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(1) Topics are listed alphabetically. Under each topic is a list of faculty members who are qualified and able to address the topic and related issues.

(2) At the end of the topics section, please find detailed information about each faculty member's academic and/or professional degrees as well as areas of research and/or special interest(s).

To obtain information from or about a faculty member, please contact Amy M. Krebs, director of campus and community relations, 724-773-3815. 

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Administration of Justice / Criminology
Dr. Mari B. Pierce, Assistant Professor of Administration of Justice

African Diaspora
Dr. Juliette Storr, Associate Professor of Communications

Art
Dr. Robin Bower, Associate Professor of Spanish
Dr. Carol Schafer, Associate Professor of Theatre, Integrative Arts, and Women's Studies

Biology
Dr. Cassandra Miller-Butterworth, Assistant Professor of Biology

Business / Marketing / Management
Ms. Karen C. Barr, Senior Instructor in Business 
Dr. Talha Harcar, Professor of Marketing 
Mr. Fred Kellinger. Lecturer in Business
Mr. Dan Smith, Instructor in Business

Caribbean Media
Dr. Juliette Storr, Associate Professor of Communications

Chemistry
Dr. Michael Hay, Associate Professor of Chemistry

Communications Studies / Speech Communications
Dr. John Chapin, Professor of Communications 
Dr. Juliette Storr, Associate Professor of Communications

Conservation (Wildlife) Genetics
Dr. Cassandra Miller-Butterworth, Assistant Professor of Biology

Cross-Gender Communication
Dr. JoAnn Chirico, Senior Instructor in Sociology

Engineering
Mr. James Hendrickson, P.E., Instructor in Engineering

English 
Dr. Kristen L. Olson, Associate Professor of English 

Entrepreneurship
Mr. Fred Kellinger, Lecturer in Business

Finance 
Ms. Karen Barr, Senior Instructor in Business

Globalization
Dr. JoAnn Chirico, Senior Instructor in Sociology

History (Soviet Era, Holocaust, Cold War, World War II, Diplomatic History, Modern Eastern Europe)
Dr. Robert Szymczak, Associate Professor of History 

International and Intercultural Communications
Dr. Juliette Storr, Associate Professor of Communications

Language and Linguistics
Dr. Kristen Olson, Associate Professor of English

Literature and Poetry
Dr. Kristen Olson, Associate Professor of English

Mathematics
Dr. Zhongyuan Che, Associate Professor of Mathematics 
Dr. Angela Fishman, Instructor in Mathematics
Dr. Chris Wu, Professor of Mathematics

Medieval History, Culture, Art, and Architecture
Dr. Robin Bower, Associate Professor of Spanish

Multicultural and Diversity Issues
Dr. Irene A. Wolf, Senior Instructor in Philosophy 

Philosophy
Dr. Irene A. Wolf, Senior Instructor in Philosophy 

Physics
Mr. Leo Takahashi, Assistant Professor of Physics

Psychology 
Mr. Kevin L. Bennett, Senior Instructor in Psychology

Public Relations
Dr. Juliette Storr, Associate Professor of Communications

Religious Issues / Religions of the World
Dr. Robin Bower, Associate Professor of Spanish

Shakespeare
Dr. Kristen Olson, Associate Professor of English

Sociology/Sociology Issues and Problems
Dr. JoAnn Chirico, Senior Instructor in Sociology

Spanish
Dr. Robin Bower, Associate Professor of Spanish 

Theatre
Dr. Carol Schafer, Associate Professor of Theatre, Integrative Arts, and Women's Studies

Women's Studies
Dr. JoAnn Chirico, Senior Instructor in Sociology
Dr. Carol Schafer, Associate Professor of Theatre, Integrative Arts, and Women's Studies
Dr. Irene A. Wolf, Senior Instructor in Philosophy 

Women's Issues and Concerns
Dr. JoAnn Chirico, Senior Instructor in Sociology
Dr. Irene A. Wolf, Senior Instructor in Philosophy


Academic and Professional Titles / Areas of Research and Interest

Ms. Karen Barr, Senior Instructor in Business
Master's degree in business administration, California State University
Bachelor's degree in nursing, Ohio State University 
• Finance and taxes
• Teaching at Penn State

Mr. Kevin L. Bennett, Senior Instructor in Psychology
Master’s degree in psychology, University of New Mexico
Bachelor’s degree in psychology, University of Michigan
• Jealousy
• Guilt
• Male-Female Friendships

Dr. Robin Bower, Associate Professor of Spanish
Ph.D. in Medieval Iberian and comparative literature, Columbia University
Master’s degree in Latin American literature, Columbia University
Master’s degree in Medieval and Golden Age, Columbia University
Bachelor’s degree in foreign languages and comparative literature, West Chester University
• Church / religious history
• Spanish and Latin American history, politics, and culture
• Identity construction / identity politics
• Popular religion / devotional forms
• Medieval history, culture, art, and architecture
• History of religious conflict in Medieval Europe
• Medieval interactions of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam

Dr. Cassandra Miller-Butterworth, Assistant Professor of Biology
Ph.D. in zoology, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
Bachelor of science, zoology, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
• Biology
• Conservation (Wildlife) Genetics

Dr. John Chapin, Professor of Communications
Ph.D. in communication, information and library studies, Rutgers University
Master’s degree in communication studies and mass media, Shippensburg University
Bachelor’s degree in education, Bloomsburg University
• Mass communication (radio, television, film, journalism, etc.)
• Research in health communication, safe sex campaigns
• Domestic violence prevention education
• Violence and sex in television, film, video games

Dr. Zhongyuan Che, Associate Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D. in mathematics, Wesleyan University
Master’s degree in computer science, Wesleyan University
Master’s degree in mathematics, Shandong University, China
Bachelor’s degree in mathematics, Shandong University, China
• Graph theory and combinatorics
• Probabilistic method

Dr. JoAnn Chirico, Senior Instructor in Sociology
Ph.D. in sociology and education, University of Pittsburgh
Master’s degree in elementary education, University of Pittsburgh
Bachelor’s degree in English / biology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
• Social problems
• Globalization, political struggles, intrasocietal violent conflict
• Irregular warfare
• Global and domestic inequality
• General culture and lifestyle issues
• Cross gender communication

Dr. Angela Fishman, Instructor in Mathematics
Ph.D. in engineering, Wichita State University
Master’s degree, Wichita State University
Bachelor’s degree, Wichita State University
• Data Envelopment Analysis
• Site location problems
• Reliability

Dr. Talha Harcar, Professor of Marketing
Ph.D. in business administration, Istanbul University, Turkey
Master’s degree in marketing research, Istanbul University, Turkey
M.B.A., University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Bachelor’s degree in marketing, Istanbul University, Turkey
• Marketing Research
• Database Marketing
• International Business
• Any topics on Turkey, Turkish culture and life

Dr. Michael Hay, Associate Professor of Chemistry
Ph.D. in chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Master’s degree in chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, Bowling Green State University
• Chemical spills
• Environmental issues
• Chemistry or biochemistry in the news

Mr. James Hendrickson, P.E., Instructor in Engineering
Master’s degree in mechanical engineering, University of Pittsburgh
Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, Penn State University

Mr. Fred Kellinger, Lecturer in Business
Master’s degree in business administration, University of Pittsburgh
Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, Princeton University
• Assistive technology
• Cognitive rehabilitation
• Starting / owning a small business
• Start-up business
• Entrepreneurship

Dr. Kristen Olson, Associate Professor of English
Ph.D. in English and American Literature and language, Case Western Reserve University
Master's degree in English and American literature and language, Harvard University
Master’s degree in English and American Literature and language, Case Western Reserve University
Bachelor’s degree in English, Colby College
• Shakespeare
• English literature
• Poetry
• Children’s literature
• Fiction
• Literary / Critical Theory
• 16th and 17th century history and culture of England
• Anglo-Saxon and Medieval through modern British history
• Anglo-Saxon folklore
• Queen Elizabeth I (research specialty)
• Classical or modern theatre
• Language and linguistics
• Cultural linguistics
• Cognitive science pertaining to language
• Relation of language and the visual arts

Dr. Mari B. Pierce, Assistant Professor of Administration of Justice
Ph.D. in criminology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Master's degree in criminal justice, New Mexico State University
Bachelor's degree in sociology, Whitman College

Dr. Carol Schafer, Associate Professor of Theatre, Integrative Arts, and Women’s Studies
Ph.D. in aesthetic studies, University of Texas at Dallas
Master’s degree in theatre, University of South Carolina
Bachelor’s degree in theatre, Western Carolina University
• Contemporary American theatre
• Women and art

Mr. Dan Smith, Instructor in Business
Master’s degree in management and policy analysis, Carnegie Mellon University
Bachelor’s degree in public policy and management and German, Carnegie Mellon University

Dr. Juliette Storr, Associate Professor of Communications
Ph.D. in mass communication, Ohio University
Certification, Contemporary History, Contemporary History Institute, Ohio University
Master’s degree in radio-television-film production, Wayne State University
Bachelor’s degree in mass communication, University of Windsor, Canada
• International communication
• Intercultural communication
• Caribbean media systems (broadcasting, journalism, media structures and policies)
• African Diaspora relationships
• Public relations
• Corporate communications

Dr. Robert Szymczak, Associate Professor of History
Doctor of Arts in modern world history, Carnegie Mellon University
Ph.D. in history, Lancaster University, Lancaster, United Kingdom
Master’s degree in history, West Virginia University
Master’s degree in liberal studies, Duquesne University
Certificate of Study, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
Bachelor’s degree in history / education, West Virginia University
• Modern Eastern Europe
• United States ethnic history
• United States diplomatic history
• World War II
• Cold War
• Holocaust
• Soviet Era

Mr. Leo Takahashi, Assistant Professor of Physics
Master’s degree in physics, Southern Illinois University
Bachelor’s degree in physics, William Jewell College
• Teaching science
• Physics education

Dr. Irene A. Wolf, Senior Instructor in Philosophy
Ph.D. in philosophy, Duquesne University
Master’s degree in philosophy, Duquesne University
Bachelor’s degree in philosophy and psychology, College of St. Benedict
• Diversity, culture, and advocacy
• Importance of altruism
• The art of happiness in life
• The good life and tolerance and patience in life
• Women’s issues
• Value of reflection and meditation in life

Dr. Chuntao (Chris) Wu, Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D. in applied mathematics, University of Arizona
Master’s degree in mathematical sciences, The Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chengdu, China
Bachelor’s degree in mathematics, Guizhou University, China
• Mathematics

 

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