Tammy Shannon, D.Ed.

Tammy Shannon, D.Ed.

  • Academic Advising Coordinator, Environmental Resource Management
  • Course Instructor, ERM Program
  • Alumni Relations and Internship Director
114 Ferguson Building
University Park, Pennsylvania 16802

Areas of Expertise

  • First-generation college student initiatives
  • Study abroad programming
  • Sense of place and belonging research


  • D.Ed. Lifelong Learning and Adult Education, First-Generation College Student Initiatives
  • M.Ed. Teaching and Learning, Lock Haven University
  • B.A. Humanities, The University of Pittsburgh
  • Certificate of Communication, The University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh

Academic Courses:
ERM 197- First-Generation College Student, First-Year Engagement Seminar
ERM 499- (FIFSA) First in Family to Study Abroad- First-Generation College Students to Costa Rica
ERM 499- Antarctica: Human Impacts on a Fragile Environment
AG 150 - Environment and Natural Resources First Year Seminar
ERM 499- Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resources: Costa Rica Environmental Study Tour
ERM 499-New Zealand Natural Resources
ERM 495 - Internship(s)

2020 Excellence in Academic Advising Award from Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences
2023 Harbaugh Scholar for ERM 197 First-Gen, First-Year Engagement Seminar
2023 Dr. William Henson Diversity Achievement Award- ERM 499 First-in Family to Study Abroad (FIFSA) First-Gen College Students

• Penn State First-Generation Student Support Summit (2022; 2023)
• NAFSA: Association of International Educators (2022)
• Forum on Education Abroad (2022)
• Annual DUS Academic Advising Conference (2013-2019; 2023)
• North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) (2013-2017)
• International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (ICQI) (2019)
• Society of Wetland Scientist International Conference (SWS) (ERM alumni engagement) (2013-2018; 2023)

Presentations and Publications

Pool, D., Shannon, T., Counterman, M., Rodriguez, M., Swigert, K. (2023) Constellations of Care: The Critical Role of Advising in Supporting First-Gen Student Success. (Presentation at the Penn State Academic Advising Conference, University Park, PA, September 2023; Participation level: Co-author)

Shannon, T.M., Gregory, M., Ridilla, L., Cedeno, C., Moultrie, I., Vera Carreon, S., Heiden, S., (2023). First Generation College Student Faculty-Led Study Abroad Course to Costa Rica (Presentation at the First-Generation Student Success Summit, Penn State University, 2023 Participation level: Lead)

Shannon, T., Lingenfelter, K., & Shannon, R. (2022). Fifteen years in Costa Rica: Sustainable agriculture and natural resource practices. K. McBride & P.-T. Nikula (Eds.), Sustainable Education Abroad: Striving for Change. Standards in Action Book Series, The Forum.

Lingenfelter, K. and Shannon, T. M. 2022. Encouraging Carbon Conscious Study Abroad (Presentation at the NAFSA, Denver, Colorado, June 2022; Participation level:(Co-author)

Shannon, T.M., Poole, D., Wright, D., Counterman, M., James, D., 2022. First-Generation College Students’ Sense of Belonging in Higher Education: A Panel Discussion (Presentation at the inaugural First-Generation Student Success Summit, Penn State University, May 2022 Participation level: Lead)

Shannon, T.M. 2019. A Grounded Theory Study on First Generation College Student Persistence: Habits of Successful Students (Presentation at the 15th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, May 2019;
Participation level: author) 

Shannon, T.M. and R. D. Shannon. 2017. Framework for successful academic advising NACTA Journal, Vol. 61 Supplement 1, p.69. (Presentation at 63rd North American College Teachers of Agriculture Conference, Purdue University, June 2017; Participation level: co-author)

Invited Panel Presenter

Juniata College. 2023. Impacts of Study Abroad on First-Generation College students. FIFSA course to Costa Rica. International Education Week panel presentation, November, 2023.

Penn State Media Commons. 2013. Using Technology in International Programs & Study Abroad Courses. Faculty Panel Discussion. Branching Out Conference, University Park, PA, October 2013.