Mercyhurst University

Leanne Roberts, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Department Chair, Education Department Associate Dean, Hafenmaier School of Education and Behavioral Sciences

U-300 Hirt

(814) 824-2448

Dr. Roberts is the Department Chair of the Education Department and the Associate Dean of the School of Education and Behavioral Sciences.  Dr. Roberts began teaching at Mercyhurst University in 2001, and is now a tenured associate professor in the Hafenmaier School of Education and Behavioral Sciences. 


The University of Akron:  Ph.D Education - 2005

Edinboro University: M.Ed Education – Reading Specialist - 1994

Edinboro University,  BA Elementary Education - 1989

Dr. Roberts received her bachelor of science degree in Elementary Education from Edinboro University and her Ph.D. in Education with a concentration in Communication Studies from the University of Akron.  Dr. Roberts has two decades of experience in education starting in 1989 as an elementary school teacher.   After beginning her doctoral studies, Dr. Roberts entered the field of corporate education working with clients including Lucent Technologies, Motorola, Quest Diagnostics, and Veteran’s Affairs Medical Centers. Dr. Roberts regularly presents at professional conferences, mostly in the areas of technology integrated instruction and afterschool programming.  Dr. Roberts served three years as a Project Director for the 1.2 million dollar Links to the Future Grant bringing significant instructional uses of technology to faculty through a mentoring program. Most recently, Dr. Roberts was awarded at 1.5 million dollar 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant and started the Carpe Diem Academy, a K-2 extended learning day program for inner city children. involved the Aesthetic Education Grant receiving training at  the Lincoln Institute in New York City and building a program involving refugee girls from Burundi to work with preservice teachers and local school children  Dr. Roberts has also built a 38th Street Connection program with four partner public schools supporting preservice teacher development. Dr. Roberts has served extensively on college wide committees including sitting for four three terms on the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate, and was name the Hafenmaier School of Education Teaching Fellow for three years.


Courses Taught:

EDEC 201 – Reading Methods

EDEC 401 – Integrated Methods