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Friday, April 4, 2013
8:00am to 9:00amRegistration and Continental BreakfastPublisher Exhibits
9:00am to 10:00amWelcome and Introductions
Conference Overview and Presentation
New Frontiers: Models for Redesign in the Social and Behavioral SciencesRosalyn M. King, EdD, Chair, ECCSSA and Professor of Psychology, Northern Virginia Community College, Loudoun
Opening commentary will present the framework and rationale for this year’s conference theme, providing continuity in dialogue from prior conference themes as well as last year’s conference theme on ushering in the renaissance. Discussion will include research and models for the social and behavioral sciences as well as innovations and bold new ideas on the horizon.View PowerPoint Here:   New_Frontiers-ECCSSA_2014.pdf

Historical Foundations  Ms. Barbara Crain, Moderator10:00am to 11:00am
Social justice, Diversity and Inclusion“The Evolution of Emily Howland: From Accommodation to Social justice.”Daniel F. Schultz, PhD, Professor Emeritus of History, Anthropology and Sociology, Cayuga Community College, Skaneateles, NYView PowerPoint Here:   Emily_Howland_Accommodation_to_Social_Justice-Schultz.pdf
Emily Howland was a Quaker philanthropist whose life spanned the formative periods of black education in the American South.  She initially endorsed the prevailing paradigms adopted by white and black educators of the period.  However, by the turn of the century, as the struggle for the direction and control of black education unfolded, Howland continued to support those schools and leaders who directly challenged the “Tuskegee Machine.”  In so doing, she encouraged a new generation of black leaders who became the “forerunners of black power.”

The Role of Geography in Bridging the CulturesWhy is Hell, When There is One, Hot?  The Influence of Geography,Physical and Human, in Shaping World Religious TraditionsAnne Ruszkiewicz, MA, Associate Professor of History and Geography, Sullivan County Community College, Loch Sheldrake, NY
Geography is an ideal discipline for bridging the three cultures of Science, Religion, and the Humanities. A good example is found in taking a close look at the way the world’s major religious traditions have been shaped by the geography and demographics of the environments in which they took formative shape. All religious traditions have many striking similarities as well as distinctive differences. Recognizing the strong common elements including a possible congenital predisposition that is shared by virtually all religious faiths comes as a surprise to most people including students and has huge potential for creating more tolerance and appreciation of diversity when religions are seen as variations on a common theme. This paper argues that working from this broadly common base, different societies in very different physical environments would develop very distinctive traditions of their own and their particular geographies would play a major role in this formative process. Understanding how human societies are shaped by their environment is one of the five themes of Geography and can illuminate many areas of the Humanities. This understanding can also lead to individuals and societies taking better care of their environments.
BREAK: 11:00am-11:10am

Economic & Fiscal ReformDr. R. Lee Viar, Moderator11:10am to 12:10pm
Wage Inequality and Limits to Growth: The Impact on the US EconomyNoreen Van Valkenburgh, Phd, Senior Adjunct Professor, Department of Economics, New York State University of Westchester Community College
The current skilled-biased economy found in the United States today tends to increase the earnings gap between skilled workers and unskilled labor to high levels last seen during the Great Depression, (Reich,2013). It seems that changes in technology have allowed a small number of highly educated and exceptionally talented individuals to command superstar incomes, (Stiglitz,2012). This emerging paradigm shift from the process of new economic development resembles similar traits of the past studies by Kuzmets (1963) that examined the historical inverted u-shaped relation between the United States income inequality and GDP growth from 1770 to 1960s. The conclusions of this paper will argue that current rising United States inequality is not primarily about rent-seeking but rather about supply and demand of labor resources.
The Aegis Revenue Act: Sustainability and Increased Federal Tax RevenuesMark D’Antonio, DBA, Professor of Business and Management, Northern Virginia Community College, Woodbridge
View PowerPoint Here:   Presentation_ECCSSA-D_Antonio.pdf
The Internal Revenue Service raises revenue in concert with the laws passed by the legislative branch of the United States government. In recent years the United States government has been spending more money than it has collected and has had to borrow the difference. The United States currently has a large debt. This paper suggests a course of action that will increase the revenues that the Internal Revenue Service will collect without raising the Income tax.
12:10pm to 1:00pmLunch and Discussion
Political and Social ReformDr. Sanaz Alasti, Moderator1:00pm to 1:45pm
A Theory of Existence of Fourth Control Branch of Government: A Comparative AnalysisGabriel Balayan, PhD, Associate Professor of Law, Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Law Library of Congressand American University Washington College of LawView PowerPoint Here:   Theory_of_the_Forth_Control_Banch_at_ECCSSA_-Balayan.pdf
This presentation will provide an overview of a theory about the existence of the Forth Control Branch of Government in the USA. Presentation will include historical development of the “fourth” branch, as well as hypothetical and practical implications of the theory.  Examples will be provided of international legal practices. Recommendations will be made relative to strengthening government control institutions and practices.The Role of Democracy in Drafting a New Constitution in the Middle EastAmir  Fakhravar, Research Fellow and Visiting Lecturer, The Institute of World Politics, Washington, DC
This presentation will examine the nature of constitutionalism in the Middle East. The research explores topics arising in the comparative study of constitutional systems and constitutional questions of law. Concerns include defining what a constitution actually is and identifying its function within a political system. The presentation will highlight some of the principles of democracy and will explain various ways other nations, such as South Africa, has resolved contemporary constitutional questions.
Models for Theory, Research, Teaching & Learning in Higher EducationMr. David Strickland, Moderator1:45pm to 3:15pm
Building Theory and Theoretical FrameworksSociological Consciousness as a Cognitional ProcessAnthony L. Haynor, PhD, Associate Professor of Sociology, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJView PowerPoint Here:   Sociological_Consciousness_as_a_Cognitional_Process-Haynor.pdfDrawing on the cognitional theory of Bernard Lonergan, a method for sociological inquiry is put forward.  The developer presents a three-stage process: 1) attention to relevant data (the process of sociation based on the work of Simmel) and what is transacted between social actors; 2) classification and categorization of data and the identification of factors that sustain transactions; and 3) assessing the adequacy of the classificatory and explanatory scheme by applying it to new social settings. Lastly, sociological consciousness involves an examination of choices to be made (e.g. policies) based on an understanding of a particular network of action as illuminated by the validated analytical framework. A consensus on the cognitional path to be taken by sociological inquirers would make possible a robust dialogue that can potentially lead to a unified theory of society and effective strategies of reform and reconstruction.Curriculum Issues“Do We Still Need Women’s Studies?”Genevieve Carminati, Professor, English and Director, Gender and Women’s Studies, Montgomery College, Rockville, MD
The second wave of the modern feminist movement brought an examination of the academy, where women’s history, voices and achievements were traditionally absent, or glossed over. Women’s contributions were often unattributed or wrongly attributed to men. Women’s Studies programs were created to address and hopefully correct these omissions and challenge theoretical constructs across the academy that excluded women. However, today many programs are being subsumed into Gender Studies and/or Sexuality Studies. Although many see this redesign as a natural progression, the presenter will argue this absorption into broader programs is a dangerous move backward for the discipline and for future students.
Innovation in TeachingThe Innovative Hybrid Course Model: A Taxonomy-focused Pedagogy in a Learner-Centered CultureChiquita Howard-Bostic, PhD, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminal JusticeShepherd University,Shepherdstown, West VirginiaView PowerPoint Here:   Hybrid-Howard_Bostic.pdf
This proposal offers a hybrid (live and online) teaching model and critical pedagogical framework that integrates a learner-centered philosophy, creative teaching activities, learning objective-oriented techniques using the SAKAI online interface. Content from the lesson, “The Nature of Delinquency” from SOCI 312: Juvenile Delinquency will be applied as a hybrid course model for teaching in the area of social sciences.The presentation includes (1) web snapshots connecting online content and the pedagogical style via PowerPoint, (2) corresponding handouts to jump start the course building process, (3) examples and findings from contemporary literature, and (4) an engaging discussion.

BREAK: 3:15pm-3:20pm
Poster SessionDr. Rosalyn M. King, Moderator3:20pm to 3:45pm
Integration of Innovative Technology and Linguistics in Education and Disability ServicesFaroat Andasheva and Jessica Smith, Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WVView PowerPoint Here:   Final_Poster_Hybrid-Shepherd.pptx
The poster illustrates findings from a multimedia student-learning project and corresponding literature review that examines how innovative technology and linguistic tools enrich learning experiences for students, especially those with disabilitiesMultimedia and e-learning tools are useful for course designers, instructors, and participants, and the way we craft e-learning is changing. The poster explains the documented need for interpersonal contact in online learning environments. It also addresses online accommodations for students with disabilities.

Models for Technological ChangeDr. Beverly Pittman, Moderator3:45pm to 4:15pm
Human Immortality Versus Expendability:  An Issue for 21st Century Social Science Irene J. Dabrowski, PhD. Associate Professor of Sociology, St. John’s University, New YorkView PowerPoint Here:   irenedabrowski_2014.pdf
Classical sociological theory, most notably, the works of Comte, Durkheim, Weber, and Marx emphasized social transformation in the movement from agricultural society to modernity under the impact of industrialization. The 21st century reality carries many of these traditional themes but new points of focus have emerged as we have reached a new technological-evolutionary point in human history which futurist Ray Kurzweil has termed “the singularity.”  It sets up a grand paradox between immortality and expendability which is in the process of transforming the very definition of what it means to be human. On the one hand, the prominent technological revolutions of our times are the genetic, nano-technological, and robotic which entail the merger of person and machine, challenging biological limitations while extending life spans. On the other hand, a transhuman era is emerging replacing durable human beings with robots, drones, or else creating hybrid human beings with replaceable parts.  This is the issue that now faces social science conceptualization and teaching as did the notion of the social in the Age of Enlightenment.  Bruno Latour’s actor-network theory (ANT) integrated with systems theory and the futurist perspective are starting points for investigating this vast, largely unexplored, area of study.

Higher Education PolicyDr. Rosalyn M. King, Moderator4:15pm to 6:00pm
Curriculum, Instruction and PolicyA Revolution is Overdue in Western Secondary and Undergraduate EducationDipak K. Roy, MPA, Adjunct Instructor of Economics, NOVA and Germanna Community CollegeView PowerPoint Here:   A_Revolution_is_overdue_in_western_secondary_and_PPT_Mar_31_2014_final-DRoy.pdf
The purpose of this presentation is to depict and outline the revolution urgently needed in Western secondary and undergraduate education and curricula to cope with the economic and employment shocks from globalization and the rise of the East—a historic shift in power and economic accomplishment that the West is so far ill-equipped to manage.   

Rethinking the ‘Education-as-Business’ Model in American Higher Education:The Customer is Not Always RightBeverly D. Pittman, PhD, Associate Professor, Health & Wellness, Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale
In their efforts to grow, many American colleges and universities appear to have firmly adopted consumerist and competitive business practices, and thereby have begun to yield to customer demand in an attempt to meet short term goals.  In other words, “the customer is always right.”  However, consumerism and competition are externally focused business strategies that by themselves cannot truly measure success.  For true success, there also needs to be an equal focus on internal strategies such as productivity and quality, and these measures far too often appear to be insufficient in college and university planning.  This discussion will explore the extent to which the “Education-as-Business” Model is effective in American higher education.
Student Development and RetentionPromoting a New Culture to Prepare Students for Success in CollegeDavid L. Strickland, MA, Associate Professor of Sociology and Director, Student Success Program East Georgia State College, Swainsboro, GA
This presentation describes the development and implementation of a comprehensive student success program at East Georgia State College. The program includes classroom instruction in which students learn specific attitudes and behaviors that lead to success and lab assignments in which student practice effective strategies under the supervision of a teacher/mentor. The student success textbook becomes an academic planner/calendar which the student uses not only for the first semester but for every semester until graduation. Interactive tools in the text are used by the student to develop a long term academic plan and individual study plans for each course. The program is a model that can be adopted or adapted by other instructions.

Keeping in Touch: A Contact Model Approach to Student RetentionGeorge Keteku,PhD, Political Science; Adjunct Professor, SUNY Westchester Community College (WCC)and Director, Black and Hispanic Male Initiative Program, WCC
High rates of dropouts and the challenges colleges’ face  to maintain and increase retention rates among male students, especially among the  minority population, continue to frustrate and undermine national as well as local efforts at raising educational standards and preparing the workforce of the  future. Using Westchester Community College as a case study, this presenter explores and  tests a contact model approach that develops an uninterrupted relationship between the college and its Black and Hispanic male students. The goal is to determine the effects of a functional relationship between the  college and  the at-risk population on dropout rates.
6:00pm to 6:15pmDiscussion, Wrap-Up and Next Day Overview
7:00pm to 8:30pmJoin us for Dinner at P.F. Chang’s, Dulles Towne Center(On Your Own)

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Saturday, April 5, 2014
8:00am to 9:00amContinental Breakfast
Global InitiativesDr. Rosalyn M. King, Moderator9:00am-10:00am
Promoting TourismIn Search of a New Strategy for Tourism Development: The Case of Cordoba, Argentina B. Eugenia Perona, PhD, Associate Professor, Economics, Universidad Empresarial Siglo 21 (UES21), Cordoba, ArgentinaView PowerPoint Here:   Presentation_ECCSSA_Eugenia_Perona.pdf
In the province of Cordoba, Argentina tourism is acknowledged as a major contributor to economic growth. However, the overall vision and decisions made by public and private agents appear shortsighted and lacking any scientific basis. Social and environmental aspects are disregarded, new technologies are marginally used, and the prevailing attitude favors resource exploitation rather than creative expansion. Based on evidence and extensive data analysis, I will argue that a new paradigm for understanding and managing tourism development is needed.
Models for Study AbroadBroadening Global Perspectives:  Integrating Study Abroad Experiences into the ClassroomKarl T. Smith, MA, Professor and Co-Chair, Social Sciences Department, Montgomery College,Takoma Park-Silver Spring, MDView PowerPoint Here:   ECCSSA_Presentation.KarlSmith-April_2014.pdf
In the last six months Smith has been fortunate enough to participate in college travel to China and Cuba.  In 2010 he participated in a trip to Peru.  Each trip has allowed him to bring fresh perspectives and material to his Latin American History, American History, American Government and American Foreign Policy courses. For students to be truly global citizens and to have a degree of comfort navigating a professional world that will increasingly have a global focus, even the courses that center on American history and politics should feature comparative elements on economic and/or governmental systems. Moreover, they must introduce students to the idea of multi-national collaboration. It has been Smith’s goal to incorporate global awareness in his curriculum and have multicultural components in all courses. In this presentation he will demonstrate a variety of techniques developed to bring the experience and knowledge gained on these trips into the classroom.
BREAK: 10:00am to 10:15am
Global Exchange and Collaborative Projects10:15-11:45am
Teaching and Living in a Divided City: Six Months in Mostar Amy Gilley, PhD, Professor of Film Studies and Theater, Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale CampusView PowerPoint Here:   MOSTARfortalk.pdf
This presentation discusses experiences and  outcomes of teaching film in a global context.   What lessons can be gained from teaching American studies to American students?  Do we in America truly share one perspective on citizenship and national identity?  A survey of our most popular media and film suggests a desire to define American identity by harkening back to the origins of the country; a topic that fits several broad topics from global education to political reform.
Cook Stoves for Santa Clara and Other Food for Thought: The Santa Clara Project in El SalvadorMonica A. Mallini, PE, Associate Professor, and Maria Sprehn, Professor of Anthropology, and Students Montgomery College, Germantown, MD
View PowerPoint Here: Stoves_for_Santa_Clara-Mallini.pdf
A particular challenge of introducing cook stoves to replace open fire cooking in El Salvador is to design a cook stove that can be used with the Comal, so that the community can enjoy the advantages of enclosed fire stoves without having to sacrifice traditional cuisines and food preparation methods.  Engineering testing will ensure that stove designs achieve their technical objectives.  Just as important is providing a solution that will not be disruptive to the local culture in an unacceptable way.  Therefore, engineering students join social science students in developing a cook stove solution for a successful, sustainable outcome.
Mental Map Expansion — Moving from Space to a Sense of PlaceBarbara Crain, MA, MS, Associate Professor, Geography, Northern Virginia Community College, Loudoun Campus, Sterling, VAWe all move in space, thus we all navigate the world and while doing so our mental map expands. Our personal experiences differ making each of our mental maps unique; in addition they are constantly fine-tuned during our life-time. For the geographer, mental map expansion is a lifelong learning process: 1) turning unknown, undifferentiated space into place, a place with a strong identity; and, 2) constantly fine-tuning our understanding of that place by using specific geographic tools. This discussion examines how the presenter’s participation in a faculty exchange with a Ghanaian college that affected her on a factual and emotional level will help in expanding her students’ mental maps.
11:45-12:15pmSUMMARY WRAP-UP AND RECOMMENDATIONSLUNCH: 12:15-1:00PMConference Adjourns_____
PublishersMacmillan Higher Education Publishing Group, Inc.

David Kennedy, ManagerMike Krotine, Publisher Representative

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SponsorMcGraw-Hill Education GroupSean Williams, Representative

Volunteer StaffExecutive Committee-Psychology ClubNorthern Virginia Community College, Loudoun Campus
William DaileyRachel HansbergerCami HoytKory LadnerPeter Tirado
ECCSSA Staff AssociateKory Ladner

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 Conference Registration FeesRegular Registration: $135.00Walk-In Registration: $150.00New Scholar/Adjunct Faculty/Graduate Student: $100Walk-In Registration: $120.00(New Scholar=1-3 years of employment)Undergraduate Student: $35Regular Membership: $50Lifetime Membership: $500
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 Conference Hotel
Courtyard by MarriottDulles Town Center(A Smoke-Free Hotel)45500 Majestic DriveDulles, VA 20166571-434-6400www.marriott.com/iadtc
The hotel is across from the famous Dulles Town Center with shopping and restuarants!

Must Reserve on or before Monday, March 21, 2014 (Cutoff Date)(After the cutoff date, the hotel will release any unreserved rooms for geeral sale and, in the hotel’s discretion,will accept reservations at ECCSSA Room Block’s group rate, on a space and rate available basis.)
Please identify yourself as part of the ECCSSA Room Block Group.++++Ask for the ECCSSA Room Block for April 2014 at the Courtyard Dulles Town Center.
Amenities:Free Airport Shuttle Service++Free Shuttle Service to and from the CIT-ECCSA Conference Facility(Must Provide Pick-up and Drop-off Times)Complimentary Convenient Onsite Parking

Room Rate:1 King Bed Suite with Sofa Bed @ $69.00 plus tax, per nightFor those who wish to request tax exemption, tax exempt forms have to be pre-approved by hotel event manager.Contact Hotel Event Manager at the time of reservation.
Click on the links below to make reservations:Book your group rate: ECCSSA Room Block >>
(Breakfast not included in room rate. Continental Breakfast Served at Conference.)
If you prefer to make reservations by telephone, please call the reservations department at: 1 800-321-2211 or (571) 434-6400.All reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card.  The hotel will not hold any reservations unless secured by credit card.
Courtyard by Marriott Dulles Town Center provides a complimentary airport/local shuttle, wired/wireless high-speed Internet,HDTVs, in room safes and friendly Marriott service. Located in Northern Virginia’s Technology Corridor the Courtyard DullesTown Center hotel allows guests easy access to businesses & shops from Dulles Town Center to Tyson’s Corner. AOLTime Warner, Northern Virginia Community College, The Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and George WashingtonUniversity are just a few destinations in the area. Additionally, this suburban DC hotel is conveniently located along Route 7,Leesburg Pike and Route 28 providing easy access to both Washington Dulles Intl Airport IAD and downtown Washington DC.

Courtyard Marriott Fact Sheet in PDF:Courtyard_Marriott_Fact_Sheet._Dulles_Town_Ctr.pdf
Restaurants and Hotel Information-Handout:ECCSSA_2014-Restaurant_and_Hotel_Information.pdf

 Download Conference Forms Below:

2014 Conference Registration FormECCSSA_2014_Conference_Registration_Form-rev.pdf

Guidelines for PresentersGUIDELINES_FOR_PRESENTATIONS.pdf
 Guidelines for Poster PresentationsGuidelines_for_Poster_Presentations-ECCSSA.pdf

 Information for Publishers, Organizations and SponsorsECCSSA_2014._Information_for_Publishers_Organizations_and_Sponsors.pdf
 Application Form for Publishers, Organizations and SponsorsECCSSA_2014._Publisher__Organization___Sponsor_Application_Form.pdf

For more information on the 2014 ECCSSA conference, please contact:Dr. Rosalyn M. King, Chair, Board of Trustees at: roking@nvcc.eduor (703) 450-2629.

 Loudoun County Attractions
Best Online SourceThis site has information on everything you want to know about Loudoun county, including places to eat, heritage and culture, town and villages and horse country events.
Northern Virginia MagazineProvides great information on the happenings in Northern Virginia.
Ashburn, Virginia WebProvides links to cultural and museum events.

Loudoun Museum
Oatlands Plantation
Dodona Manor
Smithsonian Insititution, Air and Space Udvar-Hazy Museum
Dulles International Airport (IAD)Washington-Reagon International Airport(DCA)Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)Leesburg Municipal Airport
Fairfax Limo[703-229-5057]
Harvest Limo[703-606-4598]
Super Shuttle
Washington Flyer
Dulles Taxi & Limousine[703-481-8181]___
Dulles Town Center21100 Dulles Town CircleDulles, VA
Reston Town CenterReston, VA
Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets241 Fort Evans Road, NELeesburg, VA703-737-3071


Other Restaurants in the Area
The Dock at Lansdowne19286 Promenade DriveLeesburg, VA571-333-4747
Lightfoot11 N. King StreetLeesburg, VA703-771-2233
Tuscarora Mill204 Harrison Street, SELeesburg, VA703-771-9300
Zeffierelli5 Catoctin CircleLeesburg, VA703-779-0900
Cheng’s Oriental Restuarant20921 Davenport DriveSterling, VA703-450-0439
Don Corleone’s Pizzeria21018 S. Bank StreetSterling, VA703-444-4959
Hooked (Seafood/Sushi)20789 Great Falls PlazaSterling, VA703-421-0404
The Olive Garden45970 Waterview PlazaSterling, VA571-434-0713
Pomegranate Grill (Persian)46950 Community PlazaSterling, VA703-430-6601
Saigon Cafe (Vietnamese)20921 Davenport DriveSterling, VA
A Taste of Vietnam46005 Regal PlazaSterling, VA703-433-9543
Sweetwater Tavern45980 Waterview PlazaSterling, VA571-434-6500

For more information on the 2014 ECCSSA conference, please contact:Dr. Rosalyn M. King, Chair, Board of Trustees at: roking@nvcc.eduor (703) 450-2629.