Academics


Department of Humanities and Communication

Part of the School of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Humanities and Communication is home to faculty with expertise in a variety of humanities disciplines, including ethics, communication, and health communication.

In addition to the department’s humanities and communication courses, faculty members provide support for the Bachelor's Program in Public Health and the College's pre-professional programs.

The department teaches a vast majority of first and second year humanities and communication courses on campus and a number of upper division courses, including the required fifth year (P3) course Health Care and Human Values, in the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum.

The Department also organizes the Contemplative Health Initiative, a program supporting the development of academic courses, co-curricular programs, and research into the role and effects of contemplative and meditative practices and traditions. The program promotes health, the exploration of best practices in holistic care, and the achievement of balance between body, mind, emotions, and spirit for all members of the College community.

Departmental Faculty

 

2016 Scholarly Activity Report

The activities listed below are by members of the Department of Humanities and Communication and span the period from January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016.

PUBLICATIONS

PEER REVIEWED ARTICLES

Margaret Carroll
Carroll M. Lough Foyle Naval Air Station: WWI Memories. Donegal Annual, 2016, No. 68.

Carroll M. Martin Glynn’s Newspaper Editorials: Constructing Albany’s Answers to the Irish Questions, 1913-1924. Nordic Irish Studies Journal, Vol. 14, 2015, pp. 111-126.

Barry DeCoster
DeCoster B, Campo-Engelstein L. Expedited Partner Therapy: Clinical Considerations and Public Health Explorations. AMA Journal of Ethics 18, no. 3 (March 1, 2016): 215–28.

Rose Hitt
Smith S, Hitt R, Russell J, Silk K, Nazione S, Atkin C, Keating D. Risk Belief and Attitude Formation From Translated Scientific Messages About PFOA, an Environmental Risk Associated With Breast Cancer. Health Communication, doi:10.1080/10410236.2016.1138350 (published online, May 2016).

Smith SW, Hitt R, Park HS, Walther JB, Liang J, Hseih G. An Effort to Increase Organ Donor Registration through Intergroup Competition and Social Media: A Study of Two College Campus Organ Donation Challenge Campaigns. Journal of Health Communication (published online, January 2016).

Hitt R, Perrault E, Smith S, Keating D, Nazione S, Silk K, Russell J. (2016). Scientific message translation and the Heuristic Systematic Model: Insights for designing educational messages about progesterone and breast cancer risks. Journal of Cancer Education, 31, 389-936. doi: 10.1007/s13187-015-0835-y.

Michael Pittman
Pittman M. Through the Lens of Gurdjieff: Glimpses of Contemporary Sufism in Turkey. Fieldwork in Religion, Vol 11, No. 1 (2016).

REVIEW ARTICLES

Kenneth Blume
Brad K. Berner. The Spanish-American War. A Documentary History with Commentaries. (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2014), for International Journal of Maritime History. May 2016.

Renata E. Long. In the Shadow of the Alabama. The British Foreign office and the American Civil War (Naval Institute Press, 2015), for Naval Historical Foundation, Naval History Book Reviews, Feb. 2016.

Stewart Gordon. A History of the World in Sixteen Shipwrecks (University Press of New England, 2015), for Steamship Historical Society Power Ships, Spring 2016.

J. Daniel d’Oney
“Hubs of Empire: The Southeastern Lowcountry and British Caribbean” in American Indian Culture and Research Journal, Volume 39, No. 3, 2015: 148-149.

BOOKS

Kenneth Blume
Historical Dictionary of U.S. Diplomacy from the Civil War to World War I, Rev. Ed. Rowman and Littlefield, 2016.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

POSTER PRESENTATIONS

Denise L. Coblish
Preparing Your Writing Center for the Next Wave of International Students. National Association for Development Education (NADE) Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA, March 17, 2016.

INVITED PRESENTATIONS 

Margaret Carroll

Carroll M. Dylan Thomas: An Introduction. Lecture delivered before a reading of “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” Irish American Heritage Museum, Albany, NY, December 2, 2016.

Carroll M. Albany’s Catholics in a Protestant Republic. Researching New York Conference, Albany, NY, November 17-19, 2016.

Carroll M. Alice McDermott’s Someone. New England Regional American Conference of Irish Studies, Cape Cod, MA, November 4-5, 2016.

Carroll M. Bloomsday 2016: Ulysses Unbound: Readings and Ramblings. Irish American Heritage Museum, Albany, NY, June 2016.
Carroll M. Father Daniel W. Cahill: The Irish Letters Home. American Conference for Irish Studies, South Bend, IN, March 25-29, 2016.

Carroll M. Lady Gregory’s “The Rising of the Moon,” a critical introduction. Irish American Heritage Museum, February 2016.

Barry DeCoster
DeCoster B. The Social Determinants of Health and Medicalization. Health, Care, and Society first year medical student course at Albany Medical College, Feb 10, 2016.

DeCoster B, Parker W. Alliance Building in Women's Healthcare. Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, Washington, DC, February 20, 2016.

Kevin Hickey
Hickey K. Walking with Abel: Journeys with the Nomads of the African Savannah by Anna Badkhen. Friends of Albany Public Library Book Review Series, Albany, NY, June 14, 2016.

Hickey K. Chair of “Music and Art as a Force of Political Expressivity.” 41st Annual New York African Studies Association Conference, New York, NY, April 1, 2016. 

Michael Pittman
Travels in Gurdjieff’s Milieu: Armenia and Turkey. All and Everything Humanities Conference, Salem, MA, April 20-14, 2016 (Invited Presentation).

PODIUM PRESENTATIONS

Margaret Carroll
Carroll M. The Famine Irish in Albany, NY: Irish please apply. International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures, Cork, Ireland, July 25-31, 2016.

Barry DeCoster
DeCoster B. Is ‘Demedicalization’ Possible as a Goal for Feminist Health? Feminist Epistemology, Metaphysics, Methodologies, and Science Studies Conference, South Bend, IN, October 2-4, 2016 (paper presentation).

DeCoster B, Campo-Engelstein L. Good Public Health Policy or Sexual Minority Exclusion? Rethinking Expedited Partner Therapy. American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, Washington DC, October 6-9, 2016 (paper presentation).

DeCoster B. Is ‘Demedicalization’ Possible as a Goal for Feminist Health? American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, Washington, DC, October 6-9, 2016 (paper presentation).

DeCoster B, Parker W. Virtues for Seeking Alliances in Healthcare: Archives of Our Bodies, Ourselves. American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, Washington, DC, October 6-9, 2016 (paper presentation).

Kevin Hickey
Jazzed Images – The Ornithological Arguments of Jean-Michel Basquiat. 41st Annual New York African Studies Association Conference on “Music and the Arts of Africa and the Diaspora,” City College of New York and Columbia University, April 1, 2016 (Podium Presentation).

Rose Hitt
Hitt R, Zuang J, Anderson J. Breastfeeding Beliefs: Content Analysis of Newspaper Coverage. Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association, Philadelphia, PA, November 2016.

Hitt R, Zuang J, Anderson J. Breastfeeding topics in U.S. newspapers. Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association, Philadelphia, PA, November 2016.

Michael Pittman
Influences in Contemporary Spirituality: The Cultural, Religious, and Spiritual Roots of G.I. Gurdjieff in the Caucasus and Anatolia. American Academy of Religion Regional Conference (North Eastern-Maritimes Region), Boston College School of Theology & Ministry, Boston, MA, April 2, 2016.

Laura Rogers
Rogers L. Public Archives, Shared Spaces: What Happens When Incarcerated Men Meet the "Incorrigible Girls" of New York. Conference on College Composition and Communication, Houston, TX, April 6-9 2016.

Rogers L, Santicola T, Bogari K,Courtney K, Kaley A, Pluckrose D, Olszewski K, Yehia A. If You Try and Make Every Paper Look the Same; Tutors, Teachers, and Students Explore the Grand Narratives of Science Writing. Northeast Writing Center Association Conference, Keene, NH, April 2-3, 2016.

Daniel Smith
Smith D. Radical Politics and Labor Organization: Leon Davis and the Pharmacists’ Union of Greater New York. Researching New York Conference, University at Albany, Albany, NY, November 17-19, 2016 (Paper Presentation).

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

Kevin Hickey
President of the New York African Studies Association (current)

Organizer of 41st Annual New York African Studies Association Conference (April 1-2, 2016)

2015 Scholarly Activity report

The activities listed below are by members of the Department of Humanities and Communication and span the period from January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2015.

PUBLICATIONS

PEER REVIEWED ARTICLES

Patricia Baia
Baia P, Strang A. Pharmacy educator motives to pursue pedagogical knowledge. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, accepted October 2015 (in press).

Strang A, Baia P. An investigation of teaching and learning programs in pharmacy education. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, Ref. AJPE5210R1, accepted June 2015 (in press).

Garrison G, Baia P, Canning J, Strang A. An asynchronous learning approach for the instructional component of a dual-campus pharmacy resident teaching program. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, v79 (2), 2015.

Paul Denvir
Denvir P. Saving face during routine lifestyle history taking: How patients report and remediate potentially problematic conduct. Communication & Medicine, accepted April 2015 (in press).

REVIEW ARTICLES

Margaret Lasch Carroll
Carroll, Margaret Lasch. Ireland’s Great Famine in Irish-American History: Enshrining a Fateful Memory by Mary C. Kelly (review). American Catholic Studies 126.1 (2015): 66-68.

Michael Pittman
Pittman M. Review of “The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three: Discovering the Radical Truth at the Heart of Christianity” by Cynthia Bourgeault. Journal for the Academic Study of Religions, 27.3, Feb 2015.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

SCIENTIFIC POSTERS

Patricia Baia
Baia P. Faculty motivations for life-long learning. 45th Annual Conference of the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning, Savannah, GA, October 15-17, 2015.

Barry DeCoster
DeCoster B. Medicalization versus demedicalization: The question of resistance. American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, Houston, TX, October 2015 (poster presentation).

INVITED PRESENTATIONS 

Patricia Baia
Baia P, Strang A. Leverage: How to create an online certificate program using backdoor tactics. Higher Education Pedagogy Conference, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, February 4-6, 2015. 

Kevin Hickey
Hickey K. Infectious diasporas: Africa and discourses of global health – bondage or embrace? 41st Annual African Literature Association Conference – African Futures and Beyond: Visions in Transition, University of Bayreuth, Germany, June 5, 2015.

Elisabeth Vines
Vines E. El Anatsui – Global Artist. 40th Annual NYASA Conference, Albany, NY,  April 4, 2015.

PODIUM PRESENTATIONS

Barry DeCoster
DeCoster B. Rethinking the ethics of expedited partner therapies. American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, Houston, TX, October 2015. 

DeCoster B with Lisa Campo-Engelstein. The medicalization of men’s reproduction. European Society for Philosophy of Medicine and Healthcare. Paper included in special session on “The Biomedical Model and the Medicalization of Healthcare,” Ghent, Belgium, August 2015.

DeCoster B. The Virtues of Uneasy Collaborations. North American Society for Social Philosophy, July 2015.

DeCoster B. Fishkin’s Bottlenecks: A Reply to Author. North American Society for Social Philosophy, July 2015.

DeCoster B. The Myth of Demedicalization? Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, New York, NY, Feb 26 - Mar 1, 2015.

Paul Denvir
Denvir P. Discursive constructions of Eric Garner and NYC police officers in the de Blasio/Bratton press conference. Presented at the 40th Annual Conference of New York Africana Studies Conference, Albany Law School, April 2015.

Michael Pittman
Pittman M. Reflections of orality and textualizations in Gurdjieff’s Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson. International Association for the History of Religions Conference, Erfurt, Germany, August 23-29, 2015.

Pittman M. Desire and devotion in Sergei Parajanov’s The Color of Pomegranates. American Academy of Religion, Eastern International Region Conference, Montreal, CA, May 1-2, 2015.

Pittman M. Responding to the crisis in higher education: A Taoist and contemplative re-visioning of higher education and leadership. Comparative and International Education Society Conference, Washington, DC, March 8-13, 2015.

Laura Rogers
Rogers L. Re (claiming) Lila: Understanding the fragmentary narratives of incarcerated girls in the early 20th century. Conference on College Composition and Communication, Tampa, FL, March 18-21, 2015.

Rogers L. Into the Archives. Narrative Truth: The Risks and Rewards of Prison Research, Writing and Teaching Workshop, Conference on College Composition and Communication, Tampa, FL, March 18-21, 2015.

Rogers L with Santicola T, Callaghan C, Kaley A, Yehia, A. We Don’t Talk About That Here: Or do we? (Dis) embodiment in the Science Based Writing Center. Northeast Writing Centers Association Conference, Centenary College, Hackettstown, NJ, April 18-19 2015.

Rogers L with Jacobi T. Deviance or defiance: Counternarrating stories of incarcerated girls. 10th Annual Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, October 28-31, 2015.

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

Paul Denvir
Denvir P. Vice-chair, Language and Social Interaction Division of National Communication Association. Served as Division Planner for the 101st Annual Meetings, Las Vegas, NV, November 2015.

Kevin Hickey
Elected Vice President of The New York African Studies Association (2-year term) in April 2015.