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Point Park University welcomes 12 new full-time faculty members for the 2019-20 academic year. These faculty bring both industry expertise and real-world professional experience into the classes they teach at Point Park (listed below).

With a faculty to student ratio of 13:1 and an average class size of 15 to 20 students, professors at Point Park are able to work closely with their students, engaging them in career-oriented, hands-on learning and professional mentoring.

Meet the Faculty

Tara Abbott, visiting assistant professor, education

Pictured is Tara Abbott, Ph.D.
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Dissertation Writing I, II and III
  • Introduction to Research Writing
  • Statistics and Quantitative Research Methods

Pictured is Jenna Lo Castro, Ph.D. Photo by Nick KoehlerJenna Lo Castro, Ph.D., assistant professor, public relations &


  • Writing for Public Relations
  • IMC Planning
  • Mass Media Literacy

Pictured is Amy Cesario, CPA, MBA. Photo by Amanda DabbsAmy Cesario, CPA, MBA, lecturer, accounting

  • Financial Accounting I and II
  • Corporate Finance
  • Computer Applications in Accounting
  • Managerial/Cost Accounting
  • Intermediate Accounting I and II

Pictured is Crystal Frazier, M.F.A.Crystal Frazier, M.F.A., associate professor, dance

  • Hip Hop
  • Jazz III, IV
  • Jazz VII, VIII

Pictured is Dora Ion, Ph.D.Dora Ion, Ph.D., assistant professor, political science

  • Introduction to the Study of Government Systems
  • Theories of Justice
  • Human Rights in Theory and Practice
  • International Relations

Pictured is Daniel Karasik. Photo | Hannah JohnstonDaniel Karasik, visiting teaching artist, dance

  • Classical Ballet
  • Supplemental Classical Ballet
  • Pas de Deux
  • Dance Composition I, II
  • Entrepreneurship and the Arts

Pictured is Yan Liu, Ph.D.Yan Liu, Ph.D., P.E., associate professor, civil engineering technology

  • Dynamics
  • Strength of Materials
  • Soil Mechanics
  • Structural Analysis
  • Foundation Design
  • Highway and Bridge Design

Aike Okolo, Ph.D., visiting associate professor, civil engineering technology

  • Engineering Management
  • Quality Management
  • Operations Management
  • Construction Costs Estimating
  • Project Management
  • Managerial Economics
  • Vector Mechanics for Engineers

Pictured is Autumn Redcross, Ph.D. Photo by Emma Federkeil.Autumn Redcross, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor, psychology

  • Human Capital
  • Oral Communication
  • Theories of Personality
  • Sex, Gender & Identity Politics
  • Critical Race Studies
  • Sociological Foundations
  • The African American Experience

Pictured is SAEM Assistant Professor Kendra Ross. Photo by Emma Federkeil.Kendra Ross, ABD, assistant professor, sports, arts and entertainment management

  • Introduction to Sports, Arts and Entertainment Management
  • Event Management

Pictured is Leatra Tate, Ph.D.Leatra Tate, M.A., doctoral candidate, visiting assistant professor, psychology 

  • Psychology of Emotion
  • Psychological Foundations
  • Women's Mental Health
  • Ethical and Professional Issues in Psychology

Pictured is Cat Wilson, M.F.A., assistant professor, theatre productionCat Wilson, M.F.A., assistant professor, theatre production

  • Lighting Design
  • Professional Preparation for Design
  • Elements of Stagecraft
  • Electricity for the Theatre


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