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Marion W. Roydhouse


Emerita Dean of Liberal Arts and Professor of History                                          101 Linwood Ave                                                   

Founding Director, Center for Teaching and Nexus Learning                    Ardmore PA 19003                                                 

Thomas Jefferson University                                                     


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Management Development Program,

Harvard Institutes for Higher Education,                                                                                              2001                                                                                    

Ph. D. in History, Duke University, North Carolina.                                                                              1980                                                                          

Diploma of Teaching. Christchurch Teachers' College,

Christchurch, New Zealand,                                                                                                                      1972                                                                                                                 

M.A.  First Class Honors in American Studies

                  University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand,                                                       1971

B.A.  Double Major in History and American Studies.

                  University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand,                                                       1970



Fulbright-Hays Program (New Zealand-United States Educational Foundation),

 Research and Travel Grant,   1975/76                                                                                                                                      

James B. Duke Commonwealth Fellowship, Duke University.

One of three Fellows selected from the British Commonwealth.  First woman to hold this fellowship.  1972=1975                                                                                                                                               



Director, Center for Teaching Innovation and Nexus Learning

Special Advisor to the Provost. Philadelphia University                                                                      2011-2016

Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs, Philadelphia University                                               2009

Dean, School of Liberal Arts, Philadelphia University

(formerly Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science),                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       1998-2011

Professor of History, School of Liberal Arts, Philadelphia University,                                              2004-2017

Associate Professor of History, Philadelphia University                                                                      1989-2004

Assistant Professor of History, Philadelphia University                                                                       1984-1989

Director, College Studies Program. Philadelphia University                                                                1991-1995

Adjunct Lecturer, Graduate Program. Department of History, Villanova University,                         1995, 1996.

Adjunct Lecturer, Department of History, University of Pennsylvania,                                           1992/93 

Visiting Lecturer, Department of American Civilization, University of Pennsylvania,                    1986/87

On leave from Philadelphia University.

Earlier teaching positions held at Rutgers University-Camden, University of Delaware and St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia.



Votes for Women! The American Woman Suffrage Movement and the Nineteenth Amendment. Series edited by Randall Miller (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2020).  

Women of Industry and Reform: Shaping the History of Pennsylvania, 1865-1940

Pennsylvania History Studies Series, University Park, PA.  Pennsylvania Historical Association, 2006. 

“Gladys Boone (1895-1982) economist and labor specialist," in Dictionary of Virginia   Biography, Vol. 2. Edited by Sara B. Bearss et al. Richmond, VA: Library of Virginia, 2001.

"Bridging Chasms: Community and the Southern YWCA” in Visible Women: New Essays in American Activism, edited by Nancy Hewitt and Suzanne Lebsock, dedicated to Anne Firor Scott, University of Illinois Press, 1993: 270-295.

"What is Ethnicity? A New Zealander Discovers Herself in America."  Guest Editorial, Newsletter of the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, Fall, 1988.

"Big Enough to Tell the Weeds from the Beans: The Impact of Industrial Life on Women in the South," in The South Is Another Land, edited by Bruce Clayton and John Salmond, Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1987: 85-106.

"Partners in Progress: The Affiliated Schools for Women Workers," in Sisterhood and Solidarity: Education Programs for Women Workers, edited by Joyce Kornbluh and Mary Frederickson.  Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1985: 187-221.

"Lorraine Hansberry," entry in the Dictionary of the Black Theater, Allen L. Woll, ed. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1983: 212-4.

"Maria Martin," biographical entry in the Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, published for the Center for the Study of Southern Culture by the University of North Carolina Press, 1989.

"Black Slave Mammies," article in the Dictionary of Afro-American Slavery, Randall Miller and John David Smith, eds., Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1989.

Reviews of works in southern history, history of reform and women's history. Manuscript evaluation for book and journal publications.



Joint Editor, with Emma Lapsansky-Werner. Special Edition on Women and Politics, Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Forthcoming, 2020. 





Advisory Board, successful Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) $500,00 grant to PASCAL consortium, Pennsylvania.                                                                                                      2018

Past President, Pennsylvania Historical Association.                                                    2010-2011

President, Pennsylvania Historical Association                                                              2009-2010

Vice-President, Pennsylvania Historical Association.                                                    2007-2008

Member, Southern Association for Women Historians’ Mentoring Committee.    2007

Member, Local Arrangements Committee, American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, January 4-8, 2006.  Wrote Annual Meeting Supplement: Emma Lapsansky & Marion Roydhouse, “Philadelphia’s Public Spaces: Shared, Contested, Celebrated,” and Marion Roydhouse, “Meals Worth Walking For: Philadelphia Restaurants.”

Member, Ad Hoc Mentoring Committee, Southern Association of Women Historians. 2006.

Member, Pennsylvania Historical Association Council, 1998 to 2004.

  Member, Julia Cherry Spruill Prize Committee, Southern Association for Women Historians.  Summer 2002.

Chair, Committee for Women and Minorities, Pennsylvania Historical Association, 2000 to 2003

Editorial Advisory Board, Greenwood Press series, "Major Issues in American History." 1998-1990

Chair, Philip Klein Prize Committee, Pennsylvania Historical Association                              1998/99. 

Dissertation Committee, Rachel Batch, “Finding Stability in a Company Town: A Community Study of Slickville, Pennsylvania, 1916-1943.”  American Civilization Program, Graduate Division of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania.                                             1999

Member, Philip Klein Prize Committee, Pennsylvania Historical Association, 1997/98.  Prize for best article in Pennsylvania History journal.

Dissertation Committee/ Advisor, Regina Bannan, “Management by Women: The First Twenty-Five Years of the YWCA National Board, 1906-1931.” American Civilization Program, Graduate Division of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania.                     1990-1994

Examiner.   M.A. comprehensive exam committee for Diane Dykema. Villanova University 1998

Member, Balch Institute Press, Editorial Board, 1986-1990.

Member, Academic Advisory Board, Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies                                    1985- 1994. Secretary 1990-1992.




Speaker, Panel on “In Her Own Right:”

Keynote Speech, “Doubling the Electorate: Women, Men and Political Power,” Pennsylvania Historical Association Annual Conference, October 16, 2020.


Panel: “Researching and Writing Women’s History,” Pennsylvania Historical Association Annual Conference, October 16, 2020.



 Paper, “Probably because he thought I was just a fool, he agreed to let us try”: Pennsylvania Suffragists Versus the Penrose Machine.  Pennsylvania Historical Association, Indiana, PA, October 17-19, 2019.

Commentator, Panel, “Women’s Lives.” Pennsylvania Historical Association, Lancaster, PA, October 11-13, 2018.

Chair, Panel “Good Eats: Women and Food in Twentieth Century Pennsylvania.” Pennsylvania Historical Association, Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA, October 8-11, 2015.

Chair, Panel “Contesting Authority in Pennsylvania, 1750-1865.” Pennsylvania Historical Association, Philadelphia, November 6-8, 2014.

Chair and Commentator, Panel, “New Perspectives in Gender and Women’s History.” Pennsylvania Historical Association, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove PA, October 14-16, 2010. 

Invited Speaker, “Philadelphia-Area Women in the Twentieth Century: What Do We Know, and What Do We Need to Know?”  Panel for the Greater Philadelphia Encyclopedia Project, partly sponsored by Philadelphia University, and the Pennsylvania Historical Association. Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, April 1, 2010

Speaker: “The Social Life of Ravenhill Mansion: 1802-2009.”  For East Falls Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.   April 1, 2010.

Speaker: “Innovation: Women Breaking Boundaries, Removing Barriers?”  Workshop for National History Day Summer Institute, “A Place of Innovation: Philadelphia, America’s First Great City.”  Philadelphia PA.     July 15, 2009.

Commentator.  “The Politics of Race in Women’s Interracial Organizations.”  Eighth Southern Conference on Women’s History, Columbia, SC.    June 4-6, 2009.

Speaker: “Women of Industry and Reform: Shaping the History of Pennsylvania, 1865-1940.”  One of series “Bringing New to a Public Audience,” Pennsylvania Federation of Museums and Historical Organizations, The Pennsylvania Historical Association, and the Mid-Atlantic American Studies Association, at Pennsylvania State Museum.  March 29, 2009.

Talk, “Women of Industry and Reform: Shaping the History of Pennsylvania, 1865-1940,” Hosted by Friends of Bryn Mawr Library, Bryn Mawr College, PA.  March 21, 2007

Panel “What Do Our Students Know about Pennsylvania History?” Committee for Women and Minorities.  Pennsylvania Historical Association Annual Meeting, Millersville University, October 2002.

 Chair, “Mental Health Care in Nineteenth Century Pennsylvania Institutions.” Pennsylvania Historical Association Annual Meeting, Millersville University, October 19, 2002.

Paper. “Our Responsibilities are Especially for Women: Gertrude Weil and Protective Labor Legislation”. Paper requested for collections of Jewish Women’s Archive, Brookline MA April 2001.  Also filed in the North Carolina Museum of History.

Panel Member: “Attitudes toward Women Faculty,” Committee for Women and Minorities, Pennsylvania Historical Association, Johnstown, PA.  October 2001.

Invited Speaker. “A New Zealander Abroad.” Seminar for Women’s Studies Department, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand.  August 2 ,2001.

Keynote speaker, “A New Zealander Abroad: Unexpected Journeys and Women’s History in Unexpected Places,” Eleventh Annual Elizabeth Cady Stanton Research Award Conference, Villanova University, March 16, 2000.

Chair and Commentator, "Heading for the Hills: Workers and Leisure in Twentieth Century Pennsylvania," Pennsylvania Historical Association, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, October 1998.

Speaker. Introduction to Lorraine Hansberry's "Raisin in the Sun."  Film series, Rutgers University, Camden.  April 8, 1998.

Chair and Commentator, “Making a Statement: A Discussion on the Social and Cultural Implications of Clothing," Panel, 10th Berkshire Conference on Women's History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, June 1996. 

Chair and Commentator, "Art and Architecture in Pennsylvania," Pennsylvania Historical Association, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, October 1995.

 Speaker. "Writing Women into Pennsylvania History: some research problems," History Workshop in Technology, Society and Culture, University of Delaware, November 1994.

Commentator, '"The Useful and the Beautiful": Philadelphia's Business Aristocracy and the School of Design for Women.' Hagley Research Seminar, Hagley Museum, October 1993.

Lecture. “Women and Slavery,” for M.A. students in public history program, Rutgers University, Camden. April 1993.

Commentator, "Childcare, Sport and Religion in Twentieth Century Pittsburgh," Pennsylvania Historical Association, Pittsburgh, October 1991.

Chair and Commentator, "Philanthropy and Public Relief," Second Southern Conference on Women's History, Chapel Hill, N.C., June 1991.

Chair, "Women and Reform in Progressive Era Pennsylvania, " Pennsylvania Historical Association, Dickinson College, Carlisle, October 1990.

Public Lecture, "William Penn's Vision and Ben Franklin's Reality," Atwater Kent Museum, May 1990. One of a public lecture series on the history of Philadelphia.

Paper Presenter, “The Enduring South: Placing Gender at the Center of the Southern Experience,” delivered at the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Douglass College, June 1990.

Paper, “The Enduring South: Placing Gender at the Center of the Southern Experience,” delivered at the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Douglass College, June, 1990.

Speaker, “The Roots of Feminism and Connections with the Abolitionist Movement," Community College of Philadelphia.  NEH funded Institute for integrating historical texts into writing courses.  June 1988 and June 1989.

Chair, “The Y.W.C.A. and Race Relations,"  panel, American Studies Association, Miami, November, 1988.

Invited Speaker. "One Woman's Experience Down Under: Women's History in Australia and New Zealand." Department of History, Temple University, March 1988.

Paper, "Strike! The Reaction of Women's Groups to the Textile Strikes of 1929 in North Carolina."  Southern Historical Association, New Orleans. November 1987.

Chair and Commentator, "Australian Feminism at the Turn of the 20th Century,” panel at the Seventh Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Wellesley College, Mass., June 1987.

Workshop leader, "Women and the Teaching of History, “ Professional Day for Teachers, Organization of American Historians, Philadelphia, April, 1987.

Keynote Address, "Women in Industrial Pennsylvania," delivered to the First Conference on the History of Pennsylvania Women, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, Harrisburg State Museum, March 1987.

Paper, "Labor and the Y.W.C.A. in the South, " delivered at the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Smith College, Mass., June 1984.

Paper, “ ' Our Responsibilities are for Women,': Gertrude Weil and Labor Reform," delivered at symposium on the Legacy of Gertrude Weil, Weil Lectures, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C. March, 1984.

Paper, "Labor's Kinship: The Industrial Department of the Y.W.C.A. in North Carolina," delivered at the American Studies Association, Philadelphia, PA, November 1983.

Paper, “Women and Political Power in the South," delivered at the National Women's Studies Conference, University of Indiana, Bloomington,  May, 1980.

Panel-workshop organizer, "Working Women in the South," Southern Labor History Conference, Atlanta, GA, May 1980.



AAC&U and Carnegie Foundation Grant – Integrative Learning. “Integrative Learning Project: Opportunities to Connect.” Wrote grant, member of team for three-year grant project. Extremely competitive national award. 2003-2006.

Co-Director, FIPSE (Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education) Grant. 1992/95

Co-Director, NEH grant for pilot program to integrate writing instruction in content areas. Wrote proposal, organized and led faculty development for freshmen common course “If All the World Were Philadelphia,": The City and the American Experience. 1988 – 1990.

Director, Summer Institute for Public School Teachers.  NEH funded institute for PATHS (Philadelphia Alliance for Teaching Humanities in the Schools) at the Atwater Kent Museum.  Entitled "A New View of Philadelphia: Family and Community." One of six Philadelphia institutes, 1989. 




Plenary Speaker, AAC&U, Conference on Integrative Learning: Addressing the Complexities.  Atlanta, GA. Oct 23,2009

“The AAC&U and Carnegie Foundation Integrative Learning Project: Charting and Sustaining Progress.”

Presenter, Roundtable: “Making Assessment Pragmatic and Practical: Strategies for General Education with Limited Resources.  AAC&U Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD.  Feb 26-28. 2009

Consultant and Organizer with Thomas Schrand.  Workshop on “Liberal Learning and Professional Preparation,”  Summer Bush Faculty Development Mini-Grant Workshop, University of Mary, Bismarck, ND.  July-August, 2007

Presenter: “Inquiry, Innovation, and Integration: Building a Culture of Evidence Around Integrative Teaching and Learning.”  International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Washington, DC.     Nov 10, 2006

Chair and Presenter: “From Integrative Structures to Integrative Learning in the First Year Experience,” Integrative Learning: Creating Opportunities to Connect.  AAC&U Conference, Denver, October 20-22, 2005.

Presenter: “Integrating Student Learning and Pedagogies Across the Professional Studies/General Education Divide: Re-Engineering A Liberal Education Capstone Course.” International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Commitment, Community and Collaboration, Vancouver, Canada, October 16, 2005.  

Workshop Leader, “Crossing Boundaries: Globalisation, Integrative Learning and Connecting Liberal Education with Professional Studies.”  Third International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, Cambridge, United Kingdom, August 2-5, 2005. 

Invited Participant, AAHE Research Forum: creating research agenda for AAHE and higher education, National Conference on Higher Education, AAHE,  Atlanta, March 17, 2005. 

Presenter, “A Small University Information Literacy Model: The Role of Assessment in Moving from Pilot to Campus-Wide Implementation,” AAHE Conference on Assessment. Boston, June 23, 2002.

Invited Speaker, “The Glass Ceiling? Women in Higher Education,” Seminar for AAUW chapter, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand.   August 1,2001.

Outside Evaluator, Social Studies Curriculum, Jenkintown School District, Pennsylvania. Meetings with faculty and school visits undertaken between June 1999 and June 2000.  Report to School Board June 13, 2000.

Faculty Consultant, Advanced Placement Reading.  ETS Advanced Placement in American History Exams, Trinity University, San Antonio, 2000,1998,1997, 1995.

Presenter: “What Should be Integrated?: The Solutions at Philadelphia University.” Panel entitled, “Ways of Integrating Liberal and Professional Studies and Assessing Student Outcomes: Three Case Studies.” Integrating Liberal and Professional Studies: From Aspiration to Improved Practice, conference sponsored by the AACU with ANAC: Network for Academic Renewal. Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington. April 6-8, 2000. 

Faculty Consultant. CLEP Standard Setting Panel for U.S. History. Educational Testing Services, Princeton, N.J.  April 29-May 2, 1999.

Consultant, Cross-cultural seminars for international clients - International Professional Relations, Inc., August 1998 to 2000.

Participant, Roundtable on Teaching in Honors Programs, NCHC annual conference, Atlanta,        October, 1997.

Consultant, Cross-cultural seminars on Australia and New Zealand. International Professional Relations, Inc., January 1996 to 2000.  Conducted sessions for executives taking up positions in the South Pacific in pharmaceutical industry.

Chair, Test Development Committee for American History and Social Studies Achievement Tests, (SAT II),   Educational Testing Service for the College Board, 1993 -1996.

Presenter, “New Directions in the Instruction and Assessment of Skills and Abilities in American History and Social Studies.” National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference, Chicago, November 1995.

Chair, Test Development Committee for American History and Social Studies Achievement Tests, (SAT II),   Educational Testing Service for the College Board, 1993 -1996.

Faculty Representative, National Colloquium “In Praise of Faculty Citizenship," National Conference on Higher Education, American Association for Higher Education, Chicago, March 1994.

Presenter, “The Hole in the Doughnut: General Education in the Professional Curriculum," panel at the American Association of Higher Education National Conference on Higher Education, Washington, D.C., March, 1995.

Panelist. “Higher Education as Direct Professional Preparation?  Annual FIPSE Grant Holders Meeting, Washington, D.C. October 1994.

Consultant, “Uncovering Hidden Pasts” Proposal for NEH, by PATHS/PRISM. Philadelphia Consortium (public schools’ curriculum) September 1994.

Evaluator, The Philadelphia-Pittsburgh Teachers Partnership, "Discovering America: The Peopling of Pennsylvania," Summer Institute.  Held at the Balch Institute and funded by the Annenberg Foundation. 1993.

Member, Test Development Committee for American History and Social Studies Achievement Tests (now SAT II), Educational Testing Service for the College Board, 1992.

Presenter, “Kensington and Local History in the Classroom,” Willard Elementary School, Symposium sponsored by Philadelphia Alliance for Teaching Humanities in the Schools (PATHS)/PRISM.  February 2, 1990.

Consultant, 1986-1990 for continuing PATHS projects.  Visited several public schools for consultation on teaching the history of Philadelphia. Gave keynote lectures, acted as moderator, lecturer and consultant for several projects connected with PATHS/Prism and the improvement of teaching in the Philadelphia public schools.

Faculty Consultant, 1984/86. PATHS (Philadelphia Alliance for Teaching Humanities in the Schools) Writing Across the Curriculum Project. West Philadelphia.

Other workshops, lectures and local history consulting.

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