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Celebration of Faculty Scholarship and Service

This guide displays many of Pitt-Greensburg faculty's accomplishments in scholarship and service during the 2019-2020 academic year.


Sayre Greenfield: Co-editor and contributor to the book Birds in Eighteenth-century Literature: Reason, Emotion, and Ornithology, 1700-1840.  Co-authored "Modernity and Antiquity in Northanger Abbey" with Dr. Linda Troost.  Published review of Jane Austen and Masculinity by Michael Kramp in The Eighteenth-century Intelligencer.

Lori Jakiela: "In Line at the Drive-Through Pharmacy" StoryNews, September 2019. "10 Questions with Lori JakielaPittsburgh Magazine, March 2020. "Simple Declarative Sentences" Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 2019. "Malfunction" "In What Language Does the Rain Fall?" and "How Books Save My Life" Nerve Cowboy, Fall 2019. Co-editor for an online anthology of pandemic humor writing, launched May 2020.

Kelli Maloy: "Twenty-First-Century Irish Fiction Writers" in the Dictionary of Literary Biography.

Bryan McCarthy: Co-authored "Founding Father Wokeness and Socialism for Republicans: The Constitutional Foundation for Every Election Our Union Has Left to Offer" with Jon Ungerland, The Libertarian Republic, February 2020.

Silvina Orsatti: "Critical and Social Justice Approaches" ACTFL SIG Newsletter, October 2019. "Teaching about Social Justice with Digital Games" PA Language Forum, Spring 2020.

William Pamerleau: "Film Realism and the Possibility of Using Cinematic Characters as Moral Examples" Cinema: Journal of Philosophy and the Moving Image, December 2019. "Bad Faith in Film Spectatorship" Film-Philosophy, July 2020.

Stephen Schrum12 Steps to Better Staging: Dr. Schrum's Practical Handbook for Staging Plays2019.

Stacey Triplette: "Death and Ritual in Don QuixoteCervantes: The Bulletin of the Cervantes Society of America, Fall 2019. 

Chris Bartley: Conducted the Pitt-Greensburg Chorale's performance of "First Noel."  "Music Practicum: Audio and Video Editing" Digital Humanities Summer Institute, June 2019.

Elizabeth Contreras: "Digital Field Trips and Cultural Touring" presented at NECTFL's 66th Annual Conference, New York City, NY, February 2020.

Anne Czerwinski: "Grumpkins, White Walkers and Snarks: Game of Thrones' Zombie Apocalypse: A Climate Change Warning" presented at the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, November 2019.

Jessica Ghilani: "Night of the Living Dead: Zombie Film Audiences, Then and Now" presented at the Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, November 2019.

Sayre Greenfield: "Ackermann's Repository of the Arts and Emma" with Dorothea Lint at the 15th International Congress on the Enlightenment, Edinburgh, UK, July 2019. "Jane as Janus: Modernity and Antiquity in Northanger Abbey" with Dr. Linda Troost at the Austen Society of North America, Williamsburg, VA, October 2019.  Co-delivered a plenary address, with Dr. Linda Troost, at the Jane Austen Festival, St. Louis, MO, December 2019. Accepted an invitation to serve as a respondent to the paper on the Natural History of Barbados at the Society for Eighteenth-century Studies Conference, March 2020.*

Lori Jakiela: Delivered readings at: Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, November 2019. The Union Project in Pittsburgh supporting the Clarion University Scholarship Program, October 2019. Clarion University, November 2019. Virtual readings at: White Whale bookstore, May 2020. City of Asylum, May 2020. Writers Conference of Northern Appalachia, May 2020.

Shujiang Lu: "Singing in the Migrant Rain: Teaching Li-Young Lee as a Cultural Crossings" Midwest Modern Language Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, November 2019.

Kelli Maloy: "Derry Girls: Coming of Age Amidst the Troubles" as part of the "TV Disasters: Man-Made and Natural" panel at the Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture Association Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, November 2019. "Crash Course 2019" Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture Association Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, November 2019.

Amber McAlister: Abstract accepted for presentation at the Renaissance Society of America's Annual Meeting*, 2020. Photographic works accepted into the juried show "Regional Women Art Exhibit" at the Harlan Gallery, Seton Hill University, October 2019. Third place winner for photography at Pitt-Greensburg's Blue and Gold Celebration Weekend, 2019.

Bryan McCarthy: Guest on The Doc is in the House, D.W.C. Porch Trappin' podcast, November 2019. Panelist for the Dosed documentary at Row House Cinema, Pittsburgh, PA, January 2020. Special guest via Zoom on "Psychedelics and God" Drug Test with Sarah Siskind, March 2020. "Psychedelics and Responsible God-Talk" Intercollegiate Psychedelics Summit, Harvard University, April 2020*. "Psychedelics and Evangelical Christianity" PSPS Seminar Series, Penn Society for Psychedelic Science, University of Pennsylvania, April 2020*.

Silvina Orsatti: "Tackling Social Justice Topics with Digital Games" Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association Conference, State College, PA, October 2019. "Using Digital Games to Teach Social Justice" Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo & Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, February 2019.

John Prellwitz: "Whose Humanity? Whose Heroes? Whose Futures? An Interruption Beyond Perfection and Defeatism" 4th Biennial Philosophy of Communication Conference: Philosophy & Rhetoric of Corporate Communication, Pittsburgh, PA, June 2019.

Stephen Schrum: Directed the Pitt-Greensburg Theatre production of Chekov in Yalta, Fall 2019. 

Stacey Triplette: Papers accepted for presentations at  Renaissance Society of America, March 2020*, and Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, April 2020*.

Chris Bartley:  Joined the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh for several performances.

Elizabeth Contreras: Served on the Advisory Board for the 2019 Hispanic Month Celebration at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art.

Jessica Ghilani: Delivered six public presentations on the related topics and issues of fake news, American journalism and democracy, and digital technologies to a wide array of audiences including the University of Pittsburgh and several local Pittsburgh area public libraries and community education programs and senior communities.

Lori Jakiela: Taught workshops and online courses for the Creative Nonfiction Foundation. Served as curator for the Sunday Poem section in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Offered workshops in support of the Writing Pathways Community, Pandemonium: Zoom Creative Writing Workshops, and Veterans Write. Spokesperson for Penn Trafford High School Drama Guild.

Bryan McCarthy: "Suffering and Simplicity" presentation at St. Franci of Assisi Parish, Masontown, PA, March 2020.*

Silvina Orsatti: Presented a lesson on Cuba to the 7th grade students at Valley School of Ligonier, May 2020. Invited to perform five folk songs from Argentina during the Hispanic Heritage Festival at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, October 2019.

William Pamerleau: Delivered a public talk on "Authenticity" at East Suburban Unitarian Universalist Church, January 2020.

John Prellwitz: Serves on the Board for the nonprofit organization Artistic Prosperity.

Stephen Schrum: Provides mentoring, creative, and technical support for the nonprofit organization Artistic Prosperity.

Gretchen Underwood: Provided education and publicity support for a Rabbit Wranglers event held at Row House Cinema, Pittsburgh, PA. Volunteered at the Mid-Atlantic Bunfest.

Chris Bartley: Served as Clinician and rehearsed the Shippensburg University Choir.

Elizabeth Contreras: Secretary for the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of AATSP.

Anne Czerwinski: Reviewer for the Environmental Communication division of the National Communication Association Conference.

Jessica Ghilani: Panelist for the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship competition.

Lori Jakiela: Judge for the 2020 Saroyan Prize for International Writing at Stanford University.

Amber McAlister: Global Competence Certificate Program through Faculty and Staff Development Program at University of Pittsburgh.

Bryan McCarthy: Directed the Sleeping Octopus Assembly on Psychedelics (SOAP) II, Wilkinsburg, PA, September 2019.

Silvina Orsatti: Elected member of the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association-Executive Committee.

William Pamerleau: Invited to referee an article for Essays in Philosophy.

John Prellwitz: Served as Immediate Past President of the National Communication Association, Communication Ethics Division. Reviewer for the Journal of Communication and Religion and Pennsylvania Communication Annual.

Stephen Schrum: Invited to review the play Therese Raquin, directed by Thomas Donnaruma of Iona College, NY.

Stacey Triplette: Reviewer: Grant applications in Digital Humanities for the National Endowment for Humanities, the article "Translating the Female Body: Margaret Tyler's Mirror of Princely Deeds and Knighthood" for the journal Comparative Literature Studies, and the textbook Advanced Spanish Proficiency: Environmental Sustainability in Latin America for Taylor& Francis. Accepted invitation from NEH to review special grants from the CARES act, Summer 2020.

Anne Czerwinski: Awarded a SIP Grant for her proposal to develop an experiential learning course, tentatively titled, "Experiential Learning with the Lakota Peoples."

Jessica Ghilani: Award recipient, Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum Aviation Space Writers Foundation.

Amber McAlister: PI for "Pitt-Greensburg and ULS Partnership with West Overton Village & Museum: Photogrammetry, GIS, and Virtual Tours" supported by Chancellor's SEED Funding Award.

Stephen SchrumWash Hands, Save Lives, received the Special Mention in the online Global Shorts Festival, April 2020.