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Allentown, PA (April 22, 2005) - The Cedar Crest College Board of Trustees has promoted three faculty members to full professors and two faculty members to associate professor with tenure. These five 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 21, 2005.

Dr. Alan Hale has been promoted to full professor. He has been a member of the Cedar Crest College faculty since 1984. He received his B.S. in Biology with a concentration in Ecology, Evolution & Systematics from Cornell University and a M.S. in Ecology from Pennsylvania State University. He earned his Ph.D. in Biology from Idaho State University, where his doctoral research focused on mathematical ecology and the assembly of natural communities.

Since 1988 Hale has involved nearly 500 students in his research program, which has evolved from theoretical and applied ecology to conservation genetics, and the genetic diversity of natural populations to molecular genetics of viruses and their hosts and emerging infectious diseases. In 1994 he was awarded a National Science Foundation grant to encourage freshmen research in molecular biology. Hale has been invited to speak about the undergraduate research opportunities at Cedar Crest at Project Kaleidoscope: A National Colloquium in Washington, and at the annual meetings of the American Society for Microbiology and the American Institute of Biological Sciences.

Currently, Dr. Hale is Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences and is working with other professors within the department to provide even more opportunities for their students.

Dr. Kent Fitzgerald has been promoted to associate professor with tenure. He is director of the Neuroscience program at Cedar Crest College. Dr. Fitzgerald specializes in neurophysiology and neuropharmacology. At Cedar Crest, he has developed a research program examining the cellular actions of herbal substances in the central nervous system. Aside from teaching courses in Biology and Neuroscience, Dr. Fitzgerald also serves as an advisor to the College’s Pre-Medicine students. Dr. Fitzgerald received his Ph.D. in Psychobiology from Yale University, and his B.A. in Psychology from Haverford College.

Dr. Fitzgerald received the Cedar Crest College Faculty Development Award in 1999 and has been widely published in proceedings and journals including Journal of Neurophysiology, Learning & Memory, Journal of Neuroscience and Physiology and Behavior among others.

Dr. Richard Kliman has been promoted to associate professor with tenure. He is the director of the Bioinformatics Program at Cedar Crest and teaches courses in Genetics and Bioinformatics. Dr. Kliman received his A.B. in Biology and Music from Colby College and a Ph.D. in Biology from Wesleyan University. Dr. Kliman was a Postdoctoral Fellow at both Rutgers University and Harvard University.

Dr. Kliman’s research on population genetics and molecular evolution has been published in journals that include Genetics, The Journal of Molecular Evolution and Molecular Biology and Evolution. He and his research students have presented at meetings of the Society for the Study of Evolution, Lehigh Valley Ecology and Evolution Society, New England Molecular Evolutionary Biologists and the Pennsylvania Academy of Science. His research is supported by the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Kliman serves as associate editor for Genetica and The Journal of Molecular Evolution.

Dr. E. Allen Richardson has been promoted to full professor. He has been a teacher of religious studies at Cedar Crest since 1998 and has served as the chaplain of the College since 1992. A historian of religions, Richardson specializes in the transplantation of mainstream Asian religions to the United States. His first book, “East Comes West: Asian Religions and Cultures in North America” (The Pilgrim Press, 1985) was one of the earliest studies of the movement of Asian religions to the United States following immigration reforms in 1965. Later, his work, “Strangers in a Strange Land: Pluralism and the Response to Diversity in the United States,” (The Pilgrim Press, 1988) was used as a textbook for field researchers in Harvard University’s Pluralism Project. He is currently exploring the evangelical abolitionist tradition with a focus on the American Missionary Association (AMA). Dr. Richardson earned his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University, his master’s degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York and his Ph.D. in Oriental Studies - South Asia, from the University of Arizona.

Dr. Richardson teaches a number of courses related to transplanted Asian religions in the United States. He is a research affiliate (in conjunction with Dr. Catherine Cameron) of the Pluralism Project at Harvard University. In addition, Dr. Richardson was the recipient of the 2000 Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is also one of the founders of the Interfaith Alliance of the Lehigh Valley.

Dr. Kim E. Spiezio has been promoted to full professor. He is chair of the department of History, Law and Politics. Dr. Spiezio received his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in history and political science from the State University of New York at Binghamton. His dissertation focused on policy analysis and world politics.

At Cedar Crest, he served as executive academic coordinator for the College’s Participating in Democracy Project, a three-year project that sought to increase civic engagement among America’s college students. Additionally, Dr. Spiezio has published and presented at national and regional conferences on civic engagement. He has presented papers at the annual meetings of the Midwest Political Science Association, International Peace Science Society, and the International Studies Association, among others.

While at Cedar Crest, Dr. Spiezio has served on various faculty committees, led the International Studies Program and advised the Model United Nations Club.

Locally, Dr. Spiezio was listed as one of the area’s “Movers and Shapers” in Lehigh Valley Magazine. He often serves as the moderator for the League of Women Voters' debates in the Lehigh Valley.

For more information, please contact the College Relations Office at 610-740-3790.




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