Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Communication & Literature Department Faculty

Lawrence K. Beaston
Assistant Professor, English Composition

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  • Education
    • Ph.D. and M.A., English, The Pennsylvania State University
    • M.A., Anthropology, University of Virginia
    • B.A., English, Shippensburg State College
  • Academic Experience
    • 2003-present, Assistant Professor of Composition, Pennsylvania College of Technology
    • 2002-03, Visiting Assistant Professor of English, Susquehanna University
    • 2001-02, Lecturer in English, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
    • 1999-2001, Visiting Assistant Professor of English, University of Michigan
    • 1997-99, Lecturer in English, The Pennsylvania State University

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
    • 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., University of Maryland, College Park
    • M.A., University of Maryland, College Park
    • B.A., 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
    • 2001 Maryland State Arts Council Grant

John C. Hrushka
Assistant Professor, English Composition

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Sandra L. Karnes
Instructor,, Speech Communication/Composition

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  • Education
    • Penn State University - currently working on courses toward a doctorate degree
    • M.A. in Communication Studies from Bloomsburg University
    • B.S. in Education from Bloomsburg University
  • Academic Experience
    • Taught in a variety of educational settings for the past 15 years - college, public school, job corps, corrections
  • Work Experience
    • Currently employed at Penn College of Technology as a full-time faculty member Teach fundamentals of speech and English composition.
  • Certifications/Awards
    • Instructional II - Teaching Certificate - Communication

Sandra G. Lakey
Department Head, Composition and Literature; 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).
    • The University of Maine at Orono. 1977. Master of Arts in English.
      • 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.
  • Courses taught for Pennsylvania College of Technology
    • Advanced Electronic Publishing
    • Advanced Media Writing
    • Basic English
    • Electronic Publishing and Design
    • English Composition I
    • English Composition II
    • Feature Writing
    • Fundamentals of Speech
    • Introduction to Cinema
    • Introduction to Mass Communication
    • Modes of Communication
    • News Writing
    • Principles of Advertising
    • Printing Estimating
    • Public Relations
    • Reporting Public Affairs
    • Rhetoric of Persuasion
    • Technical and Professional Communication
  • Coordinator for Internships and Cooperative-Education Experiences
    • in Mass Media, Graphic Communications, Graphic Design, Business, Computer Technologies, and Legal Assistant/Paralegal majors.
  • Courses taught for Workforce Development and Continuing Education
    • Pennsylvania College of Technology
    • Basic Communications: Springs Window Fashions, Montgomery, PA
    • Technical Communication: International Paper, Lock Haven, PA
    • Advanced PageMaker: Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA
    • Technical Communication: West Company, Allenwood, PA
    • Effective Communication: Brodart Inc., McElhattan, PA
    • Introduction to Microsoft X: Williamsport PA School District
    • Communication and Team-Building Training: Primus Industries, Williamsport, PA
  • Courses taught for The Pennsylvania State University and for the Penn State Center for Continuing and Distance Education at Penn College
    • ENGL 001–Appreciation of Literature
    • ENGL 004–Basic English Skills
    • ENGL 015–Rhetoric and Composition
    • ENGL 202C–Effective Writing: Technical Writing
    • ENGL 202D–Effective Writing: Business Writing
    • SPCOM 100–Effective Speech
    • ENGL 497E–Grammar for Teachers Who Hate to Teach Grammar
    • ENGL 497B–Education in the Media
  • College Service
    • Chair of College Council
    • Long-Range Planning Committee
    • Facilities Committee
    • Academic Standards and Issues Committee
    • Technical Preparation (TechPrep) Consortium
    • ACT 101 Advisory Committee
  • Search Committees
    • Faculty in Architecture—School of Construction and Design
    • Faculty positions in Speech, Graphic Design, Graphic Communications, and Mass Media; Dean
    • Assistant Dean positions—School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications
  • Work Experience
    • 1984 – 87
      • Greystone Advertising, Williamsport, PA. Senior Account Executive for agency handling national advertising for a wide range of industrial, business-to-business, and consumer businesses— aviation, home-health care, medical, telephony, electronic, boating, chemical, food processing, metal and stamping…and others. Full-service for clients included brochures; national, regional, and retail advertisements; copy writing; all forms of media management and placement; and research.
    • 1968 – 72
      • United States Air Force. Chanute AFB, Illinois. Instructor in Electronics. Taught theory and troubleshooting of basic circuitry through wave-shaping circuitry.

John D. Maize
Instructor, Speech Communication/Composition

John D. Maize

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" I firmly believe the courses I teach are equipment for life beyond college. With that in mind I approach teaching from a student centered perspective and enjoy the process of assisting students to become more effective communicators."

Debra S. Morris
Assistant Professor, English-Technical Communication

Debra S. Morris

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John W. Poritsky
Assistant Professor, English Composition

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Michael Round
Associate Professor, Speech Communication-Composition

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  • Education
    • B.A., University of Pittsburgh
    • M.A., St. Mary’s University (TX)
    • PhD, University of Pittsburgh
  • Academic Experience
    • United States Air Force Academy
    • Slippery Rock University
    • Pennsylvania College of Technology

Joan E. Schell
Assistant Professor, English Composition

Joan E. Schell

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David S. Sims
Associate Professor, English Composition

David S. Sims

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  • Education
    • M.F.A., Creative Writing, University of Alaska-Fairbanks
    • B.A., English Writing, University of Pittsburgh
    • B.A., Political Science, University of Pittsburgh
  • Work Experience
    • University of Alaska-Fairbanks
    • Tanana Valley Community College
    • Louisiana State University
    • North Slope Higher Education Center
  • Fiction & Poetry Published in:
    • Tar River Poetry
    • Karamu
    • South Dakota Review
    • Kansas Quarterly
    • Antietam Review
    • Black Warrior Review
    • Many Mountains Moving
  • Certifications/Awards
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Phi Kappa Phi

Edward A. Vavra
Associate Professor, Rhetoric

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  • Education
    • Ph.D., Russian Language and Literature, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
    • M.A., Russian Language and Literature, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
    • B.A., Russian Language and Literature, SUNY, Binghamton
  • Academic Experience
    • 1990-current, Associate Professor of Rhetoric, Pennsylvania College of Technology
    • 1985-90, Associate Professor, Shenandoah College
    • 1976-85, Assistant Professor, Shenandoah College
    • 1983-84, Director of Financial Aid, Shenandoah College
  • Publications
    • "Grammar Is Back, but When Will We Start Cooking?" English Journal. Vol. 92, No. 3 (Jan 03), 86-89.
    • "On Not Teaching Grammar." English Journal. Vol. 85, No.7 (Nov. 96), 32-37.
    • "Welcome to the Shoe Store?" English Journal. Vol. 82, No. 5 (Sept. 93), 81-84.
    • "Vygotsky and Grammar Instruction." Composition Chronicle. Vol. 3, No. 1 (Feb. 90), 4-6.
    • "Grammar and Syntax: The Student’s Perspective." English Journal. Vol. 76, No. 6 (Oct 87), 42-48.
    • "Professors Have Failed to Teach Evaluation." Chronicle of Higher Education. Oct. 22, 1986. 47.
    • "Preposition Proposition." Instructor. May 86. 92.
    • "Review" of What Makes Writing Good. Teaching English in the Two-Year College. 12 (1985). 318-320.
    • "Response to Patrick Hartwell," College English. 47 (Oct 85). 647-9.
    • "The Unmentionable Politics of Fyodor Gladkov’s Cement," Russian Language Journal. 38 (1984). 101-113.
    • "Afterword" to Fyodor Gladkov’s Cement. NY: Ungar, 1980.
    • "Meditations on the Teaching of Russian," AATSEEL’s Newsletter, Oct. 1980.

Jeff J. Vetock
Assistant Professor, English-Composition

Jeff J. Vetock

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Bruce A. Wehler
Instructor, English Composition

Bruce A. Wehler

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  • Education
    • BA in English and Religion from Lycoming College (1983)
    • M.Div. in Theology and Counseling from Eastern Baptist Seminary (1987)
    • MS in Special Education/ Exceptionalities from Bloomsburg University (1998)
    • Doctoral student in Adult Education with an Emphasis on Composition and Rhetoric from Pennsylvania State University
  • Academic Experience
    • 15 years teaching English and Special Education for the Loyalsock Township School District
    • 20 years teaching for Pennsylvania College of Technology as an adjunct instructor
  • Certificates, awards, etc.
    • Distinguished Teaching Award for Part-time Teaching Excellence from Penn College (2007)

Contact Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications

  • Address
    • Pennsylvania College of Technology
      DIF 111
      One College Avenue
      Williamsport, PA 17701