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After a Time of War, a Time to Heal: Get to Know Erin Donnelly, 2019 Falvey Scholar

 

 

Erin Donnelly receives the Falvey Scholar Award from Associate University Librarian for Collections and Stewardship Jeehyun "Jee" Davis.

Erin Donnelly receives the Falvey Scholar Award from Associate University Librarian for Collections and Stewardship Jeehyun “Jee” Davis.

 

BY SHAWN PROCTOR

This is part 1 of a 6-part series featuring the 2019 Falvey Scholars. Read more about them every Tuesday and in the upcoming issue of Mosaic: the library’s bi-annual publication.

 

Scholarly Stats:

Erin Donnelly ’19 FCN

Hometown: Havertown, Pa.

Faculty Mentor: Helene J. Moriarty, PhD, ’77 BSN, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, Diane L. & Robert F. Moritz Endowed Chair in Nursing Research

Research: Wounds of War: Understanding the Dimensions of Moral Injury from a Health Care Perspective, also presented at Ethics of War and Peace Conference in April, 2019.

Other Honors: Presidential Scholar

In her own words:

Erin’s research:

In the nursing and health care community, there is a lack of literature related to the experience of moral injury in veterans—my project seeks to address this knowledge gap.

Moral injury is a psychological injury that results from “transgressions of deeply held moral and ethical beliefs and expectations” and has been documented in history as early as the warrior culture of Ancient Greece.

Through my literature review, I was able to identify prevalence, risk factors, conceptual models, new theoretical frameworks, and interventions that existed around moral injury. However, after meeting with Dr. Mark Wilson, I realized I would be remiss if I did not expand my knowledge of the pastoral, spiritual, philosophical, and ethical discussions surrounding moral injury to understand it more fully from diverse perspectives.

Part of this process involved seeking evidence on the efficacy of interventions designed to support active service members and veterans struggling with moral injury.

 

Erin’s “Falvey Experience”:

The database access provided by Falvey Memorial Library was essential for my complete review of the literature.

Headshot of Erin DonnellySince research on moral injury is in its infancy, I had to search in many disciplines to find emerging literature. I used CINAHL, PubMed, and ProQuest to find the majority of my scholarly sources. I was also able to cite these sources easily by exporting to RefWorks and using the citation links provided by ProQuest. Villanova gave me access to articles from the journals.

On a more personal note, the fourth floor of the library was a quiet and enjoyable location to read articles and review the books I found.

 

The Impact on Her:

I learned more about the care of our U.S. servicemen and women. Moral injury is an experience that requires care from a variety of disciplines, and I was able to explore multidisciplinary literature throughout this process. I have also learned how to take the primary role of responsibility for a project, while consulting regularly with a mentor.

Using this research, I have been able to apply my findings to my practice and assessment during my leadership clinical at the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center in Philadelphia. While taking care of veterans in the ICU, I recognized the importance of holistic care and a comprehensive psychological assessment that incorporates moral injury.

 

What’s Next:

I have accepted a position as a Nurse Resident at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. But, in the long term, this research experience reaffirmed my goal of returning to school for a doctoral degree.


Shawn Proctor

Shawn Proctor, MFA, is communications and marketing program manager at Falvey Memorial Library.


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UConn TT position Philosophy & Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

 
     
  Position Summary
  Assistant Professor (tenure-track), joint position in Philosophy and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, to begin August 2013, teaching load 2 + 2. AOS: Open. AOC: Open.
   
  Qualifications
  Minimum Qualifications: The candidate must have a record demonstrating an exceptionally promising research program that contributes both to Philosophy and to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Research areas of particular interest are those that intersect with the WGSS Program’s emphasis on Science, Health, and Technology, including, but not limited to, Environmental Ethics, Medical Ethics, Bioethics, Disability Studies, Ethics and New Technologies, and Philosophy of Science. The candidate must be qualified to teach in our strong analytic philosophy PhD program, and preferably will show evidence of being prepared to teach advanced undergraduate classes in core WGSS subjects. The candidate must have completed all the requirements for a PhD (or foreign equivalent) by August 23, 2013.
   
  Appointment Terms
  Tenure-track position to begin August 2013.
   
  To Apply
  Apply through Husky Hire [UConn.edu, Philosophy search, 2013115] by uploading a CV, cover letter, statement of research interests, teaching portfolio, and writing sample(s) via Husky Hire. Please have referees email at least 3 confidential letters of recommendation to philosophyjob@uconn.edu with your name followed by WGSS in the subject line. Applications must be received by November 1, 2012. The University of Connecticut is an EEO/AA Employer. The University of Connecticut actively solicits applications from minorities, women, and people with disabilities.

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DALHOUSIE Visiting Asst. Prof (5/1/12)

The Department of Philosophy at Dalhousie University invites
applications for a Two-Year Limited Term Appointment at the Assistant
Professor/Lecturer level, effective July 1, 2012.  This position is
subject to budgetary approval.  Area of specialization: Moral
Psychology and/or Philosophy of Law and/or Feminism. Areas of
competence: Philosophy of Sex and Love, Environmental Ethics.
Expertise in some aspect of the History of Philosophy is an asset.

The successful applicant will teach courses at introductory,
intermediate and advanced undergraduate/graduate levels, with some
limited graduate student supervision and committee work. Excellence in
teaching and research is required. Applicants must hold (or be about
to receive) a Ph.D. in Philosophy. Salary will depend upon
qualifications and experience. Course load will be the equivalent of 3
and 3.

Applications should include: a complete curriculum vitae, transcripts
(undergraduate and graduate), writing sample, teaching dossier
(including evidence of teaching effectiveness),  a statement of
research and teaching interests and philosophies, and three
confidential letters of recommendation (in hard copy, forwarded
separately by the referees). A record of publication will be an asset.

Applications should be sent to Duncan MacIntosh, Chair, Department of
Philosophy, Dalhousie University, 6135 University Avenue, PO Box
15000, Halifax, NS, Canada B3H 4R2. (Please use dalphil@dal.ca for
correspondence).  The closing date for applications is May 1, 2012.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians
and permanent residents will be given priority. Dalhousie University
is an Employment Equity/Affirmative Action employer. The University
encourages applications from qualified Aboriginal people, persons with
a disability, racially visible persons and women.


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Ruhr-Universität Bochum Position in Ethics and Aesthetics

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) is one of Germany’s leading research universities. The University draws its strengths from both the diversity and the proximity of scientific and engineering disciplines on a single, coherent campus. This highly dynamic setting enables students and researchers to work across traditional boundaries of academic subjects and faculties. The RUB is a vital institution in the Ruhr area, which has been selected as European Capital of Culture for the year 2010. *FULL PROFESSORSHIP (W2) IN PHILOSOPHY, AOS: ETHICS AND AESTHETICS, AOC: EARLY MODERN PHILOSOPHY*

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum – faculty of Philosophy and Educational Research – invites applications for the position of a Full Professorship (W2) in Philosophy, AOS: Ethics and Aesthetics, AOC: Early Modern Philosophy, to start as soon as possible. The person appointed will be expected to make an outstanding contribution to the teaching and research profile of the department in the areas of ethics and aesthetics, and he or she will also be expected to contribute regularly to the teaching of a required introductory module in early modern philosophy.

The teaching load is 9 hours per week and includes undergraduate teaching as well as teaching in the Masters, Masters of Education and PhD programs in Philosophy. Positive evaluation as a junior professor or equivalent academic achievement (e.g. habilitation) and evidence of special aptitude are just as much required as the willingness to participate in the self-governing bodies of the RUB and to generally get involved in university processes according to RUB’s mission statement. We expect further more:

* high commitment in teaching

* readiness to participate in interdisciplinary work

* willingness and ability to attract external funding

 

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum is an equal opportunity employer. Complete applications with CV, proof of degrees, a list of publications and an electronic version of five relevant publications should be send via email to the Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and Educational Research of the Ruhr-University Bochum no later than April 21st 2012. Please apply via e-mail: dekanat-pe@rub.de [For further information visit: http://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/philosophy/i/index.html.de . For further inquiries contact corinna.mieth@rub.de]


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Two Visiting Positions at Amherst (3/15/12)

The Amherst College Department of Philosophy invites applications for a one-year visiting assistant professorship in philosophy beginning July 1, 2012. AOS: Ethics. In addition to teaching two courses per semester, candidates will be expected to supervise senior honors projects and participate in the life of the department. Candidate must have the Ph.D. degree in hand or all requirements for the degree fulfilled by the start of the appointment. To apply, please submit as PDFs or Word documents to https://jobs.amherst.edu/view/opportunity/id/417 a CV, letter of application describing research and teaching interests, one writing sample (25 pages maximum), and the names and e-mail addresses of three individuals to whom we may write to solicit recommendations. Review of applications will begin March 15, 2012, and continue until the position is filled.

The Amherst College Department of Philosophy invites applications for a one-year visiting assistant professorship in philosophy beginning July 1, 2012 with the possibility of renewal for one additional year. AOS: Social and Political Philosophy. We especially welcome applications from candidates who can teach courses in environmental philosophy. In addition to teaching two courses per semester, candidates will be expected to supervise senior honors projects and participate in the life of the department. Candidate must have the Ph.D. degree in hand or all requirements for the degree fulfilled by the start of the appointment. To apply, please submit as PDFs or Word documents to https://jobs.amherst.edu/view/opportunity/id/418 a CV, letter of application describing research and teaching interests, one writing sample (25 pages maximum), and the names and email addresses of three individuals to whom we may write to solicit recommendations. Review of applications will begin March 15, 2012, and continue until the position is filled.

Amherst College is a private undergraduate liberal arts college for men and women, with 1,700 students and 200 faculty members. Located in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts, Amherst participates with Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts in the Five-College Consortium. Candidates should have a strong commitment to undergraduate and interdisciplinary teaching in a liberal arts context, and a well-articulated plan for sustained research.


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Last Modified: February 17, 2012