Debra Bechtel
Instructor, Human Services/Social Science

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John Chappo
Assistant Professor, History/History of Technology

John Chappo

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Ph.D., American History - The University of Southern Mississippi, 2007

Certificates and Awards

Center Fellow, North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching

McCain Fellow, University of Southern Mississippi

Horizon Science Academy Teacher Excellence Award

Phi Alpha Theta, National Academic Honors in History

Brigade Soldier of the Quarter, 82nd Airborne Division

Courses Taught

World Civilization I and II, U.S. from Colonization to 1877, Technology and Society, Civil War and Reconstruction

Dr. John Chappo is currently a full-time faculty member in the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, where he teaches history courses. In addition to ongoing efforts of migrating some history courses to hybrid and online modalities, Dr. Chappo has served on select committees for the College such as the Student Affairs Committee. More generally, Dr. Chappo has served as a Course Author Consultant and Subject Matter Expert for several institutions, to include supporting the development of persistence efforts and institutional outreach to students, whether in the traditional classroom setting or fully online. Dr. Chappo has served as an experiential education consultant and was formerly a Center Fellow at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching. While he maintains an active research and writing agenda, Dr. Chappo is currently a finalist in the Gettysburg National Military Park's licensing process for its highly selective battlefield guide program.

Rob Cooley
Associate Professor, Anthropology/Environmental Science

Rob Cooley

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Ph.D., Ecological Anthropology - The University of Georgia, 2003

B.A., Biology - Bucknell University, 1995

Certificates and Awards

Certificate in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development, University of Georgia, 2003

Courses Taught

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Cultural Ecology, Environmental Science, Service Learning in Sociology, Outdoor Recreation as a Therapeutic Tool, Human Services Capstone, Mathematics in Non-European Cultures I and II

Non-credit courses: Introduction to Homebrewing, Advanced Homebrewing

Dr. Rob Cooley holds a doctorate in ecological anthropology from the University of Georgia and a bachelor's degree in biology from Bucknell University. He joined Pennsylvania College of Technology in 2003 and has taught an array of liberal arts courses including Cultural Anthropology, Environmental Science, Introduction to Non-European Mathematics, social science research methods. At UGA, Cooley focused on fisheries anthropology; in Pennsylvania, he has chosen to examine the socio-ecological impacts of the Marcellus Shale natural gas development. Rob resides itn the mountains of Northcentral Pennsylvania and enjoy spending as much time outside as possible with his family, bicycling, kayaking, hiking and fishing.

Roy P. Fontaine
Professor, Psychology

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Roy Fontaine has taught psychology, anthropology, and other courses in the Social Sciences and Humanities department at Penn College since 1980. He received his Ph.D. in 1985 from the University of Georgia in biological psychology with an emphasis on primatology (the behavior and evolution of the non-human primates). Fontaine has done field studies in Panama, Peru, Guatemala, and southern Florida on New World monkeys. These field studies have resulted in several journal articles and book chapters. In recent years Dr. Fontaine has been an active participant in the National Science Foundation (NSF) Chautauqua program and the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS) summer seminar series at Oxford University.

Nancy A. Grausam
Assistant Professor, Education/Early Childhood Education

 Nancy A. Grausam

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M.Ed., Rutgers University

B.S., Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Michaeleen McNamara
Instructor, Human Services/Social Sciences-Psychology

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M.S., Education - Bucknell University

B.A., Psychology - Bloomsburg University

Certificate in Medical Stenography, Hiram G. Andrews Center


Distinguished Teaching Award for Part-Time Teaching Excellence, May 2007

Courses Taught

General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Chemical Dependency Treatment and Management, Special Populations, Introduction to Helping Skills and Process, Theories of Group Counseling, Group Processes, Counseling Techniques, Advanced Counseling Techniques, Crisis Intervention, Advanced Crisis Intervention, Culturally Sensitive Human Services Practice, Contemporary Issues in Human Service Practice, Human Services Internship

Professional Organizations

American Mental Health Counselor's Association

American Counseling Association Specialists in Group Work

Northamerican Association of Masters in Psychology

American Psychological Association

Educational excellence is my personal mission.

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

Craig Miller

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Ph.D., American Indian History, History of the Atlantic World, Constitutional and Legal History - University at Buffalo

Dissertation: "Power, Political Economy and War on the Anglo-Indian Frontier, 1636-1727"

M.A., Colonial History - University at Buffalo

B.A., History - SUNY Geneseo

Certificates and Awards

Excellence in Teaching Award - Pennsylvania College of Technology, May 2016

President's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Assessment - Pennsylvania College of Technology, 2013

Graduate School Teaching Award - University of Buffalo Office of the Dean, 2006

Excellence in Teaching Award - Department of History, University at Buffalo, 2006

Milton Plesur Dissertation Fellowship - University at Buffalo, 2002-2006

Dissertation Prospectus Fellowship - University at Buffalo, 2006

Geneseo Foundation Research Grant, September 2001

Courses Taught

World Civilizations I and II, U.S. History to 1877, U.S. History from 1877, Native American History, Constitutional and Legal History, Research Methods, American National Government, State and Local Government, International Relations, International Law

Dr. Craig Miller joined the Department of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications in 2011.

History is a conversation; an ongoing dialogue about the past and the ways the past informs the present and can help plan for the future. Political Science explores the structures, processes, and theories behind federal, state, and local government, as well as relations between states, to help provide a foundation to more fully participate in and understand civic society.

In all classes, the goal is to encourage critical thinking. Critical thinking combines the skeptical approaches of the Socratic and scientific methods to investigate problems, events, ideas and arguments from multiple perspectives. The goal of this approach is to instill a methodological approach to problem solving that starts by questioning and evaluating assumptions. In Dr. Miller's courses, all ideas are equally valid until proven otherwise.

Dr. Miller's research interests include the history of war, political economy, and legal history.

Abdul Pathan
Professor, Economics

Abdul Pathan

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Ph.D., Economics - University of Houston, University Park, Houston, Texas, 1986

Dissertation: "The Purchase Power Parity Theory and The Developing Countries"

M.A., Development Economics - Center for Development Economics, Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 1981

M.A., Economics - University of Dacca, Bangladesh, 1974

B.A. (Honors), Economics - University of Dacca, Dacca, Bangladesh, 1972

Certificates and Awards

Grant of International Business and Education - U.S. Department of Education, 1989-1990

Grant for Developing Modules fo rMacroeconomics and Forest Land Management - Pennsylvania College of Technology

World Bank Fellowship to do higher student is Development Economics - Williams College, 1980

Abdul Pathan holds a Ph. D. in Economics from University of Houston as well as two Master's degrees, one from Dhaka University and one from Williams College in Massachusetts. His areas of expertise include: international economics, macro and microeconomics, economics education, and development economics. Dr. Pathan has presented numerous papers at various national and international conferences and has been published in various conference proceedings.

Susan R. Slamka
Assistant Professor, Human Services/Psychology

Susan R. Slamka, Psy.D

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  • 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.

Tom A. Zimmerman
Associate Professor, Psychology

Tom A. Zimmerman

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M.A., Psychology - Bucknell University

B.A., Psychology - Lycoming College

ABS, Liberal Arts - Williamsport Area Community College

Certificates and Awards

Licensed Psychologist, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Thomas Paine Award - Citizen Journalism

Disaster Services Volunteer of the Year - Lycoming County Chapter, American Red Cross, 1997

Alumnus of the Year - Pennsylvania College of Technology, 1991

National Institute of Mental Health Graduate Traineeship, 1969-1970

Courses Taught

Developmental Psychology, General Psychology, Social Psychology, Fairy Tales and Fables


Eastern Psychological Association

Pennsylvania School Boards Association

National School Boards Association

It is important for college students to learn that psychology can be successfully applied to address human problems in everyday situations. I strive to remain 'current' through membership and participation in the Association for Psychological Science, the Eastern Psychological Association, the Pennsylvania Psychological Association and the Society for the Teaching of Psychology. In addition to teaching, I serve as the PCT Faculty Athletics Representative on campus and in the North Eastern Athletic Conference. I also serve the greater Williamsport area and Lycoming County communities by volunteering with health care and human service agencies.

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Pennsylvania College of Technology
DIF 119

One College Avenue
Williamsport, PA 17701