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PDC 2014 Associates

Bond Benton, Ph. D., Assistant Professor, Department of Communicationbenton pic

Dr. Benton has published extensively on his research in the field of intercultural communication. Prior to coming to The State University of New York at Fredonia, he held a position with the U.S. State Department facilitating intercultural training at embassies and diplomatic posts throughout the world. Culture related courses remain a regular part of his teaching load at Fredonia with extremely positive student feedback. He is a regular presenter to faculty and staff at research symposiums, workshops, and brown bag lectures.

Daniela Peterka-Benton, Ph. D., Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Social WorkDr. Dani Peterka-Benton & Criminal Justice

Dr. Peterka-Benton is an Austrian citizen and a former international student in the United States. She has conducted extensive research and has published in the field of intercultural communication. She teaches extensively on international topics at The State University of New York at Fredonia and is a regular presenter to faculty and staff at research symposiums, workshops, and brownbag lectures. Her culturally mixed family currently resides in western New York.

Cynthia Carlson, College of Education, Department of Language, Learning and Leadership/ Sponsored Programs, Project Coordinator, Project MAST2ERcarlson photo

Cynthia Carlson has been a Contingent Faculty member in the TESOL Program at SUNY Fredonia since 2004, and is also the Program Coordinator for Project MAST2ER in the College of Education. Prior to that she was an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate TESOL program at American University, and also George Mason University, where Ms. Carlson was a Doctoral Candidate.  Alongside her college level work, Ms. Carlson has a range of experience in teaching and administering language programs for English Learners (ELs).  Her students have included ELs from ages 4 to 85 in elementary, secondary, and adult programs. She has taught in public and private school settings, in both the US and abroad, and is committed to meeting the varied needs of students from different cultural and linguistic origins.

Kathleen Gradel, Ph. D., Professor, College of Education, Department of Language, Learning and Leadershipgradel photo

Kathleen is a College of Ed faculty member who loves to figure out tech use that makes sense in our courses, projects, and lives. She has a long history of collaborating with and teaching tech users of all ages. She is a certified iNACOL online instructor; she teaches FSU f2f and online courses, trains and publishes, and consults with other universities on this “stuff.” 



Mike Igoe, J.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Communicationigoe pic

Mike Igoe is an Assistant Professor of Journalism in the Communication Department.  Prior to accepting this position for the fall semester 2013, he taught International Journalism at United International College in Zhuhai, China for three years. Before that, he taught communication courses for three semesters at Buffalo State College.

Mike’s recent teaching career follows his thirty years as a television consumer reporter at several network affiliated television stations. Twenty years of it were spent at WGRZ Channel 2. There, he was well known for his two on Your Side feature that solved problems for viewers.

He also worked at television stations in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pennsylvania (WNEP TV) and Minneapolis/St. Paul (KARE TV).At all three outlets he was a local host for the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon. Over the years, Mike received a number of wards for his work including citations from the Associated Press, the Consumer Credit Counseling Service, the New York State Bar Association, and the United States Postal Service among other organizations.

Mike is also an attorney and has been admitted to the New York State Bar.

He is the co-author of two books: Blending East and West: Understanding the Changing and   Painless Presenting Made Easy.

Mike's very interested in effective communications and tries to use his backgrounds as a professional communicator and an educator to help students and colleagues “polish up” their presentations.

Guangyu Tan, Ph. D., Assistant Professor, College of Education, Department of Curriculum & Instructiontan profile pic

Guangyu earned her Ph.D. in Cultural Foundations of Education at Kent State University in May 2009. She has taught as a Diversity Teaching Fellow in the Department of Adolescence Education at Canisius College from 2007 to 2010. Currently, Dr. Tan is an assistant professor at Curriculum & Instruction Department at The State University of New York at Fredonia. Before she came to the United States, Dr. Tan taught English at Xi Hua University in China for three years. Dr. Tan's primary research interest is equity in education, e.g. migrant children's education, and girls' education in China. As a first generation Chinese American, Dr. Tan is also interested in ethnic identity formation of immigrant children; international/intercultural education; and comparative education. In addition, Dr. Tan has teaching interests in philosophical and social foundations of education, multicultural education, and comparative education.

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