Meredith Chaney

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I hail from Akron, Ohio, and graduated from Penn State in 1994 with a B.A. in history and a minor in French. I have teaching certifications in secondary education-social studies and K-12 French. I have been in Happy Valley since 1990 except for two years I spent in Philadelphia while teaching in the Central Bucks School District. In the recent past, I worked for a State College-based software company as a technical writer and member of the support staff.

I became interested in advising when a friend (DUS adviser Maren Larson) suggested I apply to work with the First-Year Testing, Consulting, and Advising Program (FTCAP) during summer 2005. The experience inspired me to return to graduate school in the hope of becoming a professional adviser. I graduated in December 2010 with a master's degree in higher education and feel I have landed my dream job working in DUS. I thoroughly enjoy supporting students as they discover their academic calling and am lucky to be surrounded by such dedicated, smart, fun colleagues.

I spend my free time with my three children and squeeze in running, mountain biking, reading, and knitting when possible.


  • Study aborad in Waterloo, Belgium
  • B.A. in History, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Teaching certifications in 7-12 Social Studies, K-12 French
  • M.Ed. in Education, The Pennsylvania State University

Current Position

Senior Undergraduate Studies Adviser

Research & Teaching Interests

Assessment of student intervention and success in the first year of college; self-authorship for traditional-aged college students; late-adolescent cognititve development and subsequent advising implications.

Contact Information

Office: 114 Grange Building
Phone: 814-865-7576
Fax: 814-863-8913