"We also considered [the professors'] track record, examining what
they want to do and if they are in a good position to do it," explained
URC Chair Stephen Pirog, associate professor of marketing. "We not only
had to be impressed by their research agenda and its potential impact,
but also had to get a strong sense that the project is feasible and
The URC has awarded hundreds of faculty members since the 1990s and
represents one of the most competitive and longstanding sources of
faculty development at the University.
According to Nicholas Snow, interim director of the Office of Grants
and Research Services, "Scholarship is the major aspect of 'From
Strength to Strength,' President Gabriel Esteban’s strategic plan to be a
top national university." He added, "Research is a cornerstone of top
universities. Funding for this program was increased by about 10
percent by the provost this year."
The following faculty members represent the summer 2014 University Research Council Awardees:
Professor Margarita Balmaceda, School of Diplomacy and International
Relations, will be researching ways that natural resources can be used
as means of international power, i.e., Russian energy, from a
perspective of anthropology, critical geography and logistics, as well
as technical knowledge on energy production.
Assistant Professor of Classical Studies in the Department of
Languages, Literatures and CulturesRaymond Capra, College of Arts and
Sciences, will be researching the Greeks of Emporion 600-50 BC
(Empúries, Spain), and their settlements in the western Mediterranean.
Professor and Head of Technical Services in the University LibrariesMarta Deyrup will be documenting the activities of the Italian-language
publishing houses that sprang up in order to preserve the vanishing
history and culture of the Italian minority communities of coastal
Croatia after World War II.
Assistant Professor of Higher Education in the Department of
Education Leadership, Management and PolicyRobert Kelchen, College of
Education and Human Services, will be exploring whether state-level and
institutional-level factors are associated with the increase of student
fees in higher education.
Assistant Professor of HistoryVanessa May, College of Arts and
Sciences, will be conducting research for a book-length study of how
ideas about gender and motherhood shaped American educational policy in
urban neighborhoods in the post-World War II era.
Assistant Professor in Biological SciencesDaniel Nichols, College of
Arts and Sciences, will be doing research on the identification and
characterization of Molluseum Contagiosum Virus (MCV) immune-modulatory
Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and BiochemistryDavid Sabatino, College of Arts and Sciences, will be conducting
research on targeting human cancer cells with anti-cancer agents (e.g.
peptides and RNA) that can induce selective cancer cell death through
Professor of HistoryKirsten Schultz, College of Arts and Sciences,
will be developing Chapter 3, “Reason and Experience,” of her
book-in-progress, which discusses the Portuguese Empire, ca. 1700-1760.
Assistant Professor of EnglishDonovan Sherman, College of Arts and
Sciences, will be examining the subject of the soul. His current book
project about the theatricalities of the soul in Shakespeare contends
that Shakespeare’s drama provides a framework by which we can explore
Associate Professor Zheng Wang, School of Diplomacy and International
Relations, will be researching a comparative study that examines the
differences between teaching the wartime period history (1931-1945) in
Chinese and Japanese secondary schools, including curricula, textbooks,
and history narratives.
Nicholas Snow believes that this year's award recipients, a mix of
junior and senior faculty from several of the University's schools and
colleges, are among Seton Hall's finest scholars. "These projects," he
emphasized, "are expected to bring national and international
recognition to them and to Seton Hall."
For more information please contact: Amy Timmes (973) 275-2974 firstname.lastname@example.org