Kent B. Bunting
Assistant Professor, English Composition

Kent B. Bunting

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Education

Ph.D., American Studies, St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO

J.D., Law, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

M.A., English, Emporia State University, Emporia, KS

B.A., English, Southwestern College, Winfield, KS

Academic Experience

2003, Adjunct Professor, Montclair St. University, Montclair, NJ

2002, Adjunct Professor, Jefferson College, Hillsboro, MO

2002, Adjunct Professor, Maryville University, St. Louis, MO

1993-98, Instructor, St. Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, MO

Work Experience

2003, Researcher, New Jersey Institute of Law and Psychology, Seton Hall University Law School

2003, Special Projects Archivist (Mount Laurel Litigation Archives), Rutgers University School of Law

1992-93, Assistant County Attorney, Lyon County Kansas

1987-88, Administrative Technician, Kansas Office of Judicial Administration

Certifications/Awards

2003, Awarded Lifetime Membership in the Bullfrog Brewery Pub Club

1995, Awarded Lifetime Membership in the World Footbag Association

1980, Named One of the Top Ten People to Pray For, Teens for Christ, Arkansas City (Kansas) High School

1978, Awarded Class A Kansas Drivers License

1969, Third Place, Standing Long Jump, Play Day, Adams Elementary School, Arkansas City, Kansas

Laura M. Dickinson
Associate Professor, English Composition

Laura M. Dickinson

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Education

Ph.D., English, 19th Century American Literature - University of Maryland, College Park

M.A., English, Creative Writing - University of Maryland, College Park

B.A., English, Creative Writing - University of Maryland, College Park

Academic Experience

1998-2005, Associate Professor, Capitol College, Laurel, MD

1997-98, Instructor, Bowie State University, Bowie, MD

Certifications/Awards

2005 - Distinguished Service, Region VI, Alpha Chi, Capitol College, Maryland Beta chapter

2000 - Maryland State Arts Council Grant, Poetry

Courses Taught

English Composition I and II, Technical and Professional Communication, Creative Writing, Early American Literature

Joshua Hill
Assistant Professor, Speech Communication/Composition

Joshua Hill

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Education

Ph.D., Rhetoric, Duquesne University

M.A., English, Texas A&M University

B.A, English, Texas A&M University

Academic Experience

2012-2017, Instructor at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA

2011-2012, Writing Across the Curriculum Consultant for Southeastern University, Lakeland, FL

2004-2011, Assistant Professor of English, Southeastern University, Lakeland, FL

2002-2004, Instructor in English, Blinn College, Bryan, TX

2001-2002, Instructor in English, Texas A&M University

Awards

2017, Dissertation of the Year Award, The Religious Communication Association

2014, Top Competitive Graduate Paper Award, Pennsylvania Communication Association

2014, Top paper panel, Rhetoric and Communication Theory division, National Communication Association Conference, Chicago, IL

2013, Top Competitive Graduate Paper Award, runner-up, Pennsylvania Communication Association

Publications

“Paul Ricoeur: Interpreting the Otherness of Self.” In An Encyclopedia of Communication Ethics: Goods in Contention, ed. Ronald Arnett, Annette Holba, and Susan Mancino, Peter Lang Pub. (forthcoming).

Review of Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief and 12 Rules for Life, by Jordan B. Peterson. The Journal of Communication and Religion vol. 42, no. 1 (2019): 99-104.

“Teaching ‘Digital Natives’ to Think: A Media Ecology Approach.” In Teaching Information Literacy and Writing Studies, Vol. 2, ed. Grace Veach, Purdue University Press, 2019.

“The Voice of Eloquence in Kenneth Burke’s Rhetoric and its Implications for Advertising Performance.” Journal of Interdisciplinary Voice Studies vol. 2, no. 1 (2017): 7-24.

“‘Good Readers’ in Narnia: C. S. Lewis’s Rhetoric of Invitation.” In The Rhetorical Power of Children’s Literature, edited by John Saunders (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2016).

Joshua Hill works in both Communication and English, cousin disciplines, and he specializes in teaching speech, composition, and interpersonal communication. In addition to his teaching, he provides professional development and counseling in Writing Across the Curriculum to other Penn College professors and serves as head of the Communication and Literature department. He has presented a number of papers at both communication and English conferences, and his scholarly interests are in Media Ecology, hermeneutics, and the intersection of organizational communication and ecclesial rhetoric. A bicycle commuter, Hill works with local organizations to promote bicycle safety and infrastructure, and he volunteers time in the Newberry Community Partnership.

John C. Hruschka
Assistant Professor, English Composition

John Hruschka

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Education

Ph.D., English - The Pennsylvania State University

M.A., English - Illinois State University

B.A., English - Illinois State University

Publications and Presentations

How Books Came to America, The Penn State Series in the History of the Book (Penn State Press, 2012).

"Martyrs Mirror: An American Publishing Event." Brethren Life and Thought 57 (2012): 53-60

"Inventing the New World: Amerigo Vespucci and Scientific Writing." SHARP Conference, Minneapolis, MN, July 2007.

"Ordering Books: The Career of Frederick Leypoldt." SHARP Conference, Vancouver, BC, July 1998.

"Hebraism and the Tailoring Trope in Sartor Resartus." Carlyle Bicentennial, St. John's, Newfoundland, July 1995.

"Carlyle's Rabbinical Hero: Teufelsdröckh and the Midrashic Tradition." Carlyle Annual 13 (1992-93): 101-118.

"Victor Frankenstein's Lost Diary: William's Obstetrics and the Myth of Male Parthenogenesis." MLA, Toronto, December 1993.

Courses Taught

American Comedy, Technical and Professional Communication, English Composition

Sandra L. Karnes
Assistant Professor, Speech Communication/Composition

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Education

D.Ed., Adult Education - The Pennsylvania State University

M.A., Communication Studies - Bloomsburg University

B.S., Education - Bloomsburg University

Academic Experience

Taught in a variety of educational settings for the past 15 years - college, public school, job corps, corrections

Certifications/Awards

Instructional II - Teaching Certificate - Communication

Independent Study Award - Honors Independent Research Study - Writing Methods, Bloomsburg University, May 1992.

Courses Taught

English Composition I, Fundamentals of Speech

Twenty-first century skills for employment involve communication. One of the most important skills for employment is the ability to communicate effectively. Since communication is an important skill which employers expect from employees, the classes that I teach involve written communication and oral communication. These classes pertain to all students at Penn College. We communicate in all aspects of life. The way we walk, stand, sit, and dress communicates aspects about us. Students are preparing for various types of employment. Students usually have to submit an application letter and a resume in order to be invited for an interview. Once they are called for an interview, they must give good first impressions by the way they communicate with perspective employers. The hand shake is one of the first interactions with an interviewer.

The internet provides valuable tips associated with interviewing. For example, the American Psychological Association reported, "You don't get a second chance to make a first impression," says James Uleman, Ph.D., a psychology professor at New York University and researcher on impression management. First impressions are made by the way students communicate with employers, not only on what they say, but also on their ability to shake hands, use eye contact, display confidence and enthusiasm, dress professionally, and use voice variance. There is simply no easy way around it, communication touches all aspects of life and impacts how others view us. In my classes, I emphasize the importance of communication.

Sandra G. Lakey
Associate Professor, Speech Communication/Composition

Sandra G. Lakey

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Education

Ph.D., Speech Communication - The Pennsylvania State University

M.Ed., English - Indiana University of Pennsylvania

B.S., English Education - Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Joseph Loehr
Associate Professor/Mass Media Communication, Composition and Literature

Joseph Loehr

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Education

The Pennsylvania State University. 1996–current. Sixty (60) credit hours post-Master’s coursework in Speech Communication (13 courses totaling 39 credits) and Workforce Education (seven courses totaling 21 credits).

M.A., English - The University of Maine at Orono. (1977) Thesis: An Annotated Bibliography of Ezra Pound Criticism 1938–1944.

Additional coursework after receiving the Master’s Degree that led to certification (K-12) in special education for students with learning disabilities and students with behavioral disabilities as well as certification (7-12) in English.

The University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. 1974. Bachelor of Arts in English and Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (double major).

Academic Experience

2009–present
Pennsylvania College of Technology. Williamsport. Associate Professor Mass Media Communication and Composition and literature.

1993–2009
Pennsylvania College of Technology. Williamsport. Associate Professor in English and Mass Communication and Head of Department of Media Arts–Graphic Design, Advertising Art, Graphic Communications Management, Graphic Communications Technology, and Mass Media.
Workforce Development and Continuing Education, Pennsylvania College of Technology. Instructor teaching communication and graphic arts courses at the College and on-site.

1999–present
The Pennsylvania State University. Adjunct Instructor in English and in Speech; Instructor of Communication Arts for School of Continuing Education.

Certificates and Awards

Adviser to Phi Theta Kappa International Honors Society, Beta Epsilon Upsilon Chapter (Pennsylvania College of Technology)

Certification (K-12) in special education for students with learning disabilities and students with behavioral disabilities

Certification (7-12) in English

Courses Taught

First Year Experience, Basic English, English Composition I and II, Technical and Professional Communication, Advanced Technical Communication, Fundamentals of Speech, Introduction to Philosophy, Ethics, Introduction to Cinema, Principles of Advertising

I consider myself extremely fortunate in both my professional and my personal life.

John D. Maize
Instructor, Speech Communication/Composition

John D. Maize

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Education

M.A., Communication Studies - Bloomsburg University

B.A., Mass Communications - Bloomsburg University

Certificates and Awards

Excellence in Teaching Award - 2013

Courses Taught

Fundamentals of Speech, Small Group Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Organizational Communication, Intercultural Communication, English Composition I, First Year Experience

I am grateful I get to share ideas and practices that are so essential to being successful both personally and professionally.

Debra S. Morris
Assistant Professor, English-Technical Communication Debra S. Morris

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Education

Ph.D. - Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

M.A. - Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

B.A. - Smith College, Northampton, MA

Courses Taught

Basic English, English Composition I, English Composition II, Technical and Professional Communication, Detective Fiction, Women in Literature

I primarily teach composition. In my composition courses, I focus on the process of developing a strong, polished paper. I have my students write in class and we work as a class to make the papers stronger. In my literature classes, we discuss the works I've assigned using careful analysis. The students look at the language of the texts to make strong arguments.

Eric Nagy
Faculty, English Composition & Technical Communication

Eric Nagy

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Eric Nagy earned his M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Lock Haven University and holds a B.A. in English from Susquehanna University with a certification in Secondary Education in the state of Pennsylvania. He has taught English 111 as an adjunct professor here at the Pennsylvania College of Technology for the past six years and has also taught English 111 as part of the PC Now initiative since its conception in the Jersey Shore Area School District. During his 21 years in the JSASD, he worked with students in grades 7-12, served as a lead for gifted program in the middle school, coached varsity basketball, performed the duties of English Department Coordinator, and facilitated learning in the AP Literature and Composition classroom. Eric is a lifetime resident of Lycoming County where he currently lives with his wife Tiffany and two sons Evan and Ethan.

Brad Nason
Associate Professor, Mass Communications

Brad Nason

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Education

Ph.D., Speech Communication - The Pennsylvania State University, 1993

M.A., Communication: Journalism and Public Affairs - The American University, 1980

B.A., English - Lycoming College, 1977

Certificates and Awards

PA Association of Broadcasters' Best Public Affairs Program Medium-Size Market (2004)

Award of Excellence, Broadcast Education Association Festival Media Arts (2008)

Courses Taught

Announcing Techniques, Business Communications, Electronic Journalism, Fundamentals of Speech, Fundamentals of Small Group Communication, Introduction to Mass Communication, Media Evolution and Social Influence, Media Writing, Radio Programming and Management, Radio Station Operation and Production

As technology assumes an increasingly prominent role in our lives, developing critical communication skills becomes even more important in defining what it means to be a part of an informed citizenry. As former first lady Abigail Adams said, "Learning is not attained by chance; it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence."

John W. Poritsky
Assistant Professor, English Composition

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Michael Round
Associate Professor, Speech Communication-Composition

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Education

Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh (1993)

M.A., St. Mary's University (San Antonio) (1985)

B.A., University of Pittsburgh (1974)

Academic Experience

United States Air Force Academy

Slippery Rock University

Pennsylvania College of Technology

Courses Taught

English Composition I, Technical and Professional Communication, The Craft of Research, Fundamentals of Speech

Robin Stetter
Instructor, Speech Communication/Composition

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Jeff J. Vetock
Assistant Professor, English-Composition

Jeff J. Vetock

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Education

Ph.D., English - University of Arizona (1998)

M.A., English - Creative Writing - Temple University (1989)

B.A., English - Shippensburg University (1987)

Courses taught

English Composition I and II, Technical and Professional Communication, Introduction to Philosophy, Ethics

Motto taken from Groucho Mark: "Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."

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Williamsport, PA 17701