U.S. Poverty Analysis
Amy McCormick Diduch
Amy 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.
My undergraduate degree is in psychology; my graduate degrees are in theology (MDiv), classical antiquities (MA), and philosophy of religion (PhD). I am fortunate to be able to teach courses in both philosophy and religion. My favorite philosophy courses to teach are Introduction to Philosophy, History of Modern Philosophy, and Modern Political Thought. My favorite religion courses to teach are Christian Faith and Social Justice, Greek Myth and Religion, Religion, Politics, and Public Policy, and Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. I have studied overseas (Oxford) and taught for a summer in Suva, Fiji. I am faculty coordinator of Mary Baldwin’s Ethics Bowl Debate Team. My recent research and publications are in Christian Ethics ( Fidelity of Heart: An Ethic of Christian Virtue, Oxford University Press) and in Philosophy of Religion ( Faith, Reason, and Compassion: A Christian Philosophy of Religion, Rowman & Littlefield Pub.). I have also submitted for publication a manuscript titled The Awful Grace of God: An Ethic of Christian Mercy.
I am an advocate of volunteerism and community service and am involved in a number of activities and organizations. I teach a college level mediation/conflict resolution course, but I also volunteer as a mediator with a local non-profit agency and with the courts. Along with some students, I helped initiate the MBC Habitat for Humanity chapter and continue to promote and participate in Habitat events. For 16 years I have been a mentor for a gentleman in the mental health community and work for the welfare of others who are mentally challenged. I also participate in peace and justice activities locally and nationally. Other interests and concerns include the Food Bank, Social Welfare Services, and the Valley Mission.
I enjoy reading poetry, hiking, music, concerts, museums, camping, and traveling internationally. I am active in a local church as a deacon, a chorister, a teacher and occasional preacher. I have two lovely children who are the loves of my life.
Judy 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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Dr. 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 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.
This 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.
Originally 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.