“I moved to Scranton nearly two years ago to join the Communication Sciences and Disorders department as an assistant professor. Having completed my undergraduate and graduate degrees at large universities, Marywood’s size was quite a change for me! That being said, I love the community atmosphere of campus and having the opportunity to really get to know my students. I enjoy participating in activities that bring together students and faculty outside of the classroom. We can all learn so much from one another.”
Douglas Lawrence is a faculty member of Marywood University, where he is a former Chair of the Communication Arts Department. He also serves as the Program Director of the Health Communication Program. His latest Documentary, “Sacred Rituals” was presented the prestigious Jimmy Stewart Award. Lawrence is the author of five books published by Putnam, Perigee and Walden Books. He has produced a film for the Department of Education, and continues to present communication workshops and seminars. He presented the keynote address for the World Health Organizations, World Health Day. Lawrence produced, directed and wrote the music for the Play Narrative: George, The Pullman Porter. He was morning news producer for CBS affiliate WYOU TV and has numerous other productions to date. In addition, he co-composed the alma mater for Holy Cross High School. He did vast research in the Peoples Republic of China, working in a teaching hospital and studying at the Nanjing Medical University to complete his dissertation. His current research includes investigation into patient/physician relationships centered on communication issues. As an avid hiker, he believes in the connection of art, self-awareness, and joy as a connection to progress on our planet.
A classically trained artist, Pamela M. Parsons studied oil painting at Boston University, and Indiana University in Bloomington, where she earned an MFA in Painting. As a graduate student, she studied art successive summers in Florence, Italy. In 1990, Ms. Parsons was hired as a full time graduate faculty member of Marywood University. An Associate Professor, she now teaches all levels of painting and drawing.
In the summer months, she travels to Maine where she has established an artist’s studio and seasonal art gallery in the mid-coast region. Ms. Parsons currently maintains a home and studio in Dalton, Pennsylvania.
Pam has her latest artwork, “CLIPPED, RIPPED and REASSEMBLED” in the Suraci Gallery until May 8th.
Laurie began teaching in Marywood’s English Department in 2005 and has spent a lot of time talking and laughing and reading and writing ever since. She will be moving on in fall 2016 to teach at another university, but Marywood will always hold a special place in her (bold!) heart.
Laurie loves the English Department’s motto: “Read on. Write on. Because words have power.”