Eastern Community College Social Science Association

Cultivating Interdisciplinary Collaboration, Creativity and Innovation: A Leadership Role for the Social Sciences
March 25-27, 2010

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 Conference Overview
The Eastern Community College Social Sciences Association (ECCSSA) invites your participation in its 36th annual conference. We will explore together new challenges related to the conference theme and emergent leadership opportunities for higher education.  Among these challenges are increasingly interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary collaborations, preparing our faculty and students to be creative and imaginative in a challenging economy and global world, and encouraging visionary leaders of the future.
In this age of information and accelerating technological change, global competition, and intercultural conversation, the role of the community college in local networks can be uniquely transformational. The need is imperative: to develop strategies for cultivating a resilient and creative imagination in our students and their communities, to promote a civic ethic, and to create a capacity to envision and implement the innovations of the future.
ECCSSA welcomes models, projects of innovative collaboration, research paradigms, new programs for professional development, corporate/university partnerships, international study and travel, and more for students, faculty, professionals, and administrators as we explore topics related to the theme of this conference.
ECCSSA invites interested professionals to join us in dialogue.  The call welcomes proposals for papers and research, panel discussions, roundtables and posters, workshops, digital portfolios, websites, and other multimedia presentations.
The 2010 ECCSA conference also welcomes student papers and other presentations.  These student projects may be developed independently, in conjunction with class assignments, or under the supervision of an instructor.  The projects may include work from Service Learning, Honors, linked courses, Second Life, or papers and projects from interdisciplinary majors; Environmental Studies, for example, or Women’s and Gender Studies.
ECCSSA strongly recommends that Association members and teaching faculty encourage student participation in the conference.  Student participants will have the opportunity to dialogue with conference participants about their work.  
Guidelines for student and faculty papers and presentations can be found on the ECCSSA website at www.eccssa.org.  
For more information on the 2010 ECCSSA conference, please contact Dr. Ellen Lindemann, elindema@raritanval.edu
 Conference Disciplines
AnthropologyCultural StudiesEconomicsEducationGeographyHistoryLaw/Criminal JusticeLinguisticsPhilosophyPolitical SciencePsychologySocial WorkSociology
And all allied subjects and fields whose content as well as aim is related to ECCSSA’s mission or to the conference theme.
 Suggested Themes within Disciplines
Collaboration with technology and science interdisciplinary research and teaching projects government, corporate and academic partnerships international exchanges of ideas and collaboration travel and/or study (regional, national and international)
 Featured Conference SpeakersFeatured Conference Speakers
Opening Keynote Address“Creativity and Problem Solving” Dr. Edwin Selby

Co-founder of the Center for Creative Learning, Inc.,Sarasota, Flwww.creativelearning.com
Dr. Edwin Selby is an Associate with the Center for Creative Learning in Sarasota, Fl and is an Adjunct Professor with Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education. He is the principal author of View: An Assessment of problem Solving Style, as well as several publications of support material for that instrument. He offers seminars and workshops helping individuals and groups to become more effective problem solvers. Selby is also the author of several articles on creativity and individual style. He served for many years as a public schoolmusic and drama teacher. He founded, and directed for 25 years, the Sussex Student Theatre, in which students wrote and produced their own musical plays. Dr. Selby served as President of the Board of Directors of the Sussex County Teen Arts Festival for more thatfifteen years and is also a former member of the Sussex County Technical School Board of Education, serving two terms as Vice-President and one term as President. Dr. Selby’s professional interests include learning styles, talent development and developing creativityand problem solving among students and staff.

Luncheon Address“The Meaning of Truth in the Post-Modern Classroom”Dr. Kevin Reilly

Professor of Humanities, Raritan Valley Community College
Dr. Kevin Reilly is a professor of humanities at Raritan Valley Community College and has taught at Rutgers, Columbia, and Princeton Universities. Co-founder and first president of the World History Association, Reilly wrote one of the first world history textbooks, The West and the World,and has edited a number of works in world history including  Worlds of History: A Comparative Reader, Readings in World Civilization and the World Historysyllabus collection. As a specialist in immigration history, Reilly was tapped to create the “Modern Global Migrations” globe at Ellis Island’s Museum of the History of Immigration. In addition to world history he teaches Global Patterns of Racism” at Raritan with his co-editors of  Racism: A Global Reader. He was a Fulbright scholar in Brazil (1989) and Jordan (1994). In 1992, the Community College Humanities Association named him “Distinguished Educator of the Year.” He has also served on the governing Council of the American Historical Association.__Dinner Address“War and World History in the Twentieth Century”Dr. Michael Adas

Abraham E. Voorhees Professor of History andBoard of Governors’ Chair, Rutgers University, School of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Michael Adasis the Abraham E. Voorhees Professor and Board of Governor’s Chair at Rutgers University at New Brunswick.His early work focused on the comparative history of European colonialism, particularly patterns of economic and social change in South and Southeast Asia (The Burma Delta1974, which won the Herfurth Prize in 1975; and State, Market and Peasant in South and Southeast Asia, 1998) and modes of peasant resistance(Prophets of Rebellion1979, 1986, 1988; “From Avoidance to Confrontation: Peasant Protest in Pre-Colonial and Colonial Southeast Asia,” Comparative Studies in Society and History,1981, 1992; and“From Foot dragging to Flight: The Evasive History of Peasant Avoidance Protest in South and Southeast Asia,”The Journal of Peasant Studies, 1986).
Over the past two decades Adas’s teaching and research have been centered on the impact of Western science and technology on European and American colonization and post-colonial interventions in Asia and Africa.His Machines as the Measure of Men: Science, Technology, and Ideologies of Western Dominance, 1989, 1990 (paperback editions, 1990-1992; Indian edition, 2004 and translations in Greek,Turkish and Korean) was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award and won the Dexter Prize ofthe Society for the History of Technology and the NJ-NEH Annual Book Award.
He has edited three volumes of essays on World History for the American Historical Association and Temple University Press, and authored over forty articles and essays for refereed journals and edited collections. With Peter Stearns and Stuart Schwartz, Adas haswritten college and AP editions of World Civilizations: The Global Experience (6th ed., 2010) andTurbulent Passage: A Global History of the Twentieth Century(4th ed., 2009). His work has been generously supported by the Guggenheim, Ford, Carnegie, and Fulbright foundations and Rutgers University. Professor Adas was awarded the Warren Susman Prize for Teaching Excellence in 1988, and votedthe Rutgers College Teacher of the Year in 1992.
In recent years, Michael Adas’s research, writing and teaching have been increasingly concentrated on the history ofAmerica’s rise to world hegemony and its ambivalent participation in the process of globalization. His published essays on these themes include “Improving on the Civilizing Mission? Assumptions of United States Exceptionalism in the Colonisationof the Philippines,”Itinerario,1998;”In Defense of Engagement: The Social Uses of History in a Time of Intellectual Abdication,” in Joep Leerssen and Ann Rigney, eds., Historians and Social Values, 2000; and “From Settler Colony to GlobalHegemon: Integrating the Exceptionalist Narrative of the American Experience into Global History,”American Historical Review, 2001.
His most recent book Dominance by DesignTechnological Imperatives and America’s Civilizing Mission was published by Harvard University Press in 2006 (pbk. ed, 2009). He is currently working on several book projects, including a comparative study on the combat experience of British soldiers on the Western Front in World War I and America GIs in Vietnam and a study on the impact of war on the arts in thetwentieth century.

 Conference Program
Thursday, March 25, 2010
11am-3:30pmPre Conference Sessions
5:00pm-7:30pmReception and RegistrationTours of CampusArt Show
7:00pm-8:00pmPlanetarium Show

Friday, March 26
8:00am-9:00am-Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00am-9:30amOpening Remarks/Welcome
9:30am-10:30amKeynote Address“Creativity and Problem Solving”Dr. Edwin Selby


10:45am – 12:00 noon     Session 1 – Room 101

Margaret Maghan, William Klinger, Raritan Valley Community College,Developing Collaborations across Disciplines through Technology.  The workshop will demonstrate the use of innovative student response system software to provide real life scenarios addressing humanities and business related topics.
Margaret Maghan, Sheila Meiman, Lori Moog, Kathryn Suk, Raritan Valley Community College,Developing Collaborations across Disciplines through Service Learning.  The panel will present strategies on how Service Learning can be incorporated into the Social Sciences and other disciplines, improving student learning outcomes and cultivating critical thinking, creativity and civic engagement.
Session 2 – Room 102
Avon Chapman, Atlantic Cape Community College,Exploring Power Teaching to Jumpstart your Learners’ Brains.The mystery of what causes learners to become successful information gatherers as a result of their exposure to instruction can be actualized through the deliberate application/introduction of whole brain instruction.

John Cleary, Montclair State University, How Can a Nurturing Pedagogy Foster Art?Art asks us to step out of conventional understandings of ourselves and the environments we exist in; to go from the familiar to the unfamiliar, from the conventional to the unconventional, from the predicable to the unpredictable and from the known to the unknown.

Session 3 – Atrium
Charles Kellermann, Northern Virginia Community College,IT as an Integrator of the Whole Collegiate Curriculum. Since so many of our students have grown up with various technologies and do not even know (as we do) that there were once other means available , do they really need to be taught computer technology?  As is true for all discipline-faculties, we have to lead students to an awareness of the real importance of gathering data- in quantity, quality and relevance.

Melanie Morris, Pattiann Kletz and Maria DeFilippis, Raritan Valley Community College,Need a Life? Energize your Classroom with Second Life. Have you ever wanted your students to investigate a crime scene?  View the world through the eyes of a schizophrenic? Time travel to events of historic significance?  Presenters will demonstrate how all this – and more – is possible in your Second Life.


“The Meaning of Truth in the Post-Modern Classroom”Dr. Kevin Reilly

1:30 -2:45Session 1 – Room 101
Peppy Margolis, Raritan Valley Community College, The Second Generation, Children of Holocaust Survivors’: Sharing Our Legacy.  This presentation will summarize the work being done by The Community Legacy Project at RVCC, an educational endeavor to present the story of the Holocaust Survivors, Liberators and Rescuers who are living in our community.
Stephen Kaufman, Kevin Reilly, Angela Bodino, Raritan Valley Community College,What We Learned in a Team Taught Interdisciplinary Course: Global Patterns of Racism – Literary, Historical and Anthropological Perspectives. The course is framed by conversation about cases of racism that involve settlement and an internal other and about what it has taken and still takes to make a difference.
Session 2 – Room 102
Lynn Laskowski, Francis Coan, Tunxis Community College, Mark Twain and the Traveling Tome: Tracing the Ownership of the James Medical Dictionaries.  This presentation explores the history of eighteenth century medical dictionaries originally owned by a Virginia physician and acquired by Mark Twain.  This presentation draws upon the fields of science, medicine, history (national, state and local) and geneology.
Leah Gregory, Randolph-Macon College,Looking for the Lost Hand: Traditional Healing and Medicine – Uncovering Africa’s Secret Strategies for Health and Wellbeing.  This research will ascertain what traditional healing and wellness strategies were employed in Africa before the advent of western medicine.

Session 3 – Atrium

Karen Keller, Tina Margolis, Westchester Community CollegeA Learning Community: Linking History and English Through Writing and Research.  This presentation will describe the process, objectives and evaluation tools of the 2010 Westchester Community College Learning Community interdisciplinary module between the History and English departments.

3:00 – 4:15Session 1 – Room 101
Jay Kelly, Raritan Valley Community College, How Green Grows Innovation at one Community College: The Systemic Context of its Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies Degree Program.  The panel looks at the College’s Environmental Studies Program in a context of continuing and growing support from administrators, faculty, staff, students and historical environmental groups in the community; support capped recently with a Memo of Understanding from the US EPA.

Session 2 – Room 102
 Lisa Hale Rose,Precious Sellars-Mulhern, Borough of Manhattan Community College with  Joanne Pierre-Louis, and Adhiambo Okomba –LaGuardia CC,The Odyssey Project: Creating a Culture of Inquiry and  Collaboration across Three Urban Community College Campuses. The presentation will focus on the process of working across campuses and across disciplines to explore the obstacles young women of color face as they pursue their community college degrees.

Janet Michello, LaGuardia Community CollegeExperiencing the Diversity of the City.  The presentation will consist of a faculty member and multi-ethnic students who have completed social science research as part of a course at LaGuardia Community College.  The presentation will include the ways that experiential learning can enhance pedagogy in the social sciences.

4:45pm-6:00pm Open Board Meeting (Board of Trustees and ECCSSA Membership)
6:00pm-8:30pmDinner and Keynote Speaker“War and World History in the Twentieth Century”Dr. Michael Adas

Saturday, March 27
8:30am-9:00amContinental Breakfast
9:00am – 10:30amSession 1 – Grand Conference Room
Jason Mallory, Neel Khichi, Raritan Valley Community College, A Balanced Education: A Look into Western Sociology from an Eastern Philosophical Eye.  The western school system lacks a consistent education in philosophical and metaphysical concepts.  It does not see ‘eastern philosophy’ as an instrumental part of a student’s development and evolution.  The presenters will argue that Philosophy 101 should be informed by sociological and scientific insights to generate meaningful questions about values and the nature of self, society and reality.

Vandana Nadkarni, Barbara Seater, Raritan Valley Community College, Literature and Culture in Islam: Perspectives from South Asia.Raritan Valley hosted Fulbright Scholar Dr. Mohammed Asaduddin from the National Islamic University in New Delhi, India to lead a seminar on Literature and Culture in Islam.  This panel will reunite members of the class to discuss their experiences and interdisciplinary projects developed for the seminar.

10:45am – 12:00 NoonSession 2 – Grand Conference Room
Philip Dolce, Bergen Community College,The Suburban Studies Group: Building a Community of Common Interest within the College.  The Suburban Studies Group has created an institutional focus that allows faculty, staff students and administrators to join forces, as a community, to understand the suburban sense of place that defines where we work and live.  The group creates an interdisciplinary, multifaceted project that involves and initiates scholarship, teaching and community service.

Nancy Dashefsky, Joseph Farber, Westchester Community College,Paired Courses: Analytical Reading and Personal Finance. Westchester Community College has offered a Learning community to students placed in a developmental education reading course “Analytical Reading” with an economics course “Personal Finance”.  By creating a learning community students can use their reading techniques and immediately apply these skills to the material discussion in their Personal Finance class.

12 Noon – 1:00pmPanel Discussion – Grand Conference Room

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Closing Remarks

 Conference Hotel
Conference Hotel
Hotel Sierra-Branchburg3141 US Highway Route 22Branchburg, NJ 08876(908) 704-2191http://www.hotel-sierra.com
You can share rooms with another faculty person for half price.

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 Conference ProgramECCSSA_Conference_Program_2010-Final.pdf
 Conference Overview with Proposal Form(In PDF & WORD)
 Conference Proposal FormECCSSA_Proposal_Form.2010.doc
 Guidelines for PresentersECCSSA__Presentation_Guidelines_for_Presenters.Updated.pdf
 Guidelines for Poster PresentationsGuidelines_for_Poster_Presentations.pdf_____
 Information for Publishers, Organizations and Sponsors
 Application Form for Publishers, Organizations and Sponsors
 Conference Registration Form

Credit Cards Accepted!(For details contact: Dr. Ellen Lindemann, elindema@raritanval.edu )
Check Payments should be mailed to: Dr. Rosalyn M. King, Chair, Board of Trustees, ECCSSA, NVCC, 1000 Harry Flood Byrd Highway, Sterling, VA 20165, roking@nvcc.edu or 703-450-2629