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Dr. Pete Skoner

Pete Skoner

Title: Associate Provost, Professor
School: Sciences
Academic Department: Engineering
Department: Academic Affairs
Phone: (814) 472-3085
E-mail: pskoner@francis.edu
Office Location: 313 Scotus Hall

Education

  • Ed.D.; Indiana University of Pennsylvania; May, 1992.
  • M.Ed.; Saint Francis University; May, 1985.
  • M.B.A.; Indiana University of Pennsylvania; May, 1984.
  • B.S.; The Pennsylvania State University; Mining Engineering; May 1979.

Biography

Courses Taught
  • Physics 101 - Physical Science
  • Physics 121 - General Physics I
  • Physics 122 - General Physics II
  • Engineering 101 - Introduction to Engineering
  • Engineering 201 - Engineering Statics
  • Engineering 202 - Engineering Dynamics
  • Statistics 101 - Introduction to Statistics at Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School, Professor in Residence Program
Career Achievements

Certifications and Registrations

  • Registered Professional Engineer, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, since 1985
  • Mathematics Instructional I Teaching Certificate, Pennsylvania Department of Education, 1984

Academic Career

  • Professor of Physics, 1999 to Present.
  • Associate Professor of Physics, 1993-1999.
  • Assistant Professor of Physical Science and Management, 1989-1993.
  • Instructor, 1984-1989.
  • Lecturer, 1983-1984.
  • Tenured since 1990.
  • Associate Provost, 2008-Present
  • Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, 2002-Present.
  • Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, 1993-2002.
  • Chair of Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences Department, 1987-1994 and 200-2002.
  • President of Faculty Senate, 1990-1992.

Previous Experience

  • Mining Engineer, Bethlehem Mines Corporation, 1979-1982
  • NASA/ASEE Summer Faculty Internship Program; Research Fellow; Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA; Summer 1985.
  • Mathematics Teacher, Central Cambria High School, 1984

Administrative Career

  • Associate Provost, 2008-Present
  • Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs, 2002-2003
  • Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, 2003-2008
  • Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, 1993-2002
  • Acting Academic Dean, 1992-1993
  • Chair of Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences Department, 1987-1994 and 200-2002.
  • President of Faculty Senate, 1990-1992
Research

Research/Interests

  • Integration of Technology into Teaching and Learning in Science
  • Retention and Attrition Patterns in Science and Mathematics Education.

Publications

  • Skoner, P. “Kappa Mu Epsilon Chapter News,” Associate Editor for The Pentagon: A Mathematics Magazine for Students, 72(2) Spring 2013, 72(1) Fall 2012, 71(2) Spring 2012, 71(1) Fall 2011, 70(2) Spring 2011, 70(1) Fall 2010, 69(2) Spring 2010, and 69(1) Fall 2009. 
  • Skoner, P.R., and Datsko, R. “Mathematics in Sports: Singing the Baseball Blues in Pittsburgh,” Mathematics Education and Teacher Exchange Report, 10(1), February 2006, p.3.
  • Skoner, P.R., “Happy Prime New Year!” Mathematics Education and Teacher Exchange Report, 9(1), January 2003, p. 3.
  • Skoner, P.R., “Celebrate Mathematics during this Palindromic New Year,” Mathematics Education and Teacher Exchange Report, 8(1), January 2002, p. 5.
  • Skoner, P.R., S. King, and D. Fredricks, “Summer Reading Program Raises Important Issues for Students,” The Freshman Year Experience Newsletter, 8 (3), Spring 1996, pp. 4-5.
  • Skoner, P.R., and G.J. Rooney, "SOAR to College Success: A Collaborative Approach for a Pre-Enrollment Summer Orientation Program," Proceedings of the 14th Annual National Conference for the Freshman Year Experience, February 1995, pp. 161-162
  • Skoner, P.R., An Analysis of the Effects of High Calculus on Achievement in Undergraduate Calculus, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation; May 1992.
  • Skoner, P.R., and A. Baylock, "Computer Integration in Undergraduate Statistics Classes," Proceedings of the Fifth Annual Eastern Small College Computing Conference, 5 (2), November 1989, pp. 211-214.
  • Skoner, P.R., and M.R. Jalongo, "Retention Problems in Pre-engineering Programs," Engineering Education, 78 (7), April 1988, pp. 692-694.
Professional Achievments

Awards

  • Saint Francis University Swatsworth Outstanding Faculty Award, 1993 and 2003
  • Saint Francis University Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Award, 2002

Community Involvement

  • Saint Michael Catholic Church, Parish Council, 2006-present.
  • American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Sidman Relay, 2005.
  • Forest Hills Baseball Boosters, President, 2003-2008
  • American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO), Richland Executive Board, 2000-2002, Field Director 1999-2002, Coach 1996-2002.
  • Croyle Township Planning Committee, Secretary, 1990 to 1995.
  • Forest Hills Little League; President, 2000-2002; Coach, since 1996-2002.
  • Forest Hills School District Business/Office Advisory Committee, since 2002-2006

Professional Activities

  • American Conference of Academic Deans, Executive Board Member, 2012-present
  • Kappa Mu Epsilon, Honorary Mathematics Society member, since 1987; National Historian since 2009; Corresponding Secretary of SFU, since 1988; Great Lakes (Region 2) Director, since 1995.
  • Laurel Highlands Mathematics Alliance, Executive Board, since 1993; President 1999-2008; Treasurer 2008 to present
  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Accreditation Visiting Team Member:  Iona College, 2013; Siena College, 2014; Lackawanna College, 2015
  • NCAA Division I Certification Process, Peer Reviewer: Jacksonville State University (2009) and Samford University (2010)
  • Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE),Visiting Evaluation Team Member in Mathematics: Lebanon Valley College (1993),Carlow College (1995),Robert Morris University (2001),Point Park College (2003),Cedar Crest College (2003),Ursinus College (2005).
  • Visiting Evaluation Team Member; Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE); Area of Mathematics
  • Peer Reviewer, NCAA Division I Certification Process.
  • Pennsylvania Statistics Poster Competition, Coordinator 2008-present

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