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CITADEL Conference

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Anthony J. Moretti, Ph.D. 
Director, CITADEL

412-397-6467 phone
412-397-6847 fax
Patrick Henry 330
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The CITADEL is part of Robert Morris University's Academic Affairs. Vice Provost Dr. Larry Tomei supervises the CITADEL.

Lawrence A. Tomei is Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Professor of Education, Robert Morris University. Dr. Tomei received his Ed.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Southern California with a minor in Educational Psychology. He has an M.A. in Education and an M.A. in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma and his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Akron. He served in the active duty Air Force from 1972 until his retirement as a lieutenant colonel in 1994. During this period, he served as commander of the 2101 Communications Squadron, Blytheville AR, and commander of the 2148 Communications Group, Ellsworth AFB, SD. As Vice Provost, Dr. Tomei directs academic services including the Registrar’s Office, University Honors Program, and Veterans Education Center. His major responsibilities include academic technology, budgets, student programs (including honors, first-year studies, and cooperative education), and veterans education and training. He is a full professor of education and has published numerous articles and books on instructional technology and education including Designing Instruction for the Traditional, Adult, and Distance Learner (2010) and the Taxonomy for the Technology Domain (2005), and the Technology Facade (2002).

Dr. Anthony Moretti is the director of the CITADEL. Dr. Moretti was appointed to that position in September 2014. He has been at Robert Morris University since 2012 and previously taught at Texas Tech University and Point Park University. Before entering higher education, Dr. Moretti was a broadcast journalist and producer. He earned his Ph.D. from Ohio University, his MA from Ohio State University and his BA from the University of Southern California.

Connie Ruzich is a University Professor of English at Robert Morris University, where she teaches literature, linguistics, and writing courses. She earned a Ph.D. in Writing at the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in Literature with a concentration in Composition and Rhetoric at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research publications have focused on various ways in which language shapes identity, including studies of Pittsburghers’ perceptions of the Pittsburgh dialect, white students’ resistance to the study of multicultural literature, linguistic responses used in reacting to and coping with computer crashes, and the language of love that Starbucks’ Corporation uses to appeal to consumers in their advertising.

In the fall of 2014, she was awarded a Fulbright Core Scholar teaching/research award, hosted by the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom. Her latest research explores the potentials for teaching the poetry of the First World War beyond the existing practices found in UK and US schools, and she writes weekly blog posts on Behind Their Lines, sharing her research on the lost voices of First World War poetry.

The Office of Engaged Learning includes assistant director Terri Byrnes and engaged learning specialist Samantha Moik. 

Terri Byrnes is the Assistant Director of Engaged Learning. She has been working with the Engaged Learning Program since June 2011. Terri began her career with RMU in May of 2000 at the Pittsburgh Center and moved to the Moon campus in 2003, working within the Academic Affairs division. Prior to joining RMU, she worked in the sales and service industry. She earned her M.S. in Organizational Leadership from Robert Morris University and her B.S. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Samantha Moik is the Engaged Learning Specialist. She holds an M.S.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University and a B.A. in German and International Studies from Allegheny College. Prior to joining RMU, she worked in the Study Abroad Office at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). She also worked with the Groups Scholars Program, a former TRIO program, at Indiana University Bloomington, as well as with Chatham University’s Office of International Affairs. Samantha was involved in a number of engaged learning activities as a student and enjoys helping RMU students explore such opportunities now.