Faculty and Staff

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Dr. Barbara Andrew

Honors College Executive Director 

Dr. Barbara Andrew specializes in feminist theory, ethics, social and political philosophy. Her most recent publications consider love and freedom as moral principles. Dr. Andrew served as Chair of the Department of Philosophy from 2011 until her appointment as interim Honors College Director in 2015. She has taught at William Paterson University since 2002. Previously, she taught at the University of Oregon and the University of Montana. (Raubinger Hall 154B, (973) 720-3658, andrewb@wpunj.edu)


Jan Pinkston

Honors College Assistant Director

Jan Pinkston was appointed to the Honors College at William Paterson University in January, 2000. She holds an M.A. in English (writing concentration) from William Paterson University and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Illinois. Jan currently serves on the Executive Board of AFT Local 1796, as well as on several campus-wide committees. (Raubinger Hall 154A, (973) 720-3776, pinkstonj@wpunj.edu)


Alice Armstrong

Honors College Administrative Assistant

Alice is the Honors College Administrative Assistant. She was formerly the Secretary at the Office of the Provost. Alice is an experienced administrator with an encyclopedic knowledge of the University. 
(Raubinger Hall 154, (973) 720-2580, armstronga@wpunj.edu)


Honors College Front Office

Raubinger Hall 154, (973) 720-3657, honors@wpunj.edu


Dr. Joseph Spagna

Dr. Joseph Spagna 


Dr. Joseph Spagna is the director of the Biology Track and associate professor of Biology. His research interests include systematics, evolution, and biomechanics of arthropods. Students in Dr. Spagna's lab use high-speed video, movement analysis, genetics, and computer modeling to figure out how spiders and ants have evolved to move the ways they do. (Science Hall East 4039, (973) 720-2793, spagnaj@wpunj.edu)


Dr. Mike Chao


Mike Chao holds a Ph.D. in Marketing and International Business from Saint Louis University and joined the Cotsakos College of Business from Baruch College. Chao’s research and teaching interests center on the internationalization/regionalization of multinational enterprises (MNEs), standardization vs. localization of their Web sites, and country-of-origin (COO) effects in international marketing. The results of his research provide guidance to business managers such as a recent article that argues that international marketing managers should try to find solutions to the problems caused by the complexity of product diversification and that adopting an international diversification strategy appears to be a good option. His research has appeared in academic journals such as the Journal of International Marketing and the International Marketing Review. He has presented numerous papers at the annual meetings of academic associations such as the American Marketing Association and the Academy of Management. (VR3053, (973) 720-3746, chaoc@wpunj.edu)

Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology Track

Dr. Bruce Diamond

Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology

Dr. Diamond is a licensed neuropsychologist (NJ) specializing in clinical neuropsychological assessment and neurorehabilitation. His research focuses on the neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience of memory, executive function, attention/concentration, information processing and mood/anxiety using standardized, computer-based and brain imaging/autonomic measures in healthy and in clinical populations. A practicing clinician, he has published extensively and presented at numerous national and international conferences. (Science Hall East 2062B, (973) 720-3400, diamondb@wpunj.edu)    

Cognitive Science Director

Dr. Amy Learmonth

Cognitive Science

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. (Science Hall East 2057, (973) 720-2765, learmontha@wpunj.edu)

Music Director

Dr. Jeffrey Kresky


Dr. Jeffrey Kresky holds a B.A. from Columbia and a Ph.D. from Princeton. He is a music theorist, with an emphasis on 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 coordinator of the Music track since its inception. (Shea Auditorium 171, (973) 720-3470, kreskyj@wpunj.edu)

Nursing Track Director

Dr. Jill Nocella 


Dr. Nocella received her master’s degree in nursing science from the Pennsylvania State University in 2002 and her Ph.D. in Nursing Research and Theory Development from New York University in 2013. She is a clinical nurse specialist in community health as well as a board certified complex case manager.  Her area of practice has been in the managed care environment as well as the home care setting. Her research is focused on quality of care as well as self-management of chronic conditions.  (Hunziker Wing 207, (973)720-3483, nocellaj1@wpunj.edu)

Performing and Literary Arts Director

Dr. Philip Cioffari

Performing and Literary Arts

Phillip Cioffari, the Track Director, is the author of five 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; JESUSVILLE, DARK ROAD, DEAD END, and just recently,THE BRONX KILL.

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 an 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 International 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 track, at William Paterson University. (Atrium 224A, (973) 720-3053, cioffarip@wpunj.edu)

Social Sciences Director

Dr. Neil Kressel

Social Sciences

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/Basic Books, 2002; paperback, 2004), and Political Psychology (Paragon House, 1993), and “The Sons of Pigs and Apes” (selected as 2012 Book of the Year by the Journal for the Study of Antisemitism). He enjoys supervising undergraduate student theses. (Science Hall East 2039, (973) 720-3389, kresseln@wpunj.edu)


Dr. K. Molly O'Donnell


Dr. K. Molly O’Donnell is a modern German historian with broad teaching areas in European social history, women’s history, and the history of imperialism. Her courses train students to trace their family histories, research the everyday lives of ordinary people in the past, use role-playing, literature, and information technology to examine the past, and explore the intersections of class, race, and gender. Her research explores the impacts of German women’s colonization in Southwest Africa through the Nazi era, particularly on interracial rumors, gossip, and violence. ( Atrium 203,  (973) 720-2146,  odonnellk@wpunj.edu)