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Faculty Focus: Megan Baril, Human Development and Family Studies

Dr. Megan Baril is an instructor in the online Human Development and Family Studies program offered through Penn State World Campus. She wrote the curriculum for our Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies course (HD FS 129), and also has taught courses on child development, research methods, and interventions in human development. We chatted…

Faculty Focus: Gavin Macgregor-Skinner, Homeland Security

Dr. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner is a World Campus faculty member in the Homeland Security master’s program (Public Health Preparedness option), who brings a wealth of professional experience to his courses. He teaches three public health preparedness courses on emergency operation plans and bio-risk management. We recently chatted with Gavin about his work in the field and…

Meet Dr. Daad Rizk, Financial Literacy Coordinator

Dr. Daad Rizk is Penn State’s financial literacy coordinator. With extensive higher education experience in financial aid, business management and as a university bursar, Daad brings a wealth of knowledge to Penn State, where she hopes to help students better meet their education expenses and prepare for the future through improved financial literacy. Before coming…

Meet New Instructor Thomas Argondizza

This summer, Thomas Argondizza will be teaching his first World Campus course, INSYS 100: World Technologies and Learning. We talked with Thomas recently to learn about his international teaching experiences, his passion for teaching, and what he loves to do when he’s not teaching. Tell us what students will find exciting about your course this…

Instructional Designer by Day, Musician by Night

Joe Scott is the lead instructional designer for the Penn State Video Learning Network (VLN) on the World Campus Learning Design team. The VLN is a blended learning format, meaning most of the time the students are online but come together one time a week to meet face-to-face using Polycom video conference technology powered by…

Penn State’s Accreditation Reaffirmed

With the Thanksgiving holiday only a day away, I am thankful to share that on Thursday, Penn State’s accreditation was reaffirmed by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). With the news of the lifted ‘warning,’ Penn State President Rodney Erickson shared, “While the excellence of our educational programs was never in question, it…

Meet Amy Dietz, HRER Program Administrator and Adviser

Amy Dietz advises World Campus students in the Human Resources and Employment Relations Master of Professional Studies program. Having earned several Penn State degrees while working a full-time job at Penn State, Amy can identify with students’ challenges. We asked her to share some of her experiences and advice for students. You have a long…