Faculty and Staff

Honors College Staff:

The Director of the Honors College

Dr. Susan E. Dinan
Raubinger 154B

Dr. Susan Dinan was appointed as Director of the new Honors College at William Paterson University in 2005. She received a Ph.D. in History from the University of Wisconsin in 1996. She specializes in early modern France and completed her dissertation research in Paris. Dr. Dinan serves as a faculty member in the History Department at William Paterson and recently published a book "Women and Poor Relief in Seventeenth-Century France: The Early History of the Daughters of Charity."

Jan Pinkston
Raubinger 154A

Jan Pinkston was appointed to the Honors Program at William Paterson University in January, 2000. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Springfield and an M.A. in English from William Paterson University. Jan currently serves as a member of the Executive Board of AFT Local 1796.


 Rebecca Wance

 Student Assistant

Rebecca Wance 

 Kelly Ginart

Student Assistant

Kelly Ginart  


Michelle Ginart

Student Assistant

Michelle Ginart  



Track Directors:

Doctor Learmonth

Cognitive Science 
Dr. Amy Learmonth
Science Hall East 2054
Dr. Learmonth is a developmental psychologist with a research focus on the development of memory and spatial ability.  Most of her research is with young children and uses techniques such as deferred imitation and search tasks (both real world and virtual) to examine the changes in memory and spatial ability over the first six years.  Her specific research is currently on the use of landmarks and geometric features in spatial memory and navigation.  She is also currently working on a project that will look at early spatial competence and memory binding as a window into infantile amnesia.  Recent publications by Dr. Learmonth have appeared in Developmental Science, Psychological Science, Memory and Cognition and the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.

Dr. Benno

Dr. Robert Benno
Science Hall East 4047
Dr. Robert Benno is Professor of Biology, and his areas of professional interest in developmental neurobiology, with a focus on the use of mouse models to study autism. He is also a dedicated jazz pianist.

Dr. Peterman

Dr. John Peterman
Atrium 107
Dr. John Peterman got his Ph.D. in 1980 from the Pennsylvania State University. He is interested in ancient Greek philosophy (particularly Plato), American pragmatism (particularly Dewey). He teaches courses in Ancient Philosophy, Plato, Aristotle, Environmental Ethics, and Life Science Ethics. He directs the Humanities Honors Track. He is an avid hiker and has successfully completed the New York City Marathon three times (best time: 4:15).

Dr. Swanson

Life Science and Environmental Ethics 
Dr. Karen Swanson
Science Hall East 4033
Karen Swanson received her Ph.D. in Geochemistry and Mineralogy from Pennsylvania State University in 1988 and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Science. She is primarily interested in two areas of inquiry: the behavior of pollutants in natural water systems, and the best ways to teach science at all levels.


Marketing and Management

Dr. Bela Florenthal

1600 Valley Road -- Room 3058

Dr. Florenthal graduated from the Smeal College of Business Administration, Pennsylvania State University with a Ph.D. in Marketing. Her professional areas of interest include e-tailing/retailing, social media, culture-based shopping behavior, green (eco-friendly) marketing. Her teaching experience is in Marketing Management, Consumer Behavior, Introduction to Marketing, and Marketing Research.

Dr. Kresky

Dr. Jeffrey Kresky
Shea Auditorium 171

Dr. Jeffrey Kresky holds a B.A. from Columbia, and a Ph.D. from Princeton. He is a music theorist, with an emphasis in analysis and criticism; a composer, keyboardist and conductor; and author of Tonal Music: 12 Analytic Studies ( Indiana), A Reader's Guide to the Chopin Preludes ( Greenwood), and articles and reviews in Perspectives of New Music, Gettysburg Review, and The Music Review. He was appointed to William Paterson University in 1973 and has served as the director of the Music Track since its inception.

Dr. Cioffari

Performing and Literary Arts

Dr. Philip Cioffari
Atrium 224 A 

Philip Cioffari is the author of three books of fiction: the mystery/thriller, CATHOLIC BOYS; the short story collection, A HISTORY OF THINGS LOST OR BROKEN, which won the Tartt Fiction Prize, and the D. H. Lawrence award for fiction; and, most recently, JESUSVILLE. His short stories have been published widely in commercial and literary magazines and anthologies, including North American Review, Playboy, Michigan Quarterly Review, Northwest Review, Florida Fiction, and Southern Humanities Review. He has written and directed for Off and Off-Off Broadway. His Indie feature film, which he wrote and directed, LOVE IN THE AGE OF DION, has won numerous awards, including Best Feature Film at the Long Island Int’l Film Expo, and Best Director at the NY Independent Film & Video Festival. He is a Professor of English, and director of the Performing and Literary Arts Honors Program, at William Paterson University.


Dr. Kressel

Social Sciences
Dr. Neil Kressel

Science Hall 2039

Professor Neil Kressel holds a Ph.D. in social psychology from Harvard University and an M.A. in comparative history from Brandeis University. A recipient of William Paterson's award for excellence in research and scholarship and – recently – a Visiting Fellow at Yale University, his books include:  Bad Faith: The Danger of Religious Extremism (Prometheus, 2007), Mass Hate: The Global Rise of Genocide and Terror  (Plenum, 1996; rev. ed., Perseus/ Westview Press/Basic Books, 2002); Stack and Sway:  The New Science of Jury Consulting (Perseus/ Westview Press/Basic Books, 2002; paperback, 2004), and Political Psychology  (Paragon House, 1993). He very much enjoys supervising undergraduate student theses.

 Dr. McSherry

Dr. Christina McSherry

Hunziker Wing 206

Dr. Christina B. McSherry holds a Doctorate in Nursing Research and Theory Development from New York University and a Masters in Nursing Education from NYU. Her primary research interest is in hospice and palliative care issues. Her primary focus is on end of life issues specifically the changes that a person experiences as they live their dying experience. She has presented her research at different venues including: the New Jersey State Nurses’ Association Convention, 2009.