Morris Grants Support Faculty Research

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Ten faculty members will advance their research and scholarly endeavors this academic year courtesy of the Michael J. Morris '56 Grants for Scholarly Research. Disciplines represented include the sciences, business and the humanities.

Thanks to an initial gift from Morris in 2011, the University established this fund that annually awards up to 10 grants (five available in each college) in the amount of $1,200 each to faculty who have been active in research. Morris was so impressed by the quality of work that has resulted from the grants that he has made two additional gifts to the Fund.  

“Faculty research is a hallmark of academic excellence at Saint Joseph’s,” says Morris. “In establishing the Morris Grants for Scholarly Research, my intention is to encourage and promote faculty research and publication to further strengthen the university’s academic reputation.”

"The Morris Grants for Faculty Research are a testament to the dedication of our alumni and the academic distinction of our faculty scholars," says Rosalind Reichard, Ph.D., interim provost. "We're excited by the depth and breadth of research topics supported through these grants in recent years."

The Morris Grant recipients for 2014-15:

College of Arts & Sciences Haub School of Business

Matthew Anderson, Ph.D., Psychology

"Establishment of an Avian Population for Behavioral Research"


James Kelley, Ph.D., Marketing

"From Lurkers to Engagement: What is the switch that needs to be flipped to increase online brand community engagement?"


Richard Haslam, Ph.D., English

Delivery of the paper, “Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s ‘Green Tea’ and Irish Victorian Calvinism,” at the Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Bicentenary Conference at Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland, followed by submission of a revised and expanded version of the paper for publication in the journal Christianity and Literature


Steven Miller, Ph.D., Finance

"CEO Education and Firm Ethical Performance"


Konstantinos Nikoloutsos, Ph.D., Classics

A a monograph titled Ancient Greek History on Film: Reality and Representation.


John Neiva, Ph.D., Management

Ccontinuation of research conducted jointly with Fe y Alegria: Bolivia on educational efficiency in disadvantaged environments


Rommel Regis, Ph.D., Mathematics

Development of algorithms for the optimization (i.e., minimization or maximization) of one or several competing mathematical objective functions arising from computationally expensive computer simulations.


Matthew Sarkees, Ph.D., Marketing

"Is Off Label Drug Prescription Marketing Off-Course? Accurate Consumer Decision-Making in Patient Care Concerning Off-Label Drugs."


Elaine Shenk, Ph.D., Modern and Classic Languages

Research focused on language ideologies and practices in Puerto Rico and in the United States, as well as how these intersect with discourse about the Island’s political status in relation to the United States


Natalie Wood, Ph.D., Marketing

"Social Vision: Embracing Social Media to Engage Viewers/Fans of Primetime Shows," aiming to create two conference presentations and two journal articles