Dr. Hilary Copp has been a member of the Edinboro University social work faculty since 2008. She is currently the director of the undergraduate program and teaches practice, research, HBSE, and field in both the Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work programs. Dr. Copp's research interests center primarily on LGBTQ individuals and issues, with a specific focus on school climate for LGBTQ students at both the secondary and collegiate levels. Her clinical practice experience includes work with members of the LGBTQ population, outpatient mental health, older adults, and Holocaust survivors. Dr. Copp is a co-founder and facilitator of TransFamily of Erie, a monthly support group for transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals and their loved ones. She lives in Erie with her spouse and two extremely spoiled cats.
Dr. Kevin E. Courtright is an associate professor of criminal justice at Edinboro University. He earned his Ph.D. in criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1995. Prior to obtaining his Ph.D., he worked as a probation officer in New York State. Previous publications include articles appearing in the Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, Federal Probation, The Criminologist, the Journal of Criminal Justice Education, The Prison Journal, Corrections Compendium, and Criminal Justice Studies. He served as principal investigator of a research project funded by the Center for Rural Pennsylvania that examined the economic impact and community satisfaction levels of selected state prisons located within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Along with collaborator David A. Mackey, he has developed two attitudinal scales – one measuring one’s propensity for punitiveness and the other measuring the rehabilitative ideal (one’s belief in the rehabilitation of offenders over punishment and retribution) and remains interested in studying and measuring the construct of empathy and its impact upon delinquent/criminal behavior.
He is a member of the American Society of Criminology, the European Society of Criminology, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and he was Edinboro University’s Researcher of the Year in the 2007-2008 school year. In his spare time, he likes to enjoy the great outdoors, spend time with his family, and woodwork.
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. Gary S. Grant, Professor of Music Education since 1993, has served as Director of Bands (1993-2002) and Music Department Chair for 13 years. He received an undergraduate degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois, and a Masters in Conducting and PhD in Music Education from the University of Missouri. Before joining the Edinboro faculty, Dr. Grant was the Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Missouri. His responsibilities include teaching music methodology, conducting, arranging, and supervision of student teachers.
Dr. Grant is active as a clinician and adjudicator for Concert, Jazz, and Marching Bands internationally. While on sabbatical (2011-2012), he researched technology in the classroom, and has presented numerous technology related lectures in the areas of the iPad as a teaching tool, website design and creation, and on-line teaching.
Twice a finalist for the Edinboro University Educator of the Year award (2010, 2014) and twice nominated to "Who's Who Among America's Teachers", Dr. Grant received the 2005 Edinboro University Advisor of the Year award in recognition for his contributions towards a student-centered learning environment. PHI MU ALPHA Sinfonia awarded him the prestigious Orpheus Award (2009) for significant and lasting contributions to the cause of music in America.
Co-coordinator of the Scotland Study Abroad Program, Dr. Grant has traveled to Scotland three times, teaching 'Music of the British Isles', and is organizing another trip in 2018. Originally from the Northwest Chicago suburbs, he lives in Edinboro with his wonderful wife and amazing dog.
Dr. Leo H. Gruber is an associate professor at Edinboro University, who teaches German, and military history in the Department of History, Anthropology, and World Languages.
Dr. Gruber received his Ph.D. in German linguistics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and completed graduate coursework in military history at American Military University. Some of his research interests are German youth language, slang, and idioms. Professor Gruber is an avid traveler, who has visited over 45 countries. He spent one year in Hannover, where he taught English as a Second Language and attended the University of Bayreuth, where he conducted research for his dissertation: Morphologische Aspekte der Jugendsprache Deutscher aus Russland.
Dr. Gruber taught a summer course at the Fachhochschule (Technical University) Würzburg-Schweinfurt for five years in a row, beginning in 2009. He has presented numerous papers in the US and Germany and has published articles in both English and German. In 2011, he returned to Eastern Germany to teach English for one month at the Sommerschule Wust in Sachsen-Anhalt.
In the summer of 2013, he received a grant from the Goethe-Institut in New York to attend a two-week continuing education program for teachers in Munich and Berlin. He was part of a 24- person contingent of German educators representing five continents.
He recently accepted the position of managing editor for Visions and Revisions: New Scholars and New Interpretations, which is an inter-disciplinary undergraduate journal in the Department of History, Anthropology, and World Languages.
Dr. Kovacs earned his Ph.D. in psychology from Union University and Institute and M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling from Edinboro University. He is a PA licensed professional counselor and also a diplomate of the American Psychotherapy Association. He has counseled students and taught at the higher education level for over twenty years. His professional interests include mood and anxiety disorders, personality disorders, relationship problems and forensic issues. He enjoys travel, good food, history and relaxation.
Dr. Richard Lloyd came to Edinboro University in 2006 after a stint at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. He earned his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Nuclear Physics at Iowa State University and a B.S. in Physics and Mathematics from Truman State University in Missouri. Prior to starting his college education, he spent six years in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear propulsion specialist being trained at the Naval Nuclear Power School in Orlando, Fla. and the nuclear prototype S1W plant at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory. After completing emergency repair welding training at San Diego, he finished his service on submarines ported out of Pearl Harbor.
His professional career at Edinboro has concentrated in the areas of astronomy and renewable energy. He is a member of NWPAGE, and is engaged in multidisciplinary research in renewable energy with other EU faculty. In 2009, he wrote a grant for $474,000 that supported the construction of a 190 kWsolar array near the McComb Fieldhouse completed in 2011. Subsequently he renovated the campus observatory to establish a scientific platform for student research with the use of high resolution spectroscopy and photometric filters.
He is an active contributor to a variety of environmental organizations including the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Sierra Club, National Resources Defense Council and many others. Other groups supported include the Council for Secular Humanism and UNICEF. Outside of professional interests, he reads widely, rides bicycles, occasionally sails, and enjoys living in Edinboro.
Dr. McDade originally arrived at Edinboro University in January 2002. She had served as a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) on the high school level for twelve years before she started professing on the collegiate level. Dr. McDade has now been teaching for almost sixteen years. Some of the courses that she teaches include Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs; Consumer Health; and Health Emergencies.
Dr. McDade has served on the President’s GLBTQIA Commission here at Edinboro University. Further, Dr. McDade is currently serving as an advisor for the co-ed service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega.
Also, Dr. McDade is affiliated with several organizations. These organizations include the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers Society (PATS), and LECOM Wellness and Fitness Center.
Professor McGaughey joined EU’s music department in the fall of 2016. He received a BA in Music, Philosophy and Religion from West Virginia Wesleyan College and a Masters in Music Education from University of Akron, graduating Magna Cum Laude. His responsibilities include the University Singers, University Chorale and the Men’s barbershop performing ensembles. He is the founder and director of Catch the Spirit Chorale, a 40 voice semi-professional ensemble. This chorale has performed throughout Europe, Canada and the U.S. He is currently the Director of Vocal Music for Garfield Memorial Methodist Church – Pepper Pike, Ohio.
Professor McGaughey taught in public and private schools for over 29 years. The last 15 years he was the Director of Choral Activities at Cleveland Heights High School with seven choral groups. He also founded, produced and directed the Cleveland Heights All-City Musical Productions and the Cleveland Heights Men’s Barbershop ensemble. The Cleveland Heights Men’s Barbershop Ensemble won first place nationally in 2014 “Young Men” in harmony competition. The group appeared numerous summers at Cain Park under his direction.
For over 12 years, Mr. McGaughey hosted Solo and Ensemble competition for OMEA, District 7. The A Capella choir and the Men’s Barbershop performed with professional and collegiate performing ensembles, including joint concerts with: Singers Club of Cleveland, Case Western Wind Symphony, Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory Men’s Chorus, University of Akron and Kent State choirs, Catch the Spirit Chorale, Church of the Savior and the East Suburbanaires. Mr. McGaughey was chosen “Educator of the Year” by Northern Ohio Live Magazine in 2003.
William D. Pithers completed his Ph.D. degree in both clinical and experimental (cognitive) psychology at Kent State University. His training included an internship in forensic psychology at Atascadero State Hospital (CA) and Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in psychology (1980-81; National Institute of Mental Health) and behavioral genetics at the University of Rochester (NY) School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Dr. Pithers has received more than $1.6 million as the Principal Investigator of research grants. He has collaborated on other grants worth more than $1 million.
Dr. Pithers has published widely and presented more than 200 papers at state, national, and international conferences and workshops. He has contributed widely to new media, having been interviewed and/or having his research and treatment innovations covered by the American Psychological Association’s “Monitor on Psychology,” the ABC Nightly News (twice), the ABC News program “20/20,” the CBS Evening News, CNN, the “McNeil-Lehrer News Hour” and “The World of Abnormal Psychology” (produced by Annenberg Media) on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), “Frontline” on Television New Zealand, the SBS (Australia), ABC Radio (Australia), Channel 9 in Australia, and the Deustche Welle news service (Germany).
Dr. Pithers has twice been nominated for the “Innovations in State Government Award” sponsored by the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and has received the Significant Achievement Award from the international Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA). He also has received awards from Kentucky and Pennsylvania for his contributions to the field of the prevention of interpersonal violence. In 2016, Dr. Pithers was selected as an American Psychological Association Fellow.
Professor Alan Wilson has nearly 15 years of experience in the newspaper industry, including nine years as a reporter and editor at the Tulsa (OK) World. He is the creator of Boro Online, a web publication which he expanded to serve as a portal site for all three of the university’s campus media organizations. His primary teaching responsibilities include Journalism Ethics, Digital Media Design and Advanced Digital Media Design. Professor Wilson holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri and a master’s degree from Kent State University.
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