Shippensburg University Faculty Experts


Shippensburg University has many faculty members who can offer expert commentary and analysis. News media professionals should contact the Media Relations/Social Media Manager, Megan Silverstrim at (717) 477-1201 or mmsilverstrim@ship.edu to schedule interviews with a Shippensburg faculty expert.

Featured Experts

The following three faculty can provide expert insight into hot topics featured in the news and media.

Want to find out more about Ship's amazing faculty? Check out this week's faculty accomplishments.


Alison Dagnes

Alison Dagnes

Professor of Political Science

Area(s) of Expertise
  • Political media
  • Political scandal
  • Campaigns and US elections

Jayleen Galarza

Jayleen Galarza

Assistant Professor of Social Work/Gerontology

Area(s) of Expertise
  • Human sexuality related topics with emphasis on sexual identity
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender identity/expression
  • Sexuality social justice within social work practice and education 
  • Intersectionality

Brian Ulrich

Brian Ulrich

Associate Professor of History

Area(s) of Expertise
  • Middle East

David Bateman

David Bateman

Professor of Special Education

Area(s) of Expertise
  • Special education
  • Special education law

Jerry Carbo

Jerry Carbo

Professor of Management

Area(s) of Expertise
  • Labor relations/law
  • Social issues & sustainability in business
  • Workplace bullying & harassment
  • Workplace discrimination laws
  • FMLA
  • Fair Labor Standards Act
  • NLRA
  • Grievance resolution
  • Strategic HRM
  • Workers rights as human rights 

Allison Carey

Allison Carey

Professor of Sociology/Director, Disabilities Studies Minor

Area(s) of Expertise
  • Disability studies
  • Disability rights
  • Disability policy
  • History of intellectual disabilities

Deb Cornelius

Deb Cornelius

Professor of Sociology

Area(s) of Expertise
  • Mexican immigration

Sean Cornell

Sean Cornell

Associate Professor of Geography & Earth Science
Center for Land Use and Sustainability

Area(s) of Expertise
  • Rocks
  • Fossils
  • Mining
  • Geologic hazards
  • Environmental science
  • Sustainability

Tom Crochunis

Tom Crochunis

Associate Professor of English

Area(s) of Expertise
  • Secondary English Education
  • Dramatic literature

Viet Dao

Viet Dao

Associate Professor of Management Information Systems

Area(s) of Expertise
  • Information Technology Management
  • Tech Innovation Management
  • Business Value IT
  • Green IT
  • IT and sustainability

Allen Dieterich-Ward

Allen Dieterich-Ward

Associate Professor of History

Area(s) of Expertise
  • Environmental history
  • Urban/regional history
  • Heritage-based community development

Steve Dolbin

Steve Dolbin

Professor of Art

Area(s) of Expertise
  • Art
  • Culture
  • Community service

Sam Forlenza

Sam Forlenza

Assistant Professor of Exercise Science

Area(s) of Expertise
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology

Sharon Harrow

Sharon Harrow

Professor of English

Area(s) of Expertise
  • 18th century British literature
  • Sporting literature
  • Literary criticism
  • Feminist studies
  • Teaching composition

Joe Hasper

Joe Hasper

Military Science, Recruiting Operations Office
Music

Area(s) of Expertise
  • Contemporary music analysis / music theory
  • Music education
  • Classical music practice and criticism

Tim Hawkins

Tim Hawkins

Professor of Geography & Earth Science

Area(s) of Expertise
  • Weather
  • Climate
  • Hydrology

Claire Jantz

Claire Jantz

Professor of Geography & Earth Science,
Director, Center for Land Use and Sustainability

Area(s) of Expertise
  • Land use
  • Planning
  • Water resources
  • Chesapeake Bay watershed
  • Deleware River basin
  • Delmarva Peninsula

Steven Lichtman

Steven Lichtman

Associate Professor of Political Science

Area(s) of Expertise
  • Constitutional law
  • US Supreme Court

Han Liu

Han Liu

Associate Professor of Teacher Education

Area(s) of Expertise
  • Instructional Technology
  • Digital media literacy
  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Cross cultural communication

Margaret Lucia

Margaret Lucia

Professor of Music

Area(s) of Expertise
  • Music

Robin McCann

Robin McCann

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Area(s) of Expertise
  • Forensic toxicology

Luis Melara

Luis Melara

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Area(s) of Expertise
  • Computational and Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematical Biology and population modeling
  • Mathematics undergraduate education

Chris Morton

Chris Morton

Professor of Military Science

Area(s) of Expertise
  • Leadership
  • Army aviation
  • ROTC
  • Military science

Gregory Paulson

Gregory Paulson

Professor of Biology

Area(s) of Expertise
  • Ecology
  • Entomology
  • Insects
  • Control

Gretchen Pierce

Gretchen Pierce

Associate Professor of History

Area(s) of Expertise
  • Latin American history
  • Alcohol or food in Latin America
  • Women in Latin America

Kathryn Potoczak

Kathryn Potoczak

Associate Professor of Psychology

Area(s) of Expertise
  • Animal Training
  • Autism
  • Applied behavior analysis
  • Behavioral psychology
  • Classical conditioning / Operant conditioning and reinforcement
  • Developmental/intellectual disabilities
  • Functional behavioral assessment

Matthew Ramsey

Matthew Ramsey

Associate Professor of Human Communication Studies

Area(s) of Expertise
  • Humor

Marc Renault

Marc Renault

Professor of Mathematics

Area(s) of Expertise
  • Mathematics

Jose Ricardo-Osorio

Jose Ricardo-Osorio

Associate Professor and Chair, Modern Languages

Area(s) of Expertise
  • Student learning outcomes
  • Assessment and institutional assessment

Alix Rouby

Alix Rouby

Director, MBA Recruitment/Business Internship

Area(s) of Expertise
  • Internships
  • Diller Center

Christine Royce

Christine Royce

Professor of Teacher Education

Area(s) of Expertise
  • Science Education
  • General Education
  • Prep of teachers

Heather Sahli

Heather Sahli

Associate Professor of Biology

Area(s) of Expertise
  • Plant-animal interaction
  • Pollination biology
  • Plant reproduction
  • Evolutionary ecology

Joseph Shane

Joseph Shane

Associate Professor of Chemistry, Department Chair

Area(s) of Expertise
  • History of science and religion
  • Teaching evolution

Johnathan Skaff

Johnathan Skaff

Professor of History
Director, International Studies

Area(s) of Expertise
  • Chinese history
  • International studies

Cheryl Slattery

Cheryl Slattery

Associate Professor of Teacher Education

Area(s) of Expertise
  • Literacy
  • School Prison Pipeline
  • Interruption Initiatives
  • Poverty
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching

JR Stewart

JR Stewart

Professor of Biology

Area(s) of Expertise
  • Insects
  • Parasites
  • Mammalogy
  • Wildlife diseases

Allan Tulchin

Allan Tulchin

Associate Professor of History

Area(s) of Expertise
  • France
  • Christianity
  • Reformation
  • Religious wars and conflict
  • Inter-faith relations
  • Judaism

David Wildermuth

David Wildermuth

Associate Professor of Modern Languages

Area(s) of Expertise
  • Germany
  • Russia