Alumni Spotlight

“I not only received the skills and knowledge to educate what I hope to be the ‘leaders and decision makers of tomorrow,’ at Marywood- but more importantly, I learned what it means to have zest, passion, joy, and love for others; and I am determined to spread that love for life and knowledge as far as my two feet will take me.”

-Gina Pirozzi

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Kerri J. Tobin, Ph.D.

Dr. Kerri Tobin’s Newest Publications

  • Tobin, K. (In Press). Homelessness and academic achievement: Evidence from a large urban area. Urban Education. 

  • Murphy, J. and Tobin, K. (2014). Homelessness in the United States: An historical analysis. American Educational History Journal, 41 (2), 281-298/

Dr. Kerri Tobin presented:

  • Bower, C. and Tobin, K. (2016). Spending on social versus educational programs: An analysis of inequality across OECD nations.  Paper to be presented at the Annual Conference of the Sociology of Education Association, Monterey, CA.

  • Tobin, K. (2015). Homelessness and Education. Presented at Assembly of the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators, Harrisburg, PA. 

Tammy B.H. Brown, Ph.D.

Recent Publications: 

  • Arter, P.S., DeMatteo, F.J., & Brown, T.H. (2015). Additional preparation in meeting diverse needs: Does it make a difference?   National Teacher Education Journal, 8(3), 29-36.

  • DeMatteo, F.J. & Brown, T.H. (2014). Teacher perceptions of new literacies.   National Teacher Education Journal, 7(3), 31-36.


  • DeMatteo, F.J., Arter, P.S., Campenni, E. & Brown, T. (2015, April). Comparing teacher candidates’ knowledge, skills and professional dispositions related to exceptional learners. Presentation at Council for Exceptional Children Convention and Expo, San Diego, CA. (International).
  • DeMatteo, F.J., Arter, P.S., Campenni, E. & Brown, T. (2014, April). Cooperative teacher and university supervisor ratings: Comparing teacher candidates’ knowledge, skills and professional dispositions. Presentation at American Education Research Association Annual   Conference, Philadelphia, PA (National). 

Christine L. Fryer, Ed.D.


  • Gonzalez, M. & Fryer, C.  (2014).  A collaborative initiative:  STEM and universally designed curriculum for at-risk preschoolers.  National Teacher Education Journal, vol. VII, Summer 2014.  Blind, peer reviewed


  • Incorporating Creative Problem Solving in Your Classroom:  Using Odyssey of the Mind – (Invited to Present as Keynote Speaker)  Presented at Student Pennsylvania State Association (PSEA) Conference at East Stroudsburg University, Pennsylvania., February 22, 2014

  • Technology Tips for Early Childhood Special, General, and Inclusive Classrooms - Co-presented with Michelle Gonzalez & Anna Wildmann (undergraduate student) at Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) National Conference in Austin, Texas, April, 2013

Joseph A. Polizzi, Ph.D.

Dr. Polizzi has recently published the following:

  • Polizzi, J.A. (2015) Using the Arts to Make People Think and Remember Issues of Global Sustenance. In Gross, S. & Shapiro, J. Democratic Ethical Educational Leadership; reclaiming school reform. London and New York. Routledge


  • Polizzi, J.A. & Murphy, M. Redesigning a Principal Certification Project with a Foundational Emphasis on Ethical Decision Making. 20th Annual CSLEE Values and Leadership Conference, The Pennsylvania State University, October 17, 2015
    • Polizzi, J. & Davis, R. Democratic Ethical Educational Leadership in Africa. 7th Annual New Deel Conference, Temple University April 1, 2015

Patricia S. Arter, Ed.D.

 Recent Publications: 

DeMatteo, F., & Arter, P.S.(2015). When job skills are not enough: Transitioning young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Electronic Journal of For Inclusive Education, 3,3. 

Recent Conference Presentations:

  • DeMatteo, F.J., Arter, P.S., Brown, T., &  Campenni, E. (2015, April). Comparing teacher candidates' knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions related to exceptional learners. Accepted for presentation at the International Council for Exceptional Children Convention and Expo, San Diego, CA. 
  • Arter, P.S., DeMatteo, F.J., Brown, T. & Szilagyi, V. (2014, October). Comparing teacher candidates' knowlege, skills and professional dispositions: Cooperative teacher and university supervisor ratings.Presented at the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators Teacher Education Assembly, Harrisburg, PA.   


    Tonya Saddler, Ph.D.

    Dr. Saddler's recent Publications:

      • Saddler, T. N. & Kelly, E. (2013). Black Doctoral Students Intersections: Issues of
        Race, Class, and Gender. In T. L. Strayhorn (Ed.), Living at the Intersections: Social Identities and Black Collegians. Information Age Publishing. 

       Professional Papers & Presentations:

      • Saddler, T.N. (2015, September). Developing Undergraduate Researchers: The Benefits of Socializing Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program Scholars to Research. Paper presented at the TRIO Research Symposium to be held at the Council for Opportunity in Education’s 34th Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.