Penn State Beaver welcomes new faculty members

August 27, 2010

Penn State Beaver welcomed two new faculty members for the fall semester. Mari B. Pierce is assistant professor of criminal justice and is teaching in the new Administration of Justice baccalaureate program offered for the first time this fall. Kathy Firestine is an instructor in psychology at Beaver, Greater Allegheny, and New Kensington campuses where she is teaching as well as managing and supervising the regional internship program.

The Administration of Justice program is being delivered jointly by Penn State's Beaver, New Kensington and Shenango campuses. All required courses will be offered at each campus, though students should expect to take some courses via interactive video and/or the Web.

Previously, Pierce was an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Western Oregon University. She also served as the instructor of record for the Department of Criminology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the Department of Criminal Justice at New Mexico State University. In addition, Pierce has worked as a social service specialist in child welfare for the Department of Human Services, Salem, Ore.; a youth care counselor for the Families and Youth, Inc. Girls’ Group Home in Las Cruces, N.M., and an evaluation program coordinator and guidance counselor for Homestead Youth and Family Services in Pendleton, Ore.

Pierce holds a doctorate in criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in criminal justice from New Mexico State University and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Whitman College.

Firestine has taught at various institutions, including Penn State, the University of Pittsburgh, Carlow University, and Point Park University. Her classes have included a wide range of subjects, including social psychology, abnormal psychology, developmental psychology, statistics and research methods.

Previously, Firestine was a consultant for the National Development and Research Institutes Inc. in New York City, N.Y., and a recruitment coordinator, project coordinator and research associate for the UPMC Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. She was also a clinical assessor for the University of Pittsburgh, was a law clerk at several Pittsburgh firms, and is currently a law intern at the National Center for Juvenile Justice.

Firestine is currently working on a doctorate in applied developmental psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, where she graduated with a master's degree in counseling and bachelor's degrees in psychology and fine arts. In addition, she holds a juris doctorate from the Duquesne University School of Law.

Pierce can be contacted at or 724-773-3549, and Firestine can be reached at or 724-773-3866.



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Last Updated August 30, 2010