CSSR Student Paper Competition

Please encourage your students to submit papers to the Center for Social Science Research’s Sixth Annual Student Paper Competition. Any paper written by a SUNY Oneonta student is eligible as long as it addresses some topic of concern for the social sciences. Papers may cover topics or issues like sustainability, poverty, environmental change, peace and conflict, education, politics, history, architecture, religion, identity, diversity, etc. Awards will be given in two categories: Long essay (6-15 pgs, $100) and Short essay (up to 5 pgs, $50).

Submission deadline: April 8, 2016.

For the complete submission guidelines, please see http://bit.ly/1pvK2P4. For more information about CSSR, please visit http://www.oneonta.edu/academics/ssr/

Karen Stewart Reappointment Considerations

As a matter of policy, the Department of Communication and Media invites members of the college community to provide input in the reappointment considerations of members of our faculty.  At this time, Karen Stewart is being considered for reappointment.  Written statements on this candidate may be submitted to Nathaniel Bouman, IRC B5 by 1:00 p.m. on Monday, April 18, 2016.  These statements will be confidential but no unsigned statements will be accepted.

New Staff Member: Sabrina Johnson-Taylor named Distance Education Coordinator

Please welcome Sabrina Johnson-Taylor, PhD to the SUNY Oneonta community.  Sabrina joins us as the Distance Education Coordinator. She can be reached at her office in 119A Netzer; phone 436-2800.

Sabrina spent just over 2 1/2 years as an instructional designer at Regis College. While at Regis, she established the school’s distance-learning infrastructure, which helped to align the school with standards outlined by its accrediting body. She also pioneered several college initiatives, such as ADA Compliance, Peer Mentoring, Lecture Capturing and iBooks Authoring. Her work in the school’s iPad initiative contributed to the University’s new credential, becoming an Apple Distinguished School, one out of 20 in the United States.

While working as instructional designer, she taught professional development workshops and seminars on the following:  Best Practices for Teaching and Learning in Online and Blended Courses, Flipping the Classroom, and ADA Compliance.

She received her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University at Albany in 2005. Her dissertation was a comparative study, examining the learning affordances of fully online, hybrid, and traditional teaching.

Sabrina not only graduated from the University at Albany but also teaches in their Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology (CDIT) graduate program. She has been teaching in this fully online program for 11 years. The program is ranked #4 in the country.

Fanli Jia Co-Authors Research Article

Fanli Jia, Psychology, co-authored a research article entitled “Age-related differences in moral identity across adulthood” which has been accepted for publication in one of the prestige journals in Psychology, Developmental Psychology (IF: 4.141).

In this study, age-related differences in adults’ moral identity were investigated. Moral identity was conceptualized a context-dependent self-structure that becomes differentiated and (re)integrated in the course of development and that involves a broad range of value-orientations. Based on a cross-sectional sample of 252 participants aged 14 to 65 years (148 women, M = 33.5 years, SD = 16.9) and a modification of the Good Self Assessment, it was demonstrated that mean-level of moral identity (averaged across the contexts of family, school/work and community) significantly increased in the adult years, whereas cross-context differentiation showed a non-linear trend peaking at the age of 25 years. Value-orientations that define individuals’ moral identity shifted so that self-direction and rule-conformity became more important with age. Age-related differences in moral identity were associated with, but not fully attributable to changes in personality traits. Overall, findings suggest that moral identity development is a life-long process that starts in adolescence but expands well into middle age.

Invitation to the Campus Community to learn of Results of Survey – April 19

The Climate Study Working group would like to invite all members of the campus community to join us in learning more about the results of the Environment for Living, Learning and Working survey that was implemented in the fall of 2015.  We already know that more than 1500 community members (faculty, staff and students) participated in the activity, and we hope you will come to find out what we learned.  Dr. Sue Rankin, of Rankin and Associates, specializes in assisting educational institutions in assessing campus climate and will be on hand to deliver the results and lead two community forums.

The dates and locations of the forums are listed below, for more information please contact Terrence Mitchell at terrence.mitchell@oneonta.edu or by calling x2830.  Hope to see you there!

  • Community Forum #1 – Tuesday April 19th, 12:00 – 1:30 pm, Otsego Grill, Morris Conference Center
  • Community Forum #2 – Tuesday April 19, 4:00 – 5:30 pm,  Craven Lounge, Morris Conference Center

Reminder: Convivium Luncheon and Program – Seats Still Available!

You are cordially invited to luncheon with the Oneonta Faculty Convivium on Wednesday, March 23, noon to 1:00 p.m., in Le Café, MorrisElizabeth Seale, Assistant Professor of Sociology, will present a talk titled, Relational Autonomy and Poverty: Low-Income Rural White Women in South Central NY”.

Abstract: Rural service providers often encounter clients who live in poverty and who additionally experience challenges that inhibit their ability to make decisions about the course of their lives. In this talk, I will attempt to reframe these challenges from being individual problems to thinking of them as problems inhabiting the relational. Ultimately, expressions of autonomy or experiences of limits to autonomy are relational matters, and better understood as such rather than as characteristics of individuals that need to be changed. For instance, being too intimidated by a physician to ask for clarification is less about the individual (i.e., being somehow more susceptible to intimidation as an individual) and more about the context in which an interaction occurs. In our assessments of the lives of the poor, people in general—not just service providers—too often find justification for their lesser status, alienate them further, and fail to make connections that could otherwise empower those who are economically insecure. I draw from interviews with a dozen women living in poverty in Delaware and Otsego counties in addition to case files and observations to examine the ways in which these women struggle to exercise autonomy in their lives, particularly in reference to family planning and health. The troubles of the poor, as they describe them and as I analyze them, come down to relational challenges, not merely individual problems such  mental health issues, addiction, low self-esteem, lack of motivation, lack of social skills, etc. It is how we relate to the poor and how they find themselves relating to other people that render these issues real roadblocks to autonomous decision-making.

Seating is limited.  To reserve a seat please call X2517 prior to March 21   Vegetarian meals are available.

To view the picture:  Low Income Lecture Picture

SRCA Day Participation Deadline is Friday, March 25

The 2016 Student Research & Creative Activity (SRCA) Day showcase will be held in the Hunt Union Ballroom on Wednesday, April 20. All students are welcome to participate, and we encourage presentation of projects that span the disciplines! The deadline to indicate participation and submit abstracts for presentation is Friday, March 25. Please submit project information via the online form available here. Projects will not be included for display at SRCA Day unless the requested information is submitted via the online form by the deadline.

Please check the SRCA Day website regularly for updates, including information on the Keynote Speaker (Dr. Kenneth R. Carter, UMass Amherst) and Luncheon, which will be held at noon on April 20 in The Waterfront, Hunt Union. A call for nominations for the 2016 College at Oneonta Foundation Awards for Excellence in Student Research & Creative Activity has been issued under separate cover.

Mark your calendars and plan to attend the SRCA Day event on April 20; and, encourage your students to participate and/or attend. Contact the Grants Development Office – kathy.meeker@oneonta.edu x2632 or christine.barberio@oneonta.edu x2434 – if you have questions regarding SRCA Day.