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Seven Professors Join Saint Vincent College Faculty

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Posted: Wednesday Feb 20, 2013

Feb. 20, 2013

Seven professors joined the Saint Vincent College faculty full time for the 2012-2013 academic year, according to an announcement by Dr. John Smetanka, vice president for academic affairs and academic dean.

The new faculty include Br. Albert Gahr, O.S.B., assistant professor of biology; Dr. Jessica Harvey, assistant professor of communication; Dr. Jessica Hauser, assistant professor of psychology; Dr. Mary Anne Hazer, assistant professor of education; Dr. Kathleen Ramos, visiting instructor in education; Dr. Juan Carlos Rivas, assistant professor of modern and classical languages; and Mr. Michael Urick, instructor of business.

Br. Albert of Saint Vincent Archabbey earned a bachelor of science degree in biology with honor from Saint Vincent College, a master of arts in monastic studies from Saint Vincent Seminary, and a Ph.D. in genetics and developmental biology from West Virginia University. He has also done post-doctoral training in genomic research at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service’s National Center for Cool and Cold Water Aquaculture where he also served for three years as staff molecular biologist. A member of the American Physiological Society and the World Aquaculture Society, he has been recognized with induction into the Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society and Young Investigator Award by the Endocrinology and Metabolism Section of the American Physiological Society. The author of numerous publications, book chapters and abstracts, Br. Albert’s dissertation was titled, “Interaction between Positive and Negative Effectors of Embryonic and Postnatal Muscle Growth in the Chicken and the Mouse.”

Harvey earned a bachelor of arts degree in public relations at Purdue University, a master of arts degree in communication from Arizona State University, and a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Washington. The author of numerous manuscripts and conference papers, she is the co-author of two publications, Bumps and Tears on the Road to the Presidency and Forgiving Tactics and Relational Outcomes. She is a member of the National Communication Association, Western States Communication Association, Action for Media Education, National Association for Media Literacy Education and Action Coalition for Media Education.

Hauser earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology with highest honor from Albion College, a master of arts degree in clinical and developmental psychology and a Ph.D. in clinical and developmental psychology from Bowling Green State University. She has also done post-doctoral research at The Ohio State University Medical Center. The co-author of numerous publications, manuscripts and conference presentations, she also has clinical experience at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Psychological Services Center, Psychological Resources, Ltd. and the Children’s Resource Center and other places. She is a member of the American Psychology Association and the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.

Hazer earned bachelor of science and master of education degrees in elementary education at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, a master of education in learning disabilities from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Doctor of Education from the University of Pittsburgh. Active in community and athletic activities, she is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals and the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary School Principals. She has worked in various educational positions, most recently as assistant superintendent of elementary education in the Norwin School District.

Ramos earned a bachelor of arts degree in Spanish at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, a master of arts degree in foreign language education and a Ph.D. in Language, Literature and Culture at the University of Pittsburgh. She is a member of the International Reading Association, American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages and Delta Kappa Gamma International Women’s Educators’ Society.

Rivas earned a bachelor of arts degree and a master of arts degree in Spanish at the University of California, Riverside, and completed his Ph.D. in Hispanic literature at the University of Arizona in Medieval, Renaissance and Golden Age Spanish literature. He is a member of the Cervantes Society of America and the Modern Language Association.

A graduate of Saint Vincent College where he earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting, Urick earned a master of business administration degree in human resource management and a master of science in leadership and business ethics from Duquesne University. He is currently completing a Ph.D. in management and organizational behavior at the University of Cincinnati. Urick has authored several book chapters, conference proceedings and articles on intergenerational interactions in the workforce, workplace conflict and leadership. Prior to joining the Saint Vincent faculty, Urick worked as an auditor and corporate training program manager. He is also a member of the Academy of Management and Institute of Supply Management.

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Photos: Br. Albert Gahr, O.S.B., Dr. Jessica Harvey, Dr. Jessica Hauser, Dr. Mary Anne Hazer, Dr. Kathleen Ramos, Dr. Juan Carlos Rivas, Mr. Michael Urick. 

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