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Stritch Faculty and Leadership Research and Publications

The research, publications and presentations highlighted on this page have been submitted by the faculty members to be shared on This is a partial list of faculty activities; many additional projects have been completed or are in progress. 

2022 Faculty Submissions

Dr. Barbara Spies, Professor, Communication presented on April 9th, 2022, at St. Bonaventure University at the Leadership and Authentic Community Conference.


Using the framework of Pope Francis’ Fratelli Tutti, this work examines interviews from seventeen Franciscan Friars on their preaching during the pandemic, emphasizing their approach to a divided church.

 In this study of the distinctive qualities of Franciscan preaching, the presentation draws insights from the practical integration of the Franciscan story and values into the community. 

This study examines the methods of friar priests in proclaiming the Gospel to a struggling people. The focus is on the rhetorical means friars have employed during recent times to create a caring community. 

The friars spoke of the effects of virtual preaching during lockdown, responding to political reactions to vaccines and masking, and ways in which they answered the various threats to unity in the church resulting from the dramatic divisions in society over the past several years. 

The interviews were with OFM, Capuchin, and Conventual friars who serve in twelve states across the country and one in Jamaica. The content reveals themes related to the common good, to creating peace, and to listening with care to the community. Their approach offers a leadership model for creating authentic community.

2021 Faculty Submissions

Patty Becker, PhD, CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor
Holly Nerone, MS, Chair, Graduate Nursing


Becker, P. & Nerone, H. (2021, October). The power of plain language to bridge gaps in health equity: Advancing health literacy through critical praxis.  Paper presented at the Peace and Justice Studies Association and the Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies Conference.

Carole J. Hetzel, PhD, Chair - Social Sciences

Hetzel, C. J. & Mann, K. (2021). The Social Psychological Dynamics of Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Identity Formation, Negotiation, and Validation. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. Available at:



This study contributes to trans identity affirmation research by exploring transgender and gender nonconforming (GNC) identity formation, negotiation, and affirmation involving self-verification (recognition by others of one’s gender identity and presentation) and validation (accordant treatment by others) in interpersonal relationships and social interactions. Classic symbolic interactionism and social identity theory, with a focus on the self-verification and identity negotiation processes that lie therein, provide the bases for viewing gender-expansive identity within social and interpersonal negotiations. Eighteen interviews were conducted with transgender and GNC participants. Using a grounded theory approach, four key themes emerged: the importance of personal agency in achieving internal and external identity accord, the value of revealing gender histories in interpersonal relationships, the recognition of extant hurdles in navigating intersectional identities, and the constrictive effects of cisgender privilege and binaried views of gender on the gender-expansive individual. In the discussion we address strategies to enhance gender negotiations, and suggest modifications to current views of gender roles and relationships that recognize the value of transgender and GNC individuals as enablers of change within and between gender groups.

2020 Faculty Submissions

Carroll E. Bronson, PhD, Director, The Center for Excellence in Education and Innovation; Associate Professor, Doctoral Leadership Department

"Contemporary Qualitative Research: Understanding Data Analysis Using Everyday Objects.” The Qualitative Report Eleventh Annual Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Paper presentation, refereed). January 2020

Carroll E. Bronson, PhD, Director, The Center for Excellence in Education and Innovation; Associate Professor, Doctoral Leadership Department

“Finding the Connection: Faculty Promotion & the Boyer Model.” Ethnographic & Qualitative Research Conference, Las Vegas, NV. (Paper presentation, refereed). February 2020

Carroll E. Bronson, PhD, Director, The Center for Excellence in Education and Innovation; Associate Professor, Doctoral Leadership Department

“Taking Ownership: Applying the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) to Faculty work.” The Conference on Academic Research in Education Fourth Annual, Las Vegas, NV. (Paper presentation, referred).  February 2020

Patty Becker, PhD, CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor

Becker, P. (2020). Teaching language and literacy through the visual arts: An interdisciplinary, literature-based approach. TEACHING Exceptional Children, 52(3), 166-179.

Partial abstract: 

In this article, the author suggests that integrating literature and visual arts approaches provides children with language impairments contextualized, multi-modal means of representation, engagement, and expression that builds on their strengths.  Speech-language pathologists and other educators who work with children with language impairments will find steps for (a) identifying an instructional focus, (b) aligning standards and IEP goals, (c) selecting materials, (d) reviewing strategies, (d) identifying vocabulary, and (e) designing vocabulary, narrative, phonological awareness, print concept, and syntax activities, for teaching through the visual arts. 

Patty Becker, PhD, CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor
Rhonda Schoonover, EdM, Faculty - Language and Literacy


Becker, P. & Schoonover, R. (2020, June). Just hired!: But do I know how to teach? Paper accepted at The Teaching Professor Conference, Atlanta, GA.  Re-submitted for 2022.

2019 Faculty Submissions

David A. Stosur, PhD, Professor of Religious Studies; Coordinator, Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies program

“Rahner’s ‘Liturgy of the World’ as Hermeneutics of Another World That Is Possible,” Philosophy and Theology 31:1 & 2 (2019): 199-222. DOI: 10.5840/philtheol2020330119


This article explores Karl Rahner’s conception of the “Liturgy of the World” in light of the theme for the 2019 Annual Convention of the Catholic Theological Society of America, “Another World is Possible: Violence, Resistance and Transformation.” Employing Rahner’s hermeneutics of worship, violence can be conceived as a denial of this cosmic liturgy, transformation as conversion to it, and resistance as the stance opposing the denial. Resistance entails solidarity with all humanity in liturgical participation and in action for social justice. Metz’s political-theological critique of Rahner, with assistance from Bruce Morrill’s analysis of Metz’s work for liturgical theology, and Rahner’s reference to Teilhard’s “Cosmic Mass,” taken today in light of contemporary cosmology with assistance from Roger Haight’s non-dualistic approach to models of God, are among the implications to be considered for engaging Rahner’s vision in ongoing efforts at liturgical renewal.