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CHSS Matters

Recent News

May 10, 2019


  • RU ranked #5 in the 2019 Best Online Bachelor's Liberal Studies Degrees

Happy Retirement

  • Joseph Davey retires after 22 years of service to the Law and Justice Studies Department.
  • Timothy Viator retires after 26 years of service to the English Department.
  • Mary Gallant retires after 28 years of service to the Sociology and Anthropology Department.
  • David Kasserman retires after 47 years of service to the Sociology and Anthropology Department.


Student Accomplishments

  • Mahaa Ahmed (Biological Sciences and Philosophy and Religion), has been accepted into 23 graduates schools. Ahmed’s academic achievements were recently recognized with the Excellence in Philosophy Medallion and initiation into Phi Sigma Tau—The International Honor Society in Philosophy. Read her story in Rowan Today
  • Ahmad  Kindawi (history, M.A.) will present his paper "A New Synthesis: Saudi Salafism and The Contested Ideologies of Muḥammad Surūr," at the annual conference of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), which will be held in New Orleans in November 2019.
  • Imani Pressley who earned her bachelor’s degrees, magna cum laude, in early childhood education from the College of Education and Liberal Studies from CHSS last December, has secured a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship (ETA) to teach English in Taiwan. Read her story in Rowan Today.
  • Brieanna Sanchez has been awarded the 2019 Thelma Rebecca Dyer Caswell and Helen Criden Cohen Scholarship. Sanchez is a Psychology major with concentrations in Honors and Women's & Gender Studies. The award is made possible by the generous support of Bruce and Carol Caswell, who established it in honor of their mothers, Thelma Rebecca Dyer Caswell, and Helen Criden Cohen.


April 24, 2019

Celebrating Excellence Awards

  • Congratulations to Stephen Fleming and Ben Dworkin for winning prestigious awards at the  Celebrating Excellence Award Ceremony! Rowan University honored faculty and staff members for their extraordinary work to uphold the values of the University during the celebration held on Thursday, April 11. 

Three CHSS Students Receive the 2018-2019 Graduating Senior Award

  • Rachel Barton, a dual Writing Arts and English major with minors in Creative Writing and Women’s & Gender Studies from Mount Ephraim, was awarded the  Dr. James M. Lynch, Jr. Courage in Adversity Award. This honor commemorates Dr. Lynch, former Dean of Students and a 22-year-member of the Department of Educational Leadership faculty. It celebrates a student who has overcome extreme hardship to achieve educational success.
  • Phillip Mastoridis, a Biological Science major and Chemistry minor from Glassboro, was awarded the  Dr. Robert D. Bole Humanitarian Award. This honor commemorates Dr. Bole, who served as a faculty member and Dean in the Department of Educational Leadership from 1952 to 1979. It is presented to an individual who exhibits compassion and concern for the well-being of others
  • Rbrey Singleton, a Political Science major and current Student Government Association President from West Milford, was awarded the  Dr. Thomas E. Robinson Leadership Award. This honor commemorates Dr. Robinson, the university’s third – and longest-tenured – President, having served from 1952 to 1968. It is presented to a graduating senior who has provided outstanding leadership to the student body and the Rowan community.


  • "The Touch of an Angel" - Hosted by  Rowan Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies - Join us for our film series! Wednesday April 24, 2019 at 7:00-8:30 p.m. James 2104. Pizza and Popcorn will be served
  • Dr. Xin Tang, International Monetary Fund "China's Firm Size Distribution and Water Pollution" 
    A talk sponsored by the Asian Studies Program Wednesday April 24, 2019, 12:30-1:45 p.m. Science Hall 128
  • Last Philosophy Club meeting of the semester! Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 5:00 - 6:15 p.m. | Robinson 224 Led by Phil Osborne, we will discuss the view known as S cientism 
  • Panel Discussion:The Treaty of Versailles and the Road to World War II Sponsored by the History Department and CHSS Thursday April 25, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. | Chamberlain Student Center 129 
  • Rowan University Student Scholars Symposium (RUSSS), formerly the STEM Symposium


  • Bill Carrigan (History) research is mentioned in the Buzzfeed article   “Fixer Upper” Is Over, But Waco’s Transformation Is Just Beginning."
  • Sandra Joy (Sociology) along with two of her students presented, "Methodological Challenges Confronting Researchers Engaged in the Study of Children of Incarcerated Parents." at the  National Children of Incarcerated Parents Conference on Wed, April 17, in Phoenix, AR. Joy and her students will also present at the RUSSS event on Friday, April 25, at 2:00 p.m. in the CSC Ballroom.  
  • Melissa R. Klapper (History) presented the paper "‘I Don’t See Many Black Dancers’: The Barriers to Twentieth-Century African American Children Taking Ballet Class" as part of a panel on girls and recreation at the Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting held in Philadelphia in early April.
  • Marilyn Manley (World Languages)  was interviewed on April 16, by Sandy Enriquez, a Master's candidate in Latin American Studies at New York University, for her Master's Thesis on Quechua language taught in the U.S.


  • Yamil Almonte (Philosophy and Religion Studies major and English major), presented her original research  “Understanding Cultures and Cultural Appropriation.” 
  • Marisa Considine (Philosophy and Religion Studies major and Theatre major ) presented her original research “Potential Generations and Our Duties to Them.” 
  • Kevin Hewitt (Law and Justice major and Ethics minor), presented his original research “Human Trafficking: A Stark Conversation.” 
  • Phillip Mastoridis (Philosophy and Religion Studies major and Biology major), presented his original research  “Moral Realism, God, and the Euthyphro Dilemma.” 


  • On Friday, April 12, the Pre-Law Society visited Drexel University-Thomas R. Kline School of Law. We sat in on Professor Donald Tibbs’ Criminal Law class (which covered self-defense and battered women’s syndrome), met with Assistant Dean of Enrollment Management Audrey Woods and Associate Director of Admissions Eleanora Moffat, and took a tour of the Drexel Law building! 
  • Cheyanne Marion was selected for a Boren Scholarship, to study Arabic in Jordan for a year.  Cheyanne is an International Studies major with a concentration in Middle East and African Studies who will also engage in an internship working with refugees in Jordan; she plans to pursue a career related to human rights and refugee development.
  • Katie Patterson was selected for a Boren Scholarship to study Chinese in China for a year. Katie is a modern languages & linguistics major who is studying Chinese as her primary language and Japanese as her second language.  She also has minors in International Studies and Asian Studies and seeks to work for the government as a translator and interpreter.