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One of the primary reasons Penn State is so highly regarded and immediately recognized around the world is the caliber of its faculty. Our professors and instructors are experts in their disciplines and fields of practice, and you'll benefit from their years of experience. Whether they are teaching online or in the classroom, they are dedicated to the highest standards of instruction.

The faculty also understand that you may have competing demands on your time — a full-time job or family responsibilities — and they can work with you to make sure you are getting the most from your Penn State education while still meeting your other commitments, giving you the confidence you need to take the next step in life.

And you don't need to worry about office hours or scheduling appointments; you'll have many opportunities to interact with your instructors through email and chat rooms, and over the phone.

Penn State's faculty members in the College of the Liberal Arts are committed to creating a first-class learning environment for their students, no matter where in the world they are. 

Ph.D., Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine
M.A., Political Science, Virginia Tech
B.A., English (in honors), Virginia Tech

Dr. Bryan McDonald is director of interdisciplinary programs in the College of the Liberal Arts and an associate professor of history. His interests are in food, environment, security, and resilience, and his books include Food Power: The Rise and Fall of the Postwar American Food System and Food Security. He is co-editor of Global Environmental Change and Human Security and Landmines and Human Security. He has published more than 25 articles, book chapters and reviews, as well as commentaries and policy documents.

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