Professors Add Publication to List of Achievements in 2006

by Caitlin Allen- CEDARS

In 2006, a number of Cedarville professors expanded their responsibilities to include publication. Their works ranged from research-based books and various pieces for academic journals to a poetry chapbook.

Cedarville professors publishing their work represents much more than their personal achievement or success. It is more than advancement of the university’s reputation. As a professor prepares to publish work, he or she gains a unique comprehension and appreciation of the subject of the work, acquiring a passion that can then be passed on to students.

Dr. Marc Clauson, associate professor of history and law, published a book entitled A History of the Idea of “God’s Law.” His book focuses on relating law to the Christian worldview, an issue long neglected by the majority of academia. Clauson said that he aims to “force readers to think about the importance of constructing a Christian view of law.”

Associate professor of English Dr. Donald Deardorff’s current publication is entitled Hero and Anti-Hero in the American Football Novel. The book, according to the Edwin Mellen Press, examines “the rise and evolution of the football narrative (1870 to present)” and the ways in which American men have constructed “masculine identity.”

This year Dr. Franco Gandolfi, associate professor of international business, published his second book, Corporate Downsizing Demystified. In his book, Gandolfi sought to approach the topic of downsizing objectively to allow the reader to decide between right and wrong.

Professor of psychology Dr. Michael Firmin is not new to the world of publication. He has authored dozens of publications, including 93 papers presented at national conferences and 40 articles published in peer-reviewed journals. His research and publications cover a wide range of educational topics within the field of psychology.

Julie Moore, assistant professor of English, achieved her first book publication this past year in the form of a poetry chapbook called Election Day. On many different levels the chapbook addresses the value of suffering and the choice to live or die.

From the university’s perspective, professors who publish can mean a great deal for the repute of the school. “It’s great that Cedarville faculty can extend their teaching ministry to the public outside the university,” said President Brown. “It may encourage someone to send a son or daughter to Cedarville or it may raise the reputation of the university in the estimation of others.”

For Moore, however, her poetry chapbook Election Day is not at all about reputation. “You write poetry because you love it and it’s a calling,” she said. “There is no fame in it, and there is certainly no money.” Moore’s publication comprises several years’ worth of poetry complied in book format, documenting her own experience with illness to communicate the value of suffering.

For similarly personal reasons, Gandolfi began research on the topic of downsizing for the book Corporate Downsizing Demystified because the management practice had significantly impacted his life in many ways. As he went through the research process for his publication, he gained skills “in a new area and in a new competency,” he said. “Research that stays in a book is meaningless,” Gandolfi said; “It needs to be imparted — in this case, to the students.”

Vice President Milliman reinforced the aims of these professors and said publication “is a service that the professor contributes to the guild of scholars from whose scholarship he or she benefits in his or her pursuit of godly scholarship and teaching excellence.”

Story provided courtesy of CEDARS