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English Faculty Member at Penn College Earns Doctorate

Bruce A. Wehler, instructor of English composition at Pennsylvania College of Technology, recently earned his doctorate of education in adult education from Penn State.

Wehler successfully defended his dissertation, titled “Until All the Pieces Fit: A Hermeneutic Phenomenology of the Informal Learning of Selected Foster Parents in Northeastern Pennsylvania.”

Bruce A. Wehler
Bruce A. Wehler

“Approximately 500,000 children are in foster care in the United States on any given day,” Wehler said. “In Pennsylvania alone, over 12,000 foster parents care for over 20,000 foster children. There is a formalized training process that foster parents go through to become certified, but the research for my dissertation indicates that foster parents learn informally from other foster parents and from their foster children to really learn how to be effective foster parents.”

A native of Williamsport, Wehler has been a full-time faculty member at Penn College for six years. Previously, he taught at the college as an adjunct instructor for 19 years. In 2007, he received the college’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Part-time Teaching Excellence.

His academic experience includes 15 years of teaching English and special education in the Loyalsock Township School District.

Wehler holds a Master of Science in special education/exceptionalities from Bloomsburg University, a Master of Divinity in theology and counseling from Eastern Baptist Seminary, and a Bachelor of Arts in English and religion from Lycoming College.

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Marianne DePasqua,

Congratulations, Dr. Wehler! I feel fortunate to have experienced you as a faculty member and a colleague. Well deserved!

Alexander Hilton,

Congratulations, my friend! This is well deserved.

Bethany Reppert,

Congratulations, Dr. Wehler!

Steven Garner,

Personally could not think of a more deserving, hard-working individual. What an inspiration! Not just an excellent teacher, but an excellent human being. Congratulations, Dr. W! Such a pleasure to have started my college career with you!

Rhonda Fisher,

Congratulations! Always a pleasure to work with you and your students in our library sessions!

Shawnalee Miller,

“Congratulations” doesn’t seem like a big enough word for such an accomplishment! I know that you worked very hard on this. At times it wasn’t easy, but they say the things that matter are never easy. Kudos to you, my friend!

Craig Miller,

Congratulations, Bruce!

Melissa Stocum,

Congratulations on your achievement. Very impressive!

Lisa Bock,

Congratulations, Bruce!

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