Faculty and Staff

Robbins Jeffrey W. Robbins, Chair of Religion and Philosophy; Professor of Religion; Director of American Studies and the Undergraduate Research Symposium; and Faculty Mentor for the Allwein Scholars Program
B.A., Baylor University; M.Div., Texas Christian University; M.Phil., Syracuse University; Ph.D., Syracuse University

His area of specialization is in continental philosophy of religion. His teaching interests include contemporary religious thought, philosophy of religion, world religions, Christianity, Islam, and religion and politics. In addition to teaching courses in religion, he also is the director of the American Studies program and the Undergraduate Research Symposium, and the Faculty Mentor for the Allwein Scholars Program. He was awarded the Thomas Rhys Vickroy Award for Outstanding Teaching at LVC in 2005. He is a Fellow of the Westar Institute where he actively participates in the ongoing seminar on “God and the Human Future,” and is an affiliated faculty member of the Global Center for Advanced Studies.

Telephone: 717-867-6720
Address: Humanities 307-D
Email: robbins@lvc.edu
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Grieve-Carlson Gary Grieve-Carlson, Professor of English
B.A., Bates College; M.A., State University of New York at Binghamton; Ph.D., Boston University

Dr. Grieve-Carlson teaches first-year writing classes, American literature surveys, and upper-level courses ranging from poetry to grammar to mythology. His scholarship focuses on American poetry and American intellectual history. He plays pick-up basketball with LVC faculty and students, and fantasy baseball with LVC coaches and administrators.

Telephone: 717-867-6244
Address: Humanities 208-B
Email: grieveca@lvc.edu
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Hinshaw John Hinshaw, Professor of History
B.A., Macalester College; M.A., Carnegie Mellon University; Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University

Dr. Hinshaw teaches courses on modern American history, African-American history, urban history, African history, world history, labor history, and specialized courses in race and ethnicity. He has written and edited books on the industrial revolution in world history, the steel industry and steel workers in Western Pennsylvania, and the labor movement in the United States.

Telephone: 717-867-6359
Address: Humanities 307-C
Email: hinshaw@lvc.edu
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Norris Renee Lapp Norris, Professor and Department Chair of Music (Sabbatical Leave Fall/16)
B.A., West Chester University; M.M., University of Maryland; Ph.D., University of Maryland

Renee Lapp Norris, full professor at Lebanon Valley College, teaches courses in European, North American, and non-Western music. She has presented papers for the American Musicological Society and the Society for American Music. Her article "Opera and the Mainstreaming of Blackface Minstrelsy" was published by the Journal of the Society of American Music. Her secondary interest is music history pedagogy.

Telephone: 717-867-6275
Address: Blair 114
Email: norris@lvc.edu
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Pittari Michael Pittari, Professor of Art & Art History
B.F.A., University of Florida; M.F.A., University of Tennessee

Pittari is an artist who works in painting and digital imaging. His emotive abstract paintings have been exhibited throughout the Eastern United States and are in several corporate collections. His recent series of landscape prints, based on American wilderness paintings of the 1800s, address issues of history and iconography within the broader field of landscape studies. Pittari is a former editor-in-chief of the journal Art Papers and has published exhibition reviews and interviews. He teaches studio courses in drawing, painting, and advanced art making, in addition to historical courses on color and culture and the interrelationship of painting and cinema.

Telephone: 717-867-6393
Address: Lynch 159
Email: pittari@lvc.edu
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Romagnolo Catherine Romagnolo, Associate Professor and Department Chair of English
B.S., University of Florida; M.A., University of Maryland; Ph.D..

Dr. Romagnolo teaches courses in American literature, literature by women, African American literature and critical theory. She also serves as the faculty director of the Women's Services and Gender Resource center. She has published several articles on narrative and identity. Her research focuses on questions of identity and narrative in contemporary American women's fiction. Her book manuscript Opening Acts: Narrative Beginnings from a Feminist Perspective is forthcoming from University of Nebraska Press

Telephone: 717-867-6247
Address: Humanities 207-D
Email: romagnol@lvc.edu
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Taylor Grant D. Taylor, Professor and Department Chair of Art & Art History
B.F.A., University of Western Australia; Ph.D., University of Western Australia

Taylor is an art historian specializing in early digital arts. He teaches modern and contemporary art and global architecture and has supervised undergraduate research projects in the public arts. Taylor was awarded the Thomas Rhys Vickroy Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2010. He is the author of "When the Machine Made Art" (Bloomsbury Press, 2014) and has contributed to various journals and magazines. Beyond his scholarship in art history, Taylor has completed various art projects, including a documentary film and multimedia installations in the United States and Australia.

Telephone: 717-867-6716
Address: Lynch 166
Email: taylor@lvc.edu
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Alanna Berger, Adjunct Instructor of American Studies

Telephone: 717-867-6355
Address: Humanities 307
Email: berger@lvc.edu

Robert T. Boyer, Adjunct Instructor of American Studies

Telephone: 717-867-6355
Address: Humanities 307
Email: rboyer@lvc.edu

Byrne Donald E. Byrne, Professor Emeritus of Religion
B.A., St. Paul Seminary; M.A., Marquette University; Ph.D., Duke University.

Telephone: 717-867-6356
Email: byrne@lvc.edu