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Allentown, PA (April 26, 2006) - The Cedar Crest College Board of Trustees has promoted one faculty member to full professor and four 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 20, 2006.

DR.KATHLEEN BOLAND was promoted to associate professor of social work and sociology and received tenure. She joined the faculty in 2000. Dr. Boland holds her B. A. from Elizabethtown College, her M.S.W. from Adelphi University and a Ph. D. in human development/social work from Marywood University.

Dr. Boland’s specializations include medical ethics, organ donation, medical social work and research methods. Dr. Boland has taught classes at Cedar Crest including field education seminar, social work research methods and design, human behavior and the social environment, law and ethics, and generalist social work practice. Research activities included the development of the assessment portions of the College’s Participating in Democracy Project, and of the College’s national award winning Health Connection Program.

She is a licensed social worker in both the State of New York and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Dr. Boland has presented research at the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation Conference, the N.A.S.W. Pennsylvania Chapter Annual Conference, the Philadelphia Corporation on Aging, the American Society on Aging Annual Conference, the Pennsylvania Nurses Association Annual Conference, as well as at Bryn Mawr College and Marywood University, among others.

DR. JOHN CIGLIANO was promoted to associate professor with tenure. He earned his Ph. D. in biology from Boston University. He received a B. S. in biology-geology from the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY.

Prior to teaching at Cedar Crest College, Dr. Cigliano was an associate professor of marine biology and environmental science at Bradford College as well as a part-time professor at Northeastern University. At Cedar Crest College, Dr. Cigliano developed the biodiversity and conservation biology program. He has taught courses in ecology, freshman biology, biodiversity and conversation biology, marine biology, animal behavior, genetics, marine field ecology and conservation biology.

Dr. Cigliano is on the board of directors of the Marine Section of the Society for Conservation Biology. He is a research advisor for the Center for Marine Resource Studies at the School for Fields Studies in South Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands and is the academic coordinator of the Hawk Mountain Program. Dr. Cigliano’s research includes testing the assumptions of marine reserve design using the queen conch (Strombus gigas) as a model. This is part of major research initiatives with the Earthwatch Institute and of Conservation International. He is also studying the behavioral ecology of an introduced pest, the brown marmorated stinkbug (Halyomorpha halys). In addition, Dr. Cigliano is developing conservation education tools with the American Museum of Natural History and is working with the Wildlands Conservancy to study the impact of riparian restoration on a section of the Little Lehigh Creek.

DR.PAMELA KISTLER was promoted to full professor of chemistry. Dr. Kistler is the chair of the department of chemical and physical sciences. Among the courses taught by Dr. Kistler are general chemistry, physical chemistry, instrumental analysis, inorganic chemistry, environmental chemistry and allied health related chemistry.

An active member of the American Chemical Society, where she has served as councilor, Dr. Kistler has served on the board of trustees of the American Chemical Society Insurance Trust. A long-time member of the League of Women Voters, Dr. Kistler has served as the treasurer for the Easton Area chapter. She is a member of the Northampton County Open Space Advisory Board and has worked with local Girl Scout organizations to promote chemistry as a career field for women.

Dr. Kistler is an inorganic/solid state chemist, whose current research involves developing a method of incorporating de-inking sludge into cement matrices. Such cements will allow for the safe disposal of the sludge, as well as improve structural performance. Her research has appeared in numerous journals including publications by the American Chemical Society. She has presented research at the American Chemical Society’s national meeting. Dr. Kistler’s current research interests include the “Importance of Homework in Teaching and Learning General Chemistry,” and “Teaching Statistical Data Evaluation in the General Chemistry Laboratory.”

Dr. Kistler has received the Cedar Crest College Alumnae Excellence in Teaching Award as well as the College’s Spirit Award for service to the Cedar Crest community. She was awarded tenure from the College in 1996.

JILL ODEGAARD has been promoted to associate professor of art and received tenure. Odegaard has taught at Cedar Crest since 2000. She received a B. F. A. at Moorhead State University in Moorhead, MN and a M. F. A. from Minneapolis College of Art, Minneapolis MN.

Previously, Odegaard served as an adjunct faculty member in the interior design department of North Dakota State University and as an art instructor at Moorhead State University. Her ongoing exhibition history takes her from coast to coast. She has had solo exhibitions at Cedar Crest College, Minnesota State University, East Stroudsburg University, L&B Viewing Room of Portland, OR, and has been in group exhibitions at the Lake George Arts Project in Lake George, NY, the Soo Visual Art Center in Minneapolis, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art of Chicago, Williams Visual Arts Building at Lafayette College, and Lehigh University’s Girdler Gallery.

Odegaard has taught sculpture, contemporary art, principles of visual organization, papermaking, women artists and drawing, as well as ethical life. She created the Prayer Bundle Project in conjunction with the Cedar Crest College Health and Wellness Conference as well as the Cranes for Peace Project. She was part of the College’s Participating in Democracy Project, has served as advisor to the campus Art Society, an academic advisor for art therapy, internship coordinator for the art department and was the site coordinator of the L.V.A.I.C. Women’s Studies Conference. With support of the Art Society members she has been active in the campus Earth Day celebrations since 2000.

DR. JAMES SCEPANSKY has been promoted to associate professor of psychology and received tenure. Dr. Scepansky received a B.A. in psychology from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Kent State University in Kent, OH. Dr. Scepansky teaches several classes, including general psychology, experimental design and statistics, cognitive psychology, social psychology, as well as the capstone experience, psychology research.

Before joining the faculty at Cedar Crest, Dr. Scepansky taught for one year at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA, and for six years at Longwood University in Farmville, VA. Research interests are eclectic, and include impression formation, motivated skepticism, attitudes and persuasion, social cognition and issues related to the teaching of psychology.

Dr. Scepansky is Chair of the Cedar Crest College Institutional Review Board. He has been published in numerous publications including Computers & Education, Teaching of Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, College Student Journal and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. He has supervised more than two dozen student research projects and has more than twenty conference presentations, including at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, the Eastern Conference on the Teaching of Psychology, the Conference for the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, the American Psychological Association Convention, and the Society of Experimental Social Psychology.

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