Brown, Claudia

Instructor, Human Development and Family Studies
Office Phone: 724-983-2979
Office Location: 101 McDowell Hall
Mailing Address:
147 Shenango Avenue
Sharon, PA 16146

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Bio

Claudia Brown, M.S.Ed., has taught with Penn State Shenango for more than 20 years, and has served as the Coordinator of the Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) Department since 2007.  She has won three teaching awards in that time, and has mentored countless students and graduates in the human services field.  She currently serves as a Campus VenturePointe consultant to non-profit start-ups with the eCenter at LindenPointe, is a member of the University Commission for Racial and Ethnic Diversity (CORED), has served as University Faculty Senator twice, Campus Ombudsman for ten years, Campus Sexual Harassment Officer, Advisor to the HDFS Club, Rainbow Lions, Student Veterans Association, and the Students with Disabilities Club.  She co-coordinated the Honors program for several years, and was a founding member of the Heart of Shenango Scholarship Committee.  She has sat on several community agency boards and is currently involved in fighting local blight with Sharon’s Neighborhood Revitalization Committee.

Prior to teaching with Shenango, she served Penn State’s Beaver Campus for seven years as the Executive Director of the Career Center for Single Parents and Displaced Homemakers with sites at the Campus, in Aliquippa, and Beaver Falls.  She advocated on behalf of steelworkers with State and Federal offices to ensure their receipt of retirement benefits after the catastrophic mill shutdowns in the early ‘80s.  She was a counselor for 13 years, working with victims of domestic violence, people with drug and alcohol problems, people suffering chronic schizophrenia, and adolescents with behavior problems.  

Claudia has a Master’s Degree in Education in Counseling from Youngstown State University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts in English from Penn State, where she was a Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Lambda Delta, magna cum laude, English Honors Program graduate.

She has been interviewed on radio, TV, and in newspaper regarding community action items and volunteerism, and is committed to ensuring equal opportunity for all.

And she loves cats.