Academic Affairs: Provost

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Susan C. Turell, Ph.D.


Susan C. Turell, Ph.D., serves as the Chief Academic Officer at the University, providing leadership in all academic matters and working collaboratively with the deans, faculty, staff, students, and administration to further Marywood's mission and vision.  The Provost reports directly to the President, and acts for the President when she is unavailable.

Prior to her appointment at Marywood University, Dr. Turell served as the founding dean of the School of Social Science and the interim dean of the School of Arts and Humanities at the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Oneonta, NY.  Prior to that, Dr. Turell has served as Associate Provost at Clarion University Of Pennsylvania, Clarion, PA and as the inaugural Dean of undergraduate studies and Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI., where she also was a professor of Psychology and coordinator of Women's Studies.  She began her academic career at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, where she taught psychology and women's studies.

Dr. Turell's prolific contributions include the development of multiple new academic programs, reforming general education curricula, increasing retention and time to graduation rates, and improving campus climate through anti-racist grass roots initiatives.  Her scholarship and pedagogy focus on the intersection of psychology and women's studies; gender roles; LGBTQ issues; dismantling racism; student support services; intimate partner violence and sexual abuse; closing the achievement gap; and integrated and connected learning, among others.  Dr. Turell's has secured approximately 2.5 million dollars in grants for her work in these areas.  Dr. Turell's current professional service includes her role as an editorial board founding member and Associate Editor of the Journal of Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity.

A licensed psychologist in New York State, Dr. Turell earned a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Houston, TX.  She also holds a Master of Education degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Houston and she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, in the Plan II Liberal Arts Honors Program a the University of Texas at Austin.