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Our distinguished faculty is committed to improving teaching and human development in a diverse, rapidly changing and increasingly technological society. They support a constructivist model of teaching and learning, which has as its foundation the developmental theories of Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky. The faculty is among the best scholars and practitioners in the elementary, early childhood and special education fields, cumulatively contributing to hundreds of scholarly books, magazines and journals.

Click on each of their profiles below to learn more about their experience, publications, awards and contact information.

Department Chair

  • Dr. Diane H. Nettles


    Dr. Nettles has been at Cal U since 1989, and has taught several literacy and field experience More


  • Dr. Peter Cormas

    Assistant Professor

    Dr. Cormas joined California University of Pennsylvania in 2013, and teaches science and More

  • Dr. Holly L. Diehl


    Dr. Diehl was an elementary teacher and principal for 18 years. She now supervises student More

  • Dr. Diane Fine

    Assistant Professor

    Prior to joining the faculty at California University of Pennsylvania in 2014, Dr. Fine taught in More

  • Dr. J. William Hug

    Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Excellence in Elementary Science and Math Education

    Dr. Hug's academic work focuses on elementary science teacher education, environmental  More

  • Dr. Rebecca Maddas

    Assistant Professor

    As early as third grade, Dr. Maddas knew that she had in interest in teaching; albeit, the  More

  • Dr. Christine Peterson



  • Dr. Michelle Torregano

    Assistant Professor and PreK-4 Graduate Coordinator

    Dr. Michelle Early Torregano is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a degree in More

  • Dr. Clover Wright

    Assistant Professor

    Dr. Wright worked for 12 years as an early chlidhood educator in a variety of contexts, both  More