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McDevitt People

The McDevitt Center

Director and Staff


Steven G. Affeldt, Ph.D.

Steven Affeldt received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley and his Ph.D. in philosophy from Harvard University.  His research explores intersections of ethics, social/political philosophy, and aesthetics.

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Drawing on a wide range of figures—including Plato, Augustine, Rousseau, Kant, Emerson, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Freud, Heidegger, and Wittgenstein—he works to show how philosophy and philosophical texts may be redemptive; possessed of the power to inspire, inform, and effect liberating transformations of both individuals and societies. Dr. Affeldt has presented papers at many national and international conferences, published highly influential articles on Rousseau, Wittgenstein, and Stanley Cavell and is currently completing several new essays dealing with Rousseau, Wittgenstein, and Emerson. Before coming to Le Moyne, Dr. Affeldt was a Junior Fellow in the Society of Fellows at the University of Chicago and held faculty appointments in philosophy and liberal arts at Johns Hopkins, the New School for Social Research, and Notre Dame.
Phone: 315-445-6203

Chrissie Rizzo, M.A., M.Div.
Grant Writing Coordinator

Chrissie Rizzo has over 17 years of experience in fundraising, grant writing, and program management for nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions. She specializes in using writing to cultivate relationships between funders and organizations.

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Most recently, she served as the College Development Officer and Executive Director of the Jefferson Community College Foundation in Watertown, NY. Chrissie was responsible for all aspects of fundraising for the college—grants, special events, major gifts, alumni relations, annual giving, and endowment investment management. She previously served as the Area Director for the Upper New York State Area Office of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) in Syracuse, NY. AFSC is an international Quaker peace and social justice agency with local programs that empowered low-income women, at-risk youth, and the Mohawk community at Akwesasne. Prior to that, Chrissie served as the Director for Resource Development for the InterReligious Council of Central New York (now known as InterFaith Works), also in Syracuse. She served as Assistant Director of the Renaissance Neighborhood Opportunity Center in St. Louis, MO, where she began honing her grant writing skills.

Chrissie holds Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Theology degrees from Aquinas Institute of Theology, a graduate school in the Dominican tradition in St. Louis, MO. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Education from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Chrissie was first introduced to Jesuit higher education and Ignatian Spirituality while working for St. Louis University’s campus ministry as a resident chaplain in a dormitory during graduate school.
Phone: 315-445-6203



Kathryn S. Hennigan
Program Coordinator

Kathryn Hennigan is the Program Coordinator for the McDevitt Center.  She holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in History with a minor in Latin from Le Moyne College.  She is a member of Phi Alpha Theta (the National History Honor Society), Pi Gamma Mu (the International Honor Society in Social Sciences) and serves on the editorial board for the college’s Archive News

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Ms. Hennigan has received several scholarly awards for her research in early Mormon history.  Her research interests are focused on antebellum American religious and cultural movements.

A lifelong academic, Ms. Hennigan is thrilled to be involved with the Center as her profession allows her to interact with budding researchers, like the McDevitt Center Scholars, as well as some of the most eminent scholars in various fields.

Phone: 315-445-6200

McDevitt Distinguished Professor
Martha R. Grabowski, Ph.D.

In addition to serving as the Endowed McDevitt Chair in Information Systems, Grabowski is also professor and chair of the business administration department, and director of the information systems program at Le Moyne College, as well as research professor of industrial and systems engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.

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A member of the American Bureau of Shipping, she is a lifetime national associate of the National Academies/National Research Council and served as vice chair of the National Academies’ policy committee for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration assessing the nation’s tsunami readiness. Most recently, she chaired the National Academies’ study examining the future of naval engineering in the 21st century for the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research.

Grabowski is widely published in engineering, information systems, large-scale systems, human systems, and safety science journals and publications. A licensed former merchant officer and retired LCDR in the U.S. Naval Reserve, her research group is currently studying the effectiveness of social media in extreme warning events and the impact of technology in highly reliable virtual organizations such as natural disaster prevention and response organizations.

Grabowski and her research group have conducted a series of major maritime risk assessments in Valdez, Alaska, the port of Houston, the lower Mississippi River, and for oil tanker operations in Puget Sound; she developed a suite of embedded intelligent piloting systems in a decade of research projects for the oil and gas industry following the grounding of the Exxon Valdez. Her research interests focus on the impact of technology in safetycritical systems; risk analysis and risk mitigation in large-scale systems; the role of human and organizational error in high consequence settings; and financial cybersecurity in complex, heterogeneous data environments.
Phone: 315-445-4427

McDevitt Research Associate
Donald McCrimmon, Jr., Ph.D.

Donald A. McCrimmon, Jr. earned a Ph.D. in zoology from North Carolina State University.  From 1975 – 1984, he directed the Cooperative Research Program at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, studying bird populations and reproduction throughout North America.  Following professional opportunities that then led him and his family to live in California, Maine and Michigan, he relocated back to central New York in 2003.  In 2013, after 10 years of service, he retired as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty at Cazenovia College.

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McCrimmon’s research interests have centered on the quantitative assessment of bird populations, especially herons and egrets, as well as some birds of prey and songbirds.  He has also published species accounts and life histories of several wading birds in the Second Atlas of the Breeding Birds of New York State as well as the innovative and highly regarded online Birds of North America. He is an Elected Member of the American Ornithologist’s Union a Past-President of the Waterbird Society and for four-years was Editor-in-Chief of the international journal, Waterbirds.

As McDevitt Research Associate, McCrimmon will investigate changes in bird migration patterns as they have been influenced by climate change.  He will be conducting this research in partnership with Le Moyne Professors George Coyne (Endowed McDevitt Chair in Religious Philosophy) and Lawrence Tanner (Associate McDevitt Chair in Biology) and under the auspices of the Center for the Study of Environmental Change and the Jesuit Environmental Change Network.  McCrimmon recently assembled a data base of spring arrival data for birds in the Cayuga Lake Basin and the Boston metropolitan area. Two Le Moyne undergraduates will work with him in 2014 to assess apparent differences in species’ abilities to adjust arrival dates to warming temperatures with special attention to differences in species which migrate longer as compared to shorter distances. As the research proceeds McCrimmon anticipates expanding the studies to other regions and species in North America as well as other continents.
Phone: 315-445-4383

McDevitt-Core Professor
Jennifer A. Glancy, Ph.D.

Glancy was selected as the inaugural McDevitt-Core Professor for her proposed lecture series and course entitled, “Transfiguration and Other Metamorphoses: The Future of Being Human.” According to Glancy, “In the words of the apostle Paul, the future of the human person is transformation from glory into glory.  But the experience of being human is haunted by specters of other metamorphoses, mutant, alienating, and dehumanizing.  Thinking with and against classic musings on the metamorphic, engaging contemporary questions of science, technology, and culture, “Transfiguration and Other Metamorphoses” will ask the question of what it means to be human in the twenty-first century.”

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As McDevitt-Core Professor, Glancy will offer a public lecture series which, in a typical semester, might include one event offering a theological, philosophical, or religious studies perspective on what it means to be human, one event offering either a scientific/technological perspective.

Jennifer Glancy received her bachelor's degree in philosophy from Swarthmore College, and her Ph.D. in Religion from Columbia University. Among Dr. Glancy’s research interests are the cultural history of early Christianity, women’s history in antiquity, gender theory, and comparative slavery studies.  She recently received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities Enduring Questions grant program to develop an interdisciplinary Core course, “What does prayer do?”  

She is the author of Corporal Knowledge: Early Christian Bodies (Oxford University Press, 2010), Slavery as Moral Problem: In the Early Church and Today (Facets; Fortress, 2011), Slavery in Early Christianity (Oxford University Press, 2002, a History Book Club alternate selection; paperback edition Fortress Press, 2006), and several dozen scholarly articles and chapters.  A member of the faculty at Le Moyne since 1990, she has served as the Catholic Biblical Association Visiting Professor at L’Ecole Biblique in Jerusalem (2004), George & Sallie Cutchin Camp Professor of Bible at the University of Richmond (2008-2010), and as Georg Professor (2000-2003) at Le Moyne, where she has also been honored as both Teacher of the Year and Scholar of the Year. 
Phone: 315-445-4232

Endowed McDevitt Chairs
Rev. George Coyne, S.J.
Endowed McDevitt Chair in Physics
Father Coyne was born in 1933, in Baltimore, Maryland, and joined the Jesuits in 1951. He obtained his B.S. in mathematics and his licentiate in philosophy from Fordham University in 1958. He earned his PhD in astronomy in 1962 from Georgetown University and completed the licentiate in sacred theology at Woodstock College in 1965 when he was ordained a Roman Catholic priest.
Marcus Rogers, Ph.D.
Endowed McDevitt Chair in Computer Science

In his role as endowed chair, Dr. Rogers will plan and implement six master lectures and three panel discussions during the 2014-15 academic year. He is the director of the Cyber Forensics & Security Program in the College of Technology at Purdue University and professor and fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.


Carl Landwehr, Ph.D.
Visiting Professor of Computer Science

Dr. Landwehr received his B.S. from Yale University in engineering and applied science and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in computer and communication sciences. His graduate work included development work on the MERIT computer network, which eventually became the Internet.



Associate McDevitt Chairs

Christopher Bass
Associate McDevitt Chair in Physics

David Craig
Associate McDevitt Chair in Physics

Aparna Das
Associate McDevitt Chair in Computer Science

Lara Deruisseau
Associate McDevitt Chair in Biological Sciences, Core Director

Fred Glennon
Associate McDevitt Chair in Religious Studies

Jennifer Gurley
Associate McDevitt Chair in English, Undergraduate Research Director

Devon Keeney
Associate McDevitt Chair in Biological Sciences

Stamatios Kyrkos
Associate McDevitt Chair in Physics

Karmen MacKendrick
Associate McDevitt Chair in Religious Philosophy

Donald Maldari
Associate McDevitt Chair in Religious Philosophy

Hilary McManus
Associate McDevitt Chair in Biological Sciences

Michael Miller
Associate McDevitt Chair in Mathematics

Anna O'Brien
Associate McDevitt Chair in Chemistry

Holly Rine
Associate McDevitt Chair in History, Integral Honors Director

Mario Saenz
Associate McDevitt Chair in Religious Philosophy

Thaddeus Sim
Associate McDevitt Chair in Business Analytics

Trijya Singh
Associate McDevitt Chair in Mathematics

Lawrence Tanner
Associate McDevitt Chair in Biological Sciences

Ludger Viefhues-Bailey
Associate McDevitt Chair in Religious Philosophy

David Voorhees
Associate McDevitt Chair in Computer Science

Chris Zimmer
Associate McDevitt Chair in Management/Information Systems