College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Books, Boards & Awards

Villanova’s more than 500 world-class faculty members are distinguished scholars and active members in their respective fields. They engage in cutting-edge research projects, make important breakthroughs in their various disciplines, write books, win industry awards, secure grants, and advise outside organizations. The knowledge and experience faculty members gain, along with the achievements they make outside the classroom, elevates their expertise and the overall quality of education that Villanova students receive.

Recently Published Books and Articles by CLAS faculty members

  • Craig Bailey, PhD, associate professor of History, authored Irish London. Liverpool University Press, Liverpool, UK, June 2013.
  • Mercedes Juliá, PhD, professor of Modern & Contemporary Literature & Cultural Studies, co-authored the reconstruction of Días de mi vida (Days of my Life), the first volume of an autobiographical project that acclaimed Spanish poet iJuan Ramón Jiménez left unfinished and unpublished upon his death in 1958.  Editorial Pretextos,  Valencia, Spain, April 2013.
  • Timothy McCall, PhD, assistant professor of Art History, co-authored Visual Cultures of Secrecy in Early Modern Europe. Truman State University Press, Kirksville, Mo, March 2013.
  • Judith Giesberg, PhD, associate professor of History, authored Keystone State in Crisis: The Civil War in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Historical Association, Mansfield, Pa, 2013.
  • Mark Schrad, PhD, assistant professor of Political Science, published Vodka Politics: Alcohol, Autocracy, and the Secret History of the Russian State with Oxford University Press in 2013.
  • James Peyton Jones, PhD, professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Jesse Frey, PhD, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Statics,  along with J. C., Spelina, authored “Likelihood Based Control of Engine Knock,” published by IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology in the January 2013 issue. 

Board Appointments  

  • Sally J. Scholz, PhD, professor of philosophy, was named Editor of Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, July 2013. 
  • Edward Sion, PhD, professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics, was named Co-Chair of the Third International Astronomical Union Middle East and Africa meeting, to be held April 2014 in Beirut, Lebanon. 
  • Maghan Keita, PhD, professor of History, Director of the Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies, was invited and served on the faculty of the Salzburg Global Seminar’s Global Citizenship Program held at Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, Austria, from July 14-21, 2013. 


  • Vijay Gehlot, PhD, associate professor of computing science along with Sarvesh Kulkarni, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering  in the College of Engineering, were awarded a $100,000 continuation research grant in June 2013 from Comcast Corporation for the development of  new software tools and techniques to analyze and report on network performance.
  • Christopher Schmidt, PhD, LPC, LMFT, assistant professor in the Department of Education and Counseling and co-coordinator of the Human Services Program in Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was awarded the Humanistic Educator/Supervisor Award by the Association for Humanistic Counseling (AHC). He received the honor at the 2013 American Counseling Association Annual Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio on March 23, 2013. 
  • Villanova’s Tolle Lege Award acknowledges excellence in teaching of a faculty member in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Awards are presented annually for excellence in teaching in Science and Mathematics, Humanities, and Social Sciences. The 2013 Tolle Lege recipients, announced in May 2013, are Maria Baranski (adjunct faculty category, Mathematics); Judith Giesberg, PhD (History); Phil Stephens, PhD (Biology); and  Jerusha Conner, PhD (Education and Counseling)
  • Villanova’s Veritas Award for Research Excellence recognizes outstanding accomplishment in faculty scholarship and was awarded in May 2013 to Paul Rosier, PhD, associate professor of History.
  • Megan Quigley, PhD, associate professor of English, was awarded a Fellowship at The Huntington Library in San Marino, Ca. during the spring of 2013 for work on her book project, Vaguely Philosophical: Modernist Fiction and the Challenge of Philosophy.
  • Lauren Shohet, PhD, Luckow Family Professor of English, was awarded a 2013 Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship from the Shakespeare Association of America for a month-long study during the fall 2013 semester in Genoa, Italy.


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