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    Monmouth University’s Center for Excellence has an Advisory Board comprised of ten master teachers. Many are past winners of Monmouth University’s Distinguished Teacher Award—the highest teaching award Monmouth offers. They represent Monmouth’s five schools and serve as a resource for the Center and for faculty members working with the Center.

    Kenneth CampbellDr. Kenneth Campbell

    Associate Professor, Department of History, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Ph.D., University of Delaware

    Distinguished Teaching Award Recipient.

    Teaching fields include English history, Medieval and Early Modern Europe, and history of witchcraft. Recent research on the English Reformation and religious noncomformity in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England.


    Rekha DattaDr. Rekha Datta

    Interim Vice Provost for Global Education

    PhD, University of Connecticut

    Interim Director, CETL 2015. Department chair, 2000-2010. Founding Director, Institute for Global Understanding (IGU) until 2011.Distinguished Teacher Award, Monmouth University (2003), the Outstanding Leader in Experiential Education Award in Higher Education, NSSE (2011), the annual Humanitarian of the Year Award (2004).Higher Education Transition Team for the Governor (NJ), (2005-06).VP for Public Policy, Northern Monmouth County, AAUW, 2011-13

    Author of Beyond Realism: Human Security in India and Pakistan in the 21st Century (2008, 2010), Why Alliances Endure: The United States-Pakistan Military Alliance, 1954-1971 (1994) and co-editor, with Judith Kornberg, Women in Developing Countries (2002).

    Research Interests: Empowerment of Women, Comparative Politics, India, Pakistan, Political Development, Human Security, United Nations


    Dr. Laura JannoneDr. Laura Jannone

    Associate Professor, Director of the M.S.N. Program, and Coordinator of the School Nurse Program, Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies

    Ed.D., Teachers College, Columbia University. Certified School Nurse.
    Recipient of the NJ League 2010 Nurse Recognition Award

    Teaching interests include school nursing, substance abuse awareness, and health promotion.


    Dr. Kathryn LionettiDr. Kathryn Lionetti

    Associate Professor of Biology, School of Science

    Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook

    Specialized in microbiology and molecular biology. Current interests include recombinant DNA technology, apoptosis, and applications of molecular biology in clinical diagnostic procedures, emerging viral diseases.


    Pat CressonProf. Patricia Hill Cresson

    Professor, Art and Design, School of  Humanities and Social Sciences

    MFA, Pratt Institute

    Internationally Exhibited Artist.

    Specializations include computer graphic design, advanced digital imaging and large format printing, and graphic design. Her professional experience includes art and photography direction, graphic design from concept through print in the areas of publishing, corporate identity and training, and computer illustration.


    Dr. Judith Nye

    Dr. Judith Nye

    Associate Vice President of Academic Foundations for General Education

    Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University

    Special interests include experimental social psychology with a primary interest in social cognition and sex role stereotypes.


    Ms. Wendy Savoth

    Associate Vice President for Information Support

    MS, Monmouth University

    Areas include Computer Support, Instructional Support, Consultation and Application Support and the HelpDesk. Background in procedural and object-oriented programming languages, database systems, web development, project management, instructional design, teaching and learning using technology.


    Dr. Gene SimkoDr. Gene Simko

    Associate Professor, Management and Marketing, School of Business

    Ph.D. Baruch College of the City University of New York

    Distinguished Teaching Award Recipient.

    Specialty is strategic planning, recent research deals with the role of augmentation in managerial decision-making and the incorporation of dialectical materialism into the planning process.


    Dr. Richard VeitDr. Richard Veit

    Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and Associate Professor of Anthropology

    Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

    Specialty is historical archaeology of eastern North America, with particular interests in local history, early American material culture, and historic preservation. Author of Digging New Jersey's Past: Historical Archaeology in the Garden State (Rutgers, 2002) and History in the Landscape: Four Centuries of New Jersey Cemeteries and Gravemarkers (Rutgers, forthcoming). Dr. Veit won Monmouth University's Distinguished Teacher Award in 2007. His current research focuses on Point Breeze, the palatial New World estate of Joseph Bonaparte.


    Dr. Kelly WardDr. Kelly Ward

    Associate Professor, School of Social Work

    Ph.D., Fordham University
    Distinguished Teacher Award Recipient

    Teaching areas include: Social Work practice and field, and clinical classes working with families and adolescents, especially in the areas of substance and alcohol abuse.


    Wendy Harriott

    Dr. Wendy Harriott

    Curriculum and Instruction Department Chair/ Associate Professor School of Education

    Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

    M.S., Marywood College

    Research Interests:

    Professional interests include special education, behavior management, pre-service and in-service teacher training, and secondary.