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Amy McCormick Diduch


Amy DiduchAmy McCormick Diduch earned her MA and PhD in economics from Harvard University and her BA in economics from the College of William and Mary. Her research interests are in the fields of labor economics and public finance. She recently published an article entitled “Global Strike Patterns, Macroeconomic Variations and Industrial Relations” in the International Review of Comparative Public Policy. Dr. Diduch is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa.

Judy Klein


Judy KleinJudy L. Klein has a PhD in economics from London Guildhall University, an MS in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BA in Economics from the College of William and Mary. Her research interests include the history of economic statistics; she is the author of Statistical Visions in Time: A History of Time Series Analysis 1662-1938, published by Cambridge University Press, and co-editor of The Age of Economic Measurement, published by Duke University Press. Dr. Klein is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and has received research grants from the National Science Foundation and National Humanities Center.
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Roderic Owen


Rod OwenDr. Roderic Owen has been a faculty member at Mary Baldwin College for over 25 years teaching introductory philosophy courses, applied and advanced ethics seminars, and a survey of the world’s religions to a diverse range of students: women in the residential program, graduate MAT students, PEGs, and returning adult students. His doctorate is from the College of William and Mary, Virginia, and his dissertation was focused on Models for Teaching Ethics at the Undergraduate Level.Over the past several years, Dr. Owen has developed and taught a seminar primarily focused on ethics and education to graduate students and an honors colloquium on Science, Religion, and the Search for Meaning; helped implement community service courses and internships; and created a multi-disciplinary minor focused on Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution. He has team-taught a number of different types of courses including freshman colloquia, the senior seminar in philosophy and religion, a graduate-level seminar on philosophy and education, as well as a number of interdisciplinary honors colloquia.

Dr. Owen’s areas of philosophical research and professional interest include character education; interdisciplinary approaches to the teaching of ethics; and the interfaith dialogue. His most recent sabbatical was spent at a woman’s college in Madurai, India where he led faculty seminar on interfaith issues and gave talks at the local Gandhi Centre. He is a member of the APA, the regional Philosophy of Education Society, the Association for Moral Education, the Virginia Humanities Association, the Association for Ethics across the Curriculum, and the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics.

In personal terms, Dr. Owen is a native of Wales and is married to Linda, a fourth grade teacher and school counselor, and they are parents to three sons — two of whom are college students. He is currently a member of the City of Staunton School Board, has served as an elder and teacher in the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A., and recently completed a term as President of the North American Association for the Study of Welsh Culture and History. Ph: 540-887-7309 Fax: 540-887-7137

Jane Pietrowski


Jane PietrowskiJane T. Pietrowski earned her BA and PhD in economics from the University of South Carolina. Her research interests are in the field of industrial organization and labor economics. She co-authored (with RP Wilder and HW Chappell) “R&D, Firm Size and Concentration: Evidence from the FTC Line of Business Survey.” For eleven years (1995-2006), she served as the Vice President of Business and Finance for Mary Baldwin College and brings with her the real-world experience of managing the business affairs of a non-profit organization.

Daniel Stuhlsatz


Daniel StuhlsatzThis Associate Professor of Sociology’s research includes work on educational attainment, race, religion, and environmental issues. His areas of interest include social movements, environmental sociology, community service, social inequality, sociology of education, sociology of religion, and mountaineering. Stuhlsatz received a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Wichita State University; a master’s degree in sociology from University of Wyoming, and a PhD in sociology from University of Virginia.

Carey Usher


Carey UsherOriginally from South Carolina, Carey Usher came to MBC in 2001 after completing her graduate work at University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her dissertation research examined effects of neighborhood context and social capital on physical and mental health. Current research extends this study, focusing on social capital and community investment in high poverty areas. Her research and teaching interests include medical sociology, community and urban sociology, and research methodology. She is a strong supporter of single-gender education, having completed her undergraduate degree at Converse College. Her community service includes work with Habitat for Humanity, the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, the Staunton City Council as a member of the Landscape Advisory Board, and the Virginia Cooperative Extension as a Master Gardener. Her service to these organizations involves building resident investment in and appreciation of community environment and greenspace. Drs. Usher and Stuhlsatz are currently serving as Co-Principal Investigators on a gang-assessment initiative with the Office on Youth.

In her spare time, Dr. Usher likes to read, drink coffee, garden, knit, and spend time with her family and pets. She lives in Staunton with her husband Bryan, their 4 boys, and too many animals.