Wilkes University


Wilkes University Announces Faculty Promotions and Tenure Awards

Wilkes University has announced faculty promotions and recognized faculty who have been awarded tenure.

The following are faculty who have been promoted to full professor:

John Heppwas promoted to full professor of history. He received his bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Temple University and continued to receive his juris doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. After practicing law in Philadelphia, he earned a doctorate in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Hepp specializes in urban history, including the cities of Philadelphia, London and Glasgow, and the history of American foreign policy. His research interests include Victorian middle-class culture and the development of international law. He has published two books, one on the city of Philadelphia and one on Warren G. Harding, three peer-reviewed journal articles and two book chapters in edited volumes, along with numerous encyclopedia entries.

Kyle Kreider was promoted to full professor of political science. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science and philosophy from Millersville University and earned a master’s degree and doctorate in political science from Temple University. Kreider’s research is at the intersection of social science and law. He co-authored two book-length projects with well-respected publishers: U.S. Election Campaigns: A Reference and Documentary Guide, published by Greenwood Press in 2001, and a two-volume collection of scholarly essays, Minority Voting in the United States, published in 2016 by Praeger. Kreider is the chair of the Divisions of Behavioral and Social Services at Wilkes.

Lawrence Kuhar was promoted to full professor of English. He received his bachelor’s degree in journalism and master’s degree in English from Duquesne University and his doctorate in contemporary American literature and rhetoric from the University of Maryland. In addition to having an original play produced, Kuhar is an active poet who has published his work nationally, including the 2017 publication of three poems in Ars Medica, and presented his work at conferences. Kuhar is a communications consultant to the insurance industry, the health-care industry, banking, technology enterprises and other organizations in northeast Pennsylvania. His work in these industries has focused on topics ranging from organizational and leadership communications, culture change initiatives, team building policies and procedures, the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, managed care and internal audit communication practices.

Edward Schicatano was promoted to full professor of psychology. He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bloomsburg University and his master’s degree and doctorate in neuroscience from Wake Forest University. Schicatano was awarded the Carpenter Award for teaching excellence in 2006, which is Wilkes University’s highest recognition for outstanding teaching. He was also recognized with the Outstanding Advisor Award in 2010. He has published two journal articles in the last year, including a publication in Journal of Neuroscience Education. Schicatano has consistently presented his research on the effects of emotion and cognition on pain perception at conferences. He is the co-director of the NeuroTraining and Research Center at Wilkes and is the coordinator of the psychology degree program, as well as the head of the neuroscience program.

Mark Stinewas promoted to full professor of communication studies. He received his bachelor’s degree in English from Moravian College, a master’s degree in education with a concentration in media production from East Stroudsburg University and a doctorate in mass media and communication from Temple University. He is the faculty advisor for the Wilkes Now TV magazine program, for WCLH radio and for the University’s chapter of College Republicans. His teaching at Wilkes has been recognized with the Interdisciplinary Teaching Award, and he received the Outstanding Advisor Award in 2013. He produced and co-produced several documentary films with one of them attaining critical success in England in 2014. His documentary film True Rarity: The Amazing Story of Irwin Weinberg, attracted attention from postal history scholars and was publicly screened. Stine also has presented 15 papers at regional, national and international conferences, including the National Communication Association meeting, a top conference in the discipline, and has several publications.

The following faculty were awarded tenure and also received promotions within their respective departments:

Rafael Garcia was granted tenure and promoted to associate professor of foreign languages. Garcia specializes in Spanish literature with a focus on the Golden Age. Garcia joined the Wilkes University faculty in 2011 after serving at Martin University. He received a licenciatura in Spanish literature and linguistics and a second in Latin and Greek philology, both from the Universidad de Valladolid in Spain. He earned his doctorate from the University of Cincinnati. Garcia is a scholar of 16th and 17th century Spain, in particular the writings of Luis de Granda.

Maria Grandinetti was granted tenure and promoted to associate professor of nursing. Grandinetti earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration in finance from Rider University. After receiving a second bachelor’s degree in nursing from Seton Hall University, she earned a master’s degree in nursing education from Wilkes University. She earned her doctorate in nursing education from Widener University. She is completing a post-doctorate certificate in nursing informatics. Grandinetti holds professional certification as a nurse educator from the National League of Nursing and has been a registered nurse for 24 years. Grandinetti began teaching at Wilkes in 2008. She teaches on both the undergraduate and graduate level, and is the coordinator of the accelerated baccalaureate-nursing program. She has peer-reviewed publications in national and international journals, and has presented numerous podium and poster presentations at regional, national and international professional conferences.

Mary Jane Miskovsky was granted tenure and promoted to associate professor of nursing. Miskovsky received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Misericordia University. She went on to receive her master’s degree in nursing/clinical nurse specialist critical care with a concentration in nursing education and a post-master’s nurse practitioner-adult certificate from Syracuse University. Miskovsky received her doctorate from Carlow University. She is nationally certified as an adult health nurse practitioner and maintains a clinical practice at Volunteers in Medicine, a free clinic for the uninsured. Her research interest ranges from studies on obesity to looking at the use of virtual patient simulation and standardized patients in online nursing education. She has presented at regional and national conferences, including the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and has served as a reviewer for The Journal for Nurse Practitioners. She is on the advisory board of Shadow Health, a national educational software development company.  

Abas Sabouni was granted tenure and promoted to associate professor of electrical engineering. Sabouni joined Wilkes University in fall 2013 after a prestigious post-doctoral fellowship at Ecole Polytechnique and Montreal Neurology Institute in Montreal, Canada. In 2017, he worked as a researcher at Harvard University. In 2014 and 2015, he conducted research at University of California San Diego, as a visiting scholar. In 2014, Sabouni received the Interdisciplinary Teacher Award and in 2016, he received the Outstanding New Faculty Award, both from Wilkes. In 2017, the University awarded him the Scholarship Award and the Outstanding Advisory Award. He is a recipient of the IEEE AP-S honorable mention award and FQRNT Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship. Sabouni has authored and co-authored over 80 peer-reviewed journals and conference papers presented at international conferences and published in scientific journals. He is the co-author of a technical book, Microwave Tomography: Global Optimization, Parallelization and Performance Evaluation. His specializes in microwave tomography for breast cancer detection and magnetic stimulation for brain treatment. Sabouni earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Azad University in Iran and master’s degrees in electrical and computer engineering from K.N. Toosi University of Technology in Iran. Sabouni earned his doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.