Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications
Art & Design
Professor, Industrial and Human Factors Design
- ACC, Rm. 424
- 570-320-2400, ext. 7029
- D. Prof, Industrial Design, Middlesex University
- M.A, Liberal Studies, Excelsior College
- Graduate Management Certificate, Cornell University
- B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois
Tom designed dozens of commercialized products and systems during his 17 years in industry. He enjoys the process of creation and his research interests include ethnographically based design. Tom is a licensed Professional Engineer and served as a visiting Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in 2009.
Department Head, Art and Design
- CC, Rm. 255
- 570-320-2400, ext. 7664
- M.F.A. - Indiana State University
- B.F.A. - Columbus College of Art & Design
Assistant Professor, Graphic Design
- CC, Rm. 258
- 570-320-2400, ext. 7084
- M.F.A. - Maryland Institute College of Art
- B.F.A. - University of Delaware
Instructor, Ceramics and Wood Sculpture
- CC, Rm. 262
- 570-320-2400, ext. 7118
- M.F.A. - University of Nebraska
- B.F.A. - University of Nebraska
- B.A. - Millersville University
Instructor, Graphic Design
- CC, Rm. 252
- 570-320-2400, ext. 7421
- M.F.A. - Marywood University
- B.A. - Susquehanna University
Assistant Professor, Graphic Design/Photography
- CC , Rm. 260
- 570-320-2400, ext. 7223
- M.F.A. - Rhode Island School of Design
- M.Ed. - Temple University
- B.A. - Gettysburg College
Lecturer, Graphic Design
- CC, Rm. 250
- 570-320-2400, ext. 7220
- B.S., Graphic Design - Pennsylvania College of Technology
Early Childhood Education
Billie A. Coffman
Associate Professor, Early Childhood Education
- LEC, Rm. B1044
- 570-320-2400, ext. 7739
- M.Ed., The Pennsylvania State University
- B.S., Lock Haven University
Billie Coffman, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education, was hired in 1989 as the first full-time faculty to teach the early childhood courses. She earned her Master's degree in 1988 from the Pennsylvania State University. She has completed an additional 36 credits beyond her Master's at Penn State in Child and Family Studies working toward her Ph.D. program. Since 1993, she has served as a trainer, coordinator, and developer for professional development for child care workers in the PA Central Key, an 8-county region. She is co-founder of the Central Susquehanna Association for the Education of Young Children (CSAEYC), an affiliate group of the national organization. She has presented early childhood workshops at local, regional and national conferences since 1989. In April 2001, she was presented the "Early Childhood Educator of the Year" award at the CSAEYC conference. She is a member of many professional affiliations and serves on local and regional advisory boards.
Nancy A. Grausam
Assistant Professor, Education/Early Childhood Education
- LEC, Rm. B1045
- 570-320-2400, ext. 7784
- M.Ed., Rutgers University
- B.S., Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Debra BechtelInstructor, Human Services/Social Science
- ACC, Rm. 201C
- 570-320-2400, ext. 7441
Department Head, Social Sciences & Humanities; Assistant Professor, History/Political Science
- ACC, Rm. 201F
- 570-320-2400, ext. 7641
My name is Dr. Craig Miller, and I joined the Department of Sciences, Humanities, and Visual Communications in 2011. I earned my Ph.D. in History from the University at Buffalo and I teach History and Political Science courses.
In my history courses, I encourage students to focus on the relationships between human beings, economy, technology, and the environment and the ways those relationships have changed (or remained constant) over time. History is a conversation; an ongoing dialogue about the past and the ways the past can help us to better understand our present and plan for the future. In my Political Science courses, students explore the structures, processes, and theories behind federal, state, and local government, so that they can more fully participate in the truly unique democratic society the United States has become.
My teaching interests include World History, US History, Constitutional and Legal History, Native American History, and the History of Trade.
My research interests include the history of war, economic, and legal history.
Instructor, Human Services/Social Science-Psychology
- ACC, Rm. 211B
- 570-320-2400, ext. 7651
Susan R. Slamka
Assistant Professor, Human Services/Psychology
- ACC, Rm. 201A
- 570-320-2400, ext. 7533
- Psy.D., Central Michigan University
- M.A., Central Michigan University
- B.A., Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Susan Slamka is assistant professor of psychology and human services at the Pennsylvania College of Technology. She is adviser to the honor society for two-year students, Phi Theta Kappa, and is the social sciences representative on the Transfer and Articulation Oversight Committee. She teaches a range of courses including General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Abnormal Child Psychology, Behavior Modification, Fundamentals of Counseling, Introduction to Human Services, Theories and Practices of Groups, Human Services Internships I & II, Special Populations in Human Services, and Contemporary Issues in Human Services. Before teaching at Penn College, Professor Slamka was assistant professor of psychology and human services at Lyndon State College in Vermont. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Central Michigan University with special focuses on the treatment of children and women's issues. Her current professional interests include studying parent-child counseling approaches and children's psychological disorders. She has been teaching at Penn College since 2001.
Rhonda Davis, JD
Assistant Professor, Legal Assistant
- ACC, Rm. 426
- 570-320-2400, ext. 7586
- J.D. - Widener University School of Law
- M.Ed. - Counseling and Educational Psychology - The Pennsylvania State University
- B.A. – Psychology; Sociology - Susquehanna University
- Assistant Professor, Legal Studies, Pennsylvania College of Technology, 2003 - Present
- Approved faculty member for Pennsylvania Bar Institute
- Member of Penn College Quality Through Assessment (QTA) committee
- Member of Penn College School of Business Distance Education committee
- Licensed attorney with 8+ years as associate attorney at Elion, Wayne, Grieco, Carlucci, Shipman & Irwin Law Offices in Williamsport, PA
- 16+ years as secondary guidance counselor in Mifflin and Juniata County School Districts
- Admitted to practice of law by Pennsylvania Supreme Court
- Admitted to practice in United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
- Member of Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Lycoming Law Association
Rhonda L. Davis is totally committed to the education of those students specifically in the Legal Studies major and minor and all other students who are enrolled in her courses. She is passionate about her discipline. She has taught at least 12 different courses here at Penn College, including: Advanced Legal Writing and Analysis (also taught online), Bankruptcy, Business Law I (also taught online), Civil Litigation, Consumer Protection, Employment Law, Hospitality Law, Interviewing Counseling & Negotiation (Alternative Dispute Resolution), Legal Aspects of Health Information, Legal Research and Writing, Risk Management and Insurance, and Uniform Commercial Code.
Kevin Derr, JD
Professor, Legal Assistant; Department Head
- ACC, Rm. 425
- 570-320-2400, ext. 7740
- LL.M. – Commerce and Taxation - Dickinson School of Law
- J.D. – Dickinson School of Law
- B.A. – Political Science - Indiana University of Pennsylvania
- Pennsylvania College of Technology (1990 – present) – teach a variety of courses in legal studies, including Business Law, Real Property Law, Estate and Trust Administration, Introduction to Paralegal Studies, Hospitality Law, Employment Law, Legal Issues in Information Security, and Paralegal Senior Project
- Adjunct experience with Harrisburg Area Community College, Lebanon Valley College, and Central Pennsylvania Business School
- Practiced law in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with Graf, Knupp & Andrews (1984-1987) and Caldwell & Kearns (1987-1990) in areas including real estate, estate administration, family law, bankruptcy, commercial law, and tax law
Kevin has served as Director of the Paralegal/Legal Assistant program since 1990. He has placed and supervised over 300 paralegal student interns at various sites, including law firms, government agencies, corporations, businesses, community service organizations, and health care providers. He is a licensed attorney and member of the Lycoming Law Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
Please feel free to contact Kevin if you have any questions about the Paralegal program at Pennsylvania College of Technology.
Karen DiSalvo, JD
Instructor, Legal Assistant
- ACC, Rm. 423
- 570-320-2400, ext. 7227
- J.D. – The Dickinson School of Law
- B.A. – English Literature – The Pennsylvania State University
- Adjunct Instructor, Pennsylvania College of Technology, 2003 - present
- Licensed attorney for 13+ years. Areas of practice included civil litigation, workers’ compensation, real estate law and family law.
- Admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
- Member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and Lycoming Law Association
Web & Interactive Media
Associate Professor, Web & Interactive Media
- CC, Rm. 166D
- 570-320-2400, ext. 7656
- M.Ed. – Business Education with an emphasis in Data Processing - Shippensburg University
- B.S. – Business Administration with a minor is Business Education - Alfred University
- Associate Professor – Pennsylvania College of technology - Currently teaches courses related to web page development, web design, and programming.
- Adjunct Professor – Kaplan University - Taught several online web development courses
- Instructor – Central Pennsylvania College - Taught a variety of computer science courses
- Teacher – Belmont Central High School, Belmont, NY - Taught business education courses.
- Consultant at Williamsport Municipal Water Authority
- Elected to Loyalsock School Board (4 year term)
Denise has 25+ years experience teaching college students both in the classroom and online. One of her main goals as an educator is to help students learn and be successful by being flexible, having fun, and maintaining a positive attitude. Teaching and learning is an exciting,evolutionary process. During Denise’s teaching tenure at the Pennsylvania College of Technology, she has received the following awards: Distinctive Teacher Award, two Distinctive Service and Professionalism Awards, and an Excellence in Teaching Award.
Instructor, Graphic Communications
- ATHS, Rm. E250
- 570-320-2400, ext. 7684
Karen Murray received her B.S. in Printing Management from Rochester Institute of Technology and her Masters of Technology in Graphic Communications from Arizona State University. Miss Murray has published several articles about the industry in the International Graphic Arts Education Association Journal and Southwest Graphics.
Prior to coming to Penn College Miss Murray spent several years in the industry in various prepress and management positions. She is currently instructing students in those areas.