PMC Faculty News

Dr. Sandra McElroy, Director of PMC's Education Programs, was the Massachusetts Association of College Teacher Educators representative for the National State Leaders Institute in Washington, DC this summer. State leaders from twenty-three states gathered to discuss and examine teacher preparation, data collecting for teacher effectiveness, and professional policies in education. Dr. McElroy was also a delegate for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for the Day on the Hill, where representatives from different states gathered, advocating for federal support for teacher preparation programs. This two-day event included a congressional reception and visits to the Hill with congressional leaders and staff. Dr. McElroy, also a member of the Massachusetts Early Childhood Educators Board attended a retreat, sponsored by Wheelock College, the goal of which was to develop and work on state-wide early childhood initiatives.

Assistant Professor of Psychology, Diane Mello-Goldner, presented a poster entitled "Monitoring Self-Efficacy and Goal Attainment in a Community-Based Research Course" at the American Psychological Society's conference held in Boston.

Cynthia Miller, Assistant Professor of Social and Political Systems, lectured "The Eyes Have It: Adaptations of the Third Eye in Literature and Film" at the 27th International Literature and Psychology Conference held in Pécs, Hungary. Ms. Miller's recent publications include her foreward appearing in James Bond in World and Popular Culture: The Films Are Not Enough from Cambridge Scholars Publishing; her essay "The Sunshine Boys of Smut: The Films of Sonney and Friedman" in From the Arthouse to the Grindhouse: Highbrow and Lowbrow Transgression in Cinema's First Century from Scarecrow Press; and two of her essays in Sounds of the Future: Essays on Music in Science Fiction Film entitled "Seeing Beyond His Own Time: The Sounds of Jerry Goldsmith" and "It's Hip to be Square: Rock and Roll and the Future" with A. Bowdoin Van Riper.

Assistant Professor of Communication, Jason Tocci, had an article entitled "Arcadian Rhythms: Gaming and Interaction in Social Space" published in Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture. Read the article in its entirety.

Soterios Zoulas, Adjunct Professor of Communication, co-edited, 100 Years in America: Tsamantas (Greece) - Worcester, MA (USA) 19:08-2008, Historical Determinants and Images of the Identity and Culture of Diasporas from Southwestern Europe, published by the University of the West of England and is the result of an academic conference of the same name held at Hellenic College in Brookline, MA in October 2008.