Faculty News

New Faculty

The school welcomed eight new faculty members: Dr. Sam Nutile, assistant professor of biology; Dr. Adam Simpson and Dr. Nicole Spahich, assistant teaching professors of biology; Thomas Flanagan, Richard Gosnell, and Janice Wittmershaus, lecturers in physics; Brittany Kramer, lecturer in mathematics; and Dr. Carolynn Masters, associate teaching professor of nursing.


Jodie Styers, lecturer in math education, was awarded the Council of Fellows Faculty Excellence in Outreach Award.


Dr. Mike Rutter, associate professor of statistics, has been named associate director of the School of Science. Dr. Paul Becker, associate professor of mathematics, has been named department chair of mathematics. Dr. Matt Gruwell, associate professor of biology, has been named department chair of biology. Dr. Todd Cook, assistant professor of biology, has been named prehealth committee chair.


Dr. Grace Galinato has been promoted to associate professor of chemistry. Luciana Aronne has been promoted to assistant teaching professor of chemistry. Dr. Mike Naber has been promoted to associate teaching professor of geoscience.

In Memoriam: Dave Falvo

Dave Falvo, assistant teaching professor of mathematics and a member of the School of Science faculty since 1989, passed away in September following a long battle with rheumatoid arthritis.

Falvo’s enthusiasm and dedication to teaching was inspirational: He received the Distinguished Teacher award from the Allegheny Mountain Section of the Mathematical Association of America in 2000 and was nominated five times for the Penn State Behrend Council of Fellows Excellence in Teaching Award. He also co-authored several mathematics textbooks with colleagues at Larson Texts.

His impact at Penn State Behrend was immeasurable. He will be missed.