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.
Prior to being appointed as Superintendent of the Wattsburg Area School District in 2013, Mr. Berlin worked as a principal in the Wattsburg and Iroquois School Districts in various positions at the elementary, middle and high school level. Ken also served as the Assistant Director of Educational Programs for the Northwestern Tri-County Intermediate Unit. Mr. Berlin holds a bachelor's degree in Music Education and a master's degree in Education from Edinboro University. In addition, he earned an advanced certification in Educational Administration from Gannon University. Prior to coming to EU, Mr. Berlin served as an Adjunct in Gannon University’s Graduate School of Education. Currently, Ken serves as an Instructor at EU in the Educational Leadership Program and is proud to be teaching at his Alma Mater.
Ivan Chompalov is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Edinboro University. He received his Ph.D. from
Patricia Neff Claster is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology. Dr. Claster received her master’s degree and Ph.D. in Sociology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She teaches and conducts research in the areas of marriage and family, gender and children and youth studies. She also regularly teaches the required introductory research methods class and works closely with students developing individual research projects both inside and outside of the classroom.
Over the last several years, she has been exploring different factors that influence the educational, occupational, marital and parenting aspirations of American adolescents. She has presented this research at a number of international, national, and regional conferences. Her research has appeared in journals such as Sociological Inquiry, The New York Sociologist and Sociological Viewpoints. Most recently, she published a book chapter in Sociological Studies of Children and Youth (Volume 18) and she was the co-editor of Volume 19 (Emerald, 2015). Currently, she is the co-editor of 21st Volume of Sociological Studies of Children and Youth and is working on a chapter for an introductory sociology text. In addition, she is an editorial board member for a number of academic journals and book series. Her active research efforts were recently recognized with a nomination for the EU Scholar of the Year Award.
Patricia met her husband at Edinboro when they both started teaching in 2009. They share a passion for sociology, a son named Benjamin and a miniature schnauzer named Stella.
Samuel Claster completed his undergraduate and master’s degree work at EU where he first found his passion for Sociology and developed a desire to enter academic life. Sam joined the faculty in 2009 while completing his doctoral work at South Dakota State University. In the fall of 2010, he completed his doctoral dissertation entitled “Pundit Wars: An Investigation into the Pragmatics of News Talk Programs.” As a specialist in social theory, his interdisciplinary work explores contemporary cultural and social shifts in news media and their civic impact. Currently, he is writing a chapter on social structure and interaction for an Introductory textbook for Sociology courses. An active member in the local faculty Union (APSCUF), Sam also engages in scholarship focused on the structural changes in Higher Education. In addition, Sam is working to develop and implement institutional climate research with the Office of Social Equity.
Sam is known on campus for his engaging classroom lecture style and rapport with students. In fact, Sam has been nominated for the Faculty Member of the Year award every year that he has been at Edinboro. Perhaps his greatest passion is mentoring undergraduate students engaging in research. Many of his students have presented and won recognition for their work at regional conferences. Beyond teaching and scholarship, Sam also serves on many committees and advises multiple student government, athletic and Greek organizations.
Sam’s wife and colleague Patricia Claster is also a faculty member in the Department of Sociology. When they are not researching, engaging and debating the social universe, they enjoy time at home with their son Benjamin.
Dr. Hawley earned his Ph.D. in Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience) from Tulane University where he examined the effects of stress and gonadal hormones on learning and sexual behaviors in rats. He received his postdoctoral training at Syracuse University where he studied the role estrogen receptors play in different types of learning. As a Visiting Assistant Professor at Franklin and Marshall College, Dr. Hawley worked with students in his laboratory where they investigated the roles that specific hormone receptors and growth factors play in the sexual behaviors of rats. As a follow-up to these studies, the primary focus of his research at Edinboro University has been to work with students to uncover the cellular mechanisms that underlie the effects of testosterone and estrogen on different aspects of sexual behaviors in rats. His second line of research has been dedicated to examining the interactive effects of gonadal hormones and related neuromodulators on learning and memory tasks that rely on different brain structures.
Several students working with Dr. Hawley have been awarded Honors, co-authored scientific papers, and presented research findings at regional and international scientific conferences. For many students, these research opportunities contributed to their scholarly development and strengthened their desire to pursue advanced degrees in psychology and neuroscience related fields. Throughout his career he has taught a variety of courses in psychology and neuroscience, which have included Biopsychology, Human Sexuality and a collaborative research course in the Psychology of Sexuality. At Edinboro University, he teaches Drugs and Human Behavior and Experimental Psychology.
Viki Hedderick joined the Edinboro Nursing faculty in 2003 after more than 20 years in the healthcare industry. Prior to coming to EU, she held various positions including bedside nurse (Critical Care), consultant and manager. While at Edinboro, she has served in many roles in the Nursing Department as the NCLEX Success Chair, ATI Coordinator and the Innovative Nursing program Coordinator, Senior Day Lead, Assistant Chair and Acting Chairperson.
Her clinical expertise in the area of Critical Care Nursing lends well to the courses she teaches that span all levels of the curriculum. This includes: Fundamentals in Nursing (NURS 201/202) to sophomores, Pharmacology (NURS 320) to juniors and Adult Health II (NURS 403)to seniors.
Students describe her as very animated, interesting and full of stories that relate to the course content. It is that engaging teaching style that led her to winning the 2015 Elsevier Leading Star in Education, a national award to recognize active learning in the classroom. She has completed dozens of book reviews for nursing and her research interests include anything that focuses on student success in the classroom and on NCLEX.
Dr. Hedderick is an active member in the Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society holding officer roles of president, counselor and delegate for the Edinboro Chapter, Nu Theta.
Her world outside of academics is all about her family and her faith - her husband (a Finance professor) and her 2 daughters in high school. To unwind, she also enjoys walks with her husband and reading non-textbooks.
Dr. James R. Kirk is a professor of physics and technology at Edinboro University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from Rutgers University, a master’s degree in physics from the University of New Hampshire, and a Ph.D. in atmospheric physics from The Pennsylvania State University. Along the way to earning his academic credentials, Dr. Kirk developed a broad background that includes expertise in academic areas such as advanced electronics, digital signal processing, control systems, engineering, astronomy, and computer visualization. Because of his diverse background, Dr. Kirk has published articles in many different arenas. Such articles can be found in journals such as the Physics Teacher, the Computers in Education Journal, and Monthly Weather Review. His Monthly Weather Review publications are particularly notable and have been cited around the globe.
Dr. Kirk’s contributions to the Joseph T. Buba Department of Physics and Technology have been significant. As one of the most versatile faculty members in the department, Dr. Kirk has taught a wide range of courses. In addition, he served as the chairperson of the department for nearly 12 years. As chair, Dr. Kirk directed and molded nearly every aspect of the department.
Dr. Mary Beth Mason joined the Edinboro University faculty in 2015. She is an Associate Professor, Chair, and Graduate Program Head in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department. She had several years of experience as a faculty member in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education prior to her joining the CSD Department at EUP.
Dr. Mason received her Ph.D. in Speech-Language Pathology and Certificate in Gerontology from Kent State University. She has several peer-reviewed publications in the area of adult neurogenic communication disorders, including articles in Aphasiology and Communication Disorders Quarterly. She has numerous presentations at state, national, and international conferences and has been an invited speaker at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) annual convention.
Dr. Mason in very active in professional service. She served as the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association (PSHA) Vice President for Convention Planning and Program for four years. She is currently serving as President-Elect for PSHA and Coordinator for ASHA Special Interest Group 15 Gerontology. She served as Local Host Chair of the 2016 ASHA Convention Planning Committee.
Dr. Mason is active in a variety of community organizations, with noted service to the Alzheimer’s Association as a dementia support facilitator. Outside of professional interests, she enjoys living in Edinboro with her children and pets.
Dr. Tony Peyronel has worked as a newspaper reporter and as a public relations writer and public relations director at colleges and universities. He also has freelance experience in television news. He serves as faculty advisor to the University’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). Dr. Peyronel is also a founding board member and past president of the Northwestern Pennsylvania chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). He teaches courses in public relations and journalism. After serving for more than a decade as chairperson of the former Department of Communication and Media Studies and former Department of Journalism and Public Relations, he is currently interim chairperson for the Department of Music and Theatre. Dr. Peyronel holds a bachelor’s degree from Edinboro University, a master’s degree from American University, and a doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh. He received additional training at the Scripps Howard Leadership Academy, hosted by the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University.
Professor Rexrode earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from Rochester Institute of Technology and served as the Head of the Ceramics Department at the Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts throughout the 1980s. He has been a Professor of Ceramics at Edinboro University since 1990.
Professor Rexrode taught workshops throughout the country at locations such as the 92nd Street Y in New York City, Baltimore Clayworks, El Camino College in Los Angeles, and at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee. During the spring of 2001, he toured China, researching contemporary and historical ceramics, and lecturing at the Yixing International Symposium, Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute and the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Shanghai. The research and experiences in China continue to influence his work.
Professor Rexrode, whose expertise is wheel-thrown pottery, has published images of his work and written articles for Ceramics Monthly since 1989. In 2009, he served as Co-Juror for the 88th Annual Toledo Federation of Art Societies, Toledo (Ohio) Art Museum, and curated American Ceramics entries for the International Onggi Competition in Ulsan, Korea. He exhibited and won awards for his work in the International Onggi Competition in both 2009 and 2010.
Professor Fred Scruton came to Edinboro in 2003 after working for 20 years in New York City as a professional freelance photographer of artwork and architecture. He earned his Master of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY in 1982, and his professional work has been reproduced on the cover of several art periodicals including Flash Art, and Art in America, as well as in numerous books, catalogues, magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times. Professor Scruton’s fine art photography has been exhibited widely throughout the country, and in four one-person exhibitions at OK Harris Gallery in New York City. He travels extensively to document ‘outsider’ artists and the art environments they create, and he has published two articles with photographs, including one cover, for Raw Vision magazine, the primary international publication on non-mainstream artists. Several more articles for Raw Vision will be published in up-coming issues, and his website has been designated a research source by the American Library Association. He has lectured about this work at INTUIT (The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art) in Chicago, and has contributed substantially to the SPACES (Saving and Preserving Arts and Cultural Environments) archive in Aptos, Calif. Professor Scruton teaches in the art department’s photography program at EU specializing in art historical context, artificial lighting, digital, and documentary techniques.
Professor David Tucker joined the Edinboro Computer Science Faculty in 2001 after two years at Virginia Tech as an instructor and nine years of industry work in the Washington D.C. area including subcontracting for the Navy and NASA. Since coming to Edinboro he has served on numerous department and university-wide committees but is most active with computer science curriculum, the faculty union, and student fraternity advising.
His research focus is on computer science education having presented papers in that area at regional conferences. Currently his curricular focus is on the further development of the Computer Science - Web Development & Implementation program in the Computer Science Department’s program offerings.
Professor Tucker’s community involvements revolve around volunteering his time to develop websites for non-profits and playing drums in a local band.
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.
Dr. Wesley joined the Edinboro faculty in 2011 after seven years as a high school math teacher for the Butler Area School District. She most frequently teaches courses in instructional techniques, assessment, and educational research at the graduate and undergraduate levels. She currently serves as the Assistant Chairperson for the Department of Middle & Secondary Education and Educational Leadership and as the co-advisor for Freshman Common Hour and the Middle-level and Secondary Education Club. She recently co-developed the STEM endorsement program along with Dr. Gwen Price and Dr. Joseph Johnson.
Since coming to EU, she has been actively involved with numerous university and department committees and service projects and professional development consultantships with area schools.
Her teaching has been recognized with a 2012 FEEC Educator of the Month Award, a 2015 Dr. Robert C. Webber Honors Program Award for Excellence in Teaching, and with nominations for the EU Faculty Member of the Year Award in 2012 and 2015.
Dr. Wesley’s professional career outside of academia includes serving on the executive boards of the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education, the Pennsylvania Professors of Middle Level Education, and the Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (Western Region). She is also an active member of the Pennsylvania Schools to Watch site visit team.
She enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter and traveling to visit family and friends.
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