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Allentown, PA (September 23, 2004) - Cedar Crest College announces the following appointments to its faculty:

Management & Business

W. Michael Donovan, Associate Professor and Chair of Management and Business - Professor Donovan brings 29 years of experience to Cedar Crest, having worked in banking, manufacturing, sales, regional economic development and education. He is also a Certified Management Accountant. Donovan is the former Chair of the Business Administration department at Southern Maine Community College, and was also a member of the adjunct faculty at Husson College and Westbrook College and the University of Southern Maine. He received his MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business where he graduated with honors and as class valedictorian. Donovan currently is pursuing a Ph.D. in Public Policy at the University of Southern Maine's Edmund Muskie School for Public Service, and is concerned with how policy contributes to a creative and innovative culture within regional populations.

At Cedar Crest, Professor Donovan will teach classes in New Ventures, Marketing, Leadership, and Ethics. Further, he will focus attention on the importance of liberal arts in the education of women leaders and entrepreneurs, a research center for women's entrepreneurship and partnerships with regional, state, national and international organizations.


James Ealy, Jr., Assistant Professor of Education and Director of Graduate Program in Education - Professor Ealy brings more than 35 years of teaching experience to the education department at Cedar Crest where he will focus on science and math education for pre-service and in-service teachers. Ealy received his undergraduate degree from Shippensburg University and his Master of Education from Lehigh University. Ealy has nearly completed his Ph. D. in Science Education from Columbia University. He is the recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Math Teaching and was both a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and visiting research fellow at Princeton University.

At Cedar Crest, Professor Ealy will teach classes that prepare future educators in science and math methods for grades K-8, secondary teachers for grades 9-12 and graduate students, as well as research and design methods. Currently, he is conducting research on "The Role and Effectiveness of Handheld Technology to Remediate Students' and Teachers' Science misconceptions.

Patricia Walsh Coates, Assistant Professor of Education - Professor Walsh Coates has been an instructor of education and history at both secondary schools and higher education institutions in Pennsylvania for more than fifteen years. Most recently she was an instructor of education at Kutztown University. She has also taught history at West Chester University where she received her undergraduate degree in History. Her education includes a Master of Education in Social Studies Instruction from Widener University and a Master of Arts in American History from Lehigh University. She is currently finishing her dissertation in 20th century Feminist History at Lehigh.


Amy Edgar MSN, RN, CNS, Assistant Professor of Nursing - Professor Edgar brings her experience in supervision and training, project management and administration in both clinical practice and education to Cedar Crest's nursing program. She was awarded a Bachelor of Science in nursing by Allentown College of Saint Francis de Sales (De Sales University) and a Master of Science in nursing with a concentration in Child and Family Mental Health from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a clinical nurse specialist, most recently having practiced at The Reading Hospital and Medical Center and was formerly Instructor of Nursing at Lehigh Carbon Community College.

At Cedar Crest, Professor Edgar will utilize her area of specialty, psychiatric nursing, as she coordinates and teaches "Mental Health Promotion," a course that focuses on the professional nurse's role in promoting optimal mental health.

Rosemary Fliszar RN, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Nursing - Professor Fliszar joins the Cedar Crest College Nursing Department with more than 30 years of clinical practice and education experience. She has held faculty positions at Alvernia College, St. Luke's School of Nursing and DeSales University, among others. Fliszar received her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from Cedar Crest College and a Master of Science in Nursing from Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales. She was awarded her Ph.D. in Nursing from Duquesne University. Her areas of interest include gerontology and culture care practices and issues. In July 2004, she presented her research entitled, "Culture Care of Elderly Puerto Ricans in a Community Setting" at the Sigma Theta Tau International Research Conference in Dublin, Ireland.

At Cedar Crest, Professor Fliszar will teach courses that focus on the aging adult, professional nursing concepts and the professional nursing seminar.

Sharon Statue RN, MSN, CRNP, Assistant Professor of Nursing - Professor Statue brings her experience as both an educator and nurse practitioner. She was formerly an instructor at the Pottsville Hospital School of Nursing and the Reading Hospital School of Nursing where she taught medical and surgical nursing in the classroom and clinical area. Statue received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Kutztown University and was awarded a Master of Science in Nursing - Adult Health from Bloomsburg University. She is currently working to attain her doctoral degree in Adult Education at Penn State University - Harrisburg.

At Cedar Crest, Professor Statue will teach "Concepts of Professional Nursing" and "Health Promotion."


Donna Mohr Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Chemistry - Professor Mohr will support both the chemistry and forensic science concentration programs in her new position at Cedar Crest. She was formerly a visiting scientist at the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Quantico, VA, and both a research and teaching assistant at Michigan State University. Mohr received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Drexel University, and was awarded a Master of Science in Criminal Justice, specialization in Forensic Science and doctorate in Analytical Chemistry from Michigan State University. Her current research focuses on developing new ink dating methods.

At Cedar Crest, Professor Mohr will teach Inorganic Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry: Instrumental Analysis to which she will add a forensic science application lab component.


Amy Reese Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology - Professor Reese brings more than ten years of teaching and laboratory experience to the Biology Department at Cedar Crest College. She has held positions at the University of Minnesota and Washington University. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from The College of Wooster and was awarded doctorate from the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics at the University of Minnesota. Reese was also a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Department of Molecular Microbiology, Washington University School of Medicine. Her research focuses on a fungal organism that can cause disease in people with suppressed immune systems such as those with AIDS or those who have undergone organ transplants.

At Cedar Crest, Professor Reese will teach microbiology courses and will instruct laboratory sections in both microbiology and introductory biology. In the spring, she will feature a new course on microbial pathogenesis that will focus on the microorganisms that are responsible for many common diseases, as well as aspects of virology and immunology.


Robert Wilson, Instructor of Humanities - Professor Wilson joins the Humanities Department at Cedar Crest having most recently served as a Teaching Fellow in English at Lehigh University. Prior to that position, Wilson was a member of the adjunct faculty at Cedar Crest College, Moravian College and Lehigh Carbon Community College. He received a Bachelor of Arts in English, Pre-Law and History and a Master of Arts in Literature from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Wilson is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Literature at Lehigh University. His scholarly area of focus is in 19th- and 20th- century American Literature.

At Cedar Crest, Professor Wilson will teach a variety of courses including American Literature, Native American Literature, Composition and Literary Theory.



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