Current Student Profiles
Grant B. Adkins
Grant has a B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies and a M.A. in Security management from American Military University, American Public University System. He is currently working on his Masters in Adult Education through the Penn State World Campus. He is a Senior Project Analyst for the U.S. Navy in San Diego, CA. His work experience includes service in the U.S. Army as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician overseas in Korea, Egypt, Kosovo, Afganistan and Germany. His research interest is applying distance learning/adult education globally.
Jerome Agelu has Bachelor’s degrees in the areas of Philosophy (B.Phil) of Makerere University, Kampala and Sacred Theology (B. Theology), and Urbaniana Pontifical University in Rome, and has attained a Post Graduate Diploma in Education in Makerere University – Kampala in the teaching subjects of History and Christian Religious Education. He attained a MA in the field of Development Studies and Education at Uganda Martyrs University - Kampala. Currently, Jerome is pursuing a Dual Title Ph.D. Degree in the Adult Education and Comparative and International Education. He has been a Chaplain and teacher in high schools for the last twelve years, and within the same period, he was appointed Assistant Lecturer in Uganda Christian University. Jerome received appointment and served as Regional Coordinator of Democracy Election Monitoring Group in Uganda. He also served as a Regional Coordinator to the Uganda Joint Christian Council, where he played roles in peace mediation and building between tribal groups. He has interests to carry out research in adult learning and knowledge and skills acquisition in informal economy sectors.
Liliane has a B.A. in Media from Penn State and is currently working on her Masters in Adult Education through the Penn State World Campus.
Tammy has a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, with a certificate in Communication. She earned her M.Ed. from Lock Haven University. Currently, she is an academic advisor and course instructor in the College of Agricultural Sciences. Tammy teaches a FYS course for the Environmental Resource Management section, and an international embedded study course to Costa Rica. Her areas of interest include online learning, international study abroad, learning styles and developing engaging curriculum. She has presented at the NACTA –North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture conference in Blacksburg, VA, as well as serving as a panelist at the Penn State Media Commons annual symposium where she spoke on using mobile media in an embedded study abroad course. has a B.A. in Media from Penn State and is currently working on her Masters in Adult Education through the Penn State World Campus.
Richard has a B.S. in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the University of Houston, a M.S. in Hospitality and Tourism from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and a M.Ed. in Adult Education from Penn State and is currently in the D.Ed. program. He is currently the Academic Support Resource Coordinator at Penn State World Campus and has worked as an Academic Adviser in the College of the Liberal Arts and as a Program Manager at the University Learning Centers at Penn State. His research interests are in using Web 2.0 technologies to build community amongst adult, distance education learners to enhance retention.
Carolyn has a B.S. in Social Science and History and an M.S. Ed. in College Student Personnel from Illinois State University. She has done Post-Master’s graduate work in American Studies from William and Mary College. Her work experience includes GED Instructor at a Community College; Special Projects Assistant to the President at a Private Liberal Arts College; Assistant Director of Career Services at State University; Executive Director of a Tax Conference; Director of Career Education at a proprietary school; and Coordinator of Off-Campus Programs for state university. Currently, she serves as Assistant Dean for the Office of Extended Studies at Shippensburg University. Her research interest is culturally diverse cohorts.
Jean has a B.S. in Education from Penn State and a M.S.W. from Marywood University. Her work experience has been in various settings with children and families. Currently, she maintains a private practice with children, adolescents and families in Clearfiled, PA, and is an adjunct instructor in graduate social work and play therapy for Temple University Harrisburg. She is a licensed clinical social worker and registered play therapist/supervisor. She has just become a partner in establishing a training center in Clearfield, PA to provide continuing education to licensed professionals. Her research interest is parent education, particularly for parents who have a child with a mental health disorder.
Maricela has a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from The State University of New Jersey–Rutgers and a Masters in Educational Psychology from Penn State. Her work experience includes: English as a Second Language Teacher (ESL) and a Spanish & Successful Strategies Teacher for Upward Bound Program and Educational Opportunity Fund Program (EOF). Her research interest is developing programs and trainings for parents to incorporate literacy activities in their preschoolers’ everyday life.
Michelle has a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State University and an M.S. in Higher Education from Drexel University. Additionally, she earned a Certificate in Distance Education from Penn State University. Michelle is currently pursuing a PhD in Adult Education. She has worked as a counselor for women and children in both educational and shelter environments, was formerly a co-owner of an art/antique/gift store, and has held internship positions in higher education focused on student affairs, student engagement, retention, and program development. Her research interests include understanding the work/life balance of student-mothers, rural adult students' experiences in higher education, adult student retention in higher education, distance education, and lifelong learning.
Michael D. Crandall
Michael has a B.A. in Career Arts from Southwestern Assemblies of God University and a M.Ed. in Adult Education from Penn State University. His work experience includes: active volunteerism within religious and community based organizations. His research interest is understanding the role sociocultural historic religious identity plays as an influencing factor for adults engaging in education in community settings.
Tara has a B.S.Ed. in Mathematics from Millersville University and a M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction from Bloomsburg University. Her work experience includes: teaching eighth grade mathematics and collegiate developmental mathematics.
Nakita attained a Bachelor’s Degree in English Language and Literature at the University of Maryland -College Park. She earned a Master’s of Science in professional writing at Towson University in Maryland. Nakita's professional experiences include working at the University of Maryland in the Educational opportunity center, a TRIO program that serves first generation low income students, and as a staff member within the Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Studies. Her experiences as an adult learner and as an employee at the University of Maryland have strongly influenced her decision to purse a D.Ed. in Adult Education. She hopes to return to higher education with the skills necessary to help adult learners; like military veterans and other non-traditional student populations obtain post-secondary degrees/ credentials. She has an interest in distance education, technology in the classroom, and adult learning theory.
Terrance L. Faunce
Terrance has an associate degree in Art from La Verne College, a B.S. in Work Force Education from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale and is currently working on his Masters in Adult Education through the Penn State World Campus. His work experience includes instructing.
Kirk D. Fleming
Kirk has a B.A. in Psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a M.Ed. in Instructional Systems from Florida State University and a M.B.A. in Business from the University of Richmond. His work experience includes corporate training & development. His research interest is how leaders use affect to foster creativity in the workplace.
Rob has a B.A. in Speech Communications from University of Washington and a M.Ed. in Adult Education from Seattle University. His work experience includes teaching English, sales, and project management. His topics of interest are University and Community engagement and Collaborative partnerships between Western academia and African Higher Education institutions.
Shannon has a B.A. in Linguistics from Purdue University and a M.A. in Linguistics from Trinity Western University. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Adult Education. Her work experience includes teaching English and medical device research. Her research interests are adult literacy and cross-cultural communication.
Carmen has a B.A. in African – American & Educational Studies from Washington University in St. Louis, a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration - Student Development from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, and a Master of Divinity - Academic Ministries from Columbia International University. Her work experience includes customer service and student affairs. Her research interests are adult religious education and structure strategy.
Jeremiah Compton Gee
Jeremiah holds a B.S. in psychology from Nyack College Manhattan Center and a M.S.Ed. from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. He is the 2010-11 David H. Nicholson Fellow, working on his Ph.D in adult education. His research focuses on the needs and opportunities of incarcerated people--especially in rural America--with special attention paid to the connections between local jails, the structure of their surrounding communities, and the process of re-entry from jail into the community. Jeremiah's research has been published in American Jails, The Journal of Correctional Education, and The Anthology of Vocational Education in Correctional Facilities: A Personal Perspective. Jeremiah is interested in finding other researchers who are specifically interested in the education and literacy of those who are incarcerated, so please feel free to contact him.
Edith has a B.A. in Finance from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a MBA in International Business from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Her work experience includes community development, social services and adult literacy in New York City. Her topic of interest is the racialized experiences of South Asian Americans in the United States of America.
Ramazan has a B.A. in foreign language education and a MA in adult education from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey. His work experience includes teaching English as a foreign language to adults as well as middle-school and college students in different educational settings in Istanbul. For more information please visit http://www.ramazangungor.net/
Allan has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Penn State University and a M.Ed. in Adult Education from Penn State University. His work experience includes: instructional technologist, project manager and the Teaching and Learning with Technology group within Information Technology Services. Research interest is: Educational uses of social media and Web 2.0 tools; specifically, the way podcasts can be used to reach a diverse adult population and the use of tools like wikis to help a community plan collectively. Allan works full time as the Assistant Director of Education Technology Services at Penn State.
Annie has a B.S. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Temple University and a M. Ed. in College Student Affairs from Penn State. Annie is currently pursuing her PhD in Adult Education concurrently with a Masters in Higher Education. Her work experience includes teaching from K-graduate level, diversity education and student affairs. She is currently employed in the Affirmative Action Office at Penn State. Her research interests are campus climate for staff and the role of diversity educators.
Adelina has earned her B.AA in Russian Philology and M.A. in Teaching Russian Language and Literature from Sofia University, Bulgaria; her Interim teaching certificate from Lethbridge University, AB, Canada; and her M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) from University of Idaho. Currently she is a TOEFL writing instructor for the State College Area School District Community Education and Adult Education Center. Her research interests include literacy for culturally and linguistically diverse populations, bilingualism and multilingualism in the global context, measurements of success for adult learners, comparative and international education, distance education and web-based learning.
Pei-ling has a B.S. in Forestry from the National Taiwan University and a M.Ed. in Educational Technology from Arkansas Tech University. Her work experience includes: math teacher and data assistant. Her research interest is distance education.
Adam has a B.A. in Mass Communication from York College of Pennsylvania and an M.A. in Communication Studies from Ball State University. He is currently a face-to-face and online instructor of various communication courses at several colleges and universities. His research interest is in distance education, particularly issues of course design and administration.
John has a B.S. in Economics from Penn State University and a Master’s in Leadership Development from Penn State University. His work experience is comprised of years in the business world. His research interest is leadership education.
Courtney earned a B.S. in French and Francophone Studies from Penn State. She then went on to earn a M.Ed in Secondary Education from Chestnut Hill College while concurrently teaching full time in Philadelphia through Teach for America. After her assignment with Teach for America, Courtney taught at Central Bucks South High School. She is currently in the D.Ed program for Adult Education at Penn State.
Lorna has a B.A. in Linguistics and an M.S. in Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh. She has worked in higher education as an information services director, program director, advisor, adjunct professor, and instructional design research associate. Her research interests include instructional design and faculty development for online and distance learning.
Andrew has a B.A. degree from Houghton College in English, an M.Ed. from Shippensburg University, an M.Div. from Alliance Theological Seminary, and a Diplôme Supérieur d’Etudes Francaises from the Université de Poitiers, France. His work experience includes: college and high school English teacher, and pastor and missionary. His research interest is cross-cultural spiritual learning and development through continuing education.
Ally Krupar holds a Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology from Case Western Reserve University and a Masters of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies focusing on conflict resolution, human rights law and anthropology from American University. Currently, Ally is pursuing a dual-title PhD in Adult Education and Comparative International Education with specific research interests on conflict affected populations. She has taught at the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul and worked in distance and e-learning at Makerere University's Infectious Disease Institute in Kampala, Uganda and American University in Washington, DC. Her research focuses on adult and youth education in conflict affected environments where formal education is unreliable or unaccessible, particularly women's educational programming, NGOs and notions of empowerment.
Pei-Wei has a Bachelor degree in Elementary Education from National Taichung University of Education, Taiwan and a master degree in Instructional Systems from Penn State. She is working on her Ph.D. in Adult Education. Her research interests are informal learning, technology enhanced learning and e-learning.
Evelyn has a B.A. in Design from the University of California – Los Angeles. Her work experience includes numerous years as an Adult Ed teacher.
Sandy has a B.A. in Education and a Master's degree in Communication Studies from Bloomsburg University. She is currently employed as an instructor at Pennsylvnaia College of Technology in Williamsport. She teaches composition and public speaking. Her research interests are the motivational characteristics that contribute to students' success at a technical school.
Erin has a B.A. in advertising and public relations, a post baccalaureate certificate in distance education, and a M.Ed. in Adult Education, all from Penn State. She is currently a lecturer and learning designer at Penn State’s John A. Dutton e-Education Institute in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences where she works to develop effective online and blended courses collaboratively with faculty, subject matter experts, and staff, in order to create successful student learning outcomes through teaching, learning, assessment, and reflection. Her research interests include: MOOCs, generational differences and the effect on preferred learning methods and technology use in education, digital literacy, and the use of Web 2.0 tools and other enhanced technologies in learning environments.
Melissa's prior degrees are both in English. She earned her Bachelor's degree from Penn State Behrend and her Masters was obtained at Cleveland State University. Currently, Melissa works as a Writing Mentor at Western Governors University. Melissa is also a member of the Pennsylvania College English Association board. Currently, Melissa is in the doctoral program in Adult Education with a specialization in Distance Learning.
Stacy has a B.S. in Nursing from Duquesne University and a Master’s in Nursing from Widener University. Her work experience includes: registered nurse - cardiovascular, Staff Development, and assistant professor in nursing. Her research interest is nursing retention.
Joanna “Josy” Lyons
Joanna has a B.S. in Education from St. Josephs College, Maine and an M.Ed. in Adult Education from Penn State. Her work experience includes: school nurse, childbirth educator, deputy coroner, Research Coordinator and R.N. She currently works in Continuous Quality Improvement and Post approval Review at the Office for Research Protections at Penn State. Her research interest is the experience of volunteers in research.
Mike has a B.S. in Operations Research from the U.S. Air Force Academy and is currently working on his Masters in Adult Education through the Penn State World Campus. His work experience includes: an active duty Air Force officer, Mathematics TA at the Academy, USAF pilot. His research interest is workplace learning environments.
Carol has a B.S. in Business Administration and a M.Ed. in training and Development from Penn State and is currently ABD in the Adult Education Program at Penn State Harrisburg. After working in the accounting field, she transitioned to running a computer lab in an elementary school. Most recently she has been working as an instructional designer and managing the Faculty Center for Teaching and Instructional Technology at Penn State Harrisburg. Her research interests are in faculty professional development, especially regarding online teaching.
Jennifer Blackburn Miller
Jennifer has a B.A. in Philosophy and Religious Studies from Radford University in Virginia, and a M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language from Penn State University. Jennifer is currently pursuing a dual-title doctoral degree in Adult Education and Comparative and International Education. Her work experience includes primarily ESL tutoring and teaching. Her research interests involve using creative methods in teaching and trans-formative adult learning.
Lisa A Murray
Lisa has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Arkansas – Fayttville and a Master’s in Training and Development from Penn State University. Her work experience includes research administrator at Penn State, and faculty training facilitator. Her research interest is critical media literacy.
Dana has a B.A. in English from Rhode Island College and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University. Her work experience includes: oncology/trauma clinical social worker and international social services. Her research interests are the intersection of adult education and social work - transformative learning, adult education and care giver needs, refugee populations and indigenous knowledge.
Hyewon has a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Seoul and a M.A. in Education from Yonsei University. Her work experience includes: various researches related to the curriculum development for vocational education and lectures about civil education and HRD. Her research interest is workplace learning for adult learners.
Lucy has a two-year teaching certificate from the Institute of Education in Singapore, a Bachelor of Human Ecology (Family/Child Studies) from the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada, and is currently working on her Masters in Adult Education through the Penn State World Campus. Her work experience includes: primary school instruction in Singapore, early childhood education in British Columbia, Canada, and working as an educational advisor at a privately funded, liberal arts university in British Columbia, Canada. Her research interests are international students, critical thinking, distance education, degree completion programs, and community of inquiry.
Paula has her M.A. in Counseling Psyvhology from Kutztown University and a B.S.B.A. in Economics from The Pennsylvania State University. She is a candidate in the Adult Education doctoral program at Penn State Harrisburg. Paula is the Director of the Act 101 Program at Kutztown University. Act 101 is a Pennsylvania grant-funded program designed to provide studetn support to academically and economically disadvantaged students. Her research interests include retention and persistence of both developmental and adult undergraduate students. Additional areas of research interest include working with the life course theory in the study of family influence particularly in regard to academic attainment.
Ernie has a B.S. in Economics and Psychology from Allegheny College and a M.B.A. in Business Administration from Penn State University. His work experience includes business consulting, and psychiatric health services - management and counseling. His research interest is online and blended learning in adult learner outreach programs.
J. Paul Rutter III
Paul has a B.S. in Finance from the University of South Carolina and a M.Ed. in Adult Education from Penn State University. His work experience includes: nuclear submarine mechanic, commercial banker and education market research. His research interests are public funding of education for adults, politics, and quantitative and qualitative research methods.
Elizabeth (Beth) Shakespeare
Beth has a B.S. in Communications and Spanish from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an M.A. in Elementary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Beth is a dual-title Ph.D. candidate in Adult Education and Comparative & International Education. Beth has experience teaching elementary and adult English language learners in both public and continuing education settings. Beth has additional experience in corporate training and development, and her research interests include adult women’s learning and multicultural notions of success in the global workplace.
Colleen has a B.A. in Biology from Monmouth College (IL) and a M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. Colleen is currently pursuing a dual-title Ph.D. degree in Adult Education and Comparative and International Education. She has worked as a teacher and teacher trainer in the U.S., Ghana, Bolivia, South Africa, and Krygzystan including work as a Peace Corps Volunteer and an English Language Fellow through the U.S. State Department. Her research interests include transnational/transcultural identity, culturally-relevant pedagogy, and the role of community in the adult classroom as well as adult educational issues related to post-colonial nations, refugees, migration, and language.
Keon holds a B.A. in Sociology and M.S. Human Resources and Employment Relations from Pennsylvania State University. Keon has worked as a union organizer for the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. He has also worked as a field organizer for the Metro Industrial Areas Foundation where he has worked on projects to develop community governed civic organizations in urban areas. Keon is currently pursuing his Ph.D in Adult education. His research interests include political and community organizing in urban areas, critical social theories, social movements and black and Latinos in the inner city.
Janice E. Smith
Janice has a B.S. in Chemistry Education from Millersville University and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Baltimore. Her work experience includes: chemistry instructor and learning center coordinator. Janice is enrolled in the D.Ed. program at Penn State Harrisburg. Her research interest is The Meanings of Teaching for Experienced and Exemplary Public School Teachers.
Rebecca A. Stametz
Rebecca has a B.S. in Exercise Science from Bloomsburg University and a Master's of Public Health from East Stroudsburg University. She is currently employed with Geisinger's Henry Hood Center for Health Research in Danville, PA. Her research interest is weight bias and obesity stigma as it relates to community health education and program design.
Cynthia L. Terry
Cynthia has a B.S. in Nursing from Penn State University and a Master’s in Nursing Education from Villanova University. Her work experience includes: certified nurse educator, certified critical care nurse, author of two textbooks, associate professor, nurse manager, nurse educator and a staff nurse in psychiatric as well as critical care nursing. Her research interests are mathematics and testing anxiety in nursing students.
Amy has a B.A. in Creative Writing from Susquehanna University and a M.Ed. from Bloomsburg University with a concentration in Student Affairs. She is currently employed with Penn State Alumni Career Services as a Career Counselor and had pervious been an adult education and English instructor for numerous years. Amy is currently pursuing her D.Ed. in Adult Education. Her research interests are learning environments, adult career development, and validity of career assessments.
Jennifer has a B.A. in English from Lebanon Valley College and a Master’s in Humanities from the Capital College. Her work experience includes: high school and adjunct English teacher. Her research interest is somatic and embodied experiences of creative writers.
Melissa Weida Ventresca
Melissa has a B.S. in Public Policy and a Master’s in Public Administration from the Penn State University Capital College. Melissa is currently employed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Washington, DC. Her research interest is informal educational experiences of drug addicts in group counseling settings.
JJ attained a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from China. She had a M.Ed. in the field of Adult Education at University of Saskatchewan in Canada,and a M.A. in International Educational Development at Teachers College of Columbia University in New York. Her work experience in China includes an English teacher in a private language school in Beijing, and a coordinator for China-Canada Exchange Program in the Chinese Ministry of Education. In the U.S., she has been a Chinese teacher at a Boston public school in Massachusetts where she also served as a student/teacher exchange program adviser. Currently, she is pursuing a Ph.D. degree in the Adult Education and Comparative and International Education dual titles. She has interests to carry out research in cross-cultural adult learning, teachers training and development, international exchange and cooperation, and distance education.
Jiefei has a B.A. in English Education from Guangxi Normal University and a M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language from Penn State. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Adult Education. Her work experience includes a lecturer in the Department of Applied Linguistics at Penn State, and an English teacher at a private foreign language school in China. Her research interests are multicultural adult education and multilingual literacy.
Patricia Holland Webb (Patty)
Patty has a B.A. in English from the University of Pittsburgh, a B.S. in Nursing from Ohio State University and a Master’s in Adult and Community Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her work experience includes: healthcare, professional writing, large animal training for therapeutic animal and corporate leadership programs (involving dogs & horses). Her research interests are: the nature & evolution of reflective consciousness, and its relation to learning, to the development of social networks, to perceptions & expressions of agency, and to transformative social action; discourse theory & analysis, critical theory (particularly related to psychoanalytic thought), theories of language & literacy, and mystical traditions of spirituality in both Western & Eastern religions.
Genny has a B.S. in Communications Media from Indiana Univeristy of Pennsylvania (IUP), and an M.S. in Instructional Systems from Penn State. Her work experience includes instructional design and project management for training/defense contractors in Orlando, Kennedy Space Center, Virginia Beach, and other locations. Her research interests are in workplace learning, work-related communities of practice, curriculum planning, program design, blended learning environments, and lifelong learning for personal and professional development.
Xilin has a B.A. in International Business English from Tianjin Foreign Studies University and a M.A. in TESOL from the University of Georgia. Currently, she is pursuing her dual-title doctoral degree in the field of Adult Education and Comparative and International Education. Her previous professional positions include: a Chinese teacher to pre-school children in Georgia; an assistant media review editor for Critical Inquiry in Language studies; an interpreter for conferences; and an English teacher in China. She is interested in cross-cultural issues in adult education, international and comparative studies, and inter generational issues in literacy.
Nancy has a BA in Spanish from Millersville University, an MA in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Delaware and is currently in the data collection stage of her docotroal dissertation. Her teaching experience includes middle school and high school Spanish, ESL to adults, and teaching Spanish at the University of Delaware, HACC, and in her current position at Kutztown University, she is teaching methods and supervising the World Language student teachers as well as teaching Spanish. Other work experience includes working as a bilingual claims representative for Social Security. Her research interests include service learning as well as her dissertation topic which is university faculty who teach Spanish as a heritage language.