Award-winning faculty member writes book on globalization

JoAnn Chirico, senior instructor in sociology at Penn State Beaver, is the author of “Globalization: Prospects and Problems,” a new book published by SAGE Publications Inc. The text provides a comprehensive and enlightening overview of globalization, emphasizing the theory and methods that social scientists employ to study globalization.

Chirico explores the myriad of globalization topics, debates, theories and empirical data, and encourages readers to relate their personal experiences to globalization processes. Chirico is a longtime campus advocate of outreach, service learning, and diversity programs and opportunities. In 2010, she received Penn State’s Multicultural Resource Center’s Faculty/Staff Diversity Recognition Award in honor of her work in consistently promoting multiculturalism and demonstrating concern for and sensitivity to the needs of multicultural students above and beyond her job responsibilities. Chirico’s involvement in initiating and implementing service learning projects for Beaver campus students has won recognition for her across the campus and the University.

Chirico has been a member of the Beaver campus Climate and Diversity Committee and helped to develop the campus Reach Out Program, which placed more than 100 students in community service positions. She also chaired the Educational Equity and Campus Environment Team for two years and was a member of the Penn State Commission for Women. She is a member of the Voices Against Violence Group that was formed by faculty and staff members at Beaver campus two years ago in an ongoing effort to bring issues of sexual and domestic abuse to the forefront. In addition, Chirico received the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board Sky Bank Excellence in Service Award, the Penn State Commonwealth College Service Award and the Penn State University Vice President for Student Affairs Award for Outstanding Program in the Diversity Speakers Series. She holds a doctorate in sociology and education, and a master’s degree in elementary education from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor’s degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Chirico can be contacted at or 724-773-3846.

Last Updated January 09, 2015