This year, UPJ also launched a learning community program to help new students adjust to college life. Quest Learning Community is a pilot program stemming from collaborative efforts between Academic Affairs and Student Affairs. The curricular experiences are directed toward addressing needs in the areas of decision-making, personal identity development, vocational development and integration within the university community.
As the campus’s first learning community, it will focus on first-year residents who have not yet declared majors, typically about a quarter of entering students.
These students are expected to benefit from programming, as well as curricular and co-curricular efforts, to assist them in academic, personal and vocational development.
Quest Program components include common classes, such as Composition I, Introduction to Psychology and a one-credit first year seminar course; co-curricular programming focused on social, educational and vocational development; advising functions that allow students to assess individual personal and vocational interests and abilities, and a shared experience in a residence hall wing.
New faculty at Johnstown include:
- Assistant professor of elementary education Natalie K. Conrad received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Pitt-Johnstown and a master’s degree in early childhood education and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction, both at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her courses include instruction in reading, writing and literature I; instruction in reading, writing and literature II and reading in the content areas.
- Ako Inuzuka, assistant professor of communication, will teach courses in public speaking, theory of interpersonal communication and introduction to communication. Inuzuka earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Seinan Gakuin University, Fukuoka, Japan; a master’s degree in speech communication from San Jose State University, and a doctorate in communication from Bowling Green State University.
- Maddumage Karunaratne, assistant professor of electrical engineering, will teach courses in computer systems, programming and applications, digital electronics and digital electronics laboratory. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka; a master’s degree from the University of Mississippi, and a doctorate from the University of Arizona.
- Mark Previte joins the UPJ faculty as assistant professor in social studies education. He holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Slippery Rock State College, a master’s degree in social studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction/social studies education from Penn State. His courses include Teaching Social Studies in Elementary Education.
- Reece O. Rahman, assistant professor in psychology, will teach courses in introductory psychology, psychopathology and tests and measures. Rahman’s educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan, with a master’s degree and doctorate in clinical psychology, both earned at Kent State.
- Carrie Rohman received a bachelor’s degree in English/philosophy from the University of Dayton, and a master’s degree in English and a doctorate in 20th-century British literature and critical theory from Indiana University, Bloomington. As assistant professor of English, she will teach English composition, introduction to literature and survey of British literature.
- Robert Whitbred, assistant professor of communication, will teach courses in organizational communication, intercultural communication and public speaking. He received a bachelor’s degree in communication at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a master’s in organizational communication and a doctorate in organizational communication and social network analysis, both from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
- Stanley J. Yerep, assistant professor of accounting, holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. His courses include accounting principles and intermediate accounting.
via University Times