Dr. Frances M. Zauhar became Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in July 2012. Before coming to Marywood, she was the Humanities Division Chair at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and a tenured faculty member in the English Department. Before going to Pitt-Johnstown, she was a tenured Associate Professor of English at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA, where she was Chair of the English Department from 1994-2004 and the founding coordinator of the new program in Creative and Professional Writing from 2004-2006. She began her teaching career as an Assistant Professor of English at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, where she taught from 1986-1991. During her time at Gustavus, she was Coordinator for the Teaching Certification Program for Secondary School English (1988-1991) and a Co-Director of the Women's Studies Program (1989-1991). She earned the B.A. degree in English from Seton Hill University in 1976, and the M.A. (1979) and Ph.D. (1986) in English from Louisiana State University.
Dr. Zauhar has been a committed classroom instructor and teaching scholar throughout her academic career. She has developed and taught courses on a number of topics in American literature, including American Women Writers, American Indian Literatures, Immigrant Authors and Environmental Literature. She has collaborated with colleagues and team taught courses on Literature and Politics, Literature and the Visual Arts, and Media and Contemporary Culture-the academic title for a course she and a colleague taught on Star Trek! In collaboration with her students, she has made conference presentations on literary relationships in early and modern literature, and she has mentored students pursuing their individual research on a variety of topics. Her own research interests lie primarily in the area of 19th-and 20th-century American fiction. She has presented her research on Nathaniel Hawthorne, on Sarah Orne Jewett, on Willa Cather, and on Richard Russo at regional and national literary conferences, and her work on Jewett and Cather has also been published.
Dr. Zauhar brings to Marywood experience in planning, developing, and assessing successful academic programs within Departments at both of her former institutions. She has also enabled collaboration between departments to develop interdisciplinary programs. She gained valuable multi-disciplinary experience as one of the developers and founding members of the Women's Studies program at Gustavus Adolphus and the Environmental Studies Program at Saint Vincent. She looks forward to working with students and colleagues at Marywood, both to consolidate and to build upon the many strengths of the programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and across the University.
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