Morristown, N.J. (March 30, 2017) – The College of Saint Elizabeth has granted tenure to two faculty members:
Dr. Erin Lothes, theologian and author of Inspired Sustainability: Planting Seeds for Action. A leader in the field of energy ethics, Lothes is also the lead author of "Catholic Moral Traditions and Energy Ethics for the Twenty-First Century" that argues a "wise and appropriate use of energy sources is necessary to generate a sustainable and just energy future." She believes every person has a moral obligation to protect the earth and has participated in activism of the interfaith environment movement since 2003.
Lothes has collaborated with several interfaith coalitions such as GreenFaith, the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale, the Catholic Climate Covenant, and the Global Catholic Climate Movement to help people become better environmental stewards.
Dr. Maria Checton, associate professor of health administration. Prior to joining CSE, Checton worked as a staff nurse for various hospitals and as an adjunct communication professor for Monmouth University.
Checton's area of expertise focuses on communication within the context of health condition management. Her research contributes to understanding how communication factors influence patients' experience of illness within the context of heart disease, cancer and other chronic illnesses.
Checton has been published in numerous peer reviewed journals including Health Communication, Journal of Family Nursing, Health Education & Behavior and Health & Medicine, and has presented work at annual conferences such as the National Communication Association and the International Communication Association.