Leadership Profile

Faculty Members Honored with Promotion and Tenure:
April 18

The Cedar Crest College Board of Trustees has promoted two faculty members to full professor and three 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. Their acomplishments will be acknowledged at a ceremony on Thursday, April 18, 2013.

Ibolya Balog, CPA, M.B.A.

Ibolya Balog, CPA, M.B.A.Ibolya Balog, CPA, M.B.A. has been promoted to associate professor of business with tenure. Balog has been a member of the faculty since 2007, and took over as chair for the Department of Business and Management in 2012.

While at Cedar Crest, Balog has played a vital role in student success as an advisor and mentor to accounting students, overseeing student internships and serving as an academic advisor to the Accounting Club and Student Government Finance Committee.

Prior to Cedar Crest, Balog was the Senior Manager at Parente Randolph LLC, Senior Accountant for Cohen & Rogozinski CPAs and Controller for the Bicycle Corporation of America.

Balog is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, American Accounting Association, Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountant, and the Institute of Management Accountants. Locally, Balog participates in the Rotary Club of Allentown, Allentown Symphony Association Board, Friends of the Allentown Parks, West Park Civic Association, City of Allentown Aggregate Pension Board and the City of Allentown Fire Civil Service Committee.

Balog earned a B.A. from Lehigh University and an M.B.A. from Temple University. She also completed the AACSB Bridge Program July 2007 PQ Faculty certificate and is a certified public accountant licensed in Pennsylvania.

Kathleen Boland, Ph.D., M.S.W., LCSW, ACSW

Kathleen Boland, Ph.D., M.S.W., LCSW, ACSWKathleen Boland, Ph.D., M.S.W., LCSW, ACSW has been promoted to professor of social work. Boland has taught at Cedar Crest since 2000, serving as the associate provost from 2007-2010.

Outside of the classroom, Boland has lent her expertise to the College in other ways, as a member of the Faculty Council, Middle States Steering Committee and Assessment Committee. She has served as the research coordinator for the annual Health, Wellness and Research Conference for the past ten years and developed the Child Welfare Certificate that was launched in 2010.

Boland is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers, Board Certified Diplomat in Clinical Social Work, National Association of Social Workers, and the Council on Social Work Education.

Boland is well respected within her field, having made numerous presentations to licensed clinicians on the subject of professional ethics. Her research and writing has been published in the Journal of Postsecondary Education, Gannet Education for CE Credit, College Student Journal, Society for the Teaching of Psychology, Council on Social Work Education, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics, The Journal of General Education and The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist.
Boland earned a B.A. in Psychology from Elizabethtown College, an M.S.W. from Adelphi University and a Ph.D. from Marywood University in Human Development/Social Work.

John Cigliano, Ph.D.

John Cigliano, Ph.D.John Cigliano, Ph.D. has been promoted to professor of biology. He has been a faculty member since 2000, having served as chair for the Department of Biological Sciences from 2008-2010 and currently as the director of biodiversity and conservation biology and the academic coordinator of the Hawk Mountain Program.

Cigliano serves as an advisor for biodiversity and conservation biology students and leads multiple field-based study abroad trips for students to places such as Belize, Guyana, and Costa Rica each year, in addition to participating in a number of campus committees including the Global Initiatives Advisory Committee and the Living Learning Communities Committee.

Much of Cigliano’s research focuses on the conservation of marine fisheries, the effect of global climate change and ocean acidification on marine populations and communities, and conservation education. He is currently the chair of the International Congress for Conservation Biology, Society for Conservation Biology and is on the board of directors for the Lehigh Valley Zoological Associates, Friends of the Allentown Parks, and the Marine Section of the Society for Conservation Biology.

His work has earned him several grants and published articles, and invitations to present at local, national, and international conferences and symposia, and to participate in national and international workshops. Most recently, Cigliano was invited by the Galapagos National Park and the Galapagos Conservancy to participate in the workshop Development of a Participatory Environmental Monitoring Program for the Galapagos as an expert on the use of citizen-scientists in marine research.

Cigliano earned his B.S. in Biology-Geology from the University of Rochester and Ph.D. in Biology from Boston University.

Kevin Gallagher, M.F.A.

Kevin Gallagher, M.F.A.Kevin Gallagher, M.F.A. has been promoted to associate professor of theatre with tenure. Gallagher has been a member of the faculty since 2007 and is also working as the production coordinator at the College. He was the chairperson of the Performing Arts Department from 2007-2010.

Gallagher teaches all aspects of technical theatre while also serving as the technical director for as many as nine productions per year, creating original technical designs for several of the Cedar Crest Stage Company productions including Metamorphosis, Nordost and Chicago the Musical.

He has worked as a technical director and production manager for theatres across the country including Stage Repertoire Theatre in Houston, Texas, American Stage Festival in Nashua, N.H., Connecticut Repertoire Theatre in Storres, Conn., and The Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Va. Prior to his arrival at Cedar Crest, Gallagher taught at Emerson College in Boston, Mass. and Ramapo College in Mahwah, N.J.

Gallagher has been an integral member of campus, serving two terms as Faculty Secretary and having been on several campus committees including co-chair of the Living Learning Communities and faculty development.

Gallagher earned a B.A. in Theatre from DeSales University (formerly Allentown College OSFS) and an M.F.A. in Technical Direction from the University of Connecticut.

Outside of Cedar Crest, Gallagher coaches girls and boys soccer, basketball and football for the South Parkland Youth Association and is a Cub Scout Leader in South Whitehall Township.

Sharon M. Melincavage, D.Ed., R.N., ANP-BC, CNE

Sharon M. Melincavage, D.Ed., R.N., ANP-BC, CNESharon M. Melincavage, D.Ed., R.N., ANP-BC, CNE has been promoted to associate professor of nursing with tenure. She has been a member of the faculty at Cedar Crest College since 2004, and teaches courses in the nurse educator track in the graduate nursing program. She also teachers several courses in the undergraduate nursing program including fundamentals of nursing, research in nursing, and several other courses.

An accomplished researcher, her research interest is in anxiety in student nurses in the clinical setting and she has published her research, “Student Nurses’ Experiences of Anxiety in the Clinical Setting” in Nurse Education Today. She also co-published “Panel Discussion: Creating a Spirit of Inquiry in the Classroom” in the Journal of College Teaching and Learning. She currently reviews articles for the McMaster Online Rating of Evidence and for Nurse Education Today. She was awarded the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Theta Rho Nurse Research Award in 2007. Melincavage most recently co-earned the “Best Paper Award” by The Clute Institute at the 2012 Orlando International Academic Conference.

She is a member of the National League for Nursing, an elected officer and member of Pennsylvania League for Nursing - Area 2, a Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society member, and a proud life member of The Reading Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Association and Penn State Alumni Association.

Melincavage earned a Diploma in Nursing from The Reading Hospital School of Nursing, a B.S. in Nursing from Kutztown University, a M.S. in Nursing from Bloomsburg University and a D.Ed. from Pennsylvania State University. She also practices as an adult health nurse practitioner in acute and long-term care settings.