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Frank Dwyer Retires After 43 Years at Penn State

A press release about faculty member Frank Dwyer who is retiring after spending 43 years at Penn State.

By Katlyn McGraw (May 2007)

dwyer.jpgUNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – After 43 years as a faculty member in the Penn State College of Education, Professor Frank Dwyer has retired. 

Dwyer began his career at Penn State as a graduate student in 1962. He joined the College full-time in 1964 after earning his D.Ed. in educational administration with a minor in psychology and statistics. Dwyer became a full professor of education in 1991.

He earned his B.S. in secondary education with a minor in science and mathematics from North Adams State Teachers College in Massachusetts. He earned his M.S. in instructional technology with a minor in educational psychology from Massachusetts State College (North Adams).

During his career, Dwyer managed more than 200 Penn State institutional research and evaluation projects. He also participated in the writing of approximately 40 funded proposals totaling more than $6 million.

Dwyer has authored more than 250 research articles related to instructional systems design and development, and has presented more than 350 lectures at state, regional, national, and international levels on the effective design and use of media in constructing learning environments for different types of learning objectives.

Dwyer has served as thesis advisor and committee chairperson for more than 150 doctoral dissertations in the area of instructional design and technology. He has also served as an external evaluator for doctoral dissertations in Canada, Africa, Puerto Rico, and Malaysia.

In 1975, Dwyer was selected as the first visiting professor of educational technology to tour institutions of higher learning in Japan. He also served as a visiting summer professor at Wisconsin State University from 1967 to 1968.

Prior to his career at Penn State, Dwyer was a science teacher at a public school in Massachusetts.

In his retirement, Dwyer plans to travel, collaborate with individuals who have similar professional interests, and develop an appreciation for the varied dimensions of qualitative research.