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Allentown, PA (April 12, 2007) - The Cedar Crest College Board of Trustees has promoted three faculty members to full professor and four faculty members to associate professor with tenure. These seven professors have served the College and the community with their outstanding teaching abilities and professional contributions and were acknowledged at a ceremony on Thursday, April 12, 2007.

Dr. James Brancato, director of the communication program at Cedar Crest College, has been promoted to full professor of communication. Dr. Brancato began teaching at Cedar Crest in 1992. He received a Bachelor of Science in public communications from Syracuse University, a Master of Arts in American intellectual history from Purdue University and a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Colorado. Dr. Brancato has served as chair of communication program since 1994. He has taught courses on every level in the College's communication program ranging from mass communication to journalism and video production.  He has also taught popular special topics courses like "Bob Dylan and the Beatles in the 1960s" and "The Vietnam War in Film." He has been published in "Film and History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Film and Television Studies" and has presented or co-presented at major conferences and meetings including the Popular Culture Association Conference, Eastern Sociological Society, and the Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association. Dr. Brancato won the Alumnae Association Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence in 2003.


Dr. LuAnn McCracken Fletcher is promoted to full professor of English.  Dr. Fletcher began teaching at Cedar Crest College in 1993. Dr. Fletcher received her bachelor's degrees in English and psychology and her master's in English from Lehigh University. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles.  At Cedar Crest, Dr. Fletcher serves as director of the English program and co-director of the gender studies program. She has taught over 25 different courses in literature, gender studies, and college-wide initiatives.  Dr. Fletcher's research interests focus primarily on British literature. Most recently, she has written papers about the immensely popular Harry Potter series and presented them at conferences including the Modern Language Association Convention and The Witching Hour: A Harry Potter Symposium. She is co-editor of the book "Victorian Prose: An Anthology," published by Columbia University Press.  Dr. Fletcher is a member of the Modern Language Association and the American Association of University Professors.


Marion McCorry has been promoted to associate professor in the performing arts and has received tenure. McCorry received a bachelor's degree in speech and theatre from Hunter College and an M.F.A. from Brooklyn College. Additional study and training included working with the distinguished actress/teacher, Uta Hagen, founder of the HB Studio, where Marion also teaches.  At Cedar Crest, Marion has taught the College's acting and directing courses, and has advised students in those areas.  She has directed and sometimes served as playwright/adapter, for numerous Cedar Crest Stage productions and has performed onstage regionally as well as off-Broadway in "Extremities" with Susan Sarandon and Farrah Fawcett. Her film credits include "The Thomas Crown Affair," "Signs,", "The Door in the Floor," "She Hate Me" and most recently, "Stephanie Daley," winner of the Sundance Film Festival's 2006 Best Screenplay Award. Marion has appeared on television in "Spin City", "Law and Order" and "Sex and The City" and is a member of The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, in addition to the Screen Actors Guild, the Actor's Equity Association and the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.


Dr. Kerrie Quinn Baker has been promoted to associate professor of psychology and has also received tenure. Dr. Baker began teaching at Cedar Crest in 2001. She received a B.S. in psychology from Pennsylvania State University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology from Old Dominion University. Dr. Baker has practiced applied psychology over the last ten years in private and public organizations - including six years as a personnel research psychologist for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Research interests include: assessment and program evaluation; the functioning of teams under stressful conditions and the acceptance of non-traditional team members; the unique challenges faced by organizations in hiring and retaining the newest generation of employees; critical issues faced by women in the workplace, and the characteristics of women leaders and entrepreneurs. Dr. Baker has been heavily involved in the College's Health Connection Program - serving as one of the coordinators for the annual Health and Wellness Conference and working with colleagues on a longitudinal health study of its participants. She has made presentations at organizations and meetings including the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, the Annual Meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.


Dr. Elizabeth Meade, chair of the department of humanities, has been promoted to full professor of philosophy. Dr. Meade began teaching at Cedar Crest College in 1993. She received her bachelor's degree in German language and literature from Bryn Mawr College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Boston College in Philosophy.   She made valuable contributions to the development of The Ethics Institute, which she served on beginning in 1993 and chaired from 2002-2003. She also was instrumental in the development of the College's service-learning course, "The Ethical Life," and published the College's text for "The Ethical Life," which she co-wrote with Suzanne Weaver. Dr. Meade has authored articles that appeared in "The Journal of Professional Ethics," and in the anthology "Hannah Arendt: Twenty Years Later," edited by Lawrence May and Jerome Kohn and published by MIT Press. Through Coplay Press, She is also the author or co-author of a number of conference papers which she presented both in the U.S. and abroad including at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, the International Association of Bioethics, and the Annual Meeting for the Society of Ethics Across the Curriculum.  In addition, Meade has served as both a panel member and as a presenter at a number of workshops and is an accomplished public speaker. She is a member of several professional organizations including American Philosophical Association, the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, The Association for Practical and Professional Ethics and the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum.


Dr. Micah Sadigh has been promoted to associate professor of psychology and has also received tenure. Dr. Sadigh began teaching at Cedar Crest College as an adjunct faculty member in 1999 and has been a full-time professor since 2001. He received his bachelor's degree in clinical psychology from Moravian College, and his master's and doctorate in counseling psychology from Lehigh University. He completed his postdoctoral work in Behavioral Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Sadigh teaches courses with a focus on clinical psychology.  In 2002, Dr. Sadigh's publications and scientific contributions were recognized by the International College of Psychosomatic Medicine in Geneva, and he was given the status of a Fellow of that organization.  His publications include work on sleep disorders, personality disorders, stress and disease and posttraumatic stress disorder. He is the author of three books and is currently working on a fourth book, which is due for publication in 2008.  Dr. Sadigh has been heavily involved in the College's Health Connection Program and developed the concept for the Annual Conference on Health and Wellness. After two years of preparations, he recently formed the College Women's Alliance for Health and Wellness. He is frequently quoted by local and national media outlets as an expert on various psychological topics.  He is a member of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, the American Psychosomatic Society, the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy, and the Society for Existential Analysis. He is a licensed psychologist certified by the State Board of Psychology in Pennsylvania and a Diplomate and a Fellow of the American Board of Medical Psychotherapists and Psychodiagnosticians.


Dr. K. Joy Karnas has been promoted to associate professor of biology and received tenure. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees in biology from the College of William and Mary, and a Ph.D. in molecular and cellular biology from the University of Arizona. She teaches several lecture and laboratory courses including upper-level courses in molecular genetics, DNA sequencing, and protein purification and analysis.  Dr. Karnas is director of the College's genetic engineering program. Her research focuses on lipoprotein biosynthesis using the tobacco hornworm (Manduca sexta) as a model system. She has also helped students develop research projects in diverse areas of biology which has resulted in numerous presentations at the Pennsylvania Academy of Science annual conference. Her professional activities also include efforts to improve K-12 science education in the region including several workshops as part of the Da Vinci Science Center's Teacher Leader Institutes, which connect science academics with elementary school teachers to promote inquiry in the classroom. She co-developed the Science Majors Actively Recruiting for Teaching internship program (SMART) for Cedar Crest students, funded by a Math and Science Partnership grant from the National Science Foundation. She has also trained local teachers in the use of biotechnology through the state-funded Science in Motion outreach program. Karnas has coordinated the College's Biology Olympics high school competition for the last five years.


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