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Frank Klapak Ph.D.
Joined Seton Hill
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Dr. Klapak (Dr. K.) has had multiple careers. An upholsterer; journalist (short-lived); medical (forensic) photographer; scriptwriter and video producer; director of a University Center for Instructional Resources; and now Professor, and advisor to the Communication Club at Seton Hill.

As a professor in Communication, Dr. Klapak blends his academic credentials and professional experiences to create experiential learning environments in which learners have opportunities to combine theoretical constructs with practical applications. The real world is also in the classroom, and students are professionals, often learning and working in his classroom simulations – The GristMill Communication Group, or Canterbury Village.

Dr. Klapak also teaches in the University Core Curriculum (LA150 Faith Religion and Society; LA200/201 Western Cultural Traditions), and occasionally in the Women’s Studies and Honors Programs.

Dr. K’s philosophy of learning is that he is the facilitator of the learning experience, but each learner must create her or his own knowledge, understanding, and wisdom, and that each of us is responsible and accountable for fashioning our own history.


  • 1988 Ph. D. University of Pittsburgh Educational Communication and Technology; Dissertation: Experiential Learning Environments: Historical Review and Practical Application.
  • 1978 M. Ed. University of Pittsburgh Educational Communication and Technology.
  • 1972 Biological Photographer Certification, Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh School of Medical Photography
  • 1969 BA University of Pittsburgh; Journalism; with studies in Linguistics and History


  • Teacher of the Year, Seton Hill University, (2007)
  • Alpha Sigma Lambda, Gamma Upsilon Chapter Seton Hill College For outstanding service to the adult learner (Honorary Induction: April 27, 2001)
  • Norman Link Memorial Award, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Honorary Induction: For outstanding contributions to Educational Communications and Technology (June 1, 1983).
  • Distinguished Service Award, Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, For distinguished service in promoting Media Education in Health Care. (June 15, 1980).
  • Distinguished Service Award, ITVA Pittsburgh Chapter, For time and dedication in developing programs that shared knowledge and broadened perspectives. (December 18, 1978).
  • National Diabetes Association Award for Patient Education Media Programs. Awarded for script and production: "What is Diabetes?" (April, 1977).


  • Dr. Klapak has a varied and long history of lectures, scholarly papers, instructional projects, and educational presentations. He has taught at the Mercy Hospital School of Medical Photography, was a member of the faculty at Duquesne University, and was an adjunct instructor at Robert Morris University, Chatham College, and the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg.
  • He has presented papers at the Universidad de las Americas, Puebla, Mexico, on “Culture, Film and Format;” at the Association for Educational Communication and Technologies and the Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communication and Technologies on “Instructional Media,” “Designing Self Paced Instruction;” "Designing Instructioal Simulations and Games for Learning;" and “Technologies Enhanced Learning;” and at the Popular Culture Association on “How we shoot our Presidents (in the movies).”
  • He has lectured at the Pittsburgh Carnegie Museum of Art on Video Art and on Photography as Art; and has presented at Kennametal and other corporations on “Developing Good Communication Skills, Written and Spoken.”
  • Dr. Klapak has produced instructional video programs for Pittsburgh Carnegie Museum, Matthews International, RPC, and Fischer Scientific, and other local and national corporations; has developed patient education programs for regional and national Health Care institutions; and co-wrote several screenplays for PBS productions.