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New faculty will join campus for 2011-2012 academic year

3/14/2011 —

Two new faculty members will join Penn State Beaver for the 2011-2012 academic year. The announcement was made recently by Donna J. Kuga, Beaver campus director of academic affairs.

Ana B. Areas Da Luz Fontes has accepted the position of assistant professor of psychology. Her primary research areas include psycholinguistics and cognition, and she will deliver campus psychology courses that include learning and cognition. She holds a doctorate and a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Texas at El Paso and received a postdoctoral CAPES fellowship to the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. Areas Da Luz Fontes will join Beaver for the 2012 spring semester.

LaVarr McBride has accepted the joint position of instructor in administration of justice at Penn State Beaver, Penn State New Kensington, and Penn State Shenango. In addition to teaching at each campus, he will serve as program coordinator and internship supervisor. He is currently an assistant professor at Weber State University, Ogden, Utah, and also serves as the program’s director of criminal justice at Weber State University, Davis Campus.

McBride has extensive field experience after serving in a variety of positions, including training specialist with the Office of Defender Service, Washington, D.C., pre-sentence investigator for federal courts, probation officer, parole officer, correctional officer, and consultant as a Defense Initiated Victim Outreach Specialist for federal and state cases. He holds a master’s degree in sociology from Utah State University and a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Weber State University. McBride will join the campus for the fall semester.

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