Marywood to Host 5th Annual Faculty Symposium

Published on Thu, March 29, 2012

For the past five years, academics and researchers from area colleges and universities have gathered to showcase their research in areas such as health care, social work, public administration and the social sciences. With about 50 papers, posters and presentations showcased at this year's symposium, the event is expected to attract curious students, researchers and community members.

On Wednesday, April 4, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Marywood University will host the 5th Annual Faculty Symposium at the Swartz Center. Admission is free.

Alexander Dawoody, Ph.D., assistant professor of administrative studies, is the 2012 symposium chair. Speaking for the group, Dr. Dawoody says that the goal of the symposium is to provide a platform for community-minded researchers who hope to inform public policy.

"All of our research is devoted to analyzing and observing a specific aspect of the community," Dawoody says. "Community agencies, hospitals, policymakers and non-profit organizations can use the information as tools for exploring these issues and come up with feasible solutions."

Teri Ooms, executive director of the Institute for Public Policy and Economic Development, an organization that is helping to coordinate the event, says the annual symposium is a great way for community members to become aware of the type of research that is being conducted within our higher education infrastructure.

"Our schools are seen as teaching institutions, but there is so much intellectual capacity to really make a difference in our region and across the globe," says Ooms. "It is research that has the potential not only to create intellectual property but also to transform the medical and healthcare fields. Brain-power is alive in Northeast Pennsylvania."

Nine higher educational institutions, including Marywood University, Keystone College, King's College, Luzerne County Community College, Misericordia University, Penn State Wilkes-Barre, The Commonwealth Medical College, University of Scranton and Wilkes University will be participating in the event.

For more information, please contact Dr. Alexander Dawoody, Ph.D., assistant professor of Administrative Studies, at (570) 348-6284 x2932 or or Teri Ooms, executive director of the Institute for Public Policy and Economic Development, at (570) 408-9850 or