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Geology, Environmental Science Faculty Member Earns Doctorate

Veronica C. Ciavarella, instructor of geology and environmental science at Pennsylvania College of Technology, recently received her doctorate of education in adult education from Penn State.

Focused on distance education and, specifically, the use of labs in online geology courses, Ciavarella defended her dissertation, “Exploratory Qualitative Case Study of Lab-Type Activity Interactions in an Online Geoscience Course.”

Veronica C. Ciavarella
Veronica C. Ciavarella

Ciavarella said the dissertation shows that meaningful learning can occur with geoscience labs in the online environment equal to learning in traditional, face-to-face labs.

A resident of Williamsport and native of Shippensburg, Ciavarella has taught at Penn College for 10 years – six years in a full-time capacity and four as a part-time instructor. She holds a Master of Science in geology from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor of Science in biology and geology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

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