Dr. Ron Craig joined Edinboro University in 1997 after earning his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Utah, focusing on forensic developmental psychology. He also earned a BA in Psychology from Boise State University in 1991. His research interests are in the areas related to forensic and developmental psychology, including interviewing children, detection of deception in juveniles, and the role of technology in the courtroom. Dr. Craig has published in journals Psychology, Crime & Law, Polygraph, Applied Developmental Sciences, and the Journal of Credibility Assessment and Witness Psychology. In addition, Dr. Craig has presented at several regional, national, and international conferences including the American Psychology and Law Society, as well as the American Psychology Association. He has an active undergraduate research program in forensic psychology resulting in numerous presentations and publications with undergraduate collaborators. Dr. Craig was also named Edinboro University Advisor of the Year for 2014 and was the 2009 recipient (with University of Utah research group) of the APA’s John E. Reid Memorial Award for distinguished achievement in polygraph research, teaching or writing. Dr. Craig serves on the Millcreek Township School District’s Citizens Advisory Board and is an active supporter of the performing arts in the community.
Professor Diane Crandall earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Graphics from Edinboro University in 1981 where she received the Communications Graphics outstanding student award. She also studied Graphic Design at the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1985. She was awarded a Master of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from Kent State University in 1993.
Her work is published in the book “A Century of Innovative Book Design: Influences of Art, Design, Theory and Technology on Book Design for Mass Market.” She has also had her works published in Print Magazine, Web Designer, and HOW Magazine. Her work has been exhibited at the headquarters of the American Institute for Graphic Arts (AIGA) in New York City and included in the Collection of Artists Books at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
During her career, Professor Crandall worked for a series of firms based in Erie beginning as a graphics designer for Silk Screen Unlimited, followed by assistant art director at Gwynn Advertising, graphic designer at GraphicWorks, and art director at Jack O’Brien Advertising. In 1986 she joined Edinboro University as a temporary instructor, and became a full-time member of the faculty in 1989 where she teaches today in the field of Graphic & Interactive Design at the rank of full professor.
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. Robert W. Holderer joined Edinboro in 1993. Previously, he was director of developmental programs at Barton County Community College from 1990-93. Before that he taught Spanish, French and English at the junior high level from 1972-76, was an associate professor of Spanish and English professor at Pillsbury College in Owatonna, Minn. from 1976-81, and chair of the department of English and foreign languages at Maranatha College from 1981-86. He attended Oklahoma State University in 1986-92 where he earned a Ph.D. in English with a specialization in writing assessment. His dissertation focused on writing assessment. He also has a MEPD from the University of Wisconsin: Whitewater (1986), a Master of Arts in Spanish from Middlebury College (1976) and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Houghton College (1972) with teaching certification in Spanish, French, and English.
Besides being assistant chair of the department of English and philosophy, Dr. Holderer is also director of the writing center. He has taught classes in business writing, technical writing, traditional grammar, and adolescent literature. His research interests are in writing center theory and administration, writing assessment, teaching strategies for students who have learning disabilities and students who speak English as a second language. He has both presentations and publications dealing with writing centers, censorship, writing assessment, and learning disabilities. He has served on the board of the Hispanic Council of Erie, PA and currently serves on the board of the Bethesda Home for Children in Meadville, PA. He is organist at Abiding Hope Lutheran Church.
Professor Peter Kuvshinikov is a tenured assistant professor in the Physics and Technology department at Edinboro University. He received his Ph.D. in organizational learning and leadership from Gannon University in 2015, a Master of education from Edinboro University in 2008 and a Master of Science in manufacturing systems engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 2003.
He has presented work on international project management, partnerships and joint ventures, and on injection molding analysis software at numerous national and international conferences. He is involved with the following academic and professional organizations: Society of Plastic Engineers, National Tool Manufacturer’s Association, Pennsylvania Manufacturer’s Association, Manufacturer’s Association of Northwestern Pennsylvania and the Mathematical Association of America.
Dr. Peter McLaughlin began teaching and researching in behavioral neuroscience at Edinboro in 2006. He earned his Ph.D. from Stony Brook University studying the role of hippocampal neuropeptides on memory, and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Connecticut researching the biological basis of addiction and motivation.
His research group at Edinboro focuses on behavioral pharmacology. Lab projects utilize drug probes to better understand how the brain uses neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, and endocannabinoids to control attention, memory, impulsive behavior, and motivation. Students from the lab have presented at conferences including the annual meetings of the Society for Neuroscience and the Association for Psychological Science. Many have coauthored peer-reviewed publications as undergraduates and have gone on to more advanced study and careers in psychology and neuroscience. In 2011, Dr. McLaughlin received the Scholar of the Year Award from Edinboro University.
Dr. McLaughlin teaches classes in drugs and behavior, experimental psychology, behavioral neuroscience, and critical thinking. The teaching and training of critical thinking has emerged as a secondary scholarly interest, along with public understanding of science. As an official partner of Brain Awareness Week, he coordinates events in which Edinboro undergraduates help teach the public about neuroscience and nervous system health.
Jane Messier graduated with a Ph.D. from the department of Communication Disorders at The Florida State University in May of 2015. Prior to her doctoral studies and joining the faculty at Edinboro University, Dr. Messier worked as a speech language pathologist throughout a school district and as an early interventionist. These experiences gave her insight into the gap between research and practice within the profession.
During her doctoral program at Florida State University, she was able to expand her professional skills as a clinical supervisor in the L.L. Schendel Speech and Hearing clinic and as a grant coordinator of the Traineeship in Interdisciplinary Early Intervention in Severe Disabilities grant.
Her focus of research and teaching interest is the language and literacy development of children with hearing loss. Additional interests include increasing family involvement in early intervention and investigation of effective literacy intervention programs. Her current research projects include use of the LENA (the Language ENvironmental Analysis), a new technology, that allows clinicians and researchers to collect the parent-child interactions that occur within the child’s entire day.
Andy Pushchak came to Edinboro University in 2002, and he currently serves as program head and professor of Educational Leadership. Upon arriving at EU, he was tasked with revising and updating the former School Administration program as well as developing a new Superintendents Letter of Eligibility program. Under his direction, all of the programs became nationally recognized and accredited. He also developed and delivered the first online graduate course in Educational Leadership in 2002.
Based upon his skills and abilities related to revising the Educational Leadership programs, he was selected by the Pennsylvania Secretary of Education to lead a team from EU to revise and update the Pennsylvania Standards and Program Guidelines for Principal and Superintendent programs. He secured a $50,000 grant and served as project director to implement the Leadership for Student Achievement Pilot project. He participated in over $100,000 of further grant work related to Principal Leadership and Student Achievement through the following initiatives: Principal’s Leadership Induction Network; Pennsylvania Principal Mentoring Network; and Leadership and Excellence for Administrators in Pennsylvania Schools. He has presented papers and authored journal articles nationally and internationally on topics of Principal Leadership, Teacher Leadership, adult learning and graduate online education.
He serves his community as a member of his local Board of School Directors, a member of the Academic Advisory Committee for Erie’s Public Schools and as coach of many youth athletic teams. Along with his wife and their six children, he is also very active in the local Byzantine Catholic faith community.
Dr. Paul Rovang graduated with a PhD in English from Michigan State University in 1991. His graduate education focused on medieval and Renaissance literature with a secondary focus on Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Before coming to Edinboro University in 1995, he taught at Fukui University in Japan and Northwest College in Washington.
His main teaching interests at Edinboro University include ancient, classical, medieval, and Renaissance literatures, ESL, and mythology. In addition to many presentations at academic conferences, he has published two books on Arthurian literature, the most recent, Malory’s Anatomy of Chivalry, in 2015, and articles in such journals as Arthuriana, Mythlore, Milton Quarterly, Mystics Quarterly, Fifteenth-Century Studies, and The Explicator.
He appears in Who’s Who in America and is a longstanding member of the International Arthurian Society. He has participated in two National Endowment for the Humanities Institutes on medieval-studies topics, one at Oxford University in England, both supported by NEH grant awards.
Outside of teaching and scholarship he enjoys spending time with his family, walking his dogs, and reading good books. Other favorite activities include travel, running, skiing, backpacking, watersports, birdwatching and gardening.
Andrew R. Smith (Ph. D. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, 1990) is professor and graduate program head for the MA Communication Studies program and Coordinator for the Graduate Certificate in Conflict Management. He served, for the 1998-99 academic year, as Senior Fulbright Fellow in Communication and Culture at the Faculty of Letters, Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco. He is a member of the Research Group on Language, Culture, and Development at the Centre for Doctoral Research, Mohammed V University, and in 2011 was a Fulbright Specialist at the Centre. He was inaugurated as a Fellow in the International Communicology Institute in 2009. He is editor of Radical Conflict: Violence, Intractability and Communication; and coeditor of Recovering Pragmatism's Voice: The Classical Tradition, Rorty and the Philosophy of Communication. He has published numerous essays in national and international journals, including Communication Theory, Human Rights Quarterly, Cultural Critique, The Russian Journal of Communication, Human Studies, Text and Performance Quarterly, and is author of the monograph Epistemology and Ethics in Human Science Research. His research focuses on human rights, freedom of expression, intercultural and international conflict, and the philosophy of communication. He teaches courses in intercultural and international communication, intractable conflict, language and human conduct, freedom of speech, communication ethics, and communication and social process. He has directed over thirty masters theses at Edinboro University, and co-supervises doctoral dissertations through the auspices of the Moroccan-American Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange (MACECE, the Fulbright agency in Morocco). He is the recipient of the 2016 Donald Ecroyd Award for Research and Scholarship from the Pennsylvania Communication Association.
LeAnne Wistrom has performed as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and orchestral flutist across the eastern United States. As a featured artist, she has performed with the Philadelphia Piano Quartet, the Luzerne Chamber Players, the Erie Philharmonic, and the Erie Chamber Orchestra. She has performed with the Chautauqua Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Toledo Symphony, and she is currently principal flutist of the Erie Philharmonic and performs with the flute-oboe-harpsichord trio Cembaulos.
Ms. Wistrom is Instructor of Music at Edinboro University. Other faculty appointments include the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, Mercyhurst University, the University of Akron, and Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.
Her students have been prizewinners in state, Eastern Division and National competitions. The Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association awarded Teacher of the Year honors to Ms. Wistrom; she has served as master class teacher and adjudicator. She is listed in a number of “Who’s Who” publications. Ms. Wistrom is Director of the Edinboro University Community Music School.
Dr. Roger Wolbert joined Edinboro University as a temporary mathematics instructor in 2011. Prior to coming to EU, Dr. Wolbert started his teaching career at Mercyhurst Prep in Erie, Pa., before teaching abroad in Bahrain, Indonesia, Venezuela, and Switzerland. Dr. Wolbert has completed three master's degrees related to curriculum and instruction, mathematics education, and computer education. He completed his coursework in Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, France, and the U.S.A.
Dr. Wolbert completed his PhD in Curriculum, Instruction, and the Science of Learning with a concentration in mathematics education through the University at Buffalo. His dissertation title was Using Educational Connoisseurship and Criticism to Evaluate YouTube Videos on the Formal Definition of Limit. In Fall 2016, Dr. Wolbert was promoted to assistant professor. He serves on numerous department and university-wide committees, and he has presented papers on mathematics education at regional and national conferences.
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