This list will be updated as the program fills out for the Fall of 2016 so stay tuned!
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.
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 in various 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 student engagement.
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 his B.A. in religion from Westminster College (PA) followed by his 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 an adorable black lab. He is an avid reader, drummer, insatiable consumer of music, coffee fiend, and runs – a lot.