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All full-time faculty members in the Department of Professional Studies possess Ph.D. degrees or other terminal degree in their fields and extensive experience in their areas of instruction. They are often acknowledged for their in-depth knowledge, teaching excellence, level of scholarship and accessibility to students.

The department's part-time faculty are recognized experts in their respective fields yet still adhere to higher scholarly standards. Click on each of their profiles below to learn more about their experience, publications, awards and contact information.

Department Chair

  • Dr. Christina A. Toras

    Associate Professor

    Dr. Toras has 25 years of experience as a licensed practicing attorney, having served a 15-year More

Faculty

  • Deborah Allen

    Adjunct Professor

    Deborah A. Allen is an adjunct professor for California University of Pennsylvania. She teaches  More

  • Larry Bassi

    Instructor

    Professor Bassi has taught in the criminal justice field for more than 41 years. After More

  • Dr. Robert N. Diotalevi

    Instructor

    Dr. Bob Diotalevi, Esq., LL.M. has been a lawyer since 1985 as a member of the Massachusetts and More

  • Kevin Govern, J.D.

    Instructor

    Govern began his legal career as an Army judge advocate, serving 20 years at every echelon More

  • Miranda Hoit

    Adjunct Professor

    In addition to serving as an adjunct professor at Cal U, Miranda Hoit works full time as a senior More

  • Brian Kohlhepp

    Instructor

    Brian Kohlhepp is a native of the Pittsburgh area, where he still lives with his family. He More

  • Dr. Jeffrey Magers

    Associate Professor

    During his law enforcement career, Dr. Magers was a member of the Jefferson County Police More

  • Dr. William Morgan

    Instructor

    Morgan has taught distance learning since 2007 at Wilmington University in New Castle, Del. More

  • David Smith, J.D.

    Instructor

    Attorney Smith maintains a private practice of law in Adams County, Pa. He is a member of the More

  • Michael Vennum, Esq.

    Instructor

    Michael Vennum is a partner with Burleson LLP, exclusively representing energy companies in More

  • Dr. Jerry W. Wells

    Instructor

    Dr. Jerry W. Wells is a law enforcement veteran having served two years with the Western Kentucky More