Joe Tranquillo earned his BS from Trinity College and his PhD from Duke University before joined Bucknell in 2005 as the second hire in the Biomedical Engineering Department. Since that time he co-founded the KEEN Winter Interdisciplinary Design Experience, Bucknell Innovation Group, and served as the co-director of the Institute for Leadership in Technology and Management. Joe has been recognized with two national biomedical engineering education awards and has been nominated twice for the CASE US Professor of the Year. He is the author of four textbooks and his work, conducted exclusively with undergraduates, has been feature on the Discovery Channel, TEDx and CNN Health. Off campus, he is a NAE Frontiers of Engineering Education Fellow, NSF Pathways to Innovation Faculty Fellow, Senior Fellow of IEEE and has been a visiting scholar at Stanford, University of Utah and Universidad Catolica de Chile in Santiago. He has delivered intensive teaching workshops throughout in the United States and internationally. He love cooking, running trail races, and modern dance. Married to Lisa, he has a daughter Laura (12) and son Paul (10).
Brian Gockley earned his B.A. in English from Lebanon Valley College, and his Doctorate of Education in Higher Education from Penn State. His current area of research is in adoption rates of faculty teaching practices. Brian has taught first-year writing for 28 years, as well as other courses in the History of Higher Education, the history of New Orleans, and the evolution of Science-Fiction. Brian is a member of the Professional Organization for Developers (P.O.D.), and the Association for the Study of Higher Education A.S.H.E.).
Brian helped co-found the TLC in 2006, and has been instrumental in crafting the new faculty programs, the pedagogical and curricular workshops, and the many varieties of learning communities and teaching circles. Brian’s other interests include music, urban U.S. history, New Orleans, landscape gardening, old house restoration, and a recently acquired 1984 VW Camper. Married to Angela since 1987, he has a daughter Alyssa (28) and a son David (25).
Laura Lanwermeyer came to Bucknell in 2012 to help develop a coherent program of Student Learning Support on campus. In collaboration with faculty partners, she has strengthened and expanded peer support within math and science, as well as many other disciplines through a student staff of ~ 200 tutors and study group facilitators. She also organizes workshops, individual consultations, and other resources for students who seek support in reaching personal academic goals. In addition to her SLS work, Laura helps facilitate the NewISH faculty learning series, and can provide curricular consultations for faculty working towards student-centered learning. She is involved in leadership of the PA-NJ College Reading & Learning Association regional chapter, and also occasionally teaches a Foundation Seminar. Laura used her Biophysical Chemistry degree from Dartmouth College as a science teacher with Peace Corps Malawi before earning an MA in Science Education from Columbia University Teachers College. She taught high school for several years and became a National Board Certified Teacher in Adolescent and Young Adult Sciences in 2009. Laura loves helping students do their best work as much as she loves her labradoodle and kayaking.
Mary Csernica coordinates the activities, communications, and assessments for both the Faculty Development and the Student Learning Support sides of the Teaching and Learning Center. She received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Bucknell and worked in pharmaceutical manufacturing and design before taking time off to raise her three children. She spent several years as a freelance writer and copy editor before joining the TLC staff in 2007. She has volunteered extensively in the Lewisburg community, and is a past president of the Public Library for Union County.
Benita Kolmen-Solomon joined the TLC in Fall 2018 where she assists with the management and development of a staff of 150+ peer educators. She earned a B.S. in Secondary Education from Indiana University, Bloomington, and has taught 9th grade English, Reading and ESL as well as adult GED preparation. Outside of work, Benita serves on the board of the West End Library and tutors with the Susquehanna Valley Partners in Reading. She and her husband Tom have a son (24) who lives in Florida and a daughter (16) who attends Lewisburg High School.
Tara Mangan earned a B.S. in Psychology from King's College in 2006 and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2008. She worked as a therapist in community mental health outside of Philadelphia for two years while teaching night courses and summer workshops. She returned to central Pennsylvania in 2011 and worked with children for several years doing mobile therapy and behavior specialist consulting. Since 2011, she has served as an adjunct instructor of psychology at Luzerne County Community College and environmental studies at King’s College. Here at Bucknell, Tara works one-on-one with students as an academic coach, helping them to develop and improve skills in time management, goal setting, and test preparation.