Welcome From The Dean

Welcome to Millersville University’s Spring 2022 edition of MUsings: The Graduate Journal. We are emerging from our second year of the global pandemic, witnessing widespread, rapid, and deep changes in our university and society. Students have made remarkable transformations during this stressful time, shifting modalities of learning, deeply considering the structure and meaning of their lives, balancing a growing weight of responsibility as they walk the tightrope of graduate studies.

I am very proud of the accomplishments of Millersville University graduate students.

When Covid-19 first began to disrupt our lives in March 2020, few could predict that the pandemic would stretch into a third year. For many students, this has meant that most if not all of their graduate education was conducted remotely and under what we can humbly define as less-than-ideal circumstances.

As the contributions to this issue of MUsings clearly demonstrate, our graduate students have risen to the challenges presented by the Covid pandemic—indeed they have thrived in their scholarly and creative lives. In the best of times, successful graduate study requires perseverance, dedication, deep thought, and concentrated effort. Each of the pieces published demonstrates that even during these difficult times, Millersville’s graduate students are succeeding at the highest level. Although we may not have fully emerged from the pandemic’s darkness, the shining lights produced by our graduate students provide great hope for our post-pandemic future.

My hearty congratulations to each of our contributors for their remarkable work, and my deep gratitude to our outstanding graduate faculty for their tireless support of our students in the College of Graduate Studies and Adult Learning. Our university is indeed fortunate to have you all as part of our scholarly community.


James A. Delle
Dean, College of Graduate Studies and Adult Learning
Associate Provost for Academic Administration