Faculty bring passions to fall lecture series

For Immediate Release:  Sept. 1, 2015

BLOOMSBURG— Faculty members from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania will speak to the community this fall about their academic and research passions in the “New Paths for Passion: Inquisitive Journeys” lecture series. September’s lecture will be presented by Mary Katherine Waibel-Duncan, professor of psychology.

Waibel-Duncan’s lecture, “For the Good of the Good,” will be held Thursday, Sept. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Mitrani Hall, located in BU’s Haas Center for the Arts. Focusing on an often overlooked reason for pursing a degree in higher education, she will reflect on the strengths each individual has and how, through higher education, those strengths can be used to provide meaningful service to the world. She will also discuss her pursuit of academic Good Work, which involves identifying individuals who do excellent work and determining how to increase such work in society, as well as her studies and observations of BU undergraduate students.

Waibel-Duncan is the Joan and Fred Miller Distinguished Professor of Good Work. Raised in Hollidaysburg, she earned a bachelor of science in experimental psychology with a concentration in the neural and behavioral sciences from Bryn Mawr College. She earned her master’s and doctorate at Vanderbilt University where she received an award for the most notable dissertation related to women’s or children’s health in 1999.

Waibel-Duncan joined BU’s faculty in September 2000 and has been a full professor since 2011. She teaches undergraduate psychology courses and supervises advanced students’ independent study projects. Her research interests focus on positive youth development and young peoples’ pursuit of good work. She is the director of the BU Toy Library and co-director of the BU Good Work Initiative.

Other lectures in the series are scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 1, and Thursday, Nov. 5. The series is sponsored by BU’s Department of Academic Enrichment and the Office of the Provost.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.