New Academic Advisement Policy for Dissertation Chairs

Our new academic advisement policy for Dissertation chairs is the following: Once a faculty member agrees to become the Dissertation chair, then the chair becomes the doctoral student's academic advisor to oversee the completion of Dissertation credits and student's progress toward completing a successful defense. The Ph.D. Program Director will alert the Registrar's office of the advisor change. 

The required number of Dissertation credits to fulfill the requirements of the Ph.D. are 9, however in the event of an extension to complete the degree, a student must remain active in the program by registering for at least 1 credit of Dissertation each subsequent semester until a successful defense is achieved.

Process for Scheduling Dissertation Credits

For each semester a student needs to register for Dissertation credits, the student must (in consultation with the Dissertation chair) contact the Ph.D. Program director via email (preferred) or by phone, the number of Dissertation credits to be taken in a given semester.

The Ph.D. Program Director will then put in a written request to the Registrar's office to add a section of Dissertation to the course listings, e.g., D/HP 1275, D/ED 1275 or D/HE 1275, that is dependent upon the student's specialization track. The Dissertation credits will be listed under the Dissertation chair's name as the faculty record, and the Dissertation chair is responsible for assigning a grade of "S" or "U" at the end of each semester to assess the student's progress in completing his/her Dissertation. 

The section number for the Dissertation credits will be different each semester, so please advise your student during the registration period to look for the section of Dissertation listed under the chair's name. 

Given the interdisciplinary nature of Marywood University's Ph.D. Program in Human Development, faculty are drawn from across the University to teach in the program. Faculty from various disciplines serve as dissertation mentors, committee members, and readers and are involved in the Qualifying Examination process.

Specialization Track Coordinators

Dr. Alice McDonnell

Health Promotion

Dr. Joseph Polizzi

Educational Administration

Dr. Tonya Nicole Saddler

Higher Education Administration


Dr. Deborah Hokien

Ph.D. Program Director, Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Human Development
(570) 348-6279

Maureen Hart

Secretary, Human Development
(570) 348-6211 x4752

Teaching Faculty

Dr. Lori Swanchak

Clinical Director, Physician Assistant

Sr. Gail Cabral

Full Professor, Psychology/Counseling

Sr. Kathryn Clauss

Assistant Professor, Education

Dr. Alexander Dawoody

Assistant Professor, Administrative Studies

Dr. Lee Harrison

Full Professor, Nutrition/Dietetics

Dr. Philip Jenkins

Associate Professor, Philosophy

Dr. Alan Levine

Vice President for Academic Affairs, Human Development

Dr. Lloyd Lyter

Professor of Social Work,

Dr. Alice McDonnell

Full Professor, Administrative Studies

Dr. Joseph Polizzi

Associate Professor, Education

Dr. Karen Rich

Assistant Professor, School of Social Work/Administrative Studies

Dr. Tonya Nicole Saddler

Assistant Professor, Education

Dr. Kerri Tobin

Assistant Professor, Education

Michael Costello

Lecturer (Adjunct), Administrative Studies

Dr. John Risboskin

Lecturer (Adjunct), Education

Dr. Carol Sabatini

Lecturer (Adjunct), Human Development

Dr. John Shalanski

Lecturer (Adjunct), Human Development

Dr. Monica Thomas

Lecturer (Adjunct), Human Development

Dr. Richard Clark

Lecturer (Adjunct), Human Development