Shenango welcomes new faculty as fall semester begins

September 10, 2009

Penn State Shenango welcomes four new faculty members to its campus. Elaine Andrews, instructor in English; Jamie Calhoun, assistant professor of English; Jennifer Jewell, instructor in physical therapy; and Chiung-Ya Tang, assistant professor of human development and family studies, began teaching for the local campus when fall classes began on Monday, Aug. 24.

-- A resident of Youngstown, Ohio, Andrews was hired to teach a variety of English courses including composition and technical writing. Prior to being hired full-time, Andrews taught at the Shenango campus as an adjunct instructor during the past spring semester.

Andrews completed her undergraduate studies at Youngstown State University, summa cum laude, with a double major in English literature and speech communications in theatre. She received both her master’s degree and doctorate from Ohio University in English with a concentration on 19th-Century British Literature during her doctorate program.

Interested in 19th-century visual culture, Andrews is currently working on a book manuscript titled “The Physiognomy of Fashion: Charlotte Bronte and the Visible Self.” Her article, “The ‘lure of the fabulous’: Gift-Book Beauties and Charlotte Bronte’s Early Heroines,” has appeared in a recent issue of Women’s Writing.

While working on her master’s degree, Andrews was a graduate teaching associate for the department of English at Ohio University. She previously taught as an adjunct faculty member at Missouri Western State College and Youngstown State University and as a full-time instructor at Slippery Rock University.
At Slippery Rock, Andrews served on its composition, scholarship and library committees. She has also held the responsibilities of assistant to the director of the Northeastern Ohio Consortial Master of Fine Arts Program, the assistant to the director of the Youngstown State University Poetry Center and the assistant to the director of Etruscan Press. She is currently a reviewer for the Ohioana Quarterly and a member of the Advisory Board for the Ohio Journal of the English Language Arts (OJELA).
Andrews is a member of several professional organizations, including the College English Association, the Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies, and the Modern Language Association.
-- Calhoun, a resident of Pittsburgh, also was hired to teach a selection of English courses at the Shenango campus, including composition and literature. She received her bachelor of arts in English and drama from Thomas More College, a master of art in English from Miami University in Ohio, and a doctorate in American literature also from the Miami University. Her dissertation was "Alluding to Protect: Citation as Resistance in Post-War American Literature."
After receiving her master’s degree, Calhoun taught English and English literature courses at Miami University, Xavier University and Thomas More College. Her honors include a 2007 Department of English Academic Challenge Dissertation Fellowship, 2007 Department of English Outstanding Teacher Award, and a 2007 College of Arts and Science Graduate Student Teaching Award, all from Miami University. She was also awarded a 2004 Best Comparative Literature Paper Prize at the Purdue University Graduate conference.
Her service engagements include co-creating and co-chairing Miami University’s English Graduate Student Symposium in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2007. In the spring of 2008, she was the invited speaker at the Haven MU LGBTQ Graduate Student Group, where she presented a speech titled, “Pedagogical Responses to Homophobia and Racism in the Classroom.” 
Calhoun is a current member of several professional organizations, including the Modern Language Association, The Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States and the Miami English Graduate Student and Adjunct Association.
-- Jennifer Jewell, from Greenville, is teaching physical therapy courses for the campus’ physical therapist assistant program. She received her bachelor of science in health sciences and graduated cum laude from Lock Haven University in Lock Haven, Pa. Jewell received her master of science in physical therapy from the Beaver College in Glenside, Pa., and her transitional doctorate of physical therapy from Chatham College in Pittsburgh. Before being hired full-time by Shenango, Jewell taught as an adjunct professor for several semesters.
In addition to teaching, Jewell also works for Alliance Rehab Inc. as a home health physical therapist and as a physical therapist for residents of St. Paul’s in Greenville. She works as an occasional PRN physical therapist for Select Medical in Greenville, where she provides coverage at White Cliff Nursing Home.
Before obtaining her doctorate, Jewell was a staff physical therapist for St. Paul’s, UPMC Horizon Wellness Center in Greenville, and Shenango Valley Outpatient Clinic in Farrell.
In addition to her formal degrees, Jewell has attended several continuing education classes and seminars on patient care, evaluation, and treatment. She is a current member of the American Physical Therapy Association.
-- Tang, a native of Taiwan, was hired as a tenure track assistant professor for the campus’ Human Development and Family Studies program. She will teach the upper level gerontology classes of the campus’ human development and family studies program.
Tang completed her undergraduate studies with a specialization in child development and family studies from the Department of Applied Life Sciences at Fu-Jen Catholic University in Taipei, Taiwan, and her master of science in family sciences from Texas Women’s University. Tang graduated from Purdue University’s doctoral program in child development and family studies. In 2007, she was employed by the University of Central Florida as a post-doctoral associate in the doctoral program of Public Affairs to assist with research and grant proposals on public health.
Her prior teaching experiences included teaching research methods at the graduate level in the school of social work at the University of Central Florida. While she was working on her master’s and doctorate degrees she worked as a graduate assistant teaching and conducting research at Purdue University.
Yang is well-published and has presented numerous poster sessions and papers on marital commitment, adult child-parent relationships and work-family issues at national and international conferences and workshops. In 2008, her research with Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, a professor at Purdue University, on workplace flexibility based on the National Survey of Changing Workforce was funded with a $15,000 grant.
In addition to her degrees, Yang has a certificate in gerontology and a graduate teacher technology certificate from Purdue University. In 2006, she was presented with a Travel Award from the Social Science Statistics Center from the University of Missouri and in 2000 was awarded a Graduate Fellowship from Texas Woman’s University.
Yang is a member of the International Association for Relationship Research and a member of the National Council on Family Relations. She also serves on the International Task Force for the International Association for Relationship Research. While at the University of Central Florida, she served on the College Diversity Committee, supervised students in the doctoral program in public affairs and gave guest lectures for doctoral research courses.

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Last Updated September 10, 2009