Faculty Q & A

PH: Hartung

Edgar J. Hartung, M.A., JD
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

When did you start working at Alvernia?

My employment with Alvernia University (then Alvernia College) commenced in August of 2003.

What is your job here at Alvernia?

Associate Professor & Chair of the Criminal Justice Department.

What would you say is your favorite part about your job?

My favorite part of my job is teaching and working with students.

How do you enjoy spending your time outside of Alvernia?

Riding my BMW R1100RT Motorcycle, driving my sports car, attending automobile races, and traveling.

Where is your favorite place to eat on or off campus?

My favorite place to eat is not on campus.  Off campus it would be On The Border, a Mexican/American restaurant in the Berkshire Mall Shopping Center.

What is an interesting fact that most would not know about you?

I am a Professional Pilot and Captain in the United States Air Force with more than 7000 hours flying time.

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