Dr. Deborah Hokien
Center and Doctoral Program Director
Dr. Deborah Hokien, Professor of Chemistry became Director of the new Center for Interdisciplinary Studies (CIS) and Ph.D. Program in Human Development in January 2013. Previously she served two consecutive 3-year terms as the Science Department Chair at Marywood and was the Director of the Mater's program in Biotechnology from 2006-2008. She began her teaching career as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Wilkes University where she taught in the Chemistry Department from 1995-1997, and then was hired as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry in the Science Department at Marywood in August 1997. In subsequent years she served as the chairperson for the Faculty Ad Hoc Workload Committee (2004-2007) and Co-Chairperson for the 2006 Middle States Self-Study Steering Committee. For the 2005-2006 academic year, she was elected chairperson of the Susquehanna Valley Local Section of the American Chemical Society. She holds an adjunct professor of biochemistry position at The Commonwealth Medical College and was a visiting research scholar in 2009-2010 at the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine & Food Science in the Department of Viticulture and Enology at the University of California, Davis, CA., while on a 1-year sabbatical leave from Marywood.
Over the years, Dr. Hokien has taught a variety of chemistry, biochemistry and research courses for both science and non-science majors, and recently developed a new interdisciplinary course entitled "The Chemistry of Wine, Food, and Culture of a Foreign Country" that she co-teaches with Dr. Lee Harrison from the Nutrition and Dietetics Department at Marywood. In this course students learn the chemistry of wine and spirits, the history of wine making, sensory perception, and the foods native to that country or region. This course also has a faculty-led study abroad component in which students have an opportunity to travel to the foreign country (Northern France, Tuscany, Germany and/or Norther Spain) over Spring Break. In collaboration with her peers and students, Dr. Hokien has published several peer-reviewed articles, funded grants applications, and conference presentations. She has received numerous Marywood internal grant awards to support her various research projects and is named as a contributor on two patents.
Dr. Hokien brings to the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies her diverse experiences as an educator, department chair, and researcher. Currently she is the instructor for the doctoral course Quantitative Methodology (D/HD 1017) and serves as an advocate for students in the Ph.D. Program. She has a successful track record in directing, developing, and growing academic programs that coincides with Marywood's long-term vision of the CIS, which is to foster collaborations between departments and across colleges leading to the development of new interdisciplinary programs both at the Master's and undergraduate levels. She looks forward to this new challenge and her continued collaborations with students and colleagues at Marywood.