Penn State Beaver welcomes new faculty, staff

Penn State Beaver has hired Keith R. Willson as an instructor in physics and Brenda C. Schultz has been named student personal and career counselor. Both are full-time positions.

Willson was an adjunct lecturer in physics at Beaver for two years and spent seven years as an assistant professor of physics and mathematics at Geneva College. Previously, he served as a group leader, Material Flammability Section, Southwest Research Institute, Department of Fire Technology, San Antonio, and was a senior associate scientist in polyurethanes research, PU Division, at Bayer Polymers LLC in Pittsburgh.

At Bayer Willson was also a senior associate scientist in the Combustion Laboratory and a research physicist. In addition, he was a research assistant in the Carnegie-Mellon University Physics Department, Interfacial Physics Group.

He has published scholarly and industry papers and articles, attended conferences and given presentations throughout the United States and Canada.

Willson holds a doctorate in physics; a master’s degree in colloid, polymer and surface science; and a master’s degree in physics from Carnegie-Mellon University as well as a bachelor’s degree in physics from Geneva College. He can be contacted at or 724-773-3873.

Schultz came to Beaver campus from the Parkway West Alternative Center for Education in Oakdale where she was a school counselor and social worker for eight years. She also worked for a year as a secondary school counselor intern at West Allegheny School District, Imperial, and spent seven years as a career counselor and government contracts funding specialist for Goodwill Industries of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh.

Schultz is a member of the American School Counselor Association, the Pennsylvania School Counselor Association and the Allegheny County Counselor Association.

She holds a master’s degree in community counseling from Regent University, a school counseling endorsement from Slippery Rock University and a bachelor’s degree in social work from Edinboro University. Contact Schultz at or 724-773-3961.

Last Updated January 13, 2014