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Juniata Honors Four Professors at Retirement Dinner

(Posted June 2, 2004)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Four Juniata College faculty members who retired at the end of the 2003-2004 academic year were honored recently at the Faculty Retirement Dinner, April 23. The retirees are: David Drews, Charles A. Dana Professor of Psychology; Jose Nieto, Mary S. Geiger Professor of Religion and History; Ronald Pauline, associate professor of education; and Duane Stroman, professor of sociology.

At the Faculty Retirement Dinner, both faculty members received a copy of a citation, a Juniata College stained-glass shield and a Juniata College chair.

David Drews, professor emeritus of psychology, joined the Juniata faculty as an assistant professor in 1969 after working as a NASA Research Fellow from 1967 to 1969. He earned a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1965 from Denison University in Granville, Ohio. He continued his education, earning a master's degree in psychology in 1969 and a doctoral degree in 1970, both from the University of Delaware.

The longtime chair of Juniata's Department of Psychology, Drews has established a thriving program of student research. He, along with his student researchers, has presented papers at conferences of the Eastern Psychological Association and the Peace Studies Association. He annually teaches the college's research in psychology course. He also teaches "Psychology of War and Peace," "Learning and Conditioning," Human Memory" and "Statistics of Social Science."

Drews was promoted to associate professor in 1977 and was named chair of the psychology department in 1978. He was promoted to full professor in 1982. In 1989, Drews received the Beachley Award for Outstanding Teaching, and he was named a Charles A. Dana Professor in 1998.

He has published numerous articles throughout his career in such journals as The Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, the Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, Teaching of Psychology and Cross-Cultural Research.

Jose Nieto, professor emeritus of history and religion, is a celebrated scholar of religion. A native of Galacia in northwest Spain, he studied at the University of Santiago de Compostela, the United Evangelical Seminary in Madrid, Spain, and Presbyterian College in Belfast, Ireland. He came to the United States to further his education and earned a master's degree in theology and a doctorate in theology in 1967 from Princeton Theological Seminary.

He joined the Juniata College faculty as an assistant professor in 1967 and was named chair of the Department of Religion in 1969. He was promoted to associate professor in 1969 and became a full professor in 1978. He has continued his scholarly education at the Pontifical University of Salamanca, Spain and the University of Marburg in Germany. He was named Mary S. Geiger Professor of Religion in 1981.

Nieto is an internationally known scholar of religion, particularly in the history of religious thought, mysticism, the philosophy of religion and religious thought during the Renaissance and Reformation. He also is a celebrated international expert on the life of 16th century Roman Catholic saint St. John of the Cross, a co-founder of the Carmelite Order.

He has written several influential books including "Juan de Valdes and the Origins of the Spanish and Italian Reformations, (1970)" "Spanish Mysticism of the 16th Century (1971)," "Mystic, Rebel, Saint: A Study of St. John of the Cross (1979)" "Juan de Valdes' Two Catechisms (1981)"and "St John of the Cross, Poet of Profane Love (1988)," "The Renaissance and the Other Spain: A Socio-Spiritual Cultural Vision," and a critical history of Miguel de Cervantes' life and his literary legacy, particularly "Don Quixote."
His professional affiliations include the American Association of University Professors, the American Society for Reformation Research, Sixteenth Century Studies, and American Academy of Religion.

Duane Stroman, professor emeritus of sociology, came to Juniata as an instructor in 1963. He earned a bachelor's degree from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1956. He went on to earn a master's degree in 1959 at the Boston University School of Theology and a doctorate in sociology from Boston University in 1966. He was promoted to assistant professor in 1965 and earned the rank of associate professor in 1967. He was promoted to full professor in 1976.

Stroman also has taken on additional assignments at Juniata, including serving as assistant dean from 1972 to 1974 and serving as director of continuing education from 1975 to 1980. He received the Beachley Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1984. He has taught an array of sociology courses, including "Sociology of Medicine," "Intergroup Relations" and "Research Methods." In his research course, Stroman often asked Juniata students to tackle research projects for local agencies in and around Huntingdon. He has maintained an active slate of community work, serving on various local boards of directors for many local agencies.

Stroman has written five books, including "The Medical Establishment and Social Responsibility (1976)," "The Quick Knife: Unnecessary Surgery in the U.S.A (1979),""The Awakening Minorities: The Physically Handicapped (1982)," "Mental Retardation in Social Context (1989),"and "The Disability Rights Movement: From Deinstitutionalization to Self-Determination."

Stroman served as chair of the sociology department from 1965 to 1982 and also served as golf coach from 1979 to 1989. Stroman has published his research extensively in academic journals and his research interests include the sociology of medicine, mental and physical handicaps and racial and ethnic relations. Stroman also established consulting relationships with many area businesses and agencies. He also was president and principal owner of Raystown Developmental Services, a service agency that provides a range of services to persons with mental retardation or mental illness. He retired from the agency in 2000.

Ronald Pauline, associate professor of education, joined the Juniata faculty in 1997 as an assistant professor. He was promoted to associate professor in 1999. Before coming to Juniata, Pauline worked as an assistant professor and associate professor of education at Gannon University from 1990 to 1997. He also was an assistant professor of education at the State University of New York-Geneseo from 1987 to 1990.

He earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1964 and went on to earn a master's degree in science there in 1970. He also earned a master's degree in geology from Penn State University in 1972 and earned a doctorate in education from Penn state in 1987. Before becoming a college professor, Pauline amassed extensive experience teaching in secondary schools. He worked as a science teacher at Chief Logan High School in Mifflin County from 1973 to 1985, and taught in the Mount Union Area School District from 1969 to 1973. From 1966 to 1969, Pauline worked as a research chemist for Prismo Safety Corp. in Huntingdon, Pa. He also served in the U.S. Navy from 1964 to 1965.

He is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, the Association for the Education of Teachers in Science, the National and Pennsylvania Science Teachers Association, the Pennsylvania Academy of Science, Phi Delta Kappa and Phi Lambda Theta. Pauline teaches a variety of education courses at Juniata, including Educational Technology and Science Methods.

He has published research in academic journals such as Educational technology, Journal of Chemical Education, Journal of Geological Education and School Science and Mathematics.

Pauline has been a driving force in organizing efforts to bring the organization Science Olympiad to the Juniata campus. For the past decade, he has been the site director for the Pennsylvania State Final competition, which is held at Juniata annually. He also was instrumental in bringing the 2004 National Science Olympiad to Juniata.

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.