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Dr. Cynthia Pellock

Dr. Cynthia Pellock
Phone: 8148630802
Office Address:
411D Keller Building
University Park, PA 16802
Campus: University Park


Director, Professional Personnel Development Center for Career and Technical Education
Professor of Education (Workforce Education and Development)


Learning and Performance Systems


Professional Personnel Development Center for Career and Technical Education (PPDC)


Workforce Education and Development


Cynthia Pellock is the Associate Director of the  Center for Professional Personnel Development in Vocational Technical Education and is Professor of Education. She teaches Education for Work (WF ED 001), Work Based Education (WF ED 546), and History and Philosophy of Workforce Education (WF ED 560). Her research interests include (1) preparation of career and technical educators and (2) the individual and community impact of workforce education.

Dr. Pellock is a project leader with experience in problem solving, grant writing, team facilitation, marketing, human resource management, program planning, and student retention at higher education institutions and public and private, non-profit organizations. Before coming to Penn State, Dr. Pellock worked at Clarion University of Pennsylvania as the Director of the Upward Bound Program and Assistant Professor in Academic Support Services. She also has been an administrator of a county agency for older Americans, served as director of a community volunteer program, and was a social worker with a residential treatment facility for abused and troubled adolescents.

Dr. Pellock holds an M.S.W. with a concentration in community organization from the University of Maryland at Baltimore and a Ph.D. in Workforce Education and Development from The Pennsylvania State University. Her doctoral emphasis included studies in policy analysis.

Pennsylvania Roots

Although I studied and worked for a few years in Maryland, the majority of my life has been in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: Grew up in Frackville, Pennsylvania (Schuylkill County); lived and worked in western Pennsylvania (Clarion County) for eight years; have been in Centre County since 1994.

Areas of Expertise

Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education

Career Counseling

Curriculum Areas

Workforce Ed

Education Levels

Secondary/High School

Educational Studies

History of Ed

Human Resources and Work

Career Development
Workforce and Vocational Ed

Leadership Preparation

Educational Leadership
Teacher Prep

Social Issues

Education Policy

Teacher Preparation

In-service Teachers
Pre-service Teachers
Professional Development

Courses Taught

WF ED 001 Education for Work: Trends and Issues

WF ED 546 Work Based Education

WF ED 560 Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Workforce Education

Education History

Ph.D. in Workforce Education and Development, The Pennsylvania State University, 1998 M.S.W. with emphasis in Community Organization, University of Maryland at Baltimore, 1982 B.A. in Sociology/Social Welfare, Bloomsburg State College, 1980

Activities and Honors

Association for Career and Technical Education Research, 2013 Distinguished Service Award

Pennsylvania Association for Career and Technical Education, 2009 Outstanding Career and Technical Educator

National Dissemination Center for Career and Technical Education, National Leadership Institute Scholar, 2001-2002