Professor Sue Amendolara was born in Youngstown, Ohio. She received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Jewelry Design/Metalsmithing from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana in 1988 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio in 1985. She has been teaching Jewelry Design/Metalsmithing at Edinboro University since 1991 and served as president of the Society of North American Goldsmiths from 2011-2014.
Her metalwork has been exhibited regionally and nationally in galleries and museums including the American Craft Museum, New York, NY, The National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, TN and the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA. Her work has been included in international exhibitions in Germany, Switzerland and Japan. Publications of her work include American Craft, Metalsmith, Ornament and Lapidary Journal. She has been the recipient of three Individual Fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (1994, 1999, and 2003) and a Mid-Atlantic/NEA Regional Fellowship (1995). Her work is part of the permanent collections at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA, the Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C. and the White House Collection of American Crafts, Washington D.C.
Bradley T. Amidon is currently instructor of applied percussion and percussion methods at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, PA and instructor of percussion and jazz studies at Mercyhurst University, Erie, PA. His teachers include Jan Williams, Lynn Harbold, Cosmo A. Barbaro, Alan Zimmerman, and M’Baye Rama Diagne.
Mr. Amidon is currently principle percussionist in the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the Erie Chamber Orchestra, and performs with the Misery Bay Big Band, as well as a host of other small chamber groups in the northwest PA area. A variety of programs from these performances are available upon request.
In addition to teaching at Edinboro and Mercyhurst and directing the percussion ensemble, Mr. Amidon also has a private teaching studio in the northwest PA area. He is also currently director of the Erie Junior Philharmonic Percussion Ensemble.
Mr. Amidon is currently ABD in the music theory doctoral program at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.
Dr. Dan Bennett joined the Edinboro faculty after spending 12 years as a systems administrator in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Kent State University. While teaching at Edinboro, he earned a PhD in Computer Science from Kent State with a specialization in parallel computing and scientific visualization.
At Edinboro, he has taught a wide variety of computer science classes including Computer Graphics and Algorithm Design and Analysis. He particularly enjoys individual instruction and independent study classes and has participated in a number of student research and independent investigation projects.
Xin-zhu Chen, MBA and Ph.D. in history, came to Edinboro in 1999. Prior to her arrival, she contributed a number of articles in the quarterly newsletter The Forum for History and Business, published by Blue, Johnson and Associates, Menlo Park, CA, distributed to its paid subscribers. In 2006 her article, “China and the U.S. Trade Embargo, 1950-1979” (a refereed article) in American Journal of Chinese Studies, Vol. 13, October, 2006, was translated in Chinese and was published in Zhonggong Dangshi Ziliao (Materials on History of CCP), Vol. 102 (Second Quarter, 2007).
In May and June, 2008, by invitation of Peking University’s History Department, she gave two lectures to its students and faculty: “China and the U.S. Trade Embargo, 1950-72” (For undergraduates) and “A Controversy over the Korean War: Truman vs. MacArthur” (For graduate students and faculty).
As the first full-time Asian specialist at EU, she created and has taught several new Asian history courses. Utilizing her expertise in Chinese and Japanese economics and the MBA background, she also teaches International Business online.
As faculty advisor to the Asia Club, she helped students organize various activities designed to promote deeper understanding of Asian culture, such as group study of conversational Japanese and Chinese using native students as tutors. She is also instrumental in placing EU graduates at several colleges and universities in China as English instructors on an average contract of one year. Thus far, more than forty former EU students have benefitted from such an once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Dr. Elizabeth Etter has performed on many stages throughout the United States and Europe as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Her performances include the Erie Philharmonic, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Chautauqua Chamber Orchestra, Pittsburgh Baroque Ensemble, Cleveland Camerata, Erie Chamber Orchestra, and the Holter Chamber Music Festival in Italy. She founded and directed the International Allegheny Summer Music Festival and Music Outreach Institute at Allegheny College as well as the International Youth Music Festival.
Her performances and interviews have been aired on WQED, WCLV, and WQLN. She has served as a juror and moderator for national competitions and conferences such as Chamber Music America and the Southeast Asian International Piano Competition (broadcast on Indonesian television).
Other faculty appointments include the Cleveland Institute of Music (preparatory) and Allegheny College. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she specialized in Collaborative Piano and Harpsichord Performance.
Dr. James Daniel Fisher has been teaching at Edinboro University since 2000; he is also an alumnus of the school (class of 1993, with degrees in political science and English). He is a professor of politics and legal studies and chair of the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice.
Professor Fisher holds a law degree from the College of William and Mary and a PhD in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He teaches courses in law and politics, political theory, and American politics. He is particularly interested in “reproductive politics” (the law and politics of abortion, contraception, population control, and sex education), civil liberties (particularly First Amendment issues), and the United States Supreme Court. He regularly gives public lectures and participates in public forums discussing constitutional and legal issues. He has provided political analysis to the Erie Times-News and local television news organizations.
Professor Fisher trained as a community organizer with the Gamaliel Foundation and has served in leadership positions in several nonprofit organizations. He has been nominated twice for Edinboro’s Educator of the Year award.
Gerry Gendlin came to Edinboro University in 2002 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was doing research on Russia's infrastructure in the Center for International Studies. He has also taught at Tufts University, College of the Holy Cross, and the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), where he was the first foreign full-time faculty member. Since coming to EU, he has taught 13 different courses, including American Foreign Policy, National Security, Politics of Russia, and American Politics. He maintains an active research agenda and has frequently presented papers at annual meetings and conferences, including those held by the Midwest Political Science Association, the Southwest Social Science Association, and the American Association of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Often sought by the media for comment on global affairs, he has appeared locally on WICU (Channel 12) and nationally on CBS radio. Beyond Edinboro, he has been involved with community education, serving on the board of a local early learning program and the Ready for Life Scholastic Center. His undergraduate degree is in journalism, with a minor in philosophy, from California State University, Northridge; and his master’s and doctoral degrees are from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Dr. Baher Ghosheh holds a Ph.D. in economic development from SUNY-Buffalo and has been a professor of cultural and economic geography and Middle Eastern studies at Edinboro University since 1989. He has graduate degrees in international relations/Middle Eastern studies, international trade, and comparative economic development. A native of Jerusalem, Dr. Ghosheh has lived in seven countries and traveled to 49 countries, and has taught in Japan, China, Russia, Italy, and Morocco. He has authored one book and more than 60 articles on the Middle East, East Asia, and Japan. He was awarded a Fulbright to conduct research in Malaysia and Singapore and was selected as the Pennsylvania Geographer of the Year in 1999 and Edinboro University's Educator of the Year in 2009 and again in 2010. He has been active in community groups and is currently serving on the Jefferson Educational Society Board of Directors and on the Brock’s Institute Mega-issues Council. He has served as chair of North African/West Asian (NAWA) studies committee at Edinboro University since 2003.
Dr. Melissa Gibson is a professor in the Communication Studies Department. She earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in communication and business management from Ohio University and her bachelor’s degree from Edinboro University.
In 20 years of teaching at the college level, Dr. Gibson has taught more than 30 different courses ranging from freshman-level to doctoral level courses. Prior to her current position, she taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Western Michigan University, Gannon University and Mercyhurst University. She has also worked as a consultant to profit and non-profit organizations across the country.
In addition to a published textbook, her research has appeared in peer-reviewed journals including Management Communication Quarterly, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Journal of Management Consulting, Business Communication Quarterly, Southern Communication Quarterly, Journal of Women in Educational Leadership and Journal of School Public Relations. Her work has appeared as chapters in multiple books including Case Studies for Organizational Communication: Understanding Communication Processes and Handbook of Mediated Public Relations. She has served as a reviewer for several scholarly journals including Communication Education, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Management Communication Quarterly and International Journal of Listening.
Dr. Gibson has presented more than 40 conference presentations and secured grants totaling $250,000. She served for many years as the First Year Experience Director for EU’s entering freshmen, as well as the Community Outreach Director. She has received teaching awards at the department, university and regional levels. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and gardening.
Since coming to Edinboro in the fall of 2001, Robert Bernard Hass, who holds both a Ph.D. in English literature and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing, has integrated disciplines in his professional life. He is the author of Going by Contraries: Robert Frost’s Conflict with Science (University of Virginia Press, 2002), which was selected by Choice as an Outstanding Academic Title in 2004. He is also the author of the poetry collection, Counting Thunder (David Robert Books, 2008) and is currently co-editing The Letters of Robert Frost with Edinboro colleague Donald Sheehy for Harvard University Press. His poems and articles on modern and Victorian literature have appeared in many leading journals, including Poetry, Sewanee Review, Agni, Studies in English Literature and the Journal of Modern Literature. He has won an Academy of American Poets Prize, an Associated Writing Programs Intro Journals Award and a fellowship to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He serves on the editorial boards of Twentieth-Century Literature and the Robert Frost Review. He was named EU's Educator of the Year in 2008.
When not pursuing his professional studies, he prefers to fly fish, climb mountains, cook, garden and adventure with his son, Matthew. His greatest satisfaction, however, is beating Professor Baher Ghosheh and Tennis Coach Lee Underwood on the tennis court.
Elisabeth Joyce conducts research in two disciplines: literary criticism and online communities. The criticism work has led to two books, one on the relationship of the poetry of Marianne Moore to the visual arts (Bucknell UP, 1999), and the other on Susan Howe’s poetry and questions of space (Bucknell UP, 2010). She has also written on the poetry of Ron Silliman, Michael Heller, William Bronk, Rae Armantrout, Alice Notley, Denise Levertov and Charles Olson, among others. She is currently working on Phenomenology and John Ashbery’s poetry.
A master’s degree in human-computer interaction at Carnegie Mellon University led to work on online communities, particularly on policy formation and application in Wikipedia. She is currently studying self-efficacy in online cancer support groups and the impact of self-disclosure on deliberations in Wikipedia’s governance.
At Edinboro University, Dr. Joyce is the coordinator for Student Learning Outcomes Assessment and chair of the Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects Research.
She is a member of the National Ski Patrol at Mt. Pleasant Ski Area and is married to a sculptor. She has two children.
Heather A. Kenny earned her Master of Education and Ph.D. from the University of Toledo, having been awarded a University Fellowship by that institution, and recognized twice as the Outstanding Graduate in Curriculum and Instruction. She joined the Edinboro University faculty in 2009, and teaches graduate and undergraduate literacy courses in the School of Education.
Dr. Kenny has an active scholarship and research agenda. She has co-authored two books, written journal articles and curriculum, and is a contributing author to “The Sage Encyclopedia of Early Childhood Education” (in press). She has presented original research at international, national, and state level conferences; traveled extensively across North America, providing professional development to educators, school administrators and support staff; and co-authored online professional learning courses which were developed in connection with the Ohio Department of Education.
Prior to her career in academia, Dr. Kenny spent over 15 years as a professional educator, serving as a classroom teacher, teacher-trainer, professional development facilitator, educational consultant and advisor to the Ontario Ministry of Education.
Since joining the EU faculty, Dr. Kenny has been very active in service to the university and to the broader educational community. She has served as Graduate Program Head of Reading, Reading Clinic Coordinator, literacy consultant, literacy intervention specialist, curriculum reviewer and expert reviewer.
Dr. Kenny’s professional and research interests include instructional practices related to foundational literacy skills, the professional development of teachers, and the affordances of online learning environments.
Dr. Wook Lee is an associate professor in geosciences with research interests in transportation geography, urban and regional planning, and geographic information system. Dr. Lee earned his PhD from Ohio State University in 2005 specializing in spatial analysis and modeling. Prior to coming to Ohio State University, Dr. Lee received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in geography at Seoul National University in South Korea. Since joining Edinboro University in 2009, Dr. Lee published research articles in Applied Geography, which is one of top international journals in geography and planning.
Dr. Frank Marzano received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Illinois in 1988 and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Northern Illinois University in 1995. His research interests include ordinary differential equations, mathematics education, Vedic mathematics, and the history of mathematics. Dr. Marzano has presented his research at scholarly gatherings throughout Pennsylvania as well as farther afield. In 2015, he was a panelist for the first worldwide Vedic Mathematics Conference.
From 1996 to 2012 Dr. Marzano served on the executive board for PASSHE-MA, a mathematics organization for the fourteen schools in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. He was the chairperson for the 2006 PASSHE-MA Conference. He also maintains membership in the Mathematical Association of America, having served as EU’s departmental liaison from 1996 to 2010.
Dr. Marzano has taught courses ranging from remedial math to graduate courses in partial differential equations. He is skilled in a wide variety of teaching techniques, including the traditional classroom and videoconferencing and foreign languages include Spanish and Russian.
In addition to mathematics, Dr. Marzano is also an avid musician. He has recorded two CD’s: “But Enough About Me” (2007) and “The Boy Who Always Got Picked Last” (2012). A Japanese music blog declared “But Enough About Me” the #4 album of 2007. In 2013, “The Boy Who Always Got Picked Last” climbed to #3 in the Pennsylvania Roots Music Report charts. One of Dr. Marzano’s songs, “Drink Her Goodbye”, was recorded by Canadian artist Jaimie Vernon in 2009.
Dr. Penny Orr is a Board Certified Registered Art Therapist and an Art Therapy Credentialed Supervisor. Dr. Orr is the past president of the ATCB board, Co-Director of the Edinboro Masters in Counseling/Art Therapy and a practicing Art Therapist. She has been teaching in higher education for the past 12 years and has worked with many populations as an art therapist. Dr. Orr has co-published two books, written chapters in two books and published many research articles. She has presented her research at regional, national and international conferences in the fields of art therapy, art education, and psychiatry.
Joe Reese joined the Edinboro University geosciences faculty in 2002 after six years at NW Missouri State. Since coming home, he has taught over a dozen different courses. His offerings range across the geology curriculum to first-year courses, honors courses, and field courses co-taught with EU colleague Eric Straffin. Beyond courses related to his expertise in structural geology, tectonics and the geologic history of Laurentia, he created new courses on geologic hazards and Marcellus Shale geology and helped develop the new Energy Resources track. He has served on many committees at department and university levels and is co-chair of the Geosciences Student Learning Objectives Assessment committee.
A long-time National Association of Geoscience Teachers member, he is keenly interested in undergraduate geoscience education and placed-based education and has participated in numerous proceedings devoted to these topics. He routinely presents scholarly works, especially at meetings of the Geological Society of America, describing innovative techniques and alternative strategies in the classroom. Also, he continues to explore the usage of satellite imagery to document large-scale geologic features and processes and Earth system interactions and changes.
His professional career outside of geology has focused on how sense of place and U.S. craft beer iconography intertwine to create strong, vivid expressions of local settings. With Kutztown University colleague Steve Schnell, he co-authored two well-received tomes on the topic, the latest a chapter in “The Geography of Beer”. Personal interests extend to travel to national parks, good food, Americana music, and history of European art.
Patrick Regan the Bagpiper began performing at age three, but it took another eight years to convince the bagpipe to come onstage with him. Since then, he has been regaling audiences, annoying bagpipe judges, and frightening music teachers with his mix of music, humor, and a “terrier-like” determination to take over the world with the bagpipe.
Although Patrick has one foot firmly planted on the stage, his other foot rests solidly in the classroom. Patrick first developed his love of teaching after being tricked into learning by instructors who were later to become his lifelong mentors. From them he developed his teaching philosophy: “Education is serious, but it doesn’t have to be somber.” Students who attend Patrick’s classes achieve far more than their minimum requirement of laughter. While beginners come away with a solid knowledge of the basics, advanced students entering Edinboro University as bagpipe majors can expect to learn four things: how to teach; how to perform; how to win competitions; and most importantly, how to survive as a professional musician.
Academically, Patrick holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music (Bagpipe) from Carnegie Mellon University, with minors in Drama and Conducting, a Master of Arts in Adult and Community Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and he is completing his PhD in Music History and Pedagogy at Durham University in England. Patrick is also a member of the EUSPBA adjudicator’s panel.
And when he grows up, he wants to be a bagpiper.
A voracious reader since devouring Fun With Dick and Jane in the first grade, John Repp still loves nothing more than wallowing in a book. He debuted as a writer at age nine, composing with his mother’s black fountain pen an Alamo-esque epic in which a plucky band of French Legionnaires slaughters most of a Saracen army before meeting its inevitable doom. The next summer, his authorial career continued with a tale modeled on the baseball novels of John R. Tunis and typed on the family’s venerable Underwood.
Before landing his first full-time teaching position in 1986, Professor Repp worked as a gravedigger, groundskeeper, house-painter, storekeeper, retail clerk, typist-for-hire, egg-packer, billing manager, woodcutter, export clerk, and part-time university instructor. He began publishing in literary periodicals in 1979 and has since seen into print fifteen books or chapbooks, as well as over 300 individual poems, short stories, essays, and book reviews. He has taught writing and literature at Edinboro University since August, 1991.
Professor Repp enjoys public recognition as much as anyone, but his deepest pleasures are private, among them making his own sentences sing and being present when students do the same.
Dr. Sarah Schouten serves as an instructor of High Brass at Edinboro University and as an instructor of Horn at Marywood University. In addition to her university duties, she is an active free-lance artist, clinician, and teacher throughout Pennsylvania. Her orchestral experience includes the Ocala Symphony, the Erie Chamber Orchestra, the Altoona Symphony, the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, the Nittany Valley Symphony, the Rome Festival Orchestra, the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Gulf Coast, and the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra.
As an active lecturer and performer, Dr. Schouten has presented at conferences, workshops, and festivals including: the Southeast Horn Workshop, the Northeast Horn Workshop, the International Horn Symposium, the Academic Festival (Edinboro University), the Stander Symposium (University of Dayton), the Music at Penn’s Woods Festival, and at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.
Dr. Schouten performs regularly both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. As a soloist, she performed with the Erie Philharmonic in 2015 and with the Blue Lake Festival Orchestra in 2008. She has also given guest artist recitals and/or masterclasses at Wright State University, The Pennsylvania State University, Florida State University, Ouachita Baptist University, The University of South Alabama, and Pensacola Junior College. She is also a member of Just Two, a horn/guitar duo with Tom Cody (Penn State University).
Professor Dale Tshudy is a paleontologist who joined the Edinboro University faculty in 1992. His research specialty is crustacean (especially clawed lobster) evolution and taxonomy as interpreted by both morphologic and molecular methods; also taphonomy (preservation), biogeography, paleoecology and extinction.
He has authored/coauthored 24 papers and book chapters. Current (updated 6-23-15) research interests include: 1) describing new fossil lobster species from various locales/strata; 2) morphologic and molecular (DNA-based) analyses of clawed lobster phylogeny (evolutionary relationships); 3) aspects of clawed lobster biogeography.
He works in collaboration with paleontologists and, especially, marine biologists from around the world. Currently collaborating with paleontologists in the United States and Europe and marine biologists in Florida, Taiwan and New Zealand.
He has taught a variety of courses (14) in geology, paleontology and oceanography, including several summer field courses at the Wallops Island (Va.) Marine Science Consortium, and Coral Reef Ecology on the island of Roatan, Honduras.
Outside of academia, he enjoys natural history and the outdoors, especially fishing and gardening, as well as rock ‘n roll guitar.
Dr. Thomas Weber is a documentary filmmaker and part-time instructor in Art History/Media Studies at Edinboro University. His work includes the feature-length documentary “Troubadour Blues” (2011), about the lives of traveling folk musicians that features Peter Case, Chris Smither, Mary Gauthier, Dave Alvin and others. It contains 40 original songs performed live by the artists who wrote them. A second full-length music documentary, “Don't Give Up Your Day Job,” is now in production with an anticipated 2016 release.
Dr. Weber also independently produces hour-long documentaries on performing arts for public broadcasting, working with Erie's WQLN TV-54. These include “Mark Dignam: The Treelady Sessions,” a concert video with an Irish singer-songwriter who lives in Western Pennsylvania, and “The Trouble With Poets,” an intimate look at Erie's burgeoning poetry scene. A program on visual artists in the Erie area is scheduled for fall. He also produces shorter, client-based videos.
Dr. Weber has a Ph.D. in Communication and Media Studies from Bowling Green State University and degrees from Indiana University, Bloomington, and Harvard University. He is co-author of “Reggae Island,” a photo-documentary book about Jamaican music in the 1980s and 1990s. He is also active as a musician and record producer.
Dr. Charlotte Wellman earned her Bachelor’s degree in Art History from Brown University and her Masters of Arts and Ph.D. in Art History from Stanford University. She has published several catalog essays on contemporary artists. Trained as an Americanist, Dr. Wellman teaches courses in nineteenth century, twentieth century and contemporary art, American art, gender, and theory. Her research focuses on gender, aging, and contemporary visual culture.
Dr. Jim Wertz has worked as a videographer, technical director and director for television stations, including several years as production manager for WICU-TV, the NBC affiliate in Erie. He has also owned and operated his own video production firm. He serves as faculty advisor to ETV and teaches courses such as Television Production, Advanced Digital Production and Advanced Electronic Journalism. He serves as a contributing editor for The Erie Reader and on the boards of Ignite Erie and the Erie Philharmonic. Dr. Wertz holds a bachelor’s degree from Edinboro University, a master’s degree from American University and a doctorate from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He also serves as director of the University's Honors Program and as the department's freshman advisor.
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