The Foundation for Inspiration

The academic deans at Gannon find that it is without doubt that each student is offered some of the same possibilities no matter what major they study. But it is also uncontested that each college within the University offers something unlike the others to those enrolled in it.

Every Gannon student is part of a greater Gannon community. “Gannon is truly a community. The principles of Catholic Social Teaching resonate in the team approach to learning and working together,” said Steven Mauro, Ph.D., dean of the Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences.

Every student experiences holistic learning because of Gannon’s friendly campus size. “As a smaller institution, we have the opportunity to know one another even when we are in different disciplines or divisions," said Linda Fleming, Ph.D., dean of the College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. "That creates opportunity for cross-disciplinary collaboration that isn’t typically seen in larger institutions, and it is this kind of interaction that brings the University's Mission to life.”

Every student is given the resources and developmental training to become a socially responsible citizen grounded in a strong Catholic Identity.

“As a Catholic institution there is a solid foundation for the nature of the University. As students take on their future jobs they will consider the moral and ethical implications of their actions,” said William L. (W.L.) Scheller, II, Ph.D., dean of the College of Engineering and Business.     

The commitment of the faculty and staff to providing students with educational, professional and life experience that will make them successful in their careers is what makes each of the three colleges equal in possibilities, but unique in what those possibilities may be.

The Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences offers much of the same teamwork that is practiced in health and medical fields today. Mauro, explains that this is taken a step further through diversified educational offerings that increase learning opportunities to a larger student population.

“This type of knowledge extends beyond what can be learned in a book, and provides the foundation for success in whatever endeavor is undertaken by graduates,” said Mauro.

In the College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences students engage in active learning outside the typical lecture-style instruction, and oftentimes physically outside in the Erie community. Courses infused with global learning provide a deeper understanding of worldwide challenges, which Fleming sees progressing successfully into the future.

“Courses with global topics will be the norm, and there will be continued cross-disciplinary activities and events to engage students and faculty and continue educational opportunities outside the classroom, which will provide an intellectual vitality to the University.”

Students in the College of Engineering and Business are immersed in diverse teamwork, mirroring the practices of today’s business and engineering worlds. Different religions, ethnicities, genders, ages and professional experiences are brought together to solve challenges relevant in our community.

“I want to see Engineering and Business collaborate with the Erie Technology Incubator and Small Business Development Center to support new and expanding business ventures in the region, and to launch some of our own faculty and student businesses,” said Scheller.

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