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Two full-time instructors join campus faculty

6/26/2007 —

Two full-time instructors will join the faculty at Penn State Wilkes-Barre this fall. Daniel Blessner will come on board as a math, physics, and astronomy instructor and Marshall R. Davis will instruct courses in the administration of justice program.

Students enrolled in the administration of justice program may already be familiar with Marshall R. Davis who has been teaching at this campus as an adjunct instructor since 1994. In addition to his teaching background, Mr. Davis brings over thirty years of experience in the criminal and juvenile justice systems where he has served in areas of law enforcement, corrections, and community supervision. He holds a master's degree in administration of justice from Shippensburg University and a bachelor's degree in law enforcement and corrections from Penn State University. He is affiliated with numerous professional organizations including the PA Probation & Parole Officers Firearms Education & Training Commission, the PA Council of Chief Juvenile Probation Officers; and The American Society of Criminology. He was co-founder of the PA Driving Under the Influence Association. Along with his teaching duties, Mr. Davis will also be responsible for academic advising and supervising students' internships and research projects. "As a Penn Stater myself, it is a privilege to be associated with the dedicated and professional faculty and staff here at the Wilkes-Barre campus," said Davis. "I am excited about the opportunity to interact on a full-time basis with our students and hope that I can contribute to making the AOJ program even stronger." Mr. Davis' office will be located in the Science Building, room 104.

Daniel Blessner comes to Penn State Wilkes-Barre from Johnson College where he taught mathematics, chemistry, and physics. He earned his bachelor of science degree in civil and environmental engineering and his master's in science in chemical engineering from Penn State University. Teaching at the college level for more than ten years, Blessner has been an adjunct faculty member at College Misericordia, Penn College, and Luzerne County Community College. Mr. Blessner prides himself on his ability to relate to students beginning their college experiences who are often unsure of their abilities in math and science. "My academic beginnings were very similar," he said, "which allows me to better understand the struggle many students have with these subjects. I try to adapt my teaching style to accommodate all learners, particularly those with difficulty comprehending difficult or complex material." Mr. Blessner's office will be located in the Science Building, room 109.

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