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. 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. 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.
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.
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.
Lenore Barbian, PhD is a forensic anthropologist in the Department of Criminal Justice, Anthropology, and Forensic Studies. She earned her BA in anthropology at Northwestern University and her MA and PhD at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her research interests include forensic anthropology, paleopathology, mortuary studies, museum curation and repatriation. Dr. Barbian has provided forensic consultation for the Office of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner, the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, the Virginia State Medical Examiner, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Maryland, and the National Disaster Medical System’s Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT) Region III. She was deployed to Somerset, Pennsylvania, to assist with the identification of the victims of United Airlines Flight 93 in September 2001, and she has helped train Thai pathologists to identify the victims of the July 2004 tsunami from skeletal remains. Prior to joining the Edinboro faculty in 2006, Dr. Barbian served as curator of the Anatomical Collections at the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Washington, DC, and as physical anthropologist for Cultural Resources at the American Museum of Natural History, New York. She has published on bone healing rates, interpretation of human skeletal material from archaeological contexts, and on museum displays of human anatomy. Dr. Barbian is the 2010 winner of the Ellis R. Kerley award for research excellence in forensic anthropology and received the 2013 Best Article award from the Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences (ALHHS).
Dr. Heather-Lee M. Baron is an associate professor and the graduate program head for the 20+ Middle & Secondary Education tracks offered at Edinboro University. She received teaching certifications in elementary education and English 9-12. She also received program specialist certifications in Reading and English as a Second Language (ESL). After nine years of teaching reading, serving as a literacy coach, and a district-wide ESL coordinator/teacher for elementary, middle, and secondary students she began her full-time career at Edinboro University in 2010. Dr. Baron earned an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Reading Education and Linguistics from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Her specialty areas are language and literacy acquisition/development. She is an avid reader and has personal interests in the outdoors and whole-foods nutrition.
Professor Shelle Barron brings an extensive professional background to her teaching practice of over 20 years. As the first art director of Public Broadcasting of Northwest Pennsylvania, she was involved in a number of national projects for PBS including “Free to Choose and Life on Earth.” Her editorial work won honors from the National Broadcast Designers Association and PBS.
Professor Barron completed advanced studies in typology through the Visual Studies Workshop (SUNY). She maintains a design practice specializing in books, monographs and catalogues for clients including the Chicago Historical Society, the University of Pittsburgh Press and the Erie Art Museum. Her recent work has appeared in journals including “Print and Designer,” and has won gold awards in competitions sponsored by the University and College Designers Association and the American Advertising Federation.
A self-defined hybrid, Professor Barron also creates large-scale mixed media digital collage. She has won more than 20 regional and national awards for this work as well as grants from the “National Endowment for the Arts” (Mid-Atlantic) and the “Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.” She has completed residencies at Brandywine Printmaking Workshop in Philadelphia and Artists Image Resource in Pittsburgh. Her work is included in numerous public and private collections. A member of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, her work was selected for a juror’s cash award at the 100th annual exhibition at the Carnegie Museum.