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Maximize your students' learning experience with a faculty expert right in your classroom. Now you can bring published authors, researchers, and distinguished faculty and staff members of Penn State Hazleton to your elementary, middle or high school students.


A Penn State Hazleton guest lecturer can provide benefits to students, such as: 

  • learning from experts in their fields... published authors, researchers and scholars
  • establishing relationships with a local academic resource
  • inspiring students to further explore academic interests and increase academic achievement

 Wide variety of interesting speakers

    Carl Frankel Teaching a Youth Program    Correale Stevens Helping Students With an Assignment

Nittany Speakers and their topics include:

Carl Frankel

Assistant Professor of Biology
Academic Topics: Genetics, evolution, and nature

Learn about genetics fundamentals, such as what genes are and how they work. Also, explore controversial issues such as the nature-nurture controversy, cloning, genetic engineering and genetic differences between the “races” of mankind.

A controversial topic, Dr. Frankel has spoken for evolution in three large public debates on “evolution versus creationism.” He is available for debate or just to explain Darwin’s theory and the evidence behind it. Religious groups may enjoy a discussion of how evolution and God are compatible.

Nature Walks
Beauty and diversity can be found all around us – even in vacant city lots! Going out in small groups and pooling everyone’s knowledge makes this an even more enriching experience. Dr. Frankel is passionate about getting children and their families outside to identify and learn about plants and animals, stars and planets, and enjoy the natural world together.

Wes Grebski

Associate Professor of Engineering
Academic Topic: Applied Engineering
Dr. Grebski can discuss engineering-related concepts in the K-12 curriculum, such as a solar-powered car project and international aspects of engineering.

Alfredo Jimenez

Associate Professor of Mathematics
Academic Topic: Mathematics “Mathemagic” presents mathematics to grade school students (and the public in general) in a way that is magical and triggers the imagination. This is done via number tricks, logical puzzles, problem solving and pattern recognition. These presentations have appealed to students from second to sixth grade, and are very interactive and dynamic. Kids find them interesting and get involved spontaneously, volunteering their answers to each of the questions posed.

Semyon Litvinov

Associate Professor of Mathematics
Academic Topics: Problem Solving

Learn an effective way of problem solving... Dr. Litvinov calls it the BRD Method or “Box of Raw Data.” This approach helps educators overcome their own anxiety towards word problems by helping them see the whole spectrum of possible solutions of a given problem. This method helps instructors recognize and appreciate atypical solutions to mathematics problems.

And in “Methods of Solving Inequalities,” Dr. Litvinov discusses and compares the effectiveness of the following methods of solving inequalities: Method of Equivalent Systems, Interval Method and the Graphical Method. Examples will include inequalities involving radicals, logarithmic inequalities, trigonometric inequalities, inequalities with absolute values and more.

Lee Muroski

Instructor of Sociology
Academic Topic: Sociology in Everyday Life
The Sociological Imagination... what is it? How does it work? How can it transform your life?

Michael Polgar

Assistant Professor of Sociology
Academic Topic: Sociology (homelessness, poverty and health in the 20th century in the U.S.)
Dr. Polgar looks at how people become homeless and end up living without adequate housing. He explores what service agencies and systems can do to help end homelessness, and examines how organizations, families and individuals can make a difference by providing housing, health care and basic goods.

Sociology of Social Problems
A look at how we define, evaluate and alleviate social problems, with an exploration into ways to reduce the problem of inequality, including steps communities can take to reduce social behavior problems.

Correale Stevens

Instructor in Political Science and Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge
Academic Topic: State and Federal Court System
An inside look at courts, judges and the legal system, illustrating the stages of a trial by following a case from arrest to sentencing. Discussion of the roles of lawyers, as well as the appellate process.

Dan Vice

Instructor in Earth and Mineral Sciences

Academic Topic: Discovering Earth’s Structure...
A look at coal fires in our region, including the history and current status of Centralia, as well as a discussion of some of the factors that make Centralia unique in the anthracite region.

Molly Wertheimer

Professor of Communication Arts & Sciences
Academic Topic: Effective Speech Communication “The American First Lady and Her White Glove Pulpit”
First ladies have long had influence on their presidential husbands, but only recently have they been more overt about it. In the 21st century, presidential spouses have become so important that it is difficult to imagine a president getting elected these days without spousal support. This will become even more true when we elect the first woman president... if she is married, the first lady will then be a man.

Elizabeth Wright

Assistant Professor of English
Academic Topic: 20th Century American Literature
Dr. Wright explains how early 20th century women writers responded to the pressing political and social issues of the day, including the expanding role of women and the growing problem of immigrant education. Dr. Wright also looks at how war impacts women, children and families.

For more information or to inquire about availability:

Call 570-450-3138 or Email Suzanne Bahrt at sjb13@psu.edu