Peter Chepya, Esq.
Academic Program Manager, Legal Studies
Office: North Hall 207
- LLB (Common Law) McGill University School of Law 1980
- BCL (Civil Law) McGill University School of Law 1980
- MA (Literature with Thesis) York University 1974
- BA (Honors English) Loyola of Montreal 1972
Professor Chepya has been the Director of the Legal Studies Program at Post University since 1990, and is Professor of Legal Studies.
Professor Chepya’s experience in the practice of law includes 10 years in international law, transportation law, criminal defense, employment law and environmental law. He was also a legal editor and writer.
Chepya’s diverse experience is the foundation for his teaching philosophy. His teaching style is student-centered and always includes the latest in instructional technology, including selected Web based resources, Podcasts, and MP3 Files. Professor Chepya encourages wireless connectivity as a learning tool and includes the use of a student’s Blackberrys, iPhones, Droids, laptops, and netbooks in class and online. His classes are hands-on and experiential with an emphasis on practical results, such as the recent “Intellectual Property Expo” his students organized. He also arranged a visit from the Connecticut Supreme Court to Post University’s campus so his students could meet the Justices and experience firsthand the dynamics of the appellate court system. In all he does, he is at Post University to help his students learn and succeed.
Professor Chepya was elected to following positions by his colleagues at Post University:
- President of the Faculty Senate, 1999 – 2000; 2006 – 2009
- Moderator of the School of Business, 1997 – 1998; 2009 - 2010
- Chair of the Curriculum Committee, 1995 – 1996;
- Chair of the Academic Standards Committee, 2009 - 2010
He was appointed to the following positions by the President of Post University:
- Chair, Integrity Committee, NEASC Accreditation Self Study, 1994 and 2004
- Presenter, Legal Studies Program Online, State of Connecticut Department of Higher Education, 1992; 1999
Professor Chepya is past Chairman of the Board of Valley Arts Council (2005 – 2008) and a former Board Member of the West Haven Child Development Center (1995 – 2005)
His main research interests include e-Government (also called “Digital Government”).
In traditional classroom and online learning his interests extend to the latest concepts in teaching and learning as they apply to instructional design and delivery.
- Admitted to the Bar
- e-Learning Guild
The following is a selection of his most recent academic publications:
- Appointed as Member of the Advisory Board by McGraw-Hill: Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism, authored by retired Brigadier General Russell Howard, and James Forest, of the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, scheduled for publication in 2011.
- V-Learning: Distance Education in the 21st Century Through 3D Virtual Learning Environments, Annetta, Springer Publishing, 2010
(Professor Chepya is cited as authority on “Presence Learning” in his book)
- The International Journal on E-Learning, “Getting Faculty Ready to Teach Online: the Digital Learning Faculty Program”, Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, (co-author) July 2010
- The Community College Enterprise, (refereed Journal) Fall 2007,
“A Short Take on Design Challenges in the Mobile Education World”
- International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning, Creating Presence and Community in a Synchronous Virtual Learning Environment Using Avatars, August 2006, (Professor Chepya is cited as an authority on “Presence Learning” and “e-Personality” in this Journal)
- Handbook of Information Security: Information Warfare, Social, Legal, and Informational Issues; and, Security Foundations (legal issues reviewer)
John Wiley & Sons, 2006.
- Educause Quarterly Journal, “e-Personality: the Fusion of IT and Pedagogical Technique”, August 2005
- Journal of Innovation and Quality Management in Higher Education “Internet Delivery of University Courses”, Winter 2002.
The following is a list of his most recent presentations at Academic Conferences:
- Post University; Shaping the Future: New Possibilities in Online Learning; Presentation: Mobile Explosion (co-presenter with Blackboard, Inc,) Paper: Teaching and Learning Strategies for Mobile Learning, September 2010
- NERCOMP 2010 Poster Session: Assessment and Quality at Post University Online: the “QUICC” process: Quality in Craft and Creativity, March 2010
- e-Learning 2008 Presentation: Instructional Challenges in the Mobile Education World, February 2008
- E-Learn 2007 World Conference Paper: Creating an Effective Training Curriculum for Faculty Who Teach Online (co-author), October 2007
- Innovative Teaching Coalition Summer Workshop 2005 held at Sacred Heart University Presentation: ‘Presence Learning’ in Online Education October 2005
- Academic Impressions Inc. WebEx Online Conference Presentation: ‘e-Personality’ and ‘Presence Learning’, November 2005
- NERCOMP, Northeast Region Computer Users Group. Regional Conference, Worcester MA. Paper: ‘e-Personality’ in Online Teacher Certification. March 2005
- Duke University, BbSEUG, Blackboard Southeast Users Group Conference. Paper: Online Teacher Certification. September 2004