Gannon University Names Ewing Dean of Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences

Posted: December 7, 2017

Sarah J. Ewing, Ph.D., has been named Dean of the Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences at Gannon University, effective immediately. Ewing had served as the College's interim dean since January 2017.

Vice President of Academic Affairs Walter Iwanenko, Jr., Ph.D., praised Ewing as an educator and leader with vision and drive.

"The Dean of Morosky is a huge challenge and she's done a great job of stepping up to that challenge," Iwanenko said.

Gannon University surveyed Morosky College faculty as part of the selection process. Faculty response to Ewing's appointment was "overwhelmingly positive," Iwanenko said.

"Given her performance and given the faculty support, we made the decision to go forward in making (Ewing) permanent dean rather than do a national search," he said.

Ewing is responsible for leading the Morosky College, including program assessment and development. In terms of enrollment and number of faculty, the College is the largest of Gannon University's three academic colleges, which also include the College of Engineering and Business and the College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.

"The Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences is comprised of high quality, challenging academic programs offered by dedicated faculty and staff to students eager to carry the torch of serving their communities and disciplines into the future," Ewing said. "I am honored and humbled to be recommended by my colleagues to continue to lead our college over the next several years."

Ewing joined Gannon University in 2009 as assistant professor of biology and director of pre-health professional programs. She was named chair of the Department of Biology in 2013 and associate professor in 2015. In July of that year she was named associate dean of the Morosky College.

Ewing earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, where she was a University Schreyer Scholar and received the Excellence in Biology Award. She holds a Ph.D. in comparative biomedical sciences - cell biology from North Carolina State University, Raleigh.

Ewing's many accolades include the Council of Undergraduate Research Biology Division's Early Career Undergraduate Mentoring Award in 2013, in recognition of her research and student mentorship. Gannon University honored her with the Undergraduate Faculty Research Award and Bishop Persico "Veritas in Caritate" Award that same year.

Ewing is a member of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science, the Council of Undergraduate Research, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Northwest PA Chapter of Sigma XI - The Scientific Research Society. She serves her community as a member of the boards of Hooked on Books for Kids and as a member of the United Way of Erie County's Young Leaders Society.