Mont Alto names professor of Physics as Assistant Chief Academic Officer
Dr. Mike Doncheski has taken on new responsibilities this semester at Penn State Mont Alto. A professor of physics and the campus’ head coach of Cross Country, Doncheski was also recently named its Assistant Chief Academic Officer.
In his 13th year at Mont Alto, Doncheski will continue to teach courses while managing his new duties. Those primarily involve working alongside Chief Academic Officer Francis Achampong to provide administrative oversight for the campus’ adjunct faculty members and its academic budgets. He first worked in an administrative role while filling in for Dr. Achampong during his sabbatical last fall. “It was challenging, but also rewarding,” Doncheski says.
He has taught a variety of courses at Mont Alto, and he regularly serves the community at large. The “Physics Road Show” is a popular program he delivers to school and community groups several times each year. Doncheski also provides interesting physics demonstrations at campus events including Med Camp and Adventures in Learning, annual programs that bring middle- and high school students to campus. Additionally, Doncheski brought the annual conference of the American Association of Physics Teachers (Central PA Section) to Penn State Mont Alto last spring.
“Mike adds great value to the Academic Affairs administrative team beyond his well-established role as a member of our distinguished faculty,” says Achampong.