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“The Convivium is rest from labors, release from cares, and nourishment of genius;
it is the demonstration of love and splendor, the food of good will, the seasoning of
friendship, the leavening of grace and the solace of life.”
         Marsilio Ficino


Neumann University’s Office of Academic Affairs held its second annual Fall Faculty Convivium on Wednesday, October 26, 2011. Convivium is a Latin word meaning a banquet or gathering, from con + vivo – literally, to live together. 


In the longstanding tradition of Franciscan hospitality, faculty gather together once yearly to share scholarship and best practices through presentations to their colleagues, along with a setting providing good food, good music and good company.  Dean of Arts and Sciences Dr. Mac Given and Assistant Professor of Chemistry Sylvia Riviello provided a medley of jazz standards played on clarinet and piano, respectively, from the great American songbook. 


This year’s Convivium was no exception. Held at the Spiritual Center of Our Lady of Angels Convent with the warm and welcoming hospitality of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, the 2011 Fall Faculty Convivium featured poster and oral presentations by sixteen members of the Neumann University faculty.  Sr. Janet Thiel, OSF, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, organized the event and opened the evening with an invocation. Dr. Gerard O’Sullivan, Vice President for Academic Affairs, provided welcoming remarks.


The theme of this year’s Convivium was “Showcasing Faculty Scholarship According to Boyer’s Taxonomy.”  Faculty offered poster and oral presentations on their research and scholarship according to the system of classification developed by Ernest Boyer in his two most well known books, Scholarship Reconsidered: Priorities of the Professoriate (1990, 1997) and Scholarship Assessed: Evaluation of the Professoriate (1997).  


Boyer’s groundbreaking work categorized faculty scholarship according to four areas or types: scholarship of discovery; scholarship of integration; scholarship of application and; scholarship of teaching. Boyer’s approach broadened the academy’s understanding of research beyond traditional models and made research more broadly relevant to the demands of a rapidly changing and globalizing world. Boyer’s taxonomy is described below:





Dr. Randall Detra, Associate Professor of Science, opened this year’s Convivium with his presentation on “Environmental Consulting,” detailing work he has performed as an expert consultant on soil and water contamination by toxins in Delaware.  Dr. Detra’s work illustrated Boyer’s category of the scholarship of application. 


Following Dr. Detra’s presentation was Dr. Hasan Yonten’s paper on “A Study of Multilateralism in International Migration,” in which the assistant professor of Political Science discussed his original research on multilateral agreements and the migration of peoples from nation to nation through the last century.   Dr. Yonten’s presentation highlighted Boyer’s category of the scholarship of discovery.


Dr. Maria Traub, Associate Professor of French and Italian, followed with her presentation on “Flaubert and Francis: Stories of Conversion,” which provided a “map of reading” to Flaubert’s story “The Legend of Saint Julian the Hospitaller” published in Three Tales (Trois Contes), 1877.  Dr. Traub’s interpretation was based upon a comparison between the story of Flaubert’s protagonist and the life of Saint Francis of Assisi.  Dr. Traub’s presentation was an example of the scholarship of integration.


Finally, Dr. Constance Korteland’s presentation titled “Neumann Students and Inmates in a Philadelphia Prison Study Together in That Prison” detailed the experience of her students with the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, which brings students and prisoners together in a university-level course.  Dr. Korteland, Professor of Psychology and Criminal Justice, shared stories of life-transforming encounters between students and inmates and illustrated Boyer’s  categories of scholarship of teaching and scholarship of civic engagement – a later addition to the taxonomy. 


This year’s Convivium featured a number of highly successful poster presentations:  Dr. Mehdi Hojjat on “Global Education as a Community Service” (scholarship of application); Sr. Janet Thiel, OSF, Ph.D. on “End of Course Refelections:  Neumann’s Continuous Course Improvement” (scholarship of discovery); Dr. Janelle Ketrick-Gillespie, Lori Pellescki and Prof. James Kain on “Collaborating on Course Redesign – Reading and Writing” (scholarship of integration); Dr. James Houck and Sr. Suzanne Mayer, IHM, Ph.D. on “From Clinical Case to Capstone Project: A Process of Integration” (scholarship of integration); Dr. Gail Corso and dr. Colleen McDonough on “Preliminary Results of Ongoing Study: Integrating Speaking into Two-course Sequence of First-year Writing” (scholarship of teaching); Dr. Joseph Glass on “News via CMS” (scholarship of teaching) and; Prof. Marina Lutz and Dr. Theresa Pietsch on Diagram-a-Body:  Using a Concept Map to Identify Assessment and Care Planning Needs of a Patient” (scholarship of teaching). 


Convivium 2011
Dr. Gail Corso and Dr. Colleen McDonough share their research with Dr. Rosalie Mirenda, President of Neumann University, and Sr. Suzanne Mayer, IHM, Ph.D.
Convivium 2011
Dr. Maria Traub, Associate Professor of French and Italian, describes the stained glass
window illustrating the life of St. Julian the Hospitaller in France’s Rouen Cathedral.
Convivium 2011
Dr. Mac Given and Dr. Sylvia Riviello serenade their colleagues with jazz standards,
expertly rendered.
Convivium 2011
Dr. Joseph Glass discusses the work of Prof. James Kain, Ms. Lori Pellescki
and Dr. Janelle Ketrick-Gillespie.
Convivium 2011
Dr. Theresa Pietsch and Prof. Marina Lutz describe their work on concept-mapping
in Nursing education with Interim Dean of Business and Information Management,
Prof. Janet Massey.



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