Daniel R. Wissinger, PhD

  • 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.