New Kensington campus welcomes new faculty

As the class of 2018 begins its collegiate sojourn at Penn State New Kensington, two new faculty members stand ready to prepare the incoming freshmen for their journey towards a post-secondary education. Jeffrey Roth, assistant professor of administration of justice, and Janet Knott, instructor in nursing, join the full-time campus faculty for the fall 2014 semester.

“We welcome Dr. Knott and Dr. Roth, who bring new perspectives to our RN-BSN and Administration of Justice programs,” said Andrea Adolph, director of academic affairs. “Our students will see immediate benefits when working with these two new faculty members.”

Roth holds a doctorate in criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he served as a consultant in the Applied Research lab and an assistant adviser in the Criminology Advising Center. His dissertation evaluated the factors that influence burglars’ target choices using surveys and home photographs. In addition to burglary, his research and teaching interests include criminological theory, research methods, and crime prevention.

He earned a master’s degree in criminal justice from Tiffin University in Ohio and a bachelor’s degree in government from Patrick Henry College in Virginia. Prior to graduate school, he worked for several years at a consulting firm in Maryland where he assisted with reviews of counterintelligence programs in FBI field offices. He currently lives in the Freeport area with his wife, 2-year-old daughter, and 4-month-year-old son. Roth’s office is located in room 108 of the Administration Building (in the back of the Art gallery loop). His phone number is 724-334-6761 and email address is

“Dr. Roth has a substantial research agenda that will allow him to build on the strengths in our AOJ program, which emphasizes both academic and field experiences,” Adolph said.

Knott brings a wealth of teaching experience to the New Kensington campus after 15 years as a nursing instructor at Penn State Fayette since 1999. She will teach upper-level courses in the fall. In addition to her pedagogy responsibilities, Knott will serve as nursing program coordinator.

The Derry, Pennsylvania, resident received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s in nursing education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She earned a doctorate in nursing practice from Carlow University. Prior to teaching, she was on the nursing staff of three hospitals -- Forbes Regional, Children’s and Latrobe. Knott takes over for Dolores O’Hara, who retired in the spring after 15 years as instructor and program coordinator. Knott’s office is room 107 of the Administration Building. Her phone number is 724-334-6725 and email address is

“Dr. Knott has a long history of teaching for Penn State and is an award-winning teacher,” Adolph said. “Her links to area hospitals and community colleges will be a benefit to the growth of our program.”

The new faculty members are already in the classrooms as the 15-week fall semester at the New Kensington campus got underway Aug. 25. Classes end Dec. 12, and finals conclude Dec. 19. Commencement is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, in the campus’ Forum Theatre.

“We are poised for many new and exciting academic opportunities this year,” Adolph said. “Our faculty will be working together to ensure that our students have access to the quality and innovation that Penn State is recognized for.”

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Last Updated August 27, 2014