Assistant Professor of Chemistry Jiyoung Jung, Ph.D., and Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) Raymond Petren, Ph.D., have been awarded tenure and will be promoted to the rank of Associate Professor. Meanwhile, Associate Teaching Professor of HDFS and Program Coordinator Janet Melnick, Ph.D., has been promoted to the rank of Teaching Professor of HDFS.
Penn State Scranton Chancellor Marwan Wafa has announced that Jo Ann Durdan, education program assistant for the campus' Center for Business Development and Community Outreach, is the July Employee of the Month.
Following a three-month comprehensive planning process, Penn State officials have determined that the University can meet or exceed the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s guidelines for colleges and universities, and look forward to welcoming back faculty, staff and students to resume on-campus, in-person classes and other activities this fall in a limited fashion.
Penn State Scranton Associate Professor of Biology Renée E. Bishop-Pierce was recently elected to the Senate’s Faculty Advisory Committee to the president. Her term will continue through the spring semester of 2022.
Penn State Scranton IST professor Alan Peslak has received the International Association for Computer Information Systems’ 2020 Ben Bauman Award for Excellence. Meanwhile, he was reappointed to serve as University College IST discipline coordinator for the 2020-21 academic year.
When Penn State switched to remote delivery of its courses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Penn State Scranton faculty had to rapidly transition how they would teach their classes for the remainder of the spring semester. Thanks to a helping hand from the IT department, who provided training and technology assistance, and a positive attitude, they were able to meet the challenge.
Brianna Lowry, a registered nurse in Pennsylvania, decided to help another state in need and now works in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in New York City. "This pandemic is challenging as a nurse in every way possible," she said, but shares a message of hope for her colleagues. "I know this is the most difficult thing we’ve seen, but keep going. You are making a difference."