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 McDonnellHealth Promotion
Dr. Joseph PolizziEducational Administration
Dr. Tonya Nicole SaddlerHigher Education Administration
Dr. Deborah HokienPh.D. Program Director, Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Human Development
Maureen HartSecretary, Human Development
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Dr. Lori SwanchakClinical Director, Physician Assistant
Sr. Gail CabralFull Professor, Psychology/Counseling
Sr. Kathryn ClaussAssistant Professor, Education
Dr. Alexander DawoodyAssistant Professor, Administrative Studies
Dr. Lee HarrisonFull Professor, Nutrition/Dietetics
Dr. Philip JenkinsAssociate Professor, Philosophy
Dr. Alan LevineVice President for Academic Affairs, Human Development
Dr. Lloyd LyterProfessor of Social Work,
Dr. Alice McDonnellFull Professor, Administrative Studies
Dr. Joseph PolizziAssociate Professor, Education
Dr. Karen RichAssistant Professor, School of Social Work/Administrative Studies
Dr. Tonya Nicole SaddlerAssistant Professor, Education