Lisa Brightman came to Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1994 after eight years of teaching in various public schools in North Carolina and Pennsylvania. Since coming to EU, she has served as the Assistant Chair for the Early Childhood/Reading Department, procured several grants involving technology, online learning and curriculum development. She currently teaches methods courses in the areas of science and child development as well as supervises students in field placements. She is actively involved in the Freshman Initiative serving several years on the committee as well as heading the Freshman Common Hour for her department.
Her professional career outside of academia includes serving as the secretary in the READ Council board located in Meadville, Pennsylvania, co-chair for the Chocoholic Frolic, an annual fundraiser for the READ program and teaches religious education at her local parish.
Family is an important aspect of her life. This includes her husband, three children and two dogs. She enjoys spending time outdoors running, hiking and spending time with family gathered around a campfire.
Dr. John Cussen joined the EU faculty in 2000. Prior to his arrival at EU, he earned his Ph.D. at the University of Cincinnati and taught for five years in South Korea, primarily in the University of Maryland’s Asian Division but also at Konkuk University--Seoul. At EU he teaches courses in literature and writing.
Dr. Cussen has been the recipient of a Fulbright Award to India, a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute fellowship, three Latin American Studies summer library research fellowships (Cornell University, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the University of Pittsburgh) and three Pennsylvania Humanities Council grants.
His peer-reviewed essays on Colombian García Márquez, Peruvian Vargas Llosa, Irishmen Yeats, Joyce and Beckett and Americans Theroux and Lahiri have appeared in Journal of Modern Literature, Religion and the Arts, Yeats: An Annual of Critical and Textual Studies, The College English Association Critic, The New Hibernia Review, Studies in Travel Writing, The Yeats Journal of Korea, Interdisciplinary Literary Studies, JEAL: Journal of Ethnic American Literature, and other places.
His short stories have appeared in Confrontation, Fiction, Ascent, Cincinnati Magazine, Potpourri, Ambergris and elsewhere.
His book reviews and book review essays have appeared in JAS: Journal of Asian Studies, The North Dakota Quarterly, World Literature Today, The Southern Humanities Review, India Currents, Studies in Short Fiction, the Irish Literary Supplement, 20th-Century Literature, Full Stop, Rain Taxi, Ithaca Times, and the Erie Times-News.
His current research chiefly concerns contemporary immigrant American fiction.
Dr. Karim Hossain joined the Edinboro University in 1987 with the passion to make physics fun!
His graduate research from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville focused on laser physics. When he began teaching, Dr. Hossain realized that students in physics courses exhibited an anxiety that limited their motivation to learn. To improve the learning situation as well as his teaching technique, Dr. Hossain pursued his PhD in Physics Education at the State University of New York – Buffalo. Dr. Hossain also researches the global comparison of students’ performance in STEM courses. The U.S. is recognized as a leading nation in several areas, but the nation perpetuates alarmingly mediocre scores in STEM fields. Dr. Hossain compares the problems and prospects of science education in America on a global scale.
Dr. Hossain emphasizes that the ideas of physics should be understood conceptually before being used as a base for applied mathematics. Traditional physics courses apply a 'problem solving' approach. In this approach, students solve problems by manipulation of twigs and branches while they may lack a conceptual understanding of the tree’s trunk from which the branches stem. His approach is to choose a few of the concepts presented in the reading, cite illustrative analogies, and then start a discussion. The students are then able to tie physics to their personal experiences. Students learn to see physics not as a classroom activity but as a part of everyday living. Dr. Hossain is noted for his engaging (and fun!) lectures at EU.
Chuck Lute is currently a member of the music faculty at Edinboro University, where he directs the Spirit of the Scots Marching Band, teaches Highland Percussion and the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and has been the director of the University Community Orchestra. He received his Bachelor of Music Education degree, his Master in Music Education degree, and his Secondary Principals Certification from Edinboro University. He also has taught high school instrumental music in the Erie School District for 35 years.
Chuck has presented numerous clinics throughout the district on marching band and has arranged marching band drills for bands through out the tri-state area. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Federation of Contest Judges, the New York Federation of Contest Judges and has judged with the Ontario Drum Corps Judges Association. He also adjudicates for Drum Corps Associates and Drum Corps International. His marching bands have won consistently at local, regional and national marching events, having won the 1991 BOA Grand Nationals Class A Championships.
Chuck serves on the board of directors for Jazz Erie and is chairman of the education committee, is on the advisory board for Friends of Music at Edinboro University, and is on the Erie Philharmonic Education Board. Chuck has served as co-director of the Jazz Erie All-star Band having performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.
Professor Howard Lyon is a member of the Erie Philharmonic and concertmaster emeritus of the Erie Chamber Orchestra. He coaches the Erie Jr Philharmonic String Ensemble and teaches strings at Edinboro University.
Prior to Erie, he played in the Lansing, Battle Creek, and Kalamazoo Symphonies and was a founding member of the Olivet Chamber Music Players. He holds a degree in applied music from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.
He also enjoys playing in the Lake Erie String Quartet at many special events in the region.
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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