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Dr. Gina Vitacco- Vives
Position: Director of Curriculum and Technology, Delaware Valley School District, Milford, PA
Dissertation Topic: Instructional Strategies and Practices Utilized in Fifth Through Eighth Grade Classrooms in Relation to Cognitive Demand and Critical Thinking: A Case Study
"Marywood offers an excellent doctoral program that afforded me a valuable learning experience and professional growth opportunities."
Dr. Vitacco-Vives is a member of the Delaware Valley School District Administrative Cabinet. In addition to overseeing curriculum and technology district wide, she is responsible for professional development, new teacher induction, the Limited English Proficiency (LEP) program, and the oversight of the district strategic plan. Since obtaining her Ph.D., she has assumed responsibility for the development, implementation, and administration of the K-12 Delaware Valley Cyber Academy (DVCA). The DVCA provides an educational alternative for students who prefer an online learning environment.
Awards and Acknowledgements
Stanley Kania, graduate admissions counselor, was named president of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals, beginning his three-year term this month. As president, he will focus on developing best practices of graduate enrollment management, providing professional development opportunities for scholars and professionals and representing Pennsylvania as the chapter leader to the National Association board. Mr. Kania has been working in graduate enrollment management for the past five years as a graduate admissions counselor. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and his master’s degree in business management from Marywood University. Presently, Mr. Kania is pursuing his Ph.D. in human development, with a concentration in organizational leadership, from Marywood.
Judith Rex, PH.D., RN, BC, Interim Dean, Allied Health and Sciences, Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA., recently had an article published in Lehigh Valley Business. Her topic was the cross-generational workfoce and patient-centered treatment.
Christine Wydeen, Ph.D., regional director of Community Care Behavioral Health, has been honored for her 30 year career serving those with mental illness as recipient of the Candlelight Award from the Scranton Area Chapter of the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI). The award was presented during the organization's 19th annual candlelight vigil at Lackawanna County Courthouse Square, which is held as part of National Mental Illness Awareness Week, an effort to educate communities about mental illness and to end stigma.
Lori Swanchak, Ph.D., PA-C, DFAAPA, program director and clinical assistant professor of Marywood's physician assistant program, earned national recognition as an American Academy of Physician Assistants Distinguished Fellow. Distinguished fellows receive recognition for their outstanding contributions to patient care and the profession as a physician assistant. They also demonstrate significant dedication and involvement in the community.
William Fred Miller, Ph.D., was selected as 2014 winner of the William G. McGowan Medal for Excellence in Doctoral Studies at Marywood University.
Beverly McNamara, Ph.D., was selected as 2014 winner of the Melvin Medal for Excellence in Scholarly Investigation at Marywood University
Edward P. Syron, Ph.D. has been profiled by the Greater Ohio Healthcare Leaders' Forum.
Christopher W. O'Brien, MS, ATC was selected as the recipient of the Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association (EATA) 2007 Francis J .George Scholarship Award. This award is given to the most outstanding doctoral student who is a member of the EATA.
Patricia Miller, Ph.D. was named the Margaretta Belin Chamberlin Chair Award for Distinguished Faculty Service at Keystone College
Brian Mauro was the recipient of the Grady Roberts Graduate Student Writing Award for an abbreviated version of the paper, Can Social Norming Theory Be Applied to Change Student Behavior?, derived from his Qualifying Paper.
Dr. Francis Battisti was recently promoted to the rank of State University of New York Distinguished Service Professor and inducted into the ranks of the SUNY Distinguished Academy.
Eugene Kelly, Ph.D., was selected as 2015 winner of the Melvin Medal for Excellence in Scholarly Investigation at Marywood University.
CURRENT STUDENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
Stanley Kania, a member of the 2014 Ph.D. Program cohort, had his research on" Alumni Engagement in the College Recruiting Process" being picked up for publication by the National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals in an issue of Perspectives, their quarterly publication and it has also been published on Linked In.
Kelly Carroll, a member of the 2013 Ph.D. Program cohort, has collected data as an independent grant reviewer by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.
Sample Employment Settings of Alumni
- Kristine Bewick, Ph.D. - Wilkes University (faculty)
- Trudy Coleman, Ph.D. - Northeast Regional Cancer Institute (epidemiologist)
- Pat Dunleavy, Ph.D. - Marywood University (Human Resources)
- Debra Fetherman, Ph.D. - University of Scranton (Director of Community Health Education)
- Rodeen Lechleitner, Ph.D. -University of Scranton (Faculty Specialist in Community Health Education)
- Sonji Lee, Ph.D. - Keystone College (faculty)
- Jeff Leitzel, Ph.D. - Bloomsburg University (faculty)
- Elizabeth McGill, Ph.D. - The Commonwealth Medical College (Asst. Professor, Family Medicine, & Regional Education Specialist)
- Jill Murray, Ph.D. - Lackawanna College (Academic Vice President)
- Stephen Pugliese, Ph.D. - Immaculata University (Vice President for Student Development and Engagement)
- Lia Richards-Palmiter, Ph.D. - Marywood University (Diversity Office)
- Thomas Quinn, Ph.D. - Abington Heights School District (Assistant Superintendent)
- Cherie Roberts, Ph.D. - Bloomsburg University (faculty)
- Heather Shanks-McElroy, Ph.D. - Keystone College (faculty)
- Ann Way, Ph.D. - Tunkhannock Area School District (Assistant Superintendent)
- Francis Battisti, Ph.D., SUNY Broome Community College (Executive Vice President)
- Janine Becker, Ph.D., Dean of Enrollment Management, York College
- Sara Rothenberger, Ph.D., Connecticut College, New London (Director of Residential Education and Living)
- Lisa Jean Schumacher, Ph.D., Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit (Assistant Director of Special Programs & Services)
- Judith Rex, Ph.D., Northampton Community College (Interim Dean of Allied Health and Sciences)
- Elizabeth Sechler, Ph.D., Shepherd University (Director of Residence Life, campus Interpersonal Violence Investigator)