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The Academic Minute for 2023.07.03-2023.07.07

The Academic Minute from 7.3 – 7.7

Gail Sahar Wheaton College
The Psychology of Blame
Gail Sahar (pron.: suh-HARR) is the Jane Oxford Keiter Professor of Psychology at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, where she teaches courses on social psychology, political psychology, and statistics. Her research focuses on attitudes toward controversial social issues, such as poverty, abortion, and terrorism. She is particularly interested in how ideologies or worldviews influence perceptions of responsibility and blame for social problems and how blame is linked with emotions and political attitudes.

Michael Zalot – Cedar Crest College
Historic Legacy of Once-Popular Arcade Redemption Tokens
Michael Zalot is an assistant professor of business and director of the MBA Program in the Department of Business, Management and Economics at Cedar Crest College un Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Zalot serves as business faculty and program lead at Cedar Crest, with an emphasis on information systems, business communication, and management. He has over 20 years of higher education experience, and more than a decade of program administration experience, including MBA curriculum design and management, faculty assessment, student advisement, industry outreach, and accreditation process.

Thomas Mennella – Western New England University
Students Perceptions of ChatGPT
An instructor and professor in higher education for over fifteen years, Tom was an early-adopter of the flipped classroom format and is intimately involved in active learning and innovating in the classroom. Tom has given training on the flipped classroom format to faculty across the US and internationally and has presented the flipped classroom approach at regional and national conferences. Very recently, Tom has turned his attention to ChatGPT and related AI platforms and is exploring their impact on, and integration with, the college classroom experience for students and instructors.

Einav Hart – George Mason University
When “Winning” a Negotiation Can Make You Worse Off
Einav Hart is an assistant professor of management at the George Mason University School of Business. Her research interests include negotiation, trust, and ethics. Previously, Hart was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, and a data scientist at Uber; she holds a PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her work has been published in Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Psychological Science, and others, and reported in media outlets such as The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Freakonomics.

Michele Meek – Bridgewater State University
How Teen Films Reveal Complexities of Sexual Consent
Dr. Michele Meek, an Assistant Professor in Communication Studies at Bridgewater State University, delves into representations of sexual consent in teen films in her book Consent Culture and Teen Films: Adolescent Sexuality in US Movies (Indiana University Press). She highlights how even contemporary films that take consent into account expose flaws in our affirmative consent framework (particularly how it is highly gendered, heteronormative, and cis-centered), and she highlights how youth sexuality remains highly regulated in the U.S., even today.


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