Penn College human services faculty members present at conference

Two human services faculty members at Pennsylvania College of Technology recently presented student-advising ideas at the 37th annual National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, held at St. Pete Beach, Florida.

Deb Q. Bechtel, instructor of human services/social science, and Susan Slamka, assistant professor of human services/psychology, presented “It Takes a Village: Suggestions for Advising Students at the Program Level” during one of the conference’s poster presentation sessions.

The presentation highlighted some of the ways Penn College advises its human services students including a student-to-student mentoring program, a new-student orientation meeting and a plan-of-study requirement.

“There was a great deal of interest in our presentation,” Bechtel said. “During the hour long poster session, we had people continuously speak to us about our ideas, and several made plans to contact us for further details about setting up similar programs at their institutions. It appeared that Penn College was ahead of some colleges in their efforts toward mentoring and connecting to students as a program.”

Bechtel joined Penn College in 2005, serving as the human services program specialist. In 2013, she transitioned to full-time faculty. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in social work from Marywood University.

Slamka has been teaching at Penn College since 2001. She holds doctorate degree in psychology and master’s degrees in clinical psychology – with special focuses on the treatment of children and women’s issues – from Central Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bloomsburg University.