Dr. Terri Astorino has been a part of the EU faculty since 1999, after having taught for eight years at Saint Vincent Health Center School of Nursing. Prior to teaching, she worked as a staff nurse/charge nurse in a Cardiac and Medical/Surgical Intensive Care Unit. Since coming to EU, she has served as a faculty member in the Nursing Department’s undergraduate baccalaureate program, as well as having taught in the accelerated second baccalaureate nursing program, and most recently became the Director of the Human Patient Simulation Laboratory. She is passionate about simulation integration across the curriculum and works with all faculty to incorporate simulation into clinical nursing courses. She has written and been awarded grant funding of more than $200,000 to financially support the purchases of human patient simulators and the equipment necessary to run a state of the art simulation laboratory.
She serves on a multitude of departmental and university-wide committees and had been recommended for Educator of the Year. She is also a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning.
In addition to serving on the Erie County Mental Health/Intellectual Disability Board, she is a very active community volunteer. Her family remains the source of her pride. She is married and the proud parent of two grown sons, a daughter (who is also a nurse) and her Yorkie Lucy. She enjoys shopping, reading, tennis, biking and kayaking.
Professor Lisa Austin arrived at EU in 1996 and established a student-networking event (ALOHA) and a Visiting Artist Program. She has advised several organizations including Student Art League and Sculpture, Fiber and Extended Media. Professor Austin organized more than 100 EU events including visiting artists and critics, workshops, screenings and field trips. In 2010, she initiated SculptureX, a networking group and annual symposia with the Erie Art Museum, the Cleveland Institute of Art, and Cleveland’s The Sculpture Center. In response to announced demolition plans for the historic campus Boiler House, Professor Austin organized and funded an architectural reuse plan.
After exhibiting installations in NYC, Washington DC, Baltimore, Richmond and Pittsburgh, she began collaborating with architects on public art proposals in 2003. The following year, Austin co-founded the CIVITAS social-sculpture collaborative which has established community groups including Preservation Erie (2007), Innovation Erie (2008), and All Aboard Erie (2009). PE is a 501.c3 educating the public about the need for protective legislation for historic structures that encourages viable reuse options. IE is an economic development group that hosts an annual product design competition at the Erie Art Museum. AAE is a 501.c3 that works to improve bus and rail options in Erie County.
Due to her visibility as an advocate for urban design, Austin was appointed to Erie’s Zoning Hearing Board (2007-2014). Austin maintains a weekly office hour in Erie’s Masonic Temple Building where she meets with community leaders and drafts Considering the City, a monthly column for the Erie Reader.
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.
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. Corbin Fowler has been teaching at Edinboro University since 1990 and has been a full-time philosophy professor for 37 years. He has published articles in professional journals, given professional presentations at many academic conferences in the states and in
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.
Christine Rine joined the Department of Social Work graduate faculty at Edinboro after four years at Plymouth State University of New Hampshire. At Plymouth she furthered her interest in GIS (Geographic Information Systems) mapping by partnering with the New Hampshire’s Division for Children Youth and Families to conduct research which integrates census and organizational data to map and better understand the environmental contexts experienced by youth- in- care throughout the state. Prior to this position, she served as a part-time faculty member at both SUNY Buffalo and SUNY College at Buffalo in New York State.
Her teaching focuses on the use of technology to enhance the online learning environment and she has been recognized for efforts in this area. She has sought several training opportunities to further these efforts and continues to pilot various instruction methods to maximize teaching and learning opportunities to benefit students and her department.
Her professional career outside of academia includes work with: HIV/AIDS populations, GLBTQ youth, severely emotionally disturbed youth, hospice clients, nonprofit program development, grant writing, and program and practice evaluation.
Outside of professional interests, she enjoys competitive Scrabble, DIY home improvement projects, live music venues, and attending various cultural and community events with her family.
Dr. Roy Shinn is currently a professor and the chair of the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing, and the director of the graduate program in Speech, Language Pathology. Prior to joining the faculty at Edinboro University in 1990, he was an assistant professor and graduate program director at Western Kentucky University. He earned his Ph.D. and Master of Science in audiology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and his Bachelor of Science in communication and sensory disorders from Edinboro University. He is nationally certified and state licensed as an audiologist and has practiced in various clinical settings since 1984.
Dr. Shinn is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and has served on the Council for Clinical Certification, ASHA Board of Ethics, site visitor for the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, Council for Clinical Specialty Recognition, and the International Committee on Health Professions. He is a co-author of Ethics Education, a manual for teaching professional ethics to graduate students in audiology and speech-language pathology.
Dr. Shinn is the University’s NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative, allowing him to promote academic achievement to our nearly 400 student-athletes and to share their many successes in the classroom with the University community. He and his wife, Ginny, have two adult daughters, two adult sons, and another son in college.
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.
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. 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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