New Faculty Appointments

The College of Education is pleased to announce that three faculty members have begun tenure track, and one faculty member has been reappointed to department head.

The College of Education is pleased to announce that three faculty members have begun tenure track, and one faculty member has been reappointed to department head.

Soo-Yong ByunSoo-Yong Byun

Byun began tenure track as an assistant professor of education. Prior to joining the faculty of Education Policy Studies in July 2012, he served as an assistant director of research support. Byun’s research focuses on investigating variation in mechanisms and processes of social stratification across different countries and geographic contexts using large-scale national and international data. He received a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota at Twin Cities.

Ali Carr-ChellmanAli Carr-Chellman

Carr-Chellman, professor of instructional systems and Penn State faculty member since 1994, has been reappointed head of the Department of Learning and Performance Systems (LPS) in the Penn State College of Education. Her second three-year term begins July 1, 2013. LPS encompasses three College of Education programs: Adult Education, Workforce Education and Development, and Instructional Systems.

Mark KisslingMark Kissling

Kissling began tenure track as an assistant professor of education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Penn State. He teaches and advises graduate students in the Language, Culture & Society program. A former social studies teacher in Framingham, Massachusetts, he earned his doctorate in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education from Michigan State University.

Julia PlummerJulia Plummer

Plummer began tenure track as an associate professor of education. She spent more than a decade teaching children and adults in planetariums and has extensive experience teaching college-level introductory astronomy. Her research interests focus on how children and adults engage in scientific practices in the domain of astronomy. Plummer received a combined Ph.D. in Astronomy & Education from the University of Michigan.

--by Kevin Sliman (April 2013)