Emeriti and Retired Faculty

ASAD AZEMI
Associate Professor Emeritus of Engineering
B.S., University of California, Los Angeles; M.S., Loyola Marymount University; Ph.D., University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
Scholarly/Research Interests: Research in areas of nonlinear stochastic estimation and control systems, computer simulation experience in multidimensional and nonlinear systems using different estimation algorithms.
Joined campus faculty in 1994. Retired in 2020.
Email: [email protected]

RICHARD BARRETT
Senior Instructor in Business Administration (Retired) 
B.S., M.B.A., Youngstown State University (Ohio).
Recipient of Outstanding Teacher Award in 1991.
Scholarly/Research Interests: Industry/education partnerships; gaining competitive advantage through development of human resources in organizations.
Joined the campus faculty in 1985. Retired in 2011.

ROBERT C. BLACK
Professor Emeritus of Biology
B.S., M.S., Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University.
Recipient of the George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1992.
Scholarly/Research Interests: Plant growth and development; biosynthesis of auxin; biochemistry and molecular biology of plant tumorigenesis; regulation of auxin and cytokinin metabolism.
Joined campus faculty in l970. Retired in 2006.
Email: [email protected]

ELIZABETH J. BUCKMASTER
Assistant Professor of English (Retired)
B.A., Kansas State Teachers College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Delaware.
Scholarly/Research Interests: Chaucer and the medieval world; modern popular fiction; business writing.
Recipient of the Milton S. Eisenhower Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1996.
Joined campus faculty in l967. Retired in 2007.

HARRY S. CAMARDA
Professor Emeritus of Physics
B.S., New York University; M.A., Ph.D., Columbia University.
Scholarly/Research Interests: The interaction of low energy neutrons with heavy nuclei with particular emphasis on related statistical theories (Random Matrix Theory) and dynamical theories (Optional Model).
Joined campus faculty in l979. Retired in 2005.
Email: [email protected]

PHYLLIS COLE
Professor Emerita of English, Women's Studies and American Studies
B.A., Oberlin College; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University
Scholarly/Research Interests: American Romanticism, especially Transcendentalism, American women writers; diaries and autobiographies; discourses of race and gender; religion and literature.
Joined campus faculty in l989. Retired in 2015.
Email: [email protected]

MICHAEL DE ROSA
Professor Emeritus of Engineering
B.S., City College of New York; Ph.D., Brooklyn College, City College of New York.
Scholarly/Research Interests: Heterocyclic Chemistry. Currently working in pyrrole chemistry: mechanism of electrophilic aromatic substitution; substitution by addition-elimination; chlorination; 2-aminopyrroles. Also nitrenium ions and substituent effects.
Joined campus faculty in 1989. Retired in 2020.
Email: [email protected]

DIANE M. DISNEY
Professor Emerita of Management
B.A., Stetson University; M.B.A., University of Rhode Island; M.A.T., Duke University;
Ph.D., The Heller School, Brandeis University
Scholarly/Research Interests:
Joined campus faculty in 2009. Retired in 2011.
Email:  [email protected]

DANIEL J. DORAN
Assistant Professor of Kinesiology (Retired)
B.S., Temple University; M.S., West Chester University; additional studies, University of Pennsylvania, Villanova University.
Scholarly/Research Interests: Gender differences in pH of perspiration during exercise.
Joined campus faculty in l970. Retired in 2011.

JOHN DYCKMAN
Instructor in Mathematics (Retired)
B.S., Youngstown University; M.S., Widener University
Joined campus faculty in 2002.

GEORGE W. FRANZ
Director Emeritus of Academic Affairs
A.B., Muhlenberg College; M.A., Ph.D., Rutgers University.
Recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award in 1989, The George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1990, and The Liberty Bell Award in 1991. Recipient of the College of the Liberal Arts Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award, 1993.
Scholarly/Research Interests: American colonial and revolutionary history, colonial and revolutionary Pennsylvania.
Joined campus faculty in l968. Retired in 2007.

PETER D. GEORGOPULOS
Associate Professor Emeritus of Physics
B.S., Long Island University; Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University.
Recipient of The Outstanding Teacher Award in l973, 1977, and 1985; The Amoco Foundation Outstanding Teaching Award in 1978; The George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1995.
Scholarly/Research Interests: Pedagogy and Physics; computational physics.
Joined campus faculty in 1971. Retired in 2005.
Email: [email protected]

ROBERT E. GINSBERG
Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Comparative Literature
B.A., M.A., University of Chicago; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania; additional studies, University of Paris; Netherlands Institute for Art History; University of Vienna; University of California, Irvine; Folger Institute; Brandeis University; The Johns Hopkins University; Georgetown University; Qufu Teachers University.
University Collaborative Teaching Award, 1992, 1993.
Scholarly/Research Interests: Human values, aesthetics of life, peace theory.
Joined campus faculty in l967. Retired in 2002.
Email: [email protected]

MYRA GOLDSCHMIDT
Associate Professor Emerita, Linguistics and English
B.S., Towson State College; M.S., University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania.
Scholarly/Research Interests: Applied Linguistics, Speech Acts, Discourse, Language and Gender, English as a Second Language.
Joined campus faculty part-time 1990, full time 1998. Retired in 2014.
Email: [email protected]

FRAN GREEN
Lecturer In Business (Retired)
Joined campus faculty in 2003. Retired in 2021.
Email: [email protected]

AARON D. GRESSON, III
Professor Emeritus of Education and Human Development
Ph.D., Boston College; Ph.D., The Pennyslvania State University
Scholarly/Research Interests: Community psychology, family systems; narrative psychology, diversity leadership, psychology of communication, urban studies and American culture.
Joined campus faculty in 2001. Retired in 2008.
Email: [email protected]

DORIS M. GRIFFITH
Senior Instructor in Kinesiology (Retired)
B.S., Temple University; M.S., West Chester University.
Scholarly/Research Interests: Commonwealth Educational System Research Consortium.
Joined campus faculty in l98l. Retired in 2007.

KAREN L. HILL
Professor Emerita of Kinesiology
B.S., University of Georgia; M.A., Carnegie Mellon University; M.A., Memphis State University; Ph.D., Temple University.
Scholarly/Research Interests: Pulmonary aspects of exercise; cognitive processes during motor performance; gender and sport.
Joined campus faculty in 1989. Retired in 2007.
Email: [email protected]

ALAN HORWITZ
Professor Emeritus of Mathematics
B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Temple University.
Scholarly/Research Interests: ellipses inscribed in quadrilaterals and in triangles, means, ratios of polynomials with all real roots, polynomial interpolation.
Joined campus faculty in 1984. Retired in 2013.
Email: [email protected]

MICHAEL A. KERSNICK
Associate Professor Emeritus of Business Administration
B.A., M.B.A., The Pennsylvania State University; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania.
Recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award in l978, 1983, and 1988, and the Amoco Foundation Outstanding Teaching Award in 1984.
Scholarly/Research Interests: Computer assisted instruction.
Joined campus faculty in l968. Retired in 1999.
Email: [email protected]

CAROL F. KESSLER
Professor Emerita of English, American Studies and Women's Studies
B.A., Swarthmore College; M.A.T., Radcliffe College (Harvard Graduate School of Education); Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania.
Scholarly/Research Interests: U.S. Women writers, 1870-1920, including Utopias and artist-novels; 20th Century ethnically-diverse fiction.
Joined campus faculty in l98l. Retired in 2001.
Email: [email protected]

CONSTANCE L. KIRKER
Assistant Professor of Integrative Arts (Retired)
B.F.A., University of Cincinnati; M.A., Syracuse University.
University Collaborative Teaching Award, 1992.
Recipient of Outstanding Teacher Award in 1993.
Recipient of the College of Arts and Architecture's Outstanding Teacher Award, 1993.
Recipient of the Milton S. Eisenhower Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1997.
Recipient of the Madlyn Hanes Award for Contributions to the Campus in 2008.
Scholarly/Research Interests: African and Asian Art, Art Education.
Joined campus faculty in 1988. Retired in 2012.

CYNTHIA LIGHTFOOT
Professor of Human Development and Family Studies (Retired)
B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz; M.A., University of British Columbia, Vancouver; Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Scholarly/Research Interests: Sociocultural development of adolescents; self and identity development; adolescent risk-taking and peer culture; teen pregnancy; acculturation of immigrant children, youth, and families; narrative methodology.
Joined campus faculty in 1998. Retired in 2020.

JOHANNA LOMBARD
Instructor in Mathematics (Retired)
B.A., University of the Orange Free State
Joined campus faculty in 1999. Retired in 2017.

SHARON MANCO
Instructor in Language and Literacy Education (LLED) (Retired)
B.S., Penn State University; M.A., Glassboro State College; Additional graduate-level special education coursework leading to certification in special education - learning disabilities, University of Delaware.
Research Area: study skills and disability issues
Joined campus faculty in 1990 part-time, full-time 1996. Retired in 2017.

JAMES MCGLINCHEY
Assistant Professor of Information Sciences and Technology (Retired)
B.S., Drexel University; M.S., University of Pennsylvania.
Scholarly/Research Interests: The software engineering of industrial real-time systems and medically-applied information systems.
Joined campus faculty in 1999. Retired in 2011.

WAYNE J. MCMULLEN
Associate Professor Emeritus of Communication Arts and Sciences
B.A., Temple University; M.A., Auburn University; Ph.D., Penn State University.
Recipient of the campus Outstanding Teacher Award in 1997 in 2002 and recipient of the University's George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2000.
Scholarly/Research Interests: the rhetoric of film.
Joined campus faculty in 1991. Retired in 2015.
Email: [email protected]

KATHERINE MEEHAN
Senior Instructor in Human Development and Family Studies (Retired)
B.S., M.S. Ed., University of Rochester
Scholarly/Research Interests: Best practices in experiential education internships, assessment of student learning, and program administration.
Joined campus faculty part-time in l999, full-time 2002. Retired in 2014.

NORMA NOTZOLD
Instructor in Education (Retired)
B.A., Beaver College; M.S., University of Pennsylvania.
Scholarly/Research Interests: Literacy in community outreach programs; reading development among college age students.
Joined campus faculty in l990.

JOHN R. OUSEY, JR.
Associate Professor Emeritus of Environmental Sciences
B.A., LaSalle College; M.Ed., The Pennsylvania State University; M.S., Drexel University; D.Ed., The Pennsylvania State University.
Recipient of Outstanding Teacher Award in 1975 and 1992. University Collaborative Teaching Award, 1993. Recipient of the George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1994.
Scholarly/Research Interests: Mathematical modeling of stream basis discharge; history of technology utilization, e.g., early transportation in Eastern North America-canals, railroads, etc; technology in the classroom using computer-based instruction to enhance instruction; environmental education-especially in training elementary school teachers to use the outdoors for educational purposes.
Joined campus faculty in l970. Retired in 2000.
Email: [email protected]

BARBARA ROSTICK
Assistant Teaching Professor of Kinesiology (Retired)
B.S., West Chester State College; M.S.,West Chester University.
Scholarly/Research Interests: Athletic Training, fitness and nutrition.
Joined campus faculty as a part-time member in 1996; full-time in January 1999. Retired in 2019.
Email: [email protected]

ADAM J. SORKIN
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English
A.B., with distinction in all subjects; M.A., Cornell University; Ph.D., University of North Carolina.
Scholarly/Research Interests: Modern and contemporary American Literature; poetry translation, translation of contemporary Romanian poetry, popular culture (especially American culture).
Joined campus faculty in l978. Retired in 2017.
Email: [email protected]

BRUCE STEPHENS
Associate Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies
B.A., Allegheny College; M.Div., The Theological School of Drew University; Ph.D., Graduate School of Drew University.
Scholarly/Research Interests: Religion in American Culture; Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Theology in America; Modern Christian Thought; Humanities: The Western Cultural Tradition.
Joined campus faculty in l970. Retired in 2002.
Email: [email protected]

DJURADJ STAKIC
Professor Emeritus of Human Development and Family Studies
B.A., University of Belgrade, Ph.D., University of Belgrade
Scholarly/Research Interests: Juvenile delinquency and violent behavior of youth: phenomenology, etiology, prevent and treatment; holistic and dialectic model of human, family and community interactions and development; science of prevention theory and metheodology.
Joined campus faculty in 2000. Retired in 2017.
Email: [email protected]

JOHN TERRELL
Senior Instructor in Accounting (Retired)
B.A., with general honors, The Johns Hopkins University; M.B.A., Wharton Graduate Division, University of Pennsylvania.
Recipient of Outstanding Teacher Award in 1981, 1994 and 1998.
Scholarly/Research Interests: Business information systems; business finance.
Joined campus faculty in l976. Retired in 2010.

JOHN TIERNEY
Professor Emeritus of Chemistry
B.Sc. (with honors), Reading University, England; M.Phil., Hatfield Polytechnic, England; Ph.D., Temple University; Chartered Chemist.
Scholarly/Research Interests: Organic Chemistry: Investigations into the structure and spectroscopic properties of 1,3- thiazolidin-4-ones and their tin complexes. Chemistry and Sport: pH of male and female sweat under varying workout conditions.
Joined campus faculty in l983. Retired in 2017.
Email: [email protected]

PATRICIA VANLEUVAN
Associate Professor Emerita of Education
B.A., Nazareth College of Rochester; M.S. and Ph.D., University of Delaware.
Scholarly/Research Interests: Novice teachers' perceptions of effective teaching. Young women's perceptions of math and science related careers and women who pursue such career paths.
Joined campus faculty in l990. Retired in 2013.
Email: [email protected]

SUSAN WARE
Librarian Emerita
B.S., Temple University; M.S.L.S., Atlanta University; additional studies, Drexel University.
Joined campus faculty in l977. Retired in 2017.
Email: [email protected]

JAMES WAWRZYNIAK
Instructor in Information Sciences and Technology (Retired)
B.S., The Pennsylvania State University; M.B.A., University of Detroit; M.S. Temple University
Scholarly/Research Interests: The project management of the implementation and development of information technology using a development life cycle strategy.
Joined campus faculty in 1999. Retired in 2016.
Email: [email protected]

SARA LOU WHILDIN
Associate Librarian Emerita
B.A., Cedar Crest College; M.L.S., University of Pittsburgh.
Recipient of Outstanding Contribution to Penn State University Libraries Award in 1981.
Recipient of The Hanes Prize in 1998.
Joined campus faculty in l976. Retired in 2013.
Email: [email protected]

NANCY WYATT
Associate Professor Emerita of Communication Arts and Sciences and Women's Studies
B.A., Butler University; M.A. and Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University.
Cooper Fellow
Scholarly/Research Interests: Grassroots organizing for social justice.
Joined campus faculty in l985. Retired in 2008.
Email: [email protected]