2005 Conference Program & Highlights
    31ST Annual Conference                   
Northern Virginia Community College, Loudoun Campus
Sterling, Virginia 20164
 April 1-2, 2005

“Advancing the Social Sciences in the Information Age:
 Change, Innovation & Research”

Northern Virginia Community College, Loudoun Campus
1000 Harry Flood Byrd Highway
Sterling, Virginia 20164-8699

This conference promises to be one of the best yet, as conference presenters and
participants dialogue about the impact of information and communications technologies on the world and
their effect on teaching and higher education. ECCSSA's 2005 conference on the
Loudoun campus of Northern Virginia Community College should be an excellent attraction
for many professionals as it draws on the many resources of the Washington Metropolitan Area.
The theme of this year's conference is particularly important in terms of the many ways in which
 our society and the world have been affected by the “information age.”

 Conference Overview

The 1990s heralded in rapid advances in information and communication technology.  The Internet and the World Wide Web provided the public with vast quantities of information worldwide. It is indicated that this new information era will have profound and greater impacts on society and the world than the industrial revolution. This new period has been characterized with such terms as the “information age,”  “new economy,”  “information society,” and “knowledge economy.”

From the printing press to the development of computer networks, digital technology and ubiquitous devices, the information age is dictating changes in the disciplines of the social sciences, and in teaching in the community college classroom. While the dialogue has been plentiful on the subject, there has been little formal discussion specifically about what social scientists and the disciplines as a professional entity should be thinking about in terms of the critical role our professions can play in transforming teaching and learning, and educational, social and public policy.

The 31st Annual Conference of ECCSSA will be devoted to an exploration of this subject to gain a better understanding about our role in this transformation, how information is used and its impact; as well as the cultural contexts and differences in use and need. More specifically, ECCSSA will investigate the transformations necessary in the social sciences in teaching and learning, and in community college education. We are especially interested in research and innovative uses and models in teaching and learning. ECCSSA invites professionals interested in the topic to join us in dialogue and exploration.


 Call for Papers and Proposals

ECCSSA is soliciting papers and proposals from all disciplines in the social sciences and related fields, including psychology, sociology, anthropology, education, history, economics, political science, geography, criminal justice, as well as related fields in information and communication technologies. A listing of possible themes and suggestions for discussion and presentation are provided below. Continue to check the ECCSSA web site for updates on  the conference program.



Digital Technology

-The Digital  Divide: The Issue of Information Equity
-Creating or Identifying New Learning Devices
-Building Virtual Communities
-Assessing the Impact of Information and Technology on Conventional Instruction
-Historical Perspectives on the Information Age
-Creating Digital Learning Communities
-Effects of New Technologies on the Community College Classroom
-Effects of Technology on Human Development
-The Internet as a Teaching/Learning Tool
-Partnerships between Print Media and Internet
-Intellectual Property in the Information Age: A Classroom Guide to Copyright
-Technology Assessment


 Media  (Print, Commercial, Multimedia)
-Role and Influences of the Media
-Role and Uses of the Media
-Impact of the Media
-Role of Social Sciences in Influencing the News Media
-Collaborative Partnerships Between the Social Sciences and the Media
-History of Media
-The Media and Human Development
-Transformations in Print Media
-New Perspectives for Print Media
-Use of Film and Documentaries
-Use of Multimedia (animation, digital video, games, web, photography & more)

Research and Policy
-Research Foresight & Implications
-Supporting Research in the Social Sciences
-New Roles for Libraries & Librarians
-Redefining Educational, Social and Public policy
-Assessing Impact and Influences on Policy
-Social Science Role in Raising Public Understanding of Scientific and Technological Innovations

Human Factors
-Character Building in the Information Age
-The Information Age and How It is Shaping Human History
-Interpretations of Information in an Age of Terrorism
-Information Overload
-Ethical Issues and Concerns

Innovations in Teaching, Classroom Strategies, and Student Learning
-Virtual environments for teaching and learning in the social sciences.
-Designing interactive lessons for local and distance use.
-Innovative uses of information technology in the classroom.
-The Internet as a Teaching/Learning Tool
-Problem-Based Learning
-Applying Constructivist Theories and Models
-Developing and Teaching Thinking Skills
-Developing Writing Skills
-The Information Age and Self-Directed Learning
-Multimedia Classrooms
-Transforming the Role of Students and Teachers
Professional Development
-Building Virtual Communities for Professional Development
-Issues and Needs for In-service Training and Professional Development
-New Generation of Information Professionals



The 2005 ECCSSA conference will host student papers, presentations and other projects, including poster presentations, paper and digital portfolios, web sites, and other special projects developed by students on the attached suggested conference themes and topics.  These student projects may be developed independently, in conjunction with a class assignment or under instructor supervision.

Student projects will be on display in a special exhibition area of the conference for the entire conference.  Projects should be up for exhibit no later than 11 am on the morning of the opening conference (April 1, 2005); and disassembled by 11 am the following day (April 2, 2005).

Students developing web sites or needing other equipment for the display of projects should make requests on the application under “equipment needed.” Conference staff will make every attempt to work with student presenters.  Students should also make arrangements with their College or professors to bring projectors, laptops, etc., to support their presentation needs.

For students interested in participating in or exhibiting at the conference, ECCSSA will forward specifications for all project submissions, once we receive the initial application.  We strongly recommend that ECCSSA members and teaching faculty encourage student participation in the conference.  All students submitting a project for the Conference will have an opportunity during an assigned time to dialogue with conference participants about their project. The best student exhibits will be recognized.

If you have questions about student submissions, please feel free to contact the conference chair, Dr. Rosalyn M. King at:  roking@nvcc.edu or (703) 450-2629.

Friday, April 1, 2005

8:00am-9:00am-  Registration & Continental Breakfast
Book Exhibits
Waddell Building Lobby

9:00am-10:00am- Conference Opening Plenary Session
Waddell Theater

ECCSSA Board of Trustees

Dr. Beverly Blois, Dean, Communications & Humanities Making Remarks On Behalf of the Provost

Dr. Anthony Tardd, Provost, NVCC-Loudoun
Dr. Rosalyn M. King, Introducing President Templin

Welcome & Opening Remarks,
Dr. Robert Templin, President
Northern Virginia Community College
Dr. Robert Templin, President, NVCC

Conference Overview

10:00am-11:00am - Keynote Address, Waddell Theater
“Wandering in a Strange Land: Technology, Teaching, and
 Knowledge in the Cyberspace Age”

Dr. Richard J. Cox, Professor, Archival Studies

Department of Library and Information Sciences
School of Information Sciences
University of Pittsburgh

11:00am-12:15pm- Concurrent Sessions 1

Session 1A-Bldg. LW, Room 116

“Virtual Environments for Teaching and Learning: Using the World Wide Web”
Conference Moderator: Gerard Morin, ECCSSA Board

Tools for Becoming Proactive in Public Policy

Rosemarie Pelletier, Asst. Prof. Of Political Science

SCOUTing Online Information for Student Motivation

Jennifer Reynolds & Barbara Tyler, Librarians

King’s Psychology Network: The Development of a Comprehensive Website in Psychology

Rosalyn M. King, Professor of Psychology & Chair, Center for Teaching Excellence

The Game of Politics Simulations: Classroom, Online and Civic Education Applications

Don Jansiewicz, Professor
Carroll Community College-Baltimore, MD

 Session 1B- Bldg. LW, Room 118
“Designing Interactive Courses for Distance Learning”

Conference Moderator: David Lipton,  ECCSSA Board

Distance Learning: Improving Student Participation and Critical Thinking Skills through Uncertainty

Anthony Walsh, Professor Emeritus
State University of New York, Hudson Valley Community College
Troy, New York

Distance Education: The Good the Bad and the Ugly!

Michael H. Parsons, Professor of Sociology, Hagerstown Community College &
George Perry, Professor of Health Sciences, West Virginia Community College of Shepard University

12:15pm-12:30pm - BREAK
Book Exhibits-Waddell Building Lobby

Bldg. LR, Room 144

2:00pm - 3:30pm - Concurrent Sessions 2

Session 2A- Bldg. LW, Room 116
“The Role of Information in Building Global Understanding”

Conference Moderator: Elizabeth Wilcoxson, ECCSSA Board

Migrations, Myths, Memory and Megabytes

James Baer, Professor of History

Dr. James Baer, Professor of History, NVCC-Alexandria

Exploring the Concept of Public Space for a Democratically Viable Europe **New

Vikas Sharma, Ph.D. Candidate
Department of History
Punjab University, Patiala-Punjab, India

Role of the Social Sciences in Building A Global Community: An Exploration of Study Abroad Programs-A Student and Faculty Exchange

Moderators:  Jill Mckee, Adjunct Professor of Political Science, NVCC-Loudoun
Rosalyn King, Professor of Sociology, NVCC-Loudoun

Michael Sanow, CCBC, Catonsville
Students: CCBC
Sanow and Students

Session 2B-Bldg. LW, Room 118
“Professional Development”

Conference Moderator: Don Hayes, NVCC
Dr. Robin Hailstorks, Prince Georges Community College

Dr. Esther Hanson, Prince George'sCommunity College

Best Practices in Professional Development at the Community College: A Panel Discussion

Robin Hailstorks, Diane Finley, Esther Hanson, Swazette Young, Professors of Psychology
Prince George’s Community College, Largo MD

Publisher’s Book Exhibits
Waddell Building Lobby

3:45pm-5:15pm- Concurrent Sessions 3

Session 3A-Bldg. LW,  Room 118
“Research Foresight and Implications on the Role, Use, Ethics, and Impact of Print and Other Media”

Conference Moderator: John Tamplin, ECCSSA Board

Writing the Lives of Women: Technology for Advancement of the Social Sciences

Tina Marie Johnson, former NVCC student, Graduate Student
Tufts University, Medford., MA
Ms. Tina Johnson, Tufts University


David Lipton, Independent Scholar
Highland Park, NJ

The Production of Homophobic Sites in Print Media: An Analysis of Reports on Public Sex

Aaron Tobler, Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Anthropology
American University, Washington, DC
Mr. Aaron Tobler, Graduate Student, American University

Bridging the Digital Gap:  A Challenge to African Media *New

Samuel Oluwaseyi Oduyela, Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Communications
Trinity University, Washington, DC

Session 3B- Bldg. LW, Room 113
“Transforming the Role of Students and Teachers: Undergraduate Student Research & Projects”
Conference Moderator: John Hutchinson,  ECCSSA Board

Cross Cultural Impacts of Using Constructivist Models of Teaching and Learning: Innovative Student Interpretations and Products

Rosalyn M. King, Professor of Psychology and Students
Cedric Tchakounte, Chris Alexander, Mariela Blanco, Maria Regalario,

Student Use of the World Wide Web to Convey Information and Promote Learning through Development of Education and Information Web Sites

Lauren Hefty, Ismail DeLorenzo, and Kate Reynolds, Students

The Snowman as a Cultural Symbol

Ashley Dawson, Student
Hagerstown Community College, Hagerstown, MD

Xenogears: Fei the Uniter (Poster Presentation)

Gabriel Vega

Session 3C- Bldg. LW, Room 116
“Transforming the Role of Students and Teachers: Undergraduate Student Research & Projects”

Conference Moderator: Michael Sanow,  ECCSSA Board

The Changing American Family

Michael Burger
Hagerstown Community College
Hagerstown, MD

Global Influence of Transpersonal Psychology in Conveying Information About Self, Human Nature, and Personality

Rosalyn M. King, Professor of Psychology & Students
Daniela Sileo, Mari Walls, Okan Akay, James Davenport, Habeeb Alam, Stephanie Reed, and Torian Starns

5:20pm- Depart for Dinner Cruise on
Spirit of Washington

Saturday, April 2, 2005

8:00am-9:00am-  Registration & Continental Breakfast
Waddell Building Lobby

9:00am-10:30- Concurrent Sessions 4

Session 4A- Bldg. LW, Room 116
“Innovations in Teaching, Classroom Strategies and Student Learning”
Conference Moderator: Barbara Connolly,  ECCSSA Board

What is the “New Economy” and What Happened to the “Old” One? Helping Our Students Understand the Historic Change to the Information Age

Robert Hauser, Assistant Professor of History
Penn State University, Mckeesport, PA

Teaching By Doing: Economics for the Kinesthetic and Multimodal Learner

Laura Jean Bhadra, Adjunct Professor of Economics

Session 4B-Bldg. LW, Room 118

Conference Moderator: Michael Parsons,  ECCSSA Board

Getting More Mileage Out of Sociology

Michael Sanow, Professor of Sociology & Coordinator, Center for Service Learning
Joan Hellman, Professor of Reading and English
Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville
Dr. Michael Parsons, Hagerstown Community College

They ARE Worth Saving! A Strategy for Supporting At-Risk Community College Students

Arthur Sutton, Graduate Student
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA

10:30-10:45 BREAK

10:45-12:15- Plenary Session
Waddell Theater

Panel: Bridging East and West: Promoting Global Understanding through Dialogue and Teaching on World Religions and Philosophies

Moderators: John Hutchinson, Professor of Sociology, CCBC, Essex
Rosalyn M. King, Professor of Psychology, NVCC-LO

Panel of Scholars:
B. Jalali, Islamic School of Sufism (M.T.O. Shahmagsoudi) and American University
Mark LaWall & Rich Wolford, Ekoji Buddhist Temple
Peter Ainslie, Disciples of Christ Denomination
Michael Sanow, Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville
Zainab Alwani, NVCC-Loudoun
Meena Nayak, NVCC-Loudoun Campus
Laura Shulman, NVCC-Loudoun Campus


Closing Remarks
 Boxed Lunch