Dr. Anne Quinn joined the Mathematics and Computer Science Department at Edinboro University in 1991. She has taught a wide variety of classes, including: Finite Mathematics, Math of Finance, Basic Algebra, College Algebra, Precalculus, Calculus, Statistics, Discrete Mathematics I and II, Mathematics for Elementary Education Majors, Informal Geometry, Calculators and Computers in the Classroom, Actuarial Science Seminar, Math Seminar, independent study in Game Theory, and graduate Number Theory. She was trained in online class delivery in January of 2020, which came in handy when classes went online in March. She has enjoyed many aspects of online teaching and plans to use some of these techniques in the future, even when we return to more face-to-face courses.
From 1999-2014, Dr. Quinn served as Assistant Department Chair and Mathematics Placement Director. In this position, she worked on department scheduling, assessment, and curriculum, including the development of the Actuarial Science concentration. She has served as the Chair of Mathematics and Computer Science since May of 2014. In this role, she is busy with department planning, hiring, curriculum development, and outreach to talented high school mathematics and science students. These efforts include inviting hundreds of local students to campus twice a year, for Pi Day each March and STEM Day each October (since 2014). Details available at https://www.edinboro.edu/piday. On April 9 and 10, Edinboro will be the (virtual) site of the Allegheny section of the 2021 MAA Conference.
Dr. Quinn’s research, featured in the Mathematics Teacher journal (NCTM) and the College Mathematics Journal (MAA), includes: the mathematics of the game of SET ®, research in the development of proof, graph theory, recreational mathematics, teaching computer programming with the SoLoLearn app, and incorporating mobile apps and statistical technology into the classroom. She is also a frequent speaker at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NTCM) conferences, Mathematical Association of America (MAA) conferences, the Joint Mathematics Meetings, Mathfest, and local high schools. In the past few years, she has presented talks on recreational math at Mathfest and the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Columbus, Atlanta, Chicago, and Cincinnati, including being part of an invited panel on women in recreational mathematics. Research details are available at http://users.edinboro.edu/quinna/public.htm and www.linkedin.com/in/drannequinn/.
Outside of class, Dr. Quinn enjoys time with her family, classical piano, swimming, and boating.
Dr. Marc Sylvester joined the Edinboro University faculty in 2000. He earned a Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Pittsburgh. His dissertation work titled “Estimation of a Common Mean through a Series of Similar Interlaboratory Experiments,” is in the area of statistical meta-analysis and experimental design. Dr. Sylvester actively consults on statistical analyses both on-campus and professionally. Here at Edinboro University, Dr. Sylvester enjoys teaching a variety of classes in statistics and pure mathematics such as: Elements of Statistics, Mathematical Probability and Statistics, Statistical Inference, Introduction to Actuarial Science, Linear Algebra, and Mathematics Seminar.
When not in the classroom, Dr. Sylvester takes on many campus responsibilities. He is the assistant chairperson of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. Recently, he served as interim director of the Robert C. Weber Honors Program. He also serves in a variety of leadership roles for the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) faculty union. He currently serves as spokesperson for the Edinboro University APSCUF Meet and Discuss team, and has previously served as a negotiator for the statewide faculty collective bargaining agreement.
Dr. Sylvester is an avid contract bridge player. He holds the rank of Gold Life Master in the American Contract Bridge League. He competes at bridge locally, regionally, and nationally. He also has a passion for travel. In the remainder of his spare time, he is on a constant quest for the perfect meal or glass of red wine.
Dr. Thompson earned his Bachelor and Master of Arts, and Ph.D. in Communication from Bowling Green State University (1978-86), where he focused on organizational communication and innovation. His dissertation was a study of culture and creativity in news-making. While at Bowling Green he was a columnist and cartoonist for their student newspaper, The BG News, and began a lifelong interest in organizing events.
Prior to joining Edinboro University in 1990, Dr. Thompson taught at Central Michigan University and did a one-year visiting professorship at Kent State University. At Edinboro, his graduate and undergraduate classes created the Edinboro Highland Games & Scottish Festival in 1992, and his students are involved in the planning and implementation of several other events, including the Big Wish for Make-A-Wish and Boro Fest – a new town-gown event. Dr. Thompson advises the Applied Communicators of Edinboro (ACE), Mens’ and Womens’ Ultimate Frisbee teams, and the university’s Disc Golf Association. Along with Dave Goodwill, Tim has been involved in the creation of the University’s disc golf course. He is the founding director of the Edinboro Highland Games and co-coordinator (along with Dr. Gary Grant) of Edinboro University’s Scotland Study Abroad Program.
Dr. Thompson’s research interests and publications deal with organizational communication and the social construction of mind. His recent textbooks include Making Your Mind: Communication and Social Influence (2015) and Communication, Organization, Adaptation: Mindfulness in Organizing (2018). This year he delivered short courses at national and regional conventions with Edinboro professor Dr. Melissa Gibson, and Dr. David Neumann of RIT, entitled “Teaching organizational communication with the marketplace simulation.”
Tim and his wife, Dee Dee, live in Edinboro where they raised five children.
Viki Hedderick joined the Edinboro Nursing faculty in 2003 after more than 20 years in the healthcare industry. Prior to coming to EU, she held various positions including bedside nurse (Critical Care), consultant and manager. While at Edinboro, she has served in many roles in the Nursing Department as the NCLEX Success Chair, ATI Coordinator and the Innovative Nursing program Coordinator, Senior Day Lead, Assistant Chair and Acting Chairperson.
Her clinical expertise in the area of Critical Care Nursing lends well to the courses she teaches that span all levels of the curriculum. This includes: Fundamentals in Nursing (NURS 201/202) to sophomores, Pharmacology (NURS 320) to juniors and Adult Health II (NURS 403)to seniors.
Students describe her as very animated, interesting and full of stories that relate to the course content. It is that engaging teaching style that led her to winning the 2015 Elsevier Leading Star in Education, a national award to recognize active learning in the classroom. She has completed dozens of book reviews for nursing and her research interests include anything that focuses on student success in the classroom and on NCLEX.
Dr. Hedderick is an active member in the Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society holding officer roles of president, counselor and delegate for the Edinboro Chapter, Nu Theta.
Her world outside of academics is all about her family and her faith - her husband (a Finance professor) and her 2 daughters in high school. To unwind, she also enjoys walks with her husband and reading non-textbooks.
Bringing a wide variety of experience, Dr. Roberts came to Edinboro University of PA in 2001. Dr. Roberts holds a Bachelor of Science in Education: Health and Physical Education from EU, an MBA with a focus on healthcare and health/wellness from Gannon University and a PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Roberts is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and a past-president of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter of the ACSM. Dr. Roberts has presented locally, regionally, nationally and internationally and has also appeared as an expert physiologist on the Travel Channel.
Currently serving as the chairperson of the Health and Physical Education Department, Dr. Roberts was also chair of the department from 2011 to 2014. He was named 2014-2015 Faculty Member of the Year.
Dr. Roberts teaches pedagogy and science based classes including: Research in Human Performance, Exercise Physiology I and Kinesiology. He is a member of PSAHPERD, SHAPE America, ACSM and the European College of Sport Science. In addition, he is a co-advisor of the Exercise Science Club.
Dr. Wesley joined the Edinboro faculty in 2011 after seven years as a high school math teacher for the Butler Area School District. She most frequently teaches courses in instructional techniques, assessment, and educational research at the graduate and undergraduate levels. She currently serves as the Assistant Chairperson for the Department of Middle & Secondary Education and Educational Leadership and as the co-advisor for Freshman Common Hour and the Middle-level and Secondary Education Club. She recently co-developed the STEM endorsement program along with Dr. Gwen Price and Dr. Joseph Johnson.
Since coming to EU, she has been actively involved with numerous university and department committees and service projects and professional development consultantships with area schools.
Her teaching has been recognized with a 2012 FEEC Educator of the Month Award, a 2015 Dr. Robert C. Webber Honors Program Award for Excellence in Teaching, and with nominations for the EU Faculty Member of the Year Award in 2012 and 2015.
Dr. Wesley’s professional career outside of academia includes serving on the executive boards of the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education, the Pennsylvania Professors of Middle Level Education, and the Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (Western Region). She is also an active member of the Pennsylvania Schools to Watch site visit team.
She enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter and traveling to visit family and friends.
Dr. Penny Orr is a Board Certified Registered Art Therapist and an Art Therapy Credentialed Supervisor. Dr. Orr is the past president of the ATCB board, Co-Director of the Edinboro Masters in Counseling/Art Therapy and a practicing Art Therapist. She has been teaching in higher education for the past 12 years and has worked with many populations as an art therapist. Dr. Orr has co-published two books, written chapters in two books and published many research articles. She has presented her research at regional, national and international conferences in the fields of art therapy, art education, and psychiatry.
Dr. Gary S. Grant, Department Chair and Professor of Music Education, has been a faculty member of Edinboro University since 1993, serving as Director of Bands (1993-2002) and Music Department Chair for 16 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-Columbia. Before joining the Edinboro faculty, Dr. Grant was the Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Missouri-Columbia. His responsibilities at Edinboro include teaching music methodology, conducting, arranging, brass class, First Year Experience courses, and supervision of student teachers.
Dr. Grant is active as a clinician and adjudicator for Concert, Jazz, and Marching Bands throughout the US and Canada. While on sabbatical during the 2011-2012 academic year, he researched the use of technology in the classroom, and has presented numerous technology related lectures and presentations on and off campus. Some of the areas include using the iPad as a teaching tool, website design and creation, and on-line teaching.
He has twice been 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 in 2009 for significant and lasting contributions to the cause of music in America.
Co-coordinator of the Scotland Study Abroad Program with Dr. Tim Thompson, Dr. Grant has traveled to Scotland four times, teaching 'Music of the British Isles'. Originally from the Northwest Chicago suburbs, he lives in Edinboro with his wonderful wife and amazing dogs.
Samuel Claster completed his undergraduate and master’s degree work at EU where he first found his passion for Sociology and developed a desire to enter academic life. Sam joined the faculty in 2009 while completing his doctoral work at South Dakota State University. In the fall of 2010, he completed his doctoral dissertation entitled “Pundit Wars: An Investigation into the Pragmatics of News Talk Programs.” As a specialist in social theory, his interdisciplinary work explores contemporary cultural and social shifts in news media and their civic impact. Currently, he is writing a chapter on social structure and interaction for an Introductory textbook for Sociology courses. An active member in the local faculty Union (APSCUF), Sam also engages in scholarship focused on the structural changes in Higher Education. In addition, Sam is working to develop and implement institutional climate research with the Office of Social Equity.
Sam is known on campus for his engaging classroom lecture style and rapport with students. In fact, Sam has been nominated for the Faculty Member of the Year award every year that he has been at Edinboro. Perhaps his greatest passion is mentoring undergraduate students engaging in research. Many of his students have presented and won recognition for their work at regional conferences. Beyond teaching and scholarship, Sam also serves on many committees and advises multiple student government, athletic and Greek organizations.
Sam’s wife and colleague Patricia Claster is also a faculty member in the Department of Sociology. When they are not researching, engaging and debating the social universe, they enjoy time at home with their son Benjamin.
Mary Paniccia Carden received her doctorate from the State University of New York at Binghamton. She taught at SUNY Binghamton and Southeastern Oklahoma State University before joining the Edinboro faculty in 2002. She teaches courses ranging from composition to literature survey courses to advanced seminars for majors. She is currently chairperson of the department of English and Philosophy.
Dr. Carden’s research interests are varied. She is the author of Sons and Daughters of Self-Made Men: Improvising Gender, Place, Nation in American Literature (Bucknell UP 2010) and co-editor of Doubled Plots: Romance and History (U of Mississippi Press 203). Dr. Carden has published articles on authors including William Faulkner, Toni Morrison, Jane Smiley, Alice McDermott, and Jack Kerouac in scholarly journals such as Twentieth Century Literature, Modern Fiction Studies, Contemporary Literature, and African-American Review.
She specializes in modern and contemporary American literature, autobiography, and literature by women. Dr. Carden is currently at work on a manuscript addressing the autobiographical practices of Beat-associated women writers. In 2010, she was named Edinboro University’s Scholar of the Year.
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.