The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

January 22, 2011

UPJ adds faculty positions

22 slots to be filled by fall semester

The Tribune-Democrat

— Pitt-Johnstown has advertised 22 faculty positions in various disciplines – including three for the university’s new nursing school, officials told The Tribune-Democrat.

UPJ is taking applications now. The review process will begin in February, spokesman Robert Knipple said.

The positions are to be filled by fall term.

About one third of the faculty positions are new, and will correspond to new majors and course offerings, Knipple said. The remainder are positions that had come open through attrition but were not filled.

UPJ President Jem Spectar said the growth at the school should be good news for the region as well.

“Pitt-Johnstown is a key partner in strengthening the economic development of our region with an annual impact that exceeds $60 million,” Spectar said. “The hiring of new faculty is part of the momentum that is transforming Pitt-Johnstown and helping us to achieve our vision of being a leading institution at the forefront of baccalaureate colleges when it comes to preparing students for the real world.”

The faculty positions to be filled, grouped by academic divisions, include:


• Division chairperson and associate professor or professor of education.

• Assistant professor or instructor of early childhood education.

• Assistant professor or instructor of secondary English education.

• Assistant professor or instructor of secondary science.

• Education assistant professor or instructor of special education.

Engineering technology

• Assistant professor of mechanical engineering technology.

• Assistant professor or instructor of electrical engineering technology.


• Assistant professor of English writing.

• Assistant professor or instructor of theater.

Natural sciences

• Assistant professor of biology (vertebrate biology).

• Assistant professor of chemistry (organic/green chemistry).

• Assistant professor of chemistry (health professions chemistry).

• Assistant professor of energy and earth resources.

• Instructor of mathematics.

Nursing and health sciences

• Assistant professor of nursing.

• Assistant professor or instructor of nursing.

• Instructor of nursing.

Social sciences

• Assistant professor of political science.

• Assistant professor of justice and criminology.

• Assistant professor of business accounting and finance.

• Assistant professor or instructor of business management – management information systems.

• Instructor of cartography/geographic information systems.

The changes reflect evolving technology and job-skills requirements, but also emphasize tradition skills, Knipple said.

Frances M. Zauhar, UPJ humanities chairwoman, said: “We are responding to a recognized need to give our students pre-professional experience in web writing and new media.”

 “Ultimately, we will offer a new concentration in management information systems as part of our business degree, hopefully as soon as this fall,” social sciences Chairman Raymond Wrabley said.