Clarion University welcomes Dr. Gwyneth Price as director of the School of Education and Dr. Timothy Stevenson as director of the Office of Field Services.
Price joins Clarion from Edinboro University, where she has taught in the education department since 2008 and where she recently served as director of accreditation and program improvement. She previously taught at Pennsylvania State University, as well as in the Pennsylvania public school system at Juniata Valley and Bedford Area high schools.
Price earned her Ph.D. and M.S. in educational psychology from Penn State and earned her B.A. in chemistry from Bucknell University. She brings a wealth of teaching experience at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as significant leadership in accreditation. She joins as us as a professor in the education department and will begin her appointment June 1.
"Coming to Clarion gives me the opportunity to bring the experience I have gained in the PASSHE system to a new, challenging environment," Price said. "I look forward to working with the dedicated and enthusiastic individuals in the School of Education. This position will allow me to have a significant role in maintaining the excellent teacher preparation programs, in facilitating the work and vision of the education faculty, and in spurring change that will lead to exciting learning experiences for a growing number of Clarion students."
Stevenson will lead the university's Office of Field Services. Previously, he was a music educator in the Brookville Area School District since 2002. At the same time, he has served as an adjunct instructor of music and educational technology at Gannon University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Butler County Community College. Stevenson earned his Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction from IUP, where he had previously earned his M.A. in music performance and his B.S.Ed. in music education. He will begin work at Clarion in July.
"I am very excited to begin my new position at Clarion University of Pennsylvania," Stevenson said. "As a longtime member of the Clarion community, I believe in the university's mission to provide the best quality education for our students. I look forward to playing an active role in the preparation of new teachers who are entering the education workforce. I am eager to build new relationships with surrounding school districts as we work in conjunction to provide the best possible field experiences for our students. Through these cooperative experiences, Clarion University will continue its legacy as a distinguished provider of teacher education throughout the state."
These two appointments solidify a strong leadership team in the School of Education at Clarion University," said Dr. Todd Pfannestiel, interim provost. "They will work closely with the department chairs and faculty of the education department and special education and disability studies department, as well as with the dean of the College of Arts, Education and Sciences."
Pfannestiel said Price and Stevenson will help to advance the School of Education's mission and vision as a pre-eminent provider of teacher education throughout the commonwealth and region.
Clarion is poised for notable growth in quality of its programs in the School of Education, thanks to the great work of the faculty and staff over the past two years under Dr. Alan Arroyo and Dan Shaffer. As interim director of the School of Education, Arroyo not only has provided an important period of stability as the school sought to identify a new director, but he also asked critical questions that helped to position the university for the future.
"His consistent presence at several university functions during his two years at Clarion displayed his commitment to the success of all of our students," Pfannestiel said.
"Likewise, I wish to thank Shaffer for his leadership of the Office of Field Services over the past three years," Pfannestiel said. "Shaffer, along with his excellent staff, guided hundreds of students through the placement process to ensure the best possible field experiences for them."