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.
Maria received her M.S. degree from Gannon University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and trained EMDR therapist. She has been in private practice since 1999. Her professional interests include working with trauma, depression, anxiety and adjustment issues. She enjoys weekends with family and friends, exploring new places and is a Reiki Master.
Professor Deka has been teaching in the Art History area since 1992. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Art History in 1979 from The Ohio State University. He completed his master’s and doctoral degrees in Art History and Museum Studies at Case Western Reserve University in 1983 and 1991 respectively, through a joint program with the Cleveland Museum of Art. Simultaneously, he worked as an instructor in the Education Department at the museum between 1981-1991. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, he taught at Cleveland State University and John Carroll University before arriving at Edinboro.
During his doctoral studies, he specialized in Greek and Roman art and received secondary training in Medieval, Renaissance and Indian art. His tenure at the Cleveland Museum likewise influenced his research interests in examining the artistic syntheses produced by contacts between cultures. He currently teaches courses in ancient, early western and non- western art.
Dr. Eperthener has been a member of the HPE department faculty since 2009 and currently serves as the advisor to the HPE Club. She is also a licensed Athletic Trainer, Performance Enhancement Specialist (NASM), and instructor for the American Red Cross. She serves as a faculty mentor for the Student Athletic Enrichment Program. Her doctoral research focused on health and safety education for youth sport coaches. She is an active member of the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society. Her hobbies include traveling, reading, various crafts, running, and snowshoeing.
Ed.D., Health Care Education – Nova Southeastern University
M.Ed., Middle & Secondary Instruction – Edinboro University
B.S., Athletic Training – California University of PA
Presentations & Publications: Dr. Eperthener has presented at the Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Convention, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Clinical Symposium, and the Pennsylvania School Counselor’s Association convention. Dr. Eperthener has also published a clinical case study in Athletic Therapy Today.
Dr. Joel Erion is a professor of school psychology in the Department of Professional Studies. He earned his doctorate in School Psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Prior to coming to Edinboro University in 1996, Dr. Erion worked as a school psychologist in the public schools for 16 years. In 1993 he was chosen as School Psychologist of the Year by the Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania. In 1994 he served as president of this same organization. Dr. Erion is a nationally certified school psychologist and a licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania.
Research interests include parent tutoring, response to instruction and intervention and single-case design research. Dr. Erion has presented and published on numerous occasions, frequently with student co-authors. He serves as faculty advisor to the graduate honor society, Alpha Epsilon Lambda and the School Psychology Club. Dr. Erion serves as a lead program reviewer for the National Association of School Psychologists. Working with Edinboro University management and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), he helped to have PASSHE recognize the Educational Specialist degree. In 2011 Edinboro University’s School Psychology program became the first in the state system to award the Educational Specialist degree. Dr. Erion has served as the chair of the Department of Counseling, School Psychology, and Special Education since the spring of 2013.
Dr. Erion has four awesome adult children and three beautiful grandchildren
Originally from East Aurora, NY, Professor Karen Ernst is an associate professor in the Art Department, teaching Woodworking/Furniture Design. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from SUNY Geneseo and a Master of Fine Arts in Furniture Design from the Rhode Island School of Design and has almost twenty years of woodworking and design experience. During and after her academic studies, she was employed by Spykman Design in Keene, NH, makers of custom cabinetry and fine furniture. In 2003-04 she was an artist-in-residence and summer workshop assistant at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, CO.
She joined the Edinboro faculty in 2004 and helped to found the Wood Furniture Club, to which she is the faculty advisor. In 2013, she received a grant from the Windgate Charitable Foundation to replace and upgrade much of the equipment in the wood studio, as well as provide scholarships to students in the Wood, Metals, and Ceramics Programs at Edinboro.
She is an active member of The Furniture Society and has served as a juror for the Innovation Erie product design competition for the last six years.
The furniture and sculptural objects she designs and builds have been exhibited in numerous museums and galleries across the US and are included in many private collections. Her work is featured in the Lark Books publications “500 Chairs”, “500 Tables,” and “500 Cabinets,” as well as Schiffer Publishing’s “The Maker’s Hand: Contemporary Studio Furniture.”
Dr. Elizabeth Etter has performed on many stages throughout the United States and Europe as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Her performances include the Erie Philharmonic, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Chautauqua Chamber Orchestra, Pittsburgh Baroque Ensemble, Cleveland Camerata, Erie Chamber Orchestra, and the Holter Chamber Music Festival in Italy. She founded and directed the International Allegheny Summer Music Festival and Music Outreach Institute at Allegheny College as well as the International Youth Music Festival.
Her performances and interviews have been aired on WQED, WCLV, and WQLN. She has served as a juror and moderator for national competitions and conferences such as Chamber Music America and the Southeast Asian International Piano Competition (broadcast on Indonesian television).
Other faculty appointments include the Cleveland Institute of Music (preparatory) and Allegheny College. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she specialized in Collaborative Piano and Harpsichord Performance.
Dr. James Daniel Fisher has been teaching at Edinboro University since 2000; he is also an alumnus of the school (class of 1993, with degrees in political science and English). He is a professor of politics and legal studies and chair of the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice.
Professor Fisher holds a law degree from the College of William and Mary and a PhD in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He teaches courses in law and politics, political theory, and American politics. He is particularly interested in “reproductive politics” (the law and politics of abortion, contraception, population control, and sex education), civil liberties (particularly First Amendment issues), and the United States Supreme Court. He regularly gives public lectures and participates in public forums discussing constitutional and legal issues. He has provided political analysis to the Erie Times-News and local television news organizations.
Professor Fisher trained as a community organizer with the Gamaliel Foundation and has served in leadership positions in several nonprofit organizations. He has been nominated twice for Edinboro’s Educator of the Year award.
Gerry Gendlin came to Edinboro University in 2002 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was doing research on Russia's infrastructure in the Center for International Studies. He has also taught at Tufts University, College of the Holy Cross, and the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), where he was the first foreign full-time faculty member. Since coming to EU, he has taught 13 different courses, including American Foreign Policy, National Security, Politics of Russia, and American Politics. He maintains an active research agenda and has frequently presented papers at annual meetings and conferences, including those held by the Midwest Political Science Association, the Southwest Social Science Association, and the American Association of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Often sought by the media for comment on global affairs, he has appeared locally on WICU (Channel 12) and nationally on CBS radio. Beyond Edinboro, he has been involved with community education, serving on the board of a local early learning program and the Ready for Life Scholastic Center. His undergraduate degree is in journalism, with a minor in philosophy, from California State University, Northridge; and his master’s and doctoral degrees are from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Dr. Jerra Jenrette came to EU in 1992 as an instructor of history. She earned a double major in history and theology from Mars Hill College, a Master of Arts in History from Appalachian State University, and her Ph.D. in history from West Virginia University. She has been promoted to full professor of history, served as chair of the Department of History, Anthropology, and World Languages from 1999-2014, and is currently the program director for the MA Social Sciences.
She has presented papers at academic conferences including the Ohio Valley Historical Society, Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture Conference, and the Georgia Association of Historians annual meetings. Dr. Jenrette has published in the Journal of Popular Culture, West Virginia History, the Journal of Erie Studies, the Historical Journal of Massachusetts, and is co-author of a book entitled Erie, The Invisible City: 1930s-1960s. Her most recent research focuses on women and war, and she has an article forthcoming on NC women during World War I as well as a book-length manuscript on women, propaganda, and World War II, from the University of Tennessee Press. She served for 14 years on the University Wide Curriculum Committee, served in APSCUF, and the Advising Quality Committee. She has been a member of the College Bowl Planning Committee since its inaugural year in 2007, and was the 1998 recipient of the Educator of the Year Award.
She loves to travel widely, reads historical novels and southern fiction, walks daily, and enjoys living in Edinboro with family and cats.
Heather A. Kenny earned her Master of Education and Ph.D. from the University of Toledo, having been awarded a University Fellowship by that institution, and recognized twice as the Outstanding Graduate in Curriculum and Instruction. She joined the Edinboro University faculty in 2009, and teaches graduate and undergraduate literacy courses in the School of Education.
Dr. Kenny has an active scholarship and research agenda. She has co-authored two books, written journal articles and curriculum, and is a contributing author to “The Sage Encyclopedia of Early Childhood Education” (in press). She has presented original research at international, national, and state level conferences; traveled extensively across North America, providing professional development to educators, school administrators and support staff; and co-authored online professional learning courses which were developed in connection with the Ohio Department of Education.
Prior to her career in academia, Dr. Kenny spent over 15 years as a professional educator, serving as a classroom teacher, teacher-trainer, professional development facilitator, educational consultant and advisor to the Ontario Ministry of Education.
Since joining the EU faculty, Dr. Kenny has been very active in service to the university and to the broader educational community. She has served as Graduate Program Head of Reading, Reading Clinic Coordinator, literacy consultant, literacy intervention specialist, curriculum reviewer and expert reviewer.
Dr. Kenny’s professional and research interests include instructional practices related to foundational literacy skills, the professional development of teachers, and the affordances of online learning environments.
Professor Chris Lantinen has worked as a newspaper reporter and editor at the Titusville (PA) Herald and owns and operates Modern Vinyl, a music blog that has been cited in national publications such as Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly. He serves as faculty advisor to The Spectator, Edinboro University’s weekly campus newspaper, and teaches courses such as Digital Media Design and Intermediate Reporting. Professor Lantinen holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Edinboro University.
Dr. Meg Larson is an assistant professor in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and MSN for Family Nurse Practitioner programs in the Edinboro and Clarion University consortium. She holds a DNP from Robert Morris University and her BSN and MSN from Edinboro University. She also holds a Certificate in Medical Education Curriculum and Program development from the University of New England.
Dr. Larson is a primary care practitioner at a rural health clinic in northwestern Pennsylvania. She is a clinical champion for patient education and the electronic health record. She piloted telehealth programs for patients who have no access to specialized care because of geography and healthcare provider shortages. She is a frequent preceptor for nurse practitioner students from Edinboro University and Gannon University.
She has been a practicing nurse for more than 28 years and has been an Advanced Practice Nurse for 18. Her experience has covered a number of specialties including medical, surgical, immunology, orthopedic, postpartum and critical care. She now works as a nurse practitioner in family practice. Dr. Larson has received many awards in her practice including a letter of commendation from the secretary of the Veterans Administration.
Her research focused on patient and provider communication and health literacy. She published on the topic and continues to work with professional health care providers to improve patient–provider communication. Dr. Larson remains interested in health literacy, rural and telehealth and clinical collaboration to promote better care. She is an advocate for nurses and nursing education.
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.
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. Laurie Parendes joined the EU faculty in 1999 after completing her PhD in geography at Oregon State University. Prior to being a professor, she studied cypress swamps in Florida, served as Women in Development Coordinator for Peace Corps/Nepal, worked for California Department of Fish and Game’s Endangered Plant Program, and edited scientific manuscripts for the College of Forestry at Oregon State University.
As a geographer, she is intrigued by the relationship between humans and the environment, and both her teaching and research reflect this interest. She teaches introductory courses on environmental issues and conservation of natural resources, including special sections for honors and First Year Experience students. She also teaches advanced courses on biogeography, geography of water resources, and a seminar in geography (most recently on the timely topic of invasive species).
Her PhD research on invasive plants in Oregon was followed by a study of zebra mussel invasion in Edinboro Lake, which she has been monitoring since 2001 when they were first discovered locally. Pennsylvania SeaGrant provided the initial funding, and many undergraduate students have worked on this project, either as volunteers, independent study students, or part of a class project.
She contributes time and energy in a variety of arenas on campus and in the wider community, including peer reviews of grant proposals, recruitment events for prospective students, honorary captain for women’s athletic events, and workshops for local environmental groups. She belongs to several professional and conservation organizations, including Association of American Geographers and French Creek Valley Conservancy.
James Parlin is a professor of Sculpture and Three-Dimensional Design, and currently serves as Chairperson of the Art Department. His undergraduate degree is in religious thought from the University of Pennsylvania, and his graduate degree is in Sculpture, also from Penn. He is an active artist and shows his work regularly in a variety of national and regional venues. He is represented by the Schmidt Dean Gallery in Philadelphia, PA. Parlin has a long record of service with APSCUF, the professors’ union, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA.
Dr. Ron Raymond has more than 30 years of experience in the radio industry, working on air and as a manager for stations in Florida and Pennsylvania, most recently as general manager of WCTL-FM, Erie’s Contemporary Christian station. He serves as faculty advisor to WFSE-FM, Edinboro University’s campus station, and as business manager for all three of the university’s campus media organizations. His primary teaching responsibilities include Audio Production and Beginning Reporting, as well as courses in announcing and station management, sales and promotion. Dr. Raymond holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Edinboro University and a doctorate from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He also serves as the department's internship director and undergraduate program coordinator.
Dr. Reagan has been a member of the Health and Physical Education Department faculty since May 2000. From 1989 to 1999 he served in the capacity of Coordinator of Recreation and Athletic Study within the Department of Student Affairs. He currently serves as Program Director for Sport and Recreation Administration. Dr. Reagan is also currently serving as the advisor to the Sport and Recreation Club. He has previously served as department assistant chairperson, director of the HPE Junior Field Experience program, board chair of the local YMCA, and a member of the Greater Erie Metro YMCA board. He is an avid fitness enthusiast and golfer. He is a husband and father of four children.
Affiliations & Organizations: National Intramural-Recreational Sport Association, National Parks and Recreation Association, Facility Consultant to National Playground Association
Publications & Presentations: Dr. Reagan has researched and written numerous fitness-related articles for local newspapers, magazines and other mass media outlets. He has published over 100 articles.
Cassandra Reese earned a BFA in Applied Media Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design in 2006 and an MA in Art Education in 2011 from Edinboro University. In 2017, she earned an MFA in Visual Communication Design from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.
Reese has taught at EU as an instructor of Graphic & Interactive Design since 2013. While pursuing her MFA, she also taught as an instructor of Graphic Design at Kent State University. She worked as a web designer for the Erie-based advertising agency, BENSUR Creative Marketing Group, from 2006–09. In this position, she designed, developed and maintained clients websites using knowledge of HTML and CSS. She interned at Fortune Small Business Magazine in New York in 2005.
From 2011–17, she was the art teacher for a summer program for ESL students in grade 1-8 culminating in collaborative mural projects. In 2015, she developed and taught a graphic design summer program at EU for students in grades 7–10.
Her research interests revolve around the connection between mindfulness and design and recently focused on the relationship between breathing and rhythmic visualizations. Recent projects include graduate design research with NASA, personal design research rooted in motion and mindful design and graphic and interactive projects including the opening and closing credits for the animated short film, Mni Wiconi, which was directed and animated by Professor Michael Genz of EU.
Joe Reese joined the Edinboro University geosciences faculty in 2002 after six years at NW Missouri State. Since coming home, he has taught over a dozen different courses. His offerings range across the geology curriculum to first-year courses, honors courses, and field courses co-taught with EU colleague Eric Straffin. Beyond courses related to his expertise in structural geology, tectonics and the geologic history of Laurentia, he created new courses on geologic hazards and Marcellus Shale geology and helped develop the new Energy Resources track. He has served on many committees at department and university levels and is co-chair of the Geosciences Student Learning Objectives Assessment committee.
A long-time National Association of Geoscience Teachers member, he is keenly interested in undergraduate geoscience education and placed-based education and has participated in numerous proceedings devoted to these topics. He routinely presents scholarly works, especially at meetings of the Geological Society of America, describing innovative techniques and alternative strategies in the classroom. Also, he continues to explore the usage of satellite imagery to document large-scale geologic features and processes and Earth system interactions and changes.
His professional career outside of geology has focused on how sense of place and U.S. craft beer iconography intertwine to create strong, vivid expressions of local settings. With Kutztown University colleague Steve Schnell, he co-authored two well-received tomes on the topic, the latest a chapter in “The Geography of Beer”. Personal interests extend to travel to national parks, good food, Americana music, and history of European art.
Mr. Schaffer earned his master’s degree in Social Work with a concentration in Mental Health from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Social Work in 1991; Bachelor of Social Work from Slippery Rock University in 1989; and Liberal Arts Degree from Penn State University in 1986.
Mr. Schaffer has been an Adjunct in Edinboro University’s Social Work Department since 2012. He was an Adjunct at Thiel College, Department of Sociology, Greenville, Pa., for 5 years; and also taught at California University of Pa., School of Social Work and the University of Cincinnati, School of Social Work. He is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), Board Certified Diplomat in Clinical Social Work and a Certified Forensic Social Worker.
Mr. Schaffer has presented at numerous national and international conferences, seminars, workshops and published 3 book chapters and over 20 articles, all on military veterans in the areas of: 1) Forensic, 2) Homelessness, 3) Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), 4) Sexual Offenders and 5) Fatherhood. He retired as the Coordinator, Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO), Liaison, Veterans Treatment Court (VTC), VA Medical Center, and Butler, Pa. He is an honorably discharged U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, 1976-82.
Mr. Schaffer is a father of 19 year old triplets; 2 boys and a girl. His sons are Navy and Army reserves and his daughter attends EU. He is an active community and non-profit volunteer. He is an avid weight lifter and has practiced Judo, Tae Kwon Do and most recently Hapkido.
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.
Dr. Kristin Webber joined the faculty at Edinboro University in 2012 after serving 18 years as a K-12 classroom teacher. Since coming to Edinboro University, she has assumed the position of program head for the Graduate Reading Program where she oversees the Reading Specialist program and coordinates the Reading Clinical held every summer. She teaches undergraduate courses in the Early Childhood program as well as graduate courses in the Reading program.
Dr. Webber keeps an active scholarly agenda. She regularly presents at state and national conferences including the International Literacy Association’s Annual Convention. Her articles have appeared in publications such as Educational Leadership, Ohio Journal for English Language Arts, and the Ohio Reading Teacher. She is a contributing author for the Technology in Literacy Education blog that appears in Reading Online Today (www.reading.org) and serves as an associate editor for the Ohio Reading Teacher.
With her husband and their two teenage children, family activities are an important part of her life. In addition to being a dance mom and a soccer mom, she is an officer of the Badger Athletic Boosters, the Badger Cheerleading Boosters, and the Joseph Badger Soccer Organization.
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