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. 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.
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.
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.