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Tabachnick, Michael

Professor of Physics
Areas of Expertise: Physics

Tipping, Christopher

Interim Dean and Associate Professor
Areas of Expertise: Agriculture,Entomology

Buskirk-Cohen, Allison

Associate Professor and Department Chair
Areas of Expertise: Child and Adolescent Development,Counseling Psychology,Peer Groups/Bullying

Michael Tabachnick has been part of the DelVal teaching community since 1968. During that time he has taught all of the physics courses, a number of the mathematics courses, a course in symbolic logic, and a critical thinking course.

He is a recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year Award, the William Allison Award for outstanding service to the student body, and listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who Among Scientists and Engineers, and Who's Who Among Teachers.

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Detailed Profile

t: 215.489.2350
e: michael.tabachnick@delval.edu

Christopher Tipping has a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Delaware in entomology/plant pathology and systematics, respectively. His Ph.D. is from the University of Florida in the Entomology and Nematology Department where he studied insect disease vectors of plants. His post-doctoral experience includes research at the University of California Davis into the post-harvest management of pests of table grapes in California and at the North Florida Research Center (NFREC) working on the biological control of an invasive leaf hopper vector of several bacterial wilt diseases caused by Xylella fastidiosa.

While at NFREC, Chris was a member of the First Detector Program, a nation-wide initiative designed in part to predict and respond to potential bio-terrorism threats to our nation’s agriculture. He has published an extensive list of peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters covering a wide variety of entomological topics including alpha taxonomy, mosquito behavior, post-harvest entomology, plant/insect interactions, vector ecology, urban entomology (bed bugs) and metagenomics. Chris has also described several new species of insects and as well as a nematode. He is an active member of several scientific societies and has presented dozens of papers at a variety of conferences. Presently, he serves as associate editor for the international scientific journal Florida Entomologist in the area of systematics.

At Delaware Valley University, Chris teaches Biological Science I and II lecture and laboratory sections, Entomology, Invertebrate Zoology, Plant Pathology as well as Student Research. As head curator for the Arthropod Museum, he offers students the unique opportunity to experience the finer points of systematics, taxonomy, and curatorial techniques associated with museums. He is quite active on campus and has served as an assistant coach for softball. Chris is the advisor for the Ultimate Frisbee/Disc golf club and co-advisor to the Apiary Society. With the help of students and DelVal staff, Chris designed and created a nine-hole disc golf course on campus. At home football games he works as a member of the Chain Gang.

Chris was the recipient of the Student Government Faculty Service Award in 2010. Additionally, Chris participates on numerous committees and serves as chairman of the Curriculum Committee, essential for the growth and development of our University’s course offerings. As a founding member of the Precarious Alliance Committee, Chris is passionate about the idea of DelVal acting as a neutral convener providing a forum for discussion and problem solving for important issues facing our planet now and in the future.

Dr. Tipping is currently interim dean for School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.

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Associations

  • Associate Editor, Florida Entomologist (in the area of systematics)
  • Head Curator, Arthropod Museum
  • Advisor and Co-advisor, Delaware Valley College Apiary Society and Ultimate Club

In the News

Detailed Profile

t: 215.489.2449
e: christopher.tipping@delval.edu

Dr. Allison Buskirk-Cohen holds a doctorate in human development with a specialization in developmental sciences from the University of Maryland. Always fascinated by youth, Dr. Buskirk-Cohen has been researching the social lives of children and adolescents for several years. She is interested in how peer and family relationships impact adjustment, particularly during significant transitions. Dr. Buskirk-Cohen also has become interested in studying teaching and learning in higher education. She is an advocate of learner-centered education, in which the focus is on the process, and how both students and teachers contribute to the learning environment. Lastly, Dr. Buskirk-Cohen studies the impact of technology on our development. Often, her work focuses on technology use for educational purposes, but she also is interested in how technology use impacts our social relationships and intellectual development. At Delaware Valley University, Dr. Buskirk-Cohen proudly serves on several committees, and is active in student organizations. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and advanced textbooks, and presented at academic conferences around the world.

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In the News

Detailed Profile

t: 215.489.2234
e: allison.cohen@delval.edu
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Walker, Dwayne
Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management and Director of Admission

Dwayne Walker is the associate vice president of enrollment management and director of admission at Delaware Valley University. He has been interviewed about the admission process and tips on getting into college.

Walker has been featured by: Calkins Media

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t: 215.489.2372
e: Dwayne.Walker@delval.edu

  • Admission/Enrollment

Moore, Stacy
Director of Career Services

Stacy Moore is the director of career services in the Center for Student Professional Development.

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t: 215.489.2312
e: Stacy.Moore@delval.edu

  • Networking
  • Careers

Parkton, Deanna
Director of Experiential Learning

Deanna Parkton is the director of experiential learning in the Center for Student Professional Development. 

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t: 215.489.4728
e: Deanna.Parkton@delval.edu

  • Internships

Downs, Jason
Assistant Professor

Jason Downs earned his Ph.D. from Yale and has actively researched and published on Pennsylvania fossils for his entire professional career. He joined DelVal’s biology department in 2015. In addition to teaching at DelVal, he is also a research associate with the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. As a DelVal faculty member, he has taken students on tours of the ANSP fossil collection. He is working on developing a program that would allow small crews of DelVal students to gain field experience on fossil digs in Pennsylvania. Downs was selected for the 2016-2018 Delaware Valley University Professorship award.

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  • Evolution

Timony, David D.
Assistant Professor and Department Chair

David D. Timony holds a PhD in educational psychology and is a teacher, speaker, and researcher with more than 20 years’ experience in the classroom. He is a regular presenter at local, national, and online conferences and seminars. David draws upon his life as an artist and musician to bring creativity to his educational work and has been recognized for his approach in creating and developing tailored programs for individuals, groups and institutions. When not at his desk, Dr. Timony enjoys time with his family, practices Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and chairs the Board of Directors at Miller Rothlein (www.millerrothlein.org).

Dr. Timony's career began as a music educator, studying at The University of the Arts with Dennis Sandole, Gerald Veasley, Sean Deibler and John Blake. There he earned his B.S. in jazz guitar performance and Master of Arts in Teaching. After several years in the classroom, Dr. Timony earned his EdM and PhD in educational psychology from Temple University. Since that time, he has worked as an adjunct assistant professor in the Temple University's Graduate Department of Psychological, Organizational, and Leadership Studies in Education teaching coursework in statistics, research, learning theories and assessment. 

Dr. Timony's personal research focuses on the identification, measurement and development of expertise and high level skills. His dissertation research explored teacher expertise, student perceptions of teacher expertise, and the effect that the interaction of these constructs has on the outcomes for teachers and students. In addition to his work on expertise, Dr. Timony is currently researching the influence of explicit instruction of pro-social strategies on classroom behavior. A regular invitee to national and international conferences, his research has been presented at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, Temple University’s Department of Psychological Studies in Education, NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, and Phi Delta Kappa International’s Summit on Teacher Quality and Retention.

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  • Education

Tabachnick, Michael
Professor of Physics

Michael Tabachnick has been part of the DelVal teaching community since 1968. During that time he has taught all of the physics courses, a number of the mathematics courses, a course in symbolic logic, and a critical thinking course.

He is a recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year Award, the William Allison Award for outstanding service to the student body, and listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who Among Scientists and Engineers, and Who's Who Among Teachers.

Contact DelVal media relations to book this expert.

  • Physics

Linde, Douglas
Professor of Turf Management

Douglas Linde grew up as a golf course superintendent's son on Wedgewood Golf Course in Allentown, Pa., and developed a love for golf and its playing field at an early age. His career goal to become a superintendent changed upon graduation from Delaware Valley College in 1991. After completing his graduate degrees from Penn State University, Dr. Linde returned to Del Val in 1996 to develop and direct the turf management program.

Dr. Linde specializes in preparing students for a career in the turf industry and is the academic and career advisor for all turf management students. He also teaches several turf management courses, including Golf Course Design and Construction, Land Surveying, Irrigation Technology, and Soils. He also coaches the golf team, advises the Turf Club, and supervises the turf-research facility and putting green on campus.

He received the Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year Award in 2003 and was awarded the 2005 Golf Coach of of the Year award for the NCAA Div. III Freedom Conference. Dr. Linde is a golf course and sports field consultant and conducts turfgrass research. While a student at Del Val, Dr. Linde played on the golf and basketball teams. In 1990 he was named an Academic All-American for Golf by the Golf Coaches Associaton of America and was also an Agricultural Ambassador for two years.

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  • Turf Management

Hoyt, Reginald
Associate Professor and Department Co-Chair

Reg Hoyt is an associate professor and co-chair for the Department of Animal Biotechnology and Conservation.

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Publications

  • Conservation and Wildlife Management
  • Zoo Science

Tipping, Christopher
Interim Dean and Associate Professor

Christopher Tipping has a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Delaware in entomology/plant pathology and systematics, respectively. His Ph.D. is from the University of Florida in the Entomology and Nematology Department where he studied insect disease vectors of plants. His post-doctoral experience includes research at the University of California Davis into the post-harvest management of pests of table grapes in California and at the North Florida Research Center (NFREC) working on the biological control of an invasive leaf hopper vector of several bacterial wilt diseases caused by Xylella fastidiosa.

While at NFREC, Chris was a member of the First Detector Program, a nation-wide initiative designed in part to predict and respond to potential bio-terrorism threats to our nation’s agriculture. He has published an extensive list of peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters covering a wide variety of entomological topics including alpha taxonomy, mosquito behavior, post-harvest entomology, plant/insect interactions, vector ecology, urban entomology (bed bugs) and metagenomics. Chris has also described several new species of insects and as well as a nematode. He is an active member of several scientific societies and has presented dozens of papers at a variety of conferences. Presently, he serves as associate editor for the international scientific journal Florida Entomologist in the area of systematics.

At Delaware Valley University, Chris teaches Biological Science I and II lecture and laboratory sections, Entomology, Invertebrate Zoology, Plant Pathology as well as Student Research. As head curator for the Arthropod Museum, he offers students the unique opportunity to experience the finer points of systematics, taxonomy, and curatorial techniques associated with museums. He is quite active on campus and has served as an assistant coach for softball. Chris is the advisor for the Ultimate Frisbee/Disc golf club and co-advisor to the Apiary Society. With the help of students and DelVal staff, Chris designed and created a nine-hole disc golf course on campus. At home football games he works as a member of the Chain Gang.

Chris was the recipient of the Student Government Faculty Service Award in 2010. Additionally, Chris participates on numerous committees and serves as chairman of the Curriculum Committee, essential for the growth and development of our University’s course offerings. As a founding member of the Precarious Alliance Committee, Chris is passionate about the idea of DelVal acting as a neutral convener providing a forum for discussion and problem solving for important issues facing our planet now and in the future.

Dr. Tipping is currently interim dean for School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.

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Associations

  • Associate Editor, Florida Entomologist (in the area of systematics)
  • Head Curator, Arthropod Museum
  • Advisor and Co-advisor, Delaware Valley College Apiary Society and Ultimate Club

In the News

  • Agriculture
  • Entomology

Benjelloun, Imad
Professor

Dr. Benjelloun teaches mathematics and physics courses at the undergraduate level and policy studies courses at the graduate level at DelVal. He was appointed to the 2013 Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award by Dr. Patrick Gallagher, the former director of the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology.  The Baldrige Award, created by an Act of Congress in 1987, is the highest level of national recognition for performance excellence that a U.S. organization can receive.

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In the News

Dr. Imad Benjelloun Appointed Examiner for 2013 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award

  • Organizational Excellence

Ervin, Audrey
Academic Program Director, Graduate Counseling Psychology
Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology

Dr. Audrey Ervin is a licensed psychologist who completed a doctorate in counseling psychology at the University of Memphis and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Delaware where she specialized in diversity issues and mindfulness-based interventions in therapy. Her clinical and research areas focus on multiculturalism with a particular emphasis on gender, sexual orientation, racial identity and international issues. She has presented her work at numerous national and international conferences including the American Psychological  Association, the Association for Women in Psychology, the Pennsylvania Psychological Association and the Fourth International Women’s Conference in Cuba. She was the national spokesperson for the Association for Women in Psychology and concurrently served as a member of the implementation collective. She serves on the Public Education Committee and the Committee on Multiculturalism for the Pennsylvania Psychological Association. She served as staff psychologist for the May 2012 and summer 2009 voyages aboard Semester At Sea, a comparative international study abroad program that journeyed to Central America, South America, Europe and North Africa. She owns Ervin Counseling & Consulting, LLC., is an assistant professor of counseling psychology at Delaware Valley University, and is a nationally certified Stop The Hate trainer. Dr. Ervin is an avid public speaker who presents nationally and internationally on competent multicultural practices in business, organizations and education.'

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  • Counseling Psychology

Buskirk-Cohen, Allison
Associate Professor and Department Chair

Dr. Allison Buskirk-Cohen holds a doctorate in human development with a specialization in developmental sciences from the University of Maryland. Always fascinated by youth, Dr. Buskirk-Cohen has been researching the social lives of children and adolescents for several years. She is interested in how peer and family relationships impact adjustment, particularly during significant transitions. Dr. Buskirk-Cohen also has become interested in studying teaching and learning in higher education. She is an advocate of learner-centered education, in which the focus is on the process, and how both students and teachers contribute to the learning environment. Lastly, Dr. Buskirk-Cohen studies the impact of technology on our development. Often, her work focuses on technology use for educational purposes, but she also is interested in how technology use impacts our social relationships and intellectual development. At Delaware Valley University, Dr. Buskirk-Cohen proudly serves on several committees, and is active in student organizations. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and advanced textbooks, and presented at academic conferences around the world.

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Invited Speaking Engagements
National Conferences
International Conferences
In the News

  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Peer Groups/Bullying

Kieschnick, Cory
Assistant Professor, Department Chair

Cory Kieschnick is an assistant professor and department chair for the Department of Equine Science and Management. 

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In the News

  • Equine Industry

Ricotta, Jacqueline
Professor

Originally from Rochester, N.Y., Jackie Ricotta teaches courses in sustainable agriculture, organic crop science, integrated pest management, commercial vegetable production, and marketing of horticultural products.

In addition to being a member of the 2009-2010 DelVal strategic planning committee, she is on the board of the Bucks County Foodshed Alliance and active in the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture.

Dr. Ricotta and her husband have two sons, and in her spare time she enjoys reading, yoga, gardening, and cooking Italian meals from fresh, local ingredients.

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  • Agriculture
  • Organic Farming
  • Sustainable Agriculture

Telatin, Angelo
Assistant Professor

Angelo is an assistant professor in the Department of Equine Science and Management at Delaware Valley University where he teaches a variety of courses from equine behavior to horseback riding and training. He has a M.S. in education and obtained a master’s degree “Laurea” from the University of Padua. For his final thesis in equine behavior he explored, “The Comparison between Equine Training Techniques and the Psychology of Learning.”

Paired with his academic expertise, he has been a horseback riding coach since 1996 when he received his first riding instructors’ certificate from the Italian federation.  He has since continued to progress through the levels of instructor certification, with perhaps the most important recognition received when he passed the Fellow of the British Horse Society exam in 2010. His unique life experiences have allowed him to fuse the academic discoveries in animal training and learning with horse training techniques, all of which have earned him popularity as a clinician in Europe and the United States.

Telatin has personally won and coached many students to win numerous championships in show jumping. He is the head coach for the Delaware Valley University Intercollegiate Dressage Team (IDA) and he prepares riders for regional and national competitions where they have won many individual and team medals. His most recent accomplishments include an IDA Reserve National Championship Team and Individual Championship. He continues to compete in Dressage and A rated Show Jumping competition.

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  • Equine Industry

McCall, Jessica
Assistant Professor

Jessica McCall completed her Ph.D. with a specialization in early modern studies and graphic novels under Dr. Evelyn Gajowski at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in May 2011.

Dr. McCall's research interests focus specifically on representations of warrior women from Spenser's Radigund through DC Comic's Wonder Woman and takes a presentist approach to early modern literature examining modern resonances and myth across time.

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Publications

  • Feminism

Young, Sarah
Assistant Professor

Dr. Sarah young earned her V.M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She is an expert in: the equine industry, equine breeding, animal husbandry and Standardbred racing.

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  • Equine Industry