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Critical Concern Faculty Collaboratives

Our interdisciplinary collaboratives bring together faculty from across academic departments to mutually advance interdisciplinary teaching, research and/or University initiatives related to the critical concerns of the Sisters of Mercy and the mercy, Catholic vocation of Salve Regina.

Two faculty collaboratives focusing on the critical concerns of earth and race have been convened, with six McAuley Scholars named to each collaborative. Each scholar works with at least one student research assistant, collaborating on the work of their McAuley initiative.

Mercy Faculty Collaborative: Earth

Dr. Thomas Arruda

Associate professor, Department of Chemistry
McAuley initiative: Storing energy from environmentally responsible sources

Dr. Heather Axen

Assistant professor, Department of Biology and Biomedical Sciences
McAuley initiative: Translating climate research for social impact through art and story

Dr. Jameson Chace

Professor, Department of Biology and Biomedical Sciences and Department of Cultural, Environmental and Global Studies
McAuley initiative: Coordinated arboreta phenology and cross-mercy institution education

Dr. Craig Condella

Professor, Department of Cultural, Environmental and Global Studies and Department of Philosophy
McAuley initiative: Environmental justice through civic engagement

Jodie Mim Goodnough

Assistant professor, Department of Art and Art History
McAuley initiative: Biophilia

Dr. Jen McClanaghan

Associate professor, Department of English, Communications and Media
McAuley initiative: The poetry shed

Mercy Faculty Collaborative: Race

Dr. Oyenike Balogun-Mwangi

Assistant professor, Department of Psychology
McAuley initiative: Cover girls: A cross-cultural content analysis of cover models in Nigerian and Kenyan women’s magazines

Lindsay Guarino

Associate professor, Department of Music, Theatre and Dance
McAuley initiative: Africanist aesthetics and equity in jazz dance

Dr. Amanda Minor

Associate professor, Department of Counseling, Leadership and Expressive Arts
McAuley initiative: Considering race: An exploration of counselor education conference planning

Dr. Timothy Neary

Professor, Department of History
McAuley initiative: Developing an undergraduate course on the intersections of religion and race in American history

Dr. Tracy Pelkowski

Assistant professor, Department of Education
McAuley initiative: Exploring racial identity: Examining the experiences of pre-service teachers in secondary education

Dr. Heather Pizzanello

Assistant professor, Department of Social Work
McAuley initiative: Examining the intersecting points of reality at the cultural margins