Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications
Faculty

Art & Design

Thomas Ask
Professor, Industrial and Human Factors Design

Thomas Ask
  • Education
    • 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.

Brian Flynn
Department Head, Art and Design

Brian Flynn
  • Education
    • M.F.A. - Indiana State University
    • B.F.A. - Columbus College of Art & Design

David Moyer
Assistant Professor, Graphic Design

David Moyer
  • Education
    • M.F.A. - Maryland Institute College of Art
    • B.F.A. - University of Delaware

David Stabley
Instructor, Ceramics and Wood Sculpture

Dave Stabley
  • Education
    • M.F.A. - University of Nebraska
    • B.F.A. - University of Nebraska
    • B.A. - Millersville University

Nicholas Stephenson
Instructor, Graphic Design

Nicholas Stephenson
  • Education
    • M.F.A. - Marywood University
    • B.A. - Susquehanna University

Keith Vanderlin
Assistant Professor, Graphic Design/Photography

Keith Vanderlin
  • Education
    • M.F.A. - Rhode Island School of Design
    • M.Ed. - Temple University
    • B.A. - Gettysburg College

Early Childhood Education

Billie A. Coffman
Associate Professor, Early Childhood Education

Billie A. Coffman
  • Education
    • 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

 Nancy A. Grausam
  • Education
    • M.Ed., Rutgers University
    • B.S., Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Human Services

Debra BechtelInstructor, Human Services/Social Science

Craig Miller
Department Head, Social Sciences & Humanities; Assistant Professor, History/Political Science

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.

Michaeleen McNamara
Instructor, Human Services/Social Science-Psychology

Susan R. Slamka
Assistant Professor, Human Services/Psychology

Susan R. Slamka, Psy.D
  • Education
    • 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.

Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Rhonda Davis, JD
Assistant Professor, Legal Assistant

Education

  • J.D. - Widener University School of Law
  • M.Ed. - Counseling and Educational Psychology - The Pennsylvania State University
  • B.A. – Psychology; Sociology - Susquehanna University

Academic/Teaching Experience

  • 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

Work Experience

  • 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

Education

  • LL.M. – Commerce and Taxation - Dickinson School of Law
  • J.D. – Dickinson School of Law
  • B.A. – Political Science - Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Academic/Teaching Experience

  • 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

Work Experience

  • 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

Education

  •  J.D. – The Dickinson School of Law
  • B.A. – English Literature – The Pennsylvania State University

Academic/Teaching Experience

  • Adjunct Instructor, Pennsylvania College of Technology, 2003 - present

Work Experience

  • 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

Denise Leete
Associate Professor, Web & Interactive Media

Denise Leete

Education

  • M.Ed. – Business Education with an emphasis in Data Processing - Shippensburg University
  • B.S. – Business Administration with a minor is Business Education - Alfred University

Academic/Teaching Experience

  • 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.

Work Experience

  • Consultant at Williamsport Municipal Water Authority
  • Elected to Loyalsock School Board (4 year term)

Languages

  • COBOL, XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, Perl, PHP, Java, VB.NET, Ruby on Rails

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.

John Messer
Assistant Professor, Web & Interactive Media

John Messer

Education

  • M. Ed. – Secondary Education - Bloomsburg University
  • B.S. – Industrial Engineering - State University of New York at Buffalo
  • B.S. – Business Economics - SUNY College at Oneonta

Academic/Teaching Experience

  • Pennsylvania College of Technology – John has been teaching for the School of Business and Computer Technologies since 2002. He coordinates instruction as well as teaches Information, Technology, and Society. He also teaches Introduction to Web Design, Business Computer Applications using Spreadsheets, and Business Computer Applications using Databases.
  • Luzerne County Community College (1999 to 2001)– John worked as an adjunct instructor for LCCC teaching various business and computer applications courses.

Work Experience

  • John worked in industry for approximately 10years before earning his degree in education. He has worked as a production supervisor, plant manager, branch manager, controller and sales representative in various industries. His work experience enables him to relate the content he teaches to real-life business and technology examples.

John is very involved with Penn College and has served on various committees, including Student Affairs and Foundations of Excellence. He serves as the PCNow instruction coordinator working with area high schools in the onsite delivery of Information, Technology, and Society. He has also served as the academic adviser for the Outdoor Adventure Club at the college.John enjoys working with students to help them reach their potential and can often be found talking to and working with students in his office, in the labs, or wherever he may be found.

Dr. Matthew E. Mooney
Assistant Professor, Web & Interactive Media

Education

  • Ph.D. – Curriculum & Instruction: Educational Technology- Purdue University
    • Dissertation: Computer Anxiety and Web-based Course Management Systems: Does Design Matter?
  • M.A. –  Interpersonal Communication- Central Michigan University
  • B.S. –  Organizational Communication – Central Michigan University

Academic/Teaching Experience

  • Lecturer of Educational Technology –  Indiana University South Bend, August 2005-December 2011
  • Instructor, Co-Instructor, Lab Coordinator, & Graduate Teaching Assistant – Purdue University, August 1998- May 2000
    • Taught courses in Classroom Application of Education Technology
  • Adjunct Faculty –  Humanities Department, Delta College, December 1995- August 1996
    • Taught Classes in Oral & Interpersonal Communication
  • Adjunct Faculty – Mid-Michigan Community College, March 1993- August 1995

Work Experience

  • Assistant Director –  Arizona Area Health Educational Centers (AHEC) Program, January 2002- May 2005
  • WWW Specialist – Purdue University, May 2000- April 2002
  • Webmaster Student Wellness Office– Purdue University, September 1997- May2000 ( Indiana Campus Sexual Assault Prevention Project)

Publications

  • Skarbek, D.M., & Mooney, M.E. (in press). Can Txting B Bad 4 Spec. Ed Stdnts? Sexting and its Implications for Children with Disabilities. In Sexual Abuse: Types, Signs, and Treatments. Hauppauge NY: NOVA
  • Mooney, M.E., & Spitzer, B.A. (2010). Screen-casts: Your technology professor 24/7. In H. Song (Ed), Distance Learning Technology, Current Instruction, and the Future of Education; Application of Today, Practices of Tomorrow. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.  
  • Mooney, M.E. (2003). Grow your own: Course management the way you want it. In S. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.
  • Bourdeau, B., & Mooney, M.E. (2002). Retrofitting: Learning theory and instructional design in marriage and family counseling curricula. The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families, 10(4), 379-387.
  • Mohler, J.L., & Mooney, M.E. (2001). Dreamweaver UltraDev 4: Dynamic web development. Albany, NY: OnWord Press.

Karen Murray
Instructor, Graphic Communications

Karen Murray

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.

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