Two Doctoral Degrees to be Awarded at ESU’s Spring Commencement

Posted by: admin on May 8, 2014, 2 Comments

Two doctoral degrees in administration and leadership studies will be awarded during spring commencement exercises at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania on Friday, May 9, at 7 p.m. in Koehler Fieldhouse.

Mrs. Susan N. Gravle Werkheiser worked as an educator for the past 26 years. Last July, she pursued other interests in the area of education, particularly that of educational law when she sought a paralegal studies degree from Boston University, which she earned last December. Currently, she is an independent parent advocate who writes several blogs. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on the topic, “An Exploration of the Effects of a Literature-Based Social Emotional Learning Curriculum on the Kindergarten Classes in a Large K-5 Elementary School.” She earned her Bachelor of Science from ESU in 1985 and a Master of Education from East Stroudsburg University in 1997.

Mrs. Kathleen Sottile has served as principal of Floral Park Memorial High School in Floral Park, N.Y., for the past nine years. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on the topic, “Exploring the Relationship Between Accomplished Teaching Through National Board Certification for Teachers and Teacher Leadership in New York State.” She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Marywood University in 1989 and her Master of Arts from Marywood University in 2001.

About the Doctoral Program in Education Administration and Leadership
The Professional and Secondary Education Department at ESU developed the idea for the collaborative doctoral degree program with Indiana University in 1999. The collaborative delivery program provides accessibility to the program for students who live in proximity to East Stroudsburg and northeast Pennsylvania.

The three-year academic package is designed to provide continuous skill development in leadership, writing, reading and research. The program is intended for leaders in education wishing to further their knowledge, skills and expertise in the area of educational leadership.

For more information about the doctoral program, including applying for admission/acceptance, contact Kevin Quintero, graduate admissions coordinator at 570-422-3890 or or Doug Lare, Ed.D., professor of professional and secondary education, at or 570-422-3374.

2 Responses to “Two Doctoral Degrees to be Awarded at ESU’s Spring Commencement”

Jo Greenawalt

Posted May 9, 2014 at 10:07 AM

So proud of the two of you! Persistence and resilience define your efforts. Congratulations.