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Assistant Professor


  • B.S. – Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, 2003 – Special Education
  • M.Ed. – Frostburg State University, 2007 – Reading/Literacy
  • M.S. – University of Scranton, 2008 – Educational Administration
  • Ph.D. – University of Maryland, 2012 – Special Education

Teaching Areas

EDEX110: Introduction to Exceptional Needs: Pre-K to Grade 8

ECSP112: Typical and Atypical Child Development

EDEX 469: Education of Persons with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders, Learning Disabilities or Brain Injury

EDUC 342: Pre-Student Teaching Clinical Experience II

Professional Interests and Certification

  • Content area reading and writing instruction
  • Classroom dialogue and the use of discussion to enhance students’ writing
  • Strategy instruction for struggling, or at-risk, readers and writers
  • Students with specific learning disabilities in reading and/or writing

Dr. Wissinger’s research has examined the effects of using dialogue and small-group discussion to enhance the writing of students both with and without disabilities, and instructional strategies to enhance students’ writing in social studies classrooms.

Professional Certifications 

Pennsylvania Level II Instructional Certification – Special Education (K-12)

Reading Specialist

Elementary Principal

Selected Publications

De La Paz, S., Ferretti, R., Wissinger, D., Yee. L., & MacArthur (2012). Adolescents’ disciplinary use of evidence, argumentative strategies, and organizational structure in writing about historical controversies. Written Communication, 29(4), 412-454.

  • Communication Disorders, Special Education, and Disability Services Department
  • Davis Hall, Room 203
    570 South Eleventh Street
    Indiana, PA 15705-1087
  • Phone: 724-357-2450
  • Fax: 724-357-7716
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.