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Jane Penman

Dr. Jane Penman

132 Robinson Learning Center
(570) 484-2693

Courses Most Commonly Taught

  • SPEC 204: Cognitive Development of Diverse Learners
  • SPEC 309: Effective Instructional Strategies for Students in Inclusive Settings
  • SPEC 338: Positive Behavior Supports
  • SPEC 430: Assessing Educational Needs

Areas of Expertise

Behavior Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Positive Behavior Support, Instructional Strategies, Assessment


  • Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction, Principal certification – The Pennsylvania State University 1997
  • M.A. Psychology – West Chester University 1988
  • B.S. in Education Special Education and Elementary Education certifications- Lock Haven University 1985

Courses Developed: 

  • SPEC 119: First Year Seminar for Special Education Students
  • SPEC 204: Cognitive Development of Diverse Learners
  • SPEC 215: High Incidence Disabilities
  • SPEC 309: Effective Instructional Strategies for Students in Inclusive Classrooms
  • SPEC 335: Comparative Special Education
  • SPEC 338: Positive Behavior Supports
  • SPEC 430: Assessing Educational Needs

Programs Developed: 

  • Developed the Disability and Community Services (DCS) program as an undergraduate major within the Department of Special Education. This interdisciplinary major prepares students to work as professionals serving individuals with disabilities through community agencies.
  • Developed the Comparative Special Education study abroad experience in in the Dominican Republic. This short term program allows students to teach in a variety of settings in the DR and to gain further understanding of a developing country through community service experience.

Professional Publications: 

Bugaj, S.J. & J.L. Penman (2010). Pennsylvania’s commitment to students who are gifted and talented: Meaningful intentions but little substance. The Pennsylvania Teacher Educator, 9, 11-18.

Professional Presentations: 

2017: Co-presenter at the LHU University Days. Presentation on Universal Design for Learning. Lock Haven University, Pennsylvania

2014: Co-presenter at the International Organization of Social Sciences and Behavioral Research, Spring Conference, Paper Presentation: “Paying It Forward: Lessons Learned From Serving as a School Director. Atlantic City, New Jersey

2012: Co-panel presenter at the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators Annual Spring Conference. Topic: “Excellence in Teacher Preparation: PK16 and Beyond,” Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania.

2010: Co-presenter at the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges & Teacher Educators Annual Teacher Education Assembly. Topic: "Pennsylvania’s Commitment to Students Who Are Gifted and Talented: Meaningful Intentions but Little Substance,” Grantville, Pennsylvania.

2009: Co-presenter at the Pennsylvania School Boards Association Annual Conference. Topic: “Best Inclusive Practices Grant Project,” Hershey, Pennsylvania.

2006: Presenter at the Association of Teacher Education Summer Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Topic: “Dual Enrollment: An Innovative Opportunity for Diverse Learners to Explore Careers in Teaching.”

2006: Co-presenter at the LiveText Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois. Topic: “Evaluating Student Teachers: Getting Cooperating Teachers to Cooperate with LiveText.”

2003: Co-presenter at the Pennsylvania Association Colleges & Teacher Educators Annual Teacher Education Assembly, Topic: "Establishing a Performance Based Assessment System", Grantville, Pennsylvania.

Community/Professional Service

2009- Present: Member and Vice President, Williamsport Area School District Board of Directors. Current School District Committee Memberships include: Finance Committee and Negotiations team

2014, 2009, and 2004: Author Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Program Review Report submitted and successfully reviewed as a nationally recognized program

2012-13: Interim Dean, College of Education and Human Services, Lock Haven       University.

2009, 2004, 1997: NCATE Coordinator, site visit, Lock Haven University.

2009-Present Chairperson, Department of Special Education, Lock Haven University

2002-09: Director of Teacher Education and Educational Assessment, Lock Haven University.           

2008-09 : Lock Haven University Representative, PASSHE Task Force on Developing a Diverse Teacher Workforce.

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