Wilkes University Welcomes New Faculty Members
WILKES-BARRE, PA. (Sept. 6, 2012) – Wilkes University welcomed the following new faculty members for the fall semester of 2012:
Morgan R. Clevenger joins Wilkes University as instructor of entrepreneurship. He earned a bachelor of science degree in journalism from Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism and a master’s degree in business administration from the College of Business and Economics, both at West Virginia University. Clevenger is presently a doctoral candidate in educational leadership and policy analysis at the University of Missouri-Columbia. His dissertation the relationship between American higher education and U.S. corporations.
Jeffery P. Dennis joins Wilkes University as visiting assistant professor of criminology. He has earned his doctorate. in sociology from Stony Brook University. Dennis is interested in the intersection of crime and gender and sexual minority identities, and he will be teaching criminology, criminal law, and other courses in criminology and sociology, as well as developing new courses in race, gender, and crime.
Christopher Henkels joins Wilkes University as assistant professor of chemistry. He received his bachelor’s degree from Colgate University, his master of science degree in biochemistry, molecular and cell biology from Cornell University, and his doctorate from Duke University. Henkels will be teaching chemistry and biochemistry lecture and laboratory courses, as well as continuing his research.
Del Lucent joins Wilkes University as assistant professor of physics. He attended Wilkes University as an undergraduate, earning bachelor’sdegrees in biology and physics. Later, he attended Stanford University where he earned his doctorate in biophysics. Lucent will be teaching physics, team-teaching biology, and coordinating the launch of the bachelor of arts degree in physics.
Chester D. Newhart Jr. joins Wilkes University as visiting instructor of business and accounting. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton, a law degree from Villanova University School of Law and is a licensed attorney and title insurance agent in Pennsylvania. Chet is a former adjunct faculty member at Wilkes University, and he is now returning to teach law and business, the legal environment of business and business law, business and public policy, advanced topics in business law, and financial and managerial accounting.
LoriAnn Pajalich joins Wilkes University as assistant professor of nursing. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Wilkes University. Pajalich recently served in the education department of Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center as a clinical specialist and in the step down unit for open heart, as well as in the radiology, progressive care, and post-anesthesia care units. She previously served as an adjunct faculty member in the nursing departments at East Stroudsburg University and Marywood University.
Margaret M. Pavlac joins Wilkes University as visiting instructor in the department of chemistry. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University with a double major in chemistry and German. Pavlac completed graduate studies at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and will soon be defending her doctoral dissertation in environmental chemistry. She has been an adjunct at Wilkes University for the past year, and as a visiting instructor she will be teaching general chemistry and laboratory courses.
Maureen Schoch joins Wilkes University as assistant professor of nursing. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Villanova, a master’s degree from Syracuse, and completed doctoral work at Penn State. For the past 18 years Schoch has been a nursing instructor at Penn State. She will be teaching fundamentals in the accelerated bachelor’s degree in nursing program and in the psychology /mental health in the undergraduate program at Wilkes.
Lisbeth Turner joins Wilkes University as assistant professor of nursing. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Hahnemann University and her master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Turner was previously employed by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as a registered nurse in the pediatric intensive care unit and as a pediatric nurse practitioner in the children’s bone marrow transplant unit. She will be teaching courses in fundamentals of nursing and care of the childrearing family at Wilkes University.
Andrew Wilczak joins Wilkes University as assistant professor of sociology. He earned his master’s degree in criminology and criminal justice from Eastern Michigan University and his doctorate in sociology from Bowling Green State University. He was previously a visiting assistant professor in the department of government, history, and sociology at the University of Tampa. In addition to teaching courses in sociology and criminology at Wilkes, Wilczak will be developing new courses for the criminology major.
Pei Zhang joins Wilkes University as assistant professor of mathematics. She earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the South China Normal University and her master’s degree and doctorate in applied mathematics from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Zhang was previously an instructor of mathematics at the Northwestern State University of Louisiana. She will be teaching calculus and modeling for the biology and health sciences division at Wilkes University.
About Wilkes University:
Wilkes University is an independent institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences, and professional programs. Founded in 1933, the university provides its students with the experience, mentoring and education necessary for career and intellectual development as well as personal growth. Providing a sense of values and civic responsibility, Wilkes encourages its students to welcome the opportunities and challenges of a diverse and continuously changing world.