Don Shemanski joined the faculty of Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology as a Professor of Practice in 2008, after serving for 23 years in the U.S. State Department as a Foreign Service Officer. Don's last position at the State Department was as Counselor for Global Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, where he headed the office responsible for issues such as counter-terrorism, nuclear nonproliferation and international judicial assistance.
Don has also had a number of other postings in Washington and abroad, including tours in Italy, Pakistan, Cyprus and Germany. His assignments have included serving as coordinator for State Department refugee assistance programs for the former Yugoslavia, delegate to the U.S. Delegation to the Vienna CSCE Follow-up Meeting, Deputy Special Envoy to the Afghan Mujahedin and Alternate U.S. Delegate to the foundation, “Remembrance, Responsibility, and the Future,” which administered payments to former World War II-era forced and slave laborers of the Nazi regime.
His foreign languages include German, Italian, and Greek.
A lawyer by training, Don spent three years as an associate attorney with an international law firm in New York City prior to joining the U.S. State Department. At Penn State, Don teaches courses in Internet and Privacy Law as well as courses that focus on intelligence analysis and the threat of terrorism and crime.