Visiting Assistant Professor in Religion
B.A., Presbyterian College; M.Div., San Francisco Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Drew University
Dr. An received his Ph.D. from Drew University in 2014. He specializes in the philosophical study of religion and his work encompasses philosophy of religion, religions of the Americas, Latin American/Caribbean intellectual tradition, and critical theory of race and gender. His first book, “The Decolonial Abyss: Cosmopolitics After Trauma” will be published by Fordham University Press in 2016.
Address: Humanities 205-A
Chair of Sociology and Criminal Justice; Associate Professor of Sociology
B.A., University of Akron; M.A., University of Akron; M.S.W., Temple University
Among her teaching interests are adoption, medical sociology and intercultural communication. Her research interests include the development of a cross-cultural framework for developing intercultural competence in the fields of medicine, business, education, law enforcement, and social work/counseling. Also, she is doing research in culture and re-entry shock that persons experience who spend significant time abroad.
Address: Humanities 202-B
Associate Professor of Accounting
B.S., Shepherd College; M.B.A., St Joseph's University
Professor Barton, who is both a Certified Public Accountant (C.P.A.) and Certified Valuation Analyst (C.V.A.), has professional experience in corporate accounting, corporate income taxes, sales taxes, auditing, and business valuations. She spent seven years in public accounting, including time with Ernst & Young and two local firms. In addition, Barton has experience in the manufacturing, retail, and service industries. She teaches courses in financial accounting, managerial accounting, intermediate accounting, cost accounting, and auditing. To maintain current in her field of expertise, Barton has been an accounting management consultant for five years. Her research interests include teaching pedagogy and bringing practical, real life experiences into the classroom to enhance students’ learning.
Address: Lynch 126
Associate Professor of Politics and Faculty Director of External Scholarships and Fellowships
B.A., University of London; M.A., London School of Economics; Ph.D., University of Delaware; Postgraduate Certificate in Laws, University of London; Postgraduate Diploma in Laws, University of London
Dr. Benesch teaches courses in American government, political philosophy and public law. He has a particular interest in the intersection of law and normative philosophy. His research has examined aspects both of Socratic and of modern democratic theory. He has written on the epistemology and political thought of the Austrian thinker, Karl Popper. Dr. Benesch serves as the pre-law adviser for the College.
Address: Humanities 206-B
Associate Professor of Education
B.S., The Pennsylvania State University; M.Ed., The Pennsylvania State University; Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
Ann Berger-Knorr teaches literacy and literature courses in the Early Childhood Education and Special Education programs at LVC. She also supervises student field experiences. In her research, she attempts to bridge teacher education, literacy education, and multicultural education. Utilizing teacher research and classroom inquiry, Dr. Berger-Knorr focuses on ways to best prepare pre-service teachers for culturally and academically diverse settings. She enjoys involving her students in research and accompanying them to conferences and presentations.
Address: Lynch 143
Assistant Professor of Biology
B.S., Lebanon Valley College; Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University
Dr. Boeshore teaches developmental biology, neurobiology, and general biology. Her research interests focus on development and regeneration of the nervous system.
Address: Neidig-Garber 324
Professor of English (Sabbatical Leave Full 15/16 Year)
B.A., Temple University; M.B.A., Drexel University; M.L.A., University of Pennsylvania.
Experienced in journalism, editing and publishing, Professor Bongiovanni teaches first-year writing classes, multimedia narratives, multimedia feature writing, and modern literature courses. She has taught in Perugia, Italy, and studied in Rome and at Oxford University.
Address: Humanities 207-C
Associate Professor of Mathematical Sciences
B.S., Northern Arizona University; M.S., University of Oregon; Ph.D., University of Oregon
Brewer teaches courses in actuarial science and mathematics and has won teaching awards from the University of Oregon, Lebanon Valley College, and the Mathematical Association of America. He runs the Actuarial Science and Analytical Finance programs and advises the Math Club.
Address: Lynch 283 I
Professor of History
A.B., Harvard University; M.A., Duke University; Ph.D., Duke University
Dr. Broussard teaches American history and historiography. His research and publications concentrate on the Jefferson-Jackson era, the South, and American politics. He formerly served as executive director of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic.
Address: Humanities 306-A
Assistant Professor of Biology
B.A., Hiram College; Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
Dr. Carey teaches genetics, microbiology, plant physiology, and general biology lab. His research focuses on the evolutionary genetics of plant gene families and how the cell wall modifying proteins encoded by some of these families are involved in plant development.
Address: Neidig-Garber 304
Associate Professor of German and French
B.A., Hillsdale College; A.M., University of Michigan; Ph.D., University of Michigan
Chamberlin teaches courses at all levels in both French and German. His areas of research are German and French medieval literature, as well as the relations between German writers and the wider culture in the 20th-century. He also directs our summer study program in Würzburg, Germany.
Address: Humanities 301-A
Associate Professor of Business Administration
B.S., Lehigh University; M.S., Lehigh University; MBA, Lehigh University; Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University
Dr. Chasalow worked for several Fortune 500 companies during his 30+-year career in business, serving in positions ranging from manufacturing quality control to sales management and as an IT director for AT&T and as an IT director with Capital One Financial and IBM Global Solutions. Dr. Chasalow, who teaches Management Information Systems (MIS) at the undergraduate and graduate (MBA) level, among other courses, uses an applied approach to introduce his students to various information systems concepts as they contribute to various organizational functions. His primary research is in organizational factors that contribute to organizational benefits from business intelligence and analytic systems. He has published articles on business intelligence, information security, and systems development methodologies in several top MIS journals in addition to presentations at international conferences.
Address: Lynch 130
Visiting Assistant Professor in English and Green Dot Task Force Co-Chair
Address: Humanities 205B
Assistant Chair and Assistant Professor of Business & Economics
B.S., York College of Pennsylvania; M.B.A., Loyola University of Maryland, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Clark, associate professor of international business and global communications, has presented at international conferences on numerous topics. Her current research focus on micro-finance lending practices specifically integrates her corporate experience in international market development and sustainable business in underdeveloped regions. Professor Clark has overseen student internships at the World Trade Center of Central Pennsylvania, an organization in which LVC has active membership and for which she serves as the college liaison. In summer 2013, Clark will lead the short-term study abroad program at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. She teaches courses in international business management, organizational communications, marketing, and doing business in the European Union.
Address: Lynch 125
Associate Professor and Department Chair of Physical Therapy
B.A., Rutgers University; M.S.P.T., Boston University; Ph.D., Hahnemann University
Dr. Dacko teaches cardiovascular/pulmonary and neuroscience. His research interests are related to motor control and interventions for neurodegenerative diseases.
Address: Heilman 114-C
Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Music Education
B.M., Youngstown State University, Dana School of Music; M.Ed., University of Central Florida; Ph.D., Oakland University
Sharon Davis has had diverse teaching experiences in elementary and secondary general music, choral and instrumental music in the United States and in International schools in Germany, Switzerland, and Singapore. She has published in the International Journal of Education and the Arts, Research Studies in Music Education, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, and the International Journal of Music Education, Practice. Her contributions to edited books include Learning, teaching and musical identity: Voices from across cultures, Lucy Green (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of music education, Gary McPherson (Ed.), Musicianship: Composing in band and orchestra, (Clint Randles and David Stringham (Ed.) and most recently for the second edition of The child as musician: A handbook of musical development, Gary McPherson (Ed.).
Address: Blair 110
Professor of Physics; Director of Engineering
B.S., University of Idaho; M.A., University of Nebraska, Ph.D., University of Nebraska, (philosophy); M.S., University of Nebraska; Ph.D., University of Nebraska (physics)
He has two doctorates: one in physics and one in philosophy. His book, "The Hope and Vision of J. Robert Oppenheimer" (World Scientific Publishing, 2015), is augmented by thirty-plus publications in theoretical physics (specializing in anharmonic solids), the history and philosophy of science, and the teaching of physics. During the last several years, he has focused on the views of American Cold War physicists on science and society with extensive work on Robert Oppenheimer, I. I. Rabi, and E. U. Condon. For this research, he was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2010. In addition, he worked for Shell Oil as a geophysicist in its international division (Africa and South America groups). Also, he spent one year teaching physics and philosophy at Nanjing University in China. In 1999, he received the Vickroy Award, the College’s highest award for excellence in teaching.
Address: Neidig-Garber 224
Associate Professor of Economics
B.A., Boston College; M.S., The Pennsylvania State University; Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
Dr. Delavan's research interests are in the areas of agricultural, environmental, and regional economics, and he has presented and published in all three areas. He teaches introductory and intermediate macroeconomics, international trade, public finance, and the senior seminar.
Address: Lynch 131
Newton and Adelaide Burgner Endowed Professor of Instrumental Music
B.M., Montana State University; M.M., University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music; D.M.A., University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
Dr. Johannes Dietrich, a native of Bozeman, Montana, joined the faculty of Lebanon Valley College in 1995. As the Newton and Adelaide Burgner Professor in Instrumental Music, Dietrich directs the LVC Symphony Orchestra, teaches conducting, string methods, applied violin and viola, and coaches chamber music ensembles. As a violinist and chamber musician, he has performed throughout the United States, as well as in Austria and Italy. He has released two CDs and has served as a conductor at festivals and for district, regional, and All-State orchestras from New Jersey to Montana. Dietrich is active as a clinician, regularly offering workshops throughout the northeast on violin technique, pedagogy, and ensemble playing. He has served as President of the Pennsylvania/Delaware String Teachers Association, and received that organization’s “Outstanding Orchestra Director of the Year” award.
Address: Blair 217
Professor of Psychology; Director of Curriculum
B.S., Tennessee Technological University; M.S., Memphis State University; Ph.D., Memphis State University
Her teaching interests are in psychobiology, general psychology, and the psychology of gender . Her current research areas include: hemispheric specialization and handedness, and developmental patterns in lateralization, and biological bases of gender differences. Dr. Dodson is a member of the Association for Psychological Science, Sigma Xi, and the Eastern Psychological Association.
Address: Lynch 287-E
Professor of Politics and Director of Global Studies
B.A, Siena College; M.A., Northeastern University; Ph.D., University of South Carolina
Dr. Dolan is the author of or co-author of three books and more than 30 referred articles or book chapters. His research interests include humanitarian intervention and human security, U.S. foreign policy and security, globalization, and global political economy. He has presented his research in London, Paris, Montreal, Denver, Miami, San Diego, and Washington D.C., among others. Dr. Dolan, who began LVC’s International Studies Program, has presented collaborative research with students in Toronto, Baltimore, Buffalo, and Philadelphia, and oversees the International Studies internship program. He teaches courses on international relations theory, contemporary global security, American foreign policy, globalization, and research methods. Beginning in 2015, he will teach a course on Global Human Rights to LVC students at Maastricht University in the Netherlands.
Address: Humanities 206-C
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
B.S., University of Mary Washington; M.S., University of Virginia; Ph.D., University of Virginia
Dr. Droms, a citizen of three countries including Switzerland and Portugal, taught various levels of calculus at the University of Virginia before arriving at LVC. He has organized and led several teaching-related workshops and participated in three undergraduate research projects, each of which resulted in a peer-reviewed publication. Dr. Droms has presented at academic meetings in Michigan, North Carolina, and Virginia, and is a fellow of Project NExT, a professional development program devoted to improving the teaching and learning of mathematics. His research interests are in low-dimensional topology and coding theory. He teaches a variety of courses in mathematics, including finite mathematics and calculus.
Address: Lynch 283-F
Associate Professor of English
B.A., College of William and Mary; M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Eldred teaches courses in British and Irish literature, gothic horror, and film. She has published several essays in journals and edited collections on the fiction of Patrick McCabe and the drama of Martin McDonagh. She is currently working on a book manuscript on those authors' use of gothic horror as a tool for Irish national critique.
Address: Humanities 205-B
Associate Professor of Physical Therapy
B.S., Ithaca College; M.Ed., Temple University; Ph.D., Temple University
Dr. Epler teaches biomechanics & kinesiology, musculoskeletal I & II. Her research interests include orthopedic dysfunctions and functional outcomes. Clinical practice areas include orthopedics and sports medicine.
Address: Heilman 114-D
Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities
B.A., Luther College (Iowa); M.M., Northern Illinois; D.M.A., University of Iowa
Matthew Erpelding, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities, conducts the Concert and Chamber choirs, and teaches music education and choral conducting. Prior to LVC, Dr. Erpelding was director of choral activities at Hopewell Valley Central (N.J.) and Boylan Central Catholic high schools (Ill.). He is a member of the conducting faculty at the Performing Arts Institute at Wyoming Seminary in Wilkes-Barre, and is in frequent demand as a guest clinician and conductor. Dr. Erpelding received his B.A. from Luther College (Iowa), M.M. from Northern Illinois, and D.M.A. from the University of Iowa. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association and NAfME: The National Association for Music Educators, and serves as Multicultural and Ethnic Chair for the Pennsylvania ACDA chapter. His original choral works are performed worldwide, and are published through Earthsongs Choral Music and Santa Barbara Music Publishing.
Address: Blair 108
Professor of Biology
B.A., University of Maine at Portland; M.A., SUNY College at Buffalo; Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
Dr. Erskine teaches vertebrate physiology, AIDS,evolution and general biology. His research interests are in temperature regulation and thermal tolerance.
Address: Neidig-Garber 141
Associate Professor of Physical Therapy (Sabbatical Leave Spring/16)
B.S., Thomas Jefferson University; M.S., Thomas Jefferson University; D.Sc., Baylor University; Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties; Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties
Dr. Fink teaches human anatomy, pharmacology, differential diagnosis, and selected physical therapy practice topics: high velocity low amplitude thrust grade V mobilizations module and musculoskeletal ultrasound module. His research interests include factors impacting physical therapists predominating using manual therapy techniques, scapular mobility, knee injury prevention programs, and the diagnostic utility of musculoskeletal ultrasound & electromyography. Clinical practice areas include orthopedics and sports medicine.
Address: Heilman 115-C
Professor of Mathematical Sciences. Director of the Computer Science Track for Engineering
B.A., Immaculate Heart College; Ph.D., University of Illinois
An avid practitioner of computer science and an accomplished mathematician, Dr. Fry heads the Computer Science Program and is the advisor for Computing Science students. He is also the advisor of the Computer Club. Trained as a mathematician, he has special interests in graphics, fractals, applications of group theory, operating systems, and computer architecture.
Address: Lynch 283C
Associate Professor of Music
B.M., The Eastman School of Music; M.M., The Eastman School of Music; M.A., The Eastman School of Music; D.M.A., The Juilliard School
Eric Fung, graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the Juilliard School, was the second-prize winner ex aequo at the 13th International J.S. Bach Competition in Leipzig, Germany. He is an active solo and chamber performer. He has appeared at international festivals and collaborated with orchestras in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. As a teacher, he has given master classes at institutions, such as East Tennessee State University, Hope College, University of Illinois at Carbondale, and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He has also been invited frequently to adjudicate regional and international competitions.
He studied piano with Natalya Antonova, Martin Canin, Eva Lue, and Oxana Yablonskaya. He received coaching from Boris Berman, Christopher Elton, Claude Frank, and Peter Frankl. He also studied analysis with Steven Laitz and Carl Schachter.
Eric Fung is an associate professor at LVC teaching piano, keyboard harmony, and other piano-related courses.
Address: Blair 207
Assistant Professor of Spanish
B.A., Valencia University; M.A., University of North Carolina Greensboro; Ph.D., University of Virginia.
Address: Humanities 303-A
Visiting Assistant Professor of Business Administration
M.B.A., Lebanon Valley College
Address: Lynch 124
Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy and Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education
B.S., West Virginia University; M.H.A., The Pennsylvania State University; Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University
Prof. Gazsi teaches professional issues of physical therapy I & II and oversees the clinical education courses I-IV. Her research interests include clinical education and student learning/outcomes.
Address: Heilman 114-F
Assistant Professor of Accounting
Address: Lynch 124
Associate Professor of Sociology and Green Dot Task Force Co-Chair
B.A., State University of New York at Plattsburgh; M.A., The Pennsylvania State University; Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
Goodfellow teaches an array of courses including Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems, Sociology of the Family, Women and Gender Issues, Urban Sociology, and Research Methods. Her research has focused on issues of aging, rural homeless services, domestic violence, pedagogy, and issues related to alcohol use and DUI.
Address: Humanities 202
Professor and Department Chair of Biology
B.S., Westminster College; Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University.
Dr. Goodman teaches human physiology, animal behavior, senior seminar and general biology. She is interested in the effects of acute and chronic alcohol exposure on the spatial learning abilities of rats.
Address: Neidig-Garber 117
Professor of English
B.A., Bates College; M.A., State University of New York at Binghamton; Ph.D., Boston University
Dr. Grieve-Carlson teaches first-year writing classes, American literature surveys, and upper-level courses ranging from poetry to grammar to mythology. His scholarship focuses on American poetry and American intellectual history. He plays pick-up basketball with LVC faculty and students, and fantasy baseball with LVC coaches and administrators.
Address: Humanities 208-B
Associate Professor of Spanish
B.A., University of Puerto Rico; M.A., Syracuse University; Ph.D., Rutgers University, New Brunswick
Guzmán Zavala, a native of Puerto Rico, teaches Spanish language courses at all levels. She pursues research interests in Latin America and the Hispanic Caribbean. Her conference presentations and publications chiefly involve the representation of childhood and motherhood in literary texts and the visual arts. She is painter as well as a literary scholar and her works have been featured in solo and group exhibitions.
Address: Humanities 303-A
Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice
B.A., Central Michigan University; M.A., University of New Hampshire; Ph.D., University of New Hampshire
Dr. Hanes' teaching and scholarly interests are in the area of criminology and criminal justice. She has worked to integrate teaching, scholarly activities, and community involvement throughout her professional career. Recently, she has been actively engaged in collaborative research with department majors and the Lebanon County District Attorney's Office in order to assess the efficacy of the new DUI Specialty Court.
Address: Humanities 202A
Assistant Professor of Economics
B.A., University of Mumbai; M.A., Indian Institute of Technology; M.Phil., Indian Institute of Technology; Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Dr. Harpankar, an environmental and resource economist, teaches principles of macroeconomics, energy and natural resource economics, international trade, and econometrics. Dr. Harpankar’s research focuses on externalities related to land use practices and ecosystem services.
Address: Lynch 135
Associate Professor and Department Chair of Chemistry
B.A., University of Arizona; Ph.D., University of Nevada at Reno
Dr. Harris is just the fifth chair of the nationally recognized Chemistry Department and ACS accredited program since 1951. He is known for his student-faculty research success and student-faculty publications. Dr. Harris has mentored and guided his student researchers to conference presentations, many achieving first place honors, at national and regional conferences in Boston, New Orleans, New York City, San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle, among others. His research groups have also been selected twice to present their undergraduate research projects to the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill. With his students as co-authors, Dr. Harris’ work has been published in several journals including the Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry.
Address: Neidig-Garber 406
Associate Professor of Music (Sabbatical Leave Spring/16)
B.M., Western Kentucky University; M.M., University of Florida; Ph.D., University of Florida
Christopher J. Heffner taught initially at Todd County Central High School in Elkton, KY and currently serves as Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Instrumental Music Education at Lebanon Valley College. He directs the "Pride of the Valley" marching band, LVC symphonic band, and wind ensemble. Dr. Heffner also supervises student teachers, and teaches instrumental literature, fundamentals of conducting, and brass techniques. He remains active as a guest conductor and clinician working with groups from Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Florida. Dr. Heffner is a member of Music Educators National Conference, College Band Directors National Association, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association. He is also a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, and an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi, and Tau Beta Sigma.
Address: Blair 209
Assistant Professor of Accounting and Instructional Coordinator for the MBA Program
B.S., Lebanon Valley College; J.D., The Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law
A Certified Public Accountant (C.P.A.), Certified Valuation Analyst (C.V.A.), and licensed attorney, Professor Hildebrand has professional experience in accounting, taxation, business valuations, management advisory services, and project management. He teaches financial policy, managerial decision making, intermediate accounting, legal environment of business, and special topics business and accounting courses.
Address: Lynch 123
Professor of Music; Director of Audio & Music Production
B.S., University of North Carolina at Asheville; M.M., New York University; D.Ed., The Pennsylvania State University
Dr. Hill is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (Grammys), Audio Engineering Society, and the Themed Entertainment Association. Along with his album and single credits, he’s had experience in theme parks, live sound, and system installations. His "Learning Recording Engineering" is a textbook for aspiring recording engineers, he’s currently working on an audio for worship book, and he teaches workshops on education and learning issues.
Address: Blair 113
Professor of History
B.A., Macalester College; M.A., Carnegie Mellon University; Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University
Dr. Hinshaw teaches courses on modern American history, African-American history, urban history, African history, world history, labor history, and specialized courses in race and ethnicity. He has written and edited books on the industrial revolution in world history, the steel industry and steel workers in Western Pennsylvania, and the labor movement in the United States.
Address: Humanities 307-C
Professor of Philosophy & interim Dept. Chair
B.A., University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Noel Hubler is a specialist in Ancient Greek metaphysics and science and explores the connections between Ancient epistemology and political theory. He has published articles on Aristotle, Plotinus, and the Neopythagoreans. He also has research interests in contemporary political theory. Additionally, he is the translator of the book of Ezekiel for the New English Translation of the Septuagint (Oxford University Press).
Address: Humanities 306-B
Associate Professor of Physics; Director of Physics Track for Engineering
B.S., Juniata College; Ph.D., University of Delaware.
Address: Neidig-Garber 222
Associate Professor of Politics and Department Chair
B.A., Pepperdine University; M.A., California State University, Fresno; M.A., California State University, Fresno; M.A., University of California at Santa Barbara; Ph.D., University of California at Santa Barbara
Dr. Johnson teaches courses in comparative politics and American politics. She also teaches a 100-level course called Contemporary Controversies in Politics and the senior seminar in politics, and shares responsibility for the EU Simulation course. Her main research interests are democratization, the effects of globalization, and political communication. She specializes in the politics of Latin America, and regularly conducts field research in Argentina and Uruguay. Dr. Johnson has been president of the Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies, and has presented her work at conferences in the U.S. and Canada. She is the author of numerous articles, book chapters and reviews, and co-edited a volume on globalization and uncertainty in Latin America. She is currently working on a manuscript on the changing relationship between mass media and democracy in the 21st century.
Address: Humanities 206-A
Assistant Professor of Business Administration
Address: Lynch 136
Assistant Professor of Education
B.S., Lebanon Valley College; M.A., The Pennsylvania State University; Ed.D., Immaculata University
Jennifer Wood Kanupka teaches courses in special education. Her research interests include: transition services for students with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities and promoting positive and healthy behaviors in students with autism.
Address: Lynch 148
Associate Professor of Psychology
B.S., University of Mobile; M.A., University of Mississippi; Ph.D., University of Mississippi
His teaching interests are in general psychology, introductory and advanced research courses, the science of emotion, and social psychology. His research interests are in the processes of the self (e.g., identity & self-control), the emotion experience, and the application of psychological science to libertarian scholarship and faith. Dr. Kitchens is a member of Psi Chi, Alpha Theta Chi, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.
Address: Lynch 287-G
Professor of Digital Communications
B.S., Lebanon Valley College; B.A., Lebanon Valley College; M.J., Temple University; Ph.D., Texas Tech University
Kline, co-founding professor of the department, owned a digital media company prior to entering academia. He continues to consult and conduct research in the areas of user experience, social media, technical communications, Web 2.0, and innovation. Kline has helped clients develop online communities of practice, create a Social Media for Business strategic plan; deploy a corporate knowledge management system; build iPad and mobile apps; and improve corporate web presences through analytics, heat maps, and usability testing. He teaches courses in user experience, e-business, innovation, strategy, and project management. Kline blogs and tweets on technology, communities, and innovation topics and has presented on such interesting subjects as “What the (Bleep) is the Cloud?”
Address: Lynch 119-B
Assistant Professor of Mathematical Sciences
B.A., Bowdoin College; M.S., Cornell University; Ph.D., Cornell University
Dr. Kolins teaches courses and advises students in both mathematics and actuarial science at LVC. He was originally trained as a mathematician, doing research in the intersection of combinatorics, geometry, and commutative algebra.
Address: Lynch 283-E
Visiting Assistant Professor of Education
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Professor of Psychology
B.S., The Pennsylvania State University; M.S., Millersville University of Pennsylvania; M.A., University of Nebraska; Ph.D., University of Nebraska
His teaching interests are in clinical psychology, forensic psychology, and abnormal psychology. He supervises internship students. His research interests include psychological factors related to police and public safety personnel and criminal psychology. Dr. Laguna is a member of the Psychological Services Division of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology.
Address: Lynch 287H
Associate Professor of Biology
B.S., University of Richmond; M.S., University of Virginia; Ph.D., University of Virginia
Dr. Lappas teaches immunology, molecular biology and general biology. She is interested in T lymphocyte biology, with special emphasis on both the role played by T cell subsets in various inflammatory disorders and the potential use of adenosine analogs to modulate these untoward responses.
Address: Neidig-Garber 313
Clinical Associate Professor of Physical Therapy
B.S., Lock Haven University; M.P.T., University of the Sciences in Philadelphia; D.P.T., Temple University; Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, National Strength and Conditioning Association; Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties
Dr. Lehr teaches clinical examination, clinical interventions I & II, and selected physical therapy practice topics: high velocity low amplitude thrust grade V mobilizations module. His research interests include skilled Interventions in terms of manual therapy and functional/corrective exercise, and clinical decision making within musculoskeletal management. Clinical practice area is orthopedics.
Address: Heilman 114
Professor of Business Administration
B.A., The Ohio University; M.A., St. Francis School of Industrial Relations; M.B.A., The Ohio State University
Professor Leonard has been a management consultant for 20 years, working with more than 300 organizations. He has received numerous state and federal grants for his work with nonprofit organizations and has owned his own nonprofit training corporation since 1986. He has completed all doctoral coursework at The Ohio State University in organizational behavior and social psychology.
Address: Lynch 137
Teaching Fellow in English
Address: Humanities 207-C
Associate Professor of Music; Carmean Professor in Music
B.M., James Madison University; M.M., Florida State University; D.M..
Associate Professor of Music, Rebbeca Crow Lister, teaches voice lessons, vocal literature, vocal pedagogy, and diction. She maintains an active performing schedule having appeared several times as guest artist on various music series, including the St. Paul Early Music Series (St. Paul, MN), the Lebanon Community Arts Series (Lebanon, PA), and the Goodman Series (Harrisburg, PA). Though early music is her main point of interest, Lister performs repertoire from all style periods and is a strong supporter and performer of chamber music, contemporary music, music by female composers, and music by Hispanic composers. She is a frequent masterclass clinician at various schools and colleges, most recently at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC. She currently serves as the President for the Allegheny Chapter of the National Association for Teachings of Singing (NATS).
Address: Blair 210
Assistant Professor of Music
A.S., Ricks College; B.M., Brigham Young University; M.A., Rutgers University; Ph.D., University of Oregon
Dr. Lovell has compiled a long list of original compositions and solo performances during his career as a jazz musician. He uses these experiences to help his students gain a passion for knowledge and a love of music. This dedication was recognized by his students when they awarded Dr. Lovell the Educator of the Year Award in 2013, noting that “Professor Lovell is known for his passion, both for music and teaching…he tirelessly pushes students to achieve more than they thought possible.” Dr. Lovell recently instituted the “Common Hour Jazz Jam,” a faculty-led jam session for aspiring jazz musicians where students work on improvisation skills by playing with faculty. In addition to coaching his students in their personal projects, he teaches music theory and aural skills, core music courses that develop student’s musicianship and overall understanding of music relationships.
Address: Blair 208
Professor of Mathematical Sciences
B.S., Davidson College; Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Lyons has broad mathematical interests in the areas of geometry, topology, algebra, and computer visualization. His current research is in mathematical physics in the area of quantum information theory. His pedagogical scholarship centers around the use of visualization, particulary with animation, for teaching mathematical concepts. Away from the office, he is advisor and master instructor for the Taekwondo Club.
Address: Lynch 283-H
Assistant Professor of English
B.A., University of San Diego; M.Phil., The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY); Certificate in Film Studies, Certificate in American Studies, Ph.D.
Robert Machado teaches courses in US literature, Film Studies, Interdisciplinary Arts, Writing, and Theory. His research involves the study of color (chromatics) across verbal and visual media, postclassical narrative theory, and 19/20-C US literature. He has also published work on early cinema and early photography, multimediality in literature, and the avant-garde. As an early member of the “lowercase sound” movement, since 2001 his experimental sound/noise art under the name Civyiu Kkliu has been performed in galleries on the West and East Coast, and published in the US, the UK., the Netherlands, Belgium, and Austria. His most recent visual art involves Polaroid photography.
Address: Humanities 208D
Professor and Department Chair of Psychology
B.A., State University of New York at Binghamton; M.A., Brooklyn College; M. Phil., City University of New York; Ph.D., City University of New York
His teaching interests include cognitive processes, research design & analysis, the history of psychology, and paranormal/pseudoscientific phenomena. His research interests focus on questions related to understanding (a) how people develop various perspectives on paranormal and pseudoscientific beliefs, (b) processes and thoughts underlying academic perseverance and consistency, and (c) attitudes, behaviors, and demographic variables related to writing-based communication skills. Dr. Manza is a member of the Association for Psychological Science, the Eastern Psychological Association, and Division 2 of the American Psychological Association (Teaching of Psychology).
Address: Lynch 287A
Associate Professor of Chemistry; Director of Chemistry Track for Engineering; Vernon and Doris Bishop Professor of Chemistry
B.S., Hampden-Sydney College; Ph.D., University of Michigan; ACS-PRF Alternative Energy Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley-05.
Dr. Marsh specializes in experimental physical chemistry and surface science. His research is aimed at understanding kinetics of environmentally significant reactions on model catalyst surfaces.
Address: Neidig-Garber 404
Associate Professor of History
A.B., Mount Holyoke College; M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. McCoy teaches world civilization and specialized courses in European History. Her research focuses on the social, religious, and political history of France from the 17th to the 19th century. Other teaching and research interests include the history of European women, the cultural and intellectual history of modern Europe, and the development of nationalism and national identity.
Address: Humanities 206-D
Associate Professor of Spanish (Sabbatical Leave Spring/16)
Ph.D., University of California at San Diego.
McEvoy teaches Spanish courses at all levels. Her research involves Latin American ethnic studies, most particularly discourse in the Peruvian-Irish community. She has presented her work at several conferences and has published her writing on fiction by immigrants and exiles to Latin America.
Address: Humanities 301-B
Director of the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery
B.S., Messiah College; M.A., The Pennsylvania State University; Ph.D., Temple University
McNulty is an art historian whose research focuses on Byzantine and Medieval portraiture on the island of Cyprus. She has presented papers at academic conferences throughout the United States, and has extensive teaching experience in visual studies and the history and aesthetics of photography. At LVC she has developed courses on the history and theory of portraiture, and on the body in the art and architecture of the Middle Ages. As Director of the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery she curates exhibitions that span a broad spectrum of art historical interests.
Address: Lynch 161
Associate Professor of German
M.A., Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg; Ph.D., University of Kansas
Meindl teaches courses in German at all levels. His research agenda includes the fields of applied linguistics, second language acquisition and cultural studies. His most recent project investigated communication strategies in the sermons of an Old order Amish community.
Address: Humanities 301-C
Professor of Music; College Organist
B.Mus., University of Missouri-Kansas City; M.M.; D.M.A., University of Iowa.
Professor Shelly Moorman-Stahlman teaches organ, piano, class piano, form and analysis, and church music courses. Her students have received top honors in numerous competitions. Prior to this position, she was the Director of Music at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Iowa City. She studied organ with Delbert Disselhorst, Dolores Bruch, John Ditto and Harald Vogel and piano with Santiago Rodriguez. A frequent organ and piano recitalist throughout the Midwest and East Coast, she has garnered an impressive array of competition credits which include Semi-Finalist at the St. Albans International Organ Competition in England, Audience Prize at Spivey International Organ Competition, Finalist in the Arthur Poister Competition, Second Prize in the MTNA National Wurlitzer Competition and Finalist, Region VI AGO Competition. She has been a featured artist at major venues in Washington D.C., New York City and across the Midwest.
Address: Blair 11
Assistant Professor of Music
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); M.A., California State University, East Bay; Ph.D., University of Oregon
Dr. Morell has had an extensive professional career composing concert music, playing guitar, and working with many well-known performers—including Dizzy Gillespie, composer John Williams, and the Supremes—across the U.S. and internationally. While living in L.A., he led several ensembles, owned and operated a recording studio, and played guitar on several television and film projects, including Steven Spielberg’s “Catch Me If You Can.” Dr. Morell builds electronic gadgets for the guitar and teaches music theory, aural theory, and independent study projects for composition students. He is the creator of Pivot: A Music Theory Card Game that teaches students about chord root motion, including modulation and modal mixture. Dr. Morell recently released his latest album, Subjects and Complements.
Address: Blair 216
Assistant Professor and Director of Athletic Training
Address: Heilman 114C
Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
B.S., University of Florida; D.P.T., MGH Institute of Health Professions; Board Certified in Neurology, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties
Dr. Myers teaches neuromuscular physical therapy I & II. Her research interests include clinical decision making related to neurologic physical therapy practice and the treatment of individuals with disorders of consciousness. Clinical practice areas is neurology, with a subspecialty of brain injury.
Address: Heilman 115-A
Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of Neuroscience
B.S., Muhlenberg College; Ph.D., Temple University, School of Medicine
Her teaching interests include psychopharmacology, general psychology, research methods, learning and memory, and sensory and perceptual processes. Her research interests include the biology and psychology behind drug abuse and addiction. Dr. Niculescu is a member of the Society for Neuroscience and the Research Society on Alcoholism, and is also the faculty advisor for the LVC chapter of Psi Chi (the National Honor Society in Psychology.
Address: Lynch 287-B
Professor and Department Chair of Music
B.A., West Chester University; M.M., University of Maryland; Ph.D., University of Maryland
Renee Lapp Norris, full professor at Lebanon Valley College, teaches courses in European, North American, and non-Western music. She has presented papers for the American Musicological Society and the Society for American Music. Her article "Opera and the Mainstreaming of Blackface Minstrelsy" was published by the Journal of the Society of American Music. Her secondary interest is music history pedagogy.
Address: Blair 114
Associate Professor of Physical Therapy
B.S., University of the Sciences in Philadelphia; M.P.T., University of the Sciences in Philadelphia; Ed.D., Idaho State University
Dr. Oriel teaches pediatric physical therapy, motor development, motor control, and health promotion for self and society. Her research interests include the impact of community-based fitness programs on children with disabilities, exercise in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and health promotion across the lifespan. Clinical practice area is pediatrics, specifically an inclusive preschool setting.
Address: Heilman Center 115B
Associate Professor of Chemistry
B.S., Susquehanna University; Ph.D., Lehigh University; Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institutes of Health
Dr. Patton is interested in the structure-function relationships in proteins. Most recently his work focuses on the features of E. coli GMP synthetase that facitlitate ammonia transfer from a domain where it is synthesized to the domain in which it is utilized. His work integrates chemical, biochemical and molecular biological methods (e.g. polymerase chain reaction) to make "designer" proteins at the DNA level. Once expressed in bacteria, these proteins are purified in order to study their function.
Address: Neidig-Garber 315
Teaching Fellow in Chemistry
B.S., Jozsef Attilla University, Hungary; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Address: Neidig-Garber 421
Associate Professor of Chemistry
B.S., Calvin College; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh; NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Wisconsin
Dr. Peelen's research focuses on the development of asymmetric reactions catalyzed by simple organic molecules (organocatalysts). The reaction mechanisms of organocatalyzed reactions are studied by using kinetics and by structural analysis of reaction intermediates.
Address: Neidig-Garber 426
Assistant Clinical Professor of Physical Therapy & Director of the Physical Therapy Clinic
Brian Peers has served as an adjunct instructor of physical therapy for five years at Lebanon Valley College while maintaining a private practice in Lancaster. He also serves as a utilization consultant for multiple insurance companies and has served as an injury prevention consultant for multiple large employers including the U.S. Department of Defense. Peers’s research interests include clinical decision-making skills in novice clinicians and lower extremity injury prevention in college athletes.
Address: Heilman 115-D
Associate Professor of Digital Communications
B.A., Illinois Wesleyan University; M.S., University of Illinois; M.A., University of Illinois; Ph.D., University of Houston
Dr. Pettice teaches courses in social media, data visualization, rhetoric, media ethics, and web writing for future journalists and public relations specialists. Her scholarly work examines the intersections between new media, rhetoric, and the verbal arts. She has written about online comment spaces and Star Wars fan films and is working on a manuscript about New Zealand, where she taught for a semester.
Address: Lynch 285-I
Professor (Sabbatical Leave Spring/16)
B.F.A., University of Florida; M.F.A., University of Tennessee
Pittari is an artist who works in painting and digital imaging. His emotive abstract paintings have been exhibited throughout the Eastern United States and are in several corporate collections. His recent series of landscape prints, based on American wilderness paintings of the 1800s, address issues of history and iconography within the broader field of landscape studies. Pittari is a former editor-in-chief of the journal Art Papers and has published exhibition reviews and interviews. He teaches studio courses in drawing, painting, and advanced art making, in addition to historical courses on color and culture and the interrelationship of painting and cinema.
Address: Lynch 159
Associate Professor of English
B.A., Lebanon Valley College; M.A., The Pennsylvania State University; Ph.D..
Dramaturge for local theater companies, Dr. Pry teaches courses in acting, world literature, dramatic literature, and theater production. He also advises Wig & Buckle, the student drama company.
Address: Humanities 203
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
B.A., Lawrence University; Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University
Dr. Rasmussen’s research is focused on bioelectrochemistry, using biological catalysts for electrochemical sensing and renewable energy production. Current projects are focused on development of biosensors for detecting biomarkers of neurodegenerative diseases.
Address: Neidig-Garber 414
Assoc Professor and Department Chair of Digital Communications
B.S., Indiana Univeristy; B.A., Indiana University; M.A., University of South Carolina; M.Ed., Arizona State University; Ph.D., Arizona State University
Ritchie, chair and associate professor of digital communications, has presented at conferences from Vancouver, Canada to Konstanz, Germany and San Diego, Calif., to Charleston, S.C. One of the founding professors of the DigiCom Department, he has overseen student projects and internships that have resulted in the creation of LVC's Campus Virtual Tour, an interactive history of Hersheypark, a player's guide for an internationally recognized game, and a physical therapy textbook designed for tablet devices, among many others. Ritchie teaches courses in narrative across media (including video games), mobile and spatial narratives, interactivity, writing for digital media, multimedia, and principles of information design.
Address: Lynch 119-A
Chair of Religion and Philosophy; Professor of Religion; Director of American Studies and the Undergraduate Research Symposium; and Faculty Mentor for the Allwein Scholars Program (Sabbatical Leave Spring/16)
B.A., Baylor University; M.Div., Texas Christian University; M.Phil., Syracuse University; Ph.D., Syracuse University
His area of specialization is in continental philosophy of religion. His teaching interests include contemporary religious thought, philosophy of religion, world religions, Christianity, Islam, and religion and politics. In addition to teaching courses in religion, he also is the director of the American Studies program and the Undergraduate Research Symposium, and the Faculty Mentor for the Allwein Scholars Program. He was awarded the Thomas Rhys Vickroy Award for Outstanding Teaching at LVC in 2005. He is a Fellow of the Westar Institute where he actively participates in the ongoing seminar on “God and the Human Future,” and is an affiliated faculty member of the Global Center for Advanced Studies.
Address: Humanities 307-D
Associate Professor and Department Chair of English
B.S., University of Florida; M.A., University of Maryland; Ph.D..
Dr. Romagnolo teaches courses in American literature, literature by women, African American literature and critical theory. She also serves as the faculty director of the Women's Services and Gender Resource center. She has published several articles on narrative and identity. Her research focuses on questions of identity and narrative in contemporary American women's fiction. Her book manuscript Opening Acts: Narrative Beginnings from a Feminist Perspective is forthcoming from University of Nebraska Press
Address: Humanities 207-D
Assistant Professor of Digital Communications
B.F.A., Maryland Institute College of Art; M.A., Maryland Institute College of Art; M.A., Maryland Institute College of Art
Samuel taught in Atlanta and Miami, and worked in the corporate world, before arriving at LVC. After successfully art directing for AT&T, and other national firms, Samuel launched San 7 Studios, a full service design firm that served Lockheed Martin, Heineken, Salem, and more. His Miami-based design studio produced projects ranging from graphic design to animation. His art work has been featured in numerous venues including a pair of solo shows, “Mepral” and “Blur.” Samuel’s art expands several genres and he has painted public murals, created illustrations for magazines, designed branding and promotional materials for a fortune 500 company, and designed a textbook cover. He teaches courses in graphic design, motion graphics, and interactive design.
Address: Lynch 122
Associate Professor of Religion
B.A., University of Maryland Baltimore County; M.A., Florida State University; Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Matthew R. Sayers earned his Ph.D. in Asian Cultures and Languages at The University of Texas at Austin. His work focuses on the relations between the living and the dead and his research includes the Hindu and Buddhist traditions in ancient India as well as the later history of and contemporary practice at the pilgrimage site Gaya in Bihar, India. His book, Feeding the Dead: Ancestor Worship in Ancient India, discusses the development of ancestral rites from the ?g Veda to the formative stages of Hinduism and is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. He is currently working on the development of Gaya as a pilgrimage place in the Puranic period. He teaches across the religion curriculum, including special courses on Evil, Death and Dying, and Scripture, and also teaches introductory Sanskrit.
Address: Humanities 307-D
Associate Professor of History
B.A., University of Minnesota; M.A., University of Minnesota; Ph.D., University of Michigan
Dr. Schroeder teaches the Atlantic World since 1500, focusing on Latin America and the United States since the Age of Revolution. A social, cultural, and political historian whose research focuses on twentieth-century Nicaragua, he is co-author of the widely used college textbook The Twentieth Century and Beyond (McGraw-Hill, 2007) and author of numerous scholarly articles and chapters in his area of expertise.
Address: Humanities 307
Visiting Assistant Professor in Physics
B.S., Izmir Institute of Technology, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
Koray Sekeroglu, visiting assistant professor in physics, has a doctoral degree in engineering science and mechanics. Dr. Sekeroglu’s research interests are in bio-inspired materials, micro/nano textured thin films, and material science/ nanotechnology. He teaches atomic and nuclear physics, thermodynamics, and general physics.
Address: Neidig-Garber 225
Associate Professor of Business Administration; Chair of Business & Economics; Director of the MBA Program; Eugene Fish Professor of Business
B.S., Kutztown University; M.B.A., Kutztown University; D.B.A., Nova Southeastern University
Dr. Setley has published and presented articles and case studies on corporate social responsibility, linear programming applications, and ethical decision making. He is an experienced and successful entrepreneur who has started and built three companies. Setley uses that experience and his teaching expertise in the areas of management, entrepreneurship, strategic management, small business administration, operations management, leadership, and business ethics, in his classroom and student interaction.
Address: Lynch 124A
Associate Professor of Psychology
B.S., The Pennsylvania State University; B.Ed., The Pennsylvania State University; M.A., University of Nebraska; Ph.D., University of Nebraska; Recertification in Clinical Psychology, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Her teaching interests include general psychology, life span development, and the psychology of gender. Her research interests focus on questions of aging and cognition, adolescent risk taking behavior, and sex differences in depression. Dr. Smedley is a member of the Association for Psychological Science and the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, and is the Faculty Advisor for the Psychology Club.
Address: Lynch 287-C
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
B.S., University of California, San Diego; B.A., University of California, San Diego; M.A., University of California, San Diego; Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
Dr. Barry Smith advises students in actuarial science and mathematics. His mathematical interests include pure mathematics, applications to actuarial science, chemistry, and physics, as well as mathematical history and philosophy. Smith has an active research program in number theory.
Address: Lynch 283-G
Professor of Music; Director of Music Business
A.A., Pensacola Junior College; B.A., University of West Florida; M.S., Kutztown University.
Snyder is the Director of the Music Industry Program, as well as the Internship Director for both the Music Business and Music Recording programs. He coordinates the Music Industry Conference held at LVC each fall (LVCMIC). He served for 7 years on the board of directors for the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association, 3 years as Vice President. He also serves on the Board of Advisors for the Capital Area School for the Arts in Harrisburg, as well as a coordinator of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI). Snyder specializes in digital audio, electronic music, music industry, and graduate level music technology classes. He is a songwriter, keyboardist, guitarist, and before coming to LVC, he played and traveled with numerous bands of all styles. He also worked as a manager in music retail, played on multiple recordings, and composed soundtracks for videos.
Address: Blair 112
Artist Teacher of Studio Voice and Musical Theater
B.A., University of Kentucky; M.M. University of Louisville; D.M.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Bethany Stiles, artist teacher of studio voice and musical theater, has researched U.S. hymnody and art song, contemporary chamber music, and American musical theater, and she is developing a research project to promote the music of Central and South America. Dr. Stiles is a frequent collaborator on contemporary works, including with the Illinois Modern Music Ensemble, and is a champion of the music of living composers, debuting music in a variety of mediums and genres, including The Southern Breeze for mezzo-soprano, cello, and harp.
Address: Blair 24
Professor of Business Administration
B.S., St. Peter's University; M.A., The Pennsylvania State University; Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
Sullivan has published articles in business and economic journals and specializes in monetary, macro and financial economics. He teaches courses in principles of finance, management science, money and banking, and economics.
Address: Lynch 134
Assistant Professor and Department Chair of Education
B.S., Ball State University; M.A., Ball State University
Linda Summers teaches courses in Literacy, Child Development, Child Wellness, supervises student teachers and coordinates field practical experiences for the early childhood and special education certification programs. Summers' areas of interest include Professionalism in Early Childhood Education, Assessment in Early Childhood Education and the use of integrated curriculum to promote active learning preK-grade 4.
Address: Lynch 156
Professor of Education
B.S., Ball State University; M.A.; Ed.D..
Dr. Summers teaches courses in Early Childhood Social Studies Methods, Early Childhood Program Design and Curriculum Development, Early Childhood Advocacy, Leadership and Collaboration, Early Childhood Family Partnerships and Senior Capstone. Summers also supervises student teachers. He maintains a particular interest in teaching and developing original pedagogy which he utilizes in his teaching and promotes to his college students. He also maintains an interest in the education of children with behavioral disorders at both the elementary and secondary levels.
Address: Lynch 153
Department Chair of Languages; Professor of Spanish
B.A., Ursinus College; M.A., West Chester University; Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington
Dr. Kathleen Tacelosky earned her B.A. in Spanish (Ursinus College), her M.A. in TESOL (West Chester University) and her Ph.D. in Linguistics (University of Texas at Arlington).
Her doctoral thesis took her to the Amazon Basin in Peru to study the influence of bilingual education on the maintenance and shift of Shipibo, a language of the region. More recently her research has been motivated by civic engagement. In 2010 the textbook she co-authored, Diálogos: Hacia una comunidad global was published. Designed for Intermediate Spanish students, the book integrates experiential learning and language learning.
In 2010-2011, Dr. Tacelosky was awarded a Fulbright grant to continue community-based linguistic research and teach in the Languages Department at the Universidad de las Américas in Puebla, Mexico.
Dr. Tacelosky has taught Spanish, ESL and linguistics in the U.S., Mexico, Japan, and Puerto Rico.
Address: Humanities 310-B
Associate Professor of Art History & Department Chair
B.F.A., University of Western Australia; Ph.D., University of Western Australia
Taylor is an art historian specializing in early digital arts. He teaches modern and contemporary art and global architecture and has supervised undergraduate research projects in the public arts. Taylor was awarded the Thomas Rhys Vickroy Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2010. He is the author of "When the Machine Made Art" (Bloomsbury Press, 2014) and has contributed to various journals and magazines. Beyond his scholarship in art history, Taylor has completed various art projects, including a documentary film and multimedia installations in the United States and Australia.
Address: Lynch 166
Assistant Professor of Biology
B.S., Lebanon Valley College; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
Dr. Unger teaches mammalian anatomy, nutrition, human physiology laboratory and general biology. Her research interests focus on iron deficiency and its effects on dopamine signaling in the brain and behavioral outcomes.
Address: Neidig-Garber 123
Associate Professor of Biology
B.S., Binghamton University; M.S., Binghamton University; Ph.D., Binghamton University.
Dr. Urban teaches ecology, environmental science, plant diversity and general biology. Her research is on plant ecology with a focus on invasive species and freshwater macrophytes.
Address: Neidig-Garber 145
Professor of Philosophy
Baccalauréat, Lycée International des Pontonniers; B.A., Syracuse University; M.A., Syracuse University; M.Phil., Syracuse University; Ph.D., Syracuse University
Dr. Noelle Vahanian’s approach to philosophy is both problem-oriented and existential. Her research interests aim at evaluating the master concepts—concepts that we take for granted, but that play an inordinate role in how we understand ourselves and our actions. Such concepts can be the topic of a class: Happiness, Madness, Faith, or Genocide, for example. On the other hand, her interests go beyond analysis. She is committed to the notion that philosophy is a way of life, not merely a tool to serve other ends: a way of thinking is a way of living. Her teaching expertise in Continental Philosophy of Religion reflects this understanding. She is the author of two books, and is currently engaged in research on philosophy, identity, and genocide.
Address: Humanities 307A
Associate Professor of Philosophy
B.A., College of the Holy Cross; M.A.T., Fairleigh Dickinson University; M.A., DePaul University; Ph.D., DePaul University
Dr. Valgenti teaches courses on ethics, Kant, Nietzsche, the history of philosophy, and 19-20th Century Continental philosophy. He is an active translator of Italian philosophy into English and has published and presented in the areas of hermeneutics and contemporary Italian philosophy. His current work focuses on the Italian philosophers Luigi Pareyson and Gianni Vattimo, as well as rethinking the connections between food and philosophy.
Address: Humanities 307-B
Professor and Department Chair of Physics
B.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; M.S., Lehigh University; Ph.D., Lehigh University
He is interested in mathematical physics and quantum information theory,
especially the characterization of quantum states based on entanglement.
He typically works with one to six students each summer as part of
Lebanon Valley College's Mathematical Physics Research Group.
In 2009, he received the Vickroy Award for distinguished teaching.
Address: Neidig-Garber 223
Associate Professor of Education, Director of Secondary Education
B.A., California State University, Los Angeles; M.Ed., California State University, Los Angeles; Ed.D., Bowling Green State University
Dr. Walker teaches courses in educational foundations and secondary methods and supervises student teachers. Areas of interest include middle-level education, how students at that age learn and respond to the world around them, and how to meet the needs of every student through the utilization of brain-based learning research, differentiated instruction, learning styles, and multiple intelligences.
Address: Lynch 142
Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
B.S., Misericordia University; M.S., Misericordia University; D.P.T., Misericordia University; NSCA Certified Conditioning Specialist; APTA Certified Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy Specialist
Professionally, Dr. Walko has practiced physical therapy in acute care, inpatient rehab, home health, and outpatient settings (Holy Spirit Healthcare System and Guthrie Healthcare System) with a concentration in treating patients in intensive care units. One of only nine Pennsylvania physical therapists with APTA certification in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy, Dr. Walko teaches exercise science, cardiovascular-pulmonary physical therapy, clinical examination, and pharmacology in rehabilitation. His research interests include long-term exercise program compliance following hospitalization, exercise prescription for patients in the ICU, and optimizing instruction of cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy to future clinicians.
Address: Heilman 115-D
Assistant Professor of English
B.A., Lycoming College; M.A., Ohio University; Ph.D., Binghamton University
Holly M. Wendt teaches early English literature, creative writing, and first-year writing courses. Her scholarship reflects interests in Anglo-Saxon literature, most notably Beowulf and the ethos of the comitatus, and she has published both fiction and creative nonfiction on topics from sports to LGBTQIA issues. She is a recipient of the 2014 Robert and Charlotte Baron Fellowship for Creative and Performing Artists and Writers from the American Antiquarian Society and a 2013 fellowship from the Jentel Artist Residency Program.
Address: Humanities 208-D
Professor of Biology
B.A., Gettysburg College; M.A., Drake University; Ph.D., University of Vermont.
Dr. Wolfe teaches cell and tissue biology, invertebrate physiology, electron microscopy and general biology lab, and directs independent study in cell biology using electron microscopic and histological techniques.
His current research utilizes the brine shrimp, Artemia, to study the cell and tissue levels of organization of the digestive, reproductive and neurosensory systems.
Address: Neidig-Garber 120
Assoc Professor and Department Chair of Mathematical Sciences
B.S., South Carolina College; Ph.D., University of South Carolina
Professor Yarnall has interests ranging from pure mathematics to computer science to the history and philosophy of science. Trained as an analyst, he teaches both mathematics and computer science. He is the advisor for the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) student chapter, and he advises computer science majors.
Address: Lynch 283B