Advisory Committee

Michael Allison, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair of Political Science Dept

Mike Allison is associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science where he also directs the University’s Education for Justice program. He grew up in Rockaway Beach, New York and attended the Jesuit-run Regis High School in New York City. He graduated with a BA (1996) in Politics and minors in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Peace Justice Studies from Fairfield University in Connecticut. He received his Masters (2001) and Doctorate (2006) in Political Science from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. 

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David Dzurec, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair of the History Dept

David Dzurec received his Ph.D from The Ohio State University in 2008. He earned his MA in History at the University of Connecticut and received his BA in History from Fairfield University.  His current research explores the impact of captivity on the politics of the Early American Republic (you can find a link to his cv here).  He also serves as the faculty mentor to the cross-country team.

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Catherine P. Lovecchio, Ph.D. MSN, BSN, Associate Professor of Nursing

Since 1990, Dr. Lovecchio has been educating nursing students in various programs including diploma, associate, baccalaureate and master’s degree.  Her vast teaching experiences have allowed her to fully understand the multitude of learning styles of students in order to adapt her pedagogical teaching strategies in the classroom and clinical setting.  Dr. Lovecchio arrived at the University of Scranton in 2004 after serving as Director of the Center for Health and Wellness Education at Villanova University.  In her former position, she continued to refine her use of multivariate teaching strategies to instruct college students who participated in risky behaviors such as high risk drinking, illicit drug use and unsafe intimacy practices.  As a professional nurse, Dr. Lovecchio attempted to educate students about serious health risks while providing engaging learning activities to increase their level of understanding regarding the issues.

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Rose Sebastianelli, Ph.D., Associate Professor Operations & Informations Management

The daughter of Italian immigrants, Dr. Rose Sebastianelli, Ph.D., professor of operations & information management, believes her accomplishments today are a result of lessons learned from her parents.

The elder Sebastianellis emphasized the importance of education to their daughter, explaining that academics would lead her down the path of success. Their encouragement eventually led Dr. Sebastianelli to earn her doctoral degree from Pennsylvania State University. 

“They realized the power of education to transform lives,” Dr. Sebastianelli says of her parents.

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Teresa Grettano, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Dept of English & Theatre

Teresa Grettano, Ph.D. candidate, was named instructor, English. Grettano, who grew up in Massapequa Park, Long Island, served as a visiting instructor at The University of Tampa for the past three years.  She earned a bachelor's and master's degree in English Literature from The University of South Alabama, Mobile, Ala. and her Ph.D. in English Studies with a concentration in Rhetoric and Composition from Illinois State University. 
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