Faculty field advisor, associate professor of sociology and social work
Dr. Laura's research and scholarship have largely been in the area of poverty, but she has presented on a variety of other topics such as spirituality, the use of simulations to inspire social change, and the use of case studies. She is co-authoring a case study book on Urban Issues for Pearson Publishing Company.
Dr. Laura Lewis, Professor of Sociology and Social Work, earned her Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the University of Pittsburgh. She joined the Mercyhurst faculty in 1998. Currently, she teaches HBSEII, Social Welfare Analysis, Social Welfare Policy and Procedures and Senior Seminar, along with serving as field work coordinator.
Since 2008 Dr. Lewis has been involved with a community-wide initiative, which she has helped spearhead. The initiative, Erie Together, serves as a catalyst for fostering system alignment to address poverty and improve the community. She has also served on boards and work groups for a number of organizations, such as the Erie Community Foundation and Mercy Center for Women. A native of Washington state, Dr. Lewis spends time there each summer, visiting with family (including two adult children) and enjoying the outdoors.
2001 Social Worker of the Year Award for Northwest Pennsylvania
2006 Mercy Center for Women, Women Making History Award
2010 Mercyhurst University Teaching Excellence Award