Faculty Members to Present Research Findings

November 11, 2014

ALLIANCE – The University of Mount Union will host a Faculty Research Forum at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, November 20 in Chapman Hall 202.

Faculty members presenting research at the event are Dr. Tamara Daily, professor of psychology and Dr. Susan Haddox, associate professor of philosophy and religious studies.

Daily earned Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Arts degrees in psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Ohio Wesleyan University. Some of her research interests include the stigma associated with people with mental illnesses and the use of first-person narratives in teaching psychology.

The purpose of Daily’s sabbatical research was twofold. The first goal was to assess the effectiveness of the Hearing Voices curriculum when used with undergraduate students. The second was to test more targeted measures of effectiveness, which assess understanding of the impact of hearing voices on everyday life, empathy for those who experience voice hearing and support for services needed by such individuals. It was expected that individuals who participated in the Hearing Voices That Are Distressing workshop would show increased awareness of the degree to which voice hearing impacts everyday life, greater comfort interacting with an individual who has a mental illness involving voice hearing, more positive feelings toward and respect for people with mental illness and greater perceived usefulness of a wide range of services for people living with mental illness.

During the forum, Daily will present the findings and discuss implications of the results.

Haddox earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Hebrew Bible from Emory University, a Master of Divinity degree from Pacific School of Religion, a Master of Science degree in biological sciences from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology, chemistry and biochemistry from Gustavus Adolphus College. Her research interests focus on gender, especially masculinity, in the Bible.

Haddox will report on her sabbatical research, which entailed writing the majority of a manuscript entitled “Gender, Violence, and Identity in Judges.” The biblical book of Judges describes a series of military leaders raised by God to save the tribes of Israel from oppression, but the way to victory often does not follow expected paths of glory in battle. The complicated portrayal of violence in Judges, and the way in which it is intertwined with masculinity, relates directly to the political and theological message of the book as a whole, especially as it mediates Israelite identity. The project utilizes methods and materials from contemporary gender theory, cross-cultural studies and literary and historical criticism to analyze the issues in the biblical text.



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