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.
Dr. Joseph P. Conti, J.D. came to Edinboro University after devoting 30 years to the practice of law as an attorney in Pennsylvania. During his professional career, he served as a prosecutor and the district attorney of Erie County, Pennsylvania. He also maintained a legal practice with an emphasis upon criminal law and litigation matters. Appointed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, he served as chairman of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Criminal Procedure Rules Committee and as a member of the Judicial Council of Pennsylvania.
He teaches both introductory and advanced courses in criminal justice pertaining to constitutional requirements for criminal justice professionals, professional ethics, the law of evidence, the functions of the federal and state court systems, and fundamental concepts in criminal law. He serves as the prelaw advisor and as a coach/advisor to the Edinboro University Mock Trial Team. He has received an award for excellence in teaching from the Dr. Robert C. Weber Honors Program at EU.
In addition to his role as an educator, Dr. Conti has been published in the Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly and has made numerous professional presentations addressing a variety of subjects including the professional ethical obligations of prosecutors and defense attorneys, the civil liability implications of arming teachers with firearms, legal issues related to search and seizure, the collection and presentation of evidence in criminal cases, and effective jury selection techniques. He has a long history of service to the community and is a member of the Erie County Criminal Law Committee.
Dr. Larry Downey has been teaching mathematics at Edinboro University since 2012. He earned his Ph.D. in pure mathematics at Kent State University in 2001, where he studied Functional Analysis and Operator Theory. Dr. Downey has published papers in his field in several prestigious peer-reviewed journals, including the Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society, Note Di Matematica and the International Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics. In addition to studying pure mathematics, Dr. Downey has worked in several applied areas of research, including image forensics and signal processing. He has contributed to several papers in the mechanical engineering field, and has developed software used by academic publishers for the detection of forgeries within digital images. The use of his software has resulted in multiple retractions of falsified research submitted to scientific journals. His expertise in the field of image forensics has been sought by numerous outside parties for consultation, including the United States government and Harvard University. His ultimate goal professionally, however, is to show his students the beauty of mathematics and to have a positive impact on their lives.
Outside of Academia, Dr. Downey is a fine art photographer and an avid fly fisherman, and most importantly, Dad, to Jacqueline, Anna and William.
Dr. Deborah DuBartell graduated with a Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo, a Master of Arts from the same institution and a Bachelor of Arts Magna Cum Laude with High Distinction from the University of Rochester. She has been on the faculty of Edinboro University since 1991.
Dr. DuBartell’s research foci include historical linguistics, discourse studies and computer-mediated communication. She has presented papers before the Academy of Sciences of Czechoslovakia, the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, the International Association for Dialogue Analysis in Prague, the UK Cognitive Linguistics Association in England, at conferences sponsored by the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University in Finland and at Georgetown University Round Tables in Linguistics. Her work has been published in Germany, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Finland and the US.
Since 2009, she has served as a state and local judge for the United States Academic Decathlon and Academic Sports League. She judges Pennsylvania high school students’ academic performances in the Speech and Interview Competitions and represents judges at the Academic Sports League Celebrations held at the end of the academic year. In addition, she has served as the troop leader for Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania Daisy and Brownie Troops and as a GSWPA delegate to the annual conventions for service units in Cambridge Springs and Edinboro.
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. Kathleen Golden is a professor and chair of the Communication Studies Department. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Youngstown State University and a Ph.D. from Kent State University.
She has most recently published a chapter entitled "Decision-Making in Organizations: A Case Study of the Use of GDSS in University Planning,” with Patricia P. Pineo (professor emeritus from Math and Computer Science). She has conducted training in job searching skills with the homeless in Erie as well as various immigrant populations as part of a Career Pathways Grant.
Dr. Golden has developed the Performance Studies emphasis for the Communication Studies Department and her students present shows each semester as part of those courses. She is active in the organizational communication, communication technology, and small group communication areas of the field. Dr. Golden has most recently secured a site license for an innovative product called YouSeeU, for recording online presentations in both face-to-face and distance education courses. She trained faculty across campus and the Cloud-based product is being implemented in various disciplines. She is an expert in Group Decision Support Systems and utilizes a program, Expert Choice, which is housed in the department Computer Mediated Communication lab. She is active in APSCUF, serving as a member of the Executive Council and Social Committees. She is past-president of the University Senate and has served on the University-wide Curriculum Committee and Promotion Committee.
Karen Wise Lindeman, Ph.D, assistant professor of early childhood education and the graduate program head for the master’s degree in early childhood has nearly 20 years of teaching experience in the private and public sector. Dr. Lindeman has worked as a teacher of the deaf, kindergarten teacher, early intervention specialist, educational sign language interpreter and preschool director. She holds teaching certifications in Pennsylvania, New York and Minnesota and currently maintains a case load for Chautauqua County Early Intervention, servicing infants/toddlers with a hearing loss and their families. Before coming to Edinboro University, she was a tenure-track assistant professor at State University of New York (SUNY) at Fredonia.
Dr. Lindeman teaches courses in play, child development, social studies methods and American Sign Language (ASL) in the undergraduate program and curriculum and assessment courses in the graduate program at EU. Her research interests include creating developmentally appropriate practices for very young children by way of active engagement, authentic assessment and the inclusion of children with special needs. She is an advocate for young children and their families.
Dr. Lindeman presents yearly at national conferences and has published several times for Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education (Gallaudet University Press) and Young Children (National Association for the Education of Young Children). She is the co-editor of Connections, the bi-yearly publication of the Play, Policy and Practice interest forum. Her publications on RTI in PreK (NAEYC) and STE(A)M for young children (Emerald Press) are cited frequently in the field.
Dr. Peter Lindeman is a professor of Biology who joined the faculty of Edinboro University in 1999. He is an Oklahoma native who earned a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and a Bachelor of Art in honors German from Eastern Illinois University in 1985, a Master of Science in Zoology from the University of Idaho in 1988, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Biology from the University of Louisville in 1997. Prior to coming to Edinboro, he was an associate professor of Biology at Madisonville Community College in western Kentucky for ten years.
Dr. Lindeman’s research is focused on the ecology, evolution, life history, and conservation biology of freshwater turtles. In particular, much of his work in recent years has concerned the map turtles and sawbacks, a diverse genus of river-dwelling turtles of the eastern and central United States. These turtles are distinguished by their dietary diversity, replicated patterns of co-occurrence, and exceptional sexual size differences. Currently, he has field projects underway on Graptemys species and other turtles at Presque Isle State Park on Lake Erie in Pennsylvania and the Pearl and Pascagoula river drainages of southern Mississippi. His past field projects have been conducted in Idaho, Washington, Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas. He is the author of more than 60 peer-reviewed articles on freshwater turtles as well as “The Map Turtle and Sawback Atlas: Ecology, Evolution, Distribution, and Conservation,” which was published by the University of Oklahoma Press in 2013.
Monty McAdoo came to EU in 1999. Previously he served as a librarian at Mansfield University (PA) and Juniata College. He has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, a Master of Arts in student personnel services, an M.L.S. in library science, and a D.Ed. in administration and leadership studies. Throughout his career as a librarian, Dr. McAdoo has been actively involved in instruction and research as well as with various technology initiatives. In addition to traditional library user education, he developed and teaches an undergraduate course on information ethics and has taught various graduate research classes. Dr. McAdoo is currently in his third term as Chairperson of the University-Wide Curriculum Committee on which he has served for more than a decade. He has also served on the campus’ Planning for Information Technology committee since its inception in 2002. The latter reviews proposals for and distributes Student Technology Fee allocations. Dr. McAdoo has published a book on librarian-faculty collaboration, a book on library instruction, an introductory textbook on the research process, and a book of daily reflections. Knowledge management and information-seeking behavior are among his many research interests. He serves as a peer-reviewer for Pennsylvania Libraries: Research & Practice and volunteers regularly at the elementary school. In addition to writing, he enjoys cycling, reading, the outdoors, and spending time with his wife, son, and dog.
Dr. Tony Peyronel is executive director of Edinboro University’s Center for Branding and Strategic Communication, which is part of the Northwest Pennsylvania Innovation Beehive Network. The NWPA Innovation Beehive Network is a collaborative initiative between Edinboro and three other regional universities that focuses on supporting new business development and business expansion in Northwest Pennsylvania. Peyronel has more than a decade of experience as a department chairperson at Edinboro, having led the Department of Communication and Media Studies, the Department of Journalism and Public Relations, and most recently, the Department of Music and Theatre. He is also a founding board member and past president of the Northwestern Pennsylvania chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). Peyronel holds a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from Edinboro University, a master’s degree in journalism and public affairs from American University, and a doctorate in higher education administration 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. Before joining the Edinboro faculty in 1992, he worked as a reporter with the Kittanning (PA) Leader-Times, as a public relations writer at Penn State University, and as director of communications at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA.
Dr. Shaun Pfeiffer came to Edinboro in fall 2012 after he completed his Master of Science in Finance and Ph.D. in Personal Financial Planning at Texas Tech University. Since joining the EU faculty he has taught a number of courses including: retirement planning, personal financial planning, principles of finance, and financial investment analysis. He is a certified financial planner and passed Level I of the CFA exam.
Outside of teaching, he has published articles on retirement planning and investments. His research has been published in the Journal of Investing, Journal of Financial Planning, and Journal of Personal Finance and his work has been quoted in the online editions of CNN, Kiplinger’s, and the Wall Street Journal. In addition to his professional interests, he loves watching football and is a big fan of Edinboro Wrestling.
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. Rinfrette received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Rhode Island, her Master of Social Work from Boston University, and her Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo. She came to Edinboro University in 2011, and has been the director of the Master of Social Work program since 2012. She worked for several years as a registered nurse in pediatric intensive care before obtaining her MSW. Before obtaining her Ph.D., her MSW practice experience included 20 years in outpatient mental health treatment and outpatient substance abuse treatment. She is now involved in providing cancer survivors’ support. Dr. Rinfrette has published in several journals and is a peer reviewer as well. Her research interests include trauma, mental health, and addictions. Currently her work includes research on vicarious trauma, trauma, and establishing trauma informed systems of care in community agencies. Her research includes a multisite investigation of vicarious trauma and empathy in MSW students, the impact on trauma symptoms of the combined use of trauma sensitive yoga and the Seeking Safety intervention, and the impact of spirituality in the recovery process in addictions recovery.
Dr. Katherine Robbins-Hunt is a special educator with over 17 years’ experience working with individuals with a wide range of disabilities from kindergarten through college, specializing in emotional/behavioral disorders (EBD) and learning disabilities (LD). She is currently an assistant professor and assistant chair of the Department of Counseling, School Psychology, and Special Education. Dr. Robbins-Hunt studied at the University of Central Florida, the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and Clemson University. While completing her doctoral program at Clemson University, Dr. Robbins-Hunt served as a mentor and eventually a learning specialist for at-risk and underprepared student athletes, and those with disabilities. In addition, her research interests include the New Literacies, instructional and behavioral interventions for students with high-incidence disabilities, high-impact practices for advising undergraduate students, and best practices for preparing pre-service teachers. Dr. Robbins-Hunt serves as a co-advisor to the Education Living Learning Floor, as a member of the Advising Quality Committee, and the Collaborative Student Engagement Committee at the university, and on the Advisory Boards for the Barber National Institute and the Therapeutic Riding Equestrian Center (TREC). On a personal note, Dr. Robbins-Hunt has been a competitive water-skier since the age of eight, was a three time All-American and NCWSA National Champion in college, still holds records in the jump event for Pennsylvania State, and the Eastern Region of the United States and is the president of the Pennsylvania State Waterski Federation.
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.
Dr. Jeremy Sideris joined the Edinboro faculty in 2004 after attending New Mexico State University (Ph.D., Rhetoric and Professional Communication), Angelo State University (M.A., English, and Buffalo State College (B.A., English; B.A. Theatre). At Edinboro he developed the University’s Writing Center and led it for almost a decade. Moreover, he has taught all levels of composition classes Edinboro has to offer, and he has been nominated for faculty member of the year twice. Dr. Sideris has also been nominated for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Social Justice award.
His professional career outside of Edinboro finds him as the director Medaille College’s International Summer program.
Chairperson and professor in the Nursing department, Dr. Tom White received his nursing certificate from Jameson Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing from Edinboro University and his Doctorate from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
In addition to his academic responsibilities, he maintains a clinical practice as a certified registered nurse practitioner at Saint Vincent Hospital, Erie, Pa. His areas of concentration include emergency medicine, family medicine, and occupational health.
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