.S. from Vanderbilt, andhis Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. His teachingand research interests include structural geologyand cataclysmic geology, i.e. the study of volcanic activity, landslides, andtsunamis. He has conducted research in planetary- scale geologic processes, performing regional -scale studies of planetary surfaces. DR.LAURA LEWIS, Associate Professor of Sociologyand Social Work, earnedher Ph.D. in Social Welfare fromthe Universityof Pittsburgh. Her researchand communityefforts have largelyfocusedonissues related to poverty. Currentlyshe is engaged in aninitiative that aims to foster involvement from all sectors of the communityin addressingpovertyin the Erie Region. She has writtenseveral reports onpolicyissues, and a case studyshe authoredis featuredina public policytextbook. She was the recipient of the 2001 Social Worker of the Year Awardfor Northwest Pennsylvania and ofthe MercyCenter for Women, 2006, WomenMaking HistoryAward and is the 2010 recipient ofthe Teaching Excellence Award. DR.DAVID LIVINGSTON is Associate Professor of Religious Studies andVice President of Advancement. He has authored a book and many chapters and articlesfor publication. His area of research is 19th and 20th century theologywitha special emphasison family, gender, and sexuality. He has traveledto Irelandand other areas inEurope with students and alumni several times. He earned his Doctorate from Vanderbilt University. The Faculty
  7. 7. DR.DANIEL MCFEE is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Co-Director of the Evelyn LincolnInstitute of Ethics andSocietyat Mercyhurst College. Dr. McFee earnedhisPhD studying Religion and Ethics from Marquette Universityandcompleted postgraduate work at Durham University (United Kingdom). He earned anMDivfromDuke Universityanda BA in HistoryandClassics from Bowling Green State University. Dr. McFee has publishedarticles and reviews on environmental ethics and the relationshipof religionandethics in topjournals suchas The Ecumenical Review, Journal of Religion, Religious Studies Review, Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses, Theological Studies, and Worldviews: Environment, Culture, Religion. His teaching andresearch focuseson issuesof ethics and justice, particularlyinthe areas of environmental ethics, technology, and the role of religious institutions in modern society. He also teaches and writes on issues in the science-religion dialogue. DR. JOHN S OLSZOWKA is Assistant Professor of History. His area of expertise is American history, 1850-1950. He is particularlyinterestedin issues of class, race and ethnicityduringAmerica’s interwar years, 1919-1939. He has writtenseveral scholarlyarticles in these areas, the most recent of which explores the Anti-German movement in Buffalo, New York during WorldWar I. He is currentlyworking on a study exploring the rise of the labor movement in the aircraft industry, 1914-1945. Dr. Olszowka earnedhis doctorate from Binghamton University (SUNY), and was former research fellow at the Smithsonian Institution. At Mercyhurst he teaches courses on the Civil War, Progressive Era, and Civil Rights Movement. NOELLE PARTUSCH is Assistant Professor of Dance at Mercyhurst College andspecializes in Labanotationand Liturgical Dance. She earned her B.F.A. from the State Universityof New York, anM.F.A. from The OhioState University, and a Labanotation Teachers Certificate from the Dance Notation Bureau in New York City. Ms. Partusch teaches ballet, pointe, conditioning, dance appreciation, Kinesiology, and Labanotation. She choreographs for concert dance, opera, and dance in worship. She served as Associate Artistic Director of Alaska Dance Theatre for 11 years and danced professionallywithAtlanta Ballet II, Alaska Dance Theatre and the Anchorage Opera among others. In addition she taught for the University of Alaska Anchorage Department of Theatre andDance andAlaska Regional Director of the Sacred Dance Guild. She is a member of the Sacred Dance Guild, International Council of KinetographyLaban(ICKL), andCORPS de Ballet, International. Ms. Partusch acts as advisor to the Mercyhurst College LiturgicalDance Ensemble where she mentors the next generation of leaders in Liturgical dance. The Faculty
  8. 8. DR. CHARLES REDMOND is Professor of Mathematics and Computer Systems. He received his PhD in mathematics, witha specialtyinprobability theory, from Lehigh University in 1993 and has been a member of the Mercyhurst facultysince then. He haspublishedarticles and results in the Annals ofApplied Probability, the Journalof Stochastic Processes and Their Applications, Mathematics Magazine, Mathematics Teacher, and the College Mathematics Journal. His current interests are incomputing, especiallywebdevelopment, computing education, andalgorithmic andgenerative art. He is a regular contributor to the Context Free Art gallery at http://www.contextfreeart.org/. DR.BRIAN D REED is anAssociate Professor of English and Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence. His interests include eighteenth-century British literature, African -Americanliterature, modern Irish writers, travel writing, andpedagogy. He is n advocate for study abroad, and has taken students to Ireland, England, Italy, Germany, France, and Switzerland. He haspublished on Richard Wright, George Eliot, and teaching writing. He earnedhisdoctorate from Case Western Reserve University. MR BRIAN R SHERIDAN is a faculty member in the Communication Department. A 1987 graduate of Mercyhurst, Sheridan is the facultyadvisor to Laker TV, the College’s student-run cable station along with his teaching responsibilitiesthat include coursesinnew media, journalism a nd film. He continues to contribute as a journalist andwriter as well as reporting for WJET-TV/WFPX-TV. Mr. Sheridan’s breadthof experience includes interviewing a varietyof peoplefrom singer Tony Bennett, to Senator HillaryClinton and the Dalai Lama. Mr. Sheridan wasthe onlyjournalist to witness the mysterious deathof pizza deliveryman, BrianWellsthe so-called pizza bomber’s victim, on August 28, 2003. He has beeninterviewedbya varietyof news programs from TLC, the BBCand Fuji TV inJapan. He is author of “Erie Flashback”, video history segments that won himErie CountyHistorical Society’s Media Award as well as researcher/editor of “A Picture Palace Transformed,” a history book about Erie’s Warner Theater. The Faculty
  9. 9. DR. MARNIE SULLIVAN is an Assistant Professor of English. Her interdisciplinary interests include the creative expressions of traditionally underrepresentedgroups, literature of the environment, and science writing. Inadditionto her scholarshipinliteraryanalysis, Dr. Sullivan is a seasoned student advocate who has conducted research and presented papers onfeminist pedagogyand teachingpractices, service learning, and learningcommunities. Inthe classroomshe encourages social justice through critical thinking, creativity, and civic engagement. Dr. Sullivan earned a Ph.D. in literature from Bowling Green State Universityin2004 witha dissertationthat examined both the scientific and literary aspects of Rachel Carson’s three sea books. DR.ROBERT VON THADEN is anAssistant Professor of Religious Studieswhospecializes in biblical andother sacred texts. He earned a B.A. from Muhlenberg College, an M.A. from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. from EmoryUniversity. His current research and writing involve the cognitive science of religion, especially embodied theorie s of culture. The recipient of a 2008 Societyof Biblical Literature Regional Scholar award, Dr. von Thaden is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Catholic Biblical Associationof America, the EasternGreat LakesBiblical Society, and the American Academy of Religion. The manuscript of his book, The Wisdomof Fleeing Porneia:Conceptual Blendingin1 Corinthians 6:12 -7:7, is currently under review for publication. MS. AMY WEAVER-KAULIS is an Instructor inthe FashionMerchandising Department and a specialist on the subject ofsocialresponsibilityof apparel and textile firms, as well as the internationaltrade of fashion-related products. Ms. Weaver-Kaulis earned a B.S. inFashionMerchandisingat Mercyhurst College as well as anM.S. inIndustrial/Technical Merchandising andFabric Analytics at the Universityof NorthTexas. The Faculty
  10. 10. MR. BRENT WEBER earned his Bachelor of Music Education from Kansas State University. He obtained his first Master of Music from University of Missouri in Kansas City. While studying at UMKC, Mr. Weber was selected as leading tenor in the opera L’Amico Fritz and the world premiere opera Duse andD’Annunzio. Mr. Weber was selected as a young artist apprentice for the Pittsburgh Opera for three years and Chautauqua Opera for two. He just completed his sixth year, (SP10) as assistant professor ofVoice and Choral Education at Mercyhurst. He has produced and stage directed student operas at Mercyhurst and has acted as supervising producer for the Mercyhurst student runmusicals Grease, Bye Bye Birdi e and others. Active inthe community, he has alsobeen the stage director for several Erie Opera Theater’s productions and has beena featured soloist withthe Erie Chamber Orchestra. Along withMr. Weber's extensive regional performance resume, he is now adding manyprofessionaloperatic productions that he has directed, including Suor Angelica, Il Tabarro, andRigolettoin Fort Lauderdale and several with the Erie Opera Theater. DR.ANNE ZAPHIRIS is chair of the Mercyhurst College Communication Department. Whether she’s researchingenvironmental initiatives or putting theory into practice byengagingstudents in community issues, Dr. Zaphiris immerses herself in communication. Beyond the classroom, her involvement extends from advising the communication honor society, Lambda Pi Eta, to serving as anadvisory board member for the Evelyn Lincoln Institute for Ethics andSocietyand teachinggraduate courses in the Organizational Leadershipmaster’s program. Currently, she is monitoring changes in corporations’ values statements relatedto globalization and cultural convergence along withanalyzingmediacoverage ofErie Renewable Energy’s proposal to builda tire plant inErie, PA. Her researchinterests include organizational identity, image and reputation, corporate social responsibilityinitiatives, communication andsocial change and environmental issues The Faculty
  11. 11. THOMAS J. GAMBLE, PH.D., is the 11th president ofMercyhurst College. He earned the doctorate in social psychology from the Maxwell School for CitizenshipandPublic Affairs at Syracuse Universityand completed postdoctoral studies in child psychology at Yale University. His researchandpublications are primarilyinthe area ofthe application of biological andpsychological perspectives to the development of delinquencyinthe context of broader socialforces. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Mercyhurst College, the Chair of the ResearchCommittee for the Association of Independent Colleges and Universitiesof Pennsylvania, and a member of the American Psychological Association, the Academyof Criminal Justice Sciences and the American Society of Criminology. DR.BRIAN RIPLEY is Dean ofFacultyin the Office of Academic Affairs . He joined the Mercyhurst communityin1996, whichledto histenure as professor in the PoliticalScience department. His teaching hasfocused on political institutions in the United States, Asia, and Europe. In 2008 he wasasked to serve as Senior Academic Advisor for the Office for Academic Affairs a natural segue to his current position. Dr. Ripleyreceived his B.A. from Macalester College andhis PhDfrom The Ohio State University and was a Pew Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Prior to coming to Mercyhurst, Dr. Ripley taught at the University of Pittsburgh where he received the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award. MEREDITH SCHULTZ, J.D. serves as the Assistant Dean ofthe Walker School ofBusiness and Compliance Advisor for The Office of Academic Affairs at the College. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Pittsburghin2005. Meredith practiced law in the areas of insurance defense, worker’s compensation, and family law before coming to Mercyhurst College in 2006. She teaches “Law for Leaders” for the Organizational Leadership Graduate programinadditionto her teaching responsibilitiesfor the Walker School ofBusiness Ms. Schultzalso serves as an advisor to the Pre-Law Society at Mercyhurst College The Faculty

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