Larry holds a Ph.D in Educational Theory and Policy from Penn State University and an M.Ed. in Leadership, Policy, and Organizations from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education. He directs the Online Faculty Development unit at Penn State World Campus and teaches on the Educational Leadership faculty both online and resident instruction. His research interests include online teaching and learning, online faculty development, urban school districts, and educational leadership. Prior to his work in higher education, Larry served in K-12 schools as a teacher, administrator, and principal. Larry is 2012 graduate of the Institute of Emerging Leadership for Online Learning, the recipient of the Online Learning Consortium’s Best-in-Track for Faculty Development award, and a former Pauline Turner Fellowship recipient in the College of Education. Larry is published in education journals including American Educational Research Journal and Peabody Journal of Education.
Dr. Andrew Tatusko – Assistant Director, World Campus Faculty Development
Andrew holds the Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership, Management, and Policy from Seton Hall University in 2013. His dissertation is titled, The Strained Partnership Between Secularization and Sectarianism in Higher Education. He earned my B.A. in religion from Westminster College (PA) followed by my M.Div. and Th.M. from Princeton Theological Seminary where he won the Fellowship in Practical Theology.
Andrew began work in faculty development as a Senior Instructional Designer at Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ and then as a Federal Title III Grant Program Director at Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, PA.
He has published in the Teacher’s College Record, the Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory, and the Journal of Religion and Popular Culture. He has also co-written a book chapter in the volume, Private Higher Education in Post-Communist Europe: In Search of Legitimacy (2007). Andrew has presented at conferences such as The Association for the Study of Higher Education, the Online Learning Consortium, Educause, and the Educause Learning Initiative.
He is the proud father of two young boys and have an adorable black lab. He is an avid reader, drummer, insatiable consumer of music, coffee fiend, and runner.
Shawna Cassick – Senior Program Assistant, World Campus Faculty Development
Shawna began working for World Campus in 2010 after beginning her career at Penn State in 2008. As the Senior Program Assistant for Faculty Development, she manages the logistics of course design, delivery and implementation while supporting the unit’s research efforts and acting as the faculty liaison. She coordinates and supports the unit’s expanded functions to include onboarding, mentoring and scholarly life.
Shawna holds the M.Ed. in Adult Education and Training from Colorado State University, a B.S. in Applied Management from National American University, and an A.B. in Legal Assistant from DuBois Business College.
She resides in Grassflat, PA with husband, Chuck, daughter, Raylynn, son, Hayden, and dachshund, Jeggs. Shawna enjoys volunteering, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.
Dr. Paula Bigatel – Instructional Designer, World Campus Faculty Development
Paula Bigatel, PhD is an Instructional Designer for Penn State World Campus, Faculty Development. She received her B.A. in Psychology and English at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. Subsequently, while teaching English as a Second Language, she earned her Teaching English as a Second Language certificate. Paula has also spent about 18 years in business serving various in financial management roles. She completed her Master in Education and PhD at Penn State in Instructional Systems (Educational Technology). Over the last ten years, Dr. Bigatel has taught graduate level courses in the Masters in Education and Technology Certificate programs, and currently teaches various online courses. Her research focus is in online pedagogy and effective teaching practices in continuing education.
Kyung Sun Chung is a Graduate Assistant for the Faculty Development from August of 2015. She is a PhD candidate in Educational Psychology at the Pennsylvania State University. She earned her Master of Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the State University of New York at Buffalo and her Bachelor of Arts in German Language and Literature from Korea University in South Korea. Her research interests include the measurement and assessment of teaching and learning and advanced statistical methods.
Cathy Shreckengast – Administrative Assistant
Cathy Shreckengast started her Penn State career in the College of Ag in 2007 and joined World Campus in 2009. In August 2013 Cathy became a part of the Faculty Development team where she provides support for the research, design and implementation of the faculty training, onboarding/mentoring, scholarly life initiatives and unit capacity expansion that are part of the expanded functions of World Campus Faculty Development. She earned her Associate’s in Business Administration/Accounting from South Hills School of Business & Technology. Cathy spends most of her down time with her husband and pitbull. She is also a movie buff.