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Four Professors Join SVC Faculty

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Posted: Tuesday Oct 8, 2013

Oct. 8, 2013

Four professors joined the Saint Vincent College faculty full time for the 2013-2014 academic year, according to an announcement by Dr. John Smetanka, vice president for academic affairs and academic dean.

The new faculty include Dr. Linda Kay Jukes, assistant professor of education; Dr. Eric J. Kocian, assistant professor of criminology, law and society; Dr. Junlei Li, associate professor of psychology; and Lin Xiang, assistant professor of economics.

Jukes earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education, a Master of Education in Mentally and/or Physically Handicapped, an Elementary Education certificate at California University of Pennsylvania and an Ed. D. in Educational Leadership at Duquesne University. A former teacher of students with Intellectual disabilities in Intermediate Unit I, she also served as a teacher of Emotional Support and as a Transition Support Teacher, Lead Support Teacher and Continuing Professional Education instructor. She has served as a Nonviolent Crisis Intervention certified teacher, as a member of the BrainSteps Committee and as a board member of Transition Employment Consultants. She lives in California, Pa.

Li has been named to a new, three-year visiting professorship in early learning and children's media at Saint Vincent. Li will serve as an associate professor of psychology in Saint Vincent College’s School of Social Sciences, Communication and Education, working with Saint Vincent faculty and the staff at the Fred M. Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children's Media to draw a future generation of scholars to the legacy of Fred Rogers. Li was formerly the principal research scientist at The Fred Rogers Company. He was also a senior fellow and past director of applied research and evaluation at the Office of Child Development at the University of Pittsburgh. His work integrates developmental science with training, media and communication development to improve children’s lives in schools, orphanages and community programs. He was previously a principal investigator at Carnegie Mellon University where he designed and led research and development projects, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, to narrow the science achievement gap in under-served urban schools. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame where he earned a bachelor of science degree in computer science with highest honor, he earned a master of arts degree in instructional science and a Ph.D. in psychology at Carnegie Mellon University. Li was born and raised in China and emigrated to the U.S. with his family at the age of 16. He and his wife adopted two daughters from China. They maintain strong ties with China through both professional and humanitarian work on behalf of orphans with disabilities. He is the author or co-author of journal papers, book chapters, op-ed commentary, policy papers, evaluation reports, conference presentations and invited symposiums. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in psychology and education at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education and the Carnegie Mellon University Department of Psychology. Dr. Li’s position at Saint Vincent is being funded by a generous grant from The Heinz Endowments.

Kocian earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and administration of justice with high honors at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, a master of arts degree and a Ph.D. in criminology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has also pursued continuing education online at the Institute for Pastoral Initiatives at the University of Dayton. A former instructor at Slippery Rock University and IUP, he was formerly employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in new agent training. He is the co-author of several journal articles on criminology topics. He has completed military service with the United States Marine Corps Reserves and volunteer service at his parish, Blessed Sacrament R.C. Church, and other area churches. He resides in Greensburg.

Xiang earned a bachelor of arts degree in economics, a master of economics in industrial economics, and a Ph.D. in political economics at Wuhan University, China. She is a former teaching assistant and lecturer at Jianghan University, China. She is the author of several conference papers and journal articles.

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Photos: Dr. Linda Kay Jukes, Dr. Eric J. Kocian, Dr. Junlei Li, and Lin Xiang 

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