Adult Basic Literacy Education


Principal Investigator: Tammy Remley, Program Director
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Department of Education, Adult Basic Literacy Education
Department: Education
College: Reap College of Education and Human Development

Free classes are offered to the community as part of a grant received from the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Division of Adult Education. The program works to assist adults with improved literacy, obtain knowledge and skills necessary for employment and self-sufficiency, become full partners in the education and development of their children, and to complete their secondary school education.


African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC) and Sister Leadership Development Initiative: SLDI


Principal Investigator: Sr. Jane Wakahiu, LSOSF, Ph.D. Executive Director, ASEC/SLDI; Diane W. Keller, Ph.D., Co-Investigator, SLDI
Sponsor: Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Department: ASEC, in conjunction with School of Social Work
College: Health and Human Services

Capacity-building of African Sisters and the development of leadership competencies for effective ministry are at the heart of the mission of the African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC) and the needs of African Sisters.  This project provides technological and/or leadership skills to  African Sisters in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia.

The Sisters Leadership Development Initiative (SLDI) is an innovative partnership envisioned by Steven Hilton, President and CEO of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. The purpose is to increase access for management and leadership skill-building for African Sisters through training and education and adaptable to the specific needs and contexts in which the Sisters are working.


Physician Assistant Training Program Expansion


Principal Investigator: Lori E. Swanchak, PhD, PA-C, Program Director
Sponsor: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Department: Physician Assistant Program
College: Health and Human Services

Marywood University's Physician Assistant Program received a $704,000 grant from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) that will be used toward scholarships for students who commit to practicing in primary care within the community for at least two years upon graduation.  The students began their classes during Summer I 2011 and will receive funding over the next four years.  The Physician Assistant Program began in 2000, currently has over 200 alumni, and was one of only 40 PA Programs granted nationwide.


Religious Experience Cluster Group Initiative


Principal Investigator: Melinda Krokus, Ph.D. and John M. DePoe, Ph.D.
Sponsor: The Experience Project (University of Notre Dame and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) The Experience Project is funded in part by the John Templeton Foundation
Department: Religious Studies and Philosophy
College: Munley College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Religious Experience Cluster Group will explore various aspects of religious and spiritual experiences (RSEs) and is part of the Cluster Initiative of The Experience Project being conducted at the University of Notre Dame and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  2015-2016 speaker events sponsored by The Religious Experience Cluster Group will be held to allow Marywood University students and community to join in on the discussions.  The Experience Project is funded in part by the John Templeton Foundation.


Student Academic Success and Inspiring Excellence (SASIE): Promoting Success in High School and Readiness for Higher Education


Principal Investigator: Kathleen Ruthkosky, Ph.D., Program Director; Tammy Brown, Ph.D, and Jane Helman, Program Coordinators
Sponsor: William G. McGowan Charitable Fund
Department: Education
College: Reap College of Education and Human Development

The William G. McGowan Charitable Fund  has awarded $320,869 to Marywood University's Student Academic Success and Inspiring Excellence (SASIE) program for year two of a three-year program designed to provide opportunities for selected groups of high school students to enhance their success at the secondary school level and to increase their awareness and academic readiness to pursue higher education as an academic goal. The grant was used in part to create a new Learning Instructional Lab that includes a climate controlled environment, housing for 24 new computer learning stations, instructional station, projection screen, and speakers.


Students on Campus Achieving Success (SOAR)


Principal Investigator: Dr. Patricia Arter, Associate Professor
Sponsor: US Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Education
Department: Special Education
College: Reap College of Education and Human Development

SOAR (Students On-Campus Achieving Results) Founded by Marywood University and the Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit (NEIU) in 2008, SOAR is the first program of its kind that provides an age-appropriate environment in which high-school age students with Autism Spectrum Disorder can prepare for competitive employment and learn to live independently.