Pitt-Bradford has welcomed 11 new full-time faculty members for the
2013-14 academic year.
Joining the faculty are Dr. Patricia
L. Brougham, assistant professor of criminal justice; John Crawford, assistant
professor of business management; Dr. Helma de Vries-Jordan, assistant
professor of political science; Orin A. James, instructor of biology; Dr.
Shelly R. Klinek, visiting assistant professor of health and physical
education; Anna K. Lemnitzer, assistant professor of art; John S. Liberatore,
visiting instructor of music; Mark H. Morrison, visiting instructor and interim
director of the Mathematics Center; Dr. Denise A. Piechnik, assistant
professor of biology; and Dr. James M. Salvo, assistant professor of speech
Returning to Pitt-Bradford as
full-time faculty is Jennifer L. Forney, instructor of hospitality management.
She had been a visiting instructor before being successfully chosen through a
national search process.
Brougham is a Smethport native who
is relocating to the region after having spent more than 20 years in north
central West Virginia, where she worked in the juvenile justice arena. Before
coming to Pitt-Bradford, she was the director of treatment and programs for a
secure-care facility for adjudicated juveniles age 12-21. She has also run an
intensive outpatient program for adolescents with substance abuse and addiction
issues and worked in various residential programs for juveniles. She earned her
doctorate in criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
coming to Pitt-Bradford, Crawford worked for the Dresser-Rand Co. in Olean,
N.Y., where he held a variety of financial positions, including project
controller and commodity analyst as well as graduating from its financial
management accelerated program. In his new position, he will create and develop
course curriculum for finance as well as advise an investment club to encourage
a hands-on approach to learning. He lives in Olean, with his wife, Rachel, and their
daughter, Lila, and spends most of his free time playing basketball or walking
his Boxer, Brutus. He earned his Master of Business Administration at St.
Bonaventure University in Allegany, N.Y.
de Vries-Jordan earned her doctorate in Government and
Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2007 and has taught
at Gettysburg College, Eastern Connecticut State University, North Carolina
State University, Lafayette College and George Washington University. Her most
recent research focuses on the Marriage Equality Movement, LGBT activism,
global justice and anti-war protests, and Occupy Wall Street. She has conducted fieldwork in the United
States and Europe, speaks Dutch and French, and enjoys international travel. de Vries-Jordan is a co-advisor for the LGBTS
Alliance and the History and Political Science Club at Pitt-Bradford. She lives in Olean, N.Y., with her wife and
enjoys the outdoors.
Forney has 16 years of experience in hotel
management and customer service. She holds a Master of Science in education
from Canisius College and a Bachelor of Science in hospitality management from
James has a wide background and
comes to Pitt-Bradford from Binghamton University – State University of New
York, where he taught vertebrate zoology and human anatomy and physiology as
well as hybrid courses that included discussions of social philosophy,
determinism, colonialism, race, sex and gender. He writes poetry, takes
photographs and is the host of his own web-based radio show. He holds a Master
of Science degree from Binghamton.
Klinek has 27 years of experience
teaching physical education to special needs children and university students.
She began her career teaching adapted physical education and coaching Special
Olympics. She earned her doctorate degree in educational leadership from Indiana
University of Pennsylvania in 2009 and holds a Master of Science degree in
early childhood education with an emphasis on movement and learning. Most
recently, she served as a full-time faculty member in the physical education
department at Slippery Rock University.
Lemnitzer has experience with a
variety of arts, including painting, drawing, ceramics, welding, wood, metal,
jewelry and sculpture. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from
the University of Montana and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture from the
University of Arizona. She has taught at her alma maters as well as at
Salpointe Catholic High School in Tucson, Ariz.
Liberatore is a composer and pianist
and was an artist-in-residence this summer at the I-Park enclave in East Haddam,
Conn., and at the Brush Creek Foundation in Saratoga, Wyo. He is a doctoral
candidate at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. In April, he won
the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Morton Gould Young
Composer Award for “Nemo Sleeps,” which was performed as a solo recital in
Toronto in May.
Morrison received his Bachelor of
Science in secondary education in mathematics from Edinboro University, where he
graduated summa cum laude, and his master’s degree from Gannon University in curriculum
and instruction. He taught in the public schools for 34 years, the last 32 of
which were at Bradford Area High School.
Before coming to Pitt-Bradford,
Piechnik held two post-doctoral scholar positions at The Pennsylvania State
University. Piechnik performed an ecological analysis of the arthropods of the
Gettysburg National Military Park as a research project. She earned her doctorate
at the University of California, Davis. Her dissertation is titled
“Experimental Analysis of Spatial Relationships of Food-webs during Community
has a degree in communications from the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign. His research interests currently include the concepts of
friendship and home, especially how these change in light of digital networks.
He is an associate director of The International Congress of Qualitative
Inquiry and is treasurer for the International Institute of Qualitative
Inquiry. He is also a managing editor for the journals Qualitative Inquiry,
Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies, and the International Review
of Qualitative Research.