Joseph Zume, Ph.D.

Joseph Zume, Ph.D.

B.S. in Physics from the University of Jos, Nigeria
M.S. in Applied Geophysics from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zari, Nigeria
Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Oklahoma

I’m a water resources scientist, with expertise in hydrologic modeling, environmental geophysics, and analyses of hydroclimatic variability. My ongoing research evaluates the impacts of on-site sanitation on groundwater quality, as well as issues of climate-driven saltwater intrusion into coastal aquifers.

Sara Grove, Ph.D., J.D.

B.A. with Honors in Political Science, The Pennsylvania State University
M.A. in Political Science, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ph.D. in Political Science, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
J.D., The Dickinson School of Law of The Pennsylvania State University

Public policy needs to be informed by unbiased and holistic research. Over the past decade, I have worked on projects for The Center for Rural Pennsylvania that have followed these principles. With Dr. Michael Moltz, we examined legislation and regulation directed toward invasive species prevention, control, and eradication. Dr. Niel Brasher and I conducted a study about the role of rural public libraries in providing a broad array of services in their communities.

Liz Fisher, Ph.D.

B.A. in Social Work Millersville University
M.S.W. University of Maryland, Baltimore
Ph.D. Social Work University of Maryland, Baltimore

I devote most of my service time working with community members and social service providers to increase access to social services and youth programming in Shippensburg through the Shippensburg Community Resource Coalition: This project provides a unique community-university partnership opportunity and encourages service learning opportunities and internships. My teaching and research interests include leadership in social services, community development, poverty, gender issues and social justice. I am particularly interested in transformational leadership and have published and provided training in this area. Whether I am training in a workshop or teaching in the classroom, I see my role as a facilitator of learning and work to actively engage participants. I also utilize as much service learning as possible to help students apply what they are learning while giving back to the community. I am passionate about social work and social justice and helping students develop critical thinking skills to use a systems perspective when thinking about social work services.

Shishir Shakya, Ph.D.

M.A. from West Virginia University
Ph.D. from West Virginia University

I am an applied economist. My research includes health and public/regional economics. My primary works focus on the scope of practice laws, nurse practitioners, opioid prescription, and overdosage. I also study entrepreneurship, energy economics, and education economics.

Ying Yang, Ph.D.

Ph.D. in Sociology from University of South Carolina

Dr. Yang is interested in studying housing inequality across different racial and ethnic groups. Recently, Dr. Yang started research on housing accessibility issues and how they differ in different communities (metro areas vs. rural areas). Dr. Yang specializes in quantitative data analysis and supports CLUS survey efforts.