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Penn College professor academic achievements

Shawn Kiser, dental hygiene program director at Pennsylvania College of Technology, was appointed to the position of commission site visitor for 2020-21 by the Commission on Dental Accreditation

Site visitors assist the commission in a number of ways, including developing accreditation standards, serving on special committees and serving as site visitors to predoctoral, advanced dental and allied dental education programs. Site visitors are fact-finders, who report their findings to the commission, which then decides on a program’s accreditation status. Kiser’s term begins in October.

Kiser was named director of the college’s dental hygiene program in 2005, after serving as the college’s coordinator of dental hygiene. He previously worked as a registered dental hygienist for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, for the University of Maryland Dental School and in private practice.

A member of the American Dental Education Association and the Commission on Dental Competency Assessments, he holds associate and bachelor’s degrees from Penn College and a master of education from Penn State. He earned a graduate certificate in distance education and is a graduate of the American Dental Education Association Allied Dental Leadership Program.

Christine Eckenrod, radiography program director at Pennsylvania College of Technology, was recently elected to a two-year term as secretary on the Pennsylvania Society of Radiologic Technologists Board of Directors.

Eckenrod was elected by PSRT members. In addition to serving as board secretary, she is part of PSRT’s legislative committee and chairs its annual Techni-Bowl competition for college students.

Eckenrod was appointed to the director of radiography position at Penn College in September 2019. A registered radiologic technologist, she has more than 30 years of experience in the medical imaging field, including work at Altoona Hospital, Alliance Imaging Inc. and 611 MRT and CT, and teaching experience at MTMI Inc., Mercer County Community College, and JFK Muhlenberg Snyder School of Radiography, where she was the radiography program director.

Eckenrod holds a master of science in instructional technology from Bloomsburg University, a bachelor’s degree in medical imaging from Mount Aloysius College and a certificate in radiologic technology from Altoona Hospital School of Radiography. She is originally from Altoona, where she graduated from Altoona High School in 1984.

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