Dr. Frances M. Zauhar became Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) in July 2012. Before coming to Marywood, she was the Humanities Division Chair and Associate Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Chair and Associate Professor of English at Saint Vincent College, and Assistant Professor of English at Gustavus Adolphus College.
Dean Zauhar has been a committed classroom instructor and teaching scholar throughtout 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. 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.
Dean Zauhar's prior experience includes planning, developing, and assessing successful academic programs at both of her former institutions. At Saint Vincent, she was founding coordinator of the program in Creative and Professional Writing. 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. In addition to her responsibilities as CLAS Dean at Marywood, she works with faculty as part of the Greater Expectations Faculty Development Program, and she is Co-Chair of the Middle States Accreditation Self-Study Steering Committee.
Dean Zauhar earned her B.A. degree in English from Seton Hill University, and the M.A. and Ph.D in English from Louisiana State University.