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Graduate School Team

Graduate School Office St. Ignatius Hall Suite 126 216-397-4284

Rebecca Drenovsky, Ph.D. Dean of Graduate Studies 216-397-4451

Jean Feerick, Ph.D. Interim Associate Dean of the Graduate School 216-397-4778

Colleen K. Sommerfeld, '91 Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies 216-397-4902

Marcelyn Saxton, Ph.D. Graduate Student Experience Advisor 216-397-4204

Maura Dooley Graduate Enrollment Coordinator, Counseling 216-397-4598

Katherine O'Donnell Coordinator of Communications and Recruitment 216-397-1925

Michael FitzGerald Graduate Assistant 216-397-4186


Faculty Excellence

Our exceptional professors have earned the most advanced degrees in their respective fields and are renowned for excellence in teaching, research, and practice. 97% of JCU full-time faculty hold doctoral degrees or the terminal degree in their fields. 

Our faculty and staff are invested in your success. Across campus, from academic program directors to individual faculty members to staff at our Center for Career Services, we work with you to find a pathway to meaningful employment.

Our faculty members are devoted to your professional development as part of the learning process. From day one, you’ll receive one-on-one mentorship from caring professors who’ll help plan your program to meet your schedule and individual interests, help prepare you to excel in your future job—and help ensure you graduate on time.

Social Justice Mission

Dedicated to knowledge in the service of others John Carroll’s Jesuit mission—which includes welcoming students, faculty, and staff from all faiths—emphasizes cura personalis, or care for the entire person. We educate the whole person with a commitment to the dignity and value of each individual. Many of our courses include reflective components that help students more deeply discern their unique gifts, interests, goals, and professional callings.

A focus on service and social justice is key to our Jesuit ethos and permeates everything we do in the classroom, across campus, and in the community. Our graduate students choose John Carroll because they want to prepare for consequential work that uses their new knowledge to effect positive change. From curricula to clinical experiences to volunteer opportunities, a JCU graduate education is geared toward building a more just world and making a significant difference in the lives of society’s most vulnerable.

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