Pennsylvania Highlands Community College recently promoted and granted tenure to select faculty members who have, over time, demonstrated a commitment to excellence in teaching, advising, professional development, and service to the College and the community. Their work with students is exemplary and serves as an inspiration to students and colleagues alike.
Eligible faculty members go through a rigorous application and review process that assesses their effectiveness in full-time teaching/advising as well as service to Penn Highlands, the community, and professional development.
Faculty Earning Advancement In Rank:
- Dr. Russell Newman from Assistant to Associate Professor, English. Dr. Newman holds a Ph.D., M.A., and B.A. in English from James Madison University. He also holds an A.A. from Eastern Shore Community College. He began his career as a full-time faculty member in January 2014. He maintains memberships in The Thoreau Society, Modern Language Association, and the Northwest Language Association. Dr. Newman serves as a mentor for students presenting at The Beacon Conference for Student Scholars at Two-Year Colleges.
- Dr. Matthew Sisak from Assistant to Associate Professor, Biological Sciences. Employed full-time by the College since 2014, Dr. Sisak holds a D.C. from the Palmer College of Chiropractic and B.S. in Natural Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He maintains memberships in the Pennsylvania Chiropractic Association and Human Anatomy and Physiology Society. Prior to his full-time appointment, Dr. Sisak served as an adjunct faculty member.
Faculty Earning Tenure:
- Mr. Richard Bukoski, Assistant Professor, Communication and Media Studies. Mr. Bukoski began his career as a full-time faculty member in August 2013. Mr. Bukoski holds a M.A. Adult and Community Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Speech Communication from Edinboro University. He was the founding faculty advisor for the Media Production Club and coordinated the first Black Bear Film Festival. Prior to his full-time appointment, he enjoyed a career in radio and television.
- Dr. Kevin Slonka, Assistant Professor, Computer Science. Dr. Slonka began his career as a full-time faculty member in January 2013. Dr. Slonka holds a Sc.D. in Information Systems & Communication, M.S. in Information Security & Assurance, and M.S. in Information Technology Project Management from Robert Morris University. He also holds a B.S. in Information Technology from Mount Aloysius College. Dr. Slonka holds a membership in the Association for Computing Machinery and has had several articles published for the International Association of Computer and Information Systems. He is certified as an Ethical Hacker and Cybercrime Investigator.
Pennsylvania Highlands has six locations throughout the Southern Alleghenies region, serving residents of western Pennsylvania.