With 17 years of experience as a communication professional and 20+ as a college instructor, Yvonne Bland is devoted to life-long learning, conscientiously developing her own skills as well as those of her students and staff.
Driven by a passion for engaged learning, Bland strives to translate complex communication concepts into practical skills for real life application. As an avid member of the virtual “Second Life” community, Bland enthusiastically encourages positive, pedagogical exploration of this emerging immersive learning environment.
She currently serves as a Lecturer of Communication at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh; in addition, she remains active on the part-time faculty for Distance Learning at two Albany area colleges:University at Albany and Hudson Valley Community College.
Prior to her years in Albany, Bland was on the faculty of Penn State University/York.She is dedicated to community voluntarism and has served on several boards of directors, including the Junior League of York (past president), Parents Anonymous of Pennsylvania and most recently, the Alumni Council of Grove City College.
Bland was nominated for the President's Award for Distinguished Teaching (2011) at Robert Morris University and awarded Communication Faculty of the Year (2008-2009) by the their chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, a national communication honorary.Bland’s creative efforts to nurture and develop communication excellence have also been recognized twice in student nominations to “Who’s Who Among American Teachers” (2004-2005, 2005-2006).
Previous communication experience includes leading the broadcast marketing efforts at WGET/WGTY (Gettysburg, PA), WSBA/WARM 103 (York, PA), WSYR (Syracuse, NY) and WJAS/WISH 100 (Pittsburgh, PA).Her resume also includes television promotion and marketing, professional fundraising counsel for non-profit organizations and advertising agency client services.
Bland received her M.A. in Communication Studies from Emerson College, Boston.A 1983 graduate of Grove City College, Bland majored in Communication Arts / Secondary Education.She is the wife of Stephen G. Bland, Project Director for CTfastrak, and mother of Geoffrey, a rising freshman at the University of Pittsburgh.The Blands reside in the Pittsburgh area.