Academic Advisement Policy
All doctoral students are advised by the Ph.D. Program Director throughout the duration of the program.
Process for Scheduling Dissertation Credits
For each semester a student needs to register for Dissertation credits, the student must (in consultation with the Dissertation chair) contact the Ph.D. Program director via email (preferred) or by phone, the number of Dissertation credits to be taken in a given semester.
The Ph.D. Program Director will then put in a written request to the Registrar's office to add a section of Dissertation to the course listings, e.g., D/HP 1275, D/ED 1275 or D/HE 1275, that is dependent upon the student's specialization track. The Dissertation credits will be listed under the Dissertation chair's name as the faculty record, and the Dissertation chair is responsible for assigning a grade of "S" or "U" at the end of each semester to assess the student's progress in completing his/her Dissertation.
The section number for the Dissertation credits will be different each semester, so the Ph.D. Program Director will advise students to look for the section of Dissertation listed under the chair's name. All students must be registered for dissertation credits by the "LAST DAY TO REGISTER/ADD COURSES."
The required number of Dissertation credits to fulfill the requirements of the Ph.D. are 9, however in the event of an extension to complete the degree, a student must remain active in the program by registering for at least 1 credit of Dissertation each subsequent semester until a successful defense is achieved.
Given the interdisciplinary nature of Marywood University's Ph.D. Program in Human Development, faculty are drawn from across the University to teach in the program. Faculty from various disciplines serve as dissertation mentors, committee members, and readers and are involved in the Qualifying Examination process.
Specialization Track Coordinators
Dr. Art ComstockOrganizational Leadership
(570) 348-6211 x2449
Dr. Alice McDonnellHealth Promotion
Dr. Deborah HokienPh.D. Program Director, Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Human Development
Maureen HartSecretary, Human Development
(570) 348-6211 x4752
Dr. Lori SwanchakClinical Director, Physician Assistant
Sr. Gail CabralFull Professor, Psychology/Counseling
Dr. Samantha ChristiansenAssistant Professor, History
Dr. Art ComstockTrack Coordinator, Business
(570) 348-6211 x2449
Dr. Alexander DawoodyAssistant Professor, Administrative Studies
Dr. Lee HarrisonFull Professor, Nutrition/Dietetics
Dr. Philip JenkinsAssociate Professor, Philosophy
Dr. Alan LevineProfessor, Human Development
Dr. Lloyd LyterProfessor of Social Work,
Dr. Alice McDonnellFull Professor, Administrative Studies
Dr. Amy Paciej WoodruffAssistant VP of Student Life, Dean of Students
Dr. Joseph A. PolizziAssociate Professor, Education