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Don Shemanski
  • Professor of Practice of Information Sciences and Technology

E135 Westgate Building
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 867-2834
  • J.D., Georgetown University

  • B.A., With High Distinction, German, The Pennsylvania State University


Donald R. Shemanski joined the faculty of the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) on June 2, 2008, after serving for 23 years as a diplomat with the United States Foreign Service. Immediately prior to joining IST, Shemanski served as Counselor for Global Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, directing the Embassy office responsible for high-priority policy issues such as counter-terrorism, nuclear nonproliferation, climate change, and international judicial assistance. He has had a number of 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.

Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Shemanski was an associate attorney with the international law firm Walter, Conston & Schurtman in New York City. He was admitted to the Bar in Pennsylvania and New York.

In addition to his studies in the United States, Shemanski studied German civil law at the Goethe University in Frankfurt pursuant to a Fulbright grant. His foreign languages include German, Italian, and Greek.

Shemanski is the recipient of two Superior Honor Awards and two Meritorious Honor Awards from the U.S. Department of State.


Shemanski is the author of a scholarly article on judicial assistance, “Obtaining Evidence in the Federal Republic of Germany: The Impact of the Hague Evidence Convention on German American Judicial Cooperation” (17 International Lawyer #3, Summer 1983).