Board promotes four faculty

Faculty members Timothy Frawley, D.Ed., Scott Meier, Ph.D. and Kristan Wheaton, J.D., were granted tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor by the Mercyhurst Board of Trustees during its meeting on April 30. At the same time, Thomas Forsthoefel, Ph.D., was promoted to the rank of full professor.

Timothy Frawley, D.Ed., early childhood and elementary education

Frawley earned his master’s in elementary education from Edinboro University, followed by a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He completed his dissertation in 2005 on “The effects of gender stereotyping on children’s recall of story information depicted in Caldecott Award books.” As director of the Mercyhurst Institute for Arts-Based Teacher Education, he managed a three-year, $100,000 federal grant. This project culminated last summer in a three-day Summer Aesthetic Education Institute, sponsored for area teachers by Mercyhurst in collaboration with the Lincoln Center Institute. He has presented at state and regional conferences on the role of aesthetic education in teacher preparation, has published in the peer-reviewed journals: Journal of Research in Childhood Education, Childhood Education, and the National Association of Laboratory Schools Journal, and has reviewed manuscripts for two early childhood education journals.

Scott A. Meier, Ph.D., music

Meier holds a master's of music from Redlands University and earned his doctorate from Florida State University in 2007, completing a dissertation on "The effects of lecture support media on software skills learning," an analysis of the role of technology on music education. An active performer, he is the founding member of the Presque Isle Saxophone Quartet and has been a featured soloist at the Tri-State Honor Band Festival and with Dave Stevens Big Band and has performed with ensembles such as the West Liberty State College Jazz Ensemble and Erie Philharmonic. He has also presented papers at regional conferences and has continually collaborated with students on a number of local and regional events. He is committed to connecting students to world-class musicians through on-campus master classes, performances and commissions.

Kristan J. Wheaton, J.D.,
intelligence studies

Wheaton, who holds a juris doctor degree from the University of South Carolina, also earned a master's degree in Russian and East European area studies from Florida State University. A retired Foreign Area Officer from the U.S. Army, he specializes in national security matters. He has a book (co-authored with Jim Breckenridge) due for publication this summer, "Intelligence theory and application: An introduction to national security law enforcement and private sector intelligence." He has also published five books/monographs and 11 journal manuscripts/book chapters (including journals like Stanford Law and Policy Review), and made 14 presentations at regional, national, and international conferences. He has carried out 10 externally funded research projects for clients including the Department of Defense and the Director of National Intelligence.

Thomas A. Forsthoefel, Ph.D.,
religious studies

Forsthoefel chairs Mercyhurst's Department of Religious Studies. His work focuses on the religions and philosophies of India. He has published numerous articles and has written or collaborated on four books, including "Knowing Beyond Knowledge," "Gurus in America" and "Soulsong." His fourth and most recent book, "The Dalai Lama: Essential Writings" was released last year. He has taken part in many presentations recently connected to the American release of the documentary film "Dalai Lama Renaissance." The film recounts a 1999 conference to which the Dalai Lama invited 40 of the West's most innovative thinkers; Forsthoefel, who attended as an observer, is featured in the film.
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