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Sr. Patricia Helene Earl,I.H.M., Ph.D.
Director, Catholic School Leadership Program; Professor of Education
Contact Information

Rowley G115
(703) 284-1517

Academic Credentials

B.A., Dunbarton College of Holy Cross
M.A., Villanova University
Ph.D., George Mason University
Other study: Immaculata University, St. Charles Seminary
Teaching Areas:
  • Administration of Catholic Schools
  • Issues in Catholic Education
Research Interests:
  • Faith Formation of the laity in Catholic schools
  • Character Education and Developing Virtue Programs in the schools
  • Catholic school leadership topics
  • Teacher spirituality
Sister Patricia is a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Immaculata, PA. Prior to coming to Marymount, Sister taught in elementary and secondary Catholic schools, served as principal of Marymount Junior School, and was assistant superintendent of schools for the Arlington Diocese for 13 years. She created several seminars for teachers on spirituality and virtue, and she continues to offer these programs.

She has published numerous articles and spoken nationally and internationally on the topic of educational leadership and faith formation in Catholic schools, including issues related to teaching virtues and growing in spirituality.

Her books include Building the Builders: Faith Formation in Virtue (2006, 2008, NCEA), Faith Formation of the Laity in Catholic Schools: The Influence of Virtues and Spirituality Seminars (2008, Information Age), and a chapter, “Challenges to Faith Formation in Contemporary Catholic Schooling in the USA; Problem and Response” in International Handbook of Catholic Education: Challenges for School Systems in the 21st Century (2007, Springer).

She is a member of NCEA, NAESP, NASSP, ASCD and has been honored with inclusion in Who’s Who in America, American Teachers, American Women, and the World, and induction into Delta Epsilon Sigma National Catholic Scholastic Society. She was the recipient of Marymount University School of Education and Human Services Faculty Award for Service (2007). She currently holds a superintendent's license in Virginia, a post-graduate professional license in Virginia with endorsements in English, Elementary Education, Elementary Principal, and Secondary Principal, and an Instructional II license in Pennsylvania.