Dean's Office


Under the leadership of the Dean, this office strives to meet the needs of individual departments and programs; promote excellence across the Panuska College of Professional Studies as a whole; and represent the priorities of the College of Professional Studies to the larger university community and to such external constituencies as parents, alumni, grant-funding agencies, and the Leahy Community Health and Family Center.

Victoria Hammer Castellanos, PhD, RD, is the Dean of the Panuska College of Professional Studies (PCPS) at the University of Scranton. The office has one associate dean and two assistant deans responsible for day-to-day management of the graduate and undergraduate programs.

Before becoming the Dean, she served as the Associate Dean of PCPS for 10 years.  Prior to joining the University of Scranton, Dr. Castellanos was Associate Dean of the University Graduate School and Associate Professor of Nutrition at Florida International University in Miami. Dr. Castellanos earned BS from Montana State University, MS and PhD in Nutrition from the University of California at Davis and completed an NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Pennsylvania State University. She has had numerous publications and grants in the area of nutrition care for frail older adults and served as the Director of the Long Term Care Institute in the National Resource Center on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Aging at Florida International University.

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