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Dr. Pete Skoner

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    Position: Dean of the School of STEAM, Professor

    Department: Engineering, Academic Affairs

    Office: 303 Scotus Hall

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    About Dr. Pete Skoner


    • Ed.D.; Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    • M.Ed.; Saint Francis University
    • M.B.A.; Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    • B.S.; Pennsylvania State University; Mining Engineering


    • Courses Taught
    • Career Achievements
    • Research
    • Professional Achievements
    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  
    Career Achievements

    Certifications and Registrations

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

    Academic Experience

    • 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.

    Professional Experience

    • NASA/ASEE Faculty Research Fellow at Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA; Research on Management Control Procedures for CAD Documents; 1985.
    • Bethlehem Mines Corporation, Mining Engineer; Conducted many time, motion, and feasibility studies; Implemented computer portion of Inventory Control System; Computer Coordinator for Production Management System; Participated in Loop Program, which introduced engineers to all aspects of management; 1979-1982.
    • Research Observer with the Pittsburgh Public School Board; supervised parent observers in classroom data collection for experimental summer enrichment program in a city school; 1987.
    • Mathematics Teacher, Central Cambria High School, 1984
    • Mathematics Tutor Coordinator, Educational Opportunity Program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1983.

    Administrative Experience

    • 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


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


    • Skoner, P. and Sorce, D. “Pennsylvania Statistics Poster Competition:  Fun and Learning for K-12 Students,” PCTM Magazine, LIII(2), Winter 2015, pp. 16-19.
    • Skoner, P. “Kappa Mu Epsilon Chapter News,” Associate Editor for The Pentagon: A Mathematics Magazine for Students, 75(2) Spring 2016, 75(1) Fall 2015, 74(2) Spring 2015, 74(1) Fall 2014, 73(2) Spring 2014, 73(1) Fall 2013, 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.

    Selected Papers Presented

    • Responding to Academically Adrift:  Panel Discussion of Campus Actions, presented with Pedro Muíño, Kerry Pannell, and Gary Phillips; at the 98th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities; Washington, DC; January 26, 2012.
    • Putting Student Ratings to Work, presented with Ms. Theresa Wilson, Instructional Technology Specialist; introduced and sponsored by The IDEA (Individual Development and Educational Assessment) Center; presented at the 96th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) held on January 19-23, 2010 in Washington, DC.  
    • Sum-mer Add-ventures: Mathematics Camp for Middle School Girls, presented with Ms. Amy Miko, at the Joint Mathematics Meetings Women in Mathematics Poster Session in Washington, DC in January 2000 and at the Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Meeting in Harrisburg, PA in March 2000.
    • SOAR to College Success:  A Collaborative Approach for a Pre-Enrollment Summer Orientation Program, with G. Rooney, at the 14th Annual National Conference for the Freshman Year Experience at the University of South Carolina in February 1995.

    Professional Achievements


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

    Community Involvement

    • Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School and Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School, Professor in Residence, 2013-present 
    • Saint Michael Catholic Church, Parish Council, 2006-2011.
    • 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, 1996-2002.
    • Forest Hills School District Business/Office Advisory Committee, 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 2009-2017; Corresponding Secretary of SFU, since 1988; Great Lakes (Region 2) Director, 1995-2009.
    • Laurel Highlands Mathematics Alliance, Executive Board, 1993-2015; President 1999-2008; Treasurer 2008 to 2015.
    • Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Accreditation Visiting Team Member:  Niagara University, 2017; Le Moyne College, 2016; Lackawanna College, 2015; Siena College, 2014; Iona College, 2013.
    • NCAA Division I Certification Process, Peer Reviewer: Jacksonville State University (2009) and Samford University (2010)
    • Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), Major Review Application Reviewer; Reviewed Secondary Education for Carlow University, Juniata College, King’s College, and Millersville University (2017); and York College (2016)
    • Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE),Visiting Evaluation Team Member in Mathematics: Ursinus College (2005), Cedar Crest College (2003), Point Park College (2003), Robert Morris University (2001), Carlow College (1995), Lebanon Valley College (1993).
    • Pennsylvania Statistics Poster Competition, Coordinator 2008-present