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New Faculty Appointments in the College of Education

Introducing new faculty members

by Joe Savrock (September 2009)

Arbaugh_sml.jpgUNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State’s College of Education welcomes six new faculty members this year.

Fran Arbaugh, associate professor of mathematics education, arrives from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction/Mathematics Education from Indiana University-Bloomington, an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction/Secondary Mathematics Education from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a B.S. in Family and Child Development from Virginia Tech. Arbaugh’s research interests are in the areas of mathematics teacher education and mathematics teacher learning. She studies both how and what mathematics teachers learn as well as contexts for teacher learning.
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John Cheslock
, associate professor of higher education, has been serving as a faculty member at the University of Arizona’s Center for the Study of Higher Education. He received both his Ph.D. and his M.S. in Labor Economics from Cornell University, and his B.S. in Economics from Bowling Green State University. Cheslock’s research focuses on the economics of higher education with a special interest in enrollment management, faculty labor markets, intercollegiate athletics, and the use of quantitative methods within educational research.

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Stephanie L. Knight, professor of educational psychology, joined the College's faculty effective with the Spring 2009 semester. She previously served on the faculty of Texas A&M University. Knight earned an Ed.D. from the University of Houston, an M.A. in Secondary Education from Lehigh University, and a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Kentucky. Her research interests are in classroom processes, in particular the relationship between teacher behaviors and student outcomes, and preservice and inservice teacher professional development.


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Gwendolyn M. Lloyd, professor of mathematics education, was a member of the faculty at Virginia Tech. She holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from the University of Michigan, an M.A. in Mathematics from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and an A.B. in Mathematics from Bryn Mawr College. Lloyd's research focuses on teacher learning, particularly as it relates to teachers' interactions with mathematics curriculum materials.



O’Sullivan_sml.jpgDeirdre O’Sullivan, assistant professor of rehabilitation services, recently received her Ph.D. in Community Health and Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. She earned her M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling from The University of Memphis and a B.S. in Psychology from Christian Brothers University in Memphis. Her primary research interests include the Developmental Work Personality, disability across the life span, and stigma reduction strategies to reduce negative perceptions of psychiatric disabilities.



Zhang_Liang.jpgLiang Zhang, assistant professor of educational theory and policy, arrives from Vanderbilt University. Zhang holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Higher Education from The University of Arizona; an M.A. in Economics from Cornell University; and a B.A. in English from Tsinghua University in Beijing. His research interests include return of college education and quality, public funding and institutional performances, and academic labor market issues.


Two new faculty members are set to arrive in 2010:

•    Leticia Oseguera, assistant professor of higher education, is scheduled to begin in the Spring 2010 semester.
•    Paul Riccomini, associate professor of special education, is slated to arrive next year to start the Fall 2010 semester.