Visiting Faculty Profile

Dr. Ronald Hill


The Center for Peace and Justice Education would like to thank Ron Hill, Ph.D., for his contribution to the Center for Peace and Justice Education while he served as a visiting faculty member from 2012-2013. Dr. Hill joined us from the School of Business where he serves as the Richard J. and Barbara Nacleiro Chair. In addition to his other teaching  responsibilities,Dr. Hill teaches a marketing class entitled Philosophy of Exchange with Jim Wetzel, which holds a P&J attribute. Through this class, Ron seeks to conjoin groups of students from business and the arts and sciences to illuminate their  potential intersection and lend greater consciousness to our most persistent practices of exchange. In addition to the social justice aspect of his teaching, his research focuses on issues of social and public policy, including, as he describes, topics such as “homelessness, public-private collaborations, gender equity, consumption and environmental degradation, discrimination, and ethical leadership. Dr. Hill’s research has led to bettering the community worldwide through the implementation of youth entrepreneurship programs in impoverished neighborhoods in Philadelphia and even electornic waste management in South Asia. His excellence as an educator and profound commitment to bettering the world made Dr. Hill a valued asset to the Peace and Justice department during the 2012-2013 academic year.

Ronald Hill, Richard J. and Barbara Naclerio Chair in Business

  • Developed and taught PJ 5000-TOP: Surviving in a Material World (Spring 2014)
  • Taught MKT 2349 Philosophy of Exchange (PJ Attribute, Spring 2013)
  • Delivered public lecture: “Materialism and World Poverty” (Dec. 2012)
  • Presented Freedom School Session:An Examination of the Impact of Marketplace Exclusion” (with Aronté Marie Bennett, Jan. 2013)
  • Moderated and organized panel: “The Business of Social Justice: Social Enterprises in Theory and Practice” (Feb. 2014) 
  • Facilitated CPJE Film Series Discussions: Terra Blight (Feb. 2013); The End of Poverty? (Nov. 2013); Surviving Progress (April 2014)
  •  Active and treasured member of the CPJE team for two years

“As a member of one of the professional schools, I was delighted to get an opportunity to work with people who are passionately pursuing the Augustinian mission of this university. The staff and faculty member of P&J are uniformly dedicated to making the institution as well as the larger world a better place. I am a better professor and human being for having been with them for the past two years.”                                                                                                                               -Ron Hill

Dr. Gaynor Strickler


The Center for Peace and Justice Education would also like to thank Gay Strickler, Ph.D., for her contribution to the Center for Peace and Justice Education while she served as a 2012-2013 visiting faculty member. Dr. Strickler is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology. She designed a course based on the integration of her passion for both the arts and issues of social inequality. In her description of the course, Dr. Strickler describes that “Unfortunately, what we find is that those of lower socio-economic status generally do not have the same access to the arts as do their wealthier counterparts. In addition, one can argue that historically art (broadly defined) as embodied by marginalized groups, is often dismissed as inferior by those with the power to judge.” Dr. Strickler’s passion for social justice issues with her unique sociological focus on the arts and social work was a welcome asset to the Center.

Gaynor Strickler, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Criminology

  • Developed and taught PJ 5000-TOP: Social Justice and the Arts (Fall 2013)
  • Delivered public lecture: “Confronting Social Justice through Art: A Conversation” (March 2013)
  • Presented Freedom School Session: “Women, Protest and the Art of the Arpillera” (January 2013) 
  • Moderated and organized panel: “Social Justice and the Arts: Panel Discussion” (Nov. 2013)
  • Facilitated CPJE Film Series Discussion: Shakespeare Behind Bars (March 2014)
  • Served as liaison with Advising for CLAS
  • Active and treasured member of the CPJE team for two years

 "It was an honor and a pleasure to work with P and J; the work they're doing is both stimulating and important. Plus they're all so darn much fun!"                                                              

  -Gay Strickler

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Ronald Hill and Gaynor Strickler